New and NotableMay 1, 2009 By: Marianne Dougherty, Lori Morris, Lotus Abrams, Nicole Palmieri American Salon
At Charlotte Ronson's spring '09 show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, lead stylist for Sebastian Professional Thomas Dunkin created loose, textured ponytails. He first spritzed the hair with water and applied Sebastian Professional Liquid Steel to the roots, then let the hair air-dry. Next, he applied Craft Clay remoldable matte texturizer and pulled the hair into a ponytail, loosening it so that wisps of hair fell forward, fixing the look with Re-Shaper hairspray. "It should look like the girl's done it herself," he says. —L.A.
We are hooked on the beauty Web site b-glowing.com, which carries an endless array of niche brands, like the coveted Beauty of Bathing Coco Monoi bath and body line from Thymes, as well as hard-to-find imports, such as the Filles de Iles perfume collection from France. Founded by Lisa James, who left a successful career in TV advertising to follow her passion for all things beauty-related, the site is the perfect destination to discover new products for yourself or get ideas for irresistible items to retail in your salon. —L.A.
In Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home (Rodale, 2008), Renée Loux, host of Fine Living's It's Easy Being Green, provides readers with affordable and realistic ways to keep their homes and their personal care and beauty routines eco-friendly and free of toxins. From choosing environmentally safe skincare and haircare products to the best trash bags and cookware, this lifestyle guide is a must-read for anyone with a penchant for all things green. —N.P.
FROM THE MOUNTAINS
High-end skincare brand Babor looked to the mountains for the ingredients in its new eco collection, Baborganic. The line contains pure and contaminant-free "white" organic ingredients, such as revitalizing glacier water, protective edelweiss, moisturizing meadowfoam seed oil and oxygen energy, which promotes skin regeneration. The collection contains 13 products, including the Crystal Face Scrub, Biological Enzyme Cleanser, Revitalizing Eye Cream and Pure Mattifying Cream seen here. babor.com —L.M.
The new Plush Styler from Belvedere promotes both comfort and good posture. belvedere.com