Bassett Salon Solutions Loving Kemon

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If you ever want to meet a guy even nicer than me in the industry, then you will want to meet Ward Bassett who owns Bassett Salon Solutions (BSS).

Ward has been around the block a few times and ran one of the sales divisions for Maly’s when they were privately owned. Ward left to start his own company in 2007 along with his wife Christina. Like us, their focus is on the salon’s well being and their team is dedicated on providing the best products, education and support.

Needing a color line, Ward and I connected and he brought on Kemon. It was love at first sight (not between Ward and I, please) but with Ward’s customers and the brand. Now with the introduction of NaYo, the industry’s first ammonia-free, PPD-free, fragrance-free and dermatologist recommended hair color, salon demand is going through the roof. They are also digging Cramer color and Actyva Care retail products. But what BSS is really loving is the education and support that Kemon is giving their salons. I want to share this message that came from Suse Sullivan, Director of Education for BSS:

“Hi Kelly and Randy – first I want to thank you again for supporting us and our accounts with sending Lindsaya and Nikki last weekend.  They are a “dynamic duo” and truly made a great impression on many of our Kemon users through their knowledge, creativity, passion and their sincere desire to simply share!!

They accommodated a last minute request to do a PK/Formulation class on Sunday morning at a new account who just got the green light from the inspector that they could open on Monday.  Raquel Mercedes (Coach in training) just opened her own salon,  Jayden Presleigh, The Salon & Spa, which is BEAUTIFUL and was able to convince her new stylists that they had to use Kemon color.  Lindsaya and Nikki did a beautiful job going over the color lines and then helping them formulate on a few live models.  From what I’m hearing the stylists are off to a great start and getting more and more comfortable with the color and the options they have as they carry all varieties of Kemon that we have.

We then went to Headlines THE Salon and they had 2 models (1 each).  Lindsaya’s model was very brassy and she did a beautiful job at toning her down and giving her a beautiful warm blonde finish.
Nikki’s model was a client of Lauren’s and she did a beautiful Ombre and walked them through the technique.  Both models turned out beautiful and were very happy with the results as were the stylists.

I’m sure you already know this, but I have to say that Lindsaya is truly an asset!!  Her technical ability is spot on but it’s how she relays the information and simplifies it that makes it impactful.  I (along with everyone else) really enjoyed listening to her describe the points of difference within Kemon’s color portfolio.  I wish I could throw water on her so she’d multiply!!!!”

For me, this is the Kool-Aid that gets hairdressers, colorists and salon owners excited about hair color. And when it comes to hair color, Kemon is leading the way worldwide. BSS is a testament of what is happening in the USA.

Congratulations Ward, Christina, Suse and the the entire BSS team for your continued success.

Happy Friday!

Out Of Mind On a Wednesday Morning

Out Of Mind On a Wednesday Morning

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80 and sunny, not just today but all week. Broken records all over the place and it’s only March. Totally amazing but what will June-August be like?

Education continues to be the linchpin for those wanting to get ahead. The mantra, “Never stop learning” is more important today than ever before. This past Monday we had nearly 100 hairdressers in for the Kemon OMBRE workshop led by Eric Lindsey and the Kemon Coaches Team. OMBRE is a French technique that is very hot on the runway right now for coloring hair starting dark at the roots and lightening it gradually through to the ends. Everyone loved the class and it will be a hit at salons.

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OMBRE CLASS AT THE ACADEMY                                                      ERIC LINDSEY ANSWERING QUESTIONS

Speaking of very cool, black 15in1 was featured in the NY TImes last Thursday and is in the current issue of People Style Watch. It made it’s debut in Quebec last week and will hit Toronto next weekend. Be sure to checkout the new Facebook Timeline page at Facebook/black15in1. As an FYI, all Facebook pages will move to Timeline by April 1.

We are very excited to be on the ground floor of American Cancer Society’s new Choose You program. tng worldwide will be the Presenting Sponsor for the inaugural luncheon kick-off May 11 at Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield. Choose You is focused on women and cancer prevention with a strong focus on health, diet and wellness but just as important, for women to understand it’s their time to focus on themselves. This will be a huge program for us and ACS and we look forward to bringing it salons throughout the USA.

