Baby, My Bags Are Packed (For Summer Vacation)

The sun is shining and temperatures are steadily climbing the thermometers! We are getting the summer itch to ditch the winter booties, pack our beach bag essentials, and head to the nearest body of water and their colorful boardwalks. Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, it’s always good to feel prepared with the right sunscreen and summer products to keep you feeling calm and collected and not worrying about the small stuff. Our beach side essentials include:

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photo via @aveda

1. A Hair Brush

First up on the list is the often forgotten, but very necessary hair brush. Even though beach days are perfect for the good ol’ relax and reboot, they can also be long, all-day endeavors. If you’re planning to swim, a hair brush can make the difference between beach waves or tangled chaos. We recommend using a wet brush. Wet brushes have special bristles to reduce breakage and snagging while combing through wet hair. They’re perfect for every day, too.

If you’d like to invest in a more universal brush, we can never recommend the Aveda wooden mini paddle brush enough! It’s mini too, so it’ll fit in any day pack.

2. Sunscreen (For Your Skin & Hair!)

Is it possible to even make an essentials list for the beach and not include sunscreen? It’s not new news that in addition to protecting your beautiful skin while sunbathing, you also need to protect your hair from sun damage and color fading. There’s a wide variety of products out there for the job, but few products are cruelty-free and plant-derived, like this one (for your skin) and this one (for your hair). Personally recommended by us!

3. A Beach Read Like No Other

It’s inevitable that despite your intentions to unplug and do nothing but sit and soak up the sun, boredom may strike, and you want to be prepared. A good beach book will solve your woes. Not a big reader? Magazines are great for striking that visual and reading balance. It’s great to just have something you can flip through while staring out across the blue horizon. Our top three summer book recommendations are: Normal People by Sally Rooney, Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey, and Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin. We’ve got the literary, the plot-driven, and the funny book options for you, listed in that order!

4. Eco-Friendly Water Bottle

It’s so easy to forget the obvious necessities. Water! Staying hydrated is essential to finishing your beach day strong and feeling rejuvenated instead of fatigued. If you’re used to buying a case of plastic water bottles, try to save the plastic this summer. Invest in an eco-friendly water bottle that’s reusable. Not only does this save money in the long run, but it’ll reduce beach pollution, too. This month our team went on our annual beach clean-up at The Little Red Lighthouse beach under the GW Bridge! Here’s a cute picture of our day!

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5. Body Cleanser

After spending a few hours beachside, you’ll want to cleanup before hitting the boardwalk. From the ocean’s sea salt to the grimy feeling of chlorine from a pool, this hair and body cleanser gently removes the grime while adding moisture back into the skin with its tamanu and organic coconut oils. Beat the dryness and you’ll be winning for the day!

6. Soy Candle

This trick is for your weekend getaways, or anytime you travel, really! Bringing your favorite scented candle from home is the perfect way to take away that sterile hotel room smell while making the space feel that much more cozy. It’s all about that personalization, and don’t forget that there are plenty of travel size candle options!

7. Lightweight Cover Up

We’ve all done it before, bringing jean shorts and a tee as your post-beach cover up. It’s definitely a cute, classic look, but there’s nothing worse than getting rug burn from the friction between your beach grime (sand, salt, and possibly a wet swimsuit) and your denim. That’s why we’re emphasizing the lightweight, airy, and free flowing cover up options. Think soft cotton, rompers, and the beloved straw hat. You’ll thank us later!

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Love Is In The Hair - Our Wedding Lookbook

On your wedding day you should feel a hundred percent like you! It’s not only about looking your best, but feeling comfortable and like your most authentic self. Our beauty team is here to take care of every flyaway, bobby pin, and hair need from your first consultation to your wedding day.

Whether you already have a vision for your hairstyle or need some creative insight, the photo gallery below is just a sampling of what we’re able to do for your big day!

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5 Fringe Styles To Try This Year

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Because the greater part of the the early and mid 2010s was filled with people growing out their fringe, then it only makes sense that now, years later, the idea of that satisfying, big chop is back. Fringe has a long and spiraling history. Like all classics, it never goes out of style, but its popularity ebbs and flows.

From the feathery, wispy bangs to the blunt, micro cuts, there are endless renditions, which makes the decision on what type of fringe to embark on that much harder. No matter what you settle on, know that with a skilled stylist, it can all be tailored to fit your face shape, style, and haircare routine, no problem.

For inspiration, we’ve collected a few of our favorite fringe looks crafted by our stylists:

Wispy Bangs

Shaggy and chic. Ease into fringe with this minimal upkeep style. Wispy bangs are perfect if you like to mix up your style day-to-day. They can be worn straight across the forehead or push them to the side to achieve a different look. The long layers and face-framing hair pieces make it easy to grow out.

hair by  Alex

hair by Alex

Micro Bangs

The ultimate edgy bang cut is micro bangs (aka baby bangs!). These bangs sit an inch or two about your brow line and are cut in a choppy manner, creating plenty of texture and style. The shorter the bang, the higher the maintenance. This look requires a bang trim every two weeks, unless you don’t mind growing them out in between haircuts.

hair by  Liz

hair by Liz

Curtain Fringe

The key to curtain fringe is the center part. For the last few years, the lob has taken over as the cool-girl haircut. Curtain fringe is the perfect way to update that look. The best part about curtain fringe is its long layers that seamlessly blend in with the rest of the hair. This type of bang fits well with longer hair, too.

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hair by Alex

Blunt Fringe

The ever so bold, long and thick blunt fringe. This style of bang may take the most commitment, but when done right, is a fun and dramatic way to change your overall appearance and style. If you’d like to have a fuller bang, but want to add more airiness to the cut, ask your stylist to make the bangs choppy at the center. This will bring more flow to the bangs while still sporting the blunt bangs look.

hair by  Shirley

hair by Shirley

Side Bangs

As we all remember, side bangs were extremely popular circa 2000-2005, and this year, they’re making a come back. The effortless bangs are easy to maintenance, and this time, we’re keeping the straight iron at home. The new take on side bangs is about embracing your hair’s natural texture and keeping it simple.

hair by  Sarah

hair by Sarah

Lazy Girl Waves With A Flatiron

Lazy Waves. Beach Hair. The S Wave. These are just a few of the names the beauty industry and Internet have coined for those loose, almost not there curls that have taken everyone’s Instagram feeds by storm. They look effortless, but we all know it takes time, energy, and the right technique to pull off the “I woke up like this,” effect. Tousled, undone waves aren’t new, but the latest rendition, called S Waves, can be achieved with your flatiron, which already makes them the perfect wave technique when you’re on a time crunch, traveling, or if you need a low maintenance routine. When learning a new styling practice it can feel a bit daunting , and trust us when we say, we’ve been there! But with some practice and following our guide we hope it makes it a little easier for you to achieve the waves you want.

Why the Flatiron?

**IMPORTANT NOTE: make sure your flatiron has rounded edges. That’s essential for using it to curl!

The beauty of S waves is that you can use a flatiron OR a curling wand to achieve the look, but today we’re going to talk specifically about how to use a flatiron. Why a flatiron? Curling wands make more of a pronounced wave, and we’re trying to achieve as minimalist of a wave possible. It’s also economical and when traveling you’ll only have to pack one heating tool!

Don’t Crank The Heat, At First

If you’re new to using your flatiron as a curling tool, start by lowering the heat level while you get the hang of the technique. It’ll take two, three, even five times to nail the angle and speed of the twisting motion and also avoid the much despised crease line that flatirons can make if you hold it in one spot too long.

STEP 1

Section your hair in a way that feels most comfortable to you and so it’s easy to handle. The size of your flatiron will determine how large of sections you can curl at a time. If you have a 1” flatiron, we recommend curling 1” sections at a time. This will help make the heat more evenly distributed and the waves more defined.

STEP 2

Clamp your 1” section of hair and in a smooth motion twist the flatiron so the hair semi-wraps around the flatiron’s body and pull down. Think of your wrist twisting in a roughly 180 degree circle. The more you twist the hair around the flatiron, the tighter the curl. This is the motion you should practice a few times on the low level heat.

Important note: release your hair from the flatiron before reaching your strand ends. It helps keep the curls less structured and avoids a lot of heat damage.

STEP 3

Don’t feel pressure to make every wave perfect. The beauty of this style is that it’s supposed to look natural — some hair strands more wavy than others and vice versa.

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The Recipe To Waking Up Energized

 
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If only there was a fool proof way to eliminate the morning dreariness, caffeine fixes, and “snooze” buttons. If we could all wake up feeling energized, then we could stop hailing coffee as liquid gold and cash in on feeling motivated, healthy, and well rested! That sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Even for those of us who are true night owls, with an average sleep time of 2:30am or later (via CNBC), the morning grind looks like it’s here to stay, and it’s time to learn some tips and tricks on how to ease the burden of early mornings and start embracing them.

1. No Blinds; Wake Up To Sunshine

Blackout curtains have a beauty about them when trying to fall asleep midday, but they’re not necessary if you’re falling asleep and waking up with the sun. In fact, having blinds that work too well can throw off your body’s natural sleep schedule. Our suggestion? For one week, open the shades when you go to bed so the morning sun can shine bright into you room. You’re body will wake up gradually with the natural light and this gradual awakening will leave you feeling more well-rested and ready to go for the day as compared to the alternative, jerk reaction your alarm creates. You won’t even have to think about hitting the snooze button!

