While much of the country was experiencing a slow thaw from winter into spring, that didn’t stop the salon industry from having an active month.
IBS President Doris Tan Passes Away
Doris Tan, president and founder of Edmonton-based International Beauty Services passed away on March 8. Tan was an icon in the Canadian salon industry and touched many people’s lives. She will be greatly missed.
Trade Shows Galore
— On the ABA circuit, Montreal was first on the list to reveal what’s new and hot for Spring 2014. Check out what we think you’ll love from the show!
— The annual International Beauty Show drew throngs of industry professionals to the Javits Convention Centre in NYC. With more than 500 exhibitors present, including Redken, Sassoon Academy, Babyliss, CND, Conair, Helen of Troy, Indie Hair an ISO Beauty, there was something for everyone. Read more for the show’s top business lessons.
— The 91st annual America’s Beauty Show welcomed 55,000 salon professionals to Chicago’s McCormick Place for top-tier education, trend-spotting and shopping in the exhibit hall. See the best looks from the stages here.
Wella’s Future Visions Unveiled in Vancouver
Platform experts from Wella Professionals, Sebastian and Nioxin gave a high dose of energized hairstyling at the Future Vision Unplugged showcase. Stylists and salon owners saw the Wella 2014 Global Trend Vision Urban Native looks created by Philip Ferreira. Dana Lyseng introduced the revolutionary ColorID, a colour additive that keeps colours separated, freeing stylists from using foils. Also, Sabrina Simeone demonstrated how to create looks from Evotech, Sebastian’s latest collection. Jean-Sebastien Tremblay, Field Education Capability Master, kept it all together as emcee.
Backstage Action at Toronto World Mastercard Fashion Week F/W’14
— Jorge Joao, five-time Toronto fashion week hair lead for Redken Canada rallies up more than 35 hairstylists from across the nation for five frenzied days à la World Mastercard Fashion Week, where top designers collide with swoon-worthy beauty. See the looks and get Jorge’s trend forecast.
— Joined by nine Toronto-based nail techs, Essie Canada nail lead Rita Remark leads the talon team this season at Mikhael Kale, Line Knitwear, David Dixon, Pink Tartan, Hilary MacMillan and Rudsak shows. From triangular shapes to gold-bordered negative space designs, nail art was totally en vogue. Check out Rita’s fashion week-inspired customer service tips here.
Vancouver Salon Gets a Good Yelping
Trim Hair Salon held a rock-paper-scissors themed party using the help of social review site, Yelp. Sarah Stach of Trim saw a business opportunity when meeting a Yelp elite event coordinator at a Yelp business function. Yelp was looking to host a thank-you party for their top reviewers and Trim became the venue. The results? Yelp brought together other small businesses for a good time and an ultimate networking event. Comedians entertained salon clients, local craft brews flowed from the bartender and chocolates from local patisserie were gobbled up. “The idea was to host a unique event and open doors to people who wouldn’t normally come into our shop—it’s great exposure,” says Stach.
During the months of March and April, the Edmonton Aveda Academy Salon is partnering with Peacock & Lime, an indie handcrafter jeweler, to design and limited edition necklaces to support WaterCan during Aveda’s I Walk for Walk campaign. The proceeds from necklace sales will help raise funds for this leading Canadian water charity that helps people around the world access clean water.
— Neuma Beauty is now distributed through International Beauty Services, serving Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
— Summit Salon Services and Chalut are now distributing Sexy Hair, serving Alberta and Quebec.
— Star Bedard is distributing Bosley Pro throughout Quebec.