Sep
15

Best Hairstyles for Fall 2014

We’re just about halfway through September, and fall is fast approaching! For many of us that means it’s time for a change. If you’ve been rocking the same summer hairstyle for the last few months, it may be time to switch it up! So make an appointment at the Urban Nirvana salon near you and change up your look for fall. Here are some of our favorite styles for the season:

Long or Angled bob:

We love this cut because it’s a versatile and sophisticated look that just about anyone can pull off! The shoulder length allows you to pull you hair up when you want, but the blunt “bob” style cut gives it a polished, cropped look. Smooth it out with a straightener for a slick look that’s great for the office, or the weekend. Or you can change things up with a texturizing spray to create waves!

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Bangs:

Bangs can be a little more tricky to pull off – they aren’t or everyone! If you’re willing to take the risk (and you should, hair grows back), bangs are a super cute look for fall. Pair them with a wavy bob, or long, full layers for a super feminine, yet edgy look. Plus, they look super cute with some of fall’s best accessories, like headbands and hats!

 

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Long and smooth:

Beautiful long hair basically never goes out of style, and it can be worn all year round! We love the look of stick-straight long hair with rich color for fall. Take a break from summer’s beach waves and try out this sophisticated, super-shiny look.

Tousled pixie:

It can be scary to take the plunge and go for a super short cut like a pixie. We love seeing this look with a little length left on, perfect for pumping hair up with your favorite products! This approachable pixie is bold and super chic. Add a few touches of color for a high fashion look that’s super simple to style!

Bold color:

Summer sun can take a toll on your hair color. Everyone loves to lighten up their hair in the summertime, so think about going a little darker in the fall! Chocolate browns, auburns, and caramel highlights are rich and beautiful tones that are sure to compliment your fall wardrobe and makeup! If you’re looking to spice up your natural blonde look, consider a dose of red for a strawberry blonde style. Or try a more platinum shade like Kristen Wiig’s, or Lauren Conrad’s new looks!

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Come in to your Urban Nirvana salon and our expert stylists will help to find the best look for you!

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Aug
30

5 Benefits of Full Body Spa Treatments

Has your skin suffered sun damage throughout the summer months? Spending long days in the sun can have some serious long term effects on your skin! Even if you diligently slather on sunscreen and moisturizer, your skin is still susceptible to environmental damage.
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Don’t worry, there’s help! You can prevent early signs of aging and improve the look and feel of your skin with full body spa treatments. Just like the skin on your face, the skin all over your body needs some special treatment every now and then! Here are the 5 benefits of full body spa treatments.

 

  1. Stimulate Collagen

Just like getting a facial, an all-over body treatment will stimulate cell renewal, making your skin more resilient. This helps to prevent wrinkles, signs of aging, and improves overall skin tone.

 

  1. Detox

Environmental damage like sunburn, and even ingested toxins from what we eat has an impact on the appearance of our skin. A body treatment like a seaweed wrap or deep exfoliant can help you eliminate surface impurities, and draw out damaging toxins. Treatments with high mineral content, like seaweed, muds, and charcoal, can do wonders for flushing out toxins from your skin!

 

  1. Buff and Rejuvenate

Not only do full body treatments stimulate cell renewal, they can transform the look of your skin! A deep exfoliation treatment with spa quality ingredients will remove dull surface cells and reveal supple, glowing skin underneath.

 

  1. Metabolize Fat Cells

Some spa treatments, like full body wraps, can aid in metabolizing fat cells and help you decrease cellulite. Our Body Buzz wrap combines the natural benefits of coffee to provide stimulation, and a vigorous scrub to invigorate skin.

 

  1. Relaxation

A total body skin treatment packs in the benefits of skincare, and a massage into one luxurious treatment. You’ll find yourself fully relaxed in a spa setting and your muscles will thank you!

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After a few months of fun in the sun, don’t you think your skin could use a little TLC? Contact us today to determine the best body treatment for you, or book your appointment online.

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Aug
22

Our Favorite Hair Products

We all have unique hair types and style needs, so finding the perfect products can take some trial and error. What may work for someone else, may not be quite what you’re looking for. The best path to guess-free product shopping is to consult your stylist. They are experts when it comes to what products work best for different hair types and styles. For now, you can take a look at this list of some of our favorite featured products and pick up the right fit for you!

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Dry shampoo by Batiste or Klorane is an essential for touching up stressed strands. Add extended life to a blowout and get great second-day hair, or throw it in your gym back for a quick post-workout fix. A few spritzes of dry shampoo will absorb excess oil and add texture to your hair, making it easy to get out the door with minimal styling.

Texturizing spray like Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray is also great for a quick and easy hair style. A few sprays onto damp hair will create loose, beachy waves, and add a little grit for improved styling.

Color Treated Tricks:

We love Pureology’s line of shampoos and conditioners for color treated hair. This all natural, sulfate-free formula keeps color locked in, vibrant, and shiny for longer periods than drugstore brands. It has a great fragrance and the natural ingredients are a nourishing treat for processed hair. We recommend waiting at least 24-36 hours before shampooing freshly colored hair. When using a higher end shampoo, you will notice decreased oil production, and you won’t need to wash your hair as frequently. Hello lasting color!

