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North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)  is a long-standing, well-respected industry competition.

NAHA, the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America, celebrates the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry.  Each year, individuals are recognized in 13 categories of excellence during a star-studded awards ceremony.

Entering NAHA not only highlights your skills and adds prestige to your portfolio, but also allows you to join the ranks of the industry’s brightest and most talented artists.

Every year I look forward to the inspirations this competition provides. July 31st, 2011 they will be announcing the winners but for now, take a look at the finalists.  To see the complete collections go to the official NAHA site Pretty amazing work.

I’m also excited to be updating my sidebar with new images!


FRESH HAIR STUDIO; Laurie Haney / Deborah Gavin Southampton, PA Photographer: Babak

JACKSON RUIZ SALON; Allen Ruiz Austin, TX Photographer: Tania Quintanilla

HAIR BODY & SOL Inc.; Beth Whitfield Vista, CA Photographer: Mark Sacro

JC SALONS; Johnny Cupello Toronto, ON Photographer: Giancarlo Intini and Richard Dubois

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Even though we all love Essie’s Chinchilly and OPI’s Lincoln Park after Dark it’s time to change up your nails with spring’s newest colors.

OPI has realeased their Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides collection to coincide with the movie’s May 20th realease. The trend-setting shades of pinks, lavender, sage and soft greys are also introduced with OPI’s newest shatter top coat- SILVER!

Check out the video tutorial on OPI’s web pageon how to apply the shatter polish properly and learn some new trends.

But OPI isn’t the only one’s doing great pastels.

Essie released their Spring collection back in January 2011

  and I’m a fan of  topless & barefoot, but I have the all.

AND if you want to follow Princess Kate’s hand and footsteps,

paint them with Essie’s Allure- rumor has it she did.

ZOYA’s Intimate,  a color romance (s2011) premiered at Fashion Week this year.

Zoya is known to be formaldehyde, toulene, DBP- free like their competitor’s

OPI and Essie, but are also VEGAN Friendly (Camphor Free)


Known among beauty insiders as the pioneering leader in luxury and eco-friendly nail polish,

Priti’s NYC Spring 2011 Collection- Sugar Rush is fantastic!

They also have a nail polish RECYCLE program alongside Chemwise

And last but not least  (I can go on forever)

CHANEL and their 3 new  pearlized shades of  their spring 2011 nail polish collection

are oh-so (insert exclamation here!):

“Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel believed the light-reflecting property of pearls enhanced

a woman’s natural beauty by bringing a delicate luminosity to her skin.

-Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup

captures this quality in a radiant Spring 2011 Collection, LES PERLES DE CHANEL

in Pearl Drop, Black Pearl and Peche Nacree.

The only issue we’ll have this spring

is how many manis and pedis will we need to try on all these great colors.

Not much time left- the summer collections are already on order and some even shipping!

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Fun hair from IBS 2011 NY

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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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HAIR WARS Chicago – APRIL 17th, 2011

Hair Wars Supreme Salon Tour 2011


Chicago – Enclave Nightclub will be home to salons from across the Chicagoland area this month with the 11th Annual Hair Wars Supreme Salon Tour competition on Sunday April 17, 2011, sponsored by SEBASTIAN. Hosted by BRAVO’s Shear Genius finalist Ben Mollin, top-notch Chicago salons will take it to the catwalk to showcase their creative talent in the ultimate hair competition. Ten salons will be competing for the coveted national title of Supreme Salon.  Alex Goykhman will not only be snapping pictures of the eccentric hair styles coming down the runway, he’ll take your glam shot too!

Each salon will feature its own theme, routines and distinctive hair styles which best represent their artistic abilities.Chi-town Salons participating in this year are:

  • Aniko Salon & Spa
  • Michael Allan Studio
  • Juan Daniel Hair Salon
  • Colloriffic Coffure
  • MGo Fashions
  • Suite 115 Salon
  • Verto Salon
  • Planet Color Salon
  • Lisa Thomas
  • Rockstar Fades
  • Aqua Salon.

The Supreme Salon tour travels through Scottsdale, San Diego, Chicago & Washington D.C. searching for top salons that display superb creativity and style within their region. The top three salons will proceed to Las Vegas for the chance to win the NATIONAL Supreme Salon title and a cash prize.

Guests that arrive between 9p.m. and 10p.m. will receive complimentary entry with an event invite that can be picked up at any of the participating salon locations or printed from home (see promo flyer)  In addition, the first 200 guests before 10p.m. will receive a gift bag.

Over nine years ago, event producer Benjamin Moline, brought this exciting show to life at a top night club in Chicago. Since then, the Supreme Salon Tour has traveled to and conquered Scottsdale,Arizona and Las Vegas. This show has had over 150 salons competing since 2000. Salons that place in the top three of their regional show have the opportunity to move on to the Nationals.

Recently, the first ever National finals was held in Las Vegas at Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The show was filmed and edited for pilot purposes. We have submitted the pilot to all of the major reality channels in the U.S. The Supreme Salon Tour has been approached to do this production in other countries as well, which is under consideration.

