Miley Cyrus goes big

Miley Cyrus goes big

MILEY CYRUS GOES BIG, REAL BIG!

The Grammy Awards have consistently provided a platform for artists to showcase their talent, creativity, and unique styles. This year was no exception, and one artist who truly stole the spotlight with her bold and striking look was none other than Miley Cyrus.

As Dolly Parton once said, “Life is short, keep your dreams big and your hair bigger.” Well, at this year’s Grammy Awards, Miley Cyrus took her godmother’s words very literally. Not only did she take home an award, but thanks to her heaven-reaching mane of curls, she’s also sweeping through social media and has forever become synonymous with ‘volume.’

The visionary or culprit (depending on who you ask) behind the hairstyle that reaches for the stars is her long-time stylist and friend, Bob Recine. “Last year, I featured Miley’s wet look for hair,” Recine said in a statement. “For the Grammys, we decided we wanted something dry and bigger, more full hair, but sexy, tousled, and touchable,” and boy did he hit the mark he set out to hit.

As Miley Cyrus graced the red carpet, all eyes were on her. For the past decade, she’s been known for her fearless fashion choices, and Miley’s hair was no exception. However, it’s divided the internet. Some claim that she’s reintroduced an old-school style that will reverberate through the industry, while others have less flattering things to say, including comments involving electrical sockets. Either way, no matter which side of the creative take you are standing on, we can all agree on one thing: her fearless drive to push creative boundaries and norms helps us all in what we do, push boundries. Confidence to stand out, to try new things, to be different. Miley left everyone in awe, and my take is that we should all take a page out of her book.

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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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The Rachel is Back

THE RACHEL IS BACK

The grand spectacle of the 81st annual  Golden Globes unfolded this past Sunday, casting a shimmering spotlight on celebrities who paraded down the illustrious red carpet adorned in nothing short of breathtaking designer ensembles. Amidst the array of show-stopping fashion statements, one icon stood out in timeless elegance – none other than Jennifer Aniston. With an effortless presence that required no embellishments, she graced the event in a bespoke Dolce & Gabbana gown, radiating sheer magnificence.

However, the pièce de résistance of her ensemble was undeniably her daring departure from the ordinary, showcased through a chic and shorter hairstyle paired with a flirtatious side part. 

Brace yourselves, for the resurgence of “The Rachel” is upon us! The iconic choppy bob, once sported by Aniston’s character in Friends, is making a triumphant return to the forefront of style. Get ready for a wave of ’90s nostalgia to sweep over 2024, as your clients clamour for this revived and irresistibly trendy look.

In this short cutting guide, we’ll walk through the essential steps to recreate this classic ‘Rachel’ hairstyle.

But before we dive into the haircut steps I always feel a need to remind ourselves the importance of the consultation.  As always, talk about their hair type, texture, and daily routine to make sure the ‘Rachel’ cut works with their facial structure, hair structure as well as their lifestyle. The key to any successful cut, keep it real about expectations and handle any worries they’ve got.

THE RACHEL IS BACK

The grand spectacle of the 81st annual  Golden Globes unfolded this past Sunday, casting a shimmering spotlight on celebrities who paraded down the illustrious red carpet adorned in nothing short of breathtaking designer ensembles. Amidst the array of show-stopping fashion statements, one icon stood out in timeless elegance – none other than Jennifer Aniston. With an effortless presence that required no embellishments, she graced the event in a bespoke Dolce & Gabbana gown, radiating sheer magnificence.

However, the pièce de résistance of her ensemble was undeniably her daring departure from the ordinary, showcased through a chic and shorter hairstyle paired with a flirtatious side part. 

Brace yourselves, for the resurgence of “The Rachel” is upon us! The iconic choppy bob, once sported by Aniston’s character in Friends, is making a triumphant return to the forefront of style. Get ready for a wave of ’90s nostalgia to sweep over 2024, as your clients clamour for this revived and irresistibly trendy look.

In this short cutting guide, we’ll walk through the essential steps to recreate this classic ‘Rachel’ hairstyle.

But before we dive into the haircut steps I always feel a need to remind ourselves the importance of the consultation.  As always, talk about their hair type, texture, and daily routine to make sure the ‘Rachel’ cut works with their facial structure, hair structure as well as their lifestyle. The key to any successful cut, keep it real about expectations and handle any worries they’ve got.

