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Whitney Houston, 'Sparkle' stir memories on 'L.A. Hair' finale


Hairstylist Kim Kimble has had an exciting year, even by the standards of someone who is used to styling some of the most famous heads in Hollywood, including Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Shakira.

Long a force behind the scenes -- styling Beyonce in "Dreamgirls" to name just one of her credits -- this year Kimble starred in her own reality series, "L.A. Hair," on WE TV.  And she was head hairstylist for the upcoming (and much anticipated) film "Sparkle," starring the late Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps and Cee Lo Green, among others.

The two worlds kind of come together in the season finale of "L.A. Hair, " airing at 9 p.m. Thursday, which features Kimble styling the hair of "Sparkle" cast member Brely Evans while the two reminisce about Houston. They shared a sneak peek with All the Rage.


Pink, blue, purple -- vibrant hair color breaks out

Whitney Houston shines in trailer for 'Sparkle'

-- Susan Denley

Sassoon brings hair styling exhibition to downtown L.A. Art Walk

Sassoon style is coming to Art WalkThose who doubt that hair styling is an art may want to check out a new offering at the monthly Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. 

Jeremy Davies-Barbala, senior creative director for Sassoon Salon in Beverly Hills, is orchestrating the premiere of Sassoon at the Art Walk, designed to highlight hair style as a creative statement.

Essentially, models in the windows of the Robert Reynolds Gallery will present a collection of artistic styles, focused on the most creative aspects of color and cuts. The presentation will occur in 20-minute increments from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at the gallery, 408 S. Spring St. 

I suspect the styles will go beyond the now-classic look the late Vidal Sassoon gave actress Nancy Kwan, shown here, in his heyday -- but even this one was considered ground-breaking in its time for the structure and architectural quality for which Sassoon became famous.

The downtown L.A. Art Walk happens on the second Thursday of each month, mostly in and around the galleries on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets.



Vidal Sassoon had a style of his own

Wigs and extensions make fantasy hair mainstream

Black women are rewriting the rules on hair texture and style

--Susan Denley

Photo: The Vidal Sassoon bob that shook the world -- on actress Nancy Kwan. Sassoon style is coming to downtown Los Angeles' Art Walk. Credit:Terence Donovan


Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj get wiggy with it [Updated]


Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj know how to have fun with hair. Not always their own hair, mind you. The two performers often unabashedly wear wigs to take them where the strands they were born with probably would refuse to go. [Updated 8:20 a.m. June 12 to correct spelling of Nicki]

But many other actresses, singers and models wear faux hair too. It may be a more-natural looking full lace-front wig. It may be woven in extensions to create fullness or a special look. Or it may be a clip-on chignon or bang.

Writer Alene Dawson got to thinking about the many uses of wigs and hairpieces when Viola Davis showed up at this year's Oscars without her usual wig. Her choice to go with natural short hair got lots of attention, and Dawson thought it was time to look at how hairpieces often lend a helping hand to a head of hair in Hollywood and beyond. She explored the world of wigs in our Image section and found there are lots of ways to use faux tresses, whether subtly or way out there. 


Seventeen picks pretty amazing finalists in cover contest

Fashion News: Miley Cyrus' engagement ring is quite a gem

Frugal Fashion: Leighton Meester white-hot at MTV Movie Awards

-- Susan Denley

Photos: Left, Lady Gaga at a news conference last year; right, Nicki Minaj at last year's Grammy Awards.  Credits:  Wong Maye-E/Associated Press and Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times

Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica debuts blow dry lounge

FS Blow Dry Lounge wstylists

The renowned Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica has opened a new Blow Dry Lounge by Phyto, featuring the French hair care brand’s botanical products and treatments. On the menu are five blow-dry styles, from “Smooth And Sleek” to “Pump Up The Volume” and “Beach Chic,” for $35 each. Two up-do styles are also offered: a simple twist called “The Santa Monica” for $55 and “The Hollywood,” a more polished look for $75.

