Hot scissors are the coolest new trend in hair — and only one man makes the cut.
At the famous 5th Ave. salon Louis Licari, hairstylist Arsen Gurgov has discovered a secret weapon in the form of electric scissors that heat up to 310 degrees.
The burning blades cook split ends into submission, according to Gurgov.
“With conventional scissors, the cuticle is still open,” says the stylist, who’s been working for Louis Licari for 15 years. “So a few months later, you still get those split ends. With these, the heat seals the ends, so ultimately you get no split ends.”
Gurgov says the technique lets his clients grow their hair out without witnessing their manes transform into wispy, lifeless strands — resulting in more time between appointments and hair that is less prone to breakage.
“Once you have split ends, you’re kind of forced to cut your hair again,” says Gurgov, whose salon counts boldfacers Emmy Rossum, Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford of the NBC TODAY Show, among its regulars. “And most people want to keep it long.”
But that luxury — and that heat — doesn’t come cheap. Hot scissor cuts cost $350 (The salon charges $145 for regular cuts).
Finding the heated wasn’t cut and dry: Gurgov spent a month researching new developments in the hair tool industry based on a tip from a stylist pal before he discovered a way to deliver a cut above.
“They’re German-made scissors,” Gurgov says of his slim and lightweight blades, which are wired to a small black box he uses to adjust the temperature. “I knew about people in Germany who were actually able to get these scissors for a while, and I just couldn’t get them. I went to Moscow, to England, and I found a guy who was able to access the Germans.”
The scissors heat up like a curling iron — there’s no fire, no ash, and no sizzling if used correctly. There’s also no scent of scorched hair.
The more damaged the locks, the higher the temperature: Those with luscious locks only need the scissors heated to 230 degrees, but Gurgov will crank it up to the full 310 when needed.
Gurgov says he’s gotten excellent feedback from his regular clients — and Gramercy Park resident Ronnie Oppenheim told us she wasn’t afraid of getting burned. In fact, she didn’t even notice the heat.
“I wasn’t quite sure what was going on,” says Oppenheim, 66. “Because he didn’t mention it to me. . . . I saw that he paid more attention to the details of the hair when he was cutting.”
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