Author: Annie

Janine Jarman – Where are they now

We thought it would be fun to take a look back at where it all started… and it started with The Hair Nerds interviewing some of the coolest people we knew. So many things can happen in 5 years and we wanted to play catch-up with the ones that helped us get things going. What have the last 5 years brought about for Hairroin Salon and Janine? So, in the last 5 years we have celebrated a 10 year Hairroin anniversary, I had a baby and am now pregnant with another one. We opened Hairroin NY in mid town...

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The Salon Chair Guys

We met The Salon Chair Guys at an event in San Diego, Ca and found their story to be one of authenticity and pure love of this industry on a level we never even thought about. How often to we buy salon chairs and don’t put 100% thought into “why that chair”, probably not too often. Hair Nerd Annie bought a chair from our friend Carleen Sanchez a few years back just because of the character and feel and stories behind it. These guys have taken those stories to a whole new level and we want all of you...

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Kaitlin Butler

Katie is one kick ass female taking over this industry. Don’t let her petite stature fool you, Katie is a force to be reckoned with. She has been creating haircutting videos and killer haircuts for years and is now shaping the young minds of future hairdressers at Bellus Academy in San Diego, Ca. If you haven’t heard of her before, keep your eye peeled cause she will be teaching and popping up everywhere this next year. If you’re lucky enough to be educated by her, let it all soak in because it will absolutely make you a better hairdresser....

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An open letter to the industry…

Dear Cosmo Students, newly licensed professionals and anyone who has ever in his or her life looked up to someone:    Your mentors WILL disappoint you. It’s inevitable.   I don’t say this to have you refrain from being mentored, looking up to someone or having those #HairHeros in your life, because lord knows I still have a few I keep in my back pocket. I say this to make sure you have a healthy outlook, not only on this industry, but also on life. Your mentors may not be just the people that teach you in school, or...

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Laura Kaszoni – @LaLa’sUpdo’s

You have a really interesting story about how you actually got into updo’s. Will you tell us about it? I came to the USA back in 2006 from Romania, with a small suitcase, a 1.5 years old daughter, $300 in my pocket… thinking I will with stay for 5 years, take my citizenship and go back home. The reason I came to the States was to make sure that my daughter has the opportunity to build a life in this country in the future. 5 years later I felt home here and never left. I got in the beauty industry...

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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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