New and NotableJune 1, 2008 By: Marianne Dougherty, Carrie Watson, Lotus Abrams, Rachel Aguiar American Salon
Carry on in Style
We found this fully lined cotton tote from TWO BUMBLES AND A BEE online and thought it was a fashionable solution for carrying a book, an iPod or even a change of clothes when traveling by plane. The Saltbox Tote with a medallion pattern has an inner zipped pocket, attached key fob and five snap closures for security. The company's founders offer stylish and current accessories that don't carry a steep price tag. twobumblesandabee.com —M.D.
The best-selling TS-2 Detailer styling iron from the TS-2 Design Group comes in three fun, new colors to brighten anyone's day: pink, dark pink and red. The miniature tourmaline styling irons utilize all of the latest heat-straightening technologies, like ceramic-infused plates, far-infrared heat and crushed tourmaline, and the go-anywhere, shrunken size lets you get close to the scalp for precision detailing. ts2products.com —C.W.
IN THE MOOD
Essential oils have been used for centuries to alter mood and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. Now Eufora International is harnessing the power of these oils with its new aromaTherapy collection, a line of wearable aromas and air mists made with 100-percent pure essential oils—no artificial substitutes or solvents—and candles made of 100-percent paraffin-free organic wax. The scents range from calming and balancing to energizing and stimulating, and include such essential oils as eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, rose, lavender, lemon, chamomile, rosemary, jasmine and sandalwood. www.eufora.net —L.A.
Do the Wave
Now any woman can easily and affordably add volume or nonchemical highlights to her own hair with the new hairdo 10-piece Vibralite Salon Clip-in Wavy Extensions from Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves. Affordable, lightweight and easy to attach, these virtually undetectable extensions can be put in and taken out in a matter of minutes. Choose from 16 multitonal shades that complement anyone's hair color. hairuwear.com —M.D.
Discover Your Passion, the newest release in Vivienne Mackinder's I'm Not Just a Hairdresser series of DVDs, stars Beth Minardi, Mary Brunetti and Kris Sorbie. Robert Cromeans was lucky enough to interview the three superstars of hairdressing, who talk about what it takes to be a successful artist in a commercial world. The bottom line: Talent without desire does not have power or direction. hairdesignertv.com —R.A.