STEP 1. PREP AND SECTIONING

Begin with a clean, damp canvas by washing and conditioning the hair using products suitable for your client’s hair type. Towel-dry the hair, removing excess moisture without over-drying. You might even want to introduce your client to a monthly deep cleansing routine, using a clarifying shampoo like the ‘Build up Be Gone’ by The Hair Movement. 

Then divide the hair into manageable sections.

STEP 2. ESTABLISH THE LENGTH 

The Rachel cut is characterised by its medium length, falling around the shoulders. Begin by establishing the base length, keeping in mind that the layers will add movement and dimension to the overall look. Use a razor or shears, depending on your client’s hair texture and desired finish.

STEP 3. LAYERING TECHNIQUE

The signature element of the Rachel haircut is its layers, giving the hair more body surrounding the face in a heart shape, framing it perfectly. Opt for long, textured layers that frame the face and create a soft, flattering effect. Begin layering around the face, gradually working towards the back. Be mindful of maintaining balance and avoiding excessive thinning, especially for clients with finer hair.

STEP 4. FACE-FRAMING

To achieve the Rachel’s face-framing layers, angle your cuts diagonally, starting around the chin level. This technique adds a subtle, elegant shape that enhances the features and captures the essence of the iconic haircut.

Diagonal cuts are the key to that iconic Rachel vibe. These layers are not just layers; they’re a work of art that captures the essence of chic.

STEP 5. TEXTURIZING FOR MOVEMENT

Texture is our secret weapon – we want that effortlessly chic allure.

Now, pay attention to the tools of the trade. Grab those 38 teeth texturizing scissors or, if you’re feeling extra fancy, the design razors by Kasho. It’s like giving your haircut a magic wand! Or use the classic technique of point-cutting, adding movement and kicking bulk to the curb, all while keeping that killer overall shape intact.

Why does it matter, you ask? Well, we’re steering clear of the dreaded “too heavy, too blunt” trap. ‘The Rachel’ cut needs to flow. So, my hair virtuosos, get ready to sprinkle some texture magic and let those scissors dance.

STEP 6. FINISHING TOUCHES

After you’ve nailed down the iconic cut, let’s bring the glam to life with a blow-dry finish. We’re talking about flaunting those layers like they’re on a runway, giving the hair that sleek, polished look. And hey, if you’re feeling a bit extra, bring out the straightening or curling irons and show your client how to finish it off themselves at home. 

To keep the magic going, I’ve got some must-haves for your client. The ‘Plump Up Fine’ by The Hair Movement – it’s the superhero volumizing shampoo that your clients hair has been waiting for. I’d also recommend finishing of with the ‘Boost it Up’ spray, giving that added volume. Trust me, it’s the secret sauce to keeping that fresh-from-the-salon look. So, get ready to roll out the Rachel.

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STAY RELEVANT WITH DIGITAL MARKETING

 

Love it or hate it, one tool has become indispensable for salon businesses: social media. The virtual realm is now just as essential as the utilities that keep the lights on in your salon. In this article we’ll explore why, in 2024, social media is not just an optional extra, but actually a crucial tool for attracting new clients, staying up-to-date and relevant, and for positioning your salon and the team within it at the forefront of choice for both existing and new clients.

Gone are the days where social media was simply seen as an option for hairdressers, as something that could be dipped in-and-out of as you pleased. In today’s world, it has become as important as any other part of what you do. Serving as the virtual window into your identity as a professional, showcasing not just what you do but what sets you apart from every other salon and every other stylist. It’s a way to attract the type of clientele and work that you want to be doing: what you put out into the universe is what you’ll get back.

I’ll attempt to debunk the stigma of social media and highlight its essential role, whilst attempting to not only address the elephant in the room, but get rid of it: the fear of social media. 

It’s time to reframe the entire conversation and recognise social media for what it actually is. This starts with a major shift from viewing social media as a mere platform for social interaction, to understanding the role it has as a powerful marketing tool, one which actively contributes to attracting new clients in not only a creative way, but a very cost effective one too. When you hear any mention of “social media”, what you’re really hearing is “digital marketing”. So simply see it for what it is, it’s your megaphone to every one of your clients, new and existing. 

