Hair News: Professional Beauty Association Announces Regional Forums for 2014
In an effort to continually provide education, outstanding practices, peer networking and business support for beauty professionals and salon and spa leaders, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is hosting four, one-day Regional Forums, formerly known as the Regional Salon Summits, across the U.S. The first event takes place in March in Alexandria, VA.   

Portfolio: Underground District Collection by Scruples
The Underground District Collection is all about merging alternative with mainstream. When bold colors and wearable cuts are combined with playful grunge, these looks take on a slightly different angle all together. From a textured red head and copper to a "less is more" approach, every individual owns their style. Click through to see more images from the Underground District Collection. [pagebreak]

Portfolio: Chinese Jade by Allan Ngo
Vivid, melting colors come together in the Chinese Jade collection by stylist Allan Ngo. The bright, bold looks were inspired by the juxtaposition of strong, clean lines and beautifully blended, deconstructed color. Sharp cuts help to pull the colorful looks together for an overall effect that is stunningly gorgeous.Click through to see more images from the Chinese Jade collection! [pagebreak] [pagebreak] [pagebreak] [pagebreak]

Portfolio: Rock-mantic
In this collection by stylist Allan Ngo, opposites attract. Allan combines the dark and the light for a collection that draws from both life's bad and good moments. The portfolio also reflects upon the old and the new. Allan even finds inspiration from old furniture for the styles. Like a fine wine, this collection brings together subtle and unique hints from diverse influences. Flip through to see more styles from the collection! [pagebreak] [pagebreak] [Images courtesy of Allan Ngo]

Portfolio: The Whisper Collection by Scruples
The Whisper Collection is all about getting lost in beautiful, translucent color. Wearable haircuts magnified with soft, sexy texture perfectly enhance the layered color placement. From the calico gold, which lightens the natural texture of a shaggy bob, to a burnished auburn overlaid with warm, sultry reds and browns flowing through voluptuous shoulder length layers, to a mesmerizing mirrored ombre with a loose braided set, The Whisper Collection highlights beauty at its finest.

Nail News: Beyoncé Rocks Minx Nails in New Music Video
Beyoncé's shiny nails steal the show in her sultry new video for "Drunk in Love," featuring her husband Jay Z. The secret to the superstar's megawatt shine? Manicurist Lisa Logan applied gold Minx solid nail coatings to Beyoncé's nails for a vivid, metallic look.

Hair Products: The Color Shift by Paul Mitchell
When it comes to hair color, a small change can make a big impact. With this in mind, Paul Mitchell recently announced the launch of The Color Shift, a series of four new professional hair color kits designed to help stylists master the art of subtle, client-friendly color changes. Each kit is focused on one of the company's four Paul Mitchell Professional Hair Color lines, and offers free shades and educational materials featuring new formulations and techniques.

Hair News: L'Oréal Professionnel Announces Kirsten Dunst as First International
L'Oréal Professionnel recently announced that actress Kirsten Dunst will be serving as the brand's very first international spokesperson. In addition, Dunst will serve as the face of new, upcoming product launches in the United States, including Beach Waves and Absolut Repair Lipidium, available in salons in 2014.

Guest Blog: Your First Appointment in the New Year Should Be With Yourself
Coming back to work after the holiday rush always makes me think about the past year: did I make more money? Did I grow my business? Did I achieve any of my goals? If you just heard a little voice ask: “What goals?” - pull up a chair, we need to talk.

Guest Blog: What's Buzzing on Social Media
When we were young our parents were forever telling us not to talk to strangers. With the advent of social networking it seems that that's all youngsters ever do these days. We’re not talking about creepy chat rooms, we’re talking about the popularity of blogging and micro-blogging, which is (maybe?) a bit more acceptable. Of late, it’s mostly Tumblr that’s got the kids excited, with news half way through 2013 that they were abandoning Facebook and, to a lesser degree, Twitter in droves in favor of the blogging platform.

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