Out Of My Mind on a Friday Mornin’

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In case you were wondering about Vinylux by CND, we received 13 colors and a portion of wall racks. The wall racks are sold out and we hope to get another 100 in a couple of weeks. We are still waiting the status of the open stock shipment. I did open up one of the wall racks and was quite surprised to see how nice of a job CND did with these. Each rack (there are two) is pre-formed and has a unique beveled spot for each bottle. There are nice graphics on each shelf and it comes with an attractive header and polish tip discs. Those that didn’t pre-order this will be sorry. The first weekly polish is on its way to being a home run, but first, we need our order.

Speaking of polish, the new Cuccio Matchmaker’s are a match made in heaven. For only $7.99 salon price, you receive a matching Veneer and Polish, $16.00 value. The Matchmaker’s are available in 30 shades and have a very limited quantity. We already sold out our first shipment but will be back in stock early May.

Our first warehouse sale in a long time takes place Sunday, June 2 from 10AM to 2PM. It will feature lots of equipment, nail polish, hair tools, Ginger Lily Farms 8 oz. and other assorted goods. Savings up to 90% make it especially fun to shop.

Our Brazilian Blowout launch event is this Monday at our Academy in Farmington Hills and is oversold. With Mike Brady at the helm, the brand has re-invented itself and is the #1 straightening system going right now.

Are men getting more manicures?

With all the buzz about nail polish, wouldn’t it be great if we could color hair just like nails and make it EasyPeasy?

I hate to brag but our new The Industry Source magazine is one of our best yet. Love the cover featuring CND’s Vinylux model although leave it to Jan Arnold not to do a normal set of nails on the model. Jan has an entire feature inside the magazine.

Spring is officially coming to Michigan today after a brutal winter and extended lousy wintery spring period. Finally warmth and sunshine.

I’m starting to watch Dexter on demand. Are there guys like Dexter running around and we don’t know it?

Is it me or haven’t there been any trendy things going on in a while?

I’m off to Madrid for the big Colomer hairdresser award event. Never been to Spain but I heard the event draws thousands from across Europe and is quite the spectacle. I will take photos and share.

Happy Friday!

Out Of My Mind on a Friday Mornin’

What is your favorite thing about spring?

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In case you were wondering about Vinylux by CND, we received 13 colors and a portion of wall racks. The wall racks are sold out and we hope to get another 100 in a couple of weeks. We are still waiting the status of the open stock shipment. I did open up one of the wall racks and was quite surprised to see how nice of a job CND did with these. Each rack (there are two) is pre-formed and has a unique beveled spot for each bottle. There are nice graphics on each shelf and it comes with an attractive header and polish tip discs. Those that didn’t pre-order this will be sorry. The first weekly polish is on its way to being a home run, but first, we need our order.

Speaking of polish, the new Cuccio Matchmaker’s are a match made in heaven. For only $7.99 salon price, you receive a matching Veneer and Polish, $16.00 value. The Matchmaker’s are available in 30 shades and have a very limited quantity. We already sold out our first shipment but will be back in stock early May.

Our first warehouse sale in a long time takes place Sunday, June 2 from 10AM to 2PM. It will feature lots of equipment, nail polish, hair tools, Ginger Lily Farms 8 oz. and other assorted goods. Savings up to 90% make it especially fun to shop.

Our Brazilian Blowout launch event is this Monday at our Academy in Farmington Hills and is oversold. With Mike Brady at the helm, the brand has re-invented itself and is the #1 straightening system going right now.

Are men getting more manicures?

With all the buzz about nail polish, wouldn’t it be great if we could color hair just like nails and make it EasyPeasy?

I hate to brag but our new The Industry Source magazine is one of our best yet. Love the cover featuring CND’s Vinylux model although leave it to Jan Arnold not to do a normal set of nails on the model. Jan has an entire feature inside the magazine.

Spring is officially coming to Michigan today after a brutal winter and extended lousy wintery spring period. Finally warmth and sunshine.

I’m starting to watch Dexter on demand. Are there guys like Dexter running around and we don’t know it?

Is it me or haven’t there been any trendy things going on in a while?

