How to Maintain Your Hairdressing Scissors

Scissors are a professional hairdresser’s best friend. They are your main tool, your lifeline. As such, it is crucial to choose the right pair, one that meets all your specifications and gives you just the right kind of cut. It will benefit both you and your customers, who will surely come back for more if they are satisfied with how you fashion their hair.

The perfect cut does not only depend on the type of scissors you have, though. High-quality hairdressing scissors, as with any tool, will only last for so long before succumbing to wear and tear. Their capabilities are only as good as how you care for them.

At Scissor Tech NZ, we offer a range of scissor maintenance services to help you prolong the lifespan of your scissors and get the best return on your investment.

Here are some tips to help you maintain your hairdressing scissors:

Storing Your Scissors Properly

You should always store your hairdressing scissors in a dedicated pouch whenever you’re not using them. Doing so will shield them from the elements and prevent any damage to the blade edges. It also prevents any scissor-related accidents.

Avoid storing the scissors without a pouch inside your bag or backpack. You may accidentally cut yourself while trying to reach for them.

Keeping Your Scissors Sharpened

Maintaining the sharpness of the scissors keeps them functioning at their best. Blunt scissors often result in jagged cuts, which can give the appearance of split ends. You need to keep your scissors sharp to keep your cuts clean.

Most scissors need to be sharpened every 6 to 24 months, depending on how frequently you utilise them. The timespan varies depending on several factors, such as the quality of your steel. Low-quality scissors require more frequent sharpening than high-quality scissors. One sign that your scissors need sharpening is if they are frequently getting tangled in your customers’ hair.

You can sharpen scissors yourself, but the best results come from having them sharpened by professionals. At Scissor Tech, we offer professional sharpening services for all scissor types in New Zealand.

Avoid Dropping Your Scissors

Dropping is one of the main causes of scissor damage. If you drop your scissors often, the blades will go out of alignment, and the pivot area will be damaged. Frequent dropping can also affect the sharpness of your blade, as the constant impact will slowly erode your scissors.

Oiling Your Scissors

Keeping your scissors well-oiled maintains their performance and helps in maintaining their lifespan. Most hairdressers recommend using specialist scissor oil for the best results, as it will keep the pivot area smooth and allow the two blades to play off each other without leaving scratches or marks on each other.

Make sure to use the right kind of oil. Avoid using baby oil or cooking oil, as they may erode your blade and leave a sticky residue that will affect your scissors’ performance.


Scissor Tech New Zealand provides sharp, cutting-edge scissors from world-renowned hairdressing brands. We also offer comprehensive scissor maintenance services. Contact us today for more information.

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