NotebookAugust 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Freddy French was at the center of the British fashion revolution in the 1960s, freeing hair from its former rigidity.
Matrix Artistic Designer Nicholas French worked for his father, Freddy French, at French of London in the 1960s. It was an education most hairdressers can only imagine. Vidal Sassoon remembers watching the elder French at work and realizing that "here was the man who would change hairdressing." At the height of his fame, French owned 35 salons and was the first to bring salons to department stores and cruise ships. Sought after by beauty editors, he had eight Vogue covers during his career. What's more, he assisted in the development of the Denman brush, which he used extensively to create the casual hairstyles of the day. —M.D.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP RIGHT: The master at work in one of his salons; inspired by the 1920s, this 1961 evening look was one of the first blow-dries with a brush; named "Designed Disorder," this style shows French's brilliant use of jewelry in the hair; a creative updo of the day, photographed by Norman Eales; photographed by John Coles, this 1966 look was just brushed and pinned.
A DAISY DO
Evoking a flirtatious, carefree glamour indicative of a 1920s ingénue but with a touch of modern glitz, this look was shaped by stylist Bridgette McLeod. It's one of five different styles McLeod created as part of a JOHN PAUL MITCHELL SYSTEMS photo shoot competition she won. For this Gatsby-inspired look, McLeod used a ¾-inch barrel iron to create corkscrew curls, pinning them to the side using Paul Mitchell Worked Up hairspray for staying power. Playing with contrasting textures, she smoothed the top with a Paul Mitchell paddle brush. —C.W.
Formulated to exfoliate skin and boost cell turnover, REN's Ginger Revivo-Tonic Two Sugar Body Scrub contains muscovado and demerara cane sugars, and extracts of Paraguay tea, kola nut, ginger and gingenosides to leave skin looking healthy and radiant. Plus, just like all of the products from this UK-based company, it's free of petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens and silicones. renskincare.com —N.P.
Turn your salon's style quotient up a notch with this wing chair from GAMMA & BROSS' Glow Series. The Italian manufacturer, known for its upscale, artisan furniture, constructs this chair with wood and can upholster it in 26 different colors of vinyl, including the retro Acid Green seen here. gammabross.com —C.W.