As a hairstylist, you use your professional grade hair scissors nearly all day every day. Because of this, it’s important that you sharpen them often so they continue to provide the best results for all of your clients. High end shears often come with a long term warranty that includes free sharpening for a given amount of time. The downside of this offer is that a stylist must send out his or her hair scissors and be without them for several days. Another option is to go to a local sharpener to have your scissors taken care of. This faster, but often more expensive. The third and final choice is one that is long debated: sharpening your shears by yourself.
On the one hand, these are expensive, professional grade hair scissors and you wouldn’t want to do anything to compromise their ability. On the other hand, you’re a professional stylist and you’ve been working with shears for a long time, so why aren’t you qualified to sharpen them? How hard can it be, right?
Below I’ve presented both sides of this argument to help you decide which option is best for you. These views are collected from a variety of places around the Internet and they present a variety of ideas. It’s important to consider all of your options before you make a decision because whether you vote yes or no, these scissors are undoubtedly important.
YES, you should sharpen your shears at home.
You’ve already spent a lot of money on your hair shears, so why spend any more on sharpening? You have to do this often because of how much you use the scissors, so sometimes it’s just not feasible to send them out or take them somewhere to be sharpened.
There are endless Web sites that teach people how to sharpen their hair scissors and YouTube is wild with instructional videos on everything. In addition, many suggest sharpening your hair shears with varying grades of sand paper, just like you would with any other scissors.
NO, you should NOT sharpen your shears at home.
As previously stated, you’ve already spent a lot of money on your hair scissors, so don’t ruin them by trying to amateurly sharpen them. If you are truly a professional hair stylist, you should have your own or at least have access to a back-up pair of hair scissors. It may be inconvenient to schedule a sharpening, but these scissors are you livelihood, so it’s worth it.
Although the Internet has so many places to explain hair scissor sharpening, who are these “experts,” really? How can you be certain these people know what they talking about? Can you truly learn all you need to from a paragraph or short video? And even though sand paper works well for your $5 craft scissors from Wal-Mart, these hair scissors are much more fragile, and much more important. Professional hair scissors are made from a different type of metal that is more sensitive and more precise. Using sand paper could ruin them, or at the very least, leave them worse off than they are now.