Salons such as Drybar, devoted strictly to blow out services, have been growing in popularity and recently expanding locations in the city. (Drybar's latest is scheduled to open in Westlake Village on June 22.)  What distinguishes Fred Segal Salon’s Blow Dry Lounge is that it’s an addition to the existing full-service salon, created in a newly renovated area next to the main entryway. Of course, the location, within the famed Fred Segal shopping epicenter, doesn’t hurt, either. Customers can shop, lunch and quickly get their hair done. “It’s convenient and affordable,” says owner Matthew Preece. “They can come to the salon  at the end of the day and get a last-minute blow dry before they go out.”

Matthew Preece
Preece’s vision for the salon, which also offers a yoga studio, is to add services that help customers feel beautiful inside and out. “A simple blow-dry can make your day for you,” he says. “That’s what it’s all about. I get to make people feel good about themselves all day long, every day of the week. The Blow Dry Lounge means I’m going to reach even more people.”

With Sandow Media’s recent acquisition of the Fred Segal name and the rights to construct new Fred Segal stores worldwide, perhaps the Blow Dry Lounge concept could soon be going global.

Fred Segal Salon & Blow Dry Lounge, 420 Broadway, Santa Monica; (310) 907-4022; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.  Sunday.


New York firm buys rights to Fred Segal name

Drybar salon hopes to make wash and dry a habit

-- Ingrid Schmidt

Photos, from top: The new Fred Segal Phyto Blow Dry Lounge; owner Matthew Preece grins as he styles a client's hair. Credit: Fred Segal Blow Dry Lounge

Vidal Sassoon: Remembering an L.A. style icon

Vidal Sassoon with model Peggy Moffitt

When most people think of the British-born Vidal Sassoon, who died Wednesday at age 84, they think Carnaby Street.

But he also had a role in shaping Los Angeles as a city of style.

"He opened a salon on Rodeo Drive when Beverly Hills was just coming of age among trendsetters," said Rose Apodaca, author and former Los Angeles bureau chief of Women's Wear Daily. "And he saw Los Angeles as this exciting place where rules were being broken. We know about swinging London; he saw Los Angeles as an extension of that."

He was drawn to the avant-garde fashion and art scene in 1960s and '70s L.A. that revolved around designer Rudi Gernreich and model-muse Peggy Moffitt (pictured with him above), who has worn Sassoon's famous five-point haircut since 1965.

"I can remember showing him Rudi's sketches and explaining how he and Rudi were doing something very similar by thinking architecturally and not out of the same old box," Moffitt said Thursday.

When Sassoon moved here permanently in 1973, he fully embraced the L.A. lifestyle, becoming a major museum benefactor and modern art collector, and restoring homes by Neutra and others. He was also a fitness enthusiast, early to the trend of Pilates and an avid swimmer.

"Vidal always loved Los Angeles," said Etienne Taenaka, manager of the Sassoon salon in Beverly Hills. "He used to say the street is the longest runway in the world. And he loved looking at people here. He’d say, 'Etienne, she has tremendous style.'”

Through his Vidal Sassoon hairstyling schools, he influenced people of all ages. "He was a gentleman, genuine and generous," said Taenaka, adding that a memorial event is being planned for the fall.

"He always thought of the other person, which stems from his beginnings as a very poor kid from the East End. In a number of ways, his career was all about recognizing youth and giving them opportunities. When he would walk into any of our academies, people just clamored to be with him."

To read more about Sassoon's legacy in L.A., click here.

-- Booth Moore


Vidal Sassoon in photos

Vidal Sassoon dies at 84, hair stylist revolutionized the field

Photo: Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon and model Peggy Moffitt attend a screening of "Vidal Sassoon: The Movie" at the Hammer Museum on Feb. 15, 2011 in Los Angeles. Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images.

