Embrace the Chic

Embrace the Chic

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

Our Industry Heading Into 2024

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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Keep the pain away!

Keep the pain away!

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

  • Damascus

    £1,554.00 incl VAT
  • Green

    £750.00 incl VAT
  • Millennium

    £1,194.00 incl VAT
  • Sagano

    £750.00 incl VAT
  • Sagano Black DLC

    £870.00 incl VAT
  • Slide Cut

    £2,160.00 incl VAT
  • XP

    £954.00 incl VAT

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Checklist for the Festive Season

Checklist for the Festive Season

GET BUSY OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON

Boosting your business during the Christmas season can be both festive and profitable. This is one of the busiest periods of the year, leaving us on the 24th feeling like we need a month to recoup. This makes it even more important to not only enjoy the period, but to maximise on every aspect of it. We thought we would put together a list of things you could try this holiday period. 

Here is a rapid list of top Christmas ideas to help you not only attract new clients for the season, but ensure that you are teeing up for the new year whilst maximising on sales.

Holiday Packages and Promotions: Create special holiday packages that include hair services, treatments, and products. Offer discounted rates for bundled services or exclusive holiday promotions.

Festive Decorations: Decorate your salon with Christmas-themed decorations to create a festive atmosphere. Offer holiday-themed refreshments to enhance your clients experience.

Gift Cards and Vouchers: Promote gift cards as ideal Christmas presents for loved ones. Offer discounts or complimentary services with the purchase of gift cards. This helps your clients with present ideas and bookings for 2024.

Themed Styling: Introduce festive hairstyles or hair colours that are popular during the holiday season. Host a holiday-themed styling event showcasing your salon’s expertise.

Collaborate with Local Businesses: Partner with nearby businesses for cross-promotions, such as discounts on salon services with a purchase from a neighbouring store. Consider collaborating with a local boutique for joint promotions.

Social Media Campaigns: Launch holiday-themed social media campaigns featuring your salon’s Christmas offerings. Encourage clients to share their holiday looks and experiences, possibly with a branded hashtag.

Loyalty Programs:Introduce a holiday-themed loyalty program with rewards for repeat visits during the festive season. Offer exclusive discounts or freebies for loyal clients.

Charity Events: Host a charity event or donation drive, where a percentage of the proceeds goes to a local charity. Promote the event to attract clients who want to support a good cause.

Online Booking and Gift Purchases: Simplify the booking process with an online system to accommodate last-minute appointments. Allow clients to purchase gift cards or holiday packages directly through your website.

Customer Appreciation Events: Host a special event to show appreciation to your clients with discounts, treats, or small gifts. This can foster loyalty and positive word-of-mouth.

Email Marketing Campaigns: Send out targeted email campaigns promoting your Christmas specials and events. Include festive visuals and compelling offers to entice clients to book appointments. Remember to tailor these ideas to your salon’s unique style and clientele. By incorporating a mix of promotions, themed events, and marketing strategies, you can create a memorable holiday experience for your clients while boosting your salon business.

 

Remember to tailor these ideas to your salon’s unique style and clientele. By incorporating a mix of promotions, themed events, and marketing strategies, you can create a memorable holiday experience for your clients while boosting your salon business.

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Q & A With Christian Wiles

Q & A With Christian Wiles

A CHAT WITH CHRISTIAN WILES

Over 20 years on the professional hairdressing circuit has seen Christian Wiles demonstrate and educate other hairdressing professionals with his signature brand of Sassoon-inspired precision cutting and innovative hairdressing techniques. We met up with Christian and asked him a few key questions about his choice of cutting tools. 

 

Q/. How important are your tools?

Using the correct tools is critical for myself and my team!  However skilled I am as a stylist, I know that without the best tools, I am unlikely to achieve the very best results.  

 

Q/.  When looking for new scissors, what are your key considerations?

I’m asked this question by delegates at my education courses regularly!  It is so important to remember that one size and style does not fit all. There is no doubt that if you are switching between ladies and gents hairdressing, you need to invest in appropriate scissors for each.  Finding the right size of scissor is also critical and is key to the suitability for the individual.  A stylist should choose wisely based on whether they are left or right handed and if they prefer to work with straight or offset scissors.

 

Q/. Why is it so important to switch between scissors for ladies and men’s cutting.  

For gents I use 7” offset scissors because the offset scissor handle gives an instant feel of comfort.  Its curve will fit both the curve of your grip as well as relax your elbow and shoulder. Think long term – using the correct tools is not only important to achieve the best result but can also seriously reduce the risk of aches and pains for any stylist. The larger size of the scissors helps me to remove bulk and blend hair quickly and then I would switch to the smaller sized scissors for precision cutting.

 

Q/.  Which scissors do you use?

On a daily basis Millennium Offset KASHO are what I use for ladies cutting and the KASHO Green Offset Barber Edition are my scissors of choice for gents cutting. KASHO Captain Razor along with the KASHO Hair Dryer are also my kit bag must-haves!

 

Q/. What makes Kasho your go-to brand?

It is all about the quality of their tools, the ease of use and the precision they deliver!

 

Q/. Do you have any advice to other stylists who are looking to buy new equipment?

Make sure that you do your research before you commit to the purchase and invest in more than one set of scissors different tools for different jobs it’s not always the most expensive pair that are the best pair!  You should also ask for the opinion of hairstylists who you regard highly, their advice will be invaluable!  

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