What is an Efficient Posture for Hairdressers?

To improve hairdressers’ skills

I’d like to share with you what I’m currently trying to achieve. It is to reduce the time it takes to acquire hairdressing techniques.

In order to learn cutting techniques quickly and accurately, you should not twist the strands of hair as you cut.
This requires you to move your body in the following order: feet, lower back, elbows, and wrists (hands).

The hair in the bundle is thin and has some volume, so you can’t tell if it’s twisted and cut. However, after the hair is cut, the hair bundle is unsettled and the overall shape is not as presentable as it should be.

Nowadays, when hairdressers use thinning scissors, they can manage to make such hair looks nice, but the original structure of the haircut is not neat and the finished shape does not last long.

When I was teaching with training wigs, I realized that the reason why the hair moves and twists from the roots is because of the way the hairdressers position their bodies.

In order to cut hair accurately, the elbow on the side holding the hair should always be tightened and shift your balance forward and backward, and manage the use of feet. I believe that by practicing it, you can work more accurately and quickly without stress on your body.

In order to spread this idea in the beauty industry, I had been conducting workshops for seven or eight years. However, since that time, the workshops conducted by manufacturers and dealer companies, including hairdressers, have been pervaded by the idea that opening the elbow parallel to the slice of the hair is the foundation of the Sassoon cut and is the basis of the hairdresser, and my idea was not understood.

The trade magazines in the industry also advocated that opening both elbows wide was the standard practice, and it kept appearing in the magazine as if it was the basic pattern of the hairdresser.

So I figured that I look like an alien to the industry as a whole. Then I made an appointment at the University of Tokyo and was introduced to a professor in the department of education in the Graduate School. He demonstrated with motion capture that hair bundles could move depending on the use of elbows and the body.

In addition, the year before last, the University of Tsukuba, where the president of the SHINBIYO publishing company graduated from, cooperated with us in using motion capture to verify the results. Based on the results, we were featured in a “SHINBIYO” publication magazine, on the theme of how to use the body in a way that is less straining for hairdressers to work with.

However, I have yet to break down the industry’s barriers.

I also instruct the teachers of beauty school, but it’s disappointing that I haven’t been able to get them to understand my ideas because the top priority for beauty schools is the high pass rate on the national exam.

I feel that this is a result of my own lack of effort and lack of name recognition, as well as my insufficient efforts of building of a network.



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