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Cutting and electric clippers.


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When we think about the electric clipper what comes to mind? man’s hair cut tidy up the neck line ?

We have to think beyond that another tool in our box ! another skill in our skills box!

When we think Electric clippers most of us think head shave to some degree and numbered guards. Who make the best clippers.well many different brands but Wahl and Oyster make the  best without a doubt.  I have to say i do like the clippers that are air cooled.

The shot below with the huge Blonde main was cut on stage just using clippers. In-fact the Oyster ones above. Having taken the model on stage with one length hair that was added as extensions prior to going on stage so anything is possible just open your mind.

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We don’t have to think head shaving although that can have artistic merit’s one can use clipper’s to do freestyle hair cutting anything from a blunt Bob to scissor over comb work. Yes if you. Understand  weight distribution, form and shape anything is possible. You just need to be creative and challenge your self. Put those scissors down and experiment.

Once we understand angles and weight distribution and so creating shape then the tool we use to do this open up so many possibilities. I truly think that more stylist should use clippers razor’s become professional and skilled using all tools available to us. Part of this is understanding weight as stated . I hope the above diagrams will help.

when we think about cutting with a razor they take over from the scissors or traditional razor is the effect the finished result that different to look at no but the challenge is and was achieving that with out traditional tools so a new skill another fear faced very worth it for both your and your client!maybe not for very curly hair but your in charge!

Explore using electric Clipper’s have some fun start off with willing models but push and challenge your self. Become an comfortable and skilled with all your tool’s.

Again invest in a good set of clippers and if you need them guards. I don’t get paid in any way to provide this material  hence providing both links! Mike B2MR

http://www.wahlglobal.com/united-kingdom/wahl/professional-hairdressing.html

http://www.osterpro.com/Category.aspx?id=groomer

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The hair salon challenges facing stylist’s owner’s


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What are the greatest challenges to stylist and salon owners and managers? Building up and retaining clients. Attracting new business. Being competitive with other local salons? Having that trusting relationship built on. Skill, honesty, creative talent with our clients and staff. ! Oh! And service.

As stylists we can so easily get caught up in being busy staying busy slightly over booking that we forget what is really important. The client. The service. The consultation. The after care advice and so  product sales advise.

Over the years I have come to realize that all of the above points are key to success. They are also the main things we as stylist’s forget, take for granted. These are the things we need to stay on top of, make part of our daily routine when working with our clients.

Salon owners and managers need to consider the location when setting up a new business. The image. What are your goals? How do you become part of the community you hope to serve?

Above: one of the two new salons this was formerly a salon existing business, so new ownership new appearance. new idea’s new vision

Below the salon well situated in between the two salons that opened recently but this one closed down as the two new one’s opened who has it right i wonder ?

I have recently watched two new salons open in the city where I live. They are a few streets apart for this to happen two salons closed. Is the progress or poor planning time will tell. A topic for another day. But worth a mention both these new salons have come into town expanding from smaller towns. Both have the same idea both looking for a piece of the pie! Hum!!! Battle of the newbies. Who will stand the test of time.Who will the paying public endorse in the hard economic times? Both have invested in a fancy up market look both very different. I did try and see if i could have an appointment to talk with one owner about vision concept goals. No response was forth coming ! fear is normally what holds owners back from talking openly.What do they have to fear ?

Above: Second shop newly opened the challenge is on. Can it, will it. Attract enough new clients will the local community embrace another salon in the city? it markets it’s self as 5star hotel treatment that might put some off! just a thought. Image and what we present to the public is so key.

Challenging our selves to make changes into how we work. Questioning what we do. How we interact with our clients is not as an easy thing. To take a long hard look in the mirror and being honest about what needs maybe a little help some adjustment. Is even a harder thing to do. Admitting we need some external help advise guidance. Even harder

I recently wrote a topic about Investing in ones self here is the link

http://mike-b2mr.blogspot.com/2011/09/investing-in-ones-self.html

This topic was one I very much enjoyed writing but i have to admit it was inspired by someone who I greatly admire. Author of Double your salon Sales.  Karen Lynch

http://www.doubleyoursalonsales.com/

This little book is a real Gem readily available in the USA and soon to be in the Uk it offers advise, asks questions, It challenges you to make changes and shows you step by step how to make them.

