Beauty Companies Turn To Artificial Intelligence

A salon supply store like Regal can help salons look their best so they can attract and keep customers in a competitive business environment.

In an effort to grab customers in the skin care business, more and more beauty companies are turning to artificial intelligence to help them capture information about their customers that helps them customize treatment.

Beauty is big business, and it’s worth it to companies to find every advantage they can when trying to get a bigger piece of the cosmetics pie. After all, the average American woman will spend up to $300,000 on face products in her lifetime, according to a 2017 SkinStore study, the Huffington Post reported.

Artificial intelligence helps companies know more about their customers so that they can better understand what consumer want, and even to personalize products to the specific consumer. Some companies have amassed giant databases that look at such things as humidity and sun exposure when developing products for a certain part of the country.

One database, for the cosmetics company Proven, boasts more than 8 million consumer product reviews, information about more than 100,000 beauty products and 20,000 beauty ingredients, and more than 4,000 scientific articles about skin.

Shoppers fill out a survey about their skin and other details related to their location and lifestyle. Artificial intelligence then connects key words in the database to find products in different categories with the best ingredients and review ratings to find exactly what a customer is looking for to specifically treat their skin. The data also is categorized by skin type, ethnic background and geographic region.

The founders of online skin care companies acknowledge that artificial intelligence is not the end-all solution to skin care. For example, a robot is not able to tell if a consumer will find a moisturizer soothing or too greasy.

There is still the need for human judgment, and the technology is just there to support it.

Salon Business Not Yet Ready to Become On-Demand

We live in an age of on-demand services like ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft. But is the beauty industry moving to on-demand as well?

Turns out patrons still prefer going to beautiful salons, like those with Ceriotti salon furniture from Italy, rather than using an app to summon a stylist to their home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Experts have found that people still enjoy the experience of going to a salon for a blowout or haircut, not summoning a stylist to their home on-demand. Only a small segment of the population wants to go the on-demand route, while most people still want to treat themselves to the full salon ambience and experience.

On-demand mobile beauty services promise low overhead and that the paton can enjoy services in the comfort of their own home. The promise was that salons didn’t need a physical location, but could just come to the consumer yet still provide a consistent brand.

But companies found that brand awareness and customer acquisition costs were obstacles to their success.  And the lack of a physical salon space meant stylists had to spend time traveling and could not have as many appointments in a day, which limited their earning potential.

That led to mobile stylists having to charge more than stylists with a physical salon space to make up for the travel expense and limited appointments. And salon apps that undercut competitor prices to build a customer base weren’t able to sustain that model and become profitable.

There are also liability issues to consider when someone is in a private home and, because of the nature of the work, touching a client.

The field is very competitive, and people like to develop a personal relationship with the person who’s doing their hair once a month. An on-demand app may not allow patrons to choose who shows up at their house to give them that monthly haircut, just like a customer can’t choose their Uber or Lyft driver.

Harry Potter Fans Embrace Butterbeer Hair Color

Modern salon furniture is not something that’s discussed in the Harry Potter books, as their focus on fashion skews more towards wearing robes and house colors. But unless they’re Muggles, everyone in the realm of the Harry Potter books knows about and enjoys the beverage butterbeer.

But you don’t have to be part of the wizarding community to enjoy butterbeer in a unique way that is predicted to be a trend in 2018 — butterbeer as a hair color.

In the Harry Potter books, Butterbeer is a yellow beer-like beverage described as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” It has a slight alcoholic content, and Harry and his fellow students from Hogwarts buy it when visiting the nearby village of Hogsmeade.

In the real world, butterbeer is served at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, and press materials describe the drink as “reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch,” according to Fox News.

In Bon Appetit’s January 2002 issue, J.K. Rowling, author of the book series, was asked what butterbeer tastes like, and she said: “I made it up.”

Universal said the version they sell, which is sold in two varieties, regular and frozen, was tasted and approved by Rowling.The regular version is drawn from a tap like beer, then whipped topping is added. They have declined to share the recipe, but the recipe below is a version shared by Fox. Just don’t use it on your hair.

And as for butterbeer hair color? It is various shades of butterscotch yellow, as you can imagine. You can see photos of butterbeer hair color on Revelist here.

BUTTERBEER

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

North Korea’s Only Luxury Ski Resort Includes a Beauty Salon

Luxury for your salon is readily available if you shop at a salon supply store like Regal Hair Color, a major importer of top-of-the-line Ceriotti salon furniture.

But luxury is a rarity in North Korea, where most people live in stark poverty.

However, a South Korean delegation recently got a look at an extravagant ski resort in the North Korean mountains built because North Korean lead Kim Jong Un had hoped his country would be able to collaborate on the Winter Olympics, set for February in PyeongChang, Newsweek reported.

The Masikryong, or Masik Pass, ski resort, includes one of the country’s most luxurious hotels. The hotel features a beauty salon, a swimming pool with waterfalls, a spa, and a bar that serves imported liquor and cappuccino, per Newsweek.

The multi-million-dollar resort is a few hours east of North Korean capital Pyongyang, and is situated in the Taehwa mountains at an altitude of 2,130 feet.

