New and NotableJanuary 1, 2009 By: Marianne Dougherty, Lori Morris, Lotus Abrams American Salon
Phyto 7, the best-selling daily hydrating cream from Phyto, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The company is marking this milestone with new luxurious gold packaging that holds 20 percent more product with no increase in price. Now that's good news in these tough economic times. phyto-usa.com —L.M.
The South Beach Collection OPI Conga-Line Coral
OPI Sand in My Suit
According to celebrity stylist Ted Gibson, a short and sexy haircut can give women a big boost of confidence. It's also a flattering style on African-American women who relax their hair and may find that it doesn't grow in long and healthy because it's so moisture depleted. "Short hair also allows you to emphasize your client's face or a long, beautiful neck," says Gibson, who carved out this shape to bring out his model's best feature—her eyes. —L.M.
TEA FOR YOU
Reed diffusers are the newest way to add scent to a room, and the Tea for You Collection by Xela combines natural tea and essential fragrance oils to add a sophisticated presence to any environment. Choose from a variety of scents, including Mint Green Tea and Sunflower Oolong. xelaaromasticks.com —M.D.
Step Up to the Bar
The concept of spending a full day at the spa is a thing of the past, which is why Lydia Sarfati has introduced the Repêchage Facial Bar. Now salons and spas can offer express treatments out in the open. "What the Facial Bar does is bring that facial out of the closet," Sarfati says. "Shorter express treatments allow clients to experience more of the beauty services that are offered in the salon." The concept makes sense when you consider that Sarfati's mantra is, "Show, tell and you will sell!" repechage.com —M.D.
The new Repêchage Facial Bar brings facials out of the back room and into the open.