Monday, October 22, 2018

Halloween Costumes with Simple Hairstyles: For you to embrace your inner hero this year


            Halloween is creeping up on us and if you haven’t figured out your costume yet, don’t worry because we have some ideas for you! There’s more to your costume than the outfit and makeup, your hair is one of the biggest part of the whole ensemble. That’s where we come in, not only have we compiled some fun Halloween costumes, but we’ve included their iconic hairstyles, so you can pull off your best Halloween look yet. 

Katniss from the Hunger Games:
            Popular book trilogy turned movies amazed the minds of many when they were released, more specifically the movies which introduced the series to even more fans. The main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen is the subject for our first costume, with her iconic side braid and bangs, this hairstyle is nothing to sweat about. So, gather up a black jacket, black leggings, a bow and arrow, put your hair in your best side braid, and you’ll be ready to be a tribute in the Hunger Games. 

Wonder Woman:
            She started as a comic book character in 1942 and took the world by storm when she hit the big screen in 2017. This costume is definitely more challenging, as there is a specific outfit to Wonder Woman in order to get the look correct. You can find the costume here and fortunately the hair is easier to recreate than the outfit. All you need to do is create some waves (not too curly and not too straight) in your hair, throw Diana’s iconic headband on under it and you’re ready to save the world.

Donna from Mamma Mia!
            Whether you’ve seen the original one or the sequel, Donna is an iconic character in the Mamma Mia! world. From young Donna, portrayed by Lily James, to older Donna, portrayed by Meryl Streep, they keep a similar look in both films. Donna’s go-to outfit is quite simple: a pair of overalls is a must with a long sleeve white shirt and simple white sneakers. Fortunately, the hair is just as simple, all you need is some waves in your hair, closer to the straighter side, with half of it pulled back. With this costume you’ll be ready to take a boat ride to Greece and open up a hotel of your own!

Rosie the Riveter:
            This iconic photo has become the focal point for many Halloween costumes throughout the years and it isn’t stopping now. From 1943 to present day, it has truly become a one of a kind. To recreate this World War II photo, pull your hair back into a bun, wrap a red bandana around your head, put on a blue button up shirt, and flex your muscles!

These are only some of the many Halloween costumes you could dress up as this year! Hopefully we gave you some good ideas for you to channel your inner hero by recreating one of these powerful ladies for this year’s Halloween.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Curly Hair? No Problem!

At TLC Salon and Spa, we are a Deva Curl certified salon, which means we know how to successfully take care of your curly hair, no matter the type of curls you have. Whether they are loose loops or tight corkscrews, there’s a perfect hairstyle for you. So, instead of reaching for the straightener, embrace your natural hair with these styles. 

Classic Bun
You can’t go wrong with a classic bun and you shouldn’t let your natural curls stop you from pulling off this perfect look that gets your hair a little bit more under control. To spruce up your bun, you can always add a scarf to act as a headband. This jazzes up your hair and gets all those annoying “baby hairs” out of your face so you can focus on conquering the day. 
Check out this video that features 3 different types of buns you can do with your own hair!

Classic Ponytail
Since we’re on the topic of classic looks, the ponytail is another look that you can’t go wrong with. You get to show off your majestic curls without worrying about them having minds of their own. It’s also one of the simpler styles, so it’s perfect if you need to do something with your hair quickly. 

Now braids are a very broad style, but that’s simply because there’s so many types of braids you can do, even with curly hair. Here’s some of our favorites:
French Braid
French braiding may be easier with straight hair, but it surely isn’t impossible with curls. The key is to brush your curls into smaller pieces so they are easier to section off when braiding. 
Half Braided Pigtails 

If you’re not feeling up to one braid or even two pigtail braids, you can switch it up with these half-braided pigtails. All you have to do is start with two pigtail braids on each side of your head and instead of finishing the braid, stop at your ears and tie your hair up there. This gives you the chance to show off your curls while sporting a unique braid look.

Half Up Half Down Braid
Half up/half down looks are a nice go-to style for any hair and with this look you can combine it with a braid. 
Check out this video for a tutorial to recreate this style!

French Twist
Our last style can be worn anywhere, but is perfect if you need a hairstyle for a special occasion in particular. The French Twist is elegant and not as complicated as it looks. 
You can see how to get this look with this tutorial!
Whether you have unruly curls or not, the cosmetologists at TLC Salon and Spa can work with your hair to give you the perfect style. This is because we aren’t only a Deva Curl certified salon, but we also specialize in Keratin treatments using a Keratherapy line. If you don’t want to commit to the Keratin treatment, Aveda has a “Be Curly” line to help control frizz with their anti-humectant styling products.            
So, if you’re looking for a new style for your natural curls or you want to smooth out your hair and reduce those frizzes, then TLC Salon and Spa is the spot for you! Call us at (570) 409-1171 to make your appointment, today. Don’t forget to share this blog around too!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Balayage, Ombre, Oh My!

