Author: erin gray

Cyber Monday Hair Nerd Style

You made it through Thanksgiving dinner and Aunt Mildred’s political diatribe… survived Toys R’ Us at midnight on Black Friday for your nephew… trimmed every distant relative’s hair… Time for jammies and some online shopping.  We rounded up the very best Cyber Monday deals for Hair Nerds because you DESERVE a break   Hair Nerd Shirts… because duh..  30% off the entire site. Code: CyberMonday   Arrojo Tools + Education 20% off everything at www.arrojopro.com (Arrojo pro tools) Coupon code: givethanks 5 DVDs for $75 at www.arrojonyc.com (discount will auto-apply at checkout) (reg. price $349.75) Education Credits are on sale toward Arrojo Advanced Academy seminars. They can be purchased online at www.arrojonyc.com. Purchase a 2-day credit for $500 (reg. price $800) or a 3-day credit for $800 (regular price $1200). Seminars can be booked at a later date. Coupon Code: Thanksgiving   Toni & Guy Capsule Collection Prices are varied but the black snapbacks with T&G patches are giving us life…   Pickle Juice- Jewelry for Hairdressers and Barbers Take 40% off your entire order with code: BIGPICKLE40   Rooted Thoughts Education 40% off this independent education.  Redeem by messaging them on Facebook. Beauty Gives Back 20% off everything including sale items- Code: BGB20   Melt Cosmetics Treat yo’ self with up to 50% off.   Number 4 High Performance Haircare- Mini Darlings E-mail us at info@thehairnerds.com and we will have the elves at...

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What are you waiting for?

  Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it. Sometimes as an independent artist or even an artist within a huge company, it can feel like all the opportunities are given to a select few.  You may feel like the same people are showered with praise and attention.  It is easy to play the comparison game and feel slighted or cheated. What is so beautiful about our industry and the social world we live in is that you no longer have to wait for opportunities to come knocking.  We want to know what you are doing.  Tell us about your new...

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Hairdressers Gonna Hate

“Hate it” “This is terrible” “string of laughing tear emojis” It seems that instagram and social media has made everyone a critic.  Perhaps it is just because I grew up in the South with a mother who would pinch the backside of your leg for rolling your eyes and drilled into your head that “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Everyone suddenly has an opinion and can’t wait to express it.  Can you imagine walking into a cocktail party and people lining up to tell you all the things they hate about...

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The Evolution

Creative types often get a lot of flack for starting amazing projects but failing to follow through with them. There are always a lot of announcements like “BIG things coming”…”Stay tuned for our upcoming awesomeness”. Then a few weeks or months later things fizzle out. As I sit here on the 5th anniversary of The Hair Nerds, I have to wonder… what keeps us from continuing these passion projects? To say that things have always been rose colored in The Hair Nerd Universe would be the ultimate lie. Even the most devoted Hair Nerd struggles with moments of doubt....

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6 Years of NATVA

We have told the story of how The Hair Nerds were born over cocktails and laughter after the North American Trendvision Awards 5 years ago.  What we failed to realize is that fateful night in LA so many years ago was on the 2nd annual NATVA. We have grown up with this competition and as the years tick by we like to think we are both getting better. A lot has changed, but one thing remains the same… we still get that #HairNerd feeling at Trendvision… that excitement that prickles your skin… that overwhelming sensation that everything you fight...

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ROSY REWARDS Scholarship Program

An Industry Scholarship Program Exclusively for the Next Generation of Salon Professional Rosy Salon Software is pleased to announce ROSY REWARDS – A $10,000 annual scholarship fund offered exclusively for future salon professionals. This program is designed to give Cosmetology students throughout North America an opportunity to further their education by providing funds to help cover a portion of their tuition.   “We are very passionate about the salon and spa industry and want to reward others who are as well,” said Jim Bower, founder of Rosy Salon Software. “This newly launched scholarship is also our way of giving back to...

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Aubrey Loots + Sonya Dove

We got the chance to stalk two of our favorite hair nerds in Atlanta! Aubrey Loots and Sonya Dove shared the stage together at the Hyatt in Buckhead, hosted by none-other than one of our favs Candy Shaw! They prepped their models with beautiful color and focused their time on sharing their styling and cutting techniques in a laid back, open forum class. One of the most exciting things for us was seeing Sonya focus primarily on cutting! That is something that was “out of her element” on stage. Sonya showed various cutting techniques, from a long haired razor...

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Aveda Global Fashionista Photographic Competition

Trendsetters shape the beauty industry. They determine what’s now, what’s relevant and what’s beautiful. We believe the Aveda network has the most talented artists and trendsetters in the industry, and we want you to tell us what’s trending. Show us your best interpretation of Autumn/Winter 2016 trends, and you could win a chance to share your artistry with the world. COMPETITION OVERVIEW The Aveda Global Fashionista Photographic Competition invites Aveda Artists to create a total look (cut, color, style and makeup) with Aveda products that showcases their artistry, personal interpretation of seasonal trends and love for Aveda—all while celebrating the Aveda brand, products and mission. Winners at all levels...

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Paul Mitchell: The Gathering

Paul Mitchell Gathering is like a #HairNerd rock concert. Every moment is literally the most exciting second of your life and just when you think it can’t get any better… it totally does. We have been stalking the PM Pro page for details and wanted to bring them straight to all our pals.

