Sizzling Hot Summer Hair

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From taming frizz to fighting flatness, summer hair care has its challenges. Perfect for festivals, travel or just romping around the city, stay cool with this easy summer ‘do.

  • Mist with Davines Sea Salt Spray
  • Tease your hair at the root to add oomph.
  • Sweep bangs to one side, and pull the rest of your locks back by loosely braiding a few sections into a low pony.
  • Secure with a hair elastic. Gently pull apart sections of the braids to achieve a lived in look.
  • Wrap one strand around the pony base to hide the hair elastic. Smooth with Davines Oi Oil to add shine and tame flyways.

More about Davines: We're in love with this boutique brand founded in Parma, Italy. Davines is all about smart sustainability. They  work closely with small family farms in Italy to grow their ingredients! Their line includes everything from shampoo and conditioner to treatment and styling. Swing by and check it out.

Lite Brite: Spring Hair Inspiration

Despite the strange shifts in weather, spring is in full bloom here in Atlanta (hello, pollen) and we’re excited to freshen up your tresses! Stylist Jenni Renshaw says collar length; multi-texture hair is hot for spring. Make this “spring breeze blown” look your own in 4 steps.

  1. Set the tone: Use Davines Minu shampoo and conditioner for vibrant, juicy color.
  2. Go sleek: Blow-dry with Davines Melu heat protector spray.
  3. Get styled: Section hair into 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces. Using a 1-1/2 inch barrel curling iron, start your curl in the middle. Leave the ends out for a tousled, wavy look.
  4. Finish it: Davines medium hold spray gives you soft, flexible hold.

To achieve this stunning shade, we’d use OWAY hair color for an organic, ammonia-free, bold and beautiful red! Craving a little more color in your life? Book an appointment for yourself here.

be gilty & save big on your new spring ‘do

If you’re feeling like your ‘do needs something new for Spring, jump over to GILT Atlanta for deals on color, cut and blow-outs with our newest nester and decade-plus style pro, Victoria Gutierrez.

New and current Aviary clients are invited to experience Victoria's expertise (which consists  of training under Jon Reyman at Spoke and Weal in LA and styling for Emma Stone, Donna Karan, America's Next Top Model and more) by purchasing a voucher through Thursday, March 24th.  You have until June 7, 2016 to utilize the discount, so see you soon! P.S. Check out some of our favorite before and after styles by Victoria below!

welcome to the nest: stylist victoria gutierrez

 
 

Meet hairstylist Victoria Gutierrez, a decade-plus pro at styling high-profile clients and Aviary’s newest coiffeuse! Victoria has worked with variety of clients of many cultures and backgrounds and has experience styling for film, photography, television and runway shows.

While living in Los Angeles, she worked alongside Emma Stone, whom she styled for Visit California’s “Dream Big” campaign video, The Foo Fighters (styling for the cover for Rolling Stone Magazine), Incubus, Miyavi, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, Donna Karan, Ne-Yo, and Access Hollywood to name a few. Victoria also lent her skills to participants on the latest season of America’s Next Top Model.

Victoria graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Orlando in 2005 and went on to study under Jon Reyman for Spoke and Weal in Los Angeles.

When she isn’t using her superpowers styling the stars, Victoria enjoys cooking, crafting & being being outdoors. She is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for all hair cut and coloring services. You can book online with Victoria here.

welcome to the nest: hairstylist jenni snyder renshaw

We are thrilled to announce that some incredible new talent has landed at the Aviary! Hairstylist Jenni Snyder Renshaw will begin creating her hair cut and color magic within our space, beginning immediately. Jenni is a Detroit native who spent her most recent years as the owner/operator of an award-winning, 5-star salon in Durham, North Carolina. She is Toni & Guy trained and a certified Davines colorist who also has experience working in film. Just this past week, Jenni had the opportunity to give a complete haircut overhaul to Atlanta PR and marketing expert Tucker Berta Sarkisian. Recently married, Tucker was looking for a new look post-wedding and opted for the Red Carpet-hot “wob” or “wavy bob.” Tucker says, “After wearing my long hair in a top knot for 363 of the last 365 days, it was time for a change.  I took Jenni a pic of Sienna Miller at the Golden Globes -- she took that, adapted it for my hair type and face shape, and it's perfect.  And - shockingly - it's as easy to do as the top knot."

