Vern Shears, from Harmonix.
ST: What are the benefits of using Vern Shears in place of traditional shears?
ST:What is it like cutting with the shears?
CD: Vern cutting is divided into three parts. Single-Hand Cutting is learning how to do simple hair cuts with your dominant hand, how to interlock and attach the shears, and understanding the mathematics to combining the shears’ cutting, thinning and texturizing combinations. Then there’s Both-Hand Faultless Cutting, which teaches how to become ambidextrous and think artistically, using both sides of the brain. The last is the Flying Cut, which uses both hands and resembles a butterfly-like motion. It produces perfect harmony in the flow direction of hair ends; each cut creates several lengths resulting in a much softer and more natural, elegant profile.
ST: It sounds like a lot of theatrics happening, what do customers think when they see the shears?
CD: My hair cuts went from $75 to $120. I see other clients who are getting their nails done, color processing or checking out who stop and stare or start whispering to their friends. It’s fun to see. I feel privileged to have found the shears—I’ve trained with Vern in Orlando, Italy and twice in Taiwan. I’ve have spent my life’s savings on tools and education in this industry, looking for something to define me as an artist—but if that’s what took to find these shears then it was worth everything.