• Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Hair Factory

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Hair Factory, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these days. Hair Factory, St. John’s, Nfld. and Halifax, N.S. Number of Awards: 15 This east-coast salon has been entering the Contessas since the beginning. In addition to winning the award for Salon Team in 2007, the staff includes multiple winners for Atlantic, Canadian Colourist, Texture and New Hairstylist. “We had competed and were a finalist for Salon Team for many years, but actually winning was exhilarating,” recalls salon owner Dale Abbott. “We weren’t planning on competing that year because my business partner [Locks Hiscock] passed away. I remember saying that our win was our tribute to him. It was one of the most important nights of my life.” “We had always strived to win that award, and to win at that time brought us all so much closer together, meant more than anyone could ever realize,” adds hairstylist Karen Melay. “To come together and create a story through photography with your peers and win is something that’s beyond words.” For hairstylist Cam Patey, he remembers what his first wins—Atlantic Hairstylist and Canadian Colourist at Contessa […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Anh Nguyen

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Anh Nguyen, to find out how her wins have impacted her career, and what she’s been up to these days. Anh Nguyen, Anh Nguyen Salon, Toronto Contessa Record: Youngest winner of the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award (1999). At Contessa 10, at the age of 22, Toronto-based hairstylist Anh Nguyen picked up three awards, and became the youngest winner in Contessa history to win the coveted Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award. The win came as a shock to many—including Nguyen herself—but she says she was most surprised by how much it did for her career. “It was a really big deal, especially at a time without social media, because it was difficult to showcase your work,” she says. “It gave me publicity—I was featured in newspapers and magazines, and I got a lot of clients from all over the city. It’s done a lot to promote my business, but the biggest thing it gave me was self-confidence.” In 2001, Nguyen opened her salon in Toronto’s Bloor-West Village. While she stopped entering competitions to focus on her business and family, she says it’s something she would love to revisit. “I was considering […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Orbite

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Orbite, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these days. Orbite, Montreal Contessa Record: Most wins from a salon in a single year (seven awards in 2002) They came, they saw, they conquered. At Contessa 13, this Montreal-based salon swept seven categories— Salon Team, Canadian Hairstylist, Master Stylist, Avant Garde, Makeover Colourist, Quebec Hairstylist and Makeup Artist—in one unforgettable night. “We thought we might have a slight chance of being one of the winners, but not the ultimate winners for that evening,” says Louis Hechter, owner of Orbite. The collection, which was inspired by cloning, featured a futuristic range of vivid hair colour. “We were really pushing editorial hair tothe extreme.” Hechter and his team also had the opportunity to present their collection as a presentation at the 14th annual Contessa Awards. And while the Orbite team has moved away from competing, Hechter say she is focused on his role as editorial art director for L’Oréal Professionnel. “My duty is to help hairdressers have the experience, and to help and mentor them,” he says. “While I do love [competitions], I would love to judge or […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Edwin Johnston

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Edwin Johnston, to find out how his wins have impacted his careers, and what he’s been up to these days. Edwin Johnston, Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, B.C. Number of Wins: 10 Contessa Record: OG (has entered the Contessas since the early ’90s); Winner of back-to- back awards for British Columbia Hairstylist of the Year (2000 and 2001). What do you remember about your first Contessa win? That it took so long (laughs). I think I was a finalist for 10 or 11 years before I won. It was obviously a big moment to crack through. I kind of felt like Susan Lucci for a while.What have the Contessas meant to you in your career? The chance to compete against your peers across Canada is a pretty cool platform. The creativity and the chance to get out from behind the chair and let your imagination and artistic direction flow; to do something different and creative. Professionally, my wins have done so much for promoting myself as a brand—I don’t think I would have gotten to do what I do for KMS [as artistic director] for so many years, if I hadn’t been successful in […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Tony Ricci

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Tony Ricci, to find out how his wins have impacted his career, and what he’s been up to these days. Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co., Edmonton Number of Wins: 10 Contessa Record: Winner of the most awards for Canadian Hairstylist of the Year (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017). What do you remember about your first Contessa win? It was quite shocking, and a life-changer. It was in all of the newspapers in Edmonton, and the phone was ringing off the hook.What was your most memorable Contessa win? In 2011, I won four Contessas—Elite Master, Canadian Hairstylist, Salon Team and Alberta Hairstylist—in one night. That was pretty memorable. I felt like Michael Jackson (laughs). What has been your favourite Contessa moment from the cocktail party or gala? One year, Robert Lobetta was there and he came up to congratulate me. That was probably my most memorable moment, and I ended up shooting with him a few years after that. It was always a dream of mine to work with him. I had called him a few times before and he would say he wasn’t into shooting for people. He said ‘no’ about three times before […]
  • Sola Salon Studios Opens 400th Location

    Sola Salon Studios is celebrating a milestone this year; the opening of their 400th location since their first opening in 2004 in Denver, CO., and their 100th opening just five years ago. The newest location will be located in Ocala, Florida, and will continue to provide beauty professionals tools for their career. Over the past 14 years, Sola Salon has been dedicated to providing support marketing, business and education programs for the entrepreneurial process. Having expanded with their first Canadian location with two more on the way, they have also announced a future expansion into Brazil. “The way that we view our model is very rewarding. We are entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs,” said CEO, Randall Clark. “With 10,000 beauty professionals owning and operating their own salons at Sola, we are inspired by the successes and milestones of each and every sole proprietor. We look forward to opening our 500th location and continuing to support our growing community throughout the United States and worldwide.”
  • Reuben Carranza is the New President of Olaplex

    Beauty veteran Rueben Carranza has been named the president of Olaplex. Carranza has nearly 30 years of professional beauty industry experience, including as the former North American CEO for Wella Professionals and most recently as the president of R+Co. “The future is incredibly bright for Olaplex, and I know Reuben—his experience, talent, and personality are an excellent cultural and professional fit to shepherd Olaplex into its next chapter of growth,” says Olaplex co-founder Dean Christal, who will be continuing in his role as CEO. Carranza will be working with founders Dean and Darcy Christel and the Olaplex team on future product launches and continuing to drive the company’s growth. “It’s rare in an industry that you witness the launch of a product innovation so transformational that it creates a new category and becomes a global phenomenon overnight. That is the story of Olaplex,” says Carranza. “I’ve been in awe of the passionate loyalty Olaplex has created with colourists, hairdressers, celebrities and consumers around the world. It continues to be the gold standard in the category it created.”
  • Announcing Goldwell’s Canadian Semi-Finalists for Color Zoom 2018!

