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Carlos Valenzuela

What Guys Wanna Know

It's time to shatter the male grooming ceiling. Men want to have good skin, great hair, and nice nails, too. And they're looking to their salon professional and barber to help a guy out.

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Lessons From a Barbershop

What is it about a barbershop that feels so honest and down-home, like the comfort food of grooming?

How I Got Your Client

If you think other stylists can "steal" clients from you, you're looking at the situation from the wrong perspective.

2022 is the Year to Clean Up Your Act

Clear out the old to make room for the new - new ideas, new attitude, new revenue.

Carlos Valenzuela named to “The 41 List” of Honorees

The 41 List recognizes 41 LGBTQ Latinx role models. Valenzuela, a stylist, educator, former salon and school owner and author, has been recognized for his leadership and for his award-winning novella, Letters to Young Carlos.

Star Senior Stylist: Wesley Poole

When people compliment Wesley Poole's excellent people skills and customer service, he explains his golden rule of professionalism, “If you love yourself, you automatically love your clients.” This is the second profile in a series of senior stylists who inspire by example.

Star Senior Stylist: Peggy Schremp

Seniors are an encyclopedia of knowledge whose wisdom is to be cherished and respected. If your salon doesn’t have one, go out and find or steal one.

Macho Makeup Part Two: The Photo Shoot

Before you click a camera, know this: why are you creating the images? The success of a photoshoot hinges on your answer. Even if it’s just for fun, set a goal or purpose and stay focused to attain good results, otherwise, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel—you might get a nice photo, you might not.

Macho Makeup Part One: The Concept

In planning our photo shoot, we asked the question: men with makeup, what is it? They have to be men who wear cosmetics for a more significant reason than to cover up a pimple. They want to look better and maintain an air of naturalness. It has to complement their lifestyle, I said to the team.

The Last Beauty Show

"I heard myself say I might not be back next year because my knees refuse to hold me up for two hours—and they cried. Then, they stood and applauded for what seemed an eternity—and I cried."

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