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July 5, 2015

BTC’s COLOR, Cut and Style – Look and Learn

Have you heard what’s new this year at COLOR, Cut & Style? BTC is debuting Look & Learn classes on Saturday, September 26—the day before our artists hit the COLOR, Cut & Style Stage for 3 days of the industry’s best education! We posed some of your most pressing questions to our Look & Learn educators—and here's what they had to say!

BTC’s COLOR, Cut & Style

The Look & Learn Artists Take On Your Most Puzzling Questions

By Jackie Summers

Have you heard what’s new this year at COLOR, Cut & Style? BTC is debuting Look & Learn classes on Saturday, September 26—the day before our artists hit the COLOR, Cut & Style Stage for 3 days of the industry’s best education! You already know you will learn from the best artists in the world on our stage, and now, these new Look & Learns will let you learn at a more personal level!

COLOR, Cut & Style 2015 Look & Learn Class Schedule
September 26, 2015

Guy Tang’s “Ombré & Balayage” – 10:00am-11:45am
Beth Minardi’s “Signature Hair Color” – 12:30pm-2:15pm
Stephanie Brinkerhoff’s “Updo & Braid Techniques” – 3:00pm-4:30pm
Angelo Seminara’s “Vision Hair” – 5:15pm-7:00pm

To attend all four classes for a reduced rate, click here!

In the meantime, we posed some of your most pressing questions to our Look & Learn educators—and here’s what they had to say!

Sofia’s color?
Beth Minardi, Beth Minardi Signature Haircolor and 4-Time Winner, Stylist Choice Awards Favorite Educator

Q: It seems like every brunette client in my chair wants Sofia Vergara’s now-blonde color. How would you achieve this?

Beth: Sofia’s hair is a natural Level 5. It’s beautifully highlighted with several shades of permanent color. Notice also that there are no highlights right at the part—that gives the color beautiful dimension. I would create this color with several blonde shades and a lightener. I would use long foils and zig-zag them into the hair. You can see my zig-zag technique on my “Better Than Natural” video, available in the BTC Bookstore.

I would use a cool, Level 7 permanent color like my Beth Minardi Signature Permanent 7ICE/Deep Freeze in some of the foils; a Level 10 like 10ICE/Hi Ho Silver in others and lightener in others. The ICE shades will lift to neutral light brown or blonde without warmth.

Solving color problems?
Guy Tang, Haircolor Activist and BTC Cover Artist

Q: In your videos, you do a lot of complicated, multi-step techniques on some of the most difficult hair. Like you, I’d like to become known for solving problems and providing the most beautiful, in-demand color designs. Any tips?

Guy: One of the most important things you can do is manage expectations with a thorough consultation. I will sometimes consult for up to an hour. I will also get on the phone with the client before she comes in and ask questions about what she has been using, what color is in her hair at the moment, how much regrowth she has, what she wants to achieve. I’ll ask her to send lots of photos!

When she’s in my chair, we go into detail about her hair history—what she has used, the pros and cons of her previous color experiences. We look at swatches and photos together. Some clients don’t understand the words we use as professionals, so I want to make sure we avoid misinterpretations.

Then I talk. I’ll let her know exactly how many steps are needed to achieve her desired result, and whether or not I can do it in one appointment. I’ll give her an estimate of the minimum or maximum charge. I charge per step, so if I have to do an extra, unplanned step or two, I make it clear that she will be charged. I go into great detail about the steps. I’ll say, “After we lift your hair two levels with lightener, I’ll be using an acidic demi-permanent gloss so there is no warmth.” Most of the time, she has no idea what I’m saying, but it gives her confidence in you, which is the most important thing. Above all else, they have to trust you!

Finding inspiration?
Angelo Seminara, Davines International Artistic Director and 3-Time British Hairdresser of the Year

Q: So much of your work is inspired by nature—your curiosity leads you to create incredible works of art. How do you come up with your innovative techniques?

Angelo: I find nature’s achievements as awe-inspiring as they are unfathomable. For example, in this picture my thoughts turned to a mix of two natural elements–seaweed and cactus. The fact that the model is blonde makes her hair soft and approachable rather than harsh. In addition to nature, I am influenced by Leonardo da Vinci. He inspires me as an artist because his art is sublime, and because he was more than an artist—he was a scientist, a sculptor, a mathematician—pure genius! My creative route is a natural, organic process. I liken it to the magpie. Like that bird, I constantly collect things and build nests on different types of trees. After I’ve collected and nested, I start putting eggs—the eggs represent my ideas—into each nest. When creating something fresh, I help the eggs hatch, bringing ideas to life and working with them collectively to create something special and new.


Thick, full braids?
Stephanie Brinkerhoff, BTC Updo and Bridal Hair Expert

Q: I love braiding and I incorporate them into many of my styles. But nothing looks as sad as a skinny braid! How can I make my braids look as thick, soft, full and pretty as possible, even if the hair is fine?

Steph: Here are my tips!

1. Prep is so important! Add curl or texture to the hair before you braid. Backcomb the roots for volume. Curl with a 1-inch curling wand. Piece the hair out with pomade. It will look beachy and bouncy. If you have texture in the hair already, it will be a lot easier!

2. While braiding, be careful not to compress the texture by pulling too tightly. Keep it loose in your hands.

3. If you want volume around the face, backcomb the roots gently or use a texturizing powder. But don’t backcomb too much or you will see it.

4. After braiding, pancake the braid by pulling on individual sections to expand it. Do so by holding the braid loosely with one hand and using the other hand to pull and widen it. Don’t be afraid to really pull—sometimes you may feel timid if you’re worried you will ruin the braid. But you can get a lot out of even a fine braid this way. Sometimes I’ll do half of the braid, pancake, then continue, then pancake. This gives you more control. As you pull on the braid to loosen it, add spray wax or hairspray to hold the texture in place and prevent it from becoming too soft and droopy.

5. If you’re doing a French braid, push up on the end and hide bobby pins in the braid to support the volume and shape. I don’t open the pin, I just put it straight in so that it only grabs a small amount of hair.

To attend all four classes for a reduced rate, click here!

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