Archive for October, 2006

Multicultural Hair Styles Have Alternate Endings

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Over the years, multicultural hairstyles have ranged from soft to stiff, to wild and natural looking. But today’s trend seems to pick up on the notion that the best head of hair is a healthy one. Any product that might cause undue stress to the root or ends, or would rob the hair of valuable moisture, are being tossed away in favor of natural products intended to enhance and show off a natural look.

In B2B magazine, this month, the featured article by Victoria Wurdinger deals with this vary phenomenon and explores the options multicultural women have when it comes to taking care of their sometime untamed locks. Here’s an excerpt:

Much like mainstream looks, multicultural hair has gone from stiff and seriously styled to soft, touchable and healthy looking. As a result, anything that causes damage or stress to the hair is out of favor, while products that add moisture, conditioning and shine are hot. But within that parameter, specific style trends are so versatile that every store needs a strong product mix to meet the needs of diverse shoppers. Multicultural consumers as a group are embracing a variety of looks. Individuals may roller-set their hair one day, flat-iron it the next or try out a texturizer for the best of both worlds: natural curl with greater control and manageability.

New York Times’ Beauty 2006 Issue

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

The New York Times released yesterday their fall 2006 beauty issue of the New York Times Magazine. The issue is jam packed with stories not typically found within the pages of a “style” or “hair” magazine.

An interview with Evan Rachel Wood reveals the actress’s long history in glamorous roles and how she deals with celebrity off the red carpet. Another article examines spas and their architectural intent to help heal, while yet another article goes behind the scenes to uncover the fragrance industry’s “dirty little secret.”

And of course, we can’t forget to include the short list of hair and beauty “must have’s” included within the pages. We’re happy to report, that most of these items aren’t just intended for use by socialites and Manhattan’s uppercrust teenagers. Lipsticks, several bars of soap, and a silk number, all made the list.

There’s a lot more than Donna Bella Milan has listed in this article, so surf on over and check it out for yourself.

Soaking in Tradition – DaySpa Magazine’s Article of the Month

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Bathing, or Spa-ing if you prefer, is not a modern invention that came along with the bathtub a couple hundred years ago. In fact, soaking in scented warm water has been a part of human culture for millenia. Because of this tradition, modern chic spas are more often than not offering ancient and ritualistic options for spa goers. DaySpa’s article for October goes into detail about the many disparate traditions that involve soaking in water for meditation, relaxation, and spiritual healing. The beauty industry has it’s roots in ancient egyptian culture, so it makes perfect sense to us at Donna Bella Milan Hair and Beauty Blog that the Spa industry would turn to it’s ancient roots to better learn how to best “soak up tradition.”

Here’s a blurb from the featured article by Heather Larson:

Day spa owners on the cutting edge recognize that incorporating ancient rituals developed from cultures throughout the globe into their spa menus pleases their clients, and nowhere is this more evident than with baths. Traditional bathing customs common to other countries have met with resounding success in North American spas. What follows is a closer look at the spa translations of these exotic bathing regimens, including their histories, their uses and even some of their pitfalls.

How the Beauty Industry Supports Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

We’ve all grown familiar with October’s Pink fashion trend. It’s supported by big business everywhere, not just in the beauty industry. As highlighted in the article, “Companies around the world like Fuji Film, Visa, Yankee Candle and even the makers of M&M’s urge consumers to “think pink,” when making their purchases – especially in October!”

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of commercial gain in behalf of raising awareness (Campbells soup revenue’s supposedly double in October) Nail Pro Magazine‘s October article examines what role the beauty industry is in a position to play, and whether or not they’ll do it right. Here’s a clip from the article:

According to the American Cancer Society, one person dies of breast cancer every 14 minutes. That’s about as long as it will take you to read this article. Worth the read? We think so.

The professional beauty industry is in a position of power. We are an industry made up of mostly women and service mostly women. We have the power to affect positive change, especially when it comes to women’s health issues. The American Cancer Society reports that in 2005, an estimated 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women. It’s possible these women are your friends, your clients, your co-workers and your family members. Find out what others in the industry are doing to support the cause and what you can do to help raise awareness.

Somewhere Over the Color Rainbow

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple years, you will have noticed the changes and advancements coming out of the world of hair color. If you’re a salon owner, surely you will know that hair color is an expanding market and from a business prospective, there’s money to be earned.

Beauty Store Business Magazine’s feature story this month is all about color. They address the issues, and explore the potential markets emerging: mens, multicultural, forward – fashionable woman, etc. Here’s a clip of the article by Jayne Ingram:

You couldn’t call it a revolution. It didn’t happen overnight. But we’re now waking up to a whole new world of hair color. There’s an expanding color market with different attitudes and demands, from pre-teens to octogenarians and every possibility in between; innovative technology that breaks the boundaries of preconceived expectations; new products that focus on the health and appearance of hair and offer more color choices than ever; and ingredients such as botanical extracts and fortifying agents that enhance, nurture and even repair hair during the coloring process.

