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Sally Beauty Supply, nobody wants her

Sally Beauty Supply is being kicked out of the house

Back on January 12th I wrote a piece about the ugly divorce between the founders of Alberto Culver, Carol and Howard Bernick. This story continues to get weirder and weirder as each new development evolves. In what has become one of the ugliest business destroying divorces of my memory. A family squabble, not unlike that of every family, only not many of us make the front page of the financial times. I hope they have the support of someone like this chicago divorce lawyer, as a situation as complicated as this one needs the best legal team out there working on it.

In a move, I’m sure necessitated by a need for cash to buy each other out, the Alberto Culver board of directors decided to marry Regis with their daughter Sally Beauty Supply. Then suddenly last week the Alberto Culver board of directors announced that the nuptials were off. Personally, I do not think this whole mess has anything to do with problems at Regis. If you think this one through, you can kind of see behind the curtains. The board of directors is struggling mightily to keep the Bernicks’ from taking down the whole shebang in an awful messy divorce.

Can you imagine the turmoil, stress and anguish of the employees at Sally Beauty Supply, Regis, and Alberto Culver. This has got to be tearing them apart. That’s the real sad part of this story. Both Sally Beauty Supply and Regis are well managed companies, populated with good employees who do not deserve to suffer the consequences of the Bernicks’ messy divorce. Hopefully the companies can put into place some better HR for the poor people caught in this crossfire. After all, knowing how to decrease turnover and increase employee retention during times as tough as these is how any business can survive a mess like this. If the good people either leave or are forced out, the remains will scatter and the end for either side is bleak.

Now it appears as the parents are kicking Sally out of the house. Here’s the latest development in the saga courtesy of MSN:

Alberto considers options as Regis deal fails

Alberto-Culver, the world’s largest seller of hair salon products, will consider spinning off its consumer goods and beauty outlets businesses.

The move comes after a $2.6bn deal to merge its Sally Beauty Supply chain with Regis Corporation fell apart last week.

The collapse of the deal with Regis, the leading global operator of hair salons, has thrust US-based Alberto into the spotlight.

It has raised speculation that the group, which makes VO5 shampoo and is the number two hair care company in the UK, could be a takeover target.

Alberto in January agreed with Regis to spin off its chain of almost 2,500 Sally Beauty Supply professional hair care salons to Regis.

The aim was to resolve a conflict between Alberto’s role as supplier of shampoo and other personal care products to retailers such as Wal-Mart and as a competitor to such retailers by selling products from Procter & Gamble and L’Oreal at its own stores.

Howard Bernick, chief executive, said the arrangement had “made for some unusual partnerships”.

The Regis deal would have separated out Alberto’s consumer products business, which accounts for about one-third of group sales, from the hair salon business.



  1. I just recently quit from Barnum Beauty.
    I am so glad to be done with that company!!!!
    The are the worst company to work for. During the whole losing l’oreal thing they told us to tell the customers we know nothing about the \”rumors\” yeah right!!!! I refuse to work for such a dishonest company

    Comment by Ashley — January 23, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

  2. I might be wrong but I think all of the Sally Supply outlets are company owned.

    Give a call to your local store. If they are franchised they will know about it and most likely have a brochure for you.

    Or find the Sally Beauty Supply website that will have headquarters contact information.

    Let us know what you found.

    Good Luck

    Comment by Barb — August 1, 2006 @ 7:04 pm

  3. i have an interest in buying a sallys beauty supply franchise. any recommendations?
    thanks for your time.

    Comment by heather still — July 31, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

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