Love is in the Air!

Love is in the Air!

This month we celebrate love and more of us will go out for a date night to mark the occasion than any other time of year. If you’re planning a night on the town, come by Ivy Salons for a little pick-me-up. Whether it’s a new style or a simple blowout, we love being part of your special occasions.

And, while love is in the air, it’s cold air! Even though it’s been one of the mildest winters I can remember, that doesn’t mean the cold won’t affect you. Days when temperatures are freezing can wreak havoc on our skin and hair.

Do you notice your skin is much drier, more brittle? The heat is to blame! Lower your thermostat at night to help with dry skin.

If you notice your skin is itchy, commonly known as “winter’s itch”, it’s probably lacking moisture. Moisturize twice a day- lather on some AVEDA Cherry Almond Body Lotion. Your skin will soak it up.

Is your hair noticeably drier? It’s tempting to make the water warmer – especially when it’s cold- but hot water will damage your hair (not to mention hot water also helps “winter’s itch” creep up!)


AVEDA recently launched a brand-new hair care line, nutriplenishTM, that hydrates and moisturizes your hair. Try the nutriplenishTM leave-in conditioner as a remedy to dry hair. It’s lightweight and replenishes your hair for 72 hours while detangling and protecting it from styling.

Be gentle on your skin- exfoliate less and switch to a gentle face wash like AVEDA’s botanical kinetics™ purifying gel cleanser.

Remember to take care and love yourself this month! Your skin and hair will thank you come spring.

Haircut Trends to Try in 2020

Haircut Trends to Try in 2020

A new year is the perfect time to try a new “do”, especially a trendy new “do.” Over the years, we’ve seen hair trends make comebacks and evolve into newer versions of classic styles. We think we’ve seen some of 2020’s hair trends in the past, but not quite like this, and we are loving it! We’re predicting some of 2020’s most popular hairstyles to be newer, more glamorous styles of the past.

One style we’re seeing making a sleek comeback is the women’s shag. This evolved version of the shag is chic, full of layers and wispy bangs, and it’s much softer and very flattering. Typically, we’ve seen this shag about shoulder-length with layers galore. If you’re feeling like you need a fresh cut for the new year, give the modern shag a try.

Kate Smith, one of our Elite Stylists at Ivy Downtown says, “I think the shag with tons of layers and textures will continue to be popular in 2020, and I feel like bangs are making a comeback, too.”

Another look we’ve loved over the years that isn’t disappearing anytime soon, is the classic, blunt bob. Many women are opting for this polished bob because it’s easy to style and perfect for the professional woman. This look is especially flattering for ladies with fine hair, because the blunt bob gives the appearance of a lot of hair with thick, healthy ends. We think this haircut makes a powerful statement, so if you want to make a power move in 2020, this cut is for you!

This next trend took last year by storm, but it’s still going strong, and we love it. Now is the perfect time to spice up your hair routine with accessories if you’re in a bit of a rut. From headbands and giant hair clips to scarves and scrunchies, the sky’s the limits with hair accessories in 2020. We’ve seen scarves braided into loose braids, and headbands styled with updo’s. Scrunchies can add that extra “oomph” to an otherwise plain ponytail, and clips can go anywhere from the back of the head to above the ears. If you have some adorable hair accessories but aren’t exactly sure how to style them, let one of our stylists give you some suggestions during your appointment!

For men’s haircuts, we’ve definitely seen more bold looks and we can’t get enough! “This past year, I’ve seen men asking for more specific haircuts and choosing cuts that they like, instead of just keeping the same look. I hope that continues to be the case in 2020!” says Kate Smith, Elite Stylist, Ivy Downtown.

We know what you might be thinking… How could we endorse the mullet?  Now hear us out… the mullet that we’ve seen making a comeback is much more sophisticated and striking than it has been in the past. If done right, the mullet can indeed be pulled off in 2020. The trendy men’s mullet is well-managed and styled with a good amount of product to give volume and texture. If the man in your life has always wanted to bring the mullet back, 2020 is the year.

At Ivy Salon, we want you to rock a hairstyle this year that you’ll love! Give us a call today to book your appointment. We’d love to see you!

Ivy Salon Holiday Gift Guide 2019: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Ivy Salon Holiday Gift Guide 2019: A Few of Our Favorite Things

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you’re unsure of what to treat your loved ones to this holiday season, don’t fret! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite thingsto help you find the perfect gift. Pamper your loved ones (or yourself) this Christmas with amazing AVEDA gift sets sure to please and take advantage of the incredible bundle deals.

The first gift set we are offering benefits the Janet Danner Ornament Fund, which we have been proudly supporting since 2015. Each holiday ornament is hand-painted by members of the organization and the proceeds support local women fighting life threatening illnesses and cancer.

The ornaments can be purchased individually for $12 or as a gift setthat includes a travel size Hand Relief™ moisturizing creme, a travel size Foot Relief™ creme and an adorable hand-painted ornament. This set is valued at $30, but we are offering all of this for $21. Give this gift as a bundle, or split it up and gift each piece separately. Hand-painted ornaments make thoughtful hostess gifts and travel size AVEDA cremes are perfect stocking stuffers, all while supporting an amazing local cause.

Our next favorite gift set is the perfect compliment to a blowout. Hosting family or friends this season? Why not go out for blowouts? Treat them to our Styling Bestseller gift set, anda blowout with a wash and style at either Ivy Salon location. With the purchase of the Styling Bestseller gift set, a wash and style with a blowout service is 20% off! This set includes the Phomollient™ styling foam travel size, Thickening Tonic travel size, and Air Control™ light hold hairspray travel size, all for only $21. Give the gift of a flawless blowout and the products to keep it fresh.

