Industry Rockstars at the International Salon and Spa Expo!

By Alison Alhamed | 01/31/2010 7:55:59 PM


I'm here at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, California, and man oh man, I am meeting all of the industry rockstars!

Seriously, I am having such a wonderful time and it is so nice to make connections and learn from some of the greats. If you haven't been to a beauty show, you've got to make it out here! It's hair heaven!!!

Not only are there fabulous new products launching at the show, but there's fabulous educators and well-known industry personalities anxious and excited to talk to you! It's a beauty school student's dream!!

Here's me with one of my most favorite people, Nick Arrojo! How AWESOME!!! Love Nick. As he posed for this pic with me, he was waiting on a call from his wife, who is currently in labor!! Congrats, Nick!!

Last night, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Legends and Icons. The 2010 Gala marks NCA's fourth tribute to iconic individuals who have made an indelible mark on the direction of the beauty industry and the lives of literally countless salon professionals. And, I got to meet them almost all of them!!

Here's Robert Cromeans. OMG!!! He is so cool!! He came up to MODERN SALON with a big entourage of peeps following him. Robert knows I'm in beauty school, and he made it a point to tell me how much he loves working with students. We love you too, Robert!! Internationally acclaimed hairdresser, salon owner and platform artist Robert's business strategies are an inspiration to hairdressers around the globe. Robert's tireless dedication to sharing with others the keys to success has made him a true icon to countless beauty professionals from the U.S. and abroad.

Here's me and Ann Mincey. What an amazing woman she is! Ann's dedication throughout her nearly four-decade long career to develop and deliver inspirational messages has helped shape the careers of countless salon professionals, distributors and clients throughout the world.

Here I am with Faatemah Ampey. In the words of Faatemah: Holler!! Modern loves Faatemah. In fact, she’s going to be blogging exclusively for us!!

Here’s me with Martin Parsons. Ah!! The updo master!! It’s such an honor to be in the presence of industry greats like Martin.

Oh, of course, Babak! The amazing photographer!! He’s always so fun to be around.

Here I am with Suzi Weiss Fishmann of OPI, or, the Queen of Nails. What a wonderful woman!! And so sweet. I couldn't take the smile off of my face when I met her. I got the chance to interview her on camera, so check back to hear more about what's hot in nails, and what salon professionals need to know about nail trends!

And the woman who needs no introduction, TABATHA COFFEY!!!!!! AHH!! I love her! I was so ecstatic to meet her and learn more about a day in the life of Tabatha, the current and upcoming seasons of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, and how she finds time to balance it all. Tune into Modern Salon TV, launching February 8, for the scoop!!






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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