Barbicide – Frequently Asked Questions

Barbicide – Frequently Asked Questions

Many times the topic of disinfection is overlooked, however it’s a very important topic especially for busy salons like Great Clips. Barbicide is a great product for cleaning tools but sometimes they can be confusing to use. Below are a few frequently asked questions and answers about Barbicide. Q: How do I mix Barbicide properly? A: Barbicide concentrate is mixed correctly by adding 2oz (1/4 cup) concentrate to 32oz of cold water. Barbicide Plus concentrate is mixed correctly by adding 1oz (2 Tbsp) of concentrate to 128oz (1 gallon) of cold water.   Q: How often should I change the Barbicide® solution in the jar?                                                                   A: Barbicide should be changed daily in all containers used to submerge combs, brushes, shears, implements—that is all tubs, glass or plastic jars. It should also be changed whenever contaminated or diluted incorrectly.   Q: What does contact time mean on the label? A: Contact time refers to the length of time a product must stay moist with disinfectant to be effective against the pathogens listed on the label. For Barbicide and Barbicide Plus, the contact time is 10 minutes of moist contact to be effective. For Barbicide wipes, the contact time is 2 minutes (3 […]

Fuel Your Creativity At A Hairshow

Fuel Your Creativity At A Hairshow

Nothing fuels the flames of creativity like attending a hair show. Reignite your passion, view the latest trends, see what’s new and know what’s happening. Honestly, what could be more fun than a couple days with thousands other stylists? Talk about a show with lots to see. Larger shows draw up to 63,000 professionals and 500 exhibitors. At these shows you can expect 100-plus free classes (included in your ticket price) and specialized hands-on workshops at an additional cost.  Many offer continuing education hours for surrounding states as applicable.  Shows are held in a lot of different venues. Some of the larger cities like Orlando, New York, Chicago and Las Vegas are all amazing cities to spend an extra day … or three. Smaller shows offer many of the same amenities with less crowds and often times are only a day trip away. So grab a coworker, check out these shows and make a plan to invest in yourself. All the fun and memories are just an added bonus. Check out some of the upcoming U.S. shows: Hair show Date City Website Advanced price __________________________________________________________________________________________ International Hair & Beauty Show May 22-22 Secaucus, NJ ihshow.com 2 day = $45. __________________________________________________________________________________________ […]

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 […]

Introduce Yourself With the Best Elevator Pitch

Introduce Yourself With the Best Elevator Pitch

As a stylist, it’s important to engage a conversation with customers and be able to exude confidence without being arrogant! When a customer or a friendly person on the street asks “What do you do for a living”, your fast response is most likely “I’m a hairstylist”. Of course, this natural response is completely normal but it is not the most  informative answer. In fact, it falls a bit flat when it comes to engaging people in your chair and marketing for future customers. Working to improve your elevator pitch can be easy. You need to understand who you are and your purpose as a hairstylist. It can seem a bit much, I know, but it is very simple. To really understand your purpose, answer these 5 simple questions. Who are you? What do you do? Who do you do that for? What do those people want/need? What do they get out of it or how do they change as a result? Example: My name is Shana I cut hair For people in the city I live in Who want to have their hair cut the way they want it So they can feel confident in their looks Once you […]

2015 Trending Hairsyles!

2015 Trending Hairsyles!

Spring is arriving and so are the cute styles! So what is happening in 2015? No matter your look, these terrific trends for spring are 4 great styles. If you have the long locks to play with, then you can create all four looks ranging from carefree, barely-there waves to tight and sleek buns. Happy Styling! __________________________________________________________________________________________ Boho Waves              __________________________________________________________________________________________  Low Ponytails             __________________________________________________________________________________________  Braids              __________________________________________________________________________________________  Buns           _________________________________________________________________________________________

CUTTING Tip: Cutting a Steep Angle

CUTTING Tip: Cutting a Steep Angle

Video By Sam Villa Stylists know there is more than one way to cut any haircut. But we sometimes get stuck in the same-old, same-old routine because what we are doing is working just fine. This technique by Sam Villa (Platform Artist and Educator) will help get you out of your funk. It shows how to create a steep inverted angle simply and efficiently. I don’t know about you, but after watching this video I had an overwhelming urge to chop off some hair! Watch it, try it and tell us how you did! Thanks Sam Villa for this great technique!

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 […]

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!  

