The 90s Hair Trends Coming Back in 2023

t’s time to embrace your inner Rachel Green or Carrie Bradshaw. The 90s are back – at least for hair trends. ‘90s kids are letting nostalgia fuel their experiments with the era’s iconic hair trends, while Gen Z is discovering the decade’s hairstyles for the first time.

The ‘90s are a defining time for everything from TV shows to fashion trends. It was a time of prosperity with a happy-go-lucky feel that we all want to embrace for 2023. ‘90s trends are coming back into style, proving the theory that trends work on a cycle.

While ‘90s hair trends are back in vogue for 2023, a little styling can give these trends a contemporary feel. Our stylists at 212 Salon and Day Spa are working with clients to add a ‘90s flare to their favorite hairstyles. We’re sharing the 90s hair trends that will be everywhere in 2023.

Looking to refresh your look? Throw it back to the ‘90s.

The Rachel

Few hairstyles are as legendary as ‘The Rachel’. This trend takes its name from Rachel Green, Jennifer Anniston’s character in the sitcom ‘Friends’. While Jennifer Aniston has mixed feelings about her iconic look, The Rachel is a fool-proof hairstyle that always comes back in style.

It was created by Chris McMillan for Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ character with a focus on layers. You can think of Aniston as one of the OG influencers. The hairstyle came to define the ‘90s with the term ‘The Rachel’ becoming universally recognized – both in and out of salons.

You can give ‘The Rachel’ a 2023 update by experimenting with face-framing bands and opting for shorter layers with warm highlights.  

The High Ponytail

One of the chicest ‘90s trends is the high ponytail. It’s universally flattering and makes you look instantly put together. This ‘90s hair trend works for any occasion and gives you the perfect excuse to experiment with hair accessories (another ‘90s classic!). You can give the high ponytail a contemporary feel by keeping your hair sleek and frizz-free for a Kardashian-worthy style.

The Baby Spice 

The ‘90s were a time of girl power. The Spice Girls are as legendary today as they were in the ‘90s. While Victoria Beckham is still setting fashion trends, Baby Spice’s high pigtails were one of the biggest ‘90s hair trends.

We’ll be experimenting with this ‘90s hair trend in 2023 for a nostalgic ‘it girl’ look. Elevate the casual pigtail trend with silk scrunchies or by crimping your hair. We don’t think it’ll be long until this trend is all over our TikTok FYP.

Bangs are Back

Bangs were everywhere in the ‘90s. It was a defining element of every ‘90s hair trend. We’re predicting that bangs are back for 2023. There’s a style of bangs for everyone, from curtain bangs to micro fringes. You can give your ‘90s-worthy bangs a modern update by incorporating them with face-framing layers and experimenting with textured cuts to make the look your own.

Fresh bangs can instantly transform your look and accentuate your natural features. You’ll want to consider your face shape when choosing which bangs are right for you. Our stylists will help you find your signature bangs.

One type of bangs we’re expecting to see everywhere in 2023 is the classic ‘90s swoopy side bang. It was made famous by Aaliyah and is the perfect way to show off shiny, smooth hair. Add it to a sleek high ponytail for the ultimate ‘90s look or make it contemporary with a deep parting and face-framing bangs.

The Midi Cut

Debating between short cut and letting your hair grow out? Get the best of both worlds with the classic ‘90s midi cut. The beauty of this hair trend is that it’s easy to customize and update for a contemporary feel. Add short layers and a little texture for extra movement and a fluffier, feminine look. Wispy layering will maintain the silhouette of the 90’s iconic midi cut, without making it look dated.

The Midi cut is versatile with good shaping helping to keep the look relatively fuss-free. If you’re going for a midi cut longer than your shoulders, you’ll need to do some daily styling. The one thing to consider with a longer midi cut is that it’s usually associated with the bouncy blow-out. Add a bit of character to your midi cut with curls or by straightening your hair.

Box Braids

Janet Jackson is a ‘90s icon who is still influencing hair trends today. Box braids have slowly been making a return with celebrities like Zendaya and Beyonce leading the way.

You can reimagine this ‘90s hair trend with extra comfort by experimenting with knotless box braids. This adapted version of the trend keeps the knot away from your scalp to leave your hair feeling lightweight. Don’t be afraid to add a bold pop of color to your braids and use extensions for longer braids.

Incorporate this ‘90s trend into your everyday look by wearing a messy bun with long face-framing box braids.

Rich-Girl Blonde

Some of our favorite ‘90s movies – like Legally Blonde and Clueless – all had one thing in common. The rich blonde girl. It’s no surprise that expensive-looking blonde hair is synonymous with the ‘90s and its era of icons like Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Princess Diana.

Hollywood blonde’ is once again making a comeback in hair trends. This color is ‘it girl’ chic but is a high-maintenance look that requires regular touch-ups for the roots. The beauty of this trend is that you can personalize it to fit your style, adding face-framing highlights or extra depth to your roots to make them easier to maintain.

These 7 ‘90s hair trends are all making a comeback in 2023. Our stylists are on hand to help you personalize each of these trends to suit your style, whether it’s curtain bangs or the iconic ‘Rachel’ hairstyle.


Book an appointment today at 212 Salon and Day Spa to experiment with ‘90s hair trends and find your new signature style for 2023.


Why Vanilla Chai Blonde is Winter’s Top Color Trend

Why Vanilla Chai Blonde is Winter’s Top Color Trend

Blonde is a hair trend we often associate with summers spent catching the sun in Greece or sunbathing by the beach. It’s a common trend for women to switch to warmer tones in autumn and winter, waiting until next spring before going back to blonde. Vanilla chai blonde is a hair trend that proves that you can have blonde hair all year round.