 

INSTAGRAM IS STILL THE DIVA ON SOCIAL

In the glitzy life of salon social media, Instagram remains the reigning superstar-diva, with TikTok closely nipping away at her heels, but what’s really the key to unlocking her heart? The answer is visual storytelling. Before and after photos are your salon’s secret weapon, they’re the best tool for attracting new clients and maintaining inspiration for existing ones. Think of them as the biopic story of hair transformations – a visual journey from ordinary to extraordinary if you will.

Before and after pictures are not just about showcasing your skills, they tell a story of transformation, confidence, and yes, artistry. In 2024, make sure your Instagram feed is a gallery of these creations. Invest in high-quality photography, easily achieved with the latest smartphone, experiment with creative angles and let the visuals speak volumes about your salon’s incredible skills.

However, before and after photos are more than just eye candy; they build trust. When potential clients see real, tangible results, it establishes confidence in your salon’s capabilities. Use captions to tell the story behind each transformation – the client’s vision, the stylist’s expertise, and the journey to that stunning after capture. This transparency creates a connection that goes beyond the screen.

INSTAGRAM IS STILL THE DIVA ON SOCIAL

In the glitzy life of salon social media, Instagram remains the reigning superstar-diva, with TikTok closely nipping away at her heels, but what’s really the key to unlocking her heart? The answer is visual storytelling. Before and after photos are your salon’s secret weapon, they’re the best tool for attracting new clients and maintaining inspiration for existing ones. Think of them as the biopic story of hair transformations – a visual journey from ordinary to extraordinary if you will. 

Before and after pictures are not just about showcasing your skills, they tell a story of transformation, confidence, and yes, artistry. In 2024, make sure your Instagram feed is a gallery of these creations. Invest in high-quality photography, easily achieved with the latest smartphone, experiment with creative angles and let the visuals speak volumes about your salon’s incredible skills. 

However, before and after photos are more than just eye candy; they build trust. When potential clients see real, tangible results, it establishes confidence in your salon’s capabilities. Use captions to tell the story behind each transformation – the client’s vision, the stylist’s expertise, and the journey to that stunning after capture. This transparency creates a connection that goes beyond the screen.

INSTAGRAM STORIES: BEHIND THE SCENSE

While your feed tells the polished story, your Instagram Stories provide a backstage pass to the team and process behind the magic. Use Stories to document the transformation process, share behind-the-scenes snippets, and let your followers and audience get to know the faces behind the scissors and colour creations. Highlight the intricate details, the laughter, and the moments that make each interaction, creation and transformation a special experience.

 

THE NOT SO NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

In 2024, TikTok has secured its spot as the new frontier for creative expression. Unleash your salon’s creativity by creating short, engaging videos showcasing your stylists’ skills. From start to finish, document the transformation in a fun and entertaining way. TikTok loves trends, so hop on challenges, share beauty hacks, and let your salon dance into the hearts of a whole new audience. Yes, it’s a time consuming commitment, but oh so worth it as it can propel your salon’s talents to so many people. Biggest top tip when launching TikTok; put the structure in place to create a consistent flow of content. Build the habits with Instagram, and then move on to this explosive platform. Small steps, big wins!

THE NOT SO NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

In 2024, TikTok has secured its spot as the new frontier for creative expression. Unleash your salon’s creativity by creating short, engaging videos showcasing your stylists’ skills. From start to finish, document the transformation in a fun and entertaining way. TikTok loves trends, so hop on challenges, share beauty hacks, and let your salon dance into the hearts of a whole new audience. Yes, it’s a time consuming commitment, but oh so worth it as it can propel your salon’s talents to so many people. Biggest top tip when launching TikTok; put the structure in place to create a consistent flow of content. Build the habits with Instagram, and then move on to this explosive platform. Small steps, big wins!

THE POWER OF ENGAGEMENT: CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT!

Unlock the true power of social media by transforming it into a vibrant community hub rather than just a platform to display your work. Elevate your connection with your audience by actively participating in discussions, encouraging interaction through comments, posing intriguing questions, and conducting engaging polls. Foster a genuine dialogue that establishes a sense of belonging, making your followers an integral part of the exclusive salon family. Cultivate a community where every voice is heard and valued. As your audience becomes more immersed in this interactive experience, the likelihood of them evolving into devoted clients skyrockets.