    Goldwell has named the 15 Canadian semi-finalists for this year’s Color Zoom competition. The annual photo-based competition asked entrants to submit a hairstyle inspired by Goldwell’s Elemental collection, using the brand’s range of colour products. Among this year’s esteemed judging panel was Salon’s editor-in-chief Anna Lee Boschetto! The semi-finalists will be competing for the gold, silver and bronze awards, with the gold winners travelling to Toronto in October to compete live in the Global Zoom international competition. Congratulations and good luck to all!
  • Catching Up with Past Contessa Winner, Anna Pacitto

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Anna Pacitto to find out how her wins have impacted her career, and what she’s up to these days. Anna Pacitto, Pure, Montreal Number of Wins: 11 Contessa Record: First woman to win the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award (1998). What was your most memorable Contessa win? In 1998, I won Canadian Hairstylist, Master Hairstylist and Avant Garde, and my makeup artist [Charlotte Vezina] won for Makeup Artist. To say that I was overjoyed, overwhelmed and over the moon is an understatement. I remember that no woman had ever won one of the bigger awards [Master or Canadian Hairstylist] and that was absolutely crazy to me. I had participated in other competitions before, but nothing changed my career as much as the Contessas. I give a lot of the credit to participating—winning is a big highlight, but it’s really the whole journey and how it transforms you from being an ordinary hairstylist to wanting to constantly better yourself and raise your own bar. What do you most enjoy about competing? Shooting hair collections is my favourite part of hairdressing. To be able to see your work in print or online is an […]

Latest

  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Hair Factory

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Hair Factory, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these days. Hair Factory, St. John’s, Nfld. and Halifax, N.S. Number of Awards: 15 This east-coast salon has been entering the Contessas since the beginning. In addition to winning the award for Salon Team in 2007, the staff includes multiple winners for Atlantic, Canadian Colourist, Texture and New Hairstylist. “We had competed and were a finalist for Salon Team for many years, but actually winning was exhilarating,” recalls salon owner Dale Abbott. “We weren’t planning on competing that year because my business partner [Locks Hiscock] passed away. I remember saying that our win was our tribute to him. It was one of the most important nights of my life.” “We had always strived to win that award, and to win at that time brought us all so much closer together, meant more than anyone could ever realize,” adds hairstylist Karen Melay. “To come together and create a story through photography with your peers and win is something that’s beyond words.” For hairstylist Cam Patey, he remembers what his first wins—Atlantic Hairstylist and Canadian Colourist at Contessa […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Anh Nguyen

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Anh Nguyen, to find out how her wins have impacted her career, and what she’s been up to these days. Anh Nguyen, Anh Nguyen Salon, Toronto Contessa Record: Youngest winner of the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award (1999). At Contessa 10, at the age of 22, Toronto-based hairstylist Anh Nguyen picked up three awards, and became the youngest winner in Contessa history to win the coveted Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award. The win came as a shock to many—including Nguyen herself—but she says she was most surprised by how much it did for her career. “It was a really big deal, especially at a time without social media, because it was difficult to showcase your work,” she says. “It gave me publicity—I was featured in newspapers and magazines, and I got a lot of clients from all over the city. It’s done a lot to promote my business, but the biggest thing it gave me was self-confidence.” In 2001, Nguyen opened her salon in Toronto’s Bloor-West Village. While she stopped entering competitions to focus on her business and family, she says it’s something she would love to revisit. “I was considering […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Orbite

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Orbite, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these days. Orbite, Montreal Contessa Record: Most wins from a salon in a single year (seven awards in 2002) They came, they saw, they conquered. At Contessa 13, this Montreal-based salon swept seven categories— Salon Team, Canadian Hairstylist, Master Stylist, Avant Garde, Makeover Colourist, Quebec Hairstylist and Makeup Artist—in one unforgettable night. “We thought we might have a slight chance of being one of the winners, but not the ultimate winners for that evening,” says Louis Hechter, owner of Orbite. The collection, which was inspired by cloning, featured a futuristic range of vivid hair colour. “We were really pushing editorial hair tothe extreme.” Hechter and his team also had the opportunity to present their collection as a presentation at the 14th annual Contessa Awards. And while the Orbite team has moved away from competing, Hechter say she is focused on his role as editorial art director for L’Oréal Professionnel. “My duty is to help hairdressers have the experience, and to help and mentor them,” he says. “While I do love [competitions], I would love to judge or […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Edwin Johnston

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Edwin Johnston, to find out how his wins have impacted his careers, and what he’s been up to these days. Edwin Johnston, Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, B.C. Number of Wins: 10 Contessa Record: OG (has entered the Contessas since the early ’90s); Winner of back-to- back awards for British Columbia Hairstylist of the Year (2000 and 2001). What do you remember about your first Contessa win? That it took so long (laughs). I think I was a finalist for 10 or 11 years before I won. It was obviously a big moment to crack through. I kind of felt like Susan Lucci for a while.What have the Contessas meant to you in your career? The chance to compete against your peers across Canada is a pretty cool platform. The creativity and the chance to get out from behind the chair and let your imagination and artistic direction flow; to do something different and creative. Professionally, my wins have done so much for promoting myself as a brand—I don’t think I would have gotten to do what I do for KMS [as artistic director] for so many years, if I hadn’t been successful in […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Tony Ricci

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Tony Ricci, to find out how his wins have impacted his career, and what he’s been up to these days. Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co., Edmonton Number of Wins: 10 Contessa Record: Winner of the most awards for Canadian Hairstylist of the Year (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017). What do you remember about your first Contessa win? It was quite shocking, and a life-changer. It was in all of the newspapers in Edmonton, and the phone was ringing off the hook.What was your most memorable Contessa win? In 2011, I won four Contessas—Elite Master, Canadian Hairstylist, Salon Team and Alberta Hairstylist—in one night. That was pretty memorable. I felt like Michael Jackson (laughs). What has been your favourite Contessa moment from the cocktail party or gala? One year, Robert Lobetta was there and he came up to congratulate me. That was probably my most memorable moment, and I ended up shooting with him a few years after that. It was always a dream of mine to work with him. I had called him a few times before and he would say he wasn’t into shooting for people. He said ‘no’ about three times before […]
  • Sola Salon Studios Opens 400th Location

