Author: Carrie

Carrera Bailey

  What do you consider your most memorable accomplishment of your career? So many opportunities have molded me into the person I am today, it’s hard to think of just one moment.  The first would be completing my color apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon. A foundation that I am truly proud of and extremely thankful for.  More recent moments would be becoming a Wella Top stylist, becoming a Wella master color expert  and placing in Trend Vision the last two years. As the Bellus Academy’s Director of Color you must train the trainer. How do you keep your educators excited about continuing...

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Nancy Braun

  Whenever the word “Balayage” is uttered out of hairdressers mouth, Nancy Braun is the obvious standard we all would like to hold ourselves to… I mean, you don’t just get a name like “The Queen of Balyage” for standing in the corner. Her passion for her craft stems from a day of training, blossoming inspiration and spiraling into a career of paying it forward to stylists globally with the motivive of being sure they walk away doing it right. So when John McCormick and I got the 411 on her Monday atinerary, we may have staked out her...

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Shear Drop

Shear Drop adj. [ˈshir dräp]   That feeling you get standing behind the chair, stepping back and drinking in the sweet juices of the most amazing graduated bob you’ve ever done. Boom…. Shear Drop “Damn Becky, did you just see that graduated bob I just annihilated? Shear Drop Bitches”...

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NerdStalking Etiquette

The Hair Nerds are known for our savy stalking strategies.  First, we become infatuated by a Super-Hair-O’s astounding skills and we quickly find ourselves scouring the internet, along with frequent FB stalkings to properly creep on these unsuspecting souls. And yet – STILL have not been slapped with a restraining order! HA! I mean, how else could we be at the industry’s top notch hair events and #HairVenture on the regular without us being a bit of obsessionists. I’m sure as you are reading this, you are thinking, “These girls are f-ing insane” and… as I write this, I...

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Sassoon – Dandies Collection

  Master Class with Mark Hayes With hair show season not quite here, it is easy for a true #HairNerd to get a little down in the dumps as the #HairFamily withdrawals start. We were definitely there… We needed to get our groove back or we were not going to make it until ISSE Long Beach. Thankfully, the Sassoon Academy was holding a Master Cutting and Coloring class to present the Dandies Collection. We tricked them into inviting us to see all the backstage prep for the kickoff presentation with International Creative Director, Mark Hayes, North American Creative Director,...

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We Heart #CosmoStudents

It is no secret The Hair Nerds have a bit of a soft spot for cosmetology students.  Erin and I, both work on the education side of the industry 9-5 and we will most likely never kick this feeling. What’s not to love… students are often found trying something new with that “balls to the wall” excitement most of us forgot we once had.  They crave any and all knowledge an educator is willing to give them and are making plans to conquer the hair world. (at least the eagles do… haha) This dose of daily sunshine  reminds us...

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Bellus Academy

Bellus Academy is nationally recognized as one of the leading innovators in beauty and wellness education. Their instructional team provides students with one of the finest technical educations available in the nation. Bellus features The S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting System, developed by Artistic Director Diego Raviglione and Master Educator Nick Berardi, is designed to give the best foundation in the art of percision haircutting. S.T.A.R. haircutting system is designed to evolve as the student’s technical skills and creativity become stronger, building the confidence and knowledge these cosmo cuties need to find success in our industry.  Bellus Academy has four locations in Poway,...

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Undercover Hair Nerds – Richelle Evans Connect 2013 Experience

We first met the amazing Richelle Evans at the Wella LA Studios while taking the Sebastian “Infinite Possibilities” editorial class… And have been stalking her ever since! A graduate from Sassoon, with a heart of gold, she stepped away from her Beverly Hills salon chair to volunteer in helping rebuild the salons and spas that were tragically destroyed by the hurricane. Upon her return she became a platform artists for The Hair Doc Company then landing her position as an Educator at the Wella Studio LA and has been molding stylists minds ever since! Richelle was kind enough to...

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Trendvision 2013 – Awards

  Once upon a time, at a hair show far, far away you would find two #HairNerds who loved to travel from show to show and class to class…never sharing their #HairVenture shenanigans with the world. Then one day at TrendVision 2011, the adventure seemed to top others of the past… turning our experience into a must read for all of our Hair Nerd friends. We built a site, continued to travel to any event we could and most importantly shared our love for the amazing artists in the industry we are so passionate about! Two years later, we...

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Loving TJ Pintacura

  We met TJ Pintacura  at Steve Elias’s class “From Behind the Chair to Behind the Lens”. Instantly we were intrigued by his story. TJ traveled to Hong Kong to focus on his marketing career, as a marketing executive, somehow finding his true passion in beauty. His ideas of what beauty truly is and why it is so important speaks to all of us, making him a for sure one to watch! ~ The Hair Nerds  My passion for hair and beauty comes from the many transformations in the beauty industry. Since a young child I have always been...