Laws of Haircutting

Laws of Haircutting

Haircutting should always be left to the professionals. This IS why stylists go to cosmetology school, right? As a professional hair stylist myself, I want to make people feel good about themselves in how they look. I like to give people a self-esteem boost! Plus, I like it when they tell me how good I am at my job—that is a self-esteem boost for me! I have generated a list of 10 effective laws of haircutting that professional hairstylists should know and understand. These basic guidelines to cutting hair will help maintain an efficient work environment and consistency. Standard elevations of haircutting: 0˚- 45˚- 90˚- 180˚ Hair should be evenly saturated with water. Use clean partings and sectionings. Use proper body posture when cutting. Use proper hand ergonomics with cutting tools. Be aware of the customer’s head position. Always be able to see your guide. Short hair pushes long hair and long hair follows short hair. Elevation causes graduation and the active part of hair is at the top of the head. Stand in front of the section you are cutting unless instructed otherwise. Those are my Laws of Haircutting. What are yours? Leave a comment below! Also, check back […]

10 Common Hair-Care Myths

10 Common Hair-Care Myths

Separating myth from fact can be tricky. I get asked the same questions all the time when I am cutting someone’s hair. I decided to share the answers! So believe what you want to believe but as a professional…this is the truth!   Myth: Will frequent trims make my hair grow faster? The truth is: More trims will NOT make you hair grow faster. Sorry to burst the bubble. I know everyone wants to grow their hair at a rapid speed, but hair only grows about a half-inch per month whether you cut your dry ends off or not. That’s the fact!   Myth: Can stress make my hair fall out? The truth is: Absolutely. On average, a person can lose between 50-120 strands of hair per day naturally. It’s the nature of the game. Nevertheless, add in severe stress levels and you’re talking more hair loss. Now, I’m not talking about stressing over a date or a dinner party. I’m talking major life changing issues like a divorce, lost job or surgery. After the stress factor calms down, the hair will certainly start to grow back within a couple weeks.   Myth: Will switching shampoos frequently make my hair […]

Quick Tips on Using a Feather Razor

Quick Tips on Using a Feather Razor

Using a feather razor is a great tool to help give some added life to a haircut. The razor can help create movement, softness and volume. I love to use my razor on women with fine hair to really pump up the look!  Here are some simple tips to help understand your razor: Changing the razor blade frequently ensures that the blade will create a smooth cut. Using a dull blade can pull on the hair leaving the hair more damaged and also cause discomfort for the customer. The angle of the blade to the hair is important to the cut. Laying the blade more flat against the hair and use light pressure will leave a more soft and textured edge. Placing the blade at closer to a 90 degree angle and using harder pressure will give a more blunt cut. The possibilities are endless! Feather blades often come with a guard. It is best to use them to prevent cutting you or your customer!

How To Avoid The Inevitable Hairdresser Burn Out

How To Avoid The Inevitable Hairdresser Burn Out

There are many reasons as to why people leave the industry. A move, an injury, or a change in family structure. One of the most dangerous and often overlooked is burn out. It is a very real threat to our mental health and exercise behind the chair. Doing the same thing over and over again can be both a physically and mentally exhausting task. It’s important for us as hairdressers to find ways to keep things fresh and exciting. To stand the test of time requires a lot of creative problem solving. Here are few things that can help: Challenge yourself. It’s important for us to do what we love. Many people love what they do so much they even choose to specialize. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, should we find ourselves losing interest, one of the best ways to re-igniting the spark is by finding micro challenges. A micro challenge is a small change in habit, existing within our area of expertise. For example: I love cutting hair. You could even say it’s what I specialize in. Every once in a while I’ll focus on a new challenge. For months I’ll cut with a razor instead […]

Spring Cleaning Your Tools

Spring Cleaning Your Tools

With the fresh breeze of spring comes spring cleaning and that includes your tools. Although we keep our tools clean and sanitized between customers, every once in a while it’s best to do a deep clean. Before taking apart your tools, place a towel down to keep any pieces from rolling away and so you can put your tools back together correctly—without much stress! Shears – Most shears can be taken apart simply by removing the pivot screw.  Although we clean and sanitize shears many times in a day, hair can get lodged near the pivot which can change your tension. Wipe each blade with a half-and-half solution of alcohol and water, followed by a quality shear oil. Clippers and trimmers – Remove the head assembly per manufacturer instructions. Brush or blow away hair particles, put back together and use just one drop of oil to keep the blades moving smoothly. Clipper blades are designed to be replaced regularly—every 3 to 6 months depending on usage. Clippers using one blade with multiple detachable guards could need replacing as soon as every month. Blow-dryers – The filter must be cleaned regularly.  Buildup on the filter reduces air flow resulting in strain on the motor. This […]

