The Horst M. Rechelbacher Foundation is introducing two Beauty Changes Lives scholarships honoring the late Horst Rechelbacher’s legacy of consciousness, care, and compassion for beauty professionals, clients, and the planet. The Sustainable Success advanced cosmetology scholarship and Oncology Skincare scholarship for licensed aestheticians will collectively offer $50,000 in scholarship awards. Administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in spring, summer, and fall of 2019. Applications for the spring Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships will be accepted March 1 to April 30, 2019.
Offered to licensed cosmetologists enrolled in an accredited cosmetology program, the Sustainable Success scholarship will award $22,000 in tuition awards. Two tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,200 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and eight additional awards of $2,200 will be awarded in summer (four) and fall (four) competitions. Applicants must submit an online application and prepare a three- to five-minute video sharing why they selected a career in cosmetology and their personal perspective on success.
Offered to licensed aestheticians seeking to better serve individuals affected by cancer, the Oncology Skincare scholarship will award $28,000 in tuition awards. Four tuition scholarships in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded in the inaugural spring competition and 10 additional awards will be awarded in summer (five) and fall (five) competitions. The scholarship was inspired by the Oncology Esthetics-USA Spa training which has changed the lives of thousands of aestheticians and their clients.
The scholarship includes a three-day immersive Oncology Spa Solutions Essentials course. The course provides an overview of how cancer affects hair, skin, and nails and how aestheticians can confidently and safely ask the right questions to customize a spa treatment. “The training includes the mind, body, and spirit elements that accompany a cancer diagnoses,” says Becky Kuehn, founder and director of Oncology Spa Solutions and a cancer survivor for nearly 40 years. “Cancer patients often say that no one listens to them, but those in the spa industry know if you can listen, you have a client for life,” Kuehn says.
Scholarship applicants must submit an online application, provide proof of licensure, and submit a three- to five-minute video describing why they chose an aesthetics career and how advanced aesthetic education will benefit their career. Videos must show application of an aesthetics treatment and communicate the applicant’s passion for esthetics.
As founder of Aveda Corporation and Intelligent Nutrients, the late Horst Rechelbacher pioneered an entrepreneurial philosophy that celebrated beauty professionals as part of a sustainable evolution using products that care for professionals, their clients, and the planet. Rechelbacher was posthumously awarded the Beauty Changes Lives Legacy award in 2019.
“Horst was passionate about educating beauty professionals about the role products play in protecting both people and the planet,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of Beauty Changes Lives. The Sustainable Success and Oncology Skincare scholarships are generously paying his passion and success forward to a new generation of hairstylists and aestheticians.”
Almirall, S.A. announced that a key milestone under the collaboration with Nuevolution has been achieved. The strategic collaboration was entered on December 12, 2016 with the aim to develop innovative RORγt inhibitors with best-in-class potential for the oral and topical treatment of dermatology diseases and psoriatic arthritis. A significant part of the collaboration work has been to evaluate pre-clinical safety parameters of RORγt inhibition and to comprehensively de-risk the program prior to any human testing. The milestone data achieved supports a program with a Candidate Drug (CD) having best-in-class potential.
The program continues its progression towards clinical development. The positive result triggered a contractual milestone to Nuevolution.
Bhushan Hardas, M.D., MBA, chief scientific officer of Almirall, commented, “We are very pleased with the progress achieved in our strategic collaboration with Nuevolution, which reflects Almirall’s commitment to becoming a leader in medical dermatology by reinforcing our pipeline with true innovative best in class solutions.”
Alex H. Gouliaev, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Nuevolution, commented, “This underscores the positive opportunities for this unique program. The program development has benefitted significantly from much synergy between and dedication by the teams.”
Almirall had one of the highest levels of research and development investments in the Spanish pharmaceutical industry in 2018, representing over 12 percent of net sales. In addition, Almirall invests in assets, strategic partnerships, and collaborations in research.
Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. a clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced positive topline results from its pivotal trial of SNA-001 in conjunction with an 810 nanometers diode laser, involving 65 patients. SNA-001, a topical pre-treatment to standard laser hair removal, was studied in women and men with white, gray, blonde, light red, and light brown hair. The data showed SNA-001 met the primary endpoint of non-inferiority in hair reduction (-17.5 percent with SNA-001 plus laser, compared to -1.1 percent with vehicle plus laser following six treatment sessions). In additional analyses, SNA-001 was statistically superior compared to vehicle plus laser, demonstrating up to a 31 percent reduction of light hair from baseline.
