MILLION DOLLAR MAN: Eyebrow guru and makeup entrepreneur Ramy Gafni is in the process of insuring his hands for $1 million. Lloyds of London, the London-based insurers of body parts, is handling the deal, which is expected to close in two weeks. When asked why he is doing this, Gafni responded: “To protect my interest, [because] eyebrow shaping is why I am in demand.” Gafni, who wields his tweezers at an East Side studio, as well as at Bergdorf Goodman’s beauty basement, said he’s tried training other people in the art of eyebrow shaping to keep his growing customer base satisfied, but to no success. “If I break my hand my business will suffer greatly,” Gafni said.
MATRIX MOVES: Francesca Raminella has been appointed vice president, general manager, Matrix USA. Raminella will be responsible for the U.S., which was formerly handled by Philip Clouth, vice president, Matrix Worldwide. Most recently, Raminella served as vice president for Revlon’s European cosmetics marketing division. Prior to that, Raminella served as director of marketing for Revlon’s business in Italy.
Also in Matrix news, the brand sponsored the opening night party of Hairspray, the musical which opened last night at the Neil Simon Theatre in Manhattan. The party was held at Roseland and attracted the likes of the Hairspray cast, as well as a large number of celebrities fortunate enough to have landed opening night tickets. Naturally, goody bags, filled with four Matrix hairsprays, Biolage, Amplify, Vavoom and Sleek Look, were distributed to party attendees.
HELPING HANDS: The beauty industry is again proving that philanthropy is as important as the bottom line. The charity group PARSA, which stands for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Support of Afghanistan, is poised to receive donations from hairstylists John Frieda and John Barrett when the two dedicate a portion of their sales next week to help raise money for Body & Soul, a beauty and wellness program in Afghanistan. The monies will be used to help build a beauty school and wellness center that provides training along with self esteem and business building programs. Frieda has agreed to donate 10 percent of sales from his seven salons worldwide; while Barrett will donate 5 percent of sales from his products sold on QVC, airing Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1 a.m. EST and Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m. EST. Barrett and several of his employees will also donate 5 percent of next week’s salon services sales to the fund. Vogue magazine, which has dedicated $25,000 to PARSA’s beauty cause, has also served as a conduit to America’s leading beauty companies, who subsequently have taken an interest in donating money, products and manpower to ensure the center gets a healthy start.