Over years of visiting Hair Salons across America, we have seen what one would consider to be horrendous acts of neglect and abuse to Styling Shears. We sell shears, so we might be a little anal when it comes to taking good care of your shears. I’ve been surprised to see everything from using a pair with a broken tip, to a pair dinged up so badly that they won’t even close all the way.
1. You can’t tighten them any more. You have tightened the screw down so tight that it will not come loose any more, or it is stuck.
2. Rusty Shears are Crusty Shears! If you see any rust at all on your shears, replace them immediately. Before your clients see it.
3. You can’t get the screw out. Scissors need to be taken apart to be cleaned properly, which should be done daily.
4. Old Faithful: You love your shears so much that you have not even considered a new pair in the last 5 years. Chances are, you will be surprised at the ease of use and quality of steel that is used in newer shears.
If you fall into any of these categories, you better go to our shop and buy some new scissors immediately. In early 2009, Shiro Shears started using the new Vacuum Heat Treatment Process: Temperature is controlled of a cycle of time in Shiro Shears Advanced Heat Treatment Process. This process is what makes Shiro Shears stand out from others. This extra step is what gives the steel its extra strength, and is key in creating alloys capable of holding the “Ultimate Edge”.
If you are like me, you’re all about saving money this holiday season. Well, here is a great idea to help you out.
Most hairdressers go to the beauty shows to buy their Styling Shears. You book a flight or fill up the tank for the road, pack up your bags and get your fellow stylists together for the annual trip to the big Beauty Show. Many stylists are prepared to spend up to $800 or more on a single pair of Styling Shears that they were convinced are some sort of special steel that is the best that money can buy. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but 9 out of 10 Japanese Styling Shears are made from the same type of steel.
The steel used is called 440C, we use it here at Shiro Shears. Sure, we could go to the beauty shows, pay thousands of dollars for a booth, and try to sell our products for 3-4 times what they’re worth. But we would rather extend our discount to the consumer by offering REALISTIC prices on all our Japanese Styling Shears online. Our prices online are always less than what you would pay in stores or in the field. Even our distributors don’t sell them for these low prices. Stop paying $500 or more on Hair Cutting Scissors, and buy the best quality at the lowest prices online. www.ShiroShears.com
If I were you, I would take a look at the Sale page at http://shiroshears.com/page/sale/ and pick out one or two pair. There is no risk involved in purchasing our products, they are 100% backed up by our Warranty! You can buy them from our website, try them for up to 30-Days, and if you don’t like them just return them for a full refund. Our Sale items are extremely low priced right now and they will not last so buy yours today.
By Shiro Shears Co.
Holiday Gifts for Your Hairdresser
Buying a gift for your favorite stylist can be tricky. But you want to buy a gift that counts, right? The holidays are my absolute favorite time of year. Not only do I enjoy the cold weather, snow, Christmas music, and general sense of good fortune and family. But I absolutely love buying Christmas gifts for my family and loved ones. If you’re anything like me, you want to buy your favorite hair stylist a great gift for the holidays. And if you’re like most people, you find it hard to find that perfect gift. Over a years time, we spend over 24hrs together with our hairdresser. Most of us have been going to the same stylist for years and years, and will continue to visit them and stay in touch with them throughout the years. A hair stylist is not only a service provider; but for most, a lifetime friend.
A hairdressers most important tool is their shears, there is no question. Shears are used every day, and the best shears are meant to last a lifetime. Most hair stylists cannot afford to spend an average of $300 all at once on a nice pair of shears. What better gift could a hairdresser want than a shiny new pair of razor sharp shears. Stylists report happier clients, easier cuts, faster cuts, reduced fatigue, and an overall rise in self-confidence after buying Shiro Shears.
For jobs in hairdressing or barbering you will need to have a unique combination of skills and will also require a great deal of training. Rewarding opportunities such as salon management positions and hairdressing jobs overseas are all achievable for ambitious hairdressers. To be a competent hairdresser you will have to possess an almost unrivalled level of ability in a vast array of skills.
Hairdressers use a range of cutting and styling techniques to enhance the personal appearance and confidence of clients. They may work in a salon catering for men, women and children. Some salons specialise in particular styles and clients. For example, African-Caribbean hairdressing techniques include pressing, braiding, plaiting and attaching hair extensions, while traditional male barber services may include trimming beards and moustaches. (more…)
Haircutting Scissor Care
In order to give a decent haircut, you need to have proper equipment that will help you get the job done right. Professional haircutting scissors are a must – they make the difference between frustration and a job well done. They come with different price tags, colors, styles, and lengths. As for price, you pick up a pair for around $20 at a beauty shop, or you can purchase scissors for several hundred dollars. If you give the occasional haircut at home, a $20 pair will do the job. However, if you cut hair all day, every day, at a salon, you’ll need the more expensive, higher quality scissors. You get what you pay for.
Current and incoming students of franchise locations of The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) are encouraged to apply for a scholarship courtesy of Redken and the TSPA. In celebration of Redken’s 50th Anniversary in 2010, ten salon professionals will have the opportunity to sharpen their professional edge with a $5,000 scholarship to be applied towards TSPA tuition fees and books needed to complete a student’s training at franchise locations of TSPA schools. Scholarship awardees will be chosen by the Redken Scholarship Advisory Board based on their submitted applications as well as educational and career goals. Redken and TSPA expect to receive applications not only from students looking for financial aid during this tough economic time, but also from students looking for an advantage come graduation and job-seeking time. Shiro Shears is also offering a 25% discount for all students who are in need of new Hair Shears. As a student, you must have professional tools to go along with your new career, and having the right tools is the next step in reaching your goals as a professional.