“SNA-001 represents an exciting growth opportunity for the aesthetics market and a potential solution for consumers with light hair who are well aware of the ineffectiveness of laser hair removal,” said Frederick C. Beddingfield III, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Sienna Biopharmaceuticals. “We are pleased with these results and will seek a strategic partner who can rapidly maximize the value of SNA-001. This will allow us to remain focused on our phase three development of SNA-120, our TrkA inhibitor for psoriasis and pruritus, and to unlock the full potential of our Topical by Design platform, from which we are creating a pipeline of drug candidates that target select pathways in specific tissues to treat a variety of chronic inflammatory and immunologic conditions.”
Available for nearly 25 years, laser hair removal is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the world. With more than 12 million procedures performed annually in the United States, countless patients have benefitted from the lasting results, except for those with light hair. Of the 53 million people who use laser treatments, waxing, and other methods to remove unwanted hair, one in three are light haired. People with white, gray, blonde, and red hair – for whom lasers are ineffective – have been limited to using waxing and razors to remove their unwanted light hair, which yield temporary results and, in the case of waxing, can be costly to maintain. Market data indicate that a safe and effective treatment for people with light hair could increase the number of laser hair removal procedures by 27 percent in the United States.
“This represents the first breakthrough in laser hair removal in over a decade,” said Mathew Avram, M.D., J.D., director at Massachusetts General Hospital Laser and cosmetics and dermatologic surgery associate professor at Harvard Medical School. “Sienna’s silver photo particle technology, combined with the lasers we already have in our offices, showed a meaningful reduction in light hair – something we have never achieved before. If cleared by FDA, SNA-001 would allow physicians and aesthetic centers to expand their current practices by bringing in new patients with blonde, gray, white, light brown, or light red hair who have resorted to waxing and shaving. Once available, I would anticipate rapid and widespread adoption of SNA-001.”
SNA-001 was also evaluated in conjunction with a 1064 Nd:YAG and 755 nm Alexandrite laser for the reduction of light hair, showing a significant reduction from baseline and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance. These results, however, were less differentiated from the vehicle plus laser group compared to the 810 nanometer diode laser study results.
A third and final pivotal trial of SNA-001 in acne was also completed, demonstrating SNA-001 was non-inferior to laser therapy and providing a potential path to regulatory clearance.
March 4, 2019, Bill TX HB 1705, a bill regarding “abolishing the regulation of the practices of barbering and cosmetology,” was presented to the Texas House Committee, who approved the bill and passed it on to the Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee for review.1
Initially introduced on February 12, 2019 by Texas House representative Matthew Shaheen, the bill proposes four main points:
The main reason for Bill TX HB 1705 appears to be to make entry into these professions easier, with the hopes of increasing competition and decreasing consumer cost. However, deregulation would come with a multitude of repercussions for the industry – primarily consumer safety. No standards for education or training means putting consumers at high risk of communicable diseases and injury. Regulations ensure knowledge and practice of proper safety and sanitation protocols, as well as requirements for education on anatomy and physiology of the hair, skin, nails, and so forth. Codes and disciplinary boards keep consumers safe by enforcing such standards and issuing penalties when malpractice occurs.
1 “TX HB1705 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature.” LEGISCAN. https://legiscan.com/TX/bill/HB1705/2019.
2 “TX HB1705 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced.” LEGISCAN. https://legiscan.com/TX/text/HB1705/2019
3 “Say No To HB 1705 - Texas Barber and Cosmetology Abolishment :Signature Goal 100K.” change.org.
4 “Find Your Representative.” United States House of Representatives. https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative?fbclid=IwAR3-EIYb4d25Y dV94vnY5C57rBJfXf-JdoqXZZW-yIJZe8_lEhqGNbFD5cg.
5 “Texas House Member.” Texas House of Representatives. https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=66&fbclid=IwAR3MMxkayQcDsoGz5AcYpXeEcJiVmaJTUzvZHDA4_BegyO6sqm_c7JX0Ghk.
