Hair Extensions Boom (With Big Help From Instagram)

Stubbly strands don’t make for great selfies. Thanks to the promise of camera-ready results, semi-permanent beauty solutions such as hair extensions are soaring. Wildly popular in the Dynasty-obsessed 1980s, interest in mane extensions has been rekindled due to...

The Ins And Outs Of Retail Intermediaries With Broker Mia Bell

Retail brokers are unheralded middlemen with the critical, yet underappreciated, task of drumming up sales. Mia Bell, one such broker, argues vociferously that sales shouldn’t be considered a bad word. “People don’t particularly like to do sales,...

Hindsight Is 20/20: Expensive Mistakes And How Brands Learn

In this edition of Beauty Independent’s ongoing series posing questions to beauty entrepreneurs, we ask 11 brand founders and executives: What expense did you shell out for at the start of your brand that you wish...

Hullosam’s Sammie Kolk Is The Friendliest Influencer On Instagram

When social media is at its best, it introduces the world to relatable personalities the Hollywood machine with its handled shellacked goddesses couldn’t possibly produce. Sammie Kolk is such a personality. Your steadfast bestie with perhaps cooler hair,...

Essential Intel From OG Essential Oils Guru Hope Gillerman

In 2008, the year doTerra started, Hope Gillerman was trying to break through to beauty shoppers at Henri Bendel with her essential oil blends line H. Gillerman Organics. She had a tough task. The recession...

Creativity And Occasionally Creepy Makeup Fuels Julia Salvia’s Social Media Following

In a telltale sign of the times, Julia Salvia perfected her social media persona during entrepreneurial studies classes in college and graduate school. She learned that being another Kim Kardashian clone wasn’t going to score her a passing...