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LUMINOUS COLOR

Open up a world of beauty where everything is illuminated. The Optix collection from Creative Nail Design, new for spring, features six multi-faceted nail enamels that refract prisms of brilliant color. Six shades, including Cosmic Coral, Aqua Jet and Milky Way, will be available next month. creativenaildesign.com



A ROSE IS A ROSE

Korres Wild Rose Mask is suitable for all skin types. The pure white mask contains wild rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C, which may help diminish the appearance of fine lines. An active complex targets skin discoloration and promotes cell renewal, which provides an instant brightening effect. korres.com




WHAT TO WEAR

Nick Arrojo of TLC's What Not To Wear has just launched a new line of products that includes Arrojo Daily Shampoo. The signature fragrance of rhubarb, berry-musk and lavender-pear was created especially for him. What's more, all the products include a pro-vitamin B5 complex that provides benefits to the hair and scalp. arrojoproduct.com




BE INSPIRED THIS SPRING

The spring 2007 Face Color Collection from Aveda includes three fabulous color palettes. Shown here are Plum Fresco Petal Essence Face Accent in shimmering fuchsia lit with gold from the Zen Blooms palette and Coco Plum Lip Tint with SPF 15 and a spicy hint of chocolate-raspberry from the Spanish Sun palette. aveda.com



TOURMALINE DOES IT

Looking for a blow-dryer that uses tourmaline-generated, far-infrared energy to style hair with less heat damage? Hot Tools Professional's Tourmaline Tools Dryer with the Pro-Moisture System has a nanoparticle combination of materials, which transforms heat and airflow into a hydrating spa treatment that dries hair fast. hotus.com




OBEDIENCE TRAINING

Want to replenish moisture and add polish to hair that's out of control? Redken Smooth Down Sleek Obedience anti-frizz solid serum with the exclusive Interbond Conditioning Complex does all that and more. Macadamia nut oil nourishes the hair, candelilla wax smooths the cuticle and cationic refiners provide frizz control. redken.com




SMOOTH OPERATORS

We rounded up 18 straightening and smoothing products that can flatten even the most unruly locks in a heartbeat.

STRAIGHT SHOOTER

Profound Beauty's Stylist Linear Cream smoothes and softens coarse, rebellious hair with a delicate blend of silicones and emollients to ease and maintain controlled, straight, free-flowing styles. The lightweight cream resists humidity and protects and seals the cuticle for sleekness and shine. 800/762-9350



BLOW-OUT BUDDY

Working with the heat of a blow dryer, Joico's Silk Result Straight Smoother Blow-Dry Crème promises to help create the perfect tension needed to straighten hair with ease. The humidity-resistant formula resurfaces coarse, curly and wavy hair leaving it soft, silky and manageable. 800/80-JOICO



WALK THE LINE

Streamline kinks, curls and frizz with Straight 05 Straightening Balm from Redken. When applied to damp hair before blow-drying, the humidity-resistant, heat-protective balm gives tresses a smooth, silky shine. For best results, dry one section of hair at a time. 800/REDKEN-8; redken.com




SCARED STRAIGHT

SuperStraight Relaxing Serum from PureOlogy eliminates frizz and provides color protection with its exclusive AntiFade Complex. Multi-weight silicones relax hair, while avocado lipids, jojoba esters and shea butter produce a smooth finish. White tea; seaweed; and oat, wheat and soy proteins increase fullness and build strength. 800/331-1502



WAVE TAMER

Goldwell's alcohol-free Flat Marvel Flattening Balm with UV filters is humidity-resistant, and smoothes and straightens hair until the next shampoo. FlexShine technology, a blend of Elastomer, Bamboo Protein and Styling Polymers, guarantees flexible, durable hold and natural, shiny hair. goldwell.com




FRIZZ FIGHTER

Infused with a blend of bamboo, ivy, avocado oil and panthenol, Back to Basics Straightening Crème smoothes and straightens hair and eliminates frizz. The cream conditions and protects hair from heat, and leaves hair touchable and soft with a healthy sheen. 800/456-9322; backtobasics.com




STRAIGHT AND NARROW

Flatten curly or wavy hair and tame flyaways with Aveda's Hang Straight Straightening Lotion. The humidity-defying formula features a blend of certified organic marshmallow root and flax seed to create smooth hold, in addition to silica, which enhances hair's shine. 800/644-4831; aveda.com




VOLUME AND SMOOTHNESS

SCS 25 Straight Conditioning Serum from Dennis Bernard's Smart Solutions line seals the outer layer of the hair shaft, reducing frizz and offering protection against heat and the elements. The serum helps rebuild hair strength and provides volume and smoothness for straight looks. 732/308-3005



