If you're a big enough Drybar fanatic (and many have claimed addict status), you may have already caught wind that the rapidly-growing chain of blow dry-only salons is launching a line of nine hair products and eight hair tools. The line includes the standard shampoo, conditioner, and stylers, each of which continue with Drybar’s notably-punny alcohol theme. A few of my favorites are a treatment oil called 100 Proof, a dry shampoo called Detox, and a curling iron called 3-Day Bender. As if the names aren’t charming enough, Drybar founder and stylist Alli Webb and her graphic designer husband Cameron Webb created a for-editors-only tester kit of the product range in a six-pack carrier. (Unfortunately, there are no plans to offer such a six-pack for consumers.) I plan on packing all these little guys for my holiday trip home, but for non-editors out there, you'll have to wait until the new year before you get to go bottoms up with your hair: You'll find the range in Drybars and on thedrybar.com in mid-January, and at Sephora in March.
During the time of year when we have to look our best nonstop, this is my secret for keeping my polish, well, polished from holiday party to holiday party. This clear topper, which launched earlier this year, is a hybrid of a gel and a regular polish. It dries under a household light bulb superquickly and will protect your mani for way longer than a typical top coat. I stow one away almost everywhere I have a lip balm. Tip: Don’t forget to apply along the edge of your nails at the tips.
$145 each, shop.fredericmalle.com and barneys.com
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Perfum Gun: The chicest room fragrance yet in five very Malle scents: 1er Mai, Café Society, Jurassic Flower, Rosa Rugosa and Russian Nights.
Inside Mèche salon
"I walked in the first day we were open and it was so full it was like we'd been open for five years," says Cunningham, who is the creative color consultant for Redken and whose long client list is littered with names like Drew Barrymore, Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, and Emma Stone. Most recently, both she and Weisberg (formerly of Neil George salon) just finished Diane Kruger's hair for her upcoming Chanel ad.
"I love being part of this community—20 more seconds!—people are so happy for us," says Cunningham over the phone while orchestrating color—she often commands six chairs at once. "It's like we didn’t have to wait for our funerals to find out how much people support us, we feel so loved."
From left: colorist Tracey Cunningham and stylist Neil Weisberg
Mèche (which means "highlight" or "lock of hair" in French) offers nail services and makeup application on its yet-to-be finished menu along with hair services. Partial highlights with Cunningham start at $375 and cuts with Weisberg start at $275. While you'll be hard-pressed to get in with those two, as they aren’t taking new clients for the foreseeable future, their staff of 20 stylists handpicked from around LA likely represent some of the city’s best talent.
About the big hair trends right now, Cunningham says: "I've never seen women go so bright with their color in the winter, which is refreshing. I just made Rosie Huntington superblonde. And lots of Jennifer Behr headbands. Maybe the headbands are because of the end of Gossip Girl."
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The Finer Things (from left)
1. Most women in my family love to open a jewelry box during the holidays! These Finn Mini Obsessions pendant necklaces come in multiple charm options, ideal for various ages. (Minor Obsessions by Finn Italian Horn Necklace, $330, available at barneys.com)
2. This watch from Rumba Time is an easy and fun choice. (Rumba Time Perry Nylon Go watch, $50, available at rumbatime.com)
3. Stacking rings are the gifts that keep on growing! I usually start with an amount for the first year, and for each subsequent holiday, I add one more. (ila&i stacking rings, starting at $535 each, available at ABC Home, abchome.com)
Leather Goods (from top left)
1. I am still old-school and love penmanship and writing. In trying to keep the practice alive, I still give them as gifts to my younger cousins and nephew so they can practice writing (in lieu of their constant typing)! (Coach notebooks, $168 each, available at coach.com)
2. This is the perfect unisex present! I give them to both the men and women in my family, just varying the colors. If I plan in advance, I can even monogram them! (Louis Vuitton Card holder, $225, available at louisvuitton.com)
3. Everything I keep in my purse has it’s own carrying case. Since everyone owns a camera, this Smythson case make makes a great gift! (Smythson Nile Blue Chameleon Camera Case, $210, available at smythson.com)
Rodin Favorites: Lip Balm $30, Face Oil $150, Body Oil $110, barneys.com
For the Rodin fan (and we know it's a big club), three cult favorites to make loyalist or newcomer very happy—and well moisturized.
Isaac Reina grey leather shoe box ,$565, at Project No. 8 (projectno8.com)
Photo: Stephan Alessi