Best Advice: Candy Shaw

We recently interviewed Candy Shaw (Codner), head of the Atlanta-based Jamison Shaw Hairdressers and founder of Sunlights Balayage, for an American Salon Artist Stories video—and while doing so, asked for her Best Advice for colorists looking to grow their careers. 

Nicknamed “The Balay Lama,” Shaw works behind the chair full-time, and with the aid of up to six assistants sees as many as 35 clients per day. In 1996, she founded Jamison Shaw Advanced Hairdressing Systems,  an advanced training academy that teaches French cutting and the Balayage highlighting technique. In 2014, Shaw launched Sunlights Balayage, Inc.—a new product line specifically formulated for the Balayage highlighting technique. Stay tuned to for more Best Advice from Shaw and other industry icons! 

About: Gordon is Senior Director of Digital at American Salon where he works with the entire editorial team as well as with the considerable resources of parent company Questex to bring you stories, resources and more, 24/7. Gordon can be found online at or as @gordnm on Instagram. In real-time, you can find Gordon at major beauty events where he often teaches classes on business and career development as well as best practices in digital and social media.  Email Gordon at [email protected].


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