Why Invest in Your Scissors?

Why Invest in Your Scissors?

Why Investing in Quality Scissors is a Game Changer for Stylists

Hey everyone, let’s talk about something crucial for all stylists: investing in your tools. While many stylists spend big on electric tools like hairdryers and straighteners, the importance of a good pair of scissors is often overlooked, despite their significant role in our daily work.

The Overlooked Tool: Scissors

Most stylists start their careers with a basic pair of scissors and replace them annually. Surprisingly, many can’t even recall the brand or size of their scissors, yet they are intimately familiar with their hairdryers and straighteners. This is concerning given how frequently scissors are used.

Scissors: Your Most Important Tool

Consider this: you’ll use your scissors for approximately 1,600 hours or 96,000 minutes annually, which equates to 67 full days a year. Quality scissors are vital for comfort, efficiency, and performance. On average, stylists make around 2,400 cuts per year, translating to 10 cuts a day, five days a week, for 48 weeks. This makes scissors the most used and most profitable tool in your kit.

Financial Perspective

Let’s break down the numbers. If an average haircut costs £32, your scissors can generate £76,800 annually. Investing in high-quality scissors like Kasho, which can last up to 10 years, means your tool could help generate £768,000 over its lifetime. Spending £500-£1,000 on top-notch scissors becomes a small investment for such returns. With financing options, it’s equivalent to the cost of one haircut per month.

Why the Hesitation?

Despite the benefits, many talented stylists continue using beveled blade, non-ergonomic, weaker steel scissors. This choice often leads to hand fatigue and shoulder tension, much like a professional chef using an inferior knife instead of a premium KAI chef knife. The lack of emphasis on the right tools from the start of a stylist’s education contributes to this issue.

The Right Tool for the Job

A talented stylist remains talented regardless of the tools, but the right scissors enhance the ease, efficiency, and precision of their work. Investing in high-quality scissors not only improves your performance but also promotes better wellness by reducing physical strain.

Make the Smart Investment

Using the right tools is essential for achieving professional success and maintaining your health. To learn more, visit our blog and explore our content on choosing the best tools. We also offer a WhatsApp function for direct consultation to help you make the right investment in your scissors.

Investing in quality scissors is not just about improving your craft—it’s about making a smart business decision that supports your long-term health and success.

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Caring for your Body

Caring for your Body

CARING FOR YOUR BODY

Having a high-quality, ergonomically designed pair of scissors is the first step to avoiding the aches and pains and more serious injuries that can affect hard-working hairdressers. But even when you have the perfect cutting tools, there are still measures you can take to limit pressure on your hands and wrists, according to scissors expert Kasho Scissors. “Scissors are the tool we work with every day, and while they are ergonomically designed to limit wrist and shoulder aggravations, there’s also things hairdressers should be doing to make sure they are cutting injury free,” creative director for The Hair Movement and Kasho Creative contributor Tania Betsy says. “Small steps can make a big difference to how your body feels at the end of a busy day.” 

Tania Betsy has these four tips for caring for your body while you’re cutting hair.

1 Perfect the proper grip

It’s vital to hold your scissors using a relaxed and natural grip. The thumb should rest in the thumb ring, and the remaining fingers in the finger ring, allowing for controlled and precise movements. It’s all about limiting the strain put on your hand and wrist during a day of cutting, and gripping the scissors in this way should become second nature.

2 Watch your body position

Ensure you maintain a comfortable and upright posture while cutting. It’s so easy to end up slouching, or constantly bending to hear what the client is saying but try to avoid this where possible. It’s not just your hands and wrists that can suffer; backs and shoulders can also feel the strain. Also, try to avoid excessive bending of the wrist or overreaching, as these can lead to discomfort and strain.

3 Take regular breaks

While the first thing you might think about during a break is grabbing a coffee or a snack, also take time between cutting sessions to stretch and relax your hands, wrists, and shoulders. This helps prevent cumulative strain injuries associated with prolonged use.

4 Customise your scissors

Make sure your scissors are working with you to avoid unnecessary strain. Adjust the scissor tension and finger rest to suit your individual preferences. Experiment with different settings to find the configuration that best accommodates your hand size and cutting technique.

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The Artistry of Japanese Steel Blades

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THE ARTISTRY OF JAPANESE STEEL BLADES

Choosing a new scissor is not only an important and personal purchase but also an investment. An investment in yourself and your craft. The aim of this article is to help you understand the ins and outs of a very specific element of your scissor: the steel and its origin.

On the surface it’s not a very exhilarating or a very sexy topic, but it’s an incredibly important one and I’m going to explain why understanding scissor steel is crucial for unlocking the magic in your hands. 

When it comes to investing in new scissors, not all steels are created equal, and we’re here to break down the nitty-gritty – VG10 vs. sintered, Japanese vs. German – with a crystal-clear message: Japanese scissors are the real winner!

WHY DOES STEEL MATTER ANYWAY?

