New and NotableJune 1, 2008 By: Marianne Dougherty, Carrie Watson, Lotus Abrams, Rachel Aguiar American Salon
FUEL FOR THOUGHT
Redken's master educator Chris Baran has just launched FUEL Education Systems, which includes instructional DVDs in which Baran shares his proven cutting and finishing techniques with you. Also available are workbooks, lesson plans and much more. Call 877/383-5001 or visit chrisbaran.com. —M.D.
In a world where e-cards and e-vites are becoming the norm, receiving an actual handwritten note means more now than ever. Recently catching our eye are these new greeting cards from Hope Wallace, a Baltimore-based collage artist and graphic designer who loves working with images and papers that evoke a bygone era. The feminine, Victorian-inspired cards are blank inside. See more of Wallace's cards at her Web site paperrelics.com, where she also sells bundles of antique paper and a line of rubber stamps. —C.W.
Home Sweet Home
Lose yourself in a lavender field or a garden filled with pomegranates, pears and figs without ever leaving the room. Simply place reeds into one of Agraria's eight room-diffusing essences, inhale, and join a long line of sophisticated Agraria enthusiasts, including Giorgio Armani and Meryl Streep. Choose from either the beloved Nob Hill Petite Essence Collection or the Santa Barbara Collection, Agraria's first new collection in 38 years. agrariahome.com —R.A.
Lollia luminaries add a lovely touch to any home, and also to your salon's retail selection. The candles are categorized according to such scents as Breathe, Relax, Believe, Inspire and Wish, and can be burned simultaneously to create new fragrances. The delightful glass containers, which come with hanging crystal baubles, are reusable—and it's a good thing because they're way too pretty to toss. lollialife.com —C.W.
With clean lines, the Ghia chair from Takara Belmont is simple yet stylish. 866/482-5272
HAIL TO HOLLYWOOD
Taking a cue from its West Coast roots, KMS California created a new image campaign for 2008 that reflects the life of six young Hollywood celebrities as they experience life on and off of a movie set. KMS California's Artistic Director Kaycee Clark and her team used finger waves and pin curls to set the stage for genuine Hollywood glamour. The chic styles, including the one seen here, all boast perfect movement and texture for complete freedom of expression. —C.W.