Great Reviews for the Documentary THE REAL HAIR TRUTH!

The Real Hair Truth Documentary Review

Are you looking to jump in headfirst into the beauty industry as a hair dresser? Are you currently going to a beauty school to obtain your license? Before you continue your journey through the beauty industry, let Joseph Kellner give you some words of advice. His words of wisdom can be found in The Real Hair Truth Documentary, which was put together by him with the help of advice from numerous hairstylist professionals and salon owners. A nearly two hour documentary covering the truth of the hair industry, some facts are a hit, while some parts you’ll wonder about the entire purpose of the film.

What Kellner talks about in this documentary is of how over-saturated and perhaps unethical the beauty industry is today, and why it needs to be improved. Included in the documentary are facts and experiences from real professionals in the industry, from the booth rental based salons, lack of hourly wages and benefits for hairdressers, and lack of education to help hair dressers evolve in their careers. Kellner also brings up one good point of the beauty industry today, the art aspect of the industry is missing and has turned into a show biz, with manufacturers shoving products down the consumer’s throat, entertainment performances taking place at hair shows instead of pure education, and the same hairstylists and individuals who show up at the hair shows and tell attendees the same information previously given the year prior.

Kellner makes it clear that the beauty industry is a very tough industry, and that education is truly lacking, with the government involved to try and get their fair share by providing mandatory license tests with no meaning. So if you’re in a beauty school expecting to know everything about hair and coloring, and expect to make a lot of money once you graduate, think again. Kellner and the professionals in the documentary pinpoint that education is continuous process, and you have to find resources and people who are willing to help you obtain more knowledge to succeed. That source of information provided from the documentary is there to let you know how this industry operates, and what to prepare for.

Three fourth’s of the way through The Real Hair Truth is where things take a different turn. During that time Kellner is talking about product diversion, professional salon products being sold to and displayed in grocery stores, counterfeit hair products, and what people can do with products once they purchase them. It’s during this time you start to wonder if this is a documentary about expecting of what’s to come when starting your hair dresser career, or how the hair industry is from a business standpoint. The real message isn’t told clearly enough, as the part about product distribution and such should have been compiled into a separate documentary.

A few tips provided by the film, like ways to market yourself when starting your career as a hairdresser, was welcomed. A couple of hair academies Kellner recommends in the film was also helpful, but it would have been great to also hear from him or the others involved in the film of how to bring change to the industry in a positive manner, like ways to bring the art back into the hair industry or of how education can be enhanced so people new to the industry can be properly trained to work behind the chair.

From viewing this documentary, it would mostly appeal to individuals going to a beauty school or are looking to start their careers as a hairdresser. Information from the film lets you know that you have to put in hard work, have dedication, be well educated, and be business savvy to survive in the industry. Remember this isn’t a how-to film, but rather an alert message of how the beauty industry is, with many flaws that need to be improved. Though some tips of ways to succeed as a hairdresser or improve the beauty industry would have been welcomed, the hair truth has definitely been told. If you want the truth about the industry, you can’t go wrong with purchasing this documentary.

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More Great Reviews for the Documentary THE REAL HAIR TRUTH!

Martin Rodriguez – I agree with what you are doing for the beauty professionals I am behind you a 100% great job Joseph keep up the great work .  If your in the BEAUTY BIZ. You must watch THE REAL HAIR TRUTH
thank you JOSEPH KELLNER I agree with your movie. I have being in the beauty biz for over 30 years. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Dear Joseph
Well, I feel that there are alot of stylists that don’t view what we do as a profession,rather they just perfect a few a cuts, learn one companies color line and thats it. These are the same stylists who get hung up on name brands.Its also the same stylists when working in a commision salon feel that the owner pockets the o…ther half of the income they bring into the salon.I’ve had experience with what I call prima dona stylists the ones that need everything,has to have everything, and can always do things better but never change themselves nor want to experience new things.These are the stylists manufacters bank on,they are the ones who help keep certain brands in the limelight.
I know we all at the end of the day want to make money, but I also want to know that I’m giving the best service I can. Exploring new less popular lines and trying out new techneques is what makes our profession so much fun. That also keeps our industry at a higher level. When clients can purchase the same products we use in the salon it makes our profession looked at as though it is easy and anyone can do it. I find that very embarassing. Its like doctors with all the ads for different meds. I guess the manufacters want us to right down all the meds that fit our ailments and give the doctor the list and tell him to write the scripts without any exam or diagnosis.
I couldn’t agree more about not carrying any lines that can be purchased out side a salon.
I also agree about having schools being held to higher standards.
I know I’m been going on and on.
Hope your having a wonderful day!
Dear Joseph
The Real Hair Truth was extremely informative , entertaining , and funny even for someone not in the hair industry . A definite must see for those in the professional hair business . This should definately be in a Movie Theatre or HBO! Great job !