2. Find Your Circadian Rhythm

Your Circadian Rhythm is your energy cycle. No matter how hard anyone tries to stay perfectly energized throughout the day, energy levels are made to fluctuate. Everyone’s internal clock is a little different. It’s common to feel a dip in energy after lunch, but dips in energy can happen at any point throughout the day. If you’re curious on how to maximize your energy, sleep experts say that taking note of your bodies natural energy pattern will allow you to plan ahead when organizing high energy activities and R&R time. Don’t beat yourself up if you energy is low for a few hours, it’ll spring back!

3. Citrus Breakfast

The most common citrus source when it comes to morning routines is lemon water, though all forms of citrus are a great way to boost energy levels in the morning. Citrus reduces the stress hormone norepinephrine. If you find yourself waking up and immediately worrying about your hectic day ahead, that can play a part in tiredness and lethargy. Citrus helps combat your stress and even increase your levels of serotonin, the happy hormone. Citrus is also great for stomach health and keeping your immune system intact - it’s a win, win.

4. Establish A Routine

Don’t overthink it! When people talk about routines, it can feel like a loaded topic. Inherently, routines are made to be broken because life is messy and never runs on a perfect schedule. That being said, routines are a way to feel motivated and start the day with intention. Most people have some kind of routine even if it’s not intentional. It can be as small as reading a short poem every morning or sitting on the couch to drink tea.

5. Hydrate First Thing

Staying hydrated is an easy thing to say, but sometimes a hard thing to do. Imagine a glass of water as the alarm clock for your body while your actual alarm clock wakes up your mind. One glass of water every morning kick starts a healthy flow of oxygen through your body, which keeps you alert and awake.

6. No Snooze Button

We can totally empathize with not wanting to get out of a warm, cozy bed, but the antithesis to an energized morning is the snooze button. We promise! The shut eye you’re seaking between alarms isn’t helping your long-term energy levels. The number one tip we can give is don’t plan on using your snooze button. Set your alarm clock to the actual time you want to get out of bed, so hitting snooze isn’t an option and you truly maximize your sleep time.

7. Make Your Bed

Complete this first small task everyday and it will set you up feeling accomplished and ready to take on more. What’s better at making you feel energized than motivation?

 

How To Customize Your Beauty Routine On A Budget

Whether your beauty routine is thoroughly curated or a simple and sweet regimen, optimizing any budget is a savvy thing to do. Like most things in life, a great beauty routine requires balance. There's a time and a place to splurge on those must-have products and then there's those other times...when substituting one product for another is a great way to declutter that overflowing product bin in your bathroom (we all have them!).

The key to not breaking the bank while creating your "best life" beauty routine is investing in products and tools that multitask. There are endless products out there, and our Aveda products lead the pack, that are more than what meets the eye! In need of a one-time bright eyeshadow? Our first budget-saving tip is that Aveda lipsticks can double as eyeshadows. It's as simple as dapping some of that beautiful hue onto your fingertips and then blotting the color onto your eyelid. The new Feed My Lips lipstick collection by Aveda is a fun palette that easily goes from lipstick to eyeshadow when in a pinch. Hacks like these can elevate your beauty game tenfold. Here are a few other options to save money on products without compromising the quality of your beauty regimen.

1. Buy Litres

Buying in bulk is the quintessential money-savers cardinal rule! Why not apply it to hair products? Shampoo and conditioner are the foundation of every hair care practice. It's not a matter of "if" you'll use the products, just when, and that's what makes it a great money-saving option. Not to mention,  buying litres is environmentally friendly, too. Our biggest tip is consulting with your Parlor hair stylist when going for that investment purchase. They'll direct you to a shampoo and conditioner that will suit your unique hair type for the long haul.

2. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo, if not already a part of your weekly routine, will change how you breathe, live, and care for your hair. It's THAT good. In general, the average person washes their hair too often and strips it of its natural occurring oils (also known as "grease"), which keeps hair healthy and growing to its fullest potential.

The beauty of reducing your "shampoo days" per week is that you're also reducing product consumption. This will stretch the life span of your products and ultimately will lead you to saving a few shiny pennies.  In the case that embracing second-day hair puts you on edge, dry shampoo is a great investment. It'll cut the grease and leave you feeling as if you just hopped out of a glistening shower.

