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REGIS BUYS VIDAL SASSOON: Haircare Ltd. has sold its 25 Vidal Sassoon salons and four training academies to Minneapolis-based Regis Corp. Details of the acquisition between Regis and the London-based company have not been disclosed. As reported Thursday, Regis also assumed the licensing rights to the Vidal Sassoon brand from Procter & Gamble, which owns the Vidal Sassoon trademark. Kyle Didier, vice president of finance at Regis, said to expect new Vidal Sassoon salons in the U.S. and London in the last half of 2003 and throughout 2004. There are 10 Vidal Sassoon salons in the U.S., 10 in London; one in Canada and four in Germany.
WORTHINGTON’S DELAY: Charles Worthington is delaying the launch of his flagship salon in SoHo to February. The salon was supposed to open last month. Sources said design issues have played a part in the delay.
ROLLING STONE: After closing for a month to move, the Stone Spa — known for its use of igneous implements in massage — reopened its doors last week at a new location on Fourth Avenue, just off Union Square. The business, which originally opened on West 14th Street in 1998, now features 5,000 square feet of floor space on three levels, including 400 square feet dedicated to retail, according to founder and owner Carla Ciuffo. The new spa, which was designed by Chris Collicott, features seven treatment rooms in addition to a Himalayan mineral bathroom and a Mayan mud-treatment room. The new location aims to generate between $2 million and $3 million in first-year sales, roughly 30 to 35 percent more than the prior location, according to industry estimates. The former 1,650-square-foot space featured four treatment rooms.
TRAVEL BUDDY: Noodé skin care has hit the road. Travel With Me, a take-away tote filled with the company’s face and body products, is the latest addition to Noodé’s lineup. It includes two face products, Clean Me Facial Wash and Scrub Me Gentle Facial Scrub, and two body products, Wash Me Everywhere Body Wash and Rub Me Body Oil. The 2-oz. containers are packaged in a clear zip-up travel case. Travel With Me retails for $23.50 and entered Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Foley’s, Bendel’s and Fred Segal late last month. Seth Ratner, 26, founder of Noodé, was just nominated for Crain’s 40 Under 40 issue, which hits newsstands in January.
FRAGRANCE FREE: While most manufacturers are only too proud to tout the herbs and flavors that make their formulas so fragrant, Zotos is targeting the sensitive nose. Biotera Fragrance Free is a line of hair care products that contain an essential oil complex of ylang ylang, bergamot and geranium that Zotos claims fades after application. Included in the line is a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment, styling gel and styling glaze. Biotera Fragrance Free is available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and retails for $4.99.
CURL WORLD: Salons and stylists still desperate to learn the ins and outs of curly hair have an opportunity to learn from a master. Ouidad, the Manhattan-based curl queen, is visiting salons across the country to share her trademarked “slicing and carving” method of sculpting curly hair. Once a salon’s staff has been certified, they officially become an Ouidad affiliate. “But,” warns Ouidad, “training is rigorous and not all stylists who train earn certification.” Though Ouidad charges no fee for the training, she does expect affiliate salons to sell her line of products, as well as pay for her travel expenses. Ouidad claims that affiliate salons increase their business 25 to 75 percent. Salons slated to receive training include The Carriage House Salon in Cambridge, Mass.; Elie Elie Salon in McLean, Va.; Las Olas Beauty Center Salon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Blis Day Spa & Salon of Pineville, N.C.