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CurlKit Partners With Taliah Waajid’s Uncle Jimmy Products for Special Father’s Day Edition Men’s Box

Leading natural hair solution for women launching new men’s line of products for beard, hair and skin

NEW YORK – CurlKit is excited to announce a collaboration with Uncle Jimmy Products as part of the reveal of its new line of products for men; these products will be featured in the CurlStar Men’s Box debuting this month. Developed by natural hair entrepreneur and innovator Taliah Waajid, the new men’s line will cater to the needs of discerning gentlemen everywhere. More information is available at

Taliah Waajid has built a widely respected brand over the last two decades, and much of that respect is thanks to her commitment to chemical-free solutions. The brand’s mission is “to provide high-quality products that enhance and positively contribute to healthy hair, skin and body.” Uncle Jimmy Products is no exceptions. The new line of products combines effective and soothing natural essential oils and ingredients like argan oil, black seed and honey.

The CurlStar Men’s Box includes five full-size products from Uncle Jimmy Products’ new men’s line. As a leading subscription service for natural hair products, CurlKit has seen its business grow exponentially since launch. A firm commitment to innovation and service has been instrumental in this success story.

“Ten years ago, I struggled through the trials and tribulations inherent in the transition from processed to natural hair,” says Heather Cummings, founder of CurlKit. “I knew there had to be a better way — that’s what motivated me to create a company to help others in my position. CurlKit is the result of lots of research and determination, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far.”

In March 2012, CurlKit launched its subscription service for curly, coily, kinky, locs and textured hair. In just five years, the company has grown to be one of the most sought-after subscription companies on the market. Each month, subscribers receive a professionally packaged CurlKit box, along with the latest edition of CurlLife Magazine. CurlKit boxes contain from four to eight hand-selected products from both well-known brands and emerging beauty lines. Products range from pomades and conditioners to styling tools. Meanwhile, includes how-to guides, product descriptions and an easy subscription sign-up form.


About CurlKit

CurlKit is a complete solution for women with naturally curly hair of various textures. They provide exclusive services, products, tutorials, videos, how-to manuals and information to help lifelong naturals, as well as, women who are choosing a newly natural hair style. CurlKit had their premier launch in March 2012, opening to customers in United States, Canada, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands. In September 2012, they expanded their market share to over 150 countries worldwide accomplishing one of their first-year goals ahead of schedule.



Korea’s biggest personal care ingredients event to date

High profile visitors and exhibitors come together to honour Korea’s €10bn cosmetics market at extended three-day event


It was sold out well in advance, so it’s no surprise that this year’s in-cosmetics Korea, organised by Reed Exhibitions, delivered the biggest– and most high profile – personal care ingredients event in Korea to date. The show was 20% bigger than in 2016 and, with many of the industry’s most established brands in attendance, it revealed the latest innovations and upcoming trends to inspire new product development teams.

7,217 professional visitors from companies including  AmorePacific, Cosmax, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberley Clark, Kolmar, L’Oréal, LG Household & Health Care, Shiseido, TonyMoly, Unilever and more gathered at COEX in Seoul from 20-22 June to conduct business with the world’s leading ingredients suppliers. This record attendance equates to an increase of 17% on 2016. The exhibition also hosted a group of VIP R&D visitors from China and Taiwan, as part of the event’s Gold Business Guest programme. By popular demand, the show was extended to three days, offering R&D professionals a greater opportunity to review the latest innovations, delve into current trends and network with industry colleagues.

With Korea known as a hotbed of innovation and the country’s cosmetics market expected to hit €10.95bn this year, the event was undeniably crucial for any businesses looking to enter or develop their offering in the region. And as the only exhibition dedicated to personal care ingredients in Korea, it certainly made its mark.

Visitor Sooryun Tak, Senior Researcher at LG Household enthused: “We are launching a haircare brand and met a supplier at the show who we are talking to about developing a new range of products collaboratively. I was also really inspired by the range of non-silicone solutions available from suppliers here, that’s why it’s really good to have a personal care ingredients event like in-cosmetics Korea in our country.”

Of the 214 exhibitors present, there was higher representation of the world’s top 20 ingredient suppliers than in previous years, with personal care giants AzkoNobel, Clariant, Croda, Dow Chemical and DSM Nutritional Products all taking stands. In total, 58% of exhibitors were based outside Korea, highlighting the importance of the event – and indeed the Korean cosmetics industry – to the global market.

