The salon cape is something that hairstylists have
sworn by, but many women that style their hair at home have yet to really embrace this essential
item of cosmetology at large.
In the past, the primary reason that women had as
to why they didn't purchase a salon cape was that it was expensive, and the stores that sold good
salon capes (also called a hair cape or cutting
cape) were not open to non-cosmetologists.
However, those reasons don't exist anymore. For
starters, a good salon cape is actually very inexpensive, and there are plenty of stores online
that offer them to the public -- you don't have to have a cosmetology license just to protect your
hair and skin.
Indeed, the primary goal of a hair cutting cape is to shield your
skin and clothes from the harsh chemicals used to transform our hair into the styles that we demand, as well as
keeping the cut hair off our body and clothes.
While it's true that you can wash, color, and even relax or
permanently curl your hair without a good salon cape, you run the risk of burning your skin or damaging your
clothing if something is spilled on it. It's easier to purchase a good hair cape and avoid these problems
When looking for a salon cutting cape, there are a few things you
need to keep in mind. Since the goal of a good salon cape is to protect us from the chemicals used in hairstyling,
you will want to look for thick materials that will not break down over time. There are plenty of good synthetic
plastic salon capes that fit this requirement perfectly.
In addition, you will also want to think about comfort as well --
you may have to sit with the hair cape on for a long period of time to get the hairstyle properly taken care of, so
you will want to look for a lightweight salon cape that will not weigh you down after a couple of hours have
There are a few construction details that make all the difference
in the world when it comes to choosing a quality hair cape. First, consider the way the salon cape comes on and off
-- a good salon cape needs to be able to be attached and removed easily.
While there are styles that simply pull over the head, this is not
a great construction as chemicals and even stray hair can be all over the hair cape. The better option is a simple
pull away style that has metal clasps that snap together and snap away depending on how you need them to
In order to protect your new hair cutting cape, you will want to
pay close attention to the care instructions that come with it. Many salon capes on the market today allow for
machine washing, but you may need to avoid bleaching to keep the material looking and behaving its very
A salon cape is an absolutely essential item if you're looking
into taking care of your hair at home with chemicals.