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Color Trends for 2020 - Natural Looking ...

Haircolor predictions for 2020 call for healthy, glossy, natural hair.  As we launch into a new year and decade; influencers are predicting that we will move away from dry, over-processed...

The Skittles Manicure

The Skittles manicure, an array of rainbow, multi-colored nails is the latest nail trend to hit Instagram.  Characterized by each nail being painted a different color or by using a...

Barbering - Why You Should Consider Cutt...

Why cut the top first?   The truth is that most clients don't have a perfectly shaped head.   How many times have you gotten into a haircut and realized you had some...
Thursday, 02 January 2020 00:00

The Skittles Manicure

The Skittles manicure, an array of rainbow, multi-colored nails is the latest nail trend to hit Instagram.  Characterized by each nail being painted a different color or by using a tonal variation, this is a punchy way to update your mani.  

Check out some of our favorite looks!

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Published in Nails
Thursday, 02 January 2020 00:00

Updo - How-to: 6 Knots with Eric Fisher

Figure 8 knots and a basic French braiding technique are combined to create a beautiful updo. Follow along, step by step, with Eric Fisher and learn how to recreate this look!

PRODUCTS:

  • Dry Shampoo
  • Hairspray

TOOLS:

  • Tail Comb
  • Bobby Pins
  • Clips 

STEPS:

  1. Blow hair dry using a paddle brush.
  2. Apply dry shampoo to give the hair some "grit" and hold.
  3. Part hair down the middle and section from top of the head to behind the ears on both sides.  Clip the back section of hair out of the way.
  4. Take a section on one side of your middle part.  Palms of your hand are up, place the section in your right hand between the index and middle finger.  Holding the tail of the hair in your left hand, whirlybird the hair around so that your palms are now facing down.   Grab the hair with your index and middle finger and pull through to make a knot.  Hold this section in place with a hair clip.  
  5. Take a second section of hair next to the first and repeat the process to create a knot.  
  6. You will create 3 knots on either side of your middle part.
  7. Once you have completed your 6 Figure 8 knots, comb the tails of the knots together using your tail comb.  Apply dry shampoo to the hair.  
  8. Create a knot by with this section of hair, pull through and push the hair up towards the hairline.  
  9. Pin this knot in place being sure to capture all of the hair.  
  10. To finish the top, put a bobby pin at the end of the tail, twist it up and pin to control the ends.  Spray lightly with hairspray.
  11. Once you get to the back section; you can do whatever you want.  For this updo Eric will do 2 French braids.  
  12. Section the hair horizontally across the back.  Clip the top section of hair out of the way.
  13. French braid the bottom section using a traditional French braiding technique and adding hair from the outside. Secure the braid with a clip.
  14. Spray the braid with dry shampoo.
  15. French braid the top section of hair.  Once you finish, pancake your braids as desired.  Pin in place as needed with bobby pins.
  16. Braid the remaining hair together and finish the ends by curling or backcombing them. 

 

 

 

 

Published in Updo
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 00:00

Styling Tip: Layering Bangs with Eric Fisher

Layering Bangs (or Fringe)

Bangs (or fringe) are a great way to update a look.  But sometimes the bangs are just too heavy.  How can you soften the fringe without compromising the look?  Layering!

 

How To:

Clip the sides of the hair out of the way leaving the fringe area.  Take a section from the outside of the triangle area at the temple and comb it up to the middle.  Let the front of the fringe drop out and shift the entire section back towards the crown.  Cut straight across from crown to front hair line.  Repeat this technique on the other side.  

If you want to soften the layers a bit more, you can go back and point cut using your original sectioning.  

 

Published in Haircut

 Sometimes even the most complicated updos are easy to create once you know how.  

Follow this tutorial step by step with Eric Fisher to recreate this look.

