Snippets: Hot Mamas… Healthy Skin… Crystal Healing…

Biolage served as the official beauty sponsor of the New York premiere and after party for "Mamma Mia! The Movie."

HOT MAMAS: The Matrix-owned Biolage served as the official beauty sponsor of the New York premiere and after party for “Mamma Mia! The Movie,” which was held Wednesday at the Ziegfeld Theater. For the premiere, Biolage hairstylists Daniel Roldan and Robert Santana styled the tresses of two of the film’s leading ladies, Rachel McDowall and Ashley Lilley. Biolage has also linked arms with Vogue magazine (which, like WWD, is owned by Condé Nast Publications) and its in-house ad agency to create a six-page advertorial in the July issue featuring the styling work used to create McDowall’s and Lilley’s looks at the Matrix Global Academy. The shoot also was captured on video and will appear in an episode of “Trend Watch” on vogue.tv. Last spring, Biolage also hosted a national contest where hairstylists could enter to win a trip to New York to attend the premiere and after party.

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HEALTHY SKIN: Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Zein Obagi is offering consumers an alternative to daily moisturizer with his new Zo Skin Health skin care line. Because Obagi believes moisturizers can potentially cause more damage than good, he created an antiaging skin care line that does not incorporate a daily moisturizer. The topical skin care line is designed to nourish, repair and maintain skin health in a three-step routine of activate, stimulate and calm, and nourish. According to Obagi, these steps activate skin by exfoliating and clarifying its surface, restore and stimulate cellular function and calm and nourish skin. Inspired by pharmaceutical technology, the 11-item lineup is said to use active ingredients and higher concentrations of over-the-counter retinol — 10 to 25 times higher than what is commonly found in department store skin care lines, said Obagi. Retailing from $40 to $325, Zo Skin Health items will be sold at select Nordstrom stores, the Studio at Fred Segal and online at nordstrom.com and zoskinhealth.com.

CRYSTAL HEALING: Sphatika International, operators of the Sphatika Holistic Treatment Center located in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, has launched a skin care line. The six-year-old spa, founded and overseen by Janet League-Katzin, has created a line that uses water “energized” by certain healing crystals, which is said to make the water, and ultimately the products, more effective. The line includes 16 products ranging from a Citrus Facial Cleaning Foam, $45, to the Gold Finishing Serum, $125. The newest product, launching for holiday 2008, will be the Pearl Essence Night Cream. All of the products use natural botanicals and are produced in Germany, the U.S. and Italy. Products are sold at the Sphatika Spa, natural beauty store Breathe Cosmetics in Berlin and select spas in the Northeast, with a plan to add 108 doors internationally by the end of the year. A portion of all sales are donated to the Philanthropic Relief Altruistic Service and Development Project, an international nonprofit organization based on the principles of Siddha Yoga.

EAST MEETS WEST: Shu Uemura Art of Hair, L’Oréal’s hair care line based on the integration of Eastern beauty and Western glamour, has launched a new styling paste for all hair types called Silk Mesh. Using silk fibers and waxes, Silk Mesh is said to both soften and mold the hair, while providing heat protection. Silk Mesh retails for $30 for 2.5 oz.

SPA EXPO: The 2008 New York Spa & Resort Expo, along with the Medical Aesthetics Conference & Expo, will be held Sept. 20 to 22 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The Spa & Resort Expo will be held Sept. 21 and 22, while the conference session will begin Sept. 20. The conference will feature more than 30 speakers, ranging from doctors to spa owners to beauty executives, and will showcase more than 100 exhibitors. It also will include a “Spa Sanctuary” to offer exhibitors the opportunity to give demonstrations of products and techniques. Registration for the expo can be found on spaandresortexpony.com.

BEAUTY WINNERS: During Cosmoprof, the Professional Beauty Association, the presenter of the annual North American Hairstyling Awards, announced the winners of various hair and beauty categories. Alain Pereque of Salon Pure in Montreal won Master Stylist of the Year, while Hairstylist of the Year went to Charlie Price of Click Salon in Denver. Editorial Stylist was awarded to John Donato of Donato Salon and Spa in Toronto. Janell Geason of Eden Prairie, Minn., won Makeup Artist of the Year. Best Hair Colorist went to John Simpson of Lewis Salon in McDonald, Pa.; Salon Design was awarded to Osgood-O’Neil salon in Dallas. Also honored during the evening were Jack Storey, co-founder and president of Scruples Professional Salon Products, who was inducted into the Hall of Leaders, and Martin Parsons, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Martin is a highly regarded hairstylist and educator who developed a system, Design Techniques for Cutting, that allows hairstylists to produce haircuts through balance, proportion and the facial shapes of their clients. The event was hosted by former “Saturday Night Live” actress Victoria Jackson.