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Nexxus, Locks of Love team up to educate women on charitable hair donations

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Nexxus Salon Hair Care has partnered with Locks of Love, a group that provides children suffering from long-term medical hair loss with hairpieces and wigs, to educate women and men on how to properly donate their hair to the charity.

Through the partnership, Nexxus Salon Hair Care and Locks of Love has created a video tutorial to educate interested donors and their stylists on the proper steps to donate. The video can be found at www.Nexxus.com. The main steps are:

  • Hair must be at least 10 inches from tip to tip
  • Hair must be secured in a ponytail or braid before it is cut; and the cut must be made above the hair elastic
  • Hair must be clean and completely dry before it is mailed
  • Ponytail should be placed in a plastic bag and then into an envelope
  • Include the hair donation form you find at www.LocksofLove.org so they can acknowledge the donation.

In addition to producing the video, Nexxus made a donation of $10,000 to the organization to help defray operating costs and to help fund research in finding a cure for alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s hair to fall out. Over the past two years, Locks of Love has expanded their efforts in the search for a cure by awarding research grants to the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

To date, the non-profit organization has provided more than 2,000 children in all 50 states and Canada with hairpieces. Most of the children who receive hairpieces suffer from the medical condition alopecia areata.

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Frida Kahlo skin care line now available from Natural Skin Care

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Natural Skin Care has launched the Frida Kahlo skin care line and opened its first retail space in Staten Island, N.Y., to showcase the new line of 100 percent natural skin care products.

The store, called Frida Store, is to be followed with a second location in Miami’s Bay Harbor Islands. The second location is slated to open in February.

The Frida Kahlo skin care line and retail store are the brainchild of Venezuelan-born aromatherapist, holistic cosmetologist and Naturals Skin Care chief executive officer Antonio Sciortino. Last year, Sciortino and partners met with the Kahlo family in Mexico to acquire the rights to the name and likeness of the painter and activist for their skin care line.

“Reading her letters was a life-changing experience for me. She was very much into aromatherapy herself, mixing and creating her own makeup and lotions,” stated Sciortino.

Using such natural essentials as rosemary, bergamot and aphrodesia oils, Sciortino created a line of more than 30 products, including the signature Omega-3 Collection, which consists of hand and body lotions, shower gels and anti-aging and anti-wrinkle face creams.

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Colorlab cosmetics debuts at Macy’s

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO The Macy’s store here at State Street has become the first department store in the country to sell Colorlab Custom Cosmetics, which enables makeup artists to create custom blended makeup for beauty shoppers, according to local news reports.

The Rockford, Ill.-based company, founded In 1996 by makeup artist and cosmetic industry veteran Mary Swaab, previously sold its custom blended makeup at Selfridges in London, Galleries Lafayette in Paris and a department store in Mexico City.

The Macy’s opening is the first of a three-year deal with the department store chain. A second location is expected to be a Colorlab boutique that will open in December in the Lincoln Park area. The agreement with Macy’s is expected to spread the Colorlab name nationwide within Macy’s stores in such places as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, according to published reports.

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