Guest Blogs

Summer Makeup Tips: How To Avoid a Meltdown
While many of us adore summertime, heat and makeup don’t always work so well together. Thankfully there are tricks you can use to prevent makeup from melting in the sunshine. Follow this practical advice from two expert educators at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture: the Executive Director of Esthetics, Gabriela Santana-Blackburn and Master Educator, Carla Jelens. Step 1: Use an oil-free moisturizer and SPF 30
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:36pm
Seeing Red: My Summer Makeover & How-Tos
A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Sally Hershberger LA for a true tress transformation. I'd always harbored a desire for red hair, but every time I consulted a salon in the hopes of achieving the bold shade, I'd end up with red undertones or a slight tint—but no dramatic difference. Was my hair just resistant to change?
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:07am
Double Identity
-by Sam Villa, Founding Partner of the Sam Villa brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 3:57pm
Furthering Your Education: Repêchage CEO Lydia Sarfati Reveals How!
Interested in pursuing an advanced education in beauty? We consulted with Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati to give you vital tips on continuing your education and expanding your knowledge base. Below, Sarfati contributes her expertise!  
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:40am
Building a Solid Foundation for Style
The ponytail is a foundation technique for stylists, just like cooking eggs is for chefs - they are timeless and a principal in editorial/runway trends. Ponytails, however, do require discipline and time to master. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that require the most skill, yet, once mastered, make your foundation as solid as a rock and stable enough to build on. Think about how many times the ponytail comes into play in session work, stage demos, up-dos and education, not to mention behind the chair. Share this knowledge with your guests and they will repay you with loyalty.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 10:04am
Creating a Professional Image: Repêchage CEO Lydia Sarfati Reveals How!
Wondering how to make a perfect first impression? We consulted with Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati to give you vital tips on creating a professional image. Below, Sarfati contributes her expertise!  
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:34pm
Health Meets Beauty: FabFitFun's Spring 2014 VIP Box
FabFitFun has established itself a reliable and fashion-forward purveyor of all things beauty- and fitness-related, and this spring, the subscription box service truly outdid itself! The Spring 2014 VIP Box was my favorite yet!  
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 3:06pm
Behind the Scenes at a Sam Villa Photo Shoot
I just got back from a shoot in Montreal where we shot two collections and an assortment of editorial images. Being able to collaborate with talented people is vital to the growth of a stylist so I try to shoot numerous times a year, not only to fuel creativity, but to fuel my business, so it’s important for me to be extremely prepared. I need to maximize time, inspire the team, and creatively collaborate in an organized way so that the images/collections created are not only beautiful and interesting, but a representation of the brand and marketable.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:59am
My Daily Game-Changer: Cezanne Perfect Finish
We all have our beauty challenges, those little things that keep us from having a good hair day or a flawless finish. Mine is was frizz. Past-tense, because I'm happily frizz-free thanks to the revolutionary Cezanne Perfect Finish smoothing treatment, which I had the opportunity to receive at Casablanca Salon & Day Spa in Sherman Oaks, California.
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:11pm
Beauty News: Important Information for Salon Professionals from Patrick McIvor
This is a turning point for our industry. A non-professional was able to buy "professional-use-only" products and make a how-to video via YouTube that recommended using those products to lighten/bleach and tone her hair, while completely ignoring the manufacturer's instructions. Her video, which included harmful and dangerous information received 1.2 million views. As a salon professional, I created a video pointing out why what she did was unsafe. Now my video has been removed from YouTube, and I have been threatened with legal action.
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:53pm