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Hairbrained is a social network of Hair Stylists, Salon Owners, and Educators from around the world. All together on one website to bring you the latest in the industry.

Some people compare it to facebook for hairdressers, but in reality it’s more than that.  It’s an amazing resource: Great member blogs, groups and forums which give us tons of insight on equipment, tools and products as well as inspirational photo galleries (my fav) for your viewing pleasure.

Currently has 10,000 members with a new goal of 20,000 (maybe next year)

Here’s a video of Paul Mitchel’s Robert Cromeans (Video by Takashi Kitamura)


If you’re into hair the way I am and haven’t joined hairbrained, go now!

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America’s Beauty Show…

America’s Beauty Show, formerly the Midwest Beauty Show has been going strong for 80years!  Going on now, March 12-14 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

There, the top educators, most successful salon owners and coolest platform artists will inspire and challenge you to take your business—and yourself—to the next level.

I practically would’ve stayed at the ABS RUNWAY all day given all the great presentations that were going on:

SUNDAY – March 13
Farouk with Rocky Vitelli and Leonel Rodriguez – 9:30-9:45am
Sassoon with Mark Hayes & The Sassoon Academy Creative Team – 9:55-10:15am
Toni & Guy with Zak Mascolo, Darian Bishop, Joseph Marzioli & Samatha Finley – 10:25-10:55am
Paul Mitchell with Robert Cromeans, Stephanie Kocielski, Angus Mitchell & Takashi Kitamura – 11:05-11:30am
Irvine & Louise Rusk – 12-12:40pm
Intercoiffure featuring Vivienne Mackinder, Gina Khan & Jo Blackwell-Preston– 12:50-1:50
Anthony Mascolo – 2:00-2:50pm
Pivot Point International featuring Yolly ten Koppel – 3:00-3:15pm
Nick Arrojo – 3:25-4:05pm
Matrix with Brian & Sandra Smith, Chrystofer Benson & Daniel Roldan – 4:15-4:35pm
American Crew with Theri DeJoode– 4:45-5:05pm

I even saw the hairdresser’s photographer BABAK snapping shots of the models and talents on stage.

BUT  there was too much to see and shop for on the main floor.  Including the legendary man himself, Vidal Sassoon.  Bought my copy of Vidal: The Autobiography for $30, released Feb 24th, 2011. I suggest you buy it on AMAZON for less ($18.45)  Yes it was a rush purchase!  Mainly because I needed to get it signed and take another picture to add to my collection of Celebrity hairdressers.

I’ll be there tomorrow mainly to watch some great platform work and continue to be inspired by some of the classes offered by the NCA/CCA.  Here’s Monday’s ABS RUNWAY SCHEDULE.  Yes, I’ll be there for Tabatha.

MONDAY – March 14
Student Conference presenting Ted Gibson & Yolly ten Koppel – 8:30am-10:00am
American Crew with Theri DeJoode – 10:10am-10:30am
Tabatha Coffey – 10:40am-11:20am
CND Shellac™ & Fashion Fusion INTA Conference with Jan Arnold of CND – 11:30am-2:30pm

Pictures will be posted ASAP with the collection work and trends of the famous hair “houses.”

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So much going on, so litte time

I have a list of things I need to cover here!

Look for the following posts to satisfy:

Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week FEB 10-17  featuring NY FALL/WINTER 2011

London Fashion Week FEB 18-23 featuring LONDON FALL/WINTER 2011

83rd Annual Academy Awards FEB 27th

Milan Fashion Week FEB 24-28 FALL/WINTER 2011

Paris Fashion Week MAR 1-9 FALL/WINTER 2011

America’s Beauty Show MAR 12-14 showcasing HAIR & Beauty Trends and products for 2011+ (Chicago)

Midwest International Salon and Spa Expo MAR 26-28 By the industry for the industry, Midwest edition. (Chicago)

AND OF COURSE… industry talk, then reviews: products, tips & tricks, equipment & tools!


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America’s Beauty Show

Woo-hoo!  I’m so excited!  America’s Beauty Show (ABS) is coming: March 12-14, 2011 to McCormick Place in downtown Chicago.

ABS  is one of the largest professional beauty industry trade shows.  5th largest convention in Chi-town and it’s not open to the general public.  Sorry to all you kitchen colorists and beauty junkies.

This year is going to be pretty exciting.  Not only are they showcasing the usual: new trends, new products, demos, free stuff, discounted stuff, hot models and great energy, they showing the Vidal Sassoon: The Movie @the Cadillac Palace.  The man himself will be there accepting the Hair Icon award and having a Q&A with the film’s producer Michael Gordon, founder of Bumble + bumble.

Sassoon revolutionized  hair with his “wash and wear” philosophy, literally changed the way hair is cut today.  If it weren’t from him, we’d still be doin’ roller sets and most likely I would be a lawyer.

If you’re not a salon professional but still want to check out the festivities you still may have a shot at getting in! BE A MODEL! ABS doesn’t do the hiring so you have to contact the exhibitor directly.  Here’s the list: .  They’ve also been known to post on the

Coming soon…


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a little of me

Hi my name is Judith Barrientos aka Judith B.  I’m currently the Art Director at Effigy Salon in Elmhurst, IL.  Before that I was in the city since graduating beauty school (Pivot Point).  I did my advanced education apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon Chicago in both cutting and color- 3 years of my life, making $3.25-$4.25, but worth EVERY SECOND!

While I was with the company I was involved in shows in both Chicago and London.  I was also transferred to London for a bit which converted me to doing lots of things, drinking tea for one.  Receiving the training that I did paired up with with a well respected company like that made me realize something about myself.  I love knowledge.

I’ve been an educator for ten years- and I still love it.  I’ve written several types of advanced education programs for several salons.  I’ve also had 3 salon certified by the state for CEUs (continuing education units) in  advance education; currently working on numero quatro.  I’ve worked behind the scenes on movies, runway shows, editorial shoots, collection work and talent (comp cards / headshots).  But I’m the happiest sharing the knowledge I possess that I’ve accrued throughout my 15 years of experience behind the chair  and being a natural “researcher.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love my clients.  Who wouldn’t like to go into work and say they played with their friends’ hair and laughed all day?  YES, I smile and laugh a lot.  I’m happy with the career path I chose and continue to choose everyday.  Sure you have some ups and down, but it’s that just life?  And seriously?, if the worst of my day is that…  I don’t really have worst days.  I still come home happy.

I have a gigantic list of topics that I feel might interest people:  hair trends, product reviews, techniques, funny stories behind the chair, collection / education reviews, etc.  SO- if you would be so kind- please shoot over some ideas or questions you may have on hair, the biz or life- yeah I’ll take life questions!  chacha does, why can’t I?  I  write this for you my, my peers and hair enthusiasts- ok fine, closet cosmetologists too! But I really recommend taking the plunge to the latter.

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