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How To Clean Hair Cutting Scissors

by Jun Oh August 27, 2021 7 min read

How To Clean Hair Cutting Scissors | Japan Scissors

Stainless steel is often used to make bladed tools. Bladed weapons and tools include knives, scissors, and swords. These tools can work for a while smoothly. They eventually lose their sharpness and smoothness. Sharpening stones are used to sharpen knives. This is not the case for scissors.

It all comes down to haircutting scissors. Things are different. Barbers and hairdressers often use scissors. They require regular maintenance and cleaning. Professional hairdressers suggest that scissors should be sharpened and cleaned differently.

Although there are many DIY options available online, it is not recommended that you use them all. You could end up damaging your scissor cutting blade edges. Sharpening stones, while they are helpful, is not something to be done with. Follow these expert tips. Here are some great and easy ways to sharpen and clean your scissors at home.

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The Three Steps To Cleaning Your Hair Cutting Scissors

These are our top-rated care instructions for hair-cutting scissors. They will ensure that your scissors last a lifetime with performance and reliability.

1. Use an alcohol-based cleaning agent

    • Many hair products are made with non-water-soluble ingredients.
    • This can lead to a build-up of residue on your scissors, which can result in a decrease in cutting performance.
    • These products are not removed by soap and water.
    • It is important to clean your scissors with Isopropyl alcohol in order to remove any residue.
    • Add some to a paper towel, and wipe the blades cleanly and thoroughly.
    • The alcohol will also clean the scissor.
    • You should not use barbicide to clean or sanitize your scissors.

    Note: Incorrect tension can cause RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries). This can reduce the scissors' performance and cause damage to the cutting edge.

    • Isopropyl alcohol can be flammable and should not be heated.
    • Avoid prolonged contact with the skin.
    • Do not swallow, inhale or chew.

    2. Use a Chamois Cloth To Clean

    A Chamois cloth is a type of leather cloth. Most scissors sets and kits include a maintenance kit that includes a cloth made to clean your scissors.

      • Place the chamois flat on your palm.
      • Use the chamois to wipe the outside of your blade.
      • Use the chamois to clean the inside of your blade.
      • This process polishes the entire cutting edge.
      • It is very similar to stropping a razor. You must be careful not to cut your own hair or the chamois.
      • Use the chamois with extra caution to avoid cutting yourself.

      3. Oiling Scissors After Cleaning

        • It is essential to oil your scissors every day.
        • Oiling helps keep the scissor clean. It allows hair and dirt to be pulled back past the screw.
        • Open the scissor and place oil between the blades.
        • Keep Camellia oil out of direct sunlight.

        4. To adjust scissor tension

          • The scissor holds the thumb ring. Keep the tips pointed straight up at 12 o'clock.
          • Take the other hand and take the finger rings. Now, open the scissors blades with your other hand to be at 35 to 45 degrees. Let go of your finger ring, and the scissor will close by itself.
          • The gap between the tips should be approximately 1cm-2cm.
          • The tips should be pressed together if the scissor is not tight enough.
          • If the tips are too close together, loosen the scissor until it is adjusted properly.

          Tips & Tricks When Cleaning Your Hair Cutting Shears

          How To Clean, Disinfect and Sanitise Hair Scissors - Japan Scissors

          Let's start with cleaning your scissors. There are many cleaning methods that professional hairdressers and barbers use. Sometimes they will suggest just wiping it with a piece of cloth. It is not enough. To clean your hair cutting scissors, you must use a professional method that has been proven effective. This is an easy and effective way to clean your scissors.

          1. PAINT THINNER

          Dish soap and water may not be sufficient for all gunk and can build up if used again and again. Use a paint thinner to remove the gunk and ventilate the area. To remove any sticky residue, use the paint thinner. Also, clean the scissor-blades of any dirt or grime.

          2. SPONGE USE

          It is also determined by the condition of your scissor, what cleaning products you should use. Sometimes glue can be found on the blades.

          Hair cutting scissors have a flat edge, and this makes it easy to clean using a cotton ball and liquid solution.

          You can use a sponge to clean the blades, particularly its rough side. If the blades become rusty, you can use a cotton ball to wipe them off. The cotton ball should be soaked in white wine vinegar.

          3. OIL THE CUTTING BLADES

          If you want your scissors to be clean and sharp, oiling the joint between the blades is essential. Oil the screw area with a soft cloth. This oiling should be repeated every month. This will ensure that the blades work smoothly and without friction. Use a small amount of oil, but make sure to remove all oil from the blades before you start using it again.

          Why You Should Sharpen Your Scissors After Cleaning

          Sharpening stone

          1. SHARPENING STONE

          A sharpening tool is the best way to sharpen your hair cutting scissors at home. If your scissor isn't working properly, and you don't want to cause any damage, it is best to call a professional.