The winning streak continues for natural product manufacturer, Body Bliss. For the past five years, Body Bliss has been the recipient of multiple Spa & Wellness Mexi-Caribe Product Awards. This year their new facial line, Vibrant Beauty, was honored with two awards for their Active Charcoal Face Mask, which won for best deep cleansing mask and their Illuminating Serum, which won for best brightening serum. They have formulated a skin care line that synergistically works with the intelligence of skin’s healing properties to naturally encourage a beautiful complexion. Vibrant Beauty blends the best of Body Bliss signature botanicals like prickly pear, pomegranate, and sea buckthorn with the latest cosmetic ingredients, such as niacinamide, DMAE, teprenone, argireline, and collageneer. The ingredients in the Vibrant Beauty facial line are naturally-derived and eco-friendly.
“The Body Bliss team is thrilled that Vibrant Beauty was recognized with these awards,” says Pam Sculthorp, CEO of Body Bliss. “This facial line is the first initiative we have launched since I took the helm in 2016. Our clients have been asking for skin care products for years. Vibrant Beauty balances the best in science with the most carefully-curated, botanical ingredients. The products not only make you look and feel good, but are also good for you.”
Global spa consultancy Raison d’Etre is celebrating its 20th birthday and two successful decades since its first spa opened in 1999. Shaping the spa industry throughout the turn of the century, Raison d’Etre has spent the last 20 years becoming a global leader in spa design, wellness, and spa education. This includes creating some of the most iconic spa brands including Aman Spas, Shiva for Taj Hotels, Kempinski Spa, and LivNordic, as well as its spa training academy, Spa Business Education.
Discussing Raison d’Etre’s 20 year journey, Anna Bjurstam, founding member of the Global Wellness Summit, adds, “The journey we have been on as Raison d’Etre has been thrilling. We have spent 20 years designing, educating, and advising, making great connections and forming our own brands along the way. We have led the spa industry in new, exciting ways and responded to changing demands for spa guests and spa businesses alike. These continue to change year [to] year, so we cannot wait to see what the next two decades bring!”
Raison d’Etre, led by Bjurstam, has been developing, opening, managing, and creating spa brands internationally since 1998 and has developed a team rich in knowledge and passion for well-being. Steps ahead of most and keeping abreast of the latest trends and industry movements, the Raison d’Etre team is made up of members based in Sweden, London, Greece, Spain, New Zealand, and France, with connections and resources in the United States, Russia, Asia, and the Middle East.
Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year. Guinot, which offers a variety of cleansers and lotions designed for men, as well as some new suncare products, is excited to be collaborating with tennis player Kevin Anderson on his matches and fundraisers in the coming year.
Recently, Anderson took time away from a busy 2019 pre-season training schedule to host his inaugural charity event in South Florida, Kevin Anderson’s Grand Slam Cause for the Paws at Boca Grove Plantation Tennis Center. The event raised more than $100,000 for local dog rescue Dezzy’s Second Chance and Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance.
Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers. Sentient Lasers announced the addition of David Walston as controller. In his new role, Walston is responsible for financial strategy, including reporting, decision making, and forecasting to support Sentient Lasers in achieving its organizational and financial goals in 2019 and beyond. Walston brings more than 10 years of financial experience to Sentient Lasers. “David’s vast experience leveraging business and technology to achieve organizational goals is extremely timely for Sentient Lasers,” said Chris Cella, CEO of Sentient Lasers. “Heading into 2019, our sights are set on achieving notable growth in the market and we are confident that David brings the right skillset and industry tenure to help us achieve our goals.”
Since its conception, the Hotel Milano Scala project has focused on environmental quality. Situated in the heart of the prestigious Brera district in Italy, a short walk from Via Montenapoleone, the Duomo, and Piazza della Scala, the hotel occupies a historic, late 19th-century palazzo. It exemplifies how contemporary hospitality, a passion for music, the elegant charm of a boutique hotel, and concern for the environment can all join into one harmonious whole. This flair for combining warm hospitality with a green outlook has won it a place in the 2018 edition of the renowned guide, “The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 weekends in Europe.”
Since it opened in September 2010, the hotel has been committed to reducing energy consumption and wastage wherever possible. This eco-friendly vision has led to noteworthy achievements, including zero CO2 emissions to the external environment for the past nine years, equivalent to a reduction of 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually and energy savings of 35 percent with respect to a traditional natural-gas system. This year, indoor air pollutants will be reduced by approximately 80 percent.
