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The Hair-Spinning History of Sally Beauty Supply

Let’s talk about Sally Beauty Supply and the history of this iconic beauty store.

You may not know this about me, but I actually worked there for a few years while building my salon clientele. During this time, I gained valuable experience helping people with their at-home hair projects. 

If you’re like most women, chances are you’ve visited a Sally Beauty Supply store at least once in your life. But do you know the fascinating history behind this well-known beauty retailer? 

In this blog post, we’ll take a deep dive into the hair-spinning history of Sally Beauty Supply and uncover some interesting facts about this renowned corporation.

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Dive into the rich and colorful history of Sally Beauty Supply! From its humble beginnings to becoming a beauty powerhouse, we uncover the inspiring story behind this beloved brand. ✨ Join us on this exciting journey through time and discover how Sally Beauty Supply has shaped the beauty industry. 💄💅

My Story

Inside of a Sally Beauty Supply retail store.

One day, I stopped in to buy some parts for my clippers when I randomly asked if they were hiring. The girl who was working said they were in between managers and were really short-staffed. Therefore, I talked to her about applying. She told me the next day would be good to bring in my application since the district manager would be there.

I gave my application and resume to the district manager but was disappointed to learn that she would only be hiring once they got a store manager. I wasn’t sure I’d ever hear from them again, but then I got a call for an interview. Right after the interview, they told me that I got the job. I enjoyed working for the company for two years, learning about new products and helping people achieve their goals.

It’s a vital part of my story. But let’s talk about Sally Beauty Supply’s story now…

The History of Sally Beauty Supply

Sally Beauty Supply in 1964 New Orleans.

Sally Beauty Supply started as a single store in New Orleans by C. Ray Farber in 1964. The store was named after his daughter, Sally.

The original goal was to provide hairdressers with better products that were not readily available in other stores. The business steadily grew, and in 1969, it was sold to Alberto-Culver, the multinational consumer goods corporation, for $2.6 million. 

In 1972, former pharmacist Mike Renzuli ran the store, and by ’78, there were 25 stores open. By 1982, the headquarters was moved to Dallas, TX, and 119 stores were open. In 1985, they bought out all of the Victory Beauty Systems stores. This later became known as Beauty Systems Group.

In ’87, they bought out the 30 Ogee stores from the U.K. and opened their 500th store. By 1993, Sally Beauty acquired a total of $500 million in sales. In 1995, they expanded to Japan and had over 1,200 stores in total. 

By the following year, they had 1,500 stores, expanded to Germany, and bought out R.M. Barnum Beauty Supply. By 1998, they had reached 1 billion dollars in sales, owned 1,800 stores, and bought out Beauticians Supply Limited stores in Canada.

Under Alberto-Culver’s ownership, Sally Beauty Supply continued to thrive, and by the early 2000s, it had become the world’s largest distributor of professional beauty products. In 2006, Alberto-Culver spun off Sally Beauty Supply into a separate publicly traded company, Sally Beauty Holdings, which remains the parent company of Sally Beauty Supply today.

The Recent Years

Sally Beauty Supply logo

One of the things that set Sally Beauty Supply apart from other beauty retailers was its focus on providing professional beauty products to consumers. This meant that Sally Beauty Supply carried a wider variety of products than other stores and also had a larger selection of products from well-known brands. Today, Sally Beauty Supply carries over 8,000 products in categories such as hair care, skincare, makeup, nails, and tools.

Sally Beauty Supply has also made a name for itself in the world of e-commerce. It launched its first e-commerce site in 2003 and has continued to invest in online sales and digital marketing. In recent years, Sally Beauty has also embraced social media, creating accounts on platforms like Instagram and Twitter to engage with its customers and showcase new products.

Today, it is the world’s largest retailer of professional beauty supplies. There are over 4,000 stores open, with stores in every state in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, France, and Spain. Furthermore, the annual revenue is 2.6 billion dollars.

Final Thoughts

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Sally Beauty Supply has come a long way since its founding in 1964. From a single shop in New Orleans to the world’s largest distributor of professional beauty products, Sally Beauty Supply has certainly made its mark in the beauty industry. 

Whether you’re a professional hairstylist or simply love experimenting with different beauty products, Sally Beauty Supply is a trusted destination for all your beauty needs. So, treat yourself to some new haircare or skincare products, and embrace the beauty that Sally Beauty Supply has to offer!

Until next time,

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Hollee is a licensed cosmetologist with over nine years of professional experience in the hair industry. With her unique insight and versatile experience, she’ll help you discover the latest hair trends or even crush your next DIY hair project.

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