L'Oréal Celebrates 100th Anniversary in Paris
In honor of L'Oréal Professionnel's 100th anniversary, the company hosted a global celebration in Paris for three days in June. Approximately 4,000 hairdressers from more than 70 countries gathered to participate in the brand's first-annual professional symposium to share ideas, techniques and their visions for the future of hairstyling. Attendees took part in six Master Shows organized around cut, color and styling programs. Big names from the United States in attendance included Joel Warren, Ted Gibson, Jo Blackwell and David Evangelista, who blogged about his experience for American Salon. "This trip was awe-inspiring and life-changing for me," he wrote. "To me, it signified that we are all moving in the right direction, one idea at a time." —L.M.
David Evangelista visiting The Louvre during the L'Oréal celebration in Paris.
Joico's Sara Jones Honored for Outstanding Performance
Sara Jones, senior vice president and general manager of Joico and ISO, has been given the Professional Business Operations Division Chief Officer Award from parent company Shiseido. The special award ceremony took place at the company's headquarters in Japan. According to Kouzo Hanada, chief officer of Shiseido's Professional Business Operations Division, the professional haircare division was in decline before Jones came on board in 2005. With Jones leading the way, Joico underwent a successful relaunch and the division experienced double-digit growth. Jones accepted the award on behalf of her team back in the United States. —L.M.
Redken Launches Facebook Application for Blondes
Redken is reaching out to the fair-haired members of the Facebook community with its new 10,000 Blondes Facebook application. Members are invited to submit their photos, identify their blonde celebrity muses, receive samples and learn about the Redken products formulated especially for blondes. "We know that our consumers love to use social media as a tool for beauty inspiration or to share their latest looks," said Rachel Weiss, senior director of interactive marketing for Redken. "This application was designed to create a community for blondes, who we know have unique hair needs and challenges, from styling finer hair to maintaining a healthy, bright color." —L.M.
Stylists Compete in Sport Clips' The Look Competition
At Sport Clips' recent National Huddle in Orlando, FL, $6,000 was up for grabs at this year's The Look competition. The five stylists chosen to compete were challenged to create a winning look, and a panel of judges reviewed the styles in front of a crowd of almost 1,200 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Kym Hill of Fort Worth, Texas, was declared the winner of the competition and received $2,500 and a pair of Arius Eickert shears. Her design will be part of Sport Clips' training, and a poster with the winning style will be displayed in stores across the country. Runner-up Jayme Interthal of Pittsburgh received $1,500 and honorable mention recipient Cabrena Hall of Mesa, AZ, received $1,000. Fourth and fifth place winners Tracy Reece of Orlando and Dina Berglund of Vernon Hills, IL, respectively, received $500 each. —A.F.
Andis Announces Sales Rep of the Year Award
Jay Davis of Van Nest Coleman & Associates, a manufacturer's representative for the beauty industry, was honored with the Andis Sales Representative of the Year Award for attaining the highest sales volume among all sales representatives in 2008. The award was announced at Andis' sales meeting in Las Vegas, where Davis received a plaque decorated with a gold-plated Andis blade. "This award recognizes the tremendous effort that Jay Davis has expended in expanding the distribution for Andis' extensive line of beauty and barber products," said Matt K. Andis, executive vice president, Andis. —A.F.
Lunatic Fringe Salons Host Annual Fundraiser
Salt Lake City's Lunatic Fringe Salons partnered with Paul Mitchell The School in Holladay, Utah, to raise $27,000 for several nonprofit organizations at its fourth-annual Giving Back Is the New Black, Especially When It's Green fundraiser. The event drew nearly 400 people for a hair and fashion show coordinated by Lunatic Fringe Artistic Director Janae Mechling and her creative team of 10 stylists. The event's beneficiaries included the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, which provides education and financial assistance to students and new salon professionals, City of Hope, Food4Africa and others. —L.M.
UBC to Award One Beauty Pro $25,000
Ultimate Beauty Companies (UBC) recently announced UBC Makes Dreams Come True, a new giveaway that will award one licensed beauty professional $25,000 in cash. "We are very excited to have an opportunity to give back to salon professionals in a big way," said Morad Zahabian, CEO and founder, Ultimate Beauty Companies. "This year, as a result of the current economic climate, we felt that most everyone would prefer a little more cash in their pockets. We're really looking forward to being able to help make someone's dreams come true." Entries will be accepted through January 5, 2010. No purchase is necessary for the first entry; however, each additional entry requires a $1,000 order from UBC. The winner will be drawn at the International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE) in Long Beach, CA, on February 7, 2010. For more information or to enter the giveaway, visit profile.to/ubcgiveaway. —A.F.
New Faces, New Bases
CND welcomes Aude DeGregorio as marketing manager. In this position, she will oversee the spa category in support of upcoming innovations and projects. She most recently served as brand manager at ZO Skin Health.
The Kirschner Group announced the appointment of Jane Caris as vice president of sales and marketing and the addition of Carolyn Reeves to the company's West Coast sales team. Reeves will be calling on accounts in the Northern California marketplace.
Matrix announced the appointment of Patrick McIvor as Matrix artistic color director. In this role, McIvor will create salon-based techniques geared toward helping salon professionals transform their passion for beauty into professional success.
Oscar Blandi appointed Debra Hartwell as vice president of global sales and education. She will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic programs.
Exclusive Salon Distributor, a division of Ultimate Beauty Companies, hired Maria Calder and Anna Mak as account executives. Calder and Mak will be responsible for managing existing relationships, delivering haircare and color lines to salons nationwide and establishing new business opportunities. —N.P.
Chris and Sonya Dove Choose Trip of a Lifetime Winner
Industry icons Chris and Sonya Dove have chosen Florida salon owner David Jenkins as the winner of their Trip of a Lifetime contest, which includes a complimentary course at their Santa Monica, CA, salon. Jenkins was nominated by his wife, Karin. "The basis of the Trip of a Lifetime was to recognize a hairdresser who not only stands out as an inspiration to fellow peers, but also shines due to his or her selfless and relentless efforts in giving back to the community," said the Doves. Jenkins, a licensed hairdresser since 1991 who owns Applause Salon in New Smyrna Beach, FL, spends much of his time helping various charitable organizations and instilling his values and work ethics into his 23-year-old hairdresser son. Twelve years ago, Jenkins created an annual holiday charity ball that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and scholarships for local high school students. He's also a certified volunteer for Look Good . . . Feel Better, which helps individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence, and has organized various fundraisers at Applause that donate 100 percent of proceeds to causes such as AIDS and breast cancer awareness, the Humane Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Karin and David Jenkins
His work with clients who have cancer is especially meaningful to him. "Many times I have witnessed his love and care for his clients who are going through chemotherapy and come to him to have their hair cut or shaved off," Karin said. "He has a gift of making them feel more beautiful than ever when he's through, and they leave feeling positive and uplifted about their future." Karin also noted that Jenkins volunteers at the local Little Theater to help with actors' hair or wigs for shows.
In addition to the course at the Doves' Santa Monica studio, Jenkins will receive a weekend getaway in Santa Monica, complete with round-trip airfare, a two-night stay and spa treatment at the luxurious Shutters on the Beach hotel and a fashion image consultation. —L.M.