Friday, December 27, 2013

Organic Salon Systems 2014 Education Calendar is Now Available!

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New Year, New You.
Check out our 2014 Education Calendar! 
Register TODAY using our online Education Calendar or
contact your Account Manager: 1-888-213-4744

New York, NY
Sunday 1/26/2014
Color Certification

Los Angeles, CA
Sunday 2/9/2014
 Color Certification
Palm Habor, FL
2/23- 2/14 2014
Train the Trainer
Palm Harbor, FL
Sunday 3/16/2014
Color Certification

Las Vegas, NV
Master's Class
Charlotte, NC
Sunday 4/27/2014
 Color Certification
Batltimore, MD
Sunday 5/18/2014
Color Certification
San Francisco, CA
Sunday 6/22/2014
Color Certification
Chicago, IL
Sunday 7/20/2014
Color Certification
New York, NY
Sunday 8/10-8/11/2014
Master's Class

Philadelphia, PA
Sunday 8/24/2014
Color Certification
Toronto, CAN
Sunday 9/14/2014
Color Certification
Los Angeles,CA
Sunday 9/14/2014
Color Certification
Palm Harbor, FL
Sunday 10/5-10/6/2014
Master's Class
New York, NY
Sunday 11/3/2013
Color Certification

    Reserve your spot HERE

Here's to another fantastic year!
Rebecca Gregory and the Education Team

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Skin Deep: 1970s Party Hair

Follow these easy steps to recreate a 1970s look for festive occasions.

The New York Times

Friday, October 25, 2013

At the Bathroom Sink, Razors Face Off

Men’s grooming products, from left: a brush from Baxter of California; shaving cream from the Art of Shaving; Razors, from Dollar Shave Club, Baxter of California, Harry’s and the Art of Shaving; shave butter from Dollar Shave Club. 

 The return of facial hair, whether in the form of artful scruff or hipster beard, has been a major trend in men’s grooming over the last decade. But it can’t last forever; at least, that is what the founders of several up-and-coming razor companies hope.

“Guys are embracing the fact that the bathroom is the original man cave,” said Michael Dubin, 35, a founder of Dollar Shave Club in Venice, Calif. “It’s where you see yourself naked; you evaluate your progress; you prepare yourself for battle every day.” 

In 2011, when Mr. Dubin and Marc Levine founded their company, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce site with razors delivered monthly at a low cost, the industry was dominated by the likes of Gillette and Schick, “the big boys playing their big-boy game,” Mr. Dubin said. 

But “guys don’t like to get ripped off,” he said, referring to drugstore prices, which he said were excessively inflated. 

In March 2012 Dollar Shave Club introduced a subscription service costing $1, $6 or $9 a month, depending on the razor selected, advertised with a funny YouTube video that went viral. Today, the company has more than 300,000 members, Mr. Dubin said. 

He envisions a wider counter for men’s toiletries, and already offers a shave butter and moist towelettes that are meant to replace toilet paper. 

“There’s a real opportunity to change men’s behavior in the bathroom,” Mr. Dubin said. 

Last March, Harry’s, another subscription razor service with a “Mad Men” aesthetic (its razors have names like Winston and Truman), began out of New York, charging about $2 a cartridge, with handles from $10 to $20. Its founders, Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider, want to appeal to a worldly man who is “modern, sophisticated and considered,” said Mr. Raider, one of the four founders of Warby Parker, the online eyeglass company. 

“Sure, there’s a market for that super low-cost, Dollar Shave Club guy,” Mr. Raider said. “But our customer cares about quality and craftsmanship.” 

Mr. Raider has visibly borrowed from his Warby Parker experience. Both companies make charity donations with each purchase, and both mine American nostalgia, with elaborate back stories for many of the items sold on their Web sites. 

“Guys really like to know the providence of their product,” Mr. Raider said. “It gives them confidence that they’re using a product that would work.” 

Jean-Pierre Mastey, who has been in the men’s grooming business since 2000, has seen several companies in the field spark and sputter. As the creative director of Baxter of California, a 48-year-old grooming products company, he seems less concerned than curious about his new competition. 

“Their timing is spot on and they’re both doing it right,” said Mr. Mastey, who bought the company from its founder, Baxter Finley, who was also his neighbor. Now owned by L’OrĂ©al, the company offers blue steel straight razors, beard combs and shave creams with zingy peppermint oil. 

“There’s acceptance now for going against the grain,” he said. “It took 10 years for guys to be up to that comfort level. Now they’re actively looking for options.” 

Instead of showing up on the shelves at beauty emporiums like Sephora, Baxter of California products are sold through men’s wear shops like Saturdays Surf and Freemans Sporting Club. In 2010, the company opened a barbershop in Los Angeles called Baxter Finley, where the barbers also test products and provide feedback. Likewise, Harry’s is to open a barber shop on Tuesday at 64 Macdougal Street (Houston Street) in SoHo 

“Once you get men to change, they are much more loyal than the female customer,” Mr. Mastey said. “They’re not looking for the flavor of the month or the new active ingredient talked about in InStyle.”
He plans to roll out more Baxter Finley barbershops and expand his product line. 