 

KEEP AN EYE ELSEWHERE

Stay ahead of the curve by keeping a watchful eye on your local competition. Learn from their strategies, but don’t just replicate—strive to surpass by injecting your own unique salon identity into every aspect. Be a trendsetter, not a follower. Additionally, venture beyond your immediate industry circles and follow diverse accounts for a constant flow of inspiration. Let social media be a wellspring of creative ideas that propel your salon to new heights. Embrace the spirit of innovation, and watch your online presence flourish.

LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST: YOUR GOOGLE BUSINESS PAGE

In addition to bolstering your social media presence, consider your Google Business Page as the clandestine weapon that can elevate your salon’s online presence. 

Most new clients will search for a new salon using the Google platform. They will either search based on geographic location, service they may be seeking, or highest reviews. This is the exclusive digital arena where your skills, salon ambiance, and client testimonials take centre stage, whilst being directly compared to your competition, making it the most powerful tool of all to grow your business. Don’t brush it to the side just because it’s not as trendy as the other platforms. This is your bread and butter platform.  

Regular posting transcends just showcasing your latest creations; it’s about crafting a dynamic narrative for potential clients to immerse themselves in. Clients who are already looking for a reason to switch salons, and your page is giving them those reasons. It’s a captive audience, directly linked to business growth.  

Share mesmerising transformations, unveil behind-the-scenes glimpses into salon life, and sprinkle in those cherished client testimonials. Salon Reviews play a massive role, designed to enhance your digital credibility. If you don’t have a salon software that helps you to generate reviews. I would encourage you to switch to one that does. It will be a game changer. Phorest is one that I know well, and would highly encourage you to take a look at. Keep in mind that any monthly investment pays for itself many, many times over. 

Encourage clients to shower your page with love in the form of stars and kind words – the virtual confetti that amplifies your salon’s street cred. Let your images radiate; more is undoubtedly more! Treat your Google Business Page as a canvas, painting it with posts, reviews, and images that unequivocally declare, “We’re the trendiest hair haven in town!” Bear in mind that prospective clients are scrolling and they are looking for a change, and your goal is to captivate them with a page as striking as your blowout skills. Transform your Google page into a digital masterpiece, one post, review, and picture at a time!

LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST: YOUR GOOGLE BUSINESS PAGE

In addition to bolstering your social media presence, consider your Google Business Page as the clandestine weapon that can elevate your salon’s online presence.

Most new clients will search for a new salon using the Google platform. They will either search based on geographic location, service they may be seeking, or highest reviews. This is the exclusive digital arena where your skills, salon ambiance, and client testimonials take centre stage, whilst being directly compared to your competition, making it the most powerful tool of all to grow your business. Don’t brush it to the side just because it’s not as trendy as the other platforms. This is your bread and butter platform.

Regular posting transcends just showcasing your latest creations; it’s about crafting a dynamic narrative for potential clients to immerse themselves in. Clients who are already looking for a reason to switch salons, and your page is giving them those reasons. It’s a captive audience, directly linked to business growth.

Share mesmerising transformations, unveil behind-the-scenes glimpses into salon life, and sprinkle in those cherished client testimonials. Salon Reviews play a massive role, designed to enhance your digital credibility. If you don’t have a salon software that helps you to generate reviews. I would encourage you to switch to one that does. It will be a game changer. Phorest is one that I know well, and would highly encourage you to take a look at. Keep in mind that any monthly investment pays for itself many, many times over.

Encourage clients to shower your page with love in the form of stars and kind words – the virtual confetti that amplifies your salon’s street cred. Let your images radiate; more is undoubtedly more! Treat your Google Business Page as a canvas, painting it with posts, reviews, and images that unequivocally declare, “We’re the trendiest hair haven in town!” Bear in mind that prospective clients are scrolling and they are looking for a change, and your goal is to captivate them with a page as striking as your blowout skills. Transform your Google page into a digital masterpiece, one post, review, and picture at a time!

