The Best Low-Maintenance Manicure and Pedicure Tips + Tricks

Most of us don’t have time to redo our nails every day. While chipping polish is a reality of life, you shouldn’t have to stress about your nails. If you have a busy lifestyle or prefer to keep it simple, a low-maintenance manicure and pedicure will be your BFF. Getting your nails done is a form of self-care. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, gel nails are one of our go-to choices for wearable everyday nails that are easy to care for. We’re telling you everything you need to know about gel nails, along with tips and tricks for a low-maintenance manicure or pedicure.

 

All About Gel Manicures + Pedicures

While acrylic nails give you extra length and endless nail art possibilities, they require a little TLC. Traditional nail polish may be the easiest to apply, but we all know how easily they chip and wear away. That leaves us with one choice – gel manicures. If you’re in the market for low-maintenance nails, gels are the perfect option for you.

Gel nails involve a three-step process: base coat, polish, and top coat. These polishes go directly on your natural nails. In between each coat, your nail is put under UV light for a minute or so to cure. The curing process allows the layer to harden, meaning it won’t smudge the way that traditional polish does.

Once all three layers are cured and finished, you’ll be left with glossy nails. With gel nails, you can still add length to your nail nails. Gel nail extensions are becoming increasingly popular, acting as a hybrid between classic gels and acrylics.

You’ll usually get around 14 days of wear from your gel nails without having to worry about chipping. You may start to notice the polish starting to lift around the side of your nails towards the end of this two-week time frame. Gel polish is more durable than its traditional counterpart, making it low maintenance and easy to care for.

The debate between gel nails vs. acrylic nails is a common one within the beauty industry. While both styles have their benefits, the gel option is healthier for your natural nails. Gel nails are removed by soaking into an acetone solution, usually placed in a cotton ball, wrapped in aluminum foil. The removal process takes around ten minutes. Compared to acrylic nails, gels are more flexible, meaning they won’t damage your nail beds.

Gel nails are the perfect splurge before a vacation or special occasion where you don’t want to worry about having to re-apply your polish or take a spare bottle of polish with you. A gel manicure and pedicure are only a little more in price compared to the traditional manicure, with the investment giving you all the benefits of a low-maintenance style.

 

The Best Low-Maintenance Tips and Tricks

As tempting as it might be to experiment with nail art, the best low-maintenance nail colors are neutral shades. You can choose a minimalistic shade like ballerina pink or a beige nude for a simple gel polish look. If these colors end up chipping, it’ll be less noticeable. A French manicure is a perfect choice if you want an elegant look while still enjoying the benefits of a light nail polish. If you decide to go with a darker shade, it’s a good idea to stick to one polish color for all your nails.

When you’re having your polish applied, it’s a good idea to opt for a round or oval shape for your nails, keeping them on the shorter side. Regularly buffing your nails will help prevent any breakage of the tips. Your gel nails will have a base and top coat, improving the longevity and durability of your nails.

Although gel nails are the ultimate low-maintenance choice, there are still some things you’ll want to do to look after your nails. Cuticle oil is a must-have to look after your natural nails. It’s worth applying your cuticle oil every few days to help prevent chipping and keep your nails hydrated.

You’ll also want to keep a hand lotion nearby to use regularly. The acetone used to remove gel nails can cause the skin around your fingers to become dry. Hand lotion is a precautionary step to keep the skin moisturized, limiting any impact of the acetone remover. These same steps apply to a gel pedicure. Your feet go through just as much as your hands, so they deserve the same pick-me-up treatments.

The only part of a gel manicure or pedicure that has the potential to harm your natural nails is the removal process. You want to make sure you find a skilled nail technician who can correctly remove your gel nails. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we’ll remove your gel polish in the safest way possible, so you can enjoy your manicure without worrying about the health of your nails. We’ll never use a drill to remove your gel polish, and we’ll make sure to give you advice on how to look after your nails between treatments.