Exhibitor Carla Perez, Asia Pacific Beauty Care Technical Manager at SEPPIC commented:  “in-cosmetics Korea is special because it balances raw materials and presentations. You can learn about ingredients and the latest innovations but also about market trends, consumer insights and finished products, which is important for suppliers like us.”

Alongside the many well-known exhibitors, this year’s exhibition also attracted many new companies who signed up to showcase their products to a captive audience. Among them was Elizabeth Cambar-Roney, International Sales Director at Connoils LLC who added:

“Korea is the biggest international market for us and that’s the main reason why we’re here. This show has been an eye-opener for me. Korean visitors enjoy experimenting with our products and that’s why, next year, I will get involved with the Sensory Bar. In addition to Koreans, I also had visitors from China, Japan and Thailand so it was a very successful experience.”

While this year’s exhibitor offering was particularly impressive, the educational programme covered a diverse range of topics including Premium Skincare in Asia by Sunny Um of Euromonitor International; Understanding Korea’s Cosmetic Regulations by Ja-eun Song of Korea Cosmetic Association; Haircare Trends by Belinda Carli of Institute of Personal Care Science and more.

The Sensory Bar – a new addition to in-cosmetics Korea – attracted large crowds, drawing manufacturers in to examine the unusual textures and sensations of products developed by some of the leading innovators in the field. Visitors were also treated to live demonstrations by suppliers highlighting how to formulate their sensory products.

New for in-cosmetics Korea 2017 were Product Trails recommended by independent industry experts in three categories. Designed to help attendees navigate their way around the exhibition, they highlighted key natural actives, moisturisers and anti-ageing products.

For visitors keen to discover the latest launches (within the last 8 months), the Innovation Zone displayed the most current active and functional ingredients to see and test. The area retained its crown as one of the most popular areas of the show and achieved a 94% satisfaction score in the research carried out via interactive feedback touchpads.

Sarah Gibson, in-cosmetics Korea Exhibition Director, commented: “We are delighted – but not surprised – by the success of this year’s in-cosmetics Korea. We are proud to bring the Korean and global industry together on an annual basis. Education at the show is 100% free and the 91% average satisfaction score for this year’s seminars demonstrates how beneficial this programme is to our attendees. We are very much looking forward to the 2018 event, which will feature a 4th exhibition hall to accommodate more exhibitors and the launch of our first ever Formulation Lab in Korea.”

in-cosmetics Korea 2018 will take place at COEX in Seoul from 13-15 June 2018.


About in-cosmetics Korea:

in-cosmetics Korea brings together over 200 exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions with over 7,000 cosmetic professionals from Korea and overseas. in-cosmetics Korea promotes innovation in ingredients and technologies, providing quality education and consumer insights for formulators, R&D and regulatory professionals. Showcasing local and global industry trends, in-cosmetics Korea offers the most cost-effective business and networking opportunities for the personal care ingredients community in the dynamic Korean market. Follow in-cosmetics Korea on Twitter at and Facebook at



Wahl Professional Creates Global Platform for Education as Host of the 2017 Global Education Leadership Summit


Wahl Professional hosted the inaugural Global Education Leadership Summit (GELS) to engage with Wahl educators from around the world and teach them to think like an artist. In March 2017, Wahl global artists met at Wahl Clipper Corporation’s Global Headquarters in Sterling, IL to practice the joining of minds, identifying core techniques and best practices and implementing them to create a global platform for education.

“We want to provide not only the mechanical tools that work for the global beauty and barber industry, but we want to provide the knowledge to use them,” says Lance Wahl, Global Vice President Professional Products, Wahl Clipper Corporation. “This knowledge will help our professionals elevate their careers and create great hair anywhere in the world!”

From the United States, to Australia and Russia and many more, the first Wahl GELS represented eighteen total countries and introduced an inclusive look at the best hair techniques from around the world.

“To have Greg Wahl, CEO of Wahl Clipper Corporation and Lance Wahl, the Global Vice President Professional Products, Wahl Clipper Corporation personally support and attend the event as guest speakers was encouraging, and reinforces the importance of education for the industry,” says Laura VanderMoere, Global Director of Education, Wahl Professional and host of the summit.