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3. Repack Your Broken Blush, Eyeshadow, and Bronzer

 This hack is for those "uh-oh" moments when your compact is knocked off the bathroom sink. It's easy to throw in the towel and succumb to purchasing a new kit. But first, try this. Remove the broken pieces of blush and mix the makeup with three to four drops of rubbing alcohol. Stir until the makeup turns into a paste. Repack the paste into the compact and wait for it to dry. Waalah! It should be as good as new.

4. Bring Your Perfume Everywhere

Perfume is expensive, and after making that big purchase, it's difficult to carry the bottle  (no matter how great it smells!) all over the city. Of course, there are travel-size perfume bottles, but that's another dollar spent. Insert *cute and reusable glass roll-on perfume bottles*.  These Vivaplex 10ml glass bottles can be filled with any perfume or essential oil under the sun and they're completely customizable. That way you get to use the product you bought, anywhere you like. 

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5. Go Mini

When it comes to hair products, it takes time and patience to find the right remedies to your unique hair type. Depending on your personal hair challenges (i.e. dryness, lack of volume, hair loss, etc.) there are various products to test out. It's easy to fall into the "standard size category," which for Aveda, is 8.5 fl. oz. When on a budget, we say, don't limit your beauty routine, just go mini (i.e. travel size products, 1.7-3 fl. oz) for your special-care product purchases.

6. The Wonderful World of Vasaline

Here us out! We are putting to rest the myth that Vasaline improves eyebrow growth. It doesn't.  But why do people continue to dab their brows with this multitasking man-made wonder? It's great for grooming and highlighting! Beware, a little goes a long ways, but adding Vasaline to your eyebrows can help keep them in place and add a little sheen to your look.

7.  Mascara As Eyeliner

There are various reasons why having a separate eyeliner and mascara is more convenient and easier to apply, but it's also known that mascara can substitute your missing, broken, or not-yet-replaced eyeliner. Use a small makeup brush to dip into the mascara formula and then apply it to your lid. It's simple and sweet, and with Aveda's "Mosscara" you'll be looking fierce while supporting plant-based makeup.

 

Zen Out With This At-Home Spa Regimen

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Warm weather, beach hair, and a busy social life are just a few of the things that make us anticipate summer, and we all know the hype is real. It's easy to find yourself wrapped up in engagements and before you not know it *poof* summer has past and the rest and relaxation you promised yourself has also disappeared. Of course, when the sun is shining, we are in full support of heading outdoors and getting that much needed Vitamin D, your skin will thank you for it! But also, don't feel guilty staying in on a Friday night and give yourself some much needed TLC. We promise you'll rise from that comfortable spot on your bed more glowing and radiant than before.

So you want to jump right in and get started on that spa-night you've been promising yourself for months? Here's the Parlor guide on how to treat yourself in the best way possible.

 

Step 1: Body Brush

Step number one to a successful spa-night is taking care of your largest organ - the skin! Body brushing is a centuries-old practice that exfoliates the skin, stimulates the lymphatic system, increases blood circulation, and helps remove toxins from the body. Needless to say,  this self-care routine should not just be a part of your spa-night, but should be a day-to-day health and beauty tool for everyone. Purchase a body brush at your nearest health food store, and then get ready to feel anew.

The most important component when body brushing is that your skin is completely dry. Brush the skin in small circular motions, starting at the shoulders and working your way down to the feet. It's important to brush for 5-10 minutes to experience the full affects of skin brushing. The perfect follow-up to a good brushing is, of course, a bath.

Interested in learning more about body brushing? Click here.

Step 2: Soak In A Salt Bath

Our bodies are made up of 60% water and so there's no question that a relaxing bath is the perfect place to start for a spa-night. Don't have a bath?  Long showers work, too!  It's been scientifically proven that baths are linked to reduced stress, increased blood circulation, improved sleep, and if you're having a case of the blues a cold bath alerts the nervous system and increases levels of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline that activity combat feelings of depression.

To simulate a spa-feel we recommend adding a 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil into the water or add a scoop of Aveda's Stress-Fix Soaking Salts. The aromas of organic clary sage and lavender will be enough to push out any negative energy stuck in the crevices of your body. Don't forget to light a candle!

Step 3: Masque Time

After body brushing, a relaxing bath, and changing into your silkiest of pajamas, it's time to moisturize. For oily skin we recommend Aveda's Botanical Kinetics Deep Cleansing Clay Masque that will help give you a deep cleanse and leave your pores flushed. For a masque focused on hydration we recommend Aveda's Intense Hydrating Masque.

Step 4: Soak the Feet

It's good to give the feet a break - after all they carry us everywhere we go! Create a small foot soak and add a few drops of Aveda's Cooling Oil which helps relieve muscle tension. In addition, try to find a small ball around the house (a tennis ball will work!) that you can use as a foot roller.