 

Improving the Longevity of Your Gel Nails

If you’re extra careful with your gel nails, you could get four weeks of wear out of them. It’s a good idea to wear gloves while washing dishes and avoid doing anything that might break your nails. You want to avoid fidgeting with your nails while your gel polish is on, as this can lift the polish and damage your nail beds. The last thing you want to do is to pull the gel off yourself.

Gel nails are an essential investment for anyone who has a busy lifestyle and doesn’t have time to worry about a broken nail or chipped polish. Giving your nails a little TLC between appointments and choosing a neutral color will boost the longevity of your low-maintenance nails. If you’re interested in booking in for a gel manicure or pedicure, you can contact our team directly to secure an appointment.

 


Everything You Need to Know About Curtain Bangs

Thanks to TikTok, another classic hair trend is having a comeback. Meet the curtain bangs – the hairstyle your mum was probably rocking in the 60s and 70s. This style has had a resurgence during the pandemic, and it’s one of our favorites at 212 Salon and Day Spa. It’s universally flattering and low maintenance, making them perfect for when you want to change up your look. Our Instagram feed has been full of photos of everyone experimenting with the classic style, proof that it’s a rare hairstyle that works for everyone. We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about this hair trend and how you can style your curtain bangs at home.

What are Curtain Bangs?

Beauty trends are infamous for looking to the past for inspiration – and curtain bangs are no exception. Amongst the return of hair scrunchies and tie-dye, the casual and wispy curtain bangs making a comeback. This look first hit the scene in the 60s and 70s, becoming synonymous with celebrities like Brigette Bardot and Goldie Hawn. They frame your face without obstructing the view of your eyes, adding a feminine feel to your look.

Curtain bangs can vary from person to person, but most have a shorter cut in the center with a middle parting and longer strands at the side, while the ends blend with the rest of your hair. Longer curtain bangs can be pinned back into a ponytail or slipped behind your ears to keep them out of your face.

The popularity of this haircut is tied to its versatility – it works for everyone. Whether you have a bob or Rapunzel-length hair, you can frame your fair with curtain bangs. The style works with straight or wavy hair, with little to no maintenance. Unlike other bang styles, you don’t have to worry about hair growth and having to trim your bangs every few weeks.

We’re seeing the hairstyle on everyone from Kacey Musgraves to Gigi Hadid and social media influencers. The trend was brought back to life over the summer thanks to several viral TikTok videos with Millennials and Generation Z discovering the style for the first time.

Curtain Bangs Are a Must-Try

Deciding to take the plunge and add bangs can be daunting. After all, they can make or break your look. Curtain bangs are the perfect style to choose if you’re experimenting with a fringe for the first time. You can style your hair to emphasizes the curtain bangs or hide them amongst the rest of your hair. If you’re not sure about the look, you can have your curtain bangs cut slightly longer to let them blend into your hair. If your curtain bangs don’t work out for you, you can let them grow out and become layers around your face. Either way, it’s a win-win!

Part of the popularity around curtain bangs comes from the world we live in, where face masks have become the norm. With makeup trends pointing towards the idea of natural beauty, curtain bands follow a similar aesthetic of accentuating your features. Bangs can change up your look without having to dye your hair or go for a drastic cut.

You can use this style to hide imperfections on your face, like breakouts around your forehead or even an uneven hairline. Unlike other haircuts, curtain bangs are flattering at any age and can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead.

Curtain bangs work for everyone – and we mean, everyone. The trick is to find the length and thickness that works for you. When you visit us at 212 Salon and Day Spa, we’ll work with you to choose the style that best flatters your features and hair texture. Curtain bangs work for every face shape and hairstyle, whether you have a pixie or mid-length hair.

This trend shows no sign of slowing down, and as a vintage style, it has a timeless feel that works for any aesthetic. Whether your curtain bangs are freshly cut or grown out, they’ll frame your face and give you a feminine look.

