Farouk Systems’ International Distributors Converge in the Lone Star State

Farouk Systems’ International Distributors Converge in the Lone Star State

Distributors From Around the Globe Celebrate Innovation and Collaboration in the Company’s Own Texas Backyard

HOUSTON, TX – Farouk Systems’ spirit of innovation infused a global presence when the company recently hosted a 3-day summit for their international distribution partners.

The event kicked off at CHI Headquarters in Houston, Texas where distributors from around the world (including Europe, the Middle East and other prominent regions) first congregated for founder and co-chairman, Dr. Farouk Shami’s opening remarks. He highlighted several notable product development updates, including the upcoming CHI Color Master – the latest breakthrough from Farouk Systems’ partnership with LG Household & Healthcare. President of Innovation, Lisa Marie Garcia, and LG H&H Research Lab Senior Researcher, Jungyong Lee, demonstrated how this hair color technology advancement can formulate over 150,000 pre-programmed color formulas as well as customizable options.

Furthermore, Garcia shared details about CHI Haircare’s upcoming launches, including the CHI LAVA tool line’s latest additions, a line extension for the CHI Ionic Color Illuminate Conditioners and the all-new CHI Ionic Color Illuminate Shampoos – the first color shampoos that are formulated with at least 90% natural ingredients.

New entries were also announced to the BioSilk with Organic Coconut Oil line: the Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Whipped Volume Mousse and the Curl Cream.

The international distributors received an extra dose of southern hospitality when they were welcomed to Dr. Shami’s Woodlands home. They dined there for two evenings before traveling to the Rami Ranch just outside of Centerville, Texas. The ranch is where many herbs and nettle are planted and used to source ingredients for selected CHI Haircare products. Over the weekend there the distributors indulged in hayrides, authentic Texas BBQ and leisurely fishing.

“Meeting with our international distributors isn’t solely about business,” said Dr. Shami. “It’s about embracing unique global perspectives and coming together as a family. When you look at the person next to you as family, that bond unites us further in exploring collaboration that will forge our path for continuous innovation, longevity and overall prosperity.”

Dr. Farouk Shami Fights for Cosmetology Licensing Hours

Dr. Farouk Shami Fights for Cosmetology Licensing Hours

A call to action to stop HB 2843 – Less Education is not Better Education

Houston, TX ~ Dr. Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc. one of the largest professional haircare companies in the world has devoted over 30 years to educating the hairdresser. To ensure that students have the same opportunity he has established over 500 CHI Partner Schools providing them with the necessary education, tools and opportunities the beauty industry offers. Most recently he has taken up the cause to increase licensing hours to 3000, instead of the proposal offered by a few Texas legislators to lower them from 1500 to 1000 hours. (link to House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures: https://capitol.texas.gov/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=86R&CmteCode=C350)

The National Average is 1,544 hours. Currently 37 states require 1,500 – 1,600 hours. The states with greater than 1,500-hour requirements, such as Montana and Nebraska, are moving to 1,500 hours.

Less education is not better:  Cosmetology is best learned through practice and application.  Students must be given adequate time to learn by doing in a real, clinical salon setting.  This is best done in school; under the supervision of trained instructors whose only job is to help students learn.  Students and the Texas public deserve to have trained professionals who are confident at their start of their career and ready to work.

Dr. Shami hosted a gathering for beauty school icons, Armstrong McCall store owners, barbering school owners and the petition writer who has been fighting for this change. The increase in hours proposed by Dr. Farouk Shami include more “accounting, chemistry, marketing and business classes”.   This will help give stylists stronger skills to excel in the Beauty and Barber Industry.  We believe the extra course hours should be recognized as college credits thus improving our industry not reducing education to our industry.

HB 2843 is the bill that will reduce the hours for a cosmetology license from 1,500 to 1,000. HB 2843 was heard in the House Higher Ed Committee on April 10. The link to that committee’s webpage is : https://capitol.texas.gov/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=86R&CmteCode=C290 . HB 2843 has three sections:

Section 1 adds approval to the steps that TDLR may take to develop and administer the licensing exams.

Section 2 modifies the barbering and cosmetology exams requirements by allowing students to take the exam after 1,000 hours of instruction in any of the three programs.

