How to Clean Hair Shears


Hair shears are not just an essential tool of hair stylists but also an investment. Protect that investment by cleaning the shears as often as possible. Hair oil and products can get stuck in the pivot screw and chemical residue will corrode the blades. Keeping the shears clean will prevent this kind of damage and lengthen the life of your tool, ensuring a high-quality cut.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair shears
  • Toothpick
  • Toothbrush
  • Water
  • Clean cloth or towel
  • Oil or lubricant

Clean between the blades and around the pivot screw of the shears with a toothpick or toothbrush. Remove any hair or hair product buildup daily.

Rinse shears under warm or cold water to remove chemical residue.

Wipe the shears dry, carefully, with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Lubricate blades, emphasizing the area around the pivot screw, with a small drop of oil, at least once a week. This prevents rusting and ensures a smooth cut.

Dry the shears with a clean cloth and store in a safe place to avoid nicks and other potential damage.

Tips & Warnings

  • A silicone lubricant is preferable to oil because hair won't stick to it as much as it does to oil. However, it is best to use the lubricant/oil that came with your shears or is manufactured by the same company.
  • Always take care when handling and storing hair shears. They cut best when razor sharp.

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