Divining the Spectrum: A Creative Color Workshop

IMG_3625In my experience with hair, the best and most useful lessons come from creative experimentation. For any artist, this means carving out time and space in life to play with your medium, push the boundaries, try something you have always wanted to, get into the process without being too worried about the end results. This is what leads to creative breakthrough which is ultimately the most exciting and inspiring place to reach as an artist.

In the salon, this sort of inspiration is essential to doing great work and loving every minute of it, and it is also essential to building our businesses. Our clients want us to be excited and inspired to do their hair, because it shows in what we create in collaboration with each clients hair. Our clients experience a shift in their lives that is directly related to the work we do with them, and they become both a billboard for our unique craft and an expression of themselves, and  a walking testament to the power of great hair to inspire a fresh perspective.img_4528

With that said, I have been brewing up a new workshop which is meant to inspire creative experimentation with color, celebrating haircolor with intention and nuance and a deep look into the theory and magic of color formulation using direct pigment primary colors.

IMG_4094In collaboration with haircolorist Roxie Darling of Hairstory Studio, Edo Salon in San Francisco, Free Your Hair Education and Manic Panic Color, we are excited to announce a workshop in the SF Bay, coming in November.


Divining the Spectrum

Dive into creative color with Roxie Jane Hunt and Roxie Darling! We will be playing with the primary colors, pastels, muting and everything in between. This class is both demo and hands-on, we will be working on models and on wefts, mixing color and painting prismatic, inspired colors.

With this workshop, learn to color hair confidently with a blend of intuition, color theory knowledge and creativity and embrace full spectrum color application.

In this class we will be:

img_4124-Working with primary colors to blend custom shades. Learning the how’s and why’s of formulating color to achieve specific shades that communicate a message, and exploring the balance of saturation vs muting and how they tie into the emotional lives of our clients.

-Discussing the meaning of color on the psychological, spiritual and astrological planes.

-Toning with Intention: Learning about placement and simple skin tone evaluation, understanding the spectrum and how it effects different skin shades in different ways and learning how to make the CORRECT color balancing decision.

-Learning about Dust and Smoke: Taking your formulation to the next level of nuanced color.

-Working together with color application on models

-Learning about creating a practice or meditation with color that helps develop keener color sense and creative inspiration in our daily lives.IMG_2032

When?

November 7th, Edo Salon San Francisco
11am-4pm

Cost: $350

Bring: Yourselves, a journal, an open mind and a grounded body.

We will provide practice hair wefts, primary colors from Manic Panic, Hairstory New Wash for diluting color, brushes, and a rainbow of inspiration.

Reserve your spot by calling Edo today!  415-861-0131

xo, HTHG

A Message to all Hair Stylists, from Hairstory Studio’s Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon has shaped the industry of hair styling, that we can say for sure. As the founder of Bumble and Bumble, and more recently NYC’s Hairstory Studio, his vision for the future of hair continues to drive us forward as stylists, into new concepts and innovation in the realms of both creative styling and hair care.

These days, at Hairstory Studio, Michael is championing the brute force of the independent hairstylist, because ‘going independent’ appears to be the new black of the hairstyling industry. By creating an environment of experimentation to foster creative growth for his stylists, and formulating a product line based on ditching shampoo (the root of all hair woes) he is helping both client and independent stylist to streamline their hair care routine, and their back-bar.

Today, Michael chats with us about the future of the industry, ditching shampoo, and how Hairstory is here to create culture and community for the lone hair rangers, by inspiring us, engaging us, and helping us excel as independent hairstylists and artists in the big-industry hijacked world of hair. If you are a hairstylist who has ever considered breaking off from the salon and going Independent, listen up. Michael Gordon is here to encourage you to take the leap and strike out on your own.

Hair Talk with Michael Gordon

 

You have moved on from B&B to Hairstory Studio and a brand new product line. I am curious to know what inspired this shift for you, moving on from B&B and starting a new vision from scratch.

