Kristen Heinzinger is the managing editor at American Salon magazine, based in New York City. Born and raised in New York and a graduate of Boston University’s journalism program, Kristen has experience as a copy editor and writer for finance and art publications in NYC. Her combined passion for writing and the beauty industry brought her to American Salon, where she reports on the latest and greatest in hair, skincare, makeup and nails.
Haute as the Sun
Help clients embrace the summer’s radiance by glazing tips and toes with sun-inspired nail polish hues. Think: Carolina Herrera’s vivid orange dresses and Oscar de la Renta’s yellow ensembles. Top contenders include CND Shellac Lobster Roll, a classic red-orange shade; OPI’s lemony The It Color; and fiery and sparkling Beatrix by Zoya. cnd.com; opi.com; zoya.com —K.H.
ON THE DOUBLE
As much as salon owners would like to bring back the days of long, leisurely salon visits, it’s neither their reality nor that of clients. Enter Fix Beauty Bar, opened September 2012, a novel creation by Michelle Breskin and Karol Markowicz that delivers simultaneous blowouts and nail services for busy New Yorkers in the Upper East Side. Select any style blowout and add a manicure and waterless pedicure in just 60 New York minutes while remaining in the same chair. “It’s somewhere people go to relax and have an hour to themselves,” Markowicz says. Perks are plentiful; technicians use a wide array of designer polishes and offer guests a choice of wine or bubbly no matter what hour of the day. This timesaving salon keeps as busy as its clients, hosting private parties and two additional Manhattan locations and pop-up shops in the Hamptons, NY, on the horizon. —J.B.
House of Mouse
Decorate clients’ nails with chic hues inspired by the catwalks with OPI’s new limited-edition lacquers devoted to the high-fashion side of Mickey Mouse’s main squeeze. The Couture de Minnie collection comprises five polishes in saturated pinks and reds, including Innie Minnie Mighty Bow (seen here). In addition to three crème lacquers and one glitter shade, Magazine Cover Mouse joins the bunch as a strawberry-hued Liquid Sand polish that gives nails a matte finish. The new Minnie Mouse line extends the original Vintage Minnie collection launched spring 2012. opi.com —J.B.
All tips and toes deserve safe, simple pampering and Tata Harper, skincare professional, has teamed up with TenOverTen New York City nail salons for the Tata Harper All Natural Manicure and All Natural Pedicure. Featuring nontoxic polishes, including the salon’s own line, and Harper’s namesake natural skincare products, the service begins by exfoliating hands and feet with the Regenerating Cleanser that’s packed with apricot seed kernels and essential oils to ease congestion. Next, the Resurfacing Mask featuring pink clay, beet extracts, and witch hazel is applied to detoxify and hydrate skin. To finish: a massage with the Body Oil and a polish with a luxe variety of lacquers. tataharperskincare.com; tenoverten.com —J.B.