I’m off to Madrid for the big Colomer hairdresser award event. Never been to Spain but I heard the event draws thousands from across Europe and is quite the spectacle. I will take photos and share.

Happy Friday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

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Week 2: MSU 41, CMU 7. Spartans now ranked #9 according to AP. Next up: Notre Dame. Big game Saturday night at Spartan Stadium. Can the Spartan’s make it 16 in a row at home? One note of interest was that this was MSU’s first appearance at Central. The game had a record attendance of more than 35,000 and both marching bands joined in at the end of halftime. Very cool.

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Both the LIons and Wolverines were lucky to pull out victories. Let’s see what happens when they play quality teams. And yes, it has been a while since Spartan’s had bragging rights.

My yoga teacher today repeated a well know proverb, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” One of the best.

Beauty Buzz is less than a month away, hard to believe. It’s going to be a fabulous program and a huge fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It is October 7, 4-6PM at the Motor City Casino Hotel Sound Board. Visit for more info.

Over Labor Day, Carter came in to visit. Now 7 months old and already eating real foods and standing up. It is very cool watching the growing up process all over again. All of a sudden, 18 years from birth to college doesn’t sound like a long time.

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Mitch Albom has yet another book out, this one about time, The Time Keeper. I have not read the book but it starts out about the person who actually decided to come up with a way of keeping track of time. This lead to a day, week, month and year concept. Albom discusses what it would be like if we had no calendars, no watches and no time to pay attention to. What I have always found fascinating about time is that everyone complains they never have enough of it. But when it comes to finding time to do things they really want to do like go on vacation, people always find the time for that. One subject that Albom recently wrote about in the Sunday Free Press is how time eludes us quickly and there is a reason why we don’t live forever. One comment he made that resonates is why do we want more time? So many people are in a routine and they don’t want to step outside that routine even for important events. Time marches on, it’s what we do with it that counts.

Moroccanoil Body hits salons and spas this month. Premium retail line, premium pricing and premium packaging. Retail prices range from $10 to $52. It will be interesting to see which, if any, argon oil hair care companies follow suit.

ULTA announces record earnings and store revenue once again driving the stock to over $100 a share.

Joico is updating its entire line with new packaging for 2013. The current packaging never took off and word is that the new packaging will feature brighter and bolder colors. Hmm, wonder if ULTA buyers had a say in this?

Jan Arnold is the mastermind behind Shellac and the co-founder of CND. Jan is hosting perhaps her last really big Shellac class in Detroit October 8. The event has sold out but we have added another 50 tickets due to demand. If you are into gel color, then this class is a must. You will be amazed at what you can do with Shellac and a few nail art items to create amazing nails.

Wednesday Apple will unveil the iPhone 5. This will be the most incredible smart phone of all, at least for the next few months. Larger screen, 4LTE technology, perhaps NFC technology (to scan credit cards without taking them out of your purse or wallet), navigation that talks while you drive, online music streaming (good-bye Pandora) and a whole bunch of more stuff that we didn’t know we needed. The iPad Mini will be even more fun.

Happy Monday!

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

Out Of My Mind On A Monday Mornin’

When are you buying the iPhone 5?

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Week 2: MSU 41, CMU 7. Spartans now ranked #9 according to AP. Next up: Notre Dame. Big game Saturday night at Spartan Stadium. Can the Spartan’s make it 16 in a row at home? One note of interest was that this was MSU’s first appearance at Central. The game had a record attendance of more than 35,000 and both marching bands joined in at the end of halftime. Very cool.

IMG_1380

Both the LIons and Wolverines were lucky to pull out victories. Let’s see what happens when they play quality teams. And yes, it has been a while since Spartan’s had bragging rights.

My yoga teacher today repeated a well know proverb, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” One of the best.

Beauty Buzz is less than a month away, hard to believe. It’s going to be a fabulous program and a huge fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It is October 7, 4-6PM at the Motor City Casino Hotel Sound Board. Visit for more info.

Over Labor Day, Carter came in to visit. Now 7 months old and already eating real foods and standing up. It is very cool watching the growing up process all over again. All of a sudden, 18 years from birth to college doesn’t sound like a long time.

