Salon Industry News

Re-Grand Opening in Kansas City | Keune Releases Jelly Wax

SSG Louisville Grand Opening | George Alderete Joins Keune | Keratin OSHA Compliant | Tulsa Expands Store | 25 Years

Transformations | Bangstyle | Project Groupie 2012 | Joplin Benefit | Kevin.Murphy Joins PETA

KC Celebrates Relocation with Re-Grand Opening

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI July 30, 2012 – Salon Service Group, an independently owned professional salon distribution company, is celebrating its re-grand opening today from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at its south Kansas City store, 10153 Wornall Road.
The company recently relocated its Kansas City south store from its former location on West 103rd to the new location at 10153 Wornall Road to better serve its salon professional clientele. The 10153 Wornall Road store offers convenient access to main roads and parking, and its spacious, open layout gives shoppers a more productive shopping experience.

“Our luxury salon products are now much better portrayed, allowing our customers the full intended Salon Service Group experience,” said Valerie Pendersen, manager of the south store location. “The re-grand opening allows us not only to pass on extra savings to our customers, but also to showcase the new layout and help our customers transition to the new location.”

During the re-grand opening, salon professionals can purchase both retail and back-bar items for a percentage off regular wholesale pricing. Customers will also receive free gifts with purchase. Customers must be present to receive discount.

Convenient Service
Even with all the changes, Salon Service Group continues to offer exceptional service. Stylists can call their local store and ask for products to be pulled, ready for pick-up upon their arrival. Shoppers can also take advantage of extended store hours including Thursday evening hours and Saturday hours.

About Salon Service Group
Salon Service Group offers salon professionals exceptional independently owned brands in convenient store locations throughout Missouri and Oklahoma. As a wholesale distributor of professional styling products, Salon Service Group serves over 12,000 salons and licensed cosmetologists across its 10-state distribution area. For more information about Salon Service Group, visit http://salonservicegroup.com

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Keune Jelly Wax

Keune Jelly Wax(Atlanta, Georgia - June 2012)  Keune Haircosmetics adds a versatile new texture product to Design Style.  Design Jelly Wax is truly a multi-tasking product – applied on dry hair it is a wax; on wet hair it is a gel.  With Natural beeswax as a functioning ingredient, Jelly Wax adds body and volume to the hair with great restylability.  Offering medium hold and shine (Hold Factor 6 and Shine Factor 5), Jelly Wax is appropriate for use in both short and long styles, with particular appeal for groomed looks. 

In addition to Jelly Wax, the Design Style Texture regimen includes Forming Wax, Molding Paste, Power Paste and Shaping Fibres.  Style, twist, turn and create with complete freedom.  All Design products are formulated with DLP2 Protection – a Double Layer Protection system designed to protect hair from external influences, including UV-rays and free radicals.   

A lifetime of dedication to the salon professional has been the mission for Keune Haircosmetics for the past 90 years.  Keune’s unique line of shampoos, conditioners, styling products, scalp treatments and color remain the highest in quality and formulation. Design Jelly Wax and the entire Design line may be purchased throughout the country at professional hair salons.   All Keune products are developed and manufactured in the company’s laboratory and factory in the Netherlands.

For images or samples of Design Jelly Wax contact Donna DiNapoli (800) 330-9302 x 208 ddinapoli@keuneusa.com

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Salon Service Group to Celebrate Grand Opening

Keratin Complex OSHA

(Springfield, MO - June 20, 2012) Louisville's newest beauty supply store, Salon Service Group, kicks off its grand opening event on June 25 at 8:30 am offering gifts with purchase for licensed cosmetologists, cosmetology students, and salon owners.

The new store is in Dupont Village, 1014 Dutchman Lane in Louisville. The company opened its doors in Louisville on June 18, 2012, and has salon partners throughout the state.

Grand Opening celebration includes a free gift with $25 purchase of Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, 8 oz with cosmetic case or Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and conditioner, 8 oz with travel case.

About Salon Service Group: Salon Service Group opened for business in 1987 in Springfield, Missouri, offering independently owned products for saloon professionals. Today, Salon Service Group carries brands like Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, Keratin Complex, Kevin.Murphy, Bangstyle, Keune and Alfaparf Milano. For more information about Salon Service Group or its brands, visit salonservicegroup.com

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Keune Haircosmetics Welcomes George Alderete

(Atlanta, Georgia - May 23, 2012) Keune Haircosmetics welcomes George Alderete to our talented team as an International Artisan. With over two decades of experience in the beauty industry, George has established himself as one of the foremost hair colorists in the country. He has performed at hundreds of educational events across the United States and around the globe, sharing with fellow salon professionals the latest techniques in coloring. George’s friendly approach to teaching has made him one of the most requested hair color educators. The ability to make technical concepts easy to understand enables his students to apply their learned skills behind the chair with confidence and ease.

