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There’s no doubt that hairdressers have helped lay the foundation in turning the beauty industry into a financial powerhouse. These artists share their skills with their peers and their adoring clienteles through a variety of tools and products, creating balance between art and craft. ÄZ Haircare was created for the discerning hairdresser who aims to inspire creativity while fueling their passion for their profession with a nod to the rich history it has evolved from over the years.

The packaging’s alluring look is set apart with rich jewel tones that help distinguish the brand from others retailed in salons and encourages engagement with clients. The indulgent, sensual line was influenced by designer Tom Ford’s sexy collections and fills the void between the mid-level and high-end brands currently available to professionals.

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Emilie Branch

Gail Federici, CEO and founder of Federici Brands (Color Wow and Time Bomb)

My main goals with the company: To create authentic, effective problem-solving products that help to advance the professional salon industry.

Leadership means: Never accepting conventional boundaries, having a vision and clearly communicating it, helping your team reach their individual potential, and creating a workplace that encourages growth.

In five years, I see the hair industry: Embracing technology in a much bigger way to achieve more opportunities for both personal and financial growth.

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I get inspired by: People with integrity who make a difference.

My favorite way to unwind is: A margarita and a good book at the beach.

My top vacation destination is: The Turks and Caicos Islands.

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There are many benefits to being a JCPenney Salon stylist. Highly experienced stylists can take advantage of up to 70-percent commission, no booth rental fees, up to $1,000 bonus based on performance, and flexible scheduling. JCPenney stylists also enjoy perks such as paid professional training, health benefits for full-time stylists, paid time off, 401(k) eligibility, and a generous associate discount.

Alyssa Ventura

• We receive education on two new trends twice a year and there’s always core education available. If you’re a little rusty on a technique, you can take a class and brush up—I witness new stylists in classes, as well as experienced stylists.

• JCPenney Salon supports your independence with lots of flexibility. You can get back in the salon environment and earn up to 70-percent commission with health benefits and a 401(k).

• JCPenney creates an environment where you can give back. Every year we go to Hope Lodge, where warriors can stay with their families while fighting cancer. We do their hair and nails—it’s touching and beautiful.

Aneesha Nichols

• I belong at JCPenney Salon because we’re family. So many people here are rooting for you to move up and grow in this company.

• I have worked hard for what I’ve achieved, but JCPenney recognizes my talent and has always been willing to support me with new opportunities. Here, anyone can start at any level and go as high as she wants to go.

• I’m able to charge $75 for my haircuts, which my clients happily pay. At this company, everyone earns what they’re worth.

Jessica Pacyga

• JCPenney provides the education you need to constantly improve. Every single class I’ve taken has helped me, whether it’s learning about working smarter or mastering a trend like balayage or foilayage.

• We have a Facebook network for the entire company where we can post questions anytime. It’s a huge incredible network that’s there for me any time I need it!

• I was happy at my former salon, but something was missing. Now I feel fulfilled professionally and personally. The people who work here are the best.

See more information on how to join the JCPenney Salon team at jobs.jcp.com and follow the brand @salonbyinstyle.

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Alyson Osterman-Kerr

Modern day mingles with a Baroque past courtesy of the Kevin.Murphy team.

Deep within a Baroque castle a gang of youthful partygoers indulge their decadent fantasies. Thus is the inspiration behind the Kevin.Murphy team’s latest endeavor, Crystal Twilight. Dressed and tressed to impress, these cool kids exude individuality and confidence, embracing a rainbow of psychedelic colors that shimmer in multifaceted hues.

Kissed by a Rose
The pink vintage- inspired shade evokes a sense of whimsy for a look straight out of a fairytale. Multidimensional color is used for layering lightness while maintaining tonal depth.

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Pure Jade

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Alyson Osterman-Kerr

While a flawless blonde never goes out of style, the flaxen hue naturally goes hand in hand with the summer season. Here, we present favored blonde techniques from top pros.

Who: Thomas McWilliams for Rusk

*Model had existing Level 2 virgin hair.

The Technique:

1. Mix 1oz. Deepshine Brite White Powder Lightener + 2oz. 2-vol. Deepshine Shine Enhancing Cream Developer.

2. Begin applying at the nape using a virgin application, staying 1⁄4” away from the scalp, then bring the application down the mid-shafts and ends. Allow time for the mid-shafts and ends to lighten to a pale blonde. Then, re-mix in a new bowl, and apply to the scalp area and process until the haircolor at the scalp matches the ends.

3. Shampoo with Cleanse 01 Shampoo for Normal Hair.

4. Prior to toning, carve out three triangle sections: one fringe section and two sections in the back below both ears.

5. Mix .5oz. Deepshine Gloss 9N + .5oz. Deepshine Gloss 9G + 1oz. Deepshine Gloss Activating Lotion, and apply to the three triangle sections.

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When a potential new client calls a salon, they are automatically booked with a stylist that’s open at the right time. The new client meets their stylist for the first time when they’re sitting in the chair. This can be problematic for both the stylist and the client if they’re not a fit. Instead of this being the initial meeting/ contact between the two parties, here are a few easy steps to ease into the new client appointment!

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Tracy Morin

Rocking a head full of ringlets herself, Paula Peralta, brand ambassador for John Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS), knows a thing or two about curls—not only as owner of Los Angeles’ Salon Mix, but as a self-proclaimed curly hair guru. Here, she shares her top tips on identifying curl types and adding a bouncy boost via savvy cutting and styling techniques.

1) Identifying Curl Characteristics 
Problem: Not all curls are created equal.
Solution: Curl pattern determines how the hair behaves, both wet and dry. Most hair types fall under either curly (more of a ringlet formation) or extra curly/coily, which can be very compact ringlets or a zigzag pattern. However, all curly hair tends to lack moisture, so major moisturizing treatments are typically a must.

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Industry icon Jim Markham, founder and CEO of ColorProof Color Care Authority, was recently tapped for a very unique role: acting as a consultant for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino flick, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Markham, who was a close friend and partner of late hairdressing legend Jay Sebring—depicted in the film—was tasked over the course of a month to consult with Tarantino’s team on ensuring accuracy in terms of portraying Sebring as well as the beauty tools and trends of the 1960s. Here, Markham shares the details on this dynamic experience.

How did you work to shape the film with your unique perspective?

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On June 20, 2019, Moroccanoil announced the appointment of Jay Elarar as chief executive officer. Elarar brings intimate understanding and commitment to the brand, having begun his career with Moroccanoil as director of sales in 2012, when the company was only five years old. Elarar was later promoted to the position of global vice president of sales—and during this period he shifted the company decision-making process to be more data-driven, with a strong focus on the professional salon channel and distribution strategy. 
 
Elarar will spearhead new product innovation and strategies for bringing products to the market while optimizing global operations at the company. As Moroccanoil continues to pioneer oil-infused beauty, Elarar will draw on his experience in the professional channel to drive growth there while advancing its omnichannel approach, leveraging high-growth channels within ecommerce, travel retail, retail and international markets.
 

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When Johnny B founder and president Alfonso Añorga was approached by Atlanta-based The Association of Stylists and Barbers (TASB) about donating product to its annual Autism Cut-A-Thon that’s held in multiple Southern states, he didn’t think twice. His 21-year-old son Evan is autistic, so it’s a cause that has always been near and dear to his heart. 

“We always look for ways to give back to the community, and the great thing about this particular cut-a-thon is that it crosses multiple states and lasts for a booking period of six weeks,” said Añorga. “The exposure to the cause and the financial impact is way greater than a one-off event.”

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