Get The Look – The Textured Bob

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals
We loved seeing all the textured bobs at the 2014 Emmy Awards!
Stars like Kristen WiigJulianne Hough, and Kate Mara all looked gorgeous with this chic, purposefully messy style.
This look works day or night, and is incredibly easy to duplicate!
1. Using a medium-size curling iron, curl 2-inch sections of hair, starting at the crown, without curling the ends. Alternate the direction of the curl with each section.
2. Flip hair upside down and work a small amount of volumizing mousse or dry shampoo into the roots to add volume.
3. Flip hair back over, and tousle hair with your fingers as needed to break up the curls and get the desired level of messiness. 
4. Apply a small amount of pomade to just the ends of a few sections of hair, to create a piecey texture, and finish with your favorite hairspray.

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals



Get the Behind The Scenes view as Living ProofCelebrity Stylist Chris McMillan finishes his model for MODERN’s August cover. In this video, you actually see McMillian finish the hair as he shares tips. You also get to see his photoshoot set-up, including his fave products and tools. As a bonus,Ward, editorial superstar and Living Proof Co-Founder, adds his two cents. If you like McMillan, you will LOVE this video.

Dear Stylists, Do Something New. Something Original. Let Art Inspire You!


By Helen Oppenheim via

I have always been into art. The movies. Events. And whatever is happening in the world. These have inspired the hair and photos in my collections. I always liked to work with a concept and a narrative for the collections I art directed. Not just a collection of photos hardly speaking to each other!

This worked with full pages in magazines all over the world. Sixteen here, twenty-three there. Four or five often. Full pages that is. How? Why? Well, the collections were very strong visually. Not just for the hair, which was always researched before the studio, but also for the photos, which were planned like a movie. Then, all the hairdressers I liked to work with always tried to innovate, even if a small detail, not copy what others have done over and over. It is easier to do a load of what I call nothing. But so very much better to do something …more. And to be original.

All hairdressers, especially colorists, should know their art. If you do not, you will never truly be world-class. Cubism and Surrealism inspired me at Vidal Sassoon, Art Deco and Magritte at La Coupe, Check the website. I’d take an exhibition, an art movement, and then work with the hairdressers to modernize the look but keep to the theme. Why don’t you try it for your next collection?

Here’s one idea. Be inspired by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. La Belle Époque. Art Nouveau. A beautiful era which started in Fance and Belgium around 1871 and ended in 1914.

The pre-eminent artist of Belle Époque Paris was Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) and he could inspire a Belle Époque /Art Nouveau trend with his exhibition at MoMA Museum, NYC, from July 26, 2014-March 1, 2015.


Featured, his famous prints and plenty to inspire all in the fashion and hair worlds. There’s 19th century Parisian life – the social salons, the culture of gastronomy (think Maxim’s), ice-skating, horse racing at Longchamps and, of course, the dance halls, the Can-Can, Moulin Rouge, the brothels and prostitutes – all could inspire you. As could Lautrec’s muses, Yvette Guilbert, La Goulou, Loie Fuller, Jane Avril and everything Époque and Art Nouveau. Lautrec hair was often in bright orange or red or yellow, the styles fitting in with today’s casual looks, one of which could be Gibson girl hairstyles of the era, then you can go to Edwardian looks.

Click the photos here and see some of Lautrec’s work at MoMA, also Art Nouveau hair ideas, blouses, shoes, graphic letters and two photos kind of Belle Époque I selected from my website, Check under each photo for more information, some links to the website and some books on the subject.

3 Dos and Don’ts for Healthy Summer Hair

By Lauren Quick | 07/15/2014 9:57:00 AM – Via

Of course someone named Natasha Sunshine would know how to keep hair at its healthiest during the sunny summer months!


The Pureology PureArtist knows that UV rays, pool chemicals and extreme humidity that summer is known for can cause breakage, dulling and out-of-this-world frizz. Below are a few of her suggestions for keeping hair healthy in the summer.


1. Use a hair masque (try Pureology Strength Cure Restorative Masque) at least twice a week to give your hair an extra dose of nutrients.


1. Skip using a leave-in conditioner and thermal shield (like Pureology Colour Fanatic) before blow-drying. It’ll keep your color from oxidizing and Colour Fanatic in particular has 20 beautifying benefits.


2. Toss a leave-in conditioner in your beach or pool bag to spray before you swim or bask in the sun.


2. Blowdry your hair every day. Summer is a great time to embrace air-drying for wavier locks (they’re very on-trend, you know)!


3. Mix an ounce of your daily conditioner (Sunshine recommends Pureology 
Strength Cure Condition) with a bottle of water. Shake until milky and spray onto hair, then tie into a knot to protect from chlorine.


3. Skimp on deep-conditioning. Condition every time you wash and use a masque for a minimum of 5 minutes on a weekly basis.


5 Summer Hair Solutions from Sam Villa



By Lauren Quick | 07/01/2014 10:06:00 AM – Via


Maintaining healthy hair can be difficult in the summer. Between sun, salt and chlorine, your clients’ hair can take a major hit.

