Author: Annie

Dre Demry-Sanders

Tell us your life story in 2 sentences. My life is the life of a drunken toddle. I fall a lot, but I always get up smiling!   Why do you feel competitions help the industry? It provides as platform to be creative. Working behind the chair can get repetitive. Competition pushes limits, gives you space to be inspired while inspiring others. There’s also no better feeling than being recognized by you mentor, peers, and those you look up to the most.       How does your salon foster a culture of education and competition? My salon, the...

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Sarah Johnson

Who is your favorite Mascolo and why? Asking me to choose my favorite Mascolo is like asking someone what their favorite type of music is. Nearly impossible to answer. Having the pleasure of meeting Anthony, Bruno as well as Zak, I could honestly say I favor each of them for different reasons. I admire Anthony’s creative mind. Watching him work is like watching someone conduct a symphony. Bruno has the type of business mindset I have always admired. He is the definition of perseverance (don’t get me wrong-artistic talent is embedded into each minuscule cell that makes up this...

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Gina Watkins

Gina is an example of what hard work and chasing a good challenge looks like. She see’s what she wants and goes after it. After meeting Gina at an event in San Diego, we knew we had to find out more. Do you remember your first day of beauty school? What was going through your head? I do remember my first day, I was no happy camper. To be 100% honest at the time I did not want to do hair, my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted to become a makeup artist and be certified in New York. My...

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Whitney Vermeer

Whitney Vermeer is one cool cat. We wanted to catch up with her and get to know her a little more after her amazing entry into the 2016 NAHA’s. She has her hands in so many pots in the industry and we think you need to get to know too. She has proven that with a little determination and a lot of passion for what she does, BIG things can happen. Describe a day in the life of Whitney… My day begins with waking up to kisses from Toby in his jammies. We do our morning yoga together and...

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Zach Kilian

Zach  is literally a creative wig MASTER! We are in love with everything that he creates and will eventually accidentally leave LA with one in our car. If you are a RuPaul’s Drag Race fan, you may have recently seen All Stars Season 2 winner, Alaska, sporting one of his creations. Get out your rain jackets, kids, Zach is defiantly making a splash. What inspired you to enter the beauty industry? Was it a path you always saw yourself taking? I’ve always been fascinated by hair, I used to try to recreate the blowouts that my mom would have done...

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Brenda Amaral

 Brenda Amaral is a salon owner, VP of Education for Coastline Enterprise, Co-Founder of KoLAB education, and an evaluator for the American Board of Certified Haircolorists. Brenda has a passion, love, and endless energy for the hair industry and the people that work in it. She has experienced almost every aspect of it from being a receptionist, platform artist, as well as manufacturing. Her goal in life is to share her information and help as many stylists as she can to make more money and have a blast while doing it! Tell us all about Coastline Enterprise and the...

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Helping out homeless pets at the holidays

Hey Los Angeles peeps!! Keep your eye out all over LA to help out our furry friends during the holidays! Straight Pin Studio and Straight UP workshops are placing donation boxes in salons in the L.A/OC areas to collect needed items for homeless pets. Things like blankets, food, toys, formula, paper food trays, litter boxes, etc… The donation bins will be placed in salons now through January 2nd. Straight Pin Studios will be picking up the donations and taking them to local shelters and...

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Be more like Bob Ross

Kindness is becoming more of a everyday idea people are trying to spread (it’s about time!!). Do we need more kindness in the world? Hell Yes! Hair Nerds stand for kindness and overall acceptance of everyone in the industry. We are cheerleaders and supporters of all avenues of this path and we think that everyone could be a little more like Bob Ross.     Save a quote and use it when you need it!     Spread a little sunshine around!     Support your fellow stylist with words of encouragement!     Save these and use them...

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Hair Nerd Annie’s #FBF

#FBF is such a great way to remember the good times, the silly and the lessons learned. I have been SO lucky to have so many exciting firsts in my hair journey and even luckier that I can scroll through my camera roll on my phone and re-experiece them all over again. Every time I look through the old pics and videos it makes me realize how much I love this industry I call home and how many incredible people I’ve met along the way.   My very first color foundations class after graduating beauty school in 2103. (My first...

