WELLA DOWN UNDER: Wella announced Tuesday that it has acquired the Brisbane, Australia-based hair care company, PPS Hairwear Australia. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. The privately owned company specializes in care and styling products which are sold to end consumers via salons. In 2002, PPS Hairwear sales reached about $14 million. The Australian company’s most well-known brand is PPS, a moderate-to-higher priced hair care and styling range, joined by the high-priced styling lines, D Zine, D Frizz and D Fuse. The company’s products are also exported to Europe and Southeast Asia.

STAR TURN: Call it serious star power: Dustin Hoffman, Mena Suvari, Morgan Freeman and Val Kilmer were among the famous fans who stopped by Kiehl’s celebrity suite at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Attendees, who had the chance to test out the brand’s newest products — including Solid Grooming Aid, Amino Acid Shampoo and Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover —?were given prescriptions for individualized skin care regimens, as well as a healthy helping of the company’s products, including Lip Balm #1, All-Sport Non-Freeze SPF 30 and Creme de Corps.

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