Hair Color Round Up Summertime 2017

Jul 6, 2017 2:36:50 PM

Our Favorite Summer Hair Looks So Far


July is in full swing now, so stylists have had plenty of time to flex their repertoire of summer looks. Traditionally this is the season of chopped bobs and light colors in beach waves, but hair stylists are as much creatures of the trend as they are rebels against mainstream standards, so when we say “summer hairstyles” there’s a tacit understanding that it could mean anything from hair designed to be comfortable in hot weather to a collage of bright colors made to incite the impression of summer. This year, we’ve come across a little bit of everything.

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4 Steps to a Healthy Instagram

Jun 21, 2017 12:04:11 PM


Photo courtesy of Ellen De Vos


If you’re a stylist or barber you’re almost certainly on Instagram. If you aren’t, we wish you the best of luck, but we highly recommend you get on there if you want to maintain a good base of clientele. It’s tough to stay on top of Instagram. You have to maintain a consistent level of quality, you have to engage, you have to know what you’re talking about and what to say and who to say it to. Every now and then you hear something about the Instagram algorithm and wonder how important it is that you understand what that actually is. It can be a lot of work, but it’s simpler to keep your Instagram healthy than you think.

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A Rose Balayage out of the Ashes of a Chemical Wasteland

There is a secret to working with over processed hair. Possibly. that secret involves becoming James Miju, but since only one person has accomplished that so far, we’ll have to settle for using his formulas and application method.

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Miju Van Salon Styles Coachella

May 22, 2017 9:53:35 AM


Coachella has travelled far from its roots as a grungy music festival to something more like a free for all fashion show. It usually comes with a wave of free spirited behavior, so when people change their hair for it they’re looking for two simple things: Easy maintenance and a lot more color. Fashion bloggers and Youtubers the world over travel to southern California adorned in meticulously planned outfits, some of them getting their hair ready weeks in advance. So the festival season is really a time for people like James Miju and the team at Miju Van Salon to shine.

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How to Consult Men about Their Hair

May 17, 2017 1:23:40 PM


Photo courtesy of Garry Knight

The male hairstyling movement is in full swing right now. Or at least, this iteration of it. Male grooming has always been a big thing. We just talk about it differently depending on the decade we’re in. Beards are big right now. That will almost certainly change in the next few years, but what won’t change quite so quickly is the way we talk to men about their personal appearance. Even with the growing comfort with men in salons, there’s still a certain stigma about how they approach their appearance outside the salon, and in consultation they still like to be reassured that they’ll retain a certain image of masculinity. It sounds like pandering, and that’s exactly what it is. But if you’re a stylist looking to take in male clients, the man’s hair consultation is something you need to put a little thought into.

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Photo by Francesca Cappa

Pick a magazine with your eyes closed and you’ll find a Spring 2017 hair trend gallery. That’s cool. We like looking at hair trends, even if they look like the same trend we got last year. But after combing through all the spring hair buzz, we have to ask: Where are the curls?

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A New Season Means New Hairstyles

But a new summer means a lot of sun, wind, water, and sand, ie, some of our hair’s worst enemies. Summer can be a great opportunity to find new clientele but the new round of harsh elements presents a challenge to you as a hairdresser trying to style damaged hair, and to your clients trying maintain your beautiful work, so it’s important to start planning out how you’ll deal with it. Thankfully, Fanola has you covered with a huge range of treatments for just about any situation you can think of. Here are just a couple that you’ll find handy to have around in the hot weather.

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5 Ways Stylists Can Avoid Back Problems

Mar 31, 2017 10:14:26 AM


Photo courtesy of Adg


The hair styling life comes with three major problems.


  1. Clients who don’t know what they want.

  2. Slaying too hard.

  3. Back problems.

You can fix the first one with the second one. Unfortunately, slaying like a samurai master with a pair of scissors is often fixed by the third problem: musculoskeletal problems. In fact, back problems are the number one health concerns for hair stylists, followed quickly by sore feet, nutrition, and carpal tunnel. For your average 9 to 5 office jockey, back problems might not be big game changers, but for hair stylists, if the back, legs, or hands go out, it puts your career at risk. And if you’re working 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, it isn’t if you’ll have back problems, it’s when. You aren’t doomed though. There are a few simple things you can start doing every day that will help keep your future back problems in check.

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Prepare yourselves, colorists. Fanola is headed to America’s Beauty Show in Chicago this year. They’ll be in booth 2480, and pining to answer your questions. Fanola has been working hard to educate stylists around the world and provide them with the tools they need to perfect their colors, so they’re extra excited to be going to ABS for the first time.

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A good massage table can make all the difference on a day of travelling between clients. Lugging around tables that are too heavy, or stepping up onto one to do deep tissue and hearing that worrisome creak from the legs can make for a stressful day. That’s not an ideal state of mind for someone who’s supposed to relieving stress all day. If you’ve been looking for some decent, sturdy massage furniture, you need something reliable, and preferably light, that can take a few hundred pounds without making you worry. There is a universe of options out there, and only one you, so here are three tables, tried and true by both amateurs and professionals, to help you start your search.

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