Quirky, irreverent and in your face, Punks commandeered music, art and fashion, and its influences are still with us today. The most recent example? The “Punk Couture”-themed New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala, where A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lopez turned out in Punk/glam gowns and hair styles. Want to get on board with this new fierce-meets-chic attitude? Check out these suggestions! [pagebreak]

Beauty Launchpad congratulates the Color Zoom Challenge US Semi-Finalists! Thousands of applicants applied to the three Color Zoom Challenge categories: Global Creative Colorist, Global New Talent Colorist, and Global Partnership Colorist. Here, contestants were judged on their skills and creativity, utilizing the Color Zoom 2013 Beautify color trends, techniques, and unconventional styles as their inspiration for their works of art.

Weddings take the cake when it comes to big “hair moments,” and women are willing to go to great lengths to ensure their hair looks picture perfect beneath their veil. After all, this is a one-shot opportunity to turn heads and make the most glorious bridal entrance ever. In fact, according to a recent national *survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of national hair brand Joico, over 70 percent of American women agree, the biggest “hair moment” of a woman’s life is her wedding.

Braids are trending on the red carpet and are equally cool styles for hot summer days. Check out 5 quick looks internationally renowned hair and makeup artist Sherri Jessee whipped up on her model/daughter.

Go backstage with Beauty Launchpad's Karie Frost at the Rag & Bones New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 presentation. Sultra shares tips on how to create a messy, tousled bun in a snap! [Video courtesy of Sultra]

Talk to Me! That’s what we’ll be doing here on this new blog, my loves—talking! It’s also the place where I’ll be sharing fresh and exciting ideas, trends, tips, tricks, and everything else you could possibly need to throw your creativity into high gear, each and every day.

Miami came alive with inspiration and passion last weekend, as approximately 1,500 stylists and salon owners gathered together for Oribe Backstage Miami 2013. “You could feel the love and the energy throughout the event,” Oribe said. “It was the most incredible experience of my life.”

Salon: DiademaArt Director:  Fabio MessinaPhotography:  Andrea RainoldiMakeup:  Cristina Marzo per 20100Milano

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