INNU Salon is part of the Bumble and bumble network, and owner Tiffany Rasco sends her staff to Bb. University in New York City for technical training each year. Their latest collection includes strong, geometric shapes and perimeters that hold untamed texture in check. Color placement, which embraces the metallic, is unconventional but focused for optimal results. Says Rasco, "This hair announces its presence with authority—sexy authority." —M.D.
It's in the Bag
Angelina Jolie may wear her heart on her sleeve when it comes to activism, but now she's wearing her environmentalism on her shoulders, as well. The celeb and many other A-listers have been spotted toting Rebagz, a line of eco-friendly hand bags from Half the Sky Designs that is now sold in salons and spas. Made from recycled juice packs and nylon rice sacks, the lightweight bags come in such styles as clutches, totes, messenger bags and wallets. halftheskydesigns.com —L.M.
NOT A PRETTY PICTURE
A must read for anyone in the business of beauty, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan (New Society Publishers, 2007) chronicles the quest that led a group of breast cancer activists and environmentalists to the offices of the world's largest cosmetics companies to question the use of dangerous chemicals in their products. Malkan critically examines the powerful $35 billion cosmetics industry, and explains how the choices the average consumer makes can help give it a makeover. —L.A.
OLIVIA GARDEN's new Healthy Hair Ionic Paddle Hair Brushes, featuring eco-friendly bamboo handles, do more than just help preserve the environment; they leave hair healthy-looking and smooth, thanks to tourmaline crystals in the cushion and bristles that transfer negative ions to the hair during brushing. The lightweight paddle brushes, available in three different styles, also utilize anti-static and anti-bacterial technology. oliviagarden.com —L.A.
ESSIE Big Spender is new for fall.
The new Reve chair from Collinsis fashionable and comfortable. 800/292-6450
Dead Sea Healing
In addition to their popular Dead Sea Soaps, One With Nature now offers an all-natural body-care line with Dead Sea minerals, known to stimulate circulation and aid in exfoliation. The Liquid Hand Washes, Body Washes and Moisturizing Body Lotions come in Lavender, Shea Butter and Coconut Lime scents, as well as a fragrance-free option. onewithnature.com —L.A.
Come Fly With Me
Aveda Fill-ables are the perfect impulse buy for jet-setting clients. Tucked inside the hand-washable acaba fiber bag are travel-size bottles that can be refilled with haircare and skincare products. What's more, the bottles are 80-percent post-consumer HDPE so clients can travel with the earth in mind. aveda.com —M.D.
Breeze through airport security and save the planet with Aveda Fill-ables. aveda.com
WHAT'S ON YOUR IPOD?
We asked celebrity stylist and Nioxin spokesperson—and Shear Genius, season one, contestant—Theodore Leaf what he's been listening to.
"Give It 2 Me" by Madonna. "This song is fun, and it makes you feel like you can do anything!"
"Damaged" by Danity Kane. "I have worked with Aubrey from the group, and I got to hear this early. It's so sassy. All of my friends love to dance to this one."
"Rock With U" by Janet Jackson. "I put this on when I'm driving in the Hollywood Hills on a Sunday afternoon. It's so chill."
HERE COMES THE BRIDE
'Tis the season for weddings, so Mark Putnam, owner of Evolution Hair Design in Portland, OR, created a beautiful collection of hairstyles fit for any bride. "This look was inspired by the dress," he says. Putnam, assisted by stylist Drew Norton, created a French twist, then curled the hair at the top of the head with a 2-inch curling iron, setting the look with Enjoy hairspray. —L.A.
If you're looking for an eco-chic way to say "thank you" to your clients or "hello" to old friends, stationery from Smock is exactly what you need. This beautiful and sustainable line of cards, wrapping paper and invitations is printed on thick, high-end bamboo paper using antique, cast-iron letterpresses. The company's facility in Upstate New York is also entirely wind-powered, carbon neutral and environmentally conscious of waste disposal. Talk about cards that send a message! smockpaper.com —L.M.
Looking a little green takes on a whole new meaning with GRN (Grow Restore Nurture), the new eco-conscious, paraben-free skincare line from Exhale mindbodyspa. Made from sustainable ingredients, the products are designed to heal the skin from the inside out—without any adverse impact on the environment. Face-fixers include delicious-smelling masks, hydrating serums and gentle cleansers. The line also includes natural products for the body and hair. exhalespa.com —L.M.
