Scissors & Shears Sharpening

Scissors and Shears

Our Scissor Servicing at a Glance

  • We inspect and evaluate every scissor before any servicing starts
  • Scissors are then disassembled cleaned and re-assessed
  • Inside blade (hone lines) are hand honed as required for style of scissor
  • Scissor “ride” is re-established as required
  • Cutting edges are sharpened or convexed with high-precision guides
  • Worn bearings and bumpers are replaced with professional grade components (at no extra charge)
  • Scissors are re-assembled and test cuts are carried out for best performance
  • Scissor “Set” is verified and restored as required (hair will pull if “set” is not restored)
  • If scissor “Set” restoration is required, performance test cuts are re-established
  • Scissors are lubricated and tension balanced

Scissor Maintenance and Care

Scissors cutting hairOnce you have had your scissors sharpened, taking a few moments to carry out the following steps will help keep your scissors sharper longer.

  • Removal of “hair product” from hair before cutting, will prolong the performance of your scissors. Cutting oily/dirty, gelled or any other product designed to hold hair body will compromise the keen cutting edge of your scissor. If possible, tactfully suggesting to those clients who prefer a dry cut that a shampoo would highlight their new style, will prolong the time between scissor sharpening.
  • It is very important to “Keep your shears clean”.
    • Daily     : Spray water on your shears and carefully wipe clean with a towel or paper towel.
    • Weekly  : Rinse under warm water opening and closing the blades carefully and gently dry with a clean towel or paper towel. After shear is wiped dry, lubricate pivot and ride areas with “scissor lubricating oil”. DO NOT use clipper oil. Clipper oil will attract hair product, dirt and hair resulting in clogged pivot area making it difficult to maintain proper scissor tension. Carefully wipe blades clean and dry with a clean towel or paper towel.
  • “How often should I clean and lubricate my shears?” Daily would be great! However at least once a week would get you into a good habit.
  • “Should I take my shears apart to clean?” We recommend you leave this to a scissor professional. There are tiny parts that can be lost when taken apart and in some cases extremely, difficult to replace.
  • Immediately rinse any Permanent Wave Chemicals from your shear.
  • Keep your shears put away safely when not in use.  People who have no idea as to how important and expensive your scissors are may use them to cut packages, cut cardboard, trim their fingernails, accidentally drop them and the list goes on..
  • Adjusting & maintaining your scissor tension is, yup very important. Whether you like your scissors a little tight or a little loose while opening and closing, it is a matter of preference. Here is a “rule of thumb” that will contribute to the life span of your scissor.  Open your scissor all the way holding them in on hand with one of the finger hole pointing up. Flick your wrist to facilitate closing of the scissor and adjust to ensure the scissor blades will come to a stop half way open (or closed). The scissor should never close under their own weight.
  • Keep your shears properly lubricated.  Proper lubrication assists the metal parts that contact and slide against one another from wearing out before its time. It also allows for that “like new” feeling when you originally purchased your cutting instruments.  Lubricating your shear every day really will prolong the life of your shear however, a thorough cleaning and proper lubrication at least once a week will certainly go a long way towards the useful working life of your shear. An aerosol silicone lubricant has the advantage of blowing out hair and debris from the pivot area of your shears as you spray it on.  Silicones are preferable to oils as hair does not stick to the dry silicone film as it does oil.
  • How often should I have my shears sharpened?  For a full time stylist, usually about every 3 or four months or every 600 to 700 haircuts. Full time Groomers should have scissors completely service at least twice a year. A sharp cutting instrument does the work for you… A dull cutting instrument has to have the work done for it.  If we take out the calculator for a minute, the cost of keeping your principal working tool in good working order is about 4 or 5 cents a client.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAScissor or a Shear?

Well, today’s modern definitions describes a Scissor as a “Cutting implement consisting of two blades joined by a swivel pin that allows the cutting edges to be opened or closed”.

A Shear on the other hand has been defined in todays modern world as “The various implements or machines that cut with a scissor like action, often used in the plural”.

For simplicity, there are two styles of scissors used in todays beauty industry. The Japanese Style scissor called a “convex edge” cutting at angles between 40 and 50 degrees and the German Style scissor also know a “beveled edge” cutting at angles between 25 and 35 degrees.

Is one better then the other?  Their distinct engineering differences make them unique for different hair cutting applications.  The Japanese style scissor is prone to nicks and dulls quicker resulting in “pushing” the hair sooner rather then later however, excellent for wet or dry cutting for most styling techniques while allowing the stylist a smooth and quiet slide cut an excellent point cut and wisping.  The German style scissor is prone to limited styling techniques due in part to the angle of cut and the serrated edges (holds the hair preventing it from being pushed forward) which are often found incorporated in the blades of this style of scissor. It also posses a louder sound while in the cutting motion but is and excellent choice for taper cutting, dry cutting, blunt cutting, layer cutting and for coarse hair.