How To Take Care Of Your Haircutting Scissors

How To Take Care Of Your Haircutting Scissors

Published by B. Riggins on 24th Dec 2019

Hair scissors, also called hair scissors, are the soul of every cosmetologist. Without their scissors, a hairstylist professional could not do their job.

For those who are not part of the cutting or styling professions, hair scissors may look like just a strange looking pair of scissors.

However, hair scissors are big investments because they are specifically designed for cutting hair. Taking care of your scissors is essential to get the perfect haircut and make sure you make the most of your investment.

Tips For Maintaining The Shears

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It is recommended professional practice to regularly clean and disinfect hairdressing scissors. This will not only help keep the shears in good working condition and will last longer, but many states require it for hygienic reasons. In addition to proper cleaning, use and storage are necessary to maintain the hair cutting scissors.


1. Be Careful When Handling Scissors

Hair cutting scissors must be handled with care and attention during the day. Throwing the scissors firmly on the counter or dropping them accidentally on the floor can damage the alignment of the blades and soften the edge of the blades.

If the scissors are damaged or dented when they fall, they must be repaired and repaired. It is also important not to allow others to use scissors. Hair cutting scissors are very expensive and are designed for a very specific purpose.

They should not be used for everyday applications. Never use scissors to cut wrapping paper, open a bag of chips, etc.


2. Proper Cleaning Of Scissors To Cut Hair

Haircut maintenance begins with daily cleaning and disinfection. Each salon and hairdresser has its own cleaning requirements.

Most of these procedures require customers to clean and disinfect the scissors. In addition, it is a good idea to regularly clean the scissors during the same haircut to prevent hair fragments and sweating of the hairdresser's or barber's hands from interfering with the cutting performance of the scissors.

Water, cleaning solution and other liquids should never dry on the shears.

Not only does it make the scissors look dirty, but the accumulation of debris can dull the scissors, deteriorate the surface of the scissors and cause the possible spread of infections through cross contamination.

Proper cleaning of hair scissors involves rinsing the scissors with soap and water, drying them thoroughly and using alcohol or a disinfectant solution for scissors cut with quaternium. Sometimes, the use of an autoclave is used after washing and drying.


3. Store The Scissors Correctly

After cleaning, drying, disinfecting and greasing, keeping the scissors to cut the hair in a way that keeps them protected and dry will also prolong their lifespan and maintain their performance and handling.

After they have been cleaned, disinfected and protected, store the scissors in a protective sheath, with a soft, absorbent coating that will help keep the scissors away from moisture and environmental factors.

The scissors must have their compartment in the case and should never be stored freely with other tools. If scissors and other tools can collide, there is a risk of damaging the blades.

Store the box in a place that remains dry.


4. Keep The Scissors Sharp And With The Correct Tension

The blades should not only be sharp, but they should be easy and comfortable to handle. A pair of hair cutting scissors that have too slow or too tight tension can adversely affect the correct ability to cut and handle the scissors.

Too low tension in the scissors can cause damage to the blades and additional stress on the hands. Loose scissors will produce a poor haircut since it will bend, not cut, strands of hair.

When the scissors become dull, it is important that you sharpen them and repair them by a professional sharpener or sharpening company.

Professional sharpening will mean that the scissors for cutting the hair will be sharpened correctly, using tools and techniques that will not damage the scissors.

5. Use Scissors To Cut Hair Only For Hair

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Hairdressers and hairdressing professionals know that their hair cutting scissors are only for cutting hair. Family members, friends and customers, however, can see them differently.

A customer may want to borrow the scissors to cut an envelope or cut a loose thread from their sweater, but this can damage the scissors.

For the inexperienced eye, there is not much difference between a strand of hair, a piece of paper and a strand of polyester. Cosmetologists, however, know that there are significant differences. Hair has a different thickness and texture from that of fabric and paper.

Hair is made of microscopic strands of connected proteins. The paper is made of compressed wood pulp and fiber. The fabric has interwoven threads of fabric.

When using hair cutting scissors to cut anything other than hair, the blades quickly become dull and the blades can come out of proper alignment.

The maintenance of your hair scissors require:

  • careful handling
  • regular cleaning, drying and disinfection
  • daily oiling
  • regular sharpening
  • voltage control


Following these tips on how to take care of the scissors will help the scissors last longer and provide easy, comfortable, precise and excellent looking haircuts. 

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The hairdressing and barber profession is a satisfying and meaningful career for many. 

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