Into the Wild
Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii has teamed up with his A-list client Kate Hudson to create haircare products that benefit both hair and the world. The David Babaii for WildAid line includes shampoos, conditioners and styling products that contain exotic natural ingredients and are free of parabens, sulfates and animal products. Along with acting as co-creator and spokesperson, Hudson was also Babaii's "guinea pig" while developing the line, ensuring that none of the products were tested on animals. Ten percent of the line's proceeds will benefit WildAid. db4wildaid.com —L.M.
In response to a growing demand for haircolor education that isn't specific to a particular haircolor brand, color accessories company PRODUCT CLUB now offers technique-based classes and DVDs. The DVD collection, Beyond Basic Foiling, comprises three volumes, each with two different techniques developed by the Product Club education team. Techniques include Soft Dimensions, which incorporates lowlights and highlights to restore natural tone and add brightness; Splicing, a contemporary way to create seamless highlights while maintaining depth in the root area; and Puddling, a technique that results in a subtle cascade of color that increases in intensity as it reaches the ends of the hair. productclub.com —L.M.
ON THE SPOT
For removing deodorant, makeup and baby powder from clothing, try Miss Oops Rescue Sponges. The handy, lightweight and reusable sponges come two to a pack and work on all fabrics. Plus, they're small enough to fit in a handbag for tackling stains on the go. missoops.com —N.P.
Picking Up the Threads
If you're looking to integrate a little bit of Eastern culture into your beauty services, check out Aesthetic VideoSource's Threading: The Ancient Art of Hair Removal DVD with Saira Soleri. Threading involves precisely twisting cotton thread along unwanted hairs to trap them and lift them out of the follicle. Soleri demonstrates how to thread the face, ears, arms, legs and feet, and explains the benefits of threading, tools and marketing. videoshelf.com —R.A.
Joico has just launched three additions to its innovative Design Collection: Flexible Shaping Spray, which delivers medium, touchable hold without flaking or stickiness; Texture Spray, which produces a beach-blown look; and Forming Polish, which provides flexible definition and high shine to shorter hairstyles. "Design Collection is perfect for people who want to recreate the hairstyles celebs and models are wearing on the red carpet and runway," says Damien Carney, Joico's international artistic director. joico.com —L.A.
Tom Julian, president of the brand consultancy firm the Tom Julian Group, checks out The Americana at Brand.
With its outdoor setting incorporating parks, fountains, a town square, pedestrian walkways and even a trolley car, The Americana at Brand is the newest West Coast destination for a unique shopping experience. Some liken it to The Grove at Farmer's Market—no surprise, since it shares the same developer, Rick Caruso of Caruso Affiliated.
In addition to shopping attractions, the 15.5-acre site in Glendale, CA, is home to The Residences—more than 230 lofts and townhouses and resort-style swimming pools and fitness centers. One key attraction is The Grand Lobby, which feels like a hotel lobby but is set in an indoor/outdoor corridor. The concierge housed here supports shoppers with everything from loyalty-rewards programs to foreign-language assistance. The Americana also boasts an events calendar that reads more like a cultural guide to arts and entertainment than a mall promotional posting, with contemporary activities like Sunday morning yoga classes on the park lawn with Lululemon Athletica, jazz singers in the park on Friday nights and movies shown at Pacific Theatres, which operates 18 movie screens.
Here, some of the must-browse shopping destinations:
Barneys New York CO-OP is Barneys' edgier concept, now with multiple locations around Los Angeles. This outpost carries DVF, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Marc by Marc Jacobs for women, plus Paul Smith and Helmut Lang for men, in a loftlike environment.
XXI, aka Forever 21, offers color-coordinated separates with graphic prints. Men have their own department in the multilevel store, and competitive prices continue to entice shoppers of all ages.
New brands from familiar operators include Free People by Urban Outfitters, offering vintage-chic looks in an all-American setting; Ruehl from Abercrombie & Fitch, a townhouse concept from New York City's Greenwich Village selling signature logo apparel and accessories for him and her; and Martin + Osa from American Eagle, which is targeted to those over 28 and designed to be authentic and adventurous. Soon-to-open is Gilly Hicks, a lingerie destination also from Urban Outfitters.
International operators include Spain's Custo Barcelona; Sweden's H&M; Russia's 16-year-old fashion flavor of the moment, Kira Plastinina, who plans to open more than 30 stores in the United States this year; Australia's Peter Alexander; and Giorgio Armani's A/X Armani Exchange. Beauty players include The Art of Shaving, Kiehl's, Bare Escentuals and Bokaos Aveda Lifestyle Salon.
For an extensive list of all shops, restaurants and services, go to americanaatbrand.com.