Author: Erin

Stalkapalooza: ISSE Edition

The International Salon and Spa Expo presented by the Professional Beauty Association is one of our very favorite events each year and really kicks off “show season” for us.  Over the last 5 years, we have shared survival guides, packing guides, education lists… This year we wanted to put together something very simple for you because the very best parts of ISSE are often the connections you make not just the classes and sweet deals on products. This year we want to encourage Nerds to really get out there and stalk your favorite #hairlebrities.  The industry is evolving and...

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Why the Cosmoprof App is Awesome and You Need it

We are typically pretty skeptical of company launched apps because it always feels like just another way to hard-sell you things. So when Cosmoprof released their app on January 1, 2017 we were pleasantly surprised to find it chock-full of awesome features! Designed for the modern stylist, the CosmoProf App makes it possible to run your business in the palm of your hand. The app offers a mix of services such as credit card processing, managing your schedule & calendar, storing client history & information and the ability to sell retail to earn commission.   Clients You are able...

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Beacon 2017

WHAT IS BEACON? The Professional Beauty Association’s Beacon program is a renowned program designed to encourage and inspire beauty industry students to effectively prepare for successful careers. Consisting of two elements – a competition open to all qualifying students and a live, educational event in Las Vegas for top-scoring entrants – Beacon students gain the tools and confidence they need to jump-start their careers! By submitting an application to the Beacon competition, 100 winners and 200 honorable mentions will be chosen to attend PBA Beauty Week with specialized student education in Las Vegas, Nevada. ELIGIBILITY To compete, you must be a...

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Good Hair Day Club

We met Cyndi a few years ago at NAHA and connected with her immense passion for the industry.  As you all know it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, sometimes shit goes down at the salon and you have to walk away.  Support our friend’s journey to taking a stand and saying, “Today is the Day”.   Good Hair Day Club is a line of feel good goods that promote feeling good in the inside more than the outside. Every item has been designed and created with beauty in mind. I am a hairdresser from Austin TX, I have been...

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ARROJO Expose LA

As children of the 90’s we are ALLL about some Girl Power… (Spice Girls, anyone?) Anyways, when we heard the ARROJO crew was going to be in LA, it sounded like an early Christmas present to us!  We have been to our fair share of ARROJO events all over the country and this one promises to deliver the education + good times we have come to expect! Exposé is an evening of inspiration with Nick Arrojo and the ARROJO Artistic Team. Featuring the Trend ’17 Presentation, it’s a special opportunity to see new styles, trends and techniques in scissor, razor,...

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Brig Van Osten + Donald Robertson Contests

If you have ever met Brig Van Osten, you know she is an extremely creative being… so when she realized her FAVORITE artist had an installation going up at the Westfield Mall in Century City, the obvious choice was hold a guerrilla fashion shoot and pay homage.   Donald Robertson is helping bring awareness to breast cancer with a limited edition sweatshirt featuring his drawings that sells for $40 at Bloomingdales ($15 of which are donated). So Brig decided to run 2 awesome competitions to help raise awareness about this project. Find details below! Instagram Drawing ENTER TO WIN 4...

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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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