New and NotableNovember 1, 2009 By: Marianne Dougherty, Lori Morris, Lotus Abrams, Nicole Palmieri American Salon
The Heat is On
Flat irons may be a dream come true for unruly locks, but they can be a real nightmare to pack because they take so long to cool down after use. Thankfully, ROOM IT UP has created a line of cases designed specifically for hot tools that allows you to tote them around with ease and style. The bags fit most flat irons, curling irons and crimpers; feature heat-resistant liners and exterior pockets for accessories; and come in fun prints like Merci (shown here), '80s Dot, Hippie Chic and Fun Flower. roomitup.com —L.M.
BOOK OF SECRETS
Want to follow in stylist Diana Schmidtke's footsteps? One of Hollywood's most sought-after men's stylists, her roster of A-list clients has included everyone from Ashton Kutcher and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) to Harrison Ford and George Clooney. Now Schmidtke shares her secrets to success in Shortcuts to a Successful Career as a Hairstylist or Make Up Artist in the Fashion and Entertainment Industry (Lucy Girl Productions, 2008). What are you waiting for? —L.M.
Barbara Giuliano is a former hairdresser who has reinvented herself as a jewelry designer. After a serious accident left her unable to work long hours behind the chair, Giuliano took a beading class at a craft store near her home in Laguna Beach, CA, and found something besides hairdressing that she loved enough to spend time doing. Each piece, from earrings and bracelets to pendants and lariats, is handcrafted. Giuliano favors kazuri beads from Kenya, Italian coral, Murano glass, black onyx, amethyst and turquoise, and she adds Swarovski crystals to nearly every piece. Visit giulianofinejewelry.com. —M.D.
Celebrity stylist Ken Paves is making it easier for salon pros to achieve red carpet-worthy looks with Ken Paves Professional Styling Tools. The line includes a full- and travel-size hair dryer, a full- and travel-size flat iron and a curling iron, all with advanced nano silver ceramic tourmaline technology. Says Paves, "I believe fashion is about having options, and my hairstyling tools make your options limitless." kenpaves.com —L.A.
Button and Joy
Bumble and bumble is offering two holiday gift boxes this season that include the adorable, adjustable elastic Buttonband—a hair band that looks chic worn alone but can also be transformed into a one-of-a-kind hair accessory. Just attach feathers, flowers, scraps of fabric or anything you want to the band's button holes. Check out Bumble's version of Santa's workshop at bumbleandbumble.com. —M.D.