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THE ART OF TEXTURIZING

 

Alright, my fellow hair enthusiasts, let’s talk about one of the handiest tricks up our sleeves as professional hairstylists — thinning, also known as texturizing scissors. Sure, we’re all trained, know and work with the classic scissor-over-comb technique to create texture and reduce volume, which of course, as professionals should be mastered. The downside when using the scissor-over-comb technique is that it’s substantially more time consuming than using the evolved tools created for this specific task at hand. And let’s face it, why wouldn’t we use the right tools for the job, it’s simple professional evolution. Yet, this is a tool that’s so often been misused, slightly misunderstood, and sadly not given the recognition as the superhero tool that it is. So let’s go about changing that…

Have you ever actually wondered about the real artistry behind texturizing scissors? Well, today we’re casually diving into the oh-so-brilliant world of cutting hair with these handy tools. My tool-box is fortunate to hold some of the best texturing scissors available on the market, the Kasho Green Series, which are simply incredible. Further down you can scroll through a wide range of options to help you find your next tool, but for now, let’s delve in.  

WHY USE TEXTURIZERS TO CREATE TEXTURE?

First thing’s first, why go for texturizing scissors when you’ve got trusty regular ones? Well, texturising scissors aren’t just your run-of-the-mill scissors. They’re designed to selectively remove bulk without sacrificing length. I like to think of them as the artist’s brush for creating texture, volume, and that effortlessly chic look, and they do so without compromising on time or technique. 

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON WISELY

Not all thinning scissors are created equal. There are different types with varying tooth counts, and yes, it does matter. Texturizing scissors with 15-teeth are great for short-medium hair that requires a chunkier effect. The fewer teeth, the less hair is being texturised. 30-teeth is a versatile, midway texturising scissor great for medium to thick hair, creating moderate texture and moderate layers. Then there’s the 38-teeth, best for thick or coarse hair, designed to create a bold, more transformative texture with a significant volume reduction. You need to pick your texturising scissors based on the result you’re aiming for, but ideally, throughout your career, you can add more to your toolbox, giving you a complete set. 

15 Teeth
HEAVY CHUNKING
30 Teeth
MODERATE TEXTURE
38 Teeth
BOLD TRANSFORMATIVE TEXTURE

A-TYPE OR B-TYPE – TOP OR BOTTOM BLADE

The entire purpose of this article is to eliminate confusion, so I hope that this next part doesn’t completely mess that up. Because in addition to the amount of teeth, there’re also texturizer variants withTop Teeth Blades and Bottom Teeth Blades. So to keep things non-confusing, let’s briefly break down why. 

The Top Blade texturizing scissor, which within Kasho is also known as the ‘A-Type’, is mainly used when working on a classic men’s cut and for short hair and transitions. The final result is a harsher texture with duller lines, creating harder contours. Type A is more limited than the ‘B-type’, or Bottom Blade. A bottom teeth blade is often favoured when working with Asian and Middle Eastern hair. Hair that’s straighter and much thicker. Type B is primarily for longer and thicker hair because of the way that long hair falls into the teeth better, but this is absolutely not exclusive. Of the two variants, the Bottom Blade is a more versatile tool for today’s clientele. More of a guaranteed all-rounder. 

In fact, if you were to only ever invest in one texturising scissor, I would urge you to invest in the Green Texturising Scissor – KGRS-60 OS WT38B, it’s an offset, Bottom Blade Hybrid texturizer with 38 tapered (slightly curved) teeth and a ballbearing screw system. It’s simply an incredible all-rounder for your tool box. 

A-Type
TOP BLADE
B-Type
BOTTOM BLADE
Hybrid
B-TYPE WITH A TWIST

THE TEXTURIZING TECHNIQUE

SECTION, SECTION, SECTION

Just like any great painting starts with a blank canvas, a fabulous haircut starts with well-sectioned hair. Divide the hair into manageable sections and clip away what you’re not working on. This ensures you have control and can see exactly where those texturizing scissors are doing their magic. One of the biggest errors when using this type of scissor is repeating a section and over texturising. Just like everything we do, there is a controlled technique to follow, so section that hair and work methodically. 

FIRSTLY GO VERTICAL

Unlike the horizontal action of scissor-over-comb, thinning scissors work best in a vertical motion. Take a small section of hair, hold it vertically, then gently open and close the texturising scissors along the length of the hair. This technique gives you a more naturally textured finish.

