America’s Beauty Show 2014

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Martin Parsons on the Runway at America’s Beauty Show 2014.

Every year, thousands of beauty professionals attend America’s Beauty Show at McCormick Place in Chicago in search of inspiration. One of the largest trade shows in the industry, this ginormous event organized by Cosmetologists Chicago is co-housed with America’s Expo for Skin Care & Spa. Over the span of three days, hairstylists, nail techs, aestheticians, educators, and businesspeople gather to shop the exhibit floor, watch demonstrations, take classes, and watch their idols work their magic on the runway. Evening events include a kick-off party and the Stylist’s Choice Awards hosted by Mary Rector of Behind the Chair.

The show, which took place March 22-24, is always action-packed with so much to do and see.  A glimpse of my day is after the jump. Continue reading

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Braided Headband Tutorial

I’m really excited to announce that one of my tutorials was published on SheKnows. If you aren’t familiar with the site, it’s pretty great. As the name implies, the focus is on women’s issues and topics of interest like health, parenting, food, and of course, beauty. There is a ton of useful content and I really like the way it is organized.

As a contributor, I’ve been challenged to create how-tos for the “Beauty & Style” page. My first offering is a beyond easy braided headband. You can probably create this look in 5 minutes. It’s that easy. Really. Sometimes the simplest styles are the prettiest. This braided style is perfect for spring and can work for just about any occasion, even just running errands. And if you’ve got a daughter with long hair, it’s almost mandatory that you master this hairstyle. It’s such a sweet way to get hair out of a little one’s face.

Head on over to SheKnows for the full step-by-step tutorial.

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Tip Tuesday: Decorate Your Hair With Bobby Pins

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Simple bobby pins can be transformed into unique hair decor by arranging them into simple patterns. This easy trick can transform a blah hair day into a rad accessorized ‘do that’s sure to get attention. These shapes work well for half-up hairstyles as I’ve demonstrated in this post but you can also use them to pull back one side in lieu of a barrette. I’ve come up with a few different looks to inspire you but feel free to design your own. Also, you can use any old bobby pins or splurge on some fun colored ones like these for contrast. This casual cool styling idea is all about having fun.

See more decorative bobby pin patterns after the jump.

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