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JUL 2016

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34 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | JULY 2016 Mane master Donald Scott offers his thoughts on a lifetime in the industry, and how his eponymous line of styling razors is helping advance the future of hair. Conversations/ POV The Cutting Edge M y mother, uncles and cousins were all hairdressers, and my brother, Teddy, was a barber. So it's fair to say I was exposed to the industry from birth—yet a love for fashioning tresses didn't actually catch on until I got older. For a while I owned Fred & Don's, a luncheonette in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, which was next to my uncle Joe's salon. Almost every afternoon I'd catch myself peeking through his window to see what remarkable creations were being conceived with scissors and combs. I remember feeling in awe of hair rollers! The shapes and volume they could create on a woman's head were endlessly fascinating. Eventually I decided to attend Capri School of Hair Design in Spring Valley, New York. The owner, Frank Molinari, was my fi rst mentor. He took me under his wing, letting me practice at his house following long days at school. From him I learned the importance of constantly working to perfect one's technique. I scored my fi rst gig in 1973, collaborating closely with Paul Mitchell at Manhattan's Henri Bendel salon. After snipping and studying for several years with the fi rst generation of Vidal Sassoon pros who came stateside from England, I was ready to help launch Paul Mitchell Super Hair, a cutting club where I served as Education Director. Paul and I traveled around the world, teaching fellow stylists. I'll never forget one of our biggest events: onstage in front of 10,000 attendees at the Takigawa hair show in Japan. Precision has always played a pivotal role in the practice of my craft, so it's perhaps not surprising that I cultivated an early love of razors. For the modern hair artist, shaping with razors is akin to painting with the fi nest brush, allowing us to achieve an otherwise unobtainable level of detailed perfection. Everything changed when I hit on the idea of gluing together my razor and comb. Thus was born the Carving Comb, the hero tool in my eponymous line, which launched in 2000 through an affi liation with Paul Mitchell Pro Tools. Whether introducing new metals for better weight, balance and performance or working closely with chemists to ensure top product effi ciency, since that moment the Donald Scott brand has been propelled forward by a continuous hunger for innovation. —As told to Francesca Moisin STAYING SHARP Donald Scott's top fi ve tips for razor-shearing strands: • Start, fi nish and cut with an emollient, like Donald Scott NYC Prepare Liquid Tool Glide, which reduces tension between hair and razor for a seamless shear. • Hold razor at an angle, applying just enough pressure to create precision. • Never razor-cut dry or damaged locks, as tips will end up looking coarse. • Use a razor with 50 percent or less cutting edge in rapid motions to create movement and texture on any tress type. • Always employ a fresh, sharp blade for every guest. DONALD SCOTT

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