How To: Adjust & Balance Professional Hair Shears
Adjusting Tension (Balancing) Professional Styling Shears:
Adjusting tension is an important part of getting the best results from your shears. To check the tension on your shears, lift the blade handle to a 90-degree angle and let it fall. Your shears should close approximately two thirds of the way. If it falls completely closed, the tension is too loose, and the scissors will fold the hair. If it is too tight, it will cause unnecessary wear and user fatigue. Your shears can have a variety of tension adjustment methods. The most common are listed below:
1. A precision flat screw holding the shears together which can be loosened or tightened with a screw driver or a coin placed in the groove on the top of the screw. Turn right to tighten and left to loosen.
2. A tension adjustable nut which can be loosened or tightened by turning with your thumb and finger.
3. Other, more expensive, shears may require a specialized key.