Events in the Industry, Benefits and AwardsAugust 1, 2009 By: Lori Morris, Nicole Palmieri American Salon
L'Oréal Celebrates 100th Anniversary in Paris
In honor of L'Oréal Professionnel's 100th anniversary, the company hosted a global celebration in Paris for three days in June. Approximately 4,000 hairdressers from more than 70 countries gathered to participate in the brand's first-annual professional symposium to share ideas, techniques and their visions for the future of hairstyling. Attendees took part in six Master Shows organized around cut, color and styling programs. Big names from the United States in attendance included Joel Warren, Ted Gibson, Jo Blackwell and David Evangelista, who blogged about his experience for American Salon. "This trip was awe-inspiring and life-changing for me," he wrote. "To me, it signified that we are all moving in the right direction, one idea at a time." —L.M.
David Evangelista visiting The Louvre during the L'Oréal celebration in Paris.
Joico's Sara Jones Honored for Outstanding Performance
Sara Jones, senior vice president and general manager of Joico and ISO, has been given the Professional Business Operations Division Chief Officer Award from parent company Shiseido. The special award ceremony took place at the company's headquarters in Japan. According to Kouzo Hanada, chief officer of Shiseido's Professional Business Operations Division, the professional haircare division was in decline before Jones came on board in 2005. With Jones leading the way, Joico underwent a successful relaunch and the division experienced double-digit growth. Jones accepted the award on behalf of her team back in the United States. —L.M.
Redken Launches Facebook Application for Blondes
Redken is reaching out to the fair-haired members of the Facebook community with its new 10,000 Blondes Facebook application. Members are invited to submit their photos, identify their blonde celebrity muses, receive samples and learn about the Redken products formulated especially for blondes. "We know that our consumers love to use social media as a tool for beauty inspiration or to share their latest looks," said Rachel Weiss, senior director of interactive marketing for Redken. "This application was designed to create a community for blondes, who we know have unique hair needs and challenges, from styling finer hair to maintaining a healthy, bright color." —L.M.
Stylists Compete in Sport Clips' The Look Competition
At Sport Clips' recent National Huddle in Orlando, FL, $6,000 was up for grabs at this year's The Look competition. The five stylists chosen to compete were challenged to create a winning look, and a panel of judges reviewed the styles in front of a crowd of almost 1,200 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Kym Hill of Fort Worth, Texas, was declared the winner of the competition and received $2,500 and a pair of Arius Eickert shears. Her design will be part of Sport Clips' training, and a poster with the winning style will be displayed in stores across the country. Runner-up Jayme Interthal of Pittsburgh received $1,500 and honorable mention recipient Cabrena Hall of Mesa, AZ, received $1,000. Fourth and fifth place winners Tracy Reece of Orlando and Dina Berglund of Vernon Hills, IL, respectively, received $500 each. —A.F.
Andis Announces Sales Rep of the Year Award
Jay Davis of Van Nest Coleman & Associates, a manufacturer's representative for the beauty industry, was honored with the Andis Sales Representative of the Year Award for attaining the highest sales volume among all sales representatives in 2008. The award was announced at Andis' sales meeting in Las Vegas, where Davis received a plaque decorated with a gold-plated Andis blade. "This award recognizes the tremendous effort that Jay Davis has expended in expanding the distribution for Andis' extensive line of beauty and barber products," said Matt K. Andis, executive vice president, Andis. —A.F.