NotebookMarch 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Neill Corporation's stunning new calendar shot in New Orleans' French Quarter will benefit Hairdressers Unlocking Hope.
Neill Corporation, Aveda's largest independent distributor, is based in Hammond, LA, which is why the preservation and rebuilding of New Orleans is near and dear to its heart. The company set up the SalonSpa Relief Fund right after Hurricane Katrina, offering shelter to displaced salon owners and workers in their corporate housing in Hammond and even donating a house to the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope Fund, an initiative to help Habitat for Humanity build homes on the Gulf Coast for low-income families displaced by Katrina.
Now Michael Baker, creative director for Neill Corporation and Paris Parker Salons, Hammond, LA, has art-directed a calendar shot entirely in the French Quarter, featuring local models coming home to New Orleans. Each image evokes the sentiment of returning to a place you love with all the relief, comfort and security that entails. Clothing, shoes and accessories were donated by local businesses, the Paris Parker Artistic Team did the hair and makeup, and Neill Corporation's extended family of businesses (Aveda Institutes, Etopa, Extended Technologies and Paris Parker/Lockworks salons) bought ad space to offset printing costs.
Members of the Paris Parker Artistic Team did the hair and makeup for a calendar shot in New Orleans, while local businesses donated clothing, shoes and accessories. Clockwise, from top: the months of March, October, August, May and December
The calender retails for $20 with all proceeds going to Hairdressers Unlocking Hope. To order, visit parisparker.com . Photocredit: Wes Kroninger, Phtograher, 225.928.8357
Fast and easy red carpet styling is at your fingertips with the instructional DVD from Aveda alum Ginger Boyle. The visually stunning imagery provides a fresh approach to learning that is both educational and entertaining. To order this or any Subject + Design DVD, visit subjectanddesign.com . —M.D.
Supersize That Hairdo
You have to see to believe the big, bodacious hair creations in photographer David Yellen's and writer Johanna Lenander's Hair Wars (Powerhouse Books, 2007). The jaw-dropping collection of portraits documents the touring American showcase of the same name, which started in the nightclubs of Detroit during the mid-'80s. At the events, dubbed "the X Games of American beauty parlor culture" by Elle magazine, hairstylists battle it out to see who can create the most innovative designs. We love the working barbecue grill. —C.W.