After applying the masque and setting up your foot soak, it's time to kick your feet up. Grab a book, meditate, sip some tea, and unplug from technology for a few hours.

Step 5: Fuel Your Body

This next part will take some preparing before your spa-night begins, but instead of snacking on what's easiest, why not fuel the body with foods that have health and beauty benefits? Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Walnuts: this snack is great at keeping your hair shiny and eliminating any dandruff with it's omega-3 fatty acids and copper minerals.

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes: for soft skin this is a great source of  beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into Vitamin-A and make the skin feel smooth and lush.

  • Hot CoCoa: the antioxidant flavanols in cocoa increases blood circulation and will create a radiant glow to your skin.

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Step 6: Rest Up

The final step is likely the easiest, but no less important! Avoid watching television and scrolling on the phone, which has been proven to hinder sleep. Go to bed early! After this beauty regimen your muscles and mind will be ready to relax. Get ready to catch some zzz's and enjoy your new glow in the morning!

How To Maintain Long, Healthy Hair

Hair maintenance is essential no matter how long your hair cascades, but for those with longer locks a steady hair-care regimen can eliminate the struggle of breakage, dullness, and stunted hair growth. If you're new to the idea of a daily hair-care routine, the idea can feel a bit daunting. But don't worry! These tips won't add more than 15 minutes to your daily care . Here are five tips on how to maintain healthy hair, pick and choose, or incorporate all five into your beauty routine. You won't regret it and your hair will be glowing!

1. Upgrade Your Hair Brush

 

Photo by stylist @samoslyn

Photo by stylist @samoslyn

Think of your hair brush as your biggest tool to building the foundation for your healthy hair. Long hair is more prone to breakage and a great hair brush will smooth the hair shaft and reduce friction. What happens when you get split ends? Although split ends are common, they are also avoidable with regular haircuts and reliable tools. We recommend purchasing a wet hairbrush, which is made specifically to comb hair after a shower (when your hair is most fragile and likely to split) as well as a wide-tooth comb which also minimizes stress to hair roots. The important thing to note is that the longer split ends are ignored the worst split ends become. They'll continue to split higher up on the hair shaft, which will later only require more work to clean up. Come schedule a haircut with us if you're worried about split ends!

 2. Hair Masks Are Your New Best Friend

 

Protein is essential to growing long hair that is also healthy. What's the easiest way to pack in a healthy amount of protein to your roots? A hair mask, once a week. Aveda's Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque is perfect to apply and quick to use with a sitting time of 2-5 minutes. If you feel like your hair needs an extra dose of protein, spring for Aveda's Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment. It's packed with quinoa (amazing, we know!)  and it will undoubtedly build your strands back up so they are as strong as they are beautiful.

 

3. Use Proper Technique When Blow Drying

Any heat to the hair will cause damage, but there's ways to reduce the stress put on your hair with proper technique. When blow drying, make sure to keep the hair dryer 3 inches away from your hair and point the nozzle downwards. It's also best if you use a low-heat setting. Creating that distance from your hair will help limit overheating and by pointing the nozzle downwards (not sideways) it will keep the shaft smooth and frizz-free.

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photo by Parlor stylist @s.bryzow

4. Ponytails

Ponytails: they are your friend and foe. Now before we get ahead of ourselves, we're not suggesting to annex ponytails altogether! That'd be sacrilege,  but it is good to know that pulling your hair into a tight updo on the daily will cause breakage at the elastic line. Consider updating your elastic bands with softer hair band options, such as the now-popular "telephone-cord" hair rings. They are totally giving us 90s Spice Girl vibes, but in the best way possible. See an example, here.

 

5. Avoid Over Shampooing

This final tip may be the easiest because it requires the least amount of energy. Limit your shampooing to  2-3 times a week. The natural oils that our scalps produces stimulates hair growth and will provide the protein your hair needs to stay strong and shiny. Shampooing too often drys out the hair and leaves it more brittle than when you started! Also, don't skip on the conditioner! We're trying to make the hair as lush as possible and conditioning always helps. If you're worried about your hair looking too oily, grab a dry shampoo to help out. Aveda has a great one, available here, and in our two salons.

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photo by Parlor stylist @shirleyhagel

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Books That Will Make You Rethink the Beauty Industry

Nowadays all it takes is a few scrolls on a phone to find inspiration for your next hair transformation, makeup rendez vous, and the motivation and guidance to achieve it all. Beauty bloggers, hair salons, and makeup artists from around the world are accessible with a simple tap on our smartphones, which is perfect when in search for a new updo or cut, but trust us when we say these books on beauty will change the way you think of "beauty" as a philosophy, as a routine, as everything.

