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Paul Mitchell The School Opens in Santa Barbara

John Paul Mitchell Systems CEO and cofounder John Paul DeJoria, Dean of Paul Mitchell The School Winn Claybaugh and Santa Barbara, CA, Mayor Marty Blum were all on hand to celebrate the opening of the newest Paul Mitchell The School in Santa Barbara, CA, and welcome its class of Future Professionals.

From Top: George Morales, Winn Claybaugh, Dianne Ingram, Mayor Marty Blum, Brennan Claybaugh, Angus Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria participate in the ribbon-cutting at the opening of Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara; the staff from Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara; Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara owners George Morales, Lori Noble, Chris Claybaugh, Denny Claybaugh, Angus Mitchell, Dianne Ingram, John Paul DeJoria, Winn Claybaugh and Brennan Claybaugh.
From Top: George Morales, Winn Claybaugh, Dianne Ingram, Mayor Marty Blum, Brennan Claybaugh, Angus Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria participate in the ribbon-cutting at the opening of Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara; the staff from Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara; Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara owners George Morales, Lori Noble, Chris Claybaugh, Denny Claybaugh, Angus Mitchell, Dianne Ingram, John Paul DeJoria, Winn Claybaugh and Brennan Claybaugh.

Situated on Anacapa Street in the seaside enclave, the new state-of-the-art facility is part of the Paul Mitchell The School corporate school program, which supports a group of schools that have joined together to promote learning, networking, collaboration and development. The owners of Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara have prepared and trained for the alliance for more than a year. They will work and educate exclusively with John Paul Mitchell Systems products, and instructors and students will follow an aggressive ongoing educational and cultural development program to mirror that of Paul Mitchell The School in Costa Mesa, CA, among others.

Commenting on the latest addition, Claybaugh said, "Santa Barbara is such a beautiful place. The strength of the hairdressing community there is so strong that we always knew we would one day open one of our schools there. A night of pouring rain could not put a damper on our beautiful grand opening. The packed house that night, filled with salons, the mayor and the business community, all added up to the perfect launch for a Paul Mitchell School that I know will make a huge difference." —KELLEY DONAHUE

Scruples Hosts 25th Integrity Celebration

Scruples Professional Salon Products hosted more than 300 beauty industry professionals from around the world at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for its 25th anniversary Integrity Celebration, where the company acknowledged distributors who have been with them for all 25 years with Service Award plaques. Scruples also unveiled its latest products in a spectacular hair show.

With 40 years of combined experience in the field and a year spent on research and development, Frank Liguori and Jack Storey launched the Scruples brand in 1983 based on integrity and commitment to the industry. What began as a venture between two friends with only five products has since become a major contender in the multimillion-dollar beauty business. Today the company sells millions of products to salons worldwide, and A-listers like Debra Messing and Jennifer Garner use their products.

CLOCKWISE, from top: CEO Frank Liguori, Sr., and President Jack Storey honor distributors for 25 Years of Integrity; Storey and Liguori, Sr., reflecting on 25 years of Scruples; Scruples launches True Integrity Opalescent Colour Crème with the models sporting the new colors; the Integrity Celebration show finale.
CLOCKWISE, from top: CEO Frank Liguori, Sr., and President Jack Storey honor distributors for 25 Years of Integrity; Storey and Liguori, Sr., reflecting on 25 years of Scruples; Scruples launches True Integrity Opalescent Colour Crème with the models sporting the new colors; the Integrity Celebration show finale.

All three of Liguori's children are now also a part of the Scruples business. According to his daughter Tracy, the company's marketing director, "Running a family business takes a great deal of balance, cooperation and compromise, but it is also marked by much love and pride in what we do and all that we're trying to accomplishtogether."?—NATALIE GONZALEZ

BennieFactor Launches Exclusive Club

Bennie Pollard and BennieFactor Products recently launched a membership club called Very Important BennieFactor Enthusiasts (V.I.B.E.). This new and exclusive club keeps its members a step ahead of the competition by providing them with an understanding of design principles, instilling business values and assisting in the development of their chosen hairdressing field. Members receive benefits like special prices on BennieFactor products, free access to the Living Lab seminar and an invitation to the biannual V.I.B.E. awareness private-education session. For more information, visit benniefactor.com or call 866/277-4448. —N.G.

