Your education as a hairdresser does not stop after getting your certificate. Now that you are well on your way to becoming a professional, the next step is to master caring for your other investments — your tools and equipment.
The Importance of Maintenance
Care and maintenance of your tools and equipment are important for two main reasons.
The first is that without your tools, you cannot perform your services. While it is true that the most skilled professionals can work with whatever they have on hand, the importance of professional tools is that it makes your job easier, allowing you to work faster as well.
The second is that professional tools are expensive, so you would not want to keep replacing them because you did not care for them well.
Things You Can Do
There are care processes that you can do by yourself. Your hairdressing scissors will take on the most use and abuse, so they also need the most attention.
Make sure to use your scissors on clean hair, otherwise, they may become dull faster. A wipe down after each haircut is enough to clean it for the next client, but at the end of the day, make sure to give it a more thorough check. Clean it with a mild cleanser and once it is completely dry, oil the blades, and wipe away any excess.
The other tools that get the most use are your brushes and combs. You will need plenty of these to use on each client so — for health and safety purposes — clean and sanitise them. Combs are usually the easiest to keep clean and a wipe down with a sanitising agent or a mild shampoo (and rinsing after) should be enough to clean them for the next use. Thicker brushes, on the other hand, will need to be cleaned of any hair remaining on the bristles before they are sanitised and reused.
Keeping your tools clean and in working order may feel like a chore. Once you are accustomed to it, however, the routine will eventually feel easier and as much a part of your job as cutting and styling hair.