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John Pohlen, Salon Equipment International Founder, Passes Away

Industry veteran John William Pohlen passed away peacefully on December 23, 2012, at 54 years old. Pohlen, who began his career in the beauty business at his family’s California beauty shop, Barbara’s Beauty Supply, became a legacy after beginning his own beauty supply businesses, Salon Equipment International and SalonEquipment.com.

Under his guidance, the businesses expanded into one of the top salon and spa equipment businesses in the industry. A great businessman, Pohlen is also remembered as a beloved family man with a great sense of humor, a basketball lover and an inspiration. Memorial donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

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Kristen Heinzinger

Kristen Heinzinger is the managing editor at American Salon magazine, based in New York City. Born and raised in New York and a graduate of Boston University’s journalism program, Kristen has experience as a copy editor and writer for finance and art publications in NYC. Her combined passion for writing and the beauty industry brought her to American Salon, where she reports on the latest and greatest in hair, skincare, makeup and nails.