…Dr. A. D. McCall , D.M.D., M.S.

Classic Phoenix – “The Real Truth About Hair”Excellent Vision!! This Film is a Must see for anyone in the industry … As I said Yesterday on my page “I LOVE MY PROFESSION!! This dvd shows why …the true Love for this business shows only in these films. see the TRUTH about the Special, Special people we are with so much Love …  I cannot stress the IMPORTANCE of this dvd to EVERYONE in the Beauty Industry Joseph Kellner “ROCKS”!!!!! Better than 60 min…20/20 !!!
Christian Pressler –  Fabulous, you read the blog! I write the of the blogs for classic beauty college, much like yourself i like to educate and bring things of interest to peoples attention. No joseph….thank you, for inspiring, educating and raising awairness to the younger generat…ion of hair stylists; the film was absolutley and irrevocably groundbreaking by far, truely an “eye opener”!
Joseph, thank you for sending my DVD’s!! I am watching now and I must say that I agree with the premise of the documentary. Like you I am passionate about my industry and I love hairdressers. My 38 year career has dedicated to hairdressers. I am a fo…rmer salon owner, distributor, educator and school owner. If you are ever in Chicago please come by and say hello. I think you will have a very different view of Paul Mitchell Schools.
Thanks so much for caring about hairdressers!
Steve Cowan
Dear Joseph
I finally had time to sit down and watch your DVD and have alot of thoughts to share with you. It was very informative and created some questions for me also, my biggest question is how can you work in a industry, that works against you! That does not support you, …or will not help you as a entrepenaur? Good film you need to make the next film for outside the community of your industry. This was real! Unlike you television based hair shows we see every week. Keep at them Joseph! You did a good job with the presentation. toni couse
Hi Joseph,
Thanks to Joseph Kellner for this honest and hard-hitting documentary that exposes yet another ugly side of the beauty industry — the oppression of beauty industry workers and the unfair practices the big companies are using to sell products. Everyone who works in or vi…sits hair salons should see this film!
I appreciate your work and look forward to speaking with you about your next film.
Best wishes,
Stacy Malkan
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Author, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
Hi Joseph,
I am a HUGE fan!!! Thank you for exposing this for what it is. Even as a global Art Director for a manufacturer, I think what you are doing is amazing. Please keep doing what you do, it is so important that you get your message out, you have a great voice and vision. If …there is anything I can do please let me know!!
Doug Martucci

Roxanne Longstone – Wow !!! A standing ovation.. Job well done ! I loved it and encourage everyone in our industry to watch this video. Don’t stop here, let the truth be herd !Maybe if enough stylist watch this it will sink in to get those diverted products off their shelves
Let me just start out by saying that I am not in the hairstyling/beauty industry but sat down to watch this DVD with my sister who is considering it as a career. Wow, We got an entire education or should I say the TRUTH of the business, in just under two hours. Having no knowledge o…f this industry I found this to be a must for anyone considering a career in this field. My sister found the information to be so valuable in order to set up the correct game plan for her new business. I think this DVD would be just as important for everyone who is already in the industry but they have their “blinders” on. Thanks so much to Jotovi Designs for stepping out of the box to let people know the real truth.
Kim Johnson
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Your Story Will Be Heard!

