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!

by Molly ChurchSalon Ziba celebrated the grand opening of its newest space on 57th St. in Manhattan last week, kicking it off with a party where cocktails and light bites flowed, beats pumped by DJ Franco V and a host of reality TV stars were in attendance including Teen Mom 2’s Jenelle Evans and Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin, The Singles Project’s Dr Tabasum Mir, and The Real Housewives Of New York City’s Kelly Killoren Bensimon.

Celebrity hairstylist and owner of Cristophe Salon Newport Beach, Scott Fontana, will be hosting the 2015 Making the Cut live hair show competition to name Souther California's top stylist. The prestigious hair show event features live hair cutting and styling on stage by local leading hairstylists, a live hair and fashion show, and a renowned judging panel made up of some of the area's top stylists and beauty industry elite.

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!

Farouk Systems, Inc., manufacturer of CHI and BioSilk products, formally announced today its withdrawal of its sponsorship of the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss Teen USA Pageants and that it will not renew its sponsorship of those events. It also announced that it will have no further involvement in the Celebrity Apprentice program.

There are a lot of common misconceptions about hair, even amongst the pros! As a leading stylist for nearly two decades, Ricky Pennisi, founder of the RI CI Cutting Technique and product line for wavy and curly hair, is putting an end to common misconceptions he hears from his clients daily.MYTH 1: You can't highlight curly hairAccording to Ricky, "Curly hair can  typically be more coarse, so highlights should be bold, otherwise they will get lose among the curls."

Bridal Hairstyle Tutorial: The Gatsby
Many brides-to-be want a look that can easily be transitioned from a more formal style for the ceremony to a more playful style that will stand up to dancing the night away with her other half. Geneva Cowen, Artist Director for Sam Villa, gives a how to for a look that is pre-set with modern beach waves and then set in a loose up style that can be transitioned in 5 minutes or less for the reception.

It's official: pink is in! The Trend Council recently presented pink as the key color for Fall-Winter 2015/2016 in fashion, which means it's sure to be cropping up everywhere this fall, including hair. Right on trend, Joico has announced its follow up to last year's hugely popular Gold Dust Finishing Spray, the new, limited-edition Pink Dust Shimmer Finishing Spray. 

Moroccanoil Educator, Alaina Montgomery brought bridal style and inspiration to salon professionals at the Sweis Academy, the education branch of Sweis Inc. Professional Salon & Spa Products Distributor in Southern California.  During the education session she shared her wisdom on bridal consultations and business tools that pros can utilize to ensure the smoothest day possible for both the bride and the stylist.

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