Farouk Systems Battle of the strands

by CurlStylist on Monday, September 29th, 2014

Farouk Systems proudly announces its title sponsorship of Battle of the Strands, the world’s most extreme hair, makeup and wardrobe competition. On Oct. 6, 2014, 16 winning salon teams from around the globe will converge in Las Vegas for the final battle competing in all areas of beauty, using breakthrough techniques and the hottest consumer trends. That evening, the 2 hour event can be seen LIVE from Vegas in 400 movie theaters across the US. Starting December 2, 2014 the actual television product will begin airing on the Discovery Fit & Health Channel.

The competition will include 8 teams from the United States plus 8 teams from an International Pool that includes: Japan, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Panama, South Africa, and Brazil. These teams will all partake in Battle Week October 1-6, 2014 at the Silverton Hotel and Casino. During the competition, Mr. Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems will serve in several capacities including Challenge Presenter, Challenge Mentor and Finale Judge. Farouk Systems is also the Presenting Haircare Sponsor of the Student Battle featuring 20 US Student Teams as well as 8 International Student Teams.

Additionally, on October 5-6, 2014 Battle of the Strands will host their Platform Master Education Series to include both intensive workshops and look-and-learn classes from leading industry makers as well as cutting edge emerging educators. The education provided by Farouk Systems will be spearheaded by Patrick Kale, Artistic Director and Maurice den Exter, Creative Director of Cut and Design. Farouk Systems will also invite beauty students and professionals to attend their workshops: The Art of Hair, PRO Color, CHI TOUR Future Stylist & CHI Color for Students. Tickets can be purchased online.

“Battle of the Strands is going to open the door for more people to be attracted to the profession and to see that hairdressing is much more than the stereotype. It’s an art, it’s a science and it’s a business. This platform will introduce the public to the real hairdresser,” said Mr. Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems.

“As a company of hairdressers for hairdressers, we are proud to support a program that provides professional and student hairstylists with an international platform to showcase their talents, skills and creative artistry to the public” said Lisa Marie Garcia, VP of Shows & Education at Farouk Systems.

This “Battle” is sure to push the boundaries of hair, makeup, nail art and fashion, as teams showcase the ultimate in creative coiffure. Kim Vo, international stylist icon and co-host, remarks, “These contestants are true artists who will be confronting the biggest beauty challenges of their lives. The teams are magnificent and I have no doubt that the audience will be astonished when they see the magic these teams are capable of creating.”

“Battle of the Strands’” grand finale will be live streamed to 400 plus movie theaters nationwide, courtesy of Fathom Events’ Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are available for purchase at www.FathomEvents.com. And, tune in this December when the entire competition will be the centerpiece for a four-part television series on the Discovery Fit and Health Network.

The no-holds-barred “Global Beauty Masters” will offer viewers a sneak peek into what really goes on behind the salon cape and throughout the competition. It is set to air weekly on Tuesdays at 5pm EST beginning Dec. 2 (check local listings). Finance partner Sycamore Entertainment is behind “Battle” and its upcoming Discovery series. According to Sycamore CEO Ed Sylvan, “‘Battle of The Strands’ is an event we believe can explode into a worldwide brand, which is why we are happy to be financing the show.”

Scholarship Honoring Beauty Legend Vidal Sassoon Kicks Off

by CurlStylist on Friday, August 8th, 2014

The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program - Basic provides 50% tuition scholarships ($10,000) to individuals aspiring to work as a hairstylist. The application simply requires a one-to-three-minute video or an online “inspiration board” that shares the applicant’s passion for the beauty industry. Ten winners will be selected by a judging panel comprised of the nation’s top hairstylists along with an online “vote” component. The competition is administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, a 501(c3) initiative of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. Wella (the Salon Professional Division of P&G) funds the scholarships that celebrate the legacy of hairstylist Vidal Sassoon.

Enter and find out contest rules here.

HOW QUINOA CAN STOP YOUR HAIR COLOR FROM FADING

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Like a chef, chemist Emily Reed from John Paul Mitchell Systems is always experimenting with new ingredients that can help solve a problem. She’s always looking for new ways to create concoctions that can bring something new and different to the haircare market.

“Nobody needs another shampoo just for the sake of having another shampoo,” says Kristin Firrell, vice president of product development for John Paul Mitchell Systems.

Paul Mitchell wanted to create a product that would help prevent the fading that comes from frequent shampooing, heat styling and the sun. So Reed said she was very intrigued in April when she started hearing a lot of buzz about quinoa, especially its potential benefits for colored hair. They had looked at a variety of different ingredients, but quinoa stood out. She got a sample within a week and began testing it. She was very excited about what she discovered.

