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

Fall 2019: Beauty & Hair Trends

Fall 2019: Beauty & Hair Trends

Fall is a great time to embrace not only bonfires, flannels, and the changing leaves, but new fashion trends—our favorite! It’s the perfect time to switch up your look if you’ve been wanting a reason to make a big change. Whether you’re changing up the color, cut, or adding in some accessories, there are plenty of options to choose from if you want to enjoy this year’s fall hair and make-up trends.


It can be hard to decide on just one style, but there are plenty of styles to choose from to be trendy in the fall. One fall hair trend is to go dark—we know, go figure—but we stick by it. Fall is a time to embrace the cooler tones and darker colors, so it’s no surprise that your hair should follow suit. This can mean going after a beautiful, chocolate brown or even a deep, rich red.


At this year’s New York Fashion, we saw styles ranging from full-bodied curls to super straight tresses. These looks gave us a good idea of what trends we expected to see this fall. A go-to trend this season is big texture, or disco texture. If you’re going for this look, think voluminous and brushed out curls. There’s a reason it’s been in style for decades…and it’s not going anywhere.

This time of year is perfect to showcase your new hair accessories. We’ve already been seeing scrunchies make a comeback, so it’s about time that hair clips do too! Hair clips are the perfect way to add a little something to your everyday hair. They can also spice up a standard braid or updo. Whether it’s several small clips or one large attention-grabbing one, hair clips are a clear sign you are with the trends this season. One of the easiest hairdos you can add clips to is the ever-sleek low pony. Low ponys are low maintenance enough for a casual style when your hair feels dry and untamable due to the fall air.

Finally, fall makeup styles are perfect for taking advantage of the darker colors that haven’t been used all summer. Going dark is a good thing for all makeup looks in the fall, but a dramatic lip is especially in. You can stick with a classic matte red, but there’s also the option to go for a velvety purple. For the lip to pop, a subtle blush is necessary. If lips aren’t your best feature, then highlight your face with some deep blushes and stark contour shades. You don’t want to have too many attention points with your makeup, so pick on feature to focus on and go from there.

No matter what trend you’re going after or if you want to be a trendsetter, there are tons of looks to choose from this fall. A special thanks to Kate McAlister, our Level 3: Elite Stylist at Eastside, for contributing to the trends of this upcoming season.


At Ivy Salon, we want to give you a style that you’ll be proud to show off all season long. Call us today to book an appointment!



Did Someone Say COLOR?

Did Someone Say COLOR?

Check out these amazing new fashion colors coming this month to our salon and try something new this fall:

Have You Tried Vegan?

Aveda’s lip colors are all moving to plant-based formulas that are 100% vegan friendly.
Two new colors will kick off the new vegan line this month- a balm and a gloss.

Ivy Salon August Specials

Ivy Salon August Specials

Purchase any AVEDA Hero Product and be entered to win all 8 (check out the list below!)
Plus, IVY VIPs who come to the salon and post your pout will be entered to win two *NEW* AVEDA lip colors! (Color Balm & Lip Gloss)

What’s post your pout, you may ask? We mean kiss a piece of paper that will be placed on the salon wall. On October 1st, we will randomly select one winner.

Drawings will take place on 10/01/19.

Eight Hero Products
Air Control
Be Curly Curl Enhancer
Daily Hair Repair
Hand Relief
Thickening Tonic
Smooth Infusion Style Prep
Shampure Composition Oil