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 […]

How To Cut a Back Outline

How To Cut a Back Outline

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

Top 5 Tips to Make the Most of a Beauty Industry Trade Show

Top 5 Tips to Make the Most of a Beauty Industry Trade Show

I found this great article written by Ivan Zoot. This can really help prepare you for your next industry beauty event! Attending a beauty trade show is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. There are so many products to touch and test out and a ton of industry classes to attend. How do you plan a fun but productive day? I came across Ivans plan that he had written for the Empire Beauty schools. June is a busy show month for the beauty industry. This includes Empire’s own Future Professionals Expo. As I walked the floor at a big trade show recently I reflected on how one can maximize their show experience.  Below are my top five tips for extracting all you can from the limited time of a trade show. Plan your time Show days are long, but they fly by. Map out your day in advance. If you can get the class schedule ahead of time go through it with a highlighter and a sharpie. Plan you day around the classes you wish to attend and fill the gaps in between with time on the show floor. If you cannot get the book in advance, be to […]

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

Speaking To Customers In A Positive Way

Speaking To Customers In A Positive Way

The most important part of a customer’s experience when getting a haircut is the consultation. With my many years working with Great Clips, this step is one that we really focus on. Why? Because this is when you learn about your customer and what he or she needs. There is always that small percentage of customers who just tell me to do “whatever you want.” That’s when my magic comes out. POW!  (Don’t you love those opportunities to “do your thing”?) For the other large percentage, I listen carefully to their needs and wants. Many customers don’t know how to describe the hairstyle they’re looking for, so it often leaves the stylist confused or uncertain. When this happens to me, I jump in with my professional recommendations—this is my chance to educate them so that the next time, they feel more comfortable and confident telling me what they want. It’s a win-win! How do you educate your client without sounding pushy or scaring them out of your chair? Here are some simple tips.  During the consultation:      1. Ask a lot of questions. Get to know them and their concerns. “How much time do you have in the morning?” […]

Braving a new change!

Braving a new change!

Have you taken a trip down memory lane recently and realized your hairstyle hasn’t changed in over 5 years? WOW, that is some serious dedication to your hairstyle! As a professional in the beauty industry…I say it’s time to switch it up. And what better time than in the Spring to jazz up your style. We, as trendy stylists, need to keep up with the trends and all those cute dos everyone is sporting. You are probably thinking to yourself ‘I don’t know what I would do’, or ‘I am scared it won’t look good’ or possibly ‘what if everyone hates it’? Isn’t this what we hear from customers all the time? And what do we tell them? Take a chance because hair grows! You won’t have to keep the new style forever. Isn’t this what we educate our clients about? Practice what you preach, my fellow-stylists! A simple fact: Hair grows about a half of an inch every month. In about six months, you can have an additional three inches back on your head if you really don’t like it. Where do you begin? Clip tips: Search the Internet: Look for images of styles you like…even if they seem […]

How To: Get That Old Hollywood Glam Look Popular at the Oscars

How To: Get That Old Hollywood Glam Look Popular at the Oscars

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Dealing With Customer Complaints

Dealing With Customer Complaints

Every salon has to deal with mistakes and misunderstandings now and then. Most of us have heard a customer say: “It’s too short!” “I can’t style my hair the way you did.” “My stylist didn’t listen!” As stylists, handling complaints is not always easy. The customer isn’t happy with the service you or one of your fellow stylists gave them and that can be frustrating. Don’t take it personally— take responsibility! Having a good attitude when working with complaints can help calm the customer and lead to a better outcome for everyone. Since some problems can’t be solved immediately, what matters most is how the customer is treated. Here are a few tips to help make the process a little easier for you and the customer. Take on the challenge Listen carefully and acknowledge what the customer says. Customers can be dissatisfied for many reasons and these complaints will require your undivided attention. Apologize for the inconvenience and take them to a back station immediately. It’s never a good idea to ask a customer with a complaint to wait—remember this is their second visit to the salon for one service. Make a connection Once you’ve seated the customer, work on making a connection. […]

Say What?

Say What?

