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Vidal Sassoon, Always remembered

Today we lost a great. Not only for the beauty industry but for everyone.  Famed hairdresser and icon, Vidal Sassoon died today after a long battle with  Leukemia.

So lucky were we that Michael Gordon (founder of Bumble and Bumble) Produced a documentary on Vidal Sassoon’s life. Available on Netflix and OnDemand  (in some places)

If you haven’t had a chance to watch it I highly recommend it.  He came a long way from his childhood  in an orphanage and a Jew during WWII to the inspiration he’s become today and will continue to be for generations to come.

I personally and very sad and will miss him.  When working for Vidal Sassoon I learned about his philosophies and will always appreciate the fact that he raised the bar for hairdressers all over the world; thereby helped in gaining a respect for hairdressers as professionals and they’re craft.  He inspired so many artists that started with Sassoon training: Tony and Guy, John Paul Mitchell, Tim Harley

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NAHA is almost here


Awards to be announced July 31st, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV

Red Carpet Reception
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Awards Ceremony
8:00pm – 9:30pm

NAHA 2011 Emcee
Tabatha Coffey, Television’s Celebrity Stylist

NAHA 2011 Beautiful Humanitarian Award Honoree
Holly Madison, Star of Peepshow


What is NAHA?

The infamous NAHA Red Carpet Reception is the place to be to get the party started — Share a toast with friends and colleagues, mingle with the who’s who of the industry, show off your personal style, and strike a pose for the paparazzi!

The NAHA Awards Ceremony truly exemplifies the dedication, inspiration and excitement of the beauty industry. Spectacular performances, artistic presentations by the industry’s leading stylists, and special appearances by famous fashionistas and beauty lovers alike make this Ceremony a non-stop party and the most inspirational beauty event you will attend all year!

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iPhone updo app!

Andrew Collinge, twice British Hairdresser of the Year, demonstrates his internationally famous talent for dressing long hair. A series of 4 short vids makes the putting up of long hair fun & easy to achieve; Andrew takes just minutes to achieve and require only one pin to secure. Additional content includes a Gallery of images drawn from Andrew’s 30 year career – he tells the stories behind the styles.

The Two Minute Up-Do app, in association with Denman, is available now to download for free. It features an interactive gallery of the Collinge family history of hairdressing, now over a century old, alongside Andrew talking about some of his favourite long hairstyles that he has created over the years. The app also includes an interactive Denman catalog, with a large selection of brushes and styling tools.

We all love Denman!

Download Andrew Collinge’s new Two Minute Up-Do app for iphone. You’ll get the step-by-steps for four classic updos! Once the free app has been downloaded, these videos can be ordered from within the app. They cost £1.19 ($1.95) each and you’ll be helping out the Design for Life Appeal, which aims to raise £2million ($3.28mil) to transform the lives of those with learning difficulties.  ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY.

Why does everything have to be on an iphone?  HELLO?  There’s a few of us out her that are Android-based!

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HJ 2011 British Hairdressing Awards are open

It’s official!  The 27th annual Hairdresser’s Journal

2011 British Hairdressing Awards,

sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, have launched!


There’s no better way to make a name for yourself in the beauty industry than to enter one of the many respected competitions, awards or events.  Even if you’re not lucky enough to win, the publicity surrounding these events ensure that your name will be promoted throughout the industry, and your work will be seen by some of the biggest names in the business –
and, most likely,  published.
Hairdresser’s Journal’s British Hairdressing Awards 2011, sponsored by Schwarzopf Professional

Who can enter?
All qualified hairdressers who have been working in the UK for a minimum of three years; with the exception of Newcomer of the Year, where entrants should be 25 years and under, with a regular column in the salon.
What are the details?
For initial entry, submit four photographs created in the past 12 months, which depict current trends in a creative and inspirational way. Call the number below or visit for more details, as specific requirements for each category vary.
What is the prize?
A trophy, PR support, and a prestigious title from the ‘Oscars’ of the hairdressing industry.
Where can I get the information?
Call 020 8652 8845 or go to
If you’re in the area, Download Entry Form here.

Angelo Seminara, one of my favorite & inspiring hairdressers, won British Hairdresser of the Year 2007 &  2010

Here’s one of his looks from last years competition.

Each year, hundreds of hairdressers from all over the UK dedicate months of hard work preparing their entries.

There are 15 categories to enter, which include a variety of disciplines, regional and specialist categories:


Artistic Team

Avant Garde



Colour Technician

and the most prestigious award – British Hairdresser of the Year.

Take an hour and look through last year’s winners & entries.

Even the newcomers category will blow you away.  Here’s a sample:

Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
of the Year
London Hairdresser of the Year
London Hairdresser
of the Year
Midlands Hairdresser of the Year
Midlands Hairdresser
of the Year
North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year
North Eastern Hairdresser
of the Year
Northen Ireland Hairdresser of the Year
Northern Ireland Hairdresser
of the Year
North Western Hairdresser of the Year
North Western Hairdresser
of the Year
Scottish Hairdresser of the Year
Scottish Hairdresser
of the Year
Southern Hairdresser of the Year
Southern Hairdresser
of the Year
Wales and South Western Hairdresser of the Year
Wales and
South West Hairdresser
of the Year


Don’t forget to also check out the nominees for 2010

Any  hairdresser can compete with the biggest names in the industry on a level playing field. This competition is based on photographic entries that demonstrate the skills & talents of the entrant. All entries are judged independently by a distinguished panel, with all entries remaining anonymous, and results counted and compiled by an independent firm of auditors.

HJ’s British Hairdresser of the Year is the most prestigious prize in hairdressing. Each year the shortlist is nominated by an anonymous panel of hairdressing experts.  The nominees then create a collection of hairstyle photography that demonstrates their hairdressing skills and submit a CV that proves why they should be the hairdressing ambassador that is the British Hairdresser of the Year.

Competitions like this have significantly raised the bar of hairdressing in general. Let alone British hairdressing!   It’s huge publicity for all who make it in the top tier.  And winners, even if unknown, become overnight sensations.  The most pretigious award of the night – British Hairdresser of the Year – is recognized worldwide.  The winner officially becomes the ambassador for British hairdressing and appears on all forms of media outlets: TV, Radio, Print, Commercials, etc


If you’re in the area, Download Entry Form here.

Closing date for entries is 5pm, Friday 24th June 2011.

The Awards will be announced on Monday 28th November 2011

at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London W1.


I’m excited to see the results!

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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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John Galliano

The John Galliano Paris Fashion Week show is NO LONGER.  Originally he was supposed to show his latest collection for the house of Christian Dior on Sunday but…

The show was cancelled after it was announced he will stand trial for alleged anti-Semitic remarks made last week.  He was handed his pink slip as Creative Director after a video, via The Sun, surfaced showing Galliano telling two Italian women that he doesn’t appreciate their ethnicity. “But I love Hitler,” he says. “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed. You’re ugly.”


But there’s $$$ to be made- editors and buyers will be invited to see the new collection at a smaller scale presentation and NO Mr. Galliano will not be there.

The city’s prosecutor’s office said a trial could take place between April and June 2011.  If guilty, Galliano could face six months in prison and fines of up to $43,000.

French law makes it a crime to incite racial hatred and as well as allegedly verbally abusing the couple, Galliano was filmed making anti-Semitic remarks during a night out in which he announced his love for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

Galliano, who has checked into an unnamed rehab facility, has spoken out about the incident and is regretful about his statement but says he was provoked.

“Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behaviour in causing any offence. I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me,” Galliano said.

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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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