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17 September 2021
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Spend vs Save: The essential hairdressing tools for your toolkit

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Read the Salon Services guide on the perfect hairdressing products for any budget.

As you start your training to become a professional hairdresser or barber, you’re going to need the right equipment. That means consistent quality along with a guarantee that it will last. Everybody’s budget is different, especially in the beginning, which is why we offer salon quality equipment at prices that help you to stretch out your money. As you continue perfecting your skills to a more advanced level, we also offer premium alternatives to truly enhance your techniques. Here are the essential tools worth investing in, plus the affordable must-haves that will help you throughout your training.


If you want to blow-dry like a professional during your training then you’ll need to invest in the right hairdryer. Make sure you choose one that is lightweight enough to offer full control while also being powerful enough to create salon sleek finishes on all hair types.

Affordable Must-Have:
Proxelli MILA 2000W Hairdryer

• 2000W motor
• 4 temperature settings, 2 speed settings and a cool shot button
• Comes with a nozzle and diffuser
• 3 metre power cable
• Weight: 480 g

Investment Potential:
GHD Air Hair Dryer

• 2100W motor
• Ionic technology reduces frizz
• 4 temperature settings
• Ergonomically designed for right and left-handed users
• 3 metre power cable

Hair Straighteners

Hair straighteners are an essential for any hairdresser and, with the right choice, you can do more than just create sleek straight styles. From bouncy curls and beach waves to cool crimping, make sure you choose a pair that offers maximum versatility.

Affordable Must-Have:
S-PRO Supersleek Straighteners

• Adjustable temperature settings ranging from 80-230⁰C
• Ceramic coated floating plates
• Power: 220-240V and 35W
• 3 metre cable with 360⁰ swivel
• Comes with a portable soft pouch

Investment Potential:
GHD Platinum+ Max Styler Straighteners

• Patented Tri-Zone technology guarantees safe and even heat distribution
• 185⁰C for optimum styling
• Reduces hair breakage by up to 50%
• 2.7 metre 360⁰ swivel cord
• Universal voltage

Curling Iron

Whether you’re creating glamorous Hollywood curls or loose mermaid waves, a curling iron is a must-have in any hairdresser’s toolkit. However, it’s important to find one that offers good control and which comes in a size that is versatile enough to create a variety of looks.

Affordable Must-Have:
Barnum Magnesium Curling Iron

• Black magnesium ceramic coated barrel locks in the hair’s natural moisture
• Digital temperature settings ranging from 80-220⁰C
• 3 metre long 360⁰ swivel power cable
• Dual voltage 100-240V

Investment Potential:
GHD Curve Creative Curl Wand

• Exclusive to professional trade customers
• 28 mm tip to oval 23 mm tip tapered wand barrel suitable for creating voluminous curls
• Patented Tri-Zone technology locks in curls and ensures even heat distribution
• Universal voltage and professional length swivel cable
• Two year warranty

Hair Scissors

When you start looking for hairdressing scissors, it’s guaranteed that you’re going to find a wide variety of prices. However, the key to choosing your training scissors is that they should provide the right amount of comfort and precision for the types of cuts you’re currently most comfortable with. As you continue learning about different cuts and techniques, then you can work your way up to more advanced scissor types.

Affordable Must-Have:
Jaguar Pre Ergo Scissors 5”

• Crafted out of stainless steel,
• Ergonomic design ensures comfort and precision
• Sharp blades and a serrated edge allow easy gripping
• Detachable finger rest
• Weight: 30 g

Investment Potential:
Saiza Iguana Scissors 5.5”

• Crafted out of handmade titanium-coated Japanese stainless steel
• Convex edges
• Hollow ground blades
• Ergonomic offset handle for a crisp cutting action with comfort
• Suitable on wet and dry hair for classic cutting techniques

Hair Clippers

An essential for any barber in training, you’ll need a pair of hair clippers that offer comfort, control and power. Whether it’s for trimming a beard or creating an ultra-precise buzz cut, a pair of clippers that can accommodate different hair types and textures is vital.

Affordable Must-Have:
Proxelli ZANO Clippers

• Corded and cordless options
• Titanium coated fixed blade combined with a ceramic moveable blade
• Four precise cutting levels
• TURBO-function LCD display shows remaining operating time in minutes
• Comes with 2 reversible combs, along with an oil and brush

Investment Potential:
Wahl 5 Star Legend Clipper

• V9000 vibrator motor for a smooth cutting
• Chrome-plated crunch blade technology
• Taper lever adjusts fade, taper and texture
• 4 metre cord
• Comes with 10 comb attachments, along with a blade guard, blade oil and cleaning brush

Shop the essentials for your student kit now

Shop the hairdressing essentials to kick-start your student training, no matter your budget, at Salon Services. For more tips and advice on the latest hair and beauty trends, stay updated on our Beauty Talk blog.
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