beauty retail

The NPD Group: Specialty Stylers & Curling Irons/Brushes Lead U.S. Haircare Appliances Growth

How big is the overall U.S. haircare appliances business? Sales of flat irons/straighteners, hair dryers, specialty stylers and curling irons/brushes to consumers reached $1.318 billion for the 12-month period that ended in August 2014, Beauty Store Business has learned from The NPD Group.

Stop, Thief

Stop, Thief
Retailers must always be vigilant for an old risk.

Picture this: Someone runs into your store, grabs an armful of merchandise and exits through the front door into a waiting van. The vehicle speeds off before you have a chance to see the license plate. That scenario can happen any time. It’s just one of the many tricks shoplifters pull to separate retailers from their merchandise.

Candles With a Conscience

Candles With a Conscience
Sunbeam Candles uses the power of sun, wind and employee spirit to generate a growing customer base.

Sunbeam Candles began in 2004, but owner David Gould says he’s enjoyed creating candles since his college days, 21 years ago. Back then, it was a fun way for Gould to make extra money in between semesters at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “I sold candles throughout Michigan before moving around to pursue music in Chicago and Boston,” states Gould. Each place Gould moved he brought his candle supplies with him, selling to various stores along the way.

Cleansing, Exfoliating—And When It Is Too Much of Both

Ada S. Polla
Help your customers apply the right balance to keeping clean, healthy skin.

While I often hear of women who do not wash their face before they go to bed, I also often see the opposite, namely men and women who wash, cleanse and scrub too much, thinking that “squeaky clean” is the goal. As is often the case, a right middle is the best. As you recommend various cleansers, cleansing tools and exfoliators, here are some things to keep in mind.

Read the full story in the Beauty Store Business October Digital Edition.

[Image courtesy of Ada S. Polla]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Believe it or not, keeping a positive attitude can actually boost your profits.

Happy workers mean higher profits. Customers are inspired to buy more when everyone on the job communicates a positive mental attitude. Saying’s not doing, of course. Just how can you promote good workplace vibes? Management gurus say it’s a two-step process. First, make a decision to develop and maintain your own healthy emotional outlook. Second, inspire this same mental state among your employees. It all starts with you.