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), pronounced KEEN-WAH, which has gained popularity as a tasty super-food, has been found to have benefits for haircare. It offers a unique combination of molecular weight amino acids offering enhanced penetration for along with creating a protective barrier for greater repair, hydration, and shine.

Quinoa protein is characterized as being more like an animal protein, than a vegetable protein, due to its amino acid profile. Considered to be a complete protein, it contains all 8 of the essential amino acids with the highest level of protein among grains. High levels of Cysteine, Cystine, Lysine, Methionine, Tryptophane and Tyrosine greatly enhance its ability to assist in the repair, protection, and conditioning of both hair and skin.

Unlike the rest of the proteins that will each offer protection, repair, or moisturization, quinoa protein will offer all of these attributes through enhanced hair penetration and substantivity for increased damage repair and cuticle protection. For those reasons, Reed said quinoa was the perfect ingredient for Ultimate Color Repair from Paul Mitchell: a three-part, sulfate-free system that locks in hair color and reverses the signs of damage. In addition to quinoa, the product also containshea butter, jojoba and soybean oil. They combine to keep color protect color up to nine weeks while protecting from thermal damage.

How to Cope With A Bad Curly Haircut

by CurlStylist on Friday, June 13th, 2014

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Neel Morley is the owner of the first hair salon in Melbourne, Australia that is completely dedicated to curly hair. These are his tips on how to deal with a bad curly haircut. Visit the Neel Loves Curls blog here, and like his salon on Facebook here. You may also book online here.


This is a question is often talked about when a client comes in with their Christmas tree haircut or a curly haircut thats been attacked by a razor!


It’s devastating and when people have searched for a curly hair specialist to help their curl recover.

If you are walking out of a salon with your hair blow-dried straight then you will have no idea what it looks like afterwards when it returns curly. It’s not uncommon for people with curly to go home and re do their hair after a haircut. What other service do you have where you have to re do it?

Some curlies say to their peers, “Try it yourself!”

“Use strong pins to pin sections back to mix it up and change the shape.”

I’ve also heard “Try changing your part line,” or “Style it a different way!”

“Headbands and hair accessories are useful. Add a beanie if you can.”

“Having to artificially curl your hair as it doesn’t do it naturally anymore!”

“Accept the possibility of going shorter for a stronger curly hair shape, better to have it short and styled than a mid-length nightmare.”

I would normally say to to cut it shorter if its been razored or thinning scissors used, as the hair is then beyond repair.

It’s just not salvageable and the curls have been badly deformed this way.I would use the internet to find a curly hair dresser and search online for 3 possible curly/wavy haircuts that may suit to take them to the hairdressers. Going along with 30 photos on your iPad isn’t very clear as to what you are actually looking for!
The only good part about a bad curly haircut is that it may have given you the option of trying something new with your hair which in the past you may not have been open to. You could go back and ask the stylist to re cut it .Sometimes a few snips is all that it actually needs. The most important question for a curly haired person is to know that they are going to cut your hair dry as curly hair springs ups so much once it dries.You should be leaving the salon with your hair dry so that you know exactly what your curly haircut is going to look like.

Forums on curly hair are a great source of information.

Once you know the correct things to say, that will limit bad curly haircuts after all prevention is better than the cure. Most people with curly hair have suffered a bad curly haircut a few times in their life.More people are learning about their curls/waves and are learning to be more direct with what they want. I sometimes feel that I am doing more than what my job is as I am teaching someone to love what nature gave them. Sometimes the worst curly haircut can make you Google to see if there is someone out there that can actually cut curly hair!!!

How Toxic is Your Hair Salon? 3 Scary Salon Waste Facts

by CurlStylist on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Alarmingly, the majority of salon waste such as hair color and foils, ends up down the drain and into our water supply or in the trash and headed to a landfill. George the salon Chicago is combating the toxic effects of beauty services by starting a new program that recycles & reuses 95% of their total waste. Please see more information on this below along with 3 scary salon waste facts.

George the salon Chicago Now Recycling 95% of Salon Waste with New Program

Once considered garbage, leftover hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics, and liquid chemicals will now be recycled and reused at this Chicago salon

While some industries have access to paid recycling for paper and plastic, the bulk of salon waste – hair, metals, excess chemicals, and much more – has always been destined for the trash bin and sink.

