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March 2018

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


This year’s TOP HAIR Düsseldorf impressively confirmed that it is THE trade fair for the hair styling sector in Europe. The event posted its best results ever and occupied an additional hall for the first time. A total of over 37,000 trade visitors from 42 countries came to Düsseldorf, Germany to gather information from the 450 exhibitors and brands from 20 nations at TOP HAIR 2018 – DIE MESSE Düsseldorf. On show were the latest trends and products in the hair styling relevant sectors of barbering, hair-products, hair pieces, professional articles, services, tools, wellness products and wigs as well as salon/barber shop furnishings and fittings.

New TOP HAIR Concept
“TOP HAIR is continually growing, thereby underlining its relevance for the sector as a brilliant business platform and important trade fair,” said Michael Degen, Executive Director of Messe Düsseldorf. The new look of TOP HAIR Düsseldorf with its new name, new logo and optimized hall layout was very successful. Christian Schikora, Managing Director at TOP HAIR INTERNATIONAL GmbH, commented: “I am overwhelmed at how well our new concept has gone down. Both exhibitors and visitors are delighted – all the effort we put in has paid off. What I personally like most is that the exhibitors have contributed to the upgrade and new approach of the trade fair and have adapted their stands to the upgraded concept at TOP HAIR.”

Multifaceted Supporting Program
Divided into the orders and direct sales segments renowned companies like Babyliss, Goldwell, L’Oréal Professional Products, Paul Mitchell, Tigi and Wella as well as Eslabondexx, ghd, Moroccanoil, Olaplex and Tondeo presented their products in the hair styling supplies, professional hair care and hair cosmetics segments. The exhibits were complemented by the unique TOP HAIR specialist program consisting of shows, workshops, the Cutting Factory, the Barbers’ Corner and the Congress, attracting over 1,500 participants. The line-up included up-do legend Patrick Cameron from New Zealand, Australian star hairdresser Kevin Murphy (Art.School), the Californian Instagram stars Pulp Riot, the international team from Toni&Guy (“FUTUREWISE”), Goldwell (ICONO “Renew”), the Redken artists Marco Arena, Justin Isaac and P.A.M. the college from Mannheim (Redken Shades EQ) as well as Keller the School from Stuttgart together with J.7 School and Kertu (L’Oréal Professionnel).

A traditional highlight at TOP HAIR is the elaborately staged Saturday night show on the 88 feet-long catwalk – this year with the team from Sebastian Professional. In front of 2,000 spectators, creative visionary Robert Lobetta, global artistic director Shay Dempsey and the multiple award-winning international artist Angelo Vallillo presented the Spring/Summer collection “e-VOLUTION” .

#Digitalization inspiring the sector
“For hair stylists topics like digitalization and social media are indispensable. You have to be active on the Internet to be able to position yourself at all on today’s market,” explained social media star Daniel Golz from Bremen (Germany). This was also a topic at the congress sessions at TOP HAIR, informing trade visitors about business and strategic know-how concerning marketing, salon management, conflict resolution, personality development and management.

The next edition of TOP HAIR will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany from March 30 – 31, 2019, parallel with the BEAUTY and make-up artist design show trade fairs. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at the 2019 events, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit or; Follow us on twitter at

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TOP HAIR 2018 Exhibitor Statements:

Suzan Schlag, General Manager at L'Oréal Professional Product Division
“I am impressed with the power of our sector and here at TOP HAIR I am seeing impressive shows, intensive discussions, open, business-oriented and creative hairdressers. With our new structure and our new stand concept I am very proud to hear such positive feedback and look forward to a successful 2018.”

Veronika Rost, General Manager at Coty Professional Beauty Germany, Austria and Switzerland
“For us TOP HAIR is the leading trade fair in the German-speaking area – this is also what our business partners tell us. The new appearance and the new halls appeal to more hair stylists. We already had heavy visitor traffic at our stand starting on Saturday afternoon, allowing us to enjoy continuing, excellent exchanges with trade attendees. Audience magnets were our world premiere “Color DJ” – a personalized color and care innovation and Wella Professionals INVIGO, the care brand for the conscious consumer. The trade fair is a great combination of inspiration and skilled craftsmanship: our highlight was the joint evening show of Top Hair and Sebastian Professional and the quality on the workshop stages also delighted the audience.”

Hendrik Rumpfkeil, Managing Director at Gieseke Cosmetic GmbH
“As always, TOP HAIR is the leading trade fair and we are very satisfied to have been represented here with ten stands on total exhibition space of 10,800 square feet. The new hall layout with the option of designing our stands more compactly also convinced me. With a view to the – for us particularly interesting – German-Austrian market I can say that we saw very good footfall and were able to have very good talks.”

Marcel Klöpping, Head of Corporate Communication at Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG
“As TOP HAIR approaches our anticipation grows. Our mood in the run-up and obviously during the trade fair is the best. Time and again we have been able to discuss exciting topics at the stand – this year also about individualization and personalization. Beyond this, trends in the sector were discussed, for instance colors trends and combinations. The geographic location of Düsseldorf makes it possible for us to exchange ideas with customers from the entire German-speaking area.”

Peter Wenzel, Managing Director at OLYMP GmbH & Co. KG
“The new, more spacious layout of TOP HAIR was a good decision. For us this is a further step forward in the already excellent development of the trade fair. The overall appearance in Düsseldorf is even more professional. We presented ourselves here this year on extended space – and we are thoroughly satisfied.”

