Professional Nail Care

Artful Manicures and Natural Nail Polish Formulae are Indispensable in 2016

Another exciting year is predicted for the global professional nail care market, which continues to offer seasonal color collections, new textures, and more natural formulations, all delivered through creative marketing campaigns. While 2015 was all about the revolutionary long-wear nail polishes, which contributed to a significant portion of this market’s sales, 2016 brings innovation to the next level.

Mirroring the booming natural trend in the personal care and hair care markets, professional nail care marketers are now turning their attention towards improving product formulations to make them vegan, as well as free of parabens, formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene. Marketers are increasingly focused on being able to integrate “3-Free,” “5-Free,” and “7-Free” claims into their marketing campaigns.Continue reading

Coty Acquires Procter & Gamble's Beauty Brands

Changing Tides: Procter & Gamble Returns to its Roots, and the Rise of Coty’s Beauty Empire

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has been the leader in the U.S. beauty and personal care market since the very first edition of Kline’s Cosmetics & Toiletries USA report was published in 1963. That study, which was authored in part by Dr. Charles Kline himself, reported P&G among the leaders in the soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and shampoo categories—a position the company still retains some 50+ years later, now with a new CEO taking the helm.

Once the transaction to shift ownership of 43 brands to Coty, which was announced in July 2015, is complete, P&G will slip to the #2 spot, leaving L’Oréal in the #1 position. Meanwhile, Coty will jump to fifth place, up from ninth, edging Johnson & Johnson out of the top five.Continue reading

Cosmoprof North America 2015

Beauty’s Bright New Crop at Cosmoprof North America

The beauty industry came together at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas last week for the annual Cosmoprof North America show. A highlight of the event was the first-ever Beauty Pitch, which allowed dozens of beauty entrepreneurs to present their brand to a expert panel of judges, including famed billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban and industry icon, CEO, and Co-Founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, John Paul DeJoria. Beauty Pitch was such a success that it has already been added as a permanent fixture to future shows. Congratulations to this year’s winner, 100% Pure, which is a natural cosmetics brand.Continue reading

ISSE Long Beach 2015 Photo credit: Professional Beauty Association

ISSE Long Beach 2015: It’s All About the Extras

Color, volume, texture, and more! Once again, the ISSE Long Beach show floor was brimming with fresh and previous exhibitors showing off their latest innovations and new product lines for the complex world of beauty. The aisles were bursting with industry representatives – hair stylists, nail stylists, and students galore, eager to see the latest product novelties. This year, the common theme throughout the show seemed to be the extras –hair extensions, nail accessories for any and every occasion, decked out hair appliances, and oodles of glittery headbands.Continue reading

Halloween Nails

Creepy Colors, Haunted Hues, Devilish Designs…You Guessed It: It’s Halloween Time!

Fall is by far one of the best times of the year when it comes to nails, trying new polish colors and even nail designs. With Halloween just a few days away, what better way to get into the spirit than by stepping up your nail game? From autumnal shades of gray, brown, and green to darker, chilly tones with funky painted pumpkins, spooky ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and, of course, spider webs, Halloween nail art is creative, fun, and never boring.

As expected, most professional nail care manufacturers are introducing new, special Halloween collections, surprising us with unique colors and glitter finishes, and this year is no exception.Continue reading

Nail Care Market

Solid and Polished – the Auspicious Landscape of the Professional Nail Care Market

Given the maturity of the cosmetics industry, it’s challenging to find a segment that shows double-digit growth these days. A true gem was uncovered in Kline’s first edition of Professional Nail Care: Global Market Brief – a market estimated at nearly $1 billion in 2012 and posting a robust growth of over 25%, where developed markets, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, highly contributed to driving this growth. Even more interesting is the recession-proof nature of this market.

Where did such explosive growth come from? How did it happen? The key factors fueling market gains are fashion trends and consumers’ need to indulge in an affordable luxury.Continue reading

beauty markets in France

Vive la différence – Professional Beauty in France

La belle France, a country with a strong aesthetic tradition, widely admired for its taste in style, luxury, and beauty, and where those with an eye for professional primping à la Française continue to pamper themselves – albeit with notable moderation finds our research on professional skin care, beauty devices, and salon hair care markets in France.

When it comes to professional skin care, the discerning French bon vivant is right at home in the largest market, with France accounting for over 20% of skin care product sales in Europe. This figure has remained stable through 2012, save for incremental growth of 0.9%. Ongoing challenging market conditions have seen Guinot, the country’s largest professional skin care brand, which enjoys a loyal clientele, suffer a drop in sales. Conversely, Clarins and Sothys both experienced growth in this period. Continue reading…

Out of the Mouths of Nail Technicians

Out of the Mouths of Nail Technicians

At least 30% of women visiting nail salons bring in their own polish, according to Kline’s preliminary research conducted in New York/New Jersey area nail salons in preparation for Kline’s new report, Nail Technician Insights.

There are three main reasons for this: polish touch-ups at home save time and money, the customers often like their color better than what the salon carries, and some women have hygiene concerns about the same brush and product being used on other women’s nails.Continue reading

Outstanding Nails - New Explosion on the Pro Scene

Outstanding Nails – New Explosion on the Pro Scene

Global sales of nail care products have outpaced other beauty care segments for the past few years. Contrary to the performance of professional care segments such as skin and hair care, salon nail care brands are estimated to post double-digit growth in 2012 according to Kline’s preliminary findings and are forecast to grow further in the next five years although at a less aggressive rate, despite posting sturdy yet relatively sleepy growth rates in matured markets in 2011.Continue reading