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Shear Maintenance - How To Oil And Care For Your Shears

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | Founding Partner of Sam Villa


Professioanl shears are an investment for stylists, one of the most used and expensive tools in the bag, so prolonging optimal performance is a priority.

Sam Villa uses his shears almost everyday, here's how he keeps them in tiptop shape.

Items needed:
LAR_9247 Items needed to clean and maintain your shears.

Shear Maintenance & Cleaning Tips

Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to remove styling aid residue, minding the edges of the blade to avoid injury.

LAR_9256 Gently clean the shear with a cotton ball but be cautious of the sharp blade.
LAR_9270 Cleaning with alcohol and a cotton ball will remove build up and finger smudges.

Hold shears with tips pointing down with the blades open about at a 45º angle, put a couple drops of shear oil at the pivot point, open and close shears and let sit over night.

LAR_9282 Be sure to order a SHEAR MAINTENANCE KIT prior to cleaning.
LAR_9283 Apply the oil while tilting the shears at a 45 degree angle.

In the morning, hold the shears in a downward position and open and close open and close the shears.

The oil from the night before will flush out the hair that gets built up in the pivot point of the blades.

LAR_9291 After opening and closing the shear, wipe the shear clean with the cloth from your Shear Maintenance Kit.
LAR_9298 Once the shear oil is all clean, wipe any smudges or hair off and you are done!

When the blades of scissors are covered with hair, styling residue, moisture and chemicals, corrosion can occur.

Regular cleaning will help keep the blades stay sharp longer.