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Scissor Care Instructions

It is critical that your scissors stay in the correct adjustment. All scissors need to be adjusted regularly. Here's an easy method for you to check the adjustment yourself (yes, this is your job - not the Scissor Man's).

Photo one shows the scissors held in what we call the "nine o'clock" position, now if the horizontal handle is released, the scissors should NOT CLOSE but stop somewhere between "ten o'clock" and "eleven o'clock", as shown in photo two.


This method works for 90% of scissors on the market. Some long blades or scissors with a balance face insert may need to be tighter, no scissors should be looser - you can adjust your scissors by turning the screw or knob clockwise a little at a time and re-checking.

The first thing to remember is treat them gently - contrary to popular belief, the most valuable scissors are the most delivate and need extra attention because they have the finest edges. When scissors are new/freshly serviced, don't go chomping away at heavy sections, give them two weeks of light work to run the edges in.

Scissors with a fresh edge are easier to damage than run in scissors, don't pressure the scissors - it could catch or even break an edge. When your scissors are new or freshly serviced, take things a little slower and watch what you are doing - most hairdressers will cut themselves with new scissors because they are not used to them.

Place your scissors down and pick them up as if they were a tea cup. Most people would never dream of dropping a tea cup on a bench because they know it would chip yet, a tea cup is much cheaper than a good pair of scissors!!

When you are cutting scissor over comb, cut half a centimetre away from the comb so as not to damage the scissors by accidentally cutting into the comb (if you need to cut closer because your scissors are pushing hair, they either need adjustment or they could be blunt!).

Store your scissors in a place where they won't get damaged (in the sheaf, pouch or case), do not put them in trolley trays where they can be chipped easily by brushes and bits and pieces. Keep your scissors away from sterilising solution and damp towels in front of sterilising jars, if you are doing this, you will find your scissors blunt, spotty and corroded.

Cleaning and Oiling
Scissors are not meant to be used dry (without oil). Oil them at least once a week with a good quality scissor oil . This will make them cut better, stop them corroding and they will last longer. Your scissors should be cleaned at the end of the day and left cleaned and oiled overnight.

Rinse your scissors with warm water at your basin and carefully wipe them dry, oil the area between the blades, working the scissors so any ground up hair or moisture is expelled by oil. Now carefully spread the oil on the inside of the scissor blades with your finger. If you haven't done this before, ask your local Scissor Man to show you how. If you're in a hurry, at the very least wipe your scissors before you run out the door, never leave them dirty.

:) happy cutting!