New and NotableFebruary 1, 2009 By: Marianne Dougherty, Lori Morris, Lotus Abrams American Salon
BACK IN BUSINESS
Being on your feet all day can take its toll on your back, but massages may not always fit into your schedule—or your budget. Luckily, Wisconsin-based licensed massage therapist Kathleen Lee has developed ComfyCreations, a line of microwavable heat products meant to relieve pain, strain and stress. The mid-size back relief pack is filled with organic lavender flowers, essential oils, flaxseed and rice. The pack is designed in four sections to hold ingredients in place for even heat distribution. When you buy the set, you'll also get a contrasting eye pillow, perfect for headaches and general stress. comfycreations.etsy.com —L.M.
GEORGIA ON OUR MIND
We're crazy about California artist Georgia Fletcher, whose substantial pieces have caught our eye recently. While she's known for her work with vintage beads and rosaries with medals and charms, she's been moving in another direction lately. This necklace is an example of her newest work. Traffic in Los Angeles and Wendy Foster in Montecito, CA, carry her jewelry. E-mail email@example.com for information. —M.D.
LOOK AND LEARN
If you missed Sam Villa's The Aspire Tour, not to worry. Villa has just released a new DVD that teaches you how to cut The Convertible, a versatile look he taught on tour that's perfect for clients who are growing their hair longer and don't want to have a grown-out look. When pulled into a ponytail, the mid-length cut looks like a bob. By using texturizing cutting techniques like disconnection, stylists can disconnect while making looks appear blended. samvilla.com —M.D
At his Manhattan salon, Tela, Philip Pelusi offers Tea Hair Therapy treatments that enhance the depth of color in highlights and brighten the shine and tonality of color-treated hair. Mix the teas with a deep conditioner and apply to the hair for an in-salon spa treatment that can help clients stretch the time between haircolor services, something they'll thank you for in this tough economic climate. For brunettes, Pelusi recommends a combination of black tea with elderberries, blackberries and raspberries, while classic chamomile tea does wonders for blondes. —M.D.
Tea therapy treatments can enhance the depth of color in highlights and brighten tonality.