MichaelGordonNvreelandphoto2After I left Bumble and bumble, I decided if I were to return to the industry it would have to be with different intentions. In my time away, I became interested in the subject of sustainability, in particular how to avoid creating waste. I started to think “why are there so many hair products out there?” The ‘aha’ moment came when I realized the culprit, the real scam here: shampoo. In particular their detergents and the very real havoc they cause. This damage is the catalyst for so many products: conditioners, detanglers, treatments, masks, on and on.
This epiphany led to my search for an alternative. I didn’t know if we would find it but we did. New Wash cleans the hair and scalp with fatty cleansers derived from essential oils, leaving the hair and scalp clean and in perfect equilibrium.

In what ways do you want to see Hairstory setting a new standard for stylists/clients?
My ultimate goal is for detergents of all kinds (“naturally-derived” glucosides to SLS) to be totally rejected by the experts; and you –hairdressers – are the experts.

My whole career I’ve strived to see hairdressers become more important in society, more influential, more confident, more bold. I believe this is a powerful movement we can all get behind. Imagine what would happen if enough intelligent, forward-thinking hairdressers like yourself got behind this. The conclusion most early adopters have arrived at is that if you take away detergent from the equation, you don’t need many other products. If we could get all those harmful ingredients and all those thousands of bottles out of our landfills and oceans, just think of the good that would be done.

How can we use your vision to help us change the way we do hair, and the way we communicate with our clients?

 

4OnSetWithMichaelVery good question. Another one of my grievances with the industry is the appalling lack of really fine education. In particular, most hairdressers have no real idea of how to use product, and that’s not necessarily their fault. Part of the problem is perpetuated by hair companies that create countless products and so frequently launch new ones. These products are made in marketing rooms and have no real purpose other than to turn a profit.
Hairdressers naturally assume that these products all have a place – that the formulations do things that the others don’t. However, deep inside I know, from experience, the same hairdressers are screaming “this is bullshit, I can’t possibly need another thickening spray!”
With our pared-down line of four products it will be much simpler to educate your clients, and in effect sell much more. You are providing them something you believe in, it’s not a sale, it’s advice that will make their life better.
I also encourage all hairdressers and clients to use our site as a reference – to start conversations you might not have usually prompted – and all-in-all become braver.

What would you tell someone who loves the idea of leaving their shampoo behind for New Wash, or any other non-shampoo system/routine, but has been so indoctrinated in their own routines and beliefs about cleanliness that they are afraid to make the leap?
Well let’s start with the fact that the most likely place to contract a staph infection is a hospital – so the idea of being over-zealous about cleaning, purelling, and disinfecting has become an over-the-top, mostly American, neurosis. Constant disinfecting has been proven to have negative consequences on people’s immune systems as illuminated in Julia Scott’s New York Times Magazine article “My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment” (I encourage all your readers to read it).
We have resources on our site that can walk people through the science of New Wash, but ultimately they’ll need to come to this important realization themselves.

Why do you think there are so many independent stylists now, all of the sudden?

Returning to my comment about the lack of good education: I think it’s a shame that young hairdressers spend ten to twenty thousand dollars on a school, and the aim is not to create skillful hairdressers and thoughtful entrepreneurs, but essentially to keep young people from being unemployed. You come out of the 1500 to 2000 hours, take a state board exam, that in the kindest word is asinine, and you’re on your own.
At this point, if you’re bright you find a mentor or go to a really great salon and become an apprentice. In the sixties for instance everybody went to Vidal Sassoon to train and later on to any salon owned by someone who had came from Sassoon. This resulted in a very high standard of haircutting.
Things changed, times changed, franchises popped up like Jean Louis David, Supercuts, etc. etc. Hair product companies started by real hairdressers were purchased by large corporations, costs were cut, and authenticity and respect for the hairdresser abandoned. So, fast forward to now and most salons can’t afford to offer – for various reasons – valuable education.
People are deciding its not worth the money to stay in salons, selling products they don’t believe, and loosing a large portion of the commissions they garner to the house. They have their own visions and they’re manifesting them for themselves. We’re here to help these bold entrepreneurs.

Is this a sign of major changes in the direction our industry is going?

I would imagine at some point. As it stands today almost every single product manufacturer in the world either sells retail or to salons. It will not be easy to be copied when their bread and butter is in creating dozens of different shampoos and conditioners. It’s like a drug addicting trying to get clean. Hopefully they catch up with the times, but honestly this is about doing something good for brave go-getters that want to be part of a new economy. We can have connections to each and every one of our hairdressers, have conversations like the one we are having now, and really support all of you.

