Should I Sharpen My Own Hair Scissors?

April 15th, 2010

As a hairstylist, you use your professional grade hair scissors nearly all day every day.  Because of this, it’s important that you sharpen them often so they continue to provide the best results for all of your clients.

On the one hand, these are expensive, professional grade hair scissors and you wouldn’t want to do anything to compromise their ability.  On the other hand, you’re a professional stylist and you’ve been working with shears for a long time, so why aren’t you qualified to sharpen them?  How hard can it be, right?

YES, you should sharpen your shears at home.

You’ve already spent a lot of money on your hair scissors, so why spend any more on sharpening?  You have to do this often because of how much you use the scissors, so sometimes it’s just not feasible to send them out or take them somewhere to be sharpened.

There are endless Web sites that teach  people how to sharpen their hair scissors and YouTube is wild with instructional videos on everything.  In addition, many suggest sharpening your hair scissors with varying grades of sand paper, just like you would with any other scissors.

NO, you should NOT sharpen your shears at home.

Don’t ruin them by trying to amateurly sharpen them.  If you are truly a professional hair stylist, you should have your own or at least have access to a back-up pair of hair scissors.  It may be inconvenient to schedule a sharpening, but these scissors are you livelihood, so it’s worth it.

Although the Internet has so many places to explain hair scissor sharpening, who are these “experts,” really?  How can you be certain these people know what they talking about?  Can you truly learn all you need to from a paragraph or short video?

T. C. Kuster

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