This hair trend is a blonde-brunette hybrid that ticks all the boxes. We’re exploring why vanilla chai blonde has become winter’s top color trend and how our expert colorists can help you recreate the look. Make an appointment with 212 Salon and Day Spa to refresh your hair for winter.

What is Vanilla Chai Blonde?

Vanilla chai is a color trend that first became popular thanks to Amy McManus – known as Camouflage and Balayage on Instagram. It’s a cool ash-blonde shade that gets its name from its similarity to our favorite autumnal drink, spicy chai with a hint of vanilla. What we love about this color is that it gives you the best of both worlds, bridging the gap between blonde and brunette.

It's a bright blonde that she’s still cool for fall with darker roots for lower maintenance. You can imagine vanilla chai blonde as being dark roots with a vanilla undertone that blends to almost white strands on the mid-lengths. The beauty of this hair trend is that your colorist can customize it to your skin tone by adding blonder sections or darkening the roots to match your natural shade.

Vanilla chai blonde is the perfect color trend to experiment with for winter as it’s relatively low maintenance. You can match the roots to your natural color to go longer between appointments without worrying about regrowth. Your hair will blend with the darker roots as it grows out, making it easier to achieve a natural look.

Once spring and summer come around, we can transition your vanilla chai blonde into a beach-ready look with just one treatment.

Who is Vanilla Chai Blonde Best For?

Vanilla chai is the perfect way to start transitioning your hair to a lighter blonde shade, especially if your hair is a natural light brunette hue. You’ll get the best results from this trend if you have dark blonde hair or a natural light brown hue due to the color of the roots. It’s still possible to jump on this trend with darker hair as our colorists can add foils to achieve the same look.

The vanilla chai hair trend is perfect for those who want to shake up their look for winter without abandoning their blonde hair. We believe that blonde is always a good idea.

How to Achieve the Vanilla Chai Blonde Look

Creating the vanilla chai blonde look requires bleaching, meaning its best achieved with the help of a professional stylist. Our colorist team at 212 Salon and Day Spa is on hand to customize this trend to your natural hair color. Darker locks will take a little extra work to achieve the vanilla chai trend.

Your hair stylist will be able to advise on how many treatments it will take to achieve the perfect vanilla chai look for your hair. It’s a good idea to bring along a few inspiration photos to share your ideas on how the finished color should look.

Vanilla Chai as a Bridal Hair Trend

Are you a winter bride? Give your blonde or light brunette hair an update for winter with the vanilla chai trend. It’ll give your hair a seasonal look and make it easy to transition into brighter tones when spring and summer come around. You can work with your stylists to personalize the vanilla chai trend to your hair type to achieve the perfect bridal look.

The vanilla chai trend allows you to add as much blonde to your hair as you desire while maintaining a color near your natural roots. Not ready to go full vanilla chai? You can recreate this bridal hair trend on a smaller scale with highlights. It’s a low-maintenance hair trend that you can adapt for every season.

Maintaining Your Vanilla Chai Hair

Before you decide to try a new hair color, you need to know the maintenance that’ll come with it. Whether it’s your first time coloring your hair or your twentieth time, it’s vital to give your hair the TLC it needs to maintain its color and stay healthy.

We’re sharing our tips and tricks on how to keep your vanilla chai blonde hair looking fresh.

1. Color-Safe Hair Products

It starts by switching up your haircare routine to focus on color-safe products that have a sulfate-free formula. You’ll typically want a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask to incorporate into your routine once a week. Your 212 Salon and Day Spa stylist will recommend the haircare products that are the most suitable for your hair type and condition.

2. Switch to Lukewarm Water

While we love a hot shower, your colored hair needs a lower temperature. A hot shower might be your favorite treat after a cold day, the hot water can strip your hair of its natural oils. Swapping out to lukewarm water, even just at the end of your shower, will help seal your hair cuticles and keep your hair hydrated.

3. Invest in Blonde Hair Products

Along with color-safe products, look out for oils and treatments designed with blonde hair in mind. Although you’ll have darker roots with the vanilla chai trend, it’s important to treat it as blonde hair to maintain the color.

We love the vanilla chai trend for its transitional look and versatility. It’s a winter hair trend that you can make your own and personalize to your complexion and natural hair color. Our expert colorists are on hand to get your hair ready for the winter season. Book an appointment today with 212 Salon and Day Spa to try the vanilla chai blonde trend for yourself.

Meet the Barbiecore Hair Trend

Pink is the new black. It’s time to channel your inner Barbie and embrace every shade of pink. ‘Barbiecore’ is one of the biggest trends of 2022 with no signs of slowing down. The so-called ‘Barbiecore’ trend has been on the rise since designers like Valentino declared fuchsia pink their ‘it’ color.

Barbiecore is everywhere you look – from hair trends to nails and clothes. It’s impossible to scroll through social media without seeing the feminine pink hues staring back at you. Celebrities like Lizzo, Meghan Fox, and Machine Gun Kelly have been leading the way with head-to-toe pink looks.

Did you always dream of having pink hair as a kid? Now’s your chance! At 212 Salon and Day Spa, our hair colorists and stylists are on hand to bring your Barbie dreams to life. We’re exploring the Barbiecore trend and how you can maintain your Barbie locks if you take the plunge with pink hair.

What is Barbiecore?

Barbiecore is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a style aesthetic inspired by the Barbie franchise with pink front and center. Barbiecore is one of the biggest fashion trends of the moment, brought to life by the growing hype around the upcoming ‘Barbie’ movie with Margot Robbie.

It’s a perfect storm with Valentino’s Autumn/Winter 2022 collecting putting hot pink center stage with feminine silhouettes. Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino’s Creative Director, describes pink as the color of “love, community, energy and freedom”. It encapsulates everything the whimsical Barbiecore trend stands for.

