The competition was fierce at Wella's TrendVision 2015 as 44 incredibly talented finalists competed for titles in Student, Young Talent and Color categories. Judges Tabatha Coffey, Andy LeCompte, Eden Sassoon, Frank Marasco, Oscar Blandi and Whitney Port had their work cut out for them as they determined which contestants would go home with awards. Between breathtaking showcases of artistic presentations from D&J Ambrose, Sebastian Professionals and Sassoon Academy and live runway presentations from the contestants, all the winners were revealed.

Rising summer temperatures call for hairstyles that keep clients cool, yet still looking on-trend and put-together. Enter the ponytail; it can be dressed up for a classy night out, or kept cute and casual for a day at the beach, or even just running errands around town. Its versatility is what keeps the ponytail trendy, and the reason so many women (and longer-haired men!) turn to it throughout the year.

 jcp Salons is becoming The Salon by InStyle! Senior Creative Director Nick Stenson gives us the scoop on the reinvention, which just launched in 15 locations with all other jcp locations following suit in 2016.

Sarah Livingston, hairstylist at Michael's Salon and Day Spa in Dayton, OH, created this casual wavy look that offers a cute, everyday style. To achieve this style, Sarah washed Maggie's hair and applied a hydrating styling cream before blow drying. She then curled the hair all over with a 1-inch curling iron. To finish the look, she sprayed the hair with a sea salt texturizing spray.   Check out the on-set video from the photoshoot, below!

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) partnered with Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) to launch the ultimate brand presentation for beauty entrepreneurs at PBA Beauty Week 2015. Five finalists pitched their businesses to a panel of top investors including renowned entrepreneurs Mark Cuban and John Paul DeJoria. Launchpad's Amy Dodds talks to John Paul DeJoria about the first ever Beauty Pitch presentation and his business tips for entrepreneurs:

The Moody Blue technique is just right for clients who want to try a colorful look, but don't want to go with a bright rainbow attention-grabbing shade. PRAVANA Guest Artist, Rebecca Taylor shows us how to create a gorgeous, metallic Moody Blue look using both PRAVANA VIVIDS Locked-In and ChromaSilk Creme Hair Color. 

Mark Bustos spends his Sundays "being awesome to somebody" by cutting hair for the homeless. Launchpad speaks to Mark at the Millennium Experience 2015 about his inspiring work and how others can get involved!

John Harms, founder of Millennium Systems, talks about stylist education and "joining the movement" for achieving individual growth at Millennium Experience 2015.

Kim Vo at The Millennium Experience 2015
Kim Vo talks about the latest "sunbre" trend at the Millennium Experience 2015!

On Monday June, 22nd, media personality and 20-year stylist veteran Stephen Marinaro, best known as TheSalonGuy, opened his education center in New Brunswick, NJ, TheSalonGuy Studios. This first ever appointment-based education platform and beauty media space is based on the familiar salon booking format, with stylists now able to schedule education time just as easily and conveniently as their clients book a haircut.

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