It covers everything we do, the daily situations that are presented to us daily.

In this book, Karen will cover all you need to do to make changes, she challenges you to follow her step by step to realise your full potential become truly successful.

My review of Karen’s book.

In writing Double Your Salon Success, Karen Lynch shows she has a true  understanding of the hairdressing world. She reveals the very essence of what makes for success by identifying the combination of service, consultation and sales that are needed to grow and be current. This book encapsulates so much of what we as stylists forget or take for granted. As Karen shares with us Pamela and Skye’s journey, she takes us on a roller coaster ride from start to finish. She reveals their struggle to make their dream a reality which is at times frustrating and emotionally upsetting and at other times exhilarating. As we read, we think “hey, that could be me; that is so right; what a great idea.” From start to finish, this book is a thought provoking and entertaining read that will leave you wanting to take the challenge to walk a new path to success.

The things we do define us. It’s these things that motivate, and inspire us. Question who you are, what you do, what really empowers you. The challenge is to ensure you have the right knowledge and tools to feel empowered. That feeling of positive affirmation will help you take charge and live your dream.

Courses be they. Technical. Hands on. Shows or demonstrations, are all very worth while.

However the real motivator is being creatively challenged, getting excited, having fun at work and in your life.

The real key to this is. The service we offer. Our communication and consultation skills. Honesty when giving advise on after care and sales.

Its this book that raises the questions, offers the answers, Karen has a finger on the pulse of our industry. It happens that with all my years of experience all that this industry has challenged me with given me, showed me, all this has proved that service, consultation, skill and communication are the key tools we all need to have.

Being able to put one’s Ego aside and having the right level of humility we can all challenge our selves constantly striving to grow and help others to attain higher levels.

For those of you in the USA another wonderful source of help and inspiration would be another lady whom I have a huge amount of respect for like Karen passionate and motivated industry professional

Kathy Jager based in Chicago Illinois  do take a look at both these links and sights so much helpful insightful information.

http://www.kathyjager.com/

As we head towards the end of the year start to think of a new and different approach to work to your clients your business for the new year make plans now set goals take action.

Mike B2MR

 
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Home hair straightening kit


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We just about finish posting warnings and exhausted the discussion on some of the professional keratin based hair relaxing products and how important it is to research that they are safe. formaldehyde free.

We have had ammonia free foaming hair colour. We have had  ammonia free all natural heathy hair colour for home use and application now we have.

I see this advertised

Charles Worthington Salon at Home Straight and Smooth hair straightening kit for non coloured hair.

Charles Worthington Straight and Smooth hair straightening kit, get the ultra-glamorous results of a professional salon straightening treatment from the comfort of your home.

Above is the add  So i thought lets read the instructions lets see what’s in this product. below is what i could find

Get gorgeously straight, smooth and more manageable hair with natural bounce for up to 40 days from Charles Worthington Salon at Home Straight and; Smooth hair straightening kit. Completely safe and easy to apply in just 25 minutes, this patent-pending breakthrough treatment uses Cystamine, a gentle and effective straightening active that re-programmes your hair memory and tames frizz. It’s 100% free from formaldehyde and ammonia. Get the ultra-glamorous results of a professional salon straightening treatment, all from the comfort of your home.

The experts at Charles Worthington have developed Straight and Smooth to help keep your hair straighter for longer. Working closely in collaboration with world-renowned hair expert, Professor Wortmann at Manchester University, the product has been over two years in production to ensure the best results for your hair.

This breakthrough straightening treatment uses cystamine, a gentle and effective straightening active. Cystamine works by re-programming your hair memory so your hair will stay straighter and not want to frizz, even in humid conditions. Our patent – pending technology is blended with proteins and argan oil to leave your hair looking smoother and healthier for longer.

Straight and Smooth is 100% ammonia and formaldehyde free meaning the product is safe to use and gentle on your hair. 85% of women who trialled Charles Worthington Salon at Home, Straight and Smooth agreed it effectively straightened their hair for up to 6 weeks.