We have made it as simple as possible for our independent hairdressers: simple, attainable opening orders, no need for expensive inventory, and your clients will be connected to you forever, so you will make commission on every sale they place online. That second sale will not go to Sephora or Amazon, but to you.
In the coming months we will be starting a podcast series with our CEO Eli on all topics big and small about becoming independent. I think you will find this invaluable.

You appear to have a dream team of colorists/stylists at the Studio. What do you personally look for when choosing your Hairstory Stylists?

 

4StylingYinnaTKMovingHairI would agree that the people who do hair here are extremely talented; however it’s not a salon, so the environment and culture are conducive to allowing people the space and encouragement to become excellent. It’s not a profit center; there’s no money being exchanged. So instead there is an exchange of ideas, techniques, and at least one or two full days a week when the assistants get to train. Our very frequent photo shoots provide our stylists with an opportunity to evaluate their work and develop their eye.
Certainly my decades of experience are help, and I can act as a mentor. My coaching is made easier by the fact that these people are very self-motivated and driven to become better. The focus is very much on being the best we can be and you can see it in the conversations at our lunch table.
Hairdressers use to make pilgrimages to Sassoon – in the 90s and 2000s they made the same to Bumble. While we’re a tiny little enterprise, we are getting those same requests now. Obviously we can’t take everyone in; however, we are focusing our content to help people learn, practice, and be inspired. There’s great shows on cooking, on sports, on all sorts of craftsmanship – you don’t see that in hair. We will be filling that void. I suggest in the first five, ten minutes of your day reviewing a story or two and taking it with you through the day.

You really champion the concept of Creative Collaboration within the Studio. What are your thoughts on the importance of collaboration in our industry, and how can we (independent stylists) begin to move in the direction of being more collaborative?
The idea is to encourage and suggest that hairdressers talk to each other more. Most professions have seminars, discussions, TED events – and I’m not talking about hair shows – where important ideas are exchanged. That’s why blogs like yours and others are so important. We need to have real conversations. For example the exchange that the story “The Long and The Short of It” got started simply on Instagram was very exciting to me. People were discussing hair length in a new way.
In fact, we are going to start featuring different hairdressers from around the country who share their experiences in little films. Films that are thought-provoking and motivating in a very transparent and authentic way.
We’re in the beginnings of building a strong community and we encourage you to join.

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If you know a hairstylist, please tag them or share this post with them. It just might be what they need to take the leap into their own independence. And if you are a stylist, I strongly recommend you check out New Wash and the Hairstory Enrollment Plan. My clients adore it, and the whole system is designed for independent stylists and their clients. Make your first order and get a free bottle of New Wash for yourself, and be sure to tell them How-to Hair Girl referred you. Stylist referrals mean kickbacks, and you will get them too when you turn your friends on to Hairstory;) Spread the love, from one hairstylist to the next.

xo, HTHG, Michael Gordon and Hairstory Studio

 

Interview With Hairstory Colorist and Healer Roxie Darling.

As Hairstylists, it is our duty to help reach into a person and pull out a part of their soul which best represents them and allows them to express themselves, and hair is our medium for this divination. We have an opportunity to heal, to inspire, to help people know themselves better, to and to help people tell their stories. Roxie Darling, of NYC’s Hairstory Studio, knows this better than almost anyone.

RoxieHeadshot4 (1)I feel honored to share a profession and a name with Roxie Darling, as well as many common feelings and ideas surrounding people and their hair, and the Hair Industry. I have been following her work for several years now, and find constant inspiration in her organic and conceptual take of hair coloring. Also, we both wear random kind of tangled up necklaces and colorful vintage slips and have messy wild hair and I take that as a sign of Hair Stylist Sisterhood.

Interview with Colorist Roxie Darling

Roxie, You are known for bold and inspired hair color. Tell me about your process for conceptualizing a color scheme and tailoring it to a particular client.

My concepts for my for my most bold work usually originate from my mind. It comes from a perpetual need in my career to do work that makes me uncomfortable. Once I find something new, that frightens me, I know I’m on the right path. Then I’ll find the right person whose brave enough and open enough to work with me and create something I feel is wholly new. Then I’ll do variations on it, tweak it, propel the idea forward.

