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To keep your beard — and any other hair that grows out of your face for that matter — tidy, you need a set of small grooming scissors. The problem is finding a pair that’s sharp, precise, and actually fits your fingers. If the cheap drug store scissors you grabbed on whim just aren’t cutting it anymore (pun intended), we have a few recommendations for a grooming kit that actually does its job.
What to Consider When Buying Beard Scissors
Efficacy is probably the most important factor when it comes to grooming scissors, but comfort when using them comes in a very close second — particularly for lefties or anyone with larger-than-average fingers. Here are the things to keep in mind.
Shape and Design: Some shears are rounded at the end to protect your skin from cuts, which we like for trimming delicate areas like nostrils. Scissors with pointed ends, however, are more precise when trimming beards or hard-to-reach spots.
Comfort: Basic scissors are perfectly serviceable, but we are especially fond of those with features designed to increase comfort, like rubber cushions, ergonomic design, or adjustable tension. Finger holes must also be large enough to grasp easily and placed at an optimal distance from the end for ease-of-use.
Materials and Construction: The quality of the steel as well as the method of construction plays a big part in the sharpness of the shear blades. Poorly constructed or dull scissors will pull at the hair without cutting and tend to fall apart easily.
1. ONTAKI Japanese Steel Beard Shears
These well-designed grooming shears are very sharp and precise, and best of all, are comfortable to hold and use across the board. We like the perfectly-aligned finger holes, finger rests, bumpers, and tension adjust, and we like the fact that these scissors can be easily used by both righties and lefties. Another point in the plus column is the thick, high quality case, which is perfect for traveling. This set includes a comb to help guide you cuts too.
2. BEARDCLASS Beard Mustache Scissors Kit
With this all-in-one grooming kit, you get both beard scissors and nose scissors, as well as a small comb and case. The scissors are both wonderfully sharp, with a rounded tip on the nose shears which make them safer and easier to use around sensitive areas. The shears are light enough to handle with ease, but weighty enough to not slip off your fingers.
This set includes a handy protective case for your scissors as well.
3. Curved and Rounded Facial Hair Scissors
These scissors also come as a pair, and we like the sturdy construction, ergonomic design, and quality stainless steel material. Users find these effective for a wide variety of grooming needs, from tackling beards, to nose hair, to eyebrows. Use the pair with a dull tip for the nose, and the sharper-edged pair for facial hair.
4. TecUnite Beard Trimming Scissors Set
Both scissors in this four-piece kit are extremely sharp, precise, and perfectly-sized to access hard-to-reach spots. Find one with a protective rounded end to use around your nose, and one with a pointed end for beards and straggling hairs that are ordinarily hard to remove. The kit also comes with two combs: a small plastic comb and, even better, a bamboo version, which is sturdier and reduces static as you comb through your beard.