SECONDLY BE SELECTIVE

Don’t go thinning-happy on the whole head. Be selective about where you want to reduce bulk or add texture. Common areas include adding volume around the crown, and when creating a feathered look through the ends. This can’t be stressed enough. Don’t go all Edward Scissorhands on your client. This’ll only result in fluff. 

FINALLY TEST & ADJUST

Remember, less is more. Start with a few snips and assess the result. You can always take more off, but gluing hair back on is somewhat trickier. Adjust the pressure and the amount of hair you’re working with based on the effect you’re aiming for.

THIS IS WHY IT’S SUCH A GREAT TOOL!

VERSATILITY IN TEXTURE

Texturizing (or thinning) scissors give you the power to create an endless range of textures, from soft and subtle to bold and edgy. It’s all about customisation and creative expression!

EFFORTLESS BLENDING

Say goodbye to harsh lines. The right texturising scissors blend layers seamlessly, ensuring a natural flow in your haircut. That is unless you choose to create a super-choppy texture!

HAPPY BOUNCY HAIR

The lightness achieved with texturising scissors means hair bounces and moves beautifully. Your clients will thank you for the extra oomph!

 

So, there you have it—the lowdown on mastering the art of texturizing scissors. It’s all about being selective, going vertical, and customising for that perfect texture. Now, armed with this knowledge, go forth and unleash your inner hairstyling connoisseur with some new texturizers. Your clients’ hair will thank you for the magical touch of a Kasho texturing scissors! Happy snipping! 

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Deposits, it’s a No-Brainer

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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LOVE YOUR KASHO AND IT WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL

In the world of hairdressing and barbering, the tools of our trade are as crucial as the skills of the person holding them. Among these tools, the Kasho scissor stands out as a symbol of precision and craftsmanship. A Kasho scissor can last the span of your career, but they, like all finely tuned tools, require servicing. 

To maintain the cutting edge – quite literally – it’s imperative to prioritise regular servicing for your Kasho scissors. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons why investing time and effort into the maintenance of your Kasho scissors is a crucial aspect of ensuring their longevity and performance. We recommend an annual service to ensure ultimate longevity.

Precision Matters

Kasho scissors are renowned for our razor-sharp blades and unparalleled precision. Over time, however, even the highest-quality blades can lose their edge due to regular use. Regular servicing helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades, ensuring each cut is as clean and precise as the first. This is especially important in professions where precision is paramount, such as in the art of hairstyling.

Extend Lifespan

Just like any mechanical tool, Kasho scissors are subject to wear and tear. Regular servicing helps identify and address issues early on, preventing more significant problems down the line. By addressing small problems promptly, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your Kasho scissors, protecting your investment and ensuring they serve you well for years to come.

Optimal Performance

A well-serviced Kasho scissor is a high-performance tool. The smooth movement of the blades, the tightness of the pivot screw, and the overall functionality of the scissor contribute to its performance. Servicing helps to fine-tune these elements, ensuring that your Kasho scissors consistently deliver optimal performance, making your work smoother and more efficient.

Protect Your Investment

Kasho scissors are a premium tool, often representing a significant financial investment. Regular servicing is a proactive approach to protect that investment. It’s more cost-effective to service your scissors regularly than to wait until a major issue arises. A well-maintained scissor is less likely to develop serious problems that could result in irreversible repair or even a replacement.

Maintain Hygiene Standards

In our professional world, maintaining high hygiene standards is non-negotiable. Regular servicing includes thorough cleaning and sterilisation of your Kasho scissors, ensuring that they meet the necessary hygiene standards. This not only protects your clients but also upholds your professional reputation. We encourage that your scissors are cleaned with a scissors spray after each use, but during the service, the entire scissor and its parts are deep cleaned. 

In the hands of a skilled professional, a Kasho scissor is a work of art. To preserve its precision, extend its lifespan, and ensure optimal performance, regular servicing is not just recommended – it’s essential. Investing time and effort in the maintenance of your Kasho scissors is a commitment to the artistry of your craft, protecting your investment and upholding the high standards that these scissors represent in the world of hairstyling and barbering. So, don’t just cut hair; cut it with precision, style, and the longevity that comes from regular Kasho scissor servicing.

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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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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.

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