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DEC 2015

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108 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | DECEMBER 2015 News CHOP TO IT! Motorcyclists at the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota were pleasantly surprised to fi nd a four-chair barbershop set up by The Barber Authority, as a means of fundraising for Cuts for Cancer. With help from Andis, who donated RealTree Camo Cordless Beard and Moustache Trimmers by the case, the motorcyclists were groomed free of charge. All tips and Andis trimmer purchases went directly to the "Dyin 2 Live Dream" cancer program, which helps make dreams come true for children coping with the disease. Steve Vilot, Master Barber and head of The Barber Authority, is grateful to Andis for helping shape the event and make a difference. "As professional barbers we rely on Andis tools day in and day out, so it was very exciting to see Andis step in and provide trimmers to help us raise money toward our $75,000 goal. Many of the male motorcyclists at Sturgis are sporting groomed facial hair, and these convenient cordless trimmers help keep their fresh cuts in check while they're on the road," he enthused. We can agree; anything that grooms the wild whiskers of motorcyclists while contributing to an undeniably amazing charity earns an A+ in our book. One Tip, One Child Eufora is encouraging all salon professionals to do their part to end child abuse with its One Tip, One Child campaign that raises money for Childhelp (a national nonprofi t to prevent and treat child abuse). One Tip, One Child is, as the name suggests, the donation of one tip to the charity, over a day, week or month. To learn more about how to get involved, contact Eufora at 760.431.9199. Fight for Diversity Congratulations to Basim Shami, CEO of Farouk Systems, who was recognized by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce for awareness and advocacy against discrimination. Beams Shami, "Farouk Systems is a multicultural company with people of Latin American descent making up a large percentage of our employees and loyal customers. As a company proudly founded on the concept of coming to the USA in pursuit of the American dream, we support everyone's right to pursue that dream." Passion Project This month, we checked in with Matrix Artistic Director Franco Della Grazia and asked about his "Razor's Edge" Programs of Passion class. For more information, visit mymatrixfamily.com/education/ programsofpassion. Tell us about your class. The class is a great introduction to razor cutting. We go through three haircuts: a straight line, graduated bob and short haircut. It's packed with great information to enable and empower the stylist to use the razor correctly. My approach is very up close and personal, with a lot of information. What do attendees learn? The attendees learn the do's and don'ts of razor cutting and how to do a proper consultation. Students also learn the correct way to use the tool and how to be confi dent when using the razor. I teach when to use a razor to achieve a look, as well as to texturize hair and alleviate weight. What is your favorite part of teaching the class? I love the "aha!" moment when an attendee gets it, because a lot of razor cutting has to do with feeling the hair and weight distribution. What is the main takeaway you would like students to have? Stylists can go back to their salons knowing that they have learned something new and can adapt that knowledge to their salon. They will be able to offer their clients something they have not been able to do before, therefore empowering them. What classes would you like to teach in the future? I'm preparing a men's cutting class for 2016 called "Fade to Grey." We will launch this class at Matrix Destination in Orlando, Florida in January 2016. During Matrix Destination, I will release a new cutting tool that I'm very excited about! I would also like to develop a photographic session class, so stay tuned. What advice would you give to stylists considering a Passion class? Go for it. The difference between a good hairdresser and a great hairdresser is knowledge. The more you know, the better you will be. Knowledge is power. Franco Della Grazia

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