Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Early Years

Back in my early 20s, I worked on set of the British film, Hamlet. A good friend of mine, Celestino Coronado, was the director of the film and asked me to do the hair.

Looking back, I realize how much fun I had on set and what a unique experience that was for me. I'm checking to see if I can get a copy of the film as it would be neat to see some of the work that I did 30-plus years ago! If I can get a hold if it, I'll post some images of the work.

Take a look at this image from the film. Recognize her? It's Helen Mirren from over 30 years ago! She was Ophelia and it was great to work with her. At the time, she was working her way up in her career - look at her now!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Supercuts DVD Shoot in Minneapolis

Melanie Ash, Supercuts Senior Artistic Director, and Bryan Field, Supercuts Artistic Director, were recently here in Minneapolis filming a new DVD for the Supercuts division.  Check out the sneak peek of the pixie cut, the new shag and a couple men's cuts.  Look for this in your Supercuts salon later this spring! 

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If you ever have any suggestions for new DVDs, pass them along!  We would love to hear from you on what you would like to see more of. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Photo Shoot - New York City

I'm in New York City with Artistic Directors Renee Herskovitz and Gabby Macal at the The Hair Book photo shoot. We're working on the summer issue, so we're focusing on fresh color.  I really love the hands-on experience of photo shoots. And of course working with our talented artistic directors is always incredible. I share my vision of the trends and techniques with them and I always learn from them in return.

Here are a few photos from our first day. I'll keep you up on what progressed.

If you're not familiar with The Hair Book, it's a custom publication featuring hair, style and fashion available in Regis Salons. Check out the website; many of our stylists and artistic directors contribute.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Recently, I did a makeover haircut on Jamie Mansperger, a Regis home office employee. Jamie's hair was in good condition, but she needed an updated style. I brought the length up a bit, cut layers to bring her style to life, then added bangs to frame her face. The length change wasn't dramatic, but the overall results were.

When I asked Jamie why she wore her hair long and all one length, she replied, "Because I don't know what to do with it." I think this feeling is true for a lot of our clients. But you know what, clients aren't supposed to know what to do with their hair, we are.

As professionals, we know what a great cut and color can do for a client. Share your knowledge and make someone's day by giving them a style that really brings out their best. Another thing Jamie said was that she thought she couldn't afford to color her hair, now she says she can't afford not to. Educate your clients on the value of a complete look.

Here's a trick I learned from Horst: Carry your business card with you and when you see someone who needs a new style, hand them your business card and say, "I have a great idea for your hair. Come into the salon for a free consultation and I'll tell you about it." Try it, it works! No one can resist that temptation.

Good luck!

Jamie before
Jamie after

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Search for Next ‘Master of Beauty’

Empire Education Group and Nick Arrojo have teamed up to create the award winning Masters of Beauty program, which I have previously blogged about.  I strongly encourage you to attend if they are in your area!  And, Regis Corp employees get a discounted rate – so check it out.

When I was in New York for the IBS show, they announced a new contest for stylists who aspire to become platform artists - Click here to see the press release to read all about it.

I know Nick on a personal and professional level, and he is a top notch guy. His skills are incredible and it would be quite an experience to present on stage with him. So, check it out and submit your work! This is a great chance to expand your horizons and challenge yourself.

How great would it be if one of you wins the grand prize?

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I mentioned earlier that I was in NY and how successful that event was. Due to the success of these meetings, and the responses I received from stylists, I decided to start doing field seminars more often. This past Thursday I was in Chicago and met with approximately 80 stylists, managers and area supervisors from all of our divisions. We had a great turn out, and had a great time.

During this meeting, I focused on personal development and things we can think about in terms of being successful (personally and professionally). Did you know that in order to change a behavior, it takes 90 days of “practice” before it becomes second nature? If you decide to do something differently (whether in your personal life or professional life), in order for it to become natural to you, you have to do it for 90 days. Once you get over that 90 day hurdle, it is part of your DNA.

Lets all take the 90 day challenge – choose one thing that you would like to work on (wearing a seat belt every day, asking every existing client to refer friends, wiping the station and chair prior to every client) and see if it becomes second nature after the 90-day mark. Let me know if it worked for you!

Here is a quick video from the meeting.

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Thanks again everyone who attended!  I really appreciate you taking the time to come to the meeting - and hope it was well worth it.