STATIC SHIELD

Laminates Sheer Smoothing from Sebastian Professional is an anti-static, thermal styler for fine- to medium-textured or color-treated hair. Ideal for use with flat irons, it helps straighten hair while lending shine and brilliance. It also helps tame flyaways and frayed ends, and promotes hair elasticity and manageability. 800/526-4657



FLAT-IRON FRIEND

Generating temperatures up to 450 degrees, flat irons can be damaging to hair, but Sleek.look Iron Smoother from Matrix contains styling polymers that protect hair from heat-styling damage and humidity. Silicone smoothes hair and adds brilliant shine, while panthenol strengthens and conditions it. 800/6-MATRIX



A DELICATE BALANCE

Paul Mitchell's Straight Works contains a blend of silicones and styling agents that provide a balance of slip and control to produce a smooth, silky finish. Lightweight humectants and conditioners leave hair soft and manageable, while chamomile, jojoba and henna enhance shine. paulmitchell.com




FASTER RESULTS

Even the most humid conditions are no match for ISO's Tamer Smoothing Gel. This shine-enhancer contains a blend of ISOamine, guar gum, hydrolyzed soy and wheat proteins, quarternized panthenol, humectants and amino silicone to straighten hair faster, control frizz and provide long-lasting conditioning. isohair.com




HUMIDITYBLOCKER

Fight humidity and curl with Flatout Anti-Humidity Seal from KMS California, with the innovative IOPS technology for deep conditioning, and fig and jojoba to smooth coarse, frizzy and unruly hair. The aerosol spray seals straight, finished looks, blocking out humidity. kmscalifornia.com




NATURAL WONDER

Alterna Hemp Seed Straightening Balm is enriched with hemp seed oil to increase hair's elasticity, strength, manageability and shine. Seaweed extracts repel static and hydrate hair, while a sheer copolymer reduces frizz and keeps hair straight. The humidity-resistant balm maintains straight styles all day. 888/4-ALTERNA; 4alterna.com




SMOOTH MOVE

Mending ends and creating straight hair that's smooth as silk, soft and shiny is easy with Bed Head Superficial Smoothing Liquid for Silky, Shiny Hair from TIGI. Avocado oil delivers a smooth finish, jojoba oil locks in moisture and wheat germ oil strengthens, moisturizes, and boosts body and shine. tigihaircare.com




LIGHTWEIGHT CONTROL

Color Preserve Straightening Balm produces a smooth straightening effect in hair, helps control frizz and imparts shine. Part of the new Color Preserve Styling Collection from The Wella Corporation, it features the P3 Styling Complex, with color-preserving molecules, energizing antioxidants and UV filters. 800/935-5273



BOTANICAL ACTION

A blend of comfrey root and botanical extracts fuse with thermal-activated polymers to deliver non-chemical and temporary hair straightening in Crazy Straight Styling Coiffant Straightening Lotion from J Beverly Hills. The formula also helps to control frizz and boost natural shine. 800/980-0098;
jbeverlyhills.com




WEIGHTLESS STRAIGHTENING

Straight Sexy Hair Power Straight Temporary Straightening Balm is chock-a-block with moisturizers that protect against heat damage from styling tools but won't weigh strands down. It locks out humidity to keep all curly hair types, especially ethnic textures, straight and frizz-free all day. 800/848-3383



CLIP ART

Precision tools are a must for keeping men's hair looking cutting edge. These clippers deliver the looks your male clients will love.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

The Cat Clipper from the Cricket Co. provides stylists with the benefits of a clipper, then transforms into a trimmer for detail finishing. Featuring an X-2 Second-Generation Hi-RPM motor for added power to cut through the thickest hair, it's also equipped with a wide-tooth, stainless-steel clipper blade that won't snag or pull hair and a trimmer blade that's perfect for beards, mustaches, necklines and detail trimming. cricketco.com



SMALL BUT MIGHTY

Sophisticated-looking and silver in color, the Forfex Professional Cordless Trimmer by BaByliss Pro features a sleek, European, ergonomic design that delivers superior comfort and control. Perfect for everyday grooming needs, the trimmer features a quiet yet powerful motor, and a 30mm detachable stainless-steel blade with two comb attachments (5mm and 10mm). conairpro.com



LIGHTWEIGHT CUTTING GEM

Bright red, petite and weighing in at just 6 ounces, the new Ruby Clipper/Trimmer from the Andis Company easily cuts wet or dry hair, then quickly maneuvers in and out of tight spots for trimming. In addition to a nickel metal hydride battery that enables the Ruby to run cordless for a full hour, the tool also comes with five attachment combs that enhance clipping and trimming possibilities. 800/558-9441; andis.com



