1:00 PM13:00

Boss to Leader with Melanie Guzzo


Melanie opened Virtue Salon when she was 24 years old. Over the past decade she has been working to maintain a strong salon culture. It hasn’t been easy…but it has been rewarding without a doubt.
This class is geared towards salon owners who are working to create a top-notch work environment. The class will be conducted as a discussion and workshop.
Melanie will be discussing how to shift into being a leader rather than a “boss”. Although it is a life-long process, there are some practical tools that make salon ownership more manageable. Day to day stresses can cause an owner to be nearly paralyzed with stress…it doesn’t have to be this way.
It can be very lonely at the top and it can be overwhelming to implement processes and culture in a salon that is already operating. Come and learn some helpful tools to help empower you and your salon to the next level!
In addition to the functional elements of business ownership, Melanie will be discussing how to be different and creative as a business…and not be afraid to be yourself!

Find Melanie on social: @melanieguzzo /@virtuevegansalon

Class is worth 4 CE Hours through the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

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9:00 AM09:00

Don't Run With Scissors + Sharp Cuts - Galion, Ohio

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Stay Sharp Nation is going on the road to Galion, Ohio!

On September 9th we are starting the morning (9am-11am) with a class all about salon safety called, "Don't Run With Scissors" worth 2 CE hours. (This class satisfies the 2 CE hours required by State Board specifically for Safety + Sanitation). This class is approved for all license types through the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology.

A lunch break will happen between 11am-12pm.

At 12pm-3pm, the Stay Sharp Nation cutting team will teach a look + learn style class worth 3 CE hours called "Sharp Cuts".
The team will focus on the what, why and how behind precise haircuts. The team will cut hair on live models in an interactive environment.

Full Day $45

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6:00 PM18:00

WIG OUT 2019


WIG OUT is an event designed for hairdressers and creative beings. The Stay Sharp Nation Team will put on a live haircutting + styling show that won't disappoint...

Doors open at 6pm + the bar will be open throughout the event!

Stay after for Howlin’ alternative / Indie Rock Dance Party presented by CD102.5 & Pabst Blue Ribbon

2 CE Hours are given to people who purchase tickets to the event. If you are not a hairdresser and don't need CE hours, just show up, be inspired + have a good time! Cosmetology students are welcome. There is pretty much no better way to get CE hours....right?

Swag bags for the 1st 25 people to the door!
Tickets are $10 or $20 at the door!

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1:00 PM13:00

The Perfect Pixie

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The “Pixie Cut” has remained popular for decades and for many hairdressers, it can be a very intimidating haircut to approach behind the chair...especially if the hairdresser has never worn a pixie cut!

The class will begin with a theory portion that will overview all precision cutting foundations. After the overview, 3 demonstrations will be given to the class. The students will be provided manikins and will walk through 3 different pixie cut shapes that all can be worn classically or in a more diffused, contemporary way.

This class is appropriate for all skill levels. Extra emphasis will be on sectioning, over-direction, elevation, adding fringe and suitability for the guest.

Class includes 5 CE hours through the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

*Manikins provided by Stay Sharp Nation
Educators: The Stay Sharp Nation Team

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10:00 AM10:00

Shape On Shape

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Stevie Smith and Michael Davis own Smith & Davis Salon in Chicago, Illinois. They will be teaching a hands-on class all about the suitability of a haircut and color. The class will use live models and will be highly interactive. Each attendee will provide their own model and a cut and color will be performed in an intimate educational setting. There will be an emphasis on placement of color/color-blocking and precision cutting.

Topics being covered in the class will include suitability of haircut and color on the guest, in-depth consultation, utilizing precision cutting + creative color placement to create individualized fashion-forward styles.

Stevie Smith has been in the industry since 1987 with a long list of experiences as a technical hairdresser. In addition to multiple awards, her work has been featured in Allure, Chicago Social, Modern Luxury, Chicago Bride + Martha Stewart Weddings. Stevie works on both sides of the camera, both a stylist and a photographer. Stevie is a certified Wella Master Colorist and is part of the Wella Cut Craft Team. Hairdressing is her true passion and joy.

Michael started cutting hair in college and never stopped. Michael honed his craft with the best at Vidal Sassoon. He eventually was promoted to Creative Director for Sassoon’s Chicago Salon. Michael has worked with other prestigious salons and has helped them to implement cutting curricula. He is passionate about creating suitability for the guest through means of form and function. Michael’s attention to detail makes him an incredible artist and educator.

Models will be receiving a single process color with foils or block coloring. Models will not be able receive balayage, corrective color and bleach/tones.

Class is worth 6 CE hours through the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

Find Stevie + Michael on social: @stevieannesmith @michaelfosterdavis @smithanddavissalon

What to bring:

Small Clips
Water Spray
Blow Dryer
Smoothing Iron
Denman Brush/Vess Brush
Paddle Brush

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1:00 PM13:00

Metal Heads // A journey with foils


“Metal Heads” is a hands-on educational experience all about foil highlighting. This class is for all skill levels (including professionals who have never foiled before!). The class will begin with a talk about foil basics and a demonstration.

