What’s in my bag?

Hello everyone! I have been rather busy lately, but here is a brand new blog post: What’s in my hairstyling suitcase?

Feel free to use this list to add to your suitcase, or use this as a handy checklist before a shoot.

COMBS

Teasing comb – thin
A thin teasing comb with metal handle (plastic ones tend to break more easily)
Ideally, the comb has longer and shorter little teeth as to get a better texture when teasing.

Teasing comb – thick
A thicker, fluffier comb that’s great to add volume and texture to a larger body of hair. Also great to go over your teased section to make it more neat on the outside.

Tangle Teezer
Doesn’t need to be of the brand Tangle Teezer, a generic one works just fine. This is a great comb to smooth out hair very easily witout making too many knots or pulling out hair. Let your model comb out her own hair after the shoot with this – they dare to pull harder on the hair without hurting themselves.

PRODUCTS

Hairspray
As for hairspray, I use three different ones:
– Got2b Volumaniac for volume, texture and finishing. This is a nice texturising hairspray with a lovely smell – my models love it.
– Got2b Happy Hour to add another texture and for finishing.
– Got2b Glued is an extremely heavy hairspray, and I barely use it on real hair. This is to work with hairpieces and wigs, or very stubborn hair that I otherwise never get right.

Volumising powder
At first I used the volumising powder of OSIS, but I discovered the cheaper Got2b version is just as good. I use this to get more texture and grip on the hair (mostly on the roots or part I want to tease). Creates a much easier backcombing that doesn’t deflate as much.

Pommade
I use Murray’s pommade to get rid of stubborn stray hairs and the difficult hairs at the hairline and neck. Also recommended for getting glitter stuck to hair.

 

Gel Foam
This is just the best product in the world for creating wet-looking hair that stays in place for all eternity. I use it to make very tight fingerwaves, and wet looking hairstrands that stick to the face.

Kid’s waterbased glue
This stuff is great to get things to stick to a model’s face. It’s not damaging to the skin or hair because it’s waterbased and made for kids. A makeup artist once recommended me this, and I’ve been using it ever since!

 

Gel Spray
I use L’Oreal Studio Go Create hairspray to create a less stiff wetlook than with the Gel Foam. This makes the hair wet looking but still allows movement. Great for tight braiding as well.

Heat protective spray
To protect the hair against the damaging heat from your tools.

 

 

 

TOOLS

Curling wand – straight – small
You can buy one with or without a metal clasp. My straight curling irons all have one, but it’s not totally mandatory. Use whatever feels more natural to you.  This wand is for standard, glamourous curls.

 

Curling wand – straight – big
This one is a Marcel wand, but I’m saving up to have all my curling wands from Marcel. They look so luxurious and work very well. The handle takes some getting used to though. For more thick curls or natural looking waves.

Curling wand – Cone shape
This one might look dodgy, but it’s the exact one I have been using for over two years now. It was a very cheap one that I bought online, but it works incredibly well and has been my most loyal curling wand for all this time.
Because of its shape, the curl is looser at the root and gets tighter at the end. Perfect for ringlet curls, tight curls and face-framing curls. 

Straightner
Use one with ceramic plates, as this damages the hair less.

 

Micro crimper
I love this thing so much I have two of them (in case the other one breaks).  This is an amazing tool to give your hair that avant-garde texture and instant volume. 

Wave iron
One of the first tools I bought back in 2012, and it’s still working loyally: the Babyliss Wave Envy. This is a strange iron, but the shape makes it very easy to create quick beach or mermaid waves.

Blowdryer
I don’t usually take this, because the models I know and trust know their hair has to be dry when they take a seat in my chair 😉 But when I go to clients, or someone requests a brushing, I will take it with me.

 

Scissors
Hairdressing scissors are okay but not mandatory. I am a hairstylist, not a hairdresser! I use scissors mainly to cut extensions, hairties and packages of new things I bought.

SMALL THINGS

Bobby Pins
Often I see students of mine struggling with really thick bobby pins. I never use those – they are too thick so don’t allow the precision I want, and they are very rough so they can hurt my model or take too much hair with them. No, I use the cheapest, thinnest bobby pins available and I buy 200 of them for a Euro (or Dollar, if you will.) They stick just as good if you know how to use them. 

U shape pins
More convenient for updos and to tuck hair under a hairdonut, for example.

Alligator clips – small metal
Perfect for setting curls and waves. These are great for all kind of stuff, really – when i make wigs and I have to glue things, I use these as extra fingers to keep pinching something that needs to dry.

Alligator clips – large plastic
Holds the hair in place. You might need to use more than one at a time if you have a large section.

Rubber hairties
For small braids or hairtails. I usually just cut these open when taking out the hairstyle, because if you roll them off the hair, you will pull out too much. Just make sure not to cut in the hair as well.

Hair elastics
Use thin ones without a metal clip, as that pulls out too much hair as well. Just as everything mentioned before, these are all off-brand and super cheap. You lose these anyway, so why bother paying too much for them? Generic brands do the job just as well.

MISC

Hair donuts
I have these in every format and every color! These are the best things in the world to create shapes and volumes. You can cut them up and sew them back together to create a whole new shape!
You can also sew them into the weft of a wig. The posibilities are endless.

Hairnets
These are very dense and light hairnets, so you barely see them when adding them to the hair – but you do see them, and they give an amazing new dimension to the hair. Also very nice when you make a tight chignon – no hair will escape from under there.

Hairdressing cape
Not mandatory at all, but I like to protect my model’s (or designer’s!) clothes from the hairspray and other products I’m using. It gives a nice extra touch and my teams so far like it.

Heat protective gloves
I don’t use these, but when you have a curling wand without clasp, they might come in handy. I don’t find them very useful because I need to feel the hair with my fingers in order to know what I’m dealing with.

Heat protective placemat
I definitely recommend this. When you are at a shoot or a person’s home, you are using a table that’s not yours. Using a placemat to protect this table from burns from your tools is a very good idea. Trust me, when I just started out I had some bad accidents that could easily be avoided with this.

Business cards & Coupons
I hand out a business card to every new person I meet, it’s like a reflex by now. My nice clients also get a coupon sometimes, which gives them a discount if they book me again.

DEPENDING ON THE JOB

Extensions or wigs
This changes with every job of course. I first ask a photo of the model with her most recent hair, so I know what to prepare and which color extensions to buy, or what color wig to make. Preparation is key! Don’t just put random hairpieces in your suitcase – traveling will mess them up and you won’t use 90% of them anyway. Change it up every shoot.

Hair accesories
This also changes per shoot. Never bring some generic flowers with you that you will use at every shoot – your team won’t like that, cause your work won’t be original anymore. Investigate before you shoot: what do you need to buy or make?

Padding
Not the same as a donut, because I make padding especially for a certain hair shape. You can make it out of foam, fake hair, wire, … Get creative with this.

 

I hope you enjoyed this article, and that I didn’t forget to mention anything. Is your hairstyling kit much different? Do you use more? Do you find some of these things unnecessary in a hairstyling kit?

Let me know in the comments!

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