A Guide to Finding the Best Flat Iron for You

November 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

When considering buying a new flat iron or hair straightener, there are a few things to consider to ensure you get the most of your money. Spending a little extra money on a high quality flat iron now will be worth it in the future.

The single most important factor of a good flat iron are the plates. Tourmaline or ceramic plates, while more expensive, are essential to make sure your hair is not damaged.  Plates made out of other, inexpensive materials are likely to damage your hair and provide undesirable results.

Second, look for temperature controls. Many flat irons are not equipped with an adjustable temperature control but rather have an “on” and an “off” setting. Adjustable temperature controls allow you to adjust the temperature to fit your specific style of hair, lessening the damage inflicted by the heat.   A general rule is that fine hair requires a low temperature while thick or curly hair will call for a higher temp.  Temperatures set too high for your hair type will cause damage to your hair and a temperature set too low will not style properly.

Third, the shape of a flat iron will affect the styles you can produce with the tool. A thinner hair straightener offers more versatility than a wider, thicker hair straightener and will allow you to curl, flip as well as straighten. On the other hand, if you simply intent to straighten your hair each day, a larger (2 inch) flat iron may be more beneficial.

Depending on how often you plan to use your flat iron, you may also want to consider the heating time. If you plan on using it for professional purposes or on a daily basis, you will want a one with a short heat up time. If you straighten your hair on an occasional basis, the length of time it requires to heat will be less influential in your decision. The length of cord is another convenience feature to consider. A longer cord is essential for hair straighteners which will serve a professional purpose and a nice feature when using it on a daily basis.

These factors are the most important features to consider when purchasing a flat iron and they will help determine which tool is right for you.

The Best Student Shears for your Training

November 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Student ShearsSpending day after day cutting and shaping and blending and thinning can put a lot of stress on your muscles, but the right hair scissors provide every comfort enhancing feature available.

Because you’re learning, you’ll try out your hair scissors on many styles of hair and use them for many different cuts.  This makes it vital for you to have quality hair scissors that will last.  These scissors are the most valuable tool you have.

The Kamisori 5.75”Ergonomic Student Shears are made from 440C high chromium Stainless Steel.  It is made with special corrosion resistant properties to ensure that they don’t rust or become damaged and this metal provides the highest durability so these student hair scissors will last throughout all of your training.

It’s important to use the proper blade for each hair cut.  There are two popular blade styles used today:  convex and bevel.  Bevel blades have been around for a long time and are the oldest style used today.  Because of it’s older design, scissors with bevel blades need more forced to open and close.  It can easily add pain and strain to your hand and fingers.  Just consider how many times you open and close your shears during one hair cut.  The convex blade is a newer, updated blade and is used on nearly all training shears.  It is a state of the art, smooth blade that requires less force.  Convex blades are required for slide cutting because bevel blades will leave the hair choppy and gapped.

To make shears more easily adjustable, tension systems have evolved and grown to be the most efficient possible.  There are five tensions systems on professional hair shears:  The Coin Adjustable, Round Click Dial Adjustable, Leaf Spring Assembly, Rotating Thumb Ball Bearing and Ball Bearing Pivot System.  The purpose of a tension system is to allow the hair stylist to adjust how the shears open and close.  If the tension is too tight, the shears will cut the hair poorly and it will cause a lot of unnecessary damage to the hair shears.  If the tension is too loose, the blades will simply bend the hair rather than cutting it. The coin adjustable system is the oldest tensions system available; it is considered an industry standard and very dependable.

Round click dial tension systems are more precise because the scissors make an audible click with each adjustment. The leaf spring adjustable tensions system is modified version of the previous two styles that allows for much more control and accuracy when adjusting the tension.  The balance it offers to hair shears results in a longer lasting set of scissors.  Both of the ball bearing tensions styles allow for more stability and movement when using the hair scissors.

The finger rest on professional hair shears is an important part of comfort and stability.  It can reduce muscle stress and prevent injury, especially CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and RSI (Repetive Strain Injury).  Some stylists like finger rests and some do not; it is based purely on preference. Because of this, some professional hair shears come with a finger rest and some don’t.  On some shears, the finger rest is removable, allowing each student to try cutting hair with and without the rest.  No matter what their preference, students will be able to work comfortable with these kinds of shears.

One more important and innovative feature on professional hair shears is the swivel thumb ring.  Many scissors are manufactured with stationary thumb rings, but for a new hair stylist, it is important to use scissors that can adjust to his or her preferences.  Additionally, in student hair scissors, it provides an opportunity to experience a variety of angles, leading to an informed decision about the angle of the thumb ring.  Many high quality shears have a thumb ring that adjusts to any angle to increase comfort and leverage and to provide options to each new stylist.

Professional hair shears come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes and designs.  They range from very inexpensive and very low quality to extremely expensive and the highest quality.  This tool is an smart investment, and hair scissors are not something that can be taken lightly.  The least expensive pair of professional hair shears is almost never the best option; with poor quality scissors your will deliver poor quality cuts and hinder your career.  It’s important to invest in the best tools not only for your career, but during your schooling as well.