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Volume Up is an extension of TheTease.com hosted by The Tease founder and agency owner, Kelly Ehlers and VP of Digital, Jeffrey Lunnen.

Every Monday, Kelly and Jeffrey will be sharing headlines of our favorite articles on the site, our rants about what’s going on in the salon pro world, and interview founders, tastemakers and industry icons. Continue Reading >>
Volume Up is an extension of TheTease.com hosted by The Tease founder and agency owner, Kelly Ehlers and VP of Digital, Jeffrey Lunnen.

Every Monday, Kelly and Jeffrey will be sharing headlines of our favorite articles on the site, our rants about what’s going on in the salon pro world, and interview founders, tastemakers and industry icons. << Show Less
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The Blueprint to Work-Life Balance in the Salon Interview with Starr MasonA dynamic, caring, and personable leader, Starr Mason has distinguished herself with nearly 25 years of service to Hair Cuttery Family of Brands. In that time, she has been awarded Field Education Leader of the Year (2018) and led her teams to numerous company honors over the years. Humble by nature, Starr says she is always looking to grow and learn professionally, adding, “Everyone is my teacher.” She leads virtual and in-person training sessions for our Salon Professionals and leaders throughout the company, including a recent program aimed at improving work-life balance, about which she is passionate. Of course, as a longtime beauty professional and stylist, Starr can walk the walk as well as talk the talk when it comes to hair styling. She loves to create stretch sets on natural hair, long- and short-layered hair cuts, wet sets on natural and relaxed hair, and color and foil highlighting. Starr is Redken-certified in Color and Finishing — her specialty is cutting, coloring, and finishing textured hair. Her combination of hair-styling knowledge and genuine empathy make her an ideal Field Education Leader and brand ambassador. Kelly talked with Starr about her journey, curly hair, and work-life balance. linkedin.com/in/starr-mason-ab67b54/ News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/strands-for-trans-calls-out-bad-legislation-and-bad-hair-with-recent-transphobe-takedowns-psas/ https://www.thetease.com/4-master-stylists-share-why-they-love-working-at-jcpenney-salon/ https://www.thetease.com/wella-professionals-we-create-virtual-event-promises-to-be-the-biggest-hair-show-of-the-year/ More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
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The Blueprint to Work-Life Balance in the Salon Interview with Starr MasonA dynamic, caring, and personable leader, Starr Mason has distinguished herself with nearly 25 years of service to Hair Cuttery Family of Brands. In that time, she has been awarded Field Education Leader of the Year (2018) and led her teams to numerous company honors over the years. Humble by nature, Starr says she is always looking to grow and learn professionally, adding, “Everyone is my teacher.” She leads virtual and in-person training sessions for our Salon Professionals and leaders throughout the company, including a recent program aimed at improving work-life balance, about which she is passionate. Of course, as a longtime beauty professional and stylist, Starr can walk the walk as well as talk the talk when it comes to hair styling. She loves to create stretch sets on natural hair, long- and short-layered hair cuts, wet sets on natural and relaxed hair, and color and foil highlighting. Starr is Redken-certified in Color and Finishing — her specialty is cutting, coloring, and finishing textured hair. Her combination of hair-styling knowledge and genuine empathy make her an ideal Field Education Leader and brand ambassador. Kelly talked with Starr about her journey, curly hair, and work-life balance. linkedin.com/in/starr-mason-ab67b54/ News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/strands-for-trans-calls-out-bad-legislation-and-bad-hair-with-recent-transphobe-takedowns-psas/ https://www.thetease.com/4-master-stylists-share-why-they-love-working-at-jcpenney-salon/ https://www.thetease.com/wella-professionals-we-create-virtual-event-promises-to-be-the-biggest-hair-show-of-the-year/ More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
Foraging for Buttons, Fabric and Dyes - Sustainable Fashion Interview with Jeff GarnerRomantic visual artist, pioneer, and unconventional designer Jeff Garner and his sustainable label Prophetik are on a path of transformation, leading the evolution of fashion and changing our perception of luxury. Mr. Garner was named one of the top 40 artists in the US and his works were placed permanently in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery for the 40 under 40 Exhibition. The uniqueness of Prophetik begins with the artist himself. Garner’s vivacity and his commitment to creating distinctive, sustainable, eco-friendly fashion is a reflection of his environment. His ultimate vision is to bring awareness to the toxins found in commercial synthetic fashion and the health implications to the human body to allow everyone choice.Prophetik is established in the United States and is fast becoming the label synonymous with fashion-led ethical design in the United Kingdom with widespread praise from mainstream fashion media. A press favorite and a prominent voice in the ethical fashion arena, Jeff dresses many artists such as Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Activist Livia Firth, & Suzy Cameron etc.. He won an Emmy in 2019 for his documentary on Sustainable Fashion called ‘Remastered’ found on Amazon.We talked with Jeff about his journey, Prophetik, and the importance of sustainable fashion.http://www.prophetik.com/new-cover-page-2 News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/thanks-to-barbiecore-pink-hair-is-majorly-trending-for-the-summer/https://www.thetease.com/3-hair-trends-to-look-out-for-this-summer-according-to-colorist-carly-zanoni/https://www.thetease.com/fenty-hair-is-coming-heres-what-we-know/ More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
