Thinning shears vs. Texture shears

Thinning shears vs. Texture shears

It is the everlasting debate between stylists…what is the difference between a thinning shear and a texturizing shear? The break down between the two common tools will be cleared up right now. Cutting tools are the stylist’s best friend, otherwise we would not have a fun and beautiful career. Using the correct tool is important when cutting the customers hair. We all know that the shear is the number one tool when creating the haircut, which are two solid blades working together to create a precision cut. But what about the detail and extra texture that is needed? Finishing a haircut with a thinning shear or a texture shear can take your cut from good to great! The trick is to use the proper shear, or shear combination, to get the desired effect. Thinning Shears The true thinning shear is manufactured with 30 tiny teeth close together on both sides of the blades for maximum bulk reduction. With more teeth on each side, each teeth are finer to create a not-so-noticeable difference when cutting. They are designed to remove weight without creating a lot visible texture or volume. Stylists use these to remove excess weight on a customer that is lucky enough to have a lot of […]

Does Shear Length Matter?

Does Shear Length Matter?

Many new and experienced stylist always wonder, “Does the length of a shear matter?” Students and stylist should consider the many different techniques in cutting hair. So, the length of the shear DOES matter!  Shears are measured in inches and by the full length of the shear. Different sized shears are used for different styling techniques. For example a short shear is much better suited for detailed cutting, while a longer shear is preferred for powerful and precision cutting. The standard shear size most hair stylist use is between 5” and 6”.       Compare the lengths: Blunt cutting: For a blunt cut against the customers back or shoulders, it is recommended to use a longer shear. This will allow for a more clean line and reduce the amount of snips needed. Shear Over Comb: Using a longer shear gives a precision cut while the comb anchors the hair. This helps give the stylist more control and efficiency in cutting. Cutting Around the Face: Depending on the desired look, a longer shear would be more comfortable for you and the customer. Your hand will be further back from the customers face and you will be able to see the cuts you are creating. Everyone has their personal preference on shear length, but these […]

Clipper and Trimmers: How to make sure they last a long time!

Clipper and Trimmers: How to make sure they last a long time!

We all know that a stylist tool kit consists of shears, clipper, trimmers, combs and clips. When cutting men’s hair, clippers and trimmers are often the go-to tools. Together they complement each other in the haircut. So what is the difference? Why have both? Clippers are larger in size and are able to cut larger amounts of hair at once. Clippers can be used to complete an entire haircut or can used along with your shears. Trimmers are smaller and designed to be used for delicate and detailed precision work. Trimmers have smaller teeth and cannot handle cutting large amounts of hair at once. They are a scaled down version of a clipper and can get very close to the skin. Caring for your clippers and trimmers Clean the clipper and trimmer blades after each haircut with a clipper cleaning brush. Removing all the hair and debris helps to keep the clipper functioning properly and prevents blades from becoming dull. Disinfect after each hair cut to thoroughly kill any germs. Spray the blades directly with clippercide spray designed to disinfect, lubricate and clean the metal implements. Oil the blades with 2-3 drops while the blades are running to prevent rust […]

HOW-TO: French Knot Updo

HOW-TO: French Knot Updo

I am LOVING this look! It just screams fun, creative and sassy. Besides, as a hairdresser, I am always looking for some fun tricks and new styles. I double dare you to give this one a try. What kind of a look can you create with this technique? Share your finished look with us on The Clip Artist Facebook page. Now go…be creative…share! From Modernsalon.com Written by Maggie Mulhern Creator Dawn Atkinson for the How-To. ***CREATE THE LOOK*** STEP 1: Start with fresh and polished hair. Part hair with a left side part and from top of head to top of right ear. STEP 2: Divide the right side (heavy side) in half horizontally, creating 2 subsections. Use a light weight working pomade for control and shine. STEP 3: Start by crossing the right subsection over the left and bring left subsection up and over the top and loop down through, creating the first knot. Then add hair from top and bottom to the strands (french style) and create another knot as done previously. Continue adding hair from crown and nape repeated knots across back profile. STEP 4: Once you get just behind left ear, incorporate left side profile and nape into […]

The Perfect Curling Iron Size

The Perfect Curling Iron Size

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Lining & Edging Your Clipper Cuts