In an effort to change this alarming fact and significantly reduce their environmental impact, George the salon Chicago is proud to begin a new comprehensive recycling / reuse program, ensuring 95% of their waste is reprocessed. This program founded by Green Circle Salons will redirect daily waste like hair, foils, color tubes, paper, plastics, and liquid chemicals out of our water streams and landfills, creating environmental accountability in the beauty industry. Now with each salon visit, clients of George the salon will contribute to local and international community development, as well as environmental research and innovation for a healthier planet.

Did you know hair when placed in garbage bags will mummify, continue to fill our landfill, and give off methane gas?

George the salon will now be diverting all hair out of landfills and into other more sustainable projects. Green Circle Salons, in connection with various partners, is looking at ways that hair can play an important role in a number of commercial applications. It’s exciting to know that hair can be used on our oceans to help in oil spill cleanup and recovery projects.

Did you know that currently all aluminum foils and color tubes are not being recycled and are sent to landfill?

Recycling aluminum uses roughly 5% of the energy required to create virgin aluminum from bauxite. 95% of all aluminum can be recycled over and over again, including the foils and color tubes that are used in salons across North America. Now properly recycled, this will help to reduce the need for more landfill space, reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources, and decrease the amount of toxins going into our landfill sites.

Did you know that all excess chemicals including color, perm solutions and ammonia get rinsed down the sink into our water stream?

This is the ugly truth of the industry. Our solution will be to send all excess color waste to a hazardous waste facility where they will be incinerated to produce clean energy!


This was written for George the Salon in Chicago, IL.

DevaCurl’s Curls Night Out

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Tyler, TX — Tyler, TX — Devacurl is getting back to its curly roots in June with the premiere of Curls Night Out – a live celebration of curl culture that will tour the country.

DevaCurl - one of the top haircare brands for waves, curls and coils - kicks off the National Tour of Curls Night Out 7 p.m. June 17th at the Liberty Theater in Tyler, Texas with the event. The night will combine entertainment, inspiration and education, featuring curly celebrites, stylists and curlies. Stylists will receive special Deva-green lanyards to help them connect with curlies in the community.

“It’s a natural extension of everything DevaCurl has always believed in – being curly is something to celebrate and be proud of,” says DevaCurl President Colin Walsh.

DevaCurl will host two more Curls Night Out events in the fall, and will move to 10 to 15 cities in 2015. The tour will culminate in a huge curl gathering – a “curlapalooza” - where thousands of curlies will be able to celebrate and connect.

Tyler - a city of 100,000 people in Northeast Texas - may not seem like the most likely place to host the premiere of Curls Night Out. But Walsh says “Why not Tyler?”

Curls Night Out presenters include Michelle Breyer, co-founder and president of NaturallyCurly.com; Shai Amiel, world-renowned celebrity “Curl Doctor;” Dr. Lew Losconey, motivational speaker with a phD in Psycurlogy; and Stevie Jo Rosenbalm, a Top-20 finalist on the latest season of The Voice.

“Being curly can feel like a solitary challenge and existence,” Walsh says. “The reality is that it’s something to share and celebrate. At Curls Night Out, people will have a chance to meet curl icons, share curl stories and embrace curl culture.”

“We want people to take away from this the notion that being curly is one of the most exciting and inclusive communities,” Walsh says. “Being curly is an incredible gift to be celebrated, envied and expressed – not something to hide, control or constrain.”

Huge Swing to Salons Booking Online

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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US consumers are increasingly turning to mobile phones to browse and book beauty appointments online, with one in four appointments booked online using a mobile device in the past 12 months, according to the latest statistics by Shortcuts Software. To help salons cash in on this trend Shortcuts has released responsive online booking technology.

Shortcuts CEO Paul Tate said the new feature would transform salon online booking pages to suit the device on which they were viewed - tablet, smartphone or PC, providing a seamless experience to customers.
‘These days we’re seeing up to 25% of all online appointments being made on a mobile device, so it’s important for salons to make it just as easy to book on a cell phone or tablet as on a computer,’ said Paul.
‘The Shortcuts online booking service now automatically recognizes what sort of device is being used and alters the site to suit. Larger buttons, reformatted screens and faster loading times translate to a better experience and, ultimately, more bookings.’

Shortcuts has been leading the industry in mobile-friendly technologies for some time, offering salons responsive email marketing and other services that are readable on whatever format the client, or the salon, uses.
‘Our S.M.A.R.T. online marketing suite is helping our salons take advantage of the swing towards mobility, allowing salons, stylists and their clients to do business wherever they are, using their preferred device,’ added Paul.
Data released by Shortcuts earlier this year revealed a huge swing to salons booking online. Between December 2012 and December 2013, the number of clients booking appointments online rose by 46 per cent, from 110,710 to 161,944. The value of bookings to the salons was even higher – up from just over $5 million to $7.8 million, a rise of 55 per cent.

