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Why do my Shears pinch hair at the tips?

My shears seem to be pulling at the tips - what's up? It's one of the most common complaints we at Edgewise hear from our hair stylists, but why does it happen? Generally pulling at the tips occurs because of a few simple reasons:

1. The blade edges at the tips have been nicked or are just dull. Over time, stylists accidentally contact things other than hair with their shears (a ring, or tooth of a comb, for instance). Since the tips are used more often than the rest of the shears, are most likely to get bumped into things, and are most likely to nip things like your comb, the tips also generally dull quickest and are nicked most often.

2. The tips are not closing completely. In order to cut hair, the entire length of the two blades of your salon shears must overlap. If your shears were either incorrectly sharpened, leaving a gap between the two blades at the tips, or the stopper between the two finger rings has started coming out (so that the blades cannot close completely), you will get pinching at the tips of your shears. In either case, a small "V" is formed at the tips of your shears when they are completely closed. Instead of shearing through the hair, the "V" catches some hair but does not cut it, which feels like the shears are pulling at the tips.

3. The blades have been bent outward at the tips, or they were formed incorrectly at the factory. These will be very difficult for the stylist to identify, but in either case, the shears are not contacting one another correctly at the tips, and the hair isn't being cut, but grabbed.

Edgewise has the shear sharpening know-how and the years of training necessary to identify, and, where possible, repair these and many other problems you may be having with your professional salon shears. Fill out our service order form today (http://www.edgewisellc.com/images/pdf/ServiceOrderFormSeptember2012.pdf), to have your shears expertly serviced today! 

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