A NAHA award-winning style from Bennie Pollard.
A NAHA award-winning style from Bennie Pollard.

OPI Academy Takes its Tips on Tour

OPI has just scheduled its workshop tour dates for 2008. The OPI workshop offers nail professionals the chance to learn new and fast techniques while also teaching the keys to success in building a salon business. "OPI is committed to the ongoing education of nail professionals," said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director. Participants get a chance to work one-on-one with John Hauk, the man who led Team OPI to win the 2007 NailPro Cup. Every workshop attendee will get an Absolute Intro Kit and an OPI Professional Files Sampler–all of this for the $50 tuition fee. OPI International Spokesperson Joey Brown will make sure all attendees leave with helpful tips. For tour dates, visit opi.com or call 800/341-9999. —N.G.

clockwise, from above: Joey Brown, OPI international spokesperson; John Hauk, award-winning nail competitor; Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director.
clockwise, from above: Joey Brown, OPI international spokesperson; John Hauk, award-winning nail competitor; Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI executive vice president and artistic director.

Beloved Michigan Consultant Retires

After 45 of years of working as a salon consultant, Glen Griffore plans to retire following his 65th birthday in April. The Michigan native started his career in the beauty industry straight out of high school in 1962, when he worked as a delivery boy for his family's business, Glamour Beauty. Since then, he has served a short stand in the National Guard and later moved on to work for Maly's beauty supply, his current employer, in Michigan. "I felt lucky to get in with Maly's because they are a progressive company," Griffore said. He has been working with them since 1985.

On average, Griffore visits a whopping 12 to 15 salons a day and drives about 1,100 miles a week, rain or shine. He tries to reach each and every one of his 150 salon clients biweekly. After so many years with the same clients, strong ties and friendships have developed. "I like being able to see a salon grow," Griffore said. "Some of my clients are like family to me."

After such a long and productive career, Griffore plans to enjoy the downside that will come with retirement. "It's time to turn over the wheel to a younger person," he said. "I'm looking forward to sitting in Arizona for a few months when it gets cold here." —N.G.

Glen Griffore and his wife, Liz
Glen Griffore and his wife, Liz





John Paul DeJoria Helps Raise AIDS Awareness in South Africa

John Paul DeJoria, CEO and cofounder of Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS), lent the AIDS cause a helping hand in Africa. At the personal request of former South African President Nelson Mandela, DeJoria joined 40 music artists and celebrities at the 46664 Concert in Johannesburg to help raise AIDS awareness. Ludacris, Annie Lennox and the Goo Goo Dolls were just some of the celebrities who helped the cause.

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Team Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria; DeJoria outside of Love & Beauty Hair Saloon near Port Elizabeth, South Africa; DeJoria with Ludacris; DeJoria with Nelson Mandela
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Team Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria; DeJoria outside of Love & Beauty Hair Saloon near Port Elizabeth, South Africa; DeJoria with Ludacris; DeJoria with Nelson Mandela

DeJoria addressed the audience on behalf of the 200,000-strong JPMS support staff. "In South Africa more than 30 percent of pregnant women have HIV, and for each one who starts treatment, at least four new cases come on board," he said.

In addition to speaking at the concert, DeJoria also helped raise more than $1 million at a private luncheon with Mandela. Paul Mitchell The Schools raised $50,000 to benefit Food4Africa, while DeJoria donated an additional $50,000 on behalf of hairdressers around the world. Both donations will feed 4,000 orphans at least one nutritious meal a day. "Part of our culture here at JPMS is to give back," DeJoria said. —N.G.

MUZIK Beauty Bar Brings Style to Club Goers

MUZIK Beauty Bar in Hollywood, CA, and Toronto is the first-known place in the United States and Canada that combines a nightclub and salon for the ultimate vanity experience. At the 2,000-square-foot private lounge located upstairs from MUZIK nightclub, women can enjoy complimentary hairstyling and makeup touch-ups, provided by Donato Salon and Spa, using Profound Beauty products, from 9 P.M. to midnight. MUZIK is the ultimate destination spot for the Toronto and Hollywood elite, including Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci and Carmen Electra.This hot spot will also host the regional qualifying event for Miss Universe Canada 2008. —N.G.