So, you want to color your hair and came across two styles that appear quite similar: the balayage and the ombre. Well to some these words may sound foreign, and to others maybe you’ve heard of them but aren’t sure what they each are. Now before you run to your hair stylist randomly choosing one of these styles, we have some basic information for you about each.


First and foremost, a balayage isn’t only the style in which your hair is dyed, but is more so a technique your stylist will use to dye the hair. In French, balayage means “sweeping,” which describes the way the hair dye is applied. It is freehandedly painted on to blend the new color with the old.

With the normal way of highlighting hair, typically with foils, the highlights can begin to look separate from the natural color as your roots grow in. The balayage technique can help avoid those pesky roots from ruining your perfect color. This is because the application of this technique is very different to ensure your new color looks as natural as what grows from your roots.

Your stylist will begin the application in the middle of the hair strand and sweep the color towards the roots. This ensures that your roots aren’t strongly coated with color, creating the natural look, and keeping a long-lasting style that doesn’t require touch-ups as often as traditional highlight techniques.


While the balayage is the technique for highlighting the hair, the ombre is the term for the color style. Now even though the two styles are separate, your stylist will use the balayage technique to create the ombre color, but the balayage can stand on its own, which creates the highlights.

The ombre itself refers to the gradient of colors; it starts dark at the roots, blends into a medium shade in the middle, and finishes with light on the ends. Instead of highlights that blend with your natural color like the balayage, the ombre aren’t highlights at all. It is a dramatic two-toned effect while the balayage highlights are a subtler look.

No matter which of these two styles you decide to go with, you’ll be choosing a low maintenance color that will spruce up your look.

Since balayage highlights aren’t applied directly at the root, you won’t have to worry about your natural color growing in and ruining the highlights. This also means you don’t have to get the highlights touched up as often as normal foil ones.

An ombre is just as easy to maintain since your roots growing in won’t disturb the color since the main attraction is at your ends and not your roots.

Make an appointment with TLC Salon and Spa by calling (570) 409-1171 so you can get a new look!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dry Skin and Hair Giving you the Summertime Blues?

It’s summertime, which means it’s time for those long days spent in the sun. Although it’s great to soak up that Vitamin D, exposure to UV rays for extended periods of time can be damaging to your hair and skin. Fortunately, there are many products that can help protect you while keeping your hairhealthy and your skin young.

Hair Products:

-        Leave-in Detangler

After a long day at the ocean, you come home only to realize that your hair is full of knots. And it’s not the small, brush for a couple minutes and they’re gone knots, but full-on size of a small bird’s nest knots. Instead of spending time sitting in the shower waiting for your conditioner to work its magic, get some leave-in detangler. You can still do all your favorite activities while getting rid of your knots, no stressful brushing required.  

-        Hydrating Shampoo/Conditioner

Spending time in the sun doesn’t only affect your skin but you might not realize that your hair can take a lot of damage from those UV rays, too. They can ‘fry’ your hair, which causes it to dry out, leaving it brittle and stiff while oxidizing your color. All these things can make your hair unhealthy; that’s why using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner is a game changer. It will give your hair the moisture it needs, making it healthy once again.  

-        Heat Protectant

Instead of waiting until your hair is damaged from the sun, you can add another line of defense to protect your hair. One way to do this is through a heat protectant; these products can be applied to your hair to reduce damage from heat (whether it be the sun or a styling tool) by adding a barrier and sealing in your hair’s moisture.

Skin Products:

-        Everything SPF

o   Lotion: Even if you’re not going to the beach for the day, the sun is still shining strong in the summer. You can still get burnt easily, and sunscreen usually isn’t on the top of your priority list. That’s where SPF lotions come in. You’ll be able to moisturize your skin while getting some protection from the sun, perfect for those short periods of time spent outside.

o   Lip balm: You may not realize but your lips are just as vulnerable to the sun as any other part of your body. So, invest in a lip balm with SPF and your lips will be protected.  

-        Micellar Water

Whether you need to remove makeup, moisturize, or wash your face, micellar water is an all in one. It draws out dirt and oil without drying your skin, and in the summer your skin needs all the moisture it can get. Micellar Water doesn’t contain alcohol and is still powerful enough to remove an entire face of makeup while keeping your skin feeling fresh. 

-        Aloe Vera

It’s just as important to treat your skin after sun exposure as it is to do so before. Aloe Vera is the best treatment for sunburnt skin since it acts as a protective layer and replenishes moisture.

Your hair and skin need care all year round, but the summer can be particularly damaging because of the extended sun exposure. It’s important to give your body the hydration it needs and these products are a good start to keeping your hair and skin healthy.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Welcome to our Blog

We have just begun to post to this site so please bear with us as we learn all of the different aspects of blogging!!