2015 marks the 15th annual STARS Photo Competition, sponsored by Cosmetologists Chicago (CC). Since 2000, hairstylists who want to show their best creative work to the world have enthusiastically embraced the STARS photo competition. Winners of the STARS photo competition are among the best of the best—established salon professionals, and first-time competitors — all with drive and ambition. Stylists can compete individually or as a team, and in as many categories their portfolio supports.

Farouk Systems Inc. recently announced their upcoming global conference September 18-22, 2015 at the five-star Moon Palace Golf & Resort Spa in Cancun Mexico. The 5-day event will not only celebrate 50-years of Farouk Shami’s legacy of styling and innovations but will be the platform for new product launches and the company’s new celebrity product partnerships.

Goldwell Hair Color Global Brand Ambassador, Mark Leeson, recently won the 2014 British Hairdresser of the Year title at the British Hairdressing Awards. Known as “the Oscars of hairstyling,” the award show is the most acclaimed and prestigious in British hairstyling, and the Hairdresser of the Year title is widely regarded as one of the most important styling accolades in the world. A Global Brand Ambassador for Goldwell since 2009, Leeson has won an incredible 14 British Hairdressing Awards, and has been previously nominated for the top honor three times.

Global color authority Pantone has announced its annual Color of the Year for 2015: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala, an earthy, dimensional wine-red. "While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity hairstylist David Babaii have become a dynamic duo since partnering with Blo Blow Dry Bar this past summer. Since joining North America’s original blow dry bar, the beauty industry, as well as the franchising world, has seen a tremendous expansion in Blo locations around the world.

“In our industry, the latest cut can draw attention, but sometimes not cutting your hair makes the biggest statement of all,” says Patrick McIvor, Artistic & TechniCulture Director for Goldwell and KMS California, who’s latest chop benefitted the Hans Neumaier Memorial Scholarship - $1000 raised thanks to a $500 match donation from Goldwell New York - and a generous crowd at Intercoiffure donated $1,300 to cut McIvor and his two daughter’s hair for

Jane Iredale, founder and president of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd., and creator of jane iredale – THE SKIN CARE MAKEUP, received the prestigious International Spa Association (ISPA) 2014 Visionary Award at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo in Las Vegas this October. 

Coined as the "World Cup of Beauty," the ultimate style-on-steroids hair, makeup, nail art and fashion beauty competition, the Battle of the Strands — Global Beauty Masters TV series will hit the airwaves for the first time ever, premiering on the popular cable network, Discovery Fit & Health on December 2nd at 5pm.

On Sunday November 23rd, the international hairdressing world came together in glamorous Monaco to recognize and celebrate the industry’s best talent at the International TrendVision Awards (ITVA) and to be inspired by the 2015 trend reveal. Now in its 12th year, the 2014 International TrendVision Awards remains one of the most prestigious events in the hairdressing industry.

West Hollywood Design District's retrospective exhibit, "Decades of Design" at the West Hollywood Library, features renowned hair colorist Marco Pelusi of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio on Robertson. Through February 2015, the gallery will shine a light on the district's interior designers, architects, fashion designers, and stylists, like Pelusi, who commented, "It has been my destiny to be here in the West Hollywood Design District, among the most globally recognized talent in the world, where we offer products and services that simply cannot be duplicated.

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