Interested students can find the application at www.TheSalonProfessionalAcademy.com. Completed applications must be submitted by May 31, 2010. Chosen recipients will be notified by phone or mail on or about July 10, 2010.
Shiro Shears Offer: Use COUPON: salonpro for 25% OFF your entire order at www.ShiroShears.com
Have You Considered Self-Employment?
by Shiro Shears on Monday, February 15, 2010
Working for yourself. What an amazing dream. But it doesn’t have to remain a dream: millions of people run their own businesses, people just like you. This may surprise you but hairdressers are especially suited to working for themselves.
Your typical hairdresser is confident and outgoing—essential qualities for building up a client base or going to ask your bank manager for a loan, and hairdressers are great at multi-tasking; a bonus when you have to be receptionist, accountant, promoter and sales person all rolled into one!
Hairdressers have fantastic time-management skills (that’s what it’s called when you get through a day with a double column and nobody turns up on time), are hardworking, determined, and creative. All these qualities are the bedrock of entrepreneurs and all you need is the knowledge of how to put them into practice.
So why work for yourself? Isn’t it easier just to go to work and come home without any worry or responsibility? To have the security of regular wages, holiday pay and sick pay?
OF COURSE IT IS! But just because it’s easier, doesn’t mean it’s better. What about freedom to choose the hours you work and the type of clients you see? What about the potential to have no limits on your earnings and to keep all the profits for yourself?
And what about the satisfaction of knowing that YOU did it? You built your business up from nothing and look at you now! (more…)
In such a competitive industry salon owners can find it increasingly hard to keep their salon business growing. With most high-end districts offering a selection of hair and beauty salons, gaining the edge can prove difficult. A few simple points to remember can help salon owners head in the right direction and continue towards running a successful salon business.
As hairdressing is such an interpersonal profession your company image, ethics and ultimately its success are often completely in the hands of the salon’s employees. Therefore it’s crucial that a sound hairdressing team is established first, regardless of its size. It goes without saying that the whole team should be well-mannered, enthusiastic and reliable as well as being passionate about hairdressing. Staff will encounter customers from all walks of life and the ability to engage with them all is of the utmost importance whether you’re a salon manager or a weekend assistant. (more…)
Do you know how you can tell? When was the last time you replaced your old Shears?
It is a little known fact that one of the major causes of Split-Ends is that stylists use dull shears. (See: Split-Ends: A Stylists Guide) I know what you’re probably thinking, “I don’t do that.” But whether you realize it or not, you are probably using dull shears.
Most beauty schools pay little or no attention to Scissor care and Maintenance, so it really isn’t your fault that you were never taught the proper way to take care of your shears. As a professional stylist, you know hair. But do you know when to replace those old shears? What about the low quality shears you received in beauty school? Are you still using them? At Shiro Shears, we know Shears inside and out. We are not only a Scissor company, we are educators. Just ask students of Paul Mitchell Academy (Various Locations), amongst many other Cosmetology schools nationwide.
The Sanek-Strip Test:
- Using a piece of Sanek-Strip and a spray bottle (about half a piece will do), spray the Sanek with water until nice and wet. Then, without applying pressure or “torquing” the blades; try to cut the Sanek-Strip
- A sharp pair of Shears will have no problem cutting the Sanek-Strip the full length of the blade without tearing it.
- Dull Shears: You will see tearing towards the tip or base of the cut, or it will simply tear the Strip. Sometimes it will not cut it at all.
Shiro Shears has a vast social network, a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and we provide great customer service for the life of your shears. Don’t wait for the next beauty show, buy online today and save!
by Michelle Breyer on Monday, November 23, 2009
Rick Wellman, celebrity colorist and blond expert, specializes in blondes. As the head colorist and co-owner of Patrick Melville Salon, his clients include celebrity blondes like Heidi Klum and Blake Lively—the latter, who hits up the salon with her dog Penny, was recently credited with the hair of the moment by the NY Times.
As a former artist, Wellman has an uncanny ability to blend and paint color onto hair, using his unique signature style called Bio-Lights, finding the perfect, natural-looking shade which Wellman claims is dependent on your skin tone. While he is an influential colorist at a top salon, Wellman has also worked with companies like Clairol to develop boxed at-home color.
When coloring natural curly or wavy hair, Wellman says to keep in mind the texture is generally a little more coarse and dry.
One advantage though, most likely the curls will camouflage any missed spots. Treat and time the root area differently than you treat the ends, especially if the client already has colored her hair. Be careful to avoid excessive overlapping of color to the ends as curly hair tends to be more porous and can quickly suck up color and become dull. Try adding a tablespoon of natural coconut oil to buffer the remaining formula and help protect ends.
When getting highlights, avoid many tiny fine strands of light pieces as they can just get lost and melt into your curls. Generally, curly hair needs thicker pieces of lightness to be even noticed or worth the while.
Wellman says that the key to achieving natural-looking blond color is “to keep subtle dimension throughout. Solid platinum or monotone yellow are dead giveaways to fake hair color. Remember, hair naturally is composed of different shades blended in the same family. For a more natural look, blonde hair color should always be a little more toned down or ashy near the root area and gradually lighter and vibrant towards the ends, never the reversed.”