Cosmoprof Asia 2019 / Forecast

Sitting in American Airlines terminal at LAX waiting to depart for my fourth trip to Cosmoprof Asia in Hong Kong I am wrought with a fleury of questions, thoughts, and concerns. It feels like I showed up in 2019, slopped on a face mask, took a nap and woke up to the end of a decade.  

In looking forward to the future we must remember that we are already in the future now.  How will what defines beauty this year be any different in 2020?  Familiar sounding articles scream for our attention across the usual beauty publications and channels. “Click here for beauty hacks from fashion week!” Nope. “Nail trends you’ll want to wear now!” For how much longer will we keep rehashing the same trends and calling them new?  How boring! We can’t blame anyone lest ourselves.  In fact bravo, a HUGE pat on the back to all of the disruptors who have brought beauty this far in what seems like only a skip and a jump from the launch of Instagram in 2009. We have really outdone ourselves, it seems that every conceivable look possible has been done and then turned into a face filter, and then replicated back in a makeup look just to be posted on the gram.  Is this as good as it gets? Maybe, but probably not.  

New trends innovate through new technologies that we are certain already exist and are simply being held under heavy security by secretive government agencies.  Microchips for our nails that tell us how many minerals we aren’t getting, or pills you take to change your hair color from the inside out.  Will nail and hair stylists become obsolete in the future? Will I be able to walk into a box and press a button for a freshly bleached pixie cut or whatever my heart may desire? Maybe, probably. In the meantime there is nothing more original these days than being yourself.  Cheesy, but true.  

It’s almost time to board my flight, my custom buzzed summer candy colored tye-dye hair doesn’t seem to especially intrigue anyone around me.  Neither do my multi-colored reptilian textured coffin shaped French tips.  These are new looks for me, but as I profess, everyone has seen everything before! A decade ago people might gawk and ooh and ah but this is just the norm in 2020, I mean 2019, but is there really much of a difference?

Shout out to Los Angeles based rockstar hairstylist Jefferson Tangradi (@GetYoHairDid) and nail boss at large Fariha Ali (@NailJob), who both wanted to murder me the entire time they spent cooking up my fancy looks 😊 That’s right, I admit it, I’m a nightmare client! I can never make up my mind and I can hardly sit still.  Still, somehow, I convinced these two constantly in demand and often overbooked artists to help my nail and hair dreams come to life this year.  Click those instagram handles above to get to their pages for some musing.

As always the Cosmoprof Asia convention floor is calling to me, teasing me with hopes of innovation and progression to share with you soon. Time for me to hop on this flight and travel back to the future, stay tuned 😉 

p.s. Here’s a photo dump of my hair in process by Monty aka (@monty.rec

More photos and videos come soon !


Miss Handly

Cosmoprof Asia 2018 / Hair & Nails

Wow! What a rush, this years convention was the busiest yet with the highest attendance and number of exhibitors in it’s history!  Every year I get to know the convention and its inhabitants a little bit better, but there is so much going on it is still hard to get a solid grip on things.  Our team of investigative beauty gurus were tasked with finding the top products in our categories for an initiative called #BeautyHunt. My assigned sectors were hair and nails of course, choosing only the top 5 products for each sector from the hundreds of exhibitors is not an easy feat.  I set out to try some of the products on the floor and you know I got in and got the goods though so let’s just dive right in shall we? These gems are listed in no particular order ^_*



With my week and half old coral hair faded to a light beige blonde by the time I got to Hong Kong, I was ready for some fresh color.  But when I went hunting for the best color in the hair sector I did not think I would get lucky enough to come across the bright light that is hair color queen Rebecca Taylor and her new line of hybrid hair color with SensiDo.  “Not just direct dye, demi or permanent but all. It’s the stylist’s choice to create their own color unique shades.” The tones and formula options are available in 16 shades, completely allowing for never-ending possibilities of customized color combinations.  In addition to the customization benefits, the color is vegan, she says, cruelty-free, fragrance-free and has packaging that is 90% recyclable. “Literally trillions of color options just from bottles of red/yellow/blue/black/white/brown….the only limitation with Trillion Tones is your imagination,” she says.


Love at first site is the best way I can describe how I feel about the Amika brand.  They are always innovative and pleasure their consumers with eye catching graphics and addictive signature scent.  This year I was distressed because it was so hard to pick what to feature out of all their shiny new products but I settled on Reset, an exfoliating gentle shampoo with a jelly-like consistency to deeply cleanse, re-balance and sooth sensitive, itchy or oily scalps. Developed with pink himalayan sea salt, clay, and charcoal to absorb and rid pores of dirt, odors, hard metals and toxins. Finally, the salicylic acid helps to maximize the exfoliation process while refined sea salt adds benefits of essential minerals.  Scalp health is wealth y’all, take care of your scalp and your hair will thank you.


This brush caught my eye immediately and I was not surprised to find that it was Italian made and not just by any Italian, but the internationally renowned Giorgio Janeke Company, founded in 1830. The pneumatic base of the brush is in fact constituted by a bottom defined by a particular drilling beehive, patented. Air is evenly distributed on the hair without stressing it and allows faster drying without drying it out. This original SuperBrush comes in 12 colors including two metallic and is trusted by professionals and at home hair enthusiasts alike.  The brand also offers dozens of other beautifully crafted styling tools I would highly recommend checking out.