    Sola Salon Studios is celebrating a milestone this year; the opening of their 400th location since their first opening in 2004 in Denver, CO., and their 100th opening just five years ago. The newest location will be located in Ocala, Florida, and will continue to provide beauty professionals tools for their career. Over the past 14 years, Sola Salon has been dedicated to providing support marketing, business and education programs for the entrepreneurial process. Having expanded with their first Canadian location with two more on the way, they have also announced a future expansion into Brazil. “The way that we view our model is very rewarding. We are entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs,” said CEO, Randall Clark. “With 10,000 beauty professionals owning and operating their own salons at Sola, we are inspired by the successes and milestones of each and every sole proprietor. We look forward to opening our 500th location and continuing to support our growing community throughout the United States and worldwide.”
  • Reuben Carranza is the New President of Olaplex

    Beauty veteran Rueben Carranza has been named the president of Olaplex. Carranza has nearly 30 years of professional beauty industry experience, including as the former North American CEO for Wella Professionals and most recently as the president of R+Co. “The future is incredibly bright for Olaplex, and I know Reuben—his experience, talent, and personality are an excellent cultural and professional fit to shepherd Olaplex into its next chapter of growth,” says Olaplex co-founder Dean Christal, who will be continuing in his role as CEO. Carranza will be working with founders Dean and Darcy Christel and the Olaplex team on future product launches and continuing to drive the company’s growth. “It’s rare in an industry that you witness the launch of a product innovation so transformational that it creates a new category and becomes a global phenomenon overnight. That is the story of Olaplex,” says Carranza. “I’ve been in awe of the passionate loyalty Olaplex has created with colourists, hairdressers, celebrities and consumers around the world. It continues to be the gold standard in the category it created.”
  • Ask the Expert: The Evolution of Canadian Salons

    For the past 25 years, we’ve seen the business of Canadian salons change and evolve. Find out what three successful business experts have to say about what’s here to stay, and what’s coming next. Now and Then “People like me who run traditional commission- based salons really are dinosaurs,” says Michael Levine, owner of A Michael Levine Salon Group in British Columbia. “It’s something I’m struggling with right now, and it’s a daily conversation I’m having with my business partner as to what we’re going to do with the future of our business.” Levine, who owns salons, an academy and a product company, says the commission model has served him well over the years, but adds that he recently lost four of his senior stylists to chair rentals. “The reality is, we are competing for hairdressers now, not just clients. So, as salon owners, you have to sweeten the pot.” While the commission-only model may be on the decline, there have been many benefits to it that cannot be (or at least not easily) replaced by newer business models. For example, the salon’s culture. “Culture is everything,” says Levine. “But it’s a much harder thing to build than it used […]
  • Announcing Goldwell’s Canadian Semi-Finalists for Color Zoom 2018!

    Goldwell has named the 15 Canadian semi-finalists for this year’s Color Zoom competition. The annual photo-based competition asked entrants to submit a hairstyle inspired by Goldwell’s Elemental collection, using the brand’s range of colour products. Among this year’s esteemed judging panel was Salon’s editor-in-chief Anna Lee Boschetto! The semi-finalists will be competing for the gold, silver and bronze awards, with the gold winners travelling to Toronto in October to compete live in the Global Zoom international competition. Congratulations and good luck to all!

NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Hair Factory

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Hair Factory, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these days. Hair Factory, St. John’s, Nfld. and Halifax, N.S. Number of Awards: 15 This east-coast salon has been entering the Contessas since the beginning. In addition to winning the award for Salon Team in 2007, the staff includes multiple winners for Atlantic, Canadian Colourist, Texture and New Hairstylist. “We had competed and were a finalist for Salon Team for many years, but actually winning was exhilarating,” recalls salon owner Dale Abbott. “We weren’t planning on competing that year because my business partner [Locks Hiscock] passed away. I remember saying that our win was our tribute to him. It was one of the most important nights of my life.” “We had always strived to win that award, and to win at that time brought us all so much closer together, meant more than anyone could ever realize,” adds hairstylist Karen Melay. “To come together and create a story through photography with your peers and win is something that’s beyond words.” For hairstylist Cam Patey, he remembers what his first wins—Atlantic Hairstylist and Canadian Colourist at Contessa […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Anh Nguyen

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Anh Nguyen, to find out how her wins have impacted her career, and what she’s been up to these days. Anh Nguyen, Anh Nguyen Salon, Toronto Contessa Record: Youngest winner of the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award (1999). At Contessa 10, at the age of 22, Toronto-based hairstylist Anh Nguyen picked up three awards, and became the youngest winner in Contessa history to win the coveted Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award. The win came as a shock to many—including Nguyen herself—but she says she was most surprised by how much it did for her career. “It was a really big deal, especially at a time without social media, because it was difficult to showcase your work,” she says. “It gave me publicity—I was featured in newspapers and magazines, and I got a lot of clients from all over the city. It’s done a lot to promote my business, but the biggest thing it gave me was self-confidence.” In 2001, Nguyen opened her salon in Toronto’s Bloor-West Village. While she stopped entering competitions to focus on her business and family, she says it’s something she would love to revisit. “I was considering […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Orbite

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Orbite, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these days. Orbite, Montreal Contessa Record: Most wins from a salon in a single year (seven awards in 2002) They came, they saw, they conquered. At Contessa 13, this Montreal-based salon swept seven categories— Salon Team, Canadian Hairstylist, Master Stylist, Avant Garde, Makeover Colourist, Quebec Hairstylist and Makeup Artist—in one unforgettable night. “We thought we might have a slight chance of being one of the winners, but not the ultimate winners for that evening,” says Louis Hechter, owner of Orbite. The collection, which was inspired by cloning, featured a futuristic range of vivid hair colour. “We were really pushing editorial hair tothe extreme.” Hechter and his team also had the opportunity to present their collection as a presentation at the 14th annual Contessa Awards. And while the Orbite team has moved away from competing, Hechter say she is focused on his role as editorial art director for L’Oréal Professionnel. “My duty is to help hairdressers have the experience, and to help and mentor them,” he says. “While I do love [competitions], I would love to judge or […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Edwin Johnston

