As 2006 comes to an end, I wanted to alert you to some very noticeable changes you'll be seeing in American Salon starting in January. When our Editor in Chief Marianne Dougherty came back to the magazine, she envisioned a whole new look for American Salon, which is being completely redesigned. We'll have a new logo and lots of brand-new departments, including Notebook, which will include trendsetting information on a variety of subjects; Workshop, which will feature new products, services and treatments; Better Business, which will help salon owners stay on top of their game; and Life Support, which will include inspirational and motivational stories, health and fitness information and anything else that can help you live a healthier, happier and more productive life.
But 2007 is important to us for another reason as well. Next year American Salon will be 130 years old. Hard to believe, but we've been publishing since Rutherford B. Hayes was president. This is a remarkable milestone for us, and we will be celebrating all year long. Each month you'll find a single-sponsored supplement called The Way We Were tipped into American Salon. The first one, sponsored by the Wella Corporation, will cover the years 1877 to 1900, when we were called American Hairdresser. Thereafter, we'll focus on one decade per issue. Take it from me, these supplements are worth keeping. Just remove them from the magazine each month, and at the end of the year you'll have 130 years of hairdressing history at your fingertips.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Advertisers frequently sent holiday greetings to our readers in the '40s; Breck's ad on the back cover of our December 1944 issue included a message to buy War Bonds; a cigarette becomes a prop in an ad for manicure implements; the cover of American Hairdresser, December 1944.
Believe it or not, we actually have bound copies of American Salon dating all the way back to 1877. I thought I'd share a few photos from the December 1944 issue of American Hairdresser with you. I'd also like to say that without your support, we wouldn't have made it this far. Here's to the next 130 years.
—Brett Vinovich, publisher