Stephan Pokorny, Managing Director at BARBERS CONCEPT
“We have been represented here at TOP HAIR with our concept since 2014 and have been posting good development. In line with the motto “360 degrees for the hair stylist” we are presenting a very broad portfolio on a total of seven stands. The new layout is slightly more spacious – there is now simply more room for talks and contacts.”

Tobias Staehle, Managing Director at KAO Germany GmbH
“This year thanks to the new layout we have noticed things are less cramped. It was also interesting for us that fewer visitors are directly heading to sales but are instead using the opportunity to exchange ideas at the stand. On Saturday we had discussions with many decision-makers. We also liked how our competitors’ stands now look better presented so that everything has was raised a notch higher.”

Tobias Kütscher, General Manager Europe at TIGI Haircare GmbH
“We really like the new hall layout, we had a really excellent Saturday here and it was pretty busy at our stand. We were able to present our own workshops for the first time and offer high-quality presentations with our London creative team. We also used the trade fair to celebrate the world premiere of our new product ‘Copyright’.”

Christiane Hupfeld, Marketing Manager at Belludio GmbH
“All roads lead to TOP HAIR - that much is clear! On the one hand, we used our appearance here in 2018 for Kevin Murphy to perform live – this generated a lot of interest. On the other hand, we were able to offer our visitors a feel good setting at the stand with ‘Kevin’s Lounge’. Attendance was noticeably higher than last year.”

Noah Wild, Management Spokesperson at Wild Beauty GmbH
“For us TOP HAIR is always a mega stage that we have virtually become subscribers to. We have been here since the start and are delighted to be back this year. We now have 140 people with us at the stand. This shows that not only we have grown but so has the trade fair and everything it entails. It is very important, especially for the sector in Germany and also beyond, that we have a stage here where hair stylists can come together, have talks and together can show what great topics this sector has to offer.”

Marco Krückel, Managing Director at Blackboxx POS
“More space and a significantly extended show line-up – this is how we presented ourselves at this year’s TOP HAIR. The aim was to achieve more response and “surges of emotion” – and this we clearly achieved with the help of Daniela Katzenberger and Conchita 4711. The fact that we were able to close the highest deals at the stand once again shows us that our decision to consider and treat TOP HAIR as the sole and most effective sector meeting was the right one.”

Elke Rahmann, Marketing Management at TONDEO, United Salon Technologies GmbH
“For the first time we presented ourselves this year with two stands and indeed with significantly more space than last year. It seems to us the new hall concept optimized the visitor flows and offered our visitors the chance to spend time at our stand and hold qualified discussions. For our part we have used this opportunity to introduce our 2018 product innovations such as our barbering knife without a protective edge and our newly developed “Fadeblade”.

Henri Schumacher, Managing Director at HAIR HAUS GmbH
“From our perspective TOP HAIR is becoming more and more important as well as bigger and of higher quality. For us it is and remains the leading trade fair. This mix of orders hall and sales hall suits us as everyone finds what they are looking for. The workshops seemed better attended than in the past and the stands are of higher quality with more elaborate design. All of this makes us pretty satisfied all round.”

Bodo Hillers, Managing Director at Stopperka GmbH
“At TOP HAIR everything is always very professional. This year there was more space due to the new hall layout and we were obviously extremely satisfied with our nice, central location. One other plus point: after relocating the big show into its own hall things are calmer – allowing us to have a more focused exchange with our customers and partners.”

Danilo Maletti, CEO at Maletti S.p.A.
“Every year we take part in up to 20 trade fairs. What we really like at TOP HAIR is the fact they we are dealing with sector professionals. Visitors here seek the special and extraordinary to set themselves apart. As a fashionable Italian firm this very much suits our concept. We showcase trends and introduce our new collection, new colors as well as items made of real leather to an open-minded audience. Düsseldorf as a city is also a very pleasant location – a beautiful and fashion-conscious place.”

TOP HAIR 2018 Participant Statements:

Kevin Murphy
“Trade fairs should convey ideas and inspirations that leave space for your own interpretations. This works exceptionally well here in Düsseldorf. Furthermore, I am also impressed by the size of TOP HAIR. It is much more comprehensive than anything we have in Australia.”

Daniel Golz
“What I first and foremost notice about TOP HAIR Düsseldorf is that I can take away lots and lots of impressions for my creative work and also my business. As a hairdresser I am able to draw inspirations from it non-stop. Furthermore, I can save up my salon routine over a whole year for two days here. That’s what is most important.”

Guy Tang
“I love coming here as I love TOP HAIR and the trade audience who can watch your every move here. This is pretty different from what happens in the U.S. Here the people are not quite so interactive but are calm and concentrated. I think this is cool. It challenges me to really explore the audience from another perspective through another culture.”

Patrick Cameron
“WOW – that’s how to best describe the trade fair from my point of view! And I think it is going to carry on growing. This year we have an impressive new hall for the large main stage. In the halls themselves the trade fair also looks very healthy. I think this is the place to be, this is the trade fair in Europe. So, listen up: also come to TOP HAIR!”

Shay Dempsey
“This was my TOP HAIR premiere and I can’t believe how many people and stands there are. It is incredible! It is a great, great event – great for Sebastian to be here. For us it was an honor to organize the big Saturday night show. It was great to meet a new audience unfamiliar to ‘Sebastian Professional’ – this means huge reach for us. We are really happy to come here.”

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