IMG_1367

Mitch Albom has yet another book out, this one about time, The Time Keeper. I have not read the book but it starts out about the person who actually decided to come up with a way of keeping track of time. This lead to a day, week, month and year concept. Albom discusses what it would be like if we had no calendars, no watches and no time to pay attention to. What I have always found fascinating about time is that everyone complains they never have enough of it. But when it comes to finding time to do things they really want to do like go on vacation, people always find the time for that. One subject that Albom recently wrote about in the Sunday Free Press is how time eludes us quickly and there is a reason why we don’t live forever. One comment he made that resonates is why do we want more time? So many people are in a routine and they don’t want to step outside that routine even for important events. Time marches on, it’s what we do with it that counts.

Moroccanoil Body hits salons and spas this month. Premium retail line, premium pricing and premium packaging. Retail prices range from $10 to $52. It will be interesting to see which, if any, argon oil hair care companies follow suit.

ULTA announces record earnings and store revenue once again driving the stock to over $100 a share.

Joico is updating its entire line with new packaging for 2013. The current packaging never took off and word is that the new packaging will feature brighter and bolder colors. Hmm, wonder if ULTA buyers had a say in this?

Jan Arnold is the mastermind behind Shellac and the co-founder of CND. Jan is hosting perhaps her last really big Shellac class in Detroit October 8. The event has sold out but we have added another 50 tickets due to demand. If you are into gel color, then this class is a must. You will be amazed at what you can do with Shellac and a few nail art items to create amazing nails.

Wednesday Apple will unveil the iPhone 5. This will be the most incredible smart phone of all, at least for the next few months. Larger screen, 4LTE technology, perhaps NFC technology (to scan credit cards without taking them out of your purse or wallet), navigation that talks while you drive, online music streaming (good-bye Pandora) and a whole bunch of more stuff that we didn’t know we needed. The iPad Mini will be even more fun.

Happy Monday!

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!

CND (aka Jan Arnold) Does NY Fashion Week 2012

CND (aka Jan Arnold) Does NY Fashion Week 2012

No where is fashion more prevalent in the USA than New York. And no one in our industry is more attached to NY Fashion Week than Jan Arnold.

While her father invented Solar Nails and her brother Jim managed the growth of the company, Jan was always “out there” on the cusp. Jan never bowed to what others wore in clothing, shoes or makeup. Rather Jan has always been a walking billboard of individuality, healthy living, shopping and how can we not mention. . .nails.

So it was no surprise when Jan and Jim sold their company to Colomer, that Jan wanted to stay on as their “fashion advisor.” Truthfully, I don’t know Jan’s title but when it comes to nail creations, no one does it like her. John Heffner, Jan’s just retired boss even introduced a polish line to satisfy Jan’s intense creative (how do you like use of that word!) needs, Colour & Effects. Truly artistic people use these products religiously. But fame and notoriety didn’t come from this and that didn’t stop Jan’s fashion parade for a second. She was doing NY Fashion Week before it was even a week long.

Jan’s true talents and perhaps one of her top highlights of her career came with the launch of Shellac and the totally unexpected media coverage the line received. Jan as flamboyant as can be (who else can get away with bleached white hair, 6” heel patent boots and a dress you don’t find at Barney’s on any given day) became a sensation and came into the limelight naturally. Shellac was not only revolutionary but it gave Jan creative freedom to explore design like never before. Even though Shellac launched in only 12 colors, Jan figured out a way to “layer” colors to create many more custom colors and with the launch of the next 12 shades, figured out a way to perfect nail art using Shellac exclusively.

The results are impressive but if you talk to Jan, she hasn’t changed one bit. She loves what she does and always has. Who else can do a daily blog at NY Fashion Week complete with photos and commentary AND be backstage for hours on end? Here are some of my favorite pics posted, please visit http://cndfashionweek.com/Spring2012/category/day-1/ to see her entire post:

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If anything, Jan has brought nails into the fashion scene and onto the runways. While the focus is still on legs, breasts, and hair, at least nails are big enough for designers to take notice. And if sales of Shellac are any indication of fashion success, then we can only imagine than Jan will be doing what Jan does best for a very long time.

Happy Tuesday!