With time and consistent use, scissors will eventually dull and lose their sharp edges. As a rule of thumb, your scissors need sharpening every 700 cuts. Think of it like maintaining your car with oil changes. You extend the lifespan of your shears if you service them regularly.
Additionally, you reduce the thumb pressure you’ll need to make a cut. You know that even swivel scissors need sharpening for proper hair cutting. And when doing so, there are two things you should observe.
The first is when the tension is loose, and the scissor closes halfway, and the second is when the shears pull hair. That said, below are some facts about sharpening shears that you ought to know.
Your precision also depends on your cutting edges
Many people imagine that even with dull shears, they can still do a good job because they are skilled. This could not be further from the truth. How well your scissors cut also depends on their edges. Damaged or dull edges produce inconsistent cuts.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ sharpening
The few people who imagine that they can sharpen their scissors correctly take one approach for all of them. The truth is that every stylist applies different methods, causing different places in the blades to dull.
You will need different edgework for different circumstances. Additionally, the type of steel used for your scissors will influence how you should sharpen them.
Your scissors will not be sharpened to death
Some stylists are afraid of sharpening their shears because they argue that the scissors will die sooner. In reality, an expert will do it in a way that it increases shears’ lifespan. They will remove worn steel and create a new edge by the end of the process.
When you sharpen your scissors yourself, you risk removing a big layer of steel, causing the blade to wear out faster. Additionally, rough materials used can expose the scissors to rust. Be sure to enlist the services of a professional when your scissors go dull.