Mar
27

Foods with Anti-Aging Power

It’s no secret that foods can help produce a great complexion. After all, what you put in your body eventually shows. Aging is a process that is beautiful and should be embraced, but premature aging (especially in our sun-loving state of South Carolina) is a real bummer. Here’s a rundown of the delicious foods that are believed to pack a punch against Father Time (and they’re all easy to travel with and pop a few here and there):

Foods with Anti-Aging Power

 

Blueberries

Not only are blueberries delicious, but they’re packed with antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that cause premature aging and wrinkles.

Carrots

If you’re put your hair through the proverbial ringer, and mistreated it with excessive heat or coloring, carrots can help restore its natural luster. They have a ton of Vitamin A, which will help improve your scalp, where your hair’s health begins.

Beans

Experiencing thinning hair? Beans are chock full of carbohydrates and can improve hair’s thickness and regrowth.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium, which is a mineral known for helping skin cells regenerate faster, and also helps protect your skin against sun damage. Just a few a day will help you maintain a healthy complexion.

Cucumbers

Don’t skip these babies in your salads! Cucumbers have the highest water content of any food and their skins also have silica, which can help boost collagen in your skin. They’re a perfect snack!

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Mar
19

5 Popular Hair Color Trends for Spring

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From fiery fierce to subtly sexy, here are some of our favorite color trends:

 

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Once upon a time red hair was unexpected and hard to come by. Thanks to gorgeous go-getters like Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, this fiery look is as cool as it gets. Plus it looks great on almost anyone.

 

 

 

 

 

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Strong Streaks

Spice up dark hair and add dimension to your do with thick highlights throughout small sections. Try this trend with golden blonde, chestnut brown or red streaks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nix bright platinum; go for white-toned blonde hair this spring for an edgier look. The icy tone looks fabulous on hair of all shapes and lengths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Move over ombre, highlights are heading towards a more natural vibe. The French word, which translates to tortoiseshell, is a golden highlighting technique that offers a multidimensional look and lots of shine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remember when going gray was a bad thing? Clients of all ages are coming in and requesting gorgeous gray locks. Depending on your vision, silver can be natural and classy or edgy and fashion-forward.

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling inspired? Spring clean your look with one of our expert stylists. Book your appointment at Urban Nirvana Hair today!

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Mar
11

Salon Spotlight: How to Get Spring Break Waves

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Hotter temperatures mean beach season is close, and in South Carolina, we love our beaches. Don’t worry; this isn’t a post about getting your “beach body” back.  However, we do want to talk about how to get those easy, beach waves even if you’re not hitting the sand for a few more weeks (or months)!

1. Enhance your texture

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This texturizing spray from Kerastase (Spray a Porter) is one of our favorite products and a best-seller. That’s because it can be used to tousle some beachy waves or to style second-day hair. And as any hair aficionado knows, it’s not wise to shampoo your hair every day (it strips of your hair of its natural oils). That means this spray can be your best friend if you’re trying to create a voluminous look the day after shampooing.

So how do you use it? Simply spray into your towel-dried hair and use fingers to create piecey waves or scrunch as you blowdry. No brushing necessary!

2. Work the iron

Heat styling tools can be your best friend when trying to get that beach wave look. For medium hair lengths, try using a 1.5″ or 2″ barrel curling iron to create a bend in the hair (instead of a full-on spiral curl), not curling the ends (so that they remain straight and stick out a bit). If you have longer hair, you can use the same size curling iron or a straightener to achieve the same effect. After curling all your hair away from your face, relax the wave by flipping your hair over and pulling your fingers through it a bit. If your hair holds curl very well, you can even brush it out. Then add your texturizing spray or hairspray, depending on the level of hold you prefer.

3. Embrace the body

Beach waves are about working with what you got. Don’t worry about making it perfect and don’t worry if you have some natural body (or the unfriendlier term, frizz). Just use your products that will help you smooth your style and remember that rocking the wave is all about confidence and your natural beauty.

Want a professional to show you how to get the style (and recommend the best products)? Book your appointment at Urban Nirvana Hair today!

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Mar
07

Expert Tips for Practicing Safe Sun

With warm temperatures come great responsibility. 

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Though we recommend wearing sun protection year-round, it’s a non-negotiable in the spring and summer months when the sun is at its strongest. To protect yourself, you have to have the right products and a little bit of know-how. Here are some great tips from our expert estheticians at the Urban Nirvana Day Spas:

1. Slather it on every day

Yes, even when it’s cloudy. In order to make this work, you can get a lightweight moisturizer that contains SPF protection (we recommend at least 20) or a tinted moisturizer to avoid having multiple layers on your skin. Don’t forget to apply the sunscreen to oft-forgotten places like ears, too.

2. Hats & sunglasses

Using a hat as shade for your face is a great idea, especially if you’ll be outdoors for most of the day. Sunglasses also protect your eyes from sun damage (light-eyed people are at higher risk) and prevent you from squinting all day.

3. Avoid sun exposure at peak hours

Our home state of South Carolina is known for its beaches and fun outdoor activities, but whenever possible, try to go out before and after the peak sun times (11am-3pm). This time of the day is when the sun is at its strongest and it will be easy to burn, even if you have sun protection on.

4. Broad-spectrum protection

Get sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection in order to be sure you’re covered against the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Some only protect against one kind of ray, so you might still be doing damage even if you don’t get burned.

5. Reapplication is key

If you are going to the beach, pool or going to be in a bathing suit for a few hours in direct sunlight, don’t “set it and forget it” with your sun protection. Be sure to reapply every hour or so to ensure that you won’t get burned and/or cause permanent damage.

And we’d like to remind you that not only is your natural coloring is beautiful, investing in your skincare and sun protection will ensure lots of years looking younger, fresher and healthier than those who sunbathed all those years.

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Feb
17

Top Hair Trends for 2015 Inspired By Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week is underway for Spring 2015 and there is a lot of buzz happening around not only the clothes, but the hair. Some inspirations include heavy metal and punk, but we tend to like the softer touch that has everyday appeal. Here are three big trends from the runway that you can incorporate into your hairstyling repertoire. 

Braids are Back

Braids have been big for awhile now, but thanks to Pinterest, we’re learning more and more creative ways to incorporate them into your ‘do. Here are some of our favorites:

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Buns

This next one should be no surprise, as America has been totally captivated by the buns lately. But we’re talking about the ones on your head! Whether they’re on top or at the nape of your neck, buns can be surprisingly chic:

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Ponytails with Detail

Lastly, we’re loving the long, slick and straight pony, especially when they have a bit of a twist. A few bobby pins can amp up the modernity of the style (and perhaps even some extensions):

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Thinking about changing up your hair? Our stylists at our Urban Nirvana Salons can help.

 

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