An accomplished editorial stylist, George’s work has graced the covers and pages of leading beauty publications around the world. Magazines such as Vogue, InStyle, Self, Modern Salon, American Salon, Salon Today, Salon News and many others have looked to George for his creative vision. A three time finalist for the North American Hairstylist Award, George continues to be an inspiration to everyone who comes in contact with his message

George will represent Keune at events across North America in 2012, including The Keune Experience. He will also facilitate academy level classes at the new Keune education facility in Atlanta, Georgia. George’s technical expertise and knowledge of the latest color trends make him a welcome addition to the Keune family of Artisans.

To learn more about George Alderete or seek booking opportunities through Keune Haircosmetics, contact Keune at (800) 330-9302 x 208.

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Salon Service Group to Celebrate Grand Opening

Keratin Complex OSHA

(Springfield, MO - June 20, 2012) Louisville's newest beauty supply store, Salon Service Group, kicks off its grand opening event on June 25 at 8:30 am offering gifts with purchase for licensed cosmetologists, cosmetology students, and salon owners.

The new store is in Dupont Village, 1014 Dutchman Lane in Louisville. The company opened its doors in Louisville on June 18, 2012, and has salon partners throughout the state.

Grand Opening celebration includes a free gift with $25 purchase of Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, 8 oz with cosmetic case or Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and conditioner, 8 oz with travel case.

About Salon Service Group: Salon Service Group opened for business in 1987 in Springfield, Missouri, offering independently owned products for saloon professionals. Today, Salon Service Group carries brands like Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, Keratin Complex, Kevin.Murphy, Bangstyle, Keune and Alfaparf Milano. For more information about Salon Service Group or its brands, visit salonservicegroup.com

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Keratin Complex Becomes The First Smoothing Treatment To Receive OSHA Compliancy

Keratin Complex OSHA

(Boca Raton, FL – May 7, 2012) - Keratin Complex, the global market leader in professional keratin smoothing treatments, is pleased to announce they are the first company and brand in this burgeoning category to receive formal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) compliancy.

“This compliancy underscores the level of product safety, safe practices and procedures that Keratin Complex has implemented and adheres to. It also reinforces our dedication to providing the finest, innovative and safe products to the professional salon community. We are delighted that OSHA has recognized our company and brand as compliant to their regulations and standards – a category first. As market leader, it has been, and continues to be, our utmost goal to support and partner with professional salons, spas and stylists and provide the finest quality products, services and education,” commented Rick Gerstein, Chief Operating Officer, Keratin Complex.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act allows OSHA to issue workplace health and safety regulations. OSHA Safety Standards contain requirements for compliancy (i.e., testing and certification) of certain products by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). Keratin Complex fully supports OSHA’s standards and initiatives in the professional beauty industry as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to innovative and quality professional products, services and education for salons and stylists worldwide.

For more information on all Keratin Complex products, please visit www.keratincomplex.com or call 561-206-6050.

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Tulsa Gets New Addition, Expanded Selections

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, April 18, 2012 – The Tulsa Salon Service Group enhances the salon professional’s shopping experience as it unveils a fresh, new look and expanded showroom. With additional space, the layout has been modified so that the most popular salon brands are found at a glance. Salon Service Group is also able to offer a broader store inventory to better reflect products available through its warehouse.

The company has recently expanded its staffing and territory and expects to remodel at least two existing stores similarly as well as add three additional stores in the next year. “We listened to what is most important to our patrons, such as their favorite brands and color lines,” said Shane Hanson, vice president. “This is a way to give our customers a better shopping experience. We know how valuable the salon professionals’ time is, and our new layout makes it easy to fit an exceptional shopping experience into an already busy schedule.”

Added Salon Brands
Tulsa Salon Service Group has expanded its floor space to make room for new independent salon brands. Two of its new product lines are ColorProof, next generation luxury products designed for color-treated hair, and Bangstyle, a consumer-friendly, high quality hair care for easy, liveable hair, In addition, more shelving and additional sections were added for both retail products and backbar selections.

Convenient Service
Even with all the changes, Salon Service Group continues to offer exceptional independently owned brands company-wide. Stylists can call their local store and ask for products to be pulled, ready for pick-up upon their arrival. Shoppers can also take advantage of extended store hours including Thursday evening hours and Saturday hours.

Join the Conversation Online
Salon Service Group now offers unique ways for salon professionals to engage with one another and to receive information. Twitter and Facebook users can get the latest event updates, tips and trends by following or becoming a fan. To find Salon Service Group on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/salonservicegroup. Tweeters can follow @salonsg to stay up to date.

About Salon Service Group
Salon Service Group is a wholesale distributor of professional styling products serving licensed cosmetologists, cosmetology students, and salon owners. Salon Service Group opened for business in 1987 in Springfield, Missouri. Today, Salon Service Group now serves over 5,000 salons across its 10-state distribution are. For more information about Salon Service Group, visit salonservicegroup.com

-Salon Service Group 2/2012

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25 Years of Salon Service Group

SPRINGFIELD, MO, FEBRUARY 7, 2011 – 2012 marks the 25th year for Salon Service Group, and they plan to take on this landmark year by setting their sights on the people and companies who have helped them reach this milestone. 

"We value our relationships with our employees, the salon professional and our brands. In fact, the focus we put on these relationships are the driving force behind everything we do," said Gino Barbo, President. 

To recognize the company's employees, Salon Service Group began 2012 with an awards banquet in Kansas City on January 28. In addition to the people who make up Salon Service Group, it has also committed to a "Focus on Color" which  begins this spring with a stylist competition. This contest will recognize the creative talents of the salon professional by featuring the winner on the cover of the Salon Service Group catalog. 

Salon Service Group has created a schedule of continuing education classes for the spring, summer and fall to showcase its independent brands. The company plans to end the year with a haircolor event for over 150 salon professionals in Kansas City and an exhibition showcase at InSalon 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

This year's focus on people and product is part of a lifetime commitment for Salon Service Group. "I can't tell you how grateful I am for all our outstanding connections," said Mr. Barbo. "We are excited to continue these and make many more friendships as we journey together through the next 25 years."

-Salon Service Group 2/2012

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Hair Colorists and Stylists Compete for Catalog Cover

SPRINGFIELD, MO, January 18, 2012– Hair Colorists and Stylists Compete for Catalog Cover

Hair designers in the Midwest will vie for a chance to take over the cover for Salon Service Group’s Groupie catalog in the 2012 Project Groupie:  Show Us Your Color. Project Groupie is an annual competition for stylists sponsored by Salon Service Group.

Groupie Cover May 2011

This year’s contest aims to engage stylists and colorists throughout the Salon Service Group distribution area, which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The contest challenge entails creating haircolor designs from mainstream and classic to avant-garde using color lines from Alfaparf Milano, Paul Mitchell or Keune and submitting the before and after images to Salon Service Group. An expert industry panel will judge entries on color, style and presentation, and will announce winners on March 20.

Finalist chosen will be featured both in print and online. The first place winner will have his or her color creation on the cover of the May/June edition of the Groupie and on the Salon Service Group Website. Groupie is distributed to over 15,000 viewers across the Salon Service Group distribution area in print and online.

Salon Service Group is a wholesale distributor of professional styling products serving licensed cosmetologists, cosmetology students, and salon owners. For more information about Salon Service Group or Project Groupie, visit http://salonservicegroup.com/project-groupie.php 2011 Project Groupie winners can be seen at http://salonservicegroup.com/project-groupie-2011.php

 

U-Smooth Announces Before & After Transformation Contest

SPRINGFIELD, MO, DECEMBER 28, 2011 – From start to finish U-Smooth irons are scrupulously designed and engineered for top performance while maintaining the U-Smooth signature esthetique. These irons can transform any hair type into smooth, shiny locks, but it takes seeing to believe! That’s why U-Smooth created its “Show Us Your U-Smooth Transformation Contest” as proof of the product’s effectiveness.

Aimee Pry, U-Smooth Brand Manager, introduced the contest to current U-Smooth customers, users and stylists as an opportunity to share the potential U-Smooth offers. “We want to share the U-Smooth experience with people of all hair-types, especially those who think they can only attain smooth, sleek hair with chemical services,” she explains.

