Author: Erin

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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Beauty Pitch

Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada 7:30am Breakfast  |  8:00am Program New to the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Beauty Week, hosted by Cosmoprof North America, the Beauty Pitch is the ultimate brand presentation for every beauty entrepreneur. Five finalists will have the opportunity to present their company to a panel representing savvy entrepreneurs, industry experts and private investors at the Beauty Pitch held during PBA Beauty Week. Beauty Pitch will be held during the PBA Business Forum on Sunday, July 12 at 7:30am in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom. Breakfast will be...

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Andis Clipper Contest

Elevate Your Career Win a chance to become an Andis platform artist and educator. 3 Finalists will be flown to Orlando for the Premier Beauty Show (May 30–June 1, 2015) where the winner will be introduced on the Andis stage. Learn From The Pros Stay in first-class accommodations while you spend a day and a half shadowing Andis educators, participating in classes and learning about clipping tools. Spend an evening talking with seasoned professionals who can share tips on everything from drawing and holding a crowd, to promoting your business and your career. Talk to industry-leading social media representatives...

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DKoye Does Drag Race

When you become the image of your own imagination it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do. -RuPaul   That’s what our friend, Daniel Koye, has done for himself. He has created a brand from the ground up, covered it in rhinestones and made sure to be true to himself during the process. Having roots deep in the Drag community, he knew RuPaul’s Drag Race was something he wanted to be a part of on a different level than as a performer, but as a Sponsor. We love his brand, DKoye, and can’t wait for the world to...

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Fashion Week First Timer

We harassed Charlie Price about the New York Fashion Week Workshop he was holding at ISSE and then of course attended his Fashion Week webinar on the Pro Beauty Associations website. Imagine our surprise when we found out a former Bellus Cosmo Baby was attending!! After stalking Justine Werline on Instagram, she agreed to give us the skinny on what a Charlie Price Fashion Week looked like.   What made you seek out this special opportunity with Charlie? Charlie posted a photo of Mercedes Benz Fashion week on his Instagram asking that if stylists wanted to participate to send...

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ISSE: A New Nerd Perspective

We met Steve Kim during the #SassoonSlumberParty when we toured the Santa Monica Sassoon Academy with 10 cosmo babies from Taylor Andrews Academy. He was finishing up his 6 week comprehensive course and we could tell immediately this Hair Nerd was into serious education. Fast forward a few months and we met up with Steve at ISSE to find out what his experience was like as someone who graduated school a year ago. This is his story…   The city by the water (Long Beach) hosted what I consider as the true “freaks come out at night” bunch! Hairdressers...

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Larry Curtis: Incredible Salon Success

Larry Curtis is the founder of one of the nation’s most prestigious cosmetology schools, Taylor Andrews, which has received six North American Hairstyling Award nominations, former owner of one of America’s 200 Hottest Salons, business consultant and renowned speaker. Larry’s salons have been featured in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Modern Salon and American Salon Magazines. Larry’s passion for guiding students and stylists to success has led to the “Incredible Salon Success” series of CD’s and Book which have earned industry praise. You know when you meet really good people in the industry and know you want to hold them...

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