How to sharpen hair clippers

Written by isaiah david
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Hair clippers are designed to be self-sharpening. As the metal blades glide past each other they rub together, continually honing a sharp edge as you cut. Nonetheless, under some conditions, clippers can get dull. If the blade is not oiled and cleaned regularly or if it corrodes, it can become dull. This can cause it to pull your hair instead of cutting it, and to give a ragged, uneven cut.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Clippers
  • Screwdriver
  • Soft cloth
  • Coarse cloth
  • Plastic scrubber
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Blade oil
  • Brush

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  1. 1

    Remove the blades. Most clippers have two screws near the top that hold the blades together. Unscrew them and take both blades out, making sure to note how everything fits so you can put the clippers back together when you are done.

  2. 2

    Look at the blades. Notice any dirt or hairs on them. Look closely to see if there is rust.

  3. 3

    Brush away dirt and hair. Use a small brush to clean off both blades and to clean any hairs out of the body of the clippers underneath the blade assembly. Then, run a soft cloth over the blades and the inside of the clippers.

  4. 4

    If the blades are rusty, dip the cloth in rubbing alcohol and really scrub the blades off. If there is a lot of rust, you may want to start with a coarse cloth or a plastic dish scrubber and then use a finer cloth.

  5. 5

    Put the blades back together, making sure to tighten the screws enough. Put several drops of blade oil on the blades. Run the clippers for a good five minutes without cutting any hair to give the blades time to sharpen each other.

Tips and warnings

  • Brush away excess hair and oil your clippers every time you use them.

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