Curtain Bangs are Easy to Maintain

One reason why people are put off bangs is because of the care involved. Styling them can become a daily chore, and regrowth means you could be cutting your bangs every few weeks. Curtain bangs are one of the easiest to look after, and they’re easy to style. You can get the signature ‘70s look with a round hairbrush and a hairdryer to give them a bouncy wave. Don’t forget to add hairspray to help maintain the shape of your bangs. You can even air dry them for a natural look.

The secret to achieving the perfect curtain bangs is to make them look as effortless as possible – you want them to frame your face the same way curtains sit around a window. You can update the style and give it a contemporary feel by adding texture to your curtain bangs with messy waves or beachy curls. For a modern look, keep your bangs on the shorter side, just grazing along your cheekbones.

No two sets of curtain bangs will look the same. You can make them look your own and tailor them to blend seamlessly with the rest of your hair. The style works for every season, whether you want to hide from the cold of winter or embrace your natural hair texture in the summer. You can style your curtain bangs for any occasion with a high ponytail or a casual up-do.

If you’re thinking of changing up your look and want a style that’s easy to look after, the curtain bangs are right on-trend. You can channel your inner vintage bombshell with this glamorous look that frames your features and accentuates your natural appearance. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we can help you create the perfect curtain bangs that give you a classic look with a contemporary twist.


Trend Alert: Curly Bangs

Change the hair. Change the woman. If you’re looking to shake up your look without chopping your hair off or changing its color, your bangs are the perfect place to experiment. Curly bangs are everywhere we look, from Instagram influencers to hit Netflix show. The 212 Salon and Day Spa team are all fans of the curly bangs, and they’ve quickly become one of our favourites for clients. If you’re considering taking the plunge and trying the style, we have a few tips to help you pull off the look.

How Did Curly Bangs Become a Trend?

Netflix seems to dictate our lives. One minute we’re hooked on a real crime drama, and the next minute we’re wishing we lived in Regency England. Their hit TV shows have the power to influencer trends across the board, with hair being no exception. In 2019, they debuted the show ‘Russian Doll’, with Natasha Lyonne playing Nadia Vulvokov, a woman who constantly relives the day she dies.

It wasn’t the plot that grabbed our attention, but rather the character’s signature hairstyle. Natasha Lyonne's auburn curly bangs went viral on social media, with thousands of fans asking how they could recreate the look.
Right after the show’s release, the curly bangs became the must-have style on the red carpet. Celebrities such as Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh and the pop star Ariana Grande all showed off the hairstyle, making it an instant must-try. Other celebrities who have rocked this trend include Rihanna and Zendaya.

What Makes the Curly Bangs so Popular?

For years, we all straightened our hair within an inch of its life. For some of us, our GHD straighteners were our most possession during the mid-2000s. Anyone blessed with naturally textured curls felt they had to hide them under layers of products to tame their curls. If the pandemic has taught us everything, it’s the beauty of embracing our natural looks. Textured hair and voluminous curls are having their moment in the sun.
This cut is also trending because of our rediscovered love of all things 70s inspired. You can thank Generation Z for exploring the era for the first time on TikTok.

How To Get Curly Bangs

The trick to pulling off the curly bangs look is to visit your hairstylist and ask for their help. It’s not a look you can create with your at-home scissors. Cutting bangs is an art form and one that you want a professional’s help to create.

While anyone can work curly bangs, it’ll take you a little extra styling if you have naturally straight hair. The trend works for any face shapes, making it universally flattering.
Your stylist will recommend the best length that works for your features while still giving you enough length to play with to maintain the curls. Some people prefer to go with a shorter cut to accentuate the eyes, while others like to keep the hair longer to create a more voluminous curl. If you don’t mind the maintenance involved, you can opt for an eyebrow length style. You can also decide how thick you want your curly bangs to be, with your stylist being the best person to suggest which one to choose.

