The Future of Beauty: Touchscreen Hair Dryers and Beyond!

Ever thought you’d be able to program your blow dryer or curl your hair via motion sensors? It’s like flying cars for beauty supplies. Welcome to the future, ladies.

Shape Magazine published a list of some awesome high-tech tools to simplify your beauty routine, and we think some of them are totally share-worthy. Check out our favorites below!

1.  EGO Professional Ceramic and Tourmaline Touch Screen Hair Dryer

This amazing hair dryer allows you to select heat settings, polish power, and air flow BEFORE you dry. The result – controlled and consistent volume, smoothness and shine.

Read more about how it works and where to buy here.

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2. T3 Twirl 360

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This gyroscopic iron is designed to complete beautiful curls with just the turn of a wrist. Equipped with 5 heat settings and two speeds and um, motion sensors, this curling iron responds to the motion of your wrist to automatically rotate to ensure perfect curls, every time.

Read more and buy here!

3. Neuro Motion Touch Activated Dryer

This dryer, by Paul Mitchell, is programmed to turn on and off based on touch. Pick it up to dry, and the air flows. Put it down to section and clip, and the dryer turns off. Time-saving technique for the modern age.

Click here to learn more and to purchase.

(via Paul Mitchell)

4.tarte Lipsurgence Skintuitive Lip Gloss

Personalize your lip color! This antioxidant-infused hydrating lipgloss is engineered to adjust based on your skin’s pH level to ensure your shade is most flattering to your natural skin tone. An absolute favorite for summer of Row A stylists and staff!

Get it here!

(via Sephora)

Check out the original Shape Magazine article “9 High-Tech Products to Add to Your Beauty Arsenal” for more great and intelligent products for busy and beautiful women. (Bonus: you might see CEO Simone Banos in a few fitness spreads!)

Men’s Hairstyles for 2015

It’s no secret that men’s fashion is having a moment. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a welcome divergence from customary shapes to fresh silhouettes, interesting materials, innovative accessories and, of course, killer hair. In other words, from slicked-back head to leather-clad toe, the boys are looking good. We’ve picked some of our favorite men’s haircuts and styles for 2015 – check them out below!

1. The Disconnected Undercut

(via GQ)

The undercut – a style in which the sides and back of the head are shaved or cut, in contrast to the length of the top – was no stranger to the runway or streets in 2014, and we don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. For a slight variation on this modern classic, try a disconnection to minimize or eliminate any length transition between the top and sides for a bolder look.

Read more about how to get the look here.

2. Tall Boy

(via GQ)

A classic cut with a modern style, this look is accessible to most men so long as they have the length, mousse, a blowdryer, and, of course, the swag. Simply work mousse through the hair, flip your head and blast with the blowdryer. Finish with product, such as wax or pomade, to tease and spray if necessary for hold.

Read more here.

3. Fringe

Boy-bangs are making a comeback (Thanks Beibs!). This look is super versatile – mess it up or smooth it down – and accessible to a number of men’s cuts with any top length. This style works best on straighter hair, but we always recommend making it your own (and don’t be afraid to use a hair dryer to smooth out your lock!). Use fingers or a comb to style hair into place. Air-dry or use a blow-dryer depending on texture, then use product (wax or pomade) to piece out or smooth down front pieces. Get creative – we promise, you look great!

(via GQ)

4. Side Part

This handsome look is perfect for any refined gentleman. Pick a side, part, comb (and/or blow-dry) into place. Finish with a boar bristle brush at the root for an extra dapper look. If you’re feeling edgy, work pomade through dry hair – either back or to the side – to create a  slicked down look.

(via GQ)

Merging Fashion and Technology: Smart Spider Dress by Anouk Wipprecht

A exercise in self-defense, fashion, design, emotion and technology, the Smart Spider Dress – designed by Anouk Wipprecht and powered by Intel Edison – epitomizes the synthesis of glamour and tech in 2015 (not to mention a bit of girl power!).

The dress – publicly debuted International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV on January 6th – is as beautiful as it functional. The dress, constructed of iridescent white nylon,  is collared with animatronic arachnid legs that react to 12 different stress levels in the body. The result – a garment that both autonomously and reactively – acts to protect the wearer’s personal space. A ‘performative wearable’, the limbs aggressively extend or invitingly retreat based on the wearer’s reaction to her surrounding. In other words, be nice or back off.

