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Here’s How You Should Be Taking Care of Your Shears

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07 . 19 . 18
Nina Aghadjanian

Nina Aghadjanian

Associate Social Media Manager at Mane Addicts
Nina Aghadjanian

As expensive as they are, haircutting shears are the bread and butter of celebrity hairstylists’ bustling day to day. Whether you’re just launching your career as a stylist or have been in the cutting game for a minute, possessing the knowledge to care for your pricey shears is precious information. To help keep your magic mane wand in mint condition always, we asked top stylists to share their tips. Here, a list of their do’s and dont’s for proper shear care.

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Wipe and Oil Regularly 

“I make sure I never place them back in my drawer with hair stuck on them. I wipe them constantly to prevent hair being stuck. I also make sure they are oiled regularly. I send them to BMAC every other year for proper evaluation and maintenance. I never toss them in the drawer and never leave them open in the drawer. They are always placed carefully to avoid any banging. I want to make sure they are in the best possible condition to keep the blades sharp and balanced.” —Shai Amiel @shaiamiel

Never Drop Them

“I just get the loose hairs out by running them under warm water and, occasionally, wipe them with alcohol. Never drop them and don’t cut synthetic hair with your shears! Cut only real human hair.” —Anh Co Tran @anhcotran

Only Cut Hair with Them

“Only cut hair with them! Never use them for fabric or anything else. Don’t use any pressure with your thumb while cutting. It puts unnecessary tension on the blades and will make your scissors wear much much faster.”  —Buddy Porter @buddywporter

Don’t Over-Sharpen

“Sharpen as necessary by a professional, but do not over sharpen scissors as it wears out the tip.”  —Lee Rittiner @leerittiner

Pack Them Safely

“I have a great case from Romero Canyon Leather specially designed for shears and combs to keep them safe and organized.” —Justine Marjan @justinemarjan

Don’t Expose the Blade

“Regularly clean you shears and do not leave the blade open. Do not leave the blade exposed to anything.” —Cervando Maldonado @cervandohair

 

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