Tired of straight hair and ready to unleash some curl? The good people at Umberto Giannini thought so. The company will host a "hair-straightener amnesty day" in London this month, allowing guests to bring in old straightening irons to swap for a brand new pair of curling tongs. Head stylist Ben Randle will be on hand to help with any pressing styling concerns that might result.
Interested? Head to 6 Mercer Street, WC2H, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 28. And enjoy your new hair.
[I]t’s obvious I’m not dressing for men. I don’t want to be sexy, I’m, like, covered in tattoos. I have piercings. I’m just grungy and weird and not what is socially accepted as being beautiful, and I think that’s cool.
Looking to cheat your way to a summer glow? That won't be so easy for teenagers in Germany, where the country's parliament has passed a law banning people under 18 from using tanning beds. Or should we say solariums, as the Germans do?
The goverment aims to reduce the prevalence of melanoma and other types of skin cancer, according to Allure. German doctors see about 140,000 new cases of skin cancer annually, and with 4 million under-18s visiting sunbeds once a month or more, it's easy to see why preventing young people from developing a habit is a practical first step.
The UK currently has no such restriction, and age limits in America - or requirements for parental consent - vary state by state.
Do you think more countries should have a ban like Germany's?
The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.
A French court has found global cosmetics corporation L'Oreal guilty of racist hiring discrimination. In a job search in 2000, the makeup giant's Garnier division recruited salespeople for the Fructis Style haircare line and specified which skin colour and background they wanted in potential employees.
A hiring brief stated that employees should be white, of French descent and a clothing-size 8 to 12. For that, L'Oreal and the personnel hiring firm Adecco have been fined £25,500 and ordered to pay the same amount to SOS Racisme, an anti-racist group that brought the issue to court attention.
Sounds like a nice cheque, unless you consider that L'Oreal, as the world's largest beauty-products group, turned a profit of 1.4 billion euros in 2007.
Starting today, customers in the UK will be able to buy beauty products carrying the Fairtrade Mark. What's included? Lip balms, face masks, body butters and shower gels from companies including Boots, Lush, Neal's Yard, Bubble & Balm and Essential Care.
All 57 beauty products qualifying for Fairtrade certification contain an ingredient such as cocoa butter, shea-nut butter, brazil-nut oil or sugar that benefits disadvantaged producers from Africa, Asia or Latin America.
Fairtrade certification is one thing that would actually motivate me to buy a product. And in Europe, where at least 5 billion units of makeup are sold annually - which requires about 1.5 million tonnes of ingredients - buying a bit more Fairtrade actually can make an impact.
After a less than successful turn in the country-music biz and in comedy films ('Blonde Ambition' was a smash in Ukraine), Jessica Simpson is returning to the genre that helped make her a household name: reality TV. Her new show 'The Price of Beauty' has been picked up by VH1 and will follow the singer-actress around the world as she goes "to meet women, study local fashions, dietary fads and beauty regimes".
"I have always believed that beauty comes from within and confidence will always make a woman beautiful, but I know how much pressure some women put on themselves to look perfect," Simpson says in a press release. The show will begin filming next month and will air sometime in 2010.