If Wipprecht wasn’t just a genius, her sense of style is absolutely gorgeous. Topping a chic (and/or violent) look with a modern chignon is a brilliant way to look polished, day or night. (Bonus: our Row A stylists can help you get the look on the go!)

Check out photos below and read more here!

(via IQ: Intel)

White Sisters Appointment!

Last week, we had a great appointment with the oh so lovely White sisters and amazing stylist Danielle Ramos. Brilliant and beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Natalie were going out to celebrate Elizabeth’s birthday so they asked for big Southern hair, side swoops, and of course, curls. They looked absolutely beautiful and were super fun to hang out with. Check out some pictures below!

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The Washington Post: Meet the Man Whose Utopian Vision for the Internet Conquered, and then Warped, Silicon Valley

Check out the article below from The Washington Post on technology renegade, mentor and longtime friend John Perry Barlow. Truly an inspiration to merge fashion, service and beauty into a technology to improve the lives of those using the burgeoning in-home services in New York City.

By Jacob Silverman

Twenty years ago, the conditions facing the technology industry were not unlike those today. A burgeoning consumer market, declining manufacturing costs and easy access to venture capital had begun to inflate the dot-com bubble. Cryptographers were at war with the government over whether encryption tools should have back doors for law enforcement. And a new generation of Internet activists both feared and welcomed the impact of pending government regulation; in this case, the period equivalent of “net neutrality” was the Telecommunications Act of 1996 .

Even as Silicon Valley began to capture the country’s imagination, the tech elite were souring on their government. They accommodated it where they thought they needed to — telecom firms, for instance, enabled surveillance by acquiescing to records requests from the intelligence agencies — and they received tokens such as start-up tax breaks and STEM investments in return. But eventually the predominant attitude was alienation: The Internet was theirs, not Big Brother’s. That feeling only deepened over the past two decades and, thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden, tech executives now feel emboldened to challenge government surveillance with lawyers and encryption. Meanwhile, they routinely compare their corporations to city-states or call for the secession of the San Francisco Bay Area.

To understand where this cyber-libertarian ideology came from, you have to understand the influence of “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” one of the strangest artifacts of the ’90s, and its singular author, John Perry Barlow. Perhaps more than any other, it’s his philosophy — which melded countercultural utopianism, a rancher’s skepticism toward government and a futurist’s faith in the virtual world — that shaped the industry.

The problem is, we’ve reaped what he sowed.

 Generally the province of fascists, artists or fascist artists, manifestos are a dying form. It takes gall to have published one anytime after, say, 1938. But “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” was an utterly serious document for a deliriously optimistic era that Wired, on one of its many valedictory covers, promised was a “long boom”: “25 years of prosperity, freedom, and a better environment for the whole world.” Techno-skeptics need not apply.

Barlow’s 846-word text, published online in February 1996, begins with a bold rebuke of traditional sovereign powers: “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.” He then explains how cyberspace is a place of ultimate freedom, where conventional laws don’t apply. At the end, he exhorts the Internet to “be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.”

The declaration struck a chord. It wasn’t the first viral document, but it was one of the period’s most pervasive and influential, appearing on thousands of Web sites within months of its publication. Barlow’s ideas were invoked, practically as a form of ritual, by many of the industry’s influential thinkers — Web guru Jeff Jarvis, Wired founder Kevin Kelly, virtual-reality inventor Jaron Lanier. It led to the author’s writing (whether journalistic dispatches for Wired or essays outlining his political vision) becoming widely anthologized; “The Libertarian Reader,” published last month by Simon & Schuster, includes a Barlow thought experiment on the future of government. And like everything from the 1990s, “A Declaration” is prone to commoditized nostalgia: A few months back, a company called Department of Records released several audio renditions on limited-edition vinyl, priced at $50.

More than that, the language and sensibility suffused Silicon Valley thinking. When Eric Schmidt describes the Internet, however misguidedly, as “the world’s largest ungoverned space” in his book “The New Digital Age,” he is borrowing Barlow’s rhetoric. When tech mogul Peter Thiel writes, in “The Education of a Libertarian,” that he founded PayPal to create a currency free from government control and that “by starting a new Internet business, an entrepreneur may create a new world,” it’s impossible not to hear Barlovian echoes. (That grandiose attitude is so common now that HBO has a comedy, “Silicon Valley,” dedicated to mocking it.)