Since she is new to town, Jenni is building her clientele, giving Atlantans a wonderful opportunity to have this in-demand talent transform their hair and keep their style at the forefront of current trends.

We are so glad to welcome Jenni and her skills into The Aviary family and to see what she creates with you!

Book your appointment online here now!

Sincerely,

Amy Leavell Bransford & Aviary {organic beauty collective}

nyfw hair trends to rock now

New York Fashion Week has a knack for inspiring us to rethink, well, everything. With all of the spring-fueled clothing, accessories and hair that gets sent down the runway, we can’t help it. And while we’re certainly looking forward to the hot cups of joe and big, cozy sweaters on fall’s horizon, we think we’ve caught a little spring 2015 in our step – or at least in our hair. What really stood out to us this past week were the ‘dos the designers choose to represent their collections. Three trends in particular seems to embody what the week was all about, and that’s refined, freeing style. Best of all? We can start rocking them right now.

The Joey Ramone Wig at Marc Jacobs. Photo by The Cut.

If NYFW hung on to anything, it was the loose braid. From the windblown style at Michael Kors to the deconstructed herringbone braid at Suno, the updated classic was everywhere. And awesome every time. Our favorite may have even been the big disheveled braids at Baja East, which hairstylist Kevin Ryan described to Harper’s Bazaar as, “a nod to Peter Lindbergh girls – a girl who has traveled.” Birdlike, huh?

The Disheveled Braid at Baja East. Photo by Harper's Bazaar.

Another updated classic we couldn’t help but love was the bun. Tadashi Shoji sent a braided chignon down the runway, Altuzarra came up with a heart-shaped style and Carolina Herrera and Calvin Klein both gravitated towards Japanese-inspired knots.

The Japanese-Inspired Bun at Carolina Herrera. Photo by W Magazine.

And while both braids and buns stood their ground, one trend at NYFW was undeniable, and that’s the major ode the whole thing played to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. From the hippie inspired frocks at Rebecca Taylor to the punk rock vibes, um, everywhere else, it definitely gave us a wealth of hair ideas. Maybe most notably was the mod mohawk at the Marc by Marc Jacobs show, but even the Marc Jacobs show proper paid homage to the era. A tribute to Joey Ramone, the models wore choppy black wigs and no makeup (another trend we can get behind). Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and Zac Posen also presented some covetable rock ‘n’ roll vibes.

The Knotted Bun at Marc by Marc Jacobs. Photo via Instagram/@hairdressersjournal.

Time to get that NYFW DIY hair going!

hand cream for your hair (and hands)

Hand cream for your hair? Absolutely. Our stylists at Aviary have become smitten with a sweet smelling lavender hand cream from Gentle Soapworks of Athens and not just for smoother hands, but for smoother hair. "I love the stuff," says Aviary's Jenn Jones, "It turns fluffy clean hair into 'haven't shampooed in a couple days hair' and leaves the hair feeling soft." Remember, a little daub goes a long way, but unlike watery store brands, the cream is light, made of whipped lavender essential oil and blended with mango, shea and cocoa butters, emulsifying wax, glycerin, cera alba (beeswax), phenonip and stearic acid (for the perfect consistency).

Gentle Soapworks of Athens prides themselves on creating 100% natural, biodegradable and cruelty free products. They're also all made locally in North Georgia – and that's something we'll always support.

Trust us on this one. Your locks (and hands) will thank you.

jason elliott takes satmc on the road (and his motorcycle can be yours)

As most of you know, Jason is hard at work on his music when he's not spiffing up your locks at Aviary. His project, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, has continued to grow and this past month, they released a new album entitled "So Happy, It's Sad." While Jason hit the road with SATMC last Thursday for a two-month tour, they need your help to continue recording, touring and creating. We'll miss having Jason in the nest, but we're so happy to see him fly. Head over here to check out the campaign and chip in where you can (there is some pretty cool stuff involved).

last-minute gift guide (don't worry, we've got ya covered)

As always, Christmas has snuck up on us and it being a mere week away doesn't mean we've got all of our gifts to give under the tree. Don't fret, though. We have something to bring a smile to everyone on your list. We promise. For the skin conscious - This is an easy one thanks to Clarisonic. The skin cleansing system who boasts the mantra, "Clearer skin is healthier skin," has been a favorite of ours for awhile. It works by using a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second, which, in turn, removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt than our hands ever could. There are options, too, with the Clarisonic Pro (perfect for the queen bee – as it is one itself – and is only available through estheticians), the Mia 2 (Pro's baby sister is the pick for the globe-trotter, complete with a handy travel case), the Clarisonic Opal (palm-sized and designed to help around the eyes) and the Clarisonic Face and Body (the ultimate all-over skin treat).

