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Top Summer 2017 Hair Trends

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Top Summer 2017 Hair Trends

hair styles for summerYou’re planning your next getaway girl’s trip to Atlanta. You are stopping by the coffee shop, Ponce City Market, or even the Cat Café. Your girlfriends suggest going to the hair salon—which is a great idea! What better way to relax than having your hair shampooed, dried, and played with? But, the big question is, “What do I do to my hair?”

You’ve been busy lately with work and trying to eat healthy, and haven’t had much time to keep up with the newest trends on Pinterest. Fear no more—Here are five of the top summer 2017 hair trends.

  1. Baylayage
    No more looking like a skunk with highlights from the 90s—a baylayage treatment will give your hair a natural sun-kissed tone. Baylayage works great for blondes, brunettes, and red heads as well as short, medium, and long hair lengths. If you have a hair appointment at the salon, ask your hair stylist to curl your hair, as this style is most popularly associated with thick, strong curls. Adding layers will also give this style a pretty appearance and bring out the different tones in your hair color.
  2. Eclipting
    This new hair style invented by Aveda’s Ian Michael Black uses contrasting hair colors to emphasize certain aspects of your facial features. The same idea applies for make up when contouring your face. Your hair stylist can add a variety of colors and tones to help your eyes stand out, make your face look thinner, or to compliment your smile.
  3. Down-The-Middle
    Did you know research shows “attractiveness” is related to how symmetrical your features are? Ditch the side part you’ve had for ten years and start parting your hair down the middle. The hair salon can do this easily for you as well as trim, cut, and add layers to your hair to give you a feisty summer look. Double takes start… now!
  4. Soft Waves
    In the Atlanta summer heat, it is almost impossible to keep your hair in tight curls. Soft waves take less time to curl and will give you a natural, beachy look that is perfect for summer! Add some lighter colors to your hair, and you are a perfect summer beach goddess.
  5. Funky Colors
    Times are changing and traditional hair styles and colors are, too. If you are feeling feisty, try adding a few splashes of neon pink, purple or blue to your ends. You may also want to try a trendy favorite, platinum blonde. This color is super shiny, almost grey, and very stylish. Adding these colors to your hair will take several treatments, because your hair must be bleached white first (or else the colors will not work properly.) Make sure you have all day or more if you want to invest in a funky color.

Book your next appointment at Mint Salon, voted the #1 hair salon in Midtown, Atlanta. Mint Salon specializes in all types of cuts, colors, and treatments, as well as hair smoothing systems and Brazilian waxes.

Call today at 404.724.9669

The Making of A Beautiful Bride

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How to Create a New You

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People are always growing and changing as individuals. Even if you like the person you are and love your look, it is sometimes nice to transform. Like a butterfly bursting out of a cocoon, becoming a new you takes something that was once beautiful and makes it incredible.

This business of transformation can seem intimidating at first. Changing yourself can seem like a daunting task. Once you pinpoint those areas that you would like to change within your life, let go of the old and welcome the new. Your life is full of chapters. As one closes and another opens, it is but just another adventure that is meant for you to enjoy. Get excited about the future and the person you will be, inside and out. Are you ready to create a new you? Here are some tips to help you out.

Learn a New Skill

Branch out and take on a new skill or hobby. Perhaps find something that you have never thought of before, like fencing, watercolors or flag football. There is an abundance of activities in the world that you can enjoy. The hobbies that you love to devote your time towards are often a defining characteristic of who you are. If you want to create a new you, learning a new skill is a fun and effective place to start.

Eat Healthier

Most all people in the Atlanta area could benefit from eating better. Even if you have a relatively healthy diet, look into learning new recipes or eating foods that are packed with rich nutrients. Perhaps you could consider completing a detox and riding your body of all the harmful toxins. This is also a great way to symbolically cast out the remnants of the old you and happily welcome the new.

Find Things to Appreciate

Life gets hard and stressful, so much so that you often forget to be appreciative of the many things that you love in your life. Transform to a new person from within by taking the time to reflect on everything that brings you joy each day. If you have ever struggled with remaining positive, this is a great way to go from being someone who is anxious and troubled, to a person who is fulfilled and content.