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Edwin Johnston, to find out how his wins have impacted his careers, and what he’s been up to these days. Edwin Johnston, Cutting Room Creative, Nanaimo, B.C. Number of Wins: 10 Contessa Record: OG (has entered the Contessas since the early ’90s); Winner of back-to- back awards for British Columbia Hairstylist of the Year (2000 and 2001). What do you remember about your first Contessa win? That it took so long (laughs). I think I was a finalist for 10 or 11 years before I won. It was obviously a big moment to crack through. I kind of felt like Susan Lucci for a while.What have the Contessas meant to you in your career? The chance to compete against your peers across Canada is a pretty cool platform. The creativity and the chance to get out from behind the chair and let your imagination and artistic direction flow; to do something different and creative. Professionally, my wins have done so much for promoting myself as a brand—I don’t think I would have gotten to do what I do for KMS [as artistic director] for so many years, if I hadn’t been successful in […]
  • Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Tony Ricci

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Tony Ricci, to find out how his wins have impacted his career, and what he’s been up to these days. Tony Ricci, Ricci Hair Co., Edmonton Number of Wins: 10 Contessa Record: Winner of the most awards for Canadian Hairstylist of the Year (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017). What do you remember about your first Contessa win? It was quite shocking, and a life-changer. It was in all of the newspapers in Edmonton, and the phone was ringing off the hook.What was your most memorable Contessa win? In 2011, I won four Contessas—Elite Master, Canadian Hairstylist, Salon Team and Alberta Hairstylist—in one night. That was pretty memorable. I felt like Michael Jackson (laughs). What has been your favourite Contessa moment from the cocktail party or gala? One year, Robert Lobetta was there and he came up to congratulate me. That was probably my most memorable moment, and I ended up shooting with him a few years after that. It was always a dream of mine to work with him. I had called him a few times before and he would say he wasn’t into shooting for people. He said ‘no’ about three times before […]
  • Sola Salon Studios Opens 400th Location

    Sola Salon Studios is celebrating a milestone this year; the opening of their 400th location since their first opening in 2004 in Denver, CO., and their 100th opening just five years ago. The newest location will be located in Ocala, Florida, and will continue to provide beauty professionals tools for their career. Over the past 14 years, Sola Salon has been dedicated to providing support marketing, business and education programs for the entrepreneurial process. Having expanded with their first Canadian location with two more on the way, they have also announced a future expansion into Brazil. “The way that we view our model is very rewarding. We are entrepreneurs supporting entrepreneurs,” said CEO, Randall Clark. “With 10,000 beauty professionals owning and operating their own salons at Sola, we are inspired by the successes and milestones of each and every sole proprietor. We look forward to opening our 500th location and continuing to support our growing community throughout the United States and worldwide.”
  • Reuben Carranza is the New President of Olaplex

    Beauty veteran Rueben Carranza has been named the president of Olaplex. Carranza has nearly 30 years of professional beauty industry experience, including as the former North American CEO for Wella Professionals and most recently as the president of R+Co. “The future is incredibly bright for Olaplex, and I know Reuben—his experience, talent, and personality are an excellent cultural and professional fit to shepherd Olaplex into its next chapter of growth,” says Olaplex co-founder Dean Christal, who will be continuing in his role as CEO. Carranza will be working with founders Dean and Darcy Christel and the Olaplex team on future product launches and continuing to drive the company’s growth. “It’s rare in an industry that you witness the launch of a product innovation so transformational that it creates a new category and becomes a global phenomenon overnight. That is the story of Olaplex,” says Carranza. “I’ve been in awe of the passionate loyalty Olaplex has created with colourists, hairdressers, celebrities and consumers around the world. It continues to be the gold standard in the category it created.”
  • Announcing Goldwell’s Canadian Semi-Finalists for Color Zoom 2018!

    Goldwell has named the 15 Canadian semi-finalists for this year’s Color Zoom competition. The annual photo-based competition asked entrants to submit a hairstyle inspired by Goldwell’s Elemental collection, using the brand’s range of colour products. Among this year’s esteemed judging panel was Salon’s editor-in-chief Anna Lee Boschetto! The semi-finalists will be competing for the gold, silver and bronze awards, with the gold winners travelling to Toronto in October to compete live in the Global Zoom international competition. Congratulations and good luck to all!
  • Catching Up with Past Contessa Winner, Anna Pacitto

    We caught up with past Contessa winner, Anna Pacitto to find out how her wins have impacted her career, and what she’s up to these days. Anna Pacitto, Pure, Montreal Number of Wins: 11 Contessa Record: First woman to win the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year award (1998). What was your most memorable Contessa win? In 1998, I won Canadian Hairstylist, Master Hairstylist and Avant Garde, and my makeup artist [Charlotte Vezina] won for Makeup Artist. To say that I was overjoyed, overwhelmed and over the moon is an understatement. I remember that no woman had ever won one of the bigger awards [Master or Canadian Hairstylist] and that was absolutely crazy to me. I had participated in other competitions before, but nothing changed my career as much as the Contessas. I give a lot of the credit to participating—winning is a big highlight, but it’s really the whole journey and how it transforms you from being an ordinary hairstylist to wanting to constantly better yourself and raise your own bar. What do you most enjoy about competing? Shooting hair collections is my favourite part of hairdressing. To be able to see your work in print or online is an […]

Hair Trends

  • Runway Hairstyle Trends Seen So Far in 2018

    Looking back at Fall/Winter runway collections, we saw a pattern of hairstyles from various eras. This trend report, created by Kérastase PARIS & shu uemura Art of Hair educational director, Colin D. Ford, features 30s Dior-inspired glam looks, as well as 60s, 70s and 80s grunge looks with trends including minimal volume, different hair partings, natural textures and pulled back styles. Here’s how to recreate some of the looks using Kérastase and Shu Uemura products. The Messy Bun Apply some Kérastase Elixir Ultime Crème Fins on hairline. Comb hair into a high, sleek ponytail, securing it with an elastic. Spray ends with Kérastase V.I.P Texturizing Spray to amplify the volume and give texture. Next, pull the ends through the elastic creating a “loopy bun”, before twisting and looping the elastic over the rest of your bun. (Essentially forming two buns on top of one another!) Slicked-Back Braids Apply Kérastase Forme Fatale on all the hair at the root area and using a fine tooth comb. Take it all back into a tight ponytail at the top of the head. Secure with elastic and then create a single braid down the back. Secure the ends with a small elastic. Smooth Waves […]
  • Hair Tools Throughout the Ages

