New and Notable
Paying homage to the Y-3 and Jil Sander aesthetic, Lina Arrojo for Arrojo Studios has introduced a new collection called IndiVisual. The centerpiece of the collection is the "new shag." Featuring a new sectioning pattern and spiraling, windmill-shaped layering technique, it's a different kind of disheveled, layered cut. Shaggy on one side, sleek on the other, it gives hair extra capacity for fullness and body and can be easily tailored to different lengths. —M.D.
Talk about thinking outside the box, er, bottle. CND's biggest launch in the past decade includes 50 new shades and 15 special effects that allow you to create more than 800 combinations. The bottle has been redesigned as well—the striking new shape is the first thing you notice. The ergonomic, rubberized cap can be removed with one hand, while the flat brush goes all the way to the bottom of the bottle so there's no waste. Even the formula has been improved; it's richer and dries faster. cnd.com —M.D.
BITE THE BULLET
Offer clients an innovative way to carry their lipstick around with Mojo Cosmetics Titan and Bullet. The Bullet lipstick is made from pro-grade botanical ingredients, features a vanilla scent and is available in 10 colors. The Titan is a heat- and crush-resistant laser-etched alloy case designed to house Bullet lipsticks that is made from stainless steel and features an O-ring on the top to easily attach to clients' keys or purse. mojocosmetics.us —N.P.
The Corinne headband, part of Jessie Abraham's luxe À La Tête hair accessories line, gives a stylish finish to any outfit. alatete.net
Snap, Crackle and Pop
This Works' festive new gold and silver party crackers are the perfect inexpensive impulse purchase for clients looking for stocking stuffers or favors. The Holiday Eyes Popper contains Stay Cool Eye Serum, a soothing blend of aloe vera, cucumber and marine extracts to reduce post-party puffiness, and the Holiday Lips Popper contains Turbo Balm, which heals winter-weary lips with Tahitian monoi oil, rose oil and cocoa butter. thisworks.com —L.A.
The Heat is On
Flat irons may be a dream come true for unruly locks, but they can be a real nightmare to pack because they take so long to cool down after use. Thankfully, ROOM IT UP has created a line of cases designed specifically for hot tools that allows you to tote them around with ease and style. The bags fit most flat irons, curling irons and crimpers; feature heat-resistant liners and exterior pockets for accessories; and come in fun prints like Merci (shown here), '80s Dot, Hippie Chic and Fun Flower. roomitup.com —L.M.
BOOK OF SECRETS
Want to follow in stylist Diana Schmidtke's footsteps? One of Hollywood's most sought-after men's stylists, her roster of A-list clients has included everyone from Ashton Kutcher and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) to Harrison Ford and George Clooney. Now Schmidtke shares her secrets to success in Shortcuts to a Successful Career as a Hairstylist or Make Up Artist in the Fashion and Entertainment Industry (Lucy Girl Productions, 2008). What are you waiting for? —L.M.
Barbara Giuliano is a former hairdresser who has reinvented herself as a jewelry designer. After a serious accident left her unable to work long hours behind the chair, Giuliano took a beading class at a craft store near her home in Laguna Beach, CA, and found something besides hairdressing that she loved enough to spend time doing. Each piece, from earrings and bracelets to pendants and lariats, is handcrafted. Giuliano favors kazuri beads from Kenya, Italian coral, Murano glass, black onyx, amethyst and turquoise, and she adds Swarovski crystals to nearly every piece. Visit giulianofinejewelry.com. —M.D.
Celebrity stylist Ken Paves is making it easier for salon pros to achieve red carpet-worthy looks with Ken Paves Professional Styling Tools. The line includes a full- and travel-size hair dryer, a full- and travel-size flat iron and a curling iron, all with advanced nano silver ceramic tourmaline technology. Says Paves, "I believe fashion is about having options, and my hairstyling tools make your options limitless." kenpaves.com —L.A.
Button and Joy
Bumble and bumble is offering two holiday gift boxes this season that include the adorable, adjustable elastic Buttonband—a hair band that looks chic worn alone but can also be transformed into a one-of-a-kind hair accessory. Just attach feathers, flowers, scraps of fabric or anything you want to the band's button holes. Check out Bumble's version of Santa's workshop at bumbleandbumble.com. —M.D.
All That Glitters
Merry Midnight, part of OPI's new Holiday Wishes 2009 collection, is a perfect shade to make nails and toes sparkle this holiday season. The lacquer's purple base is right on-trend, while blue glitter and shiny red flakes give it a festive feel that can dress up even the simplest black party dress. opi.com —L.M.
WHAT'S ON YOUR IPOD?
"Temperamental" by Everything but the Girl. "This song not only provides inspiration, but it is also high energy. I usually play it around 5:00 p.m. and into the night to keep me going on those long days at the shop."
"Magnolia Mountain" by Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. "Ryan's soulful voice is always easy and makes for a relaxed mood when the salon is busy and I need to shift down."
"Boxcar" by The Rosebuds. This is one of my favorite tracks from a Raleigh-based band that always gets me moving. I love the gypsy beat and lyrics that are perfect for sparking the creative brain.
"Reckoner" by Radiohead. "My spirit is complete when I hear this song. I can listen to it anytime—morning, noon or night."
A CUT ABOVE
Mark Garrison, who owns an eponymous salon in New York City, is a master when it comes to haircutting. His personalized precision cuts are based on his understanding of each client's bone structure, hair texture and lifestyle. On his new DVD, Signature Styles #1, Garrison shares his artistic eye for proportion and style as well as some of his techniques for creating wearable hairstyles for real people. You'll learn the Graduated Bob, Mini Shag and Mo' Layers. Order your copy today at markgarrisonsalon.com. —M.D.
Sparkle and Shine
Your Name Professional's new loose powder Mineral Gemstone Shadows are infused with a White Sapphire complex to reduce the appearance of fine lines and create a bold, shimmering, soft-focus effect. Available in six lush jewel tones, the crease-free and fade-resistant shadows look fresh from the office to the party. yournamepro.com —L.A.