Reviews thoughts questions:

As you can read from the above although it eludes to no Ammonia no formaldehyde it does not tell us what’s in it. How it opens the cuticle how it relaxes the hair my guess either Grain alcohol derived Alkaline mixed as  a cream to weigh the hair down keeping it straight in the 20 minute process time it does require neutralising [just like a perm] it’s really a acid perm in reverse not rollers!

I read some reviews not that good sounds rather smelly!

Cystine is what we have in our hair to create curl. We relax the cystine one of the hairs 19 amino acids to make it straight!!!

It might last 6 to 8 weeks that does not mean re do every 6 to 8 weeks !!!!!

It sadden’s me when well respected professional celebrity stylist have to endorse theses none professional products.So much for years in the industry and being a professional. It’s all about the ££££ or $$$$$.

To carry out this procedure one has to put the hair into an alkaline state open the cuticle. We do that with various strengths of Ammonia or with MEA or an alkaline derived from grain fermentation this allows it to be called natural!

Be aware that issues can arise if doing a process like this possible breakage do not do it on pre coloured or bleached hair  any doubts seek professional advise.

I really have the greatest respect for so many of our celebrity stylist they mentor so many. They are looked up to by young aspiring stylists who look to them as professionals these sort of products cheapen that image. Always research any product read reviews before applying it to your hair!

Mike B2MR

 
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Hair salon the services we offer


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR

Created as a source of advise education knowledge skill experience.

 

A place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s on matters relating to hair colouring skill and techniques and anything industry related.

Hairdressing and the Service Industry:

My Blog is about Hairdressing. Products, but also about the service Industry.

Something we as stylists provide  yet in some case the service we don’t offer! we forget! We get lazy.Complacent !!

Quite simply: 

After a bad experience to a highly recommended salon would you expect a client to return would she recommend. This place. This salon. This experience? Maybe but it would not be in a positive way!

The answer is a Big NO! so can you see where we are going with this?

How do you think your client might feel if for  along period of time you have in between hair cuts trimmed her fringe/bangs free of charge just a quick service you give in between appointments.

The one day out of the blue your regular clients pop’s in for a fringe trim you charge her say £5.00 0or £5.00 .will she questions this? is it a deal breaker ? is it enough to make her think twice about the service and the cost? answer yes it is think before you act short term gain long term loss!

The Salon is no different  to any other service related business. How many times are we on a role that busy day fully booked up and yet we keep fitting people in that busy day becomes an exceptional day! or so we think but was it?  In these very competitive times offering exceptional ‘Service’ That totally special experience is key to having and more importantly retaining clients and indeed getting new recommendations.

 

So that Busy day: A salon should be fun full of life. Interaction, friendly, inviting The problem with that busy day that big money earner it’s a short term view to success and reaching a consistent level of steady bookings.

When we over book, keep clients waiting. We compromise the service in some cases we take short cuts we have to seek the help of others, we might get an assistant to do a colour application that we normally do or that blow dry, we have all done this but it does not go unnoticed trust me your client does notice.

{Having that policy of booking and sticking to it  gains respect sets boundaries}

 

So on reflection: Although it was a busy day a big earner it was chaos you fitted new clients in but at the end of the day how many did you loose? a happy client recommends an unhappy client does not!

You will never reach a level steady busy days with good client retention when you take short cuts and over book money should not be the motivator! concentrate on the client the busy days the higher salary will follow! other wise that busy salon will start to look like this!

Whilst the Salon down the road thrives! Maybe with your now moved on Clients! Should this happen to you it’s time to reflect on. What you are doing. How you are doing it and what your real goal is!

We all have to sometimes take a look in that mirror and remind ourselves that no one is indispensable and that service and the client retention Recommendation are key to success.

 

Consultation.

The Key to success is the time you take with that consultation it is important to note that a consultation should not be limited to new clients that little bit of time spent for that quick review with a returning clients puts then at ease makes them feel specialThis is your time to introduce your self to put your client at ease share thoughts ideas, educate them with your knowledge.