From Wahl’s origin in 1919, Wahl education has since surged as a global phenomenon. When industry influencers think of men’s grooming, they immediately connect with Wahl—the catalyst behind every hair artist’s success for precision clipper cutting and creative hairstyles.

29 artists from 18 countries attended the inaugural GELS at Wahl’s Global Headquarters.

“Our mission is to leave no artist behind,” says VanderMoere. “To pour everything we have into supporting and helping each licensed professional, student and instructor to think and create beyond the boundaries our industry imposes on us, in both hair artistry and business. And to always be there for them.”

With a growing global reach of hair artistry, Wahl practices the joining of minds—and techniques—with a consistent methodology. Wahl Professional launched the 5-Step Method, a universal education for hair artists around the world.

“We introduced a format called the 5-Step Method, which is a thought process to be used by everyone. It applies to all cultures, textures, genders, ages and skill levels. Once the artist understands this concept, they will soar,” says VanderMoere. “I challenge all artists, regardless of how long or little they have practiced, to engage in the 5-Step Method.”

To think like an artist opens professionals up to every opportunity the industry offers, while recognizing and respecting all genders and cultures as equal. It positions the professional to choose and create their career path.

This consistent message was the motivation and goal behind the inaugural GELS, and was carried out in all aspects of the summit, from the joining of minds and identifying core techniques and best practices, to creating a global platform for education. Wahl hosted hair professionals from the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Argentina, Italy, France, Japan, Spain, Australia, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Netherlands, Malaysia, South Africa, Russia and Brazil.

“The summit was extremely successful. To see everyone from around the world in the same room, with the same passions coupled with their energy was powerful!  At times, I stood back in awe (and pride) watching everyone connect. Communicating through the internet is fascinating, to meet in person is life changing,” says VanderMoere.

Wahl plans to host future summits with the hopes that each subsidiary will have an opportunity to host the event so attendees can experience cultures first-hand.

“With Wahl, there is a Method behind our education so anyone who attends a Wahl class feels like they truly got something out of that class,” adds Wahl.

To learn more about Wahl education and to find out about upcoming classes and events, visit




Amid EU Palm Oil Bill Debate, New Members Join Leading Initiative to Reform Palm Oil Industry

The Palm Oil Innovation Group welcomes major global companies L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut

LONDON – The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) announced that global companies L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut are the newest members of the leading initiative for responsibly produced palm oil. These companies join others in POIG that have committed to stepping up efforts to drive the much-needed transformation of the palm oil sector. The announcement follows increasing debate on what single ‘No Deforestation’ and ‘No Exploitation’ standard will be adopted by the EU following the successful passage of the palm oil resolution in April 2017. Members of Parliament overwhelmingly voted in support of the introduction of a single certification scheme that will ensure all palm oil entering the EU market is not tied to deforestation or human rights violations.

Matthias Diemer, the Co-chair of the Palm Oil Innovation Group issued the following statement during the annual European meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO):    “The Palm Oil Innovation Group welcomes the commitment by L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut to innovate and join the ranks of the most responsible companies in the palm oil supply chain.”

“These new members will continue to support the transformation of the palm oil sector by demonstrating innovation to implement RSPO existing standards as well as additional critical requirements, such as ending deforestation, the development of peatlands and gross labor and human rights violations.”

L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company, and Switzerland-based Barry Callebaut, the global leading supplier of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, have joined existing POIG members like Ferrero and Danone in their commitments to drive truly responsible palm oil production.

“With more innovators joining forces under POIG, we move closer to achieving POIG’s vision: a responsible supply chain that has broken the link between palm oil production and the destruction of forests and peatlands, the exploitation of communities and workers, and climate change,” concluded co-chair Matthias.

POIG was recently recognized by the European Parliament as a strong standard for responsible palm oil production. The EU palm oil resolution presents a great opportunity for RSPO and POIG members, especially at a time when the RSPO is considering strengthening its standards to incorporate no deforestation and no exploitation requirements outlined in the POIG Charter. The initiative was founded by Agropalma, DAABON, Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) in 2014 and remains the initiative that sets the highest benchmark for independently verified and truly responsible palm oil.

To learn more about POIG, visit




Farouk Systems Appoints Edwin Hofstede as Managing Director for Europe

HOUSTON, TX – Dr. Farouk Shami proudly announces the appointment of Edwin Hofstede as Managing Director for Europe as of July 1, 2017. With over 20 years of experience in the professional salon industry, Edwin Hofstede worked as a successful Sales and Marketing Manager for Farouk Systems’ Dutch Distributor TrendyHair Company.