If you know the type of curly bangs you want, bring along some reference photos to your appointment. The hairstylist can recreate the look and let you know if the length will work for you. The thing to remember is that when your hair is cut, it’s not a reflection of the finished product as the curls shrink your hair and make your bangs shorter. Trust the process!

Curly bangs work best when you incorporate a little layering into the look to give you more depth and definition of your curls.

The great thing about these bangs is that they work for any length, whether your hair skims your shoulders or if you have Rapunzel length hair. Are you not sure if you want to commit to the trend? Start with clip-in curly bangs to get a feel for the look.

How To Style Your Curly Bangs At-Home

Once you’ve left the salon, you’ll be wondering how to style your new curly bangs at home. The trick is to master the art of minimalism. Less is more with curly bangs. You want to avoid saturating your hair with an excessive amount of product, which can weigh down your hair. One product you will want to keep on hand is some curl cream, which can stop your hair from becoming frizzy while making it easier to brush through your bangs.

When you’re brushing your hair, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to get the shape. Let your hair air-dry for around 20 minutes. If you have to rush out the door, you can use your blow dryer to finish it off. Ideally, you should let your hair air dry to give it a naturally tossed look.

If you want to change the silhouette, you can go in with a curling iron to make your curls tighter or looser. Complement your curly bangs by giving the rest of your hair voluminous curls to pull your look together.
Don’t become too fixated on the idea of creating the perfect curls. You want to make them look as natural as possible. The messier your curly bangs look, the better! You can style your hair within a few minutes, making this trend perfect for the busy woman who doesn’t have time for a full hair routine every morning. Put your straighteners to the back of your vanity and channel your inner 70s pop star.

In recent years, we have been obsessed with hair color trends, often forgetting about our bangs. Now the tables have turned, and our bangs have taken centre stage. Embrace your textured hair and give the curly bangs a go. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we’re on hand to help you experiment with this trend. Trust us - you’ll fall in love with the style!


Why Now Is The Time To Experiment With Peek a Boo Highlights

If you’ve been putting off experimenting with color, now is the perfect time to give it a go. Peek a boo highlights are one of the signature trends for 2021. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to change up their look without coloring their roots. With COVID-19 meaning that we’re spending more time at home and swapping the office for our kitchen tables, there’s never been a better time to give peek a boo highlights a go. We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the trend, so you’ll be ready to come to see us at 212 Salon and Day Spa to try it out for yourself.

 

What are Peek a Boo Highlights?

This trend isn’t as complicated as you might think it is. Peek a boo highlights are placed underneath your hair to let you keep your natural hair color on top while mixing it up with the vibrant shades of your highlights. They’re the perfect alternative to an all-over color if you don’t want to commit to a full head of pink or blue hair. Your peek a boo highlights are disguised under a layer of your natural hair.

These highlights peak out from underneath your natural locks, just like a game of hide and seek. While your hair is down, the peek a boo highlights can be hidden under your natural hair color. When you style your hair up, you can let the highlights make a statement.

With peek a boo highlights, you can try out a spectrum of colors from the same tonal family or mix and match your favourites together. You can choose where you want to experiment with peek a boo highlights and if you want to run them all over your hair or keep them hidden in the back sections. You should consider how you typically style your hair when you’re choosing where to place your peek a boo highlights. Most people choose to add the highlights to the bottom underlays of your hair, while other people experiment with their bangs and the front of their hair.

When you opt for peek a boo highlights, you don’t need to worry about bleaching your hair, and you can choose natural colors or choose something outside the box. You can rock peek a boo highlights at any length, from a pixie cut through to Rapunzel-length hair. If you love to style your hair in up-dos and curls, you’ll be able to achieve a whole new look with peek a boo highlights.

Peek a boo highlights are also easier to maintain than an overall color. You don’t need to worry about root touch-ups, meaning you can go longer between maintenance appointments. Depending on how quickly your hair grows and how it holds a color, you will usually want to touch-up your peek a boo highlights every six to eight weeks. You can also have a follow-up appointment to add attention color and highlight strands to your hair if you fall in love with the peek a boo look.

