Redken Rocks Las Vegas
Redken's biennial Symposium, which was held in Las Vegas this January, attracted more than 7,000 salon professionals, who acquired new skills at classes taught by the best talent in the industry, including Chris Baran, Kris Sorbie, Sam Villa, David Stanko, Rodney Cutler, Michael Cole and Peter Millard. The theme of this year's Symposium was The Professional Edge, and attendees were able to sharpen theirs by attending up to 17 classes on topics as diverse as color correction, versatility in design, brand-building and effective salon layouts. During the two-day event, new initiatives like Redken Education On Demand were introduced. Attendees also learned about Redken Chemistry, a professional-use treatment system, and met Redken Business Partners. One of the highlights of the event was a concert featuring pop singer Natasha Bedingfield. The anticipation has already begun for the next Symposium in 2011. —MARIANNE DOUGHERTY
1. Natasha Bedingfield rocks out; 2. Redken Artistic Directors Sam Villa, Kris Sorbie and Chris Baran used Redken Iron Silk 07 ultra straightening spray to style the wig this model wears during the grand opening celebration; 3. Guy Wadas, Annette Irwin and Jeff Mertes of Integrity Payment Systems; 4. Gavin Salsbery and Dave Kirby of Summit Salon Business Center; 5. The team from The Salon Professional Academy; 6. Dan Gutfreund of Industry Outfitters and Jeff Grissler of Quest Resources.
1. Michael Cole gets serious about business; 2. David Stanko, Redken haircolor consultant, makes a case for offering custom color; 3. One of Tisha Hall's and Jayson Morgan's best blondes; 4. Redken Artistic Director Kris Sorbie puts the finishing touches on her model; 5. Redken Artistic Director Chris Baran talks trends; 6. Giovanni Giuntoli and Brent Borreson used the session styling experience to dress hair in a class called Finish Focus; 7. Ann Mincey, vice president global communications, with Scott Fortner, owner of RED the Salon; 8. The irrepressible Sam Villa; 9. Total Design Immersion was all about creating versatility in design and finish; 10. A stylist gets a curly-haired model ready for the Curl Crazy class; 11. Rodney Cutler facilitates the Brand It class; 12. Cutler was joined onstage by Patrick McIvor.
TWO WAYS TO GET YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL EDGE
1. REDKEN EDUCATION ON DEMAND Get a 10 percent discount on Symposium All Access: The Best Blondes with Tisha Hall and Jayson Morgan. You'll learn salon-proven cut, color and finishing techniques for blondes. Mention promotional code AMSALON. This offer expires April 30.
2. REDKEN EXCHANGE Get a 20 percent discount on any class at the Redken Exchange. Just call 800/545-8157 and mention promotional code ASAPRIL. Offer expires June 30 and is not valid for cash or cash equivalent and cannot be applied to previous class registrations or combined with any other offer or discount.
Ultimate Beauty Companies Gives Away a Mercedes
Ultimate Beauty Companies held their Ultimate Mercedes Giveaway contest at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, CA, in February. American Salon Publisher Brett Vinovich was on hand to draw the winning ticket from approximately 12,000 entries, selecting Lee and Soo Hong of Sol Beauty Supplies as the recipients of a brand-new 2009 C-Class Mercedes. The contest was created to thank current customers and give new clients the opportunity to discover more about the one-stop beauty distributorship. "We are so excited to be able to give back to our loyal customers," said Morad Zahabian, CEO and founder of Ultimate Beauty Companies. —L.M.
Brett Vinovich, Ultimate Beauty Companies Senior Vice President Cynthia Heisser and owners Morad and Nancy Zahabian, PBA's Eric Horn and Ultimate Beauty Companies publicist Janae Raphael
Biolage Announces Select Stylist of the Year
Biolage gave hairdressers at Biolage Select salons across the country the opportunity to compete against one another for the title of 2008 Biolage Select Stylist of the Year. The winner was Salon Da'Spa owner Kim Rosci of West Grove, PA, who received a 2009 Toyota Prius and a trip to New York City to attend a class at the Matrix Global Academy. To enter the contest, stylists were required to create a look that reflected the Biolage brand, then prep, cut and style a model using Biolage products. They also had to submit a photo and an essay detailing their inspiration and the techniques used to realize it. The winner was selected based on originality, inspiration and overall representation of the Biolage image. —J.H.
Maui Salon Gets a Makeover
Inspired by the need for environmentally responsible living on the island of Maui, Hawaii, Tropical Trenz Hair and Nail Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon located in Kihei, underwent an eco-friendly makeover. Renovations included installing a cork floor and bamboo stations, repainting existing retail units to reduce waste and changing the light fixtures to a more energy-efficient alternative. Owner Kim Jones says the remodel has definitely made an impact with the salon's customers. "Clients are impressed with our concern for the environment," she said. "We get clients from all over the world, so our remodel spreads awareness everywhere." —L.A.
The Tropical Trenz staff
New Faces, New Bases
John Paul Mitchell Systems (JPMS) named Anja Koch European director of business development. In this role, Koch will facilitate communication alliance opportunities between the European distributors and JPMS to support sales, growth and market penetration.
CND appointed Mary Kennebeck education sales manager to oversee CND's market development plan and help clients, educators and sales team members reach business goals.
Sexy Hair announced the appointment of Mark Milner as executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer.
Four Star Salon Services appointed Robert Kramer as vice president of sales. Kramer will work to make the sales company more efficient.
Ultimate Beauty Companies named Angelica Montoya division sales manager for Southern California. She brings with her 16 years of beauty industry experience. —N.P.