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Racial Equality Reading List June 12, 2020 – Posted in: News

The history of oppression is overwhelming across the globe and the progress within the United States has been embarrassingly slow, if not stagnant. The most recent tragedies caught on camera are putting police brutality rightly in the hot seat and also giving society a hard look at the daily fear and disadvantages that are put on the shoulders of our neighbors, siblings, significant others, peers, colleagues – our LOVED ones. Not speaking up and facing…

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We Are Here June 5, 2020 – Posted in: News

BLACK LIVES MATTER Let’s start by saying it. Inequality is a systemic issue that sadly comes in a lot of forms – the refugee crisis, the tragedy at our borders, developing countries without basic needs and the injustice and systemic inequality in our own neighborhoods. And today, we are here to talk about the issue of Black Lives Matter and our duty to hear black voices and honor black stories and ensure police brutality has…

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6 Tips to Staying Energized February 20, 2020 – Posted in: Artist Co-Lab

2020 is in full swing and there are some seriously hours ahead of every stylist. For Pulp Riot squad member, Amanda Harsche, it’s just going to get even busier. She already spends 10 hours behind the chair four days a week. The rest of the time she’s either poring over online education videos or, more likely, off to another state to deliver her own unique and much-loved education. Known as the queen of rainbow color,…

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A quirk of nature led to the Queen of Balayage December 3, 2019 – Posted in: Artist Co-Lab

LA Travel Magazine named her Queen of Balayage, while Modern Salon declared her one its 100 Game Changers of the Year, but Frances Canola’s triumphs came only after she faced down potential defeat caused, literally, by her own hands. ‘I desperately wanted to teach,’ says the renowned Californian colorist, co-owner with Russell Mayes of Bauhaus Hair Studio in Orange, California. ‘But I’m left-handed and just couldn’t demonstrate a cut clearly to hairdressers who were right-handed,…

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Small Town to Center Stage November 13, 2019 – Posted in: Artist Co-Lab

Moms never give bad advice, right? Well, if majestic mermaid-maker Amanda Harsche had listened to her mom, we would never have got to revel in her glorious colorwork because Amanda’s mom dissuaded from beauty when she was 17, 19 and 25 years old. Yep, three times Amanda almost signed up for beauty school and three times she let her mom talk her out of it. Fortunately, at 28, Amanda was determined and her mom finally…

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The Anxious Creative Revealed October 15, 2019 – Posted in: Artist Co-Lab

Dawn Bradley has form when it comes to walking away from something safe to try something completely new. She was the top earner in her salon in Saskatoon when she decided to leave Canada for the bright lights of London in the UK. She soon established a loyal clientele at the Aveda Institute, one of London’s coolest salons, before being tempted to Australia, where she quickly found the perfect job at one of the country’s…

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The Three Ps of Sustainability October 9, 2019 – Posted in: News

It’s a common misconception that sustainability is all about climate change – it’s not, as you probably know. This broad and complex topic is about meeting the needs of the present without harming the wellbeing and opportunities of future generations, distributing resources evenly and not taking more than can be regenerated safely and naturally. Attention, rightly so, is currently very much focused on the future, but a fundamental part of the incredibly multifaceted challenge we…

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The Helpful Companion October 1, 2019 – Posted in: Artist Co-Lab

As educator extraordinaire JCarlos speeds across the country from California to Chicago, or even down to Mexico, he always has his trusted assistant, Panchito with him. Named after the Mexican war hero Pancho Villa, Panchito travels for free, never takes up a seat and helps lower JCarlos’s unavoidable carbon footprint. Oh, and he will ride a horse or take up arms because Panchito is JCarlos’s Ping, mixing all his color formulas to perfect consistency in…

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Are You Ready for Summer Hair Rehab? September 11, 2019 – Posted in: Artist Co-Lab

For most the long, hot summer is over, the vacation season is wrapping up and folks are preparing to settle back into work or school. But while the sun, sea, and pool might be goodfor mind and body, they are far from kind to hair, meaning repair rather than dramatic makeovers will be the primary focus for many stylists at this time of year. ‘Clients often return to the salon after summer with the outer…

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Effects of Hard Water on Hair August 28, 2019 – Posted in: Education

Scientists around the world are confirming what hair stylists have long known to be true. Hard water is our nemesis. A study in 2013 from the International Journal of Trichology studied whether hard water, characterized by water with higher levels of calcium carbonate, lime and magnesium sulphate actually effects the strength and elasticity of hair. All hair stylists are aggressively nodding their heads right now. However, this study conducted over 30 days revealed no evidence…

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