Redken educator Patrick McIvor, owner of Patrick McIvor Color Studio in Bethlehem, PA, just got back from Hair Expo in Australia, where he mixed a little business with pleasure. Here, he shares the experience with us.
The iconic page-boy cut from the '60s gets a radical makeover thanks to Hasse Kliem and Therese Manscher, head honchos at MoreTeaSir, a hip hair establishment in Copenhagen, Denmark. What's different? The duo used vibrant pink and orange hues on cool blond hair to accentuate the contrasts between the different lengths. The look is captured on a Stylelabs DVD collection. stylelabs.dk —K.D.
Joya Original candles are handcrafted in New York City of all-natural tropical palm oil wax, cotton wicks and essential oils. Their clean design and shimmering finish make for an artful, eye-catching retail display, and a range of delightful fragrances means there's a scent to suit everyone. Each candle combines hints of two different scents. Try the Ginger & Rosewood, Jasmine & Sage, Lemongrass & Guava or Lavender & Bergamot. joyacandle.com —C.W.
Large, circular wooden armrests give this styling chair from WIMEX BEAUTY a fun, singular appeal. A matching shampoo chair is also available. Choose from black or yellow upholstery. wimexbeauty.com —C.W.
Deep, dark and dramatic, CND Rock Royalty is one of fall's hottest new shades of nail polish.
Rock On, Redken
Icons of the American Marketplace: Consumer Brand Excellence (American Benchmark Press, 2007) profiles America's best-known and most beloved brands, from Converse to Colgate, Woolite to Whirlpool. Brands that have captured the hearts and minds of American consumers were chosen for a variety of reasons, like distinctive packaging or unforgettable ads. Redken was the only haircare company that made the cut. We think that's pretty darn impressive. —M.D.
French company Mistral recently introduced three new organic and heavenly scented shea butter and pure vegetable bar soaps. Almond Milk is redolent of fresh-baked cookies; Imperial Jasmine boasts notes of rose, orange blossom, spicy clove and ylang-ylang; and Tropical Flowers delivers invigorating hints of jasmine, tuberose and coconut. mistralsoap.com —C.W.
When it's that time of the month and every other part of your body is feeling less than fab, your tongue can relax in a luxurious bath of unique flavors thanks to Pretty Mean Snacks (PMS). There are four flavors: Hot Mama Madness (dark chocolate with tangy ginger and mild wasabi), Deep Decadent Diva (fragrant rosemary with roasted pineapple in dark chocolate), Pure Passion Princess (pumpkin and peanut butter blended with cinnamon in milk chocolate) and Sweet Sassy Sister (milk chocolate with sweet basil and mango). Visit the Web site to order or to find out about women's issues, health-related topics and more. prettymeansnacks.com —M.D.
BY THE NUMBERS
The first baby boomers—there are 78 million in the U.S.— turned 60 last year. This should be of interest to you. Why? Well, 77 percent of the country's assets are controlled by 50-plussers, who also happen to spend $1.7 million on goods and services. Want to get rich? Start marketing services to them that can help them look younger.
Celebrated photographer Patrick McMullan has come out with a new book, and this one features more than 1,000 photographs from A-list events attended by some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Uma Thurman, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman. Titled Glamour Girls (Abrams, 2007), it's like US Weekly all grown up. hnabooks.com —C.W.
Ten things celebrity stylist Marco Maranghello, top hairstylist at the John Barrett salon at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, can't live without:
1. DIESEL ZANTHAN LOW RISE BOOTCUT JEANS The cut is stylish but not too trendy.
2. B-HEAL JOHN BARRETT SMOOTHING CREAM It makes my naturally curly hair smooth and silky.
3. HOT TOOLS GOLD 2-INCH CURLING IRON I use it on the runways as a flat iron and curling iron. It's multifunctional; if you really know how to use it, you can style any way you like.
4. MY ASSISTANT, SUE I wouldn't be able to do as much as I do without her. She is my right hand, my friend, my little sister, my everything.
5. TRISH MCEVOY BLUEBERRY VANILLA CANDLE I burn it in the bathroom, bedroom and living room—all over my crib.
6. TOWNHOUSE SPA It's where I go in New York City to relax, unwind and recharge my batteries. It's a comfortable space that feels like home.
7. L'ORÉAL ELNETT HAIR SPRAY It helps enhance texture and hold a style without stiffness. I use it on Paula Abdul during long days of filming American Idol.
8. MASON PEARSON EXTRA LARGE BRISTLE HAIR BRUSH It detangles hair without breaking it. I use it to tease, create updos and for blow-outs. It's my go-to tool whenever I work with Martha Stewart.
9. TURBO 2600 BLOW DRYER It's been my friend for the last 10 years.
10. MADELINE JOHNSON She's my best friend and publicist. She's my mentor who is always looking out for me.
This may be 2007 but it was the 1940s all over again on the fall runways at Gucci and Valentino, where movie-star glamour staged a major comeback. Think streamlined silhouettes with puffy shoulders, offset by stunning Veronica Lake-inspired hair and intense red lips. Now you've got the idea. —K.D.