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WNDRLND the Movement

Justin Emanuel and Caitlyn Duffy of Bad Taste Hair Co. recently interviewed Burke and Kristo of  Melrose and McQueen. Bt: We are here with Kristo and Burke from Melrose and McQueen. We have all seen your RV Donna, but tell us a little bit about WNDRLND and what you guys hope to achieve. Burke: We went on a 2015 tour with WNDRLND to different salons around the Southeast and now we are taking this thing back on the road to do a Northeast tour in the Spring. We are going to see what falls. BT: What cities will you...

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Candy Shaw

Justin Emanuel and Caitlyn Duffy of Bad Taste Hair Co. recently attended a Club Intrigue event where we begged them to stalk the lovely Candy Shaw. We had the chance to catch a quick interview with one of the strongest leaders in our industry, Candy Shaw. Owner of Jamison Shaw Hairdressers in Buckhead. She is also the creator of Sunlights Balayage Lightener and a chair member of Intercoffiure. She is such an inspiration to so many hairdressers, her vast techniques have set her apart in the community and with her strong business sense, she has created an empire of...

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An Abundance of No’s

We asked Cindy to share the struggles that we all sometimes feel when trying to find our path in this industry. We find her vulnerability and honesty, refreshing. The following is an account of where she has come from…   Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in?  Or felt that weird feeling when your surroundings are not vibing with you at all? It is really hard to put into words the journey of finding what you are good at, identifying what you vibe with and holding on to what makes your heart sing. It is a struggle...

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ISSE: Don’t Miss List

OMG. It is FINALLY time for ISSELB!! We are sitting here just waiting for those doors to heaven to open up and thought we would round up our “For Real… Don’t Even Think About Missing This” list. Meet Your FAV MUA   Ted Gibson Saturday 1:30pm-4:30pm   PBA Members $325 / Non-Members $375 LIMITED ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY with the Ted Gibson Artistic Team! Only 30 spots available and once they sell out, there will be no more and no other class will be offered!! As a renowned hair guru and celebrity stylist, Ted Gibson works with some of the most beautiful...

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#ZenISSE

After years of running ourselves ragged, we joked with Randy Taylor, cofounder of  Hairbrained.me, about last year being #ZenISSE.  We were committed to creating a space of education, relaxation and connection with our fellow hair nerds.  Shockingly, it can actually be done.  We have written a ton of guides in our time…  This is the one we follow most closely now because it allows us to continue on this path without burning out.   Boundaries and Goals Why are you attending?  What are you hoping to learn and gain?  Getting really clear about your goals helps you create boundaries. ...

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ISSE Guide: NAHA Entrant

The education at ISSE Long Beach can seem overwhelming when you sit down and start trying to figure out how you are going to manage to take classes, shop and also stalk all your Hair Heroes.   This year we have designed a handy guide to help narrow down the potential classes and stage shows and really focus on your #hairgoals. So you want to enter NAHA?  Perhaps holding that brightly colored trophy and thanking all the little people, while celebrating with your friends in Vegas is one of your New Year’s resolutions. Make the most of your trip to...

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Chrystofer Benson

We have watched Chrystofer Benson as a NAHA finalist for years. How does an artist become a finalist year after year? It certainly seems Chrystofer has discovered the secret and as it turns out… it involves a TON of hard work, dedication and living a #HairNerd life. How does competing help you as an artist? Competing for me is what keeps me doing research; pushing myself into creative spaces I have been before to grow and learn continually. Beyond hair, what other creative outlets do you have? I do a bit of painting some work on my airbrush –...

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#ButterflyCircus

Nerd Contributor, Steve Kim, hit up Butterfly Circus and we gotta say…  We are pretty jealous! The Butterfly Loft Salon has been turning their Sherman Oaks, CA location into an educational hub of late. They introduced a new AMAZING class experience that’s one day and choked full of Instagram superstars. Butterfly Circus was full of color, styling, social networking and business tips brought to you by industry heavyweights and pros who are on absolute FIRE right now! Why did I invest in this ultimate class?! One: they are in my Hood (neighborhood for you old folks!) Two: David and Alexis who own...

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Cynthia Valdez

Nothing makes us happier than meeting artists we REALLY want to root for… Good people who love the industry, value education and aren’t afraid to put in the hard work.  Cynthia Valdez is kinda a badass kids.. We think you are going to love her too! You can catch her work on the big screen July 12, 2015 at Mandalay Bay as a finalist in the Newcomer category. 5 words that best describe you.  creative, crafty, loyal, perseverant, determined How long have you been working in the industry?  Tell us a it about your path right now. My path..well.. I...

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3 Reasons Periscope is Literally, EVERYTHING…

For those of you who haven’t jumped onto the Periscope bandwagon, yet… we like to describe it as an interactive youtube channel.   It is beyond awesome for virtually a billion reasons and we are obsessed.   1. It is changing the educational landscape The world of Periscope is seriously changing the way we view education.  Suddenly every demo we have ever wished longingly for is available to us.  Not only are we “look and learn”(ing), but we are asking questions… What formula are you using?  Which clippers are best for that cut? Can we come live with you and...

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HairNerding Out

We met Steve Kim during the #SassoonSlumberParty a few months ago and he is truly a #HairNerd. Be on the lookout for his thoughts and adventures in education right here on The Hair Nerds! I once heard colorist, Lupe Voss, describe beauty school the best way possible. “Beauty School is like kindergarten where you go learn your ABC’S, your basic foundations.” After that you move on to other formats of education. Whether it be you go find a job assisting/apprenticing and getting education, or on your own journey and find education through your own means by ways of classes...

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