Endless amounts of information outside of the Twitter-sphere exist on hair and makeup and the beauty industry as a whole, but it can be difficult to sift through the chaos and find that perfect read.  Let's go beyond the 5-minute updo tutorial and get closer to the fundamentals of why it's fun to decorate our skin with eyeshadows and why cutting off a few inches of hair can spark confidence and feelings of renewal. We believe beauty is a cornerstone of self-expression, empowerment, and confidence! Read these five books and dig deeper into the history of the beauty industry, the ebb and flow of styles, and how to make your skin glow from the inside out.

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Facepaint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge

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This book is a tour de force. It chronicles the history of makeup and goes as far back as ancient times in order to showcase how body and  face decoration is one of the oldest human practices. Author and make up artist Lisa Eldridge weaves her research of original  makeup materials and practices  with beautiful photography, which makes this book the perfect centerpiece on your bookshelf or coffee table. The $445 billion dollar beauty industry had to start somewhere and Eldridge leaves no questions unanswered.

 

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Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes

This gem of a book takes a look at pivotal beauty products throughout modern history, from Chanel No. 5 to MAC lipsticks. Each of the products outlined in Sali Hughes'  book has influenced the conversation of beauty and  has equally made small and big waves throughout our personal histories as well. It's easy to get wrapped up in Hughes' witty anecdotes of her personal bump-ins to these products, which helps give the book the perfect balance of story and fact. 

 

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An Atlas of Natural Beauty: by L'Officie Universelle Buly 

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 The rise of organic, natural beauty products has helped make the world a little greener, and as an Aveda salon, we're all about sustainable beauty and protecting the earth we live on! So of course this book made it onto our list. This all-natural beauty guide harkens back to old school recipe books with carefully laid out instructions on how to make your own skincare and makeup out of the fruits, seeds, and plants in your backyard (or more likely, at the grocery store!). Apricots, passion fruit, peonies, and more. It will blow your mind.

 

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Hair: Fashion and Fantasy by Laurent Philippon

 Hair meets fashion in this stunning collection of photographs that celebrate hair as art. The book is a collection of rare and archival photos from some of the world's most renowned fashion and beauty photographers paired with commentary and insight from style icons such as Dita Von Teese and hair stylists like Nicole Tucker (Alicia Keys's hairstylist!).

 

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Eat Beautiful: Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out by Wendy Rowe

The skin is the largest organ and our makeup canvas! This book Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe is a hybrid beauty-recipe book that talks about the connection between eating healthy and having clearer skin. We've heard this motto time and time again, but Rowe with her 20 years of experience as a makeup guru makes it accessible, timeless, and sweet.

Feeling inspired? Tag us in your beauty book reads @parlorbeautyoffical on Instagram!

The "Glass Hair" Trend And How To Achieve It

This September is all about hair shine. The funny thing about the hair industry is that most trends are reactions to the trends that came before them. It was impossible to ignore (and why would you want to!) the bob/lob craze that took over this summer. Celebrities from Selena Gomez and JLo to your best friend rocked the sleek, straight-edge of their geometric cuts, and of course the trend couldn't stop there. Enter: "glass hair," the latest trend that is taking Instagram and celebrity glam teams by storm. This lux-look, most commonly coupled with short haircuts, is a bit tricky to recreate at home, but what is hair without a challenge? We broke this look down into five key points of focus. Shine Treatment. Fresh Cut. Simple Shampoo. Flat Iron. Be Brilliant.

1. Aveda Hair Color Shine Service

This salon treatment, available at both our salon locations, is a quick way to infuse your hair with an intense shine that will last you for months. The best part is that this treatment can be applied as a clear gloss (in the case you don't need a new color treatment!) or as a semi-permanent color. The clear gloss takes a quick 5-20 minutes and before you leave the salon you'll be that much closer to achieving that reflective, pristine shine. Right now, receive our intro offer, $20 off your intro shine service!

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2. Dull Hair No More

Before thinking about what tools and products to apply for the extra shine - it's important to note that healthy hair has a natural shine to it. The duller the strands, the more damage there is. Split ends are a huge culprit to a lackluster sheen and we don't want anything to get in the way of you and your new "glass hair" look!  It's always a good idea to start with a clean slate, so if you're ready to part with an inch or two, book an appointment, and the end result of your "glass hair" will be that much more dramatic and eye-catching.

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3.  Simple Shampoo

Product build-up is another cause of dull hair and before putting the time and energy into flat ironing , it's best to cleanse the build-up. What's the best way to do this? Aveda suggests using, "Pramasāna Scalp Cleanser first to give your scalp a good cleansing. Then, follow up with Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo, which cleanses both product buildup and pollution from the hair, or opt for Brilliant shampoo to deeply cleanse."