          It is best to have your scissor professionally sharpened, but you can also use one at home. This is known as a whetstone. Use oil or plain water to clean the stone's surface. From the tip to the base, trace the cutting edge of the scissor along the length of the stone. To sharpen your scissor, you will need to use approximately 15 strokes.

          2. ELECTRIC ROTOR TOOL

          A rotary tool is another cool, efficient way to sharpen your scissors at home. This electric tool is ideal for sharpening your cutting scissors. The vise should be used to clamp the scissor blade. Attach a grinding wheel to the rotary tool. Turn on the motor by placing the grinding stone against it. After repeating this process, you will get a sharpened scissor.

          3. SEWING PIN

          To sharpen your cutting scissor blades, you can use a sewing pin. Use the scissor to begin cutting the pin. As the scissor is closing, close it and slide the pin gently out from the blades.

          You can continue this process until you have a sharpened scissor cutting edge. To remove any metallic bits, wipe the blades with a piece of cloth after you have finished sharpening them. Metal bits can stick to the blades when you sharpen it with a sewing needle. They can cause injury and danger. Make sure to get rid of them after your scissor blades have been sharpened!

          Conclusion

          These are the best and most proven ways to sharpen your scissor blades. These methods can cause serious injury to your scissor blades, so be careful. To ensure that your scissors are safe and clean, be sure to carefully follow these tips.

          Professionals recommend that you are regularly clean and disinfect your cutting shears. This will not only keep your shears in top working order and make them last longer, but also it will be required by many states for hygiene reasons. Proper storage and use are important for maintaining your scissors.

          Thoroughly Clean Your Haircutting Shears Cleaning

          Daily cleaning and sanitizing are essential for haircut shear maintenance. Each salon and barbershop will have its requirements for shear cleaning.

          These thorough cleaning procedures often require that you clean and disinfect the scissors between clients. It is also a good idea not to cut the hair with the shears at the same time. This will prevent hair fragments from being cut by the barber or hairstylist. The shears should not be dried with water, cleaning solutions, or sweat. It can make the shears look dull and tarnished.

          Proper cleaning of haircutting scissors involves washing them with soap and water. Drying is then done by rinsing them with clean water. Finally, a quaternion or rubbing alcohol sanitizer solution should be used to disinfect the shears. After washing and drying, an autoclave may be used.

          Regular cleaning and sanitation throughout the day, then daily oiling your hair cutting scissors will keep them in good condition.

          Oiling your blades will prolong your scissors life and ensure they are in good operational order. 

          Barbers and hairdressers often oil their shears after a long day. It prevents the shears from rusting and stiffening, allowing for smooth, controlled, and efficient haircutting. 

          Stiff or rusty shears can cause hand discomfort for the professional and a poor cut for the client. The hair shear oil helps remove any stuck hairs or other debris from the inside of the hair cutting scissors. It is best to open the scissors to 45 degrees. Then, place a small amount of shear oil on the middle joint. 

          This will hold the blades together. Use a soft cloth to rub the oil into your cutting blade edges and flat sides of the scissors. The shears can become slippery if they are too oily.

          Properly Store Your Cutting Shears

          The best way to protect and dry your hair cutting shears is to clean them, dry them, and then oil them. This will prolong their useful life and help you maintain their performance. Once your shears have been cleaned and protected, you should store them in a protective case with an absorbent, soft lining to protect them from the elements. It would help if you kept your shears in their storage box. You run the risk that the blades will be damaged if shears or other tools knock on each other. Keep the case dry.

          Use The Right Tension To Avoid Dirt Build-up

          The blades should be not only sharp but also easy to use. The tension of the shears can affect how they are handled and cut.

          Too much tension can cause damage to the blades and more stress on your hands. A poor haircut will result from loose tension scissors. 

          It will not be able to cut hair but bend it. It is essential to have your shears sharpened by a professional sharpener or company if they become dull.

          Professional sharpening means that the shears are properly sharpened using tools and techniques that won’t cause any damage to the scissors.

           

          Jun Oh
          Jun Oh

          Jun is an experienced writer for hairdressing and barbers. She has a great passion for premium hair scissors, and his favourite brands to cover are Kamisori, Jaguar Scissors and Joewell. She teaches and informs people about scissors, hairdressing and barbering in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada.


          2 Responses

          Terry Perkins
          Terry Perkins

          September 06, 2021

          Hair-cutting scissors are expensive which means you need to take care of them unless you want to have to buy them over and over again. Yes, that is an obvious statement but there are so many blogs here talking about how to take care of your hairdressing scissor sets. If someone doesn’t know how to take care of their scissors after coming here, they might want to try a different profession. Cleaning your scissors is just one part of your maintenance.

          Kevin Wilson
          Kevin Wilson

          August 31, 2021

          Cleaning your haircutting scissors sounds like a smart habit to develop. What I like is that you can develop a protocol by following the steps here (clean, oil, sharpen, and so on) that should become part of your day whenever it’s time to clean your scissors.

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