Spot the Signs Your Hairdressing Scissors Need Sharpening
Spot the Signs Your Hairdressing Scissors Need Sharpening
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Spot the signs that your hairdressing scissors need sharpening

In the precision-driven world of hairdressing, the sharpness of your scissors is not just a tool of the trade, it’s a defining factor in the quality of your work. Recognising when your scissors need a professional touch-up is crucial for delivering impeccable cuts and preserving the health of your client’s hair.

At Mr Knife Guy, we understand the art of keeping your scissors in prime condition. For that reason, we’ve compiled some telltale signs which indicate it’s time for sharpening, making sure your scissors are always in top form.

Difficulty In Cutting Cleanly

When your scissors no longer glide through the hair with ease, leaving you struggling for a clean cut, it’s a clear sign they need sharpening. Dull scissors can tug at the hair, making precision styling challenging and potentially damaging the hair.

Ensuring your scissors are sharp is key to maintaining the quality of your cuts and providing the best experience for your clients.

Visible Signs of Wear and Tear on the Scissors

The physical condition of your hairdressing scissors is a clear indicator of when they need attention. Check for visible signs like nicks or blunted edges on the blades. These imperfections not only compromise the quality of your cuts but can also cause damage to the hair.

Regularly inspecting your scissors for such wear and tear is essential. Getting your scissors sharpened allows you to continue performing at your best, providing smooth cuts every time.

Increased Hand Fatigue and Discomfort

Dull hairdressing scissors can lead to an unexpected issue: increased hand fatigue and discomfort. When scissors lose their sharpness, more force is required to cut hair, putting additional strain on your hands and wrists.

This not only makes the hairdressing process more tiring but can also lead to long-term discomfort or even injury. Keeping your scissors sharp is, therefore, crucial not just for the quality of your cuts, but for your own wellbeing and comfort while working.

Change in Scissor Sound and Feel

A subtle but significant sign that your scissors need sharpening is a change in their sound and feel. If you notice a grinding noise or a lack of the smooth movement you’re accustomed to, it’s likely a sign of dullness.

Similarly, if the scissors feel different in your hand, perhaps requiring more effort to open and close, this can also indicate a need for sharpening.

Professional Sharpening vs. DIY

At Mr Knife Guy, we always recommend you choose professional sharpening for your hairdressing scissors over DIY methods. Why? DIY sharpening may be cost-effective, but often leads to improper angles and uneven edges.

Professional sharpeners like us have the right tools and expertise to maintain the precision and balance of your scissors, ensuring they deliver the best performance for longer.

Why Choose Mr Knife Guy?

Mr Knife Guy is the only scissor rental specialist in the UK. Customers have been renting from us for over six years, and we offer amazing value for money. Our huge range of styles and sizes means we have something to suit everyone.


Fantastic Customer Service


New Scissors Every 12 Months


Exceptionally High-Quality Scissors

“I have rented scissors from Mr knife guy for 3 years now always been excellent service and the scissors are amazing this time I rented my scissors/thinning scissors along with making sure my apprentice also had a good 1st pair of scissors. 100% recommend Mr Knife Guy.”

Amy Kopiki

“This is the second time I’ve used Mr Knife Guy and both times the service has been excellent. Today I called first thing and he came within a couple of hours. My scissors are like new. Really appreciate knowing there is an experienced sharpener who knows how to take proper care of my equipment.”

Vicki Bromley

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