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!

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!

moroccan oil store

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!

Sdowntown salonwitch up products

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:

Urban Nirvana Facial

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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Jul
17

Eyebrow Maintenance Tips

It’s amazing how great it feels to have your eyebrows professionally waxed. It’s truly the best way to achieve that perfect arch, and to get rid of all the tiny hairs along your brow line. Whether your brows are thick, thin, patchy, or light, a professional wax is the best way to keep them looking clean and beautiful, not to mention it makes for flawless make-up application.  While plucking is great for maintaining stray hairs, waxing is the best way to completely strip your skin of strays.

Here are a few tips for keeping your brows beautiful this summer:

Find your shape:eyebrow pluck

  • Your face shape and eyebrow type will determine the best looking shape for you. In general, your eyebrows should start just outside the bridge of your nose and end on an angle at the corner of your eye. The arch should sit just to the outside of your pupil.

Stay in the lines:

  • Anyone can get carried away when plucking their eyebrows. Take your brow pencil and fill in your brows before you pluck. This will give you a guideline of what you want you brows to look like, and keep you from crossing the line!

Thicken up:

  • When plucking and styling your brows, you should brush them upwards, not straight across. This will improve the look of the arch and make them look fuller.

Take a step back:

  • It’s easy to get on a roll when you’re up close and personal in the mirror. Especially if you have one of those fantastic (but potentially dangerous) magnifying mirrors. Be sure to back up and take a look at your progress when pruning your eyebrows. This way you won’t lose control and go overboard.Mind the gaps: Once you’ve finished plucking, go back and perfect the shape and fill in any gaps with an eyebrow pencil or brush  . This gives your bro
    ws a polished and finished look. There are plenty of subtle and natural looking products you can use to achieve this look, without them looking overly dramatic.

If you need some advice about shaping, stop by and talk with one of our expert estheticians! Once you have a professional determine the best shape for you, it will be much easier to keep up with plucking in between waxing sessions. Our downtown Charleston salon is offering $5 off waxing services this July, so come take advantage!

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Jul
11

5 Tips for a Safe Sun-Day

July is skin cancer awareness and UV protection awareness month. In honor of this, we thought we’d weigh in with some sun-safe skincare tips! Overexposure to the sun can cause painful sunburns, accelerate wrinkles and dark spots, and can ultimately lead to skin disease and cancer. Practicing sun-safe skincare is essential for your skin’s lasting beauty and health. If you need some personalized advice, feel free to stop by and talk with us! Here are 5 ways to practice a “safe sun-day.”

Protect

The first and most obvious step to sun safety is to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. It’s a reflex to throw some in your beach bag or slather it on when laying by the pool. What you may not realize is that your skin needs protection from the sun every day! Your face usually gets the most exposure, so incorporate a moisturizer with SPF into your daily routine. Hate the feeling of thick and greasy sunscreen on your face? There are plenty of lightweight but powerful products that you can even wear underneath your make-up! We love Tizo tinted moisturizers for a 3-in-1 sunscreen, moisturizer, make-up trifecta!

safe sun-day SPF

Cover Up

July in the south is certainly a time for tank tops and short shorts, but be aware of how much exposure your skin is getting while you’re out and about! Walking around town, lunching on a patio, or exercising outdoors can all give you just as much sun exposure as a day at the beach would. If you know you will be outside for more than an hour or two at a time, spread some moisturizing sunscreen on those limbs! Throw on a wide brimmed hat for extra facial protection and you’ll be ready for a sunny summer day.

safe sun-day hat

You Missed a Spot

It can be easy to overlook areas like the tops of your feet, ears, lips, or even the part of your hair when heading outdoors for a walk around town. Avoid painful regret and make sure that you have adequately treated these tricky areas with sunscreen or protective clothing.

Don’t Rush a Tan

Everyone loves the look of healthy, sun-kissed skin, but over exposing yourself to dangerous UV rays is not the way to get it! Using tanning oils or sunscreens with barely-there SPF levels is dangerous and will likely lead to sunburns and signs of premature aging. If you want to enjoy a relaxing day laying on the beach, only do so with thoroughly protected skin! You may feel like it takes longer to achieve that must-have tan, but in the long run it’s much more healthy to embrace your natural skin-tone and be cautious in the sun.

Fake it

If achieving that sun-kissed glow is a summer essential for you, just fake it! (We don’t mean go to a tanning bed.) Incorporate a shimmery bronzer into your make-up routine and touch up your freshly exfoliated skin with Tan Towel self-tanning wipes.

safe sun-day fake it

Treat

As hard as you may try to avoid them, sunburns a fact of life. If you do experience overexposure and find yourself with a painful burn, treating it properly is very important! Use aloe vera products to soothe and heal burnt skin, or try a soothing bath with milk, honey and oats. Use a mild calming and healing moisturizer that doesn’t have a lot of fragrance to prevent peeling and dryness.

Do you have any sun-safe skincare tips you’d like to share with us? We’d be happy to hear them! Stop by any Urban Nirvana location and get a recommendation for a sun-safe skincare product you’ll love. Enjoy the sunny days of summer!

 

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