Barbie made its debut in the world of beauty in 1959 and has been influencing trends and styles ever since. It’s impossible to escape the Barbie aesthetic, whether it’s the glossy blonde hair or the infinity with all things pink.

Pinterest shows that searches for Barbiecore are on the rise with beauty trends. There’s been a 30% rise in searches for pink eyeshadow with pink lipstick seeing a 60% rise and pink nails getting 75%. We’ve seen Barbiecore trends pop up everywhere from Coachella to the Grammy’s and even the Met Gala.

How can you incorporate Barbiecore into your everyday look? Start from the top!

The Barbiecore Hair Trends

Pink is a color we’ve all considered dying our hair to. It might have been a mad suggestion or a childhood dream – but the Barbiecore trend means pink hair is back in style. Pink is Barbie’s signature shade and is synonymous with femininity, fun, and female empowerment.

It’s gone from a Halloween wig color to a celebrity-approved trend that everyone’s talking about. You can choose from blonde hair with pink balayage or go all in with fuchsia pink locks. Everyone from Lizzo to Joey King has put their twist on the Barbiecore hair trend.

You can jump into the deep end with bubblegum pink hair and follow the lead of J.Lo with a fresh pink cut. If you’re not sure about committing to pink hair long-term, experiment with a wig instead. You can take the Barbiecore trend to the next level by following Lizzo’s lead and coordinating your makeup with pink hair.

While pink hair is at the heart of Barbiecore, you can recreate the legendary character’s blonde locks for a more natural look. Embrace Barbie’s ‘60s-inspired look with bouncy blonde locks and a full fringe. It’s lower maintenance than pink hair and gives you a more wearable Barbie look.

What to Know About Having Pink Hair

Choosing to switch to pink hair shouldn’t be a split-second decision. Coloring your hair means you’ll need to give it a little extra TLC between treatments. There are side effects of hair coloring that you want to consider. Our expert colorists will guide you on how to care for your hair and maintain your new pink hair.

Not caring for your freshly colored hair means that your hair can become more brittle and prone to heat damage, as well as developing a rougher texture and thinning. You can avoid these side effects by following the advice of our expert colorists.

It’s important to remember that pink is a high-maintenance color as it isn’t a natural hue. Ammonia in the color dye can break the hair cuticle and damage your natural hair structure. These side effects shouldn’t put you off trying the Barbiecore trend as you can care for your hair to keep it healthy – even when it’s Barbie pink.

The reality of dying your hair pink is that the color will fade, particularly with the amount of maintenance it requires. You’ll want to upgrade your at-home routine to protect your hair during your hair-washing routine and maintain the vibrance of your color.

Swap your shampoo and conditioner for a sulfate-free formula to prevent color stripping. Don’t skip on conditioner! It’s your pink hair’s best friend.

Your 212 Salon and Day Spa hairstylist can recommend a shampoo that suits your hair type and condition. We suggest using products formulated for colored hair as they can improve the strength of your hair. These products typically avoid fragrances that create more lather in your hair, diluting the color overtime.

A nourishing shampoo and conditioner aren’t enough to maintain your Barbiecore hair. You can protect your hair by incorporating a weekly hair mask into your routine to keep your hair hydrated.

There is a spectrum of pink hues for you to choose from. It’s typically easier to choose a pink hue that is within three shades of your natural color. Darkening your hair will always be easier to achieve than lightening it. Our colorist can recommend a range of pink shades for you to choose from.

How to Rock the Barbiecore Aesthetic Day-to-Day

You don’t have to dye your hair pink to jump on the Barbiecore aesthetic. You can explore Pinterest for hundreds of ideas on how to experiment with pink and channel your inner Barbie.

Monochromatic pink is a way to experiment with different hues and trends. Take a leaf from the styling book of Kim Kardashian by wearing head-to-toe pink, whether it’s a little pink dress or a 2000s-inspired Juicy Couture tracksuit.

Are you not ready to commit to a full pink outfit? Start with the accessories. If there’s one fashion rule that Barbie taught us, it’s that more is more. Get creative with pink accessories, and don’t be afraid to throw it back with vintage trends. Go down nostalgia lane and rediscover your favorite trends from the early 2000s.

Book an appointment at 212 Salon and Day Spa today to live your Barbie fantasy. Pink hair doesn’t have to be just a daydream.

It’s Time to Go Blunt and Minimal This Fall

neck length blunt cut

The leaves are changing, pumpkin spice is in the air, and we’re digging our favorite knitwear out from the back of the closet. It can only mean one thing. Fall is here.

It’s a time when most of us choose to shake up our looks. The beachy waves of summer make way for a more structured look for fall and winter. This season, we’re embracing the blunt cut. It’s a celebrity favorite that adds volume to your hair and is fuss-free for easy styling.

Blunt haircuts are perfect for the ‘biker girl chic’ look. You can still have fun with a blunt cut without the maintenance of looking after longer locks. While most blunt cuts have no layers, we’re changing it up this season.

Minimal layers are an easy way to adapt this fall 2022 hair trend to suit you. This hairstyle captures the ‘perfectly imperfect’ aesthetic that is all over our Instagram feed.

At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we’re declaring fall the official season for the blunt cut. Fall 2022 is changing up this versatile hairstyle with minimal layers for a feminine twist. This subtle update gives the contemporary trend a softer look. We’re jumping into this fall 2022 hair trend and sharing you can recreate it this season.

The Blunt Haircut

Are you thinking of going for a shorter hairstyle? The blunt look is easy to maintain with a structured silhouette that makes you look instantly elegant. It’s been a signature look of some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightly.

The blunt haircut trend is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a short haircut without layers with even edges.  The razor-sharp edges create the illusion of someone having cut your hair as though it had been in a ponytail.

