Painted nails for malesThe peacock revolution is in full...


February 23, 1997|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,SUN FASHION EDITOR

Painted nails for males

The peacock revolution is in full cry. Esquire's March issue devotes a 24-page special section to "The Truth About Male Vanity," including musings on baldness treatments, facials, penile implants, cosmetic dentistry, pedicures and back waxing. surprise, then, that the latest cosmetic counter news is male nail polish. We're not talking clear and buffed Goodfellas-style manicures, but tough color. The new gloss is called Candy Man, from the makers of Hard Candy polish for hip girls. It has the deep and dark sparkle of metallic muscle-car enamel. The color chart includes Gigolo black, Testosterone gun-metal gray, Cowboy gold, Superman blue.

Painted nails have been seen on hip Lenny Kravitz, smooth Antonio Banderas and try-anything-once Dennis Rodman. The polish, labeled with the biological sign for maleness, sells for $12 at Nordstrom. Don't forget the polish remover.

There are those women who travel far for the salon services of the stylist of the moment. The kings of cuts and color make their reputations by toadying to magazine editors and stars; they make their fortunes by charging extortionate prices for condescending attention. There is no hairdo on earth worth $300 as charged by some New York and California cutters.

Truth is, there are equal talents in neighboring townships. These stylists' skills are known to their clients, but some also win the recognition of their peers at competitions and exhibitions sponsored by the industry. Marylanders have been notable this year.

The classic cutter

Ira Ludwick, owner of Progressions Salon in Rockville, was honored as "1997 North American Classic Hairstylist of the Year" at the North American Hairdresser Awards in San Diego, Calif., where more than 1,000 stylists from the United States and Canada competed in various categories.

"A good haircut never goes out of style," says Ludwick, "although change is a wonderful feeling. The trick is to modernize someone's look without bowing to trends."

Cutting a better color

Samuel Boyle, who has set up shop in a restored bank building on the Eastern Shore, won a silver trophy for hair-cutting and a bronze for progressive styling at the Atlanta International Beauty Show that draws an attendance of 30,000.

"The emphasis was on color-enhancing cuts and I accented the highlights of my model's hair with a layered short cut with long front," says Boyle. Samuel's, his namesake salon in Galena, attracts clients from the shore, Baltimore and Wilmington. He prefers working in a charming small-town environment, but is always ready to compete in the big-time.

A prize spa near home

The Robert Andrew DaySpa in Crofton was named "Salon of the Year" in the annual competition sponsored by Modern Salon magazine. It received an award of merit in the "remodeled salon with 10 or more chairs" category. The existing facility was expanded to accommodate six multi-purpose skin care rooms with different decorative themes, a body treatment room, massage areas, changing rooms and a retreat with a lunch and refreshment bar.

The salon also features 20 styling stations, pedicure and nail care rooms and a coloring and perming department.

Pub Date: 2/23/97

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