It’s impossible to choose, but this gift set may be our favoritething this season. The Blow Dry Essentials definitely gives you the best “bang for your buck” with the Speed of Light™ blow dry accelerator, Air Control™ light hold hair spray travel size, and exclusive AVEDA hair clips that are only available with this gift set, all for $38. That’s not all… this gift set includes a complimentary shine treatment with any hair service purchase at either Ivy Salon location. Plus, it comes with a signature AVEDA box for easy wrapping!

A go-to gift for anyone this season is the Moisturizing Travel Trio gift set; perfect for staying moisturized during holiday travel during the winter. It includes the signature AVEDA Hand Relief Moisturizing™ travel size creme along with the AVEDA Foot Relief Moisturizing™ travel size creme and Lip Saver, a soothing lip balm. Stuff some stockings with all three, or split it up and keep one for yourself! This set has $27 value, but we are offering it $21.

To make your holiday even more merry and bright, we are including the option to add on the gift of a blowout orbotanical treatment atIvy Salon for 20% off with the purchase of a gift set. If you’re reallytrying to get on someone’s “nice list”, give them an AVEDA set along with a salon service. These deals only happen once a year, so take advantage of them while you can.

Need some more ideas? Our VIP Partners, Cocobella Boutique and Beija-Flor Jeans,have some exceptional products, sure to please.

We are in love with this clutch from Cocobella Boutique! Snake skin is in this season, and we are swooning! This Sondra Roberts Grey Python Chain Belt Detail Clutch is a dazzling gift for $64. Shop here:

Beija-Flor Jeans’ top selling Jennifer jean is flying off the shelves this season. The everest green jean lifts and sculpts your rear and thighs while giving you elongated legs. Made with dualFX® Technology by LYCRA®, it’s a super-stretch denim that provides a supremely soft and ultra flexible fit while keeping its shape all day. Shop here:

Give it forward this year with earth-friendly products in gorgeous feel-good packaging.We wish you and yours an incredible holiday season!

Full of Gratitude

Full of Gratitude

Gratitude has become such an important word to me over the years. And while it’s easy to forget on a day-to-day basis to be grateful for all the wonderful blessings we have, this time of year there are constant reminders, from the adorable farmhouse signs in stores to the turkey that will sit on our table in just a few weeks.

Every year around this time I like to reflect on how lucky I am as a wife, mother, business owner and mentor. 

There are no words to express how thankful I am for the incredible team at Ivy. This November, we celebrate 15 years in business! Every one of our team members has contributed to the success of Ivy and where we are today. 

It’s amazing to think back to 2004 when it was just myself and three others — Tuesday, Michelle and Vanessa — at our original Eastside location. We now have two thriving locations and more than 25 stylists and guest care team members. When people ask when I knew that Ivy would be a “success”, I can’t help but think that we are still working on that! I never really thought about a second location, but when downtown Greenville started to show signs of revitalization, I saw an opportunity and decided to go for it. I think we can always strive to be better …. for our guests and our team.

I am so grateful for every one of you who contribute to the many blessings I am thankful for this year. I wish you all a magical holiday season, and THANK YOU.





When the humidity starts to normalize, I notice a distinct change in my skin – especially on my hands and feet – and it seems to occur overnight! Does this ever happen to you? This is my signal to start a more regular, intense skin nourishing regime. Aveda products naturally help me combat the dry flakiness, and (bonus!), they are free of parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, paraffin, lanolin and synthetic fragrance.

Starting with my hands, a few times a day I lather on Aveda’s Hand Relief (shop here), which is so rich and creamy, it deeply moisturizes my skin (I even dab a bit on my heels as I head out for my day). The Andiroba oil sinks right in and leaves my hands soft and smooth, but not greasy.

And, we all know that skin care serums are the current go to, but have you ever tried a serum for your hands? We tend to forget that our hands show the signs of aging just like our face and décolleté. At the salon, we love Aveda’s Hand Relief Night Renewal Serum (shop here) – it’s just amazing. Not only does it smooth the look of fine lines on your hands, it improves the texture while you sleep – awesome! I love something that works for me while I rest.

Speaking of hands and feet, have you tried using a nightly foot cream? Aveda’s Foot Relief (shop here) is a best seller and for good reason. A moisturizing crème that contains fruit acids that exfoliate and oils to soften and smooth dry feet, it also contains peppermint oil and tea tree oil to cool and invigorate – something that feels so wonderful after a long, busy day.

I’ve found that making a few adjustments in my daily routine really helps keep my dehydrated skin under control! These recommendations from the Mayo Clinic can also help:

  • Avoid harsh, drying soaps. It’s best to use cleansing creams, gentle skin cleansers, and bath/shower gels with added moisturizers. Choose mild soaps that have added oils and fats. Avoid deodorant and antibacterial detergents, fragrance, and alcohol.


  • Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains. Within a couple of minutes after bathing, apply a moisturizing cream or an ointment to trap moisture in your skin.


  • Use a humidifier. Hot, dry, indoor air can parch sensitive skin and worsen itching and flaking. A portable home humidifier or one attached to your furnace adds moisture to the air inside your home. Be sure to keep your humidifier clean.


  • Choose fabrics that are kind to your skin. Natural fibers, such as cotton and silk, allow your skin to breathe. But wool, although natural, can irritate even normal skin. Wash your clothes with detergents without dyes or perfumes, both of which can cause irritation.

    Contact us at either Ivy Salon to help you craft a plan of attack for dry skin. We want to help you keep that glow…

    Enjoy these autumn days!

    Cheers, Dreama