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Mysteries of the Marcel Iron Unlocked!

Watching someone adept at using a Marcel iron is both beautiful and intimidating if you’re not part of the tribe. And it’s a tribe worth joining for a very important reason. “It’s so fast!” says Detra Smith, Artistic Director for HOT Tools Professional . “And really much easier than curling hair with a spring iron.” Here, Detra shares her tried and true tips and techniques for mastering the Marcel and provides a riveting demo!

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Check Out MODERN's New @ArtistSession Instagram Page

Amazing images have come out of ARTIST SESSION, MODERN SALON’s photoshoot workshop. All are cover- and award-worthy, created by artists who range from beginner to NAHA-winning hairdressers.

The Photoshoot Kit: See What a Cover Artist Brings to a Session

Detra Smith was on set this week creating a fresh look for an upcoming issue. We were so impressed with her "set up" that we asked her to take us on a tour. See what the cover artist keeps in her kit.

See the Top 5 Braids & Brides Entries!

Our Braids & Brides finalists share their final submissions and how they created the looks!

Announcing the Braids & Brides Top 5 Finalists!

After narrowing thousands of Braids & Brides submissions to our 10 semifinalists, they were tasked with creating a braided style. Our Artist Collective judges picked their five favorites! Take a look below to see who our finalists are, and stay tuned as they submit their best bridal work for their chance at the grand prize.

Watch: Curling a Full Head, Reducing Strain, with CURLBAR from HOT TOOLS

HOT TOOLS Artistic Director Detra Smith shows how to get beautiful waves and curls using the CURLBAR, a new Ergonomic styling tool by Hot Tools.

How-To: Crimped Curls

Detra Smith, Hot Tools artistic director, had a devastating fire in her Mouton, Alabama salon, burning the entire space to the ground. Inspired by a picture of an angel, one of the few things salvaged from the wreckage, Smith created this look inspired by that photo.

Glamour Waves: A Video Demo

One of MODERN's favorite artists, Detra Smith, salon owner and Artistic Director of Hot Tools, is thrilled with the new Hot Tools CURLBAR which she uses to create glamour (or Hollywood) waves. In this short video Smith demos the new iron ...

July Cover: The Alternate View

People are loving MODERN'S July cover, with hair created by Hot Tools Artistic Director Detra Smith. Although the cover shows a beautiful smooth and shiny finish, Smith created an alternate version with long, luscious curls.Smith created ...


It was a fun frenzy at the model casting for MODERN’s most recent Artist Session. The two-day photoshoot workshop hosted more than 80 hopeful top beauty models at the Water Street Studio in New York City.Alabama-based artist Detra Smith, ...

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