We were thrilled to sell more than 50,000 bottles of Shellac in February. But then Apple announced it sold more than 3 million iPads on its opening weekend. . .at $500 a pop, that is more than $1.5 BILLION in sales. Can you imagine?

I read the Hunger Games and I will leave it to Scholastic: They know how to publish great kids books (Harry Potter books among others), now they need to learn to make money doing so. The book has created a worldwide sensation and I can see why after reading it. Is there any better age group than 12-18 to focus on right now?

MSU is hot and most likely going to the Final Four once again. Too bad about Michigan and Duke losing in the first round. OUCH!

Gas at over $4 a gallon isn’t making headlines like when gas hit $3 a gallon a couple years back. Perhaps we are used to higher gas prices and know most other countries are paying a whole lot more. And with all the warm weather, refineries are having a tough time making enough gasoline as it is.

I listened to Jimmy Buffett’s rendition of the Rolling Stones song, “You Can’t Always Have What You Want” and it was sensational live. But what was really good was his added line at the end, “As long as you have everything that you need.”

OPI’s new Nail App’s are very cool and could be the next “Crackle.” They come in lots of patterns and last up to 2 weeks, best applied with UV top coat. Now in stock!

Love the longer days and nights, hate the GEESE! Isn’t there anything we can do with them???

Happy Wednesday!

Cosmoprof Preview: Kemon

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Texts, phone calls and emails are flowing as new product suppliers try desperately to book appointments with distributors for Cosmoprof, now just a few days away. It appears that most of the lines are focused on Keratin straightening and some spin on a wet line. For instance, Jim Markham not satisfied with selling Abba and then Pureology is back with yet another line, Cureology. How L’Oreal allowed that name, who knows. But Markham is a marketer and if he can get away with it, he will. To the best of my knowledge, there is only one company focused on innovative and new hair color at Cosmoprof and that is Kemon.

Kemon is a unique company founded some 52 years ago in a little town in the beautiful district of Tuscany. Kemon always believed in research and development and to this day, boasts a modern facility with full time scientists developing new technology. Kemon also always believed in manufacturing their own products. Unlike most companies, Kemon makes everything it sells. Kemon also does its own fulfilling, packaging and distribution. Their Academy is outstanding.

For hairdressers and colorists, they make the best products, both hair care and hair color. But they know salon folks want more and that is why they invest millions each year in photography, models, and partner with the best Italian fashion houses including Prada, Armani, Gucci and Louis Vuitton to produce their seasonal collections. To get a better sense of what Kemon does, click here.

At Cosmoprof, Kemon will be showing off its hot new NaYo hair color: Free of ammonia, PPD and odor and contains both organic and natural ingredients. Available in 71 beautiful shades, NaYo lifts up to 5 levels, covers gray 100% and leaves hair soft and shining. Kemon will also be featuring its latest addition to its Actyva Hair Care line also made of organic and natural ingredients.

What’s amazing about all this is the interest level from consumers. They are seeking NaYo and wondering where they can go. Just like Shellac got consumers back to salons, so will NaYo and Actyva (way too many consumers buying hair color at Wal-Mart and doing it themselves).

For now, the new Kemon website is live, kemonusa.com and being updated constantly. New Kemon salons are being added daily. Later this year, an entire new PR campaign will launch and as I wrote about recently, a Kemon Academy in NYC.

Coming up: black 15in1 new products.

Happy Wednesday!

FRINGE Dallas 2011 A Smash Hit

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They started lining up outside the Granada theater half past five. The weather was overcast and 40 on a football playoff Sunday afternoon. By the time the doors opened at 6PM, more than 300 excited hairdressers and salon owners were in line. The sold-out event attracted 500 altogether.

