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Ergonomic Benefits of the Smooth-Air Brush and T360

Most stylists suffer through the stress and strain of blow-drying, putting up with sore wrists, arms, back, neck and shoulders.  Or at least more fatigue at the end of each day than is really necessary.  Proper attention to posture is an important step, but the ergonomics and features of the SmoothAir Brush and the T360 blow dryer nozzle attachment bring benefits to both hairdressers and their clients. For Stylists It’s important to maintain a relaxed and natural position while blow-drying.  With a dryer in one hand and a brush in the other, that can be difficult.  But with the T360 swivel and tilt adjustments, it’s quick and easy to get the airflow at just the right angles without contorting your body.  Those simple adjustments allow you to avoid raising your arms above shoulder height and keep them close to your body.  That means a lot less stress and fatigue for your arms and shoulders. The Smooth-Air Brush’s longer barrel lets you take fewer wider sections.  That cuts down on drying time and results in better finishes.  The ergonomics of the longer yet lighter handle and balanced weight prevents tingling fingers and reduces hand fatigue.  And it’s virtually snag proof. For […]

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The Smoothair Brushes

Professionals know that a round hair dryer brush is an ideal way to get better results in less time.  That makes it one of the best additions to any home … or professional … styling collection.  But not just any brush.  The details make a big difference in adding lift and texture to fine hair as well as in straightening curly or wavy hair.  And those details put ceramic hot air brushes at the top of the list. Like professional stylists attends to every detail of a customer’s hair, we attend to every detail of our products for a positively unique blow dryer brush.  Our Smoothair Brush has everything you’d want to make curling and styling easy and comfortable. Its ceramic barrel distributes and re-radiates heat more evenly and warms the bristles, while staying light weight and balanced.  Unlike brushes with a chrome or other finish, Smoothair glides through hair with no hot spots. Its bristles are infused with tourmaline, a natural mineral that releases negative ions for better styling results. And of course we designed-in a comfortable ergonomic grip that reduces hand and wrist fatigue.   What’s the Deal with Negative Ions? The atmosphere creates positively-charged ions, and normal brushing […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — What Stylists Need to Know

Dealing with hand and wrist pain?  Most hair stylists do from time to time.  But don’t ignore it — there’s a good chance it’s a sign of a potentially very serious health condition.  A recent Modern Salon survey reported that 15% of salon professionals are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and over 1/3 have concerns about the condition. Carpal Tunnel? So just what is it?  An important nerve (the median nerve) passes through the wrist through the “carpal tunnel.”  When that tissue becomes compressed or inflamed (typically through repetitive over-use) minor to very serious nerve damage causes you to feel the symptoms of numbness, tingling, weakness, or worse in your palm and fingers.  Neglected, the pain can become disabling and untreatable. A Special Risk for Stylists Although it gained notoriety as a problem for heavy computer users, any repetitive hand motion can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.  So it’s a common condition among a wide variety of professions — food service workers, drivers, even artists and musicians.  And it’s especially prevalent among hairdressers, who face a day filled with cutting, clipping, and blow drying. Did You Know?  Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.  Other […]

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Anaheim Hair Show 2019

We had a great turn out at the Anaheim Hair Show. Here are some of the videos of the show. Congratulations to the proud winner of a T-360 ergonomic nozzle at the student underground Anaheim hair show!     Hairdressers were learning to use the T-360 at the hair convention in Anaheim. ..Result are beautiful shiny blow drys that last longer, without shoulder, elbow or wrist pain!   Students are learning to take care of their shoulders, arms, and wrists as they prepare to start a career in the beauty business.❤️

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A New Years Resolution for Smoother Hair

Looking for a New Years resolution you’ll actually keep?  There’s a simple resolution with almost immediate results and benefits you for years to come.  Getting a Smooth Air T-360, and learning to use it, is an easy  & inexpensive way to get smoother hair with way less work. What’s a T-360?  It’s an ergonomic blow dryer attachment designed to reduce stress, aches, and pains for professional hairdressers.  But it’s adjustable nozzle makes it easy for anyone to reduce frizz and add body.  It’s adjustable nozzle fits just about any blow dryer, home or professional.  Swiveling in a full 360 degree circle and adjusting in tilt it lets you quickly get the perfect angle for best results without any awkward movements or positions. It can take the heat of the highest of dryer settings and will soon be part of your daily habits. The T-360 was recently developed by a professional stylist and is made only by Smooth Air.  Patented, there’s nothing else on the market like it. The Reward of Better Hair The cuticle is the outer protective layer of hair.  By making it easy to always blow with the cuticle (away from the head) users greatly reduce frizz.  And heat won’t be going directly to […]

