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WELLA’S SALON DEBUT: Wella Professionals has opened its first ever Wella Flagship in North America with Pipino 57, a salon by celebrity stylist Ric Pipino. Tuesday night, guests were welcomed at the salon, located at 115 East 57th Street, where Wella’s care and styling line was prominently displayed on sleek countertops. Actress Rebecca Romijn attended the event on behalf of Wella, lauding the hair care brand’s beauty solutions. Pipino also touted the brand. “I’m a longtime Wella Professionals fan and user, carrying everything from the customized color bar to Wella’s new care and styling collections that cater to both the artistic expertise of the professional, and the everyday styling necessity of the clients,” said Pipino.


A ROSE IS NOT JUST A ROSE: The latest stem cell technology to be used in beauty items is from Swiss Alpine roses, a flower that flourishes despite being exposed to extreme weather conditions, such as high altitude, dryness, cold and an intense sun. Dermelect Cosmeceuticals is said to be the first to incorporate the rose’s stem cells into beauty products, formulating a three-tier treatment approach to address wrinkles and fine lines. Stem cells in plants function similarly to the human epidermal stem cell — to maintain and repair tissue — and the rose’s stem cells aim to increase the skin’s resiliency and help to boost epidermal regeneration, the company said. Three treatments have been developed utilizing the Alpine rose stem cell technology: Resurface Stem Cell Reconstructing Serum, Resilient Stem Cell Regenerating Treatment and Resurgent Stem Cell Firming Activator. “Stem cell technology is the future of skin care,” said Amos Lavian, founder and president of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals. “After three years of research, coupled with an extensive formulary process, we are excited to provide real solutions utilizing the latest and most effective technologies available to any woman experiencing changes in her skin.” The Alpine Rose Stem Cell Treatments launched at Henri Bendel Thursday.


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KEVIN MURPHY LAUNCHES NEW HAIR ITEMS: Aussie hair stylist Kevin Murphy has introduced Hair.Resort.Spray, a nonaerosol weightless hair thickener, and Texture.Master, a volumizing styling spray. Formulated for fine to medium hair, Hair.Resort.Spray is part foundation and part finishing item to create natural texture. Hair.Resort.Spray does not contain any fluorocarbons or hydrocarbons and uses essential oils of tangerine and honey, amino acids, hydrolyzed silk and panthenol for a summery smell and feel with medium hold. Both items are available at salons worldwide beginning in June and are priced at $25 for retail.




CREW GOES EXCLUSIVE WITH BSG: American Crew, a leading men’s professional grooming brand, has made Beauty Systems Group LLC its exclusive distributor in 22 states. BSG is a subsidiary of Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. BSG will also assume distribution for d:fi hair products. A co-distribution arrangement is already in place for both brands. The exclusivity provisions begin on June 15. American Crew and d:fi are owned by Colomer USA.



BLACK OPAL MAKES DONATION: Black Opal, a manufacturer of African-American skin care and color cosmetics, has donated $25,000 to the Georges Malaika Foundation to aid in the building of a new school for young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Founded in 2007 by model Noella Coursaris Musunka, a native of the DRC, the GMF is dedicated to the advancement of African communities by providing educational opportunities to girls, ages 5 to 18. Black Opal products are carried in select CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart stores and beauty supply stores.



ZOOM ZOOM ROOM: Rob Robillard, the former chief executive officer of hair care company Living Proof, has been named ceo of Zoom Eyeworks, Inc., a designer and marketer of expressive eyewear products. Prior to Living Proof, Robillard had a 10-year career at L’Oréal, including serving as the worldwide general manager of Kiehl’s Since 1851. He previously served as a brand manager at Ben & Jerry’s, where he helped build the brand. Based in Berkeley, Calif., Zoom is one of the largest providers of nonprescription reading glasses in the U.S., with brands including Zoom, Dr. Dean Edell and ICU sold in approximately 15,000 locations throughout the drug, food, convenience and specialty retail channels.


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