Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

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Jimmy is back at Comerica tomorrow night! Rain is in the forecast but it has never rained in all the years on Jimmy’s party. And for those out of touch with really good music, I’m referring to Jimmy Buffett.

The beauty business is soft but the spa business is booming thanks to huge demand for massage services. One thing consumers have learned long ago is that they can buy hair color and nail polish at mass stores and attempt to do it at home but they have yet to figure out how to give themselves a back massage. J W Marriott is launching their new spas (long overdue) to take advantage of the boom. Their new concept is quite cute: Quickie treatments ranging from 10 to 25 minutes. They identified four categories their customers will be interested in: Calm; Indulge; Invigorate and Renew. Funny thing is Biotone has figured this out too when they launched their new Aromatherapy massage lotions. All are available at THE INDUSTRY SOURCE. What ‘s good for J W may be good for other spas as well. The express spa idea is a good one.

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Speaking of good ideas, OPI is launching a new line of polish late fall. It features new technology and will be a boom to salons and spas much like gel polish was. We will be on the forefront of this major launch and it will continue the excitement of the nail polish category. Get your sunglasses ready!

Cosmoprof Las Vegas was a true disappointment for many. In fact the soccer match on Sunday proved to be the highlight of the show. Way too many booths and way not enough buyers on the floor. I was appalled to see salons and spas walking the floor and once again, they didn’t even know it was a trade event for manufacturers, retailers and distributors. Next year’s event will be truly interesting with retail being the new focus.

The wait is finally over! Little Diva, Diva and Lil’ Darling Pedi Packs are finally in stock. The first ever products targeted for girls and spa parties, the kits have been wildly popular since being introduced. The matching robes and wraps should be in stock next week.

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It’s already the last week of July with August right around the corner. Where is summer going?

Have you seen the new Walgreen’s flagship stores yet? You walk in and you cannot believe it is a drugstore. Perhaps that because the new stores are not drugstores. You walk in and are instantly greeted and asked where you want to go or what are you looking for. The floors are wood and has the feel of a high end department store. The beauty section has consultants to answer questions and everything is merchandised perfectly. Yes, they sell plenty of prescription drugs but for all other goods, they are in abundance. The price of competition just went up. The only thing I was surprised about: They don’t have pop-up salon services. . .yet.

Desperate times at Sally Beauty Company? They have been running 20% to 25% storewide promotions on everything online for the past few weeks. They have never advertised so heavily and at such deep discounts.

Exciting news coming from black 15in1 but not until August 12. However a sneak preview is that black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment won a major award.

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And I will leave you with one of my all time favorite Jimmy songs, One Particular Harbor. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Friday Mornin’

Are you going or have you gone to a live concert this year?

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Jimmy is back at Comerica tomorrow night! Rain is in the forecast but it has never rained in all the years on Jimmy’s party. And for those out of touch with really good music, I’m referring to Jimmy Buffett.

The beauty business is soft but the spa business is booming thanks to huge demand for massage services. One thing consumers have learned long ago is that they can buy hair color and nail polish at mass stores and attempt to do it at home but they have yet to figure out how to give themselves a back massage. J W Marriott is launching their new spas (long overdue) to take advantage of the boom. Their new concept is quite cute: Quickie treatments ranging from 10 to 25 minutes. They identified four categories their customers will be interested in: Calm; Indulge; Invigorate and Renew. Funny thing is Biotone has figured this out too when they launched their new Aromatherapy massage lotions. All are available at THE INDUSTRY SOURCE. What ‘s good for J W may be good for other spas as well. The express spa idea is a good one.

Aromatherapy Massage Lotion Calming GallonAromatherapy Massage Lotion Renewal GallonAromatherapy Massage Lotion Energy GallonAromatherapy Massage Lotion Bliss Gallon

Speaking of good ideas, OPI is launching a new line of polish late fall. It features new technology and will be a boom to salons and spas much like gel polish was. We will be on the forefront of this major launch and it will continue the excitement of the nail polish category. Get your sunglasses ready!