    Professional hairstyling and grooming tools have advanced so much over the last 25 years, we can hardly keep up! here are four tools that continue to make their mark in hair history. Wahl Professional Peanut Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Wahl Peanut lives up to its name with a peanut-shaped design that works as both a hair and beard clipper and trimmer. Featuring a powerful rotary motor, the Peanut is lightweight (weighing only four ounces!) and easy to clean with a detachable blade. Dyson Supersonic Pro Dubbed the Tesla of hair dryers, Dyson has turned the design and function of a traditional dryer on its head. With the powerful motor in its handle, the Supersonic Professional has been ergonomically designed with hairstylists in mind—keeping it lightweight while delivering fast- drying results. It also protects hair from extreme heat damage (thanks to its intelligent heat control) and is quieter than most professional dryers. Hot Tools Curlbar While curling wands have been an emerging trend since the late 2000s, Hot Tools is “raising the bar.” Designed to reduce strain on the wrists, elbows and shoulders (bye- bye carpal tunnel!) the Hot Tools Curlbar features an ergonomically […]
  • The Best Hair Looks Since the 90’s

    Carefully curated with the help of some of Canada’s top hairstylists, here are some of the biggest, most iconic hair trends that wowed us since Salon’s inception. Jennifer Aniston: “The Rachel” It’s hard to imagine any ’90s pop culture reference without thinking of ‘‘The Rachel’’, the feathered bob Jennifer Aniston sported while playing the adorable role of Rachel Green on Friends, the über- popular television series. Winona Ryder: Grunge Style At the apex of her celebrity, it was at this point that Winona Ryder, who was having a very serious and well documented romance with Johnny Depp, plunged, head-first, into the grunge aesthetic with a short look. “I think this cut epitomizes the cool factor of the early ’90s, when non-gendered fashion trends started to appear,” says Guylaine Martel, owner of Guylaine Martel Artistes Coiffeurs in Mont-Saint- Hilaire, Que., and a celebrated hairstylist who has been steadily collecting trophies since Salon was launched. Gwen Stefani: Multiple Mini “Raver” Buns Rave culture, with its hypnotic, beat-heavy sounds and all-night, drug-fuelled parties created an underground fashion scene where comfortable and colourful styles were the driving forces. For practicality, a trend began emerging wherein hair was held up in braids, ponytails or a […]
  • How-To: Katy Perry’s Blueberry Crush Hair Colour

    Katy Perry has got us crushing on her new hair colour, created by Nine Zero One Salon celebrity hairstylist, Rick Henry. Here’s how to get the look using Joico products. How-To: Blueberry Crush Hair Colour 1/2 oz of Joico Color Butter Purple mixed with 2 oz of Joico K-PAK Intense Hydrator to dilute Color Butter formula. Apply to clean wet hair and let process for ten minutes. Tip: For longer-lasting colour, use Color Intensity Semi-Permanent Colour: 2 oz Clear + 1/4 oz Indigo on level 10 blonde hair and let process for 20 minutes. Photo: Instagram/Rick Henry
  • How-To: Demi Lovato’s Slick Red Carpet Style

    Demi Lovato turned heads at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) wearing a slicked back style created by celebrity hairstylist, Cesar Ramirez. Here’s how to get the look. How-To: Prep hair with BioSilk Hydrating Therapy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. On towel dried hair, evenly apply BioSilk Silk Therapy Beach Texture Spray for body and texture. With a flat brush and a BioSilk Titanium Blow Dryer, direct all the hair back and away from the face for controlled volume and to create a tousled slick look. Once hair is dry, layer BioSilk Glazing Gel in small sections from the bottom to the top of the head and brush each section back. While applying the gel, set the hair with its natural texture in clips to create the ultimate wave. Set the look by attaching a diffuser to your dryer and dry on low heat. Once dried and set, remove clips and finish the look with BioSilk Silk Therapy Finishing Spray. Photo: Instagram
  • Rounding Up the Top Hair and Beauty Looks from the Royal Wedding

    ‘Twas a night of fashion, beauty and royalty at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding; but although the bride and groom themselves looked stunning, their guests did too. Here are some looks that caught our attention. Amal Clooney Soft curls and a custom Stella McCartney yellow midi dress made up Amal Clooney’s royal ensemble which paired beautifully with her matching yellow hat and bold lip colour choice. Gina Torres The new Duchess of Sussex’s Suits co-star opted for an elegant side updo and colourful gown paired with a floral-accented hat. Joss Stone Effortless curls, a floral cocktail dress and a matching cream-coloured floral accent pulled together Joss Stone’s delicate wedding ensemble. Serena Williams The American tennis player turned heads in a blush pink outfit by Versace and a slicked back braided pony; pulling together the ensemble for an overall classy and elegant look. Victoria Beckham Wearing a navy blue frock with statement sleeves, Victoria Beckham’s low ponytail under a net-detailed hat caught our attention as she walked hand-in-hand with her husband and soccer star, David Beckham. Priyanka Chopra Opting for lavender makeup, a lilac Vivienne Westwood outfit and matching hat, Priyanka’s take on a Royal Wedding outfit made her stand […]
  • The Top Hair and Beauty Looks from the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

    Like any award show, we were highly anticipating this year’s Billboard Music Awards and were excited to see the top hair and beauty looks that would walk the red carpet. Here are a few looks that caught our attention. Taylor Swift Opting for a simple, yet classic undone updo, Taylor Swift’s Versace dress (which took over 800 hours to make!) paired with her signature bold lip, added the perfect pop of colour to her delicate ensemble. Christina Aguilera Opting for natural makeup and a simple updo, Xtina’s pinstripe dress created by stylist Karen Clarkson and designers Marco Capaldo and Federica Cavenati, featured a long train that was the ensemble’s pièce de résistance. Normani Wearing a custom-made Lethicia Bronstein dress, Normani embraced the natural textures in her hair making her curly pony a true show-stopper. Janet Jackson Jackson’s sleek top knot stood out against her plain white t-shirt and long, tule skirt. The look was further accentuated with chunky accessories which included big hoop earrings, a bold belt and layered bracelets. This eccentric outfit made for a playful take on a classic red carpet look. Jennifer Lopez Her velvet and alligator-print maroon Roberto Cavalli ensemble and bold knee-high boots contrasted beautifully against […]
  • Tousles vs. Texture: The Lowdown on Men’s Styles

