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Hair, Beauty & Fashion News

“Dry Shampoo” Makes a BIG Splash
 
Biolage oil control treatment www.matrixbeautiful.com - One of the hottest products buzzing about on the beauty blogs these days is Matrix’s NEW BIOLAGE Oil Control Treatment. The bloggers are comparing this product to other “dry shampoos” marketed for those with oily hair and scalps and are screaming its praises. The treatment is actually a fine mist spray that is applied to the scalp area of the hair to dry up excess oil and remove impurities. You simply spray the hair (at the scalp) let it dry for a few minutes and brush it through the hair. The product can be used as often as needed throughout the day.
 
     Users have been absolutely in love with the refreshing fragrance. Says one blogger, “It smells like spearmint and pears…I’ve gotten addicted to the fragrance and spray it on my hair constantly.” Many women have said the product is easily accessible, too and have found it at most beauty outlets and salon chains, including Great Clips and at the salons inside WalMart stores.
 
(2008/03/08)
 


New “Hair and Beauty” Diploma Draws Fire
 
United Kingdom – A new “Hair and Beauty” diploma course meant to be the equivalent worth of 3-1/2 A-Levels is NOT going to involve the students learning to cut hair. Even after studying the vocational qualification for up to four years, the course states that teenagers will “NOT be technically competent” as hairdressers. The course instead focuses on hairdressing history, its role in society, the science behind the products and procedures and the ways in which celebrity influences the hairstyle industry. However, to work as hairdressers or beauty therapists and estheticians, the student must go on to take additional vocational qualifications, like NVQs.
 
     These new diploma courses are being phased in as alternatives to GCSEs and A-levels. They will be available in major employment areas – an estimated 14 areas by 2010 – and the first five are being taught to some 40,000 teens this autumn. Pupils could spend four years studying a specific field if they start a higher diploma at 14 (equating to seven GCSEs) before they go on to study for an advanced diploma (the equal of 3.5 A-levels).
 
     The diploma program’s goal is to motivate disaffected students and give an alternate to the GCSEs, A-levels and previous vocational qualifications that are available, but even the former Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, admitted (while in office) that the program could go “horribly wrong” and that the diploma courses could become “secondary modern” qualifications – lacking any real credit in the professional marketplace. Opponents warn that the diploma program is lacking in practical skills and focuses too heavily on theory. One school spokesman said, “[Diplomas] have got to be valued and respected both by the students and the employers. Spending four years studying hair and beauty without learning key practical skills does not seem the preparation the next generation needs for the world of work.”
 
(2008/03/08)
 


Perms Are Back Say Top Hairdressers
 
long permed hair London, United Kingdom – Leading UK Hairdresser Errol Douglas MBE and London Hairdresser of the Year Karine Jackson have confirmed that new permanent wave formulas mean that having permanent curls is no longer a case of “Curl up and die”. This comes after the announcement by retail company Superdrug that sales of home perming kits are up 50 percent over the same period in 2007, and that in one week alone the company has sold more perm kits than they sold in all of February two years ago.
 
     Errol says, “People want perms because we’re definitely moving away from straight hair. Curls and waves have been all over the catwalks and the electrical industry has invested big in this area, too – in tongs, the reinvention of the Carmen rollers, GHDs, etc. Movement in the hair is a key trend and it’s a two-way street: The more curls appear on the catwalk, the more the industry responds with tools and formulas. And the more these tools are available, the more you’ll see the styles filtering onto the high street. Perms today are about volume, glamour and movement, not the hideous poodle perms of old.
 
     Jackson agrees, saying, “If you have fine hair then you’ll need a hand with working the movement trend, and the perm is the best way to do it.” She doesn’t, however, recommend the home perm for most people as there are many things which can go wrong. As people with different hair types and textures must choose the correct solution and strength for their hair, it’s all too easy to make a wrong choice or to make mistakes in the timing and execution of the processes involved. “My advice is to go to the professionals because they can choose the right solution and wind the curlers properly, so you end up with great results.”
 
(2008/03/08)
 


Celebrity Hairstylist Launches New Beauty Magazine
 
Donato hair magazine Toronto, Canada – Renowned hairstylist to stars such as Jerry Hall and Molly Sims, John Donato has launched a glossy, 124-page magazine of beauty and lifestyle trends under his own name. “Donato” is a first for Canada and a rarity elsewhere – and is a concept that evolved as Donato mused over the fact that between 6,000 and 8,000 people pass through his salons every month. “Why not given them my own magazine to read while they’re in the chair?” The stylist teamed with Toronto’s Rodenkirchen Communications to make the publication happen and says that when he did, “a lot of advertisers, such as L’Oreal, Diesel, Godiva Liqueurs and BMW, saw the potential and have supported the magazine whole-heartedly.”
 
     The first issue (Spring) rolled out this week with some 120,000 copies with a mix of stories about beauty, fashion and lifestyle which the editor, Sheila Stanley, says will typify future editions. The magazine is being inserted into the Globe and Mail and Mississauga News, and at two Donato Salon & Spa location in the greater Toronto area. A fall issue is currently in the works, as well as a possible Holiday issue, and Stanley says the number of copies printed may increase.
 
     Donato, known as a savvy entrepreneur, has his own line of cosmetics, a booming hair product distribution business and holds the Canadian distribution rights to popular product lines such as Jessica Simpson hair extensions and Raquel Welch wigs. He also has a School for hair stylists scheduled to open soon. Information about the magazine can be found at www.donato.ca.
 
(2008/03/08)
 


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