Sharpen vs Buying - The benefits of Sharpening your Hairdressing Scissors

Sharpen vs Buying - The benefits of Sharpening your Hairdressing Scissors

Sharpen vs Buying - The benefits of Sharpening your Hairdressing Scissors


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Discover why sharpening your hairdressing scissors is a cost-effective, sustainable, and high-performance alternative to buying new ones. Learn more with CoolBlades.

Whether you're a salon owner, mobile stylist, or barber, your scissors are essential to your kit.

When it comes to maintaining hairdressing scissors, professionals like yourself often have to choose between sharpening their existing tools or purchasing new ones. 

Each option has its merits, but sharpening and servicing offers several benefits that can outweigh the convenience of buying new scissors.

This is something we have first hand experience with...

Yep, that's right, you could say we know a thing or two about the benefits of servicing and sharpening your 

hairdressing scissors rather than buying new ones. 

Our co-founder, Julie, faced the common challenge of finding a reliable sharpening service for her scissors while working as a hairdresser. 

Frustrated by the lack of options, Julie and her husband Brian then travelled to America to learn how to sharpen scissors themselves.

When they returned from the states, they started visiting salons in a small van, offering scissor-sharpening services to their fellow hairdressers.

And the rest, they say, is history!

Here at CoolBlades, we understand that saving money is essential to you, especially with the rising cost of living, therefore we've created this guide to help you make an informed decision on where to spend your hard earned money. 

The Benefits of Sharpening your Hairdressing Scissors


One of the most significant advantages of sharpening your scissors is the cost-effectiveness. It's much cheaper than buying brand-new, high-quality hairdressing scissors. 

Regular maintenance through sharpening can extend the life of your scissors, providing a significant cost savings over time. So, not only are you getting the same high-quality performance, but you're also saving money in the long run.

Maintaining Precision

Sharpening ensures that your scissors maintain their precision and cutting ability. Dull blades can cause your client's hair to bend or fold, leading to imprecise cuts. Sharpened scissors provide clean, accurate cuts, which is crucial for any professional hairdresser. 

Consistent Performance

Regular sharpening helps maintain the consistent performance of your scissors. High-quality scissors are designed to be sharpened multiple times, ensuring they perform as well as new ones even after prolonged use.

Reduced Waste

By sharpening and reusing scissors, you contribute to reducing waste. Disposing of old scissors and purchasing new ones adds to environmental waste and resource consumption. Sharpening promotes sustainability by extending the lifespan of your tools.

Comfort in Use

It's true that hairdressers become accustomed to the feel and balance of their scissors. Sharpening allows you to continue using tools you are comfortable with, avoiding the adjustment period required when switching to new scissors.

Personal Preference

Many salon professionals or mobile hairdressers have specific preferences for the weight, handle design, and blade shape of their scissors. Sharpening allows them to maintain these preferred tools without the need to find new ones that meet the same specifications.


Sharpening services often allow minor adjustments to the scissors, such as altering the tension or handle alignment and enhancing comfort and performance tailored to your individual needs. 

Protecting your Investment

High-quality hairdressing scissors are a significant investment. Regular sharpening helps protect this investment by ensuring the scissors remain in optimal condition for as long as possible.

Skill Development

Regularly maintaining and sharpening your scissors helps develop an understanding of your tools. This knowledge can improve your overall skill and technique in hairdressing as you become more attuned to the performance and needs of your equipment.

Scissor Servicing with CoolBlades

Did you know that we still offer a scissor sharpening service? We proudly sharpen and service any make or model of hair or thinning scissors, as long as they're in good condition.

Our Service Includes:

  • Inspection and cleaning.
  • Angle setting and adjustment.
  • Re-sharpening and polishing.
  • Convexing or bevelling (as needed).
  • Re-building with new parts if required (no extra cost).
  • Balancing and adjustment.
  • Setting and testing.

Prices start at just £14.58 per pair, including parts, VAT, postage, and packing.

You can expect your sharpened scissors to be returned within 5-7 working days using a tracked, signed-for service.

Find out more about our scissor servicing here!

If you enjoyed this article, why not take a look at the CoolBlades blog for valuable insights on smart spending and saving as a hairdresser. 

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