After you soap-up and  get rid of any film that was coating your hair, feel free to blow dry or air dry. For a smoother finish, we recommend using a brush and use a blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle. Want to reduce damage? Let it air dry, but don't forget to brush your hair straight after the shower and avoid touching it to reduce frizz and to keep the strands from coiling.

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4. Flatiron

Now time to apply the heat! Don't immediately crank the temperature to the highest degree - but start at a lower temperature and slowly kick it up as needed. This will save you from some unneeded breakage. The safe zone for flat ironing your  hair with the least amount of damage is around 300-350 degrees, and it's a myth that coarser hair needs higher temperatures. They don't!

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5. Be Brilliant

The entire Be Brilliant line will be your best friend if this "glass hair" look becomes your new go-to.  It's Aveda's premier line of products that focuses on smoothing and shine. From shampoo and conditioner to the perfect finishing products for bone straight hair like Spray-On Shine or Emollient Finishing Gloss that will top off your look.

Feeling inspired? Don't forget to document the process and tag us in your photos @parlorbeautyofficial

Stylist Spotlight: Shirley Hagel And Your New Favorite Podcast About "All The Things"

We love the sense of energy that the New Year brings! From resolution lists to a renewed sense of spirit to tackle creative projects and reflect on the upcoming year's goals, the New Year is a time to recenter, rethink, and get inspired!

Lucky us, we are inspired daily by our team of talented and creative stylists! Outside of the salon, their busy schedules are filled with artistic undertakings from styling hair for editorial photoshoots to pursuing creative projects in other mediums. This month, as we ring the New Year in, we want to spotlight one of our Advanced Creative Stylists, Shirley Hagel who, in addition to bringing an abundance of laughter to the salon, has recently launched her podcast All The Things With Shirley Hagel. (sidenote: it's amazing!)

Imagine every week being able to sit down with your best friend and hash out the big and nitty gritty details of everyday life while simultaneously reflecting on the balance of health, diet, and the endless seeking of new and challenging creative outlets and projects. That's Shirley's show in a nutshell! It's the perfect blend of meaningful banter and exploring how to strike a sense of balance in a life that's always changing. We asked Shirley a few questions about her podcast, how she got started, her advice to new podcasters, and we found it to be the perfect inspiration to step into the New Year!

Parlor: What inspired you to start a podcast? Why now?

Shirley: I needed something to work on that was totally my own. There has always been this entrepreneur inside of me. I tried doing freelance hair, but ultimately that wasn’t meant to be. Parlor is EXACTLY where I need to be for my hair career but there’s always been this thing in me that wants to create something that’s mine. A podcast felt right, I feel like I have a lot to say. And I love to talk and listen. The final push was when I was a guest on a clients/friends podcast.

Parlor: Totally! It's great to see a project through from its infancy to a fully formed idea. I also feel like that's what the New Year is all about! What topics do you cover and why? Is there an overarching theme? Tell us all the details!

Shirley: It’s called All The Things With Shirley Hagel  because I’m passionate about a lot and I want to talk about it all. I say this: we are going to talk about life through the eyes of a hairstylist that’s passionate about health and running. Then we look closer at all of those things: hair, being a hairstylist, plant-based nutrition, running, living in New York. [The show is] also a bit autobiographical. I tell my story through topics I enjoy talking about.

Parlor: Life balance is a big topic of discussion the last few years, especially with on the topic of self-care. What do you hope listeners get out of the show? 

 Shirley: I want listeners to be inspired. I want them to be inspired to be healthier, inspired to chase a dream. I want to share things I’ve  learned, lessons I learned. My audience is anyone that wants to grow, learn, and laugh with me.

Parlor: Laughing is so important! There's so much serious news coming at us through every outlet. It's great that you've created a space to talk about balance and leading a life of passion and creativity! Do you ever have guest speakers?

Shirley: I do have guests on! I have a lot of people in my life that are doing cool things and inspire me and I want to share them with my listeners!

Parlor: How do you find time for your passions outside of hair? How long does it take you to record an episode?

Shirley: People ask me that a lot, how do you find time?  I enjoy creating this podcast, so the time is totally there! It takes anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to record. I generally record in one shot. I like to keep it pretty real so it’s not an overly edited show.

Parlor: That's so true. "Finding time" is really about "making time." How do you go about planning an episode? Do you get an idea weeks in advance or do you like to adapt to what's happening around you? 

Shirley: I do a little of both. I have a notebook that I write ideas in, I take it with me everywhere. I jot ideas and things down all the time.  When I first started, my best friend and I sat down and made a list of all the topics I want to talk about and all the people I want to talk to. Then there are lists under every broad topic. Sometimes the [show] idea comes from the people I want to talk to. For example, I knew I wanted to talk to a dear old friend and co-worker of mine from a salon I worked  in Florida because she is someone that inspires me. So we scheduled a time and then the topic inspiration came naturally.

