What is Scissor Bite and How to Prevent It

What is Scissor Bite and How to Prevent It


Scissor bite, in the context of hairdressing scissors, is a term used to describe the condition where the two blades of a pair of scissors do not meet or align properly when closed. This misalignment can result in several issues, such as uneven cutting, hair pulling, and discomfort for both the stylist and the client. Preventing scissor bite and addressing it when it occurs is important for maintaining the quality of haircuts and the longevity of your scissors. Here's how to prevent scissor bite and address it if it happens:

Preventing Scissor Bite:

  1. Choose High-Quality Scissors: Invest in high-quality hairdressing scissors from reputable brands. Quality scissors are less likely to experience scissor bite because they are precision-engineered.
  2. Regular Maintenance: Proper maintenance is key to preventing scissor bite. Follow these maintenance steps:
    • Clean your scissors regularly to remove hair and debris.
    • Keep your scissors dry to prevent rust.
    • Apply a drop of scissor oil to the pivot point to maintain smooth blade movement.
    • Check the tension of the scissors and adjust it as needed. Proper tension ensures the blades meet correctly.
  3. Store Your Scissors Properly: When not in use, store your scissors in a protective case or pouch to prevent damage and ensure the blades stay aligned.
  4. Avoid Using Scissors on Unsuitable Materials: Hairdressing scissors are designed for cutting hair. Avoid using them on materials like paper, cardboard, or wire, which can damage the blades and lead to scissor bite.

Addressing Scissor Bite:

If you notice that your scissors are experiencing scissor bite, here's how to address it:

  1. Clean Your Scissors: Start by cleaning your scissors thoroughly. Remove any hair, product residue, or debris that might be interfering with the blade alignment.
  2. Check for Damage: Inspect the blades for any signs of damage or irregularities. Look for nicks, bends, or warping of the blades. If you find any damage, it may be necessary to have your scissors professionally repaired or replaced.
  3. Adjust the Tension: Sometimes, scissor bite can occur due to incorrect tension. Use a screwdriver or the adjustment knob on your scissors to fine-tune the tension. The blades should close smoothly and align properly without any wobbling.
  4. Professional Maintenance: If you're unable to resolve the scissor bite issue on your own, it's advisable to consult a professional scissor sharpener or technician. They can identify and address any problems with the scissor's alignment, pivot, or blade condition.
  5. Replacement: In cases of severe damage or scissor bite that cannot be rectified, you may need to consider replacing your scissors with a new pair.

Remember that regular maintenance and proper care are essential to prevent scissor bite and ensure your hairdressing scissors remain in optimal condition. High-quality scissors, when well-maintained, will provide precise and comfortable cutting for a long time.

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