Last Sunday Emilia and I went to The Maka Hair Show here in Phoenix. Boy, do I love a good hair show!

A good show is not just educational; it should also be inspiring and challenge the stylist to push their limits. We, the stylists, come together and share our knowledge and passion for the craft with each other. Incidentally, if you are sitting at your stylists chair, ask him or her about the last show they went to, you should see them light up as they begin to wind up their story. If they can’t remember the last show they went to, run for the hills, or at least another stylist! But, I digress…

Now, if you’ve never been to a hair show, the main event usually consists of “platform artist” demonstrations that are performed onstage using hair models. These artists demonstrate new or updated techniques. I have to admit that I love watching the stylists’ faces as much as the demonstrations because I love to see those moments when the little light bulb goes off on each of the stylists heads. A crazy kinetic energy starts to permeate the entire venue. There are few things crazier (at least in my profession) than a whole room of stylists “jonesing” to get their hands in someone’s hair! At the very least I enjoy hearing and participating in the discussions following the the demonstrations about who (which client) is going to benefit from the newly learned technique. The bottom line is that there is copious amounts of passion at these shows!

But, not all shows are good… (baby stylists pay attention now!)

I’ve been to some hair shows that are, “all talk and no trousers”. That is, the show turns out to be a bunch of product lines that have been brought together to sell you their newest styling tool or product, but there is no education, technique information, or demonstration. I have to admit that I love shopping as much as the next girl, but that shouldn’t be the focus of the shows. If you are a fledgling stylist, remember you need to go to a LOT of shows! Some will be bad. That is just the way it goes.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be writing about the different ideas and topics I came across at this show. That includes, braiding, how to change your style without cutting all your hair, and a nice discussion on the new color looks. If you read this post before you come into the salon for your appointment, ask me and I’ll fill you in on the new techniques. If you are a reader of the blog, stay tuned! I look forward to sharing all I’ve learned with you as well.