MAKING CHANGE: Not-for-profit group b•cause celebrated the kickoff of its annual fund-raising drive, Make A Change Day, Wednesday night at John Allan’s men’s club and salon on 46 East 46th Street. The four-year-old organization encourages beauty venues to display collection canisters to raise money for an annual charity, which this year is The Alzheimer’s Association. Funds are then dispensed in Coinstar machines, which are located around the country, and automatically routed to b•cause’s preselected charity. Rudy Sprogis, founder and president of b•cause, said that canisters should begin being displayed now and that change can begin being dispensed Nov. 17. The drive ends April 30. More information on the organization can be found at http://www.bcause.org.
ASIAN BEAUTIES: Manic Panic founders Tish and Snooky have licensed their names to Asian health and beauty distributor A-Lec, and, subsequently, are celebrating the new Manic Panic NYC salon in Yokohama, Japan. It seems A-Lec is smitten with the idea of plastering the monikers of the two East Village imagemakers throughout the East, and, according to Snooky, four more outposts are in the works there. Closer to home, A-Lec execs are visiting Manhattan during Thanksgiving to seek out possible U.S. Manic Panic sites, one of which could open as early as September 2004. Snooky said that opening a salon “has always been a natural extension” for her and sister Tish, but the two really don’t know the salon industry, just how to hawk some of the industry’s best and brightest hair color. Services at the salon in Japan are competitively priced: Cuts cost $45; color costs $75; perms cost $100.
BRANCHING OUT: Sonya Dakar, the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based skin care specialist, has landed distribution at Barneys New York, the line’s first specialty retailer account. Two new products for ultrasensitive skin make their debut at the retailer, too: Soya Wash and Anti-Irritation Complex, which was originally developed for Britney Spears.
HEALTHY BEAUTY: “I don’t care if the French didn’t support war on Iraq,” said Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View,” “just keep those conditioners coming, Freddy baby.” Behar was sending off Frédéric Fekkai as she drew giggles — and a few gasps — while emceeing Health Magazine’s fifth annual Healthy Beauty Awards luncheon Oct. 22. Fekkai accepted the Healthiest Styling Product award for his Protein Rx Reparative Spray. Matrix and Nature’s Gate took conditioner and shampoo honors, respectively. Neutrogena, Vichy, Cover Girl, Max Factor and Tony & Tina took awards in other categories, while Tyra Banks was honored with Health’s Power of One award.
LUSTER FOREVER: Patrick Melville, creative director of Warren-Tricomi at the Sports Club/LA, is staking his name on a new hair treatment: BioLustre. The formula, which is made by BioLustre of Dallas, includes hydrolized wheat protein. The liquid is to be applied to clean, dry hair, then blown with a dryer until hard, then washed out. In spite of the strange application process, Melville swears it’s the best thing to hit damaged hair in years. “It puts the elasticity back in hair, which allows for less time between chemical treatments such as perms, straightening and color for damaged hair.” BioLustre sells for $30 for an 8-oz. bottle at the Warren-Tricomi salon at Rockefeller Center, or Melville can do the honors for $85. The treatment lasts for six weeks.