While the ‘blunt’ aspect of the trend refers to the edges, most blunt haircuts are on the shorter end. You can choose from chin-length to shoulder-grazing to achieve this look with its full effect. You won’t get the same drama with blunt edges on longer hair.

A good in-between of the blunt bob and long locks is a ‘lob’. It’s an easy way to experiment with a shorter length and blunt edges without chopping most of your hair. There’s a blunt haircut out there for everyone, whether you’re committing to the short look or keeping your length.

The styling team at 212 Salon and Day Spa is here to help you find the blunt hairstyle for you. Got the urge to cut your hair? We accept walk-in consultations and appointments!

Will a Blunt Cut Suit Me?

The blunt haircut is popular because it’s hassle-free. It’s perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours styling their hair every week. It’s the low-maintenance hairstyle that’s beloved by supermodels, celebrities, and influencers alike.

What we love about a blunt cut is that it suits almost everyone. You can personalize your haircut by experimenting with the length, layering, and side parting. We’re updating the blunt cut for fall 2022 with minimal layers for a lightweight feel.

You don’t need thick hair to experiment with a blunt cut. You can style a blunt cut to help make thin hair appear thicker and give your hair color a cooler edge.

A blunt cut is an ideal choice if you’re looking to improve the health of your hair. Maybe you’ve damaged it from excessive heat use or permanent hair dye. Going back to a blunt cut can help you give your hair the TLC it needs to grow back stronger and healthier.

A longer chin-grazing blunt cut is perfect for those who want to experiment with coloring. It’s an ideal in-between length for those who want to change up their look but can’t commit to a pixie look.

How to Style Minimal Layers

While a blunt cut is short in length, it gives you endless styling options. Before committing to your blunt cut, you want to consider your facial structure and features. Working with one of our hair stylists is the best way to customize your blunt haircut to suit your features and aesthetic.

The most popular is the sleek straight chin-length cut that adds instant elegance to your look. This blunt cut will accentuate your bone structure and looks best with a middle or deep side parting. Add minimal layers to create definition in your hair, especially if you’re incorporating highlights or a French balayage.

Adding minimal layers to your blunt cut can make it easier to style with extra texture. You can achieve soft waves using a flat iron or a thin curling wand to add a laidback feel to your blunt cut. Hailey Bieber perfected this look with minimal layers and wave spray to add texture and volume.

If you feel like being a little dramatic with your look, speak to your stylist about a slightly asymmetrical cut. You can still recreate the blunt edges but with different lengths. Choose one side of your hair to chop a few inches higher for a head-turning look.

How to Care for a Blunt Haircut

A blunt cut is relatively carefree and perfect for those who want to go natural with their hair. The key to maintaining a blunt haircut is regular appointments to maintain the length and nourishing products to strengthen your locks.

You’ll typically want to book regular appointments on a 6 to 8-week basis to maintain the sharpness of your cut. Invest in a nourishing conditioner to maintain your hair’s natural shine and leave it soft to the touch.

Are you thinking of pulling the trigger on a blunt cut? Maybe you’re not sure about which fall hairstyle is right for you. We accept walk-in appointments and consultations with our stylist team on hand with expert advice.

Changing your hair is the easiest way to transition your style from one season to the next. Visit our team at 212 Salon and Day Spa to discover why you should embrace the blunt cut this fall.

Why You Should Continue Your Salon Education

Being a stylist means that your skillset is always evolving. You’re constantly learning new things – from the latest trends to mastering new techniques. Finishing your initial training will set you up to start trading as a hairstylist, but it isn’t enough to keep you at the top of your game.

Hairstylists are proof of the ethos of lifelong learning. Continuing your education will put you at the forefront of the latest innovations in the industry. You’ll master the art of balayage, the latest coloring techniques, and skills that can set your business apart.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is vital in every industry, but especially in our industry. Your CPD will ensure that you understand the latest products and techniques while enhancing your customer service skills. There’s no better investment you can make than in your education.

At 212 Salon and Spa, our classes allow you to continue your salon education on your own time. Our classes are held regularly and cover all cuts and colors. We offer curated lessons for assistants and stylists to tailor your education to you.

Continuing your education is one of the best investments any stylist can make. We’re sharing why every hairstylist should take regular classes to continue their education and development.

Mastering the Latest Techniques

Stylists are expected to do it all. Every client is different, and you never know what to expect. You could be jumping from a cut and color to a balayage treatment and a money piece. Adaptability and versatility are two skills every stylist needs.

Whether you offer a portfolio of services or specialize in specific treatments, you want to stay up to date with the latest techniques. Getting salon experience is also vital for newer stylists. Don’t underestimate the value of getting an in-salon education from colorists and hairstylists at the top of their game.

Learning new techniques can also keep you inspired. Being a hairstylist requires you to tap into your creativity. If you’re doing the same treatments every day, it’s easy to fall into a rhythm. Mastering new techniques allow you to tap into your creative side and stay excited about your work.

Staying Relevant with Trending Hairstyles

Hairstyle trends come and go. The trends you were taught during your initial training may no longer be in style. Investing in classes will allow you to develop your portfolio and introduce new hairstyles for your clients to try.

Staying relevant is vital for hairstylists. While you’ll often have a core group of clients, failing to offer the latest trends could see you lose clients. Continuing your education is the secret to being competitive. With a potential recession on the horizon, offering something different is what can future-proof your business.

Build Your Business

Are you a hairstylist thinking of going freelance or launching your own business? You’ll want to invest in classes to build your skill set and enhance your technical skills. Getting in-salon experience can give you an essential insight into how you can run your own salon or business.

Investing in education is an investment in the success of your business. Your skill set is your biggest asset. You might also choose to invest in training for your hairstylists if you’ve already built your business. Regular training for stylists will help you retain your talent, boost engagement, and maintain staff loyalty.

