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My Melted-Chocolate Makeover at I.C.O.N. Lab Salon
Confession: When someone offers me chocolate, I can't say no. So when I was offered a dye job that would resemble chocolate—in the spirit of fall 2013's dimensional brunette trend—I was way too elated by the prospect to suggest anything else. I was fortunate enough to be in the chair of I.C.O.N. Lab Salon's very own Crystil Olsen, a stylist and educator who's worked with the brand for nine (!) years. And not only that, I got to experience I.C.O.N.'s new ECOTECH permanent haircolor, a creamy and ammonia-free formula with vibrant and rich capabilities. The ingredients?

The Private Room owner Tina Dizon and me, Alyson Osterman-Kerr
I recently had the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite Beverly Hills salons: The Private Room. Not only did owner Tina Dizon treat me to an amazing gravity-defying blowout along with a sparking demipermanent "Tiger's Eye" brunette hue (part of the salon's brand-new "The Glossary" bar)-which in and of itself, makes for one fantastic salon experience-but the "service" I experienced at the salon was one of the best.

Nail Art Goes Nerdy for My TV Debut!
Did you know that during the 1400s, women would shave their foreheads, pluck their eyelashes and brows completely and whiten their faces and decolletage with ceruse—a concoction of vinegar and powdered lead? (Pretty gnarly.) Or that during the 17th and 18th centuries, women used drops from the poisonous belladonna plant to dilate their pupils, purely for the sake of beauty? That coal tar was the Elizabethan era's answer to eyeliner? Sacre bleu, it's all true.

It was so great reconnecting with Marilyn Manson on Chris Hardwick's show "The Talking Dead" on AMC! I did Manson's video "Tainted Love" with the cast of Not Another Teen Movie a few years ago and we laughed over the antics that happened during those two days we spent together. He reminded me that I was one of only 3 makeup artists that he'd ever let do his makeup. He usually does it himself!

Pulling Out Your Hair? 6 Ways to Deal With Difficult Customers
As a hairstylist who sees clients daily, you’re bound to run into at least a handful of difficult customers, and the more customers you deal with, the more likely it is to happen. Here are six ways to deal with difficult customers and avoid awkward situations. Follow these tips and you may even earn a new loyal client! 

Guest Post: Volume - Bigger Is Better
Sam Villa, Founding Partner of the Sam Villa® brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, shares his big volume tips!

Lucie Doughty offers a little background on what’s become every stylists’ best friend, the bobby pin.

Mainstream Punk
Each year, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds the Met Gala. It’s like the Oscars for the fashion world  - a huge party with a red carpet and the who’s who of the fashion and beauty world, including models, designers, celebrities, photographers and editors. This year, the theme was “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” a trend we also saw on fall 2013 runways of Fendi, Thakoon and Alexander Wang.

Hope Schiller's Emmys 2013 Hairstyles Roundup
Paul Mitchell International Trainer Hope Schiller shares her Emmys 2013 hairstyles roundup!

Terrence Davidson, famed wig and celebrity hairstylist for countless entertainers including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks, Patti Labelle, Mary J Blige and Iman shares his top three favorite hairstyles from the Emmy Awards!My top 3 hairstyles of the night go to....

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