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STRAIGHTEN OUT: Eddris Nicholls, lead hair stylist for the Tracy Reese show, is opening her own salon this December in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district. Nicholls, whose client list includes Diana Ross and Roberta Flack, is renowned for her hair straightening techniques. Nicholls previously worked at Warren-Tricomi.
BOOK TALK: Hairstylist Odile Gilbert, who’s been working at several shows this season, including Bill Blass and Catherine Malandrino, hasn’t just got runway looks on her mind these days: she’s at work on a book, due out next year. While she wouldn’t reveal much about it, she did say that the tome will feature big, beautiful pictures of her hairstyling efforts.
PENTHOUSE BEAUTY: To make sure the fashion set looks its best this week, Frédéric Fekkai, Vincent Longo, Essie, Tweezerman and Sjal skin care have been offering their beauty services for free. The pampering continues today, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the 43rd floor of Atlas New York, the new luxury rental high-rise at 66 West 38th Street, just two blocks from Bryant Park.
ROUGHING IT: Redken’s booth at Bryant Park’s main reception area is giving away free styling consultations to hundreds of editors, fashionistas and stars. Three stylists have been working the booth, who recommend products and even cut the occasional ’do. Redken is also using the booth to premiere Rough Paste, a styling tool that helps define separation of locks. The booth is open to all show visitors until Sept. 23, the last day of Fashion Week.
TRIX AREN’T FOR KIDS: Matrix is launching Trix, a hair care line with an edge. The line consists of five new styling products, and is scheduled to ship to salons in November. Trix is designed to make it easy to create chunky, beachy, glossy, spiky, piecey trends. There’s DirtyTrix, a matte clay, $15.95; TexTrix, a texture spray, $14.95; GlowTrix, a smoother, $15.95; TufTrix, a hard-core gel, $14.95; and FlikTrix, a piece-out wax, for $15.95.
MUD BATH: Borghese is putting the finishing touches on its flagship, to be at 944 Madison Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets, across from the Whitney Museum. The spa, which measures about 600 square feet, offers just two treatments, the Borghese Montecatini face and body facials. Each uses an intense mud, in sequence with vitamin C, scrubs, wraps and body crème. Each treatment costs $125 and will be performed in a small treatment room. The spa plans to open by Oct. 1. The remaining 550 square feet will house Borghese products. The retail area will also offer several exclusive spa products, to be launched in November.