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Fall 2015

Have you ever considered that focusing on a niche within the beauty industry could be your path to success?

This issue of FIRST CHAIR is all about honing your skill set and considering specialty services as major money-makers. Many of the beauty industry’s brightest stars have gotten to where they are by becoming experts in one or two subjects, at least to start.

Farouk Shami started with flatirons and ammonia-free haircolor. Educator Heather Chapman (@heatherchapmanhair) focused on braids, updos and perfecting social media prowess. Colorist Larisa Love (@larisadoll) went out on her own to specialize largely in fashion color, which was what she enjoyed above all else. They’ve all become incredibly successful, and show that choosing a specialty path can fast-track your career.

Our latest feature story focuses on some of the many areas that might be more lucrative than you thought in this burgeoning industry and how to be the best you in your community of beauty experts. Also in this issue, New York Fashion Week proved nail art shouldn’t be limited to over-the-top designs, deciphering what your clients are thinking becomes much easier with infographics and we’ve noticed that braids are no longer limited to Dutch, French and fishtail. Plus—how do you turn down a client who wants a style totally unsuited for her face, texture and coloring?

As always, we hope to inspire you in your journey from student to professional. Maybe you’ll decide to specialize at some point in your career and end up discovering a passion for something above and beyond what you had imagined.

In This Issue

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Finger Painting: Nail Art from NYFW 2015

Jamie Newman | October 27, 2015

Nail art needn’t be over-the-top or unprofessional-looking. There are ways to tastefully use nail art in your nail services that will make your client’s visit more personalized, Rebecca Isa, Zoya creative director, ...

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The Specialists

Lauren Salapatek | October 16, 2015

What does it take to specialize and what do you need to know to consider yourself a service specific virtuoso? We spotlight four emphasis areas - bridal/updo artist, makeup artist, hair extensionist and blowout specialist - to shed light on what ...

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Social Studies: StyleSeat

Lauren Quick | October 13, 2015

Stylists, salons and brands are constantly seeking ways to connect with clients in the salon and beyond.StyleSeat is a web and mobile destination that provides an avenue for that connection through stylist profiles and giving clients an ...

Article While at the annual Farouk Conference in Cancun, Editor Lauren Quick spent time with
founder Farouk Shami. He cites the CHI flatiron and ammonia-free haircolor as his two biggest launches to
date—specialties that certainly helped grow his business into what it is today.
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First Chair Fall 2015 Editor's Note: Focal Point

Lauren Quick | October 13, 2015

Focal PointWhile in college, a professor suggested to my class that we consider specialty trade publications for future magazine journalism careers. She told us about the perks of specializing in a niche and falling in love with an ...

Article Photography & hair: Luis Alvarez // Haircolor: Deena Nicely // Makeup: Wanda Alvarez
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8 Tips for Picking the Perfect Shears

Lauren Quick | October 13, 2015

Shear BeautyShears are an integral part of your health and success as a stylist. Picking the perfect pair is not a time to try to save a buck or make an unresearched impulse-buy; you’ll be using these every day, multiple times a day, so ...