WorkshopDecember 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
CRÈME DE LA CRÈME
Be extra good to your skin and pamper it with Bella Il Fiore's Whipped Body Crème. The silky body lotion is infused with aloe vera and vitamins A and E, as well as extracts of chamomile, ginseng and calendula to leave skin silky and smooth. The delicate honeysuckle-grapefruit scent will leave you wishing it was spring already. www.bellabeauty.net
Every hairdresser needs a stable of good brushes. Here are 16 to suit every need.
A stylist wields a hairbrush at Donna Karan.
The hairbrush may be the hairstylist's most basic tool, but there are many varieties and sizes available, each with its own function and benefit. So how should you decide which ones you need to have in your collection? "Every stylist should have round brushes in different sizes," says Jenny Balding, a senior stylist at Cutler NYC Salon in New York City and a regular stylist at Fashion Week. "They're very multitasking. A round brush can be helpful to smooth out thick hair or to give fine hair volume." Balding recommends using paddle brushes for straightening and smoothing thick, medium-length or long hair during blow-drying, because the rectangular shape covers more area. Oval cushion brushes, on the other hand, can be used for styling updos. But Balding stresses that technique is critical. "How you use a brush is more important than exactly which kind you're using," she says. Here, we've rounded up 16 brushes to help you create any style you desire. —LOTUS ABRAMS
The 100-percent reinforced boar bristle Marilyn Thermal Red Ceramica brush holds up to 180 degrees of heat and has an anatomic shape that allows for maximum tension of the hair. themarilynbrush.com
Twice as Nice
Men will appreciate the versatility of Diane Brushes 100% Boar 2-sided Club Brush, which has reinforced boar bristles that are soft on one side and firm on the other. dianebeauty.com
The innovative design of the Turbo Power Booster 60 Magnesium brush, which has 60 millimeters of flat, thermal surface and double rows of bristles, enables detangling, drying and straightening long hair. turbopowerinc.com
The Paul Mitchell Paddle Brush provides optimum control. The ball-ended nylon pins gently penetrate the hair to massage the scalp, while an air-cushioned pad eliminates pull. paulmitchell.com