Top Salon Retail Products Revenue in Q1 2021 vs. Q1 2020

The Salon Industry is Celebrating Some Highs After a Year of Lows

There’s a reason for the salon industry to celebrate: Retail product sales were up in the first quarter of 2021.

While it might be tempting to downplay gains following 2020’s pandemic-related lows, it’s important to remember that the majority of Q1 2020 was “normal.” According to Kline PRO USA, salon retail product sales in January and February of 2020 were indexing just slightly ahead of 2019; it was only the latter part of March that affected quarterly results. This year, meanwhile, started off with a bang, as the care categories of conditioners, shampoos, and treatments posted double-digit growth.Continue reading

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Salon Snapshot: What Was Up in 2020?

As we are all acutely aware, 2020 was a year like no otherThe COVID-19 pandemic affected all aspects of everyday life, and it certainly took a toll on the salon industryInterestingly, the year started out on a promising note: Kline PRO Pulse reports that for independent salons, January and February product sales indexed at just over 100, and service revenues stood at 96of the prior yearAfter this, everything changed. Mass closures, including salons, began in late March, and it was not until May and June that salons could re-open and offer some glimpse of hope that things may eventually be okay for the industry Continue reading

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