Before we dive into the ‘steel showdown’, let’s address the elephant in the salon – why does it even matter? Well, your scissors are singularly the most important tool in your tool box and the type of steel they’re made of can make all the difference between a meh cut and a slay-all-day masterpiece. It also makes a massive difference in the longevity and consistency of the sharpness of your scissor. 

VG10 STEEL – THE CROWN OF THE JEWEL 

Meet VG10, the VIP of Japanese steel, crafted for samurai swords – this bad boy means business. VG10 is all about that razor-sharp edge – the kind of precision that can turn a haircut into a work of art.

Some additional facts! VG-10 is known for its high hardness, typically ranging from 59 to 61 HRC (Rockwell Hardness C scale). This level of hardness allows for excellent edge retention, meaning the blade can maintain its sharpness through extended use.

But there’s more! VG10 doesn’t just play the sharp game; it’s the MVP of durability and corrosion resistance.

SINTERED STEEL – THE TOUGH COOKIE

Now, let’s talk sintered steel, which is used in the Kasho Millennium scissor – the unsung hero in the durability department. Think of sintered steel as the “Tough Guy” of the scissor world – strong, resilient, and ready for any hair adventure, yet it’s light. A scissor forged with sintered steel feels almost weightless in your hand. It’s an unmatched experience. 

Through the magic of blending and compacting metal powders, sintered steel emerges as the heavyweight champion, promising you a scissor partner that stands the test of time.

JAPANESE VS. GERMAN – SPOILER ALERT. JAPAN TAKES THE CROWN

Alright, let’s settle the score between Japanese and German steel. It’s like choosing between a ninja and a knight – both cool, but one clearly has the edge. 

Japanese Steel:

  • Precision Perfected: Japanese steel is the Picasso of the hair world – it crafts details like no other.
  • Feather-Light Magic: Japanese scissors are sleek and nimble, giving you the control for those intricate styles.
  • Style and Substance: They’re not just scissors; they’re a fashion statement – sleek, stylish, and undeniably fab.

For additional information about Japanese steel, click here.

German Steel:

  • Solid Durability: German steel is the workhorse – solid, durable, and built for endurance.
  • Powerful Performance: German scissors carry a bit more weight, perfect for those who love a powerful cut.

THE TAKEAWAY – JAPANESE STEEL WINS!

When you’re eyeing those shiny new scissors, remember this: Japanese scissors are the holy grail of the hairstyling universe. VG10 steel brings precision, durability, and a touch of glamour to your fingertips. It’s not just a purchase; it’s an investment in your craft, your clients, and the professional that is you.

So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the hair game choose Japanese, as you deserve scissors that truly represent the work you want to be your hairdressing legacy.

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DEPOSITS, IT’S A NO-BRAINER

 

In the world of professional hairdressing, where creativity meets craftsmanship, the importance of taking deposits cannot be overstated, and in my opinion, should be a given. However, if you browse most professional hairdressing forums on Facebook, you’ll find that it’s a question that keeps popping up and repeating itself. So, in my humble attempt to influence this incredible industry, I thought I would address this hot topic through an article, especially as deposits are an absolute given for us at The Hair Movement Salon. We believe that it’s imperative to protect the income of our stylists, set the professional tone for our guests (aka clients) and of course safeguard our business as a whole. 

While the artistry of transforming hair and creating stunning styles in combination with creating an exceptional atmosphere is 100% at the forefront of every salon experience, the business side of what we do plays an equally crucial role. It might not be as fun, or ‘sexy’, but savvy business practices are crucial in a time when there is a real culling taking place in our industry. 

One key aspect that ‘on-the-ball’ salons have embraced as a no-nonsense principal is the practice of taking deposits, a strategy that not only benefits the salon and it’s hero stylists, but also ensures a smoother, more reliable experience for clients. Today, with advancement of the salon booking systems, it’s a very fluid, non intrusive experience for clients and salons alike, both in the communication and execution of taking an appointment deposit. 

So let’s break it down as to why it should be a no-brainer. 

 

Commitment and Accountability

When booking a table to a nice restaurant, deposits are often taken. In reality it’s a few pounds, but they are in-fact storing card details incase of a no-show. If on a Saturday night, a smaller restaurant would have four no-shows, that’s a real blow to their bottom line. Everyone understands and respects this. So why would it be any different for a salon. Taking a deposit establishes a level of commitment from our clients. In an industry where time is money, ensuring that clients are serious about their appointments is absolutely paramount. Deposits act as a commitment fee, signalling to you as the stylist that your client is dedicated to their scheduled time and values the expertise of the salon. It’s like everything in life, if you don’t set a value on your time, then why would anyone else. 

 

Time is Precious

For you as a professional, time is what we call a non-renewable resource. A salon column and the time slots structured within, must be protected. Unfilled appointments, last-minute cancellations or last-minute service changes can be detrimental to your livelihood and the salon business alike. By taking a deposit, we protect ourselves from potential revenue loss due to no-shows or sudden cancellations. This practice encourages clients to honour their appointments and be punctual, respecting the time and effort you put into providing exceptional service. That level of respect is crucial if you want to run a no-drama consistent business. 