Section 3 allows the TDLR to approve the administration of the exams by public secondary schools, post-secondary, barber school or private beauty school, or at the Windham School District (the state penitentiary school district

Cosmetology and barbering experts appreciate the attendees for taking the time to join together as an industry to protect the future of the Cosmetology and Barbering and particularly, the quality of the cosmetology and barbering education programs in our high schools, community colleges, and career schools. Any legislation that could reduce licensing requirements to 1,000 hours or allow students to take the practical exam after 1,000 hours of instruction must be stopped.  HB 2843 could be considered by the House Higher Education Committee for a vote as early as April 24.  HB 2843 will reduce the required hours for cosmetology and barbering licenses. 

Use this link for the bill: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB2843

The call to action includes HB 1705 & HB 2444/1507,  with the request to:

  • Call and write to the House Higher Education Committee members.
  • Call and write the House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures members.
  • Encourage all hair stylist, Educators, Salon owners, and School owners to do the same.

Dr. Shami says, “Our industry must stand strong allowing the future of industry to remain professional and help students receive the finest education so they are fully prepared. Reducing the required hours would only cheat students out of the necessary skills, training and knowledge they need to be successful.”

More Study Required Before Changing Statutes: The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Governors Association (NGA), and the Council for State Governments are working on a 3 year study with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to identify barriers to work from occupational licensing and increasing licensing portability. Efforts to reform licensed occupations should be put on hold until this study is complete.

Bold Innovation Is On the Horizon as LG Team Meets with Farouk Systems, Inc.

Bold Innovation Is On the Horizon as LG Team Meets with Farouk Systems, Inc.

Pictured from Left to Right:

Victor Lee, Seil Kim, UiKye Lee, Khaled Aly, Dr. Farouk Shami, JungYong Lee, HyongKyu Kim, JinHo Yoon & Dr. Roy Joseph

CHI and LG Household & Healthcare partnership has created a revolutionary new way to formulate hair color!

Houston, TX ~ Last week the Texas-based beauty leader, Farouk Systems, hosted meetings with business partner, LG Household & Healthcare (LG H&H), and their Innovation Team, at CHI Headquarters. CHI and LG H&H are trailblazing new color technologies that have been in research for two years and will take the guesswork out of hair color! Get ready: the CHI Color Master is coming!

The Innovation Teams’ collaboration began with Dr. Farouk Shami wanting to make hair color formulation easier for salons using precision technology to read the natural or tinted hair color. He turned to his partner, LG H&H, to help build a high tech spectroscope that will read the clients’ natural or current hair color then formulate their desired color. Stylists can even show clients what the color will look like on their hair using the CHI Color Master App. The Color Master will have the capability to mix over 18,000 formulations and allows the colorist to further customize with additional additives so hair color possibilities are limitless. Color Master is a result of collaboration that involves more than 6 companies within LG Group and its affiliates.

 “The discussions have been active and advancements have certainly been made,” said Dr. Roy Joseph, Farouk Systems’ Vice President of Research and Development. “The tireless efforts from LG H&H’s team will help to drastically push our endeavors forward and accomplish our goals in a timely fashion.”

Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, cannot wait to share Farouk-LG’s advancements with beauty professionals and consumers alike. “The new scientific breakthroughs and exciting opportunities that LG H&H provides combined with the chemistry and color knowledge  that our company was founded upon, will be able to write an entirely new chapter for the professional hair color industry and beauty lovers around the world.” 

Farouk LG is a continuing venture between Farouk Systems, Inc. and LG Household & Healthcare of South Korea, a subsidiary of LG Group which is a multinational company headquartered in Yeouido-dong, Seoul, employing 82,000 people working in 119 local subsidiaries worldwide.

Farouk Systems Helps Victims of Hurricane Florence

Farouk Systems Helps Victims of Hurricane Florence

Photo Credit: (left to right)

Bradley Tuggle, Brittaney Ratzlaff (founder of Carrie on NC), Candice Parker (Coastal Woman’s Shelter, Development Coordinator), Ryan Kaskey (Director of Sales), William Coley (Educator) and Sage Graverson (District Manager)

Houston, TX – On October 26 & 27th 2018, Farouk Systems, Inc. hosted the Hurricane Relief Palooza held at the Colony Trade Center/Church of God New Bern.  This 2-day relief program helped the victims of Hurricane Florence by distributing over $350,000 worth of CHI and BioSilk hair care plus styling tools.  On hand were Carrie on NC, volunteers and staff from Farouk Systems including Sage Graverson (District Manager), Bradley Tuggle (Artist), Amy Rodriguez (Educator), William Coley (Educator), Elizabeth Kaufmann (Educator) and Ryan Kaskey (Director). They traveled from all over to help both residents and salons in the area. An additional recipient was The Coastal Woman’s Shelter who lost everything amidst the hurricane’s devastation.