    Whether on Instagram or in real life, for a man’s hairstyle to start collecting “likes”, they need a haircut with a finish that blends well with the look you’ve created. Here’s a rundown on shiny, matte and natural ways to cap off any style. Put a Shine On it When the barbering trend took the hairstyling industry by storm about four years ago, the style of choice was the very slicked back, super-shiny hair mostly associated with, and reminiscent of, the ’50s pompadour. “The biggest influence on the scene then was the Schorem barbers from Rotterdam. The look was very retro, and it also became the signature of their brand, Reuzel,” says Simon Parent, founder of Revolution & Style, a Canadian distributor specializing in the men’s market.“There are a lot more options out there you might want to explore if you’re a men’s hairstylist or barber,” says Michel Moreau, a member of the KMS Canadian artistic team. “We’re actually moving away from cookie-cutter trends and working more along the lines of what image your client wants to project.” Mood is actually an important factor when deciding on a hairstyle finish, so, you might decide to create something with more sheen […]
  • Extensions 101: Integrating them into Your Salon

    While extensions have become an industry norm, some salons have yet to make the jump in carrying them. Find out everything you need to know about integrating extensions into your salon so you can begin seeing growth in your clients’ styles—and your business. Education is Key Application techniques have come a long way. From clip-ins and tape-ins to fusion, micro bonds and everything in between, you can offer a range of options to suit your salon’s clientele. Véronique Beaupré, owner of local B salon in Montreal, has been working with extensions for more than 20 years, and works with Great Lengths in her salon, using fusion and micro bonding. “It’s something comfortable and customizable for every client and is the best solution for long-term wear,” she says. “It’s about working with the right hair extension brand for your salon. And in the long-run, hair extensions became a business for my salon, like colour.” Jesse Marriott, western Canadian educator for Hotheads Hair Extensions, says tape-ins are still very popular at Utopia Hair & Lash Studio in Red Deer, Alta., where he is the salon manager and a master stylist. “Tape-ins can sometimes look the most natural because they have a bit […]

Nail Trends

  • Major Breakthroughs in Nail Trends

    As seen in our 25th anniversary issue, we revisited products that were major game changers. Here are some breakthrough products that changed the game for nail trends over the years. Nails continue to be a growing beauty segment, with more and more salons adding these services to their menu. And while traditional nail lacquer is still popular, it’s taken a backseat to the long-wear and gel innovations of today. Gel Polish Since the development of CND Shellac Power Polish in 2010, the gel polish category has grown significantly. While the longevity (up to two weeks of wear) is a key selling feature, the removal (soak-o gel wrap) helps ensure that there is no damage to the natural nail. LED Lamps With less maintenance involved (i.e. no more changing light bulbs!), LED lamps have quickly replaced UV lamps in most nail salons. Thanks to improved technology, both nail technicians and clients can also enjoy the faster curing time—30 seconds compared to two minutes. Long-Wear Polish Over the past 25 years, nail polish has been divided into sub-segments, one of which is long-wear. Delivering up to seven days of wear, these polishes have become a staple since nail art has (and continues […]
  • Get Inspired with these Red Carpet Nail Trends

    Stars show off their bold nails on the Oscars’ red carpet. While many celebrities tend to play it safe when it comes to their nails (at least for red carpets), we were pleasantly surprised to see that a few took the opportunity to play up their digits for the Academy Awards. First up was Best Actress nominee Margot Robbie whose custom nails by celebrity manicurist Tom Bachik featured OPI’s Chrome Effects Mirror-Shine Nail Powder in Blue Plate Special for an iridescent chrome effect. Actress Kerry Washington wore dramatic gold chrome nails, also by Bachik, using OPI’s Chrome Effects No-Cleanse Top Coat. Finally, Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s sheer pink, chrome- embellished mani was created by celebrity manicurist Tracy Clemens using Essie’s Limo- Scene and a touch of No Place Like Chrome.
  • Tutti Fruity Seasonal Nail Picks

    Now that spring is in full bloom, we’re loving vibrant nail colours. Here are our picks for the season: OPI Add a “pop” of fun to your mani-pedis this season with purple Pop Star from the limited-edition Pop Culture collection. China Glaze Travel to the tropics with the bright-orange All Sun and Games from the Shades of Paradise collection ORLY See the light with ORLY’s Neon Earth collection, featuring shades such as hot pink Blazing Sunset CND Get groovy this season with the Boho Spirit collection, including bold shades like golden yellow Vagabond. Morgan Taylor Give nails a “splash” of colour with Morgan Taylor and Gelish’s Make a Splash collection’s range of neon, shimmer and rich crème shades including fuchsia shimmer Flip. Essie Heat things up this season with the vibrant shades of Essie’s latest Resort collection, including red-hot First Class Fling.
  • Q&A with Contessa Finalist Naomi Misu

    Creativity has always come naturally for Japanese-born nail artist, Naomi Misu. Developing a love for nail art in high school, she decided to venture on the career path of web designer after graduating from college. It wasn’t until she moved to Canada in 2006 that she decided to make the switch. “I wanted to do something new and exciting to enjoy this new chapter of my life,” she recalls. Learning by Example As part of the Toronto-based Tips Nail Bar team for six years, it was owner Leeanne Colley who first inspired Misu to continue growing her skillset. “I remember flipping through some Canadian magazines and saw a beauty story with stunning nail images [by Colley]. Her work absolutely helped me to set my mind on pursuing this career.” For Misu’s Contessa collection, she was inspired by optical illusion. “My theme was ‘Glam Meets Junk,’ so I wanted the collection to be gorgeous with a bit of an edgy feel to it,” she explains. “I wanted to play with more linear designs and I think it worked well with the theme. To me, it’s more challenging to create geometric lines evenly into shapes without them looking deformed. I just carefully […]
  • A Chat with CND Co-Founder, Jan Arnold

    Innovation has always been at the forefront for CND’s Jan Arnold and there’s no telling what’s next. From the very beginning, Jan Arnold believed she would be successful. How do you have such a strong belief and confidence in something you have never done before? In large part, Arnold credits her father with cultivating that confidence, which encouraged both her and her brother to follow their dreams. “To have your parent believe in you—to use those actual words—is the most powerful thing,” she shares. Arnold’s ability to drill into the details with her team continues to make her a notable voice in the industry. Even with her jammed schedule, we managed to carve out some time to speak with her while she was on set, and got her insight on artistry, business, and how to motivate your team to bring their very best at all times. Salon Magazine: When you look back, did you see yourself at this level? Jan Arnold: When I harken back to the foundation of the brand, I think we realized we were going to be holding the patent on crosslink polymers in nail. It was something logical and truly needed in the industry that was […]
  • TIPS Nail Bar Opens New Toronto Location