PRODUCTS:

  • Mousse
  • Light Hold Hair Spray

 

TOOLS:

  • Clear elastics
  • Tail Comb
  • Bobby Pins
  • Paddle Brush
  • Flat Iron

 

STEPS:

  1.  Prep hair with a little mousse and blow dry with a paddle brush
  2. Flat iron hair to further smooth as needed.
  3. Divide hair into 4 ponytails starting at crown moving down to nape.
  4. Beginning with the first ponytail, deconstruct or loosen the hair by pulling gently on the sections of hair to create height.
  5. Starting with the first ponytail, comb thru cleanly with a tail comb.
  6. Divide the ponytail evenly into 2 sections.
  7. Twist the first section slighty to the left and take the left section over the right.  Repeat down the section.
  8. At the end of the braid, begin deconstructing by pulling sections out.
  9. Wrap the braid around the ponytail and secure with bobby pins at the base.
  10. Repeat the procedure with the second ponytail but at the end, deconstruct from the top to the bottom.
  11. Wrap the braid around the base of the second ponytail and pin at the base.
  12. Repeat with the 3rd and 4th ponytails.  
  13. Now its time to personalize the look for your client.  
  14. Deconstruct to make it bigger, check for balance and smooth any areas needed with your tail comb.  Finish with a spritz of hair spray.

 

 

Published in Updo
Thursday, 08 August 2019 00:00

Updo - How-to: The Breeze with Eric Fisher

"The Breeze" is an organic, romantic updo perfect for an evening event or wedding. Follow along step by step with Eric Fisher to recreate this look.  

PRODUCTS

  • Thermal protectant
  • Light Hold Hairspray

TOOLS

  • Large Tooth Comb
  • Tail Comb
  • Curling Iron with 1" barrel
  • Hair Elastics
  • Bobby Pins

STEPS

  1. Pre - curl the hair.  Use a 1" curling iron and spiral curl the hair towards the back of the head, away from the face.
  2. Lightly comb out the hair using a large tooth comb.
  3. Separate the hair from the crown to behind each ear and clip the front sections out of the way.
  4. Backcomb the hair at the crown; taking a larger section of hair, overdirect the hair to the front of the head and backcomb for a good, firm base.
  5. Repeat the backcombing with a few more sections, interlocking them as you go.
  6. Smooth the top of the hair and pin the backcombed hair under the crown.  Pull and shape this area as desired.
  7. Separate the back section of hair into 2 smaller sections.  Using an elastic and 2 bobby pins; create 2 small ponytails at the occipital.
  8. Take one of the front sections and divide it into 2 sections.  Elevate the sections towards the crown and twist the hair into a roll.
  9. Pin this hair into the backcombed section at the back of the crown.  Repeat on the other side.
  10. Loosen the rolls on the sides as desired for an organic, romantic look.
  11. Take one of the ponytails in the back and separate the curls with your fingers.  Twist and de-construct this hair, wrap and pin into the hair above.
  12. Repeat on the other side.
  13. Evaluate your look for balance and deconstruct as desired.  

 

Published in Updo
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 00:00

Twisted Pull-Through Braid

 

It's summer. It's hot. Check out this dry style technique from Melissa @hairicome to give a polished look to second (or third) day hair!

STEPS:

1.  Ponytail a section of hair from parietal to parietal and secure with a clear elastic just about the occipital.

2.  Gather the underlying hair in a ponytail and hold in your non-dominant hand.

3.  Split the ponytailed section in half with your index finger and, using your first and third fingers come up from underneath twisting that section of hair counter-clockwise and pull the remaining hair through the loop.  

4.  Tighten the elastic of the original ponytail.

5.  Take the section of hair on top of the original ponytail and secure an elastic 2-3" down.  Split that ponytail in the middle with your index finger and using your first and third fingers twist the section counter-clockwise and pull the first ponytail through the loop.

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6.  Repeat these steps until you reach the ends of the hair. Pancake the pieces as desired.

Click here Twisted Pull Through Braid by Melissa @hairicome to watch the video.

 

 

Published in Updo

Prosper U had the opportunity to sit down with William Hyde (@sharkfin_willy) of Shark Fin Shears and talk shear education.  We learned so much we want to share it with you in this 2 part series.  

We all use shears; we all buy shears but are we making the best, educated decisions?  

1.  What should you consider when purchasing shears?

Sometimes the shears you are issued when you start cosmetology school are quality shears that will last you a few years.  Do they cut well? Are they ergonomincally friendly? Are they sharp and do they hold an edge? If the answer is "no," it might be time to invest in new equipment.  So how do you know what to purchase?

