Editors Blog: Behind-the-Scenes at American Salon

Every month, the editors at American Salon strive to bring you the best in beauty and what’s new (or what’s old that’s new again). With every issue, we set out to fill each glossy page with striking images, classic and modern hair designs, innovative salons, industry movers and shakers, the icons and the up-and-coming—I could go on. But these don’t appear out of thin air. Behind any piece of work there is a method as well as plenty of imagination, dedication, talent and collaboration. As managing editor, I can tell you that it takes more than one person to create a magazine like ours—in fact, it takes more than just the American Salon team. It takes large corporations and indie companies, artistic teams and individual stylists, salon owners, photographers, nail techs, fashion stylists, graphic designers, dreamers, and blood, sweat and tears (well, in a sense).

And we don’t want it to be a secret. So in every blog post, I will pull back the curtain and reveal what goes on “behind the scenes,” because every story has a backstory. More often than not, there is more than one story, and we want to share those too. What you didn’t see in print is what I want to show you here.


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About: Kristen Heinzinger is the Managing Editor of American Salon, where she gets to report on the latest products, trends and industry hotshots. She holds a B.S. in journalism from Boston University, and has previously worked as an editor for beauty, art and finance publications. She currently lives in New York City, in an apartment where a multiplying collection of dry shampoos, conditioners, eye creams and nail polishes are earning her lots of potential for an episode of "Hoarders."