Back-to-School Styles

By Lauren Salapatek | 10/06/2010 5:24:13 PM


MODERN asked Proview Panel members their predictions for the back-toschool season. Here’s what they reported as the biggest concerns from their young clients on fall styles.

MODERN Proview members say the popular styles their back-to-school clients want are long layers and chocolate/caramel
highlights.MODERN Proview members say they put grade level, school pictures, dress codes and manageability into consideration when creating back-to-school hair styles.

“As a young adult transitioning from middle school to high school, and high school to college, it is important for their self-esteem to fit in with their friends, and to make the move with confidence. Having the knowledge of how to duplicate their style at home will help them look and feel confident; which will help them exceed beyond their goals.”
—Jane Kutchey, master stylist/Matrix artistic educator at JCPenney Salon, Sterling Heights, Michigan

“Teens love to express their individualism through their hair styles and color, but one main concern is financial maintenance. They like to sometimes shock with their hair style choice, but don’t like the price shock when it’s time to pay.”

—Timothy Martin, stylist and of Timothy Martin Salon Whittier, California

“The biggest concern I ‘m hearing from young adults is regarding the health of their hair. The majority of teens are maintaining length, and are conscious of the frizz and damage.”
—April Lyn Graffeo stylist and owner of Indra Salon, Andover, Massachusetts

“In Florida, we are doing a lot of blonde highlights and root drag barrel curls with the GHD styling iron. Teens want their styles to last through summer and back-to-school.”
—D. Scott Ball owner of Cut & Color Room, Orlando, Florida

“Although we still receive requests for smooth and straight styles, we are definitely seeing an increase in requests for ‘lazy, soft curls,’ not perms or tight curls. And our guests are wanting to learn how to style their hair that way.”
—Jill Kohler president of Kohler Academy Scottsdale, Arizona

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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