Following the talk + demonstration, there will be a hands-on workshop on manikins. All attendees will learn the dynamics of foil highlighting. Attendees will learn 3 partial highlighting + 3 full highlighting techniques that are salon-friendly. Specifics will include how to section properly (including diagrams), how to place a foil and how to add color or bleach to a foil.

Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of foil highlighting and when to use foils instead of open-air techniques.

Attendees will also leave with an understanding of how to use foils to produce all-over platinum results.

The educators will also overview Virtue Salon’s signature service called “Virtue Icing” and explain how-to recreate it in your salon.

Educators: The Stay Sharp Nation Team

Class is worth 5 CE hours through the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology

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1:00 PM13:00

Passion Squared Virtual Empowerment Workshop


From the shampoo room to the boardroom, Nina L. Kovner took the world of pro beauty by storm with her thoughtful attention to detail and never-ending tenacity. After 26 years of conquering obstacles in an ever-changing business landscape and helping to build one of the most recognized professional hair care brands in the world, she respectfully walked away from a career at the top to help small business owners and artists discover and live their purpose with passion and empower their businesses. Now, as Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, she wakes up every morning asking herself... “How can I help the people I love create more awesome today?”
We know that awesome businesses and the passionate owners who lead them are created from the inside out. At Passion Squared, we go straight to the heart of the matter to help you gain clarity so you can build an awesome business, brand and life through our online coaching programs like A School for Salon Owners and S School for creative entrepreneurs. We are passionate about eliminating confusion and chaos around how to create, build, grow + empower creative passions + dreams. Our focus is online + offline marketing, brand development and personal empowerment, wrapped in lots of love + awesome dust.

Join us for a virtual meeting with Nina herself. The event will take place at Virtue Salon where we will have a live experience with Nina customized just for us. You will leave inspired and empowered as a human and professional.

After the class (3pm-4pm), hang out for some networking with other industry professionals for a happy hour :)

Find Nina on social: @passionsquared

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10:00 AM10:00

Look and Learn with Hair Lab Detroit- 2 Part- Master Mens Cutting + Cut And Create With Curls

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Hair Lab Detroit will be in Columbus for a 2-part look and learn style class. The day will begin with "Master Men's Cutting" with Rodrick Samuels. The second part of the day will be all about curls with Lauren Moser's "Cut and Create with Curls". Tickets are available for one or both classes.

Master Men’s Cutting 10am-1pm
In this class you will explore the tools, skills, and techniques necessary to become masters at the art of fading men’s hair. You will participate in theory-lecture and discussion, demonstration and hands on practice, gaining confidence and a strong understanding in using clippers to create various fades. You will return to your salon equipped to give your male clientele a haircut and style both he and you will be proud to show off.

Cut and Create with Curls 2pm-5pm
Join 2015 NAHA Texture winner, Lauren Moser as she unlocks the mystery of mastering the curl. Learn about the 4 curls types, their specific needs, and what makes them different. Building on this foundation, Lauren will then teach techniques in cutting and styling curly hair that will leave you confident and ready to embrace this year’s hottest texture trends. Clients with curly hair are in search of a stylist with the knowledge to create a look that is edgy and manageable, don’t miss the opportunity to capitalize on being a specialist in this year’s trends and grow your clientele.

Each class is worth 3 CE hours through the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology. Both classes are worth 6 CE hours total.

Find them on social: @rodricksamuels / @laurenmmoser

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7:00 PM19:00



Ohio is filled with creative professionals with incredible skills behind the chair. This event is all about giving back to the salon community. BANGIN’ is a collaborative hair party for hairdressers. Join us for creative live hairstyling and haircutting on stage in a rad space right here in Columbus. The Stay Sharp Nation team is joining forces with local hairdressers to make the event diverse and inspiring.

Tickets are $15 and proceeds will be donated to the PBA Disaster Relief Fund to help restore salons in the midst of natural disasters.

Location: Wild Goose Creative

The first 25 people to the door will receive a swag bag. There will be a live DJ + the event is BYOB!

Stay tuned to see who will be on stage at Bangin' !!!

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1:00 PM13:00

Twist + Pin

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Have you ever been frustrated when a bride shows up on the wedding day with wet hair? Or the bridesmaids are 20 minutes late? Have you ever had to explain to someone with fine hair why the up-style they desire won’t work?

Twist + Pin is a unique educational experience! You will learn 4 structured up-styles that can be used and modified in salon reality. Twist + Pin is an intimate learning experience limited to 12 students.

Understand the common mistakes and challenges in up-styling and learn how to overcome them. Discovering these challenges will eliminate the fear associated with up-styling in the salon. Learn how to ask the right questions to set the stage for a great up-style experience for both you and your guest.

5 CE hours per student. Tickets are $200.

Manikins will be supplied by Stay Sharp Nation.

