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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:02
cranberrychocolate1.jpg “The weather is still cold in most places right now, but we’re thinking spring and looking for contrasting colors that make hair shine, and cranberry chocolate has been a really popular combination for our dark hair beauties in the salon,” says Joi Rooks, owner of fresche salon in Atlanta, GA. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 14:31
Duff1.jpg Actress and singer Hilary Duff recently joined the legion of celebrities to embrace the colorful hair trend (Kylie Jenner, Katy Perry, and Vanessa Hudgens, among them), revealing a new, teal look on Instagram. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 10:46
wave1.jpg Recently, new type of wavy texture has been gaining popularity - it's not beachy or polished, but rather a bit wavy, a bit straight, and altogether nonchalant. As seen on a multitude of Fashion Week runways, the new trend is a little dirty and sexy with a carefree attitude and waves that don't all turn in the same direction. It’s actress Jessica Szohr’s (Gossip Girl, Brightest Star, Lucky in Love) signature look – effortless beauty that always looks amazing. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 14:50
daydreams1.jpg Christine Zilinski and Salon Concrete senior stylist Mallory, along with members of the Salon Concrete Team, recently created “Daydreams,” a collection inspired by a swirling array of colors with bright, textural scenes and characters as portrayed in the works of Red Bank, NJ local artist, Mike Ciccotello.  daydreams1.jpg read more
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 14:13
Cinderellanails.jpg Back in February, nail polish brands Morgan Taylor and Gelish released two, collaborative collections, inspired by Disney's live-action Cinderella film, out this month. The sets included five matching shades - in polish for Morgan Taylor, and gel for Gelish - based around the classic fairytale. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:58
CMV2.jpg Catholic schoolgirls have been known to have a wild side, and such is the inspiration behind the beauty at Carmen Marc Valvo. “It’s chic nerd,” says lead hairstylist Ted Gibson of his design. “Girls these days aren’t shampooing their hair every single day, but they’re sick of wearing a braid or putting it in a ponytail. So this twist in the back with a little bit of height in the crown gives them a different kind of sensibility and feel to the hair.” Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:34
Caramel1.jpg Professional stylist Vanessa Fermin recently helped her client go "from dark, brown, box dye to a nice, caramel brown on her first session." Rich, chocolatey tones melt into beautiful caramels and golds in this look that Fermin describes as "a transformation in the making." Below, she shares her formula for creating this color.Formulas Main.jpg read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 14:18
JessicaAlba1.jpg At a recent event for The Honest Company, brand cofounder and actress Jessica Alba debuted a new hairstyle - a chic, blunt bob - on Instagram. Captioning her photo, "Uh oh someone chopped off her hair!", Alba revealed that celebrity stylist Giannandrea was behind the new look, posting a second photo with the caption, "Thnk u @giannandrea1 4 the cute cut [sic]! Love it!" JessicaAlba1.jpg read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:42
karriefonte.jpg Macadamia Professional recently announced Karrie Fonte as the brand's new Area Vice President of Global Education. Karrie will work closely with the sales, marketing and innovation teams to create strategic global education curriculum and develop a team of educators. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:58
justiceandsoul.jpg The Justice and Soul Foundation will host the second-annual Fashion SOULstice on March 28, 2015 at Emerald City Trapeze in Seattle. This event is designed to raise money to benefit young survivors of sex trafficking in the Foundation’s vocational training program in Cambodia.  Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:09
Dermalogica1.jpg On March 8, Dermalogica Founder and Chief Visionary, Jane Wurwand and several of her Manhattan-based staff members gathered together on International Women’s Day to support the brand’s philanthropic arm, FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship, Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:37
Macadamia1.jpg Macadamia Professional relocated its corporate headquarters to Plano, TX from Chatsworth, CA as of January 5, 2015. Macadamia Professional, a subsidiary of Macadamia Beauty, LLC., offers haircare products using a blend of Macadamia oil for all hair textures. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:20
Kesha.jpg Spray, hold, rock, repeat. Starting March 19, 2015, fans can enter Sebastian Professional’s “Rock Your Shaper” sweepstakes ( for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles, complete with a rockstar-worthy makeover and VIP access to the People’s Choice Awards 2015. To enter, fans must take a short quiz to discover their rockstar hair personality and receive tips on how to create the look with Sebastian’s iconic Shaper Hairspray. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:35
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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:13
creativesessions.jpg Sam Villa is proud to introduce their first class with the very talented lineup of Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa, Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, and Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007); Andrew Carruthers, Director of Education for Sam Villa; and David Boyd, Sam Villa ArTeam. The fun starts on Sunday, April 12th at Aurelius Franco Academy in Salt Lake City, UT. Morning Demo Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read...
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 13:57
image7.jpg Liz Robson, stylist at Salon Blonde (Instagram @HairbyLiz__), recently created this fiery red, melted hair color for a guest. "For my sweet client Ana's red color melt we already had the perfect base to start," says Robson. "She has been a client of mine for awhile, and we have previously done balayage highlights on her. That, along with her natural level 8 outgrowth, made the perfect canvas. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 08:50
red.jpg With spring just on the horizon, many clients are seeking lighter, blonder shades, but why not go for something a little more bold? Like fields of spring flowers, or a fiery summer sunset, there's no bad time to help your guest unleash her inner redhead. Hair colorist Fawn Anne (Instagram @your_face_in_vain) recently mixed things up with this rich, red hair color that's equal parts bold and beautiful. Below, she shares the steps she took to create this look. Featured_475x323_Default.jpg read more
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:21
makeover1.jpg Independent stylist Susan Aw (Instagram recently created this gorgeous, magenta makeover for her client. Balayage highlights blend into rich, vibrant color for a truly stunning result. Below, Susan shares the steps she took to create this look. Get the Look: makeover1.jpg read more


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