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Dallan Flint

We met Dallan at ISSE five years ago when he was with Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair in Salt Lake City, UT. Fast forward several years and dozens of achievements later, we got to hang with Dallan and the Boeau-Belle Salon team while they mentored a student through her very first collection and shot their own NAHA entries. We loved that the owners of Boeau-Belle trusted Dallan’s vision enough they sponsored a student entry from the Aveda Institute of Dallas. The entire experience was very #HairNerd. Tell Us about the BAHA concept? Originally TAHA, when I was an educator...

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ISSE EDU Preview

Each year we share the education we are planning on attending at International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, CA.  So here it is kids… Don’t get left out in the cold and miss the year’s best classes!  That isn’t very #HairNerd!! (ticket info below) Ted Gibson Celebrity Stylist and TV Personality Sunday 11:00am – 11:45am Ted Gibson is one of the most sought-after editorial, runway and celebrity hair stylists in the business. He was also the resident hair guru on TLC’s “What Not to Wear”. His work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle,...

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State of the Union

We traveled to Bellus Academy recently and asked the brilliantly, talented Daniel Koye to come along and show the students some Broadway Magic with his wigs.. what we didn’t expect were the flurry of questions about unions.. So we called upon Daniel to shed some light on the mysterious world of union gigs and just how exactly one gets into the union. What is a union and what can they do for me? A union is for benefits and a pension fund.  The IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees) has a contract with all major Film,...

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Cole Thompson at Taylor Andrews

We had our school… We had our artist…  We had a date… We were Nerds with a plan…  Help earn tons o’ cash for The Thirst Project and in the process play Hair Nerd with an awesome group of #CosmoBabies.  What started as just sending Cole to Taylor Andrews turned into a Cole Thompson, Wayne Woodruff, Eden Sassoon, Seth Maxwell and The Nerds {Slumber Party}…. It was 10pm when the flights arrived in Utah and this group was famished.  By 11pm we were at a local diner across the street from our hotel consuming roughly 5,000 calories….  #HairNerdsAfterDark   Not...

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Thirst Educational Tour

    Water… vital to our industry; necessary for our existence… Yet close to 1 billion people don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water.  In July,  we popped into Beacon where Eden spoke to the winners about her journey in the beauty industry and The Thirst Project.  As they broke for lunch,  the students crowded around her to chat and take pictures.  The connection was immediate and we knew instantly that Eden loved Cosmo Babies just as much as we did!     As we gathered around Seth and Eden with our friends, The Hair Nerd’s mission...

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Monica Turingia

The Cosmoprof Fashion Frenzy Finalists will be traveling to the 2014 Intercoiffure Fall Atelier at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 19th and 20th where they will compete LIVE for the Grand Prize. Working directly with mentor Luis Alvarez of Aquage®, they will also participate in a photo session with NAHA award-winning photographer BABAK.[/box] Monica Turingia Gina’s College of Advanced Aesthetics and Hair Design, Waterloo,Ontario   What inspired you to enter the beauty industry? Going way back, I spent a lot of time growing up with my grandma who was a stylist in the 50`s and...

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Danielle Harris

The Cosmoprof Fashion Frenzy Finalists will be traveling to the 2014 Intercoiffure Fall Atelier at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 19th and 20th where they will compete LIVE for the Grand Prize. Working directly with mentor Luis Alvarez of Aquage®, they will also participate in a photo session with NAHA award-winning photographer BABAK. Danielle Harris Miller Motte Technical College, Clarksville, TN What inspired you to enter the beauty industry? I’ve had a passion for beauty ever sense I sat in a salon chair and received my first highlight at 12 years old. I was so fascinated...

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Safiya Aboaen

The Cosmoprof Fashion Frenzy Finalists will be traveling to the 2014 Intercoiffure Fall Atelier at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 19th and 20th where they will compete LIVE for the Grand Prize. Working directly with mentor Luis Alvarez of Aquage®, they will also participate in a photo session with NAHA award-winning photographer BABAK. Safiya Aboaen Renaissance eZone Academy, St. Catharines, Ontario   What inspired you to enter the beauty industry? Growing up I always was into the latest trends and fashion. I had a passion for art and beautiful things. I loved before and after...

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Jessica DeAngelo

The Cosmoprof Fashion Frenzy Finalists will be traveling to the 2014 Intercoiffure Fall Atelier at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 19th and 20th where they will compete LIVE for the Grand Prize. Working directly with mentor Luis Alvarez of Aquage®, they will also participate in a photo session with NAHA award-winning photographer BABAK.     Jessica DeAngelo Casal Aveda Institute, Austintown,OH   What inspired you to enter the beauty industry? When I first attempted to leave my parent’s home in search of a higher education and a career, I attended Ohio State University with the...

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Jennifer Lawrence

The Cosmoprof Fashion Frenzy Finalists will be traveling to the 2014 Intercoiffure Fall Atelier at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 19th and 20th where they will compete LIVE for the Grand Prize. Working directly with mentor Luis Alvarez of Aquage®, they will also participate in a photo session with NAHA award-winning photographer BABAK.   Jennifer Lawrence Regency Beauty Institute, Merrillville, Indiana   What inspired you to enter the beauty industry? I graduated high school and checked out a local cosmetology school, but at the time, I took others opinions into consideration rather than putting myself first....

