First Chair

Spring 2016

Hair: Sam McKnight for L’Oreal Professionnel
Color: Frederic Mennetrier
Photography: Nico Bustos

This spring, we’re making plans. Our plans start with America’s Beauty Show this weekend—the huge show in Chicago is a great stepping stone for your future success with classes, presentations and tons of opportunities to connect with fellow stylists. And make sure you get your tickets for the BCL Experience at Soldier Field while you’re there; the runway presentation features NextGen up-and-coming artists teaming up with brand mentors.

Next to check off your list is what you’re doing with your life post-grad. That’s what this issue’s feature is all about—business, life and post-grad preparedness. Just thinking ahead sets you in the right direction, and you’ll be glad for it later.

We’re also helping you look forward in other sections; consider men’s business in the long-term, don’t disregard curly clients, and make sure you’re asking the right consultation questions before a client steps foot in your salon or studio. Every detail might not go exactly as you plan, but having a map should keep you on the road.

In This Issue


Career Planning: Make Way

Victoria Wurdinger | March 7, 2016

Sketching out your career path well before you have your license in hand sets you up for success and eases job-hunt-induced-panic.When Michelle McKinney was in cosmetology school, she concentrated on studying for tests, creating a portfolio and ...

Article Hair: Ouidad creative team // Makeup: Ingeborg Makeup // Fashion styling: Bex Sheers (photo credit: Jessie English (Remedial Media) for Ouidad)

Texture Techniques: Cutting and Styling Curls

Jamie Newman | March 2, 2016

The industry is fully embracing curly girls rather than resigning them to a flatiron or blowout. Don't shy away from curly cuts and style. TIPS FOR CURLY CUTTINGBefore reaching for shears, the most important part of cutting curls is a ...