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Snippets: Miami Bound … Conair Buys Scunci … Sam’s the Man

MIAMI BOUND: Oribe has just opened his South Beach salon, a one-story, 2,500-square-foot structure located on 1627 Euclid Avenue at Lincoln Road that took more than one year and almost $1 million to build. The sleek, modern...

MIAMI BOUND: Oribe has just opened his South Beach salon, a one-story, 2,500-square-foot structure located on 1627 Euclid Avenue at Lincoln Road that took more than one year and almost $1 million to build. The sleek, modern salon’s most outstanding feature: a liquid floor, which is made to look like diamonds. Oribe, who’s kept a house in Miami for several years, decided to start a salon there for a change of pace; his Manhattan salon closed in 2004.

“I wanted a break from the salon business in New York,” Oribe said.

Prices start at $60 for a blowout and go to $400 for a cut with Oribe. The hairstylist said he plans to be in the salon at least one day a week when he’s not freelancing an editorial gig or working with a private client — his list includes Jennifer Lopez and Renée Zellweger. He’d also like to play more of a consulting role, giving advice on certain hairstyles and making sure everyone who “walks out the door looks amazing.” Oribe is still also focusing on his product line, which he recently expanded into 12 items, including shampoos, conditioners and moisture creams, adding on to a pomade he created in the Nineties. His newest item will be a pomade without grease.

CONAIR BUYS SCUNCI: The Conair Corp. acquired Scünci International’s hair accessory business late last month for an undisclosed amount. Conair, which is based in Stamford, Conn., plans to expand the Scünci brand into hair appliances, Conair’s category of expertise, according to the company. Conair also plans to increase Scünci’s presence overseas. Nearly all of Scünci’s employees, including Lester Kaplan, Scünci’s president, have been retained. Ron Diamond, co-president of Conair Corp., is overseeing the brand. Scünci, which is based in Hatboro, Pa., holds the leadership position in hair accessories in food, drug and mass stores with more than 50 percent market share, according to Information Resources Inc., and is Conair’s largest acquisition to date. It’s expected that Scünci’s headquarters will be kept, and manufacturing will continue as it is “at the moment,” according to the company, as Conair is assessing “the best way to move forward with the Scünci brand and make a seamless integration.”

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SAM’S THE MAN: Hairstylist and salon owner Sam Brocato is adding two new products to his 30-item hair care line. Both address curly hair, one called Curlkarma and the other, Curlinterrupted. The first is an energizing cream designed to enhance wave and curl with moisture. It is best for fine to medium hair with soft, delicate curls that are dry and fragile. Curlinterrupted is meant for medium to thick hair with tightly wound curls and is designed to calm frizz with a silicone-enriched formula. Curlkarma will retail for $12.95 and Curlinterrupted for $14.95 at salons in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada beginning this month. In other Brocato news, the stylist, president and artistic director of Brocato America has received the Lifetime Achievement award this year at the North American Hairstyling Awards, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry.