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Creating Salon Culture – Kellie Johnson

Salon culture isn’t something that “just happens”, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication not only from the Owners, but something that is created as a team. Kellie Johnson, Owner of Elan Hair Studio has created something very unique in her New Jersey based salon, and we wanted to share it with the rest of the world. We were able to spend a few days with her and her staff and wanted to find out what it was, from their point of veiw, that made it such a wonderful place to call home.     How would you...

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Meet Molly Gower – Student Contributor

About the Author Molly is a Utah native living in Salt Lake City. A #Cosmobaby who fell in love with the Beauty Industry and in her spare time she likes to travel and date her Husband.   I am a Utah native living in Salt Lake City. I’ve attended college and worked for a well-known Hospital for the last 5 years. I love it there, but my childhood dream of becoming an RN is no longer for me. I spent hours of internet-searching new career paths when my husband said, “You don’t always have to be so professional education oriented....

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I left my heart in NYC

New York City has always been that place that feels like home as soon as you step out on the street and look up at the beautiful concret jungle that surrounds you. The energy of the city fills your body and soul, the buildings are like old friends and and the subway.. well, thats kinda like the creepy uncle that you have to love cause you’re related. We never pass on an opportunity to visit, even if it means maxing out credit cards to do so… and tears rush over us every single time the plane takes off and...

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The Struggle is Real

  I made this quote exactly one year ago today (September 12th) not realizing the impact it would have on my own life. Not everyone is going to support you. Not everyone is going to believe in you. Not everyone is going to understand. You have to fight for your dreams and it can come at a cost and it’s only you that can decide if it’s worth it. The struggle is VERY real, but so are my dreams. Today was an incredible reminder from this beautiful industry I literally fought to be a part of (not physicaally). My...

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9 Practices for Success in the Salon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kim Creekmore – After Leaving a successful commission salon to booth rent, I knew that I had to implement structured business practices in order to be successful. My commitment is to share what have learned and how I have adapted them over the years so you can also be successful in business. Visit HairLoveDesign to learn more about Kim and her San Diego based salon.   Does your daily routine inspire you or leave you asking where the day went? Being mindful of your time and creating a routine for can allow you time for yourself, create...

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Tab Salsman

Tab has quickly become one of our favorite people and solely due to the fact that he is so kind and willing to share and support everyone in this wonderful industry. We love when we find like-minded people and hang on tightly to them. He isn’t just an incredible hairdresser with an awesome story, but a husband, father and business owner of Tools and Bags.    Describe a day in the life of Tab… Well, my day starts off with me hitting snooze for the first time at 4:50 am… and quite a few more times after that. After...

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Nerdstalking with Brooke Evens

There are so many reason we love Brooke; her down to earth personality, her realistic view on the world and how humble she is… to name a few. She has an incredible outlook on what balance looks like and we are going to attempt to take a page out of her...

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Amy Freudenberg – Where are they now

What have the last 5 years brought about for Amy? I can’t believe it’s been 5 years, I had a great time traveling all over, meeting Stylist and sharing my passion and Hairstyling experience but 2016 was a very low point in my life, I lost so much, marriage, friends! I really didn’t think I was going to survive! I was nominated for NAHA in 2016 which was hard because I had so many personal problems happening I didn’t get to fully enjoy it or think I deserved it!     We asked you before; What has been the...

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Steven Robertson – Where are they now

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. Today he continues to work tirelessly and passionately full time behind-the-chair while creating collections for NAHA and national publications and maintaining commercial accounts. His distinctive editorial work has been featured at...

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Nerdstalking with Kat Trotter-Viterbo

We first met Kat at a Seven Haircare event in Los Angeles, CA and had that moment of “did we just become besties?!” She’s a true Hair Nerd at heart and has worked towards her goals since day one. If you’re thinking about following a similar path into the editorial world, make sure to put Kat on your list on mentors to reach out to. Instagram @Katt.likemeow...

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3 Signs It’s Time to Raise Your Prices

About the Author Kim Creekmore – After Leaving a successful commission salon to booth rent, I knew that I had to implement structured business practices in order to be successful. My commitment is to share what have learned and how I have adapted them over the years so you can also be successful in business. Visit HairLoveDesign to learn more about Kim and her San Diego based salon.     #1 You Haven’t Had a Price Increase in Years   Price Increases should be made on an annual basis. I’m not taking about that $10 to $20 price increase that...

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Jessica Zeinstra

Jessica Zeinstra has devoted her entire professional career to the craft of men’s grooming and the art of classic barbering. She has worked with several high profile artists and companies developing curriculum for men’s haircutting programs and teaching advanced education classes across the globe. She is an animal lover, known rambler, coffee addict, can usually be found at a Pure Barre studio when she has free time (but who has that?!) and speaks fluent sarcasm. Jessica also hates long walks on the beach and is terrified of deep water. Her work can be found in Modern Salon, American Salon,...

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Meet our newest contributor – Kim Creekmore

About the Author Kim Creekmore – After Leaving a successful commission salon to booth rent, I knew that I had to implement structured business practices in order to be successful. My commitment is to share what have learned and how I have adapted them over the years so you can also be successful in business. Visit HairLoveDesign to learn more about Kim and her San Diego based salon.   Hi Hairnerds! I’m so grateful to be given this opportunity to share with you some of the things I have learned in my 12 years doing hair. But most importantly I’m...

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Dilek Onur-Taylor – NAHA Edition

After Dilek’s incredible NAHA collections last year, we couldn’t imagine how she was going to outdo herself this year… but she blew us away again. Watch how she created her pieces from start to finish and meet the amazing team she’s surrounded herself with.   Instagram...

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Rodrick Samuels – NAHA Edition

Rodrick took the Men’s Hairdresser of the Year category to new heights this year and a leap of faith with creativity. Thinking outside the box is what this man is great at! Find out more in his NAHA Edition takeover. Instagram...

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Heath Bryant-Huppert – NAHA Edition

Heath is no stranger to the world of NAHA. With 3 nominations under his belt and 2 wins, Heath is on the road to NAHA success. Hear about his newest nomination and how he put together this incredible collection. Instagram...

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