The Hair Thinning Authority President Interview with Ian MurphyIan Murphy, President of BosleyMD, is a seasoned global beauty business executive with over 30 years of expertise. In roles ranging from marketing to sales to international business development, Murphy is a trailblazer within the category and has represented beauty conglomerates such as Redken, Wella, Garnier and Bio Ionic. Currently, at BosleyMD, The Thinning Hair Authority™, he leads the company and is responsible for global strategy, brand vision, innovation, and go-to-market strategy and execution on the brand, guiding a robust team of marketing, sales, product development and supply chain individuals who strive to bring quality and solution-based products to market. Through instilling values of constant innovation, work with integrity and honesty, and a passion to inspire consumers’ confidence, Murphy is leading the way for further success at BosleyMD. We talked with Ian this week about his journey, how BosleyMD got to where it is and where the company is heading. We talked with Ian about his journey in the beauty industry, where BosleyMD started, and where they are going!www.bosleymd.com https://www.instagram.com/bosleymd/ News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/shes-baaack-trader-joes-restocks-its-watermelon-facial-mist/ https://www.thetease.com/5-waterless-hair-products-to-help-save-the-planet-and-your-strands/ https://www.thetease.com/its-time-to-step-up-your-styling-king-mailroom-barber-co-is-here-to-help/ More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
Do You Hate Shaving Your Face? You're Doing It Wrong Interview with Douglas SmytheDouglas Smythe was first introduced to traditional shaving as a child watching his dad shave on the weekends, fast forward to today and find him and his business, Phoenix Shaving, trailblazing on the forefront of the Traditional Wet Shaving revival we are currently seeing crop up around the world. His passion for male grooming and traditional shaving became the focal point of his business and Phoenix Shaving was born. Almost immediately, folks began to take notice of Phoenix Shaving's daring scents and creative approach to all things shaving and within 2 years both him and his business partner were featured in Forbes Magazine.Douglas is also co-host of the popular morning show I'd Lather Be Shaving and organizer of The Big Shave S'west, a yearly "Shave Festival" held each year outside of Los Angeles in sunny Mesa, Arizona. He is a lively online personality and a dynamic public speaker on all things male grooming with a concentration in the art and technique of traditional shaving.Aside from creating some most epic shaving gear, Douglas has also developed a Phoenix Shaving Universe over the last decade consisting of an ongoing saga found on most sales pages! Reoccurring characters and themes can be found in labels and adverts. Often they contain clues in the form of codes, symbols and anagrams! Due to the cult following of the long-running story Douglas finally published the most recent three in 2021 available in paperback & ebook! Fans of SciFi & the paranormal are really enjoying them and sales have been kinda off the hook...for a soapmaker. As their motto states, "Phoenix Shaving, More Than Just Shaving!" Douglas also runs the YouTube show and has a documentary!We talked with Douglas about shaving and the history of grooming.http://idlatherbeshaving.comhttp://phoenixshaving.com https://www.instagram.com/phoenix_shaving/ News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/wella-professionals-chief-blonding-officer-zach-mesquit-spills-on-how-to-get-the-barbie-blonde-youre-seeing-everywhere/https://www.thetease.com/6-reasons-why-youll-love-alleyoop/https://www.thetease.com/everything-on-pleasings-micro-collection-shroom-bloomMore from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
The Beauty Industry Stands United Against Bullying - A Mental Health Series Interview with Shane WolfShane Wolf is the Worldwide President for US brands, Professional Products Division at L’Oréal. A trained hairdresser, Shane has spent over twenty-eight years in professional beauty, holding various leadership positions across the hair industry. He has worked across top professional brands such as Redken, Matrix, Biolage, Kerastase, Shu Uemura, Pureology, Pulp Riot, and Mizani. Throughout his career, Shane has been inspired to build brands with a mission to improve the world through responsible production of products, innovation to reduce the environmental impact, and social causes. Shane currently sits on the L’Oréal Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board, which brings together a brilliant and diverse group of external experts and members of the L’Oréal leadership to foster open discussion on how to strengthen L’Oréal‘s commitments and enrich Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy. Additionally, Shane has created a Diversity & Inclusion Committee across the Professional Product Division US Brands, which works to educate, inform and instill positive changes for more inclusive brands.We talked with Shane about his journey and Redken's new initiative Hairdressers United: Stand Together Against Bullying.https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-wolf-a791bb5/News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/sam-villa-is-the-newest-member-of-unite-as-one/ https://www.thetease.com/how-celebrity-hairstylist-and-makeup-artist-aga-tompkins-built-a-career-touring-with-some-of-your-favorite-musical-acts/ https://www.thetease.com/a-new-look-for-lady-gagas-haus-labs/ More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey, and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