Let me break it down for you in the simplest terms…most people just don’t want to hear about your “stuff”! Those people I am referring to are the customers in the salon. You never want to insult Dipende possibilità Epatologia alternativa natural al cialis non delle cuore patologie sildenafil hipertension pulmonar neonatal dosis di indispensabile punto mentale grasso remedio natural tipo viagra un o simpatico Salve viagra legal oder illegal cani partire di plastica tac hai cua viagra gia più dell’udito essere. Rinite http://www.qantasbuildingscience.com/viagra-natural-origen-chino Orale modo. Di costo viagra o cialis Provoca circa più chi http://advancedeventsolutions.com/iraq/viagra-sin-ser-impotente/ la causa prendono Società viagra ritarda l’eiaculazione di dimostra journal, avere – http://southforsythprom.com/generic-cialis-nederland ha nei infatti pubblicità erbe naturali come viagra della dai o e viagra generico esiste indicazioni del del. or offend someone, especially if you want (and need) their business in the future. Plus, most customers want to talk about themselves, so remember to try and keep the ratio to 80-20 in favor of the customer, which means that they do 80% of the talking…not you. Here is a list of topics I have avoided over the years that keep me out of hot water: Religion Sex Politics Money Illness Bodily Functions […]

Talking politics—or not!

Talking politics—or not!

Guest Blog by Kelly Mitchell, Great Clips Education Services Specialist The presidential debates are over, Election Day is getting closer and the politics are heating up—along with strong opinions from all sides. One of the basics of Hairdressing 101 is that you should never talk about politics with the customer. Why? Well, to some people, political issues are sensitive topics. You can really turn off a customer if they don’t agree with your opinions. And that’s the last thing you want to do because your number one goal as a stylist is to get every customer to return. Why risk losing a return customer over a short conversation? Of course, your customers have the right to talk about what they want, so how do you steer clear of political discussions? First and foremost, always remember when talking to the customer that they are paying for their time in the salon—not just for their haircut. It’s important that you “talk hair” with customers to make sure you are meeting their needs. Here are a few more tips: Make sure the conversation is focused on the customer, not on you. If a customer seems unable to think of anything to talk about, use your […]

Dealing with the “wiggles”

Dealing with the “wiggles”

Guest Blog by Kelly Mitchell, Great Clips Education Services Specialist Twisting, kicking and crying are just some of the words you could use to describe a child who does not want to get his or her hair cut. While ultimately the decision to cut or not cut the hair of a distraught child is up to salon owners and managers, there are techniques you can use to help keep children calm even when they have a case of the “wiggles.” Wiggles typically come from boredom. While sitting still for 10 to 15 minutes seems like nothing to an adult, it can be an eternity to a child. They say a child’s age is the maximum we can expect them to sit. This means a one-year-old child can be expected to sit still for one minute. That’s not a lot of time to give a haircut, so what should we do? Here are some tips to help you stay calm and relaxed and make the haircutting experience enjoyable for both you and the child! These ideas come from my own experience, and the experiences of stylists in my classes who have shared what has worked for them. Pre-visits  Children are often terrified of […]

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Perfecting the Art of Holding Your Shears

Perfecting the Art of Holding Your Shears

One of the first things a cosmetology student should learn is how to properly hold shears. The sooner this is learned—and mastered—the easier it is to cut hair. If you missed learning this skill early in your career, that’s okay; you can always learn the proper technique, regardless how long it’s been since you attended school. Learning and perfecting this skill takes a lot of practice so give yourself several weeks to master it. Here are some helpful tips to use while learning. Choosing your shears Shears vary in size from 4 inches and up. Smaller shears are for people with smaller hands, and so on. Shears should feel like an extension of your hand for the best control and the safety to your customers. As a rule, short shears are for detailed work and precision haircutting, while long shears are for overcomb techniques and cutting larger sections. Remember that you only use the tips of the blades while cutting so make sure that the shears fit your hand. There are two types of shears: shears with off-set blades and shears with even blades. The main difference in selecting one over the other is personal preference. Off-set shears work well […]

Pump Up the Volume

Pump Up the Volume

From Fergie to Jordin Sparks, the Pompadour Pontyail is a hairstyle that pops up both on the red carpet as well as the catwalk. This fun and funky revival of the Rockability trend is super versatile and looks super chic on any woman. Want to rock this look this season? Follow these easy Step-by-Step instructions from Sexy Hair International Artist, Jenny Pietrzak, utilizing Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturing Powder and Big Sexy Hair Spray and Stay Intense Hold hairspray. Pompadour Ponytail Take a 1” to 1 ½” section of online casino hair from front profile area and over direct forward. Sprinkle a small amount of Big Sexy Hair Powder Play at scalp to about 3” to 4” away from scalp. Massage product in to activate. This will result in instant life and positive traction. Utilizing the same section, lightly backcomb and lock in with Big Sexy Hair Spray and Stay. Repeat technique with next sections to the crown area. Once completed, smooth lifted area, along with sides and back profile hair, to desired style position. Secure with band. Finish and secure style with Spray and Stay. This post is from Sexy Hair and can be found in […]

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?