 Thanks to the Mastercuts stylists and managers for sending in their photo from the meeting! 
Christine Roversi, Perla Aguirre, Mary Beever, Kim Trimble, Rebecca Neuwirth, Amanda Rogers, Lauren Burger, Crystal Morrison, Katie Theiss, Paula Locke

Monday, March 14, 2011

Meeting New People

Last week was quite an exceptional week for me; filled with meetings and talking to stylists. It all started with the Gold Circle event in New York. We had over 100 Supercuts stylists who attended and I congratulate them all on winning this trip. During my meeting with them, I talked about personal growth, realizing one's own opportunities, and how to become successful on a personal as well as a professional level. It was a very inspiring event for me, and hope that it was for the Supercuts winners.

The following day, I went to the IBS (International Beauty Show) that was held in NY. What I noticed from each of the presenters is that we really do work in a very diverse industry. There are so many different approaches and techniques available to us. And the main reason to attend an event like this is to think about it in the context of what you do. You'll be enticed by certain things. Learn what others are doing well, and let that influence your own concepts. Always be looking for new opportunities to improve.

Check out the following video from Nick Arrojo’s show at IBS. He displayed very current trends and I love watching him work.

* Video courtesy of Randy Taylor and Hairbrained

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Hot New Look

Kate Winslet debuted her new short cut on the cover of this month's British Vogue. It's a really cool new look we've been seeing lately. Kate looks great, as did Michelle Williams with her short cut at the Academy Awards. Even Chanel is using a model with a similar style. This pale blonde crop makes a statement. The fringe frames the face to bring out the eyes and accentuate cheekbones and facial structure. You probably have clients who would look great in this cut. Suggest it. It's a very cool, modern look - perfect for spring and summer.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"I should've gotten a haircut."

"I should've gotten a haircut." That's the first thing Luke Matheny said when he accepted the Academy Award for "Best Live Action Short Film" for his film "God of Love." The next morning, everyone from the Today Show to the Wall Street Journal was talking about it. As stylists we know, when you look good, you feel good, and a great haircut can give you confidence in any situation, be it a job interview, a reunion or winning the Oscar.
In post-Oscar press, Luke named Supercuts in New York's Greenwich Village as his salon. Congratulations, that's great advertising - now I hope he visits soon.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring Trend Report - IN SALONS NOW

We just started sending out the new Spring Trend Report DVD to your salons. Make sure you keep an eye out for it and check out the latest looks on this fun, new technical video. You'll see the latest trends from the new shattered bob and pixie cut that we're seeing everywhere in Hollywood, to Ombre color technique, and a few men's trend looks.  Here's a sneak peek below.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Red-Carpet Styles

Sunday was the biggest red-carpet event of the awards' season. Millions watching. Every one of the women at the Oscars went through a tremendous amount of effort to look the way she did—professional hairstylists, makeup artists, etc. So strangely, with all the effort, there was a definite lack of structure to the hair. Most of the longer styles looked 'in transition.' Don't get me wrong, I love long hair, but it's got to be styled. There were some misses and others really got it right. Of course, these are my opinions. You've heard the phrase, "everyone's a critic," it's true. I'm not a consultant to the stars, but I do know hair.

Anne Hathaway's long hair shows the limitations of all one-length hair. There's no pizzazz to it. Gweneth Paltrow's hair on the other hand makes a statement. The beautiful blonde color shines, the style is sleek and her hair is healthy. Overall, a great look.  Mila Kunis updo was very natural in its finish. Again, a good look.

Cate Blanchett and Michelle Williams short cuts were cool. A little volume at the crown—created by a powder boost or backcombing—made the style very modern. Both women have great hair color. Scarlett Johansson's cut is cute, but the finish was wrong for this event. There's a difference between a red-carpet style and just getting out of the shower.

Halle Berry's hair is always terrific, very trendy. Her style has a bit of vice to it, a bit of cheekiness and it works. Helen Mirren's look was fantastic, also. The color was good and the style suited her perfectly.

The guys looked cool. Like the Golden Globe hairstyles, they had more structure. There was definitely an array of deliberate, styled looks on the part of the men.

What did you think of the hairstyles at the Oscar's this year? Check out the winners of the Globe hairstyle poll. I'm surprised more of you didn't vote. Leave a comment - here's your chance to be a critic!