When it comes to applying a concept to a client, the most important things to consider are their skin tone, hair texture, and how they feel about maintenance.

5ShootGina(look2-shot4)EDITHow have you seen new color transform a persons life? How do you see hair color as an opportunity to heal?

There’s something very powerful about changing someone’s aesthetic identity. No matter how subtle a change, it effects their perception of themselves, as well as the world’s perception of them. Hair is one of the first things people notice about each other – with our hair we are project an idea of ourselves and stimulate reactions from others.

I have a friend, who was just on the brink of coming out as transgender at the time – male bodied who identified as female. At the time she had this beautiful dark chestnut hair, but craved this processed platinum inspired by the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch. When she saw herself with this beautiful blonde hair she began crying completely unbridled staring in the mirror. This moment acted as a catalyst for her to be who she wanted to be. That moment will stay with me the rest of my life, and when I question what I’m doing with my life to make the world better (which I do often) I come back to that moment: I am helping people get on to the next chapter. Hair can be integral to that.

What is the future of hair coloring/care going to look like?

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.14.38 PMIt’s all about New Wash. I don’t think anyone really understood shampoo’s underlying problem before New Wash. For the longest time people assumed their hair was one thing: frizzy, no body, unmanageable. That’s not your natural hair, it’s its reaction to detergent. When hair isn’t being mistreated and stripped it goes back to it’s optimal condition. When hair is in that optimal condition, with all it’s integrity I’m liberated as a colorist to push the limits with bleach and color. My color lives longer, and my clients’ hair is so much more resilient.

Shampoo is the cause of almost every single hair problem, New Wash has ended the chaos.

Walk us through your personal hair routine (styling, products etc.)

I wash my hair and scalp with New Wash maybe every 4 days. My skin and hair was always very dry before New Wash, but now it retains moisture and looks much healthier. Sometimes I’ll simply wash from the mid-shaft to the ends so my hair will smell great but I can keep the grit I love near the root.

Then I add a lot of Hair Balm which I call Hair Crack, and spray Undressed before and after my hair dries. For the next few days I run my hands through it, mold it how I like, and keep adding the products which never get crunchy.

Could you describe for us your hair MO in a sentence?

It’s as simple as: I like doing hair color and I’m good at it; when you love something and you’re good at it, that’s probably what you should be doing.

As a stylist, what direction would you like to see the industry move?

Towards simplicity and good intentions.

Shannon Snow 14 03 25 (look 2 shot 2)Appeal to the hair DIYers- what is your favorite trick/bit of advice for at-home styling and care?

Deposit some of your direct dye in your New Wash to keep your color vibrant. Stay away from heat-styling which will fade your hair, and use Hair Balm all the time.

What is the color of your aura?

If I had to say it’s a pinky gold – sometimes more orange, other times more red, and sometimes with a dark purple tone when I’m feeling down.

Tell us your Dream collaboration.

Working with anyone whose open and present.

If you could take 3 products on a hair tour of outer space what would they be?

New Wash, Hair Balm, Undressed.

Speaking to a product minimalist what is your advice for the absolute best all round routine for great hair in 3 products or less?

New Wash + Hair Balm.

Follow Roxie on Instagram here, and click here for the Hairstory blog and archive of stories on hair. If you are in NYC and need some new hair inspo, look for a Hairstory Color Casting Call and get in line for dream hair color from Roxie Darling.

Take Roxie’s suggestion and try the Hairstory Product line? Check it out here if you are a client, and here if you want to work with the line as a stylist, and make sure to tell them How-to Hair Girl sent you.

xo, Roxie and Roxie

Hairstory Studio, and A New Way to Wash Hair

When I started blogging almost 5 years ago, I was constantly searching for inspiration to help me feel encouraged and excited about working within an Industry that I had very mixed feelings about. At the time, I felt very restricted as a free woman in a consumerist-hijacked industry that seemed in many ways to have lost it’s way.

Hairstory10One night, 3 years ago, while suffering the sulfite slump of too much red wine with my Thanksgiving dinner, I discovered Hairstory Studio on Instagram when a NYC Hair blogger who I love tagged them in a photo of her hair and a bottle of Non-Shampoo magic called Purely Perfect. I seized the moment, and clicked over to @Hairstorystudio, and found a dynamic creative place with a mission of expression, empowerment, creativity, and hair. It was love at first sight, and our kindred hair spirits joined via the interwebs.