TURBO TRIMMING

The Sable Adjustable Pivot Clipper from Oster features a Turbo Pivot Motor that cuts wet or dry hair. Its ergonomic shape with a soft-touch grip helps reduce hand and wrist fatigue, while the tool's specially designed stainless-steel blade provides long wear and corrosion resistance and also adjusts for cutting short to medium-length hair. 800/877-6682; osterstyle.com



SLIM AND TRIM

The Tiny Trim Professional Rechargeable Mini Clipper/Trimmer from Hot Tools Professional comes with high carbon steel professional blades, a long-lasting Lithium battery, three quick-change cutting blades, five cutting guides and accessories, including clipper oil, a blade-cleaning brush, a blade guard and an instruction book. All that and it easily fits into the palm of your hand. hottools.com



WHAT MEN WANT

Every man should have one of these hardworking hair products.

IN CONTROL

The new All-Style Wax Defining Shine Wax from Matrix Men boasts a light hold that creates textured separation and clean control for detailing with lasting shine. Like all products in the Matrix Men Style Control System, it's got a built-in style-control agent and the invigorating Ener-G Complex. 800/6-MATRIX; matrix.com



HEALTHY FORMULA

Je Beau International Luxe For Men Metro Wash Shampoo is designed to cleanse the hair while restoring essential nutrients for manageability and shine. Like all Je Beau International products, the ultra clear shampoo contains extracts of the finest botanicals available, including aloe and babassu. 866/7-Beauti; jebeauint.com



SUPER HOLD

Designed for creating innovative textures, Redken For Men Disrupt Remodeling Fiber Gum provides a playful, gummy texture with expandable fibers to instantly shape and create messed-up styles. It won't flake or break in hair and shampoos out easily. 800/Redken-8; redkenformen.com



LOW SHINE, HIGH FIBER

American Crew Fiber Pliable Molding Crème is perfect for men who don't want added shine but still need a lot of hold in their hair. A fiber-like resinous product, this cream helps thicken, texturize and increase the hair's fullness. Use it for defining or molding and sculpting hair into any style. 800/598-CREW; americancrew.com



ALL DAY HOLD

With just a small amount of Scruples Menz Pomade, hair is easily molded and styled into any desirable, maintainable shape. Like all Scruples Menz products, this one is full of vitamins and proteins to help promote a healthy scalp and strengthen the hair follicle. 800/457-0016; scrupleshaircare.com



EASY STYLE

Goldwell For Men Shaping Agent is for the guy who wants well-groomed hair in as little time as possible. This light, modern styling cream provides supple and light hold without stickiness, and gives natural shine without weighing hair down. It's great for men who are always on-the-go. 800/200-1151; goldwellusa.com



LOCKER-ROOM LUXE

No roses here. These skin-care products were made especially with men in mind.

NATURAL TOUCH

American Crew Herbal Shave Cream offers a clean, close shave with a botanical twist. With natural eucalyptus, sweet almond and avocado oils blended with vitamins and antioxidants, Herbal Shave Cream conditions dry, damaged skin while providing a soothing foundation for the ultimate shave. 800/598-CREW; americancrew.com



FAST AND EASY

Ideal for low-maintenance men, the Aveda Men Hair and Body Bar is perfect for daily use on the face and body, as well as hair. The extra moisturizing bar is scented with an invigorating aroma, and it rinses clean for a long-lasting fresh feeling. Suitable for all hair and skin types. 800/328-0849;
aveda.com



ALL CLEAN

Restore moisture to the skin with John Amico Men Shower Gel, the ultimate refreshing cleanser. Loaded with vitamins A and E, aloe vera and rosemary extracts, it gently removes impurities while hydrating for a refreshing and ultra-clean feel that lasts throughout the day. 708/824-4000; johnamico.com



SUPER SCRUB

A gentle yet super concentrated cleansing wash, Ilike For Men Black Exfoliating Wash prevents impurities and excess build up on the face, neck, back and chest areas. Ideal for all skin types, it contains lavender and flaxseed oils to reduce inflammation and irritation of hair follicles. 888/290-6238; szepelet.com



NO MORE NICKS

GYM Grooming Comfort Smooth Shaving Gel is a thick gel infused with rich, technologically advanced lubricants that provide optimal razor glide. Comfort Smooth also contains a specially designed essential oil blend to soothe, calm and protect skin, while helping minimize unsightly and painful nicks. 888/205-3355; gymgrooming.com



ENERGY BOOST

Specially formulated with natural extracts of lemon, sage and tea tree, Paul Mitchell Lemon & Sage Body Wash is an energizing cleanser for all skin types that is great for daily use. It gently exfoliates and deodorizes, leaving skin smooth, moisturized and refreshingly clean. 800/793-8790; paulmitchell.com