Akito Scissors are launching a campaign to help raise £56,000 towards revolutionary Epidural Stimulation treatment for Mitch Chalmers.
Mitch was left paralysed from the waist down following a motocross accident in 2014 at the age of 22.
Through sheer determination he has since re-trained and pursued his dream of becoming a hairdresser and now with the aid of a stand up wheelchair Mitch works full time as a stylist at James Christopher Hairdressing in Midsomer Norton.
To date Epidural Stimulation is the most advance treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries available.
Unique Access Medical have provided treatment to patients with Spinal Cord Injuries from all over the world, all of whom have regained voluntary movements after undergoing the Epidural Stimulation Procedure.
Akito Scissors are planning a number of fund raising events for 2019 and would welcome fellow hairdressers and barbers to get involved. Whether you share to raise awareness with friends and family, hold an in salon event, donate, or have a great ambition to skydive!
All efforts to raise awareness and funds would be very much appreciated.
Together Everyone Achieves More #LetsGetMitchWalking
There is no doubt how much extra time, hard work and dedication is needed, in addition to working on the salon floor.
Massive congratulations are in order for these fabulous achievements.
Akito Family members, Phil Thompson and Zac Fennell, partners in the Bath-based hair salon BA1 Hair, travelled to Mumbai last month to visit the Mumbai Hair project, a charity which they support.
Whilst there they presented a two day hands-on hair cutting and styling workshop and attended the graduation ceremony, presenting the newly qualified stylist with their certificates, products from Aveda and a pair of Akito Scissors.
26 young women have graduated in the last 12 months and are now enjoying a new found future and employment in our fabulous hair industry.
We are proud to support this great cause.
We loved remembering this great weekend at Salon International 2018 . Please feel free to share your memories of it with us.
Sending out a BIG thank you to all our Team Akito demonstrators for making it so fun packed and enjoyable.
Congratulations to all the finalists in this years British Hairdressing Awards
The winners will be announced on 26th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Mayfair
We wishing everyone the best of luck!
Joseph I’Anson and Lisa Graham, Mark Leeson, Mansfield - Eastern
Shaun Hall, Mark Leeson, Chesterfield - Midlands
Isobel Eaton and Jesse Jackson, Russell Eaton, Barnsley - North Eastern
Damien Johnston, Pure Hair, Belfast - Northern Ireland
Amy Sultan and Barry Maddocks, Francesco Group Salon & Academy, Poole - Wales South-west
Terri Kay and Andrea Giles, Mark Leeson, Mansfield - Mens hairdresser
Stacey Hayes, Daniel Granger Hairdressing, Northampton-Avant Garde
Ashleigh Hodges, Hairdotcom Launceston - Artistic Team
Akito family members Danny Richo and Adam Reed will be working back stage on the X Factor live shows.
Lea Shaw reviews the Akito Fusion in the Barber Magazine.
Congratulations to Lauren Soley from Karoliina Saunders Hair Design, on winning the NHF Best Female Fashion Look 2018.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent campaign to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust.
Akito Ambassador Mathew Watt is to feature in a new television series for BBC Scotland.
Congratulations to award winning Akito Family members:
Danny Van Tuijl of DVT Handcrafted Hair on winning the Creative Vision category at the International Wella Trend Vision Awards.
Kelly Shone-Adams of Technocracy Hair on winning The Good Salon Guide Nations Favourite Hairdresser 2018 Award
Marlene Lamont of Urban Hair and Beauty Highhouse on winning the SHABA Best Hair Salon Award
Carla Rinaldi from Not Another Salon on winning the HJ British Hairdressing Business, Best Manager of the Year Award
Stewart Roberts of Stewart Roberts Hair and founder of Haircuts 4 Homeless on winning the Creative Head Most Wanted Award for Innovation.
Follow HJ Live on Facebook and simply comment and tag a friend when you see a post promoting our exhibitor prizes, to be in with a chance to win.
Winners will be notified and will have to come to Professional Beauty & HJ Live North, on 21-22 October 2018 at Manchester Central, to collect the prize.
There's only a few days left for the chance to win this week's Akito Scissors prize: 24th to 28th September
Win an Akito ruck sack containing an Akito Orbital Razor with a pack of replacement blades and a pack of Akito sectioning clips
Mathew Watt talks to the Hairdressers Journal about working with different brands.
The article provides a great insight for people wanting to build relationships with product companies they admire and share values with and would like to work alongside.
