By  on February 6, 2009

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The ripple effects of recent hair care acquisitions and the continuously unraveling economy reverberated through the 33,000 attendees and 440 exhibitors at the International Salon and Spa Expo that was held Saturday to Monday at the Convention Center here.

George Eliades, vice president of business development at Tigi, the Lewisville, Tex.-based company with Bed Head, Catwalk and S Factor in its flotilla of brands that’s being bought by Unilever, acknowledged stylists have expressed concern about Unilever possibly pushing Tigi into the retail market. In response, he offered assurances the acquisition was intended to elevate Tigi’s international presence, not to abandon its professional heritage.

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