Nut Oils, Vitamin C, and More at Top European Professional Beauty Trade Shows

Nut Oils, Vitamin C, and More at Top European Professional Beauty Trade Shows

March was a busy period for the professional beauty industry, with two of the largest professional beauty trade shows happening this month: Cosmoprof Bologna and Beauty/Top Hair International Dusseldorf.

Cosmoprof Bologna continues to be a major industry crossroad. Among the trends that caught our attention were product lines with vitamin C, such as Skeyndor’s Power C skin care line, as well as several new launches of BB creams from Algotherm, Levissime, and SKIN79.Continue reading

Impressions from International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE)

Impressions from International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE)

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