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Consumers Gravitate to Gender-Specific Products

Consumers are more likely to buy products that are highly "gendered"—whether masculine or feminine—than they are to buy products that are not as "gendered," according to a new study from the University of Miami School of Business Administration.

Massive Growth Expected in Global Beauty Sales

Global beauty sales, already a nearly $400 billion market, is on the verge of explosive growth from emerging markets, but will see an industry influx as consolidation and technology disrupt channels of distribution, according to Fung Business Intelligence Centre’s recently released Global Beauty Report.

Shoppers Increasingly Avoid Checkout Interaction

Eighty-five percent of shoppers have used a self-service checkout kiosk, according to a new survey from Retale, a location-based mobile platform connecting more than 3.5 million shoppers with their favorite major retailers locally.

Retale’s new commissioned study examines consumer self-service checkout adoption among brick-and-mortar retailers. The study focused on several areas of the experience, including convenience, challenges and desired improvements. More than 1,000 adult men and women across the United States were polled for the study.

Moms Influence Beauty Habits

More than half of women agree that their mother taught them their first beauty routine, and many still incorporate those beauty routines into their lives today, according to new research by Unilever's Dove, maker of the Dove Beauty Bar.

Better Economy Leads to Growth for Salon Services, Products

Total revenues for all salon-industry services—hair, skin and nails—plus salon retail grew at a respectable 3.1%, according to the new 2014 Professional Salon Industry Haircare Study from Professional Consultants & Resources, a leading salon-industry strategic-consulting and data-source company.

The total U.S. salon haircare market segment (services and retail) registered $67.02 billion, representing growth of 3.2%. There are nearly 303,000 salons and barbershops in the United States that use and sell salon haircare products.

Fewer Women Shopped for Beauty in 2014

The vast majority of U.S. women—eight out of 10—shop for beauty products, but a 4% drop in 2014 brought the industry to its lowest level of shoppers since 2008, according to the Annual Beauty Consumer Economic Indicator, the latest beauty report from global information company The NPD Group.