 

Professionalism and Trust

The act of taking a deposit communicates professionalism and instills a sense of trust between the salon and client. It demonstrates that the salon values its time and expertise, and in return, clients can trust that their appointments will be honoured and receive the attention they deserve. It sets a professional tone. It also protects the investment that has been made getting that client into the salon.

 

Fair Compensation for Consultation and Preparation

Many of our appointments involve a preliminary consultation and prep-work before the actual appointment. By taking a deposit, we also ensure that the time and effort put into understanding the client’s needs and preparing for that appointment is compensated, even if unforeseen circumstances lead to a cancellation. 

 

The Deposit and Communication around it 

How a salon chooses to structure its deposit scheme varies, a lot. Some  salons have a sliding scale, perhaps taking 50% for all new clients, and 10% for existing. But with the latest salon software, like Phorest, this can be further automated where card details can be stored, and if they are a no-show, some salons take full payment, if they are unable to fill the slot. No matter which deposit structure you choose, communication with clients is key. Clear terms and conditions must be stated on the salon website, reiterated in confirmation emails or other in-salon notices. This point is crucial. Transparency is an absolute must in order to run a seamless deposit scheme. You must also never feel a need to justify or apologise for having this scheme in place, or for being paid when someone is a no-show. Time is your livelihood, and as covered earlier, it’s a non-renewable resource. Once a deposit scheme is implemented, and run through the first client visit cycle,  it simply becomes a matter of fact, and going into 2024, clients almost expect it. It’s just simply become a way of life.

 

There will be Exceptions

There will always be clients that are an exception to the rule. In a hypothetical, they might be a long standing client who’s sadly fallen ill, perhaps being admitted to hospital. It’s then up to you to make the commercial, humanistic and customer facing decision whether or not the deposit payment should be honoured. By having the scheme in place, the decision now sits firmly in your hands, instead of you being forced to submit to a situation that was previously entirely out of your control. This level of commercial control results in a happier, and stronger working environment, which in turn increases the customer experience as well as your artistic creativity, as you get to focus on what you are passionate about, without worry.

 

A quick recap …

The importance of taking deposits cannot be overstated. It is a practice that not only safeguards the business interests of your salon, but also fosters a sense of commitment, accountability, and trust between you, as the stylist, and your client. As the industry continues to evolve, the integration of such business practices ensures that both artistic expression and economic stability can coexist harmoniously in the world of beauty and style. It also gives you ease of mind, knowing that your income is consistent, stable and secure. 

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In the ever-evolving world of fashion, hair trends play a significant role in shaping personal style. As we dive into 2024, bob hairstyles continue to steal the spotlight, offering a perfect blend of sophistication and modern flair. Let’s explore the most coveted hair bobs that are making waves this year.

1. Textured Bobs for Effortless Cool

The textured bob has become a go-to choice for those seeking a relaxed yet stylish vibe with minimal styling. This cut adds a playful touch to your look, creating movement and dimension. Embrace those tousled waves or opt for a choppy finish – textured bobs effortlessly strike the balance between casual and chic.

2. Blunt Cuts Make a Bold Statement

Unapologetically sleek and striking, blunt-cut bobs are making a strong comeback in 2024. This edgy style provides a clean, sleek, sharp look that exudes confidence. Whether chin-length or grazing the shoulders, a blunt bob makes a bold statement, framing the face with precision.

3. Layered Bobs with Soft Waves

Embrace your length and create a more relaxed look. This is a cut for those who crave versatility, layered bobs with soft waves are stealing the scene. The layers add movement and texture, while gentle waves provide a touch of femininity. This dynamic combination offers a stylish solution for those wanting a bob that effortlessly transitions from day to night.

4. Asymmetrical Bobs for Modern Edge

Dramatic and Bold! Step into the future with asymmetrical bobs, where one side is slightly longer than the other. This avant-garde style adds a contemporary edge to the classic bob, offering a bold and unique look that stands out in a crowd.

5. Pixie-Length Bobs for the Bold

Best of both, if you dare! Channel your inner audacity with pixie-length bobs, taking the traditional bob to daring new heights. This ultra-short variation is not for the faint of heart but promises a head-turning, fashion-forward statement that defies conventions, it really is the best of two bold cuts.

6. Pastel Hues to Elevate the Style

Complement your bob with a touch of color. Pastel hues, ranging from soft lavender to muted rose gold, are weaving their way into the mainstream. To really make it pop, try face-framing, which adds a pop of personality to your bob with these trendy, eye-catching shades.

As you venture into the realm of 2024’s most sought-after bobs, remember that the key to a successful hairstyle lies in choosing one that aligns with your personal taste, lifestyle, and hair type. Consult with your stylist to tailor these trends to suit your individual needs, and get ready to turn heads with a chic and on-trend bob that showcases your unique style.

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