New and NotableAugust 1, 2008 By: Marianne Dougherty, Rachel Aguiar, Lotus Abrams, Nicole Palmieri, Lori Morris American Salon
INNU Salon is part of the Bumble and bumble network, and owner Tiffany Rasco sends her staff to Bb. University in New York City for technical training each year. Their latest collection includes strong, geometric shapes and perimeters that hold untamed texture in check. Color placement, which embraces the metallic, is unconventional but focused for optimal results. Says Rasco, "This hair announces its presence with authority—sexy authority." —M.D.
It's in the Bag
Angelina Jolie may wear her heart on her sleeve when it comes to activism, but now she's wearing her environmentalism on her shoulders, as well. The celeb and many other A-listers have been spotted toting Rebagz, a line of eco-friendly hand bags from Half the Sky Designs that is now sold in salons and spas. Made from recycled juice packs and nylon rice sacks, the lightweight bags come in such styles as clutches, totes, messenger bags and wallets. halftheskydesigns.com —L.M.
NOT A PRETTY PICTURE
A must read for anyone in the business of beauty, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry by Stacy Malkan (New Society Publishers, 2007) chronicles the quest that led a group of breast cancer activists and environmentalists to the offices of the world's largest cosmetics companies to question the use of dangerous chemicals in their products. Malkan critically examines the powerful $35 billion cosmetics industry, and explains how the choices the average consumer makes can help give it a makeover. —L.A.
OLIVIA GARDEN's new Healthy Hair Ionic Paddle Hair Brushes, featuring eco-friendly bamboo handles, do more than just help preserve the environment; they leave hair healthy-looking and smooth, thanks to tourmaline crystals in the cushion and bristles that transfer negative ions to the hair during brushing. The lightweight paddle brushes, available in three different styles, also utilize anti-static and anti-bacterial technology. oliviagarden.com —L.A.
ESSIE Big Spender is new for fall.
The new Reve chair from Collinsis fashionable and comfortable. 800/292-6450
Dead Sea Healing
In addition to their popular Dead Sea Soaps, One With Nature now offers an all-natural body-care line with Dead Sea minerals, known to stimulate circulation and aid in exfoliation. The Liquid Hand Washes, Body Washes and Moisturizing Body Lotions come in Lavender, Shea Butter and Coconut Lime scents, as well as a fragrance-free option. onewithnature.com —L.A.