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Fashion FYI: It's the Moops

| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
Wendy Downs
Yellow purse designed by Moop Wendy Downs

Moop, a company which makes a variety of handmade bags for women, men and children, is having a Holiday Open House Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the company's new studio at 100 Rossyln Road in Carnegie. See the entire collection, as well as some special-edition bags. Details: 412-489-5477 or www.moopshop.com

Clever shopping

A Clever Handmade Shopping Event is from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Boutique 208 on Sixth St., Downtown. The event will feature designers bel monili and juNxtaposition, as well has handmade items from more than 40 artisans. There will be complimentary wine, crudités and gift wrapping. Details: 412-566-3600

Buying fragrance for a woman

Allure magazine offers tips to help shoppers chose a gift of fragrance:

Study her style: The pencil skirts and silk blouses inside your best friend's closet can be a good place to start. Look for fragrances by fashion designers whose clothes she admires — even if the clothes themselves aren't within her reach.

Consider a limited edition bottle: Collaborations between a perfume house and a painter or sculptor are often fit for a gallery — or a vanity. Allure favorites right now: Comme des Garcons Amazingreen, with hand-painted lace by German artist Sondra Korn ($126, at Comme des Garcons, New York City) and Jean-Michel Othoniel's exquisite swirls of gold hand-blown Murano glass for Dior J'adore L'Absolu ($3,500, including three refills, at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City).

Impress the trendsetter: Is she always looking for the next big thing? Sign her up for Fragrance Flight, a perfume-sample subscription service. Each month, members receive vials from under-the-radar perfumers, such as Keiko Mecheri, Etat, and A Lab on Fire (fragranceflight.com).

Rollerball scent applicators are neat: Sales of rollerballs grow by about three times in December. They're considerably less expensive than traditional sprays. It's an especially nice gift for the frequent traveler.

Hair intervention

These tips from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of “Hair Care Rehab,” will help damaged hair.

Chelating: Products containing oils, conditioners, serums and pomades, which makes you feel better in the short term, can build up and prevent your hair's ability to hydrate. A chelating shampoo lifts stubborn buildup from products and hard water. While many chelating shampoos are sulfate-based, there are more sulfate-free products entering the market to accommodate sensitive scalps and hair. Clarifying shampoos are a good substitute when chelating shampoos cannot be found. Moisturizing shampoo should be used for general use after detoxing is complete.

Deep conditioning: After chelating, deep condition for 10 to 15 minutes. This should be done every seven to 10 days using moisturizing conditioners such as instant and cream-rinse, deep conditioners, protein treatments or leave-in conditioners. To go the extra mile, consider an apple cider vinegar rinse to close the cuticle and enhance your hair's shine.

Moisturizing: Use either leave-in conditioner or a dedicated moisturizing product, or both. For thick, dry or curly hair, this step hydrates and adds “slip.” For fine or oily hair, these products should detangle strands while encouraging volume.

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