Posts Tagged ‘training’

Your Ticket to Exclusive Curly Trainings and Events

by Cassadie on Thursday, April 26th, 2012

TextureMedia is thrilled to announced Texture Only Offers (TOO!), a new online platform giving you insider access to exclusive textured hair events, training, products and resources. Each week a TOO! offer will be delivered right to your inbox with exclusive offers including:

• VIP access to textured hair events
• Tickets to limited texture hair trainings and courses
• Unique product bundles for curls, coils and waves
• Exclusive salon experiences

You will be receiving the first TOO! offer in your inbox tomorrow, but make sure to also visit TOO! to make sure you keep up with all of the exciting and exclusive offers that will be sure to enhance your curl styling business!

We love hearing about new partners and businesses to feature on TOO!  If you’re interested in featuring your business or service, please visit this online form and let us know!

4 Steps to Salon Safety

by Karen Mcintosh on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

4 Steps to Salon Safety

It is easy to see how unsafe chemical lab, mines or nuclear facilities can be. But in the soothing, comfortable, spa-like atmosphere of a hair salon it can be difficult to hone in on the harsh reality of the hazards employees face every day. Hazards that require a good salon safety plan.

Salon workers have daily contact with flammable, hazardous chemicals. They use high-voltage electrical tools in a water-rich environment, breathe harmful fumes from chemical solutions used in coloring, bleaching, perms and straighteners. And they handle and wear flammable products and clothing.

Stylists, shampoo staff and nail techs are at risk for contact dermatitis, eczema, asthma and respiratory illnesses, allergies, musculoskeletal disorders, slips, trips and other accidents. The World Health Organization has classified the occupation of hairdresser and barber as “probably carcinogenic”.

OSHA recently issued rules on the use of formaldehyde-releasing products. The safety organization is requiring employers to give employees appropriate gloves and other personal protective equipment such as face shields, chemical splash goggles and chemical-resistant aprons, and to train them on how to use this equipment while mixing and applying the products.

Austin Stylists Receive Hands-On Training

by Megan Dorcey on Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Stylists from around Texas came out to Avenue Five Institute to learn about the Braziliante Keratin Treatment. Each stylists received up close and personal training from brand educator Zac Watson. Professionals got to ask questions and view people with different hair types who received the treatment. For anyone interested in learning more about the professional line of products, please visit

brazilianteStylists gather around to watch Educator Zac Watson apply a keratin treatment to model Sonia Mercado’s hair.
TEXTHere, Watson works on model Anna Soban Gomez’ hair.

Hot Career: Hair Stylist

by Michelle Breyer on Monday, May 3rd, 2010

At Avenue Five Institute, an Austin-based cosmetology school, enrollment has doubled over the past year, said Brandon Martin, president of the school.

Avenue Five isn’t alone. Beauty schools around the country are seeing a surge in enrollment as a growing number of people are being drawn to careers in cosmetology.

This interest is coming from a wide range of people—from young people out of high school to displaced workers from other industries. Also fueling the growth is the record availability of financial aid.

The number of professional salon employees, 1.7 million, greatly outnumbers the number of lawyers across the United States.

“We’re seeing a lot of older students (30 years old and older) who are finding the need to retrain or pursue a long held dream that they have wanted to accomplish for years and never did until now,” says Jill Kohler, president and founder of Kohler Academy, a cosmetology school in North Scottsdale, Arizona, who has seen a growing number of people enrolling from the banking and real estate industries.

Martin believes the economy has provided people with the opportunity to pursue a career they may always have been interested in.

“Beauty school is not a Plan B anymore.” Martin says. ” For a lot of people, they may have wanted to do it for a long time by their parents told them they had to go to college or they were told it wasn’t a good career. But they realize now that it can be great career that they can be very happy with.”

Many are drawn to the fact that they can have a daily impact on people’s lives. The increased exposure of celebrity stylists through reality shows has contributed to the glamour and allure of the profession.

In a recent British job satisfaction survey, hairstylist ranked No. 1.

