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$15,481
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 24 2015
$15,481
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
191
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 24 2015

About

Introducing The Zylist 

The Zylist is the very first trimmer designed for longer hairstyles (chin-length and longer). Salon haircuts are fantastic, but they can be hard to fit into a busy schedule, or a tight budget. And kids' cuts can be a challenge, since what kid likes a stranger messing with their hair? The Zylist offers the convenience to keep bangs or longer styles looking beautiful whenever, wherever you have time.  

Copying Professional Technique

Hairstylists use a comb, their fingers and scissors to comb out, secure and cut hair in a straight line. While this seems easy, we all know someone who's had a disastrous result trying to do this for themselves at home. We designed the Zylist to simulate the professional's movements all within the tool, so it's easy to achieve perfectly even ends. And you don't have to worry about cutting yourself - the Zylist blades are safely between the paddles, away from your fingers.

How It Works

Easy Steps  Place a segment of hair into the Zylist, comb down to desired length, and squeeze to cut. The Zylist cuts in a perfectly straight line. The clear paddle enables you to see the hair you've just cut so you can align the next cut using the dotted line, for perfectly even ends. 

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Cost Savings  

The Zylist pays for itself in less than 2 haircuts at the U.S. national average of $45 per cut, or 2-4 kids' cuts. After the Zylist has paid for itself, all haircuts are free!

Rewards

End Trims to Keep Hair Healthy

Hot tools and infrequent haircuts can leave your ends frayed, and trimming off those damaged ends restores smooth, sleek, healthy looking hair. With the Zylist, you can get healthy looking ends as often as you want, to keep your hair looking great between salon visits. With the Zylist you have absolute control over how much or little you cut off, so if you want to maintain your long hair, you can trim off frayed ends without sacrificing length.

ask a friend to help
ask a friend to help
or use a mirror and do it yourself
or use a mirror and do it yourself
after trim
after trim
after trim
after trim

The Easiest, Best Bangs Ever

Bangs need frequent trims to stay out of your eyes and looking fresh. With the Zylist, bang trims are simple and take just a few minutes. Use it for straight bangs or side bangs.

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before, during, and after trim
before, during, and after trim
after trim
after trim

Give Your Kids Great Haircuts at Home

Taking your kids for kiddie haircuts can be inconvenient and expensive.  With the Zylist you can give simple, cute haircuts without leaving the house. 

after trim
after trim

Layered Haircuts

Once you get comfortable with the Zylist, you might decide that you want to add layers to your hairstyle.

Haircutting Demystified - 4 Types of Cuts

When we started talking to hairstylists about the Zylist, we learned that there are four main haircuts taught in beauty school: 1) blunt, 2) graduated, 3) layered, and 4) long layered. Most hairstyles fall into one of these categories. They differ in how the ends are layered, and they're achieved by combing the hair out to a designated angle before cutting. Below is a quick schematic showing key differences in creating each style. (key: it's in the angle). With the Zylist, creating these cuts at home is much easier than it would be with scissors. The Zylist will come with instructions to show you how to do it.

 Example: Long Layered Haircut

first cut the ends to the length you want
first cut the ends to the length you want
then comb the hair up to cut the layers
then comb the hair up to cut the layers
final result, before styling
final result, before styling
after styling
after styling

Team

Some awesome folks are pulling together to make the Zylist a reality. When I embarked on the development of the Zylist, I knew I needed some engineers talented in mechanisms. Through networking in the Stanford and Silicon Valley community I enlisted the help of two world class engineers - Doug and Whit. Between them, they have extensive experience designing and manufacturing robotic limbs, physical therapy machines, bicycles, navigation devices, consumer products, electronics and a host of other products.  In late 2014, we embarked on the process of partnering with a clipper manufacturer. Enter Andrew, an engineer who worked for 10 years sourcing Chinese manufacturers for large consumer products companies for products like electric shavers. 

Getting to this moment took 3 years, but the team came through with flying colors and we're ecstatic that we've made it this far. Now we're ready for the next step - and we hope you'll join us as a backer as part of our extended "Team Zylist!"

Manufacturing Partner

After 9 months of searching, qualifying and obtaining manufacturing quotes from factories, we selected a highly qualified manufacturer in China. I began searching in the U.S. for an OEM manufacturer of clippers, only to find that this type of business is overwhelmingly in China. With Andrew's help, we shifted our focus to China, and identified and qualified several factories with deep experience manufacturing clippers. After traveling to meet and evaluate them in person in March, I feel confident that we have chosen a strong partner to deliver the reliable, high quality clipper that we expect.

Production and Delivery Schedule 

Together with our manufacturing partner we've laid out a timeline for production of the Zylist.  We've already kicked-off the first stage in the manufacturing process - design-for-manufacture. If all continues to progress on-plan, we estimate we'll ship the first production units to backers in May 2016. 

The Inspiration for the Zylist

A few years ago, my maternity leave was just ending, and my hair was a big, bulky, post-pregnancy mess. I needed a haircut, badly. But my little baby was sick so I didn't feel I could leave him, and even if I could leave, my longtime stylist became seriously ill and couldn't take me anymore. This previously "together" woman all of a sudden felt like things were spinning out of control. 

