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What is the Best Apron for Hairstylists?

What do you think of aprons? It is usually stereotyped as a grandma outfit. But in the hairstyling industry, it is an entirely different perspective. An apron is already a part of every hairstylist’s outfit. In fact, the apron that you wear represents you and your salon.

With this in mind, you should not choose just any apron. This is going to be one of the common things that customers will notice. Find one that vividly expresses your brand and your style. To take it up a notch, you can even make your aprons the signature look of your salon!

For the hair styling industry, the choice of aprons could range from the traditional type to today’s trendy fit. Hair stylists sometimes pick fashion over function. Others are too keen on hygiene and stains that they might even consider overalls. But why not consider all these features?

The following is a list of different apron styles along with their highlight features that most hair stylists choose:

The Bib Apron

This is the most common type of apron where it covers the front of the body – from the neck to the knees. This style is most suitable for any task in the hair treatment industry. Whether it is simply cutting hair or chemically treating it, the bib apron can provide the most protection for your clothing. Moreover, some bib aprons have front pockets which are the perfect place to store pins and hold combs. When it comes to style, you can choose a simple bib apron with a neck strap. You can also get those with a cross-back style.

Bib Apron with Split-Leg Design

Full Cover Split Leg
The split in the lower middle section allows you to move freely without ever having to feel restrained. The split-leg aprons are commonly used by barbers, chefs, bakers, and even tattoo artists.
Barber Apron with Cross-Back Design

Quite similar to the bib apron, it covers most of the front part of the body. It also has adjustable straps to keep it in place. The only difference is that it has larger compartments to hold tools and keep them within reach.

Barber Smocks

Smock Aprons
This type of apron is usually made of cotton fabric and covers only the upper body leaving the whole lower body unprotected against liquids, chemicals, and hair.

Tool Belt

Tool Belt
Though quite popular with hair stylists and make-up artists, the tool belt may not be the number one choice when it comes to water and stain protection, especially for the upper clothing. The primary function of a half body apron is to hold tools and clips.

When buying the right apron

At first glance, you are most likely to choose an apron by how it looks. But before you do so, make sure to check what it is made of. Style and color are important factors to consider. However, the material is equally significant.
Nylon Fabric

Normally, hair stylist would just look, select, and pay for the aprons. And there is nothing wrong with this. But if you are still starting up your business or on a tight budget, then it is best to look, select, inquire the price, and check your budget first.

Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. If it is a durable, quality apron that you want, you need to set aside a good amount of cash for it. For cheaper selections, you can choose less durable aprons or even disposable ones.

With the choices mentioned above, the bib apron is deemed to be the most suitable style for any task. Choosing a comfortable, durable, easy care, and lightweight apron can also boost a hairstylist's productivity. Moreover, making sure that the apron is chemical-resistant, waterproof, and hair-resistant allows you to achieve maximum clothing protection. Multiple pockets are also considered a must on every apron style to help every hair stylist work with ease.

Some people think that the best aprons for hair stylists are those that let you deliver optimal services. Others prefer those with a trendy fit since they think that is what salons are all about. Either way, you can always have both trendy and functional qualities in a single garment.

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