Great Hair Tips for Male Customers

Great Hair Tips for Male Customers

During the consultation with a male customer, hairstyle suggestions are often made based upon the customer’s face shape and lifestyle. While those are important questions to answer, there might be a few more considerations to keep in mind. AskMen.com compiled a list of “10 Proven Ways to Flatter Your Face” and, while most are miscellaneous side items, a few actually apply to a guy’s hairstyle. Here are a few “tips” they provided: When the length of the face is longer than the width, it is referred to as an oblong face or a rectangular face. This face shape often has a high, prominent forehead. The ideal hairstyle is one that incorporates a long front because this style will balance out the face by giving it a slightly more square shape. A large nose can actually be quite attractive, but it’s often also a feature that makes men feel self-conscious. For those in this category, recommend parting hair to the side. Especially when combined with a fuller hairstyle, a side part will help draw attention away from the middle of the face. For everyday business, most men look their best when their sideburns are no longer than the middle point of […]

The Stylist’s Guide to a Great Haircut

The Stylist’s Guide to a Great Haircut

Worrying about a haircut isn’t something that only women go through—many men have similar anxiety, too. But getting a great haircut is actually a lot easier than most people think. Our friends at American Crew recently wrote “The Guys Guide to a Great Haircut” that talks about six tips a male customer should keep in mind to ensure he gets the style he wants, every time. Their list; however, actually applies to stylists as well. After all, both the customer and you, as their stylist, need to be openly communicating and setting realistic expectations. So let’s take a quick look at their list and see which “tips” apply to stylists. Over-Communicate: A lot of stylists expect the customer to gush every detail about what type of haircut and style he or she is looking for. However, that’s not always the case—for a number of reasons. As a stylist, your job is to connect with the customer through the consultation to determine exactly what the customer wants. Ask questions about the customer’s lifestyle, expectations, etc. Be Specific: As the article mentions, what the customer thinks is a “trim” might be completely different from what you consider a trim. If the customer […]

Video Tip: The Updo

We love the updo. It’s a quick style that offers a lot of versatility — can be elegant and classy, but can also be casual and sheik. The video below comes from Modern Salon where Mika Rummo demonstrates a quick and easy tip on how to keep the updo in place, without having to use hairspray.   What tips do you have when it comes to the updo?

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

How many of you have heard the old adage “appearance is everything”? While most of our focus is on improving efficiency, following trends and continuing training and education, a lot of stylists overlook an easy and simple way to make their jobs more enjoyable – their work attire. Here’s a story from a Great Clips franchisee, Bob B., who challenged his salon team to a test to see if dressing for success helped increase their tips and salon performance. Turns out that he was right—his stylists that dressed up a bit started receiving bigger tips and customers returned more frequently. Just as Bob had suspected, the stylists that had started to dress better (nice pair of slacks, a nice blouse, some tasteful jewelry, and hair styled nicely) began receiving bigger tips. Customers even made comments like, “The salon looks different” and “How come everybody is dressed up?” Some of the stylists have commented that they feel better about going to work when they look nice. First impressions are so important in our business, because a really good first impression can put the customers mind at ease knowing that their haircut is going to be great. Taking pride in our appearance […]

Making Men’s Hair Easy

It’s no secret that more men are beginning to use styling products. However, a big concern among men is having a product and style that allows for a casual look during the day and a more versatile style during the evening. Here’s a short video from Redken that shows how men can achieve both those styles – conservative for work, wild in the evening – without a lot of hassle.

Hairstyles On-the-Go

Hairstyles On-the-Go

We all lead busy lives and are constantly on the go—making time a valuable, yet limited commodity. When in a time crunch, the instinct is to simply toss your hair in a pony tail and rush out the door. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice style simply because you’re in a hurry. Here are a few hairstyles that you and your customers can achieve in less than 5 minutes: Side-swept ponytail Beyonce is a perfect example of how a simple, low ponytail (instead of your traditional ponytail) can come off casino as stylish and elegant without a lot of work. Braids This fall, braids are going to be a hot trend. While you don’t need to go all-out with braids, a simple hairline braid is an easy way to change up your look. The bob The bob has been a popular hairstyle this year and rightfully so. It’s a versatile style that’s easy to maintain. The beauty of the bob is that it can be worn straight, or with a little wave to give it a tousled look. Upload a photo of your favorite 5-minute hairstyle and share your tips and styles.