MAN

Fall 2017

MAN—the business of men’s grooming—is for barbers, hair stylists, skincare specialists, barber supply store owners and other beauty industry professionals that provide men’s grooming services or retail men’s grooming products.

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28 I M A N I FA L L 2 0 1 7 Peruse these go-to tools for discerning stylists and barbers. COURTESY OF MANUFACTURERS Go-to tools SHEARS By Kamala Kirk Clean Slate Proper maintenance ensures the longevity and quality of shears. What can you do to protect your cutting investment as well as ensure clean tools for clients? "Use disinfectants with a contact time of 10 minutes; they are far less corrosive than those with a very short contact time," recommends Leslie Roste, national director of education for BlueCo Brands. "And never use bleach to disinfect shears because it's corrosive, even when used as directed." Roste also suggests using an oil-based disinfectant and strongly advises against leaving shears in any liquid longer than necessary. Upon removing, dry thoroughly. "Even water will rust your shears over time if they are not properly dried," she says. . P l Rusk Beta Shears rusk1.com > Featuring an ergonomic design with a 360-degree rotating thumb, these thinning shears were designed specifi cally for thick, coarse and curly hair types. Centrix Roc-It Dog Titanium Rose Gold Shear cricketco.com > The low-stress, offset grip improves cutting speed while the custom leaf-spring tension modifi er knob helps extend the life of the blade. Olivia Garden SilkCutPro Shears oliviagarden.com > Available in both short and long blades, the reinforced steel alloy in the shears provides durability for use on dry or wet hair. Shark Fin 7 Inch Shear sharkfi nshears.com > The Double Shark Fin handle is great for crisp, clean cuts and allows for more contact with the shear for unmatched control. Fromm Diane White Pine Ice Stainless Professional Shear frommbeauty.com > Featuring opposing handles, the microserrated blade is ideal for detailing hair and can hold an edge longer than regular scissors. Washi Las Vegas 7.5 washiscissor.com > The offset handle provides greater comfort while convex edges offer smooth performance. "Right now what's trending are very tight clippered sides with longer movement through the top area." —David Connor, BaBylissPRO educator, stylist and barber

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