About Us

Our Story: Born in Japan, Crafted in Ohio

Cleveland Shear Co. is an Ohio based company, built with a team of experienced stylists. We believe that it is important for you to know that these shears were created by stylists, for stylists. After years in the hair industry, it became apparent that Japanese steel is the only respected shear material. This is why Cleveland Shear Co. outsourced to Japan for 100% handmade Japanese cobalt steel, to ensure the finest, top quality product. Here is where the tag line of “born in Japan, crafted in Ohio” became a reality.

The Cleveland Shear Co. team members are edgy, driven, and knowledgeable shear fanatics who are passionate about education and quality products. The Ohio based team involved with Cleveland Shear Co. has over 30 years of combined experience. Being stylists ourselves, we are always looking for ways to bring simplicity with us behind the chair. We put this exact same mindset into the design of our shears. Each and every one of our shears, regardless of style, will reflect a simplistic, yet stylist-focused design. Cleveland Shear Co. created a line of shears that is accessible and affordable to stylists of all levels.

Cleveland Shear Co. is for you: the stylist who is constantly growing and learning. The one who shows up early and stays late to ensure every client leaves satisfied. The stylist that embodies the true Cleveland spirit knowing nothing is given and everything is earned.
Cleveland Shear Co., a cut above the rest.


Andy Johnson, Founder, Creator

With over a decade of experience in the hair industry, Andy has worked tirelessly to build a clientele and reputation as an innovative stylist in Northeast Ohio. He is a well-rounded stylist, known for his unique style of visual cutting. At just 28 years of age, Andy opened his own establishment, Salon Lift in 2014. In 2015, just a year after opening his own salon, Andy began brainstorming and researching everything, he could to learn about the creation of a shear line. Andy took his creativity and paired that with his high level of skill and passion to create Cleveland Shear Co., and the products that followed. You can find him on Instagram at @andyjohnsonhair.

Kristen DeGroff, Stylist

Kristen received her cosmetology license in 2011 and started working as a stylist immediately after. Her passion is education and she believes, in this industry, you can never stop learning. While, if you asked her, she would consider herself a color specialist, she believes that the right haircut is what truly makes her work come to life! She keeps her passion alive by not being afraid to try new techniques and step outside of her comfort zone. Her favorite part of being a stylist is the positive impact she can have on her clients lives. “When you look good, you feel good. Making people feel good with a skill that you’re passionate about is what makes being a stylist the best career in the world.” You can find her on Instagram at @hairbykristen_.

Helaina DePace, Stylist

Helaina brings so much passion to her career as a hairstylist. She’s not afraid to try new things and is always striving to gain as much knowledge about this ever growing industry as she can. From big city hair shows to 10 minute YouTube videos, she is constantly working to seek and understand new trends and techniques. With a core understanding of color theory and color application techniques, she is able to create beautiful works of art from behind the chair.

She is well trained in the fundamentals of hair cutting, and over the years has shaped those fundamentals into her own unique style. She creates with the big picture in mind, without losing sight of the small details that it takes to get there. Through the hair industry she is able to bring her love for the arts and her love for people together. ” If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” You can find her on Instagram at @helainacatherine.

Zac Pirillo, Featured Artist

Zac is the owner of The Head Shop in Dover Ohio and a National educator with John Paul Mitchell Systems. With a passion to create smiles, Zac specializes in cutting, coloring, and men’s grooming. You can find him on Instagram at @zpirillo.