Most Importantly be Honest!

In some cases this honesty could be a recommendation that a colour service at this time might not be a good idea but conditioning and working toward that service would.

Trust me this works! you have been honest explained why this may not be a good idea you are building trust,respect, A relationship!

we are in the business of offering service advise solving problems solving solutions.

A tall order far removed from just standing behind a chair talking about yourself in a flaky none caring manner!

As an example when we get hair like this, above slightly over processed looking dull. Condition refresh recommend products: Discuss realistic goals set out time frame book that important revisit all stuff we know all stuff we forget about!

I moved back here from Canada  almost two years ago and still have contact and relationship with clients to this day.

They become friends it becomes a relationship its a journey we take! its  fun!


 

Things to think about! 

Consider clients skin tone, eye colour, how they present themselves!

*Never put a shade chart on a clients lap and say! What colour would you like today!

*Never Compromise your standard.

*Have Boundaries.

* Honesty is best Policy.

* Take the time to listen, be educated, well informed, creative and skilled!

We should also consider help support material to maybe guide us forward.Maybe help us address some of the issues that we have allowed to get a little lacks.The service Communication. Consultation skills.

We all from time to time need to take a step back and seek help and advise.

 

A Highly recommended tool.

We need to use all the tools that are available to us.The ones that motivate us. Ones that are written specific to the issues around our industry by passionate professionals who have so much to share and offer to us. One helpful read is the book below written by Karen Lynch it’s very insightful on so many aspect of owning and running a salon and motivating staff.  She is a driven motivated passionate industry professional.

In this book 

Karen takes you along on a journey of discovery and challenges. Two stylist discovering the challenges the emotion roller coaster of success

                                                       http://www.doubleyoursalonsales.com/

It’s is very much hoped this will soon be on sale here in the Uk but you can order via the web link.

Having read the book and watched the educational DVD’s and as some one who has nothing to gain from this recommendation apart from sharing it as a tool that I think very inspiring written by someone with a solid background and so an understanding of the issues we all come across daily in the salon as either an owner manager or stylist.

Mike B2MR


 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Ammonia free natural hair colour, Avantgarde hair, Avantgarde/ creative hair, Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, Blonde, Blonde highlights, Bridal hair, Bridal updo looks, brunette to Blonde, chemical reactions, Classic Chinion. The laws of colour, Colour correction, colour wheel laws of colour, colouring Grey hair, corrective colour chart, corrective hair colour charts, Creative Hair cuts, Foaming hair colour, freelance Mobile hair stylists, French Pleat, Full head hair bleach and tone, grey hair issues, Hair and style, hair chemistry, Hair Colour, hair colour education, Hair colour techniques, hair colour trends, hair colouring lift deposit, Hair Cuts, Hair cutting, hair cutting style, hair cutting techniques, HAIR DRESSING INDUSTRY, TIPS TRICKS, THOUGHTS,, hair dressing training, Hair dressing training mentoring, Hair lift and deposit, Hair salon chair rental, Hair salon consultation, Hair salon service sales., Hair salon service's, Hair smoothers relaxers, Hair structure and Ph chart, Hair style, Hair style crative colour techniques, Hair stylist consultation, Hair Stylist standards, hair up/do formal, Hairdressing, hairdressing business, Hairdressing colour style trends, hairdressing education, hairstyle, home hair colour, Keratin hair relaxer, Level 6 to 9 natural blonde hair, Lifting Dark hair with High lift colour, Lifting natural dark and warm hair shades, Make over, Metallic salts, Multi tonal low lights, Natural Blonde. want it!, natural level 7 to 9 blonde, Ombre hair colour, Qualification., Razor cut is cutting edge, REDS HOT AND COLD, Solid hair colour going lighter, Stylist's Certification, That special Day make it so!, The colour wheel, The Hair Salon, up do'd, Wedding day hair

 

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Hair cuts style creative techniques


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR regular postings of fresh new topic’s

 

Following in the steps of our make over article some food for thought

 

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

When asked how many different hair cuts are their? my first thought was thousands but then if one really thinks about it well it’s quite an interesting thought process.