All this was an unlikely achievement for a man who personified what the British theorists Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron called “the Californian Ideology.” Barlow wrote songs for the Grateful Dead, tended to his parents’ Wyoming ranch in the waning days of family farms and eventually helped co-found the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy organization. The trajectory of his life is embodied in the title of Fred Turner’s excellent history of the era, “From Counterculture to Cyberculture,” about how hippie communitarianism found its way into early Web communities like The WELL, a popular message board.

To Barbrook and Cameron, the Californian Ideology reflected a “new faith” emerging “from a bizarre fusion of the cultural bohemianism of San Francisco with the hi-tech industries of Silicon Valley.” It mixed “the free-wheeling spirit of the hippies and the entrepreneurial zeal of the yuppies” and drew on the state’s history of countercultural rebellion, its role as a crucible of the New Left, the global-village prophecies of media theorist Marshall McLuhan and “a profound faith in the emancipatory potential of the new information technologies.” Adherents of the California Ideology — many of them survivors of the “Me” decade, weaned on sci-fi novels, self-help and New Age spiritualism — forsook the civil actions of an earlier generation. They thought freedom would be found not in the streets but in an “electronic agora,” an open digital marketplace where individuality would be allowed its fullest expression, away from the encumbrances of government and even of the physical world.

Part of this belief system’s appeal was its ability to combine a host of sometimes incompatible ideas: radical individualism and digital community; neoliberal, free-market capitalism and an Internet industry pioneered by government grants; spiritual truth-seeking and corporate conformity. For hackers turned systems engineers or graffiti artists turned graphic designers, it held great appeal. It promised that they had value and might make the world a better place. Joining Microsoft or AOL didn’t mean selling out; it just meant recalibrating one’s sense of how utopia might be achieved.

Barlow’s writings were tailor-made for this period of techie euphoria, which seemed to herald a revolution not only in communications and commerce, but also in social relations and culture. Barlow, with his ranching background, saw the Internet as a vast, borderless electronic frontier. Whereas the hippie generation explored Eastern religions and hallucinogenic drugs as pathways to enlightenment or psychic renewal, Barlow’s generation seized on the consciousness-expanding potential of the Web. (For some, the adaptation was quite explicit: One software company recruited Timothy Leary, the former Harvard professor and LSD booster, to appear in its promotional videos.) Barlow’s declaration, then, fused some of these strands of American idealism.

Yet there was something quixotic about “A Declaration.” Barlow was articulating noble principles (free speech; egalitarianism; freedom from discrimination, bias and oppression), but his desire for “independence” from the world of flesh and bureaucracy was naive. From its earliest incarnation as ARPANET, the Internet owed its existence to the U.S. government. It was always an infrastructure project with a physical presence in the world — wires, routers, servers, data centers and computers to interface with them. It may have helped bits cross borders, but that didn’t mean that borders or laws no longer mattered. With today’s debates over mass surveillance, it’s clear that governments exercise a great deal of power online.

The text itself has aged poorly, too. Its dateline — Barlow published the document from the World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland — shows that Internet pioneers were far more wrapped up in the traditional power structure than they might acknowledge. (Barlow had worked on one of the congressional campaigns of Dick Cheney, a fellow Wyoming man.)

And it’s not just governments that have grown more powerful online. Companies have used the notion of an independent Internet to justify calling themselves its sovereign authorities. Using the vaguely humanitarian rhetoric of “connection,” they cast themselves as the handmaidens to our digital emancipation. But at the same time they have become even more adept at bulk data collection than the government. Meanwhile, they are the ones that decide how to manage our communications and which reforms are instituted. Even a populist measure like net neutrality was shepherded to passage by some of the industry’s biggest players.

Barlow has watched this Orwellian change with some discomfort. “Anybody that made it through the ’90s and [aughts] without having their libertarianism taking a pretty good hit wasn’t paying attention,” he says in a recent telephone interview. “We deregulated every g–d— thing, and it came back at us in this way that we may never recover.”

It’s a surprising turnabout for a man once feted by the Cato Institute, the preferred think tank of the Koch brothers. But Barlow isn’t quite ready to classify Palo Alto and Mountain View alongside Washington, D.C., as potentially abusive power centers. He speaks well of Google and Facebook, which he believes are “acting out of conscience,” and he worries more about government surveillance than its corporate cousin.

“We’ve got big black boxes in Langley and Fort Meade that can conceivably know everything about everybody,” he says. “We don’t know what they’re going to do with that information, what judgments they’re going to make, what invisible constraints they might put on us.” His worry is that they understand us, while we don’t understand them. “It’s the asymmetry that bothers me.”

The asymmetry, though, is everywhere — and it is especially strong in Silicon Valley, which has left people like Barlow behind. Its utopian visions long ago lost their countercultural, communitarian impulses. Today’s ambitions include Randian projects like secession, seasteading or private “innovation zones” where government regulations wouldn’t apply. Even when developers and venture capitalists vow that their new apps will “change the world,” they are generally talking about making life easier for the millennial set. Uber is not exactly the “new home of Mind.”

The disappointments accrue from there — tech companies’ slavish devotion to advertising, massive inequality and the labor inequities in the “sharing economy”; the displacement of San Francisco’s working class; the emergence of Google as a major lobbyist as calculating as any defense contractor (which Google now is, thanks to its robotics investments).

The result is a tech economy in which fantastic profits come by monitoring our every click and heartbeat. Massive data breaches have become regular events, yet tech companies ask that we continue to fork over more data that they might sell to data brokers. Data brokers, in turn, form dossiers often based on awful, if not predatory, criteria; some have offered to sell lists of rape survivors or of senior citizens who have dementia. Our much-mythologized Internet industry has helped turn this crude apparatus into a $156 billion business — one that determines the ads we see, the services we rely on and our very means of communication. It already shapes the way we live.

Barlow once wrote that “trusting the government with your privacy is like having a Peeping Tom install your window blinds.” But the Barlovian focus on government overreach leaves its author and other libertarians blind to the same encroachments on our autonomy from the private sector. The bold and romantic techno-utopian ideals of “A Declaration” no longer need to be fought for, because they’re already gone.

Twitter: @silvermanjacob

Credit: The Washington Post

Get the Model Treatment with Row A

This week, Metro NY published a lovely feature profiling the CEO of Row A, Simone Banos, discussing the conception of Row A, the possibilities for the future and how her past experience in modeling has helped to shape the company. Read below!

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Simone Banos started modeling when she was 13 years old, and it wasn’t long before she ended up on the cover of YM. She spent the ‘90s shooting with renowned photographers, including a Calvin Klein ad for Bruce Weber.

But when she had a baby, everything changed. No longer able to spend most of her time traveling, she had to think of new ways to make money. And thanks to her latest invention, we’re all benefitting.

How did having your daughter affect your modeling career?
Every decision I made had a heavier weight. I was also starting to age out of an industry with fierce competition. I shifted to more lifestyle shoots, such as being in Pampers ads as a young mom. It’s a blessing to get opportunities like that, but I wasn’t pulling in as much money [as before], so I needed to get creative.

How did you decide what to do next? 
I started thinking of what I knew and what I loved. One of those things is real estate. When I was a young model, I pounded the pavement all over New York City going to castings and I got to know the entire city that way. I also really love architecture and design. So I started working a few days a week for a real estate agency. I can make my own hours, which is good since I’m a mom. And I absolutely love it. It’s so fun!

How did launching your app, Row A, come about?
I grew up with all these amazing hair stylists — Fredric Fekkai is a close friend — and I just thought, wouldn’t it be great for other people to get that same experience? I think it should be something everyone has access to.

Describe the app. How does it work?
Basically, it’s like Uber, but for hair stylists. A lot of amazing junior stylists happily take on extra work. Professionals who I vet and know are good log on at times when they are free and want to take on some extra clients and then get matched up with customers based on GPS location. The customer puts in where they are and what they need and the professional will come to the customer.

So now you’re balancing modeling, real estate and being the CEO of Row A. What does your schedule look like?
Typically I work at the real estate office two days a week, spend one day a week going to casting or shooting for modeling and the rest of my time is devoted to Row A. The app is constantly evolving, We’re working on expanding it to wardrobe where users can have a lookbook of their closet.

Just like on “Clueless”!
Yes — it’s the future! The possibilities are endless.

Article by Emily Laurence via Metro