 

What colors are Best for Peek a Boo Highlights?

At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we think every color works for this trend. Don’t be afraid to choose your favourite colors, such as pastels pinks and bubblegum blues. If you’re struggling to decide a color, it’s a good idea to consider your skin’s undertones. When you have a pink undertone to your skin, colors such as blue will naturally compliment your complexion. For warm undertones, a yellow or golden color of peek a boo highlights would work best.

You can get as creative as you want with peek a boo highlights. This trend allows you to experiment with colors in a way you might not be able to with other styles like ombre. Gone are the days when highlights only came in blonde and caramel shades. The rulebook has gone out the window, and you can express your personality with your peek a boo highlights. You can use your imagination to come up with unique color combinations, such as tropical inspired looks.

When you’re searching online for inspiration for your peek a boo highlights, you’ll see a rainbow of colors. While it’s popular to use the technique to add pastels to your hair, you can also opt for more neutral tones. You can choose a color that is several tones lighter or darker than your natural color to change your look without looking too artificial. Copper is an ideal shade for brunettes, while platinum is a great choice for dirty blondes.

With peek a boo highlights, you have the full creative freedom to choose what colors you want to use. If you want to play it safe, feel free to stick to one color for your highlights. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose three or four colors to get the full rainbow-inspired peek a boo illusion.

 

How To Look After Your Peek a Boo Highlights

When you add any color to your hair, you need to alter your haircare routine to keep your highlights looking vibrant, while keeping your locks healthy. You’ll want to change up your shampoo and conditioner for ones that are specially formulated with colored hair in mind. You will want to add a hair mask to your routine to help nourish your hair. Hair oils and serum can also help you keep your peek a boo highlights looking fresh.

Deciding to experiment with peek a boo highlights comes with a little maintenance, but with us all staying at home because of COVID-19, it’s the best time to give the trend a go.

Peek a boo highlights are the perfect way to experiment with color in your hair, especially if your workplace doesn’t allow overall vibrant colors. While we’re working from home and sheltering in place, it’s the time to try something new. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that you deserve to have some fun and do something that sparks joy. Call in to see us at 212 Salon and Day Spa to make your booking for a set of peek a boo highlights today.

 


Keeping Your Hair and Scalp Hydrated Through The Winter

Once winter hits, we instantly bundle ourselves up against the cold. Our summer clothes go to the back of the closet and the knitted jumpers get moved to the front. We add extra moisturizing products to our skincare routine and apply as much lip balm as possible. The one thing that we tend to overlook though is the impact that the colder weather has on our hair and scalp. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we have rounded up some of our top tips for keeping your hair and scalp hydrated, including hair masks and conditioning treatments.

Use Less Heat Products

One easy step that you can take is to use fewer heat products on your hair. Your hair will naturally become dryer in colder climates, which is worsened by the use of heat products like straighteners and hair curlers. You don’t need to cut them out of your routine entirely but try to make your curls last longer by applying dry shampoo or a holding wax as needed. When you need to blow dry your hair, opt for one of the lower temperature options. Heat products are one of the leading causes of split ends and brittle hair, so you want to reduce your usage of them during the winter.

Add An Extra Dose of Conditioner 

Changing up your hair care routine is a simple way to treat your hair to an extra boost of hydration. You should start conditioning your hair more frequently during winter and aim to deep condition once a week. Our Felps Gold Million Shampoo and Conditioner will be your hair’s best friend during winter, and you can pick up your own set in our salon. As well as hydrating your hair and scalp, the Felps Gold will reduce frizz and give your locks a healthy shine. Keeping your hair well-conditioned can stop your hair becoming static, particularly if you have finer hair.