For the lock lover - A Mason Pearson hairbrush is one object every woman longs for. After all, we know the feeling. The not mass-produced, coveted brush originated in London in 1885 and hasn't changed much since – meaning it's an investment that will last for Christmases to come. The brushes come in four sizes, eight colors and three pads including Boar Bristle (for fine to normal locks), Boar Bristle and Nylon (for normal to thick locks) and Nylon (for those super thick locks) and promises to clean hair, stimulate the scalp and produce a healthy sheen. Yes, please, Santa.

For the one who has it all - Sometimes gift cards get a bad rap, but there's nothing bad about treating someone awesome to a hair cut or color, massage, facial or waxing complete with a therapist who will customize each treatment to address specific needs and wants. It'll even score them one of our favorite above mention gifts – without the stress of picking it out. And to that, we cheers the season of giving.

holiday locks for the win

'Tis the season for holiday parties and there's one thing that's more important than that dish you made (or secretly bought) - your 'do. Not to mention that it's what's beside your newly oxygen treated skin. That's why we've rounded up a few of our favorites from all over the web. Let the parties begin! Anthropologie always gets our hearts in a knot, but especially in this year's Holiday catalog. It boasts natural waves with a necessary holiday sparkle. Our friends over at Allure recommend using a one-and-a-quarter-inch curling iron to create loose party waves. Just curl small sections all over and as you release them, pin them against your head for five to ten minutes. Once they've cooled off, brush them out with a boar-bristle brush (our favorite is Mason Pearson) and set with spray. For that sparkle, grab a fun barette. It'll allow for a little extra hold, too.

Next up is the super-easy triple braid from Cupcakes & Cashmere. It's simple, clean yet just messy enough. Not to mention it can be achieved in a mere five minutes. Late, no more! Head over to C&C for the full step by step on this one.

If your party calls for well, a bit more, we're in love with Refinery29's un-boring bun, which takes a good ol' classic up a notch. Just pull your locks into a low pony, divide it into two equal sections and braid each into a easy three-strand braid. Secure with an elastic then use your fingers to mess up those tidy braids a bit. Twist the two braid together and secure again, this time wrapping the double braid around itself to create your bun. Pin and voila! You may even want to reuse that Anthropologie inspired barrette again, too.

aviary's newest (full-time) bird: jenn jones

Remember when we announced that hairstylist and color specialist Jenn Jones was coming part-time to Aviary? Cue good hair because you can now find her here full-time (and we couldn't be more excited). A North Carolina native, Jenn studied at the Aveda Institute Chapel Hill, later honing her skills working at reputable studios such as Van Michael Salon of Atlanta, Mudhoney Hair Salon in New York City and the highly acclaimed alt-salon Graceland Brooklyn - where she still makes a regular appearance. Most recently, working as a stylist and instructor at the Aveda Institute Atlanta, Jenn has made Atlanta home with her her husband, photographer Raymond McCrea Jones, and their two young sons.

With over ten years of experience behind her, Jenn has locks on well, lockdown. She has a love of color - which shows through her expertise in techniques like balayge and being named Atlanta's best colorist by InStyle Magazine - and can make any dreamy 'do happen.

Jenn is available Sundays from 11:00-5:00, Mondays from 9:30-5:00 and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-7:00. Contact and booking information can be found here.

Welcome to the nest, Jenn!

fresh patterns for our sun-soaked locks

Our favorite hair accessories duo, Emi-Jay, continues to be on the up and up. The two Los Angeles teens, Emily Matson and Julianne Goldmark, have held on to their initial passion of creating handmade hair ties with heart – the ties don't damage your locks and a portion of sales is donated to charities worldwide. They have grown from their handful of original designs, though. Emi-Jay has added gingham, chevron, dots and floral patterns to their ever-growing collection. A new headband, the spectator headband, has also been added and with its coordinating colors, the white with orange sorbet combo makes for the ideal summer band... and makes us crave a ice-cold dreamsicle.

clarify

Ah, there’s that Georgia heat we know and love. While the dryness our skin and hair experiences Winter and the transition of Spring may have faded, heat brings a whole other set of changes. Stuff just builds up, whether on our hair or in the pores of our skin, and sometimes we just need a fresh start. How exactly to combat these new oils is the tricky part. Luckily, it’s Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo’s specialty.