As I greeted many of the patrons entering, the first thing I noticed was how excited they were to be present at the event. This being their first TNG event and actually their first Dallas event in memory, it was easy to pick up their level of expectation and excitement. I met hairdressers from Houston, Austin, Ft. Worth, places in-between and of course Dallas. With Houston 5 hours away and Austin 3 hours away, they came in for the weekend and had themselves a good time.

The $25 ticket included a buffet dinner which was designed really as deluxe appetizers. But the Granada chefs (who would have known) are master chefs and take pride in their work. They make everything from scratch including their sauces, all this in a kitchen the size of a matchbox. The homemade ravioli was the huge hit as patrons loaded up plates of it. Also popular was the bruschetta on endive leaves, the Granada’s famous brisket sliders, fresh selection of cheese and veggies along with a few other tasty nibblers. The food was a hit.

The place was packed and the curtain opened at 7PM. After our TNG video played, I introduced myself to the audience and once again, they were very excited to be at FRINGE and ready for the show.

The show kicked off with the Kemon Artistic Team which featured seven models all using NaYo color. AMK (Aaron Michael), Nikki Jackson (Salon Lux) were stunning on stage and Andy Bernard was present behind the scenes. It took more than two days of prep for the 25 minute segment but it was worth it. Next up was Eufora followed by Michael O’Rourke (Texans love him), the launch of black 15in1 featuring Luden Henquist, Artistic Director and the finale was Davines featuring two of their top NY stylists.

FRINGE ended around 9:30PM and believe it or not, most people were still in their seats when it ended. They wanted more. Many lounged around the Granada afterwards having yet another cocktail. There was plenty of networking going on and the inaugural kick-off event was in the history books. Plans for FRINGE 2012 are underway.

Happy Wednesday!

P.S. Special thanks to our very own Kelly Vincler and Randy Riggle for their over the top efforts!

Kemon: The Land of Education, Food & Fun

Kemon: The Land of Education, Food & Fun

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Kemon is located in the heart of Tuscan country in the little town of San Giustino. The town has a “downtown” with the ubiquitous church, fresh veggie/fruit market, coffee bar, cafe, flower shop and other much need necessities like wine and cheese.

Just a couple miles away lies Kemon, a sprawling complex of buildings that keeps on getting bigger. Inside one building is the warehouse of finished goods; another building does the color formulation and filling of tubes; another has the Academy and research and development area.

It was in this building that over 20 Kemon enthusiasts from Michigan spent several days soaking up the culture, education, food and fun. They learned first hand about NaYo, hair color for the next generation of colorists. They learned first hand about Kemon’s cutting techniques and style collections.

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There is nothing like learning right at the factory, the heart of the operation. And doing hair color and products for more than 50 years, Kemon is on top of their game. Below is a picture of the group.

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After a lot of hard work, the reward was the best part: Homemade Italian eating and drinking. Yummy!

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This is what makes hairdressing rewarding, inspirational and fun. Perhaps one year I will be invited; if I only knew how to hold a pair of shears!

Happy Wednesday!

Kemon: The Land of Education, Food & Fun

Kemon: The Land of Education, Food & Fun

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Kemon is located in the heart of Tuscan country in the little town of San Giustino. The town has a “downtown” with the ubiquitous church, fresh veggie/fruit market, coffee bar, cafe, flower shop and other much need necessities like wine and cheese.

Just a couple miles away lies Kemon, a sprawling complex of buildings that keeps on getting bigger. Inside one building is the warehouse of finished goods; another building does the color formulation and filling of tubes; another has the Academy and research and development area.

It was in this building that over 20 Kemon enthusiasts from Michigan spent several days soaking up the culture, education, food and fun. They learned first hand about NaYo, hair color for the next generation of colorists. They learned first hand about Kemon’s cutting techniques and style collections.

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There is nothing like learning right at the factory, the heart of the operation. And doing hair color and products for more than 50 years, Kemon is on top of their game. Below is a picture of the group.

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After a lot of hard work, the reward was the best part: Homemade Italian eating and drinking. Yummy!

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This is what makes hairdressing rewarding, inspirational and fun. Perhaps one year I will be invited; if I only knew how to hold a pair of shears!

Happy Wednesday!