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BEAUTY EXPOSED

For his latest collection, Xposure, KMS California Artistic Director Edwin Johnston married strong British cutting techniques with softer, unforced finishing reminiscent of French styling. For the updo seen here, hair was prepped with KMS California AddVolume Styling Foam before blow-drying, then sprayed with HairPlay Dry Wax and curled in sections with a curling iron. When the look was in place, the sides were sprayed with SilkSheen Gloss Spray for extra shine. —L.M.

Beauty Food

In Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin (Hatherleigh Press, 2009), beauty and skincare expert Elizabeth TenHouten provides easy-to-follow recipes featuring free-radical fighting antioxidants to achieve beautiful and radiant skin. The book contains more than 120 antioxidant-rich recipes and "Beauty Bytes," which are beauty remedies and topical treatments made from 100-percent natural ingredients found in most kitchens.elizabethtenhouten.com

Going Nuts

Macadamia Natural Oil is a new haircare line that combines macadamia nut oil and argan seed oil, along with other nourishing botanicals, to help maintain healthy hair. Our favorite is the Healing Oil Infused Comb, a revolutionary wide-tooth detangling comb infused with the company's Macadamia Healing Treatment Oil that dispenses the product evenly onto the hair without leaving any residue on the hands. macadamiahair.com

ROCK STAR

Rock 'n' Roll-loving stylists and clients will enjoy the two new albums added to the Modern Meditations Rock Goes Zen (CMH Label) collection. The Modern Classics and The Rock Classics feature tranquil versions of classic and modern rock songs like The Beatles' "Across the Universe," Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," U2's "Beautiful Day," Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want." It's the perfect complement to a young, hip salon atmosphere.modernmeditations.com

Shaving Grace

Whoever said shaving was a chore hasn't shaved with the fun new products from Whish. The chic and colorful bottles add a dash of style to your shower, while the formulas leave legs smooth and moisturized. The thick Shave Crave (seen here) cream formula uses all-natural ingredients like organic green tea, shea butter, and coconut and jojoba seed oils to soothe and pamper legs, while the pleasant-smelling Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum banishes shaving bumps and irritation. whishbody.com

Salon Style

Feeling frumpy at work? The Chic Stylist from Simply Savvy Aprons gives you a fashionable flair while cutting, coloring and styling your clients' hair. The apron features a rhinestone buckle, form-fitting waist band and pockets to hold all of your necessary tools. It's also water-, bleach- and dye-resistant and machine washable, making cleanup a cinch. specialtyaprons.com

HEAD OVER HEELS

Swank shoemaker Jimmy Choo's recent West Coast kickoff for H&M gave fashionistas plenty to celebrate. Hayden Panettiere, Olivia Wilde and Kate Walsh were among the lengthy list of celebrities who turned out for the event. Aveda's Ginger Boyle of Planet Salon in Beverly Hills, CA, was on-hand, too, crafting edgy hair offset with ruffled texture backstage. "We used a new flat-iron technique to create square-shaped waves for easy, rocker chic style," Boyle says. "The look is cutting-edge, uncontrived and sexy—just like Jimmy Choo's new H&M shoe collection." —K.D.

Face Book

If ever there was a tome that demystifies how to achieve naturally beautiful skin, Skin Secrets (Kyle Cathie Limited, 2009) is it. Written by Liz Earle—creator of an eponymous skincare range that harnesses the power of botanical extracts and natural ingredients—the illustrated guide delves into everything from the science and genetics of skin to ingredients, problem solvers and solutions. Another plus: The bookshelf essential is chock-a-block with Earle's secret strategies that help keep skin looking fabulous for life. uk.lizearle.com

Get Skinny

Skinny Water by Skinny Nutritional Corp. is a beverage that combines electrolytes, calcium and potassium with EGCG, an extract of green tea that promotes hydration and nutrient absorption. This zero-calorie, sugar-, sodium- and preservative-free drink is available in six flavors, such as Crave Control, which contains raspberry and pomegranate; Shape, which features goji fruit; and Wake Up, a blend of orange, cranberry and tangerine with a powerful dose of vitamin C. skinnywater.com

Bowled Over

The Captivated collection, from the talented Tommy van der Veken of U.K. salon Tommy's, showcases precision cutting and beautifully dressed hair inspired by looks from the 1920s and '80s, and features bold color that emphasizes the shape and crafted finish of each style. We love the smooth, round shape of this clean-edged bowl cut, complemented by a striking platinum blonde hue. —L.A.

Fresh Start The new Jane Iredale Starter Kit packs all your basic mineral makeup essentials into one easy-to-carry set. Contained in a beautiful cream jewel box, the kit includes two shades of PurePressed Base SPF 20, one Dream Tint Moisture Tint, a Just Kissed Lip Plumper, one PurePressed Blush, one Circle/Delete Under-eye Concealer, three brushes and an instructional DVD. The set is available in six shades—ranging from Porcelain to Mahogany—to match any skin tone. janeiredaledirect.com

Beneficial Blends

Made with carefully selected 100-percent natural essential oils, the new plug-in diffusers from Living Naturals combine aromatherapy and holistic healing to promote a feeling of well-being in any salon or spa environment. Choose from Herbaceous Spearmint for a rejuvenating and refreshing experience, Lemongrass Verbena for relieving stress and tension, Herbal Pine Amber for enhanced relaxation and Mandarin Coconut Milk to encourage a feeling of serene confidence. livingnaturalsonline.com

WHAT'S ON YOUR IPOD?

We asked Dimitrios Tsioumas, NAHA-nominated Goldwell international guest artist and color education director for Mizu Salon in New York City, what he's been listening to.

"Right as Rain" by Adele. "I love the soulfulness and clarity of her voice. She reminds me of Amy Winehouse, and I'm a big fan of hers." "Celebrate" by Madonna. "You can never go wrong with a Madonna dance hit. The beat is great; it just makes you want to get up a do a two-step."

"Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga. "I love this girl's style and boldness. Her entire album is wonderful, but I really love the concept of this song." "She Wolf" by Shakira. "Such a sexy song and video."

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About the Author

Kelley Donahue

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.

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