Most professionals are well-aware of how important quality tools can be. So just take a look at these latest ideas for your salon… irresistible!
You could settle for less, but chances that could be negative karma talking. Instead, what you need to do is invest in yourself and your art. And that means investing in the best tools available to stimulate your creativity and guarantee results. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
For example, back to basics and time management. Remember that the time and effort you spend organizing could be used more effectively on your more creative efforts. And no one understands this fact better than session stylist and Editorial Director for Paul Mitchell, Lucie Doughty. It was for this very reason that she came up with the idea of Straight Pin Studio. “I wanted to provide tools to help stylists in their everyday work… but I’ve selected only the best available and with extra tips on how to make them multi-task for any kind of look on-set,” Lucie shares. For example, the Essentials Kit has 14 spiffy compartments in a stylishly black case. The details make the difference, as you will find out when you discover the lightweight magnetic strip on the inside lid to make access to pins easier and keep your work area tidy. Plus! – there are synthetic hair padding and quality hairnets in both blond and brunette colors to give your creativity free rein on the spot. And remember not to skimp on hairbrushes, as once again quality can make all the difference in your final results.
Look no further, because now, after more than two years of development, Moroccanoil has launched its first ever Boar Bristle Brush Collection. Moroccanoil Artistic Director Antonio Corral Calero admits, “We set the bar high… these brushes have been performance tested backstage at Fashion Weeks around the globe…” Old fashion Boar Bristle promotes healthy shiny hair by delicately stimulating and massaging the scalp to distribute natural oils down the shaft. Available in round, classic and teasing versions, they also have a heat-resistant wooden handle and advanced vented ceramic barrel to speed up drying time.
Once you have your basics, you should consider your battery of high-tech styling tools and new breakthroughs to help simplify your life and boost your creativity. A Parlux 385 Power Light hairdryer might be a good place to start, with 2150 Watts of power controlled with 4 temperature settings and 2 speeds. There is even an instant cold shot button for perfect setting. Plus it’s extremely lightweight and stylish, making this necessity a spiffy accessory in your salon.
Looking for styling tools? Ryann DiBenedetto of Salon Halo in Spring Hill, Florida swears by the Paul Mitchell Pro Tools Neuro line. “These tools make it quick and easy to achieve the looks I want and make them last,” she claims, “Thanks to the SmartSense microchip, the wands heat up in seconds and recalculates heat 50 times a second to distribute heat evenly though the IsoTherm Titanium barrel.”
What sets the Glamour Ceramic Round Textured Curling Cone by FHI Heat apart is the diamond-shaped pattern that prevents sliding, allowing hair to grip the barrel. Obviously it has FHI Heat’s Nano-Fuzeion technology to prevent damage as well.
Once you’ve got your creative juices flowing freely, you might even have time to take care of retail business. Making your life easier in this department is Farouk Systems, who have developed an interactive tool bar to eliminate barriers between customers and products by allowing them to ‘test drive’ DURA CHI blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and brushes. “Salons have an advantage when retailing,” explains Basim Shami, Farouk Systems CEO, “because consumers trust their stylists and rely on them for expert advice.” The tool bar even comes pre-assembled – leaving you more time to create new styles with your other tools!
By Marie Scarano