First Chair

Fall 2014

Your fall handbook is here! We’ve put together an issue packed with inspiration, tips, tricks and how-tos to get your creative juices flowing. For fall, we’re celebrating hairdressers of all levels of talent, experience and fame.

Whether it’s transformations using extensions, trendy new ways to rock your everyday black or putting you on the path to greatness from industry experts, we hope you love this issue as much as we do.

You can be anything you want to be. Because a cosmetology license opens up more doors than the one to cutting hair, we want to help you narrow down a specialty and step up to success at every stage of your career—starting NOW.

And remember—no matter your level of experience, it’s a privilege to be in this industry; it’s amazing the power we have as we interact with clients and make them look and feel their best. Be proud of what you do and keep working to make yourself even better.

In This Issue

Article Competition nails by Elaine Watson.

Nails 911

First Chair | October 23, 2014

“Nailebrity” Elaine Watson is the VP of marketing and global education director at Star Nail. Watson also judges high-profi le nail competitions, works on-set for editorial and runway events, and has her fingers on the pulse of ...

Article Miranda Todd as a child and now

How Beauty Changed Miranda Todd's Life

Lauren Quick | October 22, 2014

Beauty Changes Lives.The American Association of Cosmetology Schools is a network of more than 900 schools dedicated to providing excellence in beauty education and to champion a message of “Beauty Changes Lives.” Being a ...


The Road You Choose

Lauren Salapatek | November 3, 2014

There are many industry paths you can take, but in the salon, the five primary ones are hairstylist, colorist, esthetician, nail technician and makeup artist. Each requires different technical skills and offers variations—or even ...


Black is the New Black

Chandler Rollins | October 28, 2014

It's timeless, figure-flattering, chic, stylish and most importantly stain repellent— it's the signature color of our industry and here's how to style it.TIP 1: Play With TextureIt's true, black goes with everything. From ...

Article Tone McGill, Andis educator

5 Expert Tips for Clipper Cutting

Lauren Quick | October 22, 2014

If you've been paying attention, you know barbering and men's style is your ticket to more tickets.A man who knows all about that area of expertise? Tone McGill, Andis educator and owner of Ultimate Barber Lounge in Charlotte, ...

Article Haircolor by Master Haircolorist, Sue Pemberton.

7 Tips from the Top for Cosmetology Students

Lauren Salapatek | July 10, 2011

Since this is a forever-changing industry, you need to be able to keep up with the techniques for cut and color. We are fashion interpreters and need to know not only what’s happening in hair today, but tomorrow and beyond. Even if you don’t like what’s happening in hair at the time, you have to be in the know because your clients may come in and ask for it. Hairdressers thrive on inspiration. If we don’t feel challenged, we become complacent and then boredom sets in. It’s important to always find something fresh to motivate you and keep you going throughout your career.