Exercise

Exercise might seem like a grueling task for some people, but there are so many ways that you can pick up or increase your exercise routine to fit your lifestyle and personality. Take your dog for a walk, go for a run down the beach, do a few squats in your living room or mow the grass out in your yard — all constitute as exercise. Physical activity helps to relieve stress, and exercising often leads to goals and accomplishments, which builds confidence.

Visit the Salon

No transformation is complete without a new look. Go to your local salon and let a professional stylist give you a fresh haircut and makeover. You will feel like a new person who is ready to take on the world. For more information, visit our services page or contact a representative at Mint Salon today.

5 Reasons Men Should Go to a Professional Stylist

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5 Reasons Men Should Go to a Professional Stylist

For some strange reason, many men have always seemed put off or intimidated by the thought of having a haircut at a professional salon. What is so nerve wracking about a person who is a professional in their craft giving you a great haircut? Back in the older days, men strictly went to barber shops for their haircuts, but changing times have seen a shift in clientele and what men are looking for in a great business experience. The simple truth is that a professional stylist at a salon can provide you with a great look at a very fair price. Leave your preconceived notions and expectations behind; here are 5 reasons men should go to a professional stylist.

1. They Know What They are Talking About
Unlike barbers in your local barber shop, professional men’s stylist is up to date on all the recent fashion trends, as well as the dos and don’ts of hair care. They will be able to provide you with a haircut that fits well with your current occupation, as well as your unique personality. You can be certain that the advice that you are given is legitimate. A stylist’s life often revolves around the fashion scene and it is a true passion. These are highly educated, well-versed individuals that know what they are talking about.

2. More Options
Men can often get more options for styles at a salon. This is because professional stylists who work in these facilities are brave and innovative. They use their imaginations to provide clients with excellent services that will have clients making regular appointments.

3. Men Need Pampering, Too
Pampering is not just reserved for the ladies. Going to a professional stylist will make you feel relaxed and worthy of great treatment. Visiting a salon is more than just a trip to have your haircut. It is an entire experience that is brought to you by a professional stylist.

4. Social Benefits
When you look your best, people are more likely to trust you and want to stand in your social circle. The reality is that people do judge a book by its cover, and you should illustrate yours wisely. To have a successful social life, it is best to use a professional stylist. Your stylist will give you a look that helps you to be an approachable person with a thriving social lifestyle.

5. Professional Benefits
Going to a professional stylist at your local Atlanta salon is beneficial in the job market as well. Those who look their best are more likely to be considered for jobs and promotions. Having great style helps you to be confident, which translates to your work and causes you to be very productive.
Going to a professional stylist can benefit men in many ways. If you are ready for your next haircut, or would like more information, visit our services page or contact a representative at Mint Salon today.

How to Talk to Your Stylist about Hair Tinting

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You are tired of your hair’s look. The color makes you wonder who the person in the mirror is. The style, well, what exactly is it?  After hours spent on Pinterest and other sites looking at new hairstyles, you have decided that the answer is hair tinting, and perhaps a new style. So, you gather up your research and head to the salon.

However, as you make your way to the salon, you are faced with another conundrum, how on earth do you talk to your stylist about hair tinting rather than merely coloring? After all, you have decided that traditional coloring every 4 to 6 weeks is just not enough.  To come in and ask for tinting rather than color, could be somewhat awkward. So, how do take the plunge and make the change?  Here are a few tips.

  1. Timing – Getting your hair cut and colored is rather common, but that doesn’t mean you should spring it on your hairstylist. When you make the appointment, be sure to tell them what you are considering. If you know the color you want, now is the time to tell them so that they can have the supplies needed available.
  2. Be kind – Don’t talk down to your stylist as though you know more about hair tinting than they do. They are the professional, and with each cut, color, tinting, etc. they are putting their reputation on the line. However, they should listen to your concerns and questions.
  3. Have a picture – Let your stylist know that what you would like the final color to look like, but also understand that every person’s hair is different – even with a tint, you may not be able to get hair exactly like Jennifer Anniston’s!
  4. Plan for the day – Although typically not as lengthy a process as a color, having your hair tinted does take time. Arrive on time so that your hairstylist can have plenty of time to accomplish the task. Your stylist is not there to just meet your needs, they have lives, too.
  5. Ask questions – Be sure to ask any questions you may have about hair tinting before the process is begun. If you are still in the “considering phase” for tinting your hair, see if you can arrange a consultation with your stylist and learn as much as possible.
  6. Be flexible – While your stylist would like to be able to promise that your hair tinting will look exactly as you want. However, your hair’s chemistry make up and previous hair colorings can affect how the hair tinting will work. Your hairstylist can often give you an idea of what to expect once the tint has been applied.

Hair tinting is a more permanent option than hair coloring and is often the best solution to getting an up to date look. But, if you are new to the world of hair tinting, take the time to talk to your stylist before making the change. Remember, your hairstylist is human just like you, and not a fairy godparent.  You need to be clear in your description of what you want the cut and tinting to look like. Then, get ready to see the new you! Hair tinting is a great way to discover the YOU that you are looking for! Talk to the pros at Mint Salon today to learn how hair tinting can give you the look you have always wanted.

5 Reasons Skincare Is Important for Men

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For many years, it seemed that taking steps to minimize the appearance of aging was strictly a woman’s attitude. This should not be the case. Today, many men are discovering that they can reduce the signs of aging simply by starting a regimen of skincare practices. Consequently, there are more products than ever geared toward helping men in their skincare routine.

However, if you are still of the mindset that a skin care routine is strictly for the fairer sex, then you may be interested to learn the following 5 reasons why skincare is important for men.

Protection against Signs of Age

Just walk down the aisle of any drugstore, health and beauty aids department, or even a salon and you will find a plethora of lotions, soaps, gels, scrubs and face washes designed specifically for a man’s skin. Surprised? Don’t be. After all, while skin is skin, because men don’t typically use makeup, their skin has little protection from the elements. This lack of protection means that when their skin begins to age, it does so at a quicker rate and it shows more easily than women’s skin does.

So what can you do? Rather than waiting until your skin shows signs of age, start using skin care products- especially moisturizers, at an earlier age. This will aid in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and keep it smooth to the touch. In most cases, an all-natural, oil-based moisturizer is recommended because it adds nutrients to the skin.

Shaving

For many men, shaving is part of the daily routine. And while shaving may be a preferred part of grooming and aids in exfoliating, it is also a key contributor to weakening the skin’s moisture barrier. In addition, men have more neuro-receptors than women, so their skin is more easily irritated.  To combat against this, use a skin cleaner, toner and moisturizer designed specifically for your skin type. You can also protect your skin, as well as slow down the signs of aging, by shaving in the direction your hair naturally grows with a multi-blade razor, which will also give you a faster and closer shave, and decrease bumps, cuts and ingrown hairs. For those men who do not shave, it should be noted that having a beard actually protects your skin from the elements and will help minimize dryness.

Thick Skin

Did you know that a man’s skin is as much as 30% thicker than a woman’s? This means that the skincare products used must be stronger so that it can penetrate to the deeper levels of the skin – not just the surface. Opt for a cleanser designed specifically for men that does not contain soap because it will wash off easily, is not as irritating and will not dry out your skin.

Sun Protection

Although skin cancer is not specific to one gender or the other, men are actually more susceptible. This is because most women use cosmetics that have added SPF, or make up products that are mineral based with a natural SPF. Thanks to the beauty products used, women protect their skin from risk of sunburn and skin cancer. A good moisturizer that contains SPF and applied daily will protect your skin.

The XY Factor

Because men usually have more testosterone than women do, their skin produces more oil; however, they also have smaller oil glands, so it is more difficult for their skin to absorb fluids. Using a skincare product specific to men will result in cleaner, healthier skin that is less oily. To ensure that your skin is kept hydrated, you should also use an aftershave that contains a moisturizer such as aloe vera, jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, hemp seed oil or coconut oil, and is alcohol-free.

A basic skincare routine that includes products specifically for men is a great way to have great looking, younger skin. If you are eager to learn how to have healthier, younger looking skin, talk to one of the pros at Mint Salon and learn what products we have to help.

