How to Sharpen Your Hair Clipper Blades

Using hair trimmers that have not been sharpened to cut hair is very difficult. Dull trimmers tug at your subject’s hair while you cut the hair, leaving uneven and possibly even jagged cut lines, even if the most experienced hairdresser is making the cut. Although it is possible to prevent hair clippers from going dull, these things happen, meaning that you will need to sharpen the trimmers yourself.

Firstly, you’ll need to remove your clippers’ top blade. To do this, remove the screws holding the blade in place. Next, brush the hair, dirt and other debris sitting on this blade. Wipe the blade clean using a cloth. Now, dust your blade’s inside using the cloth, making sure that you remove all of what is sitting inside the mechanism.

Now, get your sharpening stone and sharpen the clipper blade in the same fashion as you would when sharpening a knife – rub the blade edge against the stone, using one direction only. This might only take a few sharpening swipes to be sufficient, as the majority of hair trimmer models are supposed to sharpen their blades by themselves.

Now, turn on your hair trimmer to make it vibrate. Move your clipper blade down the sharpening stone in many different directions for a couple of minutes. The combination of the trimmer vibrations and the movement of the blade down the sharpening stone will provide a more effective sharpening for the blade. You will know that your blade is sharp enough when the blade’s edge is shiny.

Now, eliminate rust from the clipper blade using a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. It may be necessary to apply pressure to remove the rust if you own older clippers, as these may have had large levels of rust building up over a longer period of time. Keep rubbing the blade with your cotton ball until the rust comes off.

Now, reassemble your clippers by using your screws to secure your blade. To ensure that the blade does not come out, screw the screws in tightly. Be careful when doing this, as your newly sharpened blades may cut your fingers should you not use an appropriate level of caution!

Now, wipe your blade assembly’s outside with alcohol. This will remove any bacteria or dirt that remains on the surface. Put your trimmer back together, making sure that you follow the instructions that came with the trimmer when you first bought it. Finally, test your trimmer to ensure that it works correctly.

Michael A. Ford

Michael Ford has been a passionate writer and reviewer for most of his life. Discussing, reviewing and taking apart the newest luxury products in homeware, garden and other niches is what he spends the majority of his time doing.

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