Cosmoprof Las Vegas was a true disappointment for many. In fact the soccer match on Sunday proved to be the highlight of the show. Way too many booths and way not enough buyers on the floor. I was appalled to see salons and spas walking the floor and once again, they didn’t even know it was a trade event for manufacturers, retailers and distributors. Next year’s event will be truly interesting with retail being the new focus.

The wait is finally over! Little Diva, Diva and Lil’ Darling Pedi Packs are finally in stock. The first ever products targeted for girls and spa parties, the kits have been wildly popular since being introduced. The matching robes and wraps should be in stock next week.

Little Diva Pedi-PackDiva Pedi-PackL’il Darling Pedi-Pack

It’s already the last week of July with August right around the corner. Where is summer going?

Have you seen the new Walgreen’s flagship stores yet? You walk in and you cannot believe it is a drugstore. Perhaps that because the new stores are not drugstores. You walk in and are instantly greeted and asked where you want to go or what are you looking for. The floors are wood and has the feel of a high end department store. The beauty section has consultants to answer questions and everything is merchandised perfectly. Yes, they sell plenty of prescription drugs but for all other goods, they are in abundance. The price of competition just went up. The only thing I was surprised about: They don’t have pop-up salon services. . .yet.

Desperate times at Sally Beauty Company? They have been running 20% to 25% storewide promotions on everything online for the past few weeks. They have never advertised so heavily and at such deep discounts.

Exciting news coming from black 15in1 but not until August 12. However a sneak preview is that black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment won a major award.

Product Details

And I will leave you with one of my all time favorite Jimmy songs, One Particular Harbor. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Hair Care Revolution Black 15in1 Debuts on ShopNBC with Celebrity Brand Ambassador Jonathan Antin

Hair Care Revolution Black 15in1 Debuts on ShopNBC with Celebrity Brand Ambassador Jonathan Antin

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black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment, Twice A Week Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner To Be Featured On-Air August 9th and 10th With Brand Ambassador Jonathan Antin

NEW YORK (July, 2012)black 15in1, the revolutionary hair care line featuring the celebrity-favorite Miracle Hair Treatment and Miracle Twice A Week Shampoo and Conditioner, announces the brand will be featured on Premium Lifestyle Network’s multi-channel television and online retailer Shop – on the ShopNBC network – on August 9th (11:00pm EST) and 10th (9:00am EST and 8:00pm EST). Through this new platform, black 15in1 will expand its salon-exclusive and e-commerce sales model to introduce the 73 million homes in the U.S. tuned in to Shop nightly to the miracle of black 15in1. Renowned hairstylist, television personality and brand ambassador Jonathan Antin will represent black 15in1 on-air, showcasing the various ways in which the products can transform all hair types.

black 15in1 is a revolutionary hair care system that instantly transforms hair while also treating hair woes over time with its clinically proven benefits. black 15in1 products, including Miracle Hair Treatment and Twice A Week Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner, feature key ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Argan Oil, Sunflower Seed Extract, Abyssinian Oil and “Cashmere” Keratin to deliver a myriad of fifteen results, including enhanced shine, hair color retention, diminished frizz and split ends, plus heat styling and UV rays protection. The products are ideal for maintaining hairstyles for up to four days, and work on all hair types and textures, enhancing the hair’s natural qualities and leaving locks restored, refreshed and healthy.

Recognized for their expansive variety of high quality products, dynamic on-air presentations, celebrity guests and more, Shop provides consumers with unforgettable shopping experiences while offering brands in categories including fashion, jewelry, beauty, home goods, technology and more.

“black 15in1 originated as an idea to meet the needs of eight out of ten women that only wash their hair two to three times a week and to create a magical product that was not only revolutionary in its benefits, but also its ability to simplify hair care routines,” said Larry Gaynor, tng worldwide President and CEO. “In a short period of time, black15in1 has gained a loyal following amongst beauty insiders, stylists, celebrities and consumers, acclaim from respected media outlets, a coveted stamp of approval by brand ambassador Jonathan Antin, the Good Housekeeping Seal and has become a full product line, which I am delighted to share with the savvy and discerning Shop audience.”

