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HAPPY 2017


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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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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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Vidal Sassoon on Good Day LA

Vidal Sassoon has a new film out about his life that took him from a kid from the tough-working class to a superstar hairdresser.

Vidal talked about the film on Thursday to Good Day LA on Fox.

His story is an amazing one!  I can’t wait to see the movie at ABS Chicago next month.  AND  I’m so excited to get my copy with my ABS ticket!

After watching this interview, I want to hear more on Vidal’s mom!

To view video click  here.

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errr, don’t be late

I’ll set the scene, salon,  busy Thursday evening.  You have an appointment for a highlight and haircut, possibly a treatment in between (at least 2.5- 3 hours).  You walk up to reception to check in and she tells you your stylist is running 20 minutes behind.  you’re thinking- HELLO?  could you have called me?  I could of not rushed here, or ran an errand or picked up a latte!

Everyone knows the front desk is the brain of the salon.  The assistants and stylist keep them constantly informed about what’s going on so if there’s an issue, they can find a way to resolve it.  Any properly run front desk will call you if your stylist is running late as soon as they know; as yes, if you live far, it might be on the drive over.  It’s a courtesy they provide so you can go get that latte you were craving since 3pm this afternoon.

There are lots of reasons for running late but this obviously goes on both ends; clients and hairdresser.

If you’re a new client, you should be there at least 10-15 minutes early so you can  fill out a new client form,  unwind with a beverage, go to the bathroom- whatever it is –  and have time for thorough consultation.  At my salon, new clients are booked with an extra 15 minutes to provide ample time for a great consultation with their stylist.  The first time  consultation about your color and cut is essential to your final result.  This also goes for current clients who want a big change!

Bring pictures- that always helps.  Your “butter” blond may be a beige-y platinum to another.  We don’t expect clients to speak “hairdresser” but we hear the “terms” everyday, sometimes used incorrectly.  My favorite is when people refer to chin length hair as a “bob.”  NOT ALL CHIN LENGTH HAIR IS A BOB. phew- glad I got that out.  I blame the media 🙂 jk

If  you’re not a new client, PLEASE be on time.  We want to give you 100% of our attention and provide you with the best service possible and part of that is NOT having the next person wait (see first paragraph). AND it compounds, you’re late 15 min… one person changed their mind and wants highlights,  next thing you know the stylist is running an hour behind WITH HELP!  Trust me- we don’t like it.

OH wait!  I almost forgot- being on time but staying on your cell phone for 20 minutes counts as being late!  We can’t do anything if you’re on the phone.  It’s also rude.

If you are running late, please call! Usually the salon can accommodate you and this is basically a way of the front desk to do damage control!  If you’re going to be really late (more than 15-20 min.) you might be rescheduled.  Maybe in the same day if you’re lucky!   No it’s not the stylist being lazy, it’s about customer service.  The client after you deserves just as much attention as you do and if the roles were switched you’d be upset at the stylist for running late (see top; again!)

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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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