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How much have you invested in your career as a groomer, stylist, or barber? You probably had to pay for cosmetology school to receive your license but have you added up the extra costs that you have paid for your career path?

While you may be managing investments in a portfolio in the financial sense, you need to pay attention to how you are investing in your career. The cosmetology and grooming industry is highly competitive and each day, more and more stylists and groomers are graduating from school, ready to take on the world; and maybe even take your job!

To stay one step ahead of the competition, you need to be consistently investing in your skills along with the toolset that you rely on day after day to get your job done. The problem is, when many stylists start shopping for new shears, they hesitate because they think that they’re too expensive.

A good set of shears can go a long way in furthering your career, and once you shift your thinking and see them as an investment, they won’t seem as expensive as the price tag suggests at first glance.

 Let’s Run the Numbers

Average cost of a new set of high-quality shears: $500

Average purchase price of a new smartphone: $500

Average cost of a latte, every day, for a year: $1,825

As you can see, shears may seem like expensive items when thinking of the price tag alone, but your everyday purchases and other devices cost around the same if not more. The only difference is that your shears will eventually pay for themselves as you start to bring in more clients due to your next-level grooming and styling skills.

Let’s take a look at the time it could take for you to break even and repay the cost of your new shears:

Shear price: $500

Average haircut price: $40

Number of haircuts needed to pay for shears: 12.5

How High-Quality Shears Can Benefit You

Just as a carpenter will invest in high-quality chisels, saws and drills, you should be investing in quality tools for your business. High-quality shears in either left-handed or right-handed versions to fit your preference will drastically improve your haircuts, and your clients will definitely notice a difference.

As you begin to perfect your craft and give clients next-level haircuts, they will come back time after time and will recommend your services to their friends and families. Before you know it, you’ll have more clients than you had expected and your high-quality shears will pay for themselves in only a matter of weeks.

You spend money on useless things like lattes every single day, and these provide no return on investment in the long run. Why not invest in something that really matters and will boost your career? Good-quality shears will last for years and you'll end up saving money by purchasing premium shears one time instead of buying poor-quality shears over and over.

While your results may vary, when looking at premium cutting shears as an investment in your skills and your career as a stylist, barber, or pet groomer, the shears will pay for themselves in the long run.


At Icon Shears, we want to offer you tools for endless creativity.  We look forward to helping you select your next tool for the collection you are building.  Just go cut something.

Q: Who can sharpen my shears? 

A: That depends!  Do you want your shears restored to factory style?  If your answer is yes, then send your shears to the manufacture. 


Q:  Can my local shear sharpener fix my shears?

A:  That depends!  Currently, we have a few sharpeners that have passed the test to carry the Icon Shears approval stamp.  You can find out if your local shear sharpener is approved by contacting us.  The benefit of using a certified shear sharpener is that your shears will still hold the warranty just like we gave them to you.  A certified sharpener will have in-depth workmanship knowledge that we use at our factory.   It is always best to send to us, but if we have a local sharpener, we want you to know about it.


Q: My sharpener told me he doesn’t work on the Icon Brand because of (insert random reason). Is this true?

A: Sharpeners are in business to make money by sharpening your shears and selling you new ones.  Chances are if you did not purchase them from him/her, the sharpener may want you to actually purchase from him/her.   We encourage you to have a large selection of tools from which to choose from during your day, regardless if those are all Icon Shears or a combination of brands. 

He also may not know how to work on our shears.  Commonly sharpeners that have not been trained to work on different style shears may make best decision to turn them away. For example, not Icon Shear would be best serviced using an attachment that clamps the shear to the wheel.  Our shears are truly sharpened freehand, just like the factory. 

Icon Shears competes directly with the sharpeners by passing savings directly to you.  This causes many sharpeners to get their feelings hurt.  Over the years we have heard some doozy stories from one sharpener to the next.  But we are in business to serve you – the customer.


Q: Can a sharpener give me my “Buy Back Credit”?

A: No. Only the Icon Shears corporate office can approve the 100% buy-back credit program which is applicable towards the purchase of the Bokhari Professional line of shears. 


Q: What if a sharpener ruins my shears?

A: Call us and let us see if we are able to correct the issues with the shears.  Sometimes we can.


Q:  Is there a charge to fix my shears after someone else has sharpened them?

A: Yes, there will be a charge. 


Q: Are other brands as good as yours?

A:  We all have our favorites.  Yes, there are some shears that are made with the same quality metal and may even some that are better than Icon Shears (but I would have to search hard to find one).  We love our brand and our commitment to this industry and most importantly our relationship with YOU.  And we want you to continue to come back over and over and purchase many more shears during your career.


Hair Care by Hair Type

September 14, 2015

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When one thinks of healthy hair, the ideal image that comes to mind is shiny, bouncy, long flowing tresses. While many women desire to achieve length as a sign of healthy hair, they never take into consideration the many factors that go into the proper maintenance of hair. Some basic steps to care for any hair type are to keep the scalp clean (cleanse), keep the hair moisturized and strong (leave-in conditioners), and keep the ends trimmed. You will also want to make sure to use a heat protectant when applying any type of heat to the hair, and deep condition your hair at least twice a month. Although these are the basics, not every hair type requires the same regimen. Here are a few key tips for each hair type on how to achieve the healthiest of hair.

