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.
As expected, the ISSE show did not disappoint this year with a theme of glitz, glamour, glitter, and hair extensions. Similar to years past, bare-chested men were in booths attracting customers, nails were glammed out, and practically every booth seemed to have someone asking the very important question, “Do you do hair extensions?” Walk off competitions were very hot this year, brandishing new colors and hairstyle trends particularly in the extension category, while also adding glitter makeup to glam up the models.Continue reading