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John Halal – Biography

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John Halal is the President and Founder of ChemistrySimplified.com.  He began his career in the beauty industry as a hairstylist over 45 years ago. Halal is a licensed instructor and former salon and school owner.

Halal is an affiliate member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC). He is a Past President of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) and the Indiana Cosmetology and Barbering Association (ICBA).

Halal is the author of Hair Structure and Chemistry Simplified and Milady’s Hair Care and Product Ingredient Dictionary.  He is also a contributor to the Milady Standard Cosmetology Textbook, and several other Milady publications.

Halal received the 2009 Great Clips Industry Leader Award and was chosen as Director of the Year by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools in 2005.  In 1998, 1999 and 2000, his salons were selected by Salon Today Magazine as one of America’s Top 200 Fastest Growing Salons.  His salon was featured for its Award Winning Design in the July/August 1997 issue of Salon Today Magazine and was selected as the Salon of the Month for February 1989, by American Salon Magazine.

Halal’s essay What a Difference a Decade Makes was chosen as one of the Outstanding Call for Presentation Papers at the BBSI’s Cope ’90 Conference in Tucson, Arizona, and his educational presentation received the 1982 award for the Outstanding Educational Program from the Indiana State Cosmetologist Association.

Halal obtained his associate’s degree, with highest distinction, from Indiana University.  He is a member of The Golden Key National Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Lambda.

He has authored numerous articles on a wide variety of topics and has been published in several professional trade magazines.  He often travels, as a guest speaker, to address both professional and consumer groups.

“I love the beauty industry more than ever,” he states proudly.  The secret, according to Halal is to “never stop learning.”

Curriculum Vitae
John Halal
13221 Barnegat Lane
McCordsville, Indiana 46055

Two beautiful adult daughters, three handsome grandsons, two terrific dogs and the most wonderful wife in the world.
Date of Birth: June 7, 1946

An experienced hair stylist, salon and spa owner, cosmetology instructor, beauty school owner, speaker and author of several textbooks that are used throughout the beauty and wellness industry. A combination of scientific knowledge and practical salon experience provides information about beauty products and services in clear, simple language that is easy for both salon professionals and consumers to understand.


  • 1998 – Indiana University      Associate Degree in General Studies with Highest Distinction      Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Lambda.
  • 1995 to Present – Society of Cosmetic Chemists conventions, seminars and classes
  • 1969 – Central Beauty College – Cosmetology Graduate


  • 2012 to Present – Founder and President of ChemistrySimplified.com, which provides salon professionals and consumers with accurate, unbiased scientific information about beauty products and services. www.chemistrysimplified.com
  • 2012 to 2014 – Director of Education, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture.
  • 1992 to 2012 – Founder and President, Honors Beauty College
  • 1974 to 2008 – Founder and President, John and Friends Salons
  • 1972 to 1974 – Independent Hairstylist, Broad Ripple Salon
  • 1970 to 1972 – Hairstylist, Rick Ross Hair Design



  • 2015 – Milady Standard Nail Technology Textbook, 7th Edition
    Contributing Author, Milady, Cengage Learning
  • 2012 – Milady Standard Cosmetology Textbook
    Editorial Contributor, Milady, Cengage Learning
  • 2010 – Dictionario De Ingredientes De Productos Para Cuidados Com O Cabelo      Author, Milady, Cengage Learning, Brazil
  • 2009 – Tricologia E A Cosmetica Capilar
    Author, Milady, Cengage Learning, Brazil
  • 2008 – Hair Structure and Chemistry Simplified, 5th edition
    Author, Milady, Cengage Learning
  • 2004 – Milady’s Standard Cosmetology Textbook
    Contributing Author, Milady, Cengage Learning
    Chapter 7, Basics of Chemistry and Electricity,
    Chapter 8, Properties of the Hair and Scalp
    Chapter 15, Chemical Texture Services
  • 2004 – Milady’s Hair-Care Product & Ingredients Dictionary
    Author, Milady, Cengage Learning
  • 2002 – Hair Structure and Chemistry Simplified, 4th Edition
    Author, Milady, Cengage Learning
  • 2002 – Hair Structure and Chemistry Simplified, 4th Edition, Course Management Guide,
    Author, Milady, Cengage Learning


