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How the Beauty Industry Continues to Crack the Bro Code

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Image credit:Harry's | Dollar Shave Club From Tria’s hair-removal laser to Julep’s toxin-free nail polish, the top venture capital-funded beauty startups of 2014 blush over a vast array of cosmetic needs for women. But that doesn’t mean men are going unnoticed. In fact, according to PitchBook data, two of the companies that raised the most in VC funding last year were Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club, shaving startups which cater to the…

Shhh! This Philadelphia Hair Salon Is Putting a Stop to Awkward Small Talk

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Image credit:BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar It’s time for your cut and color. You sit down in the salon chair. Your hair stylist drapes a cape over your shoulders. She gets to snipping and you get to blabbing, probably too much.  At first, you talk about safe stuff, like the weather and what you’re doing on the weekend. Then, in not too long, the verbal vomit sets in. Now everything’s fair game…

How This Blow-Dry Salon Franchise Went From 3 Units to 50

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Image credit:BLO Blow Dry Bars This story appears in the June 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Ari Yakobson wasn’t aware of the growing trend of blow-dry bars when he stumbled upon the three-unit chain Blo Blow Dry Bar in 2008.  “Being blunt, at first I thought the Blo concept was ridiculous and wouldn’t work,” says Yakobson, who at the time owned a chain of children’s hair salons across Canada. “But…

These Small Cosmetics are Shaking Up the Beauty Industry in a Big Way

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Image credit:Ewan Burns This story appears in the October 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » It’s one of life’s great mysteries: Why do women carry such huge purses? One major culprit is distended makeup bags filled with forgotten tubes of lipstick, aging mascara and gloppy concealer. Cosmetics startup Stowaway aims to change that. Launched last February in New York City, Stowaway is looking to shake up the $60 billion makeup…

Mattel Introduces New Body Types for Barbie

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Image credit:Barbie After years of declining sales and waning interest, Mattel on Thursday introduced new body-type variations of the Barbie doll. Barbie now comes in three new body shapes: curvy, petite and tall. All three sizes are available on Mattel’s website, along with the classic version of the doll. This is big news for the toy maker — "curvy" Barbie is featured on the cover of Time’s latest issue —…

This Franchise Gives Hair Stylists a Salon of Their Own Without the High Costs

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Image credit:Phenix Salon Suites This story appears in the January 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Most hair stylists come out of beauty school with dreams of eventually opening their own salon, with their own clientele, own product lines and décor. The reality? Many of them will never come up with the down payment on a salon. Instead, they’re stuck working for someone else or renting a chair, listening to…

Hey, Book Lovers: Now You Can Smell the Part

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Image credit:Shutterstock If you've ever waxed rhapsodic about "old book smell," or regret that your literary needs are more often than not met by technological means, whether it's an e-reader or audio book, several companies have come up with olfactory solutions for the busy prose lover who doesn’t get to log much time in book shops. All manner of perfumes and candles now come equipped with elements that approximate the…

Cost Effective Hair Loss Treatment – Is It Work ?

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In order to understand a DHT blocker, you must first familiarize yourself with it that greatly contributes to facial and body development of hir. DHT is associated with the hormonal androgenic hormonal or testosterone, available in the prostate, adrenals, and locks roots. Overall, DHT is a rather important material that impacts men baldness caused by changes in hormonal levels. In some of the most popular methods of treating locks loss,…