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What To Do Last Minute With Unsharpened Shears

February 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“I want tons of layers and make it edgier this time!” These are the words of your most valued client who means so much to you. You would do anything to keep her coming back to you because she loves the way you do her hair and is never disappointed. Usually hearing this words would be no problem and you could throw something together in less than an hour for her. But today you go to grab your shears and realize they’re completely dull and in such bad shape that you can’t even use them. Now what do you do?

In emergency cases like these, you may begin to panic. But that’s not what you want to do; you want to keep things calm so that your client (especially this woman) doesn’t know that anything is wrong. The more relaxed you can keep someone about their new cut, the better feedback you’ll get in the long run. After so long of thinking about what to do next, you need to come to a conclusion and quick! You may decide to pick a few different options.

One decision you could make would be to borrow another stylist’s shears. As long as she is in the same salon and you don’t have to run across town to get the pair of scissors, you should be fine. Just make sure you sanitize the shears well enough so they don’t have build-up on them that will make then stick and change their performance. You may then proceed with no problems and once the client leaves, go call the nearest silversmith to help you sharpen the blades before the next day.

That is one good decision that will help in case you don’t know how to sharpen shears without damaging them. Some hairstylists know how to do this and that’s why they may choose the option to sharpen them quick themselves and just tell the client to “hold on while I sharpen these shears quickly!” Knowing how to sharpen shears can also come in handy for those times when you may go to borrow another stylist’s pair and she’s already using them; now that would not be fun! However, it is possible.

If both the other stylist is using her shears and you don’t know how to sharpen shears, you may have to do one of the hardest things in life and say, “no.” You could try sharpening the blades yourself but that could just get you into even more trouble because you don’t have experience doing this like a professional silversmith does. Kindly tell this important customer that your scissors are not in their best shape and you will need to run and get them sharpened and reschedule her appointment. Be sure to tell her how sorry you are for the inconvenience and that you would rather reschedule and have her be unhappy than give her an awful haircut and have her be unhappy. Even offer a free haircut since this was your own fault.

Sharpness of scissors is what makes them scissors. Without that sharp-to-the-touch texture to them, you can’t even call them hair scissors. When this does happen to you, it will be embarrassing but if you just apologize and do so sincerely, the customer will more than likely understand. Maybe not any old customer but since this woman loves your performance, one little slip up wouldn’t hurt…as long as it never happens again. Emergencies will happen in times like this but remember how important your h

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!

 

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