Jan
19

Spa Spotlight: Body Wraps Under $100

Urban Nirvana Day Spa Body Wraps

In the winter, our skin can get dry and tight. Since we’re inclined to bundle up, we’re less likely to moisturize and take care of our skin appropriately. But it can also be a perfect time to restore your skin since it is less exposed to sun and the elements. At Urban Nirvana, we provide a variety of body treatments no matter what you’re looking for. Here is a brief overview of the treatments we recommend and why:

1. Cocoa Shea Butter Wrap

This wrap is perfect for skin ravaged by winter, those with particularly dry skin and even the expectant mother. The skin is prepared for this treatment with a dry brushing to increase circulation. A hydrating cocoa shea butter lotion is massaged in, while a scalp and neck massage complements the warming wrap. Rich in butters that add moisture and sheen to dry, lifeless skin, this wrap penetrates to help replenish elasticity and leave skin feeling soft and healthy. Plus, you get a light massage, which is always the perfect end to any treatment.

2. Seaweed Detox Wrap

Feel like starting fresh? This treatment begins with a total body exfoliation, which removes dry surface skin. Then we apply a custom blend of natural seaweed combined with various essential oils is then applied over the entire body and covered with a calming wrap. A warm shower and a light application of body balm complete this indulgent experience.

3. The Body Buzz

Have you started back at the gym this January and are looking to invigorate your body? Then this treatment is for you. The Body Buzz is all the rage in body wraps because it uses the natural benefits of coffee. This wrap improves circulation, reduces fluid buildup and stimulates fat metabolism. A vigorous scrub combines with a unique body mask of sugar, espresso and milk to invigorate the skin. 

Sound too good to be true? Book an appointment and experience the body bliss yourself!

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Jan
10

5 Tips for Facial Hair Grooming & Care

Grooming men’s facial hair is a big job. After all, one little misstep and you could go from Jon Hamm to Keanu Reeves (well, let’s be honest, that would probably involve a series of missteps). Here are a few great tips for keeping your facial hair ship shape.

mens facial hair care tips 1. Let it grow. If you’re trying to grow a beard, you should actually let it get a little wild first. Don’t start shaping until you have a good inch of growth. This way, you’ll have more to work with and won’t make a costly mistake.

2. Don’t be afraid to go straight. A straight razor, that is. Some of them come with one blade on the back for sculpting, too, which is a good idea for shaping sideburns. Always go with the grain, not against.

3. Pat down with a hot towel. Patting down your face with a hot towel can open your pores prior to shaving and prevent irritation and ingrown hairs.

4. Don’t shave up the neck. If you have any extra weight, don’t shave your beard up to your chin. It doesn’t outline your jaw; it actually just makes you look like you have a double chin. Trim the neck neatly but don’t shave it completely.

5. Know your limit. You should give your beard two or three months to fill in, but if it’s still patchy after that, it’s probably best to shave it and move on. Some guys, due to genetics, can’t grow a full beard. That’s okay; it’s Nature’s way of telling you the smooth look is your best.

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Jan
02

Columbia & Lexington Locations New Year’s Packages

Men and women of Columbia, celebrate! 2015 is here and if you’re ready to get some rest and relaxation after the stressful holiday season, we’ve got some great deals for you. Until January 10th, select hair stylists in Columbia are teaming up with our spa locations in Columbia and Lexington to transform your look (yes, you too, guys!).

Urban Nirvana New Year New Look Packages

Right now, you can get the “Primp & Pamper Package” for $106, which consists of a shampoo, deep conditioning treatment, blowout, brow wax and a 30-minute massage or facial! The “New Year, New Look Package” for $192 includes a shampoo, blowout, face framing highlight, haircut, a brow wax AND a 60-minute massage or facial.

Urban Nirvana New Years Specials

And gentlemen, that’s not all. You can get a haircut and 30-minute massage or facial for just $81!

Urban Nirvana New Year's Specials for Men So what are you waiting for? Book your appointment at Urban Nirvana Columbia today!

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Dec
26

5 Practical New Years Resolutions You Can Keep

2015 is going to be a big year. We can feel it. We’ve landed a spacecraft on a moving comet, so we now know that the sky is not the limit.

As you know, the New Year is generally the time when most people try to adhere to impractical New Year’s resolutions, which they then fail to commit to after February, and spend the rest of the year in a sort of shame spiral. However, we have come up with five practical New Years resolutions that we think you can keep and feel better about your life.

 

Urban Nirvana's 5 resolutions for 2015 that are practical.

1. Up the exercise–slowly and smartly.

Don’t go crazy on a new gym membership if you’re not the type that likes to pump iron or run on the treadmill. Commit to something smaller, like walking the dog more often or taking a walk over your lunch break every day. Try a new yoga class or get on Pinterest and start grabbing some daily HIIT workouts to do at home. Being active is the key to increasing your energy levels and fighting off the bulge, but it’s also best to take baby steps than to try and get into something full force and getting burned out quickly. If you like and sustain your daily walks, by March you might be ready for a bigger commitment.

2. Commit to drinking more water.

Water is the best thing you can do for your body. It can help your digestion, clear up your skin, boost your energy, etc. In 2015, you should set an alarm for about 2pm on your phone that will remind you to drink more water. 2pm is a perfect time, too, because it’s usually when people hit the slump of the workday. Chugging some cold water (or even lemon water) will help replenish you–and probably ward off your urge to graze the office snack drawer. Again, try increasing your intake a bit every week until you work up to the recommended amount (take your weight, divide it in half and drink that many ounces. For example, if you weigh 130, you should drink about 65 oz. per day).

3. Get up earlier.

Wake up earlier. Catch GMA, take a sip of tea, and take some time to stretch, even if you’re not a yogi or particularly limber. Stretching for just a few minutes when you get up will improve your range of motion, soothe aching muscles and joints and could aid in relaxation. It’s not a huge time commitment and you’ll feel better. Plus, you know what they say about that early bird.

4. Take better care of your skin.

This is an easy one. If you’re not sure if your products are right for your skin type, simply schedule a facial appointment and find out what you need. Purchase these products and stick to a regimen that makes sense for your ailment, whether it be acne, fine lines or dryness. Taking the extra 2 minutes to apply, say, a night cream or serum can rejuvenate your complexion, making you the envy of everyone at the PTA and beyond. You know what else is good for your complexion? Activity and adventure. Do something daring in 2015–and smile a lot.

5. Take better care of your hair.

Lastly, great hair is just a few steps away. You need a few things: 1) the right products and 2) the right salon. Keeping up with your regular trims can make a huge difference in the health of your hair. We recommend getting trims every couple of months (depending on how fast your hair grows) to maintain it’s healthy shine. Ask your stylist if you need a hydrating masque or to adopt any practices to reduce heat damage to your hair. Your stylist can be a huge resource to learn how to take better care of your hair–even if it just means drying with a t-shirt instead of a towel.

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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?

gift cards

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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