ABOVE: Guests get gorgeous before hitting the dance floor; RIGHT: a stylist from Donato Salon gives an attendee a quick haircut.
ABOVE: Guests get gorgeous before hitting the dance floor; RIGHT: a stylist from Donato Salon gives an attendee a quick haircut.

Eufora Educates and Empowers Stylists

Eufora reached out to salon owners at its annual educational conference. An energetic runway show that highlighted marketable hairstyles created for your average client kicked off the festivities. Dee Fortier, Canadian Eufora educator, armed stylists with tips on how to appeal to competition judges with her "Lights, Camera, Action" workshop, while Patrick Anderson, a scientist from Terry Laboratories informed attendees about the benefits of using products with aloe vera. Additional workshops on brand-building, increasing revenue and implementing successful public relations campaigns were also offered.

Clockwise, from top: A runway model shows off a look that was taught during a long-hair dressing breakout; stylists participated in a long-hair cutting breakout, where they learned how to cut a discernible shape into the hair while maintaining length; salon owners and stylists take notes during the business education session, "Living the Dream," which taught stylists the behaviors of highly successful beauty practitioners; Canadian Eufora educator Dee Fortier cuts and styles a runway model whose look reflects techniques used in the long-hair cutting session; Eufora Salon Owners Network representatives introduce the Declaration of Independent Salons.
Clockwise, from top: A runway model shows off a look that was taught during a long-hair dressing breakout; stylists participated in a long-hair cutting breakout, where they learned how to cut a discernible shape into the hair while maintaining length; salon owners and stylists take notes during the business education session, "Living the Dream," which taught stylists the behaviors of highly successful beauty practitioners; Canadian Eufora educator Dee Fortier cuts and styles a runway model whose look reflects techniques used in the long-hair cutting session; Eufora Salon Owners Network representatives introduce the Declaration of Independent Salons.

The Eufora Salon Owners Network (ESON) introduced the Declaration of Independent Salons, a manifesto declaring their commitment to each other and to protect their industry against diversion. The 400 salon owners and stylists received it with a standing ovation.

Eufora also announced a new yearlong North American Eufora Friends initiative to assist CHILDHELP, an organization dedicated to the fight against child abuse. The Eufora network will champion the cause throughout 2008 starting in April. —N.G.



John Paul DeJoria Works to Save a Wildlife Preserve

John Paul DeJoria, John Paul Mitchell Systems cofounder and CEO, is quite the conservationist. In an effort to help excavate and protect the Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve in northern Guatemala, DeJoria held a private dinner at his Malibu home with key supporters. Dr. Richard D. Hansen, director of the Mirador Basin Project, President-elect of Guatemala Alvaro Colom, President of JPMS Luke Jacobellis and actor Mel Gibson were just a few of the important guests who attended the dinner to discuss the issues. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Maya Biosphere has lost 70 percent of its forests in the last 10 years, but the establishment of the Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve will help save the last remaining forests of the biosphere. "John Paul will go down in history among the greatest conservationists in world history," Hansen said. —N.G.

John Paul DeJoria (center) with President-elect of Guatemala Alvaro Colom, Michæline DeJoria, Eloisa DeJoria, actor Mel Gibson and Dr. Richard D. Hansen at a dinner to support the Mirador Basin.
John Paul DeJoria (center) with President-elect of Guatemala Alvaro Colom, Michæline DeJoria, Eloisa DeJoria, actor Mel Gibson and Dr. Richard D. Hansen at a dinner to support the Mirador Basin.

Zotos International Hosts Cut & Color-a-Thon

Zotos International hosted its fifth annual Cut & Color-a-Thon and Bake Sale, which raised $13,000 for City of Hope, a cancer research institute dedicated to finding the causes of cancer and also a cure. The three-day event, held at the Artistic Institute (Darien, CT), was open to the public and featured local and renowned hairstylists who volunteered their time to provide services at discounted rates. This donation is in addition to the $25,000 Zotos donated throughout 2007 from other marketing initiatives. —N.P.

Joico educator Lisa Pickersgill volunteered her time and expertise to help give Zotos Public Relations Assistant Shannon Colley a new and improved 'do.
Joico educator Lisa Pickersgill volunteered her time and expertise to help give Zotos Public Relations Assistant Shannon Colley a new and improved 'do.
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