Hotel Milano Scala has recently installed a new Mitsubishi electric filtration system that ensures excellent indoor air quality. Fresh air entering the interior spaces is treated in four air handling units.
“I consider this to be a further important milestone in the push for eco-sustainability that the hotel undertook in 2010,” says Vittorio Modena, founder of Hotel Milano Scala. “Our vision is producing noteworthy results. In nine years, we have succeeded in zeroing our emissions of fine particulates to the external air and greatly improving the quality of indoor air. We do this for our guests and for the city.”
Hotel Milano Scala has long represented a success story in these efforts and now complements its zero emissions status with pure indoor air.
Each year, the executives of NovaLash scour the globe searching for the world’s brightest, top-notch eyelash professionals to join its elite brand ambassador team. The 18 talented “lashionistas” selected to represent NovaLash in 2019 are the very definition of crème de la crème!
With stiff competition from leading eyelash extension professionals around the world, the road to becoming a brand ambassador is not an easy one. These exceptional, highly skilled eyelash artists who made the arduous cut have proven that they are indisputably the best of the best in their field by consistently demonstrating excellent technique, flawless application, and drop-dead gorgeous eyelashes.
NovaLash’s 2019 brand ambassadors will have the exciting opportunity to travel the world, mentor students, and represent the brand by sharing their techniques and tips in magazines, social media, online, and at educational events.
“We are so proud of this talented group of certified professionals,” said Sophy Merszei, founder and CEO of NovaLash. “Their knowledge and technique in the application of eyelash extensions is outstanding. We are thrilled to have this devoted team of beautiful women representing NovaLash.”
This year’s class features a few familiar faces, along with many new ones. Without a doubt, these lashionistas are the best in the world.
Founded in 2004 by biologist and cosmetic chemist, Sophy Merszei, NovaLash quickly became the world’s first global distributor of eyelash extension products. A recognized leader in the field, NovaLash is committed to providing safe, beautiful, flawless eyelash extensions to enhance any woman’s natural beauty. NovaLash Eyelash Extensions are available in thousands of salons and spas across the United States and in more than 40 other countries worldwide.
Oklahoma native Raylene Cravens was named 2019 Lash Artist of the Year at NovaLash’s eighth annual LASHoff Gala. Attended by top industry professionals and media, the glamorous award ceremony at The Bell Tower in Houston, Texas feted the top four competition finalists, brand ambassadors and professionals from across the globe who have served the company for over 10 years, with a Quinceañera theme to celebrate the global eyelash extension brand’s 15th anniversary.
NovaLash Founder and CEO Sophy Merszei said, “As always, selecting a winner from among so many dazzling submissions by leading, global lash stylists was extremely difficult for our judging panel. In the end, Raylene Cravens stood out, not only as a brilliant lash artist with impeccable skills and technique, but as someone who always goes above and beyond to help other lash artists. She has proven herself to be a true NovaLash supporter and we are delighted to have her representing our company this year.”
As Lash Artist of the Year, Cravens will receive over $25,000 in cash and prizes, along with travel and business-building opportunities. She will also be featured in a national trade magazine spread with a professional photo shoot. Like all the LASHoff finalists and category winners,
she has been named a NovaLash Brand Ambassador for 2019 and will make appearances on behalf of NovaLash throughout the year in locations like London and New York.
“This is amazing and beyond describable,” said Cravens, owner of Lash by Lash in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. “The past eight years with NovaLash have changed my life. I went from working in a small salon to owning my own luxury lash studio and, now, am the Lash Artist of the Year and a brand ambassador. I know this is my calling – inspiring others as others have inspired me. It is really a dream come true.”
The four finalists were selected from many applicants after submitting a collection of videos and photographs that showcased their NovaLash technique, artistic skill, and fashion talent. Submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges, including, Sophy Merszei, NovaLash Vice President of Global Education Sophia Navarro, the 2018 brand ambassador team, and members of the beauty press.