“It’s a feel-good industry,” says Walt Hunter, an educator and owner of Salon Professional Academy in North Fort Myers, told the News-Press in April.

At Salon Professional Academy, enrollment has doubled from this time last year.

“We’ve definitely seen growth in enrollments over the past year,” said Jim Cox, executive director of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

Cox says he’s talked to a number of schools with record enrollments, with many schools expanding and building larger facilities to accommodate the surge in students.

While the economic downturn may be driving some of this growth, Cox and others in the industry believe perceptions about the industry are changing. Some of this can attributed to the popularity of celebrity stylists like Nick Arrojo and Ted Gibson on “What Not To Wear” and shows like “Tabitha’s Salon Takeover” and “Shear Genius.”

“In the past, we’ve been the red-headed step-child,” says Cox, citing such images as Grease’s “Beauty School Dropout.” “The momentum has really shifted. Now it’s is more accurately portrayed as a cool career.”

To pursue a career in hairstyling, opt for a hairstyling course from a reputed, accredited institution. You can find a detailed director at Beauty School Advisor.

Take a look at the curriculum. Find out if the course provide both theoretical and practical knowledge. Does it cover the techniques and skills required to style hair using appropriate materials and equipment?

For more information, and to find a cosmetology school near you, check out Beauty School Advisor.

Ideally, a hairstyling course begins with teaching the basic fundamentals of hair science, styling and cutting. A step-by-step approach helps in creating a firm foundation and mastering the art of hairstyling. The importance of shape, bone structure and suitability of hairstyles in accordance with one’s personality and preference should be necessarily covered. The program should provide due emphasis on classic cuts and sharpen hairstyling techniques.

After completing a basic hairstyling course, you should be well prepared to work as an entry-level hairstylist.

To hone skills in particular areas, including working with texture and color, stylists often pursue continuing education. Some stylists choose to work as assistants for experienced stylists to sharpen their skills.

And with financial options more abundant than ever, now is an ideal time to pursue a career in beauty school.

Much of the government financial aid has become available to cosmetology students at accredited cosmetology schools, and it is no longer necessary to be enrolled in a traditional four-year university. Also, most accredited cosmetology schools offer financial aid, ranging from grants and scholarships to loans and payment plans. There are even some non-accredited schools that offer grants and scholarships to qualified students.

Some financial aid options for beauty school may include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study and the Federal Perkins Loan.

“It’s a good time all the way around,” Martin says. “There’s more financial aid then ever to help people enroll in cosmetology school.”

For those who choose a career as a stylist, the benefits can be many.

While other careers may be sensitive to economic ups and downs, the $60 billion cosmetology industry tends to show more economic stability.

One of the benefits of the career is that cosmetologist can easily move into any number of jobs such as esthetician, movie stylist and product sales representative. Even better, cosmetologists can easily set up their own professional salon business out of their homes or elsewhere.

“I’d say the biggest benefit is freedom, hands down,” Kohler says. “You have the freedom to be creative, the freedom to work when you want, the freedom to make as little or as much as you want, the freedom to travel and the freedom to be the best version of yourself.”

Conference for Salon Owners Coming to Austin

by Michelle Breyer on Monday, April 26th, 2010

Salon and spa owners in May in the Live Music Capital of the World for an innovative new event designed to help them grow their businesses.

SalonSpa Vision, being held May 16-17 at the Hilton Hotel Downtown in Austin, TX, will feature some of the leading educators and speakers in the professional beauty business, including Geno Stampora, Mary Beth Janssen, David Stanko and NaturallyCurly/CurlStylist’s own Michelle Breyer.

The conference is designed to provide tools and techniques to generate new business as well as retain existing clients, as well as information on how to manage costs - a must during challenging economic times.

“I am honored to be a keynote speaker for the SalonSpa Vision Conference,” says Geno Stampora, a driving force in the professional beauty industry who was inducted last year into NAHA’s Hall of Leaders. “The beauty industry is searching for solutions to their challenges, and this event brings the best minds together to solve them.

