How to Maintain and Sharpen Your Hairdressing Scissors

How to Maintain and Sharpen Your Hairdressing Scissors


Maintaining and sharpening your hairdressing scissors are essential tasks to ensure their longevity and optimal performance. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to properly maintain and sharpen your scissors:

Maintaining Hairdressing Scissors:

  1. Clean the Scissors: After each use, wipe the scissor blades with a soft, clean cloth to remove any hair, product residue, or debris.
  2. Lubricate the Pivot Screw: Regularly apply a few drops of scissor lubricant or oil to the pivot screw. Open and close the scissors several times to distribute the lubricant evenly.
  3. Check Scissor Tension: Periodically check the scissor tension to ensure it's adjusted correctly. The scissor should open and close smoothly with a slight resistance. Adjust the tension if necessary using the tension screw or knob.
  4. Store Properly: When not in use, store the scissors in a scissor case or pouch to protect the blades and prevent damage.
  5. Avoid Dropping: Avoid dropping the scissors, as this can damage the blades and affect their alignment.
  6. Regular Inspection: Regularly inspect the scissor blades for any nicks, dents, or damage. If you notice any issues, have them addressed by a professional sharpener.

Sharpening Hairdressing Scissors:

Note: It's recommended to have your hairdressing scissors sharpened by a professional sharpener, as they have the expertise and equipment to achieve the best results. However, if you have experience and feel confident, you can attempt sharpening your scissors using the following steps:

  1. Gather the Necessary Tools: You'll need a sharpening stone or sharpening system specifically designed for scissors, along with lubricating oil or water.
  2. Clean the Scissors: Before sharpening, ensure the scissors are clean and free from any hair or debris.
  3. Disassemble (if possible): Some scissors can be disassembled, allowing you to sharpen each blade individually. Carefully unscrew the pivot screw and separate the blades if your scissors allow for disassembly.
  4. Lubricate the Stone: If using a sharpening stone that requires lubrication, apply a few drops of oil or water to the stone's surface.
  5. Sharpen the Blades: Hold the scissor blade against the sharpening stone at the appropriate angle (usually around 30 degrees) and move it in a sweeping motion across the surface. Repeat this motion several times, evenly sharpening the entire length of the blade.
  6. Flip and Repeat: Flip the scissors and repeat the sharpening process on the other blade.
  7. Test the Sharpness: After sharpening, carefully wipe off any residue from the blades. Test the sharpness by cutting a piece of paper or thin fabric. The scissors should cut smoothly and cleanly without snagging or tearing.

Remember, improper sharpening can damage the scissors, so if you're uncertain or uncomfortable with the sharpening process, it's best to seek the assistance of a professional sharpener who specializes in hairdressing scissors. They will ensure your scissors are sharpened correctly and maintain their performance and longevity.

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