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Six Fun Ways to Make Your Earth Month Count

April is here: the month of gentle sunshine, spring showers and gorgeous weather that’s perfect for barefoot walks in grassy parks. With nature at its finest, it makes sense that April is also Earth Month. We’ve set an Earth Month goal and we’d love for you to help us achieve it. Make a donation to the Alliance for the Great Lakes and we’ll enter you into our raffle to win a year of spa. That’s right—one grand prize winner will receive spa treatments for an entire year, a $795 value. But, even if you don’t win, you can still feel good knowing you did your part to support an organization that works right in our backyard.

In the meantime, while you’re getting out your spring/summer wardrobe and dusting off your rain boots, we encourage you to take a few minutes to think about what you can do to honor the Earth and to promote conservation and environmental responsibility.

Below, we’ve put together a list of six simple, fun and (dare we say) indulgent things (besides entering our raffle) you can do to participate in Earth Month. Try one or try them all—you just might love it.

CELEBRATE MEATLESS MONDAYS

During the month of April, try a vegetarian diet on Mondays. It’s more than just a refreshing change of pace: going meatless once a week helps reduce your carbon footprint, as it takes a lot more water and energy to produce a pound of meat than it does a pound of vegetables. It’s also a delicious way to stretch your cooking abilities. (Veggie Pad Thai, anyone?) And if cooking’s not your forte, view this as an invitation to cap off your Mondays with an extra cheesy pizza—hold the pepperoni.

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SKIP YOUR SHOWER

Seriously. This month, try to go an extra day between showers, or at least skip washing your hair to make yours shorter. In addition to saving water, you just might save your hair—most of us actually over-wash, leading to dryness that our body responds to by amping up oil production.

Luckily, Aveda just made shower-skipping even easier. New Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner ensures your hair is soft, detangled, and protected from heat on non-wash days. Start by using the cult-favorite Shampure Dry Shampoo on your roots to freshen up, then mist the dry conditioner throughout your hair, concentrating on the ends. You’ll feel shower-fresh without the wasted water. (Or time. Permission to hit the snooze button, granted.)

Source: Aveda

Source: Aveda

GET A REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE

We get it—plastic water bottles are crazy convenient. But the amount of waste they produce annually is almost incomprehensible. Last year Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles—and although some get recycled, the majority end up in landfills, where they take hundreds of years to decompose. Switching to a reusable water bottle is an easiest first step to a greener life, and it’ll save you money, too. (Bring an empty reusable bottle to the airport and fill it twice at a water fountain and the bottle has basically paid for itself.) Bonus: there are so many cute, Insta-friendly reusable bottles these days, you can basically consider yours a new accessory.

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LIGHT A CANDLE

Light the way candle | Source: Aveda

Source: Aveda

If you’re like us, your house is probably overflowing with gorgeously scented candles—and you’ll be happy to hear we have a compelling reason to add one more to your collection. When you treat yourself to Aveda’s Earth Month Light the Way candle, you’re helping save the planet, too. 100% of the proceeds support clean water projects around the globe. (The $12 purchase price of one candle can actually provide a year’s worth of drinking water for a person in Madagascar.) And with its Madagascar-inspired aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, ylang ylang and florals, believe us—you’ll want to stock up while they’re here.

TRY BIKING TO WORK

So much of the carbon we create comes from transportation. If your morning commute takes less than 15 minutes, celebrate Earth Month by switching out your car keys for your bike lock once a week. Riding your bike regularly will relieve stress, give you plenty of time to soak up the spring sunshine and even save you a few dollars. Some people swear their best ideas come to them when they’re walking and biking, so providing your own transportation might just help you at work, too.

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GET INVOLVED

As always, the best way to make positive changes in the world is to get involved. As we mentioned, the monies we raise this month will benefit the Alliance for the Great Lakes. They’ve done some amazing things recently—championing the federal ban on microbeads in personal care products, reaching a historic cleanup goal for Lake Erie and educating and involving thousands. Donate to our raffle. Or, join us for our Catwalk for Water event May 7. It’s a fun, Earth-friendly fashion show that raises funds and promotes awareness. Consider this your official invitation.

Earth Month is a great way to experiment with small changes and to make way for bigger changes. It only takes a few weeks of doing something regularly to establish a pattern, so view Earth Month as an opportunity to build a lifestyle that’s healthier for you and the planet. Every little bit helps.

Five Spring Beauty Tips We Can’t Wait To Try

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It’s hard to believe the advent of spring is right around the corner (hello, Winter Storm Stella), but we promise the sun will shine and the flowers will bloom soon. In honor of spring, however late an appearance she might make, it’s time to dive into one of our favorite topics: beauty trends. The changing of the seasons is a perfect time to refresh your look, whether that means trying out a new haircut, updating your makeup collection or perfecting your skin care routine. Read on for five spring beauty trends the team at Indira can’t wait to introduce into our own lives.

POPS OF COLOR

Whether its densely pigmented eyeliner, a bold, glossy lip or a wash of unexpected eye shadow, dramatic bursts of color were all over the Spring/Summer ’17 runways—and accordingly, we’ll be trying them out all season long. The key to keeping this look fresh and modern? Don’t go overboard. Make it all about a single bold element, and keep the rest of your makeup understated. Personally, we’ll be reaching for Nourish-Mint Lip Color in Pink Zinnia, a cool magenta that’s part of Aveda’s Solstice Bloom Spring/Summer makeup collection. It’s the perfect look for those Chicago or Green Bay springtime days.