Lining & Edging Your Clipper Cuts

From behindthechair.com By: Kerri Lee Are you having a hard time getting a perfect line on your textured hair clipper cuts? There’s just one place to turn for answers—to clipper master Ivan Zoot, Director of Education Sales at Marianna Industries. “The crisp and clean lining and edging of a clipper cut makes all the difference on textured cuts,” says Zoot. “I have just the things to help you create superior lines and edges on your clipper cut clients!” Here are Ivan’s five “texturific” tips for making texture clipper cutting easy-breezy. 1. Tool Academy – Zoot says you must have the right tool for the job. Here are four “tool tips” to keep in mind: – Ultra fine toothed trimmers are required for precision work. – “T” style blades can make small details much easier. – Wider, more aggressive trimmer tooth designs will leave softer edges and fuzzier lines. – Narrower blades make tough areas, like behind the ear, a snap. 2. Get a Degree – “The angle or position of the trimmer blade relative to the scalp makes a big difference between creating sharp lines and edges or delivering a new cut that looks days old,” explains Zoot. “Positioning the […]

Disconnected Texture

Disconnected Texture

 This season is all about texture and movement and the key to getting this look is disconnection. Here Dimitrios Tsioumas, Goldwell Artistic Director, shares a quick tip for achieving this hot, trendy look. Try it on your next client! From behindthechair.com

Mens Modern Pompadour

Mens Modern Pompadour

From a recent poll on Facebook, it looks like one of the most sought after style guides for men”s hair is a modern pompadour! There are plenty of versions out there, so there is really no right or wrong way.  I found this great video by Amanda Bush from the Allen Ray Salon. This Video does not have any dialogue, but is a great video to learn from. I have added a step by step guide to share my interpretation of the cut below. Enjoy!     Step 1: Create a horseshoe shape parting from recession to recession including the back crown. Step 2: Clipper around the lower part of the head to the desired length. You can use a clipper over comb technique or attach a clipper guard. step 3: Line up the edges around the front and back online casino hairlines. Complete any detail work that is needed. Step 4: Remove the back crown using a horizontal parting from side to side. Step 5: Start on the Right side of the customer. Part a small horizontal section of hair just above the horseshoe parting from the crown to the front outline about 1 inch thick. Step 6: Find […]

5 No-Calendar-Needed Haircut Guide

5 No-Calendar-Needed Haircut Guide

I get that all females want to have long, gorgeous movie star hair…but lets get real now. Customers should not wait 8 months between haircuts just because they want waist length hair. They need to keep their hair in shape for the marathon ahead! So of course the top question I hear after cutting off all the dead ends (that happens to be more then what they wanted to take off- but they agree it needed to be removed) “How long should I wait till my next haircut?” An average estimate to tell customers is 3-5 weeks for males and about 6-8 for females. However, there are some factors that can decide when your next haircut should be. Here are five NEW no-calendar-needed ways your customers can tell when they need a cut! 1. Split-Ends Split ends are easy to spot because they are thin, dry and stringy. That is easy for stylists to see, but customers just don’t know how to survey the damage. So show them what they look like. Have them wrap their hair around their fingers and see if it looks more like a porcupine than a smooth, sleek piece of hair. This test will determine […]

Step By Step: Roped Fishtail Braid

Step By Step: Roped Fishtail Braid

I’m always on the lookout for beautiful new styles. And when the stars come out to walk the red carpet (like recently for the Emmy’s), my attention goes straight to their lovely locks! casino My favorite style this year was Maria Menounos. Her hair was styled very elegantly but also following the current trends. I found this great post on Behindthechair.com To weigh in on your favorite style visit The Clip Artist on Facebook.

Modern Cut From A Classic Tool

Modern Cut From A Classic Tool

I found this great video that shares a long layer cut using a razor from Gratitude Education. The cut is Matt Beck online casino and the style is Drea Boland. They are creating a long layer using a feather razor.  A razor is designed to create movement and softness.Take a look!  

Twist Cutting Technique by Sam Villa

Twist Cutting Technique by Sam Villa

I love this twist cutting technique done by Sam Villa. It is very efficient and trendy. Take a look!  

Best Men’s Hair!

