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
For his latest collection, Xposure, KMS California Artistic Director
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
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 '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
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
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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.
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
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
The Captivated collection, from the talented Tommy van der Veken of U.K. salon
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
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?
"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."