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    Considering a Hair Stylist Job?

    Here is a fun way of getting the low-down on what’s-up with a beauty school! You can follow a student on her way to becoming a hairdresser through her weekly blog as she experiences the day to day stuff of beauty school.  Grant it, not all beauty schools are the same and the Paul Mitchell School she attends called The Cao Institute in Alhambra, CA. Seems pretty progressive, but, they all need to have students pass their State Board Exams at the end of their stay and the exams are basically the same.

    So if you’re on the fence of whether or not hairdresser jobs are right for you, here’s a place you can get some inside/real-time information on what you might expect at beauty school. Here you can follow Hanna Compton, as she blogs weekly about her thoughts and experiences in beauty school.

    I’ve found her (firsts) experiences, first hair coloring, first color removal, first male client, etc. is warmly familiar and brings back memories of my days in beauty school. She gives you a feel for what to expect and how beauty school goes about training to become a licensed hairdresser. She has lots of enthusiasm for the business and is sure to give you a push towards taking the plunge if you are so inclined. She just finished her 10th week and should have about 26 weeks left to go so lots of experiences yet to be shared!  This is a good read if you’re considering a hairdresser job.



    Pre-Launch Press Release for Salon/Spa Industry H1N1 Best Practices

    King Research and The Professional Beauty Association are working together to release an industry response that addresses the H1N1 influenza virus. King Research is the maker of Barbicide, which is widely used in the hair salon/spa industry for sanitation and disinfection purposes.

    I spoke with Alan Murphy, president of Kings Research last week and he said we can expect an ‘online toolkit’ probably sometime this week. The tool kit will be a dedicated site that will have information and resources specifically geared towards the hair salon/spa environment. They will also announce a webinar on salon/spa sanitation and disinfection best practices and several workshops during the International Salon & Spa Expo in Long Beach, California January 30 – February 1, 2010.

    Beauty School

    Holiday Stocking Stuffer

    PureOlogy products have made “The Best Hair Care Products” lists in the last few years voted in at the hairdresser Choice Awards. This year brings a little extra added cheer to someone’s ‘big hair dreams’ by wrapping up this package. PureOlogy’s Pure Volume Stocking Stuffers includes 2 oz. bottles of PureVolume Shampoo, Condition and BlowDryAmplifier, along with EssentialRepair SplitEndCorrecting Treatment. Get it for $21.00 at a salon near you. Find a salon at the PureOlogy website.

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    The Guide to Eco Friendly Hair Products

    Eco Friendly Hair Products

    Eco Friendly Hair Products Made Simple

    These days, when it comes to hair color, anything goes, from permanent fire engine red highlights to a temporary hair chalk pastel pink strand, everywhere you turn there is a rainbow of hair color possibilities. The most popular seems to be the love of green hair – not the shade but the eco friendly hair products.

    Many hair care lines are making a strong effort to keep Mother Earth as beautiful and manageable as our lovely locks an are taking an interest in the over all health of their customers and clients . . . from fragrance sensitivities to gluten intolerance. Many companies are cruelty free (they love bunnies, so no animal testing), are certified vegan (no animal by products) and are packaged in recyclable packaging.

    For those looking for eco friendly hair products, here is a list of some professional hair care lines that fit the bill:

    Eco Friendly Hair Products


    This line offers shampoos, conditioners and treatments for moisture and for volume. The styling products offer styling options for all hair types, from fine to coarse, limp to frizzy. Onesta is a color safe line and that offers natural sunscreens to help protect your investment in your hair color. A perk to this line, every product has a description on the back of the bottle of how much of the product to use depending on your hair type. Onesta is sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free, free of dyes, phthalates, sodium chloride and propylene glycol. It is a vegan line and a cruelty free that is PETA approved.

    Eco Friendly Hair Products

    ALTERNA Bamboo

    This line offers collections for volume, for shine and for frizz control. ALTERNA Bamboo is sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free and is freeof sodium chloride, phthalates and synthetic color. All the products are color safe and are never tested on animals.

    Eco Friendly Hair Products


    One of the originals. Yours truly was fortunate enough to be trained by the original chemists of the SOMA line. SOMA offers a selection of shampoos and conditioners for volume, moisture, color, smoothing, clarifying and a purple shampoo for blondes. SOMA has a great selection of styling products from smoothing creme to hair spray, thermal setting sprays to cuticle sealers. The majority of their styling products are alcohol free. SOMA products are sulfate free, hypo allergenic, color safe, offer UVA and UVB protectants, are rich in wheat and keratin proteins, biodegradable and vegan, and the products are not tested on animals.

    Other Lines

    Joico – offers a vegan alternative with their Joico Structure line. Joico also manufactures their products with on-site wind power, their packaging is made from up to 70% post-consumer recycled materials & they voluntarily offset carbon dioxide emissions.

    bain de terre – the Purite line is sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free, formaldehyde free and free of colorants, mineral oil and phthalates.

    AG Hair Care – offers a generous array of eco friendly hair products from shampoo to conditioner to any styling product you can imagine. AG has always been a cruelty free line. Many of their products are now paraben free, gluten free and no salt.

    Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.


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    Paul Mitchell Schools Are a Hot Franchise

    Paul Mitchell Schools

    Paul Mitchell School makes Franchise Times hottest franchise list is reporting that that the Paul Mitchell beauty school franchise is on the “Fast 55” a list of the fastest-growing young franchises according to Franchise Times Magazine.

    This comes as no surprise to me as the Paul Mitchell organization is not only a top Brand in the hair care product business, but they are one of the best managed companies in the cosmetology industry. They continually win awards and accolades for their cutting edge styles and technology from my hair stylist friends in the industry, and we are a tough bunch to please. The Paul Mitchell partner schools are known for their community involvement and philanthropic endeavors, having raised in excess of $3 million for various causes and charities.

    Paul Mitchell has more 100 hundred schools across the country. The Paul Mitchell schools franchise was named #1 in the Top 50 Franchises-Midsize category by Franchise Business Review in 2010 and is #1 in the Category of Health and Beauty. They have received two 2011 Franchise Satisfaction Awards from Franchise Business Review.

    Paul Mitchell Beauty Schools

    The Paul Mitchell School prepares students in the art of hair design, hair cutting, hair color, texture and makeup. Students pay about $17,000 for the program which typically takes about 1,600 hours and with many schools running a capacity of 200 or more students per year the economics are attractive.

    The booming beauty school business is bringing out the big guns. Brands like Paul Mitchell, Aveda and Regis have a decided advantage in that they can attract students who otherwise wouldn’t have considered cosmetology as a career. Students who are trained in these brand name schools are in demand and are being actively recruited in the high end salons where fees are the most lucrative.

    A beauty school is one of the steadiest businesses I can think of, no such thing as a recession our business and there has always been a shortage of hair stylists as long as I have been in the industry.

    My hubby Gary has spent many years in the franchise business and knows franchising, when I showed him this article while I was writing it, he instantly said “that is an out-of-the-park home run” in fact, he suggested I look into it as a new business venture (as if I needed one more thing on my plate).

    For more information check out the Paul Mitchell Partner Schools website.

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