Above all, the buzzword is education. To address the needs of the graying baby boomers, the fashion-forward woman, the young generation, the expanding men’s market and the rapidly exploding multicultural population, communication is key. Manufacturers must expand their educational material and make it very straightforward and easy to understand. Beauty store owners can’t just put products on the shelves and expect them to sell themselves. They have to know what they’re selling, learn about the products and how to promote them to their customers.

Medesthetics Magazine Featured Article

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

This month’s featured beauty article in Medesthetics Magazine is all about the chemical facial peel. Chemical Peels have long been a staple of medical spa offerings, and Medesthetics Magazine author Inga Hansen explores the treatments in detail as well as recent developments in chemical peel technology. Here’s an excerpt of the article:

The ability of chemical peels to rejuvenate dull complexions and solve a variety of skin problems has made them a mainstay in medical aesthetics practices and skincare centers. They have also spawned a growing number of complementary acid-based home-care products. The latest trend is to use a chemical peel as an adjunct service to microdermabrasion and light-based therapies. We’ve talked with some experts in the field about today’s most popular peels and how medical spas are using them.

Launchpad Partners With Intercoiffure America Canada

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

NEW YORK CITY—Intercoiffure America Canada is the most influential and exclusive association of salon owners in the world. As its official publication, Launchpad will help to increase awareness among beauty professionals of the benefits of membership in this prestigious organization.

“We would like to explore ways to build our membership, and this relationship will help us do that,” notes Lois Christie, 1st vice president of the association and owner of Christie & Co. Salon & Spa in Bayside, New York. “Launchpad is read by successful, influential salon owners and stylists. These professionals should consider the benefits of joining Intercoiffure.”

“We will help Intercoiffure connect with our high-profile readers by expanding our coverage of their events and showcasing the work of their members,” said Marianne Dougherty, editor in chief of Launchpad. “Intercoiffure members help to shape the direction of the beauty industry. Our readers need to realize that they too may participate at this level.”

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

The New York Times is calling it the Internet Oscars, and the beauty industry just showed it’s this years Tom Hanks by nabbing two of the coveted Webby Awards. walked away with the People’s Choice award and the official Webby Award in the Beauty category. The Webby awards congratulated Redken with a letter stating, “This is an unparalleled honor. With over 5,500 sites entered from all 50 states and over 40 countries the 10th Annual Webby Awards is the biggest in our history and the most important award for Web sites in the world. Your work truly represents the best of the web.”

In all, over 300,000 votes were cast. The 10th Annual Webby Awards Gala will take place in New York City on Monday, June 12th hosted by Rob Corddry of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where Redken will make an acceptance speech to over 700 guests, including one of the internet’s founding father, Dr. Robert Kahn.

Beautiful Business

Monday, October 16th, 2006

WHEN business gets more interesting than art, smart artists go into business. That, anyway, was how Andy Warhol saw things. And if the talking heads in Ken Burns’s new documentary on him are to be believed, Warhol was not just the single most important creative talent of the late 20th century but among its cannier social analysts.

Of course, Warhol was neither alone nor even first among his contemporaries to play coy games with commerce. Early in 1961, at about the time Warhol was piecing together the first moves in his grand career strategy, a reporter asked Yves Klein, a founder of the Neo-Realist movement, what he would do if offered a job as head of General Motors.

“Would you give up art?”

“Why not?” Klein replied. “It’s a good job.”

Klein’s quote is printed on a wall at the entrance to a retrospective of his work at the Pompidou Center. And it would seem to have a lot of relevance for those who spend their time critiquing the fine and applied arts.

Lately the boundaries between creative forms and commercial forces have all but vanished. And this fact, much more persuasive than any of the notional drivel being spouted about the so-called future of fashion, is the indicator to watch.


‘Pink Hair for Hope’ Showcasing Breast Cancer Awareness Support With Hair Extensions

Monday, October 16th, 2006

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Goddess Hair Extensions, a San Francisco Hair Extensions application and supplies company is showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month in a very novel way. Sheila Matechuk, the owner and head stylist has put together the ‘Pink Hair for Hope” campaign where she is encouraging clients to wear a few strands of baby pink hair extensions for the month of October to show support for the many clients the company has in various stages of Breast Cancer.

“We also have clients asking for just a few strands baby pink hair ‘just for fun,’ so we thought it would be great to widen out the concept a little and really show solidarity towards a tremendously important issue facing women in this country,” says Matechuk. The pink strands cost $15 each and are applied professionally with 50% of all proceeds going to the American Breast Cancer Society.