NotebookJanuary 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
SHORT AND SWEET
Short hair, like this cut Guido Palau styled for Redken at Ralph Lauren, is so in for spring. All we can say is that it's about time. Aren't we all a tad tired of styling long hair? —M.D.
Long hair takes a backseat for spring now that short hair is showing up on the runway.
Ten years before the flapper look of the 1920s took hold, dancer Irene Castle bobbed her hair and shed her corset. Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution (The University Press of Kentucky, 2007), by Eve Golden, recounts the story of Castle and her husband and dance partner, Vernon, who popularized ragtime in the years preceding World War I. Trendsetters who traveled with an African-American orchestra and had an openly lesbian manager, the Castles founded the Castle House, a club and dancing school in New York City that attracted young people from all social classes during the mid-1910s. 800/839-6855 —L.A.
E! Essie Live From the Red Carpet nail lacquer is a high-wattage shade of red with a hint of shimmer inspired by E! Entertainment Television's signature Live from the Red Carpet programming. A collaboration between Essie Cosmetics and the network, the limited-edition polish is the same shade as the red carpet the stars walk during awards season. essie.com —M.D.
Crème de la Crème
Durance en Provence Hand Cream relieves dry, chapped skin. The paraben-free cream is enriched with olive oil—a natural source of essential fatty acids—olive tree leaf extract and powerful antioxidants to soothe damaged skin and regenerate the epidermis. durance.us —L.A.
On Our Radar
Caramel, the first film by Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, debuted at Cannes last March. The film tells the story of the lives, loves and troubles of five Lebanese women, four of whom work in a salon and one who works as a tailor next door. It was shot in the trendy Beirut neighborhood of Gemmayze, in an old clothing shop that was transformed into a salon. Look for it in theaters later this month. —C.W.