For over 10 years, I’ve been attending one of the country’s largest hair shows in Chicago. Every March, I’d check the weather, pack my layers, and pray to God not to get stuck in a snow storm coming or going. Imagine my intrigue when I caught wind of a hair show in Birmingham, Alabama… in October… with no chance of blizzards.
More than the weather, this event seemed particularly organized in regards to education. (Sometimes a show can feel like a sparkle fest smushed into shopping spree.) Sure enough, Premier Birmingham offered countless opportunities to leave the main show floor and branch off into smaller classes for more concentrated instruction. First, I had to have the girls experience Martin Parsons. He’s the most hilarious, adorable, stick-him-in-my-pocket, formal-styling stylist. He had us in stitches while demonstrating some very clever finishing techniques.
We also further looked into:
the coloring art of balayage
styling products that solve hair dilemmas (complete with a one hour, impromptu, undivided attention, mini class with Les Dangler, Surface’s director of Sales & Education)
working with natural, kinky texture
tape, clip and beaded hair extensions
cutting tools that offer greater control and precision during our services
vibrant colors that give us butterflies (stay tuned…)
having our shears sharpened
…and on and on (surely I’m forgetting 100 things)
The three of us each came home with three new cutting tools (and armed with the greatest knowledge from the shear designer himself), new clips, new brushes, and – most importantly – new ideas for YOU.
Additionally, we came home with a renewed appreciation for Jim & Nick’s BBQ, fried catfish sandwiches, and false eyelashes.