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America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift is gracing our February 2018 cover! We have all of the pop star’s best mane moves and beauty secrets right in this issue.


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Check out these glamourous before and after hair makeovers!


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Sophisticate’s got to chat with Fox-TV Star’s Brittany O’Grady!


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Bring in the holidays with hair inspirations from your favorite celebs!


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Win some free products from our Holiday Glamapalooza Big Beauty Giveaway! Give the gift of beauty swag this year.


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We have some of the top products you need to bring with you into the new year! Check them out!


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Take a look at this season’s hottest nail colors with CND’s Night Spell collection!

   

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Oscar Round-Up


The Oscars is one of our favorite nights for hair–it’s where we get to see a little bit of everything, and be inspired. Of course, there are always trends to be spotted, and Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide has your round-up of what we saw right here…

FORMAL UPSWEEPS
Upsweeps are a given at any red-carpet event, and The Oscars were no exceptions. We did see the usual formal chignons, twists and buns on stars like Jennifer Garner and Rachel McAdams.

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CASUAL UPSWEEPS
On the flips side of formal, we also saw a few upsweeps that were a little more on the breezy side, with face-framing strands left to play in the breeze. Olivia Munn and Heidi Klum wore casual upsweeps.

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DOWN, DOWN, DOWN
With all the strapless and low-cut gowns we saw, it’s no wonder several stars chose to wear their locks down, either in a straight sheet like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence, or in flowing waves like Kate Winslet.

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SCULPTED LOOKS
While we love a beautiful tousled wave, we also love pure glamour in the form of a really sculpted style–precisely positioned curls like Cate Blanchett and Lady Gaga or a very designed swoop like Charlize Theron.

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AND THE WINNER IS…


and the winner is

Ready for The Oscars tonight? Popcorn? Check. Remote found? Check. Jammies on? Oh yeah! Envelope please! Check us out tomorrow to catch up and chat about all the styles—the real winners and losers 🙂 And be sure to keep an eye out for us on Facebook and Instagram tonight for some real-time fashion talk 🙂 We’re ready!

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Get-Up-&-Go Beauty!


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Have you seen our May issue yet? No? Why not? It’s fabulous 🙂 This edition features hundreds of beautiful styles, haircolor moves, do-it-yourself info, celebrity news, offers to win free products and much, much more!

We also feature an excerpt from the best-selling book Simply Gorgeous, which offers some fab get-up-and-go beauty secrets! So what are you waiting for? Check us out at a newsstand near you today and book that next salon appointment!

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Go For Short


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Smart, Simple and instantly chic, shorts cuts are easy to keep up with and super fun to style. There are so many ways to work it—no color or texture is off limits, as proven by this slick purple, blue and magenta look from the style pros at jcp salons. What are you waiting for? #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle

That Red Lip Classic Thing That We Like


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The “stamped-on” lip at Mary Katrantzou’s show is one of our new beauty crushes that emerged from London Fashion Week. Perfectly created by the beauty pros at MAC Cosmetics, here’s the how-to…

1. Apply a lip primer to hydrate and create a smooth surface.

2. Outline a slightly heart-shaped lip using Burgundy Lip Pencil, then color in the lips with the same pencil.

3. Using a lip brush, Apply Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Dance With Me for a deep bordeaux finish.

Photo, including smiley face: courtesy MAC.

Thursday


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Need a quick change-up? Try switching your part from one side to the other. You’ll discover new volume and a whole new tress swing!

Bella’s Color Switch-Up!


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Color alert! It seems Bella Thorne has become quite the color chameleon, switching between red and blonde in the wink of an eye. She even  hinted at one point, “I’m naturally blonde, but I feel at home when I’m a redhead. But I might go brown!,” and behold! Brown it is! With a few blonde highlight woven in for dimension, Bella looks good in brunette. We’re keeping our eyes on this one!

Wednesday


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Need a little more volume after styling your hair? Try a dry shampoo! Just spray directly at the roots and tousle with fingertips.

Secrets Of The Stars


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Pssst! Look up there, in that black bar, just below our gorgeous cover of Jennifer Lopez. See that “STAR INTERVIEWS” tab? If you click on it, you’ll find all sorts of cool beauty interviews with stars, like Meghan Trainor! This is a small sampling of the great celebrities we feature in Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide magazine, and we wanted to share just a few of them on our website. Go ahead and click away and discover a few beauty secrets!

#HurrySUMMER


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We’ll admit it–we’re more than ready for sunny days and warmer temperatures. And, of course, cute summer cuts. Luckily, we can tuck this adorbs snip from Jean Louis David in Paris in our purses, in prep for our salon appointment in a few weeks. Summer short, summer blonde–what’s not to love? Even if the sun decides to hide away, with this new cut, we’re definitely out and about.

Beauty Advice: February 20


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Minimize breakage by making sure hair is completely wet before shampooing.

NAIL LOOKS FOR FALL/WINTER


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CND for The Blonds Fall/Winter 2016 - Backstage

CND for The Blonds Fall/Winter 2016 - Backstage
 

We’re seriously blown away by CND (Creative Nail Design) and their mesmerizing nail designs at The Blonds Fall/Winter 2016 Show in New York. Inspired by 1950’s Hollywood glam with elements of the unusual world of Alice in Wonderland, the clothing and nails look like a trip down the rabbit hole. “At CND, we choose to collaborate with designers who share our passion for breaking the mold, and The Blonds continue to be true artistic partners season after season,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. Gorgeous!

HAIR TRENDING HOT!


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It’s the weekend—yay! Time to check out our brand new issue…our best one yet! Featuring the beautiful Jennifer Lopez on the cover, this edition has hundreds of the most amazing hairstyles and haircolor options ever! We also feature giveaways—buy the issue this weekend so you have a great shot of winning—celebrity features, at-home styling tips and much, much more!  The page shown here (sneak peek!) is a feature we did on the new choppy bob trend you’re seeing everywhere…you must check out since this length and style looks great on practically everyone!

To find a retailer near you click on the box on the right Where You Can Find, enter your zip and your off…yes!

Mega Curl


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Own those natural curls and show off their healthy shine by highlighting your style with a touch of teal, like this look from the style pros at jcp salon. Its Big, Its BOLD. And it’s all yours. #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle

Gone Blonde!


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We’ve long admired Lucy Hale’s dark locks that match those super-long lashes of hers. Imagine our surprise when she went a whole lot lighter! “Thank you for temporarily making me the blonde alter ego I’ve always wanted to be,” the Pretty Little Liars star shared on her Instagram account, noting her colorist Kristin Ess. And fear not if you prefer the brunette–notice Lucy said “temporarily”!

Destination Beauty


Nick Stenson, jcp salon Artistic Director and Matrix Artistic Director, covered the Matrix Destination event in Orlando, FL, checking out the scene, trends and interviewing some serious players in the industry. Here are a few highlights from his show.

#iseeyourbeauty #matrixdestination #jcpsalon #salonbyinstyle and #matrixhair

Taylor & Carrie—Bobbed!


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Lots of beauty going on last night at the Grammy Awards, and among them—gorgeous bobs everywhere. From Adele and Cam to Kaley and Tori, we loved them all. The two biggest surprise bobs of the evening? Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, both of who debuted new snips! Taylor opted for a smooth bob with bangs, while Carrie chose a layered version with tons of texture. We can’t decide which we loved best!

 

Grammy Awards Tonight!


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Among tons of great performers and appearances, Demi Lovato will be hitting the Grammy stage tonight to perform with Lionel Richie, along with John Legend, Meghan Trainor and Luke Bryan. We’re excited to see  the singer, as she’s really been killing it lately with her vocals and her style. So Confident.

Oh, wait! Did we really just post a retro-Demi pic? Hah! Here’s a more current one…she’s cute at any age!

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SHORT HAIR DON’T CARE!


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Purple hair, don’t care either! This look was created with Matrix Professional ColorSync by stylist Samantha Humphrey at The Loft Salon and Spa! Humphrey shared on Instagram: “Morgan came in with an already gorgeous burgundy color and hair midway down her back. We added a dark base for some depth and dimension and glazed her red with an HD for vibrancy and shine. We cut off eight-ish inches for this adorable texturized cut amd finished her off with the perfect messy wave. I’m obsessed with the end result!” Love the specs, too!

 Photo: Instagram.com/manegypsy

SOPHISTICATE’S HAIRSTYLE GUIDE GOING, GOING, GONE!


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UH-OH! This is the last weekend our March issue is on sale at newsstands everywhere. Hope you didn’t miss our more-than-fabulous edition featuring hundreds of beautiful cuts, styles, color ideas, celebrity highlights, product news and giveaways! If you’ve not yet purchased it, run out and buy your copy today. It’s your year!

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So. Much. Great Hair.


so much great hair

Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Elizabeth Banks and Reese Witherspoon are sharing the cover of Entertainment Weekly. And while the final cover is a bit more formal, we love this impromptu pic posted by Kerry to her Instagram account. Besides Reese’s flip-flops, we’re admiring and taking notes on her full-volume side part, Eva’s subtle beachy waves, Elizabeth’s golden hue and Kerry’s bob layers. So. Much. Fun!

Sophisticate’s On The Scene


Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide travels around the globe to bring you the beauty happenings and trends from all the hottest hair shows and events. Click on one of the photos below to join us…

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

Intercoiffure America/Canada Presents The Fall Atelier 2016

Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event 2016

Aveda And Stella McCartney Pre-Fall Show 2016

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British Hairdressing Awards 2016

America’s Beauty Show – 2017

North American Hairstyling Awards 2016 (NAHA)

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Daytripping in Santa Monica, CA

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America’s Beauty Show – 2016

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Matrix Destination – 2016

Goldwell’s Global Zoom Challenge

Goldwell’s Global Zoom Challenge

33rd Alternative Hair Show – 2015

33rd Alternative Hair Show – 2015

jcp salon Launch Party Celebration – 2015

jcp salon Launch Party Celebration – 2015

Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event – 2015

Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event – 2015

America’s Beauty Show – 2015

America’s Beauty Show – 2015

International Beauty Show New York – 2015

International Beauty Show NY – 2015

International Salon And Spa Expo – 2015

International Salon And Spa Expo – 2015

32nd Alternative Hair Show – 2014

32nd Alternative Hair Show – 2014

Chicago’s Mario Tricoci Celebration

Chicago’s Mario Tricoci Celebration

jcp salon / Women Of America – 2014

jcp salon / Women Of America – 2014

Beauty Idol


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Jennifer Lopez has just finished her first round of shows in the “All I Have” show in Las Vegas, and the star certainly did give all she had in the gorgeous hair and too-cool makeup department, sharing this selfie on her Instagram just before a show. JLo will be back in Vegas in May, but in the meantime, you can still catch her beauty moves on American Idol, which is starting to heat up.

 

Bryan Goes Short!


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Just one day after announcing his retirement from WWE, wrestler Bryan Danielson cut his trademark long hair into a short cut. The best part? He donated the snipped-off length to Wigs For Kids, an organization that supports children who have lost their hair from chemotherapy, radiation and other medical issues. “The people at Wigs For Kids are doing a great work and cutting my hair never felt more meaningful,” he shared. As for that beard, Bryan is keeping it. His Instagram profile says it all, “Beard Enthusiast.”

Honestly, Jessica


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If you love Jessica Alba’s beauty moves, then you might be interested in her Honest Beauty line. “Our brand was created to offer the modern woman an alternative to beauty she can believe in, centered around her on-the-go life and varied style,” shares the star. “Our goal was to design a clean, conscious line that gives her confidence, celebrates her diversity and uniqueness, and is powered by uncompromised, botanically charged ingredients.”

And, starting this month, you can check out lipglosses, eyeliners, mascara and more before you buy–Honest Beauty is expanding beyond their website to 250 Ulta Beauty stores nationwide. Honestly, Jessica, we’re excited!

 

2015 33rd Alternative Hair Show


DATELINE: LONDON, ENGLAND The 33rd Alternative Hair Show was held at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall in London this past autumn. The hairdressing teams participating—many of their model looks shown here—financed their own shows, completely showing their support for this event that raises money for research and education, to help find a cure for blood cancers, including leukemia. Alternative Hair Founder Tony Rizzo said, “There are no words I can find to thank these wonderful hairdressers. Their support and generosity never fails to make me feel both eternally grateful and humble.” This year’s show was entitled “Aurora” and featured inspirational aspects of dawn/dusk, glacial ice patterns and frozen landscapes woven into the themes and styling. The 2015 Alternative Hair Teams were Saco, Babicz, Rossa Fanagher, Anne Veck, Class, Mario Krankl, Paul Stafford, Gogen, E Salon, TIGI Creative Team, Kohsuke, Alan Edwards, Robert Cromeans, Fehringer, KPO, Laszlo Hajas, Dmitry Vinokurov, Carlo Bay and Sanrizz. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide sends its highest regards to Mr. Rizzo and all the participants who helped raise over $315,000!

2015 Goldwell’s Global Zoom Challenge


DATELINE: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA Over 2500 hairdressers from the world over came together to celebrate the artistic Global Zoom Event. Goldwell and KMS invited stylists to the Global Zoom Event to experience the excitement of inspiration artist sessions, and extraordinary gala show, amazing parties and the world premiere of Goldwell’s Color Zoom 2016 Collection. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is proud to present just a few of the highlights from the extravaganza, which culminated in the new D!srupt Collection—an inspiring hair fashion collection that breaks with the conventional and invites stylists to challenge conventional style ideas. To create the look for this trend, the Goldwell team disrupted the shape, the color and the texture of hair. Sheer perfection!

Collection photography by Markus Jans.

2015 jcp salon Launch Party Celebration


DATELINE: JCPENNEY CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, PLANO, TEXAS Sure it was August, but we were so excited to hop on a plane and head to Plano, TX, to visit our friends at the JCPenney Salon Division for a full day immersed in all that is hair. From the fabulous technical training seminars to a state-of-the-industry convo to a gala event in the evening—the energy and enthusiasm was infectious. The gala event was held in the stunning Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas. Upon our arrival in the beautiful venue, we were greeted by smiling faces, wonderful wait staff passing the most fabulous appetizers ever (Beef Wellington? You bet!) and lively conversations. Next up was the beautiful The Salon by InStyle Inside JCPenney launch lead by jcp salon Artistic Director Nick Stenson. First a fab custom rap featuring a super-talented duo and a parade of models rocking the looks for 2016 available at all jcp salons! Hair superstars like Matrix’s Chrystofer Benson, Redken’s Sam Villa and Wella’s Sonya Dove all added to the beautiful hair design work showcased. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was proud to be part of the amazing celebration. And now…we must book that appointment at jcp salon!

2015 Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event


DATELINE: ORLANDO, FLORIDA This year’s Premiere Orlando International Beauty Event at the Orange County Convention Center was one of our industry’s most important shows, and Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was there in full glory! From the Mainstage featuring some of the industry’s biggest names showcasing trends, styles and fashions to the Hair Color Stage which spotlighted the newest looks in color and education—this show was not to be missed! Premiere also had hundreds of classes for the professional Premiere DAYSPA, featuring the very latest spa offerings as well as classes to educate. The exhibit floor held beauty companies (large and small) and a wonderful section called Nail World that allowed us to see the latest trends in the mani-pedi industry. On this page we feature a glimpse into professional beauty scene—your VIP pass!

Photography by Vibrant Media Productions.

2015 America’s Beauty Show


DATELINE: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS This year’s America’s Beauty Show, held in Chicago’s stellar lakefront facility McCormick Place, was an amazing extravaganza of more than 65,000 salon pros and owners, students, teachers, educators, models, distributers and manufacturers. Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide’s cool kids were on hand to witness and report on the fabulousness of the trade show floor that featured runways, product showcases, celebrities and more! Owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago, the 103-years-young indie association with more than 10,000 beauty industry pros and student members, this year’s America’s Beauty Show broke all records. And, I am personally proud to note that Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide is the only consumer magazine to ever report, every year, on this trade-invited-only event. We hope you enjoy some of the images we have captured to bring you a bit of scene at this high-fashion event. Fierce!

 

Photography by Jordan Cholette, Babak and Lora Wintz.

2015 International Beauty Show New York


DATELINE: NEW YORK, NEW YORK This past March more than 63,000 salon owners and beauty professionals eager to build their careers and increase profits converged on New York City for one of the biggest events in beauty, the International Beauty Show—New York (IBSNY). 2015 marked an introduction to new educational tracks such as Color, Men and Product Focused. Also, hundreds participated in exclusive Master Classes and in-depth, Hands-On Workshops. IBSNY 2015 was also home to thousands of industry-leading products and exciting competitions such as Major League Barber, Lash Wars and Global Beauty Masters. Lots of teasing, spraying, cutting, coloring and more…for three glorious days. Here, Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide shares some of the images from the show floor—enjoy your walk through!

 

Photography by John Ricard.

2015 International Salon And Spa Expo


DATELINE: LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA This past January one of the largest and most inspired beauty events was held and attended by nearly 43,500 beauty professionals. Produced by the Professional Beauty Association, the 2015 International Salon and Spa Expo Long Beach evolved beyond hair into a complete beauty event for pro hair, nails, cosmetics, esthetics, wellness, massage and advanced education. This year’s show featured more than 379 exhibiting companies promoting 420 beauty brands! Names like MATRIX, OPI Products, Sexy Hair Concepts and Vidal Sassoon (to name a few!) were represented. From a blogger café to The Nail Spot and Cut, Color & Style Stage to a Sally Beauty Bus, Barber Brawl Competitions, Hairstyling Competitions and more… this show was a complete package. The North American Hairstyling Awards stage was the icing on the cake. Here is a visual tour for you—to witness our amazing industry and how it all starts.

2014 THE ALTERNATIVE HAIR SHOW


DATELINE: LONDON, ENGLAND Sunday, October 12th was the date the Alternative Hair held its 32nd extravaganza! The charity stage show was themed Equilibrium and was held at the historical Royal Albert Hall in London. The legendary event lived up to all expectations with an outstanding evening of inspirational creativity and fundraising in support of the cause—fighting leukemia. We’re proud to say Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was one of the media sponsors for the event, which featured fabulous presentations by 20 individual international hairdressing teams. The amount of monies raised was an impressive $351,000 for the Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation, increasing the total funding since its inception to in excess of $14.9 million! Founder of Alternative Hair, Tony Rizzo, and Worldwide President of Alternative Hair, Anthony Mascolo, welcomed the audience, enjoyed the artistic show and presented monies raised to special guests, six-year-old Blue Tobin and 12-year-old Lucas Sutheren—both showing how leukemia can be fought and defeated. Applause for this amazing event—hairdressers doing good!

2014 Chicago’s Mario Tricoci Celebration


DATELINE: CHICAGO, IL Chicago’s highly successful husband and wife team of Mario Tricoci and Cheryl Tricoci celebrated the grand re-opening of their salon and day spa at 900 North Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Chicago’s tony Gold Coast neighborhood. Mr. Tricoci started in the beauty industry as an apprentice in a barbershop in his hometown of Cosenza, Italy, and the rest is history. From salons to schools, the Tricocis have come a long way. The grand re-opening (the salon at 900 is celebrating its 15th anniversary!) of the newly imagined salon speaks to the dedication of this powerful couple and was an event we were so excited to cover! The salon and day spa looks stunning and the freshened-up vibe is buzzing with beauty. From great mani/pedi services to fabulous cut/styling/color to a spa menu with services that will make you feel totally recharged and beautiful…this is a place you must check out! Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide wishes them continued success! Applause, applause to this very hard-working, loving couple.

2014 jcp salon / Women Of America


DATELINE: JCPENNEY CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, PLANO, TEXAS Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide was so happy to be invited to the corporate offices of JCPenney for a day of style! First it was an early morning greeting by Mr. Nick Stenson, Senior Artistic Creative Director, who was joined joined by jcp salon’s hair pros from across the country. Next it was on to a presentation about jcp salon and all the fab and wonderfully exciting things we can look forward to in 2014. Then, as part of the MATRIX ColorInsider partnership, there was a walk through some MATRIX ColorInsider technical training followed by the fun part—color makeovers on a room full of lucky women (by jcp salon’s top team of pros). The results were stunning and will be featured in an upcoming issue! Next it was on to an evening event called “Women Across America” where models showcased Mr. Stenson’s new salon collection while wearing fashions available at JCPenney stores. If you’ve not checked out JCP recently—you must! The salon services are amazing and the fashions totally lovely, as you can see from the glimpse on this page. We’re excited!!!

Photos by Eric Priddy.

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