Archive for the ‘Get Technical’ Category

These Nail Trends Are Taking Over Social Feeds Across the Globe


At the Morgan Taylor-sponsored Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2018 show, barely there, natural nails ruled the catwalk.

When it comes to global nail trends, you don’t have to hop on a plane to discover them, thanks to Instagram. We’re seeing trends like geometric design, super graphic hand-painted nail art and even natural-looking nails with glossy, matte or pearlescent finishes pop up on feeds across the globe. We asked three internationally renowned nail artists which nail trends they’re feeling right now. Continue Reading…

Tips and Tricks for Treating Sensitive-Skin Clients


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More and more, estheticians are seeing a spike in the number of clients coming in with sensitive skin issues. Some experience mild, occasional flare-ups while others deal with constant redness, breakouts, excessive dryness and discomfort. Sensitivity increases with age and on average, skin becomes 10 percent drier each decade after the age of 20. The less moisture skin retains, the weaker the cellular barrier and the more irritants get in and wreak havoc. “Clinically speaking, sensitive skin is a genetic condition where the protective outer layer becomes less efficient at blocking irritants and allergens, and becomes prone to reactions like redness and inflammation,” says Beth Bialko, Associate Director Global Curriculum at Dermalogica. “Sensitized skin, on the other hand, results from external factors like cosmetics, pollution, lifestyle and stress, and becomes chronically inflamed.” Here, our experts discuss best practices for treating clients with sensitivity concerns. Continue Reading…

Building a Brand 101

Whether you run a one-chair salon suite or a salon with a staff of 20, one thing we know for sure: In these digitally savvy times, if you’re not on social media, your business probably isn’t growing. But if creating a social media presence feels more like a nuisance than a necessity, it’s time to shift YOUR perspective. Below, three salon pros share why being on social is more than good for everyone’s business.

Create A New Fan Base

After working as an esthetician for 15 years and owning Spa 10 in Encino, CA, for nine, Lori Crete wanted to share the wealth of knowledge she had accumulated. She decided to do a podcast after learning that the social medium, where audio recordings are downloaded to your computer or phone, is enjoying a renaissance. Continue Reading…

5 Things You Need to Know About the “Babylights” Hair Color Trend

Get ready—there’s a new hair color technique that’s taking the beauty industry by storm and it’s called “babylights.”

The term can be added to the ongoing list of highlighting techniques like splashlights, balayage, ombre and sombre, but this one differs dramatically from the rest.

Babylights are delicate highlights created using a very fine hair color technique to mimic the subtle, dimensional hair color seen on children’s hair. “My clients often bring in photos of their children for inspiration, asking me to make their color look that fresh and natural. The result is subtle but beautiful,” saysWarren-Tricomi Salon’s Joel Warren, master colorist and co-founder.Read More…

Spa Marketing: Essential Social Media Outlets

Here’s a look at five social media outlets you may want to consider for your business.
by Corrie Pelc


Chances are you already have a Facebook page that you use to stay in contact with your clients. However, there are lots of fish in the social media sea that should also be getting some of your attention. Here’s a look at five tools that you may want to consider for your business.

Foursquare uses geo-location, allowing people to “check in” to their whereabouts—at work, at a local business, at a museum—both on the app and even to other outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. Their friends and followers can then see where they are, which in turn gives them ideas on where they may want to go. According to Foursquare, more than 40 million people worldwide use the app, with more then 4.5 billion check-ins each day.  Continue Reading…

How To: Create a Bridal Updo That Will Last All Night

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Hair extensions go above and beyond just creating length and volume–stylists certified in Great Lengthshair extensions learn that extensions can be used as a tool: to create a hair cut, correct a hair cut, add chemical-free highlights, cover a scar or alopecia or to fill in a fringe.

In this how-to, Great Lengths Artistic Director Darren Brokaw, of J Brokaw Solutions for Hair in St. Louis, shows how he gave this bridal client a total hair transformation by combining the makeover power of hair extensions with the elegance of a special occasion style. Read More


This might not be for everyone but I know it made a lot of you light up inside! There are so many different variations of this too. You can make every other color rotate between metallic and matte finishes, you can repeat colors, you can do only two or three colors instead of all six… just let this be an inspiration to have some fun with your lids every now and then. Your friends will appreciate it! Here’s how: Read More…

How To: Sidewinder Fishtail Braid


MODERN Facebook fan Kristi Jo Parrett, who is a stylist and wedding consultant at Studio 417 Salon in Springfield, Missouri, created this look she calls the Sidewinder Fishtail French braid. Kristi, who we learned is one of six sisters, has been honing her hairdressing skills for many years. And, when she posted this picture of the Sidewinder Fishtail Braid on our Facebook wall, we knew we had to track down the steps.

This updo, perfect for bridesmaids, flower girls, and prom-goers, shows off multi-dimensional hair color and can be polished off using flowers, jewelery or a veil!

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Elegant Bridal Updo: A sophisticated look for any bride

Step 1: Begin with a side part. Seperate a circle of hair at the crown of head. Backcomb this hair into four horizontal sections to create a cushion within the hair giving height to the style, using light-hold hairspray.  Read More…

Botanical Beauty

DIY beauty ingredients are everywhere, including your backyard! From the greenhouse to the pantry, natural herbs, essential oils and tea can do wonders for your complexion! So turn on some music, light some candles, and check out these garden-grown DIY beauty ideas to remedy your mind, soul, and skin. Read More…

Enter the 2012 STARS Photo Competition

Calling all hair, make-up and nail technicians—professionals AND students!! Show off your creativity and win prizes including cash, educational opportunities and runway recognition in the 2012 STARS Photo Competition at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago, Illinois, March 3-5, 2012.

This year ONLY Professionals may enter all three hair, make-up and fashion categories for a chance to win the Leo Passage Gold Trophy! Cosmetologists Chicago will annually award The Leo Passage Gold Trophy to the top cumulative winner in the Stars Photo Competition. Crafted after the prestigious Original Gold Trophy of Cosmetologists Chicago’s Midwest Beauty Show, The Leo Passage Gold Trophy will be engraved with the name of each year’s winner and at Pivot Point headquarters. Each Gold Trophy recipient will receive a replica of the trophy plus $1,000 and Cosmetologists Chicago Lifetime Membership.

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