Wash Your Hair Less

Try and cut down on the frequency of your hair washes. You want to keep your hairs natural oils to keep your scalp moisturized, and the heat from the shower can strip back these essential oils. Try adding an extra day between washes to keep your hair and scalp hydrated. If you suffer from a flaky scalp, then this tip is a must! While we all love to take an extra-long hot shower during winter, it dries your skin and your scalp with the heat. Try lowering the temperature of your shower when you can and wash your hair in lukewarm water instead of at the highest temperature.

 If you suffer from thin hair, you want to take extra care to keep moisture in your hair to stop it turning brittle. Dry shampoo will be your go-to product to help you wash your hair less. 

Hydrate Your Body As Well As Your Hair

Speaking of hydration, you need to keep your body hydrated. We often hear that you need to drink water to keep your skin healthy, and the same is true for your hair and scalp. Try to drink at least two liters of water a day to keep your skin, scalp and hair hydrated. Hitting your water target will help with your hair growth, as water makes up 25% of the weight of your hair. Keeping your body hydrated will prevent split ends developing and stop your hair from becoming brittle. When you are drinking enough water, you are less likely to suffer from problems such as dandruff or an itchy scalp.

Indulge In A Hair Mask

Winter is the perfect time of year to indulge in a hair treatment. With office parties, family reunions and seasonal events, you want your hair to look healthy and voluminous. We recommend booking in for a Felps Gold Million hair mask treatment to give yourself a winter treat and to give your hair a hydrating boost. The Felps Gold Million hair mask contains gold particles and state-of-the-art components that intensely hydrate your hair, reduces frizz, and adds volume. This mask can be booked as a treatment at 212 Salon and Day Spa and lasts for up to five weeks. 

Protect Your Hair With A Hat

Just like you wear a jumper to keep you warm during winter, you shouldn’t go outside without a warm hat to keep your scalp protected. Try to keep an eye out for wool hat that is lined with either silk or satin as this will prevent any split ends or breakages in your hair. Don’t venture outside with wet hair either! If you have colored hair, going outside with it damp during winter can cause your color to fade quicker and can result in breakages. 

Invest In A Hair Oil

Our night-time skincare routines are always focused on moisturizing our skin, and the same is true for hydrating our hair. Your skin and hair naturally dry during the night while you sleep, which is why you want to lock in moisture and add an extra dose of hydration. You can use hair oil on either wet or dry hair, which you can leave in overnight to moisturize your hair and scalp. If you want to keep the oil locked into your hair, you can wrap your hair in a silk scarf to protect your pillowcase and to keep your hair moisturized. Keep an eye out for lighter hair oils such as Argan Oil, which won’t leave your hair feeling greasy or heavy.

These seven simple steps will help you keep your hair and scalp hydrated throughout the winter. 

You want to keep your scalp protected from the cold with a hat, avoid going outside with damp hair, and cut down on hot showers that strip your hair of its natural oils. Winter is a time of year when you want to keep on top of your regular haircuts, which can get rid of split ends and keep your hair healthy and growing through to the spring. Investing in conditioning treatments and a hair mask is an extra way of indulging your hair with a boost of hydration to see it through the winter.

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Hair Styles and Looks for Summer

Now that summer is here, outdoor concerts and festivals are coming back, people are getting married, trips are being made to the beach and the world is full of life. People are enjoying the outdoors as insects are buzzing around and flowers are in full bloom, brightening the world.

Just as they are incorporated into the beauty of Mother Nature, flowers can be incorporated into your favorite hair and makeup styles as well. If you want to stand out at your next festival or outdoor event, here are some ways to bring flowers into your style.

  1. Headbands

Floral headbands will always bring an outfit together. The best part about this look is that there are so many ways to pull it off. You can use a pre-made headband with fake flowers or you can use real flowers and attach them where a headband would be. Touches of berries will also make your headband stand out amongst the rest.

  1. Peach Tones

Not only are peaches a great summer snack, but it is a great color to bring into your look. Inspired by a peach rose, it looks more natural and brightens your face for that perfect summer glow. The tricky part is making sure you pick the right hue for your skintone.