Jonathan Antin has starred in highly acclaimed television shows including ABC’s Extreme Makeover, E! Entertainment’s Fashion Emergency and Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius. With regular appearances on Shop, Antin has created a personal connection with its audiences, engaging them with his unparalleled passion for creating beautiful hair. NBC’s “Today Show” consistently calls upon Antin for beauty commentary during Awards Show season. In 2013, Antin will open an eponymous hair salon in Los Angeles.

“black 15in1 is about a lifestyle, not a hairstyle,” said brand ambassador Jonathan Antin. “I am constantly in pursuit of the best – from ingredients to products to styling techniques. black 15in1 stopped me in my tracks. This three-step family of products is not only a hair solution, but a life solution as well.”

Shop – on the ShopNBC network – is broadcast on DISH Network channels 134 and 228 and DIRECTV channel 316, as well as streamed live on the web at http://www.ShopNBC.TV. Its companion Internet site, http://www.ShopNBC.com, is recognized as a top e-commerce site.

About black15in1:

black 15in1 was introduced in January 2011 to simplify hair care. Its signature product, Miracle Hair Treatment, provides luxurious results from 15 clinically proven benefits and is dermatologist recommended. With the launch of the Twice A Week Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner, black 15in1 has created the revolution in twice a week luxurious hair care. Unparalleled performance for all hair types in a new way. Hair care simplified.

For more information on black 15in1, please visit www.black15in1.com.

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Happy Tuesday!

Cosmoprof 2012 Recap

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Once again, Mandalay Bay Convention Center was where the action was for Cosmoprof, now in its 10th year (although many of us will refer to it as the BBSI for another 10 years).

The show floor was filled to capacity with stands and booths and this is with virtually every major hair company off the floor. The show cannot grow at Mandalay since there is no more space to be had. And we surely don’t want to go back to the Las Vegas Convention Center but those issues are those of others. July 14-16, 2013 is confirmed at Mandalay and most likely, the next few years as well.

Attendance although advertised up over 15% from 2011 seemed OK on Sunday and light on Monday. Clearly the Euro recession is in full bloom as there was little presence from across the continent. Asia and Canada were in full contingent along with regions in Mexico, Middle East and South America. I left early Tuesday so don’t have any feedback but most likely it was even lighter than Monday. The perfect clue is that on both Sunday and Monday, the Verandah restaurant at the Four Seasons was oversold for breakfast. On Tuesday, you could have a table of your choice, inside or out.

The show really kicked off Saturday night at the City of Hope dinner featuring George Schaeffer. Or should I say, the George Schaeffer dinner featuring George Schaeffer. Sure Al Green showed up in his really bad toupee and worn dancing shoes and Aretha Franklin for those that endured the midnight hour honked out 45 minutes of Motown. But the night was pure George and are no words that I can write that could translate into what happened for more than six and one half hours. Bottom line: More than twice the number of guests registered than any other City of Hope event and more than $5.4M was raised with George kicking in more than half of it. This was more than five times the previous record for net proceeds. With word that Reuben Carranza from P&G will be the 2013 honoree, P&G best start collecting  for every tube of Crest, box of Pampers and jar of Olay to make a company-wide $5M contribution.

This year’s show overkill theme was argon oil and gel polish. I guess it beats hair extensions and straightening products. There had to be 40 companies hawking argon oil and at least that many with gel polish. Let’s guess how many of each will be around at Cosmoprof in five years.

Of course the grand-daddy of argon oil is Moroccanoil and they dominated the private meeting area with a huge meeting room block, exhibit and private dining area for its distributors. One thing about MO is that everything they do is first class and with the introduction of their spa line, from $18 soap to $52 scrubs, first class is the only way they know.

