Author: Erin

PBA Disaster Relief Fund

In the last week, absolute devastation has hit my home state of Texas.  Hurricane Harvey has left a path of destruction in its way.  Immediately the thought is… Ok, how can we help?  It times like these it is easy to feel helpless. We want to encourage you to make a donation to the PBA Disaster Relief fund.  100% of the money goes to help #HairNerds just like you affected by natural disasters. Established in 1995 by the National Cosmetology Association, the Disaster Relief Fund assists salon professionals in rebuilding their lives; following the devastation of a natural disaster....

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Dry Shampoo Saves the Day

You are on a hairventure and your blowout is looking a bit limp… You should wake up extra early in the morning and wash, deep condition and blow those locks out. Instead you join your fellow Hair Nerds in the hotel lounge for late night cocktails and mild stalking of your favorite hairlebrities. 6 am rolls around and instead of jumping out of bed to start your extensive hair routine you hit snooze and decide you can live without winged eyeliner. When you finally drag yourself out from under those cozy blankets, a shower cap is the only way...

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Sebastian WNA 2018

Sebastian surfaced from a vision of beauty without boundaries. We follow our artistic ambition to new depths and surge past the status quo, creating new possibilities for self-expression. The annual Sebastian What’s Next Awards is your opportunity to shape the evolution of creative vision within and beyond our industry. Enter the National Competition for a chance to compete onstage with the fiercest talent in the styling industry, including Top Sebastian Artists. The What’s Next Awards are where innovation and ambition collide. Careers are made here. Art is defined here. Now, it’s your turn to capture What’s Next. KEY DATES...

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Stylists Love Bosley

August is National Hair Loss Awareness month, so we cornered Hair Nerd Bestie, Dev Rice, to chat about Bosley Professional. What we love about the company and products is that they are really for EVERYONE. Don’t be fooled these high powered products come from a team of hairdressers with HUGE hearts. Get in the know! Bosley Professional has a major base of celebrity hairdressers who love and use the products, but we are really loving your new “Stylists Love Bosley” feature.  Can you tell us a bit more about it? I’m glad you’re loving the campaign as much as...

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Enter or Mentor- Forever Fabio

As Sal Mauceri stepped on stage, you immediately knew it was coming… felt the lump in your throat grow and the tears begin to well up in your eyes. Months had led us to this point. Months of disbelief, conversations with friends about the good times, hours spent rereading the blogs he wrote for The Hair Nerds, a memorial just a few weeks before… and here we were now all together in a dark ballroom confronted by Fabio’s bright smile and laugh. Every time I sit down to write something, put these feelings into words somehow… it felt inadequate....

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Toni Wells the OG #BossBabe

We met Toni Wells years and years ago when we were just baby Nerds. She is the Queen Mum of Number 4 High Performance Haircare and pretty much knows and has worked with everybody. One of those unsung heroes that work so much magic behind the scenes that she has allowed many of us to be better stylists without us even knowing it. We wanted to take this #EmpowHERment Friday as an opportunity to introduce you to a woman who gets shit done and has taught us a ton!   We asked a few of our friends who have...

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Sebastian Professional’s WHAT’S NEXT AWARDS

The 2018 Sebastian Professional What’s Next Awards will begin accepting entries August 1st, 2017   Sebastian was born from a vision of beauty without boundaries. We think outside the lines of our craft, and follow our artistic ambition to the edge, creating new possibilities for self-expression through competition. The Annual What’s Next Awards is your chance to shape the next evolution of creative vision within and beyond our industry.   Sebastian Professional’s WHAT’S NEXT AWARDS (WNA) is the premiere hair styling competition for Student and Professional talent who dare to take their creativity to the next level. The What’s...

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It’s YOU, not ME

In a culture of  “ME, ME, ME”, headpats and instafame, we built a brand around everyone but us.  We are often told at events, ”I wasn’t sure that was you because you never post pictures of yourselves.” The reason is simple… The Hair Nerds isn’t about US… It is about YOU. This website was created to celebrate the hairdressers we admire, education we are obsessed with and share experiences from events.  We wanted a place that felt inclusive to all hairdressers… a place that students, master stylists and industry enthusiasts all felt welcomed to geek out over the amazingness...

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Matt Swinney- NAHA Edition

Matt Swinney is the Belle of the Ball this year… coming in as a finalist in 4 categories.  We caught up with him to discuss the planning that goes into NAHA, having an incredible team and creating magic.  Be sure and stalk Matt and his journey through this incredible competition. Instagram @mswinney2836 @evolutionmpls  ...

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Cosmoprof + Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship

Being Licensed To Create means different things to many; but at its core, it is a celebration of the artistic skill and limitless creativity of beauty professionals. CosmoProf loves to honor the hard work and inspirational talent that makes an incredible difference in the world, and this scholarship program is just one way for them to do so. The Beauty Changes Lives | CosmoProf | Licensed to Create Education Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for prospective and newer students enrolled in a cosmetology program to win a monetary award (TBD) to help offset the cost of tuition. CosmoProf is...

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Jennifer Parks – Beauty in the Background

Originally from? Kansas City How long have you been in professional beauty?  A LONG time! 25+ years What was your first job in professional beauty?  When I was 11, I swept hair and removed rollers from elderly ladies hair while they were sleeping under the dryer. The name of this salon was Powder Box Petite Beauty Shop. After college, when I was in  Cosmetology school, I started with Sebastian Intl. as one of the original Trucco MUA. What’s so great about professional beauty and why?  I started with Sebastian Intl. while still in Cosmetology school, went on to work...

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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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