For more information on Shortcuts, please visit www.shortcuts.net

Haircuts for Curly Hair: Movement, Dimension, and Layers…Oh My!

by CurlStylist on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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With over 20 years of experience in the professional curly industry, senior stylist Leslie Ellen Abbate has seen trends come and go, especially being located on the popular, upscale 5th Avenue in New York City. Her love of the modern woman’s hair and beauty has taken her far in her career, and clients appreciate it. Leslie Ellen doesn’t only consider herself a stylist, but rather an enhancer of dramatic style and lifestyle changes.

CurlStylist: Introduce yourself.

Leslie Ellen Abbate: I am so passionate about what I do. My focus is to work with the natural beauty of your hair to achieve your desired look. I love and specialize in hair makeovers, which can dramatically change your style. My goal is to make you look stylish and feel beautiful. Every client is so special to me. I would love to show you how hair color and highlights would add dimension to your look.

CurlStylist: How did you enter the curly salon industry?

Leslie Ellen Abbate: I am a curly girl! For years I was saddened by one unfortunate haircut after another. I knew there had to be a better way. I have always been particularly fascinated by the beauty and versatility of curls. Because of these reasons, I have dedicated my styling techniques to fit the individual needs of those with curly hair.

CurlStylist: What inspires you throughout the day?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: I feel blessed and inspired by the love of God everyday. I am humbled and in awe that I can to do what I love and be used as a vessel.
CurlStylist: What are your favorite curly hair cuts or styles?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: My favorite thing to enhance a curly girl is to add some movement and dimension. This is can be achieved buy adding some layers and a bayalage. Curly hair should always have some sort of layering. I love to give some movement and life, back  to the hair. Without layering, it can be flat and triangular. As you elevate and layer the hair, it creates movement and frames the face.

CurlStylist: What are some hair trends you’re seeing in NY?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: Bayalage has been around for a while but has really been taken the spotlight lately. It is a way of highlighting the hair without foils. It is a more natural dimensional look, great to hug the curls and add dimension without it being too light or obvious that you added some lightness.

CurlStylist: What is one thing you wish every curly man or woman knew about their hair?

Leslie Ellen Abbate: Do not disturb the curls. The curls have their families they belong with and once separated they will frizz.

CurlStylist: Where is your shop located and how can we schedule an appointment?
Leslie Ellen Abbate: I am currently renting a space at Capelli D’Oro, a bright, airy salon overlooking the buzz of 5th Avenue, in the Flatiron district, at 123 5th Avenue, New York City. Call me directly for an appointment at 718-926-4050. You will enjoy the ambiance of the salon, with its great welcoming energy.

Essential Tips for Hair Growth

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Michelle O’Connor is the L’Oreal Mizani designer and Artistic Regional Leader of JCP Salons. She shares tips on hair growth from a professional standpoint– and how to address your client’s concerns next time they ask the daunting question, “Why isn’t my hair growing?”
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As a stylist & educator & creative director for a major salon chain, I’m been on more than one occasion been posed with that question has always been considered an elusive conquest amongst the highly textured set . Why doesn’t my hair grow?
This false illusion that curly to excessively curly women experience first hand is the shrunken halo of hair that appears like it’s never growing, or moving beyond a certain point.Misconception……..or is it ? We all know that curly hair is dry hair. Why you ask ? Well, we all produce natural oil from our scalps, however due to the nature of curls or coils twisting & turning around & around, sometimes even zig zagging, the oil just can’t hold on for the ride. As a result of this, the mid-shaft & ends never receive that natural goodness, leading to dry parched hair. This often times leads to split ends, which later results in breakage. This is what usually draws the conclusion that hair isn’t growing. let’s just put this fact out there. Everyone’s hair grows! Whatever growth happened is usually negated by the breaking at the ends, therefore the hair will not pass that treasured landmark we have on our bodies, affectionately known as the chin , shoulders & oh yeah the Rocky Balboa of landmarks…..#brastraplength!
HELP YOU SAY! I can certainly enlighten you. Here is my 2 cents, if you will. I really want you to pay attention to to what I’m about to lay on you. You’ll wonder where I’ve been all your life. All jokes aside, let’s get to the root of things (no pun, seriously) . We’ll call this the Michelle’s hair growth boot camp essentials.

