Vidal Sassoon The Movie | How One Man Changed The World

by Alicia Ward on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

America’s Beauty Show hosted the Chicago Premiere of the inspiring documentary, Vidal Sassoon The Movie at Cadillac Palace Theater Saturday night. The movie documents the life of the legendary hair guru rose from humble beginnings to start a hair revolution and create one of the most recognizable brands in the world.

The red carpet was rolled out and the theater was packed. The premiere was packed with top stylists and industry leaders to name a few: Mario Tricocci, Nick Arrojo, Robert Cromeans, Stephanie Kocielski, Angus Mitchell and Takashi Kitamura.

The movie displayed the story of his life from his impoverished childhood in an jewish orphanage to the start of his business in London through today. The story captivating and touched on many famous Sassoon moments like the first salon on New Bond street, his television appearances in the 70’s, divorce of his first wife, model Nancy Kwan, and partnership with designer Mary Quant. The film was made over the course of three years, the movie includes interviews with key Vidal insiders including Tony Beckerman.

Vidal Sassoon (center) at the Premier of “Vidal Sassoon The Movie,” Frank Gironda, president of Cosmetologists of Chicago (far left).

The movie displayed and told the story behind his innovation and his revolutionary haircuts, such as the five-point and the geometric bob. You may recall that some of the most famous models and celebrities sported his cuts: Grace Coddington, Twiggy, Rita Hayworth, and Jean Shrimpton.

The film highlighted the first appearance of his cut in a film—Mia Farrow’s famous short haircut first debuted in the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby, directed by Roman Polanski.

The film ended on an inspirational note with the 83-year-old:

“If you can get to the root of who you are, and you can make something happen from it—my sense is that you’re gonna surprise yourself.”

After the film, Michael Gordon, legendary hairdresser, founder of Bumble and bumble and author of Hair Heroes and producer of the movie, had a question and answer session and assisted the Cosmetologists of Chicago in presenting the Steuben Crystal Hair Icon Award.

This film will truly move you! You will laugh, cry and feel so proud to have seen this man’s amazing journey!

This movie is a must-see for every hairdresser, new, old or those considering a career as a stylist. You will be inspired and moved by this amazing story! You definitely don’t want to miss this inspiring look at the man who “changed the world with a pair of scissors.”

ABS Texture! Panel with Top Curl Experts was a Huge Success

by Alicia Ward on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

America’s Beauty Show was underway and thousands of stylist and salon owners gather to expand their knowledge, see top stylist and enjoy the entire “show” experience. Sunday March 13th was a huge day at ABS as it was the second annual “Texture” programming.

Texture! returned to ABS this year! This one-of-a kind free event showcased leading texture experts and educators in an intimate, interactive forum which included live hair demos. Texture! was hosted by NaturallyCurly.com founder Michelle Breyer and Modern Salon’s Editor-in-Chief Laurel Nelson, highlights of the event included:

Texture Trends: Fashion, Entertainment and Pop Culture Influences
Texture Cut, Color and Style: How-To Demos and Advice
Texture Opportunities: Make More Money Serving Curly Clients
Texture for Men: What’s New for Curly Guys?
Texture Q&A: Our experts, your questions!

Attendees were able to meet and greet the leading texture educators and brand leaders. The panel included the following:

John Benedetto, Director of Education for GK Hair: John has over 25 years of experience in the salon industry. In his prior role as Aveda’s Director of Global Hair Color Education, John was instrumental in creating Aveda’s Brands of Full Spectrum Hair Color and creating techniques for Aveda Collections at Video and Photo Shoots.

Shari Harbinger, “The Go To Curl Girl”: In her double-duty role as Director of Education for DevaConcepts and Color Director for Devachan Salon and Departure Lounge, Shari has both a loyal group of clients that rely on her for shiny, vibrant shades that are as modern as they are beautiful, and an enormous following in the salon industry for her eponymous training sessions.

Ouidad, the “Queen of Curl”: She is an internationally recognized stylist, salon owner mother, author and global educator. In 1984, as the pioneer of the curly hair industry, she opened the first salon in the country to cater exclusively to curly hair. Since then her trademarked cutting and styling techniques and specialized line of award winning products, have instilled confidence in curly and wavy haired people everywhere.

Anthony Dickey: He has spent the better part of his styling career—both on set and in the salon—trying to dispel the myth among women with kinky, curly and wavy hair that their texture is problematic or unruly. Touted as a “Style Svengali” by the New York Times, Dickey has mastered the mystery of textured hair to create iconic hair styles for designers, advertisers, photographers and celebrities alike.

Veronique Morrison: As Director of Education for MIZANI, a division of L’Oreal, USA, Veronique creates and manages the production of all technical curriculum, training programs, and creative trend presentations for a national salon audience.

