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Hair Show Highlights: Tabatha Coffey and more!

30 Mar

Just went to the annual ABA (Allied Beauty Association) show in Toronto on Sunday. What sights for sore eyes…colours to invoke a variety of moods, shapes to inspire, tools to create!

This is also known as “the hair show”. The ABA is an organization that represents most of the hair and nail industry. The ABA show takes place once a year in Toronto (and also elsewhere in Canada). It features lots of stuff like demonstrations on new hair trends and products; educational seminars; and creative competitions. It’s a great place for us to see what’s happening in hair trends, and talk to like-minded people about how to better serve our clients – you!

Unfortunately you only get to attend the show if you are working in the industry. So if don’t, then this is for you! Please enjoy some peeks of the magic we saw through our lenses. Here we go!

What a line-up to get in, but we didn’t even feel it because it was a sea of the most beautiful hair in one place, EVER, seriously. All kinds of imaginative colours and cuts – from retro chic to super funky or punky and everything in between!

Check out some of these colours and ‘dos, coveting the white ‘do in particular:

We got through just in time to catch ABA’s guest celebrity speaker Tabatha Coffey, TV host and star of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover”. The auditorium was filled to capacity, and then some. This was the view from where we were standing, and there was a sea of people behind us as well.

She was exactly as she is on TV. If you haven’t seen the show, she can be described as a no-nonsense, brutally honest, straight-talking, funny, informative – a heady mix of glam with slight crassness and addictive Aussie accent.

Shortly after her talk, Tabatha had a book-signing meet ‘n greet with her fans. Note the long line of fans:

We walked by over an hour later and the line was just as long, new fans kept joining in. Here’s Tabatha with a fan:

Next up, watched some very cool, energetic demos from a few hair companies on upcoming trends, here are some captures…

Showing us the new trend in men’s hair for this season @American Crew:

Anime and new cutting techniques @Rusk:

From chic to funky @Matrix:

Bold colour and beautiful extensions @Wella:

Avant-Garde @L’Oreal:

Next up…competitions for Elegant Evening Makeup Competition and Evening Long Hair Elegance Competition. The Hairstyle competition was phenomenal in its intricacy, creativity, speed and perfection – photos here and here.

We were sad when the show closed, we wanted more, more, more!

But we did get to stock up on some new pro tools and even got a few small freebies on the way out (Moroccan Oil and L’Oreal hairspray, anyone?).

Wishing you all a great hair day!

Candace & The BlushFX Team


Hair Show Highlights: Evening Long Hair Elegance Competition PART 2

29 Mar

Continuing from part 1…wouldn’t it be great to go to an event with any one of these ‘dos??? And the colours…deep, rich, saturated shades of loveliness!

Check out the intricate bun, a bit hard to tell here but they are thin chunks of hair wrapped:

Wouldn’t it be fab to go to an event with your hair done like this???

You can see 4 of the lovelies here, and what the table set up was like for the hairstylists too:

Beauticious, n’est-ce pas? This is the finished top of a picture we showed above:

Here’s another view of the near-final look in progress:

Looking medieval and fairy-tale like:

Another pretty wrapped updo:

Loving all the different types of rolls on her head, avec jewels:

This mermaid knows she looks chic:

Two models in view here, but also check out the hairstylists awesome hair and skunk chunk:

Next post: about the show…check back soon!

Candace & The BlushFX Team

Hair Show Highlights: Evening Long Hair Elegance Competition PART 1

29 Mar

Here are a bunch of pics from a great competition at Sunday’s ABA show (will post about this later, stay tuned). Unfortunately it was very crowded and people kept walking and standing in front of us so it was pretty hard to take good pictures but hopefully this will satisfy some curiosity!

Hairstylist hopefuls came from different salons, and were each given 30 minutes to execute their creations from start to finish. Judges walked around and checked models’ hair with fine tooth combs (literally) to ensure hair had not been pre-treated. Each of the stylists were up against some pretty tough competition. All of the looks were jawdroppingly fantastic – incredibly avant-garde, creative, intricate, inspirational and well-executed. We weren’t able to stay to find out who won, but we were really rooting for all of them anyway=)

We like this hairstylist’s great hair colours and ‘do:

Gotta love the red and orange:

Looking pretty anime!:

Beautiful pink folds and makeup, and two red-heads watching:

Intricate braiding begins:

And twisting:


Looking like a take on Flamenco dancer hair:

Check out the hair roll in the front:

Ooh la la, wondering what divine look this will turn out to be???

Stay tuned, more pictures coming in part 2!

Candace & The BlushFX Team