NotebookJune 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
YOUNG AND RESTLESS
Ponytails are sizzling this season. For Gustavo Arango's spring/summer '07 collection, Aveda Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders created versions that tumbled like a loose waterfall. "It was messy, edgy and chic," says Beenders, who served as lead stylist. To get the look, first straighten hair, then rake through Pure Abundance Hair Potion and back-comb at the roots for extra volume on top. To finish, pull the sides back tightly into pigtails, joining them with the rest of the hair at the nape of the neck. —C.W.
It's hard to believe that a super-chic styling chair could also be comfortable and affordable, but the Sara chair from Takara Belmont is all three. Available in more than 65 colors, the popular chair has an ergonomic seat and backrest supported by aluminum arms. A Sara shampoo unit and dryer chair are also available to complete the set. takarabelmont.com —C.W.
The Sara chair from Takara Belmost is one of the company's best sellers.
A Great Reed
Reed diffusers are becoming more popular in the fragrance world. Classy, elegant and stylish, Ilio diffusers come with graceful glass bottles and a mixture of essential oils in four different fragrances: Clear, Crisp, Bright and Still. iliofragrances.com —C.W.
Beauty Behind the Burqa
In her memoir, Kabul Beauty School (Random House, 2007), Deborah Rodriguez, a hairstylist from Michigan, tells of her trip to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. What she learned was that her own expertise was more useful than she could have imagined. The events leading up to the founding of the Kabul Beauty School, a haven for Afghan cosmetologists, are laid out as Rodriguez details the stories of brave women forced to hide under burqas in a violent, patriarchal country. At the academy, Rodriguez taught her students about hair, but she also taught them about the beauty of love, friendship and the freedom to have both. —A.A.
Colorist extraordinaire Rita Hazan stocked the retail shelves of her new namesake salon in Manhattan with all of her favorite products, such as soy candles from Malie. Made on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, the tropical-scented candles—available in Pikake, Gardenia, Plumeria, Pineapple-Coconut and Coconut-Vanilla—add fresh island ambiance to even the most landlocked homes and spas. malie.com —C.W.