Bright Lights, Big City
The Details: More than 65,000 salon pros and owners, students, educators, product manufacturers and more attended the show. This year featured two active education and entertainment stages—The CosmoProf Center Stage (featuring Beth Minardi, Robert Cromeans and more) and The SalonCentric Theatre in the Round (with Chrystofer Benson, Ruth Roche, Sam Villa and more).
The show made a big splash with the MODERN-sponsored Healthy Hairdresser Day on Sunday, which encouraged pros to log 5,000 steps on the showfloor, and the Trilogy of Beauty event in the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Men: There were a number of men’s-only brands popping up on the showfloor (Johnny B., Gibs, and more) as well as the tried-and-true tool companies, such as Andis and Wahl. Unisex brands were pushing either an exclusively male line or new ways to use existing products on men.
Remarkably, every booth with a men’s demo happening was crowded with eager stylists, and classrooms with a men’s focus were much of the same.
Texture: Many brands touted fresh additions for textured hair, and braids were everywhere you looked. Updos were prominent throughout the show as well, and texture irons are being used to create extra volume and interest.
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