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April 20 2014

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3 posts tagged "Lisa Price"

Your Best Hair, Through The Looking Glass

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Carols-Daughter-Mirror-SalonMirror, the new salon in Harlem from Carol’s Daughter, is very aptly named. Sure, there’s that impressive, reflective rectangle hanging above the shampoo bowls (“so stylists can show clients haircare tricks while shampooing,” according to owner Lisa Price), and the mirrored discs that decorate the back wall. But the correlation more so stems from the destination’s focus on helping its clients see their true—and best—selves. “When a client comes in with a photo of a hairstyle, of course we can try to get her there. But our objective is to first understand and appreciate the person who’s walked in that day,” says Price. The beauty brand founder, who branched out into the service industry at the persistent requests of her core consumers (“people who come and shop with us for haircare products who were asking, how do I take care of my hair?”), achieves that by training her team of stylists to give each new client an extensive hair evaluation: First they spritz hair with water and gently stretch curls to assess metrics like elasticity, density, and porosity; then, client and stylist settle on an accurate description of hair texture together—think: silk, cotton, or wool. “Some people who are new to natural [un-relaxed] hair have no idea what the real texture of their hair is. They use words like rough, dry, and brittle. We use fabrics as descriptors because they’re neutral words—they don’t carry negative associations,” Price explains. Particularly effective among Mirror’s services is strand-by-strand conditioning, during which stylists divide hair into four sections and meticulously apply a moisturizing treatment, from root to end. And while relaxers are a no-no here, Mirror’s special ionic blow-dry/ceramic flat-iron combo will leave all hair types—from barely-there wavy to all-out curly—moisturized and sleek.

Mirror, The Salon at Carol’s Daughter, 24 W. 125th St., NYC, (212) 828-6757.

Photo: Courtesy of Carol’s Daughter

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Lisa Price

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter natural hair- and skincare.

The Product: “A product that I don’t use but has a warm place in my heart is Pond’s Cold Cream. It was something that my mother put on her face. When you’re a kid, you don’t realize where certain smells come from. But about two years after my mom passed away, I saw a jar in the drugstore and I purchased it just so I could smell her face. When I was younger, the scent was my mom—it was soft like her skin and cheeks. Now I can smell the different components, the beeswax and lanolin-like ingredients in it. But I wasn’t sensitive to that when I was a kid. My mom would apply the cream in the morning and night. She was really lucky to have clear skin that never got irritated. She didn’t do a lot of special facial things and was very no-fuss: She just washed with Ivory soap, put on her Pond’s Cold Cream, and never tried to cover her freckles with makeup. Now we have a product in our line called Face Butter that I use, and my mother used, too, before she passed away. But I still keep the jar of Pond’s in the medicine cabinet for the memory of her.”

Photo: Courtesy of Wal-Mart

OMG, MJB

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Attention fans of hip-hop, R&B, and beauty products: Mary J. Blige is jumping on board the celebrity fragrance band wagon. According to Women’s Wear Daily, Lisa Price’s natural beauty range, Carol’s Daughter, has enlisted MJB as perfume muse—which is fitting, seeing as how the singer has recently been serving as both avid fan and spokeswoman of the brand. Called My Life after her chart-topping sophomore album, the scent will debut in 2009.

Photo: Greg Kessler