Your initial training will give you the building blocks you need to start your journey as a stylist. It’s how you continue your education that will set you apart from other stylists and salons.

Experimenting with Color Trends

Every salon has something that makes it special. You want to find your USP and lean into it. Experimenting with color trends is part of this. Color trends have extended beyond just the colors themselves.

Undertones, placement, and pigment play a vital role in your technique. Investing in hairstylist classes will allow you to experiment with trends and learn new techniques. Technique is everything for coloring. While your skillset will develop with time, investing in classes is the best way to go back to basics and master new coloring trends.

These trends also include treatments that are rivaling traditional coloring methods, such as balayage, ombre, wet-lights, and French glossing. As these color treatments continue to evolve, you’ll want to keep your portfolio fresh with salon-based classes. Continuing your education will enable you to focus your skillset on a niche or develop a portfolio of treatments to offer at your salon.

Building Your Reputation

Your clients are placing their trust in you when they visit your salon. Everything from your equipment to your skillset plays a role in the final product. Continuing your education helps to build credibility with your clients. You can develop your experience within a niche or diversify your portfolio to attract new clients.

Gone are the days when trade shows were one of the only ways for stylists to continue their education. It’s never been easier to have your finger on the pulse. You can develop your skills every day by using the tools that are right at your fingertips. Social media has the power to bring the industry to you, from exploring the latest trends to researching new techniques.

Investing in salon-based classes will give you the chance to expand and refresh your skillset. Whatever stage you are in your career, these classes can revitalize your skills and help to build your reputation with clients.

Continue Your Journey with 212 Salon + Spa

Hair trends and techniques are constantly changing. Continuing your salon education is vital for offering your clients the best service. Refining your skillset through regular classes will allow you to build a reputation, develop your portfolio, and grow your business.

Contact our team today to find out more about our educational classes that cover all cuts and colors. We’ll teach you the latest trends and techniques that are taking the industry by storm.

Our Monday classes are held once to twice a month with specific classes for assistants and stylists. Use our contact form to enquire about our upcoming salon classes.

What is Magic Sleek? The Non-Toxic, Hair-Loving Treatment

Our hair takes up most of our morning routine. If you love the sleek look of straight hair or bouncy curls, you might spend even longer on your hair. We’re more aware than ever before of the dangers of heat damage to our hair. It’s why many of our clients are choosing to invest in straightening treatments to get a sleek look without the daily use of hot tools. Who doesn’t want to save time in the morning?

Straightening treatments aren’t new. They’ve been around for years. If you’re a haircare aficionado you’ve probably heard a few horror stories in your time. Not all straightening treatments are made equal. While Keratin is one of the most popular, other treatments such as Brazilian and Japanese treatments have gained notoriety.

At 212 Salon and Spa, we have a new alternative for you to try. Meet ‘Magic Sleek’. This formaldehyde-free hair straightening treatment is an alternative to mainstream treatments that rely on toxic chemicals for short-term results.

Are you looking for the classic Hollywood look? Dive into the world of Magic Sleek with our ultimate guide to this hair-loving straightening treatment.

What is Magic Sleek?

Magic Sleek is a safer alternative to popular hair straightening treatments and methods, including Brazilian, Keratin, and Japanese treatments. This innovative treatment allows you to embrace your natural hair texture and strengthen your hair right from the scalp.

It’s suitable for all hair types and works to transform, rejuvenate, and nourish your hair from within. Magic Sleek offers a hat-trick of treatments, from working to define curls to straightening hair and eliminating frizz.

What makes Magic Sleek unique is that it’s a fully customizable system that allows you to experiment with your hairstyle. This nourishing treatment works to add shine and life to your hair, strengthening even the most damaged and difficult hair.

It starts by rejuvenating even the most brittle of hair by giving it the hydration it needs and locking in moisture. Magic Sleek has been featured in some of the industry’s biggest publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, and Marie Claire, as one of the best alternatives to keratin treatments.

The Benefits of Magic Sleek

Magic Sleek was launched in 2011 as an alternative to the mainstream hair treatments that relied heavily on formaldehyde and chemical ingredients.

Formaldehyde is a toxic ingredient that you want to avoid in your haircare routine. It produces a strong aroma that can result in respiratory issues and skin irritation, along with dizziness.

There are two types of Magic Sleek treatments to choose from with varying results. The ‘Magic Sleek Traditional’ treatment typically lasts up to 6 months, while the ‘Magic Sleek Express’ gives results for up to 4 months.

Using Magic Sleek Maintenance products can help to prolong your treatment and give you the best results. What we love about Magic Sleek is that it’s a fuss-free treatment. You can wash your hair right after your appointment and even jump in the ocean just 10 days after your treatment.

As Magic Sleek does not contain formaldehyde or harsh chemicals, it’s considered safe for pregnant women. However, we always suggest speaking to your physician before using any such treatment.

Magic Sleek vs. Keratin Treatments

A keratin treatment is a chemical procedure that works to straighten your hair, produce a glossy shine, and reduce frizz. Its results typically last for six months, similar to Magic Sleek.

The treatment starts with washing your hair before brushing the Keratin treatment through your hair and allowing it to develop for 30 minutes. Alternatively, some salons choose to blow dry the hair first before using a flat iron to seal in the Keratin treatment in small sections.

Keratin treatments are popular for those who want to make their hair more manageable, particularly if you struggle with frizz. This chemical treatment can reduce drying time and fortify your hair.

However, the biggest drawback of the Keratin treatment is that most contain formaldehyde. This chemical is what makes your hair appear straightener. Some Keratin treatments switch formaldehyde for glyoxylic acid but can’t produce the same results.

Magic Sleek can give you the same results as a Keratin treatment without the consequences of formaldehyde. Unlike a keratin treatment, you can dye your hair right after having a Magic Sleek treatment. You’ll usually have to wait 2 weeks after a Keratin treatment before coloring your hair and 3 to 4 days before washing your hair.

