Your professional hairdressing shears are important tools for your trade no doubt! The lifespan and "sharpspan" (the time before you need sharpening) of the shears can vary depending on how well it's taken care of, how many cuts per day you perform, and the type of your clients' hair. On average, it's recommended to get your shears sharpened after every 700 cuts, also known as the 700 rule.
However, this will vary depending on the quality of your shears and how well you maintain them. For example, some of our clients with the Emerald model had it stay sharp for 3 to 4 years without sharpening, while the entry-level shear like the Classic model may need sharpening every 10 to 12 months. With proper maintenance your shears will definitely perform better and last longer. Here are some tips and pointers to keep your shears in tiptop shape for a long time.
Using a soft cloth towel, thoroughly wipe your shears and blades after every cut (At least every day if you are busy). This will reduce the build-up of chemicals and debris, which may adversely affect the performance of your shears throughout your workday. At the end of the day make sure your shears are thoroughly dry between the blades.
After cleaning and drying your shears, carefully open to a 90-degree angle. Put one or two drops of quality scissors oil into the "joint". It assists the cleaning process by washing out dirt and debris from under the pivot and leaves a wax-like coating. This should be done at least once a workday. By doing so, your shears scissors will become long-lasting.
Why Oil and Clean Daily?
Daily oiling and cleaning will enhance the performance and extend the cutting life of your shears. Regular cleaning and lubrication protect against rust and deterioration from chemical/moisture contact in the salon environment, a build-up of bacteria attracting debris in the interior pivot and blade area, reduces friction from blade movement and prolongs sharpness.
Adjusting Tension (Balancing):
Adjusting tension is an important part of getting the best results from your shears. If your shears have a diamond-studded dial, it is important not to rub on the jewels while turning the tension knob. Repeated pressure on the jewels can cause them to break off. Rather, turn the dial from the ridged area around the side, not from the top.
If the tension is too loose, it will allow your shears to fold the hair.
If it is too tight, it will cause unnecessary wear and user fatigue.
To test for tension, hold the shears with the tips pointed upward. Lift one handle up so the blade is in a ninety-degree angle and let the blade fall closed. If the blade falls completely closed the tension is too loose. Rather, it should close about two-thirds of the way.
When your shears are not being used, keep blades in a closed position. This will reduce the chance of nicking and accidental damage to the blades. Never use magnets to hold shears in storage. This can magnetize the blades attracting undesirable dust and other particles. How you store your shears is very important. For adequate protection and ease of travel, you should store your Shears in a case. They should be secured in one position.
Do’s and Don’ts:
1. Clean, dry and lubricate your shears at the end of each workday.
2. Check your shears for an adjustment (tension), at least once each day.
3. Check your shears for sharpness at least once each month.
4. Handle your shears with gentle care. Protect the edges from everything except clean hair.
5. Store and transport your shears in the case they came in or in a leather
1. Don’t use your shears when they are nicked from dropping. This will cause further damage.
2. Don’t store your shears when dirty.
3. Don’t "throw" your shears in a drawer when not in use. (Duh...right?)
4. Don’t let your shears come into contact with any comb sterilization, perm or color solution; it may cause corrosion and other damage to your shears.