The 3 things you should consider when purchasing new shears are HOW, WHAT and WHERE.  

HOW are the shears made?  Are they hand-forged or cast?  Hand-forged shears are made using heat and working the metal by hammering or pressing.  The forging process makes a much more durable, denser, longer lasting shear.  Shears that are cast are created by pouring metal into a mold.  It is a less expensize way to construct shears but the process changes the molecular structure of the metal and leaves little air pockets in the metal.  This can result in a more brittle finish so if the shear is dropped, it has the potential to shatter and be rendered unrepairable.  

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2.  What is the difference between titanium colored shears and stainless steel shears?  Which shears cut better?

WHAT the shears are made of is another key thing to consider.  Steel comes from the following countries, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Germany, India and Pakistan.  Japanese steel is considered to be the finest.  Steel from Korea, China and Taiwan is good but tends to be softer and won't retain an edge as long.  German steel is too hard to sharpen to a razor's edge.  Steel from India and Pakistan is the poorest quality and doesn't sharpen or hold an edge well. 

Shark Fin shears are made with either 440-A, 440-C, VG-10 or ATS-314 steel.  Hitachi ATS-314 is the finest steel, hardest steel.  It will hold an edge the longest without requiring frequent sharpening.  Shears crafted from stainless steel have a razor sharp convex edge.

Shear Education 1

Titanium color coating is a final process to bond color to the shear.  When titanium coating a shear, the edge of the blade is a semi-convex edge which is done so that the titanium doesn't come off.  Although most people wouldn't notice a difference; it is possible that some would feel a little 'crunch' when cutting. 

 

Know WHERE the shears are crafted.  Most shears are crafted in Japan, Korea or China.  It is agreed that Japanese craftmanship is the finest but some companies will finish their shear in Korea or China as a cost-saving measure to their consumer.  Shark Fin shears are handmade by craftsmen trained in Japan.  The shears are shipped individually and inspected using over 30 steps and procedures to exceed their customers' expectations.  

 

Look for the 2nd part in this series where we will learn about the patented Shark Fin fit, the advantages of a swivel shear, proper maintenance and the Shark Fin Certified Sharpening Service.  

Shear Education 2

Published in Interview

What are curtain bangs?

Curtain bangs are bangs that are parted down the middle, framing your face on each side. They are usually longer on the sides and shorter in the center with wispy ends, giving them a laidback, 70's vibe.  Curtain bangs look good on straight hair, curly hair or wavy hair.  In addition to texture consideration, curtain bangs work best on medium to thick hair.

How To:

Create a deep "V" section from recession to recession.  Comb the hair straight down then twist the section in the middle.  Cut this section from edge to edge.  Evaluate your length, its important not to cut curtain bangs too short.  Soften the edges using a point cutting technique.  

Styling curtain bangs requires a good blow dry.  First blow-dry and roll your fringe forward and under. Then, once dry, roll it around the brush backwards – away from your face – and let it set and cool down on the brush. Once taken out (this will look a bit ‘80s) part your fringe and smooth over with your dryer and brush in a flicking motion away from your face.

 

Published in Haircut

Panel Cutting:

With all of the trending glass bobs, getting sleek, straight hair can be a challenge. Panel cutting towards the ends of the hair is a great technique to remove bulk and collapse the ends of the hair to avoid a bell shape.  

How To:

Avoiding the part line and the front hairline, pick up a thin section of hair above the ear.  Holding the section at 90 degrees, cut about an inch of hair from the length.  Cutting at 90 degrees elevation will remove weight without leaving a line of demarcation.  You can repeat this process, moving up the head shape as desired. 

 

Published in Haircut

 

Customer service is such an important part of our industry. Eric Fisher was recently interviewed by Maggie Mulhern of Modern Salon Magazine while at the Premiere Orlando 2019 Show.  Check out his 10 best customer service tips for salon pros here.  Customer Service: How to Keep Your Client Happy, Modern Salon, June 4, 2019.

 

Published in Interview
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