Shear GeniusMay 1, 2008 By: Carrie Watson American Salon
The market for shears hits a growth spurt, as a few prominent hairstylists launch their own tool lines and top companies roll out new models.
Style renegade David Guerin says you're limiting yourself creatively if you're not cutting with clippers.
Clipper cutting may not drive the trends in hairstyles, but clipper techniques do progress as styles change, according to David Guerin, an industry veteran of three decades and global artistic director for Oster Professional. "We develop new techniques based on where the trends are in hair," says Guerin, who leads a team of 23 educators. They travel to more than 120 educational events each year, and the methods they teach are never the same. Basically, you're guaranteed never to see the same show twice.
To get the best performance out of your clipper, Guerin suggests doling out the money for one that's truly top of the line. "The more money you spend, the better the tool you'll get," says Guerin, who calls the Oster Titan the Cadillac of clippers. He recommends investing in a tool that has power, range and detachable blades, so that you can take the clipper head off and pop on a different size in the middle of the haircut. "Clippers can make a hairstylist's job easier," he says. "They should be a part of every hairdresser's arsenal." Visit Guerin's Web site at stylerenegade.com.