Helen of Troy had a virtual city within the show floor and if Mandalay Bay had a retractable roof, the exhibit could have literally flown out. I could only imagine Art August’s expression when he signed off for the budget. But in the end, leaders do what leaders need to do and Hot Tools is still the #1 brand.

black 15in1 kicked off its first Cosmoprof with a huge booth presence and although it couldn’t get the island location it wanted, it still drew interest from more than 20 countries. It was truly exciting to see the brand recognition from those who stopped by and everyone commented on both the booth presentation and packaging. It is refreshing coming of the Premier show dealing with business people interested in investing in the brand versus watching people fill up rolling carts with close-out goods.

Tony Cuccio was very busy launching Cuccio Veneer and Lacquer. While already launched internationally, the U.S. launch is September. TNG is the exclusive master distributor for the U.S. and big plans are in the works for this huge launch. Already more than one million bottles have been sold and demand has been outstanding. In all, there are 24 Veneer shades and 72 Lacquer shades in the initial launch.

One thing very evident on the floor was the number of salons on the selling floor. Cosmoprof is not for salons and why they continue to let them into the show is a huge concern. There are plenty of beauty shows for salons to attend with one in Vegas just a month prior to Cosmoprof. Another concern is the number of companies setting up shop in hotel rooms. Yes space on the show floor is a lot more than a room you sleep in, but the inconvenience is not worth it. Next year none of our buyers will attend meetings in off-floor suites, we will utilize open meeting space on the show floor.

Monday night was all Moroccanoil. Once again they took over MIX atop TheHotel. Open premium bar and free flowing appetizers included sliders, shrimp skewers, and ahi tuna bites. There were more than 300 crowded into the space. About an hour into the event, MO held a business meeting and among other topics, handed out prizes to its top 12 salon consultants across the U.S.. Two each won a BMW and two each won a trip for two to Israel. Once again, MO showing off their class. After the business meeting, a buffet dinner was served.

All in all, Cosmoprof is the best all-purpose show to align companies within the beauty industry. Most likely, private on-floor meeting rooms will need to move to the second floor and NAHA needs to be moved to ISSE to get rid of the salon presence. And closing the show floor at 5:00PM on Monday would be nice as well.

Happy Wednesday!

ULTA Crushes Premier Orlando Show

ULTA Crushes Premier Orlando Show

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The professional beauty industry’s best trade show for salons is the Premier Beauty Show in Orlando. It is well organized, conveniently located in the Orange County Convention Center (the size of a small city) and they spend money on their main stage productions. We were excited to exhibit and launch the black 15in1 trade show booth. The bad news is they gave us the worse booth location in the show (the bathrooms would have been better). The good news is that those that found us loved us.

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Main stage differed this year than all other years as CND was the first nail company in the history of the Premier show to have a slot. Jan Arnold was sensational and brought along The Blondies (huge designers) that did all the model’s outfits. The 40 minutes presentation was amazing and we will get to see some of this live at Beauty Buzz coming up October 7 at the Motor City Casino Hotel Soundboard Lounge.

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Yes, Jan even had a guy wearing Shellac nails. Every outfit was designed around the nails. You have to see it to believe it. Plus they had two nail artists live on stage doing Shellac nail art, also very cool.

But even with all this, the show lacked its typical excitement. Attendance was down both days, however, most interesting was that none of the P&G brands were present. It’s like both P&G and L’Oreal are making a stand which trade shows they participate and support. So Wella, Nioxin, Sebastian and others were all missing. And even though L’Oreal was present, their booth space was not commanding as in years past. In fact, Redken didn’t even bring open stock items to the show. And as always, it is very difficult to compete with the flea markets throughout the show. Attendees waited in lines more than an hour just to get into the $1 bin areas.