  1. Clip

Whether your hair is long or short, a pin can help keep back the annoying hair that falls in your face when performing the simplest of tasks. Although you can just put a bobby pin in your hair and call it a day, it sticks out on your hair and could possibly wreck the look you are going for. By adding a flower to the clip, you can hide the bobby pin and keep your look.

  1. Red Hues

If you want a look for date night or a night out, adding dark red colors to your makeup will make you shine throughout the night. As a red rose symbolizes love and romance, your makeup will show that just as well.

  1. Loose Bun

No one wants to do their hair everyday, which is when a loose bun comes into play. But if one of those days comes along and you have somewhere to be, the perfect way to dress it up is with flowers. You can put in a few small flowers throughout the bun or one bigger flower on either side of the bun. Either way, you will add some color to your hair and create an effortless look.

  1. Yellow Colors

As the sun lights up the days and flowers are bright, there is no better way to make your makeup pop than with the color yellow. Inspired by blossoms, these tones will compliment lighter colors, and maybe even a white, flowered headband.

The stylists at 212 Salon and Day Spa in Montclair have experience working with flowers and creating a unique style with them. During the month of May, they the grand prize during the town’s May Blossoms contest. Working with the theme “Matisse” off the exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum, they created a floral masterpiece in front of the store incorporating the flowers on an Eiffel Tower.

With professionals who have experience working with flowers, 212 Salon and Day Spa will help you create that perfect look for any festival, concert, wedding or other summer events.


212 Salon And Spa to Participate in Montclair Sidewalk Sale

This Saturday kicks off Upper Montclair Business Association’s 2015 Sidewalk Sale. Businesses throughout Upper Montclair will be hosting sales, events, and giveaways to the city’s residents and guests

Among the participating businesses will be 212 Salon and Day Spa. Guests who stop by Upper Montclair’s premier hair salon and spa can enjoy chair massages from 212’s team of professional massage therapists, and enter into a salon package giveaway. Hair braiding and popcorn will be definite children favorites.

There will be over 60 local businesses participating in the day’s festivities including Dot Your Face, Montclair Art Museum, and Frederic Goodman. The super sales and big bargains begin at 9:00AM EST with added surprises throughout the day.

For more on this event, you can visit UMBA’s Facebook Event Page.


What You Need To Go Back to School in Style

We asked local fashion experts Guy and Donna Losauro, owners of Montclair’s 212 Salon and Day Spa, their suggestions on how students can begin the school year in style.

Let’s start with the most obvious, and that is new clothes. Nothing is better than recharging the wardrobe and jumping into the latest trends. What I recommend is starting with the basics. Denim jeans and jackets, sweaters, and plaid, long-sleeved button downs. Then start adding accessories like vests, undershirts, and baseball caps. These items will add another layer (literally) to your look. For those new shoes, nothing goes better with autumn wear than brown boots. They are a perfect complement to the cascade of blues, reds, and oranges.

Now don’t do thing half way. A new wardrobe should have a new haircut to match. When the weather starts cooling off, women can breathe that sigh of relief and finally bring their hair back down. Time to break out those lush natural curls, or create them using a three-quarter inch curling iron, hairspray, and a good amount of time. That or volumize and blow dry into rumpled waves. Those looking to shake things up can consider adding ombré highlights. Ask your colorist for highlights that are a touch lighter than your natural hue. Have the highlight applied into the ends and randomly throughout, leaving the roots untouched. This look is perfect for those who sported the bob for the summer and now have grown it out.

For men, the most popular looks have been with the side cut tight and short, with the top left a few inches longer. The hair is textured with pomade or gel, and parted and combed to the sides. The boldest keep the short sides, but grow out the top and tie it into the currently trending “man bun”.