Restore your balance:

If you’ve battled with dry and brittle strands and unbalanced oil production, the Moroccan Oil product line could be your saving grace. Everything from heated styling, color processing, to genetics can contribute to brittle and unbalanced hair. If you have dry hair that still manages to get greasy after a day or two, treat your hair to a Moroccan Oil moisture repair shampoo and conditioning regimen. If you really want to see some great results, we recommend incorporating a daily dose of straight Moroccan Oil to damp, shampooed hair before styling. Wait, add oil to my already grease-prone hair? Yes that’s right! The magic of Moroccan Oil is that it does wonders to help improve the way your hair retains and absorbs moisture. After a few weeks of using this regimen, and a good trim or two, you will certainly see improvements!

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Repair the damage:

Keratin is the protein that your hair naturally produces that keeps it strong and resistant to breakage. Depletion of this protein is common among people who color their own hair or use heated styling products, but it happens to just about everyone over time! You can visit your salon for a pricey keratin treatment (but the results are oh-so worth it!), or you can try the at home version with Coppola Keratin products. We highly recommend their total repair mask or heated styling sprays.

What are your life-saving hair products that you couldn’t live without? All of the brands mentioned can be found at Urban Nirvana locations, so come by and find the right products for your hair! Our stylists and hair experts are always willing to give you recommendations.

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Aug
13

Transition Your Hair from Summer to Fall

A quick trip to the salon could be just what you need for a refreshing change of scenery! As summer starts to wind down and thoughts of back to school shopping, Labor Day weekend, and pre-season football swim in our heads, you can’t help but wonder if it’s time for a look change! We’ll still have plenty warm weather ahead of us in South Carolina, but we’re sure you’ve noticed that store windows and beauty products are focusing on fall fashions. If you aren’t quite ready to make the switch from your beach vacation outfit to a cozy sweater, there is still plenty you can do to ease the transition of your hairstyle from summer to fall.

Assess the damageurban trim ends

Swimming pools, sun damage, and heat-beating ponytails are all practically unavoidable sources of damage for your hair in the summertime. Having an action packed summer can unfortunately take its toll on your hair! Not to worry though, a good haircut is all you need to knock off those dry ends! If your hair is especially damaged, or you just want to get a great start to the new season, we recommend a deep conditioning or keratin treatment to repair and restore your hair to its optimal state!

Spruce up color

Your hair color faces a lot of challenges in the summertime, primarily fading from sun and chlorine. If you’re lucky enough to get natural highlights from spending time in the sun, you can prolong your sun kissed look into the pre-fall months with a balayage hair color technique. Your stylist will paint a lighter, complimentary color throughout the ends of your hair to make highlights pop. This is a great way to make that sunny summer color last, without pesky root maintenance!

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The change in seasons will inevitably lead to a change in your everyday look. Returning from vacation, or going back to school may have you wanting to trade in breezy beach waves for a more polished blowout look. If you know you’ll be picking up the heat styling products more in the coming months, scoop up a few heat-protecting products! Invest in a nourishing shampoo for your newly color treated hair. Do your hair brushes have broken bristles from summer suitcase stuffing? Why not pick up a few of those as well.

 

 

How do you prep yourself for a seasonal look change? These transitional months are the perfect time to make a change! Going back to school? Ask your local Urban Nirvana hair salon about student discounts. Some locations are offering special promotions for the month of August!

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Jul
29

5 Benefits of Regular Facials

There’s no denying that a professional facial is the best way to improve your skin’s health and appearance. When you walk out of a facial appointment, you feel refreshed and beautiful. It’s tricky to recreate the professional experience at home, and the best way to achieve lasting and continually improving results is to treat yourself on a regular basis! Here are 5 more reasons why:

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1. Compound results

While treating yourself to a facial for a special occasion is fabulous, you’ll notice that after a few weeks, your skin starts to return to a state of dull dermis and clogged pores. Regular treatments keep your skin from backsliding and you will see improved results after each treatment!

2. It CAN be affordable

Sometimes it feels like spa treatments should be saved for days off or special occasions, but they actually can be quite affordable! Try our fast break facial, which packs all the benefits of our classic facial into just 30 minutes, making it easy to fit into your schedule, and saving you $30! If you want to try a longer more luxurious facial, we highly recommend our signature facial or add-ons, but the fast break is a great way to keep skin clear in-between these “splurge” appointments.

3. Professional services = professional results

From products to tools to methods, a professional facial will win against just about any at-home treatment. They will be able to safely perform extractions and apply powerful products and chemicals to achieve perfect results. Trying to self-medicate in your bathroom can often lead to acne scars, break-outs, and damaged skin. So leave it to the pros!

4. Ask the experts

Estheticians are experts in their field. Save yourself the process of trial and error, and work directly with a pro to get to the bottom of your skincare needs. They will be able to assess your skin type and work with it to make sure it gets treated just right. Intimidated by the price tag of salon grade products? Take confidence in the fact that you’re getting the best of the best and that it will actually yield results. You can go ahead and clear your medicine cabinet of all those drugstore potions and lotions that haven’t been working!

5. You deserve a break

It’s not just your skin that benefits from regular facials! Facials are great for relaxation. You deserve to take an hour for yourself to de-stress, and look your best!

How regularly you get a facial depends on your skin and routine. We typically recommend getting a regular facial every 4-6 weeks. Even getting one a few times a year will help you to achieve long lasting results. Come by and chat with us about what type of facial would be best for your beautiful skin, or go ahead and book one now! Have questions about our specialty products or facials? Go ahead and ask! We’re here to help.

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