Tools Used in Barber & Beauty Salons

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Tools Used in Barber & Beauty Salons
salon booths (salon de coiffure, thailande image by J-F Perigois from

Visiting barber and beauty salons can be interesting as well as relaxing. Your appointment for pampering takes you away from your problems and worries and allows to you focus on yourself. The barbers and stylists also make great strides to accomplish your comfort and satisfaction with the appointment. There are several types of tools that barbers and stylists use to do just that.


Barbers and stylist alike use several different types of scissors to complete the task of cutting your hair. There are cutting shears, thinning shears, texturing shears and shears that do all three of these tasks simultaneously. A razor blade is used by a licenced barber to administer a facial or head shave to a client and a stylist might use a razor blade to remove bulk or texture a hairstyle.

Trimmers and Clippers

Clippers and the guards that are used with the clippers, come in a wide variety of shapes and colours. Some are even small enough to fit in a pocket. The guards are clipped on the clippers to gauge the amount of hair that is clipped off. For example, a size No. 1 guard will leave approximately one inch of hair on the head. Trimmers are used to groom eyebrows and necklines, as they permit removal of the hair closer to the skin than clippers and are designed for use on sensitive areas.

Cleaning Products

A state board licenced salon goes through vigorous examinations and inspections to ensure that the cleanliness satisfies the state's guidelines for sanitation and disinfection. All tools used on a client's hair must be cleaned, sanitised or disinfected properly. There may be an autoclave, soaking buckets full of liquid disinfectant, brooms, dustpans, mops and disinfectant sprays visible in many areas of a barber or beauty salon.

Styling Equipment

Curling irons, blow-dryers, hair ornaments and straighteners often litter the stations of barbers and stylists. These tools use heat to mould and set the hair in the desired style. Barbers and stylists are trained to handle these instruments to ensure that neither the client nor the user are burnt.

Combs and Brushes

There are a variety of combs and brushes that a stylist or barber may use in order to produce a certain look for their client. Haircutting combs, rattail combs, vent brushes and round brushes, all of different styles and textures, are used to create a beautiful and different end result. Each comb or brush that is used on a client must be properly cleaned and disinfected before it may used on another client. A stylist or barber may have hundreds of combs and brushes at any given time at his station.

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