By  on January 15, 2010

Professional product makers are gearing up for what they hope will be a profitable 2010, especially after a less-than-stellar 2009, where manufacturers and salon owners were hit hard by the economy. Data from the Professional Beauty Association shows that for the first half of 2009 — the most recent results available — total sales were down 10.6 percent, based on shipments of products by the leading salon players, including L’Oréal and Procter & Gamble Co. Since the beauty industry often uses the salon sector as a barometer for economic recovery — i.e., when salon sales rise, a mend is on the horizon — perhaps some of the hottest professional items planned for 2010, featured below, may help get sales off the ground.

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