All good things must come to an end, and the lovely Clynol says goodbye now. After 56 years, the Henkel Beauty Care Executive Committee is taking Clynol off the UK & Ireland market. We’re reminded of the great times we had together with this small but charming label
A love affair
Known for its message ‘Shaped by stylists’ and its compact care, colour and form lines, Clynol was one of the original wholesale-focussed brands in the UK. Originally designed for freelancers and independent hairdressers while promoting small salon businesses, the name became beloved by many. The Clynol Protégé Team has been the incubator of some of the most promising names in British Hairdressing like session stylist and Josh Wood team member, Pete Burkill; F.A.M.E. Team alum/salon owner Ryan Harris; and multi award-winner, Tim Scott-Wright. Great support also to the careers of some of hairdressing’s most dynamic women including award-winners and successful salon owners Lisa Shepherd, Tracey Devine and Sharon Peake.
Interesting history points
In 1924 the brand was launched by hairdresser and educator Friedrich Klein as Kleinol. Friedrich developed a ground-breaking transparent gel – “Gelee” – which allowed the colour process to be observed; and with that, the Viton colour range was born. Kleinol became part of the Schwarzkopf group and was renamed Clynol in 1979, before joining Henkel in 1996.
We’re grateful to Clynol as a pioneer in products, being the first company to bring the Cold Wave perm to the UK. In 1972 it launched Mousette; one of the first commercially-available styling mousses. Additionally, it supported the hairdressing industry via the Clynol Business and Creative Awards. The brand provided opportunity for independent salons and freelance stylists to compete on a national stage.
Times change and brands adapt. Henkel will now be promoting Indola as its alternative wholesale-exclusive brand.
“Indola has a very strong heritage in the UK and Ireland Wholesale marketplace,” says Richard Thomasson, Head of Wholesale for the UK and Ireland. “We believe it has an excellent opportunity to further grow and develop with the exciting pipeline of activities we have planned for 2020 and beyond. This is also in line with the Henkel strategy to focus on developing global brands within the Professional Hair market.”