5ShootGina(Look1Shot4)Edit (2)Appropriately deemed The Warhol Factory of Hair, Hairstory Studio is a small experimental Studio in NYC which was spearheaded by former Bumble and Bumble founder Micheal Gordon. The Studio is a team of stylists and colorists, photographers and producers who are working together to help people tell their stories through their hair, while innovating haircare with a product line that is flipping Hair Industry belief systems on their head by demonstrating that when it comes to styling and hair care products, Less is More.

The Purely Perfect which I mentioned before quickly became a cult favorite hair care product for New York hairstylists who understood the hair carnage of the shampoo/conditioner system. The concept of ditching shampoo was spreading fast, and Purely Perfect was the antidote within the Industry……It was an ingeniously formulated product which used natural, gently cleansing ingredients to help balance and refresh the hair without stripping it, allowing days and days of that perfect effortless lived-in hair that we all want.

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.14.38 PMPurely Perfect was recently re-branded into New Wash, and launched alongside 3 other products, all gentle, sulfate free and formulated for all hair types. Each product is tailored for a certain effect, and people are LOVING THIS STUFF.

Tired of seeing hair product companies producing imagery saturated with retouching, hair-extensions, and showcasing altogether unrealistic beauty standards, we turned the focus of our content onto real people with real hair. Propelled by the Hairstory product line, the belief that less is more, and the creative mind that is Michael Gordon’s, Hairstory has become synonymous with thinking outside the box. Each month, we are fortunate to welcome a handful of people from all walks of life into our studio for fresh cuts, color, and portraits. We are happy to share with our audience not only their images, but their personal stories as well, proving our case that everyone has a Hairstory – and that beauty certainly is not skin-deep.

(Very Free Your Hair, am I right?)

I am so excited to introduce you babes to this company, because it means so much to me to have found a company within the Hair Industry who is doing their part to change the paradigm and create more conscious hairstyling and care products for stylists and clients……..I’m also excited because my hair is IN LOVE with my bottle of creamy New Wash and I cannot wait for you to try it too, especially if your hair is suffering the dryness of forced air heat and cold weather!

Buy Hairstory Haircare From HTHG!

I’m thrilled to announce that HTHG is now selling Hairstory Hair Care Products from the blog, and to salon clients! All you have to do is click the above link to their shop and tell them How-to Hair Girl referred you, and your products will be shipped to your door!

If you are an independent Hairstylist, they have a great system set up to support you working with the line and selling it to clients, so be sure to check it out and list HTHG as your referral.

Also, bonus……I am really excited to introduce you next week to Hairstory’s Colorist Roxie Darling, who is an artist, a color healer, and a badass all wrapped up in one lovely package…..Come and read her words on hair color, healing, and her favorite hair styling tips!

Stay tuned!

xo, HTHG

 

 

How to Remove Hair Color at Home

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.05.39 PMHi Dear DIY Hair-colorers! In the last year, I have done a total of 94 DIY Color Consultations here at HTHG, all for people who are looking to achieve their perfect hair hue at home.

Most of these consultations are for people who made a little hair color oops, and ended up with a shade that they do not like, and are looking for ways to remove color without excessively damaging their hair. I decided that it was time to write a post on how to safely and effectively remove hair color at home.

It should be noted however, that it is not possible to literally remove all permanent color from the hair. What is possible, however, is removing enough hair dye that it makes re-coloring and achieving good results MUCH easier.

I asked my friends at Austin Beauty School Avenue Five to put together a post for us on the subject, and here it is….

How to Remove Hair Color at Home.

There’s no need to hide out in your home for three months while your new hair color slowly fades. If you regret that burgundy red shade on your head now, even though it seemed perfect when you first spotted it on the side of the hair dye box, it may seem you’re stuck with it, but you’re not. You can breathe a sigh of relief that no matter what dye you put on your hair, there are many tried and true ways to remove it quickly and easily. However, before you reach for that bottle of bleach solution, consider some other less caustic solutions to remove color from your hair at home.

