March 25, 2012 |
It's an incredible narrative befitting a new arrival in Tinseltown: From humble beginnings growing up in a tiny Italian village as the grandson of a barber and son of a hairdresser, Rossano Ferretti at age 15 leaves home on a quest to conquer the world of hairstyling in the mid 1970s. En route to becoming an international sensation, he's mentored by the legendary Vidal Sassoon's team, and amid the swirl of London's swinging fashion scene sets his scissors to the heads of supermodels, coifs celebrities and opens, to date, 19 hair salons (Ferretti calls them hair spas)
January 22, 2012 |
The gig(s): John Paul DeJoria, 67, is co-founder and chief executive of Beverly Hills-based John Paul Mitchell Systems, a 32-year-old hair-care products line that is sold in 87 countries and logs nearly $1 billion in annual sales. The brand includes 110 Paul Mitchell schools in the U.S. DeJoria is also co-founder of the Patron Spirits Co. line of tequilas and holds interests in several other ventures. Unglamorous beginnings: "I grew up in East L.A. I didn't think it was a bad place.
September 25, 2011 |
Much has been made this year about the behemoth baby boom generation reaching retirement age. But another significant milestone is slipping past a bit more quietly yet with noticeable impact. The first wave of Gen-Xers has rounded 40, and they are changing the face of what it means to be middle-aged. Women of this generation - think Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie - are pushing waifish teens off magazine covers, starring in movies, inspiring cosmetics and fragrances, wearing bikinis at the beach and minis to the mall.
May 22, 2011 |
How do we define beauty? An exhibition that opened this weekend at Century City's Annenberg Space for Photography aims to dissect societal perceptions of what is aesthetically pleasing through a selection of photos that capture such moments as a sultry (and scantily clad) Cindy Crawford, shot by Albert Watson in 1992, and 13-year-old girls getting weighed and measured at a weight loss camp, photographed by Lauren Greenfield. The focus of "Beauty Culture" (which runs until Nov. 27)
January 9, 2011 |
The beauty industry is no stranger to organic ingredients, and a multitude of hair- and skin-care companies claim to be eco-friendly, all-natural or certified organic. More recently, hair color companies have joined the eco-revolution, advertising nontoxic, ammonia-free, all-natural or organic formulas. But can hair color truly be green and effective? The debate over the dangers of hair color has percolated in the United States for more than 50 years, with studies both supporting and refuting the notion that hair dyes cause cancer.
December 23, 2009 |
During the holidays, Katie McCranie usually treats herself to a trip to the nail salon and an appointment with her hairstylist. This Christmas season, with a tight budget and a temporary job, the 28-year-old from Santa Monica said she can't afford to splurge on those little luxuries. "I do everything myself -- I've been doing my own hair, painting my own toenails," she said. Instead of getting a leg wax, "I just went back to the razor." For many women, primping and pampering are as important to the holidays as buying gifts and decorating the Christmas tree.