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Real Hair Truth Advice on the Cosmetic Industry

The Real Hair Truth

In my next Documentary “Beautiful LieS”, I have interviewed so many Beauty salon employees, booth renters etc to make sure they know there products they use are legitimate. So many company’s will use deceptive labeling/marketing on their products. And if you do not take the time to investigate what are the ingredients in the products you are responsible for any issues that may arise during a service to your client. Yes once you buy a product from a manufacturer and a distributor you own that product. If something happens during the application and process of the product “YOU BOUGHT IT, NOW YOU OWN IT”. You cannot sue the manufacturer, they are not liable legally to any problems due to application and processing of the product! Especially if you are an independent contractor, make sure you have at least 2-3 millions dollars in insurance to cover yourself in the salon.  Watch your back my friends. I had a sale person come to my studio las week. He was selling a Keratin Product called, Bionaza little did he know I new alot about the company. I have cameras in my salon so I went ahead and switch them on. I asked the gentleman some questions about the product, and of course he promised the stars to me. And the product will split the oceans and the heavens and make my clients hair ever so dreamy. He also told me he was selling the product from a friend and this Bionaza was not from his distributor. He didn’t even have any directions on the product. And when I confronted him on how easy it is to buy the so-called “SALON PRODUCT” on the internet he quickly turned heels. Watch out for “SNAKE OIL SALESMEN”, my friends! Especially the lone wolf types, they will sell you anything, but will hastily throw you under the bus if the product does not do what it says it will do. This should be a good filmed clip for my Documentary.


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced four new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers and the renewal of 24 existing OTI Education Centers. Current OTI Education Centers offer training courses on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues. The new OTI Education Centers, which are non-profit organizations, will provide additional outlets for safety and health training to workers and employers throughout the country.

“This year, we have seen record numbers of requests for occupational safety and health training from the private sector and federal agency personnel,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “The renewal of OTI’s Education Centers and the addition of four new centers will help OSHA to meet this demand and deliver life-saving training to our country’s employers and workers.”

The OTI Education Centers program was created in 1992 to complement the OSHA Training Institute in Arlington Heights, Ill., which provides training and education to OSHA compliance officers. The OTI Education Centers provide training nationwide to private sector and federal personnel from agencies outside OSHA. The OTI Education Centers trained more than 40,000 people during the 2012 fiscal year, representing an all-time record for the program.

The OTI Education Centers also assist the agency in administering the OSHA Outreach Training Program and fulfilling the program’s monitoring requirements. OTI Education Centers are the principal distribution channel for Outreach Training Program trainer courses, including prerequisite and update courses. Trainer courses are offered by topic areas including construction, general industry, disaster site and maritime. Through these train-the-trainer programs, qualified individuals who complete a one-week OSHA trainer course are authorized to teach 10-hour or 30-hour courses focusing on safety and health hazards. Through the Outreach Training Program, more than two million people received training from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2012. This is a voluntary program and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards.

The new OTI Education Centers were selected through a national competition announced on April 13, 2012, and published in the Federal register on April 15. Applicant organizations were evaluated based on organizational experience, staff experience, location and training facilities, marketing and recruitment, administrative capabilities, evaluation, and the ability to provide training throughout a given region. OSHA provides no funding to the OTI Education Centers. The OTI Education Centers support their OSHA training through their established tuition and fee structures and provide their own instructors and facilities. For more information on the OTI Education Centers Program, the Outreach Training Program, and the Directorate of Training and Education.

For information on the geographic areas served by OSHA’s Regional Offices, visit http://www.osha.gov/html/RAmap.html.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Make sure that when you are working in your salon that the owner or company adheres to the policy’s standards OSHA has mandated for your safety.

Your health is very important!

You may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that your employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Employees can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing to your local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by an employee are more likely to result in an inspection.

Entrepreneurship the Solution to Manufacturer Deception in the Beauty Industry!

The last few years have really surprised me. Nothing at all will suprise me about the manufacturers, magazines, or the so called PBA (Professional Bullshit Association)  in our beauty industry. The  manufacturer deception, mislabeling and fraud is ever so apparent in the industry. Industry magazines will advertise NAHA , Cosmoprof, Premier, Vegas shows while really addressing the important fundamentals of needed change in my industry. It would be to important for industry publications to take topics by the horns and really research the effects of manufacturer deception and mislabeling within our industry. And beauty professionals just sit back and sweep it under the rug. Industry publications have turned into the Sears Roebuck  for manufacturers to sell their wares in. They promote of vision of an industry they want you to perceive and to only know. Getting into one of these publications is hit or miss in my industry. So called industry icons will  align themselves with these magazines to keep there “Aura’s FRESH”. Protecting their name, keeping it in the loop for financial gain, but not really being worthy of leadership. “Here is the newest SOAP YOU CAN BUY EVERYONE”!

