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Haircutting Practice Heads Basics (2)

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       Other “standard-quality” manikins may include some human hair combined with animal or synthetic hair, or be made of animal hair, or a combination of animal and synthetic fibers. These are generally not going to be suitable for use with chemical texture processes like perms and straightening, but can be used for color services practice. And such manikins are always useful for practicing some styling techniques and haircutting. {Note: even standard-quality manikins can be used to practice perm-wrapping techniques. You simply should avoid applying any perming solutions to them.}
 
hair cutting dummy head        Typically on the lowest end of the “standard-quality” spectrum of manikins is the manikin made entirely of synthetic fibers. These manikins are generally only suited to use in haircutting practice. Some may be used with very low-heat styling techniques, but they cannot be used to practice with heated styling appliances, color services or perming and straightening, as they do not respond to chemical penetration and will easily melt under the extreme heat of styling tools.
 
Buying a Manikin
 
       Manikins are produced by many different beauty education supply companies. Some of the most prevalent makers and distributors include companies like Burmax, Celebrity, and Pivot Point. These companies offer manikins under specific “product names” which denote a specific look and hair type or length. The name of the product is also an indicator of the manikin’s specific “face” creating an identity by which to indicate a specific manikin. The names can include Burmax’s “Whitney” (mid-length, ethnic type hair), “Debra” (mid-length, European type hair) or “Victoria” (longer length European type hair); or Celebrity’s “Dionne” (mid-length Afro type hair), “Erica” (mid-length Naturally curly type hair) or “Evan” (budget Male human hair).
 
       The manufacturers and distributors seem to try to keep their naming unique, allowing those consumers to keep the various looks and hair types available straight in their minds while they choose the hair they want to work with. The sheer variety and availability of virtually any hair type ensures that you can get some practice with any hair texture, wave pattern and length you may need, BEFORE you have to touch a human client.
 
       You do need to be aware that you may pay more for less-common hair types and lengths, specifically since some types – like the naturally curly hair manikins – are made using virgin hair and cannot be created by chemical means. Longer hair manikins will definitely be at the higher end of pricing ranges given the length of time required to grow hair to certain lengths. If you want to get an idea of the time involved, remember that the average hair growth is around one-half inch (1.27 cm) per month and a manikin will require more than the listed length of hair in order to manufacture the head.
 
       If you estimate an additional inch of hair to make the manikin, a manikin with natural human hair that is 28 inches (71.12 cm) long would take a minimum of 58 months (without any hair trimming) which means nearly five years time to grow the hair. This assumes that a single individual could grow enough individual hairs to make the manikin. Since the number of hairs per head varies with individuals, it could easily take multiple people to grow enough hairs for one manikin. {These calculations are NOT industry specific, but are the generalizations used to illustrate the amount of time and effort that would be involved in producing a human hair manikin.}
 
       For common hair types of Standard Quality, manikins usually average around $30 (U.S. Dollars) each. Longer manikins can range into the hundreds of dollars for human hair manikins, though haircutting manikins made from protein fibers can be found for less.
 
       The key is to decide what you want from your manikin. If you need to practice cutting, then you can perhaps simply use a lower-quality manikin to get that practice and save some money. But if you need to work with color and perming chemicals, you want to make sure to choose a good-quality manikin that will allow for that. The options are out there, and with a little careful consideration, you can get the product you want, without having to break your budget.
 
Stacy - Hair Stylist     ©Hairfinder.com
 
 
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