The Balayage Revolution has hit Australia and is here to stay! Catch Candy Shaw and her team at Hair Expo Australia headlining the Main Stage, and packing out classrooms all weekend long. If you're interested in attending, register today -- don't miss your chance!
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Sunlights Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education, shattered an all-time education record at the 95th America’s Beauty Show in Chicago on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Candy Shaw, Sunlights’ creator, and the Sunlights’ Artisan Education Team held hands-on balayage classes for 120 students in a single day! Sunlight’s back-to-back three-hour courses, hosting sixty students each, set both new attendance and revenue records at the ABS, one of America’s largest and most prestigious shows. In its usual style, Sunlights accomplished this extraordinary feat without sacrificing quality. Feedback from attendees included: “I’ve attended hundreds of classes in my career, this was by far the best class I have ever been to” and “I went to two different balayage classes this weekend. There was no comparison! Sunlights’ class was head and shoulders above the rest!”
Paul Dykstra, the CEO of Cosmetologists Chicago, who produces the show, said “Candy Shaw is the consummate educator… We are proud that Candy and her team consider America’s Beauty Show among the must-do shows worldwide.”
In addition to its hands-on training, Sunlights taught a ‘Look & Learn’ for more than fifty additional students. This marks the seventh straight year that Sunlights’ ABS hands-on classes sold out. Sunlights also sponsored the late Jerry Gordon’s ‘Sunlights Yellow’ racecar prominently displayed at the show’s main entrance. Jerry was an iconic 20th century American hairdresser who also famously raced Ferraris. Candy Shaw, last year’s recipient and the only female winner of the Jerry Gordon ‘Salon Business Leadership Award’, hosted a champagne toast in Jerry’s honor for the Cosmetologists Chicago’s Board of Directors to kick off this year’s show.
You can next see Candy and the Sunlights Artisan Education Team in Orlando, Florida, June 3 & 4, at the Premiere Orlando Show and then again in Melbourne, Australia, June 9-11 at Hair Expo, where Candy is the headliner. You can sign up for both hands-on and Look & Learn classes at each of these events at www.premiereorlandoshow.biz and www.hairexpoaustralia.com.
SUNLIGHTS Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education and The Kirschner Group (‘TKG’), the largest and only global sales organization in the professional beauty industry, are pleased to announce the addition of Canada to their International Alliance.
Four-year-old SUNLIGHTS, the manufacturer of SUNLIGHTS Professional Balayge Lightener® and THE BALAY BOX®, is currently distributed in eight countries on three continents. SUNLIGHTS was founded by celebrity hairstylist Candy Shaw, the world’s foremost authority on balayage education and the stylist credited with starting and now leading today’s Balayage Revolution.
Founded by CEO Harlan Kirschner in 1983, TKG employs a team of highly skilled global business experts who specialize in connecting the best beauty brands in America with the best distributors around the globe. With the addition of Canada, TKG will now represent SUNLIGHTS internationally, in all markets outside the U.S. Headed by Paolo Rezzara, Vice President International, TKG’s international division is made up of a sales force of nearly two dozen.
SUNLIGHTS’ friendship with TKG began in earnest at Cosmoprof N.A. two-years ago when SUNLIGHTS won ‘Beauty Pitch’—‘The Shark Tank of the Professional Beauty Industry’ in the ‘Start-Up’ category which was sponsored by TKG. As its Prize SUNLIGHTS received a US $5,000 cash infusion from TKG presented by CEO Harlan Kirschner (see center photo).
According to Candy Shaw, “our family couldn’t be more pleased than to align ourselves with TKG, the world’s leading manufacturers’ rep firm. Together we plan to capitalize even further on SUNLIGHTS’ meteoric growth and paint the globe YELLOW as we spread both Sunshine and SUNLIGHTS on every continent!”
“We are honored and excited to work with the fine team at SUNLIGHTS Balayage,” remarked Harlan Kirschner, “as they are a progressive and creative company. We believe they will add value and growth to the salon industry.”
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Candy Shaw, Intercoiffure America/Canada’s 2017 ‘Educator of the Year’ and the founder of Sunlights Balayage — the maker and purveyor of the world’s leading balayage products and education — will be headlining Australia’s Hair Expo 2018, the largest hair show in the Southern Hemisphere, in Melbourne, June 9-11. Fondly referred to as ‘The Balay Lama’®, Shaw is widely regarded as North America’s foremost authority on balayage education and is credited with starting the U.S.’s ‘Balayage Revolution!’
