A half-dozen of the best new beauty products on the market this month

Femininity Catches Fire


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Creative Nail Design introduces Flash Point for summer. The assortment of vibrant enamels radiates tropical sensuality. The sunset-inspired palette includes four steamy new shades, including Scorch, a lively and sparkling magenta; Burn, a bright, shimmering hibiscus red; and Flare, a juicy watermelon cream.

Homeward Bound

The ReSoft & Color Live Treatment is an at-home product that is part of Goldwell's new InnerEffect system, which combines customizable in-salon color services with a line of home-care products. The ReSoft & Color Live Treatment calms and smoothes dry hair while extending the results of the InnerEffect salon service.

Flexible Definition

With Irish moss extract, beeswax and nettle extract, American Crew's new Tea Tree Light Hold Styling Cream is a great choice for guys who are reluctant to use products but want some control. The product adds subtle separation and definition with flexible hold, and it's easily absorbed into the hair.

Complete Comfort

For an aromatic relaxation sensation, pour Comfort Zone's new Tranquility Oil into your bath or apply directly onto the body, massaging briefly. The nourishing oil contains vitamin E, amaranth, grape, vanilla and rose oils for silky, pleasantly fragranced skin. The elegant glass bottle makes for a lovely retail display.

Sumptuous Haircare

From the folks behind Byu-ti Hair Therapy, a salon in Santa Monica, CA, comes an intensive conditioner for dry hair called Sublime. Used as a once-weekly treatment, or daily for deeply distressed hair, it repairs locks at the cellular level with wholesome ingredients like jojoba, mango and shea butter that work to reconstruct and rebuild damaged tresses.

Performance Factor

Doubling as a blow-dry cream or a pomade, B Tenacious Design Fix from BennieFactor can be used to style or finish most hair types. It has a pliable, medium hold that gives layered styles definition and control when blow-drying, with a satin finish and frizz control to boot. On dry hair, it works in a pinch to seal split ends.


Sun lovers, rejoice! We found 13 products that will save your clients' hair from the damaging effects of UV rays, salt water and chlorine.

3-Way Filter

L'anza's Swim & Sun Daily UV Protector guards against environmental damage by filtering UVA, UVB and UVC rays, and rendering chlorine and metals harmless on contact.

Sun Repair Mask

Joico's new K-PAK Sun Therapy Treatment Masque saturates strands with moisture and contains Covabsorb EW, a trio of sun blockers that shields hair from damage.

Color Keeper

Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray moisturizes, intensifies shine and extends the life of haircolor with sunscreen, sunflower extract, silicone, panthenol and conditioning agents.

Beach Buddy

Phyto Phytoplage "L'Originale" Protective Beach Spray is ideal for color-treated hair, with a UV filter, an anti-UVB polymer, olive and castor oils, and calendula, willow and rosemary extracts.

Poolside Pal

KMS California Solperfection Beach Protectant is a new water-resistant cream with a double dose of filters to block both UVA and UVB rays. Use while sunbathing and before or after swimming.

Shining Armor

Redken UV Rescue Shimmer Defense daily care protective lotion contains UV filters derived from antioxidant-loaded vitamin E, ceramide to repair hair damaged by sun, salt and chlorine, and mica for shine.

Fade Resister

PureOlogy Styling Lotion contains an exclusive AntiFade Complex, a blend of antioxidants and full-spectrum UVA- and UVB-blocking sunscreens for maximum color retention.

Leave-in Blocker

Goldwell Outdoor & Sun Protect Hair and Scalp Protection is a leave-in cream with SPF 8 and a blend of grape-seed extract and vitamin E that defends against UV-light exposure and harmful environmental influences.

Spray-On Shield

Wella Color Preserve Thermal Protecting Spray with UV filters and pro-vitamin B5 is a nonsticky, lightweight formula that protects hair from heat styling tools and provides vibrant, luminous shine.

Daily Defense

Biolage's new Sunsorials Protective Daily Mist with UV filters is formulated with a blend of antioxidant-rich vitamin E and reparative ceramides, and leaves hair clean and natural.

Damage Control

Phyto Organics Canopy Thermal Protection spray guards against damage caused by UV rays and thermal appliances with the Phyto Shield Conditioning Complex, aloe and chamomile.

True Hue

ISO Color Preserve Protecting Serum keeps haircolor vibrant, with Solar-Seal 3 —a sun-activated polymer—sunscreen, antioxidants, hydrolyzed silk proteins and a blend of silicones that seal in color.

Stylish Protection

ThermaFuse Esculpt is a medium- to firm-hold, cream-based styling gel that shields hair from both UVA and UVB rays, prevents color from fading, and repairs and maintains follicle tensile strength.


We rounded up 21 of the best hair dryers, flatirons and curling irons to suit all of your styling needs.


