2015 International Beauty Show Lisa Yamasaki, Mirage of Carnival Photo credit: Photography by BIGTOM Photography

Thoughts from the 2015 International Beauty Show

After months of cold weather and snow, March 9 was a stunning day to stroll through Manhattan and the joint International Beauty Show (IBS) and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC). Spring was in the air, along with a high level of enthusiasm at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center as vendors showcased their dizzying array of products and services. An abundance of energy in a carnival-like atmosphere, complete with goodie bags and a boardwalk photo booth, made for a fun day. With a keen eye on developing trends, Kline’s Donna Barson and Darlene Borsella prowled the aisles to keep abreast of the latest and greatest that the salon and spa industries have to offer.

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ISSE Long Beach 2015 Photo credit: Professional Beauty Association

ISSE Long Beach 2015: It’s All About the Extras

Color, volume, texture, and more! Once again, the ISSE Long Beach show floor was brimming with fresh and previous exhibitors showing off their latest innovations and new product lines for the complex world of beauty. The aisles were bursting with industry representatives – hair stylists, nail stylists, and students galore, eager to see the latest product novelties. This year, the common theme throughout the show seemed to be the extras –hair extensions, nail accessories for any and every occasion, decked out hair appliances, and oodles of glittery headbands.Continue reading

The Rise and Shine of Anti-aging Hair Care

The Rise and Shine of Anti-aging Hair Care

Nowadays, looking young and beautiful has never been so easy! With so many new and innovative product formulae, as well as hi-tech beauty devices, the anti-aging choices for both women and men are endless. Because anti-aging plays such an important role in many people’s lives, this week we have prepared a special interview with Donna Barson, Senior Associate for Kline’s Consumer Products Practice, about the trends in anti-aging hair care.Continue reading

Global Professional Hair Care Market

The Colorful Facets of the Global Professional Hair Care Market

The dynamic and hard-to-track professional hair care market continues to evolve each year. Care products, consisting of shampoos and conditioners, is the fastest growing category, advancing 3% globally in 2013. The conditioners category remains vibrant, particularly the treatment segment, which has begun to shift away from oils in favor of multi-benefit and hybrid products, a trend spurred by Revlon’s Uniq One.

Hair colorants are also gaining share, driven mainly by the continuation of the low/no ammonia trend which began in 2009 with the launch of INOA by L’Oréal Professionnel. In 2013, the segment evolved into new sub-segments, such as colorants with conditioning properties and those that are free from potentially harmful ingredients. The popular low/no-ammonia segment surged by 41% in North America, but still has relatively low penetration, especially when compared to Western Europe, which represents the majority of the segment’s sales.Continue reading

The Professional Hair Care Market

The Professional Hair Care Market in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa: Resemblance, Uniqueness, and Duality

Among the 21 markets covered in our recently published Salon Hair Care 2013 Global Series: Market Analysis and Opportunities, two are very interesting and different from the ones analyzed so far: United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Even though they seem at the first glance similar to a few other markets, especially the Western ones due to the strong dominance of salon hair care multinationals such as L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, and Henkel, a different picture is revealed when one takes a deeper look.

The most important feature of the salon hair care market in the United Arab Emirates (as well as another Middle Eastern country we profiled in 2012 – Saudi Arabia) and South Africa is the strong duality of salons serving two different consumer groups.Continue reading

Breaking Beauty: The Elements of Cosmoprof North America

Breaking Beauty: The Elements of Cosmoprof North America

Two parts professional hair, nails, and tools, one part cosmetics and personal care, and a dash of wellness and spa, and you’ve got the formula for success at Cosmoprof North America 2014. While certainly less controversial than Walter White’s coveted recipe, some of this year’s exhibiters have cooked up concoctions featuring elements from the periodic table that are almost as fascinating.Continue reading

Asian Professional Hair Care Market

Unlock Potential, the Asian Professional Hair Care Market is Flourishing

Kline & Company has seen the salon hair care market change a lot over the past almost 20 years of analysis. In its latest Salon Hair Care Global Series report, Kline shows that Asia is a growing contributor to the global salon hair care industry, accounting for nearly one-third of the global market share.

Moreover, recent findings from our report indicate an increase in the sales of professional hair care products in Asian markets in 2013.Overall market growth is 3%, which is an improvement from 2012 growth rates.

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A Review of the ISSE Long Beach Show

Everything that Glitters is Glam: A Review of the ISSE Long Beach Show

As expected, the ISSE show did not disappoint this year with a theme of glitz, glamour, glitter, and hair extensions. Similar to years past, bare-chested men were in booths attracting customers, nails were glammed out, and practically every booth seemed to have someone asking the very important question, “Do you do hair extensions?” Walk off competitions were very hot this year, brandishing new colors and hairstyle trends particularly in the extension category, while also adding glitter makeup to glam up the models.Continue reading

The Shine of the Hair Oils Market and the Straight Talk on Keratin-based Hair Smoothing

The Shine of the Hair Oils Market and the Straight Talk on Keratin-based Hair Smoothing

Helping you get ahead, our two most recently published global studies take a market-savvy look at particularly exciting segments of the salon hair care market: hair oils and keratin-based hair smoothing.

An in-depth review of both markets has revealed that few similarities can be found between the two, except perhaps one: a number of small, niche players specializing only in oils and oil-infused products or keratin-based straightening.

In the hair oils market, following Moroccanoil’s success, more brands are beginning to offer their own take on hair oil, including global leader L’Oréal with its Elixir Ultime from Kérastase and L’Oréal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil, with both being among the top selling hair oil products globally. Continue reading

Eccentricity, Ethnicity, and Electricity Drive the U.K. Professional Beauty Market

Eccentricity, Ethnicity, and Electricity Drive the U.K. Professional Beauty Market

Despite the generally challenging economic climate, the U.K. professional beauty market remains among the fastest paced across all European countries. Today’s cautious, more enlightened, and empowered British consumer is demanding more affordable products and better in-store services to complement their beauty regimes and not tax their budgets.

Taking the biggest cut, the hair-care segment continues to keep ahead of the United Kingdom’s professional beauty market with a 65% total market share, generating £370 million (USD 560 million) in sales at the retail level in 2012. However, consumer visits to hair salons continue to decrease, particularly in the lower-end segment.Continue reading