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A “toner”

A “Toner” [toh-ner] When you love a finished outcome of a hair makeover so much (your own or someone else) that you feel overwhelming love and excitement.   Did you see that redhead magic i just created?! It kinda gave me a toner.   This silly #NerdWord couldn’t have been conceived without the humor of OG Hair Nerd...

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Cena Jordan

North American Trend Vision Awards is at the heart and soul of what we live for… Every year we wait to see the Top 25 semi-finalists and then the finalists leading their models down the runway.  We can’t help but get excited as we think back to our very first NATVA and how it helped shape our futures.     Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? Gosh, as long as I could remember I wanted to do hair. I think I really knew I for sure needed to be...

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Erica Campos

North American Trend Vision Awards is at the heart and soul of what we live for… Every year we wait to see the Top 25 semi-finalists and then the finalists leading their models down the runway.  We can’t help but get excited as we think back to our very first NATVA and how it helped shape our futures.     Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? When I would get a haircut, I’d sit in the chair and be so mesmerized by the person cutting my hair and I...

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Violet Campbell

North American Trend Vision Awards is at the heart and soul of what we live for… Every year we wait to see the Top 25 semi-finalists and then the finalists leading their models down the runway.  We can’t help but get excited as we think back to our very first NATVA and how it helped shape our futures.     Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? I always had a love for beauty industry. I would braid hair for my friends and family. The moment I knew I wanted...

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Laramie Bartgis

Competing in competitions is incredible experience for students… We think all students should take the leap! North American Trend Vision Awards is at the heart and soul of what we live for… Every year we wait to see the Top 25 semi-finalists and then the finalists leading their models down the runway.  We can’t help but get excited as we think back to our very first NATVA and how it helped shape our futures.   Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? When I was younger, I would butcher my...

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8 #HairBabies we totally want to be for a day

Hair babies seriously have the best lives ever. We would love to trade places for a day with any of these lucky kids to experience what its like having full time access to some of the best hairdressers in our industry. Here are a few of the little ones from the big ones we love to stalk on Instagram   Little Henry gets to be a jet setter with mom, Sally Rogerson. We have a passport and are ready to travel!     David and Alexis of Butterfly Loft Salon in Southern California love taking their kiddos out to the...

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Alice Sadoyan

North American Trend Vision Awards is at the heart and soul of what we live for… Every year we wait to see the Top 25 semi-finalists and then the finalists leading their models down the runway.  We can’t help but get excited as we think back to our very first NATVA and how it helped shape our futures.   Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? I realized that my job was making me really unhappy, and how much I admired hairstylists’ artistic and creative freedom. At that point, I...

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Tiffany Baker

Competing in competitions is incredible experience for students… We think all students should take the leap! North American Trend Vision Awards is at the heart and soul of what we live for… Every year we wait to see the Top 25 semi-finalists and then the finalists leading their models down the runway.  We can’t help but get excited as we think back to our very first NATVA and how it helped shape our futures.     Tell us about the moment you knew that one day you would be a hair stylist? I knew I wanted to be a...

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Edward Woody

Since its humble beginnings in 1989, NAHA finalists and industry elite have brought this iconic photographic beauty competition to new heights year after year. NAHA continues to recognize the beauty industry’s most talented artists and advance the careers of stylists around the world. 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.     What one word describes how you felt when you wrapped your NAHA shoot? submerged   What advice would you give to someone wanting to enter competitions? Don’t...

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Alain Pereque

Since its humble beginnings in 1989, NAHA finalists and industry elite have brought this iconic photographic beauty competition to new heights year after year. NAHA continues to recognize the beauty industry’s most talented artists and advance the careers of stylists around the world. 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.       What one word describes how you felt when you wrapped your NAHA shoot? Fulfilled!   How does competing help you as an artist? By competing. It gave...

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Alann Sluser

Since its humble beginnings in 1989, NAHA finalists and industry elite have brought this iconic photographic beauty competition to new heights year after year. NAHA continues to recognize the beauty industry’s most talented artists and advance the careers of stylists around the world. 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.     What one word describes how you felt when you hit submit on your entry? Scared!   How does competing help you as an artist? It really allows...

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