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Clipper Blade Care

Storage and maintenance – As with any precision equipment a little simple maintenance of your clipper blades will ensure that they remain sharp for as long as possible and are always ready for use when you next need them.

After use brush out any hair and wipe the blades with a clean rag or paper towel. Lightly oil the blades, across the tips of the teeth in particular, and wipe off any excess oil. If the blades remain fixed to the clipper always re-fit the blade guard, if supplied, to prevent possible damage to the teeth. For removable cutterheads, once the blades have been cleaned and oiled, replace them in your blade box or rack. If you do not anticipate using the blade again for a while, wrap the blade in paper towel or clean rag which will, in time, become impregnated with oil and keep moisture at bay. Blades stored in damp and humid conditions can become corroded which will lead to a loss of cutting performance.

Clipper Blade Damage

Unfortunately it is almost inevitable that, at some time, your clipper and blades may be knocked to the floor and damaged. It is all too easy to catch a foot in a trailing clipper lead and pull everything onto the floor.

In some cases no damage will occur, but often the blades can become mis-aligned, begin to wobble on the clippers in use, or sustain damage to the teeth. Most problems can be resolved but, unfortunately broken teeth cannot be fixed. It may sometimes be possible to round off the broken tooth to enable the blade to be kept as a spare for emergency use. However extreme care should be taken when using a damaged blade. If in doubt, please send the blade to us for attention and we will advise if we feel that the blade is too badly damaged to be used safely. Problems with the cutting performance can also be caused by damaged teeth, as the hair can be dragged between the blades rather than cut cleanly.

 If you are experiencing any particular problems with the cutting performance of any of your blades then please send them, with an explanatory note, to the Diamond Edge Service Inspection and correction.

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Hairdressing Scissor Advice

Scissors – Diamond Edge advises …..

When considering which hairdressing scissors to buy there are a number of factors you will need to consider. What will the scissors be used for? Will the scissors be used infrequently or be in daily or continuous use? Do you want scissors for a specific purpose? You also need to consider your own comfort, the weight of the scissors and whether you need left handed or right handed, as some scissors are made specifically for left handed users. What material will the scissors need to be made from? For example, premium hairdressing scissors are made from harder steel and are therefore more suited to heavier use, as they are likely to stay sharper for longer and can still be sharpened throughout their lifetime.

A professional Hairdresser will require a range a scissors to ensure the best results and selecting the correct scissors for the right job will improve both your performance and customer satisfaction to enable you to give great customer service. At Diamond Edge we offer a range to hairdressing scissors to suit all requirements and budgets. Click here to view our range of hairdressing scissors.

Scissor components

Hairdressing Scissor Components

How to hold Scissors

The generally accepted ‘correct’ way to hold a pair of scissors is shown below;the first two fingers to rest on the shanks, the third finger is in the bow of the scissors with the little finger resting on the finger rest (if fitted) to provide additional control. You move the thumb to create the scissoring action.

How to hold hairdressing scissors

However - there are various ways to hold your scissors and the important thing is to feel comfortable and in control when cutting hair. You should experiment with different grips and try out various scissors before cutting someones hair, to make sure you are really confident first.

Left Handed Scissors or Right Handed Scissors

Left handed scissors are a genuine alternative for left handed people, although many left-handed people find right-handed scissors perfectly comfortable too. Diamond Edge supplies left-handed scissors which have the grips and blades reversed to provide more comfort and the correct grip when cutting hair. We have a number of left-handed models available to special order - please contact us with your requirements.

Scissor Blades

While comfort and ease of use are very important, the key component of your scissors are the blades. The material used in the manufacture of the scissors should be considered before purchase.

Blade Materials

There are a range of hairdressing scissor materials for scissor blades developed for either the occasional hair cut or the professional hairdresser using their scissors every day. The principal choices are:

Carbon steel scissors will provide good quality at competitive prices. The blade retains a good sharp edge although some routine sharpening and blade care will be required. We recommend that you use a fine oil to wipe down and protect the scissor blades at the end of each working day as carbon steel scissors can sometimes rust if they get damp or are stored in a humid environment.

Stainless steel scissors are by far the most popular and forgiving of hairdressing scissors in regular professional use. Good quality stainless steel scissors will satisfy the majority of daily hairdressing requirements.

