THE PRO: Stockholm-based Sacha Mitic is one-half of the styling team behind the Sachajuan Salons and product line — a Cameron Diaz fave. (sachajuan.com)
LOCAL FLAVOR: "Nordic women have fine hair, so it's best not to weigh it down with too many products," explains Mitic. "Our clients love effortless looks — whether modern or classic."
THE GOODS: "Our goal was to create something that would give the most shine and bounce without a lot of heavy chemicals," says Mitic of Sachajuan's proprietary Ocean Silk Technology, which fuses algae proteins with saltwater botanicals.
THE IMPORT: Make surf-free beachy styles with Sachajuan's superlight Ocean Mist ($28).Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D
THE PRO: Maria Laughland created beauty-counter equality by launching Ladine, the country's first line of upscale hair products for black women. (ladine.org)
LOCAL FLAVOR: "Our clients have a wide range of hair types," Laughland says, "so it's important that our relaxers vary in chemical intensity and include natural ingredients to repair hair from excessive styling."
THE GOODS: Favored by the nation's rapidly growing middle class, Ladine's relaxers are lye-free. "South African technology is often underrated," she adds. "Our formulas were among the first to use lithium, and now they're copied globally."
THE IMPORTS: Ladine Hair Repair Treatment ($9.70).Jeffrey Westbrook/Studio D