In addition to the top honor taken home by Cravens, the other three finalists,
all named 2019 Lash Squad NovaLash brand ambassadors, received much-deserved recognition. The Fans’ Choice of the Year was Jessica Gadzalinski of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Classic Winner was Nikki Melillo of West Palm Beach, Florida, and the Volume Winner was Marte Fjeldberg of Trondheim, Norway.
For the past 15 years, NovaLash has been dedicated to creating the safest techniques and highest quality products, for both professionals and clients. With detailed multi-leveled education for certified eyelash stylists and extensive testing of products for safety and use, NovaLash is the most awarded global eyelash extension brand. For more information, visit novalash.com.
January 2019, DERMASCOPE Magazine announced a new editorial advisory board to include 15 of the aesthetic industry’s top leading professionals from around the world. DERMASCOPE is thrilled to welcome many new members to the editorial advisory board and to welcome back several returning members from last year’s board. The 2019 editorial advisory board includes:
While he was no authority on skin care, a statement attributed to scientist Albert Einstein is prescient for the skin care community. “The problems we have today cannot be solved at the same level we were at when we created them.”
While the United States has had access to the CIDESCO diploma incorporating massage, skin care, and nails for many years, there was no single standards specifically focused on an aesthetician’s skin care knowledge and proficiency with various protocols and modalities. Yet, at the same time, new technologies, advanced protocols, and an improved understanding of the chemistry and science underlying skin care has amplified spa employers’ need for a higher level of skin care knowledge among aestheticians. As employers strive to find aestheticians with the skills and knowledge to provide advanced services, Einstein’s quote makes it clear – a new solution for demonstrating skin care proficiency is needed. That standard is CIDESO and Bellus Academy is honored to be the first United States school to offer the CIDESCO certificate in skin care.
In spring 2018, spas throughout the United States applauded an announcement at America’s Beauty Show that the CIDESO skin care certificate and diplomas would be available in the United States. In an increasingly global world, CIDESO is recognized by leading spas and salons around the globe as the elite standard for skin care education. However, no standard focused exclusively on aesthetics existed. Undaunted, Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repechage, advocated for 12 years to bring the CIDESO skin care certificate to schools and spas in the United States.
Sarfati traveled from New York City to visit Bellus Academy’s Poway, California campus in January as the school launched the new curriculum. In addition to meeting with educators, Sarfati also met with Bellus Academy staff, students, alumni, and top spas in San Diego, to explain the CIDESCO skin care certificate and what it means to spas, aestheticians, and consumers around the globe. “U.S. salons and spas are pioneering exciting and inspiring new treatments,” said Sarfati. “The CIDESCO certificate in skin care complements advances in treatments with the most important ingredient to support long-term client growth and retention: knowledgeable skin care professionals.”
Summarizing the curriculum for the CIDESCO certificate in skin care, the curriculum includes advanced education on facials, facial electrical treatments, and full-day, night, and bridal makeup, with a minimum 730 hours required for completion. Bellus Academy is bundling the CIDESCO certificate into the advanced education program because it is viewed as a powerful differentiator for graduates entering the workforce and a portable, globally-recognized standard of excellence that allows students to pursue opportunities at the world’s most prestigious spas. Bellus educators are being trained as proctors to administer the exam.
As aspiring and licensed aestheticians, as well as spa employers, consider professional education, Einstein’s quote comes to mind again. New solutions are necessary to equip today’s spa employers to meet growing market demand. Employers’ demand for aesthetics professionals is projected to reach 200,000 in the next 10 years and the lines between beauty and wellness continue to blur. Bellus Academy is adapting technology to address these trends. For example, we have integrated eyelash extensions into the advanced aesthetic education program. And, from a wellness vantage point, in 2015 Bellus became the first school in America to offer wellness for cancer training. This program equips aesthetic students to provide facials to clients living with or recovering from cancer. Most recently, we have aligned with one of Bellus Academy’s top plastic facial surgeons to serve as a medical director.
Beyond innovations in technology and new modalities, this is an increasingly global world. The CIDESCO brand is represented across five continents providing certificate holders with portability and, ultimately, a recognized standard that speaks to their knowledge and skin care proficiency.
As 2019 heads underway, CIDESCO is excited to introduce new solutions that will address United States and international spa employers’ needs for a certificate focused on skin care excellence, as well as consumers’ demand for knowledgeable skin care professionals. The CIDESCO certificate in skin care is an important solution to solve this challenge.