We need to break it down thinks i !

Long.            lets say anything past shoulder blades

Medium.       shoulder blades up to nape or chin length

Short.            anything above this.

Remember this is my thought process into the question asked not a definitive way of assessing or going about cutting, back to the plot!

So next my thought went to layers why layers well at the end of the day if not all one length then layers to some degree or another make form the shape.

It could be argued that layers are required for a perfect on length look for that wonderful swing and movement!

Yes we must not forget techniques, slide cutting, castle thinning shear, razor Cutting, and the many other tools we have at out disposal but these are techniques if you like artistic license, freestyle cutting.

But the basic’s don’t change the length and degree of layering.

All hair cuts are length and shape created by degree’s of layering this sounds very simplistic but it’s not because with this description we have to consider the real part creative talent, skill training,

 

Any hair cut however basic or however complicated is a mixture and bend of above techniques.

A hair cut is weight distribution it is having understanding of when cutting hair off where it will fall and lie how it will contribute to the final shape. It is being able to see and imagine shape. someone once said a great hairdresser should see a shape in 3D know how it will look, I think this a perfect analogy.

A great hair cut is a blend of the degree of laying but having a full understanding of weight distribution and a vision to see shape.

The key is that consultation on length and shape but also first and foremost to understand that if you put a weight line in with your fist cut it will dictate the whole cut it can make the difference between good bad average or just not good.

What ever we are doing creating has to start with a foundation if you do this a weight line can be moved as a shape forms if you commit to it off the bat you have know room  for change maybe maybe that odd growth pattern double crown all things that can cause issue!

It can also be said that one length really is only when cut to 1/8th of an inch all over and left to grow but this would only be true as it grows out if you turned the person up side down. but then we are back into weight distribution why because you cannot cut a straight line on a curved surface and given the shape of the head we have thousands of curves and angles to play with hence understanding weight distribution.

I think that angles on the head could be by think about a fan placing on the crown open it up  many angles now place on crown different direction again many angles how to they the work together?

As an exercise try this.

Stand behind your client take a section across the crown about 3inches wide comb it straight up

now look below your fingers at the section the distance from the crown to your fingers is less in the middle than the distance on the out side of section, why because of the curve of the scalp so it follows that it will be be straight when it falls. Now take that same section and lean it to the left as you do this the hair from the right and into  middle of the section will fall away carry on with the hair traveling to the left of the section the further you go the more will fall away. This is weight distribution!

I would so happily discuss this with anyone it’s so complicated to put into words and yet such an interesting topic. Mike B2MR

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Ammonia free natural hair colour, Avantgarde hair, Avantgarde/ creative hair, Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, Blonde, Blonde highlights, Bridal hair, Bridal updo looks, brunette to Blonde, chemical reactions, Classic Chinion. The laws of colour, Colour correction, colour wheel laws of colour, colouring Grey hair, corrective colour chart, corrective hair colour charts, Creative Hair cuts, Foaming hair colour, freelance Mobile hair stylists, French Pleat, Full head hair bleach and tone, grey hair issues, Hair and style, hair chemistry, Hair Colour, hair colour education, Hair colour techniques, hair colour trends, hair colouring lift deposit, Hair Cuts, Hair cutting, hair cutting style, Hair cutting technique, hair cutting techniques, HAIR DRESSING INDUSTRY, TIPS TRICKS, THOUGHTS,, hair dressing training, Hair dressing training mentoring, Hair lift and deposit, Hair salon chair rental, Hair salon consultation, Hair salon service sales., Hair salon service's, Hair smoothers relaxers, Hair structure and Ph chart, Hair style, Hair style crative colour techniques, Hair stylist consultation, Hair Stylist standards, hair up/do formal, Hairdressing, hairdressing business, Hairdressing colour style trends, hairdressing education, hairstyle, home hair colour, Keratin hair relaxer, Level 6 to 9 natural blonde hair, Lifting Dark hair with High lift colour, Lifting natural dark and warm hair shades, Make over, Metallic salts, Multi tonal low lights, Natural Blonde. want it!, natural level 7 to 9 blonde, Ombre hair colour, Qualification., Razor cut is cutting edge, REDS HOT AND COLD, Solid hair colour going lighter, Stylist's Certification, That special Day make it so!, The colour wheel, The Hair Salon, up do'd, Wedding day hair

 

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creative hair cutting


Welcome to B2MR BACK2MYROOTS!