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Top 5 Blow Drying Tips

Looking for an easier way to avoid frizz?  To give your clients extra volume, bounce, and movement in a lasting hold?  These tips reveal better ways to style.  They could mean extra work, but the Smooth-Air T360 ergonomic hair dryer nozzle attachment makes it all easy.  And it makes a big difference in how you blow dry.  Here are our 5 top styling tips. Tip #1 After properly shampooing and conditioning hair, blow it out using a mousse.  Use a generous amount — mousse is over 90% just air and water.  It’s great for all hair types, providing a longer-lasting hold and higher volume.  And it relaxes curly hair. Tip #2 For faster drying remove as much moisture as possible from your client’s hair before blow drying.  Drying from the root and leaving the mids and ends a little damp is important in smoothing.  Rather than making major movements with your arm and wrist to do this, just adjust the T360. Tip #3 Work in clearly divided sections no wider than 3 to 4 inches.  Working your way upwards from bottom to top, always blow in the direction of the cuticle to avoid frizz.  Adjusting the T360 to blow downwards makes this a lot […]

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Tired of Frizzy Hair? Get Rid of Frizz!

Want smooth, shiny hair without frizz?  Who doesn’t!  But that can be a lot of work maneuvering your blow dryer to all the right angles.  The T-360 nozzle attachment makes it easy.  Use it along with the following tips for results that bring in compliments from men and women alike. But first, just what is frizz?  With smooth hair, the cuticle (the outer protective layer) lays like roofing shingles protecting each strand.  But improper blow drying and harsh hair care products lift those shingles a bit, creating openings that let vital moisture and oils out.  That also lets excess humidity in, and that makes each hair swell.  Ironically, either way, your hair appears dry and frizzy, not silky and smooth.  And as we all know curly hair is more prone to frizzing than straight, so it needs extra care and attention. And what’s a T-360?  Invented by a professional hair stylist and made by SmoothAir it’s an adjustable nozzle that fits on just about any standard blow dryer you might have.  It’s unique patented design lets you quickly rotate the nozzle around in a complete circle and adjust the tilt at the same time.  And that makes it easy to always direct […]

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Ergonomics for Every Day

Any work environment that keeps you on your feet all day takes its toll on the body.  So it’s important to pay attention to good posture, good footwear, and more.  Stylists also experience a great deal of stress on their upper body, commonly leading to neck and shoulder pain.  Did you know that 40% of hairdressers complain of neck pain? A lot of those difficulties come from the hand positions and arm movements involved in blow drying.  Especially when the blow dryer weighs more than 1 pound.  But any repeated motions or time in stressful positions can cause problems.  Symptoms may develop so slowly that you don’t give them the attention they deserve.  But pain, including chronic pain, is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and things need to change. Hairdressers, Ergonomics and MSD Injury What is ergonomics?  Simply put, it’s the study of work environments for injury prevention. What are MSD injuries?  That’s not so simple.  The abbreviation MSD stands for musculoskeletal disorders.  In addition to muscles and bones, that mouthful also refers to tendon and nerve damage.  You’ve probably heard about musculoskeletal disorders by way of some of the specific conditions. Tendinitis is an inflammation of the […]

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Ergonomics to the rescue

Do you end your day with a few aches?  Have chronic shoulder pain?  Then you need to be taking care of yourself. First off, what is ergonomics? Formally, ergonomics the study of personnel efficiency in work environments.  That’s good for business owners. But these days it’s more commonly used to refer to products and practices that reduce workplace stress and strains.  And that’s good for everybody. Why is it important to everybody? In daily life you spend hours on your feet, bending, and making repetitive motions.  Just as carpal tunnel syndrome has been a problem for office workers using computers, hairdressers experience the same problem from cutting and blow drying.  But we’re actually more prone to chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain.  So it’s important to lower your risk of those problems. Blow dryers are the major culprit for many people, even lightweight ergonomic models with improved grips.  That’s because getting the right angle means awkward hand positions and raising your arm above your head.  Besides being unpleasant those shoulder pains and other aches make you less productive and perhaps tempted to cut corners.  Worse still, they can develop into conditions such as tendinitis and bursitis that require medical treatment […]

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What is Ergonomics?

It’s not economics it’s ergonomics!  Formally defined as matching work environments to human factors.  Originally all about efficiency and productivity, today most people think of ergonomics in terms of injury prevention.  For office workers that means appropriate chairs and keyboard heights.  But other professions have their own issues.  Hairdressers often experience chronic shoulder pain from raising their arms above shoulder height.  Fortunately, there are many ways for stylists to lower their risk of serious as well as lesser problems. Exactly what is ergonomics and what injuries does it prevent? Today it’s primary goal is to improve the workplace environment in order to minimize injury and other harm from a person’s regular activities.  That’s especially important when repetitive motions and stressful postures are involved.  There can be sudden injuries, but more often harm accumulates over the years.  The most common problems include carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist as well as lower back pain. It’s often necessary to consider several factors — body sizes and shapes, bio-mechanics (muscles, levers, and forces), and environmental (lighting, noise, temperature, and so on) — when designing workstations and tools.  Otherwise the risks of MSD (musculoskeletal disorders)  from repetitive motion, heavy tools, or unusual angles can be unacceptably high. Shoulder Strains […]

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