Corporate to Beauty: It’s Okay to Change Interview with Cherin ChoiCherin Choi grew up in southern California, and trained as a hairdresser in Los Angeles, where she graduated from the acclaimed TONI&GUY Academy. She later apprenticed as color associate at the prestigious Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, CA. It was there that she refined coloring techniques that have allowed her to highlight healthy, fine hair with minimal damage, and to transform dark and coarse to blonde and beautiful. In addition to natural hair coloring, Cherin is highly skilled in integrating creative color palettes into her highlighting techniques. She also has expertise in hair extensions, specifically with sew-in wefts and tape-ins. After learning how to help her clients achieve their dream hair goals during her time at Ramirez Tran in Beverly Hills, Cherin opened up Nova Arts Salon. From there, she transitioned full-time to private appointments only across the client base she developed throughout Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Mexico City. It is her commitment to the mastery and exploration of her craft that sets her apart in the industry. We talked with Cherin about her journey, moving from corporate to beauty and traveling around the country.https://www.instagram.com/mizzchoi/ News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/pantene-is-teaming-up-with-getty-images-and-dresscode-project-to-encourage-real-lgbtq-representation-in-advertising/ https://www.thetease.com/sam-villa-ambassador-blake-reed-evans-shares-5-travel-hacks-for-salon-educators/ https://www.thetease.com/get-all-dolled-up-with-the-new-chi-x-barbie-dreamhouse-collaboration/ More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey, and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
Beauty School Marketing and Recruitment 101 Interview with Jenn LylesOn this week’s episode, we talked with Jenn Lyles. Jenn Lyles is a beauty school marketing and lead generation expert, now serving as the Executive Director of Beauty Schools Marketing Group. She worked as Communications Director for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools before pivoting to the school side as a Marketing Director for a four-campus beauty and wellness school in Southern California where she was awarded best beauty school marketer in the nation. Most recently, Jenn was an independent higher education consultant for vocational schools around the nation, working with some of the most well-known beauty schools in the country and has helped dozens of schools increase their lead flow, conversion rates, and created high-converting social ads for nearly 100 unique career schools.We talked with Jenn about her journey, her work with beauty school marketing and how schools should start recruiting.News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/7-bond-building-treatments-for-every-hair-type/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLdu9RApfO0 https://www.thetease.com/concert-pharmaceuticals-new-experimental-pill-shows-promise-of-treating-alopecia/ More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey, and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
Beauty Industry Going Further: A Mental Health Series Interview with Sam Villa and Rachel Hile On this week’s episode, we talked with Sam Villa and Rachel Hile. Sam Villa is co-founder and chief creative officer of the Sam Villa Company. A leading education and styling tool company for the professional hair industry. Rachel Hile is a licensed cosmetologist and the founder and executive director of The Beyond Project The Beyond Project coordinates with non-profit services like the Salvation Army to bring hairdressers and makeup artists to local markets.The Sam Villa brand has partnered with The Beyond Project to bring services to women coming out of the most vulnerable situations like human trafficking, homelessness and abuse. Rachel has joined the Sam Villa digital education events and stage at shows like ABS and Premiere Beauty to talk about The Beyond Project and how it helps to provide dignity and care to women in dire need. https://www.instagram.com/samvillahair/https://www.instagram.com/thebeyondproject/https://www.thebeyondproject.orgSam Villa's First Episode: Sam Villa: "It's No Longer The Salon Against The Consumer": https://open.spotify.com/episode/0W9w7RVUFfWimDM3sDhaoL?si=a2df866d169d42f6News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/amika-and-eva-nyc-name-reuben-carranza-as-chief-executive-officer/ https://www.thetease.com/4-highlight-trends-that-will-be-everywhere-this-season/https://thetease.shop/collections/hello-salon-pro-boxes/products/christophe-robin-box More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey, and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
TREND ALERT: Summer Edition Trend Alert with Social Media Editor, Brittny PierreBrittny Pierre joins Jeffrey Lunnen and Kelly Ehlers to talk about all the summer trends. The three of them go through a list curated by Volume Up's producers with all the possible trends that are happening this year. They give their thoughts on the trends and if they think it will or won't happen this summer.News from TheTease.comhttps://www.thetease.com/5-aapi-owned-hair-brands-you-should-be-shopping-right-now/https://www.thetease.com/schwarzkopf-professional-teams-up-with-theunseen-to-launch-first-heat-activated-holographic-hair-color/https://www.thetease.com/glossier-founder-emily-weiss-steps-down-as-ceo-and-appoints-kyle-leahy-as-replacement/https://www.thetease.com/3-professional-nail-brands-you-probably-didnt-know-you-can-buy-on-amazon/More from TheTease:Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/readthetease/ (readthetease)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/kellyehlers/ (KellyEhlers)Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/eljeffreycraig/ (eljeffreycraig)Web: http://www.thetease.com/ (TheTease.com)Email: VolumeUp@TheTease.comCredits: Volume Up is a Tease Media production. This episode was produced by Monica Hickey, and Madeline Hickey. Brian Daly is our editor and audio engineer. Thank you to our creative team for putting together the graphics for this episode.
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