Professional Skin Care: Eye on Europe

Professional Skin Care
Professional Skin Care

The professional skin care market in Europe enjoys another year of dynamic growth, according to Kline’s soon-to-be-published Professional Skin Care Global Series report. Key countries for the region, such as France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, account for over 50% of the total European sales in 2017. The region is dominated by local companies, such as Clarins, Babor, and Dermalogica, respectively.

Beauty institutes and spas continue to be the largest channel, accounting for the majority of the market share. However, growth through this channel is slowing down due to the growing popularity of the retail channel, especially the Internet, as more consumers are making replenishment purchases through the Internet to refill their product supply rather than visiting aestheticians. Some large brands, such as Dermalogica, have also increased their focus on the retail channel in 2016 and 2017. (more…)

The Struggle is Real…at Least for Independent Hair Salons

Professional Hair Styling Products
Professional Hair Styling Products

A double-digit decline is definitely not a good way to kick off a new year. The Kline PRO database, which is based on actual salon transactions, shows that retail product sales to clients in the first quarter of 2017 are down by nearly 13% over the first quarter of last year. For those that were hoping to shake off 2016’s 5% overall slide, it could be a long year.

Why is this happening, and what can be done to turn it around? The landscape of the professional salon industry has changed in recent years. Competition for sales is fierce and coming from all sides: big chain salons, beauty super stores, diverted product retailers, and the Internet. (more…)

Male Grooming Reaches New Heights in the Cosmetics and Toiletries Market

Male Grooming
Male Grooming

Male grooming, one of beauty’s most dynamic segments, has undergone an irreversible change over the past several years, reaching a USD 4.5 billion mark in 2016, with an over 3% growth rate. With our Male Grooming Products: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities report close to publication, Kline’s expert Naira Aslanian reveals some exciting highlights from it.

What drives the male grooming market?

The market is driven by increasingly aware male consumers putting more emphasis and effort into the way they look and feel, fueled by the easy accessibility of products through the Internet, which continues to propel the sector forward. (more…)

How Indie Brands Are Reinventing Beauty

Indie Beauty
Indie Beauty

Beauty indie brands continue to unfold their power, contributing to industry growth with double- to triple-digit gains. Unique concepts, authentic stories, innovative ideas, customized solutions, and exotic ingredients, all supported by the digital force are behind the success story of indie brands. Heightened consumer interest in these focused, fine-tuned beauty brands brings these niche players into the spotlight. While overnight successes, like IT Cosmetics, Too Faced, and Becca, have been acquired by major companies, new brands, such as Nudestix, Glossier, and Kylie Cosmetics, have become the hot topic in beauty with their audience-focused approach to product and brand development. (more…)

The Scented Home: What’s Trending at NY NOW

Image credit: Gibson & Dehn
Image credit: Gibson & Dehn

From new candle sizes to vibrant colors to limited-edition collections and scents, the trends we predicted in the home fragrances market for fall/Christmas 2017 made their debut this week at the NY NOW Gift Show.

Many of the home fragrance exhibitors that we visited are market-movers, including Archipelago, Chesapeake Bay Candle, Illume, Nest Fragrances, and Voluspa, all who recorded double-digit gains last year according to Kline’s 2016 Home Fragrances: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities report. Increasingly, these luxury players are bringing new elements of sophistication to the market from a scent and design perspective. Some of the highlights of what we saw on the exhibition floor are discussed below. (more…)

The Global Professional Nail Care Market: Evolution and Future

Professional Nail Care
Professional Nail Care

Once a solid market with double-digit growth rates, the global professional nail care market has slowed down in recent years, registering growth of a little over 5% in 2015 and 2016 alike.

The revolutionizing gel polishes category was the major driver behind the professional nail care market from 2011-2013, aided by the nail polishes category. Although more expensive than regular nail polishes, gel polishes was the fastest-growing category due to its ability to provide long-lasting, chip-free color with ease of application due to their packaging in nail polish-like bottles. Companies continue to develop technologically advanced gels by bringing about improvements in formulations, setting methods, and the removal process. (more…)

Augmented Reality Shakes Up the Professional Hair Appliances Market

Professional Hair Appliances Market
Image credit: Dyson

The professional hair care appliance market continues to grow steadily in the United States, at about 3%, driven by new innovations, players, and ways of thinking in all categories.

In 2016, Dyson, a manufacturer known for its vacuums, shocks the professional hair dryer market by launching a new hair dryer that borrowed technology from its vacuums to change the way stylists and consumers dry hair. The Supersonic dryer took six years to develop, is quieter than most hair dryers on the market, and is unique in the way the air comes out through an open-ended sphere rather than an elongated nozzle. Other companies continue to shake up the industry as well. (more…)

Beauty’s Fusion of Natural and Digital Worlds

Beauty’s Fusion of Natural and Digital Worlds
Beauty’s Fusion of Natural and Digital Worlds

Nature-inspired products, social influencers, technology, indie brands, millennials, and the rise of gen z are key trends shaping the U.S. cosmetics and toiletries market today. Recording solid growth of 3% in 2016, the ever-evolving beauty market is poised for another year of success.

As we begin our research for the 43rd edition of Kline’s Cosmetics & Toiletries USA report, encompassing five product classes and 17 product categories, we take note of important developments and highlights. (more…)

Eye on Beauty Devices: Still Strong in Asia

Milux LED Mask
Milux LED Mask

Asia is a hub for many technology skin care innovations, as well as the home of key markets for beauty devices, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, some of which are posting double-digit growth in 2016. China drives the beauty devices boom in Asia, registering a substantial increase in sales of 18% and putting itself ahead of all the markets analyzed in our upcoming Beauty Devices: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities report.

While China shines brighter than ever, South Korea should not be overlooked either as it is a hotbed for innovations, especially when it comes to anti-aging devices. The market is mostly driven by wearable LED masks from local marketers, such as Milux, Park So-hoo, and AMC. Price points for these products range from $150 to upwards of $1,000 each. (more…)

Webinar Tomorrow: Technology’s Impact on the Beauty Shopping Experience

Technology and Beauty
Technology and Beauty

Technology is helping to connect the dots between online and offline experiences, creating deeper connections with consumers and driving businesses forward. From beauty stores adopting in-store and online technologies to engage consumers to exciting new social selling brands, such as Rodan + Fields and Monat, technology is revolutionizing the way the beauty industry interacts with its customers.

This online event will explore how technology is blending into online and brick-and-mortar stores to create a seamless and unique shopping experience. (more…)