Shades that are unnatural, like blues and greens, may be harder to lighten because they can turn into different colors, so be careful and do a strand test first. However, with natural colors, the key is to match the method with your hair color type, permanent or semi-permanent. If you’re trying to remove hair color without affecting your natural color underneath, always seek to reduce the color, not strip it. Some of these solutions come off a shelf, and others you can make with a few simple ingredients you have at home. Our technicians at our Austin beauty school have some suggestions for you to try!

 

  1. Color Remover – Buy a color remover and you won’t have to worry about bleaching your natural hair underneath. It only gets rid of the artificial color. It works well for permanent colors, that other methods may have more trouble getting rid of at one go. There are different color removers sold by different manufacturers and they all come with different instructions. Follow the instructions to the letter for the best results. If you don’t get rid of all the color right away, try it a few more times to get rid of it all. This will also work well for semi-permanent color, but there are even gentler ways to life that type of color that you may want to try listed below.
  2. Vitamin C Treatment – People swear by this treatment to remove any color, permanent or semi-permanent, even difficult pinks to deep red shades. It’s also popular because it only contains two ingredients: crushed effervescent vitamin C tablets and shampoo.There are no strict measurements, but use at least two tablets or more. Mix it with enough shampoo to cover your hair. Then, cover the hair and let it sit for 20 minutes to one hour before rinsing thoroughly. It’s just that simple! It can be repeated several more times, if the color hasn’t faded enough.
  3. Dishwashing Soap – Dishwashing soap is also a gentle way to remove color. In fact, you can substitute this type of soapy liquid for the shampoo and use it with your vitamin C tablets or alone. Either way, it works well for semi-permanent color mistakes.
  4. Anti-Dandruff Shampoos – Another easy fix for pastels or small shade changes is anti-dandruff shampoo. Some people swear it will release color in just the right amount without having to go out and buy an expensive color remover. It will work best the quicker you use it, before the color has time to set completely. However, this does not work well at all for permanent colors. Some people like to use this shampoo with the vitamin C tablet mixture to give it a boost in color-removing power.
  5. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice – Mix two teaspoons of lemon juice to each two teaspoons of baking soda. This is a little messier to apply than some of the other solutions, but it’s all-natural and can lighten the hair significantly. People who don’t want to pay for the vitamin C tablets might like the fact that both baking soda and lemon juice are very cheap ingredients. Let it sit on your head for only a few minutes and then rinse out. The lemon can dry the hair and damage it, so be careful not to leave it in too long. This mixture is also good for scrubbing off excess hair color that gets on your skin during a dye job.
  6. Hot Oil Treatment – For those that want to condition their hair, while lightening it, try a hot oil massage and treatment. Put the hot oil treatment on your head and cover it with a shower cap for about an hour. Then, rinse it with hot water and watch the color come out. You won’t have to worry about damaging the hair because it’ll actually nourish it instead!
  7. Epsom Salts and Baking Soda – These are also sometimes referred to as “bath salts.” The beauty of this treatment is that you can do it in the bath, and just lay down to soak your head in the tub, even while it releases the color in your hair. This method only works with semi-permanent colors, not permanent colors.

While a few of these methods do work with permanent colors, many people turn to bleaching to correct permanent color mistakes. This can be done with a watered-down bleach solution, but it can still have a high risk of damaging the hair. Plus, it can affect the natural color underneath. However, if that’s your last resort, then test it on a strand first and see how it works. Otherwise, most people would prefer to avoid the bleach all together and opt for safer, more natural, methods as outlined above.

While we are on the subject of hair color, If you are a DIY enthusiast who is curious about DIY home-hair coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.

If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

If you are in the market for a genius new system of haircare designed by hairstylists with a less-is-more vibe, check out the Hairstory Studio Haircare line, starring New-Wash magic cleansing cream. My hair has literally never looked of felt better. I use it once a week and my hair is never greasy, and always healthy! They have a line of 4 simple products for all hair types to help you master happy healthy hair without a fight. Check their shop out here, and make sure you mention that How-to Hair Girl referred you when you go to make your purchase.

Also, I recommend a shopping stop at Beauty Store Depot for all your other DIY hair cutting and coloring tools to fill your toolkit!

This article was submitted by Avenue Five. They are an Austin Beauty school for aspiring professionals, providing three comprehensive training programs specializing in haircare, massage and skincare. Avenue Five is dedicated to providing salon-professional educators in a fashion-forward, interactive learning environment.

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