Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Masters of Beauty

I always say that your education is your best investment. It's true, the more you expand your skills and knowledge, the more successful you'll be as a stylist. The Masters of Beauty tour with Nick Arrojo is a great opportunity to learn and get inspired. Nick and I have worked together on photo shoots and the Regis DVDs. He's an excellent hairdresser and a great guy.

The 2-day tour Masters of Beauty is stopping in cities around the U.S. and the 1-day skills certification classes are available in even more cities.  If you're near tour stop or a class, plan to check it out, it should be a lot of fun.

Empire Schools and Masters of Beauty are offering Regis corporate salon stylists a discount of up to 60% off the Masters of Beauty tour with Nick Arrojo and skill certification classes. 

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Monday, January 24, 2011

What Goes Around, Comes Around!

Sam McKnight was featured in February's issue of Allure magazine and it is all about the new shag.  The article states that it isn't about the length - the shag looks good at any length, and I completely agree. My interpretation of the shag has nothing to do with length, it is all about the disconnection - disconnection in this cut is what's most important. 

An easy way to keep up to date on today's styles is by going through the magazines. Encourage clients to bring a photograph or a magazine tear of their expectations. You'll see that your definition of a shag/bob/layered cut could be very different from theirs. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Houston Trip

I am currently in Houston and just finished presenting to a group of stylists in the MasterCuts division.  What a great group of people!  I really enjoyed being able to sit down with them today and talk about what we are passionate about - education.  

Thank you guys for your participation - I had a great time.   And I will admit, it was nice to get out of Minneapolis for a couple of days. The temperature right now is around 8 degrees - and it is only going to get worse over the next few days.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globe Style

Watching the Golden Globes last night I realized one thing – within a haircut, you have to have design and finish. When looking at the hairstyles from last night, I realized that many women were lacking both of these.

Take a look at Angelina Jolie – she is absolutely beautiful. Her dress is intricate and has so much architecture to it, however there is a disconnect between her dress and her hair. You see people putting all of this effort into their clothing, makeup, accessories, and then visually a lack of effort with hair.

The same can be said with Sandra Bullock and Olivia Wilde – both of their dresses were beautifully detailed, but their hair wasn’t. (I will say I do like Sandra Bullock’s new fringe. The sides are a little too straight for her age, but if she softened up the sides and had more movement to her hair, it would be perfect.)

Anne Hathaway had the whole package last night. Just a little bit softness, bend, color and finish in the hair goes a long way and makes long hair flattering. Long hair isn’t just about the length –it is about the design and shape!

For the men, it seems like men’s hair was much more deliberate and styled than most of the women’s. Product was a must for most of these looks. What happened? Was there a reversal of the role of male and female in hair?

* all photos courtesy of

What are your thoughts on the Golden Globe hair trends?

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Spring Trend Report Video Shoot

Kat Carey and I just spent the last 2 days at the studio shooting a new technical DVD all about spring hair trends. We worked on many models and have some really cool looks to share - the new shattered bob and pixie cut that we're seeing everywhere in Hollywood, some fun color techniques, and also a few men's trend looks.

Attached is a sneak peak of what your salons will be receiving soon. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

International Salon and Spa Expo

Keep yourself motivated for success. It's not going to come to you, you have to seek out inspiration and keep raising your level of expectations to improve and succeed. One way to that is to go to hair shows. The Professional Beauty Association puts on a couple of shows each year that are exceptional.

I highly recommend these shows if you can make them. Check out the info and the link, then comment on this post and tell me what you're doin
g to raise your level of expectations in your work. To comment, click the title of this post.

If you're in the Chicago area March 26-28, 2011, think about going to the Midwest International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE). They call it "The Who's Who of Beauty Events," and it's a great place see exciting new hairstylists and designs. Some of the designs are pretty outrageous, and you don't have to agree with or like all the designs, but you can be open to the ideas behind them and let them inspire you.

At ISSE, you can take classes, visit vendors, watch runway shows and attend other special events. There's also a show in Long Beach - equally as phenomenal. That one's coming up quick, January 29-31.

Here's a link to the Professional Beauty Association's website.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ideas & Inspiration

Art can help you see things from a new perspective and inspire creativity.

"I am going for a level of perfection that is only mine... Most of the pleasure is in getting the last little piece perfect." - Chuck Close

Check out these websites for more info:
Chuck Close website -
Malcom Morley websites - and