Cosmoprof Report: Here Are the Weirdest Beauty Products We Saw at the Show

Invariably when you put hundreds of beauty products under one roof, there are going to be a few things that make you scratch your head and say, “Wha?” (Like the “hat head” to the left, which I think was just a demonstration of how well that company’s hair products work, not an endorsement of a new style. At least I hope not.) While I saw a lot of amazing new things at Cosmoprof, I saw a lot of things that made me giggle. Three of the five things here have to do with hair. I don’t know what that says about the hair care industry, but hair is obviously an area of potential profit and also an area of neurosis for a lot of people, so entrepreneurs are constantly trying to exploit those things in the hopes that they’re inventing the new scrunchie. Or Bumpit. Or hair feathers. Read on to see the beauty products that made me laugh.
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Invariably when you put hundreds of beauty products under one roof, there are going to be a few things that make you scratch your head and say, “Wha?” (Like the “hat head” to the left, which I think was just a demonstration of how well that company’s hair products work, not an endorsement of a new style. At least I hope not.) While I saw a lot of amazing new things at Cosmoprof, I saw a lot of things that made me giggle. Three of the five things here have to do with hair. I don’t know what that says about the hair care industry, but hair is obviously an area of potential profit and also an area of neurosis for a lot of people, so entrepreneurs are constantly trying to exploit those things in the hopes that they’re inventing the new scrunchie. Or Bumpit. Or hair feathers. Read on to see the beauty products that made me laugh.
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Invariably when you put hundreds of beauty products under one roof, there are going to be a few things that make you scratch your head and say, “Wha?” (Like the “hat head” to the left, which I think was just a demonstration of how well that company’s hair products work, not an endorsement of a new style. At least I hope not.)

While I saw a lot of amazing new things at

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Glitter Tattoos: The Glimmer Body Art booth boasted a long line of people of all ages and genders, and by day two of Cosmoprof, nearly everyone I saw was sporting a glitter tattoo. Including me. The California-based company does a lot of Hollywood parties and has worked with the Teen Choice Awards. The company was at the show trying to convince salons that it was a quick and easy treatment to add to their menus.

Just like it seems perfectly normal to wear a silly hat on New Year’s Eve or the mouse ears at Disney World, it felt right to get a glitter tattoo at a beauty conference in Las Vegas (mine, at left, is on my ankle.) Thinking I was being funny, I tweeted a pic of the tattoo saying they were “happening.” The tweets I got back worried me, people! With the exception of one sane woman who deemed glitter “tacky,” the vast majority of tweets I got back were about how cool it was and where they could get one.

The process is simple and cheap: you choose a pattern, place a stencil on your skin, paint over the stencil with hypoallergenic skin adhesive, remove the stencil, then “paint” dry glitter with a brush over the glue. It dries in less than a minute and lasts for about a week if you’re careful not to scrub it (mine’s on day 8 and still looks good).

Is this a trend in the making? Is it the nineties again? Will these catch on with people other than the under-15 set? My glitter tattoo got a lot of compliments from people from all walks of life. A trend to watch, perhaps...

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Spray-On Hair is Still a Thing: There were at least three booths I counted that were shilling spray-on and powdered hair for those with thinning hair problems. It’s still just as ridiculous as those GLH informercials from the 90’s. Brands like Miracle Hair offered the spray-on fiber type, while Irene Gari offered a new fill-in powder that comes in a palette with a brush--you just brush it onto your part. It actually looked like it could be useful for

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Hair U Wear Dancing with the Stars Hairpieces: Hair U Wear is the company that brings you the Ken Paves/Jessica Simpson wigs and hair extensions. They also make the POP colored

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Beauty Products that Smell Like Coffee: Barista Bath and Body got a write-up in

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Twiddle Stic: Hello. The name and the picture should be enough to make you laugh. If not, you’re much more mature than I am.

This gadget is meant for professionals. You wrap the hair around the stick, then use a straightening iron to apply heat. The Twiddle Stic somehow absorbs heat to keep the hair cool (and is therefore less damaging) and curls last “until you wash them out.” I’m not sure how this is different from using a regular curling iron, but I’m no professional. The bottom line is, they named a long, shaft-like product a “Twiddle Stic.”