For Rossano Ferretti, it's all about hair -- and world domination


Italian hair stylist Rossano Ferretti has a patented hair cutting method, salons in the toniest neighborhoods in the world and reportedly commands $1,000 a haircut.

Writer Alene Dawson recently visited his new salon in Beverly Hills. Ferretti would neither confirm nor deny the price for a cut from his own hands, but he did talk about his ambitions, his idol (Vidal Sassoon) and what goes into a really great haircut, as reported in the Image section on Sunday.

I wonder if I could afford a bangs trim?


Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

Jose Eber opens Beverly Hills salon

Malin + Goetz opens on Larchmont Boulevard

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Newly styled Angie Rittenberry smiles as master stylist and trainer Christian Serafini looks on at Metodo Rossano Ferretti hair salon in Beverly Hills. Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times.

Oscars 2012: Stars channel old Hollywood with classic side-swept hair

Stacey Keibler, Oscars 2012Perhaps it’s all the buzz being produced by “The Artist” that’s causing Missi Pyle, Oscars 2012people to channel the look of old Hollywood on this afternoon’s Oscars red carpet.  Several women have appeared wearing their hair swept to the side in soft curls à la Veronica Lake.  

“The Artist’s” Missi Pyle has some Marilyn Monroe-esque voluminous waves pulled to one side, Milla Jovovich has a similar style to go along with her bombshell, one-shouldered Elie Saab gown.

Maya Rudolph has her long locks pulled all the way over the left shoulder of her plum-colored Johanna Johnson dress. And Stacey Keibler looks like a glamorous Oscar statuette, with her blond locks swept to one side, showing off the bare neckline of her stunning Maya Rudolph, Oscars 2012gold Marchesa gown. 

-- Melissa Magsaysay


Oscars 2012: Early misses

Oscars 2012: On the red carpet

Oscars 2012: Berenice Bejo's braid

Oscars 2012: Red carpet or mass wedding?

Photos, from top: Stacy Keibler, Missi Pyle and Maya Rudolph at the 84th Academy Awards  at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday.   Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Oscars 2012: How stars like Octavia Spencer get ready

Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer
Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer have all looked flawless on red carpets this awards season and doubtless they will pull out all the stops for Sunday's Academy Awards.

Anticipation for the Oscar red carpet seems higher than ever this year. The E! network plans to start its coverage at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, hours before a star even arrives, just to speculate on what people might be wearing. 

In certain circles, the Oscars red carpet generates more buzz than the awards ceremony itself. That two-hour window when stars stroll, preen and gush often showcases the results of hours and hours of prepping by a team of experts tasked with readying their client to face a sea of photographers and impromptu interviews — to say nothing of the worldwide TV audience and the crush of off-camera media in critique mode.

For an event as big as this one, that team often includes a fashion stylist, tailor, hair dresser and makeup artist. Their work may have begun months ago, starting with the stylist combing through images from designer collections online or jetting to New York or European ateliers to lend input to custom creations.

In this week's Image section,  take a look at some of the people -- including Octavia Spencer's stylists and Gwyneth Paltrow's go-to makeup artist --  whose work will be on display Sunday as stars glide down the red carpet or appear at parties.


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Stargazing, chili-dog eating, scarf shopping this Oscars weekend

Kate Beckinsdale, Rooney Mara at Costume Designers Guild awards

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: From left, Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Mark J. Terry / Associated Press

Brazilian Blowout to carry warning labels

Brazilian Blowout
The maker of the popular Brazilian Blowout hair-smoothing treatment has agreed to begin warning consumers and hairstylists that its products contain potentially hazardous formaldehyde, but some consumer advocates say that doesn't go far enough.

Under a settlement with the California attorney general’s office announced last week, North Hollywood- based GIB, LLC — which for months contended that its products were formaldehyde-free — is required to affix caution stickers to the bottles and inform stylists of formaldehyde gas emissions and the need for precautionary measures, such as ensuring adequate ventilation during use. The products are sold under the names “Brazilian Blowout Acai Smoothing Solution” and the “Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Solution.”