The two-day program will focus on the following topics: raising capital to finance growth, sustainability, marketing and branding, leadership and using technology to grow your business. Attendees will be able to gather information in a relaxed setting.

Registration for the two-day conference is $295, and includes lunch and refreshments on both days as well as 26 sessions and two keynote speeches.

SalonSpa Vision 2010 is produced by The Propoganda House, an independent event production company based in Austin. Executive director Steve Farrer is the owner and producer of the Texas Beauty Show.

Curl Events Sweep the Country

by Staff on Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Nicole Siri

Nicole Siri demonstrates styles on model Maria.

In early May, Head Designs hosted its first annual Curlabration, a venue to share and gather information about styling tips for curly customers. Clients nibbled on crudités and pastries while they watched Sheila Head showed off cutting and styling techniques.

A month later, a dozen curly girls gathered at Salon Nordine and Day Spa in Reston, Va. for a “Curl Gala” hosted by Nicole Siri, author of “Strictly Curls.”

In mid-June, Shai Amiel of Capella Salon in Studio City, Calif., hosted a “Curls Night Out.” More than 50 people came together for a night of education, fun and curl fellowship.

And the next week, Houston curl expert Gerri Curtis invited people to a Curly Hair Party.

“Wear your best curls down as I teach you how to throw it up,” Curtis said in her Evite. “Bring me your main concerns and together we can figure out how to find your inner curl.”

Curl salons such as Devachan, Ouidad, the Curly Hair Institute and Christo Fifth Avenue in New York and Toronto have regularly hosted training events for consumers and stylists. But a growing number of curl-centric stylists from coast to coast are hosting their own curl events.

In some cases, the salons work in conjunction with particular product lines. For example, Wrobyn Tompkins of The Palms Salon & Spa in Norman, Okla., teamed up last year with Mop Top’s Kelly Foreman to host the “Just About Curls” event. Amiel worked with DevaConcepts to set up his event. At Head’s Curlabration, Head brought in Jessica McGuinty of Jessicurl to do a demonstration of how to use her products.

“We wanted to help educate people on how to work with frizzy, fuzzy and hard-to-handle hair,” said Foreman, who fought her own golden ringlets for much of her life. “Our goal was to help curlies embrace their hair and to be comfortable in their own skin/hair!”

At Curltopia@Kristen James Hair Studio in Smyrna, Ga., plans are in the works for the salon’s first “Curl’s Night Out” event later this summer. Guests will be introduced to a variety of curl product lines, and will learn how to use them to get the best results for their curls. The salon hopes to repeat the event several times a year.

“We’ll be providing demonstrations, information and color and styling trends to our curly clientele,” Kristen James says. “We’re providing martinis and making it a fun ‘Sex & the City’ atmosphere.”

“Curly girls are hungry for information,” Amiel says. “If I can share what I know, it makes it better for everyone.”

At the Capella event, women sipped champagne and mimosas as they watched haircut and styling demonstrations and had their own curls touched up. Many current clients brought curly friends to the event.

“I have a soft spot for curly hair,” says Amiel, who has a curly sister and has made a reputation for himself for his expertise with curls.

The Gala at Salon Nordine was a night of curly hair education. Siri did demonstrations on models to show off some fun and easy curly styles.

Noelle Smith

Noelle Smith cut her waist-length hair in to prepare for chemotherapy.

These events all have their own unique twists. Entrepreneur Noelle Smith in April hosted a curly hair demonstration at her Ellenoire boutique in Dundas, Ontario. The event had special meaning for Smith, who was about to start chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Smith’s Ellenoire boutique has offered weekly curly hair demonstrations, where she washes her hair in the store in front of the curly audience and demonstrates how to use the Deva products and care techniques. The April event, however, was bittersweet.

“See my last live curly hair demo until my chemo ends,” said Smith, who was cutting her waist-length curls to donate to Angel Hair for Kids, which provides human or synthetic hair wigs for children from financially disadvantaged families who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatments.

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