December 2016

December 2016

December 2016 Cover

Note From the Editor: Three Million Thank-Yous

In a Year that was so packed with bad news, it can be tough to remember we had some major wins, too. Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar, a woman was a major party’s presidential nominee, the Cubs broke their 108-year curse and won the World Series, and Michael Phelps became the most-decorated Olympian of all time (USA! USA!).

At the close of each year, we like to take a look back at our industry’s successes, and what was trending in the world of professional beauty—the headlines, the hashtags, the people and the products.

We kick off our annual Best Year Ever issue with a section devoted to what you were buzzing about this year. On page 33, we share the most-liked content from the @modernsalon Instagram page (hint: everyone goes crazy for freckles and colorful cats... yes, cats). The hair color trend of the year was most definitely jewel tones: We showcase the gem range on page 34—plus a look at how these looks are achievable through the use of 2016’s booming product category: bond builders.

And on page 60, get the step-by-step for the look on our cover, and see how extensions were used to create commitment-free color.

In the photo here, meet the team behind our cover image. Each person played a part in bringing together the final look. From nails, fashion, makeup, hair, photography and lighting—it takes a village.
And if you’ve ever tagged #modernsalon on Instagram, you are part of our community of like-minded stylists eager to share their work with the world of pro beauty.

We close the year zeroing in on another community milestone: #modernsalon is about to hit 3,000,000 tags on Instagram, making it professional beauty’s single-most popular hashtag.

We know you use our hashtag to improve the visibility of your own content, but we also know you’re browsing hashtags to find new content that is relevant to your interests. So we close this tough year by extending our deepest gratitude for making our hashtag such a beautiful place to explore.

- Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief

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