“The shaving market is big and very lucrative,” he said. “It’s a billion-dollar business with half the world your potential.” 

And like a large corporate record label buying a small independent one, the “big boys” of that business are not letting the trend for heritage razors pass them by. Procter & Gamble, which owns Gillette and Braun, bought the Art of Shaving in 2009 and has expanded the brand, taking it to 122 stores nationwide. It has introduced horn handles topped with Mach3 razor cartridges, safety razors inspired by Gillette models from 1901 and straight razors such as one intimidating 5/8-inch wide handmade blade set in an African grenadille wood handle. Sweeney Todd would have loved it.
The Gillette Mach3 razors certainly enjoy broad brand recognition, said Kumi Craig, a celebrity groomer for stars like Bradley Cooper and Chris Pine and the first groomer expert for La Mer. 

“Guys like a bit of familiarity, and almost everyone knows the Mach3,” she said, which puts her in a better position with clients. 

Ms. Craig buys her Mach3 cartridges from and clicks them into a weighty $300 palladium handle she found at MiN New York. She admires the simple elegance of safety razors, but they are more prone to cut or nick, which is unacceptable for important events, she said. 

In her kit, she also totes a trimmer and a Norelco electric shaver. And she stocks up on English shaving creams, like those from Taylor of Old Bond Street. 

“These are all luxuries men appreciate, but I don’t know if they’ll actually go out and buy it,” she said.
Instead, Ms. Craig will give these items to her clients as gifts. 

“Then you’re not going to give them a cheap subscription razor,” she said. “Men really do take advice. So you want to give them something good.”

Friday, April 26, 2013

American Salon Subscription Offer

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dubai, UAE, home to first-ever Hello Kitty spa

Savvy Salon: Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

Savvy Salon: Hello Kitty Beauty Spa
The world’s first Hello Kitty-themed spa opened at Town Centre Jumeirah, Dubai, in 2012 and is the first character-branded spa in the Middle East. It caters to “Kitty Queens” and “Young Princesses” with natural nail and beauty products within an environment that represents the beloved Japanese character, Hello Kitty. This purrrrrfectly posh spa is poised to transform the face of beauty and pampering, according to Fatimazahra Mohamed, marketing and PR assistant manager at Sharaf Retail. The cuteness factor is high at this sugary-sweet salon, but don’t let that fool you: Ms. Kitty’s loyal fans are treated like royalty with an opulent fairytale spa experience.

5 Reasons Why We Think It’s Fabulous:

1.) Girls of all ages are celebrated.
The spa offers separate service menus for “Queens” and “Princesses,” using water-based nail polish for a young girl’s Kitty-cure and a custom massage lotion to go along with the woman’s pedicure. Organic products are available for children and adults, with additional product choices for adults. Both mommies and singles are able to indulge and relax in the kid-friendly environment; if a child’s service finishes before her mother’s, the little princess will be led over to the Hello Kitty goodies that are for sale or the Kitty Cafe, which sells baked goods, teas, juices, pink lemonade and, of course, organic Hello Kitty cupcakes.
 2.) This one-stop shop provides everything.
Nails, facials, hair and makeup—did we mention the snacks?—are all available under one roof. The Hello Kitty Spa menu includes beauty packages for an all-day, head-to-toe pampering experience, and BFF packages where clients can enjoy being pampered with their bestie. A separate party area is available for groups of little girls, bridal showers and bachelorette parties, and after all that grooming and pampering, clients can indulge their sweet tooth at Kitty Cafe.
3.) The plush, elegant spa design is unique and comfortable.
There’s no mistaking where you are after entering the spa: Hello Kitty’s face peers at you from every wall, shelf and cupcake topping. But the salon doesn’t compromise comfort for branding. Comfy pillows and soft lounges are scattered throughout the space, enveloping clients in a relaxed atmosphere as they enjoy their services. The luxurious interior, with flourishes of pink and red, include vintage-inspired furnishings like the white vanity stations used for hair styling and displaying products, while a large plasma screen overlooks the salon floor. It’s almost as if you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland—but instead of finding the Cheshire Cat, it’s Hello Kitty’s face that greets you.
4.) The staff is professional.
The stylists and nail technicians have extensive backgrounds with proven track records in their field. They continue to research and practice new styles and techniques in hair, nails and styling throughout the year and give their undivided attention to their clients on a daily basis. The staff also understands the importance of sanitation and cleanliness.
5.) It’s based on Hello Kitty!
Three decades since Hello Kitty made her debut on a small coin purse in Japan, her popularity has multiplied exponentially from Japan to all around the world. This iconic wide-eyed feline has a way of bringing smiles to everyone she encounters, so it seems fitting that she finally has her own place of pampering. “The Hello Kitty Beauty Spa is an innovative extension to the brand which allows a younger audience to experience the luxury and pleasures of a day at the spa within an environment that represents the brand,” says Fatima Sharaf, director of Sharaf Retail.