Help Team Akito raise funds for the Little Princess Trust. Lydia Wolfe in Global Colour Zoom and thank you to the Telegraph And Argus for the feature.
Join us and help raise funds for the Little Princess Trust
Throughout September 2018 Akito Scissors are raising funds for the Little Princess Trust.
If your salon would like to take part, please request a Goody bag to be sent for your in-salon raffle.
(Offer for Mainland UK only. Goody bags contain a variety of hair care products)
On 30th September we will run a twitter auction for the Signed Andrew Barton book 'Shiny Happy Hair'.
Tune in between 6pm until 8pm
For every Little Princess hair donation we are tagged in through our Facebook page during September,
Akito Scissors will donate £2 to the trust.
We would love your support!
Calling the UK hairdressing family
Let's vote for Akito family member Lydia Wolfe for the Global Zoom "Stylists Favourite Award"
You can vote once a day and everyday between now and the 15th September.
Lydia will be representing the UK at the Global Colour zoom final in Toronto.
Let's support her with pride
Thank you Telegraph & Argus for the feature on Team Akito
and the commitment we have to help hairdressing based charities.
Good luck to Akito Family members taking part in the Creative Heads Most Wanted and the IT List Awards.
The Grand Final takes place at the iconic London landmark, the Natural History Museum on the 3rd September 2018 and being hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan:
Rising Star Award
Isaac Verrall from Percy & Reed
Adam Reed of Percy & Reed
Adam Reed of Percy & Reed
Adam Reed of Percy & Reed
Stewart Roberts founder of Haircuts 4 Homeless
Harvey Allen makes his debut at Harvey Luke Hair salon in Derby, as he completes his barbering course
at the Sid Sottung Academy in Nottingham.
Well done Harvey, we look forward to following your hair journey.
Vienna based Hairdresser Danny Van Tuijl has made it to the finals of Wella Professional National Trend Vision Awards.
Danny, Creative director of DVT Handcrafted hair, will represent Austria in the Creative Vision category on August 25th
Well done and Good luck Danny
Tegan Robertson shares her hairdressing journey with Dom Lehane on How To Cut It
In this 'Showcasing the Young Guns of Hair' episode, Tegan talks about her passion for the hairdressing industry.
Congratulations to Concept Hair and Beauty for winning the award 5 Star Hair Salon in the
Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards 2018
Congratulations! What a fabulous achievement.
Lydia Wolfe from Tony Woods Hairdressing taking Gold in the Creative Colour Awards
Bianca Nicol Jones from Oracle Hair & Beauty taking Silver in the Creative Colour Awards.
The gold winners will compete in Toronto, Canada at the Global Colour Zoom in September.
Why should Lefties use Lefty scissors?
All scissors are designed to work as the thumb (moving) blade passes/crosses over the finger (stationary) blade and ‘chops’ the hair. As we use a scissor we subconsciously exert slight lateral pressure on the blades (bringing them together) to perform the cutting action.
If a left-handed hairdresser/barber uses a right-handed scissor, the reverse is true. The lateral pressure put on the scissor forces the blades apart and so loses the cutting action.
Due to this many left handed stylists adopt a claw type grip (pushing with the thumb and pulling with the finger) which causes strain on the hand and wrist and has a high risk of leading to problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injuries.
Many experienced left-handed stylists who have been using right-handed scissors find it hard to adapt to using left-handed scissors because the subconscious mind automatically works the opposite way around.
It takes an estimated 30 days to un-train the brain, 30 days to re-train and a further 30 days for it to become ‘natural’.
Left handed people are said to be more adept at making these changes from living in the right handed world.
It takes time and dedication, which in a busy working environment is not the easiest task to achieve.
How to tell a left handed scissor from a right-handed scissor
Akito Scissors Ambassador, Mathew Watt shares some tips and tricks and how he embraces social media and technology both inside and outside his busy salon life with Hairdressers Journal.
We're heading south from sunny Leeds!
Would you like to arrange for us to call at your salon with the Scissor fest?
Creative Head Ireland magazine "In The Frame" features Akito Family member
Bozena Sarek owner of Bozena Sarek Hairdressing.
We are pleased to announce that The United Arab Emirates is the twenty second country we have sent Akito Scissors to!
Ashleigh Hodges is Creative Head magazines featured artist.
The article is a great insight into the world of one of the hairdressing industries leading lights!!