Last are the supplies. We aren’t talking about a new stock of pencils and notebooks. The classroom has evolved with the technology. Log your assignments and schedules into your phone and send alerts to your smartwatch so that you never miss a beat. It also may be of worth to pick up an Amazon Kindle. From middle school into college, you are going to be buying book after book after book. A small investment will save you money, and space in your backpack.

And there you have it. New clothes, new cut, and some new gadgets that will have you starting the school year off right.

For those near Montclair, NJ. You can take advantage of 212 Salon and Day Spa’s Back to School Giveaway. 212 Salon and Day Spa will be raffling off a gift basket containing over 60 items valued at $400. For more details call or visit their website using the information below.


Best Gifts and Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

He may not be Ironman, Thor, or any other member of The Avengers, but Dad is still a hero to many of us. For all the times that pops has saved your hide it is time to give back, and here are some fresh twists on some classic and not so classic Father’s Day Gift Ideas.

Coffee – it is the source of his power. It provides him the energy he needs to continue saving the world. Forget about the usual “Best Dad” mug, and hit a home run this year by gifting your dad The COFFEEBOXX by OXX. Rust proof, crush proof, and impact resistant, this on-the-go brewer can take a beating in the field and still pour your father the perfect cup of coffee in 90 seconds.

Next, do not buy your dad another tie he is not going to wear (or at least without being ridiculed) again. Before you head down to the department store to rummage through the sale bin looking for a decent affordable tie, check out The Tie Bar. Choose from neckties to bow ties, socks to pocket squares. You can buy a single tie, a box of ties, or even subscribe to a year’s worth of The Tie Bar’s top styles and picks, and keep your father looking good all year round. Whatever your price range, this is a great one-stop-shop.

Okay, now here is the change up. Give your dad a spa day. Being Superdad is not easy, and it can take a pretty good toll on him. Once kids start running, fatherhood becomes a sport. Give him the chance to relax and rejuvenate himself with a day of massage and refreshment. Local award-winning salon, 212 Salon and Day Spa, is running a “King for a Day” special that includes a facial, massage, haircut & style, topped off with a manicure and pedicure. A unique gift that is sure melt away the daily stress of fatherhood.

These gifts will ensure that you do not end up gifting the guy who goes above and beyond for you every day the same old Father’s Day presents. He’s rugged, he’s sophisticated, and he deserves a full day’s rest for all his hard work. He is also unique, so make sure his gift is as well.


What Your Mother Wants for her Mother’s Day

A few days ago, online coupon giant, RetailMeNot, released a comprehensive survey of what gifts mother’s are looking to receive for Mother’s Day. A little hint: it’s not flowers.

While 9 out of 10 consumers will be treating their mom with a special gift this Mother’s Day, their number one purchase will be flowers with “a nice meal” following in close second. But what does mom really want? Well, the votes are in and the results are as follow:

  • Moms want to treat themselves: 13% of moms want to hit the spa. Nearly 3 out of 10 mothers believe that Mother’s Day is day for pampering and relaxation.
  • Moms want to shop: 27% of mothers told RetailMeNot that they would like a gift card, whether it can be used anywhere, for a favorite shop, or can be redeemed for a specific service.
  • Moms want help: Above all, 30% of moms said they wanted someone to clean for them, 20% want someone to take care of the family cooking, and 14% want someone to watch their children.

Notice any flowers on that list? So walk away from the floral shop, and maybe head to your local spa to pick up a gift card for your dear mother. For residents of North Jersey, 212 Salon and Day Spa is running a Mother’s Day Special that can be viewed here (link).

If you are still unsure of what to get mom, here are some more facts to guide you. An overwhelming majority of mothers (58%) rather be gifted something sentimental. Whatever you do decide to get here, if it’s from the heart, then you need not worry if she will like it or not. Even if she didn’t, she’d never let you know. About 54% of mothers have never returned a gift, and 75% have never tossed an unwanted gift away.

For those who would like to contact 212 Salon and Day Spa I have included their information below. Happy shopping!