1. AVOID HAIR PRODUCTS

If there is product in the hair, be sure to wash before you cut as this can damage the metal.

2. CLEAN

Carefully clean blades and screw area with a soft cloth, removing as much hair as possible – daily is best but can get away with every couple of days. 

3. OIL

Apply scissor oil at the pivot point/screw area. Gently open and close the scissor pointed downwards, enabling the oil to run through. Oil will also reduce squeaking noise. 

4. TENSION CHECK

Check screw tension – this should not be very loose or tight. The blade where your thumb is inserted, open and let it drop towards the other blade – if it reaches about 3/4 of the way, this is ideal. 
 

5. STORE PROPERLY

Scissor blades are sensitive – don’t mix them in with all your other tools. Store them separately in a scissor pouch.  

Signs To Call Your Sharpener

Hair folds when cutting – most likely a chip on the blade caused by dropping, throwing in your tray or storing them with a million other items.

Hair is pulling at the tips – chip on tip of the blade or the scissor is no longer balanced.

Hair pushed along the blades – the scissor edge has gone dull causing it to no longer cut properly – can be caused by general use of scissors but can be worsened through cutting with hair product. Damages metal.

Note some scissors have been designed for slicing, which means that a slight push of hair along the blade is not a bad thing and actually serves its purpose.

Age Old Question – How Often Do I Need To Sharpen?

Depends on:

How often you cut
Barbers tend to cut more than hairstylists and so it is expected that they may need a touch up to their scissors earlier. As a minimal, contact a professional sharpener to check your scissors every 12 months.

Quality of your scissors

The type of metal is important as it affects durability and the time the blade can maintain a sharp edge. Cobalt scissors (we use ATS314 and VG10) is our top pick of quality metal. 

How You Treat Them

Treat your scissors well, and they will serve you longer. Protecting the blades is a must.