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

Fresh Start To Fall

Fresh Start To Fall

When we were kids, there were a few things on the back-to-school checklist each year:

A new pair of jeans.
A new pair of sneakers.
A new backpack.
A new hairstyle.

This year, as McKenna heads off to college, the list in our house is a little longer than usual — an egg crate for her bed, dorm room décor, a shower caddy.
The end of summer and start of a new school year gives unspoken permission to reinvent ourselves- whether we’re heading off to a new school, college or even just business as usual.

This time of year gives us a chance at a new beginning.  And so with the changing season, give yourself a chance to start fresh- a new hair color (check out the whole new line of fashion colors below), a new style, or a new pair of jeans.


The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Weekends

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Weekends

Weekends are supposed to be the perfect time to relax around the house in your comfiest sweatpants and sleep in without feeling ashamed, but, unfortunately, not all of our weekends can be as carefree as we want them to. There are times when we have to look presentable and brave the outside world during our weekend retreats. And while getting our glam on can be fun, other times it’s a hassle that we really can’t be bothered with. Thankfully, there are a few lazy girl tips to look good on the weekends while still keeping it low-key.


  1. Dry Shampoo


Let’s all take a second to thank the hair gods for inventing dry shampoo. What was once a strange concept is now a staple in plenty of bathrooms around the world. Dry shampoo is the number one essential for lazy girls. Don’t have time to shower? Dry shampoo. Skipping a hair wash day? Dry shampoo. Need a hair boost? Dry shampoo. There are tons of great brands for dry shampoo, but our favorite is Aveda’s Dry Shampure. With a refreshing scent, this dry shampoo is perfect for any hair color. There’s little to no residue left behind and it sucks all the excess oil right up.


For all of the curly-haired girls out there who think dry shampoo won’t work on their untamable hair, think again. Rinseless Refresh is a great alternative that can revive your second-day hair into bouncy curls, waves, and coils. The no rinse formula is still great for getting in a quick fixer-upper if you need to be ready at a moment’s notice.


  1. Easy Updos


For any event, an updo is always a go-to option, but it’s the best option on sleepy weekends. Messy buns and low ponytails are back in style and we’re all for taking full advantage. Both of these hairstyles are casual enough to be no stress but can also give you the perfect, tousled look. To achieve these low maintenance updos, a trusty hair tie is a must. Spiral hair ties are great for this because they don’t leave any marks or pull your hair out. Another option is the classic scrunchie—the 90’s are back and we are here for it! Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but scrunchies are a close second.


  1. Minimalist Make-up


Weekends are the perfect time to brunch with your friends, but that doesn’t have to mean you need to give up your lazy weekend vibe. There are a few things you can do for makeup that are light enough to still look casual. For starters, a tinted moisturizer, like the Daily Light Guard from Aveda, can go a long way. It’s a great staple if you want to nourish your skin, clear away any imperfections, and protect it from harmful UV rays. A lip tint or quality lip balm can also leave you feeling fresh. Aveda’s Lip Saver can get the job done and leave behind a yummy taste and scent. Finally, to pull the look together, you can rely on Mosscara, a mascara that not only enhances your lashes, but also conditions them and encourages lash growth. Pro tip: go with brown mascara on the weekend for a softer look.


You may be wondering what to do with your hair for a weekend brunch date, but fear not, there’s a solution for that too. If you’re going for the lazy girl vibe, or are really just a lazy girl, you don’t want your hair to look too clean or styled. That’s where the Texture Tonic comes in. All you have to do is put your hair in a ponytail and spray in the texture tonic for a look that makes your bed head look chic instead of shabby.


No matter what you’re spending your weekend doing, these tips can keep you looking casual, cute, and carefree. A big thank you to Kate McAlister, our Level 3: Elite stylist at Eastside, for lending us some expert advice on how to master the lazy girl’s weekend. And if you ever want to switch up your lazy girl look, contact our trusted stylists at Ivy Salon to schedule a consultation or appointment today.

Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

There are hundreds of colors and hues to choose from on the hair color spectrum. Every hair color is unique and suits people differently, so how do you know what works best for you? With all of the choices, it can be hard to settle on just one option, especially one that compliments your particular look. One pro tip to get you started is to match your hair color with your skin tone.

Determining Your Skin Tone

To start, there are three main skin tones: cool, warm and neutral. Unsure of what your skin tone is? No worries! Here are a few tips to help you out:

  1. Look for specific colors in your skin. If you check the colors in your wrist and see purple or blue veins, your skin is probably a cooler tone. If you see green veins, then you probably have got a warmer skin tone. You can also check by looking at your eyes. If you have gold specs, it can mean you have warm undertones, whereas blue specs can point to cooler tones.
  2. Determine what looks best on you. If springtime colors are more appealing on you, then you’re likely more prone to cooler and lighter hues. On the other hand, if autumn or winter colors look better with your skin, a warmer or richer hair color will most likely compliment you better.
  3. Follow the gold and silver jewelry rule. Gold jewelry typically pairs well with warm colors and silver jewelry often compliments cooler tones well.
  4. Go old school. When you truly can’t decide, sticking with your natural hair color, or a variation of it, will generally be what looks best on you. If you were a towhead as a kid, it’ll probably still look good on you now!


