The Essential Guide to Scissor Care for Student Groomers

The Essential Guide to Scissor Care for Student Groomers


In the hands of a skilled groomer, scissors transform fluffy fur into refined shapes and forms. As one of the most frequently used tools in your grooming toolkit, it is crucial to maintain their cleanliness, safety, and usability. But fear not, for in this guide, we'll take you through a step-by-step process of effective scissor care that is as simple as it is essential.

Cleaning Your Scissors

Cleaning your scissors doesn’t only ensure their longevity, but it is also a critical aspect of hygiene, especially when working with animals. Here’s how to clean your scissors correctly:

  1. Remove Remaining Hairs: Start by brushing away any residual hairs on the scissors.
  2. Soak: Fill a small bowl or plastic tub with Barbicide (at a 32:1 dilution rate), or hot water and a dash of antibacterial soap. Immerse your scissors and let them soak for 10-20 minutes.
  3. Dry: Wipe your scissors thoroughly. Pay special attention to the area between the blades to ensure no moisture is left behind that could potentially rust your tool.

Lubricating Your Scissors

The key to a smooth, seamless cut is a well-lubricated pair of scissors. Lubrication helps remove any dirt or hair stuck in the scissor joint, and the process is straightforward:

  1. Open the scissors at a 90° angle and apply a drop of our recommended Groom Professional Scissor Oil 10ml. Be careful not to over-oil.
  2. Open and close the blades a few times to work the oil in.
  3. Wipe the blades clean, removing any excess oil.
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Storing Your Scissors

Once cleaned and lubricated, your scissors deserve a safe place to rest. We recommend storing your scissors in a protective cover or better yet, a padded scissor wallet like the stylish DezynaDog Scissor Case. Available in two sizes, these black croc-print cases can hold 3 to 6 pairs of scissors, ensuring your tools are safe, clean, and ready for their next use.

Understanding Scissor Tension

Maintaining the correct scissor tension is crucial for their performance and your comfort. Overly tight scissors cause unnecessary wear and may lead to groomer fatigue due to the extra effort required. On the flip side, loose scissors might fold hair rather than cut it.

The ideal tension allows the blade to fall to a ⅔ closed position when lifted to a 90-degree angle and let drop. Pay special attention to the tension of your blenders or thinners; if too tight, they might catch, particularly when opening a new pair. Remember, your grooming scissors are not your everyday household scissors – they require a gentle hand.

Scissor Grades, Types and Teeth

As you grow in your grooming career, you might wish to upgrade your scissors. Our range covers grades 1-5 with stunning designs.

Understanding different types of scissors, such as thinners, blenders, and chunkers, helps you choose the right tool for the job. Thinners are perfect for "thinning" thick hair close to the skin or for creating a natural look at the hair ends. Blenders excel in finishing a groom by blending away straight scissor/blade lines, while chunkers are superb for texturizing a cut and removing scissor marks.

Lastly, don't overlook the importance of the number and size of teeth on your scissors. More teeth equal more hair removal and smoother blends. The size and spacing of the teeth, as well as the 'V' notch on each tooth, significantly influence the cut. Understanding these subtle differences will help youachieve a precise and professional finish every time.


Scissor care is an essential aspect of any groomer's routine. Regular cleaning, lubrication, and proper tensioning not only extend your tool's lifespan but also ensure safe and effective cuts every time. And remember, proper storage, like using a DezynaDog Scissor Case, can provide the added protection your tools need.

Upgrading your scissors and understanding the differences between thinners, blenders, and chunkers can elevate your grooming game to new levels.

By following these guidelines, you can keep your grooming scissors in top-notch condition and make them last longer while providing the best service to your furry clients. Happy grooming!