How to tell if your hairdressing scissors need to be sharpened

How to tell if your hairdressing scissors need to be sharpened


Determining whether your hairdressing scissors need sharpening involves considering various factors related to their performance. Here are some signs that indicate your scissors may need sharpening:

  1. Dull Cutting:
    • If you notice that your scissors are not cutting as cleanly or sharply as they used to, it's a clear sign of dullness. Dull scissors can cause hair to bend or fold instead of creating clean cuts.
  2. Pushing or Pulling Hair:
    • Sharp scissors should effortlessly glide through the hair. If you find yourself exerting more force or experiencing resistance while cutting, it's an indication that the blades are not sharp enough.
  3. Uneven Cutting:
    • If you notice unevenness in the hair after cutting, it could be a sign that one blade is sharper than the other. This can happen when the blades wear unevenly.
  4. Bent or Damaged Tips:
    • Examine the tips of the scissors. If they are bent or damaged, it can affect the cutting performance. Damaged tips may also cause hair to snag or get caught during cutting.
  5. Blade Gap or Misalignment:
    • Check for any visible gap between the blades when the scissors are closed. A significant gap or misalignment may indicate blade wear or damage.
  6. Folded or Pushed Hair Ends:
    • If the scissors are folding or pushing the hair instead of creating a clean cut, it's a sign that the blades are not sharp enough to cut through smoothly.
  7. Increased Effort:
    • If you find yourself using more effort or pressure than usual while cutting, it could be because the blades are no longer sharp and efficient.
  8. Snagging or Pulling Sensation:
    • A noticeable snagging or pulling sensation while cutting indicates that the scissors are not gliding smoothly through the hair.
  9. Visible Nicks or Damage:
    • Inspect the blades for any visible nicks, chips, or damage. Even small imperfections can affect the cutting performance.
  10. Rust or Corrosion:
    • Rust or corrosion on the blades is not only a sign of neglect but can also impact the sharpness and overall performance of the scissors. Regular cleaning and proper storage can help prevent this.
  11. Frequent Maintenance Ineffectiveness:
    • If you've been performing regular maintenance (cleaning and oiling) but still experience cutting issues, it may be an indication that the blades need professional sharpening.

If you observe any of these signs, it's recommended to have your hairdressing scissors professionally sharpened by a skilled technician. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and oiling, can help prolong the time between sharpenings and ensure the longevity of your scissors. Regularly sharpened scissors not only improve cutting performance but also contribute to the overall health of the stylist's hand and wrist.

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