Best Men’s Hair!

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Who Claimed What Hairstyle?

Who Claimed What Hairstyle?

Who comes up with hair trends? Could it be a celebrity hairstylist? Or the everyday (but fabulous!) stylists like you and me? Or a crazy group of people who think they know hair, so they formed a committee? No matter who starts the trend, it often grows and spreads like wild fire—usually because a celebrity starts wearing that style, and before you know it, everyone is wearing it (everyone and their grandmothers!). Here are some hair trends that have become connected with the celebrities who wore them best: Victoria Beckham/Short, inverted stack Farrah Fawcett/Textured face frame and layers Jessica Simpson/Clip-in hair extensions Jennifer Aniston/Long sleek and the short layer Marilyn Monroe/Classic barrel roll and pin-up Zooey Deschanel/Heavy Bang Halle Berry/Pixie Sarah Jessica Parker/Natural textured waves Pink/The pompadour Audrey Hepburn/Cropped bangs and tight, high bun Meg Ryan/Short- to mid-length shag Whoopi Goldberg/Dreadlocks Which hair trends do your customers request the most? I know there are tons I have done from this list. The most requested is Victoria Beckham’s inverted stack and a Zooey Deschanel bang. It is crazy how one person can really send so many people to their stylists with the same request: Make me look like this! I do […]

How To Wash Your Hair Properly

How To Wash Your Hair Properly

Article courtesy of the Ultimate Beauty Guide You may do it practically every day, but do you really know how to wash your hair the right way? Using the correct techniques can make a world of difference in your hair’s health, bounce and shine but if you’re making some common mistakes, you could be damaging your strands without even knowing it. 1. Start with a rinse: Just like your laundry needs a rinse cycle before you add detergent, hair should be thoroughly wet before you add your shampoo. Hot water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair. When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticle so it is able to absorb the oil in your conditioner. 2. If you have long hair, condition first: Yes, really! If you have hair beneath the shoulders, protect fragile ends from drying out and further damage by running a small amount of conditioner through them and lightly rinsing, before any shampooing. This will not only keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making it smoother and boosting shine. 3. […]

Top 6 Buzzcuts

Top 6 Buzzcuts

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5 Weird Hair Tricks That Really Work!

5 Weird Hair Tricks That Really Work!

Let’s get real, girls…life happens and we all need short cuts. Plain and simple! There are many websites like Pinterest, Facebook and Google to help research new hairstyles. Who doesn’t like learning a new hairdo?  Problem is, these hairstyles usually require curling, shaping, and spraying, which can cause damage and they take lots of time. So the more shortcuts we can use that will prevent damage on those days we don’t want a full style, the better. Try these 5 hair tricks and tell us what you think!   _________________________________________________________________________________________ 1. STATIC Winter is fast approaching…and that means we’re heading toward hat season! And porcupine head is not the look you should be going for. Prevent crazy hair by using a dryer sheet to help get rid of the static. Using one sheet, smooth it over your entire head going from root to ends. You can also rub the dryer sheet on your brushes and combs before using them on your hair. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 2.  FULLER PONYTAIL Stop all that back combing and try using the hair clip trick to give your ponytail a bigger boost. Pull your hair into a ponytail near the crown of your head and tie off with a hairband. Separate it into two sections (top and bottom), and place […]

Cutting A ‘V’ Shape Into Long Hair

Cutting A ‘V’ Shape Into Long Hair

 “I want to keep the length…but I want something totally different”.   Yep, (insert a heavy sigh here) we have all heard that at one point or another. So what can you do to update these long haired beauties? A structured haircut with a ‘V’ shape. This blast from the past style is in circulation once again, right from the Farrah Fawcett days. Sam Villa has created a video that gives you the 411 on this haircut using minimal partings and structured cutting. Lya Navarra, writer for Sam says, “Sam facilitates this look with a very simple technique. Instead of trying to carve out the angle in the front and the ‘V’ shape in the back, we focus the cut on the interior and the shape appears!” The result? A beautiful front framing angle that falls seamlessly to a ‘V’ shape in the back! Give it a try the next time you’re asked to do the impossible. What You’ll Learn In This Video: Think inside out – layer first instead of creating the perimeter angle Establish points of reference to keep you on track Discover the necessity of parallel comb and finger angles to your partings Identify the tool that can get us into trouble […]