  • 1992 to present – Affiliate Member, Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC)
  • 2011 to 2014 – President, Indiana Cosmetology and Barbering Association.
  • 2007 to 2010 – President, American Association of Cosmetology Schools
  • 2008 to 2010 – Treasurer, Beauty Changes Lives Foundation
  • 2002 to 2005 – President, Indiana Educators Association


  • 2009 – Great Clips, Industry Leader Award
  • 2005 – American Association of Cosmetology Schools, Director of the Year
  • 1998, 1999 and 2000 – Salon Today Magazine, Top 200 Fastest Growing Salons.
  • 1997 – Salon Today Magazine, John & Friends Salon, Award Winning Design.
  • 1989 – American Salon Magazine, John & Friends Salon, Salon of the Month
  • 1990 – Beauty and Barber Supply Institute Conference, Outstanding Call for Presentation
  • 1982 – Indiana State Cosmetologist Association,
    Outstanding Educational Program

Halal CV

 Hair Structure and Chemistry Simplified, by John Halal

Hair Structure and Chemistry Simplified by John Halal

Most people are intimidated by chemistry because it’s usually presented with formulas, chemical symbols and long unpronounceable words, that seem to be written in some exotic, foreign language. Old wives tales and exaggerated marketing claims further confuse the issues by adding misinformation, that may be easy to understand, but is all too often incorrect.

Hair Structure and Chemistry Simplified, separates fact from fiction and clears up the confusion. The direct approach of this book overcomes the apprehension usually associated with learning chemistry. Professionals and consumers will find the information logical and easy to understand. The concepts presented in this book will empower you with the confidence that comes from knowing. Click this link for more information: Hair Structure and Chemistry by John Halal

Milady’s Hair Care Product Ingredients Dictionary, by John Halal

Milady's Hair Care and Product Ingredients Dictionary

Milady’s Hair Care Product Ingredients Dictionary contains a current and comprehensive list of the ingredients that are likely to be found in hair care products. Milady’s Hair Care Product Ingredients Dictionary uses the International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) system, the commonly accepted nomenclature for all cosmetic products, and the name most likely to appear on the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and the product’s label.  Common names are also included with definitions and referenced to the INCI name.

Click this link for more information:Hair-Care Product and Ingredients Dictionary (Milady’s Hair Care Product Ingredients Dictionary): Halal, John: 9781562539191: Amazon.com: Books

Tricoligia E A Quimica Cosmetica Capilar, John Halal

HS&C PortugeseA maioria dos cabeleireiros tem pouca dificuldade em aprender os detalhes das ferramentas mecânicas da profissão: tesouras, escovas, pranchas e secadores. Este livro aplica o mesmo nível de importância às ferramentas químicas: mecanismos para coloração capilar, soluções para ondulações permanentes, relaxantes e alisantes químicos, xampus, condicionadores e produtos para estilização dos cabelos. Embora essas ferramentas tenham elevada importância no cotidiano dos profissionais de beleza, elas normalmente são mal interpretadas e mal compreendidas quanto às reações químicas que podem provocar no cabelo. Tricologia e a química cosmética capilar é o livro mais atual, abrangente e direto desse segmento. Ele explica de forma minuciosa a teoria e a aplicação dos conceitos essenciais da cosmetologia moderna e da química do cabelo, que geralmente não são abordadas em outros livros. Neste livro você encontra informações sobre os produtos utilizados atualmente nos grandes centros de beleza do mundo.

Tricologia e a Quimica CosmEtica Capilar – Traducao da Quinta Edicao Norte-americana: John Halal: 9788522110896: Amazon.com: Books

Dicionário de Produtos e Ingredientes Para Cuidados Com o Cabelo, John Halal

Dictionary Portugese

Este livro procura ajudar o leitor a compreender melhor a composição dos produtos para tratamento de cabelos – incluindo xampus, condicionadores, modeladores e outros – e a ficar mais tranquilo quanto a sua eficácia e segurança. Ao final da obra é apresentada uma lista de referência e fontes como endereços e websites de instituições para obter dados adicionais.

Dicionário De Ingredientes De Produtos Para Cuidados Com O Cabelo (Em Portuguese do Brasil): John Halal: 9788573599657: Amazon.com: Books