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April Nagle

The Cosmoprof Fashion Frenzy Finalists will be traveling to the 2014 Intercoiffure Fall Atelier at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on October 19th and 20th where they will compete LIVE for the Grand Prize. Working directly with mentor Luis Alvarez of Aquage®, they will also participate in a photo session with NAHA award-winning photographer BABAK. April Nagle Casal Aveda Institute, Austintown, OH What inspired you to enter the beauty industry? For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the beauty industry. I would spend all of the money I earned on clothing, or browsing...

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#HBShootOut

  Contest Starts 10/1/14  Ends 10/7/14 That is ONE WEEK kids so get your ass in gear!   PRIZES Grand Prize Winner – Sassoon Master Class, held on 11/9/2014 Santa Monica CA and $600 Travel Voucher to help get you to LA. You will have exclusive BTS access to the model prep, with Mark Hayes, Traci Sakosits, Richie Rivera and the rest of the Sassoon Academy Team (Chosen by SASSOON Creative Directors) 2nd Place –  SASSOON Collection DVD Bundle featuring the 5 most recent collections (The Post With The Most Likes) Hairbrained will share all the entries here and...

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American Crew All Stars Challenge

American Crew is accepting submissions for the 2014-2015 All-Star Challenge, the annual global competition to recognize the best men’s hairstylist in the world. The All-Star Challenge celebrates stylists from around the world, and challenges them to create styles that are modern, expressive and embody the vision of the true American Crew man. Think you have what it takes to win the ultimate, global men’s styling competition? Enter the American Crew All-Star Challenge for the chance to find out. Entries are free and open now through December 7, 2014. You’ll go head-to-head with the country’s top stylists to create a cutting-edge look that...

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SEBASTIAN STUDENT TRIBE

Do you bleed BLACK?  Sebastian Pro is offering a pretty cool opportunity to a group of lucky students.  Entering is easy… All the details are below! Ready to represent your school as part of the Sebastian Student Tribe? The What’s Next Awards are no small feat. The competition is fierce and the artistry is out of this world. Looking for guidance and mentorship along the way? Become a Student Tribe member and join the force behind the need-to-know and the need to be fearless. STUDENT TRIBE MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE If selected, you will receive exclusive access to Google Hangout...

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Social Beauty Live- Stalker Edition

In less than two weeks you could be stalking the streets of Austin, Texas in attendance of Social Beauty Live at the World’s Fair Show on September 7, 2014. You will leave this night empowered, with more clarity and confidence around engaging on the social web, growing your relationships and business in the process.   If we could just click our heels 3 times and magically appear… you bet your bouffant we would. (Umm, Hellllllooo… everything is bigger in Texas)  There isn’t much we wouldn’t do to learn from Nina Kovner, co-founder of PassionSquared.  This has included:   Taking...

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NAHA- Red Carpet Edition

NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America. Our Red Carpet Contributor, John McCormick,  stalked the finalists at this year’s North American Hairstyling Awards on July 13, 2014.  While we were afraid he might steal the shoes right off of a few people and he had a Lupe Voss meltdown,  we are pretty proud of how well he kept it together.  ...

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Beauty Changes Lives- Vidal Sassoon Scholarship Competition (Professionals)

We have seen this scholarship program quite literally change people’s lives.  Joy LaMay shared her experience with this competition and you know we are HUGE believers in competing to grow.  It is our philosophy that there are few things better for your career than advanced education and competitions.   Beauty Changes Lives has been helping Hair Nerds realize their dreams of learning at the Sassoon Academy. This scholarship provides an opportunity to US and Canada licensed cosmetologists seeking advanced education to enhance their career.  The program will award 10  winners with enrollment into a 5 day advanced education course at...

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5 Signs You are Having the Best PBA Beauty Week Ever…

The first person you see upon entering Mandalay Bay is Mark Cuban giving a keynote address…     We were already excited to see Mark Cuban because he is an investor in our pal Megan Gage’s company, Hot Tot Haircare (if your Hair Babies aren’t using Hot Tot they are missing out).  Then he turned out to be the coolest most amazing guy, ever.  We were taking down notes so furiously it is amazing our iPhones didn’t explode.    Not to worry Nerds… we will share all of Mark’s wisdom with you!     You accidentally happen upon Number...

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The Thirst Project

The thing that is most striking about Eden Sassoon isn’t the fact that she is gorgeous or a killer business woman or even that she is the daughter of the legendary beauty icon, Vidal Sassoon… although all those statements are true. What is so incredible about Eden is her intense drive to give back to not only the beauty industry but the world.  Her heart is enormous and full of love for all humans.   50 years ago, Eden’s father revolutionized the beauty industry by creating a new standard for hair care in the 1960’s. His goal was to...

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Steven Robertson

Steven Robertson is a prolific and gifted hairdresser who has worked with Lunatic Fringe for 7 years. He is the go-to talent for bridal and long hair dressing which has lead him to a finalist for the NAHA 2014 Hairstylist of the Year award. As past Co-Creative Director of the salon’s artistic team for 5 years, his work has largely contributed to the success of the team over the past few years; including the 2012 and 2013 NAHA Salon Team winner for Lunatic Fringe Salons. Robertson is a graduate of The Paul Mitchell School, Salt Lake City and a...

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