As you transition from student to professional you will need to upgrade your tools. Thermal tools and shears can be the most expensive investments. Take care in choosing the best options and protecting them to increase longevity.
Your investment in the tools and appliances necessary to dry, transform and reshape hair are critical. Since these blow dryers, flat irons, clippers and specialty irons can each cost up to $500, knowing how to protect that investment is essential to your financial success.
It’s important you do your homework to make sure you are not only getting the right tool, but that you also do everything to prolong the life of that investment.
David Gardiner, BaBylissPRO director of marketing, professional styling says regular maintenance will keep tools working at top performance.
“You can tell a blow dryer is not performing when it doesn’t get as hot or gets too hot,” Gardiner says. “It might have a clogged filter. If a flat iron needs more passes to get the desired result, it might just need a quick cleaning.”
Gardiner and Dennis Colpitts, BaBylissPRO director of marketing and education, clippers and trimmers, share their tips for protecting your investment:
Shears are a critical investment—and a costly one. The price of shears, determined by what it’s made of and how it’s made, can run up to several hundred dollars.
Shears are made from regular stainless steel, Japanese stainless steel or steel alloy. The highest-quality shears are forged—meaning each blade is shaped from one piece of metal for strength and durability. Some shears may be made entirely by hand and go through several steps in the ﬁnishing process, which increases the cost. Craftsmanship is particularly important in the edge of the shear. A convex edge will give you a nice clean cut, say experts, and it will let you easily perform techniques such as slide cutting or channel cutting, with optimal results.
You will need shears specific to the types of cutting you’ll be doing. In general it’s best to have three pairs: overall cutting shears, slice cutting shears, and thinning or texturizing shears. To ﬁnd the right ones for you test a few pairs from different manufacturers and lines. Hold the shears in your hands and open and close them. Does it feel lightweight? Do the blades open easily and smoothly? Are they ergonomically designed with a comfortable thumb and ﬁnger position? If the answer is yes to all, you’ll know you’ve found a shear that will let you cut fast and precisely, and most importantly won’t stress and strain your ﬁngers and hands—can lead to fatigue and even injury.
If you have trouble ﬁnding the right ﬁt, or if your ﬁngers tend to slide out of shears easily, look for a manufacturer that offers an adjustable sizing system with their shears. These ﬂexible rings can be added or removed to ﬁt your speciﬁc ﬁnger and thumb size.
To help them perform better and last longer, take good care of your shears. To protect your investment and keep shears in top shape: