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Finger Ring Inserts

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Finger Ring Inserts
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Why so much fuss about finger inserts?


All aspects of using scissors proficiently are intimately connected, not only for the limitless creative possibilities, but for the prevention of the leading cause of disability for haircutters, repetitive stress injury. Paying attention to these details when fitting scissors to the stylist hand is a responsibility, as it has an enormous impact on the tool’s functionality, and it also effects long term health.


So, there is much to fuss about; finger ring inserts are not just a colorful accessory to be used in promoting scissors to a customer, that is visually stimulated. The majority of stylist when appropriately informed, will never need to use finger ring inserts!


When inserts are used as intended, they assist the stylist with smaller hands, to manage their upper hand control, and they will be able to produce a more perfect haircut. Ring inserts used as a substitute, instead of the appropriate holding methods, sets a low standard, and it should not be accepted as normal!

Finger Ring Inserts


Many stylists unknowingly develop, this habit of applying horizontal thumb pressure, by pushing or pulling against the scissors handle.


It is usually an overcompensation, caused by a loose tension setting, or the scissor having larger finger rings, causing the finger, and or the thumb, to slip inside the rings.

See Tension Settings

See Thumb Pressure


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Thumb stress at the maximum.

If inserts are needed, use an insert in the finger ring first, to achieve a relaxed hold, versus a firm finger grip.


This frees the thumb to easily move up and down, distributing the weight of the scissor across all the fingers, and not resting on the thumb.


Should ring inserts be necessary for the thumb, only the tip of the thumb touches the outer portion of the ring without pushing against it.


A secure, comfortable, and balanced feel is the goal, yet it should never be tight, as that would restrict radial, and directional blade movements.

Continuing to apply thumb pressure when using inserts, is a

net-zero gain, as it is at least the same pressure as before.

Nothing has changed, except the rings have smaller holes, possibly causing even a more intense horizontal thumb pressure.


Your fingers need to be secure, relaxed, and never stressed, so that the thumb will move freely, and it will be less likely to push or pull against the ring.


If the thumb enters the finger ring more than 1/4 inch, it disrupts the natural smooth glide of the blades, precision is affected, and the quality of the haircut is diminished.


Now that you know this information, you own it, use it appropriately.     See Upper Hand Control


1/4" of thumb or less