The Supreme Salon Tour “HAIR WARS” is a runway hair and fashion competition, that is judged and awarded. This show consists of top salons all over the country, displaying their creativity and style within their region. The top three salons in each city will move on to a National Finals.

Our goal is to host this industry night throughout the world searching for top salons, stylists, makeup artists, models, accessories, costuming, fashion lines & designers. Each show is filmed for pilot purposes with intentions of obtaining major sponsorships and media partners.– via SUPREME SALON

VISIT : for more details


I feel like some people at these things actually have talent while others are just messy. I think I’m going to go to this Hair Wars and check out the “competition” and have Effigy Salon (my salon)  compete in it next year. THE BAR NEEDS TO BE RAISED!

But for $250 and
• Salons can have no more than 10 artists back-stage for this competition
• Salons will have to provide their own models (10 total )
• Salons must not use full wigs
• Salons can use extensions and props (props will have to be cleared by Windy City Media)
• Salons are responsible for their own music and routine (5 -10 minutes)
• Salons are responsible for their own clothing or costuming (no genital nudity)

you can compete.  I think you might be late this year- but see you in 2012!

Age: 21+ | Capacity: 1000
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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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Pink hates her new ‘do

Pink, 31, showed off her new hairstyle at the premiere of The Lincoln Lawyer in LA on Mar. 10, 2011.

On Mar. 12, Pink tweeted, “The woman that did my hair butchered it. I hate it.  Thanks for pointing out how much you all hate it, too. Helpful.”

Yeah- it’s bad.

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Corey Feldman- really?

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Sam Villa TEXTUR Professional Texturizing Iron

aka micro-crimper.

I just bought this amazing tool at ABS Chicago and couldn’t WAIT to use it!

My salon, Effigy Salon, had an Indie Rock Night and a few of us (stylists) were offering creative styles for the occasion.  Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get my TEXTUR Iron into some willing hair!  Needless to say,  it was more than I hoped for!  I now have a need to micro-crimp everyone!  I’m actually excited for PROM season, I’m still thinking brides won’t be too keen on the idea of having a micro-crimped upstyle.

After seeing the runway looks from the Fashion weeks in Feb/Mar, and the amazing session work coming from our favorites mag’s avant garde tear sheets; a tool like this will add to the options available to create those looks as well as inspiring you to invent new ones.  I’m over poker straight looks- been for a while now-  and I’m glad the general public is also moving away too. Less Japanese Straightening- more Keratin Express and soon Digital Perms, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Thermal tools are the best way to achieve textured looks. First, keep in mind the three components of using thermal tools, including straightening and texturizing irons:

  1. Heat to alter the hydrogen bonds in the hair.
  2. Compression to remove wrinkles and add shine.
  3. Tension to determine how stretched and straight the hair will be.

“I wanted to bring a tool to market specifically designed for creating texture, and I wanted it to meet the highest standards of performance and durability,” explains Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue.

Some of the Textur Iron’s features  (via  Sam Villa):


You will protect the integrity of the hair with the Targeted Temperature Technology that ensures consistent temperatures for specific hair types.  Colored LED indicators guarantee you always know your working temperature:

(GREEN) LOW = 375° for fine hair
(AMBER ) COLOR TREATED = 392° for most hair types, especially for color treated hair
(RED) HIGH = 410° for virgin or highly resistant hair

AND… Rear Temperature Control Band makes it impossible for you to accidentally turn off the power switch!


  • Rounded Plates: Square plates snag the hair. Sam Villa’s exclusive rounded plates ensure you a snag-free glide and significantly lessens the possibility of demarcations
  • Flexible Plate Assembly: Hybrid plate design gives you complete control for even compression every time!
  • Titanium Coated Plates: Coated  Textur® plates (titanium) which makes it easy for you to keep the plates clean


Ergonomic Benefits: The handles of the irons fit any hand size. The slightly longer body gives you more control over the degree of compression with less wrist/hand fatigue.

Design Innovation:” I’ve designed these irons to meet my highest standards of performance and durability” Sam Villa

Don’t be jealous- get your own! Sam Villa Signature Series TEXTUR Texturizing Iron, $229.95 (retail) at It also comes with a phenomenal 2Disc DVD set that showcases not only how to use the Texture Iron, but  techniques using a flat iron or curling iron as well- 21 all together.

• Rotating Temperature Controls: Help protect the integrity of hair, each with colored LED indicators.
LOW = 375° for fine hair
COLOR TREATED = 392° for most hair types, especially for color treated hair
HIGH = 410° for virgin or highly resistant hair.The Temperature Control Band is positioned at the end of the iron, which I’ve NEVER seen before, making it impossible to accidentally turn off the power while working!Other features:
• Snag Free Rounded Plates: Square plates snag hair, Sam Villa’s exclusive rounded plates ensure a snag-free glide and significantly reduces the possibility of demarcations.
• Flexible Plate Assembly: A hybrid plate design gives complete control for even compression every time.
• Titanium Coated Plates: Makes it easy to keep plates clean.
• Ergonomic Benefits: Handles are designed to fit any hand size. The slightly longer body gives more control over the degree of compression with less wrist/hand fatigue.Be sure to check it out!!
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