High cobalt stainless steel scissors are the premium quality of scissors available. They have extremely hard steel blades to retain a fine cutting edge,and most are hand-honed for an exceptionally smooth action. High cobalt scissors will also reduce the strain on the hairdressers hand, particularly important when being used on a daily basis.

Types of Scissors

Straight scissors

Straight hairdressing scissors

Straight scissors are the most commonly used hairdressing scissors and come in a vast range of sizes to suit all types of hairdressers for weight and blade length. Scissor sizes shown represent the overall length of the scissors, not the blade length. Shop our range of hairdressing scissors.


Micro-serrated hairdressing scissors

Micro-serrations are, as the name suggests,very fine grooves machined into the cutting edges of your hairdressing scissors, as can be seen in the picture above. They help to grip the hair during cutting and reduce blade "fatigue" when the cutting edges may begin to become dull through daily use. Many new scissors are now supplied with one blade micro-serrated. When using the Diamond Edge sharpening service, micro-serrations are usually removed but they can be replaced so please specify this if you would like to retain them. We can also micro-serrate new un-serrated scissors if required, please specify when ordering.

Thinning Hairdressing Scissors

30 tooth hairdressing thinning scissors

30 tooth, double-serrated thinning scissors

Thinning scissors are used to thin out or "lighten" a thick head of hair, or for blending between scissored and clipped hair without the sharp edges which can be left with straight scissors.

Thinning scissors come in double or single-serrated versions and generally come in three tooth pitches, fine, medium and coarse. Shop our range of hairdressing scissors supplied by Diamond Edge.

Double or single-serrated-Double-serrated thinning scissors (as shown above) have teeth on both blades and will generally remove less hair and leave a more natural finish. Single-serrated thinning scissors have teeth on one blade and one plain blade. The plain blade may be used to lift the hair, prior to cutting.

46fine tooth scissors- remove more hair than coarser tooth scissors.Ideal for use on fine hair. Only available in single-serrated version, as the teeth would not line up if double-serrated.

30 medium tooth scissors- Recommended for the novice hairdresser. Ideal for use on thicker hair. Available in double or single-serrated versions.

24coarse tooth scissors-For use on particularly heavy or dense hair. Available in double or single-serrated versions.

Created On  11 Aug 2015 12:43 in Professional Hairdressing  -  Permalink
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Professional Hairdressing Product Advice

Here at Diamond Edge we often receive enquiries about our extensive range of hairdressing equipment and we are pleased to answer any queries and offer advice when choosing from scissors, clippers, brushes, combs or dryers. Our new web site has pages dedicated to advice and tips which we hope you will find of use.

We want to ensure that you get the right salon and equipment and hairdressing products for your needs, so our new product advice section is being developed to help you choose from the comprehensive range of products available from Diamond Edge. Our experts aim to make choosing simple with clear comparisons between different hairdressing equipment together with easy links into products we sell in our Hairdressing shop. We can offer tailored packages to suit your individual needs, whether it be cutting the family's hair, or equipping a new salon. Please contact us so we can put together a package to suit your requirements and budget.

We will be adding articles on specific areas of hair care over the coming weeks and months which we trust will be of use- so please bear with us while we build up our library.

In the meantime, we are always here to answer your questions and help as much as we can so please contact us with your queries and enquiries - we look forward to helping you.

Happy Hairdressing!

Created On  11 Aug 2015 12:21 in Professional Hairdressing  -  Permalink
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Hairdressing Clippers Guide

Clippers–Diamond Edge advises …..

As with selecting any equipment, the first question to answer is what do you want the clippers to do? Professional hairdressers doing more clipper cuts may consider a more powerful style of clipper that is able to be used for long periods, and have a range of quick change blades as well as attachment combs to allow clipping to any length required. However, the traditional barber may be happy with a less powerful machine for light trimming and lining out. Small cordless trimmers are also popular for detailed trimming.

Clipper Blades-Generally supplied as a pair with an upper and lower blade, the lower blade is fixed while the smaller upper blade performs the cutting motion.There is a wide choice of blade sizes available, particularly for the more powerful style of clipper with a rotary motor, whereas the smaller clippers with an electro-magnetic drive offer a choice of clipping length with the use of attachment combs.

Attachment Combs/Guards– Are plastic combs that are fixed to the blade to allow the cutting depth to be increased.

hairdressing clipper attachment comb

Aesculap size 4 clipper comb

Created On  7 Aug 2015 13:14 in Professional Hairdressing  -  Permalink
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