We’ve picked some of our favourite tidbits from the Toronto ABA show floor.
1. Clay Hair Creations
Reto Camichel, a member of the Sebastian international artistic team, showed how he uses his sculpting skills to help create a “blueprint” for real hairstyles. His clay hair creations help to inspire him and visualize the style he wants to create before he does it. What creative endeavors inspire you outside of the salon?
2. A New Way to Do a Blowout
Body Up Pro is an ingenious little tool that you can use in the salon or retail to clients for home use. Created by Aline Richardson, a longtime stylist with 27 years in the industry, it is a ceramic-plated round brush with a detachable handle. When the handle is detached, it turns each barrel into a perfect roller that can be left until hair cools.
3. CABA is Coming
The Cosmetology Allied Beauty Association (CABA), an association for hair stylists, nail technicians, colourists, estheticians, and educators, will begin accepting registrations this fall. The association is designed to give members a platform through online interactions, access professional mentoring and the sharing of ideas.
4. Matrix Colour Lounge
Inspired by the Mac store and its one-on-one education, the colour lounge offers stylists a chance to come by for personalized colour advice and education. The best part is that it will be at future ABA shows this year, too, so make sure to stop by and get your questions answered.
5. Shiny, Healthy Colour
Thanks to the new Chromatics colour line, sharp, gorgeous colour was on display at the Redken booth. Not only does the oil-based delivery system mean that hair is left stronger and in better shape than after a typical colour, there is no smell in the ammonia-free products. Happy clients and happy stylists!
6. L’Oreal Professionnel’s Salon of the Future
If you want to take your salon into the 21st century, start thinking about mixing interactivity and the environment. For instance, why not try using online booking systems so clients can quickly book appointments on the go? Or offer waiting clients a giant tablet coffee table so that they can scroll through look books while they wait? Did you know that Green Circle Salons can actually recycle human hair to help save the planet? The future looks bright.
7. P&G Student Competition
Sixteen students showcased hairstyles they created in the P&G Salon Professional Student Apprentice Competition. Congratulations to first place winners Brittny Ladley of ALC Burnamthrope Collegiate in the Sebastian segment, and Carolyne Rohr of Hair Xtacy in the Wella segment!
8. A New Solution for Thin-Looking Hair
Nioxin stylist ambassador Mirella Rota Sementilli presented DiaMax, a new hair treatment product with technology that makes hair thicker by increasing the diameter of each hair follicle. The best part? The promise of fuller hair is immediate and your clients will see results after the first use.