With playful color all the rage, I’m starting to get clients asking for a special Valentine’s Day “surprise.” Got just the ticket: selected strands of brilliant red at the nape of the hair—perfect for brunettes, redheads, and blondes alike; and only visible if you want it to be. (Think: sexy […]

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One of the joys of living in New York City is the never-ending list of restaurants–good restaurants—available 24/7. I don’t eat out every night of the week, but dining in a great place (read: delicious food, great ambience) is one of my favorite ways to spend time with friends. When […]

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Ever have a 3 p.m. energy slump? I do. Especially when I’m back-to-back booked with clients, fielding editor interviews, and working with staff. The pace is kind of relentless, but I love it. Somewhere in the mid-afternoon, it’s not uncommon for me to hit the proverbial wall, and when I […]

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As a business owner, surrounding yourself with excellence is critical to the success of your salon. But the process of hiring and training can be stressful, indeed! After all, when it comes to the hair industry, it’s not just about looking at a resume or sizing up a personality…you’re seeking […]

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You know there’s nothing I love better than talking hair-color trends, tips, and technique. Turns out, there IS: talking about them on TV! I had the privilege recently of demonstrating the newest rainbow color craze—referred to as, Colombre—on Extra!, where we showed viewers the joys of throwing a bit of […]

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What’s the difference between a grand, luxurious salon and a small local shop? Nothing…if you learn the secrets to fashioning a truly sumptuous environment for yourself, your staff, and—most importantly—your clients. In fact, when it comes to salons, I don’t believe size matters; it’s taste and attention to detail that […]

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To break or not to break, that is the question. And it’s a good one, too, because breaking the base—the process of blending or “smudging” natural roots by one level or less before a highlight—can leave hair lighter and warmer (and leave plenty of colorists flummoxed!). Typically, the technique is […]

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I’m sure, by now, you’ve heard me stress the importance of education in our industry. And by that, I mean education for everyone, not just employees. Even after 30+ years in the biz, I make an ongoing effort to look, listen, learn, read, and share…and to surround myself with colleagues […]

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After 30+ years in this industry, I hear that phrase all the time. And nothing makes me happier than being able to impart wisdom to others in our business. In fact, I believe the sign of a true professional is someone who generously shares information, education, and inspiration with others; […]

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