As Editor in Chief of American Salon, Kelley Donahue reports on all aspects of the professional beauty industry, including salon business-building strategies, seasonal hair and fashion trends, salon services and techniques, and timely issues impacting manufacturers, schools, salons and distributor principals. In addition to conducting photo shoots--one of which was the recipient of an ABBIES Award for Best Magazine Cover--Donahue also travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, sourcing out new trends and representing American Salon at major industry functions and educational events.
New and Notable
Jenny Shircore, a beauty talent who picked up an Oscar in 1998 for her work in Elizabeth, is at it again. This time around, Shircore landed in the Victorian era, working her magic on-set as the designer of hair and makeup for
Design a signature scent with one of four new
The Brush Off
New Hairfreé brushes make cleaning up between clients easy, thanks to moveable plates that bring unwanted hair to the end of the bristles. The plates are ceramic-coated to give hair a smoother finish, and when positioned halfway between the top and the base, the plates can also create a vented brush, for faster drying and more versatile styling. Hairfreé brushes come in two styles: round for curls and volume and flat for silky straight locks. hairfree.bz —L.M.
What's Your Sign?
According to designer, mixologist and Intoxicated Zodiac creator Gwen Sutherland Kaiser, "barstrology" is the practice of combining of cocktails and astrology. Try it for yourself with Intoxicated Zodiac's Shot Glass Candle. The soy wax candles come in a reusable shot glass available in 12 zodiac signs, each with a signature scent and cocktail recipe based on medieval herbal astrology, an ancient healing practice using plants, herbs and flowers associated with each sign. No need to limit yourself to just your own sign though, Kaiser says: "You may be drawn to the scent of a sign other than your own, the same way you are drawn to people with signs different than your own." intoxicatedzodiac.com
An Herbal Infusion
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On a Mission
Founded by Andreea Ayers,
Moisture to Go
The new pocket-sized Shea Butter Balms from
The new City Girl Jewelry Keeps from Rowallan of Scotland are the perfect travel accessory for on-the-go glamour girls. Playfully named after the Sex and the City characters—Charlotte (shown here), Miranda and Carrie—the lizard-embossed leather cases come in three colors and have inset mirrors and jewelry organizers. rowallanusa.com
Take a Stand
Ben Moth from
Path to Success
Lipstick. Laptops. Life. (AuthorHouse, 2009), Angela O'Mara, owner of a public relations firm, recounts her struggles and triumphs as a female entrepreneur who evolved, survived and thrived in a turbulent economy. "I wrote this book to inspire people everywhere to get back in touch with their deepest dreams and desires," O'Mara says. "We all encounter obstacles along the way, but if we want infinite business success, we need to learn to climb the ladder, sometimes more than once." lipsticklaptopslife.com
Available in a variety of colors, from neutrals to bright jellies, SwirliDo Hair Ties create a subtle twisting effect when tied in the hair. Whether your hair is wet or dry, these spirals hold on tight, remove gently and never leave indentations. Perfect for retail! facialwork.com