Keep it Cool

If you’ve got a cooler undertone, then you would look good with a darker, cool brunette hair color. Beige and neutral undertones would also compliment you nicely. Colored highlights pair best if you are fair-skinned. The reason being that you typically don’t want to have a stark contrast between your skin and hair. For example, if you have a fair or pink undertone, you wouldn’t want an ashy hair color because it could make you look even more pink.

Does your skin look similar to Lupita Nyong’o or Nicole Kidman? Then, cool is your skin tone!


Neutral Playing Field

While all tones are gorgeous, people with neutral skin tones are special because they can pull off either warm or cool hair colors. This lucky bunch has a variety of colors to choose from, but that can the choices even more difficult to determine. For instance, going strawberry blonde is an option if you’re looking for a red shade, but a cool black can also go well with neutral tones. Both of these colors can be either dramatic or soothing depending on your complexion and the exact look you want. Good examples of those with neutral skin tones would be Jennifer Anniston or Kerry Washington.


Warm it Up

 Finally, for those if you who have warmer undertones, a more drastic contrast looks great with your skin type. Brunettes should go for a cooler brown, richer, chocolate brown, or gold. If you’re a blonde with warm undertones, then stick with the richer, darker shades. Balayage can be a great compliment with this tone too! Pull inspiration from celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian.

These are just a few tips and tricks to help determine the best hair color for you. If you are still struggling to decide what will work best, scrolling through photos on Pinterest can help inspire you, but the best option is to ask your hair stylist. It can be overwhelming to figure out the right color when you factor in all of your physical attributes and lifestyle choices, but our stylists are here to give you a professional opinion of what colors to avoid and what colors will look best on you. Contact us today to book a color consultation!


A huge thank you to our Level 3 Elite stylist, Kate McAlister, for these awesome hair tips. Follow her work on Instagram at @katemcalisterhair.

10 Ways to Survive a UV 10

10 Ways to Survive a UV 10

The brutal South Carolina heat has officially made itself right at home. At least you can start working on your summer tan, right? Shall we break out the baby oil and sun reflectors? Not so fast.


The stronger the sun’s UV index, the stronger the effect it has on your skin. You may be thinking, “Well, isn’t that a good thing? Stronger sun effects mean a faster farewell to pasty winter coloring!” That may be true—at the expense of potential sun spots, sunburn, sun poisoning, and not to mention premature wrinkling.


That being said, the Ivy team would like to present (drumroll, please)…


Ivy’s 10 ways to survive a UV 10:


  1. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ever heard of the saying, “The simplest answer is often the correct one?” The easiest way to avoid harmful sun exposure is to avoid sun exposure in general. Typically, these hours are when the sun’s rays are strongest.


  1. Avoid tanning beds. Okay, so we’re not exactly giving you a lot of opportunities to get bronzed, but trust us, tanning beds are a no! Not only do they contribute to intense premature aging and leathery skin texture, but they increase the risk of developing melanoma by 75%. Plus, self-tanning lotion has come a long way – we’re thoroughly impressed.


  1. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go outside. This gives the sunscreen a chance to soak in, bind, and act as a sturdy layer of defense for your skin.


  1. Reapply every two hours. Some people make the mistake of applying sunscreen once and thinking they’re good to go for the rest of the day. Specialists recommend reapplying the same amount every two hours.



  1. Use a SPF of 30 or higher. What does the number 30 even mean? It takes unprotected skin roughly 20 minutes to redden, whereas it would take approximately 30 times longer (10 hours) if skin is covered with SPF 30 lotion. Just remember—not all sunscreens are created equal.


  1. Look for “broad spectrum” on the lotion label. We know, we’re really harping on the sunscreen, but it’s easy to be enticed by good-smelling or well-marketed lotions. Unfortunately, not all lotions have broad spectrum protection, meaning they don’t protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Both types of rays play a key role in the development of skin cancer. Save yourself a trip to the drug store to pick up aloe or anti-aging cream by using a lotion that protects you from both kinds of rays.


Before we keep going, we realize we gave you a lot of provisions on sunscreen. If you’re unsure where to start your hunt for the perfect lotion, Aveda has an incredible SPF Protection daily lotion that’s both dermatologist tested and suitable for all skin types!


  1. Accessorize with protective sunglasses. Speaking of broad spectrum protection, the sun glasses you wear can not only complete your look but prevent your eyelids and physical eye from sun damage. While bigger is better when it comes to eye protection, if oversized, dramatic shades aren’t your thing, the most important quality of your glasses is that they have that UVA/UVB dual protection. Keep in mind polarized does not equal broad spectrum, nor do the darkness of your lenses have anything to do with the amount of protection you’re getting.


  1. Top off your look with a hat. Yes, the pun was totally intentional. Not only do hats protect your scalp, hair, and face from damaging sun rays, but they’re seriously in right now. Is your look beachy and feminine? Try a big floppy hat. Consider yourself more of a laid-back, cool girl? A baseball cap helps you stay looking sporty and your head feeling secure. Boho chic? Keep it Coachella with a trendy panama hat.


  1. Live it up in linens. Another hot trend (last pun, we promise!) is wearing long-sleeved linen shirts or full-length linen pants to keep your skin covered. Long sleeves in this heat?! Yes, we know it sounds a little counterintuitive, but linen is breathable and airy, so it’s likely to make you sweat less than denim shorts or a polyester tank. Linen is also made of natural fibers, so it’s highly absorbent of sweat and dries fast.


  1. Stay mindful of your exposure and learn about your specific risks. There are so many factors that can change the effect of the sun on your skin. Certain medicines, especially blood pressure medication, can cause increased sensitivity. Genetics and family history can play a role in the way your skin absorbs ultraviolet rays, as well. You should regularly see a dermatologist to learn about your individual risk factors, develop a summer exposure plan, and check the status of moles and sun spots.


Thanks so much to the very talented and resourceful Rosie Maederer for these pivotal summer health and beauty tips! Rosie is a Level 4 Master stylist at our Eastside location. Check out her latest work on Instagram!

Bringing the Heat: How to Properly Blow-Dry Your Hair

Bringing the Heat: How to Properly Blow-Dry Your Hair

Well, you know what they say: ‘April drizzles bring May frizzles.’ …That doesn’t sound right, does it? Then why is our hair frizzed-out and brittle when we blow-dry it? Our experts are here to give you advice to turn your hair from lackluster to luminous.

Let’s start at the beginning: you may be damaging your hair before you even plug in the blow-dryer. Your hair needs some TLC. Would you want to cuddle up with your standard bathroom towel? Embrace your hair gently by using a microfiber towel or use a cotton t-shirt as a thrifty substitute.

Additionally, don’t keep your hair wrapped in the ol’ towel & twist for 30 minutes while you decide what to wear or start your makeup routine. While it may seem like you’re allowing an extra 30 minutes for the towel to soak up some moisture, you’re actually preventing hair from air drying and locking a lot of wetness in your towel up-do. This keeps hair soggy up to the start of blow drying, which makes drying hair feel twice as long.

Another way to speed up the drying process is to use Aveda’s Speed of Light™. Not only does this spray make your hair smell fresh, but it can cut your blow-dry time in half. It’s also blended with coconut-derived conditioner elements to reduce breakage by 93 percent.

Other products should be tailored specifically to your hair’s needs and the desired end-product. Flat hair? Use Aveda’s volumizing tonic™paired with phomollient™style foam. Out of control fly-aways or frizziness? Introduce your hair to smooth infusion™. Trying to keep those curls? The be curly™style-prep will be your new best friend.

Your last step before it’s time to whip out the hair-dryer is to apply Aveda’s Damage Remedy™to protect your hair from heat as high as 450 degrees.

Now, it may be time to have a sit-down performance review with your blow dryer. When is the last time she had adequate cleaning? Hair dryers are supposed to be de-linted regularly. Dust, dirt, and other unidentified elements may be clogging your dryer. Another performance metric to inspect is the amount of control you have over her. Did she come sufficiently prepared with diffusers or nozzles? Those resources are essential in targeting certain areas and preventing hair from turning into a fluff ball. Is she too intense, causing singing? Is she too meek, barely blowing enough heat to dry nail polish? You need a competent blow dryer that will provide stability and specialized control over your hair, and you need to take care of that equipment.

Up next is an evaluation of your hair brush to determine its compatibility with your hair type. For ladies with coarse hair who desire smoothness, a boar bristle brush, like a Mason Pearson, is the way to go. The bristles are strong enough to smooth out any curl or kink, but gentle enough that they won’t rip your hair. Curly-haired women should use pick-combs in combination with your dryer’s diffuser attachment. Using a round brush while drying hair can add volume and bounciness.

Address the front of your hair first, especially if you have cowlicks, baby hairs, or wispies that dry faster. Continuously brush hair while you’re drying so you retain control. To adequately style and directly dry all of your hair, use alligator or crab claw clips to section it off. When you aren’t working on a particular section, clip it up and away from the current section. Using a large hand mirror can help you get an idea of what the back of your hair looks like and where you’ve missed.

Once the dryers off, preserve your hard work with a hairspray that matches the moisture level of your environment. If your hair holds style particularly well, try air control™ for a light, airy spray. If your hair has a tendency to fall, or you’ll be facing the relentless Carolina summer humidity, we recommend control force™. Not only is control force good for 18-hour humidity defense, but it works on all hair types.

Feeling a little more adventurous? Talk to your Ivy stylist about Velcro or hot rollers. Our hair gurus will point you in the direction that best suit your style!

Shout out to Rosie Maederer, our Eastside Master stylist, for helping us do the perfect at-home blowout! Be sure to follow her on Instagram at @rosie_avedagirl_.