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Hair Shows: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Hair Shows: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Hair shows are a hairstylist's mecca. What's better than perfecting your craft in a fun atmosphere full of new, exciting and noteworthy things and people? While hair shows have a ton of great things to offer, there are a few pesky things that we could do without. We'll break it down for you so that you can be prepared for your next (or your first) hair show.

The Good

We love a good hair show. So what are our favorite parts that you should quickly adopt as your faves too?

  • Celebrity stylists: Everyone wants to be one or know one. To achieve such status is the peak of your career. If you have an opportunity to learn from the best, don't squander it. Hair shows are often full of top stylists that are the main stages giving advice and showing off technique.
  • Mini stages: By mini stages, we mean those stages that are at product booths with other top stylists. These are great opportunity to get up close, and really see what the stylist on stage is doing.
  • Classes: We're huge fans of expanding your knowledge base, and hair shows offer great opportunities with separate classes. These often range from waxing, to nails, to special hair techniques better explained in a classroom than on a stage. Map out your day so that you can hit exactly what you want.
  • Product heaven: Hair shows are what we like to call "product heaven". Tons of booths with well established brands, up-and-coming brands, and brands that you forgot even existed. What's more is that they offer show discounts on products, free samples, and their newest offerings.

The Bad

The bad part of shows consist of things that you'd ideally think is good, but is secretly not that great for you.

  • The value center: Yeah, yeah, we all love a good discount, but have you stopped and actually looked at the value center at the hair shows? Why do some of them need security guards? They need security because unruly stylists and their guests won't think twice about elbowing you in the face for that last bottle of dry shampoo. Just think carefully before heading into the danger zone.
  • The food: Overpriced and underwhelming. The food at hair shows is there to make money, not to please your taste buds. It'll do its job, but be sure to eat before you get there and bring your own beverage along. That way you'll save yourself the disappointment of chowing down on a $10 ham sandwich that's seen better days.

The Ugly

  • The crowds: Now, there's no avoiding crowds at these things, but you know how they get. You also know how you like to be treated. We simply suggest that you treat each other with respect, and don't shove your way past others to get to the front row/freebies/celebrity stylist.
  • Tired feet: If you plan on spending the entire day at the hair show, it's best to leave your stilettos at home. We know some of you won't listen, but trust us. A cute pair of flats or boots will do just as well. Plus, you've got to be able to make it to your classes/freebies/celebrity stylists in time, don't you?

What are your favorite and least favorite things at hair shows?

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