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    Default How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    I was just wondering if and how you should sharpen scissors. What do you use to sharpen them? I don't plan on trimming soon, but I want to S&D and I really want to take care of my hair.

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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    most key cutting places will sharpen scissors for a few quid in the UK. check these places out in the US. I probably sharpen once a year.
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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    Knife stores will sharpen blades, and sometimes fabric stores can send them out for sharpening, but it's probably not worth it unless you have pretty decent scissors because of the cost.

    ETA: By "pretty decent," I really meant "expensive." Some cheaper scissors can be quite good as long as their blades stay sharp, but you probably wouldn't want to spend $20 or so sharpening a $15 pair of scissors, whereas if you had a $100 pair it would definitely be worthwhile to pay for sharpening.
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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    My dad does mine for me a few times a year, and I think he uses a huge belt sander machine. Whatever it is he uses he gives them back within 5 minutes of taking them!

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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    I haven't sharpened mine yet, but we have one of those rods for sharpening knives, so I might use that. I also have a stone for sharpening daggers, so I could use that too and do it the old fashion way ^_^
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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    Actually the specialized store that I bought mine from said that sharpening isn't really required frequently for scissors that you use for your own trimming because good quality scissors stay sharp for quite a number of cuts. She said that only hairdressers that go through a few customers a day will need to have their scissors sharpened more often. That's what she told me when I asked her for advise on how to look after mine

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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    Depending on how you scissors were sharpened in the first place, it might get difficult to keep it that way. Some people just get new scissors instead.

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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    I have Arius Eickert shears, and when their time comes, I'll mail them to their shop for a sharpening. I'm apprehensive to sharpen at home, because the scissor blades have to work in tandem, and you may run the risk of misalignment if they're not sharpened and aligned properly.

    You could see what sharpening options your manufacturer suggests. I believe that Tweezerman has a free sharpening option, and others have a mail-in service. I've had my scissors for 4 years now, and they're still sharp as all heck with 4 trims/year.

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    Default Re: How do you sharpen your hair cutting scissors?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sundial View Post
    Actually the specialized store that I bought mine from said that sharpening isn't really required frequently for scissors that you use for your own trimming because good quality scissors stay sharp for quite a number of cuts. She said that only hairdressers that go through a few customers a day will need to have their scissors sharpened more often. That's what she told me when I asked her for advise on how to look after mine
    That's what I've heard as well. If you only use your scissors to trim your hair once in a while and don't cut anything else with them (which you shouldn't do anyway), they will probably stay sharp for years, depending on how often you trim.
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