Entrepreneurship the Solution to Manufacturer Deception in the Beauty Industry!

Ask yourself each and every day “What is the industry really about, are the issues being given proper attention?’

Do you have an EXCLUSIVE on your retail shelves?

Is there still formaldehyde in Keratin treatments?

Has the “So Called PBA” taken legal action’s to make you industry safer and help you with a healthier salon environment?

Is Paul Mitchel, Matrix, Redken, etc still being sold in the commercial sector?

Can Professional hair color be bought on the internet?

Can Keratin treatments be bought on the internet?

Did you know? The European Commission believes the use of methylene glycol/formaldehyde at 0.2 per cent formaldehyde equivalent is not considered safe in hair straighteners following a meeting held on the subject in June!

Does your salon owner follow the guidelines from OSHA regarding Keratin treatments?

Did you know there was salon workers and advocates from all over the country are descending upon Washington D.C. for a day of action to raise awareness about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace. Did you know that?

Entrepreneurship the Solution to Manufacturer Deception in the Beauty Industry!

Entrepreneurs come in all Colors, Genders, Religions, Sizes and Ages. We all speak the same language, and we all come from the same mother. We strive to make a difference in our Community’s, Professions and Industry’s.

 We are not afraid to speak up!

We are not ashamed to make mistake’s, but to only look at them as success’s. We are Leaders not follower’s.  We try and try again and grow with like minded individuals. We are not afraid to ask the questions. We constantly seek answers and solutions.

We stay the course we have set!

And we love to hear, We cant do it! Thats the worst thing to say to a Entrepreneur. “You cant do it, there is no market for it, NO One will support you”. YOUR CRAZY Yes we are all a wee bit crazy. But we ask ourselves each and every day. Why Not? Instead of why.
We follow our own path and we know what success is, We live it everyday!  Nothing stops you from being successful but yourself. We are self educated. Yes it may cost you money, you will learn patience, and time is every so abundant for you. We try and try again. We are not afraid.
We like change! We embrace it!  

We are hated. We are the crazy ones, who see the world in a different light, we never give up. Passion is our middle name. We all believe in what we are doing we may not change the masses but to only change one, one person is the extreme we seek. We believe in ourselves.
We have our own Philosophy’s.

We encourage each other, and lift each other up when we are in our valleys. And we believe in sharing. We have no jealousy, envy, we share knowing we will make this world a better place. Believing in your mission in life is very important, and sharing everything for others benefit to grow is true wisdom. We do business together.

We don’t give up, we stay true to our mission!
Be careful who you align yourself with. If you are on the right side of the road and others go left stay true to your course. You will gain fruition. You will see your idea grow, you will gain a education that no ivy league college will be able to give you. Yes! You will beat to your own drum and when that happens make it a way of your life. We don’t jump on others bandwagon for advertisements, we write our own books, publish our own magazines, create our own shows, and make our own products and films.

We network together!

We are not followers!
We are not afraid to fail we embrace our failures as a learning experience.

 Don’t make someone else wealthy, invest in yourself and and that is what I call success and entrepreneurship. Living your day the way you want. That is true success, Fame is overnight and short!


Best Regards

Joseph Kellner

Review of ‘The Real Hair Truth’ from Shear Miracles

The Real Hair Truth, Volume 1 by Joseph Kellner

The Real Hair Truth is the first documentary that I have seen in my 20 years of being in the beauty industry that has portrayed many of the thoughts and feelings about the hair business that I have had for many years. If you are a hair dresser, salon owner or thinking about becoming involved in the industry, please watch this film with a positive open mind. Although on the surface, this documentary may be taken as negative about the hair industry, it is not. Our industry is at a turning point in our country. No longer is becoming a hair dresser associated with those individuals that are considered “not college material” or for those who don’t know what they want to do with their future. According to one of The Real Hair Truth’s contributors, Eric Charles Mokotoff, an accomplished hair dresser, educator, and colorist, “it is a profession of art, science, psychology, creativity, fashion, beauty, trend, media and well-being.” Joseph Kellner, a successful hair dresser and make-up artist of over 20 years, is calling for a positive change at the appropriate time. This is exciting to me! He covers many different topics including practical advice on being a successful hair dresser, how to look for the right salon to start in, the necessity of apprenticeship, the importance of continuing education, booth renting verses commission based salon programs and salaries, hair shows, maufacturer based beauty school education, and so much more. Please buy this film, pass it on, put into practice what you learn and become part of the change. (Plus, Joseph donates a portion of the proceeds from this documentary to go to continuing education for hair dressers that cannot afford it!)