Erica Grabczyk: American Crew’s International All-Star Erica Grabczyk certainly knows how to talk and cut men’s hair at the same time. She swiftly became the Director of Education at Groom Salon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, specializing in male-specific design. Erica is top-rated in the City of Milwaukee for men’s hair (Milwaukee Magazine), having worked at Groom since 1999 as both a Lead and now Master Stylist. She trains nationally and internationally as an American Crew International All-Star Educator.

Ana Daniel, Artistic Director & Educator for Ouidad: This Dominican Republic native has spent several years working with Ouidad and loves ensuring that her clients not only have a style they love but also have the information they need to care for their curls at home. Ana’s work has appeared on the pages of many magazines and on the heads of numerous celebrities.

Michelle Breyer and Shari Harbinger

Michelle Breyer and Dickey


Megan at Ouidad Demo

Megan at Ouidad Demo


Bag giveaway winner

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2011 Oscar Hair: How to Get Nicole Kidman’s Playful Ponytail!

by Alicia Ward on Monday, February 28th, 2011

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman at 2011 Academy Awards

Get this Flirty Ponytail

Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii, who has worked with Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker just to name a few, was Nicole Kidman’s stylist for the 2011 Oscars today. For this year’s Academy Awards he wanted to achieve a “Playful Ponytail” with a hint of Bridget Bardot for Nicole Kidman’s 2011 Oscar look.

To Achieve Nicole Kidman’s Oscar Hair

David always begins every red carpet look with clean hair followed by applying Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment (available at Sephoa) to her entire head. Pequi Oil is derived from the Pequi fruit, known for centuries as the beauty secret of the Amazon Rainforest. Once applied, David is amazed at how Nicole’s beautiful red hair color looks so fresh and vibrant. The Pequi Oil Treatment also instantly absorbs into hair, leaving it smooth and shiny. David then sectioned off a bang and cut a French fringe to frame the face. Next, he blow dried Nicole’s hair with the IT&LY HAIRFASHION Ionic Dryer that supplies super-fast drying power along with a large round brush. At the bang area, he gently bumped the ends under. After the hair was dried, he applied an additional amount of Pequi Oil to create a smooth and shiny surface. To begin the “Playful Ponytail” updo, he used his hands to sweep the hair into a ponytail creating a slight bump at the crown and securing with a band. To finish the French fringe, David added additional Pequi Oil to his fingers to define.

2011 Oscar Hair: How to Get Sandra Bullock’s Textural Updo!

by Alicia Ward on Monday, February 28th, 2011

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock at 2011 Academy Awards

Get this Updo

David Babaii known for achieving red carpet perfection, created “Texture Infusion” for Sandra Bullock’s 2011 Oscar look. Sandra Bullock looked elegant and graceful in this chic and textural updo. Celebrity Hairstylist David Babaii, known for achieving red carpet perfection, created “Texture Infusion” for Sandra Bullock’s 2011 Oscar look.


To Achieve Sandra Bullock’s Oscar Hair

David started with a clean canvas by rinsing all the shampoo and conditioner from the hair. After gently towel drying, he applied Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment (now available at Sephora) to the hair, using a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the product. The Pequi Oil tames frizz and mends split ends while providing hair with incredible softness and shine. Then, he dried her hair with a round brush for a smooth finish. Once dry, David applied additional Pequi Oil and brushed her hair straight back. With the IT&LY HAIRFASHION Digital Styling Iron, he took random half-inch sections starting at the front and twisted the hair. Once the strand is twisted, take your flat iron and press down the entire length of the strand to set a wavy texture in. Allow each strand to cool and release itself naturally. David continued taking half-inch sections throughout the front half of her head until he achieved enough texture. When complete, additional Pequi Oil was added to his hands to finger comb the hair back into a ponytail above the nape area. He then wrapped her hair around the band and secured with bobby pins, allowing any loose hairs to fall naturally.

Get Your Clients’ Locks Fall Fashion Ready!

by Alicia Ward on Monday, September 20th, 2010

Fall Curly

Time to transition to fall. Follow these tips to get your clients’ locks ready for the fall fashion season!

As the heat starts to fad and cool nights begin to increase we all start to think about how to prepare for fall. With the changing of the seasons often comes the changing of our clients’ hair colors. Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Roots Salon & Spa, has six tips to help your clients transition to the perfect fall look. Craig, Pravana Artistic Educator and DevaCurl Specialist, has more nine years of experience, and is extremely passionate about colors. She ensures if you follow her steps, your clients will be fall-ready in no time!

3 steps to getting your client’s hair ready for fall color change

1. Deep Condition: Tell your clients to use a great deep conditioner a week prior to their dye appointment. You want to make sure their hair is strong and healthy. Make sure to tell them to do this around a week out—too close to their appointment will prohibit the color from fully penetrating.

2. Clarify: Talk to clients about clarifying. Ask them to clarify their hair to remove build up at least three days prior to their appointment. This will remove any access build up before their hair gets its new fall look.

