To get the most enjoyment from your shears and to keep them working at their peak, you must take care of them. Shears that are damaged due to corrosion and misuse often times can not be repaired. To ensure many years of optimum cutting performance follow these easy tips:
Clean your shears
At the end of each work day wipe away any visible impediment. Open your shears and thoroughly clean the pivot area being sure to remove all hair, dirt, oils, and hair products.
Oiling your shear with the correct lubricant is important. We suggest you use WD40 by spraying a thin coat to the inside of your shear edges and wipe off all excess. We find this to lift all hair and product from the blades as well as removing all water. Do not use the spray lubricants that are designed for your clippers on your shears, they contain substances that can react to the steel in some shears and cause permanent damage.
The edge work on your shears is precise and can be damaged fairly easily. Dropping your shears on your station or table can cause the shears to be rendered useless until repaired. Depending on the manufacturing process, some shears can break if dropped.
Many states require the use of sanitizers. Some of these agents can do lasting harm to your shear. If able, wipe away all sanitizing solution after application and oil your shears.
When you continue to use a shear that is damaged not only can it make the damage worse, it can actually be harmful. If you continue to cut with a shear that is nicked, the nick can actually grow requiring more metal to be removed to restore the edge thereby reducing the life of the scissor. Also, by using a damaged shear, you will be working longer and harder. The result can be a repetitive motion illness.
Back up Shears
A back up shear is invaluable if your primary shear is unusable. This shear can be used when your main shear is being serviced. It is also a good idea to use this scissor when cutting damaged hair that you don't want to cut with your first pair.