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Why Do We Care About Hair?

August 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Why do we care so much about our hair? I mean it’s just hair, right, so what’s the big deal? Why can’t we just wake up and walk out the door? Instead we have to worry about straightening our hair or making sure it looks presentable for the world. I’m just as guilty as anyone out there but I still think it’s odd that we worry so much about our appearances here in America. In Europe people hardly shower so we could probably quit caring so much, right?

Wrong. Hygiene is something that is so important no matter who you are or where you’re from. Not just washing your hair daily but making sure that you get a proper haircut at the proper time and keep it nice and trimmed. We don’t only use shampoo and hair scissors in America to improve our appearance; we do it to keep a healthy feel to our hair too. Why is this so important, you might ask.

In America people care a lot more about appearance and/or first impressions than people do in other countries. That’s the reason most people take care of themselves better here but what they don’t realize is that we can keep ourselves healthier and feeling better too by keeping up with our healthy look. There are a couple reasons as to how this is true is. One is because when we have a healthy trim for our hair every six to eight weeks, it gets rid of all split ends and problem areas that can become a pain to deal with down the road. This means that instead of standing and trying over and over to get your hair to cooperate in the morning, you could make it easy to style and a lot less strenuous on yourself.

Another reason it is important to maintain good hygiene is to prevent sickness. If you shower every day, you will keep all the bad/dirty skin cells away from your immune system. It may seem weird that a shower can keep you from getting sick but it’s true-keeping skin and hair clear of dirt and grime will keep a higher tolerance from cold and flu viruses.

It’s good to know that you can keep yourself healthy just by washing your hair daily. And who doesn’t want to save a few minutes in the morning instead of waste an hour on just their hair? These helpful tips will make each day of hairstyling a little bit better.

Even Lefty’s Can Cut

July 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As a hairdresser, there are more things you’d need to worry about than you think. One of those things is your comfort as you are performing a haircut. For those who are left-handed, it may be a little difficult to perform haircuts but it is not impossible. With the special shear from Kamisori hair scissors, it isn’t hard at all to cut and be comfortable at the same time.

It’s not always fun having to do things left-handed because not all resources and tools are made for people who use their left hand. For example, bowling may be hard sometimes or baseball or even tennis. The world-famous brand of shears, Kamisori has made it that much easier, however, to perform a haircut. There are many different styles of these shears but they all perform one universal task.

One of the styles is called “Smoke” and it was designed originally for a hairdresser who is right-handed. The design on this particular shear is very narrow-nosed so that hair can be cut with a very sleek and easy cut. Most of the shears designed by this brand are similar to the narrow design of these shears but each pair have their own unique characteristics whether it be the performance or the appearance. After popular demand of this shear, Kamisori designed the “Smoke” for left-handers as well.

One of the most unique styles in left hand design is the “Cobra.” Also inspired by the right hand design, this shear is mainly for lightweight care and balance. The blades have holes cut in them to decrease the weight so hairstyles are easier to create. With these holes, balance is increased so that a more even cut is achieved for women with all hair lengths and styles.

When you think of haircutting obstacles, you may not think of being left-handed as a problem. It can be difficult to get a pair of hair scissors that will perform the same as a right-handed pair and still provide you with comfortability. All pairs of hair scissors designed by Kamisori are designed with a warranty that will ensure that you can cut every last strand of hair with comfort in mind.

What To Do With A Bad Cut

May 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever gone to your hairstylist and told her to do a cute celebrity-inspired hairstyle? Next thing you know you look in the mirror at yourself and your hair looks completely different from the picture you showed her. This is one of the worst feelings I’ve ever experienced with getting my hair cut. Getting the cut you want is crucial because it has to look this way every day and if you can’t even appreciate your own hair, what can you appreciate? Here’s what to do when you receive a “grade F” haircut.

Say you give a picture of Victoria Beckham’s short and stacked in the back look to your stylist. This cut is extremely hard to achieve because her hair tends to drape down next to her ears and get shorter around the neckline as you go toward the back. Getting everything even and symmetric can be difficult but that’s what a hairstylist is there for. If she does the cut wrong it won’t make her clients happy and that includes you.

When she begins with the hair shears, you should be very specific and tell her exactly what you want in detail. Make sure she knows exactly how you want your look to be, from color to cut. Sometimes my problem is that when I’m finished getting my hair done, it looks great and I couldn’t do it any better. But the next morning when I shower and get ready to style my hair by myself, it doesn’t look as good as it could and I end up not being happy. After showering and getting the styling done, I realize it’s not the cut I was looking for and I begin to worry about what to do next.

When I get a cut that I don’t like, I have found there to be a couple different solutions- I can either have her fix it or deal with it until it grows back out. If I decide to get it fixed, I will go to my hairdresser and explain exactly what I don’t like about my cut (again with lots of detail!) When she’s done fixing the hair, I will ask if I can style it myself to make sure it looks just how I like it. If it does, then I’m happy and the problem’s solved. If I decide to wait and let it grow out a bit, then I usually end up wearing it in ponytails or finding a way to make the bad cut less obvious.

