shaved ice into a shampoo container
before pouring the cool concoction on
An increasing number of hair salons
and barbers have been using chilled
shampoo since an industry group recommended it about two years ago. The
number of shops providing such services stands at 15,000 nationwide, about
15% of the total, according to Kracie
Holdings Ltd., which supplies special
shampoo for the purpose.
Merle Norman Opens in UAE, First Studio Outside NA
; UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Merle Norman
Cosmetics, Los Angeles, CA, has opened
its first studio in the UAE, its first market outside North America.
The new studio, which has an open
sell environment that allows customers
to see the entire product line at a
glance, is in the Sharjah Mega Mall.
Another shop is set open on Jumeirah
Beach Road before the end of the year,
according to published reports.
“Our offerings of superior products,
individualized service and sampling
prior to purchase philosophy, will cater
to the quality conscious customers in
this region,” said Mamta Thakkar, general manager, Merle Norman
Cosmetics. Merle Norman has more
than 2000 independently owned and
operated Merle Norman Cosmetic
Studios in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Skin-Whitening Conference At In-Cosmetics Asia, Oct. 14
; SINGAPORE: In-Cosmetics Asia, which
will be held Oct. 13-15 in Singapore,
will include a special conference on
Scheduled for Oct. 14, the conference will be essential for those within
the industry wanting to update their
knowledge of this lucrative market.
Scheduled presentations will come
from Croda, DSM Nutritional Products
and Shiseido, among others. The conference will examine the differing
methods used to whiten the skin, from
melanin to skin stress control, UV pro-
tection and exfoliation as well as formulation compatibility and efficacy
testing. Safety profiles, regulatory
approval and claim substantiation will
also be addressed, as well as the availability and affordability of skin whitening products in Asia’s key markets. The
wide range of topics ensures that the
delegates will benefit from a complete
overview of the latest developments,
formulations and technologies.
Dr. Shinji Inomata, senior manager,
functional cosmetic Ingredient
Development Group, Shiseido, is giving
the keynote presentation on the
“Dermatological Function of Dark
Spots.” Other presenters include Dr.
Alain Khaiat, president of Seers
Consulting, who will discuss the
“Regulation of Skin-Whitening
Products,” John Staton, director,
Dermatest Pty Ltd, who will examine
“Efficacy Testing of Skin-Whitening
Products,” and Hong Soh Bee, technical
marketing manager at Sederma, who
will present “A Tissue Approach to
The skin whitening market has
been growing steadily since the early
1970s. The sector offers immense commercial opportunities, with many of the
world’s leading cosmetic companies
launching products specifically
designed for Asian consumers. The conference is ideal for formulators, bench
chemists and R&D specialists as well
as application chemists responsible for
regulatory and efficacy processes.
More info: www.in-cosmeticsasia.
Winning Brands Expands In Australia, Caribbean
; CANADA: Winning Brands Corp., the
Canadian manufacturer of Winning
Colours Stain Remover, has expanded
its reach in Australia and the
caribbean. The firm has added more
outlets via Australia’s 3D Paint &
Colour stores. The Ontario-based company has also received its first order