With a portfolio that includes Wella Professional, Nioxin and Clairol Professional, Procter & Gamble is a force to be reckoned with in the salon industry.
“Ours is a relatively young division — a little over 10 years old — but it’s a collection of brands with a phenomenal heritage, as Clairol is 60 years old and Wella is more than 130 years old,” said Adil Mehboob-Khan, president of P&G Salon Professional and Global Wella Professional, a P&G veteran who has also overseen skin care in Europe as a marketing manager and a vice president overseeing hair care, skin care, female hair removal, personal cleansing and deodorants.
In addition to Wella, Nioxin and Clairol, P&G Salon Professional’s salon brands include Sebastian Professional, Sassoon Professional, Kadus Professional and Londa Professional. “Salon fits strategically,” said Mehboob-Khan. “When we decided in the late Nineties to be a major player in beauty, we declared we had to be a winner not just in retail, but in other channels.” P&G accelerated its professional hair-care holdings as the salon industry was evolving and distributors were consolidating in the late Nineties. Clairol was and is seen as a more “accessible” brand; Wella is more technically oriented; Sebastian is a styling brand; Nioxin, which treats thinning hair, is problem-solution, and Sassoon Professional “honors an icon,” he explained. “At their core, all of our brands have education as a fundamental component.”
“Salon is a very important category for us — it is a unique place that is in touch with trends, where thousands of professionals work with millions of people every day,” said Mehboob-Khan. “It also informs us as well, and it’s a place where we can make technology first.”
One example of that, he said, is Wella’s Illumina Color, which is set to enter U.S. and Canadian salons in late December and early January; it was launched in Europe earlier this year. It is a translucent permanent hair-color line with 20 shades and intended to complement the existing Wella hair-color portfolio, which includes the Koleston Perfect, Color Touch and Blondor lines.
Illumina is “the first permanent color that is luminous in every kind of light due to Advanced Microlight technology,” said Mehboob-Khan. “It’s a one-use wonder. [With this technology] the outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, is transparent like fingernails, and the condition of the hair cuticle is extremely important in allowing light to pass through and see real color tones from within.” He noted that impurities such as tiny metals are left as a residue from water after shampooing. These can stick to the cuticles, which can form free radicals during the coloring process and in turn cause damage to the cuticle surface. “On a rough cuticle, rays of light become diffused, creating less reflection and luminosity,” he said.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)