Whether the cut is uneven or the color doesn’t look light enough, you can guarantee that your reaction won’t be positive. If you get a bad haircut, you can think of these couple solutions and make the experience a good one. No problems will occur if you have a solution in mind. And don’t forget to be very specific in the first place so you don’t get too bad of a cut that makes you upset with your hair.

Keeping Hair Fresh Makes Your Look Fresh

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When I was younger, I could go two or three months between each haircut. It always seemed easier when I was a young girl because my hair hadn’t been exposed to heat or damaging chemicals yet. Getting a haircut in April meant my next appointment would be in June or July. However, as I grew up, I started getting into trends from my favorite TV shows and wanted to constantly look like my favorite celebrities. When I was little, fresh haircuts made me look older because of the styles I was admired by. Now that I’m older I realize haircuts should make me look younger. As I get older I don’t want to look older, I want to keep my youthful, fun look that keeps me in touch with my youthful personality.

Older women today sometimes have trouble with this concept of staying younger. There are a few common mistakes that they make, thinking these things will make them look older. For example, they tan their skin, grow their hair out, get their nails done and more just to make themselves look younger. Truth is, those things only make them look older. When they tan their skin becomes wrinkly and tight when what they want is to look dark and flawless. Maybe this is what they see but the rest of the world notices an orange shriveled up body. Growing hair out doesn’t look great on older women because of the texture of their hair. As we age, our hair gets drier and begins to loose its natural oils and the longer it gets, the more noticeable those dried ends become. Getting nails done aren’t that bad of an asset to the aging process. It just looks bad when you combine it with the above trends that don’t look good.

Going back to growing out hair, we want to avoid looking old with our hair especially. To do this, we should think of new ways to keep a fresh look and a perfect example would be a haircut! Getting regular haircuts is an essential if you want to look young and fresh. Doing this can also bring out highlights in your other features too. For example, when you get bring out those  hair shears and chop off all dead ends in your hair, you can add a little needed volume. Create some layers too if you want a little oomph in the top of your head. Body in the hair definitely cuts a few years off your look and when you build up the hair, you also build up your cheekbones. Shorter cuts are very appropriate for women over fifty and when you use your hair scissors for certain tasks it helps a lot. Another idea is to cut a section from your bangs to swoop to the side. This will cover some of the aging spots on the forehead but it will also draw attention to your eyes when the hair falls right next the eye.

To play up your look, think about ways to make yourself younger. Next time you want a new style, don’t think about dying your roots or going tanning to make yourself look younger. Instead try getting it all cut off and making it more of a polished look. Making yourself look younger definitely isn’t a hard thing to do when you think about it.

Give Up Boring Cuts

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I grew up with a hairstylist whom my family was very devout to and also served as a second mom to me. I have never gotten a haircut from anyone other than my long-time stylist. I have mastered exactly how she works toward cutting hair and the exact tools she uses in the process. I have seen her in action so many times that sometimes I swear I could be her. But recently, I watched a friend perform a cut on a client and realized there are so many more tools available for stylists. It was like I came out of my sheltered styling life that I was living.

Although I’m not a hairstylist myself, Jeanette (my hairdresser) has always told me the exact tools that she uses on my hair and all the things I need to know about her process of styling. Since I have grown up watching her give cuts, I haven’t known there to be any other way to cut someone’s hair. It was amazing to me to see how much there is to offer in the world of hair salons and styling besides just hair scissors and hairspray.

My friend began her process with a fresh wash. She then moved over to her cutting station where she began her actual haircut with the professional shears. The shears she used were very high-profile and glided right through the client’s hair. This part of the process is the only part I’ve ever seen take place. The next part was the big surprise for me; my friend got out her “texturizing shears” and began creating layers upon layers of hair and removing excess bulk in the client’s hair. After she got all of the texturizing done, she moved on to the bangs. She styled this part of the hair but using a razor and running it through the ends of the bangs to take off split ends and excess bulk, once again.

I, of course, have heard of texturizing shears and a razor but I had never seen them in action, so I had never known the performance they gave. I was truly amazed by these two tools and all they had to offer. If you were in the same position as me and have never really had anything done to your hair other than a trim every time you visit your stylist, it’s time to get rid of the boring cuts. Next time you get a haircut, make it a cut, not just a trim, by asking your stylist to use her texturizing shears and razor to help blend some new layers and make your hair healthier and lighter on your shoulders.

Common Mistakes Of Haircutting

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Think you can give yourself a quick trim right in your very own home? Hey, it saves money so most people think why not do it? It’s one of the easiest ways to save money, especially when some salons charge forty dollars just for a haircut. This may be one of the smartest ways to get a great look in a small amount of time for a small price. But watch out, at-home styling has its con’s to go right along with its pro’s.