5 Dry Shampoos To Try For The Summer

5 Dry Shampoos To Try For The Summer

There are only so many days in a summer and spending them under the hair dryer and/or primping your locks just does not fit in the schedule! Summer is the time to get up, get yourself ready and head out the door as quickly as possible so you can enjoy the nice weather. If you are a hairstylist, like me, the idea of using a blow-dryer in the heat of the summer sounds almost unbearable. So the alternative is to skip the shower (or at least the hair washing part), and whip your hair into shaping using a dry shampoo. Let’s be honest…there is no alternative to cleaning the scalp other than using a good shampoo and conditioner.  But on days where there is no time to melt under the hair dryer, there are dry shampoos you can turn to. But which ones are the best and why can’t I just grab one off the shelf? Of course there are loads of options on the target and Wal-Mart shelves, but for the girl who wants to BE SURE the product is good, stick with the professional brands. Not sure what a dry shampoo will do to your hair? Here’s a few benefits… […]

Hair Brush Fact Sheet

Hair Brush Fact Sheet

Which brush gets the job done right? The writers at I-glamor have made a fact sheet that will help guide you to the perfect styling brush, because beautiful hair starts with the right brush. I wanted to share these great tips because hair brushes are the most essential, yet thankfully affordable, starting point when it comes to styling tools. Begin by thinking about the style you want to achieve; smooth, full volume, added bounce, then peruse the hair brush fact sheet for the right brush match. Happy styling!

18 Ways To Style A Ponytail

18 Ways To Style A Ponytail

Over the summer months I Loved  my ponytails because having all that hair on my neck during the hot months was simply unbearable at times. After a while, the standard pony can get a bit boring and repetitive. So I challenged myself this past summer to find different ways to style a ponytail for medium to long hair. I bet you can’t try just one! These styles can be simple for an everyday shopping trip or styled for a more formal event. That is the magic of ponytails! I have taken it a bit further with my ponytail challenge and have shared my thoughts with customers in the chair. Most women with shoulder length hair or longer always ask me, “What is a different style I can do to my hair?” I now simply tell them…it’s the PONYTAIL! Of course I plan to see some raised eyebrows…ponytails are for the gym, right? By explaining how to style them up and how transformational they can be, they become believers. As always, the right products are a must. The range of products used include everything from a volumizing spray to prep the wet hair, to a Moroccan oil that adds shine to that sleek pony and then of course a strong hairspray to […]

How To: A Short & Sassy Hair Cut

How To: A Short & Sassy Hair Cut

Knowledge is always power when it comes to hairdressers. Learning new cutting techniques is fun and can be applied to many other haircuts. I found this online casino step-by-step cropped haircut from Pivot Point. To learn about the coloring tips, visit http://bit.ly/18Uqhkz  

Twist Razoring- Adding Texture To The Crown

Twist Razoring- Adding Texture To The Crown

How To Cut: Miley-Inspired Undercut

How To Cut: Miley-Inspired Undercut

By Alison Shipley of ModernSalon.com I found this amazing short crop picture with a cutting HOW TO guide! This short haircut is trendy, cute and edgy! What do you think? Thanks to MODERN Instagram followers @zmicklewright, @rschneckloth and @twistinbangs for collaborating to create this look that we fell head over heels over! CUT: Zack Micklewright (@zmicklewright) began by sectioning off the entire crown of her head. Then, used a 1/2-inch guard on Andis Masters clippers and cut all the way up to the part, only in front of the ear, and just over the ear and around the back. “I used the clipper-over-comb method to graduate from the bottom of the hairline to the crown toward the back, he says. “In the back it’s blended vertically, and on the sides it’s more of an undercut.” Then, he tapered up her front and sideburns and edged her with Wahl Designers over her ears and down the back. Then, he bald tapered her hairline across the bottom in the back. “The hair I sectioned off on top I blended with the long hair in the back,” he says. “And that was pretty much it! This is my first major hair cut on a woman, I […]

Shear Technique- Remove Bulk and Add Texture

Shear Technique- Remove Bulk and Add Texture

Razoring Technique

Razoring Technique

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Learning the Old and Updating to the New and Creative