You can switch up your color immediately as Magic Sleek uses non-toxic ingredients. However, we recommend waiting 2 weeks before using a bleach treatment for highlights or balayage.

Magic Sleek vs. Brazilian Blowout

A Brazilian blowout treatment often falls under the keratin category. It’s a chemical process popularly used to detangle your hair and give it a smoother texture. Brazilian treatments are suitable for all hair types and are ideal for making your hair easier to style.

This treatment is suitable for dyed or bleached hair but results typically only last two to four months. The lifespan of a Brazilian blowout is around half that of the Magic Sleek treatment. Your natural hair texture will typically return within five washes with a Brazilian blowout, while the Magic Sleek gives you long-term results.

Magic Sleek vs. Japanese Straightening

A Japanese straightening treatment is different from the Keratin and Brazilian methods as it uses thermal reconditioning. It’s a more evasive treatment that permanently straightens your hair by removing up to 90% of its curl, frizz, and volume. This treatment restructures your hair bonds and was popular in Japan during the ‘90s.

However, it relies heavily on chemical ingredients and can compromise the integrity of your hair as a result. While Japanese Straightening is a permanent treatment, you can get similar results with Magic Sleek without damaging your hair follicles.

You’ll still need to maintain your Japanese treatment with regular touch-ups every eight to ten months. This time frame is only around two months longer than a Magic Sleek treatment.

Whether you want to define your curls or reduce frizz, Magic Sleek is the safest and most effective treatment on the market.

We’re proud to support Magic Sleek as a woman-owned and family-run brand. 212 Salon and Spa supports its mission to create a safer and healthier haircare industry that puts customers like you first.

Achieve your hair goals with a non-toxic treatment that will help you build long-term results. Book in for a Magic Sleek treatment at 212 Salon and Spa to start your haircare journey today.

Introducing James Geoia - Stylist and Director of Education

212 Salon and Day Spa is proud to announce their newest team member, James Geoia.

James Geoia joins as 212 Salon and Day Spa's Artistic Director in hair cutting and Styling Educational Program. Internationally trained by Vidal Sassoon, Toni and Guy and Jingles.

James has been an Educational Director for upscale salons in New York City for more than 25 years. His years of international training with Sassoon and TIGI have been second to none.

“My approach to hairstyling can be best described as contemporary versatility, with a hint of avant-garde” says James. He offers a comprehensive consultation for all new clients that includes careful consideration of his client's facial features, hair texture, and lifestyle.

We are proud to have James as an addition to our professional team!

In addition to haircutting, James will also be serving as 212's artistic Director of Education.

If you would like to be a model for one of James' educational program classes, please call 973-509-2120 to speak with Judy for scheduling.

An Introduction to Facials for Beginners

Beauty trends may come and go, but healthy skin will stand the test of time. While your skincare routine is your skin’s first defense, facials go the extra mile to your skin exactly what it needs. Whether you’re a skincare newbie or invest in the latest must-have skincare, facials are a pick-me-up for your skin.

At 212 Salon and Day Spa, facials are amongst our most popular treatments. They’re the perfect way to reset your skin and are the ultimate form of self-care. Our range of facials includes targeted anti-aging collagen treatments and a range of add-ons to tailor your facial to your skincare needs.

This introduction to facials for beginners will deep dive into the world of facial treatments to help you find the perfect one for you. Whether it’s anti-aging or treating skin conditions like rosacea, facials have something to offer every skin type.

What is a Facial?

Most facials start by cleansing your skin, combining a gentle face massage with high-quality products to prepare your skin. After exfoliating to remove dead skin cells and impurities, your therapist will steam your skin to open your pores to help with the absorption of active ingredients. Depending on your facial, the steaming may use hot towels to prepare your skin.

The most important stage of any facial is extraction. It’s when your aesthetician will work to remove the impurities from the outer layer of your skin, including acne and blackheads. What makes facials different from each other is the mask or peel that they incorporate.

These treatments are often the main selling point of the treatment and focus on specific skin concerns, such as anti-aging or hyperpigmentation. Your facial will usually end with a moisturizer to lock in the active ingredients and hydration.

Why Facials are a Skincare Must-Have

Facials come with dozens of benefits and work in unison with your regular skincare routine to provide long-lasting results. The goal of any facial is to cleanse and rejuvenate your skin. Depending on the products used, your facial may help to prevent premature aging or to treat specific skin concerns, such as rosacea.

How Often Should You Have a Facial?

One of the most common questions we get is, “how often should I have a facial?”. The answer depends on your skin type and whether you’re working towards any specific skin goals.

Most people can benefit from having a facial every 4 to 6 weeks, in line with their skin’s cellular cycle. Your therapist will recommend the best program of treatments for your skin type.

Facials at 212 Salon and Day Spa

At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we offer a range of facials curated for specific skin types. Our purifying facial is designed for oily skin types, providing a gentle exfoliation to help unclog your pores and restore your skin’s natural radiance.

Do you have dry or sensitive skin? Our ‘delicate’ facial is designed with sensitive skin in mind, tailored to treat skin conditions such as rosacea. This 75-minute treatment will rejuvenate and soothe your skin.

Microdermabrasion and acne treatments

Microdermabrasion is a type of facial that helps to smooth the skin’s texture to diminish the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and hyperpigmentation.

We recommend a cycle of 6 microdermabrasion treatments for the best results. It’s an ideal facial treatment to start before a big event, whether you’re a bride or giving your skin a little extra help. Our 6-series package gives you $100 off your 6th treatment.

Our acne facials deliver a deep cleanse that help to clear your complexion. Along with acne facial treatments, we offer similar services to tackle back acne. It delivers the same results and combines the benefits of a facial and massage to visibly clear your skin’s complexion.

VIP Vitamin C Facial

One of our best-selling facials is our ‘VIP Vitamin C’ treatment. Vitamin C is one of the most talked-about natural ingredients in the beauty industry. It works to visibly brighten your skin’s complexion, including diminishing the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation.

Vitamin C is ideal for all skin types as it helps to repair skin damage caused by UV radiation and supports your skin’s natural protective barrier. If your skin needs a little TLC, our VIP vitamin C facial is the perfect place to start.

Express Facials

Facials are the perfect way to level up your skincare routine. Think of them as a welcome break for your skin and a chance to relax. If you don’t have time for a spa day, book in for an express facial instead.

Express facials are ideal for incorporating into your regular routine or to help prepare your skin in the weeks before a big event. If you’re a bride or jetting off on vacation, regular express facials can keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Our facials are available in 30- and 45-minute intervals, making them perfect for your lunch break. We also recommend our express facials for teens who are looking to start exploring treatments for the first time.

Tailor Your Facial to Your Skin Type

The beauty of facials is that you can tailor them to exactly what your skin needs. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, your therapist will work with you to identify what your skin needs and recommend the best treatments.

Whether it’s anti-aging or dry skin, our add-on services allow you to customize your facials for a targeted treatment. Our add-on services include:

  • Anti-aging collagen treatment – for rejuvenating skin to leave it plump and firm.
  • Anti-wrinkle eye treatment – designed as a targeted add-on to prevent premature aging.
  • Aromatherapy as a soothing addition to your facial to relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Deep hydrating treatments – ideal for dry and sensitive skin.
  • Rosacea soothing treatment to tackle redness and skin irritation.
  • Dark spot treatment
  • Eye treatment

Book Your Facial at 212 Today

Give your skin the love it deserves by visiting the team at 212 Salon and Day Spa for a facial. Our team will help you identify any skin concerns and recommend the best facials and treatments for your skin type. Book your facial today by using our online portal here.

An Introduction to Massages for Beginners

Do you ever feel like you need to just relax and unwind? You need a massage. It’s what the doctor ordered. Massages are amongst our most popular treatments at 212 Salon and Day Spa. A massage is a perfect way to relax your muscles and steal some time away for self-care.

Whether you’re a newcomer to spa treatments or enjoy regular appointments, a massage will recharge your mind and body. They act as a natural remedy to treat common ailments and can reduce stress and anxiety. Massages are not only a form of self-care, but a necessary treatment for athletes and those dealing with chronic illnesses.

This guide is an introduction to massages and covers everything you need to know about the most popular massages. Whether it’s a Swedish or deep tissue massage, these treatments have something to offer everyone.

How Often Should You Have a Massage?

As massages are non-invasive, you could book yourself in for a regular massage as often as every 2-3 weeks. Certain clients, including pregnant women and athletes, can benefit most from these regular massages. We recommend monthly massages for those using the treatment to help with anxiety and stress.

If you’re using massages to cope with chronic pain or injuries, your therapist will be able to recommend a course of treatments to help your condition. You can help to get the most out of your massage treatments by incorporating regular stretching at home between treatments.

Massages at 212 Salon and Day Spa

At 212 Salon and Day Spa, we offer a full range of massages that cater to all your needs. What makes our massages unique is our additional add-on options that allow you to customize your treatment. Our add-on massage services include:

  • Aromatherapy oils to take your self-care to the next level and reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Foot massage to soothe tired muscles and add a skip to your step.
  • Scalp massage to reduce muscle tension, promote hair growth, and reduce headaches and migraines.

Swedish Massage

Massages are a popular natural remedy for muscle and chronic pain. A Swedish massage is one of the most popular as it helps to release muscle tension and is commonly known as a ‘full body’ massage.

It’s a gentle massage and ideal for beginners and those who want to focus on relaxation. During a Swedish massage, your therapist will focus on your neck, shoulders, and lower back to release any tension.

Your therapist will use several techniques during a Swedish massage, including long strokes, kneading, deep circular, and passive joint movements. These massage techniques are designed to help you relax and increase your blood flow and lymph drainage. They can also help to stimulate nerve ends while allowing you to focus on any specific problem areas.

Our Swedish massages are available in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute treatments.

Deep Tissue Massage

You can take your treatment one step further by choosing a deep tissue massage. This massage is similar to a Swedish massage but goes deeper. With slow strokes that focus on the connective tissue.

It’s an ideal choice for those recovering from injuries. Most athletes and runners use deep tissue massages as part of their regular routine to prevent injuries and help with recovery.

Deep tissue massages are ideal for those who suffer from chronic pain, including lower back pain and fibromyalgia. During this massage, your therapist will target the dense connective tissue (known as fascia), tendons, and muscles. The therapist will use the same movements as a Swedish massage but will apply more pressure, which can be painful depending on your pain levels.

After a deep tissue massage, you can expect to feel soreness in your muscles in the days following. Using ice, heat, and regular stretching can help your body recover after a deep tissue massage.

Our deep tissue massages are available in 60- and 90-minute treatments.

Hot Stone Massage

Another popular treatment at 212 Salon and Day Spa is our hot stone massage. This relaxing massage uses flat and heated stones to release muscle tension and damaged soft tissue. These smooth stones are made using basalt that helps to retain heat.

During a hot stone massage, the stones are strategically placed across your spine, stomach, face, palms, chest, feet, and toes. While the stone can be laid flat, your therapist can also use it to aid with the traditional techniques used in a Swedish massage.

Another known as a ‘hot stone massage’, cold stones can also be used to help soothe the skin and engorged blood vessels. A hot stone massage can help relieve stress and anxiety while promoting sleep. It’s an ideal treatment for those suffering from autoimmune diseases and cancer symptoms as it can reduce pain and offer a greater motion range.