I’m not even going to play, I noticed this company because of their booth design and they were playing one of my favorite artists, Aphex Twin when few of the boothes at the convention even bother with playing music or enhancing their sections.  It was the music that drew me to find this amazing and totally organic product by a French company called Angel. Enriched with helichrysum active ingredients, anti-inflammatory properties will alleviate scalp irritation while rejuvenating and revitalizing damaged hair caused by hot styling tools, chemicals and environmental elements. Unique leave in formula enhances UV protection to prevent dehydration and damage. Protection from split ends and frizz. Helicrysum stoechas extract, renowned as Immortal, is an eternal flower that never fades even after it dries. Its other special ingredient gingko biboa extract can deeply moisturize and repair dry and damaged hair from within. 


The Aromase’s 5a Juniper Scalp purifying liquid shampoo 2% is designed for the daily cleansing of a dry, flakey, or damaged scalp.  It helps to cleanse and regulate the sebum glands, soothes and conditions scalps for healthy hair growth and essentially maintains a healthy scalp ecosystem. The company developed herbal formulas in Taiwan in collaboration with dermatologists at 50 separate large-scale hospitals and 304 dermatology clinics.   This product could even be considered medicinal and really soothed my own scalp which can get a little dry when I travel or after bleach. 



Yes Marilyn Monroe, that’s right!  I’ve actually always wondered what a nail color collection would look like if it were designed by the icon herself so I geeked out a bit when I found the Forever Fabulous Marilyn Monroe collection from Morgan Taylor. These shades embody the spirit of all that is Marilyn Monroe. With classic shades reminiscent of her Old Hollywood beauty and exciting, vibrant tones that represent her iconic nature this color range is sure to leave a lasting impression just like Marilyn herself. Not to mention the colors are offered in gel AND polish and come in this beautiful box emblazoned with Marilyn’s famous signature.  


Personally I use press ons ALL the time, for shoots and on myself.  Dashing Diva has really stepped up their game this year with Magic Press, their gel nail art heavy press on collection.  They have even collaborated on some of the designs with top nail artists like Park Eunkyung of Unistella.   Other perks include no glue, no dry time, no damage, and effectively safe on natural nails.  


I have become a fan of Bluesky over the years and let them demonstrate an application of their new Gum Gel by giving me extensions this year. Gum gel is the Bluesky version of professional grade Polygel which was originally released by Gelish late last year.  Polygel is all the rage so I knew I had to try it . Whether you sculpt over forms or use as an overlay for tips or the natural nail, this product does it all. Having a thicker consistency to regular builder gel and applied in a way more resembling acrylic application leads to even stronger nails. With a game-changing odorless formula using polymer fusion, it is stronger than hard gels or builder gels, and it allows a faster application time. Simply put it’s kind of like if acrylic and gel had a super baby, if you haven’t tried it you are slacking on your nail game.


Hands down, the best nippers ever and most professional and utilitarian design created by the nail nipper experts in Vietnam at Nghia Saigon, originated in 1990. Throughout the years, the scope of the company has grown and changed but they have remained consistent with years of experience and skillful technicians have given pride to Nghia as the leading manufacturer of nail instruments globally. Their company is consistently ranked as one of Vietnam’s 100 strongest brands and is currently the only nail care instrument brand that has been awarded Consumers’ Choice Award and is ISO 9001: 2000 certified.


I have featured this company before but they just keep getting better and by better I mean smaller and more portable. This is their smallest printer yet and designed for at home personal use.  I also love how this little device connects to a mobile app where you are able to choose a wide variety of mixed and customizable patterns and designs. Customization is the fruit of the future.  It’s an efficient device because one cartridge can already print you over 700 to 800 nails, it’s wireless, and very easy to use for anyone.  


Miss Handly

Cosmoprof Asia 2018 / Forecast

Pinch me! I am so grateful to announce that I have been invited back to Hong Kong by Cosmoprof Asia again to be their official private nail & hair detective as part of a social media campaign #BeautyHunt, to spot trends at the convention this year.  If you are planning on going be sure to check out their website HERE for all the happenings, catch me at ALL of the hair and nail events. That means I need to start getting ready now, like yesterday, like the day before that. Well actually I did and I even documented it, lucky you!

Currently, I’m trying to grow out my natural nails so I opted to skip my usual gem encrusted extensions for short and cute with some hand painted nail art by half of my favorite nail art duo in Los Angeles, Donne of Hey Nice Nails.  We decided on a wavy design using colors from the flags of Hong Kong, Mexico, Malaysia, and America.

This year instead of my usual long blonde California girl hair, I cut it all off and had some fun with gypsy cowboy & hair maven Jeremy Michael. I was tossing and turning between taking my now short blonde hair yellow, orange, or pink.  It seems we settled somewhere in between and landed on Too Cute Coral by Pravana.  My photo diary of the process below, roots to bleach, finishing with coral fingerwaves. Color only because I am still growing it out ;-) Last cut was by mamacita Ana Estella.  

See you soon Hong Kong!


Miss Handly

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