Taking the leap from working at a salon to operating your own salon suite is a big decision. If you are considering taking the steps to becoming an independent contractor and managing your own business, there are many critical questions you must ask. From examining your expenses to assessing responsibilities to understanding tax obligations, thorough research will help you determine if the decision is right for you.

Stylist Cynthia Lumzy, owner of My Alter Ego Salon in Dixon, IL, specializes in creative and corrective color. For a recent guest wanting a fun, colorful look, Lumzy created this stunning, peacock blue hair color. Paired with a fresh new cut, the look is both edgy and beautiful.Get the Look:1. Lift to a level 9 using Redken FLASH lift lightner 30vol and Olaplex.2. Shampoo, blow dry and apply Joico Porosity equalizer.

Discover creative ways to accessorize hair for the winter season. From glam to bohemian, dress up hair with these pretty picks!Katie Burley, a milliner and fine artist, designs some fabulous hair statement pieces! Take a look: Ready to try one of these bold hair accessories? Find them HERE!

One of the latest hair trends to take social media by storm is the mohawk braid. Stylists, like Karen Agostino of Di Rosa Haircare in New York, are sharing their work on Instagram, helping the style to become increasingly popular. “This is an example of how using social media can create demand for something,” says Patrick McIvor, Artistic & TechniCulture Director for Goldwell and KMS California.

According to Ruth Roche, Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, "There are three ways for a salon professional to gain access to face-to-face education: go to a class, have an educator come to the salon, or go to a show. The challenge with the first and last is the rest of the salon team still needs to be briefed on the new content. By hiring an in-salon trainer, the middle step is omitted and the team can head straight to implementing new information.

From January 5 through January 16, 2015, the participants in the 2014-2015 Young Designers Competition will be displaying their work in a gallery at the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois, giving the public the chance to see the entries before the Young Designers Event where the finalist will be announced.

A new year is the time to get a fresh start and set goals. We asked talented star stylists to share their New Year's resolutions.Marco Pelusi My New Year's resolution is just to simply breathe, relax, and enjoy each moment as it comes. There's already so much good around me, it's important just simply to let it be exactly what it is. Accept the moment. Deepak Chopra says if you don't accept the moment as it is, you're actually fighting against the entire universe!

Nail industry icon Vicki Peters passed away on December 31, 2014. Vicki, an award winning nail technician and educator, had been unable to work for several weeks prior to being diagnosed in November. Since our industry was Vicki's love and deep passion for over 25 years, EZNails is giving back to honor Vicki. All proceeds from Vicki Gella #85573 will go to Vicki Peters' family to help pay expenses. [Image: vickipeters.com]

Burmax Company, a leading provider of sundries to beauty schools and beauty supply stores since 1948, recently announced the acquisition of Product Club. Founded over 20 years ago by company President Eric Polesuk, Product Club is known for cutting edge, high quality hair color accessories with top-notch education for its customers. Burmax will continue to grow the brand and provide professional colorists with new and innovative tools while expanding the industry’s premier educational offerings. 

With this year's award season just around the corner, an array of fresh, new, red carpet hairstyles are on the horizon. Each year, these styles typically dictate which hair trends will take over for the rest of the red carpet season, and you can bet that clients will be asking for similar looks all year long. Below, two top educators at Farouk Systems share their red carpet predictions for 2015!

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