Clarifying shampoo is vital in restoring health and shine when hair just feels down and in need of a (literal) lift. Number 4 has scented their clarifying shampoo with white freesia, golden amber, and warm musk, making you and your hair feel up. Stress, though, can come from associating clarifying with stripping, especially for those with colored hair. But Number 4 has formulated theirs so that it doesn’t strip moisture or color - pretty cool! The ingredients put into making it all work aren’t short on awesome either. Black currants and soy provide vibrancy, acai berry and vitamin c act as an anti-oxidant, and lemongrass and oatmeal cleanses and purifies. And remember, clarifying shampoo only needs to be used weekly so look at it as an opportunity to treat your self. It can also be looked at as a vital step in your routine for those sunny days filled with chlorine, salt water, and hard water from vacation homes and swimming pools.

It’s natural for new seasons to bring new sensations and Georgia has a tendency to bring a heavy summer. But with Number 4 by your side, we promise you’ll be ready to dive in.

it's just... lavish.

Remember last week when we explored One Love Organic’s master product, Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm? Well, this week we’re exploring another product that could be included under the master category (just like Michelangelo or Raphael). It’s Lavish by Sircuit and again, we’re in awe.

The multi-use therapeutic dry oil is a face, body, and hair godsend. With NINE of the most precious oils (Grapeseed Oil, Kukui Nut Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Arctic Cranberry Oil, Cloudberry Oil, Bitter Almond Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Oil, Neem Oil), Lavish nourishes, protects, and smooths every inch of the body. These oils also combat signs of aging, improve the appearance of scars and strechmarks, and can be used on dry hair for spilt end and general damage control. And this wide range of benefits relates to the wide range of possibilities Sircuit brings to the table with Lavish. It is suitable for every age and can tackle woes all year around. How cool is that?

And if that isn’t enough, Allure Magazine’s Beauty Reporter pointed out five more reasons dry oil may take place of every product ever (ever). It can remove everything from mascara to eye shadow without stripping skin, tame frizz and flyaways, naturally highlight cheekbones and shoulders, and when added to liquid foundation, it can make it more hydrating and sheer. One simple idea I really liked was to dab a little on your wrist as perfume (Lavish comes complete with an almond scent to swoon over). And as always, Sircuit has produced a product that’s free of artificial preservatives, colors, fragrance, and cruelty. Get ready to glow.

your new bff

Are you sitting down? For something this exciting you may want to be. That’s right… all beauty woes have been solved. It’s called Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, the brainchild of One Love Organics. And it’s because this magic balm poses the question, “what isn’t it?” Multitasking as a hair tamer, illuminizer, make up remover, moisturizer, pomade, primer for mineral powder, and skin soother, this 3.5 oz. jar does it all.

Skin Savior is made up 100% natural ingredients including pure, cold pressed plant oils, mango butter, and three critical extracts (chia seed, oat, and vanilla) that break down and cleanse without stripping the skin’s natural protective layer as well as smell quite lovely. And… it’s waterless. One Love Organics believes in kissing mystery products goodbye and only includes ingredients with direct benefits (H2O not included). Everything about it really just comes down to lovely…

The brand, One Love Organics, takes pride in their sensitive, simple approach to beauty. They hand make and hand fill every product right down to Skin Savior. But beauty for One Love isn’t just skin deep. Ethically and environmentally driven, they are accredited by PETA and Green America Approved Business as well as donate 1% of their annual net revenue to organizations such as CARE and The Children’s Scholarship Fund. And as if we haven’t found our well, one love, everyone from The Zoe Report to Birchbox has praised Skin Savior. Amy especially believes in it for winter chapped skin and with Atlanta finally (maybe) getting a dose of winter, we are in perfect time!

winter weather getting your hair down?

