Beauty at what cost?

NY Times

Last Summer (or was it the Summer before last), the big thing in hair was the Brazilian blow out. Everybody was talking about how it could make hair easier to manage and quicker to dry, regardless of natural texture. I did a bit of research into the treatment and it contained formaldehyde, you know, the stuff most people would not put on their nails because of its carcinogenic qualities. I would love to shorten my hair drying time, but formaldehyde? Other similar treatments don’t contain formaldehyde, but they do contain a derivative. While the idea of having a shorter drying time during the Summer was the stuff that thick-haired girls’ like my dreams are made of, I had to pass on getting the treatment. Now that I’ve seen the article that accompanied this photo, I know I made the right choice (did I mention that I saved around 300 bucks?)

Pat McGrath

If you’ve picked up a fashion magazine in the past five years or so, chances are you’ve seen Pat McGrath’s work. She was born in 1970, raised in Northampton, England and credits her Jamaican mother with her love of fashion and makeup. With the exception of a foundation course at Northampton Art College, she has had no formal training, but her innovative use of color during the 1990s catapulted her to work for Jil Sander and John Galliano.

Today she is Global Cosmetics Creative Design Director for Procter and Gamble, a major force behind brands like Max Factor, CoverGirl, SK-II and Dolce and Gabanna. She attends four fashion seasons per year (including couture) and has done runway work (Miu Miu, Commes des Garcons and Prada) and campaign work (Calvin Klein, Clinique, Jil Sander, Elizabeth Arden). Among celebrities who seek her services are Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston. She also serves as Beauty Director for i-D Magazine and is known for her continually groundbreaking editorial work for publications such as American, English, French and Italian Vogue, W and Harper’s Bazaar.