Source: Aveda
Source: Aveda

BLUNT CUTS

Lived-in hair and beachy waves have been reigning the trend forecast for seasons—but as those who have tried can attest, sometimes the effortless look is anything but to achieve. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that straightforward cuts with clean lines and minimal layers are beginning to seem refreshing. Consider a chic bob, blunt bangs, or heavy trim to clear up any lingering layers. As a bonus, cuts like these are unexpectedly easy to style—a quick blowout with smoothing, straightening products usually does the trick. We recommend Aveda’s game-changing Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, which actually progressively straightens your hair with each use.

Source: Aveda
Source: Aveda

BLUSHING BEAUTY

Whether it’s a sheer, rosy wash around the apples of your cheeks or a dramatic sweep across the tops of your cheekbones, blush is back in a big way. Personally, we’re thrilled—the warmth and openness blush can bring to your face is just right for spring. We’ll be reaching for Aveda’s Petal Essence Face Accents sets, which come in coordinating trios of bronzer, highlighter and blush.

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ACCENT BRAIDS

The abundance of overly complicated waterfall, fishtail and crown braids across the Internet makes it easy to fall victim to the idea that braids are a time-consuming and difficult proposition. And while many plaited looks are actually deceptively simple, none are more so than a trend we’ve recently begun to notice: tiny accent braids woven throughout otherwise ordinary ponytails or soft waves. All you need is to master the classic three-strand braiding technique, then strategically add a few micro plaits to your style of the day. We particularly love this work for the bevy of outdoor activities spring always seems to usher in—like festivals and breezy days on Lake Michigan.

ROMANTIC GLOW

With dewy skin and highlighting techniques proliferating on runways and beauty blogs around the world, it comes as no surprise that this trend made our list. This spring, we’re noticing that the dewy look is often infused with soft, romantic colors—think bronze, rose and peach. (At the Brandon Maxwell show, the makeup artists even dusted the models’ cheekbones with gold pigment.) And of course, the key to making the glowing goddess look work is prioritizing your skincare. Exfoliate regularly (we love the gentle Tulasara Radiant Facial Dry Brush), and try the moisturizing Tulasara Wedding Masque Overnight, which brightens skin with turmeric-derived circuminoids. Hello, glow.

Need help implementing these updates? Give us a call or go online to book an appointment. And as always, feel free to stop by for makeup and skin care recommendations. Now get out there and soak up some sunshine—it’s time.

Color Advice…

There are so many options today when researching how you want to update your haircolor for the season (whatever season that might be). Pinterest, obviously being one of the most popular, as well as any of the major fashion magazines now have online inspiration pages. Also, any home beauty aficionado can start up a shutterstock or Instagram blog and post their ideas about what to do with your hair. You see major beauty transformations; black hair to silvery platinum, fantasy colors shimmering like gemstones all ladies smiling at their super on-trend hairstyle. What they don’t tell you is what it takes to achieve such awesome hair makeovers, the after-care maintenance and long term effects (if any) on the health of your hair.

First things first, have an honest conversation with yourself about your own hair. Have you been playing it fast and loose with the at-home-haircolor? Have budgetary concerns made it necessary for you to visit a valued oriented salon where they might not have the best product or advanced education to keep your hair at its healthiest? Do you have super long, thick, coarse or curly hair? All of these things will factor into the change you are want to make. They don’t necessarily mean you can’t or won’t be able to achieve the look you decide upon, but they are going to affect the price and the amount of time you spend in the salon to achieve your desired results. Does it take 2 ponytail holders to keep your hair up? You know you have extra thick hair. Please tell them over the phone. Don’t make it a surprise for your stylist, because that will affect the outcome. If that means you can’t book an appointment for a couple weeks, then be okay with that. There is a reason your hair might need extra time and you want the stylist to be set up for success. Trust me, a stylist who is prepared and at ease, will deliver a better service for you.

Secondly, have an open mind. Words like “ombre”, “tipping”, “balayage”, “color melt” are pretty worthless unless the stylist knows how to use them and knows the difference between them. If you have been burned in the past, received a bad color from a stylist you thought you could trust. Seek out recommendations and schedule a consultation first. Don’t bring an entire file folder of pictures, that ultimately contradict each other. Bring 2 pictures, one that is the ultimate prize and the other one is 2nd place. Let the stylist pick the one that would work best with the texture, type and density of your hair and the one that works with your budget. Always listen to the stylist when they talk not only about the initial cost of the service but what they recommend for after-care. Are you going to get the tips of your hair a flaming purple or red? Those types of colors fade quickly and need extra maintenance to keep them looking their best. If you like your hair to remain the ashiest of blondes, then listen to the stylist recommendation that you need the glossing treatment today and to take home the special shampoo and conditioner.

Most stylists want you to look your best as you are a walking advertisement for our services and our brand. As the famous Vidal Sassoon said “if you don’t look good, we don’t look good”. Look for a stylist that will take time to listen to you about what you want and provide feedback on the reality of achieving the results. There is nothing worse than hearing “that’s what you told me you wanted” when your hair does not turn out as you hoped. So please listen to the recommendations of your stylist when they quote you a price and the time for what it will take to change your hair today or if they tell you want you are asking for isn’t achievable. We are thinking with your hair health in mind.

Kacy Levy is Master Level Stylist, AVEDA Color Master and Creative Director at INDIRA Salons Spa

Welcome to our new site!

Just like a hairstyle needs to be revamped every once in a while to stay with the trends, so does a website. Indira Salon Spa is pleased to announce our new website – with more features for easier gifting and browsing!

We came into 2016 with a new perspective and whole new list of resources to make our guests’ lives easier. Take a look around – explore our menu of services, learn about our history, browse our stylists and refer a friend for a new service.

We’re happy to hear any feedback you have on the new look – and we can’t wait to see you in the salon!

– The Team at Indira Salon Spa