3. Hydrate: Inform them to use a hydrating conditioner for one week prior to their appointment including after their clarifying treatment. Hydrating conditioners are a great wavy to lock in your clients moisture without coating the hair too thick to prevent color penetration.

3 Steps Color Change for Fall

Transitioning your clients’ summer locks to fall is a slow and steady process that allows you to have control and create a gradual transformation that is completed correctly.

1. Add depth! Slowly start to add depth back into the client’s hair via lowlights. Just an initial shading. You don’t want to go too dark at first.

2. 5 weeks later add more depth by weaving in more dark pieces

3. 7 weeks later add additional depth. Majority of the time this will be the final step of the fall color transformation however, it may take additional time if you want you change to be even more gradual.

Fall Fashion Trends—Hair and Clothes

by Alicia Ward on Monday, September 13th, 2010

We’ve got our eye on the hottest fall trends. In order to meet your clients’ needs and help them look stylish and fashion-forward check, out these top 5 hottest trends for fall, in hair and in fashion.

Top 5 Hair Trends

1. Bangs! Bangs are a great way to spice up any style. This season, chunk bangs are the hottest trend.

Lea Michele

Lea Michele



















2. Braids! Braids are everywhere. Braids of all styles are a HOT beauty trend right now. French braids and fish tails are a favorite for Fall.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Sadana



















3. Messy Sexy Hair and BIG Texture! Bye-bye straightening irons—messy texture is back and bigger than ever.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts



















4. Buns & Twists! Modern twists on classic ‘dos are taking over this fall.

Keri Russell

Keri Russell



















5. Color! Fun pops of color are back. Colorful streaks are back in full color.

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Top 5 Fashion Trends

1. Knee high boots! Tall suede boots are a fashion staple in the fall and winter seasons.

Knee-High Boots



















2. Gray, the new black! Greige a combination of gray and beige, as the name implies, is a big trend this fall season and a must-have style.

Greige



















3. Denim! Denim on denim a hot look for fall! Pull out that denim shirt from the past and belt it for the hottest look.

Greige



















4. Cardigans are back! Oversized cardigans are a “must-have” this season.

Greige



















5. Tights! Patterned tights are the best accessory this season.

Greige

5 Tips To Better Client Communication

by Alicia Ward on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

We’ve all had clients leave our chair unhappy, and thought to ourselves “I wish I could have done that differently.”

Client communications is the key to success in this business—we all need to be great listeners and communicators. If you ask a client what she wants in a hairdresser, she will tell you “a stylist who listens to and understands my needs.” If you ask a hairdresser what happened when a client leaves unhappy, he or she will tell you “there was a miscommunication” or “the client could not explain what she wanted.” Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Roots Salon & Spa has five tips to better client communication. Anna, a Pravana Artistic Educator and DevaCurl Specialist, with more than nine years of experience, is extremely passionate about client communication and says if you follow her steps, your clients won’t ever leave the salon unhappy again!

Here are 5 easy tips to better your client communication.

1:Confidence! You are the expert, so take control of the situation. Be clear and confident. Never let the client take over the appointment by asking you to see the swatch book or the scissors you will be using. You need to keep the control during the appointment and assure your client that you know best. Make sure you sound and act confident. You know your colors, brands and supplies, so make sure you act like it. If you are unsure about something with your client consult another stylist in your salon, but always be in charge.

2:Consult! Always do thorough consultations prior to the appointment. Some clients lack good communication skill,s so it is your job to ask lots of questions to ensure you deliver the right results. Always ask clients to bring photos of the color, cut or style she is looking for. Ask her about her hair history. Make sure you are aware of what they have done to your hair. Talk to her about her expectations and make sure they understand the reality of the situation. Know their hair type and discuss it with them. Ask them about what products they are using. The more questions the better. The consult should range from 15 to 30 minutes for large changes and around 10 minutes for minor changes.

3:Document! Document your client’s history. Writing down everything you’ve done for your client will ensure a smooth appointment next time. Keeping records of your clients makes the client confident in you and your work. Not only does this allow you to be better prepared for their next appoint but it also helps you keep your clients happy and coming back. This is a great way to book you next appointment “I just noted everything we did today in your account so at your 5 week touch up we will get the same results “.

4:Educate! Educate your client about what you are doing. The more you can tell the client, the better your communication will be. Talking your clients through things helps her feel confident and part of the process, which enables trust. Keeping your clients involved is key because it opens the channels of communication, garnering better results.

5:Products! Know the products your client uses to ensure her results will last. Most clients are uneducated about professional products and the role they play in long-term maintenance. Talk to your client about her current products; recommend products and other maintenance options. You know the benefits of the right products, so do not keep your client in the dark. Share your product knowledge so she can love their hair longer.

Say goodbye to unhappy clients and client miscommunication—follow these 5 steps to get the better your client communication!

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