Advise him or her to change hair care habits with the season (hello, retail opportunity!) with help from Sam Villa, founding partner of Sam Villa and Redken education artistic director.



Oils can be hair’s best friend in the summer. Get one that’s light, like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine, to deliver restorative and protective properties. Good for second- or third-day hair and adding shine.

2. SET
“Take advantage of the braid parade,” Villa says. The trendy style is great for a day by the pool or at the beach, and in the evening just unbraid for beachy waves and curls.

Avoid high heat with tools in the summer–hair is already fragile during these hot months. “Stick to medium and color-treated temperatures,” Villa says. “And slow down to speed up. Slow down the pass with the iron so heat is directed to the sections of hair that need to be altered; it prevents unnecessary wear on hair and styles it much faster.”

Make sure your client doesn’t leave the salon without an anti-humidity, frizz-proof hairspray. Villa recommends Redken Fashion Work 12 Versatile hairspray; it’s formulated with vitamins C and E to protect hair and prevent color fading, and it provides 24-hour humidity resistance and 8-hour control.

Blondes especially tend to need help in this department. Pump up shine with a gloss (a la Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist). It has vitamin B5 and camelina oil to boost hair’s natural shine and control frizz for an ultra-polished look.



Sam VillaTo see more from Sam Villa,check out this video.



Solutions for the 5 Most Common Hair Issues from Jenny Balding

Cutler/Redken Stylist Jenny Balding shares how to help your clients overcome the five most common hair issues: lack of volume, damage control, dulling hair, split ends and overall hair health. 
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HOW-TO: Color Consultation Tips with Jack Ray

Jack Ray, owner of Samuel Cole Salon in Raleigh, North Carolina, shares tips for a first-time color consultation. 
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Service & Retail Tips from Aloxxi’s Teri Dougherty

Aloxxi Artistic Advisor Teri Dougherty shares valuable service and retail tips for stylists in a Cosmetologists Chicago workshop on May 5, 2014. a 
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HOW-TO: Special Occasion Updo by Jamie Carroll

MODERN SALON Director of Education and SHOP MODERN Artist Jamie Carroll led a workshop at Premiere Orlando 2014 to show stylists 10 fast, effective updos for various occasions. 
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2 Guys Wearing 4 Hair Styles Your Clients Will LOVE


According to Luis Alvarez, Aquage co-founder, the bold approach to men’s fashion demands new groomers that focus on ultra-vivid, unexpected texture. “While many seem ever-fascinated with the fade, there are so many ways to take men’s grooming beyond the hair cut through transforming texture with salon products,” Alvarez says.

“With men, it’s that little bit of off that’s so on right now,” Alvarez says. “They can now dress their hair without having to use a pomade or traditional men’s product. Guys don’t layer like women do—they stick to one product.” It’s all about product selection, he says, that makes the difference.”

Hair and photography: Luis Alvarez

Make-up: Wanda Alvarez

Fashion styling: Patric Chauvez

Paula Kent Meehan, Co-founder of Redken, Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we report that Paula Kent Meehan died peacefully at her home in Beverly Hills midday today, Monday June 23, 2014, at age 82.

Meehan made an impact on the professional salon industry in the 1960’s when she took $3000 of her own money to co-found (with Jheri Redding)Redken Hair Care. Since then her efforts have touched millions of salon professionals and their clients with innovative products and techniques. Meehan established the “Scientific Approach to Beauty” based on her dedication to developing products that respect the natural pH of the hair and skin. She also pioneered the concept of teaching chemistry to hairdressers, enabling them to better serve their clients.



A life long resident of Beverly Hills, California, Meehan built an empire and earned recognition both in and outside the beauty world. She was named among the “top 50 women business owners” by Working Woman magazine; #1 on Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of women-owned businesses in LA for four consecutive years; and one of Entrepreneurial Woman’s eight most powerful business owners. Her philanthropic efforts were numerous including generous donations to industry charities as well as several animal related charities in and around Los Angeles.

According to Maggie Mulhern, Modern’s Beauty and Fashion Director, “There are thousands of reasons to love and respect Paula, but the fact that she was one of the most powerful women running a powerful company is important. She inspired so many, including working salon professionals as well as other entrepreneurs wanting to share a product, tool or technique with the salon world. She had a ‘can-do’ approach to any endeavor. “

“Paula brought more than science to the salon professional,” says Modern’s West Coast Manager, Gregg McConnell. “She brought love, passion and fun to the beauty industry.”


On a personal note, Mulhern adds, “One of my favorite lunches, both professionally and personally, was with Paula at a small restaurant in Greenwich Village in the early ‘90’s. It was just the two of us. We spent most of the time talking about the importance of beauty to the individual and how she was proud that she could help women around the world. She had an amazing spirit and she will be missed.”

Although Meehan was no longer involved in the day to day operations of Redken, her influence is still felt. “Today, we lost a true legend in the professional haircare industry,” says Redken US General Manager, Leslie Marino. “The legacy that she has left sustains the brand today. Paula created products and education programs that propelled the industry’s transformation. Her pioneering ways will be missed but her spirit will be in our hearts and minds forever.”


