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BTC “On Tour” Nashville Recap: Everything You Missed

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The Top Moments From Behind The Chair’s “On Tour” Nashville

In October, BTC stopped at Nashville, Tennessee’s Marathon Music Works to host 750+ hairstylists for a one-day event that was packed with education, inspiration, shopping and of course—fun! 13 educators and stylists took the stage to share their best tips for showgoers to take home and use in the salon. 


Did you miss out on attending? Below are the key highlights from “On Tour” Nashville—plus livestreams from the 2023 BTC Show, “On Tour” Los Angeles and “On Tour” Dallas that you can watch anytime, anywhere.


4 Must-Know Color Tips From The Mainstage:

Color experts from Schwarzkopf Professional®, Joico and Alfaparf Milano Professional spilled their juiciest secrets for achieving some of today’s biggest hair color trends—here they are!


  • The key to Schwarzkopf U.S. Artistic Ambassador Patricia Nikole’s (@paintedhair) signature #ribbonlights? Always slice the hair at a diagonal—don’t weave—for a seamless blend. 
  • Joico Global Artistic Director, Larisa Love (@larisadoll), shared how to add dimension to a shadow root: Tease three times—twice for dimension and an extra time toward the back of the head to create the teardrop effect. 
  • Alfaparf Milano Professional Ambassador Sara Botsford’s (@sarabotsfordhair) tip for building a rich contrast when reverse balayaging without going too dark? Saturate the hair with water at the transition point of each section. Then, when the lower part of the section is damp, brush the color through the ends and finish by using your hands to drag the color through the ends.
  • Schwarzkopf Digital Artistic Team Member Carly Zanoni (@the.blonde.chronicles) shared her tip for keeping pre-lightened hair healthy: Use a clay lightener and 7-volume developer on lightened ends and a stronger cream lightener on new growth.


Larisa Love @larisadoll of Joico


2 Cutting Tips To Use Behind The Chair:

ARC™ Scissors, Paul Mitchell, Victory Barber & Brand and American Crew ambassadors offered a range of cutting tips for different lengths and styles—here are two must-haves!

  • ARC™ Scissors Artistic Team Member Rachel Williams (@rachelwstylist) offered a major tip for creating flawless face-framing layers: Cut each section forward in motion then backcut. This will create the gradation of layers while giving a consistent, clean blend.
  • Paul Mitchell Lead Brand Ambassador, Fern Andong (@fernthebarber) created a tapered look for his model that required lots of precision and weight removal. In order to create movement without harsh lines, Fern advises you cut each section at an angle—not a straight line. That way, you will avoid creating a “step” or lines in the section, especially when working at the top of the head or the design line, as Fern calls it. “The design line is what controls the silhouette or shape of the haircut,” he explains.


Fern Andong @fernthebarber of Paul Mitchell


Learn how to perfect the french bob here!


BTC’s Founder Mary Rector’s Standing Ovation-Worthy Speech:

Mary Rector (@marybehindthechair) took the stage to share valuable insight from 23 years since of building Behind The Chair. And although a recap of her talk can’t properly describe the energy that was felt in the room—hello, she earned a standing ovation!—we’ll share the some of the most impactful quotes:

  • On never giving up: “We need to show [our kids] as parents that we will not give up because if we’re giving up on ourselves, they’re watching us give up on them as well.”
  • On working hard: “No matter who you’re working for—you’re always working for yourself.”
  • On chasing your dreams: “…When you feel it that big, you got to keep following that and figure out what to do to keep on that path because that is what life is about.”
  • On creating positive moments: “We have to work really hard to create positive moments for the people around us because we never know when we might change somebody’s life—for better or for worse.”



ICYMI: See all the Nashville “ON TOUR” show pics here!


3 Instagram Hacks Every Stylist Needs To Know:

BTC’s VP of Strategy & Influencer Marketing, Haley Gable (@haleygable), shared the key social media tips she’s used to turn countless stylists into successful influencers who are now working with your favorite brands. Here are the highlights:


  • Don’t use font generators for your name or bio. Instagram is not able to pick up on these fonts meaning it will hide your profile from showing up in searches.
  • Note in your bio if you’re accepting new clients or not. This will let prospective clients know they can book with you.
  • Clearly state how to book with you. Whether you have a booking link or prefer clients call to book—clearly stating how to book will make the booking process easier for both you and clients.



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