If you have to chew through the hair and it hurts your hands to use blenders, you are using the wrong blender for the job!
This is why I currently have 6 different thinners with varying levels of aggression and I want more lol.
The barter group on Facebook is a great resource to find gently used items for killer deals.
I'm not trying to be a broken record but I have a webinar on thinning shears that I'm going to be holding again at the end of the month by popular demand lol. There is simply too much to go into over a post, the class is 2 hours long and includes tips, tricks, and techniques along with classifications.
Whenever I hear people say, "9 out of 10 forest fires are caused by humans", all I hear is, "Somewhere out there, there is a bear that knows how to use matches."