British hairstylist Tara Smith has unveiled a new vegan hair-care line, which she’s launched with a little help from some of her A-list clientele.
Smith’s longtime clients Rosario Dawson, Neve Campbell and Kiefer Sutherland have all invested in the stylist’s new hair-care venture, which made its debut this week in the U.K. at retailer Marks & Spencer’s 18 beauty-hall locations. And as of September, the line has also been part of the amenities package at hotels in the Conrad Hotel & Resort Group.
Smith, who hails from Leicester, England, but is now based in Los Angeles, cut her teeth as a stylist working on film sets, acting as the head of the hair department on films such as “Sex and the City” and “Death Proof.” Her starry connections led her to come up with her products’ tag line, “Tested on Film Stars, Not on Animals.”
“I thought, Why do you have to test on animals?” said Smith, who’s a vegetarian. “It’s just not necessary.” The stylist worked with Dr. Roger Barr, who had, in the past, worked with the late Anita Roddick at The Body Shop, to create the line so that the formulas are free from any animal-derived ingredients and aren’t tested on animals.
The ten products in the line include Feed the Root shampoo and conditioner, with ingredients such as bamboo extract and yeast extract to nourish a dry scalp; Working Curls shampoo, formulated with soybean protein and rosemary-leaf extract to combat frizzy hair, and styling products such as Shining Moment glosser, which is designed to moisturize the scalp and smooth the hair shaft. The products are also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and dye.
Prices for the line start at 5 pounds, or about $8, for a 250-ml. shampoo and rise to 14 pounds, or about $23, for the Tara Smith Base Coat Serum. The amenities pack that guests at Conrad Hotels can order includes miniature shampoos and conditioners along with body products and soap. The line’s packaging, meanwhile, which Smith created with New York’s Studio Dror, features color-drenched images of exotic birds, their feathers in full plume.
Smith will soon launch the line via her Web site, tarasmith.com, and is in talks to launch the line with retailers globally, the stylist said.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion
@carmeloanthony is upping his fashion game once again, introducing a hat collection with @goorinbros. Called Fresh Greens by Melo x Goorin, the line consists of five unisex models, all of which are made in America from 100 percent wool. Each hat is lined with Anthony’s signature and the inscription “Knowledge of self, wisdom and understanding.” You can purchase the collection line at Goorin’s website as well as three off its stores in San Francisco, New York City and Las Vegas #wwdaccessories
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” Hubert de Givenchy told WWD in an interview in 1978. The legendary designer, who died last week at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early ’50s, but he refused to pine for that time. For the first time since its original publication, read our interview with Givenchy on his awe for Audrey Hepburn and looking forward. Link in bio. #wwdarchives #fbf (📷: Pierre Schermann)
About last night: @alexachung and @supergausa toasted the launch of their capsule collection. “It’s the shape that I love, so rather than amend the last and make the sole crazy or do anything wild, we just did really subtle additions that I think make it look really luxe-y,” said Chung. #wwdfashion (📷: Marc Patrick)
Exclusive: @off____white’s @virgilabloh is launching an exclusive eyewear capsule collection @sunglasshut. The unisex collection, which is made up of three styles, first made its debut on the brand’s fall runway show in Paris. Get all the details on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion