Clean your scissors between every haircut. When the blades of scissors are covered with hair, moisture and chemicals, corrosion can occur (Oh yes, stainless steel can corrode). Regular cleaning will help keep the blades sharp longer.
Use a soft cloth to wipe your scissors clean.
Oil your scissors at the end of each day. A coating of oil will protect the scissor by helping to keep moisture out; it will also keep the scissors feeling smooth. Use only scissor oil for lubrication.
Clipper oil is not recommended because it could be detrimental to the rubber/nylon parts of the pivot, tends to attract dirt, and could actually shorten the life of your scissors.
Put a drop of oil in the pivot area and smear some down the length of the inside of each blade.
Adjust your scissors after lubricating them,or whenever they feel too tight or too loose. Proper scissor adjustment is often a matter of personal preference. However, a good rule of thumb is that when the scissors are held open with one blade at right angles to the other in the shape of a cross, the handle that is dropped will just barely move. To adjust a shear you need to tighten / loosen the adjusting screw as needed. Be cautious not to over tighten or over loosen the adjuster as this could damage the shear. Adjust the screw one click (adjuster type) or 16th turn at a time until properly adjusted.
Store your scissors in a safe place when not in use. Secure and store them in a stand or a case where they stay safe and dry when not in use. Never toss your scissors into the drawer unprotected.
Do’s & Don’ts
- Clean, dry and oil your scissors at the end of every day of use.
- Check your scissors for adjustment, at least once each day of use.
- Handle your scissors with gentle care.
- Protect the cutting edges from touching anything except human hair.
- Record all identifying marks and any serial numbers, in case your scissors are stolen or lost (a digital close-up photograph will be handy).
- Store and transport your scissors in padded cases or pouches and make sure the blades are closed in order to protect the cutting surface!
- Always keep your scissors closed except when cutting hair, never place them on a bench with the blades open, as this can nick the edges.
- Have them professionally sharpened regularly –
- Don’t let your scissors run out of adjustment.
- Don’t let your scissors corrode or get dirty.
- Don’t cut anything except hair with them.
- Don’t drop or toss your scissors when putting them down.
- Don’t lend your scissors out. Other people have different hands to you – someone else using your scissors with a hard hand will alter the scissors balance and make them feel different after one haircut! (They don’t care for them as much as you do and might even damage them!)
- Don’t “pressure cut” (torque the blades together). This means squeezing harder with your thumb when the scissors start to go dull. it will cause excess wear on the scissors if you do so.
- Don’t allow your scissors to come into contact with any comb, sterilizing solution, or any perm or color or other chemicals, as they will cause corrosion and rusting (pitting!).