The event along with The Carrie on NC, Inc. served a total of 697 families and 1,399 people during the Hurricane Relief Palooza. In addition, the New Life Church put together activities for children as well as 100 relief supply buckets and the ongoing support of materials needed along the way.

Farouk Systems Director of Sales, Ryan Kaskey, as well as Global Artist, Bradley Tuggle, helped to coordinate the event. According to Ryan, “The opportunity to speak with those whose worlds have been destroyed by Hurricane Florence, losing everything and now facing their homes in ruins, to the tears shed in gratitude is something I will never forget.” He continues, “We also helped fellow hair stylists who lost their livelihood to now having a chance to get back on their feet and giving them a new start was heartwarming.  I would thank Brittaney C. Ratzlaff of Carrie On NC, Inc., Two Rives Church & New Life Church, New Bern for teaming up with Farouk Systems. You were all amazing to work side by side with the last couple of days!”

If you or someone you know was afflicted by Hurricane Florence in the South Carolina area, the relief effort will continue this weekend in Mullins and Longs! In partnership with Farouk Systems, Hunger Crusaders and SC Needs Help are organizing the following events this Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th. In addition to products and supplies being offered, hot meals will also be served to those who attend.

If you would like to offer your support to the victims, monetary donations can be made to the organizers’ links below:

GoFundMe Donations to Hunger Crusaders Corp. can be made here:


PayPal donations to SC Needs Help can be made with the email address: scneedshelp@gmail.com

Watch Now: Education and Innovation from Farouk Systems Onstage at the Armstrong McCall World’s Fair 2018

Watch Now: Education and Innovation from Farouk Systems Onstage at the Armstrong McCall World’s Fair 2018

On Sunday, September 9th, the Armstrong McCall World’s Fair of Cosmetic Arts & Sciences kicked off at the Austin Convention Center located in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. Backstage was bustling with wall-to-wall cut, color and styling action with CHI, BioSilk and Esquire Grooming products.

The shows onstage were vivid visual exhibitions with a focus on fall color trends using CHI Shine Shades and the newly reimagined CHI Chromashine. Farouk Systems Educators demonstrated their autumn-inspired color with bright sunset hues and bold blue shades. They also inspired their peers with the latest styling innovations, including the CHI LAVA Pro Spin N Curl.

Get a glimpse behind the scenes and right onstage at the Armstrong McCall World’s Fair 2018. Check out some of the amazing and colorful styles created by Farouk Systems Artists in the dazzling gallery below:

Farouk Systems Hosts Creative Artistic Team Training for the 2018 Fall Trend Release

Farouk Systems Hosts Creative Artistic Team Training for the 2018 Fall Trend Release

This past week Farouk Systems, Inc. hosted a Creative Artistic Team (CAT) Training for over 100 International Brand Ambassadors from all four (4) continents at their home base in Houston, TX. The 2-day training showcased the latest salon color and cutting trends from around the world. Guests also enjoyed a VIP tour of the company’s manufacturing, laboratories, and production lines so they could see firsthand how hair color and hair care is made – from the mixing stages in the lab to final packaging on the production line.

During the CAT Training, each International Brand Ambassador participated in hands-on classes that featured the new CHI Chromashine with Chroma Intense Dye Technology, which provides shiny, longer lasting color results. Stylists became mixologists and learned how to create formulations using the 9-shade system with primary and secondary colors to create literally any color they could imagine.

Lead Global Artists Anna Cantu and Cynthia Diersen’s Trend Class included painting, smudging, and blending techniques that created soft, seamless color. Creative Director Patrick Kalle and Canadian Hairdresser of the Year, Rocky Vitelli, shared the new Stardust Trend from Holland (coming soon!) that featured bold, bright color tones with a mix of texture.

According to Dr. Farouk Shami, “Education has been the foundation of Farouk Systems, Inc. For over 30 years, we have devoted all our efforts to not only train our educators but to help stylists around the world. We offer them the finest products from hair color that is ammonia free to haircare products and tools all created with Advanced American Technology.”