Cybelesays Special Report - ISSE 2012
The International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE) just came through Long Beach, CA last weekend and of course I was there one of the afternoons to do some trend spotting. It attracts anyone who works in the hair and nail salon and it gets packed with exhibitors and lookie-loos all there for the latest and greatest in the industry. So what caught my eye? Click after the jump.All the major salon brands were in attendance in the hair category (TIGI, Rusk, Moroccanoil) and nails (Orly, OPI, Essie) and they were of course promoting their latest collections and products. But I was after the new, rare and gems in the bunch so let me show you what I saw, in pictures of course.
There’s quite a bit of bargain shopping too and here are the items I picked up:
Diane Double Prong Clips 80-pack ($3)
Diane Large Butterfly Hair Clamps ($1)
Premier Soft Hand to use for nail polish swatching $6) – yes, it is kind of creepy looking in person!
2 packs Cala Nail Strips in 86882 and 86859 ($4 each)
Cala Fashion Lashes in 33003
Nail Sticks with clear nails to swatch nail polishes ($2)
Nail board with clear nails to swatch nail polish ($3.50)
6 clear eye shadow pots ($2)
Living Proof Styling Spray ($4)
Osis Air Pomade ($3)
So overall, who won? Hair or Nails? Well, I certainly spent more time looking and playing with nail products, though I did see some products in both categories I'd love to get my hands on like the K-PAK ReconstrX Vaporiron and the It Factor line of hair care that claims to reduce drying time by 50%.
So what was overkill? The number of hair feather companies. That trend is so done. And then there were a lot of brands that had the light-cured nail polishes, which is still so hot and don't see going away anytime soon. I'm not waiting for an at-home one and I might have found one. Stay tuned!