Why Having Highlights and Color in Your Hair is Important

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Have you ever considered that having your hair highlighted or colored is actually important or do you simply choose to your color because you like to shake things up a bit? Believe it or not, highlighting and coloring your hair, is actually more important than one might think. For many women, their hair represents something intrinsic to which they are as a person. Someone with a spunky personality often reveals that with a short, sassy-perhaps even spiked and uniquely colored- hairstyle, while someone who is more of a “just the facts’ person may choose a no muss, no fuss hairstyle left in its natural color.

And, while studies show that the average man will only change his hairstyle or color 3 times in his adulthood, a Mail Online study found that of 1000 individuals polled, 42% of women said they change their hair to stay on trend. While a significant number said they change the cut and color because they simply wanted a new look.

Yes, our hairstyle, as well as its color, says much about us. But did you know that highlights and color are actually important? They aren’t merely whims of fashion in which we indulge, but a fashionable way to a healthier you.

Why is Coloring and Highlighting Your Important?

Coloring and highlighting one’s hair is very common, especially after a breakup. For many women all around the globe, a breakup means they need a new look. After a breakup, many women want a way to show that even if they are hurting inside, they are better than expected. A new hair color and highlights is an easy 2-hour transformation that allows them to show their strength, improve self-esteem and move forward.

Interestingly enough, having your hair colored and highlights added gives your hair more volume. The color and highlights add dimension to your overall look, so thin hair looks thicker and thick hair looks even more so. Not only can color and highlights add volume, but it also works as a sunscreen for your hair. An additional benefit of adding highlights and color is that when paired correctly with the style, the style can go from good to fabulous!

Of course, for many women the highlighting and color are important because it is a practical way to hide the gray! While gray hair may be considered distinguished on men, for women it is an unwanted giveaway of one’s perceived age. Many women start to turn gray long before their 50th birthday, and would rather not advertise that to everyone. A great hair coloring and highlighting job can keep one looking youthful—and what’s not to love about that!

Highlighting and color one’s hair is not likely to go away any time soon. In fact, it certain to continue to evolve as more color choices becomes available. Unlike many other cosmetic changes one might make, a new look for your hair is a procedure can boost morale, protect your hair from the sun’s rays, add volume and make one look younger all in about the time it takes to watch a movie. So, what are you waiting for? Mint Salon is here to help you get a great new look. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

 

Brazilian Waxes

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To wax or not to wax? That is the question many women ask themselves when bikini season is on the horizon. Many women choose to remove body hair in their pubic area for bikini season due to the general cultural disapproval of visible female pubic hair—although many women choose to keep their hair natural regardless of expectations. But for those of us that want to keep it bare down there, the thought of waxing may at once be exciting—and terrifying. Waxing the pubic area is notorious because of the amount of pain involved, which is due to the sensitive skin and other areas in this region. An inexperienced person can potentially burn themselves or otherwise hurt themselves if they aren’t careful with the type of wax they use, the wax’s temperature, and how they remove hair. It is generally recommended that women should to a professional waxing salon instead of trying this type of hair removal at home.

Most people properly consider the phrase “bikini wax” and “Brazilian wax” to be interchangeable, but they are actually two different types of pubic area waxing. A “bikini wax,” or American-style wax, refers to removing hair in the bikini area only—meaning that the only pubic hair removed is the hair that would be visible while wearing a bikini, such as those on the sides or top of the general pubic area. (A French wax, by the way, refers to creating a vertical ‘landing strip’!) By contrast, a Brazilian wax refers to removing all of the hair in the pubic region. A Brazilian wax is usually what most women go for during bikini season to ensure that no hair is visible while they are lounging on the beach or swimming in a clear blue pool with friends—especially if they tend to spend a lot of time at the beach in the summer.

The Brazilian-style wax is usually considered to be more painful than the American or French styles, because it is removing all of their hair, even the hair on the center sensitive parts of the pubic region. Women who are seeking a Brazilian wax should ensure that the wax being used is not synthetic—which is much more damaging to the skin—and that they go to an experienced salon instead of attempting this painful and potentially harmful, if not done right, type of waxing at home.  For more information on waxing services, visit www.mintsalon.net.

 

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