5-Step Maintenance Routine


This issue often stems from a blade chip. Even a minor imperfection in the blade can cause hair to fold or bend while cutting. Hair snagging or catching at the tips may result from a blade tip chip or scissor imbalance.

Dull scissor edges lead to improper cutting. Regular use contributes to dullness, which can be exacerbated by cutting with hair product. Dull blades can sustain long-term damage to the metal.

Note: Some scissors are designed for slicing. A slight push of hair along the blade is intentional and serves its purpose for certain cutting techniques.


The frequency of sharpening your scissors depends on a few factors.

If you use your scissors frequently, they will naturally dull faster. Barbers, who cut more often, may need more frequent touch-ups compared to hairstylists.

The type of metal used in your scissors matters. High-quality metals such as Hitachi 440C and even more so, the ATS314 and VG10 (both containing cobalt) tend to maintain a sharp edge for longer periods.

If you opt to buy a pair of scissors with uncertain material used, you run the risk of it being blunt after 3 months. The costs to sharpen a cheaper pair of scissors may not be worth the money and better to invest in a brand you trust.

The cutting experience (for yourself and your client) may also not be as smooth.

Stainless steel and high-carbon steel are also less prone to rust and corrosion.

Maintaining your hairdressing scissors is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Precision Cutting: Regular maintenance ensures that your scissors remain sharp and precise. Dull blades can lead to uneven cuts, which can be frustrating for both the stylist and the client.
  2. Efficiency: Sharp scissors require less effort to cut through hair. When your scissors are well-maintained, you can work more efficiently, saving time and energy.
  3. Client Satisfaction: Clients notice the difference between a clean, precise cut and a jagged one. Well-maintained scissors contribute to a professional appearance and enhance client satisfaction.
  4. Hygiene: Clean and sanitized scissors are essential for maintaining hygiene. Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of hair, product residue, and bacteria.
  5. Longevity: Proper care extends the lifespan of your scissors. Regular oiling, cleaning, and adjusting ensure that they remain functional for years.
  6. Comfort: Well-maintained scissors reduce strain on your hand and wrist. A comfortable grip allows you to work longer without discomfort.

Remember, investing time in maintaining your hairdressing scissors pays off in terms of performance, client satisfaction, and overall longevity.

Refer to our 5 step maintenance guide for more details