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The Fantastic Hairdresser

In his highly acclaimed book, The Fantastic Hairdresser, author Alan Austin-Smith shares his passion for the salon industry and champions the hairdresser. His ultimate aim is to spread his philosophy of, “making the most of your life, achieving the success you desire and having fun doing it!”  He believes the fantastic hairdresser is always learning […]

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Salon and Spa Product Tips

Testing, Testing. Beautiful packaging is wonderful but at the end of the day, your stylists and clients care most about what’s inside the bottle. Go for the Guarantee. Satisfied customers are the foundation of any business, so your product partners should be invested in your satisfaction. Excellent products should be guaranteed, and you only want […]

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Serums Ingredient Labels Explained

Generally, serums are used to deliver active ingredients to skin in higher concentrations in order to generate a specific skin response. Typical serums address skin-specific issues, such as hyperpigmentation, lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, texture, tone, pore size, acne, redness and irritation. Understanding ingredient listings in serums is often difficult. Active ingredient names can take […]

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Lotions: Ingredient Labels Explained

There are many different formulation types for lotions and creams. The most common is an oil-in-water emulsion. Simply put, there are oil-soluble ingredients and water-soluble ingredients in most lotions and creams. Usually, the oil-soluble ingredients are in lower concentrations than the water-soluble ingredients. It is well-known that if oil and water are combined, they separate, […]

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Cleansers: Ingredient Labels Explained

Skin care products are becoming more complex and effective every day. New and advanced ingredients are becoming available more rapidly to cosmetic chemists with higher levels of efficacy and, of course, side effects. Skin care professionals need to be able to understand how to read product ingredient labels and provide answers to their clients regarding […]

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Advising Your Client on Hair Color: Part 2

If you operate your own salon, develop a plan and work from it. However, if you work for a larger salon your work will likely be more complicated than this. Larger salons will often separate different steps in the haircare process into separate departments. If you work for a departmentalized salon, its important to work […]

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Advising Your Client on Hair Color: How does it benefit your client. Part 1

Before coloring a clients hair, analyze the client’s overall hair and appearance. If the client does not need haircolor, do not pressure her into a haircolor treatment. Some clients do not need or want hair coloring and that is fine. Client’s will respect the honesty and professionalism you display and may often send clients to […]

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Philip Pelusi on Organic Products

“Hairdressers are hungry for information about organic products,” says Pelusi, who offered a 90-minute class that addressed everything from performance issues to USDA certification. “The demand for organic products is exploding, but in many cases the consumer is more well informed than the average hairdresser.” According to Pelusi, these are the top four things all […]

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