New and Notable
British Hairdresser of the Year 2008 nominees Gary Hooker and Michael Young were inspired by couture fashion to create their latest collection, Black Orchid, which contrasts dark backgrounds and porcelain skin tones. For this look, hair was set to give it maximum volume, then tonged at the roots for added texture. —L.A.
It doesn't come with a record deal, but the new TIGI Rockaholic collection will help your clients unleash their inner rock stars. The line, which was tested—and approved—by actual musicians on tour, includes Born to Rock Leave-In Detangler & Defrizzer, a light conditioning product that increases manageability; Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo, which absorbs oil and adds volume and texture; Rock Out Shine Blaster, providing high shine and humidity protection while decreasing drying time; and Fun Times Flexible Hairspray, a medium-hold hairspray. The in-salon display (shown here) sets the perfect vibe to prepare clients for some rockin' hair. tigihaircare.us —L.M.
The Doctor Is In
Created by doctors to be free of the most harmful toxins, like formaldehyde and toluene, Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish is enhanced with wheat protein, vitamins and naturally occurring antifungal ingredients like tea tree oil to promote stronger, healthier nails. remedynails.com —M.D.
Brand-new from KARG is the K-11 Royale, the first 6.5-inch texturizing shear on the market. Each of the 11 teeth are micro-cerated to keep hair from falling on the teeth, so you get a perfect cut every time. mikekarg.com —M.D.
A Rose Is a Rose
Inspired by the ancient art of Indian attar perfumes, Aveda Ancient Attar Pure-fume Spirit Aroma Spray is 100-percent naturally derived with traditional attar ingredients like rose and sandalwood. Custom-blended by Aveda's own in-house chief perfumer, Ko-Ichi Shiozawa, the fragrance has a rich and delicate rosy note infused with the freshness of organic neroli oil.aveda.com —M.D.
The Admiral barber chair from Belvedere brings European style to the American client. belvedere.com
Phyto 7, the best-selling daily hydrating cream from Phyto, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The company is marking this milestone with new luxurious gold packaging that holds 20 percent more product with no increase in price. Now that's good news in these tough economic times. phyto-usa.com
The South Beach Collection OPI Conga-Line Coral
OPI Sand in My Suit
According to celebrity stylist Ted Gibson, a short and sexy haircut can give women a big boost of confidence. It's also a flattering style on African-American women who relax their hair and may find that it doesn't grow in long and healthy because it's so moisture depleted. "Short hair also allows you to emphasize your client's face or a long, beautiful neck," says Gibson, who carved out this shape to bring out his model's best feature—her eyes. —L.M.
TEA FOR YOU
Reed diffusers are the newest way to add scent to a room, and the Tea for You Collection by Xela combines natural tea and essential fragrance oils to add a sophisticated presence to any environment. Choose from a variety of scents, including Mint Green Tea and Sunflower Oolong. xelaaromasticks.com —M.D.
Step Up to the Bar
The concept of spending a full day at the spa is a thing of the past, which is why Lydia Sarfati has introduced the Repêchage Facial Bar. Now salons and spas can offer express treatments out in the open. "What the Facial Bar does is bring that facial out of the closet," Sarfati says. "Shorter express treatments allow clients to experience more of the beauty services that are offered in the salon." The concept makes sense when you consider that Sarfati's mantra is, "Show, tell and you will sell!"
The new Repêchage Facial Bar brings facials out of the back room and into the open.
In his new book, 50 Hairstylists, RICK MORTON interviewed some of the country's top hairstylists and salon owners, who share tips, advice and things you need to know to become a successful hairdresser. The book features everyone who's anyone, from the legendary Oribe to Joico's Damien Carney. To order, visit 50hairstylists.com. —M.D.
Just in time for awards season in Hollywood, Essie Cosmetics has teamed up with the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau to debut Love, Beverly Hills xx, an exclusive, limited-edition nail polish sure to land on every "Best Dressed" list from East to West. It's an opulent red polish with an authentic shimmer thanks to a special ingredient: 24-karat pure gold. essie.com
WHAT'S ON YOUR IPOD?
We asked Adrian Wallace, a colorist at Manhattan's esteemed Rita Hazan Salon, what he's been listening to.
"Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" by Modjo. "I can't help feeling like dancing when I'm listening to this upbeat song. It takes me back to surfing in Biarritz, France, and the cafes in San Sebastian, Spain."
"Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin. "This is one of rock's greatest songs. Listen to it on the open road."
"I Belong to You" by Lenny Kravitz. "This song is cool and sexy, just like Lenny."