The Artistry of Japanese Steel Blades

The Artistry of Japanese Steel Blades

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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Embrace the Chic: Hottest Hair Bobs of 2024

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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OUR INDUSTRY HEADING INTO 2024

In the ever-evolving world of beauty and fashion, the hairdressing industry stands as a dynamic force, constantly adapting to new trends, technologies, and consumer preferences. As we step into 2024, it’s fascinating to witness the transformative changes shaping our ever changing landscape. From sustainable practices to cutting-edge technologies, the industry is embracing innovation in ways that promise a fresh and exciting future. 2024 is all about moving your business, and the industry forward.

Sustainability Takes Center Stage

One of the most notable shifts in the hairdressing industry in 2024 is the increased emphasis on sustainability. Salons are becoming more eco-conscious, with many of us adopting green practices such as using eco-friendly products, reducing water and energy consumption, and implementing recycling programs. Sustainable haircare brands are gaining popularity, offering products that not only nourish hair but also minimise environmental impact. Sustainability are is no longer just a buzz word, but becoming the a key foundational pilar for successful salons, something which has in large been client led.

Technology Revolutionises the Salon Experience

Technology is playing a pivotal role in reshaping the salon experience. Virtual reality (VR) consultations are becoming more common, allowing clients to visualise potential hairstyles before committing to that new, “life changing” cut or colour. Augmented reality (AR) mirrors are slowly being introduced by more companies, enabling clients to “try on” different looks without any commitment. Additionally, advanced robotics AI in salon software systems and automation are streamlining mundane tasks, allowing stylists to focus on what you are really passionate about. Clients and hair.

Personalisation and Inclusivity

The shift towards inclusivity and personalisation is transforming the way salons operate. Being able to cater to all and stepping out of comfort zones is what it’s all about in 2024. We as an industry will be pushing ourselves to work with a more diverse range, including diverse hair textures that cater to a wide range of clientele. Customised consultations take into account individual preferences, lifestyles, and even cultural considerations, ensuring that every client receives a unique and tailored experience. Personalisation to create the experience is no longer just  relevant for high-end salons, it is now demanded as the norm. Our clients are looking for that personalised experience and it’s up to the industry to offer it.

The Rise of Non-Traditional Salons

Traditional salon structures are giving way to more unconventional models. Pop-up salons, mobile salons, shared salon spaces and cooperative structures are becoming popular, offering greater flexibility for both stylists and clients alike. These innovative setups allow salons and you as a stylist to reach new audiences and create unique, experiential environments for clients.

Wellness Integration, a more holistic approach

The concept of holistic beauty is gaining traction, with many salons integrating wellness practices into their services. From scalp massages and aromatherapy treatments to incorporating mindfulness techniques, the focus is expanding beyond just aesthetics to promote overall well-being. Out of the box thinking has never been more important.

Educational Empowerment:

As clients become more knowledgeable and discerning, there’s a growing focus on education within the industry. Leading salons are investing in ongoing training for their staff, ensuring that their teams stay up-to-date with the latest techniques, trends, and technologies. Clients, too, are the most savvy they’ve ever been, seeking out information, with many turning to online platforms and social media to stay informed about haircare, styling tips, trends and so much more.

In 2024, the hairdressing industry is undergoing a remarkable transformation, blending innovation with a heightened sense of responsibility. Sustainability, technology integration, inclusivity, unconventional salon models, wellness practices, and ongoing education are reshaping the way we think about and experience hairdressing. As we embrace these changes, the industry is poised to not only meet the evolving needs of our clients but also set new standards for creativity, sustainability, and inclusivity in the years to come. Exciting time ahead!

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ERGONOMICS TO KEEP THE PAIN AWAY!

Our not so small world of hairdressing has changed a lot in the past years, and thankfully so has our understanding of the importance of ergonomics. In the busy and increasingly intricate world of hairdressing, precision and comfort are now front and centre. 

Among the various tools at your disposal, the choice of scissors plays a crucial role in achieving seamless cuts. 

As you know, Kasho scissors are renowned for our craftsmanship and cutting-edge design, favoured by some of the world’s leading stylists. However, the ergonomic aspect of using Kasho scissors is equally vital to ensure not only exquisite hairstyles but also the well-being of you as the stylist working with our tools. 

Understanding Ergonomics: First things first, let’s understand and dive head-first into the term. Ergonomics is simply the study of how tools and equipment can be designed to fit the human body, enhancing efficiency, comfort, and safety. In the realm of hairdressing, the ergonomic design of scissors becomes crucial, considering the repetitive nature of cutting and styling. At 10 cuts a day, a busy stylist will have their scissor in-hand for 1,600 hours a year, or 96,000 minutes, equating to 67 full days. Not only is choosing the right scissor important, but choosing a scissor that’s ergonomic and gentle on your body is paramount. What starts in your hand moves to your shoulders and neck. The days of institutionalised pain can be a thing of the past when choosing the right cutting tools, and using them in the right way. 

Features of Kasho Scissors

Kasho scissors are revered for their precision engineering and ergonomic design. Understanding and utilising the following features can significantly enhance the ergonomic experience when cutting hair:

Offset Design: Kasho scissors typically have an offset handle design, which is what we would always recommend; where the thumb ring is positioned slightly lower than the finger ring. This design reduces strain on the hand and wrist, promoting a more natural and relaxed cutting posture.

Straight
Semi-Offset
Offset

Ergonomic Finger Rest: All Kasho Scissors either come with an adjustable or ergonomically integrated finger rest. This feature allows you to customise the position of the finger rest according to your hand size and cutting style, preventing unnecessary strain.

Convex Edge Blades: Kasho scissors features convex edge blades, which require less force to cut through hair. This reduces the effort needed during cutting, minimising strain on your hand and wrist. This coupled with Japanese precision steel also results in a sharp effortless result.

Ball-bearing Screw Systems: We have an entire category with a variety of Ball-Bearing screw systems. By using an enclosed ballbearing unit, friction between the blades is brought to an absolute minimum. This in turn greatly reduces hand fatigue from the motion of opening and closing your scissor day-in and day-out because you don’t need to apply any additional cutting pressure.

Lightweight Materials: All Kasho scissors are crafted from high-quality steel, and many from lightweight materials, like sintered steel. This not only contributes to the overall balance of the scissors but also prevents unnecessary fatigue during prolonged use.

Best Practices for Ergonomic Hair Cutting

Proper Grip: Hold the 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.

Body Position: Maintain a comfortable and upright posture while cutting. Avoid excessive bending of the wrist or overreaching, as these can lead to discomfort and strain.

Regular Breaks: Take short breaks between cutting sessions to stretch and relax your hands, wrists, and shoulders. This helps prevent cumulative strain injuries associated with prolonged use.

Customisation: 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.

In the artistic realm of hairdressing, mastering the use of tools is as essential as the creative vision itself. Kasho scissors, with our ergonomic design, elevates the cutting experience by prioritising both precision and comfort. By understanding and implementing ergonomic principles, you’ll not only achieve flawless cuts but also ensure the longevity of your craft by prioritising your own well-being in the salon.

OUR MOST ERGONOMIC SCISSORS

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    £1,295.00 exc VAT
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    £625.00 exc VAT
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    £1,800.00 exc VAT
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