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Proper Shear Care

In order to keep your shears in top operating condition, you should take the following steps:

  1. Cleaning. Open your shears so they are in the shape of an 'X'. Place a few drops of oil on the inner face of the shear blades. Open and close the blades a dozen or so times. As you open and close the shear blades, you will see small pieces of hair, product, and dirt float out from between the blades. Take a dry towel and wipe the oil, dirt, hair, and product off the blades. This will serve both to clean the blades, and to coat the blades in a light sheen of oil, to better protect them from chemicals, which might land on the blades and damage them. Repeat this at the end of each day.
  2. Oiling. Lubricating the shears will help them to function smoothly and easily. For shears with a screw holding them together, there is usually a teflon (or other material) washer between the head of the screw and the shear blade. Place a drop of oil next to the head of the screw. Open and close the blades a few times. You will see the oil soak down behind the screw head. For shears that adjust with a finger adjustment knob, this teflon washer is on the side of the shears opposite the side with the adjustment knob. Again, place a drop of oil on the back side of the shears and open and close the blades a few times. Repeat this about once a week.
  3. Adjustment. Hold the blades perpendicular in the shape of a cross. The upright part of the cross should point straight up in the air (not tipped front, back, or to one side, or the other). The horizontal part of the cross should be the blade with the finger rest. Allow the horizontal blade to fall naturally. The two blades should close 1/3 to 1/2 way shut. If they close completely, tighten the screw slightly, or tighten the adjustment knob a click or two. Test again. Repeat until the shears close 1/3 to 1/2 way shut.
  4. Sharpening. While cleaning, oiling, and adjusting your shears will keep them functioning properly for longer. Eventually, every shear needs sharpening. If your shears are properly adjusted, and are cleaned, and oiled but you still see hair pushing towards the tips as you cut, see the hair folding between the blades, or notice a crunchy or pulling feeling as you cut, your shears probably need to be sharpened. For thinning scissors, you will feel the hair pulling as you try to cut. With normal use, these issues will start to appear in professional stylist shears after about 4-6 months of use. For having your stylist shears correctly sharpened, find out why so many of the country's top stylists trust their high-end shears to the professionals at Edgewise. Click over to our sharpening page (http://www.edgewisellc.com/sharpening.html), and follow the directions to get your shears to us today. We promise to try to get your shears as close to new as possible, and we stand fully behind all of our work. For other stylists feedback on our work, you can also check out your Yelp page, at http://www.yelp.com/biz/edgewise-inverness?nb=1.
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