1. Use shampoos without sulfates. Sulfates dry the hair out leading to even more dryness & you know what I told you about that!
2. Don’t wash excessively. Remember we are in desperate need of moisture. Let’s stick to no more that 2-3 times a week. I highly recommend a co-wash or conditioning wash. This is basically a conditioner with cleansing properties.
3. Deep condition at least once a week. A hooded dryer or a warm towel wrapped around the head will help the conditioner to penetrate the hair deeper. Think about warm water when washing your face. It opens the pores right? Well warmth will open the cuticles in the hair. Get it? Oh yeah, whine your at it , a scalp massage wouldn’t hurt either. It’ll increase the blood flow.
4. Get a protein treatment around once a month, more than that if necessary. This helps restore the strength to the hair. When we color, flat iron , blow dry & do anything that decreases the strength, we have to put back in what we’ve depleted. Kinda like when we go in our savings account. I won’t tell.
5. Use a protective covering over your hair, like a satin bonnet. I know that you’re giving me the side eye right now, but just hear me out. You can also get your sexy on and make it a satin pillow case. You see standard cotton pillow cases absorb moisture out of the hair. Satin will not do that. The hair will slide around on satin & keep all your due diligence intact. Make satin your hair’s new BFF.
6. Moisture, moisture moisture ! That’s my nod to the Brady bunch. Every day before you walk out of the house, grace your tresses with a moisturizing hair dress or essential oil. Steer clear of silicones, petrolatum & mineral oil. You want penetrating oils, not substances that sit on top of your hair.
7. limit your use of heat, and on those occasions, do not forget to use a thermal protector. This includes blow dryers & irons, not hooded dryers or warm towel which are essential to deep conditioning. Daily heat use can contribute to heat damage. Heat damage= poor elasticity. Poor elasticity= weak hair . Weak hair= breakage.
8. Last but not least, get your hair trimmed regularly! YES, don’t wine about it. It’s necessary. Each hair strand is growing at a different interval. There are three stages of hair growth. Anagen (the growth phase) approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growing phase at any one time. This stage can last from 2-6 years. Then there is Catagen (the transitional phase). This stage lasts for about two weeks & the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6 of its normal  length. Lastly there is Telogen (the resting phase). 10-15% of hairs are in this phase. During this time of 5-6 weeks the hair doesn’t grow, but it stays attached to the follicle. At the end of Telogen the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen phase. If the old hair has not already shed, the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again. Sorry I had to get all scientific on you, but I just wanted you to understand that trimming the hair is essential, because at any stage, the thousands of stands of hair on your head are going through different phases. The more uniform you keep those ends the stronger your hair will be. It’s like when you see a person with long hair & only 3 strands of it are long . One wrong move with a hairbrush & it’s a wrap! Don’t do it! . Don’t be that girl! In the hair world, there is strength in numbers.

In closing I have one thing to chant …..Rocky, Rocky, Rocky!

Stylist Jason Leo Hurst on West Coast Hair Trends

by CurlStylist on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Jason Leo Hurst of Dej Salon in Sherman Oaks, CA is a veteran stylist with 16 years experience in the hair industry. Being less than a thirty minute drive from Los Angeles, Jason has seen it all when it comes to hair and beauty. But before being well known on the west coast for his hair artistry, Jason actually kicked off his career in Soho, NYC at the Devachan Salon. The founders of DevaCurl helped Jason mold and perfect his craft, and before he knew it, he was in California practicing his passion. I recently chatted with him to pick his brain about the latest and greatest in the west coast curly community.

CurlStylist: Where do you find daily inspiration?

Jason Leo Hurst: I love helping curly girls that are desperately seeking solutions. I constantly hear things like “I’ve tried every product” and “I cannot find anyone who understands my hair.”

CS: What are your favorite curly hair cuts or styles to perform on clients?

JLH: I love big hair! My favorites are long, layered, and full. I also enjoy cutting angular bobs with an edge.

CS: Which hair products do you love to use?

JLH: I love DevaCurl’s NoPoo. It’s simplicity and performance transforms dry textured hair while preserving hair color like no other! Elita makes a hair mask that is also great. I use it solely as a leave-in styling aid in the dryer. It truly performs. It has just the right amount of emollients to provide shine and weight to control frizz! Having only one hair product for my clients to use is truly life changing for them!

CS: What are some hair trends you are seeing a lot of nowadays?

JLH: Balayage hair color and beach waves!

CS: Finally, what is one thing you wish every curly man or woman knew about their hair?

JLH: I want them to know that it CAN be easy!

If you are in the Sherman Oaks area, you may book an appointment with Jason at Dej Salon on the website, www.dejsalon.com. Or, contact the salon by phone at (818) 981-4440.

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