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Halloween 'Dos Contest

Send Us Your Best Halloween Hairstyle for a Chance to Win an ARROJO S125 by IZUNAMI Flat Iron and $500 from Salon & Spa Benefits!

1201 You know what’s REALLY scary? Missing out on this opportunity to shine!

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Launchpad is joining forces with IZUNAMI and Salon & Spa Benefits to celebrate your best Halloween hairdos! We know you pour your heart and soul into creating killer trick-or-treating hairstyles; that’s why we’ve cooked up this photo entry contest.

One grand prize winner will receive an ARROJO by IZUNAMI flat iron (see accompanying photos) and a cash prize of $500!  Two more winners will receive one of these fabulous flat irons. What's more—the best Halloween ’Dos will be judged by industry legend Nick Arrojo and LP executive editor Amy Dodds!

To enter the contest, log in as a Launchpad website user, or register as a new user, and upload your photos for consideration by November 8, 2010.

While you’re there, you can check out your competition; drool over the prizes; read up on all that Nick, IZUNAMI and Salon & Spa Benefits are up to; and check out all the beauty info that has to offer.

Winners will be announced November 15 and, in addition to winning a frighteningly great prize, will have their winning work published in the March 2011 issue of Launchpad!

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Oscar Hairstyle Guide

4152 Celebrity stylists spill their secrets to creating the gorgeous looks from the 2012 Oscars!


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LP Editors Lend Sense of Style to "Split Ends"

Stylish LP editors judge styles on Style Network’s stylist-swapping reality show!

Executive Editor Jeryl Spear and Managing Editor Amy Dodds were invited by the Style Network's Split Ends to be on-set judges for Samantha Skudlarek, the super-cute 20-year-old transplant from the tiny town of Randolph, New York who swapped places with Alireza "Denis" Chetzan from Allen Edwards’ Brentwood, California, salon.

Shown above: LP Managing Editor Amy Dodds, Deal or No Deal star Leyla Milani and LP Executive Editor Jeryl Spear

COMING SOON: Special report from the set of the October Split Ends season finale!

One Light, Small City

Samantha hails from Randolph, New York—a tiny town of about 1,200 people that borders Amish country. “There’s, like, one blinking stoplight,” she laughs. So how did she come to apply for Split Ends? “I was bored,” Samantha reveals. “I was casting for different shows online. I applied to Split Ends and got a call two hours later saying that they wanted me to be on the show!”

Samantha says that after an intensive round of interviews (“Every little detail of my life they knew,” she divulges), she found out that she was flying to Los Angeles. “I opened the letter to find out where I was going—it could have been anywhere,” she breathes. “I only had that one night to prepare!”



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First Impressions

Samantha could have had a year to get ready—but nothing could have prepared her for her first client. “As soon as I got there, everything fell apart,” she relates, referring to the blonde who was very particular about her strands. “The round brush I was using to blow out her hair had color on it, and it put this horrible pinky-orange streak at the bottom of the hair. She freaked out! They [the producers] claim that really wasn’t set up, that it was just an accident. I don’t know—but I do know that her reaction was genuine.”

Reality Check

Thankfully, says Samantha, “the other clients didn’t go so bad. But I had so many interviews that pulled me away every ten minutes, it took so long to do the simplest things, like blow-dries that took two hours. Also, the cameramen were around the whole time. They didn’t miss a move. There were two or three of them going. Every day.”

“I was there [in Allen Edwards’ Brentwood, California, salon] for four days,” Samantha continues. “They were long days. I was at the salon all day, didn’t get to sightsee or anything. Just went back to the hotel and slept.”



Missed the episode? It's re-airing all this week! Check out the the Style Network's episode list for upcoming dates and times.