Get ready to build the hair kit of your dreams
and follow along during our classes
Choosing a bag
There are many types of bags you can choose from and depending on which branch of hair you want to focus on (or how much stuff you want to carry) will determine the best bag or bags plural for you!
To bring a chair or not...
This will be up to you but a few options artists like are:
*In the end you want to have one on hand that works for YOUR height
The just in case table...
This comes in handy for so many occasions. You might not always get a space that has a nice tabletop surface for you to set up on or maybe the makeup artist claimed dibs so you keep this option in your car
Setting up your SMA (Sanitary Maintenance Area)
When you work on location chances are you can't control everything in your environment. However, you can bring items to protect let's say that heirloom wooden table from your kit and hot tools or protect your kit from that not-so sanitary table. First thing is first - make sure you cleanse the area with a disinfectant wipe (any brand will do) you may also want to carry the following items:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Tabletop Protector (or could use a towel)
- Tabletop Trivet for Hot Tools or Hot Tool Pouch
- (Optional) Towel to Wipe Hands
- Extension Cord / Power Strip
- Styling Cape
- Hand Mirror
- Mister Bottle for Water
At home cleaning
Artistry doesn't stop the moment you pack up your kit. Once you get your kit home it's time to remove any hair, clean and disinfect all your tools to style another day.
*You can use a Sterilite box for your disinfectant mixture
The tools you will be cleaning the most...
Combs and brushes can be easily submerged in disinfectant but hot tools will have to be cleaned with alcohol
Combs are usually made out of nylon or our favorite - Carbon:
- Rat Tail Comb
- All-Purpose Comb
- Metal Prong Comb (Fork Comb)
- Wide Tooth Comb
- Edging Comb Set with Wax Stick & Edge Control
- (Optional) Hair Pick
- (Optional) Even Spaced Carbon Comb
Brushes typically use boar, nylon or a mixture for different styling purposes:
- Mixed Bristle Brush
- Mixed Bristle Teasing Brush
- 3 Piece Brush Set (Round Brush, Paddle Brush, Vented Hair Brush)
- (Optional) Wig Brush
These will be your workhorses and there are many different types and brands but these are a few of our favorites:
- 1" Curling Iron
- 1.25" Curling Iron
- Flat Iron
- Mini Blow Dryer
- (Optional) Mini Flat Iron
- (Optional) Pencil Flat Iron
- (Optional) Hot Comb
- (Optional) Chopstick Wand
- (Optional) Micro Crimper
High end hot tools
Want to try something more top shelf? Check out these hot tools from GHD, T3, or Bio Ionic. You can even try your hand at rotating Stylewinder iron.
The bits and bobs
These are the items you will mostly be restocking or are essential to styling.
- On Set Pin Box
- (Optional) Creaseless Clips
- Bobby Pins (dark & light)
- French U-pins
- (Optional) Ballet Pins
- Clear Elastics
- Black Rubber Bands
- Hair Bungees
- Butterfly Clips
- Alligator Clips
- Duckbill & Single Prong Clips
- (Optional) Hair Padding
When building a hair styling kit, it's important to have the right products to get the job done. There are a variety of essential products to consider, and depending on the type of styling you do, you may also want to include additional products.
While these items are often sold in a travel size version, chances are you will want a full size for multiple clients.
L'Oreal Strong Hold Hairspray or Kenra Strong Hold Hairspray
TIGI Shine Spray or Kenra Shine Spray
Dry Oil (Optional)
Freeze Hold Hairspray (Optional)
Liquids or Depottable
These items have the one major advantage and that is they can be depotted into smaller containers to save room in your kit!
Shine / Gloss (Optional)
While a live model is ideal to work on, having a dollhead is key to following along and practicing new styles. Below are some of the ones we've used at the academy which students have loved and used...
Some other favorites
If you are looking for the top of the line or if budget isn't in your vocab - check out the mannequins form L'IMAGE and PIVOT POINT.
Some mannequin heads will come with a table top clamp but most artists prefer one that is more mobile like THIS stand.
Bridal trial accessories
It's always a good idea to have on hand common bridal hair accessories to place during the trial especially if your client has not purchased theirs or forgot to bring them to the trial.