Earlier he served Farouk Systems Europe (from 2007 till 2013) as a Marketing Manager by focusing and supporting the European distributors.

In his new position of Managing Director Edwin Hofstede will be responsible for the performance (growth), support and performance of the European Division. He will accomplish this by managing all departments, taking ownership of European Sales & Marketing plans, creating the right plan to build, integrate and engage brand experiences. This will be accomplished by intensively supporting distributors and salons worldwide by giving them the best education, sales and marketing tools while listening to their needs. Therefore, growing their businesses and becoming the strongest European leader in this industry.

According to Edwin Hofstede, “It has never been a secret that it was and still is my interest, goal and focus to develop and grow international markets. With this new challenge and opportunity that Dr. Farouk Shami has given me as Managing Director for Europe it is a dream come true and I am more than confident that I will be a valuable asset in sales and marketing. “Farouk Systems is not just a product line; it is a story about a man that proves dreams can and will come true if you have the perseverance and mentality to make it all happen.”

Dr. Farouk Shami adds, “We are very excited to have Edwin Hofstede as our Managing Director of Europe. His devotion and knowledge of the professional salon industry will help to expand not only our business, but improve sales and marketing for our distributors and also deliver the type of education and shows our fellow hairdressers want and need in Europe to be even more successful. He will be a great asset to our company and to the hairdressers we are dedicated to serving.”


About Farouk Systems:

Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston based company of hairdressers for hairdressers. They manufacture high quality professional hair care products, including industry-leading brands CHI® and BioSilk®. Farouk Systems was founded in 1986 by Dr. Farouk Shami, a hairdresser whose mission is to provide the professional beauty industry with the most advanced American technology based upon “Education, Environment and Ethics”. Farouk Systems distributes its products throughout the United States and to over 100 countries worldwide. Please visit our website at and like us on


Wahl Professional Introduces Another Game-Changing Trimmer: The Beret


STERLING, IL – If you visit Jacob’s Barbershop in Cicero, Illinois, you’ll hear what you expect. There’s banter, laughter, the buzz of clippers and the spraying of water bottles.

But when Nieves Almaraz, owner of Jacob’s Barbershop and member of the Wahl Education and Artistic Team (WEAT.), switches his Wahl Beret trimmer on, you’ll hear something unexpected: hardly anything at all.

“It’s one of the quietest trimmers I’ve ever used,” says Almaraz. “It’s very beneficial when working with children. They don’t flinch when I’m working on them.”

That means something coming from Almaraz. As a W.E.A.T. member, he’s used nearly every Wahl Professional clipper or trimmer throughout his career.

The Beret trimmer is the latest in a series of innovations from Wahl Professional. Unveiled at Premiere Orlando in early June, the Beret trimmer has its own spot within the distinguished line of Wahl Professional tools designed for barbers and stylists while featuring the added convenience of both cord and cordless use.

In typical Wahl fashion, the Beret is lightweight, ergonomic, and comes with everything needed for high-precision cutting, including: automatic recharge stand, recharging transformer, 4 trimming guides (1/8” – 1⁄2”), oil, cleaning brush, styling comb and more. The lithium ion battery holds power for a two-hour run time (when fully charged) and can be recharged in between or during haircuts.

While the performance is predictable, the appearance is not. The Beret deviates from the standard Wahl color palette and features a rich copper hue. In this case, the Beret is the ideal blend of form and function with exceptional versatility.

“I use it for a lot of things,” Almaraz says. “Scalp cutting, trimming, lining. Even facial hair and detail design. Lining is especially easy, with nice sharp cuts that aren’t too aggressive for younger or older clients.”

The Beret is now available nationwide.


About Wahl Clipper Corporation

Since 1919, with the invention of the first practical electric hair clipper, Wahl Clipper Corporation has been the leader in the professional and home grooming category. Today, with over 2500 employees worldwide, Wahl is proud to carry forward the tradition of innovation and superior customer service that was created by Leo J. Wahl. Headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, Wahl distributes to 176 countries and has eight global manufacturing facilities as well as 25 sales offices. At Wahl, we are proud of our heritage of excellence as well as our remarkable list of groundbreaking innovations for the present and future for the global market. Visit for more details.




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