Work on the resort began soon after PyeongChang won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, and the complex was finished in 2013. North Korean officials reportedly hoped the resort could be used to host some Olympic events. In 2013, the South Korean organizing committee declined North Korea’s offer, calling it “unrealistic.”

Meanwhile, athletes from North and South Korea will march under a unified Korean flag in the opening ceremonies for the Olympics, Athletes from both countries will compete on a combined North/South women’s hockey team.

The moves are part of South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s attempts to improve relations with the North, USA Today reported.

But a South Korean poll showed that most people were opposed to the idea of a unified team. A survey by SBS television found that 73 percent of South Koreans opposed a combined hockey team. The disapproval rate was especially high among people in their 20s and 30s, at 82 percent.

Salon owner helps kids with cancer

Sometimes the beauty in a salon is visible when you walk in — for example, if a salon uses Cerriotti Salon Furniture, the beautiful salon furniture made in Italy and sold by the Regal Hair Salon supply company.

But sometimes the most beauty is hidden inside the people who run the salon.

Ljupka Arsovska, who owns Âme Salon in Englewood, New Jersey, is that kind of a person — beautiful on the inside, with a good heart. She has made it her mission to help children with cancer.

Arsovska, who is a native of Macedonia, cut off her 14-inch braid to raise awareness for a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to medical treatment. Her donation became the first of 15 that her salon has collected since it opened in July.

According to Locks of Love, which collects hair and makes wigs for people suffering from hair loss due to medical conditions, it takes six to 10 ponytails to make one wig.

In her native country, Arsovska operated a charity that raised money for people with cancer, North Jersey reported. She worked a hair and makeup stylist in Macedonia and operated several salons.

Arsovska was further inspired to help cancer patients when her son was born two years ago and

maternity ward faced the pediatric oncology ward, so she could see the children and families  that were going through the ordeal of having cancer.

She still maintains a connection to helping cancer patients in her native country, and recently set up a GoFundMe campaign for a single father there who is having trouble paying for his

9-year-old daughter’s cancer treatment, Arsovska said. As of last week, the fund had reached $3,000 of its $10,000 goal.

Arsovska’s salon offers free haircuts to people donating their hair to charity. She also provides styling consultations to children with hair loss conditions.

High-tech device analyzes hair

The right modern salon furniture from Regal Hair can make your salon look almost futuristic. But one exhibitor at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) showed a high-tech device that salons could use in the future to analyze your hair and recommend or formulate the right products for you.

Henkel, a German consumer goods company, will use augmented reality to, among other things, take the guesswork out of hair coloring for stylists. For example, a CNN reporter was able to “see” in virtual reality what her blonde hair would look like if it was colored in realistic tones of brown and red.

The SalonLab Analyzer analyzes the inner condition of hair, its moisture level and “true color” using a high-tech handheld device outfitted with infrared and light sensors. The readings from the device are analyzed by a proprietary algorithm that uses a digitized hair model to produce one of 128 different shampoo combinations for the client based specifically on his or her hair analysis.

The system produced the custom shampoo in seconds, and a barcode enables customers to order more online.

Henkel plans to offer the systems to select U.S. and European salons with in the U.S. and Europe later this year.

For the highest-quality hair color treatment application products in the industry, get connected with Regal Salon Furniture today. Regal is your online shopping destination to stock and equip your salon with amenities and features that will keep your clients coming back again and again. Check out their inventory at their online store here.

If you want to give your salon’s guests comfortable, modern salon furniture to kick back on and enjoy the scenery while they wait to have their hair colored, consider the beautiful Ceriotti MODO Salon Couch. With a variety of colors, check out this piece constructed of a wooden chassis with supports in die-cast aluminum, and capped off with a seat in polyurethane foam.

Elvis has left the building at Regal Hair salon supply store

If you are looking to furnish your hair salon with the best furniture and equipment, you need a salon supply store like Regal USA, which features the best salon furniture from Italian supplier Ceriotti.

But there is one salon that decided to go in another direction when it came to salon décor, according to the Register-Mail, a newspaper in Galesburg, Illinois.

Jackie’s Hair care is a shrine to Elvis Presley, and the salon is decorated with everything related to the King of Rock and Roll.

Jackie Wagher is the owner of Jackie’s Hair Care and calls herself one of Elvis’ biggest fans. In the salon, which is located in th basement of her home, you will find among the Elvis items Elvis dinnerware and a lamp that showcases Elvis in Jailhouse Rock singing and swinging his hips.

The 58-year-old hair stylist collects Elvis memorabilia, and decided to share her love of the King with the clients who visit her home salon. Karen Fields, one of Wagher’s regular clients, calls the decorations “tastefully done.”

Wagher said she developed her love of Elvis when her mother, June Graham, played Elvis records and the two of them danced to the music in their kitchen when she was growing up.

She started collecting Elvis memorabilia when she was 15. She enjoyed the movies that Elvis made at the height of his fame, and a poster for her favorite, “Spinout,” hangs above the stairs to her salon. She also has a painting of Elvis on velvet.

Elvis Presley passed away due to heart failure August 16, 1977, at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42 years old.