The U-Smooth Transformation Contest showcases the U-Smooth iron’s ability to cross ethnic boundaries to quickly and easily transform frizzy, dull hair into beautiful, sleek, shiny hair regardless of hair type. Ethnic hair can be coarse, difficult to smooth and prone to damage while fine hair is liable to singe and break. The U-Smooth iron is flexible and gives maximum control for all hair types with its adjustable heat setting ranging from 250 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

U-Smooth contest before photos ranged from thin and lifeless to thick and unruly, but the after photos all showed sleek, smooth, shiny hair. The U-Smooth Contest ran from November 28, 2011 to December 28, 2011. Contest winners will be the first to receive the U-Smooth Limited Edition Green Smoothing Iron and will be featured on the U-Smooth website. Photo transformations will be available to view at U-Smooth.com along with its currently available product reviews to provide online shoppers with proof of the U-Smooth transformation capabilities.

The U-Smooth family of styling irons has the ability to transform hair to look and feel smooth and sleek, to add silky smooth curls or to give volume and style. U-Smooth manufactures several sizes of smoothing irons including 1.5”, 1”, a mini iron and a texturizing iron for volumizing, and is in the process of launching a new line of salon quality styling products that will feature benefits like styling flexibility, conditioning for dry hair, heat protection and hold. U-Smooth is an independently owned company. U-Smooth flat irons are available at U-Smooth.com and at its entire range of products are available only at professional salons.

Follow U-Smooth
http://www.u-smooth.com/
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/u_smooth
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uSmooth.Style
On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/usmoothhair
U-Smooth Blog: http://u-smooth-hairstyle.blogspot.com/

-U-Smooth.com 12/2011

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Kevin.Murphy Joins PETA

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal rights organisation in the world, has proudly accepted KEVIN.MURPHY to be listed as one of their recommended 'Cruelty Free' companies. After vigorous research by PETA into our products and practices, they have awarded us with this privilege that we are very honored to have. PETA only accepts companies (after lengthy research into their practices) that are dedicated to producing products that do not harm, nor test on animals.Kevin.Murphy PETA
 
Look out for KEVIN.MURPHY to be posted on PETA.org as well as being listed in the pocket sized “Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide.” And finally, to show our ongoing support for this great cause keep your eyes out for the “Cruelty Free Bunny” on KEVIN.MURPHY packaging and marketing material in the near future.

Another great partnership, with another great cause!

-kevinmurphy.com.au 11/2011

Joplin Benefit

Salon Service Group and Moroccanoil are hosting an evening of salon professional inspiration with a hairshow and entertainment to raise money for three Joplin hairstylists who lost their homes in the tornado earlier this summer.

"When we heard White Rhino Salon had three stylists who lost their homes, we knew we had to do something to help," said Gino Barbo, president of Salon Service Group. "Salon Service Group has always been committed to the salon professionals and this is our chance to give back to our neighbors in Joplin."

The evening will consist of a dynamic stage show by Moroccanoil National Artist, Robert Ham, followed by a live DJ, dancing, silent auctions, and an opportunity to make a real difference in the Joplin salon community. Tickets are $49 with all net proceeds from these benefits used to financially support the stylists of the White Rhino Salon who lost their homes in the tornado.

Two separate Hairshow and Benefits are to be held on September 11, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino from 7:30 to 11:00 pm and on September 25, 2011 in Lake Ozark, Missouri at The Lodge of the Four Seasons from 7:30 to 11:00 pm.

To purchase tickets or to read the stories of the affected hairstylists, please visit http://salonservicegroup.com/joplin-benefit-hairshow-for-stylists.php. To purchase tickets or for more information about direct donations, please call 1-800-933-5733 extension 299.  

-salonservicegroup.com 8/2011

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Here comes Bangstyle.com!

From the streets of Los Angeles comes an absolutely revolutionary hair product. The best part? It's free! Plus, this “must-have” doesn't require rinsing or repeating! Bangstyle.com: the hair industry's definitive lifestyle website is really a game changer.

Bangstyle.com is a indie online community for "stylists and their friends" and features:

• Sporting a super clean layout without all the usual advertising noise and heinous clutter, the site offers the very freshest short stories about hair, photography, fashion, art and music. We're talkin’ really great stuff here not the dreck found on many "cool" sites. It's like browsing thru a premiere indie magazine and seeing pages of amazing, jaw dropping and inspiring content.

• User generated salon and stylist profiles with free g.p.s. locator, music stream channels, and social media linking.

• Free use of the Bangstyle cloud for salon pictures, fresh cuts and events pix.

BANGSTYLE has quickly demonstrated its potential as an invaluable asset to salons, stylists and clients worldwide. A recent launch in Las Vegas, during the NAHA Convention, was met with an enthusiastic thumbs‐up from award-show attendees and various media outlets. BANGSTYLE has garnered praise from prominent stylist-centric websites and hair industry professionals.

-bangstyle.com 8/2011

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