Or another example, I knew I wanted to have my mom on, cause she’s awesome and has a different perspective than me and she’s my mom so she can shed light on some of my journey in a way I can’t. We scheduled a time to chat and then the topics were born. But then sometimes it’s what’s going on in my life that inspires an episode, for example the marathon. When I finished the marathon there was a lot I wanted to share. Once I have time to record, I make an outline. I outline questions I want to ask the person, or if it’s just me, I outline things I want to cover.

Parlor: Do you have a favorite episode? 

Shirley: Hmmm a favorite episode, my favorites are the ones that I have a guest on with me. I think I do well when I can go back and forth with someone and all my guests are special people to me so I love hearing what they have to share! Another favorite part [of creating the show] is improving [on it.] I’ve never done this before so I’m learning as I go and I decided to start sharing it immediately so my listeners could grow with me and so far I do feel like I improve with each episode.

Parlor: So cool! Is a lot of the content about leading a balanced lifestyle? 

Shirley: Totally. That’s my forever goal, finding balance.

Parlor: To someone who wants to start their own podcast, what advice do you give?

 Shirley: I record and create my podcast on a hosting site called Anchor! I highly recommend it! It’s an awesome resource and they have lots of resources. Get yourself a good mic and headphones, join Anchor, and start recording! It’s easier than ever to start a podcast, and if you have something to say there is definitely someone that needs to hear it!

Protect Your Hair From Winter's Cold

The winter hair game is all about finessing the weather to your advantage. We've all heard that heat can damage hair, from the sun to hot iron tools, but cold temperatures can cause its fair amount of damage, too. The number one rule is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. That's actually the first three rules! But aside from investing in some new  shampoo and conditioner, we recommend the Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner from Aveda for adding a little extra moisturizing oomph, there are many other small changes you can make to protect your hair while the snow and cold winds blow outside.

Dry Your Hair Before Going Outside

This may require some extra time management depending if you shower in the morning or not. Rolling out of bed in a rush to shower and leave for work is A-OK during summer, but in the winter months going outside with wet hair will leave it at its most vulnerable and prone to breakage. There are many different variables that cause the damage from the small icicles that form on the hair strand to the friction that happens when your hair rubs against scarves, hats, and collars. Give your hair ample time to air dry and it'll thank you for it later!

Avoid Static

From wool sweaters, nylon tights, rugs, and anything with fur there are a lot of conductors in our closet and home for static electricity. Why is static more common in the winter months? Dry air! The common enemy for the majority of hair troubles in the winter. The best way to avoid static in your hair is to use a silk or satin lined hat or pillowcase, but for a DIY fix, we recommend taking a fabric softening sheet and rubbing it on your hair. It may not be the sexiest of solutions, but it'll reduce the static and its cost effective! One last tip is to put hairspray on a tissue and lightly apply it to the top of your strands. This will coat it with a protective layer without creating its usually stiff hold.

Hat Hair, No More

There are too many cute hats out there to swear them off altogether, but how do we reckon with the flat, limp hair that they create?  Step one, avoid putting your hat on when it's freshly styled. This includes things like blow drying and hot iron tools. The heat will make your hair conform easier to the shape of the hat and create that dreaded dent line. Step two,  wear fewer products in your hair if you know that you'll being wearing your hat on and off all-day. Products naturally weigh down hair and will help keep it flat after taking off your hat. Step three, invest in Aveda's magical dry shampoo. When you take off your hat, apply this light powder to your hair and tussle it around. The product will give your strands the lift they need and it will look freshly styled.

Use A Humidifier

It's cold outside, but with the heat on in our homes the air becomes dry like the desert. The best way to counteract the dry air is to add a humidifier to your home. It'll reinfuse the air with moisture and will not only help your hair lock in its essential water and oils, but it'll also help with dry skin. Adding humidity is also a great way to reduce static and frizz. It's a win-win!

Double-Up On Vitamin C  & Omega-3

Not many people associate diet with healthy hair, but there's a lot you can do for your strands from the inside out. The antioxidants in Vitamin C helps strengthen your hair so even when the cold hair is working against you in terms of breakage you'll have that extra element of strength. For Vitamin C, add citrus fruits and dark greens to your meals. Another way to protect you hair via food is doubling up on Omega-3s. Our body doesn't naturally produce Omega-3s so eating foods like salmon, avocado, and nuts, will help your hair grow and keep its shine among many other health benefits.

 

Feeling inspired? Tag us in your winter hair selfies @parlorbeautyofficial on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.