Is Amazon Helping or Hurting the Salon Hair Care Industry?

Is Amazon Helping or Hurting the Salon Hair Care Industry?

“Omnichannel” has been a buzz word used by salon hair care marketers in recent years. Initially, only the brave ones were sticking their nose outside their well-known salon environment to seek new channels of distribution for their products, carefully expanding their sales into retailing due to the fear of losing their professional status. But in recent years, this has shifted. Diversion has been hurting sales, and products unwanted by marketers on physical or virtual shelves of various retailers were a reality that needed to be taken back under control, especially with the fast development of e-commerce.Continue reading

Natural Personal Care Products

Who Defines the New Level of Natural?

With more brands than ever declaring themselves natural or clean, the natural beauty movement is expected to continue its strong growth. As we begin research on the new Natural Personal Care Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities, we take a look at rising trends in the market, such as the ever-growing confusion surrounding what makes a product clean or natural. With market coverage spanning across new regions, such as Asia, Europe, and Latin America, we take a deep dive into the key trendsetters, brands, and market-movers and use our proprietary rating system for the assessment of the naturalness of these brands and their rating on our new and improved rating scale.Continue reading

Coty to sell its professional beauty division

How Would Coty’s Professional Beauty Brands Look on You?

Wella and its sister brands are on the block again after Coty’s recent announcement regarding its plans to sell its professional beauty division. Ranking #2 in the global professional hair care market, according to Kline’s Salon Hair Care Global Series, makes Coty an attractive business to potential buyers. Drawing on 60 years of knowledge in the beauty industry, Kline analyzes some of its staple brands in the professional hair care segment as well as the potential new owners of them.Continue reading

The New Nordstrom Store in NYC

From Facial Fitness to Botox: Can the New Nordstrom Flagship Revive Beauty Business in Department Stores?

Last Friday, Nordstrom expanded its footprint in the Big Apple, debuting a flagship location with emphasis on products from emerging designers and exclusive, limited-time collaborations. The seven-level store, located at 57th& Broadway, is the retailer’s latest effort to offer a thoughtfully curated assortment of products spanning apparel, shoes, and beauty. The space is immersed in botanical décor and touch-screen kiosks to help shoppers navigate between floors, creating a museum-like experience.

While the new store features a retro sneaker boutique in partnership with Nike, several restaurants, and a stylist lounge, it is clear that the retailer is betting big on beauty, despite stalled growth of these products through department stores in recent years, as indicated in Kline’s Cosmetics & Toiletries USA report.Continue reading

Dermatologist Detailing

Therapeutic Skin Care Sees Continued Sales Boom

While skin care continues to steadily grow, there is a segment known as therapeutic skin care that has performed particularly well in 2018 and is expected to have another unprecedented year of growth in 2019. Therapeutic and dermatologist-recommended products not only include facial care but also hand and body products for skin care issues like eczema; they also include sun care. According to our Cosmetics and Toiletries USA report, this segment includes brands such as Eucerin, CeraVe, Cetaphil, and Neutrogena, to name a few. Combined, these brands exhibited growth of 7.1% in 2018 and total nearly $3 billion at the retail level.Continue reading

Winning in the Salon Industry with Data-Led Decisions

[UPCOMING WEBINARS] Winning in the Salon Industry with Data-Led Decisions

Salons are the leading outlet when it comes to selling professional salon products. However, the brands that are gaining are not the perennial leaders. Based on just-published data from our revolutionary Kline PRO service, these practical webinars will show how to leverage the power of data to accelerate growth in the salon space.Continue reading

Professional Hair Care Indies

Rising Professional Hair Care Indies at Salon International

Last week, we had the pleasure of attending Salon International London, a key trade show for the professional hair care industry in Europe. What captured our attention the most was the growing presence of indie brands and the buzz surrounding them. These dynamic independent players are quickly shaking up the competitive landscape of the hair care industry in the United Kingdom and abroad. Here are our top three picks from the show (their strategy and performance are covered in-depth in the new indie volume of our Salon Hair Care Global Series and Kline PRO service):Continue reading

Personalized Beauty

Identifying the Customized Beauty Consumer

With an oversaturation of products and brands entering the market, the space for cosmetics and toiletries has become overwhelming. Marketers have recognized the need to cut through the confusion and are turning to personalization to speak directly to a consumer’s needs and wants. Our upcoming Personalized Beauty: U.S. Market Assessment and Opportunities report dives into the changing landscape of bespoke beauty and examines the different tactics marketers use to compete in this emerging market segment.Continue reading

Men in Salon

Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits!

Two bits would be a bargain based on the average prices that salons are now charging for men’s services. Once perceived as a space exclusive to women, independent salons are finding that offering services and products for men can help bolster their bottom line. In fact, services that Kline PRO USA identifies as exclusive to men brought in nearly 8% of all service revenue in the first half of 2019. This number is on par with figures from the full year 2018.

Men’s haircut and coloring services had a solid performance in 2018 with an increase of 3% in revenues, while the number of these services performed remained flat. This growth in revenue indicates that men are willing to pay a bit more for the services than they did the year before. Being able to increase prices helps salons offset the decline in the frequency of these services, as shown by Kline PRO data for the first half. Continue reading