Elchim's Il Futuro is an innovative, lightweight hair dryer that features ionic technology, 2000 watts of power and allows the user two ways of holding the dryer—the traditional way or like a camcorder—to reduce strain on the shoulder, wrist and elbow. 800/875-7511

Hot Shot

Belson's MegaHot AccuSilver Professional 1875 Watt Dryer with tourmaline is infused with AccuSilver, which has natural anti-microbial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria for a cleaner, healthier drying experience. 800/327-8384

Shine On

InfraShine's Ultra-Light Cool Switch Blow Dryer is slim, lightweight, quiet and uses negative ion technology to seal in hair's moisture. It features three heat settings for a choice of low, medium or high levels of heat, plus an instant-cool button to lock in style and shine. 800/865-5576

Smart Heat

FHI Heat's Nano Weight Pro 1800 Blow Dryer features Nano-Fuzeion technology to eliminate static, bacteria, toxins and smells while conditioning hair, and ceramic tourmaline technology. It emits gentle far-infrared heat to prevent hair damage. 877/FHI-HEAT

Turbo Treat

The Turbo 3600 Hair Dryer from Diana the Hunter features 2000 watts of power in a compact design to dry hair quickly and effectively. The hair dryer offers two air speeds and an easy-to-use cold-shot button to set and hold any style. 305/358-3898

High Power

The Twin Turbo 3200 Professional Hair Dryer by TurboPower is designed to last for more than 2,000 hours of use and features four temperatures and two speeds to choose from. A built-in anti-overheating device ensures safety while in use. 888/715-6100

Quiet Time

Dry hair faster and without the usual noise with Bio Ionic's iDry Whisper Light Pro-Dryer. The ultra-lightweight, ionic conditioning dryer features an ionic styling nozzle, dual removable air filters and Nano-Ionic Hybrid Mineral Technology that infuses moisture deep into the hair shaft. 888/755-6834

Straight Up

The Nano Titanium Straightening Iron from BaBylissPRO features a slim design, extra-long plates and dual voltage. It also heats up to 450 degrees. Titanium allows hair to glide easily through the plates, leaving it sleek, shiny and damage-free. 800/326-6247

In Style

An innovative heat sensor inside the ghd styler iron detects the hair type and adjusts the iron's temperature accordingly. A unique Sleep Mode turns the styler off if idle for 30 minutes. It also features a curved barrel for versatile styling. 877/GHD-ANGEL

True Blue

The patented blue Sapphire plates on the Solano Sapphire Straightening Iron #320 add shine to hair and allow the iron to easily glide through all hair types. The ceramic iron conditions hair, while an infrared beam protects it from damage. 847/675-0087

Space Age

Scientists and developers at CHI teamed up with NASA to develop the CHI Nano Silver Flat Iron, which is made of 44 organic ingredients and features NanoSilver particles that kill up to 650 types of bacteria, keeping the tool clean and hair healthy. 800/237-9175


Andis' Elevate Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Clamp Flat Iron features 20 fast-heating heat settings, Nano-Ceramic plates to smooth hair and eliminate frizz, and tourmaline crystals that emit negative ions to leave hair smooth and shiny all day long. 800/558-9441

High Tech

ITech's Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Iron features a digital display that provides adjustable heat control up to 400 degrees and ceramic plates that contain tourmaline crystals to leave hair smooth and healthy. 877/ITECH-72

Heat It Up

Turbo Ion's Croc Mini flatiron weighs only eight ounces and includes a slip-resistant handle and narrow plate to reach close to hair's root. It has 25 heat settings and a digital control system that displays the temperature of the heating plate and recovers the setting last used. 888/333-7889

Heat Shield

Fusion Tools' Marcel Salon Curling Iron combines GemStone and tourmaline technologies to curl hair without drying it out. It features a TouchGuard locking wand for easier and safer handling, and to shield the hot clamp from the neck and face. 800/487-8769

Digital Age

The new Digital Curling Iron from HAIelite is available in four sizes and features an LCD digital temperature display. The curling iron's ceramic far-infrared heat preserves hair's natural moisture and dries it using heat from outside of the iron, leaving strands smooth and shiny. 877/212-8700

Clipless Art

Enzo Milano's Conico Curling Iron is clipless so it doesn't leave ridges in the hair. It also features state-of-the-art tribostatic technology that heats the iron to its maximum temperature within 60 seconds and stays constant so that every curl has the same heat. 866/641-ENZO

Curl Stick

TIGI Hardcore Professional's Fat Curl Stick, which is designed without a clamp to curl hair easier and faster, features 25 heat settings for use on all hair types. A ceramic-coated barrel stick creates any type of curl, from ringlets to large, soft curls. 469/528-4300

Twirl It

Create different styles of bouncy curls with the T3 Twirl Series Curling Iron, which features a patented double heater to heat up fast. The tourmaline-infused ceramic barrel, heater and clamp lock in moisture and color for sleek hair all day long. 866/376-8880

Make Waves

Ergo's Velecta Ondul'hair Iron creates long-lasting spiral curls, ribbon curls and finger waves by weaving hair between the iron's unique parallel aluminum barrels. What's more, ceramic heaters reach up to 375 degrees. 888/ASK-ERGO

Get Even

Styling is made quicker and easier with Cricket Co.'s 7000 Series Ceramic Curling Iron, which features 10 heat settings (up to 410 degrees) for all hair types and a ceramic curling surface for even heat distribution throughout the hair. 800/654-7032