Proper Shear Maintenance Tips

For any barber, shears and scissors are like an artist’s brush. They’re your foundational tools, an element of your business that’s absolutely vital. At Collectiv Academy, one of the first things you’ll be introduced to upon beginning your barber school program is our Professional Pack, featuring scissors, shears and numerous other important salon items.

Once these are in your possession, maintaining them is vital – and this remains the case throughout your career in cosmetology. We’ll give you more details in the program, but here are a few basic tips for cleaning and maintaining shears.

Daily Cleans

In all honesty, shears should ideally be cleaned after every individual cut. Many salons take shortcuts here, and simply drop the shears briefly into Barbicide after cuts – you can do better. This often leaves extra hair caught in the shears, meaning that while they’ve been sanitized, they haven’t actually been cleaned. Barbicide can also damage shears if it’s used too often.

Instead, clean your shears with warm, soapy water after sanitization. Wipe the blade moving away from the cutting edge, and be sure to check connector areas where hair is most likely to get caught. Make sure the shears are completely dry before storage, to help prevent rust – but don’t use a hair dryer, which can warp the blades.

Weekly Cleans

You need to lubricate sheers at least once a week – a good way to remember is to lubricate them every week on the final day before your day off. This allows plenty of time for the lubricant to do its work before you need to sanitize the shears again for the net cut. A few drops of basic shear lubricant around the pivot screw of the shears will do, after which you simply open and close the blades gently a few times to let the gel reach everywhere in the screw. Wipe the extra gel off, and store the blades in a case or pouch.

Sharpening

Sharpening doesn’t need to necessarily happen at a set interval, but rather whenever you notice shears having issues with pulling or pushing hair, rather than simply cutting it. Standard shears should last for between 600 and 700 customers between sharpenings, but this may vary. If you frequently cut thick, coarse or dirty hair, it may be fewer.

For specific training on these elements, or to learn more about any of our cosmetology school services, speak to the educators at Collectiv Academy.

Barber Beard Styling Tips

The salon is for men just as much as it’s for women, and for many men, one of the primary reasons they visit is for beard services. At Collectiv Academy, our barber school programs will include all the knowledge you need to shave, trim and style the various beards you may see in the field.

What are some of the chief considerations you have to take into account when working with a variety of beards as a barber? Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors in styling a beard.

Style Options

Everyone’s hair grows differently, and as a stylist, you’ll be expected to give tips and advice on the sorts of styles that might match up with a person’s hair. Maybe a client is in love with the idea of a thick, logger-style beard…but their facial hair is spotty and relatively thin.

It’s your job to find the right ways to lead them in a different direction, and one of the best ways to do this is to have a better alternative at the ready. We’ll give you all the little tricks to spot good style options based on your clients’ hair growth.

Professionalism

All employers will view beards differently, and some of your male clients may ask you for your recommendation on keeping it “professional” within the workplace. These customs can vary slightly depending on local culture, so as a barber, be up to date on these sorts of trends. In addition, being as knowledgeable as possible on acceptable standards will help you give the right advice.

Products

There are dozens of great shaving products on the market depending on the individual need, and a big part of your job is pointing clients in the right direction. We’ll give you detailed training on the full range of products, and how to spot which might be right for a particular beard style.

Combing

Different parts of a given beard, especially a big one, will grow in different directions. For the man who desires a well-combed beard, some “training” of the beard will be required – this involves repeated combing in a certain direction to define its growth and shape. You’ll need to know the proper techniques here, plus how to accomplish them without causing any pain or discomfort.

Want to learn more about beard styling, or interested in any of our other cosmetology school services? Speak to the educators at Collectiv Academy today.