When you try cutting your own hair, you are definitely a brave person. Cutting someone else’s hair may be a bit easier but even doing this can be a risk for you and for the person you are cutting. There are so many common mistakes people can make by cutting their own or someone else’s hair that they know. From angles to lengths, it is evident that some people aren’t as talented as their hairstylist and should probably leave it up to the stylist to complete the task. If you remain confident that you can do it yourself to save money, be sure to read these tips before you begin.

To assure yourself that you will do a great job, you should carefully use your shears in the ways that will keep your hair in good shape. Begin by making sure your shears are as sharp as possible. Those who cut their own hair often assume that it’s fine to use a pair of hair scissors that haven’t been taken out of storage in a year or more. Using a dull blade is one of the worst thing to put your hair through. If the shears aren’t quite sharp enough for use, you should contact a silversmith right away to ensure the best cut possible.

After your shears are in great shape (as far as sharpness goes at least) you can begin trimming. But it’s not safe to start cutting your hair in a horizontal line straight around from ear to ear. You must know the exact technique for trimming hair so that the ends will end up even when you finish. The worst thing to do is tie your hair into a ponytail and chop it off where the ponytail holder is. This will not give you an even cut and can be extremely hard to fix.

To learn the proper ways to cut and/or trim hair, don’t be afraid to ask your hairdresser. You won’t offend him or her by telling them that you like to touch up a few spots on your own every once in a while to save some money. Just ask how you should do a certain technique to get your hair to look just like they cut it. They should let you know whether or not the technique is difficult to perfect, so if they don’t warn you, be sure to ask so you can perform the job just right.

The next time you want to touch up your hair’s ends, be sure to refresh your memory on the things to remember. The angle you cut your hair at is so important so that you get a nice straight cut and none of the ends wind up uneven. Don’t forget to ask for any secret tips from your hairstylist too. She knows everything about hairstyling so she’s the best person you could ask for pointers from. Finally, the most important part of trimming your own hair: updating your shears. If that means buying a whole new pair of hair scissors, then so be it. If they just need a quick sharpen, contact a silversmith and see how  you can get the hair scissors into tip top shape. After all, this is your hair and you want it to look better than any other hairstyle!

 

Having Your Own In Home Barber Shop

January 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The traditional barber shop is quickly becoming a thing of the past for many reasons. Of course the biggest reason is there are not too many men who are opening up shop to cut the hair of men. Most stylists want to work with women’s hair since there is more money involved with the more labor intensive styles that women want. One other reason is men do not want to go to a beauty salon to get a quick haircut so many are resorting to cutting their own at home.

For whatever the reason for a lack of barber shops many families and men are saving money by purchasing hair clippers and just doing it at home. If you have never used a pair of electric clippers they are very easy to use and getting a good looking cut really does not take any experience at all. Many come with several sizes of blade guard which you can use to get a varying length of cut to fit your preferred appearance. If you have a father and couple of sons by cutting your own hair at home you can save the family hundreds of dollars a year and never have to make an appointment that may not fit into your busy schedule well.

Tips For Cutting Your Own Hair

January 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We all watch our hair dresser cut our hair and some women are not willing to try doing this on their own while others feel it looks simple enough they should save some money and cut their own hair. Of course this is something you really need to think about before you do decide that you want to cut your own hair at home.

To start you will need a quality pair of professional hair scissors. Using cheap scissors that are not sharp will result in a cut on your hair that is not smooth and will be more of a tear. This will lead to split ends as well as a haircut that you will not be proud of.

The next thing you need to remember is that less is more and taking off too much hair may end up being something you regret. Start slowly and cut only where you feel it is necessary since it is easier to take off more later where you cannot put hair back on once you have cut it off. The style of cut you are going for will also be important the modern messy looks are better to attempt on your first tries on cutting your own hair these are more forgiving when you make mistakes so that everyone will not notice.

Oster Clippers For A Good Haircut

November 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have ever used a pair of hair clippers you know that not all models are created equally. Sometimes the littlest touches on the professional models are so convenient you understand why the discount brands are cheaper, they do not have the things that make cutting hair with clippers easier. Quality models such as Oster clippers use sharp blades that cut hair smoothly and are easy to change. Plus the handles are ergonomically designed so that the repeated motion of cutting hair is easy on your hands and wrists. If you need a professional set of hair clippers than getting a good pair is the difference between haircuts you can be proud of and styles where a hat is needed.

Modern Looking Bobs

October 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

During the 20s the haircut of choice for the really stylish women was the bob, and it is making its way back in several variations for women of today. Of course these styles start with a great cut using professional hair cutting scissors that are well maintained. The edges on a bob cut need to be sharp and crisp to look its best and only quality scissors should be used to get this cut. These modern bobs seen on the likes of Rhianna and others look great and are extremely easy to take care of and style. But be forewarned the bob really only works the best when it is on a sassy woman who is very confident in herself.

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