If you want to furnish your hair salon in a more conventional way, Regal USA offers the best in salon supplies, including top of the line salon furniture from Cerioti, a premiere Italian furniture producer.

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Balayage trend will continue in 2018

What’s new in salons for 2018? It’s difficult to know for sure, but there are some hair coloring techniques that were popular in 2017 and that are expected to remain strong trends this year as well.

One trend that’s expected to continue to be hot is balayage hair coloring.

Balayage is a word that comes from the French “to sweep.”According to StyleLounge,  in the balayage method of coloring hair, dark pieces are left on the bottom to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique makes it look like there are natural highlights in the hair.

The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an ombre, but Color Style Guide says the ombre is also here to stay. Dark brunettes should consider a bronze transition from the mid-lengths of their hair to ends to give their hairstyle pop.

Subtle balayage highlights mean maintaining your original hair base while dying your hair lighter at the tips. It’s a way to lighten your hair without the commitment and maintenance of bleaching to blonde.

Brunettes, for example, may want to consider caramel-colored tips. It is a universally appealing shade that compliments all skin tones. Caramel looks good when paired with dark roots, and also works with blonde shades. Orange balayage also highlights work well on brunettes, as orange creates a nice contrast with dark hair, and blondes might consider wearing a feminine rose shade.

The right salon with the right equipment can help you look beautiful any day, and Regal Salon Furniture is a clear choice for the industry’s highest-quality supplies and equipment.

Regal Salon Furniture can equip your hair salon with barber chairs direct from Italy’s best manufacturer — Ceriotti.  Your guests will have a comfortable spot to kick back and enjoy the scenery with the highest end, most beautiful Club Salon Chair from Ceriotti – Italy’s supplier of the most luxurious stylist and salon equipment in the world.

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Superfoods keep your skin looking younger

Want to start the new year looking younger? Your skin reflects your overall health. What you put in your body has as much effect on your skin as what kind of cleansing routine you use or what kind of moisturizer you put on your skin.

You might want to start by adding these six foods to your diet. Reader’s Digest says these six foods nourish your skin from the inside. They are full of anti-aging nutrients that protect skin from damage. Here are the superfoods you should be adding to your diet in 2018:

Bell peppers and broccoli contain Vitamin C, which increases production of collagen, Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. Collagen gives skin strength and elasticity, reducing fine lines around the eyes and mouth.

Wild Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids that can can curb stiffness and joint pain. They also help the skin retain moisture, making it soft and supple, and maintain the scalp’s natural oils, making hair more shiny.

Blackberries and raspberries contain ellagic acid, which protects the skin against harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, and that can help prevent wrinkles.

Another sun-blocker, lycopene, is found in tomatoes. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant which may help prevent sun damage. It works best when cooked.

Dark chocolate contains ingredients that keep your hair healthy by improving circulation and blood flow to your scalp. Cocoa flavonols deliver nutrients throughout the body.

Sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and mangoes contain beta-carotene, which destroys free radicals that damage skin cells. The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which fights signs of aging.

The right salon with the right equipment can help you look beautiful any day, and Regal Salon Furniture is a clear choice for the industry’s highest-quality supplies and equipment.

Regal Salon Furniture can equip your hair salon with barber chairs direct from Italy’s best manufacturer — Ceriotti.  Your guests will have a comfortable spot to kick back and enjoy the scenery with the highest end, most beautiful Club Salon Chair from Ceriotti – Italy’s supplier of the most luxurious stylist and salon equipment in the world.

Quick tips help you achieve a festive holiday party look

Are you time-crunched, dashing out the door to a holiday party, but want till want to look like you put some effort into your party look? Consider the following quick beauty tips from Momtastic:

  1. Contour your face, using concealer to cover spots, then apply bronzer in the shape of a 3 on the right side of your face and a reverse 3 on the left side. Finally, use blush on the apples of your cheeks.
  2. Buy and apply some standard-length false eyelashes. Cut a strip in half and just apply one section to the outer corner of your eyelid; repeat on the other eye. Add a layer of mascara and draw a thin line of eyeliner on top.
  3. Use a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol to bring the shine back to your manicure.
  4. Brush your teeth for two minutes with a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to brighen your smile.
  5. Wear a pair of disposable contacts instead of glasses.
  6. Use an eye shadow color that is the opposite of your eye color.
  7. Apply bronze-colored body lotion to highlight the curve of your arm muscles and the length of your legs.
  8. Use your favorite hair tools to create a quick updo.
  9. Break out your expensive perfume. If you smell good, you’ll feel good.
  10. Coat your lips with a subtle gloss.

Follow these tips and you’ll be out the door in no time on your way to enjoy a holiday party!

The right salon with the right equipment can help you look beautiful any day, and Regal Salon Furniture is a clear choice for the industry’s highest-quality supplies and equipment.

Regal Salon Furniture can equip your hair salon with barber chairs direct from Italy’s best manufacturer — Ceriotti.  Your guests will have a comfortable spot to kick back and enjoy the scenery with the highest end, most beautiful Club Salon Chair from Ceriotti – Italy’s supplier of the most luxurious stylist and salon equipment in the world.