beauty business

NRF Launches Small Business Retail Council

The National Retail Federation has announced the formation of the Small Business Retail Council to organize, recruit and engage main street merchants and independent community retailers in grassroots advocacy activities. The council will represent and be responsive to the needs, concerns and interests of local shops, and provide the association’s small business members a forum to discuss the most pressing public policy issues and priorities.

Skincare Spotlight: Facial Oils—Liquid Gold or Greasy Nightmare?

Ada S. Polla
Tackle beauty-oil questions and recommendations with savvy.

The word “oil-free” has long been one of the most prized words used in skin care; in particular, when recommending products to younger, oilier skin types. However, not all oils are evil. Not only do oils not break out the skin, they have a myriad of therapeutic properties. Indeed, one of the most feared skincare ingredients—oil—was used by Cleopatra to alleviate the drying effect of the desert on her skin.

Wig & Hairpiece Stores Market to Rise

Wig & Hairpiece Stores Market to Rise

Revenue for the wig and hairpiece stores industry is projected to rise over the next five years at an annualized rate, according to market-research firm IBISWorld’s newly updated "Wig & Hairpiece Stores in the U.S. Industry" report. The industry will primarily benefit from improving per capita disposable income, which will boost demand for discretionary purchases of wigs and hairpieces.

Skincare Spotlight: Highlights From the WWD Beauty CEO Summit

Ada S. Polla
Consider these powerful insights from industry leaders Gail Federici, Amy Errett and Alli Webb.

The Biannual WWD Beauty CEO Summit, held May 7-9 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, brought together more than 300 beauty executives, both "Davids" and "Goliaths," industry giants and newcomers. The theme of this year's summit was Metamorphosis, and Winston Churchill's famous quote was regularly referenced: "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

Read about highlights from three of the most powerful presentations in the Beauty Store Business August digital edition!

Beauty & The Law: Recent Developments In Regulating Soaps

Jean Warshaw
Find out the latest on triclosan and microbeads.

What do antibacterial soaps and fake mustaches have in common? They are cosmetics. They both fit the definition of "cosmetic" under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), the federal law that governs cosmetics as well as foods and drugs.

How to Turn Negative Workers into Positive Performers

How to Turn Negative Workers into Positive Performers
Follow this advice to turn workers' attitudes from the dark side to more productive, positive ones.

Do your employees play well with shoppers? Do they engage with the public in ways that spark sales and promote loyalty? In the best of worlds you would always answer "yes." The fact is every business has some employees who have a tendency to look on the dark side of things—a habit that can create negative interactions with customers. And even the sunniest workers have bad days. The cause might be a perceived snub from a supervisor. Or maybe it's a marital crisis or a financial issue. Whatever the reason, the result is the same: a grumpy employee who alienates customers.