Vegan Hair Care Products

Vegan Hair Care Products Make a Splash in the Professional Segment

The demand for vegan hair care products is stronger than ever, due primarily to an increase in awareness and consciousness about the ill-effects of animal derivatives like keratin, collagen, and glycerin, which are present in many hair care brands. Vegan products are comprised of natural ingredients, making them less harsh. In addition, they are cruelty-free, in eliminating testing on animals.Continue reading

“skinification" of hair

The “Skinification” of Hair: Hero Salon Products in Q2 2020

“Skinification of hair,” a trend that has gained popularity in recent years, is expanding its reach in professional hair care. The trend is led by growing consumer awareness that the benefits of a good skin care regimen can be expanded to the scalp, which is essentially an extension of the facial skin. Professional salon brands are taking cues from social media-savvy millennials and progressing beyond traditional shampoos, conditioners, and masks to design a hair care routine heavily influenced by skin care.

Consumer willingness to spend time and money on quality products boosts manufacturers’ vigor to formulate new and innovative products such as scalp exfoliators, toners, and serums to meet consumer demand. Based on data found in Kline PRO US, we have put together a detailed, step-by-step, skin care-inspired hair care routine with a sampling of brands and products.Continue reading

Professional color care products gained market share in the first half of Q2 2020

Professional Color Care Gains Momentum Amidst COVID-19 Chaos

With salons forced to shut their doors because of the coronavirus pandemic, the professional hair care industry witnessed a shift in demand (roughly +15%) in Q2 vs. Q1 2020 for hair care products that help maintain color and manage roots, according to Kline PRO USA. Data shows that products formulated for color care have historically occupied the largest market share; they gained even more in the first half of this year, holding a whopping 31.4% of the market pie.Continue reading

Gift Card Sales Help Salons Stay Afloat

Gift Card Sales Help Salons Stay Afloat

Many salon clients across the United States went into panic mode when salons were indefinitely closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers’ initial thoughts revolved around how they would maintain their look without a regular salon visit, but as the shutdown extended from days to weeks to months, concern shifted to the salons themselves. Customers realized that salon owners and stylists—people they depend upon and trust, people who are often neighbors or friends—had their livelihoods snatched from them with no warning.Continue reading

Sorry We Are Closed - Hair Salon Industry Pandemic Crisis

How Salons Will Emerge from Being Labeled a “Non-Essential” Business 

We have entered the second month of nearly all U.S. salons being closed as a result of the country’s effort to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19’s spread by way of social distancing. And while there are talks of starting to open businesses back up, it remains to be seen if salons will be included in that first wave of openings. Initially, May 1 was the optimistic date for this to begin, but Georgia has announced allowing salons to open as early as this week so there is hope. 

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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

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

Carrie Mellage, Kline's Vice President of Consumer Products presenting in a Cosmo Talks session.

Big Data? Big Deal. Is it Really That Important?

The answer is a resounding “yes” based upon the insightful and passionate discussion that took place among the panel of industry experts that convened last week at Cosmoprof North America to address the topic of data. Jerry Densk, L’Oréal Vice President of Consumer and Market Intelligence; Rick Kornbluth, CEO of Kevin.Murphy; and Sydney Berry, CEO/Co-Owner of Salon Services joined Steve Sleeper, Executive Director of the PBA, and Carrie Mellage of Kline to share their experiences using data to manage their businesses.

The session began with everyone in the room agreeing with Mellage, Kline’s Vice President of Consumer Products, that the professional salon industry is lacking in terms of data when compared to other industries. While there are some resources available, there is still a way to go. Throughout the course of the program, it was stressed a number of times that it is necessary for the industry to work together and finally understand that it really is okay to share data. As Kornbluth said, “We are at a tipping point; we have to help the industry.”Continue reading

Eye on hair sheets!

Good Hair Day, Just a Swipe Away

Have you forgotten to book your salon appointment? Impromptu meetings keeping you from looking your best? Worry not—the solution now comes in a pint-sized sachet. What started as a beauty trend in Asia evolving from K-Beauty’s facial sheet mask phenomenon has now become a global sensation extended to the hair care industry.

Hair sheets are like towelettes enriched with oils and formulations that fight frizz, static, and flyaways from root to tip. Purse-portable and easy to use for quick fixes, they make a great alternative to bottles of creams and sprays. Kline PRO U.S. data indicates that treatment products designed for frizz control gained share in 2018 versus the previous year. Innovations such as these sheets have contributed to the growth.Continue reading