A herringbone headband from A. Tierney matches fall's muted ensembles. 212/360-1166
ON THE EDGE
Harry Boocock of The Hair Studio in Leeds, England, cut, colored and styled this long, layered bob, one of the looks in his recent In Perspective collection. "The collection is all about shape and texture," he says. "I wanted to create looks with an extra edge." Boocock used a razor to produce the soft, textured layers in this style, and cut the fringe blunt for contrast. To achieve depth and shine, he colored the hair with Schwarzkopf Igora Vibrance 5.5 and blow-dried it with Schwarzkopf BC Daily Q10 Satin Spray and Osis Slick: Flattening Liquid. —L.A.
Salon owner, haircolor trainer and platform artist Marco Pelusi has introduced a line of styling products for color-treated hair that contains collagen. The line—which consists of a shampoo, two conditioners (shown here), styling gel, hairspray and smoothing gloss—includes his proprietary Collagen Color Guard HairCare System, a blend of collagen, hair keratin, silk amino acids and hydrolyzed wheat proteins that keeps color from fading. marcopelusi.com —L.A.
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Easy as ABC
Sassoon Academy is launching ABC: Cutting Hair the Sassoon Way. The innovative book demonstrates the three fundamental cutting techniques—lines, graduation and layering—represented by the letters ABC, which in their purest form, are integral to the continuing Sassoon story. The landmark techniques are fully illustrated with technical, step-by-step photographs. The book is an essential educational tool that, when used in conjunction with the ABC DVD series, forms a complete cutting education system for everyone from the beginner to the experienced stylist looking for new insight into these groundbreaking techniques. sassoon.com —M.D.
A beautiful manicure or pedicure should make you feel good, but for those who suffer from debilitating diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis, the experience can often provoke anxiety. Davida Baur, an esthetician in Satellite Beach, FL, invented a product she calls Angel's Hands after one of her client's rheumatoid arthritis prevented her from keeping her fingers separated during a manicure. Baur's invention helps separate the fingers in a comfortable but firm cushion that keeps the fingers stabilized until the polish is dry. angelshandsllc.com —C.W.
Going to the Dogs
Paul Mitchell's John Paul DeJoria launched John Paul Pet to provide affordable, good-for-your-pet grooming products, such as shampoos, conditioners, vitamins and more. DeJoria is a major supporter of Last Chance for Animals, the National Humane Society and the World Wildlife Federation, so the line made sense. John Capra and Scott Woolley, DeJoria's longtime friends and business partners, run the company's day-to-day operations. paulmitchell.com —M.D.
If you've never thought of bathing as a fine art, you will after you experience a Tahitian Milk Bath courtesy of Thibiant Day Spa's new Tahitian Bath and Body line. The milk calms the senses and conditions the skin with rare monoi oil from the crushed petals of Tiare flowers, prized as a beauty secret in Polynesia for hundreds of years. The milk is deeply hydrating and replenishing, with beneficial ingredients like coconut, babassu and brazil nut oil. Oh, and it smells absolutely divine. thibiantspa.com —C.W.
Tom Julian, senior vice president and director of trends for McCann Erickson, scopes out The Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
Five-star hotels, exclusive resorts, hip boutique hotels and prestigious landmarks are just a few of the diverse lodging options that Los Angeles offers global trekkers paying the city a visit. Many properties, including the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Sofitel Hotel have recently undergone renovations and are enjoying a new, trendier existence.
The Huntley Hotel's new lobby
One of the properties currently making headlines for its remarkable new design is The Huntley Santa Monica Beach, which has been relaunched as a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, after undergoing an $18 million makeover. Here are a few of The Huntley's noteworthy design elements:
Retro Rooms. Inspired by the beachside setting, hotel designer Meri Meis and designer Thomas Schoos collaborated on the more than 200 rooms. They embraced clean lines and retro elements from the 1950s and '60s. Signature lobby statements include stingray skin lamps and 300 lacquered ceramic fish, which make up a piranha wall.
Suite Life. Sophisticated and stylish, the guest rooms are appointed in a color palette of rich espresso, soft cream and tan; 42-inch plasma screen TVs; modern and organic artwork; Matteo linens and bathrobes; and bathrooms made of marble and granite.
Power Penthouse. Atop the 18th floor is a rooftop that has been transformed into a restaurant and lounge called "The Penthouse." Schoos designed the space with white cabanas, gauze curtains and Murano Venetian chandeliers. After dinner, The Penthouse turns into a chic nightspot with a 19-foot circular bar, a Mother of Pearl fireplace and music and cocktails.
A room with a view
Global Fare. The haute cuisine menu, created by E. Michael Reidt, mixes Latin, French and Asian offerings, accented with seasonal local and regional ingredients. For dinner, contemporary fare features steak and seafood. Signature dishes include black trumpet arborio-encrusted salmon with crab guacamole, and sugarcane skewered scallops with chile braised oxtail and parsnip.
For more information: 310/394-5454 or thehuntleyhotel.com