Zerran International Corp., a Pacoima-based manufacturer of women’s beauty products for use in salons, has nearly doubled its North American distribution network in anticipation of a new hair smoothing system it says will take the peril out of perms.

“We want salons to be able to give the public what it wants without poisoning anyone,” Cindy Van Steelandt, the company’s marketing director, said of RealLisse, set to debut Jan. 17.

Based on a Brazilian keratin hair treatment, the new family of products is designed to smooth hair, Steelandt said. Unlike products with keratin, however, it will not contain formaldehyde.

“The demand was fueled by the Brazilian system popular for the last three or four years,” she said of keratin, which emits strong fumes. “This will soften hair and straighten curls but without any formaldehyde or animal products.”

The new Zerran distributors – which sell directly to salons, stylists and cosmetologists – are 3 Chix Salon Supplies of Phoenix; Gregg’s Beauty & Nail Supply of Linden, N.J.; Beautiful Generations in Fairfield; Blue Sky Beauty of Deer Park, N.Y.; Divine Effects Resource Group in Marble Falls, Texas; Global Beauty Partners in Hallandale Beach, Fla.; and Fernanda’s Beauty Products near Toronto.

More Contracts

Parsons Corp., an engineering and construction firm based in Pasadena, has been awarded a contract to oversee the first phase of a planned expansion and renovation of the Little Rock Municipal Airport terminal in Arkansas.

The first phase, expected to cost about $22.5 million, will include renovation of the ticket lobby, airport administration offices, security checkpoints and concourse restrooms. It will also include the addition of a baggage screening facility.

Aecom Technology Corp., a professional and technical management company based in downtown Los Angeles, has been awarded a contract to design and manage a $500 million upgrade of Hong Kong’s Sha Tin Water Treatment Works, one of Asia’s largest water treatment facilities.

The project, expected to be completed in 2016, will increase the output of one portion of the plant from 95 million to 145 million gallons a day. It will also include the addition of a visitor center.

Staff reporter David Haldane can be reached at dhaldane@labusinessjournal.com or at 323-549-5225, ext. 225.

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