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McClennan hired as CEO of Makeover Solutions

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Makeover Solutions, a marketing company focused on the use of technology to serve women interested in personalized beauty care and tips, has hired Jeannette McClennan as chief executive officer and president.

During the past three years, McClennan has served as president of the Media division for Local Matters. Prior to overseeing the local search company, she was president of OgilvyInteractive for North America. As a founding team member of MapQuest, she helped lay the marketing foundation for the company as vice president of sales and marketing.

According to the company, McClennan is already making her mark on the company with the recent securing of an additional $7 million in financing and signing an ad sales partnership with iVillage.

In addition, Scott Slatin will serve as vice president of marketing. Slatin formerly served as media director for Waterfront Media. With experience leading sales teams at National Geographic and Motley Fool, Ted Ryan will oversee the growth of the business partnerships as executive vice president of business development.

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L’Oreal issues recall of hair color due to misprint of directions

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK L’Oreal Paris, a division of L’Oreal USA, has initiated a voluntary recall of its L’Oreal Paris Dream Blonde (Baby’s Breath Blonde #100 Ultra Lightening) Bleach and Lightening care kit because of misprinted directions.

According to the beauty company, all of the retailers have been notified and have removed the product from their shelves. The product was sold between Jan. 1 and 18. Affected consumers, estimated at a few hundred, will receive a full refund for returned product.

L’Oreal said the product itself is safe; however, if used according to the current misprinted directions, complications such as irritation or sensitivity could result so consumers should not use the product and return it to their retailer for a refund.

Those consumers looking for more information can call 888-241-9504.

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Regis announces acquisition plans for PureBeauty and BeautyFirst

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS The competition within the beauty industry is stepping up a notch as Regis Corp. announced plans to acquire PureBeauty and BeautyFirst salon operations—a move that will enable Regis to transform its Trade Secret stores from a retailer of professional hair care products to a boutique also offering skin, cosmetics and bath products.

Regis currently holds a 19.9 percent equity interest in PureBeauty and BeautyFirst. The deal is expected to close in February.

“Our customers have told us they want more than professional hair care products and, with today’s increased competition and diversion issues, it is critical that we execute on the transformation of Trade Secret to a beauty boutique,” stated Paul Finkelstein, chairman and chief executive officer of Regis Corp.

The company plans to rebrand most of its Trade Secret locations to PureBeauty and most of its Beauty Express locations to BeautyFirst. It will combine the “best of all of our brands, bringing together PureBeauty’s and BeautyFirst’s strength in skin, cosmetics and bath with Trade Secret’s existing professional hair care platform and exceptional real estate,” noted Finkelstein.

Steve Hudson, president and chief executive officer of PureBeauty and BeautyFirst, will become chairman of the division and will be responsible for the strategic oversight and execution of the transformation plan.

PureBeauty and BeautyFirst operations consist of 63 company-owned locations and 51 franchise locations operating in 20 states. Consolidated annual revenues total about $65 million. Including the sales of franchisees, system-wide sales are about $110 million.

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