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By Stef Schwalb

October is our charity issue. Plus it’s Breast Cancer Month to boot, so we’re providing a roundup of products whose sale proceeds help fund initiatives to eliminate the disease. Breast cancer affects millions of women every year, and each of us at some point in our lifetime will sadly and most likely know someone who has been directly impacted by it. Since knowledge is power, learning about and supporting companies pledging to do their part is something BN takes very seriously. Here are some great ways you can contribute to finding a cure.

The “Power of Pink” is the theme for Conair’s contribution this year to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Its “Pink Twice” motto refers to two new products, the Power of Pink Ceramic Ultra Slim Straightener and the Power of Pink Travel Pack, which both support the cause and proudly display the signature pink ribbon emblem on them. The straightener showcases ceramic technology that promotes shiny, healthy strands. It features extra-wide plates that heat up in 60 seconds and offer even heat distribution as they eliminate damaging hot spots. It has a soft grip handle and professional heat levels of 25 variable temperature settings.

The travel pack includes a compact pink dryer that features a folding handle, a pink mini brush, and a mirror that all come together in a chic yet classic carrying case. It’s the perfect accessory for a gal on the go, and as a beautiful bonus it also features health tips from the American Cancer Society prominently positioned on the packaging. Fifteen percent of the products’ net profits go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information, log on http://www.conair.com.

The Marilyn Brush is a round brush known for its patented hourglass shape barrel, a la movie icon Monroe. It looks just as alluring in the pink as she does, but more so for the cause it contributes to versus its stylish physique that consists of equal length, 100 percent reinforced natural boar nylon bristles. This tried-and-true tress tamer, which has garnered plenty of industry support with salons, stylists, and celebs, is designating 8 percent of the company’s annual corporate net sales of its Pink NinYos Collection to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition, there are two other collections to check out under the Tribute to the Cure banner that support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the same way: the Southwest collection, which features three bold patterns, and the Pastel collection that offers five different colors. All of the collections come in three barrel sizes of 25, 35, and 43. For more information, visit http://www.themarilynbrush.com and http://www.bcrfcure.org.

Texturizing products are all the rage this season, which makes us especially proud that Privé launched its Privé Formule aux Herbes Finishing Texture Spray as part of an annual campaign to help fight breast cancer. Each year Laurent D., founder of Privé, launches a new product to support the cause with a portion of its proceeds being donated to the Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research, which is a favorite charity of his longtime friend and celeb client Téa Leoni. This texturizing, styling product infuses strands with a low luster shine and sleekness, while enhancing body and substance. It does so without weighing down the hair or making the strands sticky. Ingredients include glycolic extracts to rejuvenate and moisturize, antioxidants and oxygenation to protect, antiseptic qualities to promote hair and scalp health, de-frizzing agents for smoothness, vitamins to maintain natural shine, and strand shields against environmental stress. This product is available in premiere salons and spas. For more information, check out http://www.priveproducts.com and http://www.expeditioninspiration.org.

Good things come in small packages is definitely a motto that applies to Esthetic Plus. This month the company is giving a portion of its proceeds from the sales of the Velvet Soft Touch Slanted Tweezers w/Non-Slip Grip (appropriately made in a helpful pink hue) to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Unwanted facial hair is removed easily and painlessly with the innovative non-slip coating that ensures a tight grip. It’s made from exceptional quality and features a novel design. The tweezers are hand-filed and crafted from durable and sturdy European stainless steel and are inspected by professionals to make sure that the tweezing tip is aligned correctly and sharp enough to remove any stray hair. For more information, visit http://www.estheticplus.com and http://www.natlbcc.org.

If you’re seeking to lock in your stylish strands with a tress tool of substance, a must-have in any hair styling arsenal is Bumble and Bumble Classic Hairspray. It is the ultimate product for controlling updos, building volume, and taming coifs. It offers strong hold, has a fine aerosol mist, leaves no residue or flakes and is environmentally safe. As an added bonus, it also brushes out with ease. The best part about this beauty? One dollar from each can of Bb.Classic Hair Spray in the classic pink bottle will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the month of October. For more information call (800) 7-BUMBLE or log on to http://www.bumbleandbumble.com.

Helen of Troy’s Hot Tools Ultralite Tourmaline hair dryer is more than a pretty pink-hued apparatus honed to style your sometimes-unruly locks. The Ultralite is also a tool of hope. It’s emblazed with a pink ribbon because a portion of the dryer’s sale proceeds will go to breast cancer research foundations. We might be a fan of this dryer solely on the basis of it being meant for such a worthy cause, but in addition, it really works. It utilizes a patented pro-moisture system with ionic technology, which translates to your tresses drying extra fast and being frizz-free. It’s also the perfect partner for the company’s Soft Touch spongy self-holding rollers, which together make styling possibilities seem endless. You can blow-dry strands straight and then give your hair some bounce. It’s all about variety, and what you make of it. Check out the dryer and rollers at http://www.hottools.com and learn more about the charity incentives at http://www.komen.org.

Originally published October 2006
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