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NAHA 2013 – Get Together Party

If you aren’t really sure where to begin your Hairventuring, NAHA is a great place to start. Since it is a Professional Beauty Association Event, you have the opportunity to have multiple brand families at your smart phones reach for a weekend full of networking and stalking. All of your favorite artists in the beautiful Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas are wondering around ready for a #HairNerd pounce… But keep it classy! Along with being at an arms length of a resraining order during your stay, NAHA can also serve as a means to celebrate your fellow hair...

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Stalker Tales – Michelle Patton

Often, we are asked… “What is the best thing about being a #HairNerd?”  Obviously, the list goes on and on… But I can honestly say, getting to chat with so many hair obsessed stylists makes our world go round. This daily dose of passion and excitement is the motivation that keeps us doing what we do. When we got to know one of these stylist named Michelle Patton, and heard her obsessive tale, we knew she and the gorgeous Jules Togini needed to be shared. When Michelle Patton isn’t writing about surfing the web, she spends her daily as an Artistic Educator...

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Oribe Backstage “La Fama” – Day 3

If you have ever been lucky enough to attend an Oribe Backstage show, you know that this event is more than just a onstage presentation and a few classes. It is an experience and a refresher that not only gives you a ton of inspiration but a feeling of unity and pride. The second you touch down, your magical Hair-Venture begins and doesn’t end until you board the flight home. Oribe holds a very special place in my heart since Backstage Las Vegas was my very first hair show event.  I remember the impact it had on me, and being...

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Oribe Backstage “La Fama” – Day 2

If you have ever been lucky enough to attend an Oribe Backstage show, you know that this event is more than just a onstage presentation and a few classes. It is an experience and a refresher that not only gives you a ton of inspiration but a feeling of unity and pride. The second you touch down, your magical Hair-Venture begins and doesn’t end until you board the flight home. Oribe holds a very special place in my heart since Backstage Las Vegas was my very first hair show event.  I remember the impact it had on me, and being...

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Rachel Lynn Carr

We met Rachel Lynn Carr after she took first place at the Sebastian Whats Next Awards. We happen to be standing next to her adorable Hair Hubby, Richard, who cheered louder than anyone in the place! Rachel has always had a passion for the arts. She studied writing and arts at the University of Pittsburgh shortly finding herself better suited for the beauty industry. She is a go-getter who never stops learning and is often found on set to capture her work for competitions and editorial spreads. Hair Nerds like Rachel make the hair world go round, setting goals...

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Oribe Backstage “La Fama” Day 1

If you have ever been lucky enough to attend an Oribe Backstage show, you know that this event is more than just a onstage presentation and a few classes. It is an experience and a refresher that not only gives you a ton of inspiration but a feeling of unitiy and pride. The second you touch down, your magical Hair-Venture begins and doesn’t end until you board the flight home. Oribe holds a very special place in my heart since Backstage Las Vegas was my very first hair show event.  I remember the impact it had on me, and being...

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Battle of the Strands – Premiere Orlando

Sometimes as a group, your salon can really use a nice pick me up. Sure team building days full of education or a nice outing can help but does it really last? Maybe it is time to throw your hat into the arena of beauty and battle salons across the states. Nothing unites a group of stylists more than a salon throw down full of beauty, passion and most of all extremely alluring hair. We witnessed this unity during our Hair-venture at Premiere Orlando and hope these stylish dos will not only entertain but inspire you to get your...

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Oribe Backstage Las Vegas #Throwback

Once upon a time we did Hair-Ventures with Carrie’s crappy Olympus camera and anxiously waited for Tuesday morning to share our Hair-Venture shenanigans with our pals due to the crappy phone service contracts we could afford… Thankfully these days are gone. So in light of our next big adventure to Miami, we thought it was only right to share our first experience with Oribe Backstage and gear you up for what is sure to be an epic and unforgettable moment in Hair Nerd History. So laugh, get excited and be inspired and enjoy the early days with us for a...

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Robert Brown

Once an aspiring actor and touring constantly with the ice capades, Robert found himself prepping and polishing hair behind the scenes for all of his performing pals. Ultimately accepting his calling for beautiful hair and set his eye on the prize. Since then Robert has become one of the Goldwell Artistic Team members, opened a successful salon and has touched hundreds of stylists across the states with his passion for our industry and captivating stage presence packed with hair know-how. We met Robert alongside one of his industry besties, Amedeo DeRango, and had one of our most memorable and...

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Sebastian Editorial Class – Infinite Possibillities

  Education is everything if you want to succeed behind the chair and find excitement in your craft. Some get that license and never look back, missing out on the thrill of concurring new skills, meeting fellow knowledge hungry souls and being exposed to the constant changes our business provides. We encourage you to all get out there and rattle that comfort cage of salon life and go get that education your creative flow is begging you for! ~ The Hair Nerds xo Tick, Tock… From the moment I got the call and was invited to take the two...

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