“ Brand: Ellisons / Type: Tweezer „
A few years ago now I did a beauty therapy course to become a qualified beauty therapist. I had always had a love of beauty and make up and the likes and basically I just had this dream of making people look better and feel better about themselves. I also loved the college uniform and the fact you get a kit to go with it all and all lol!
Playing with my kit before I knew anything about the course I stumbled across these funny looking things. I had never seen a contraption like this before and although I could tell the top was a tweezer when I was messing about I simply couldn't make head nor tale of them.
Course as my course went on I got to grips with everything in my kit and this odd looking piece of equipment turned out to be Ellison's Standard Automatic Tweezers.
Now mine were solid stainless steel and as I say I got mine in a kit meant for professional use. If your lucky you can find these available to purchase online however a quick scout about on here now looking at sites such as Ebay and Amazon I can't find any at all to buy. I do know that you can get them from beauty outlets though and are aimed at professionals.
Appearance wise, yep they look odd as I have pointed out already. What you get is a long pair or springy tweezers to which instead of holding slim tweezers that is actually encased by a large outer area you actually grip and the pincers are slightly slanted.
At first these take a wee bit of getting used to. These are not precision tweezers but meant for larger areas of say eyebrow hair. Think overgrown and that you want and need to remove loads and not for precision work at all. I have also used these on large areas of leg hair that I have missed through waxing on myself from time to time.
These, once you get the hang of them are an essential bit of kit for any beautician. Quick, sharp and easy to pinch and you can really see what your doing. I like the springiness of these and the fact that they are so slanted. They do make a slight bit of squeaky noise when in use but apart from that they really are something I have (and still do use) rather often. They are wipe clean or if your professional infared them and they keep really well. I have held on to my same pair now for 9 years and they are still as good as new!
A really great investment from beauty outlets expect to pay around the £9.00 a pair mark and they are worth every penny for them too.
I only came across automatic tweezers when I began my HNC Beauty course last year. I picked them out my kit and was like 'ehm what do these do?'
I have since found out that they are automatic tweezers (I actually had an assessment on them!) and they are used for removing large areas of eyebrow hair quickly. They are not, however, really any good for the precision tweezing, this is best left to normal, conventional tweezers.
At first the automatics seem quite difficult to hold but you soon get the hang of it. It is really surprising how quickly you pick it up. You slant them slightly and squeeze them together and it will take away the hair. You can cover a large area with this.
A thing to note with automatic tweezers (especially if you are using them on someone else) is the noise that they make. It's not extremely loud but it seems to make some people tense up (probably as they associate it with pain) so maybe warn them (the client) before hand.
These tweezers come from Ellison's. They are a wholesaler (for want of a better word) of Beauty items. They also have a section for students and supply a student kit. At the moment this is who my college uses (although they did use someone else previously)
I have not actually ordered anything from there website as it was all done through the college but I have looked at it for additional supplies. They are very well priced for items. The postage (last time I checked) was £4.95 per parcel so it's worth bulk buying.
Anyway, these tweezers are good for removing a lot of hair quickly but you will still need manual tweezers so that you can get those straggly stray hairs without removing a whole eyebrow!!
I have never actually owned a pair of tweezers myself until now, only my sisters and believe it or not I couldn't use manual ones, so when I started my beauty therapy course I was a little worried about this.
Luckily they give you both automatic and manual tweezers, and I find the automatic very easy to use and are much quicker.
Im sure many of you haven't heard of automatic tweezers, I hadn't either so im going to tell you about the product.
About the product
My tweezers are by ellisons which are a supplier to salons of hair and beauty, and popular for students and they cost £4.
Automatic tweezers may look diffucult to use and hold. but they are the complete opposite, you hold them at the metal part that comes out near the top which has grips on it so they dont slip out of your hand.
Unlike manual tweezers which you need to pull your hand to get the hairs out, you simply press down and the tweezers pull back for you instead of your hand pulling the hair out.
They move easily and quickly, which makes them hurt less than manual tweezers because they don't pull the hairs out slowly.
They can be quite difficult to use by yourself but once you get used to it they are much easier, always remember to pull the skin tight around it so that the skin doesn't pull (do this with all tweezers).
They are well held together, aren't as you could say "flexable" and "pingy" as manual which is a good thing, are metal but they are not stainless steel.
When using them, you should always take the hair from the direction it is growing - come in from the side and not straight down onto your skin because you can catch your skin, all you need to do is press down gently because not alot of pressure is needed and it does all the work for you, saving time and effort! Although if you don't put the tweezers close enough to the hair they might not grip right.
Also when they are being used, it makes a clicking noise - not very loud but tends to scare people off if your using them if they haven't heard or seem them before. Most of the time people are usually fasinated by them since they hadn't heard of them.
They come in a plastic box with cardboard at the back that says "The Professionals Choice" the plastic is see through so you can see your lovely tweezers and they can be resealed. The cardboard slides up so you don't have to rip it open like other products.
Much easier than manual tweezers which I can finally use but prefer these by far because of the time saving!
Luckily these do all the work for me, just need to place them under the hairs and off i go!
Are well built and made considering aren't stainless steel, and don't break easily - unless your my friend who decided to sit on hers!
They can be bought on ellisons.co.uk