Year Founded: 2012
Owner: Sanrio License / Sharaf Retail
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Address/Phone: Town Centre Jumeirah, Dubai; +971 4 344 9598.
Best-Selling Service: Manicure
[Images: Hello Kitty Beauty Spa]

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Get the New Salon Client Data App!

Salon Client Data


Visit to download the app for your Apple and Android devices! 

So many of our beauty industry professionals are now independent contractors. “This app is a must-have business tool that will help you organize and market to your most valuable asset, your client list.”
Company Overview
Hairstylists go high tech with popular new iPhone and iPad application that manages client contacts and helps market to them.

Description, the business website for beauty industry
professionals, today launched a new app available on iTunes for professional hairstylists that maintains and manages their client contact information.

General Information
“The app is so simple and easy to use. It allows you to send marketing emails to your clients, and will track clients you have not seen in 60 days, I created the app to help stylists drive business success. Salon Client Data does this by providing a simple and cost-effective way to track and market to
your clients.”

English and Spanish versions are now available.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

LIVE LOVE SPA Industry Event is heading to beautiful MySpa Miami

The Exclusive LIVE LOVE SPA Event!

Our LIVE LOVE SPA Industry Event is heading to beautiful MySpa Miami at the InterContinental Miami, June 3 & 4, 2013!

Spa Industry Professionals! Come spend a half day with us - meet with owners & representatives from top brands, experience new products/treatments, network, and reflect with colleagues from your area. Interested in attending? Visit:
or email for attendee credential requirements & registration information today!


 LIVE LOVE SPA is the premier spa industry event. Spend a half day with us in the following cities this year and see what a difference this experiential format can make to your spa and bottom line. You will slip into your robe and experience some of the latest facial, body, and nail treatments in a tranquil spa setting.

LIVE LOVE SPA strives to educate, promote and connect the spa community by providing the most ideal platform for Spa & Wellness related companies to showcase their products & services that enhances people's lives.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Celebrate the new IGORA with Schwarzkopf Professional's Be HD Contest

BE HD Contest Schwarzkopf USA
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Seattle, Phoenix - Get certified with Organic Color Systems

Get Certified w/ Organic Color &
Change Your Career For The Better  
  Seattle Organic Color Class 2013  
Advanced Organic Color Certification
Class & Workshop Pacific Northwest
Seattle, Washington
Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Mode Organic Salon - Downtown
1424 4th Street, Suite 415.
Seattle, WA  98101
  OCS Color Certification, Phoenix, AZ
Advanced Organic Color Certification
Class & Workshop Southwest
Phoenix, Arizona
Sunday, April 19th, 2013

Verde Salon
1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 11
Chandler, AZ  85286

Call 1-888-213-4744 or email
 to reserve your seats today!

Organic Salon Systems 2013 Education Opportunities

Register TODAY using our online education calendar or by
contacting an account manager toll free at 1-888-213-4744
Online Webinar
Monday  4/8/2013

Seattle, WA 
Sunday 4/21/2013
Organic Color Systems

Online Webinar
Monday 5/6/13

New York, NY
Sunday 5/19/2013
Organic Color Systems

Online Webinar
Monday 6/10/2013
Ashville, NC
Sunday 6/23/13
Organic Color Systems
Chicago, IL
Sunday 7/21/2013
Organic Color Systems

San Francisco, CA
Sunday 8/11/2013
Organic Color Systems

Boston, MA
Sunday 9/15/2013
Organic Color Systems
Miami, FL
Sunday 9/22/2013

Palm Harbor, FL
Sunday 10/6/2013
Organic Color Systems

Miami, FL
Sunday 10/20/2013

Location TBD
Sunday 11/3/2013
Organic Color Systems

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Paul Mitchell Curl the World Party - Premiere Orlando 2013

PM Party      

Paul Mitchell
Curl the World Party  
at Premiere Orlando 2013

Join your friends and meet new friends celebrating another Beautiful Year in the Beauty Industry.


We will be looking to Premiere Orlando's incredible attendees to bring their best Curly Look. Show us the best Curl Styles from the History of the Arts and Entertainment! Prizes and give away's galore with rock music from one of Orlando's Hottest DJ's all night long.

TICKET PRICE: $20 and are available at:
All net proceeds will be donated to:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
To register for Premiere Orlando:
call 1-800-335-7469 or contact your local distributor.

See you at
Premiere Orlando June 1, 2 & 3!!

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