    Known for their detailed nail art and three consecutive ‘Nail Artist of the Year’ wins at the Contessa Awards, TIPS Nail Bar has opened up their new location in one of Toronto’s west-end neighbourhoods, Trinity Bellwoods. “My team has helped build the continuous growth we’ve had over the last 13 years, so I wanted to make sure that they wanted to be a part of the new location,” explains TIPS Nail Bar owner, Leeanne Colley. “We developed a strategy to make TIPS West as close to TIPS East as we could. This means that when you walk in the door, you’re not going to see a team of brand new faces.” Colley explains that the TIPS West location will have one familiar face each day from the TIPS “OG” senior team. “There will always be someone here from the Danforth location, so you’ll never feel like you’re walking in and seeing a brand new set of people,” she says. “The culture, values and level of experience that we have at our East location will be replicated at the West location.” TIPS West’s pièce de résistance is the first-ever “mani-cam,” similar to a photo booth, but for manicures; something that Colley […]
  • Step Up Your Nail Services with Nail Art

    Nearly all forms of nail art have the same requirements of nail technicians: Patience and a strong attention to detail. But what does it really take to elevate your nail game? We get the lowdown from two salon owners on how to refine your techniques. Nail art is ever-evolving. From line work and geometric shapes to marbling and 3-D, your skill set needs to keep up with trends. And let’s face it: Today’s education doesn’t always come from a classroom. Since there’s no time like the present to learn how to take your nail skills to the next level (because, frankly, that’s why clients look to you), here’s expert intel on further honing your ability and creating designs your clients will keep coming back for. Learning From Within For Maria Cristina Bruno, co-owner of Ritual, a salon in downtown Toronto, it begins with the hiring of her team. “We have a very demanding and intricate training process before they can begin working on clients,” she says. “One of our core values is continuous improvement. Do the people we hire have a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to always be improving their skills?” While it’s a given that most nail […]
  • Spring Into the Season With these Top Nail Picks

    Embrace the beginning of spring with vibrant shades of coral. Here are our top nail picks for the season: EVO by Bio Sculpture Get peach-perfect nails this spring with Carol, from the brand’s Spring collection. OPI Escape to Portugal’s capital with Made It To The Seventh Hill!, a soft golden rose shade from the brand’s Lisbon collection. CND Swim against the current this season with light pink crème Salmon Run. Essie Aptly named Perfect Mate, this coral pink shade from the brand’s spring collection is perfect for brides. Morgan Taylor Help “corral” your clients into embracing Candy Coated Coral for a bold pop of colour.   Artistic Nail Design Believe the “Hype” this season with the brand’s vibrant shade of coral orange.
  • Get Inspired with these Olympic Nail Trends

    Winter Olympics athletes show off their patriotic manis. While the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, may be over, they captivated audiences around the world. And some of the international athletes showed off much more than their Olympic abilities. Italian figure skater Valentina Marchei was seen sporting her country’s flag as an accent nail on her all-red manicure, while German figure skater Annika Hocke complemented her jet black nails with her country’s flag and gold Olympic rings. Curlers Eve Muirhead and Anna Sloan from Great Britain proudly showed off their nails featuring the Union Jack flag and other Olympic-inspired art. But our favourite has to be Bronze-medalist speed skater Irene Schouten’s bold manicure, featuring asymmetrical Dutch flag nails, complete with a pop of orange accent.

Business Articles

  • Digital Marketing Strategies for Salons

    With the salon industry’s growing need to stay on par with the ever-evolving online world, harnessing the power of digital is key when it comes to setting yourself apart. Matthew Collins, a hairstylist based in Toronto and L.A., with a strong social media following, and John Cedilla, digital marketing specialist for Matrix Canada, share their views on how salons and hairstylists can hone their digital marketing skills. Salon Magazine: When we say “digital marketing” people automatically assume the reference is to social media. Why is that? John Cedilla: Because they’re the biggest platforms, we automatically make that assumption. That said, it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Digital marketing is a more general of a term that refers to using technology to market. Just like advertising does not encompass all of marketing, but is a marketing channel, social media is just one available channel of digital marketing. SM: What has been the biggest digital impact in the salon industry in the last 10 to 20 years? Matthew Collins: Instagram. It’s a completely visual platform that’s amazing for hair artists. You can get your work out there and it leads to getting new clients. On other social media platforms, such as […]
  • A Celebrity Hairstylist’s Secret Weapon for Longer-Lasting Colour

    When clients want to change their hair colour from light to dark or vice versa (and just about everywhere in between), protecting hair from the inside out becomes all the more important. When it comes to hair colour, celebrity hairstylist Briana Cisneros has seen it all. “I have been doing hair for a very long time now, and of course I have had a catastrophe or two. It’s never about being perfect, but it is all about integrity,” she says. “A lot of hair colour trends include taking hair from one end of the spectrum to another, and maintaining the integrity of hair during that process is crucial.” Cisneros has built an influencer-following of more than 150,000 followers on Instagram, and earlier this year she was named a global ambassador for Moroccanoil. She recently began using the brand’s new Color Complete line of products to prep and care for her clients’ colour. “It’s important to make sure you’re preparing hair for colour and taking care of it after to avoid damage,” she says. “Moroccanoil ChromaTech PRIME and ChromaTech POST help protect and strengthen the hair while it’s being coloured.” The Color Complete line includes the brand’s signature ArganID™ technology, which […]
  • Taking a Look Inside Toronto’s HoldenGrace

    In Toronto’s High Park neighbourhood, one salon is offering a premium experience that includes everyone. “We always wanted to work together,” says Mirka Srom, who, along with her husband, Ethan Dann are the co-owners of HoldenGrace, a hair and nail salon in Toronto. Having been together for nearly 20 years, Srom says their history has helped the two make decisions—especially those related to their brand—relatively easily. “When we think one idea is the way to go, we use a lot of images to explain our vision and we always have a great conversation,” she says. With such calm, level-headed approaches to everything from design to the inner workings of HoldenGrace, it’s little wonder that the space is equally relaxing and down-to-earth. Doing it Differently Having a nearly 2,000-square-foot space to work with allowed the couple to create the open-concept layout, and working collaboratively with an architect, meant they were reminded of key details, such as ensuring enough wooden studs were in place should they need to add more shelving to the space in the future. With their shared minimalist style, Srom and Dann wanted the salon to have a high-end boutique-hotel feel, which they achieve through features and nishes that […]
  • Taking Your Salon to the Top