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

How to do a razor Cut:

When we think Razor cutting i think in most cases ones thought go Directly to our friend the cut throat or open razor a valuable tool indeed, a tool that needs to be respected a tool not to fear:

Learning how to do a razor cut how to use the tools to create wonderful new free textured looks comes with much practice and Experience.

That is not saying don’t try but don’t just slash away without thought to shape and weight distribution.

My personal opinion is that one should have a full understanding of hair cutting creating forming building shape before playing with razors.

To get the most out of razor cutting one has to understand weight distribution, hair growth patterns, texture, how to build shape and form. can you do you visualize the shape you want to create in 3D before you start? when finished does it look the way you hoped?

Master the art of scissor cutting and indeed thinning and texture shears before moving on have a firm foundation and technique fully comprehend all aspects of this art you cannot learn this over night it takes years in-fact you will never stop learning.

I was fortunate  to learn from some of the very best icons of today John Frieda, Clifford Stafford. Both top stylist at Leonards in the late 70s early 80’s along with many other top talented hairdressers the training nights the schedule was quite brutal training nights 2 nights a week mandatory  at the time seemed harsh on reflection the very best one could have had Such structure such attention to detail.

I owe them a big thanks

{over the years i have seen so many hairdressers using thinning shears to cut hair when you ask them what do you think what your doing will do to the shape they look blankly or say thinning and texture of course yes but what about the shape the weight distribution!}

Maybe you don’t agree with me that’s great let share  exchange some thoughts?

I have been doing hair for many years i remember the first time the penny dropped

with regard to weight distribution and creating shape! It was so exciting it was like someone turned on a light.

{This was well over 20 years ago her name was Lesley and i gave her an amazing Scissor hair cut}

to this day I still get that buzz when it just works!

 

 

So the claw’s or finger razors:                         

I diverse a little these are amazing on thick hair Asian hair I have cut a really textured Bob just using these but again you have to understand weight and shape.

They have little blades as you use them the more pressure you apply with your fingers they hair will be removed as you drag them down the shaft in a combing motion.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of things lessons demonstration are the best way to learn these skills: I would be happy to share them with any one who would like a class.

their are so many techniques available to us with a razor and indeed so many different types of razor.

A skilled person can cut a Blunt Bob even use razor over comb, do layered cut, feather a fringe the sky is the limit.

My favorite tool is a feather razor i use this instead of scissors and cut hair in little points rather than a strait line. { Think about the shape of the head the angles you create?}  you cannot cut a strait line on a curved surface you create the illusion of this!  cool ha.

The razor i use the most is feather razor:

I use Kashio Blades they have the best edge and last the longest maybe a few hair cuts over a year i may spend the same amount as a good pair of scissors but think about how nice it is to have a new fresh blade it glides through the hair. { it is by choice the tool of my trade}

It is widely though that razor cutting is only suitable on certain types of hair in my experience this is not the case.

What needs to be considered is the technique that you are going to use to get the best out of any given hair type.

 

Once you get to this level of understanding there is no right or wrong way to do a razor cut it becomes a new art form freestyle cutting. Understanding the way hair falls the angles required to create shape, weight distribution movement texture all things to learn and consider techniques to challenge your self with. The above Diagram shows the different angles the sections remembering you cannot cut a strait line on a curved suface!

I was inspired by a dear friend whilst working in Vancouver at the time he was Artistic Director  for L’anza USA {Mr john Bertorelli } What John could do with a razor was and is to this day an inspiration a true artist i owe him a great deal he encouraged me to push my boundaries to step into the unknown i  did and have never looked back.

I became a platform artist working for L’anza Canada as a Colour educator and also teaching razor cutting.