While the Premier show was going on and remember, this is the best show of the year, ULTA announces its quarterly results. Same store sales up more than 10% and its stock zooms up nearly $10 a share to reach an all-time high. And what brands does ULTA sell? You can name them all (or pretty much all, they still don’t have Kerastase, Oribe, Moroccan Oil or even black 15in1). And while hairdressers are looking for bargains at the Premier show, consumers don’t have to pay $10 for parking, walk a mile to get into the show in 90+ degree heat, deal with suitcases and crowds or pay $40 to get in. They just need to walk into an ULTA store and get virtually every pro brand at huge discounts. Take a look at their latest offering:

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Over 35 brands. Take TIGI BED HEAD Hard Head spray for example. Salon retail is $18. Salon pays $9. ULTA pays around $4.50 and receives added discounts. Consumer buys 2 at $18 each for $36 and gets one free. That comes out to $12 a can. If the salon does that, they make $3 a can. They have to pay 10% commission on the $12 or $1.20 so their net profit is $1.80 a can. ULTA on the other hand makes $7.50 per can. It’s no wonder ULTA sales and profits are skyrocketing, who can compete?

The real industry trade show is now at ULTA’s 430+ stores and takes place daily, not on one selected weekend a year. Things are changing or shall I say, things have changed. No one does retail beauty better than ULTA. Now let’s get back to the business of the hairdresser and the future of salons. Let’s hope the Premier show can lead by example. Oh, a better booth location would be great too!

Happy Tuesday!

Out Of My Mind On A Tuesday Mornin’

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TGIT! So happy to be back to work after the long weekend. Had all the “kids” in along with the Carter, the grandbaby, and surely, the older kids were the most work. At what age do kids take responsibility for cleaning up their own mess? But it was fun cooking day and night, I remember the days when I could eat a slab of ribs, brick of onion rings and still save room for dessert.

Is there any better place than Costco to shop for the holiday weekends? They have it down to a science, no wonder their sales keep on rising. Perhaps Best Buy should think about adding food.

It was the battle of the phone chargers at the house. Since everyone has an Apple device, it seemed that everyone needed to charged their devices all the time. Isn’t it amazing how we take in stride this huge annoyance?

We hit yet another record on Monday, 95 degrees. And of course our A/C went out. Why is it that A/C and swimming pools always fail during holiday weekends?

The Premier Orlando show is this coming up weekend. black 15in1 is debuting its new booth and it’s a true standout. If you are coming, be sure to stop by and meet Louise O’Connor, celebrity spokesperson for black 15in1.

The cover of Bloomberg Businessweek has a smiling Mark Zuckerberg after the Facebook IPO. Could he be the biggest storyteller in Wall Street history? He sold investors and the best financier’s a great story and realized a whopping $96 BILLION market value. The real story is what is Facebook really worth?

Why do more manager’s get tossed out of baseball games than any other sport?

With the Euro at $1.25 and Greece ready to exit the Euro Zone, does anyone really care? In a global perspective, what does anyone really care about except going to war or terrorism? Speaking of which, Greece is part of the Euro Zone because of World War II. And if anyone remembers back then, it was the U.S. that helped both Japan and the Euro Zone to rebuild their perspective countries after the big war. This led to the biggest economic wave in the 20th century. Now with Greece ready to bail (and Spain, Portugal and even Italy on the sidelines watching the action), look to the U.S. once again to put that region back together after the election.

Roger Penske is 75 and always ready for action. Thank you for bringing back the Grand Prix to Detroit. But really, what is the fascination to watching cars go around a track at 200mph?

Ford earned back its blue oval logo after 6 long years being held by creditors. Thank you Alan Mulally.

I could be addicted to Kettle Chips baked barbeque. Salt & Vinegar aren’t too bad either.

A sign the economy is turning around: Las Vegas. Went there a couple weeks ago. The pool and cabanas were packed with people drinking $25 frozen strawberry daiquiri’s and renting $1000 cabanas. We were talking to a bartender after noticing a very cool bottle of cognac and asked him what it was. He reached for the bottle, showed it to us and it was Lalique crystal. The bottle sells for $7,000 and each shot is $995. And he went on to say the bar in the casino sells a bottle a month.

Is June 1 this Friday? Really?

Happy Tuesday!