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The Best Beachy Waves

Loose, beachy waves are still the go-to hairstyle for Spring and Summer!

Every lady wants to find the perfect, low-maintenance hairstyle...especially for those hot summer days when you want to spend more time outside, and less time in the mirror. Below you can read the perfect recipe for beachy waves.


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ARROJO Wave Mist (Sea Salt Spray)

Micro Fiber Towel

Blow-dryer (if you like to diffuse your hair)


Flat Iron (if you want a slightly more wave) // Curling Iron/Wand (if you want more of a defined curl)



1. Spray Sea Salt Spray on damp/towel dried hair

2. Flip head upside down and twist with your fingers

3. Scrunch with a microfiber towel to dry ends a little more

4. Let air dry

Optional: (As pictured in photo 3 above) For a slightly more wave, after hair is dry, touch up waves with a Flat Iron // (As pictured in photo 4 above) For a more defined curl, after hair is dry, touch up curls with a Curling Iron/Wand


Now you are ready to jump into Spring and Summer with this easy, trendy hair style! Give It a Try and if you feel so inclined,  post your Before and After photos in the comments below!

Happy Styling :) 




Winter Hair Tips

Winter: Doesn’t mean bad hair!

As temperatures continue to plummet, most of us do not know what to do with our hair. We automatically assume that the frigid cold makes for a bad hair day. It is natural to throw on a hat, and feel miserable because your hair is flat all day…and not to mention full of static. Well fret no longer! Here are a few winter hair tips to keep your head warm without sacrificing a good hair day!     Cozy Knit Turban – A knit turban is cozy enough to keep your ears and head warm, but is stylish and won’t dent or add static to your hair. Knit turbans can be dressed up or down…depending on the rest of your outfit!


Stylish Earmuffs – These don’t have to be oversized and animal print (unless you want that)! Earmuffs are definitely making a comeback and they keep your ears warm, without messing up your hair! This is a great grab-and-go option for someone on the run!

Braid + Beanie – This combo is genius. The beanie keeps your head warm, and when you take it off, the braid is still intact and still looks great because it doesn’t matter if it gets flat. Expert Tip: wear a side-braid to add personality to your look! It looks awesome peeking out from under a hat.

Change up your Part – Want to prevent flat hair? Try parting your hair on the opposite side before putting on your hat/earmuffs. When you take your hat off, flip your hair and it will be full of body.

Always carry Dry Shampoo – This will be your go-to during the winter (or summer) months! It will help reduce any static and will freshen up your look by adding a little volume. Expert Tip: Try Arrojo’s travel size for your purse or car to freshen up on the go!

Style Icons: Megan

Music is a great a source of inspiration for me.  I love musicians because they really aren’t afraid to take risks, and bring a sense of showmanship to everything they do… including how they dress!  I chose St. Vincent as my style icon because I love  her minimalistic and edgy styling, as well as her bold hair and makeup choices.

Annie Clark is classically beautiful, but she isn’t afraid to test that beauty with unconventional looks.  I love her big hair and bright blue eyeshadow!

She really exhibits a soft coolness, and she’s stylish and on point, without trying too hard.

  My second style icon is Mia Farrow.  She is another natural beauty that made being gorgeous seem effortless.

Pixie cut and freckles.  Feminine and understated.


Mia would be just as cool today as she was forty some years ago.

5 Holiday and Bridal Updos for Fall

Whether you're going to a special event or haven't come across the perfect bridal updo for your big day yet, looking at as many images of upstyles as is humanly possible is the only surefire way to figure out just what you want. So here are some for fall!

I absolutely adore this twist embellished with oversized pearls. The unusual proportion of the pearls adds some fun to an otherwise beautiful and elegant look, and emphasizes dainty features. (Notice how beautiful her highlights look in this updo! Consider getting some highlights before your special day to add some extra dimension into your style.)

A sleek side bun is an extremely versatile and popular look that can be worn with or without a part, oversized or proportional, and with or without texture.

Middle parts are still super chic, and a great way to elevate your look into the realm of couture.

The flower petal embellishments in this super textured updo give it a whimsical, fairylike feel.

