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Riqua Hailes, owner of Just Extensions Salon in Los Angeles, is constantly asked about the origin of the hair used in extensions. She did not have the answer, so she decided to pack her bags and find out for herself, hiring a film crew to document every step of the way. After traveling to China, Malaysia, Cambodia and India, Riqua returned with many answers. She found herself intrigued by the story behind every community and how they contribute to this billion-dollar industry.

While August may be sweltering, your client's makeup will stay flawless with these summer makeup tips from Rebecca Prior, Chief of Makeup Services at Napoleon Perdis. Take your client from a subtle daytime look to a bold bright lipped beauty for sizzling summer nights. Here are six makeup tips you don't want to miss!Six Summer Party Makeup Tips

Sudzz FX Discusses the Launch of Their New Academy, Company Growth and New Produ
Beauty Launchpad Assistant Editor Molly Kossoff caught up with Carla Ross, Owner of Slash Salon and Academy and Creative Director of SUDZZfx at Cosmoprof North America 2014 to discuss the recent launch of the SUDZZfx Academy. Focused on innovation rather than replication, as well as the individual stylist's needs, the Santa Monica, CA based academy provides education and hands-on experience for hairstylists.

Thermafuse Launches New f450 Smoothing System at Cosmoprof North America 2014
Molly Kossoff, Assistant Editor of Beauty Launchpad, caught up with Thermafuse Marketing Coordinator Brittany Straight and Director of Education Dale Smith at Cosmoprof North America 2014 to discuss the exciting launch of Thermafuse's brand new f450 Smoothing System. Packaged in a convenient, one-stop, carry-all briefcase, this innovative system is sure to be a game changer in the beauty industry. Check out the exclusive interview below!   www.thermafuse.com/f450

Paul Pereira, NAHA winner for Men's Hairstylist of the Year, shares which men's hairstyle trends will be popular in 2015! Will the boy band hairstyles of the 1990s be coming back into style? Watch the interview and find out!   [Image courtesy of PBA, style by Paul Pereira]

Hairstyles How To: Controlled Chaos by Sam Villa
Looking to spice things up in the salon this season? Turn to Controlled Chaos – a technique that does not use cutting guidelines, yielding results with loose texture that look like they have been cut freehand. 

Diva Poulos discusses the DOAM presentation by the Sebastian Core team at Wella's Trend Vision.

Watch: How to Create Fishtail Pigtails by Jasmine Chang
Hairstylist Jasmine Chang shows how to create cute fishtail pigtails on her mini-model, Kayla! Check out the video tutorial below!

Watch: Regency Beauty Institute Celebrates Beauty Pros in New Campaign and Video
A career in beauty can be creative, flexible and rewarding. But despite the passion-driven business that beauty is, it’s often not viewed with the same respect as other creative careers. With the launch of a new brand campaign, Regency Beauty Institute is celebrating and inspiring cosmetologists to help raise the profession as a creative and inspiring career choice. 

Watch! Industry Leaders at NAHA
Beauty Launchpad Editors Amy Dodds and Alyson Osterman-Kerr interview industry leaders on the NAHA red carpet!

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