“Our industry has lost a shining star today. For so many people… And for the women in our business, Paula paved the way. She had beauty, guts, brain, and a huge energy that changed the beauty business forever. A mentor, example, and inspiration for so many of us. She paved a path we need to have the courage to follow. I’m sure she and Vidal will continue to inspire us — always.” –-Beth Minardi

“I remember meeting Paula many years ago when I was still just a kid… My father took me out to California on a business trip which included a visit to Redken… Paula took us all around and showed us the entire place… I remember she was especially proud of the SES program they had recently developed… In retrospect I suspect she just wanted my dad to know how important education had become at Redken… I found out later she had asked my father to join her when she first started the company… I still wonder today what the company might have been called had he not declined… Fortunately for Jheri Redding the company would be named in honor of his namesake and hers … Of course my father continued to grow Pivot Point and Paula continued to grow her business after buying Jheri out… Years later both my father and Paula would be honored by NCA at the Legends Ball in Chicago, a fitting tribute to two industry legends… Sadly, we’ve lost far too many of them the past few years… I suspect, however, they’re all hanging out reminiscing about the good ol’ days and contemplating the future of our beautiful industry…” –Robert Passage

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Paula Kent Meehan, co-founder of Redken. I know that Paula was well loved and respected. As we all grieve, know that we are remembering and honoring the memory of Paula Kent Meehan, a legacy in the industry. I am assured that we will be comforted by our memories and her love for the industry. May her heart and soul find peace and comfort and be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding Paula. Our heart grieves over what is lost, yet our spirit rejoices over what you have left. Thank you for your dedication Paula!” –With love and remembrance, Sam Villa

“Paula was an inspiring leader for so many salon professionals at every level–stylist, owner, distributor and manufacturer network. She brought her vision to life time and again in ways that always centered around helping salon professionals elevate their businesses and improve their lives. She was one of a few great icons of a golden age in the salon business. She pioneered salon retailing and championed education on both in-salon and mega gathering experiences. She wrote checks to fund a partnership with MODERN to launch NAHA and celebrate artists. She had a dream to bring MBA level education to salon owners and underwrote an aggressive program to recognize outstanding salon businesses worldwide. Through it all, she brought people together and did so with class and grace. “We will miss her and are grateful for all she did and built for salon professionals.” –Michele Musgrove

“When I started at Modern in sales, Redken was the hottest thing in the industry. Ken Grogan, who was a very close friend of hers, introduced me to her at the first trade show I attended. I was struck by how beautiful and gracious she was and thought it was amazing that this woman was probably the biggest executive in an industry that was so dominated by men. It’s really the end of an era.” –Jan Hillenmeyer

“We will forever be grateful and indebted to Paula for her vision, inspiration and generosity while she was leading our Redken, and beyond, in the 21 years subsequent to our acquisition. She continued to support our relationships witnessed by her hosting the 50th Anniversary Reunion in 2010 for 416 returning Redken alumni at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s been said, ‘You just cannot out give Paula Kent Meehan’.” – Joni Rae Russell



“A Life Truly Lived” (In Memory of Paula Kent Meehan) Here is a story, that needs to be told
For it is the story of an angel, who dared to be bold
For she came into life, and gave it her true very best
And in so doing, stood high above the rest
For she started a company, through her own personal need
And through her hard work and efforts, it soon took the lead
And the courage and insight, to take on the unknown
Is how she would build this great company REDKEN, and set her own tone
For the love that she felt, for the industry she would adore
Would come from her deep admiration, right down to her core
And the way we would look, at our skin and our hair
Would now always be different, with everything Paula would share
For we now looked at science, as we just never had
And we realized Paula’s products and teachings, were not just a new fad
For it all would make such sense, and give us all a new way
To truly enrich and enjoy, our hair every day
And Paula knew how important it was, to educate and enlighten
And she created her classes and techniques, to illuminate and brighten
And she would bring hairdressers together, in big events she would host
And she would show them how special they were, from the east to west coast
Through recognition and applause, she would point them all out
And you just saw her true adoration, there was just never a doubt
Paula would show them the skills, to excel and succeed
To operate successful businesses, even their own dreams they would exceed
And through many of these years, she would have her true love John by her side
He would be her husband she could count on, till the day that he died
And the children and grandchildren, that they cherished and shared
Would bring them both such great joy, you could just see how truly they cared
And the friends Paula had, just seemed never to end
They were of every gender and race, they were her true special blend
And the giving of her time, and her money to causes so dear
Her tireless efforts, would continue year after year
And the accolades she would receive, and the awards she would get
Could never truly show her, how much we are all in her debt
So as the mourning process starts, and our final goodbyes that we give
Let us truly appreciate the life, that Paula Kent Meehan did live
For we know in our hearts, Paula is with our dear Lord
And that she is up there in heaven, striking her own special chord
And as she looks down upon us, and day turns into night
This special lady we’ll remember, with her light shining forever bright

–By Buddy Feldshon

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