In recent months, there’s been a rise in burglaries at hair salons catering to African American clientele. But thieves aren’t stealing money or expensive equipment — they’re taking hair extensions, specifically silky, expensive human hair that clients pay top dollar for. At the My Trendy Place salon in Houston, Texas, thieves made off with more than $150,000 worth of the stuff. Another $10,000 in hair was stolen from a San Diego shop, $85,000 from a business in Missouri City, Texas, and $60,000 from a salon in San Leandro, California. In most cases, the thieves overlooked the cheap synthetic hair the salons carried and went straight for the real stuff.
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Bradley Cooper as People‘s “Sexiest Man Alive”? As staff at Salon.com put it, “He kind of looks like a dick.” Personally, we think Brad doesn’t hold a candle to Ryan Gosling, our eternal sexiest man alive (and BuzzFeed has 63 reasons why they agree). Salon has been consistently unmoved by People‘s “Sexiest Men” list that they’ve created a counter-list for the past six years in which sexy is defined in terms more intricate than broad shoulders and twinkling eyes. They take into consideration qualities like principles, cultural contributions, talent, and old-fashioned charm — not powerful publicists. This year, in light of Occupy Wall Street and nationwide Occupy protests, the site was even more passionate about shying away from Hollywood, and sought out men who are truly making the world a better place. We know it’s easy to get drawn into the gossip-ridden gleam of Hollywood, and The Frisky would plead guilty as charged — so we invite you to take a look at Salon’s round-up, a refreshing list that brings the underground, sexy movers and shakers to light. (Like 19-year-old Zach Walhs, above, who was raised by two women and stood before Iowa legislators speaking in support of gay marriage. Swoon!) [Salon.com] Keep reading »
On a monthly basis, Teen Vogue editors dish out their advice on fashion, beauty, and shopping through the glossy pages of the magazine, but it seems the style mavens aren’t happy with just relying on their words to express their knowledge. So, the glossy just launched Teen Vogue‘s Haute Spot, a pop-up store in upscale malls, which provides private, personalized meetings with staffers to talk about makeup, hair and style services. Priced at $100 for one hour, customers will have the chance to sit with the ladies (and gents) behind the magazine, as well as makeup artists, to talk all things fashion, and receive one-to-one help regarding their own style and look. The pop-up shop just launched on March 13 at the Westchester mall, but in the years to come, it will become a permanent store. We can see this becoming a huge fad for pre-teen birthday parties. [Media Week] Keep reading »
In case you needed something else to worry about this holiday season, consider the case of a 26-year-old U.K. woman, Carly Lewis. She made a routine salon visit for a brow wax and a lash tint to spruce up before her Christmas vacation. Even though she’d had the lash-tinting procedure done before without incident, an instant allergic reaction occurred this time. Her eyes turned red, began to water non-stop, and became glued shut within minutes. As she was rushed to the hospital, she feared she would go blind. She’s been prescribed eye drops, antihistamines, and steroids to no avail. A week later, her vision is blurred and she is still out of work. Blood-curdling scream! [Daily Mail]
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This week on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” guest star Dean McDermott (Tori Spelling’s hubby) had on toenail polish! Say what? Both he and Kate Beckinsale’s director husband, Len Wiseman, have been seen strutting around LA in sandals to show off their colorful polish. But with around 30% of salon clients being male, they’re not the only bros getting their feet professionally pedicured. As hotel spa director, David Erlich, says, when it comes to treating your tootsies, “Men are the new women.” Yeah, the mantyhose, bras, garter belts, and girdles for men sorta hinted at that…
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Tracy Clark-Flory wrote an interesting piece for Salon’s Broadsheet this week about the increasing number of sex writers facing termination at major newspapers and websites like Fleshbot and the Village Voice, saying, “These are scary times for sex writers.” Our own Susannah Breslin says, “Sometimes people become sex writers because they screw a lot, not necessarily because they can write well.” With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of some sex writers who DO write well and should be on your radar, recession lay (offs) be damned!
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Cary Tennis, who writes an advice column for Salon.com, has a really doozy on his hands. “A”, 27, writes that she has a B.A. in English and a Masters from Oxford University; she considers herself smart and ambitious, but after graduating, she met and fell in love with a man who revealed to her after they had gotten engaged that he had inherited $3 million. Since then, “I’ve had a very weird time trying to explain to friends, without really saying what’s involved, that we do not have to work. And I’m also having a weird time with what I should do with myself.” In the meantime, the couple talks about moving to Mexico, drinks a lot of beer, and watches movies. She’s wondering what she should do with her life since she can basically “do anything.”
Cate Sevilla at DollyMix.tv wonders if you would still work if you married a millionaire? Personally, I would, because having a ton of money may mean it’s harder to be bored, but it makes it easier for you to be boring, especially if you don’t do anything that defines you beyond being a millionaire’s wife. But what do you think? Keep reading »