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NAILPRO Competitions Announces Tom Holcomb "Inspiration" Award

NAILPRO Competitions Announces  Tom Holcomb "Inspiration" Award

Tom Holcomb was a nail industry icon and innovator.

Jewell Cunningham, competition director of the NAILPRO Nail Competitions and the NAILPRO Cup Series, announced the establishment of an annual industry award in honor of legendary nail technician Tom Holcomb. Tom Holcomb was a nail industry icon, innovator and competitor who passed away last year at the age of 44. The Tom Holcomb Inspiration Award will recognize a nail professional whose accomplishments live up to the standards of excellence set by the late Mr. Holcomb. The first honoree will be announced at ISSE Long Beach, January 26-28, 2013.

“Tom Holcomb created the benchmark for the perfect sculptured nail. When NAILPRO judges are sizing up a set of sculptured nails, the nails we have in mind are Tom’s,” notes Ms. Cunningham. “Tom knew he was good, even great, but he always felt he could be better. So many of us were inspired by him and learned from him. We at NAILPRO are grateful to his family, who have given us exclusive permission to commemorates his legacy with this award.”

“Tom Holcomb was passionate about the nail industry,” continues Jewell Cunningham. “If someone asked him how he created a particular effect, he would stop and explain, even if he were competing. And Tom had such a great sense of humor. I miss him, and so does the industry.”

Mr. Holcomb was a 10-time World Champion, five-time Japan Master and two-time International Champion in both Munich and Dusseldorf. Over the course of his career, he was associated with various manufacturers, including Premium Nail Products (which was originally named Tom Holcomb Nail Products), Galaxy Nail Products, EZ Flow and Entity Beauty.

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GlyMed Plus Moves and Expands

GlyMed Plus Moves and Expands

Glymed Plus' elegant and zen new facility overlooks a scenic lake and bird sanctuary at the foot of Utah's majestic Wasatch mountain range. [Image courtesy of GlyMed Plus]

GlyMed Plus has moved, expanded and upgraded their Educational Skin Science Training Institute, warehouse and corporate offices. Christine Heathman, CEO and Founder of GlyMed Plus Purely Professional Skin Care, invites spa professionals to come visit their beautiful new home, located at 867 E. 2260 South in picturesque Provo, Utah. The brand-new educational facility will provide estheticians with a state-of-the-art education focused on progressive classroom skill, practical application training and authentic on-site spa experience.

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Sweis Inc. and Moroccanoil Host Hair Trends Party and Presentation

From left: Robert Ham, Moroccanoil Director of Education, Kevin Hughes, Global Educator, and Traci Barrett, freelance stylist

Sweis, the Southern California Moroccanoil Distributor, invited local salon owners and stylists to attend a special Moroccanoil event at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, CA, in September.

Moroccanoil educators Robert Ham, Director of Education, and Kevin Hughes, Global Educator, with assistance from Traci Barrett, freelance stylist, showed party guests how to use Moraccanoil products to create trendsetting locks inspired by iconic fashion. With hair styles spanning decades from the 50’s the 80’s, the stylists began by creating casual day styles, and then transitioned into more dramatic evening looks, showcasing the versatility of various Moroccanoil products. Here's a sampling of the styles featured:

•50’s – Curly styles were fashioned into a 50’s-esque faux bob and a Veronica Lake finger wave, with hair swept to the side.
•70’s – The daytime looks featured subtle, barely-there waves. Evening styles included braided top knots.
•80’s – Daytime curls became curly mohawks with tails and french rolls, looks that were showcased in the recent Catherine Malandrino show during New York Fashion Week.

“We believe that it is important to offer our customers ongoing education and trend inspiration to fuel their creativity,” says Karl Sweis, CEO of Sweis, Inc. “Moroccanoil education has been in high demand, and we were excited to be able to offer this special presentation from the Moroccanoil artists who are fresh off of working the New York Fashion Week runways and creating the season’s most popular looks.”

Spa Uniform Design Contest: Win a $500 Gift Certificate

Get your sketchbook out! Put your great ideas to paper. It doesn't have to be perfect — Noel Asmar understands these drawings are from customers, not from fashion designers.

If you could design your own spa uniform, how would it look? Elaborate? Simple? Elegant? Create a drawing of your unique spa uniform design and you could win a $500 gift certificate toward the Noel Asmar group of companies.

Submit a hand drawn or computer generated picture of your drawing to The winner will be announced at the Noel Asmar Uniforms Booth at the 2012 ISPA Conference in Kissimmee, Florida.

Be sure to include a brief description of your design, your name, business (if applicable), phone number and email address. Contest ends October 15th, 2012.

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NAHA Announces Two Category Changes for 2013

Jeanne San Diego was the NAHA 2012 Make-up Artist of the Year winner.

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) announced two category changes to the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) starting in 2013: Competitors can now enter in the new "Men's Hairstylist of the Year" category and make-up artists can enter in the "Make-Up Artist of the Year" category without the nomination of a hairstylist. 

The "Men's Hairstylist of the Year" will honor a stylist who displays the most proficiency in the designs and techniques used in men's styling and grooming. Entrants in this category must master current men's commercial, contemporary and wearable styling trends. 

By expanding the entry rules to allow make-up artists, an integral component to any NAHA entry, to enter the "Make-Up Artist of the Year" category without the nomination of a hairstylist, it is PBA's hope that make-up artists not affiliated with a stylist or salon will be encouraged to submit their work independently.

"By adding the NAHA Men's Hairstylist of the Year category and expanding the rules for how make-up artists can enter the competition, our hope is that more stylists and make-up artists will be encouraged to enter for a coveted NAHA. New participation will enhance NAHA overall and help bring recognition to more key areas of the professional beauty industry," said PBA Director of Industry Programs and Education, Jessi Marshall.

The entry process for the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) will open December 1, 2012. For more information visit or call 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424).