And, of course, it wouldn't be an updo post in 2014 without a generous helping of braids. This updo piles braids on braids on braids, giving it really interesting dimension (again with the highlights enhancing the dimension!!)

American Wave, The Beach Wave Revolution

Most people don’t really want perms anymore. The word “perm” is enough to bring back a pretty vivid and gruesome sensory memory. The smell of a perm is not one easily forgotten, and the desire to forget it is reason enough to avoid perms altogether. Of course, the voluminous ringlets that a perm produces have also become dated, to say the very least, evoking images of Napoleon Dynamite-esque puffy-sleeved prom hair or cheek-squeezing aunties.

That isn’t to say that there isn’t a niche for a texturizing treatment in 2014. People with really straight, slick hair experience infinite frustration when attempting to recreate the beach style waves ubiquitous in today’s fashion rag.  Even the curly-haired among us struggle with texture, with irregularities throughout the head (i.e. curly in one spot, straighter in another). Flat or fine-haired people often feel that a perm is the answer to their struggle for volume, but will more often than not leave a perm experience feeling that their stylistic goals are unfulfilled and their hair is fried and frizzy.

Beach wave american wave
Beach wave american wave

Enter our friends at Arrojo, the New York City texture experts, that brought us house favorites like Texture Paste and Styling Whip. They’ve concocted a texturizing treatment called the American Wave, which is similar to a perm in that it makes straighter hair curlier, but in all other ways it’s pretty much a different ball game. It’s like an anti-perm. For one, it’s a perm with an expiration date; it lasts, at most, 4-6 months. And unlike a traditional perm, there’s no haircolor ultimatum prior to your curly transformation: you can color your hair (as long as you’re not massively bleaching it) AND get the treatment without the risk of totally frying it. The treatment isn’t completely scent-free, but it’s not nearly as stinky, and, much to the relief of sensitive salon-goers everywhere, the people at Arrojo were discerning enough to perfume it with a little bit of a eucalyptus fragrance.

Beach wave american wave
Beach wave american wave
Beach wave american wave
Beach wave american wave

If you think you might be interested in this service, you should call us and book a complimentary consultation with our stylist Elizabeth.

Guide To Fall 2014 Hair Trends

Outside the salon, following a brief breezy, unseasonably nice interlude, Richmond's humid, sticky summertime scene is laying it down for us as unpleasantly as it has been all summer (if not with even more brutality). We're not big fans of the wintertime drab, don't get me wrong, but this Summertime Stickiness Part Deux has got us thinking about the cooler times ahead.

Fall is a great time to change up your hair routine, whether that be in a big way or a small way. Less humidity makes for a much more experimentation-friendly hair environment, with less frizz and sweat around to undo your 'do, and less sun, chlorine, and salt water fading your color out.

Here's our definitive guide to fall 2014 hair trends.

1. Smoother, Softer, and Straighter

2014's special brand of "smooth and straight" isn't the flat-ironed, pin straight sticks of yesteryear, it's more like undone and soft, but smoothed, a little sleeked out and straight. That's a style that's easy for the naturally straight haired among us to achieve with minimal product, heat and effort, and even for those with naturally loose waves, sleek is possible. Undone, grungy, and messy is hanging on for at least another season, so there's a little wiggle room for those with textured tresses. And with the advent of lower humidity in the environment, there's little to fear in the realm of frizz. The underlying theme this season is middle part and minimal bang, which is a really easy look.

2. Darker or Cooler

fall trends 2014 dark red hair
fall trends 2014 dark red hair
Dark brown ombre fall 2014 hair trends
Dark brown ombre fall 2014 hair trends
dark cool violet red hair trends fall 2014
dark cool violet red hair trends fall 2014

Adding a lowlight or considering a cooler version of your normal hair color is a good idea for the fall and winter. Darker and cooler colors make sense for reasons other than being a seasonal look concept; drier conditions in the latter part of the year makes stretching the time between shampoos out a real possibility, allowing for less opportunity of color-stripping by cleansers in shampoos. Less washing means less fading, and that's a situation that darks and cools thrive in.

