BIR BITS – September

Candy Shaw, CEO and founder of Sunlights Balayage, has been named both Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman of the Year in the Women Helping

Candy Shaw

Women category by the 2017 Women in Business & the Professions World Awards.  Fondly referred to as The Balay Lama, Candy has nurtured thousands of stylists, predominantly women, during her career. Sunlights Balayage is the maker and purveyor of balayage products and education. Candy also owns Atlanta’s 50-chair, 5,000-square-foot Jamison Shaw Hairdressers.

Candy started Sunlights with two goals – to increase stylists’ productivity by helping them work smarter, not harder and to decrease the environmental impact that hairdressing has on the planet. Today, Sunlights is available in eight countries.



Michael Heines

Michael F. Heines joins ColorProof Color Care Authority as president. In this new position, he will be held responsible for the management and leadership of the sales, marketing, education and operating teams, while executing the brand vision of CEO and Founder, Jim Markham. Jim shares, “When we recognized the need for this new position, Michael immediately came to mind as the perfect fit. I have known him for over 20 years and believe that his ability to build brands through strategic thinking and his management style will play a pivotal role in expanding our presence while driving revenue.”

Michael joins ColorProof from Sally Beauty Holdings’ CosmoProf division, where he served as group vice president since June 2012. Prior to joining sally, Michael owned Pacific Salon Systems, a regional distributor that merged with Cosmoprof. Jim met Michael and his father Fred, when they distributed one of Jim’s prior brands, ABBA Pure & Natural.



Government Relations

There is a continued trend to mandate domestic violence training for licensed beauty professionals (Arizona this year and Illinois last year). The Professional Beauty Association invites stylists to join its free Cut it Out! Program.

There continues to be a trend in the reduction of cosmetology programs hours, notably Kentucky (reduced hours from 1,800 to 1,500), Montana (reduced from 2,000 hours to 1,500) and Colorado (reduced hours from 1,800 to 1,500).


The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors is teaming up with Bologna Fiere Cosmoprof Worldwide and Corferias, the International Business and Exhibition Center of Bogota, to power a new international hall during Feria Belleza y Salud, a beauty show in Bogota, Columbiua, no September 27-29, 2017. With an exhibition area that hosts 279 exhibitors and 55,000 visitors, Belleza y Salud is for companies that are looking for business opportunities in South America and for distributors, suppliers, import/export companies and beauty managers interested in trends in the cosmetic industry.

The International Hall 7, powered by Cosmoprof, will host international companies that want to take advantage of specific initiatives and an international communication plan to help attract South –American distributors and retailers and make networking and business relationships easier.

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