“This a dream come true for me,” states Candy, who’s always wanted to visit Australia and share her balayage tips, trick, tools & techniques with its hairdressing community. “I’ve always been impressed with the high caliber of work coming from ‘down under’,” says Shaw.
Wife, mother of three, salon & academy owner, 35-year behind-the-chair hairdresser and now manufacturer, Shaw founded Sunlights Balayage in 2014 to help hairdressers everywhere (who are 85% women in N.A.), ‘earn a better living and live a better life’. Candy’s no-nonsense teaching methods and fast, efficient and consumer-friendly techniques are what led to Shaw being crowned one of America’s top educators.
Sharon Blain, four time Australian ‘Educator of the Year’, explains: “on first meeting Candy Shaw, you’re instantly drawn to her passion and love of our craft. It runs deep in her veins. The Australian hair industry is about to take on a journey like no other when Candy appears at Hair Expo in June. She’s the real deal, witty, clever, a brilliant stylist, a dear friend but most of all down to earth. She speaks from the heart. Take your hair painting to new heights. Her class is a must, it will be the best money you ever spend...!”
Shaw will be presenting live on the Main Stage and teaching a combination of Look’n Learns and intimate Hands-On balayage workshops. Candy will also be a presenter at the annual Hair Expo Awards Gala.
Co-headlining HE is Angelo Seminara, 4-time ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ and creative director for Davines. “It’s both an honor and a privilege to be sharing the spotlight with Angelo Seminara,” says Candy. “He’s one of the most talented artists in hairdressing today!” Australian hairdresser Tabatha Coffey, star of TV’s ‘Tabatha Takes Over’, will also appear at HE.
Sunlights Professionel Balayage Lightener, THE BALAY BOX & THE BALAY BOX 2.0—’the complete basic and advanced balayage classes in a box’, are distributed in Australia & New Zealand by Dateline Imports (www.datelinecity.com).
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The Balay Lama Wins Intercoiffue's Pretigious Leo Passage Award
Celebrity hair stylist Candy Shaw, the founder of Sunlights Balayage and the maker and purveyor of the world’s leading balayage products and education, has been named ‘Educator of the Year’ by Intercoiffure America/Canada — the world’s leading salon organization, at a black-tie awards gala held at New York’s Hilton Hotel on October 8, 2017. The award is named for the legendary Leo Passage, the founder of modern beauty education. Robert Passage, the chairman of Pivot Point International, presented Candy with the coveted award in his father’s name.
“Of all the honors I’ve received this by far means the most” said Candy. “My father, Jamison Shaw, a former world-champion competition hairdresser, looked to Leo as a mentor. Leo Passage influenced an entire generation of hairdressers. Knowing what Leo and Pivot Point have done for the student throughout the years makes me proud to represent the educators of our industry. I’m proud to be one of them” Candy said.
Intercoiffure America/Canada is the world’s most prestigious salon organization comprised of the top 1% of salons around the globe. The international organization is headquartered in Paris and the North American chapter gathers in Manhattan each fall to share ideas and showcase upcoming hair and fashion trends.
Past recipients of Intercoiffure’s Leo Passage ‘Educator of the Year’ Award include Vivienne Mackinder — a NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Luis Alvarez--founder of Aquage, and Frank Gambuzza — the reigning President of Intercoiffure America/Canada. Frank was joined on stage by Robert Passage in naming Candy the award’s fourth recipient.
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Celebrity hairstylist Candy Shaw, the CEO and founder of Sunlights Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education, has been named Atlanta’s ‘Small Business Person of the Year’ by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, at an awards ceremony held at the Georgia Aquarium. Shaw won in the ‘Emerging Entrepreneur’ category for businesses between the ages of 3-7 for her 2014 garage start-up. Wells Fargo’s Regional President, Mike Donnelly, presented Candy with the prestigious award at the 31st Annual Awards celebration.
Of the eighteen honorees, seventeen attended college. Half went to graduate school (predominately receiving MBAs). And about a quarter hold Doctorate degrees.
In her acceptance speech Candy observed: “I never went to college. I never even went to beauty school. I succeeded based on the shear will and determination to survive. I created Sunlights to help stylists, who are predominately women (85% in N.A.), ‘earn a better living and live a better life.’ I also wanted to decrease the environmental impact that hairdressing has on the planet, by making Sunlights a much ‘greener,’ more sustainable method of highlighting hair.”