Learning the Old and Updating to the New and Creative

When I ask a client what they want to do with their hair, one of the first questions out of their mouth is, “What’s in style?” While examining their hair, I let them know that the 40s & 50s styles have returned from the vault. It is true that fashion trends and hairstyles always make a comeback. So, why not the 40s & 50s? I have noticed a big rise in the pompadour and the old Hollywood glam style. These looks are awesome but should really be tailored to the client. With the obvious change in decades, some updates have been made to transform these classics to be a bit more modern.  The Pompadour: This look was inspired from the men of the 40s, but today, even women are really getting in on this action. Take a look at Pink or Miley Cyrus. Whether it is men or women rocking the look, the cut remains the same. The sides are short, leaving the top much longer and smoothing the top hair back. To get the look without a dramatic cut, women are pinning the hair back very tightly on the sides and styling the top into many fun looks. Either […]

Step-by-step trend cuts

Keeping up on trend cuts are a great way for stylists to help their customers feel confident that the stylist is aware of the latest and greatest information. Being aware of the types of cuts that are out there and the products available can help stylists deliver the look their customers are seeking. Check out these great step-by-step guides from Sexy Hair to help your customers grab that glam look they want.  CinematicDay_StepbyStep 4 CinematicNight_StepbyStep

How to Create a Waterfall Braid

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Peek-a-Boo

Peek-a-Boo

Looking to learn how to create the perfect pony and chignon? Drew Noreen, a stylist at Pucci Salon, shares his peek-a-boo braid with the Modern Salon community. Step 1: Preset hair with a strong blow dry set or a marcel set and your favorite sleeking products. Begin by isolating a large, off-center triangle section on the left of the head and clip out of the way. Try not to go below the temple area, as that hair will be incorporated into your french braid. Step 2: Isolate another large, off center triangle section on the opposite side of the head and clip out of the way. This section can be larger than the first, bringing it below the temple and back toward the crown. Step 3: You should now be left with a third section, which is your braiding section. Begin about 1-inch back from the hairline, create your favorite style of french braid, directing it back and down tight toward the nape and securing with a elastic band. (Leaving out a small section of hair on the left side of nape). Step 4: Take your section from Step 1 on the left side and bring it softly down around […]

How To: Men’s Spring 2012 Haircut Trends

Undercutting and disconnection are key trends for this spring. In this video, Ivan Zoot a.k.a. the Clipper Guy, shares how to cut this look.

Mastering the Lob

Mastering the Lob

One of the most recent trends this year is the lob—a longer, swingy version of the bob. So how do you master the lob? Our friends at Behind the Chair show you how. To create a quick, perfectly beveled lob line, Alterna Global Creative Director Michael Shaun Corby suggests this cool technique: Begin by applying a flexible control gel to damp hair, then blow dry. “Freestyle produces a ‘raincoat’ of protection against online casino humidity,” says Michael Shaun. Next, comb all strands with a small-tooth comb. Double or triple the Alterna-tive Styling Band (depending on the size of your client’s neck) and slip it over her head, letting it fall loosely. Gently lift the hair just above the band with your comb to create the bevel shape. Angle the shear so the lower blade is pointed upward and the top blade is pointed downward, and then cut the hair from side to side underneath the band. Have you started seeing more women sporting the lob? What tips do you have?

Fear the Flat Top?

Is there a particular hairstyle or cut you dread doing? Chances are, it probably didn’t take you very long to answer that question. Every stylist has a hairstyle or haircut they would prefer not to have to do. Whether it’s due to a lack of confidence or simply because they haven’t had the opportunity to perform that specific cut, there are certain styles that we’re uncomfortable with. One of those styles, and one that’s frequently thrown out there, is the flat top. And unfortunately, for those who answered the question with the flat top, the style isn’t going away anytime soon. If you happen to cringe at the thought of having to cut a flat top, you’re in luck. The Clipper Guy – Ivan Zoot, shares his tips on how to properly cut a flat top. As Ivan mentions in the article, the flat top is an American classic and the demand for a quality flat top will never go away. What tips do you have for those who are intimidated or hesitant to take the flat top?