Realizing a salon haircut wasn't happening, I started wondering, "Why can’t I cut my own hair at home?” I didn't have confidence with scissors, so I searched online for a tool to help, and that’s when I realized: there are hundreds of specialty clippers to help cut short styles, but there's not a single one for longer styles. This seemed odd, and unfair! So I started brainstorming a solution.

I'd been watching my hairstylist do the same layered style for 10 years, and I tried to envision how I could simulate what she does with her hands, comb and scissors: combing out, securing, and cutting the hair in a straight line. One night the idea for the Zylist popped into my head - using the form factor of a flat iron, but with combs and blades between the paddles. Since then, it’s become my mission and absolute passion to develop the Zylist to give you confidence that you can get a great haircut at home.

original sketch / inspiration
original sketch / inspiration
prototyping / bringing the product to life
prototyping / bringing the product to life

Our Beliefs

If you've read this far, we stuffed a lot on this page - thank you for caring!!!  Every company or endeavor is better served by having a clear belief in its mission. We care deeply about what the Zylist represents - and thought we'd share this with you. 

We Need You! 

As with any physical product, initiating manufacturing is expensive. We need to invest in tooling, testing, packaging, and other activities to bring the Zylist to market. We’ve pumped in as much of our own financial resources as we can (this project is 100% self-funded to date), and now we need your backing to take these final steps to bring the Zylist to market.

Beyond the financial picture, we want to know whether people actually want the Zylist. We've poured time, sweat, tears and serious heart into this product - and this campaign is a test of whether the Zylist fits a real need for real people. 

This is where you come in. Please vote with your support - support us because you want a Zylist, you know someone whose life would be made easier with a Zylist, you think it's cool, or if you just want to make sure the Zylist becomes an option for longhaired people out there. You can make all the difference in the world for this product - YOU are the key to turning this product from dream to reality!

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you don't contribute to our campaign, you can help our campaign be a success by helping us spread the word!

Do you know a friend, family member, or mom's group who might be interested in the Zylist? A parent with lots of long-haired kids? A reporter who might be interested? Forward them a campaign link (share button is at top of page under video) or share us on Facebook or Twitter. You might have other ideas on how you can help or suggestions to help us be successful - our ears are open! - feel free to contact us at info@equipbeauty.com. 

THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

While we have devoted an enormous amount of time and effort to preparing for this Kickstarter campaign, there remain some risks that any supporter should be aware of:

We may encounter some problems in the manufacturing process that cause the product to be delayed. These could include design issues, manufacturing issues, quality/durability issues or delays in certifications needed to sell the product in our desired geographies. We have tried to reduce risk by going through a thorough factory selection process, including visiting, evaluating, and developing a relationship with our chosen factory in China. Our manufacturing partner is an experienced clipper manufacturer and we have already begun the process of design for manufacturing in order to cut time off our delivery schedule. However, we still may encounter issues that lengthen the delivery timeline. We also are a small team so if anything were to happen to key people, delivery could be at risk.

We promise to you that we will work to our utmost capacity and with our full powers of passion and creativity to deliver the highest quality, on-time, fantastic product that you expect from this campaign.

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    ZYLIST T-SHIRT - Thank you for helping the Zylist come alive! We will collect your mens/womens style preference and size after the campaign has closed. (Shipping depends on location)

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    EARLY BIRD ZYLIST INTERNATIONAL - Receive a Zylist plus accessories and all our campaign updates. (Shipping to Canada $10, other international countries $15)

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    EARLY BIRD ZYLIST ULTRA BACKER - Receive all 3 rewards: the Zylist, the tote, and the t-shirt (all items shipped together). Plus receive all campaign updates. (Shipping depends on location)

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    ZYLIST HOLIDAY - If you want to give the Zylist as part of a holiday gift, we will send you our stylish tote bag in time for the holiday so you can give it as a "stand-in" gift until the Zylist arrives. You'll receive all campaign updates as well. (Tote shipment: December, Zylist shipment: May) (Shipping depends on location)

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    ZYLIST ULTRA BACKER - Receive all 3 rewards: the Zylist, the tote, and the t-shirt (all items shipped together). Plus receive all campaign updates. (Shipping depends on location)

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    2-PACK - You are a gifter with a big heart - receive one for you and one for someone else, plus campaign updates. (Shipping depends on location)

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    3-PACK - Receive 3 Zylists and all campaign updates. (Shipping depends on location)

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    Limited Edition Aqua ZYLIST
    Just for Kickstarter Backers, receive one of a limited number of aqua Zylists, plus a personal thank you letter, thank you tweet, and all campaign updates. (Free shipping in the U.S.)

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    10-PACK For distributors or those with a huge gift closet. Receive 10 Zylists plus all campaign updates. (Shipping depends on location)

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    CUSTOM ZYLIST - Customize your Zylist by choosing your very own color. We'll replace the white cover with a cover in whatever color you choose. You'll receive a personal thank you letter, thank you tweet, and all campaign updates. (Free shipping anywhere in the world)

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    ZYLIST PARTY!! - We will host a party in your location for a group of up to 5 participants or 5 parent/child pairs. You'll receive 5 Zylists and hands-on instruction on how to use it. Travel up to 100 miles from Palo Alto is included.

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    INSPIRATION PERSPIRATION TEACH-IN - A one-day fun-filled seminar on how to take your product idea from concept to product-in-hand in your location for your audience of choice (kids, teens, adults) by the Zylist inventor. Travel up to 100 miles from Palo Alto is included.

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