Education of the Beauty School Student

Many of us in the beauty industry have seen the disastrous effects of inadequate beauty school training. A student graduates beauty school with high hopes of doing a job that they love, only to become quickly frustrated by their inability to make a good living. The exception to this is the student who is lucky enough to have a mentor in the industry that provides them with the real education that they need to succeed. So why, after years of paid education, does a student require more on-the-job training to be a success? The answer is usually an inadequate and flawed beauty school system.
If we look at beauty schools as producers of a product then we can understand that beauty school graduates are a product that is thrown into the marketplace unfinished. The reasons for this start at the very foundation of beauty school: curriculum, requirements, intentions and corruption. First, beauty school curriculum is typically outdated and obsolete. One may assume that doing hair could not have drastically changed over the last decade or two. But with new tools and products coming out every year it becomes imperative for beauty schools to keep up with the times. The use of old textbooks and out-dated styling techniques cripples the student coming into the industry. Veteran hairstylists constantly pursue new education while beauty school students are taught the same old thing. Shouldn’t beauty schools be required to update their curriculum so that the product they produce, the new stylist, will enter the marketplace with the most up-to-date information? The answer would be yes if it were required of the schools to produce a good product.
Unfortunately, beauty schools are based on quantity instead of quality. A good quality school would be interested in producing students that have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the industry. Requirements should be based on teaching the student to run a business, be a salesperson, market their services as well as be a great stylist. Requirements based on hours alone do not come close to achieving this basic standard. Therefore, students graduate with deficiencies and become frustrated when they learn that just doing hair is not enough to build a business.
Perhaps the most flawed part of the beauty education system is the corruption of the schools. Manufacturer Schools, those that are named and based around a major name-brand product, not only have the intention of producing as many students as possible in order to gain profit from tuition, they also intend to brainwash students into being loyal to their hair products. What could be more genius than to produce students that will go out into the world selling your products for you? It is exceptionally good for the manufacturer but not so good for the stylists or the salon owner who hires them. Diversion of hair products from salon-only status to readily available anywhere has ruined the stylist’s ability to make income from sales.
We have all noticed the massive wave of diversion from products sold “at salons only” to available at all major drugstores, super markets and warehouse stores. Major manufacturers have betrayed the trust of the stylists and salon owners who have spent years supporting their products, only to be left with products sitting on the shelves. And yet these products have a huge influence on beauty school education. Not only do Manufacturer schools push the diverted products, most beauty schools become favorable to certain products based on
marketing designed to gain loyalty from the students. Little do the students know that they are being brainwashed to support a product that WILL NOT support them.
“Product Diversion” should be a required subject at all beauty schools. Students need to learn the effects of diversion on their business. For example, a good stylist/salesperson could sell around $7000 of product a month from behind the chair, which would be about half that in profit for the salon owner and 10% profit for the stylist. After the wave of diversion these numbers have drastically reduced. Consumers buy products from the grocery store. The salon owner and the stylist are losing income because of faulty training that starts in beauty school. The most tragic part of this debacle is that new students and those graduating will not even know what they have missed: an industry that supports its stylists. Until beauty schools are required to truly educate the stylist on the business of beauty, then stylist and salon owners will continue to struggle.

Joseph Kellner – The REAL Hair Truth Documentary

Martin Rodriguez

The Real Hair Truth is Released!


The film is done and completed!  You can order a copy of the Documentary THE REAL HAIR TRUTH which is a non-profit organization for Hairdressers and Makeup Artist who cannot afford Advanced Education.  This film was made for the Beauty Industry Professional, and also for the Commercial Film Festivals. This film will not be viewed at Professionals Beauty Shows, or distributed within the industry from Beauty Associations, Beauty Industry Periodicals, Beauty Industry Websites, or any sponsorship from any Beauty Manufacturer. If you are a member of the Beauty Industry purchasing a copy of the film will be your only venue. This film was made for the Blue Collar professional in the Beauty Industry.

Joseph Kellner