In days gone bye i spent a great deal of time one summer cutting hair on the beach in Greece. Imagine this sea, sand, beer, hair cuts maybe not the best combination in the world {right!} but did you know that you can cut hair with a broken beer bottle the glass get dull very quickly but you can do a great cut. Well that story was needed because i have a jade crystal razor blade and it was through messing around in Greece that i knew when i found this tool that it had many applications:

Amazing for texture long and indeed curly hair so all those beers on the beach in Greece were not wasted it was an investment in my art.

When it comes to style creating that new look have fun

 

 


Challenge your self push the envelope get new skills invest in your self go on course

learn new techniques watch others share idea’s we never stop learning we just have to keep moving forward!

I have posted this article with pictures this can also be found

via my web page below. you can also find a

link for the Claws razor on this blog

http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

Mike B2MR

 
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Creative hair stylist tools


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR regular postings of fresh new topic’s.

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.Knowledge, Skill, Passion:

I found this distributor most helpful tis week when looking for Kasho razor blades

http://www.coolblades.co.uk/kasho-blue-series.html

Tools of our Trade choosing the right one having the right skill.

                                                 GOOD OLD FAITHFUL : Scissors.

Good quality hairdressing scissors can and are precision tools hand made can be very expensive very delicate and in the wrong hands can do damage.

For most Stylist using scissors is the main tool they use for most styles multiple ways to use and texture hair. They come in many length’s and styles and quality and price vary considerable.

an example of this the top right scissors are titanium coated} {$1000.00 us approx}

All the Scissors above are Japanese and have serrated edge.

                                                     Thinning or texture Shears:

Another Favorite with stylists Thinning or texture shears:

Although a wonderful tool that can create amazing effects:

I do however think many stylist use them without giving consideration to what they can do to shape or how by removing bulk from one area you can create more in another, they can also create problems as a shape grows out.

Young stylist should given more training with these shears and their uses!

{subject to be discussed}

MY PERSONAL FAVORITE: Razor.

The feather razor so versatile their is nothing that you can do with scissors that cannot be done with one of these.

From clean blunt look to free flowing movement.

The key to using one of these razors is to have a full understanding shape, weight distribution, hair growth pattern an ability to see a shape to be able to create sharp using the waves the curves on any given head. To cut hair with a razor one must also have a huge respect for what it can do how sharp it is and yet how versatile it can be.

Over the years many different types of cutting tools and razors have come along some stand the test of time others are short lived {hairdressers love new toys}!

Over the years and as i have got more  of an understanding of hair texture and weight distribution I have  been fascinated with finding ways to add texture to hair, not to be confined to cutting strait lines. or cutting strait lines only to go back into a cut to soften those lines out! using thinning shears, castle cutting, slide cutting, the list goes on.

I have two tools that i love too tools that i had to have the courage to pick up and learn to understand.both razors both very different.

The Claw’s or finger Razor: I have recently found articles re invention the Claw’s exciting!  with pictures of stylist with them on all fingers i think that three claw’s are effective enough when used correctly.

I have been using them for 10 years they were introduced to me by a wonderful Italian stylist.

Amazing tool on thick Asian hair you can really call your self an-artist do some freestyle cutting. As a tool to challenge both skill and artistic talent they area must have.

they enable you to become a real hair sculptor a free style artist. To the right cut with claw’s only they allow for wonderful texture.

The Crystal Blade:{discovered Winnipeg Manitoba Canada}

Yes a crystal { glass jade crystal} amazing for putting texture into hair as the blade will slowly De-laminate  little chips form on the class face thus creating even more texture.

A full understanding of shape and dimension texture is advised before using this tool on a client.

                                        The Classic Cut throat another valuable tool:

Both these two shots soft edgy razor cuts.

On the right the short cut the look still with texture but retaining a slightly edgy sharpness!

The shot with me using the Claw’s to add texture shows how they become an extension of ones fingers so your creating by touch and feel they really are very fun to play with.

http://theclawz.com/ link if you want to check them out.

Here in the uk for razor blades and scissors blades kasho

http://www.coolblades.co.uk/kasho-blue-series.html

 
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