Spa Spotlight – The Acne Facial

Today we’ll be spotlighting one of our spa treatments, the acne facial. This treatment is perfect for any client or any age who struggles with breakouts or unbalanced, problem skin. Getting regular facials is a great way to combat acne and improve your complexion. Our facialists are experts when it comes to tailoring your treatment to suit your skincare needs.facial blog


What will the acne facial treatment entail?


  • We’ll start off with a warm steam to open pores and soften skin, then we’ll apply a deep cleansing treatment to remove makeup, dirt, and oils.


  • Once your skin is clean and pores are open, we will gently exfoliate and deep clean with a dermatologic cleansing brush to scrub deep down into pores and loosen stubborn acne.


  • Our expertly trained estheticians will then perform any necessary extractions. They are professionally trained to safely remove blackheads and other blemishes with special tools that won’t cause scarring or further damage.


  • Then the esthetician will apply an exfoliating mask. The mask’s intensity will be customized to match your skin type and needs. You’ll feel a light tingle as the mask exfoliates away damaged surface skin and dead skin cells. While the mask sits on your face, you’ll enjoy a relaxing hand massage with skin-softening coconut oil.


  • After the exfoliating treatment, your esthetician will apply a skin clarifying serum and moisturizer to protect your newly purified skin!


  • You’ll walk away feeling refreshed and relaxed, and you’ll see improvements in your skin’s appearance right away!


beautiful skinOne of the best things about our acne facial is the fact that the results get even better after a few days pass! Keep your skin clean and moisturized, and you will see its appearance continue to improve for days after your appointment. Our skin cells regenerate, producing a new layer of skin every 28 days or so for those of us in our twenties, and every 30-40 days as we begin to age. Our acne facial provides deep treatment into your dermis, so as new skin emerges, you’ll see the benefits! Would you like to give the acne facial a try? Book an appointment today!

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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 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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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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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!

Girl on the Go:batiste dry shampoo

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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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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