Industry notables contacted by the Atlanta Business Chronicle had this to say about Candy:
Candy Shaw is a wonderful businesswoman. The hardest working person I know, her product is one of the fastest growing in the industry. I’ve known Candy for almost 10 years, and am always amazed by her enthusiasm, her work ethic but most of all – her willingness to share and help others. She is truly ‘the face of our industry’ – and highlights all that is good about the salon community.
Steve Reiss Publisher, Modern Salon Media
I have known Candy for over 25 years. Some would consider us competitors, but that never mattered. Candy is genuine and truly engaged, no matter who is standing in front of her. She is inclusive in a world that often times forces people to be exclusive. Does Candy have one of the best products and businesses around? Probably, but I wouldn’t know much about that. What I do know is that Candy, the person/friend/wife/business woman and human being brings a lot of hope and joy to me personally, as well as to the masses.
Winn Claybaugh Dean & Cofounder of Paul Mitchell Schools, Author, BE NICE (OR ELSE!)
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Celebrity hairstylist Candy Shaw—recently named North America’s ‘Educator of the Year’ and Sunlights Balayage--the maker and purveyor of the world’s leading balayage products and education, have launched THE BALAY BOX 2.0, ushering in ‘The Next Generation of Balayage Education!’™
The Original BALAY BOX®, the ‘complete balayage class in a box’ containing everything a stylist needs to learn and do balayage, first launched in 2014, has been geniusly followed up with the release of the all new THE BALAY BOX 2.0, the balayage kit designed EXCLUSIVELY for the advanced balayage artist.
“Balayage is NOT just for blondes anymore!” says Shaw, who is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on balayage education. “Balayage is faster, more profitable, ‘greener’ and more fun than traditional foil highlighting. The BALAY BOX 2.0 significantly broadens the spectrum of haircoloring techniques that with proper instruction can be accomplished with balayage” says Candy. In addition to state-of-the-art education the kit contains the products necessary to achieve the advanced looks.
Just in time for the Holidays and the New Year and priced to sell (M.S.R.P. to U.S. stylists is $59), THE BALAY BOX 2.0 is half-the-price of the original BALAY BOX. “The Balay Box 2.0 is an incredible value that will increase profits for all salons who follow Candy’s recipe,” said Joe Mastalia, President, Depasquale Salon Systems (Sunlight’s NY, NJ, CT & PA distributor). In Australia, where Sunlights’ classes are the norm, David Taylor, co-owner of Dateline Imports, said “leave it to Candy to once again ‘change the game’ in the business of balayage education.”
Sunlights debuted THE BALAY BOX 2.0 at the Premiere beauty shows in Columbus & Birmingham this fall where over 600 hundred kits flew off the shelves. “If sales at the recent Premiere shows are any indication, Candy’s got another ‘blockbuster’ on her hands” said Howard Britt, founder and president of the Premiere Show Group. Candy can next be seen teaching at the ISSE show in Long Beach, California in January.
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Our wonderful friends at American Salon gave Candy the opportunity to sit down and with Gordon Miller of hairbraned.me on the American Salon Stories podcast. The two discuss passion, Candy's story, and the hair industry in a wonderful interview that's an absolute must listen for every Balayage Believer out there!
Candy Shaw modeling her father, Champion Hairdresser Jamison Shaw
Our good friends over at the Hair Nerds were kind enough to feature a great story about Candy's history in the hair industry and the inspiration her father, Jamison Shaw, and a few of his good friends gave her to become the industry powerhouse she is today! Head on over by click the link below, give it a read, and share it with your friends.
What inspires you to be a better hairdresser? What are some great pieces of advice you've received (or given) along the way that inspire you and those around to dream big and be the best you can be? Share with us in the comments and maybe find a whole new source of inspiration yourself!
Candy Shaw has been named Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman of the Year in the Women Helping Women category at the 2017 Women in Business & the Professions Awards!
The award was handed out on the evening of June 26 at the historic Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, California. Our Balay Lama was honored for both her tireless dedication to propagating Sunlights and the virtues of balayage to hairdressers the world over, and consequently her work towards improving the lives of hairdressers (who are mostly women) everywhere. There couldn't be a better or more deserving candidate for this award, and send our most sincere thanks to the amazing organization that bestowed this honor upon Candy.
It's already been a busy year for Candy - in addition to being named Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman of the Year, she's also won Maverick of the Year and won the 2017 Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award, and Sunlights took home the prize for Start Up of the Year at last year's Beauty Pitch.
Where will Sunlights and Candy Shaw go next? Who knows! Make sure to keep up with us here and on Facebook and Instagram (for both Candy and Sunlights!) to find out.