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5 Quick Ways to Sharpen Dull Edges on Hair Styling Scissors

A hairstylist styling a woman's hair
Posted: Aug 31, 2018 at 8:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

As a hairstylist, your set of hair-cutting tools is vital in your work. And thinning scissors and other tools for hairdressing do not come cheap. You need to dedicate some time to care and maintain them to deliver excellent results. As long as your tools are still in good condition, you do not have to replace them. But even with the best care, scissors would eventually lose their sharpness and become dull. Below are some easy ways to regain the sharpness of your shears.

Sharpen the Shears with Aluminum Foil

The use of aluminum foil to sharpen scissors is convenient and cheap. It only requires you to cut the foil continuously to do away with the blunt edges. Fold the foil several times to make it thick and make the process easy and fast.

Clean the Scissors with Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol does not sharpen the scissors but it helps keep the shears sharp. Its primary purpose is eliminating buildup on the edges of the shears thus allowing them to work optimally. Make it a habit to clean them with the solution before and after use.

Grind Your Scissors Against Another Object

To quickly revive your pair of scissors, use the shaft of a bottle, screwdriver or a small piece of metal to get rid of the dull edges. Run the shears against the surface of any of these items like you would when cutting something.

Buy a Whetstone

Whetstones are a significant investment for barbers and hairdressers. They last long and are effective in sharpening the edges. Soak the whetstone in oil overnight before you sharpen the scissors the following day. The oil will make the process smoother and easier. Once you are done, wipe off the oil to keep it in good working condition.

Invest in a Professional Sharpening Tool

You can purchase professional sharpening tools that are specially made for people working in the hair industry. These would come with all the necessary accessories. These are mostly motorized grinders that are appropriate for long-term use. Most shops that sell them would demonstrate how to work around them.