Hair type 1: Straight- thin with no wave or curl
Type 1 hair is considered the easiest to maintain. If you have naturally straight hair, it is very important that you keep your hair clean so that it is not weighed down by your sebum (oil naturally produced by the scalp). It is often said to shampoo your hair everyday to combat oiliness, but shampooing your hair actually causes your scalp to produce more sebum, which causes your hair to constantly feel and look greasy. Using a cleansing conditioner instead could help deter that greasiness because since the conditioner keeps the hair and scalp moisturized, your sebum glands aren’t going to over-produce oil to compensate for the moisture that was stripped. You will also want to use products like spritzes and conditioners that are very light weight to moisturize the hair without weighing it down.

Hair type 2: Wavy- not curly, yet not straight.
Caring for type 2 hair is pretty much similar to caring for type 1 hair, except for the fact that women with wavy hair textures should stay away from products that contain alcohol because alcohol will dry the hair out and cause frizz and flyaways. Although, if you are met with frizz and flyaways, it’s best to combat them with serums and light oils.

Hair type 3: Loose curls.
Type 3 hair is very different from type 1 or 2. Type 3 hair is very prone to frizz and can be very dry since the sebum cannot completely make its way down the hair shaft due to the curly nature of the hair. When caring for type 3 hair, you must be delicate and use moisturizing products and styling products that will keep frizz at bay. When detangling, make sure the hair is wet and saturated with conditioner, and remember to start at the ends of the hair and work your way up in order to steer away from any unnecessary breakage. Air drying is preferred, but if you’re pressed for time the hair can be diffused on a low setting. Keeping this hair moisturized is the most important step, so make sure to use a leave-in conditioner about 3x a week (depending on the dryness of your hair) and stay away from very thick products to keep from weighing the hair down. To further protect the hair from frizz, wear a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillowcase
Type 4: Kinky-coarse, tightly curled.
This hair type is the driest due to the fact that sebum cannot make its way down the hair shaft. While the maintenance of it is similar to type 3, there are some other things to take into consideration when dealing with type 4 hair. This hair type is considered the most fragile due to the fact that the individual hair strands have so many bends and twists, so delicate handling must be done in order to ensure that the hair does not break. Keeping this hair as moisturized as possible is the primary key to its health, so do not skimp on the leave-in conditioners and moisturizers. Moisturize the hair daily and seal with an oil so that the moisture doesn’t immediately evaporate from the hair. Also, make sure to deep condition every time the hair is washed although deep conditioning on a weekly basis is preferential.
Having healthy, pretty hair is every girl’s dream, and by following these simple tips you too can have the hair you’ve always desired.

These are 10 hair tips on how to get a healthy and beautiful hair every day.

1. Avoid washing your hair everyday

Try not to wash your hair every day. The natural oils of the hair are made to protect and condition one's hair. If a person shampoos every day, this removes these oils from the hair. One of the mistakes people make is that they over wash colored hair, without realizing that colored hair can easily lose its sheen, if over washed. Make sure you wash colored hair every few days using a good quality hair shampoo. Also apply hair styling products to hair once in a while to keep it looking beautiful.

2. Don't use hot water on hair

Using hot water on your hair can damage it. Hot water can dry out the hair, not only that, it can cause breakage due to the hair becoming tangled.

3. Hair type

Naturally, how often people need to wash their hair should depend on their hair type. If your hair is really super straight, you may want to wash it every couple of days. Don't wash curlier hair every day. Straight hair will benefit from extra shine if you wash it every other day.

4. Use shampoo on the scalp not the ends

It isn't the amount of shampoo that you apply on hair that matters, but where you apply it. It is recommended that using shampoo only on the scalp will rinse down in the bath, but applying it on the ends will make you scrub the ends, which can cause damage to hair.

5. Always massage your scalp while shampooing

To detox the scalp and encourage blood flow, give it a good massage while you shampoo or condition the hair. Taking care of scalp with a good hair shampoo and conditioner will result in a healthy and beautiful hair.

6. Use dry shampoo

If you want to minimize the number of times you wash your hair each week, get yourself a dry shampoo. It will help decrease the build-up of oil. Dry shampoo will renew hair roots, at the same time maintaining all the essential oil that hair needs. To make your hair have volume, don't brush out the dry shampoo, leave it in instead.

7. Applying conditioner

Dry your hair properly with a towel before you apply conditioner. The type of conditioner you use plays an important role. Ensure you select a handful of good quality hair masks, conditioners and leave-in hair treatments, especially if you color your hair.

8. Brush hair from bottom up twice daily

To have healthy and beautiful hair, you will need to brush your hair regularly. For a completely untangled, shiny and healthy looking hair, you will need to brush hair two times every day. Spend a minute each morning and when going to bed to brush your hair.

9. Use a low heat setting for hair drying

One of the most detrimental steps you can take for your hair will be to overheat it using excessive blow drying. If you really want to prevent your hair from damage and becoming dry, use heat protection before you blow dry it. Be mindful of how many times you use hair-dryer each week.

10. Apply castor oil and other hair oil

Everyone should have favorite hair products, and hair oil should be one of them. Applying castor oil and other good quality hair oil can do just that. Oily hair can also benefit from hair oil. Hair oil or castor oil will help manage how oily the scalp is and the hair won't need to naturally overwork to prevent dryness. Get yourself a medium-hold hairspray for the oil. You can spray this into both hands after which you run the hands through your hair to smooth the frizz.