The settlement requires GIB, LLC, to cease deceptive advertising of the products as formaldehyde-free and safe; produce a complete and accurate safety information sheet that includes a Proposition 65 cancer warning; disclose refund policies to consumers before the products are purchased and pay $600,000 in fees, penalties and costs.

The attorney general’s lawsuit against GIB marks the first law enforcement action under California's Safe Cosmetics Act, a right-to-know law enacted in 2005.

In a statement, GIB said, “We believe the settlement reached with Attorney General [Kamala] Harris represents a fair and equitable resolution. We agree with and trust the attorney general's final decision in this matter that our products can continue to be sold to the tens of thousands of customers who love them.”

But some consumer advocates don’t think requiring better labeling and warnings goes far enough, pointing out that the products have been banned in several countries — including Canada, Germany and Australia — after some salon workers reported headaches, nosebleeds, blisters, respiratory problems, burning eyes and other side effects.

“We're grateful to the attorney general for doing what no other [U.S.] government agency has been able to do — force this company to be honest about the dangers of their products. But warning labels aren't enough,” says Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.”

“Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen and it shouldn't be allowed in hair products, period,” she says. “Brazilian Blowout should be banned in the U.S. as it has been in other countries.”

FDA would have the authority to recall Brazilian Blowout products nationwide if the products are found to violate federal safety laws, says FDA spokeswoman Tamara Ward. The FDA is still investigating the products.

Meanwhile a federal Safe Cosmetics Act, introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2011 by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), seeks to ban the use of chemicals known to cause cancer in cosmetics. A hearing devoted to the legislation has not yet been scheduled.

Many women love the hair-straightening treatments, which can keep hair smooth for several months. Salons have been mixed in their reactions as the controversy has unfolded over the past couple of years. Some have turned to so-called "natural" straighteners as an alternative, while some have continued to use the Brazilian Blowout and similar formulas.

Others, such as celebrity hairstylist Cristophe of the eponymous Beverly Hills salon, remain leery about the products. Cristophe says he won't allow them to be used. “I don't want anyone working with me jeopardizing their health and being exposed to this all day long. The individuals who are doing it day after day [the salon workers], that's where the impact is,” he says. But he knows there is consumer demand. “The demand is so strong for [formaldehyde-emitting hair-straightening] products from the clients that they wouldn't take no for an answer...these people will have it done somewhere, somehow.”

[UPDATED: Feb. 8, 12:01 p.m. to correct spelling of Cristophe]


Brazilian Blowout might be dangerous to your health

Many hair straighteners have more formaldehyde than claimed

Golden Globes: Ponytails rule the red carpet  

--Alene Dawson

Photo courtesy of Brazilian Blowout


SAG Awards: Glenn Close's deconstructed glamour

Glenn Close channeled old Hollywood in a custom made, black tiered taffeta and tulle Zac Posen gown. To modernize the look, while still giving a nod to the past, her hair stylist Brant Mayfield designed a deconstructed yet glamorous hair style that looked natural and fuss free.

"It's Marilyn Monroe hair, but 2 days later and pulled apart," he says of the inspiration.

He took the shape of dress into consideration, deliberately giving the hair a lot of volume in order to balance out the fullness at the bottom of the gown.

He started by spritzing the hair with Bumble and Bumble Thickening spray -- a product that Mayfield uses on many of his celeb clients for volume and hold. Then, with a round brush, he blew Close's chin length hair out with a bit of an outward curl toward the end.

To achieve some extra oomph, Mayfield used an Enzo Milano curling iron right at the root of the hair to create a bend and lift so the volume would last throughout the night.

He pulled her waves a part, so there was a piecey finish.

"It's slightly old school, but glamorous and deconstructed." says Mayfield.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo: Actress Glenn Close arrives at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Hall. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


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