Dec
17

Urban Nirvana Holiday Gift Ideas

With the holiday season officially upon us, gift ideas are at the front of everyone’s minds. If you’re still searching for a few stocking stuffers, or a special gift that will wow anyone on your “nice” list, we’ve got a few ideas for you!

An Urban Nirvana gift card is a great go-to for everyone on your list. Girls and guys of all ages will love a chance to freshen up their look with a new haircut or product from our retail locations! You can buy gift cards online and print them right out at home, making them a no-brainer for stocking stuffers. Did you know that we carry tons of jewelry and accessories at our locations, too?

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Gifting a massage is a super special way to show someone how much you appreciate them. You can easily plan a special spa day and request any of our specialty services to add a personalized touch. If you want to leave the lucky recipient with the reigns, just pick up a gift card and let them plan their service of choice!

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Giving the gift of a spa day is a great gift because it gives your loved ones a chance to slow down and treat themselves to something really special! During this busy time of year, many of us could certainly use an excuse to take a relaxing hour or two for ourselves. Whether you’re shopping for mom, a coworker, a newlywed couple, or a college student who could use a haircut, an Urban Nirvana gift card is the perfect gift idea! If you know someone who would enjoy the benefits of massage, treat them to a day at Urban Nirvana! You can be confident that we’ll take great care of them.

What are your favorite ways to relax during the holidays? What spa services would you like to try? Share your ideas with us, and share this article with your friends who may need a little extra help finishing up their holiday shopping this year!

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Dec
09

Holiday Party Hair

Getting primped and prepped for holiday festivities can be so much fun! Still trying to figure out what look you’ll be going for this season? Check out a few of our favorite holiday party styles here:

Classic blowout

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To get a soft and shiny blowout at home, separate your hair into sections and use a large round brush smooth and add volume. Check out a more detailed tutorial here! For a more chic holiday party look, toss more of your hair to one side and create a deeper part. You can even secure the smaller side with a few glittery bobby pins for a more dressed-up look.

 

The Shoulder-Length flip

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Add some volumizing mouse to your roots and blow hair dry. Then set your hair with medium sized hot rollers and allow them to cool before unrolling. Spritz with some medium hold hairspray and separate the curls with your fingers, so they look more natural but still bouncy. Swoop and pin your bangs to the side for an adorable look!

 

Classic starlet curls

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After hair is blow dried, add a texturizing spray to give it some grit and hold. Then use a curling wand to curl your hair in 2-inch sections, hold the curl in place, and secure to your head with a pin before unrolling. Once your whole head is set and sections have cooled, remove the pins and add some light hold hairspray. Then use a boar or nylon bristled brush to smooth the curls, creating a vintage old Hollywood look. Smooth hair over to one side and secure with bobby pins to complete the lo

 

Hairband Tuck “Updo”

One of our favorite go-to looks for a dressy occasion is this super simple “updo.” Start with a decorative headband, like this one from PinkPewter, and place it around the crown of your head. Allow some face framing pieces to fall in the front. The elastic of the headband should be resting at the base of your head, with your hair underneath. Take your hair in chunky sections (or all at once if you have long hair) and begin tucking and wrapping it into the elastic. If you’re working in sections, work from the outside near your ears into the center. This style takes only a few minutes, and you’ve got a great glittery accessory to show off at the party! Check out this tutorial video for more tips.

 

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Nov
26

Spa Spotlight: Hot Stone Massage

Have you ever tried hot stone massage therapy? This unique treatment uses natural basalt stones heated in a warm bath and applied to the body in a Swedish style massage. The stones transfer heat deep into the body, loosening muscles and making the body more reactive to treatment. Not only is this type of massage great for relaxation, it is one of the best treatments for sore muscles and chronic pain.

Hot Stone Massage

Here are some of the most common benefits that clients feel from hot stone massage therapy:

 

  • Relaxation of muscles.

 

  • Pain reduction.

 

  • Improvement of circulation.

 

  • Stress reduction.

 

  • Release of toxins.

 

  • Reduction of insomnia.

 

  • Calmness of the mind.

 

  • Reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression.

 

Are you interested in trying this type of massage therapy? Visit our day spa for a truly trans formative experience!

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Nov
20

5 Tips for Healthy Winter Hair

When winter weather sets in, it can have a bigger impact on your hair than you may think! Even mild drops in temperature can make your hair susceptible to changes. We’ve been conditioning and protecting our hair from the sun all summer, but don’t neglect it just because you aren’t hitting the pool anymore!

Healthy Winter Hair

Even though it’s cold out, sun exposure is still a major contributor to hair damage. Pair that with cold winter winds, and you’ve got a recipe for dry, brittle hair. Also, indoor heating can contribute to the problem. Warm and dry indoor air may be cozy to come into from a cold day, but it could be stressing out your locks!

Not to worry though, there is plenty you can do to protect your hair and prevent damage during the winter months. Here are 5 tips for preventing winter hair damage:

1. Don’t go outside in the cold with wet hair. This can cause wet hair to freeze and can lead to major breakage.

 

2. Use moisturizing treatments that are rich in fatty acids and nourishing oils. These ingredients will help lock moisture into hair for extended periods of time.

 

3. Avoid over washing. Let your hairs natural oils do their job and do not wash your hair everyday in the winter. Your body sweats less in the winter than in the summer, so your hair washing routine should change to reflect that.

 

4. Comb leave-in moisturizing products through your hair from root to tip.

 

5. When wearing fuzzy hats, be sure to use a little extra moisturizer or conditioner after. Wool beanie can be abrasive and dry out your hair.

Have more questions about keeping your hair healthy in the winter? Come by our salon for some more tips!

 

 

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Nov
13

Facial Exfoliation 101

Proper exfoliation is the key to great skin in many ways. Removing dead skin cells unclogs pores, reduces wrinkles, and allows your facial products to penetrate the skin more deeply. While a great exfoliating treatment is a total treat for your skin, it can be easy to do more harm than good if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are some dos and don’ts of facial exfoliation:

Exfoliating treatment

DON’T:

  • Use irritating scrubs.
  • Rush the process. Don’t skip to a more intense treatment to speed up results. This can burn and damage your skin.
  • Use body scrubs on your face.
  • Expose your face to sun after a chemical peel.

DO:

  • Consult an esthetician or dermatologist to find the right type of exfoliation method for you.
  • Use serums and moisturizers to treat and protect fresh skin. About every 30 days, your epidermis fully exfoliates and the dermis below becomes new surface skin. When you exfoliate properly, products will absorb into the dermis much more effectively, producing skin that looks better and better each month!
  • Be patient! Taking the longer road will yield much better results than over scrubbing and peeling.
  • Use extra caution around the eyes, where the skin is much more delicate. This area should typically be avoided.
  • Consult a professional when opting for chemical exfoliation. Choosing the right peel is crucial and expert advice is the way to go!
  • Allow time for skin to bounce back after treatment. You can use a mechanical exfoliator (a physical abrasive like a scrub, sponge, or buffing product) a few times per week. Give yourself a week or two between at home chemical peels or treatments. Allow for 4-6 weeks between professional chemical treatments.

Curious about finding the perfect exfoliation treatment for your skin? Come talk with our knowledgeable team anytime! Another great place to start is with one of our signature facials.

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