It’s been a week since we returned from the BTW Color, Cut & Style Show, but The Salon is still reeling from what all we learned from this amazing event
Stylist Sarah Lyons and I attended the three-day show in Florida, along with 63 educators, 41 sponsors and hundreds of our fellow stylists and salon owners.
Educators showcased coloring, cutting, barbering, styling, braids, and wedding hair on stage.
Industry experts also participated in panels, offering business advice, social media tips and more.
A few of the educators we had the pleasure of listening to were:
This year’s theme for coloring is seamless; colors just seem to melt into one another so you don’t notice where each color was placed.
Fashion colors, such as rose gold and pink, are still hot but are softer shades that blend in well. We will continue to see more pastel pinks, violets and grays.
Reds are always a strong color in the fall, especially deep reds, copper and ruby reds.
As far as blondes, you will begin to see more ash grey and buttery colors to rose blondes with a hint of soft pink.
However, hair color trends will continue to have depth and dimension.
We saw cutting from:
The theme for cutting is soft lines and weightless movement.
These educators performed dry cutting in order to see the natural flow of the hair. Shags, natural curls and loose waves are very strong for fall 2016 and spring 2017. Bangs also continue to be hot.
The new long is shoulder length, according to Garren, who just returned from Fashion Week.
Men’s Barbering Trends
We saw barbering from Mark Bustos and Matty Conrad.
Barbering is here to stay, and barbers are heading back to the old school looks of clean lines and soft blending, as well as shorter to longer and a pompadour on top.
Bustos and Conrad offered tips for men who desire strong square cuts to appear masculine. Beards are also well groomed.
Natural is the theme for hair styling.
From very natural ringlet curls and soft undone waves to Victoria’s Secret-model waves (a la Sarah Potempa) and finger waves to soft continuous S waves that fit together and don’t separate. Seventies-style curls are also back.
Braiding continues to be a huge trend. Some new looks to consider are one center braid and loose waves, Dutch infinity braids, knot braids, and rope braids.
The “One Shot” hair awards show included stylists’ work from all over the world. Pictures illustrated everything from color and cutting, to editorial looks and men’s, to avant-garde styles and rainbow coloring, to even extensions.
We also saw vendors who were displaying the latest and greatest tools to make styling more efficient as well as preserve the integrity of one’s hair.
After the hair show, Sarah and I traveled to Miami to view the new LBP Education Center. The staff stayed after hours to give us a tour. Guests artists, such as Garen, visit to offer hands-on education with professional photographers to boost your portfolio.
Social Media and Business
In addition to color, cut and style trends, Sarah and I also had the opportunity to learn the latest social media and business tips from the pros. The social media panel discussed how stylists can become famous just by properly harnessing the power of social media.
The celebrity stylist panel included:
These industry experts discussed how to brand yourself in addition to the time, hours and dedication it requires to become a successful stylist.
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Do you want to try out one of these new colors or hairstyles? Visit The Salon By Lora Brown and get the hottest new looks!
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.