Events in the Industry, Benefits and AwardsDecember 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Color Them Winners
More than 1,300 color professionals from five continents vied for top honors in the Goldwell Trend Zoom Color Challenge 2008 in Valencia, Spain, in October. The judging took place at Valencia's futuristic Palace de Congress, where 70 international finalists competed in three categories: Creative Colorist, Elumen Colorist and Partner Colorist. The winners were announced at a spectacular awards show the next evening, when attendees also got to see the premiere of the Trend Zoom 2009 Futuretec Collection. The winners of the 2007 Trend Zoom Color Challenge presented the trend worlds and looks for 2009 together with the Goldwell Master Creative Team of Mario Krankl, Agnes Westermann and Sascha Haseloff. For Ilze Eglite, Cindy Hudson and Pawel Sztork, success in 2007 meant not just fame and publicity for their own salons but also the unique opportunity to contribute to the development of the Goldwell Trend Zoom Collection 2008. This year, Peter Wu from Taiwan won in the Partner Category, Ken Hong Kok Yien from Singapore won in the Creative Category and Ioana Ecard from Germany won in the Elumen category. —MARIANNE DOUGHERTY
Aveda Opens Eco-Friendly Beauty School
In October, Aveda opened the first-ever completely "green" beauty school, The Aveda Institute of South Florida, in Davie, FL. The state-of-the-art educational facility is a result of a partnership with The Salon People, Aveda's exclusive distributor in Florida. Everything from the motion and time sensors, cabinetry and recycling systems to cross-ventilation systems and the solar-paneled exterior is designed according to standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. What's more, the institute will partner with the Everglades Foundation to build a "Foreverglades" exhibit featuring native Florida trees and plants to raise awareness and restore natural landscaping. The institute also has an Experience Center, where guests can explore Aveda's plant- and flower-based products.
Stylists' education includes early immersion in a client-oriented environment, including a 10-week Salon Concepts phase where students spend 85 percent of their time with customers. The school also offers a Masters Studio, a competitive advanced program that places students alongside the industry's top stylists and colorists. —G.B.
MANA Hosts Casino Night
MANA, the parent company of Your Name Professional Brands, hosted a Casino Night extravaganza for its customers at Manhattan's Strata nightclub in September. The party was held in conjunction with the annual HBA Global Expo & Educational Conference, which ran from September 9–11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Party guests enjoyed food, drinks, music, casino table games, fortune-telling sessions with psychics and chair massages. —L.A.
MANA's Myriam Bohi, American Salon's Lotus Abrams, MANA's Susan Criscione and American Salon's Jamie Corkran