After months of cold weather and snow, March 9 was a stunning day to stroll through Manhattan and the joint International Beauty Show (IBS) and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC). Spring was in the air, along with a high level of enthusiasm at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center as vendors showcased their dizzying array of products and services. An abundance of energy in a carnival-like atmosphere, complete with goodie bags and a boardwalk photo booth, made for a fun day. With a keen eye on developing trends, Kline’s Donna Barson and Darlene Borsella prowled the aisles to keep abreast of the latest and greatest that the salon and spa industries have to offer.
Long Beach, CA, January 28-30, 2012
The vibe at ISSE was decidedly sex, candy, and rock-and-roll. At least half of the exhibitors boasted a hot pink and black palette. Sugar-inspired concoctions were everywhere—as were bare-chested men, hair and feather extensions, and bling. The floor teemed with stylists that donned apparel, accessories, and hair reminiscent of 1980’s punk. Michael O’Rourke and countless other stylists plucked passersby from the crowd to give them instant (and occasionally unexpected) makeovers, with Michael’s new “Rock Your Hair” collection. The booth for Moroccan Oil was huge, vibrant, and lined with hundreds of stylists patiently waiting to purchase product, illustrating this “one-hit wonder’s” staying power.Continue reading