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June 22, 2015

Do you want to be Insta-famous?

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Is your Instagram feed full of beautiful, inspiring hair photos? Would you like to build your business through the use of social media?  Posting your work on Instagram and Facebook can be a great way to generate new clientele. To be sure that you have the best representation of your work on social media, follow these easy steps from Aveda!

“How to Take Instagram Ready Photos

1. Find beautiful lighting. If the mantra for business is location, location, location, then that of photography is lighting, lighting, lighting. A window, lamp, streetlight, or doorway can also work as great light sources; just face in the direction of the light, and snap.

2. Keep your lens clean. Even a small smudge or a fingerprint on your lens can really affect the quality of your images. Fortunately, …

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January 31, 2014

Guest Blogger(s): Men’s Cutting Coaches Meagan MacPhee and Robert Kelly

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Our Men’s Cutting Coaches, Megan and Robert, put together a weekly newsletter for our educators that highlights techniques, pedagogy, and products.  I loved this feature on the importance of workshops.  I hope you enjoy it, too!  ^AS

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats

I am sure we can all agree as educators that one of the things we hear the most from our Future Professionals is that they are afraid to take a service.  This seems to be especially true for men’s cuts.  How many times, if any, have they had the opportunity to work on a male guest?

Salon floor workshops during downtime may not be the all-inclusive fix to their fears, but it’s a great place …

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December 11, 2013

5 Reasons Cosmetologists Wear Black Uniforms

Dress codes and uniforms are a common part of salon and beauty school life, and you may have even noticed that most of the stylists wear black. Have you ever wondered why that is? Aside from being the most stylish color of all, a black apron or uniform gives cosmetologists a secret edge that most people aren’t aware of. Here are the five main reasons cosmetologists wear black uniforms:

1. Black is Always in Style

When it comes to wearing a uniform color that always works, black is the way to go. Black is always in style, it goes with most other colors and accessories, and it is flattering to most body shapes, skin types, and hair colors. Black is also a more professional color, which is …

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June 28, 2013

WELLNESS: Stretching Exercises To Relieve Stress

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Start you weekend off right with some stress relieving stretches!

You will find that most stress relieving stretches are long, passive reclining poses. Small muscle groups are used to activate these stretches, but most do not require extensive use of muscle groups.

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Stretch to relieve stress: Roll Neck Stretch

One of the easiest and most relaxing stretches to remove stress is a simple roll neck stretch. Place a cylindrical pillow or rolled blanket or towel under your neck between your skull and neck. Relax, laying flat on the floor, with the pillow under your neck. I find it helpful to place my palms, face down, over my eyes. As you relax, allow air from your diaphragm to push slowly and gently against your neck so …

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