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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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:

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  • 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.


  • 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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10 Benefits of Massage Therapy

Heading to the spa can be a pampering treat, but it can also be a huge boost to your health and wellness! Massage therapy can relieve all sorts of ailments – from physical pain, to stress and anxiety. People who choose to supplement their healthcare regimen with regular massages will not only enjoy a relaxing hour or two at the spa, but they will see the benefits carry through the days and weeks after the appointment!











These are the 10 most common benefits reported from massage therapy:

1. Reduce Stress

A relaxing day at the spa is a great way to unwind and de-stress. However, clients are sure to notice themselves feeling relaxed and at ease for days and even weeks after their appointments!


2. Improve Circulation

Loosening muscles and tendons allows increased blood flow throughout the body. Improving your circulation can have a number of positive effects on the rest of your body, including reduced fatigue and pain management!


3. Reduce Pain

Massage therapy is great for working out problem areas like lower back pain and chronic stiffness. A professional therapist will be able to accurately target the source of your pain and help achieve the perfect massage regimen.











4. Eliminate Toxins

Stimulating the soft tissues of your body will help to release toxins through your blood and lymphatic systems.


5. Improve Flexibility

Massage therapy will loosen and relax your muscles, helping your body to achieve its full range of movement potential.


6. Improve Sleep

A massage will encourage relaxation and boost your mood.  Going to bed with relaxed and loosened muscles promotes more restful sleep, and you’ll feel less tired in the morning!


7. Enhance Immunity

Stimulation of the lymph nodes re-charges the body’s natural defense system.


8. Reduce Fatigue

Massage therapy is known to boost mood and promote better quality sleep, thus making you feel more rested and less worn-out at the end of the day.











9. Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

Massage therapy can help to release endorphins in your body, helping you to feel happy, energized, and at ease.


10. Reduce post-surgery and post-injury swelling

A professional massage is a great way to safely deal with a sports injury or post-surgery rehabilitation.

Do you think that massage therapy could help you find relief in any of these areas? What improvements would you like to see in your health? Contact us today with your questions about massage therapy and see how we can help you get on the path to improved health and wellness!




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Halloween Costume Hairstyles

Halloween is fast approaching. As hair and beauty experts, we love this holiday because it’s an opportunity to go way out of the box with your look! If you haven’t planned your costume yet, you’re in luck, because we’ve put together a list of some great costume ideas that center around fun (and easy) hairstyles!

Rockabilly Girl or Rosie the Riveter

This fun retro look is a great go to for a last minute costume, or for gals who want to play with a glamourous makeup look! All you need is a head scarf, and the make-up products listed below! To get the hairstyle right, all you have to do is pull the bangs/front section of your hair forward (pull a little more hair than just your bangs, for a more dramatic look). Pull the rest of your hair into a high ponytail and twist into a bun. Then, use a wide barreled curling iron to curl the front section into a single ringlet. Roll it up to the hairline, and secure with bobby pins. Tie the scarf around your head and you’re ready to go! Pair this hairstyle with black liquid eyeliner and a bright red lip.

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Hair photo from freckled fox blog. Get the full tutorial here.


This costume is so fun because it looks much more complicated to style than it actually is! To get this hairstyle, simply style your hair into a crown braid, or do a few braided sections and pin them up around your head (the messier it looks, the better!) Then grab a few small rubber snakes from a costume shop, or even the dollar store and weave them into your braided hair, securing with bobby pins. Top with hairspray and all you have to decide is whether to be a glamorous or scary version of medusa – and do your makeup accordingly!











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Hair photo from Joy of Fashion Blog. Get full tutorial here.


Mental patient or Zombie

If you’re wanting to go the creepy route, all you have to do is give yourself some spooky make up (pale face makeup, dark eye circles, and maybe a scar or too). What really makes a look like this stand out is a crazy hair-do. Teasing your hair into a big mess can be fun for the night, but you want to make sure it’s done properly or you’ll be coming out tangles for the next week! When teasing your hair, start by adding some hairspray or texturizing spray throughout to give it some extra grit. Start from the bottom and work your way up, that way you’ll build on the volume you’re creating. Work in sections and back comb hair only 2-3 inches from your scalp. If you start at the end of the strands, you’ll wind up creating a big mess that’s too scary even for Halloween. Once you’ve teased all over, coat with some more hairspray, and get ready to shock your friends!

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Hair photo from Brit Co blog.

What are you planning to dress as for Halloween? Ask us for tips and we’ll help you get the style just right!

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Fall Hair Color We Love

Fall is a time for color change! Everything from the leaves outside to your wardrobe gets a color make-over, so why not your hair? Take a look at some of our favorite shades of the season, then head to the Urban Nirvana salon and change up your look for the season!

Chocolate Cherry

This color puts a little edgy twist on the typical chocolate brown hair color. Adding deep red and purple-based hues to a dark brown gives it a rich color that looks beautiful and healthy, and the ultra shiny shade will glow in the sunlight!

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Ash Blonde

This color has cooler tones than a honey or golden blonde. We love it because it looks very natural and it plays off the cool-based skin tones so well! If you choose to tune up the ash blonde color in your hair, you can even incorporate some low lights or let your darker roots peek through for a more multi-dimensional look.


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Platinum Blonde

We loved seeing celebs like the some of the cast of Girls, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet make the transformation to platinum at the end of the summer. This hair color can be dressed up for a very posh and styled look, or tousled for an edgy, city-swept look!  Check out this lovely up-do, done by one of our master stylists in Columbia!

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Cinnamon Brown

We love this color because it is a great shade for people with naturally lighter or darker hair looking to make a change, without taking too much of a jump! Those with dark hair can play with a lightened up look with this perfect fall color. It goes great with our favorite fall make up and accessory color pallets (mustard yellows, oxblood, creams, blues, and mossy greens). This recolor was done at our Columbia salon this month, what do you think?

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Rose Gold

This strawberry blonde shade has a shimmery gold tint to it that we just love! This is a fun change for people with lighter hair that aren’t quite up for a complete transformation into a redhead. This shade looks great on our assistant, Nicole, pictured below!

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Are you craving a color change for fall? Come visit us at the salon and we’ll work together to choose the perfect custom shade for you!

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