    What if you could go back in time and give yourself the best career advice you’ve ever received? We spoke to three very successful Canadian salon owners to ask what their biggest lessons in the business have been. Find out what these oracles of beauty have to share with you. Deciding to embark on a career as hairstylist is not for the faint of heart. Not only do you need to master your craft—and fine-tune it along the way with a ton of education—but you also need to combine technique and artistry with a sharp business sense to be able to grow over the years. 1. How do you know you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur in the hairstyling industry? “To become an entrepreneur, you must have a strong vision combined with an unwavering desire to see it through. You must believe in your vision and yourself and not let anyone influence you out of it. You must be willing to risk it all in order to see it through to fruition.” — Ray Civello, founder of Civello salons in Toronto and Collega, a haircare distribution company in Canada. “First, try to find out as much about […]
  • How to Create a Calming Colour Experience

    When a client walks into your salon, they are looking for a relaxing escape from their daily routines: an opportunity to indulge in a comfortable colour service that will leave them looking and feeling good. For Cara Jourdan, a Vancouver-based travel blogger, she was in search of a colour line that would protect her hair’s integrity while also keeping her colour natural-looking. “My hair is dry a lot of the time. I swim in the ocean and pools, and I curl my hair pretty much every day,” she says. “I’m not a true blonde, but I don’t want it to look like that. So, finding products [that are gentle] and can make my colour look as real as possible is a big deal.” Christine Leblanc, Jourdan’s hairstylist, presented her with the brand’s Color Sublime, an ammonia-free, permanent colour line that includes three fragrances—Sunset Mood, Sweet Gourmet and Zen Moment—which are added directly to the colour formula to create a multisensory experience for clients and stylists. “Cara’s hair goes under a lot of stress and environmental damage with all of her travelling and constant heat styling, so it needs a little bit of love and a lot of reflection and shine,” […]
  • A New Business Opportunity for Salon Owners

    With the recent minimum wage increase in Ontario—and another one on its way next year— many small businesses are shifting gears to accommodate this major change. But for salon owners, it can be an opportunity. We spoke with two business experts for their advice on how to make the most of it. There are many factors to consider when owning a salon. And sometimes there are things that are just out of your hands—whether it’s a rent increase or, in this case, a hike in your province’s minimum wage, there is added pressure to ensure your business is (and remains) profitable. “For salons, 50 per cent of revenue goes towards labour costs,” says Rowena Berry, western divisional manager for Schwarzkopf Professional Canada. “And while most salons are commission-based, if some employees are paid hourly or hourly plus commission, it does have an impact. Now is a good opportunity to take a step back and look at your business more objectively.” Menu Options While increasing service prices may be your first course of action, it’s not always ideal, especially when you’re trying to retain existing clients and gain new ones. According to Elizabeth Hazime, key relationship manager for Kao Canada, offering […]
  • Time to Sweeten Up Your Colour Services

    Who doesn’t love chocolate? For Montreal blogger Virginie Coossa, it was love at first smell when she discovered Revlon Professional’s Color Sublime. The new ammonia-free permanent colour line is available in a choice of three scents, Sunset Mood, Zen Moment and Sweet Gourmet to enhance colour services while customizing the experience for your client. Sophie Tessier, a Revlon Professional ambassador, introduced Coossa to the new colour line. They both first met 15 years ago on the set of a TV show and have been friends ever since. But it took Coossa a while to come around to the idea of having a hair colour service. “I didn’t see what hair colour would do to enhance my hair,” she says. “Sophie opened my eyes to the colour possibilities.” After experimenting with highlights, short and long hair (and even fringe!), Coossa has relied on Tessier to provide a candid colour experience. “I really appreciate knowing that what she tells me is the truth,” says Coossa. “What you see is what you get.” When Revlon Professional launched Color Sublime earlier this year, Tessier knew it would be a perfect fit for her client. “I really wanted a hair colour that would respect Virginie’s […]
  • Behind the Scenes: Exclusive Cover Shoot with Moroccanoil

    Taking his inspiration from everything from the lines in a painting to textures of clothing is how Moroccanoil’s artistic director Kevin Hughes puts his spin on editorial hairstyling. Here, he shares his tips on everything from keeping your cool on set to making every look count. On Structure Have a good foundation. “Whatever the look, if you’re creating volume, you have to have a proper curl/wave set so that the look can transition without losing volume all day.” Hughes adds that keeping an open mind is key, because hairstyling is cyclical—you can really take a classic look and put your own spin on it. On Set Product Picks Styling tools are key. “For texture and volume in any style: Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, Smoothing Lotion to remove frizz instantly, and for hold that I can rework without residue, Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray.” On Creativity Versatility Plan to perfection. For Hughes, planning begins with accounting for the speci c looks for each model. “The order you create the looks in is super important as far as time management goes” he says. “If you’re doing straight hair and an up style, start with hair down since the elastics and pins leave marks in […]
  • Do You Want to Transform Your Colour Services?

    If you’ve ever had a client who was concerned about the smell of hair colour, and are looking for a way to customize their experience, you will want to check this out. Revlon Professional recently launched Color Sublime, a new ammonia-free permanent colour line that includes a choice of three scents: Sunset Mood, Sweet Gourmet and Zen Moment to transform the traditional in-salon colour service and give your clients a customizable experience. To kick-off the launch, the brand partnered three leading stylists in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver with social media influencers to demonstrate how Color Sublime works. First up was Marlo Steenman, a Revlon Professional guest artist and NAHA winner, who collaborated with Arianna Hicks, an up-and-coming music artist, on her brand-new look. “Arianna has a medium to fine texture, and she came in with her very curly hair, and her ends were compromised,” recalls Steenman. “I chose Color Sublime for her for a few reasons. It’s an oil-delivery system, which is very soothing for her hair. It has the benefits we need to heal her hair. And it’s an ammonia-free colour, which suits her well because she’s a natural beauty, and you want to keep that natural look. You […]

Contessas

Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, The Headroom

Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, The Headroom

We caught up with past Contessa winner, The Headroom, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these.. Read More →
Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Hair Factory

Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Hair Factory

We caught up with past Contessa winner, Hair Factory, to find out how their wins have impacted their careers, and what they’re up to these.. Read More →
Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Anh Nguyen

Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Anh Nguyen

We caught up with past Contessa winner, Anh Nguyen, to find out how her wins have impacted her career, and what she’s been up to.. Read More →
Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Orbite

Catching Up With Past Contessa Winner, Orbite

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