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Tools of our trade:


Tools of our trade:

Knowledge Skill Passion: The Tools of our trade choosing the right tool having the right skill. Thinking about what we want to create .Thinking about how we want to establish our selves. Having good quality tools the right tools is great .But like all all tools they are only as good as the person who is holding and using them?





Good quality hairdressing scissors can and are precision tools hand made can be very expensive very delicate and in the wrong hands can do damage. For most Stylist using scissors is the main tool they use for most styles multiple ways to use and texture hair. They come in many length’s and styles and quality and price vary considerable. {an example of this the top right scissors are titanium coated} {$1000.00 us approx}


All the Scissors above are Japanese and have serrated edge.


Thinning or texture Shears:

Another Favorite with stylists Thinning or texture shears: Although a wonderful tool that can create amazing effects: I do however think many stylist use them without giving consideration to what they can do to shape or how by removing bulk from one area you can create more in another, they can also create problems as a shape grows out. Young stylist should given more training with these shears and their uses!


The feather razor so versatile their is nothing that you can do with scissors that cannot be done with one of these. From clean blunt look to free flowing movement. The key to using one of these razors is to have a full understanding shape, weight distribution, hair growth pattern an ability to see a shape to be able to create sharp using the waves the curves on any given head. To cut hair with a razor one must also have a huge respect for what it can do how sharp it is and yet how versatile it can be. Over the years many different types of cutting tools and razors have come along some stand the test of time others are short lived {hairdressers love new toys}!

Over the years and as i have got more  of an understanding of hair texture and weight distribution I have been fascinated with finding ways to add texture to hair, not to be confined to cutting strait lines. or cutting strait lines only to go back into a cut to soften those lines out! using thinning shears, castle cutting, slide cutting, the list goes on. I do however sometimes wonder when looking at some of the amazing uTube videos that inspire so many with new looks and techniques. How commercial are they in the every day salon market place ? Certainly this should be considered or the technique adapted to work with ones clientele.


I have two tools that i love too tools that i had to have the courage to pick up and learn to understand.both razors both very different. The shot  above with me using the Claw’s to add texture shows how they become an extension of ones fingers so your creating by touch and feel they really are very fun to play with.

The Claw’s or finger Razor: I have recently found articles re invention the Claw’s exciting!  With pictures of stylist with them on all fingers i think that three claw’s are effective enough when used correctly. I have been using them for 10 years they were introduced to me by a wonderful Italian stylist Amazing tool on thick Asian hair you can really call your self an-artist do some freestyle cutting. As a tool to challenge both skill and artistic talent they area must have. They enable you to become a real hair sculptor a free style artist. To the right cut with claw’s only they allow for wonderful texture.


The Crystal Blade:{discovered Winnipeg Manitoba Canada}


Yes a crystal { glass jade crystal} amazing for putting texture into hair as the blade will slowly De-laminate  little chips form on the class face thus creating even more texture. A full understanding of shape and dimension texture is advised before using this tool on a client.

The Classic Cut throat another valuable tool:



Both these two shots  above  are from a makeover soft edgy razor cuts. On the right the short cut the look still with texture but retaining a slightly edgy sharpness! below before shot!


We have so many told available to us so many techniques that being able to explore four creativity has never been easier rot do yet we still have to consider our clients. what works best for them what will they be able to manage and maintain. Is what we care doing commercial viable ? Does it represent us and the salon does it promote us in the best to our our target market the clients we are looking to serve and attract ?

razor cut demi colour

The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.


This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Our industry is in constant change and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they have a passion for change, to raise standards through education and sharing. Leadership, education and team incentives.Will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.
This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.
Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

I also think that we need to always look at the WhyAsk the question Why are we in business whats it for? OrWhy do we want to go into to business what is success? Why do I suggest this I think by asking and exploring the why we get to the motive behind why we want to be in business what is true success. Why the will also help us to understand our true values this in turn helps us to follow the path to the success we want  and desire. It will help us to surround ourselves with the right team those who share our values and vision.


Remember. Salon success. Stylist success. Business success are all linked together it’s Team success. Its never about any destination only ever about a journey taking the right people on that journey makes it enjoyable maybe even fun!

Mike B2MR

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The Salon & the ‘S’ Word

 Written by Mike Vallance 

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