6 December 2022

Shears – Tips for Buying and Maintaining

When it comes to shears, spending a little more to get a higher quality pair that stays sharper longer and eliminates muscle fatigue is a no brainer. 

And, because buying a pair of good shears is a major purchase – it should come with as much support as possible. So look for companies that offer guidance on use, clear warranty information and maintenance options. The Sam Villa Company offers a comprehensive guide with each shear purchase that includes everything needed to make them last as long as possible. Highlights include adjusting tension and cleaning, how to hold shears to eliminate hand, wrist and should pain, an option to register shears, warranty details and even tutorials.

4 Tips to Consider When Purchasing Shears

  • Make sure they are the correct size. Measure the length of the blade against middle finger, and the overall length of the shear against the extended palm of the hand. If it’s too small or large, it will feel awkward. The most important element is the handle, it MUST feel comfortable.
  • Check out the warranty info to see what kind of security it provides. Look for a lifetime warranty that covers defects in material and workmanship, plus replacement parts. 
  • After a purchase, make sure to register them to expedite warranty services and safeguard the investment.
  • Find out how to sharpen shears – many companies will only honor a warranty program if shears have been serviced by them or a designated servicing partner.

Tips for Cleaning and Oiling

  • Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to remove product and residue – minding the edges of the blade to avoid injury.
  • Hold shears with tips pointing down with the blades open at a 45º angle, put a couple drops of shear or clipper oil at the pivot point, open and close shears and let sit overnight.
  • In the morning, hold them in a downward position and open and close multiple times while the oil flushes out the hair built up in the pivot point. Wipe clean.

Adjusting Tension

  • Hold shears vertically with the tips pointing up, then lift the thumb handle while holding the finger side with the other hand and let go of the thumb. The blade should stay open at a 45° angle. If it starts to close, turn tension screw/knob to the right 1 or 2 clicks to tighten. Continue doing until the blades stay open at a 45° angle.

Learn more shear techniques from the Sam Villa Team weekly on Facebook and YouTube.  The complete catalogue of customizable education for salons, shows and events, including Thrive On, is available here

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