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Nail industry icon Vicki Peters passed away on December 31, 2014. Vicki, an award winning nail technician and educator, had been unable to work for several weeks prior to being diagnosed in November. Since our industry was Vicki's love and deep passion for over 25 years, EZNails is giving back to honor Vicki. All proceeds from Vicki Gella #85573 will go to Vicki Peters' family to help pay expenses. [Image: vickipeters.com]

Burmax Company, a leading provider of sundries to beauty schools and beauty supply stores since 1948, recently announced the acquisition of Product Club. Founded over 20 years ago by company President Eric Polesuk, Product Club is known for cutting edge, high quality hair color accessories with top-notch education for its customers. Burmax will continue to grow the brand and provide professional colorists with new and innovative tools while expanding the industry’s premier educational offerings. 

Andis, a leading manufacturer of clippers, trimmers and heat styling tools since 1922, will be a sponsor of the Great Clips Great Clipper Event to be held February 1 – March 31, 2015; and will be the premier sponsor of the event in 2016.The Great Clipper Event will visit cosmetology schools across the country and will deliver an educational program on the foundations of clipper cutting. Students will be given the opportunity to win scholarships, professional tools and more. There is no cost to participate for school owners, educators or students.

For 30 years, Dermalogica has created hundreds of innovative products containing cutting edge ingredients and formulations. But it’s the power of the human touch that drives the brand, whether inside the treatment room or inside one of its global offices.

Dr. Cornelia (Conny) Wittke is departing from her position as Member of the Board of Management at Zwilling Beauty Group and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tweezerman International. While Conny will leave her day-to-day role at Zwilling Beauty Group and Tweezerman International, she will stay on the Supervisory Board of both Tweezerman International and Zwilling Beauty Group. In January 2015, Conny will take helm of the Beauty Ideas Group, the company developing and marketing nügg skin treatment face masks.

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation (BCL), in conjunction with Cosmetologists Chicago (CC), recently announced that the 2015 Legacy Award honoring Leo Passage will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The evening will kick off America’s Beauty Show, to be held March 21-23, 2015, McCormick Place, Chicago.

2015 marks the 15th annual STARS Photo Competition, sponsored by Cosmetologists Chicago (CC). Since 2000, hairstylists who want to show their best creative work to the world have enthusiastically embraced the STARS photo competition. Winners of the STARS photo competition are among the best of the best—established salon professionals, and first-time competitors — all with drive and ambition. Stylists can compete individually or as a team, and in as many categories their portfolio supports.

Farouk Systems Inc. recently announced their upcoming global conference September 18-22, 2015 at the five-star Moon Palace Golf & Resort Spa in Cancun Mexico. The 5-day event will not only celebrate 50-years of Farouk Shami’s legacy of styling and innovations but will be the platform for new product launches and the company’s new celebrity product partnerships.

Goldwell Hair Color Global Brand Ambassador, Mark Leeson, recently won the 2014 British Hairdresser of the Year title at the British Hairdressing Awards. Known as “the Oscars of hairstyling,” the award show is the most acclaimed and prestigious in British hairstyling, and the Hairdresser of the Year title is widely regarded as one of the most important styling accolades in the world. A Global Brand Ambassador for Goldwell since 2009, Leeson has won an incredible 14 British Hairdressing Awards, and has been previously nominated for the top honor three times.

Global color authority Pantone has announced its annual Color of the Year for 2015: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala, an earthy, dimensional wine-red. "While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

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