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I’ve Graduated Cosmo School… Now What?

About the Author – Lisa Houser Being born in raised in NY, I developed a love for being artistic and wanted to seek out cosmetology. After receiving my cosmetology education and license, I began working in one of the top salons in Long Island. I started out in the industry doing nails and found that I loved using my artistic abilities while serving people. Throughout my 31 year career, I have continued my love for being artistic through continuing my education, recently attended Aquage Master Academy and trained to become a Scruples hair care educator. I specialize in hair coloring...

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Adventures of a #Cosmobaby

About the Author Molly is a Utah native living in Salt Lake City. A #cosmobaby  who fell in love with the Beauty Industry. In her spare time she likes to Travel and date her Husband. Dear fellow Hair Nerds, As a Cosmetology Student or #cosmobaby, I wanted to write about a few of my sappy hopes and dreams. But not the real BIG dreams, where I own a salon in NYC, win NAHA, give Sam Villa a hair cut and casually have breakfast with Aubrey Loots… I want to start with my little dreams, my initial thoughts as I attended...

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Thom Costello

Who is Thom Costello? Wow. I suppose I’m a work in progress.   Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? I knew at a pretty young age. My mom was a hairstylist and salon owner and I grew up in and around the industry. I was always drawn to the creativity and freedom of it all. As a teen I started playing in bands and 99.9999% of all my friends are in bands and I always thought if my band ever made it I could do hair when I wasn’t...

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Matt Scott

Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? The moment I knew I wanted to be a hair stylist came when I was sitting in Roddy Colòn’s (@RTGTMIAMI) barbershop, watching him, and Henry Lopez (@Henlo_) work. Figured I always had some sort of eye for aesthetic since I was a kid, as I was attracted to video games with better graphics than better gameplay. It’s funny, I never really thought much about doing hair, really… and I always wondered how barbers actually made money, as my ignorance was fueled by a...

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7 Tips for Client Retention

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.     Make Your Client Feel Comfortable Have you ever walked into a salon only to have everyone turn to look at you, decide you’re not their client, then turn away? Yeah,...

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5 things We learned at the L’Oreal Professional Academy NYC

    Team-work makes the dream-work Have you taken a class and theres multiple instructors and they just don’t vibe? It throws off your learning curve altogether and you leave feeling like you just wasted all your money. Well… Watching Chelsea James and Tab Salsman co-teach a class together was pure magic. Their teaching styles are very different.. but thats how you get ying and yang. 6 total haircuts in a 2 day hands on intensive foundational cutting class was more like watching a well choreographed dance production. Trading off haircuts, adding in extra info to each others step-by-steps and...

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Hairstory – Candy Shaw

About the Author Candy Shaw literally grew up in the beauty business as the daughter of former world-champion competition-hairdresser Jamison Shaw. Trained in Paris, Candy’s been a French Cutter and Balayage Highlighter her entire life. The world’s foremost authority on balayage education, Candy teaches a fast, efficient, no-nonsense method of hair painting. Candy runs three companies.  Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, a fifty-year-young, third-generation, salon in Atlanta, where she personally sees up to thirty-five guests each day.  An Academy specializing in balayage education. And SUNLIGHTS Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education, including THE BALAY...

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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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