Our hot stone massages are available in 60- and 90-minute treatments.


Reflexology is a massage that focuses on applying pressure to the ears, hands, and feet due to their connection with the overall body system. A therapist who performs reflexology is known as a ‘reflexologist’.  It’s based on the ancient Chinese theory of vital energy that believes such energy flows through our bodies.

When we’re stressed, this energy becomes blocked and the imbalance can lead to illness. This Chinese medicine connects different body parts with pressure points that are connected to the body’s energy flows.

Reflexology can help to reduce pain, stress, and anxiety. It can also improve your overall well-being and boost your mood. Anecdotal evidence suggests that reflexology can improve digestion, ease arthritis pain, and boost your immune system. Reflexology is a safe and non-invasive treatment that is an ideal choice for beginners.

Our reflexology treatments are available in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute sessions.

Book Your Massage at 212 Today

Relax and rejuvenate by visiting the team at 212 Salon and Day Spa for a soothing massage. Our team will help you find the perfect massage that combines self-care with the best nourishing skin treatments. Book your massage today by using our online portal here.


Why Multi-Dimensional Blonde is the ‘It’ Style for Summer 2022

Have you been toying with the idea of going blonde? Perhaps you’re a natural blonde bombshell who wants to change up her look? Multi-dimensional blonde is one of the biggest hair trends for summer 2022. It’s a way of getting the perfect blonde hair for you by adding warmer or cooler tones to complement your complexion.

Is your blonde hair starting to feel dull? Do you want to try something new without committing to a full new color? This trend is an easy way to take your natural blonde to the next level. If you’re transitioning to blonde, this trend works just as well. Instead of bleaching your hair, it focuses on lifting the color in a controlled way that adds extra tone and dimension to your look.

We’re sharing everything you need to know about the multi-dimensional blonde hair trend and why it’s one to look out for in 2022. At 212 Salon and Day Spa, this is one trend that our clients and stylists alike are loving for spring and summer.

What is multi-dimensional blonde hair?

Whether you’re a blonde or brunette, you’ll fall in love with the idea of multidimensional blonde. It gives you the flexibility to experiment with different shades of blonde, including highlights, to find the perfect formula for you. This trend is all about adding different hues of blonde to your hair to add extra depth or lightness to your overall look.

If you don’t want to abandon your brunette hair but want to flirt with the idea of going blonde, this trend is also for you. It can be less harsh than highlights and give you the option of experimenting with darker shades of caramel blonde that lighten your overall look.

You can go a few hews lighter or darker depending on the look you’re going for. Achieving a multi-dimensional blonde is all about working with your stylist to create a custom color that works for your skin tone, features, and personality. Whether you’re going to the dark side or want to get your hair beach-ready, multi-dimensional blonde has something to offer everyone.

One of the benefits of multi-dimensional blonde is that it allows you to achieve a softer and more natural look. It’s easy for an all-over blonde color to end up looking artificial. With the right placement and mixture of hues, you can create a multi-tonal look that adds depth to your hairstyle and enhances your features.

Whatever tones you’ll choose, larger slices of the tones will be kept to the back and sides of the hair, while finer slices appear through the parting and to frame your face. Instead of highlights, you’ll usually be experimenting with lowlights instead.

Why you should consider multi-dimensional blonde

The multi-dimensional trend is ideal for those who want to go blonde in a holistic way to achieve a more natural and less artificial look. It can give you an illuminated blonde look by blending cooler lowlights that offer extra depth to your hair than choosing to use one color all over.

Do you want to change your hair with the seasons? Most people like to go lighter in the summer and darker in the winter. The beauty of multi-dimensional blonde is that you can transition it through the season. The first decision you have to make is to decide what type of blonde look you’re going for.

What we love about this hair trend is that it offers something for everyone. It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to hair but instead puts you in control by choosing the blonde hues that will transform your look. There are dozens of different looks that you can try within this trend.

Mushroom blonde is a classic example of how you can use this multi-dimensional blonde to color correct darker hair or to give you an ashier look. It adds a vibrancy to your hair and adds a hint of blonde without losing the deep brunette shade. By adding this multi-dimensional look, you can create the illusion of the colors blending together.

If you want to experiment with a full multi-dimensional look and add a balayage, utilize toner and lightener to get your dream color. This so-called ‘Baileys Irish Cream’ look can take a few sessions to achieve, but it’s worth the hard work. It’s ideal for brunettes who want to transition to a bright blonde without damaging their hair or committing to regular upkeep with their roots.

You can also achieve a summer look by experimenting with golden tones. This multi-dimensional look involves being strategic with where you place the lighter blonde sections to frame your face and create a natural ombre effect. Darker blondes looking to freshen up their hairstyle for summer will want to focus their multi-dimensional look on adding golden hues with a balayage style approach.

How to care for multi-dimensional blonde hair

Like any hairstyle, multi-dimensional blonde hair requires a little extra TLC. You want to invest in a hair care system that will nourish your new blonde hues. Whether you’re transitioning to blonde or shaking up your natural color, the secret is to keep it hydrated.

Conditioner is your best friend when you’re adding any blonde shades to your hair. Read the labels for every product in your routine and remove any that contain sulfates.

There are lots of easy changes you can make to keep your new blonde hues looking fresh. Finish off your regular hair washing routine with cold water to help close your hair cuticles. Incorporate heat protection and lightweight hydrating oils into your routine to repair, protect, and rejuvenate your hair. During the summer months, you want to try avoiding the sun to help your color last.

With a multi-dimensional blonde treatment, you can experiment with some of the biggest blonde hair color trends for 2022. With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to try something new. Book an appointment with 212 Salon and Day Spa to start your new blonde hair journey. Our stylists will work with you to achieve the perfect custom look for you.