3. Medium Length Haircuts

medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend
medium length haircut fall 2014 hair trend

The (rather unfortunately named) Lob is still trending and cute and fabulous. Most of their fabulousness is due to their versatility-- with a longer bob, it's possible to pull off bob looks AND miniature versions of long looks. The middle part trend looks cool on a long bob, but maybe not a short bob. But when you put it behind your ears, it still has the potential to look kind of cute and boyish. Whenever coats get involved on colder days, the heavy neckline of a jacket can emphasize the line of your lob's perimeter. It's a cool transitional haircut! We're all about 'em for fall.

Summer 2014 Photo Shoot

We received the photos from our photo shoot last Sunday, orchestrated by the beautiful and talented Merry, and couldn't be more proud of the results. Thank you so much to everyone for participating in this lookbook with us! We can't wait for more exciting opportunities to show off our skills in the future.

Remy from our Summer 2014 photo shoot, getting her makeup and hair touched up one last time
Remy from our Summer 2014 photo shoot, getting her makeup and hair touched up one last time

More sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes pictures can be found here.

Merry prepares Sue for her moment in the spotlight
Merry prepares Sue for her moment in the spotlight

The Bang of the Future!!

This choppy black microbang is super goth-luxe!!

If you're looking for a way to infuse a subtle punk edge to your hairstyle, microbangs are probably your answer. They're super versatile, whether your preference is textured and chunky or really, really straight and manicured, and they can achieve a cool balance anywhere in between Amelie and Yolandi Visser.

Yolandi's super extreme microbangs, undercut, and... mullet thing aren't for the faint of heart!

Just how short to go is an important consideration with these bangs, as they range anywhere from a finger width above the eyebrow to completely forehead-bearing. This depends a lot on the size of your forehead, how comfortable you are with it, and the look you're trying to achieve. Talk to your stylist about this, or your friends, or hold your bangs up in the mirror to simulate different potential effects for yourself.

Grime’s undercut intensifies the effect of her microbang.

Chanel has incorporated the super choppy microbang + microbob concept several times in the past few seasons.

She’s so much younger than me and so much cooler! Feel the same way? Maybe a sweet microbang like hers will help ease our pain.

Winter Looks: Freja's Black-On-Black

Winter is almost over... almost. There's still enough left to be justifiably grumpy. Let the world know you're angsty about it by channelling Freja's very cool, but also very apathetic black-on-black punk-chic look.

Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen is the epitome of cool. From her androgynous looks and figure to her shaggy hairstyle and cool tattoos, she’s possibly the last living incarnation of rock and roll.

An important element of Freja’s chic is her usage of neutrals (read: black-on-black). Freja doesn’t even MATCH her blacks. Her black tshirts look like they have been washed on the wrong cycle and sometimes even hint at wrinkliness, and it only amplifies the effectiveness of her grunge.

The moto-jacket moto-boot etc. trend was basically a homage to Freja, whose deerlegged boyish frame is ideal for “chunky” garments like big boots and a big jacket; loose, oversized tops and muscle t-shirts with skin-tight leggings.

Hair Trend: Unwashed

Dirty hair at Thakoon

It’s only been 2014 for a little over two weeks, but there are some trends that, because we have kept an eye on their momentum over the past few months, we can be absolutely sure are sticking around and maybe even moving further into the limelight for 2014.

Mary Kate Olsen, Queen of the slouch, pioneer of dirty hair movement

The slouchier styles that have been becoming increasingly important in fall/winter 2013/4 (i.e. cuddly cardigans, drop-crotch harems/joggers/jumpsuits/everything, sweatshirts, and drop-waisted lazy babydoll dresses) have led hair down a similarly grungy path. Dirty hair is the way to go, in a way that it hasn’t really been since the seventies.

Keeping pastel hair dirty moves it from the unicorn category into the rogue cyberpunk category

Peter Som

Besides boosting your slouch to the next level, dirty hair is a lot easier. And not just because you don’t have to wash it (even though that is a cool advantage). The natural oils that your scalp produces can help your hair be a lot more style-able, providing some natural separation and making your hair more suggestable.

Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo (available at Circle Square)

For the yucky things that your natural hair oils will do (i.e. flatness + “greasiness”), there is always dry shampoo. A few sprays of a dry shampoo like Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo at your root area when your hair starts feeling TOO dirty will boost your root, solving the flatness issue, and mattify the unappealing shiny greasiness. Arrojo’s ReFINISH also starches up your hair in a way that intensifies the gathering, separating quality of dirty hair.

Healthy Hair Look Award: a low pony eases breakage-causing tension on your hair, and avoiding shampooing can help ease damage by keeping the hair lubricated with its own natural oils.

Once you have the grease under control, try pulling your hair into a ponytail or making a crown of milkmaid braids, both looks that complement dirty hair well. (Putting your hair up with dirty hair is easier in a way because clean hair has the tendency to jump right out of a braid.) Some flat iron curls or your own natural wave with a sea salt spray can also bring your look to perfection in a surf-ier kind of beachy way.

You can intensify the effect of slouch hair with color looks like baliage that reveal some dark roots, which together make a supercool kind of can’t-be-bothered-chic statement.


Olivia chose two heavily-contrasting ladies as her style icons, but they definitely make sense when compared against her juxtaposition of rock-and-roll edginess and doe-eyed forever 21 cutesiness.

Zooey Deschanel.

I love her vintage-inspired cute quirkiness! She’s a funny girl and she dresses with both style and her sense of humor.  Her nautical-themed little girl look frequently features bows, big buttons, peter pan collars, belts, dark-colored tights, and headbands. She looks quite at home in a-lines and babydoll dresses.

She’s the kind of girl that you can easily imagine riding a bike with a dainty basket on the front, probably filled with flowers or baked goods or something from the farmer’s market.

Her hair always looks soft and luscious, and her face was made for bangs.

Kat Von D.

I’m girly at heart, but there’s also an edgy side of me! Kat Von D is my edgier icon. She always looks effortless and grungy. She typically wears something ripped up or destroyed with super tall heels and an ever-present bikini top. She wears a lot of bold accessories: necklaces, gauges, and bangles. Her hair is usually messy: she’ll wear it in a loose messy bun and it will still look purposeful and pleasantly textured. She’s got kind of a dark look that can seem weird to people, but she’s a very interesting person and has a cool outlook on life and work. The esteem she holds for her clients inspires my work-style.

Brazilian Blowout Split End Repair

The legendary Brazilian Blowout has added yet another revolutionary new product to their already impressive hair treatment repertoire: Split End Repair.

This quick treatment works by creating a net of keratin that wraps around the frayed ends of split, damaged, or overprocessed hair and kind of glues the fibers together, keeping them sealed and healthy looking for about four weeks.

This treatment is perfect for people with over processed hair that they don't want to chop off just yet, for people with extremely long hair with some breakage, or for people with dry ends due to the aggressively bleached ends due to ombre.

Book this treatment today with your next haircut!

Style Icons: Drew

Dita Von Teese.

She’s very clean and pulled together. She never has a hair out of place, and I love the bold lip. She’s not afraid to SHOW HER CURVES (I insist that you read this in your sassiest voice). She’s a lady with sass and I love it!

Paula Deen.

I don’t have any idea what she wears, but she’s always got the cleanest, most age appropriate hair and makeup.

Cee Lo Green.

He’s so rambunctious! He’s always wearing something crazy and he always has such fun sunglasses on. I love the fun glasses.

Style Icons: Jess

Coco Chanel.

Coco Chanel isn’t so much my style icon as my feminist fashion transformation hero. She completely turned the way women wore clothes around from a fashion landscape in which things were fundamentally uncomfortable. Of course, her work isn’t necessarily done. Success in the fashion world will be reached when people have finally reached a point at which anything they can imagine is wearable, which may or may not ever actually happen.

What catalyzed this transformation was the genius of her design. Her real fashion design genius was in making simplified, plain clothes look chic. Chanel incorporated fabrics like jersey and knits, which would usually be reserved for nothing but pajamas, into her elegant womenswear collections.

Although I don’t normally like quintessentially “Chanel” looks like tweed suits or bags with chain straps or two toned shoes that look like spats, I love that she was able to create elegance out of something that was not usually intended for polite company, which was a dream come true for a lot of women.