Attendees must provide:

  • Hair pins

  • Bobby pins

  • Small rubber bands

  • Clips

  • Teasing brush

  • Paddle Brush

  • Tail comb

  • Hairspray

  • Texturizing powder

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12:00 PM12:00

Risky Business / Destroy The Hairdresser


Destroy The Hairdresser co-founders, David Bosscher and Cyd Charisse are going on tour bringing to you an interactive workshop designed to support your pursuit of success.

WHO: This workshop is geared toward hairdressers, estheticians, salon owners, managers and apprentices.

PRICE: $300 Per Person / $250 Per Person for Group Rate 2+

Discover what a risk truly is

-Learn why risk taking is the key to personal fulfillment and financial success

-Gain proactive tools to implement immediately into your current career

-Understand what is holding us back from risk taking in business

-Overcome fear, anxiety, guilt, and uncertainty in business

-Tap into success you know you should be achieving

-Remove toxicity from your environment

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10:00 AM10:00



Wet Balayage is a color technique that allows you to create a major blend by working with a demi-gloss and a clay balayage lightener. This technique will give you a clear road map on how to celebrate high contrast color results in a realistic, salon-based time frame.
My mission for this class is to give you confidence in the art balayage, looking past just placement, and understanding the why behind the whole process from start to finish.
With this class you will gain knowledge on:

-Consultations (why and how)

-Product selection

-Proper mixing

-Road mapping color placement (sectioning)

-Creative toning for seamless blend

-Unlimited opportunities for high contrast color results

-Tools that allow for quicker product placement and salon reality pacing

*This will allow you to raise your skill level as well as your service prices.

PRICE: $250 Per Person

(Class includes 5 CE Hours for Ohio Licensed Cosmetologists)

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1:00 PM13:00

The Fungus Among Us! -Columbus, Ohio

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The Ohio State Board of Cosmetology is now requiring that all licensed professionals have 2 CE hours in on the subject of Safety & Sanitation for the 2017-2019 renewal period. Time is running out!

Join us for a fun and informative class about salon-specific safety & sanitation! We will be teaching about how to identify various skin and scalp conditions and more. In addition to identifying these conditions on our guests, we will be explaining how to speak about them confidently and gently when addressing things like head lice or ringworm.

Safety & sanitation relates directly to the success of a salon. Guests are either attracted or deterred from a salon based largely on the cleanliness. The Stay Sharp Nation Team will be explaining how sanitation is often responsible for salon success.

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7:00 PM19:00



The Stay Sharp Nation Team is hosting Columbus' first ever Hair Party! Join the SSN Team for live on-stage demos, local DJ's, vegan food truck, local beer and more! The evening will be filled with inspiration and education.

October 20th 7pm-10pm @ 934 Gallery



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10:00 AM10:00

Razor Cutting with Gerard Scarpaci


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Gerard Scarpaci is the creator of the world-famous and he is going to be in OHIO! Gerard has impacted our industry in amazing ways and is a true inspiration. Additinoaly, Gerard comes from a Sassoon background but has adopted and mastered the art of cutting with a razor.

Join us on Monday October 15th, 2018 for a hands-on razor class.
Class is limited to 14 students. Tickets are $350 which includes CE hours and a manikin.

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1:00 PM13:00

The Perfect Bob

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We believe that precision cutting is the only path to a perfect bob. The "Bob" is the most timeless haircut of all time and has simply taken on new elements for each generation. Join us for a 5 hour, hands-on learning experience in which you will learn all of the elements that create a flawless bob.

The class will begin with a theory portion that will overview all precision cutting foundations. After the overview, demonstrations will be given to the class. The students will be provided manikins and will walk through 3 different classic bobs that all can be worn classically or in a more diffused, contemporary way.

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10:00 AM10:00

Hands-On Haircutting Class with DJ Muldoon


This is an opportunity to learn the what, why, how, when and the “WHAT IF” in haircutting.

DJ will take you through 3 haircuts using the fundamentals and translating them into usable salon styles. Classic and creative techniques provide the knowledge and skill to take you to a new level in your everyday salon work.

Creativity is encouraged through knowledge and skill with form function and flow as its basis.

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The Business Of Balyage

JUNE 10 AND/OR 11, 2018



Our essentials class is a crash course in the balayage technique. We start by introducing the theory to the craft and walk you through a live demo followed by your hands-on portion going over the practical application and placement of four balayage techniques on a doll head provided by you.
Approximate class time: 4.5 hrs


In our Balayage Advanced class, we illustrate the art of BalayColor & hair painting, the importance of base coloring and application with tandem applications, and converting an all over highlights to a balayage. You will learn how to incorporate balayage and signature pieces to create more depth and even how to do a reverse balayage & BalaySombre. We address how to approach a color correction using balayage and how to do a faux balayage using foil highlight and finish the hairline with a proper halo & glossing in order to erase lines.
Approximate class time: 5 hrs



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