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Guest Blog: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
I never considered hairdressing as a career choice until I saw my first hair show. My father took me. It was Vidal Sassoon and it ROCKED my world.  Many years have since past and I have learned so much – about people, myself, products, techniques and tools, so I wanted to share some of my favorite things with you.

In celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of the beauty industry, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) debuted the inaugural Beauty Pitch event at PBA Beauty Week 2015. The live event, featured during the PBA Business Forum, allowed five finalists to compete for four different prizes being offered. The grand prize consisted of a one-year mentorship with Shark Tank star, Mark Cuban, offered to 100% Pure.

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 Procter & Gamble Company announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge 43 of its beauty brands with Coty Inc. in a Reverse Morris Trust Transaction. Among others, the transaction includes P&G’s Salon Professional business.

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. 

Watch the North American Hairstyling Awards Live!
Join the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) for a night of celebrating the industry’s leading talent at the North American Hairstyling Awards! Can’t make the event? Watch the star-studded awards ceremony from the comfort of your own home! The 2015 event will feature amazing artistic presentations, special celebrity guests, the hottest runway trends and endless amounts of inspiration!Watch NAHA live here: http://www.nahalive.com/creativeage

Tie-Dye Inspired Balayage by Shonda Broadus
Tie-dye hair color may just be one of the hottest trends of the summer, bringing a fresh take to bright rainbow hair. Shonda Broadus shares the tips you need to create the look for your clients. Here's how she gave her client a 1990's tie-dye inspired Balayage:

Get a FREE mini-tube of Simply It All-in-one and Simply Extra Smoothing Serum.
Simply It is giving away FREE mini-tubes of All-in-one and Simply Extra Smoothing Serum.  

It's almost the Fourth of July, meaning you have the perfect excuse to get a little festive with your nails. From classic red, white, and blue color combos, to firework-worthy sparkles, there's no better time to show your USA pride! Below, we've got three fun nail art ideas to show a little American spirit this holiday: Twist on a Classic

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