Its time to talk about nature and the every growing numbers of the creature known as the AO. Because of the situation of our financial jungle; many creatures have begun to examine quality instead of the “throw-a-way” attitude that prevailed a few years ago. We tend to question and really look to see if the products we purchase and beliefs that cost us money are performing as they say. Do they work?  The AO has the ability to disorient its prey and make its potential victim believe anything it says with out the natural process of questioning.

In the graceful but wild beauty industry spotting an AO is not difficult. Understand, there are no distinct markings, they can be young or old any sex or race. So how do you spot this creature? You spot an AO not by sight but by sound. You must listen to what they say and especially how they say it.

Yes it’s the verbiage of the notorious Anal Ostrich that gives him or her away. Around the Anal Ostrich you’ll hear things like “ABC is the best company!”, “ABC has the best products!” and the constantly heard “I wouldn’t use anything but ABC!” These are the most serious signs of an Anal Ostrich due to the fact that the OA’s eyesight is nearly non existent. Its world is dark and self-reliant to the host it finds itself attached to. Now for many the confident sounds of the AO may begin to calm and lure you in but this is where caution is needed!

Now you may be asking yourself,  “what’s wrong with crediting this ever common AO with conviction?”  Is it wrong to think and feel like the AO? And if so why does the beauty industries great water holes, also known as salons, seem to flourish with these creatures?”

To understand this breed one needs to go back to the root and beginnings of the AO.  Most younglings do not begin as AO’s but start off as FT’s or Free Thinkers. Although there are some exceptions those beginnings usually begin at the nest or what’s commonly referred to as the “cosmetology schools”.  But these schools often attract the very dangerous LM predator of the large manufacturer species. LM’s know that fresh meat is easily available and lie in wait for the FT younglings. LM’s will begin to distract the young FT with attractive sights, sounds and smells, none of these actually contributing to the growth and advancement. Once distracted the LM strikes with great precision emitting a mind numbing poison. Although the Free Thinking youngling entered the water hole wide-eyed for knowledge and full of questions the poison’s effect begins and the FT starts to turn off its natural process of questioning and testing for itself.

The FT’s terminology quickly changes and phrases like “let me see” or “I want to see for myself” are replaced with a single resounding “They say”.  At that point the FT closes its eyes and inserts its head into the rear of the LM and the transformation is complete!

The story above may seem like a little satire over a small and insignificant problem that the beauty industry is seeing but it goes much deeper. Understand that hair stylists are artists of the highest degree. They are individuals who live for the chance to create. To make something that visually associates or better yet defines an idea, place, or time. Some of the most influential stylists were created in a time when great chance was taking place. The sixties and seventies saw a time when artists were using their talents to buck the system and to break out of society imposed ideas of how “the normal” man or woman should act, dress and look. Unfortunately when large chemical manufactures saw the rise of influence hair stylists had on fashion and the money that could be generated things changed. Now what used to be just brands have become the sole factor of influencing a young artist. Just think…Aveda, Redken and Paul Mitchell are not just tools a student may use to find his way creative side but actual schools that tell students that “ABC is the only and best way of doing something. Personally I heard one veteran stylist remark how frustrating it was when she hired a young girl who recently graduated out of the Paul Mitchell Academy. She explained that the girl could not find a PM salon in the immediate area and was looking for a job. Once hired all she did was talk about “PM this” and “PM that.” She commented on how it was like this girl was brainwashed and could not understand simple color formulation with a color wheel and any companies color books. The girl would repeat all the time, “That’s not the way we did it at PM”. “To me you can either formulate or you can’t!” I don’t care to hear about how any particular brands colors do when you don’t have that in your salon. Because of understanding the basics and because of the American Board Of Certified Haircolorists I can formulate any color.

So before you drink the cool aid, lubricate the sides of your head and prepare for the big insertion think why you want to go to that school. Now please don’t think I’m saying that these and other big companies don’t have good products because they do and I even use some from different ones but there is a reason why I’m using them and it’s not because someone told me. If I’m using something it due to the fact that I took the time to see if it fit into my creative arsenal.

Thank You Sir! Bullseye