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International Beauty Show

Had an amazing weekend at the International Beauty Show. Typically over the years I have opted out of this particular show because it’s crazy, tons of people and too much going on. This year I changed my mind when I found out some of the education they would be providing and the people who were going to be there. 
My first class called “Editorial Refinement” was focused on editorial hair and everything that surrounds it. I sat in front of people like Babak a fashion photographer telling us for what he looks for when he works with a stylist and Dusan a editorial stylist who spoke about the fine points of executing a style for a women or man and paying attention to the fine details. Make up was also a huge part of this class Kari Kisch spoke of bringing out the beauty in a women and without over doing it. 
Shortly thereafter I had a pleasant surprise. Walking through one of the hallways I stumbled upon a class called, “How to survive and thrive as a hairdresser and salon owner” I had walked past a few of the classes that were available and this one really caught my eye. Michael Levine owner of three salons and one school in Canada was a breath of fresh air. He was so real about the struggles that hairdressers and salon owners face in the world of beauty. He kept it real, new how to drive home some hard points and keep everybody laughing at some ironic points.
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Thirdly, I was humbled to sit in a class given by Ted Gibson, world renowned hairdresser, salon owner, TV personality, editorial hairstylist, and stylist to the stars to name a few. We only had a few hours but they were filled with a wealth of information and experience. You could sense the Unity between Ted and his team members. It was good to hear that even at the top of the food chain Ted focuses on serving the client, whether it be a famous actor/actress, model, client (in his salon in NY) and or one of his students attending the academies connected to his salons. Ted was down to earth and gave clear and definitive advice.
What really impressed me with all the classes I attended was that they were up close and personal. We were able to ask questions interact with the teachers and the models. These small settings made it possible to really connect with the teachers and get real answers to issues the industry faces. I am so glad I made the choice to take these classes.

Why doesn’t my hair come out the way they do it in the salon?!

Clients are always saying “my hair never comes out like this when I do it at home” There are several possibilities why this is not happening for you.

Styling your hair was never your strong point and never will be.
Your blow dryer stinks
Your brush stinks
Your products stink or you are using the wrong products for the intended purpose

Lets deal with these one at a time.
If styling your own hair has never quite worked out for you just shave your head and get a wig, you will save yourself a-lot of aggravation and money. Lets move on to number two.
Some of you have blow dryers that are close to a hundred years old and just swear by them right up until the point they become a flame thrower and a section of your hair goes on fire. We have a blowdryer that has a Ferrari designed engine powering it; seriously I have no idea what the means but that is exactly what it says, I can tell you that it is the best blowdryer I have used in 20 years and that says a-lot. It’s not cheap but what is these days.

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There may be two reasons why you hate your brush, one it may not be the right one for the style you are trying to achieve, two it might just be used up and old; you know that favorite brush you have that looks like the cat got a hold of it. Time for a new brush.

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One of the most important things I teach new stylist is use the right tool for the job at hand or you and your client will be miserable. Your stylist should be able to recommend the products you need to recreate the style he or she gave you. Buying the right product doesn’t start with a mouse or a straightener it starts with a shampoo and ends with a finishing product; everything in-between gets you to where you want to be after you have invested 30 to 45 minutes into styling your hair. There are a ton of products on the market, the good, the bad and the ugly, let your stylist sort them out for you; in the long run you will save money.

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Summer Hair Color

As summer is quickly passing by more and more of my clients are coming in asking me what they should do with their color. This is the thing, their hair looks great, they just aren’t used to seeing their hair lighter than usual. This is what happens, everybody is having fun in the sun, their hair is getting lighter and their skin is getting darker. I tell them “go with it”; let your hair be light; this is the one time of year you can get away with it. The fall is right around the corner we don’t have much time left. The fall is when we make hair a little richer and darker since it is not fall yet enjoy the lightness and brightness of summer. That being said some of the hair issues we deal with in the summer are dry weather beaten hair; if this is you then I recommend products that will restore the hair back to it’s natural state and if that doesn’t work cut it off. Sometimes a good haircut is exactly what the Dr. Ordered and the only way to get rid of dead hair. If you are feeling a little washed out because of your summer hair and you’re losing your tan (because you have to work for a living) add a little bronzer into your makeup regimen this will add contrast between your light hair color and the color of your skin. Last but not least whatever you do, don’t buy over the counter color for a quick fix. I can’t tell you how many clients over the years have come in for emergency fixes because they tried an over the counter quick fix that ended up not being a quick fix at all.