Between the chilly air and excessive blow drying hair can start to fall into the brittle, heat-damaged category. Don't fear though friends. EVO, our favorite Aussi hair team, has it covered. They have created a product that they refer to as a solution when it comes to the day “you've just washed your hair and you're dreading the next three days of baby-haired-mopville.” Say goodbye to “mopville”… Evo’s Haze Styling Powder is here.

New York Magazine is also obsessed calling the powder a “palm sized antidote” for limp locks aka the flop and boosts volume at the roots without making hair stiff. It’s also unscented, lightweight, and super fine. But what really made our hearts fall is the fact that Haze has an oil-absorbing effect which allows it to (drum roll please) double as a dry shampoo. This means an extra day or two between washes, which we know will lift our hairs spirits in no time.

One thing to remember with Haze is that a little goes a long way. It comes in a dream bottle to tag along with you no matter where the season takes you and the littlest bit results in body, texture, and a sweet matte finish. We’re certainly in love. Stocking stuffer anyone?

we love emi-jay (and these lust worthy hair ideas)

Recently, we stumbled upon two videos from Reagan Baker AKA Hairdresser on Fire, a New York City blogger and hairstylist. These sunny and youthful videos focus on Emi-Jay’s new headbands and provide lust worthy hair ideas in a quick three minutes. Ready?

Emi-Jay’s multi-strand beaded headband is a fun, different approach to their usual, simple aesthetic. It steps it up to glam and Baker takes it from a necklace to a bracelet to a cool top knot scrunch. One of our favorites with the beaded headband is how it can be incorporated with a braid. And with its many strands you can even tangle the beads throughout whatever style you choose.

Next, Baker creates the Hippie Halo by taking one of their classic headbands and twisting your hair around it. It’s loose, playful, and free (and suitable for a bike ride).

the most beautiful things in life are found in the simple

“The most beautiful things in life are found in the simple”, is what Number 4 states under their manifesto. But that’s not the only reason we are hair over heels for Number 4: High Performance Hair Care. They thrive on pure creativity and have developed their lines to run parallel with fashion, science, art, music, and industrial design. They believe that hair should be the ultimate look, defining as well as spanning new territories. Hey, we’re on board.

This beyond brilliant scheme has resulted in lines made with nature’s greatest ingredients, new technology, and innovation (from all angles). Of course Number 4 stays far away from sulfate and sodium chloride, gluten, and parabens as well as animal product and testing. But what is different (besides their general approach) is their development of Liquid Complex Culture or what they call “their backbone”. This system draws from water and an advanced delivery system that takes beneficial botanical ingredients and creates teeny, tiny molecules. These molecules then (putting science aside) create a sort of hair miracle. Number 4 products are gentle, strengthening, AND purifying. Their entire line is also color preserving which is amazing as well as rare (cue applause).

Another cool thing about Number 4 is that they are strongly inspired by French culture. Each collection, right down to its aroma, is inspired by a special moment in Paris. Ooh la la. These collections include Essential, Style, Volume, and Hydrate. And we are all addicted. I love the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, stylist, Jason Elliott swears on the Fluoro 5 Elixir Restore and Repair oil, and, well, the list goes on.

nyfw trends to hold onto (hairspray not included)

Ah, New York Fashion Week.  A week out of the year that will partially dictate how we wear our hair and faces for weeks to come.  We’re not talking extremes like the extraterrestrials walking down the Alexander Wang runway but two simple trends we wouldn’t so much mind carrying on (and how to do so).

We’ve been seeing words like “dreamy”, “sun-kissed”, and “whimsical” pop up all over fashion week this year.  Loose, flowing locks and captivating up-dos may be an ode to this.  Everyone from Calvin Klein (surprise) to Charlotte Ronson have been rocking the allure of loose locks and it’s not so much of a surprise considering the pure, stunning nature of this undying do’.  The trick is to do it right.

How?  Klein has been taking a one inch curling iron to his models stick straight hair and in result, getting a bounce that moves like the model herself.  Pairing this with products like volumizing shampoo, conditioner (my personal favorite), and thermal styling protection from Number 4 will keep locks both flowing and healthy.

As for up-dos, there’s a lot of structure, from slicked back ponys to Wu’s stunning braids.  But what we love is the slightly more playful ones of Hérve Léger as well as some undone, colorful up-dos that are hanging around.  Whimsical indeed.

How?  We believe EVO would strongly support your love of locking in a cool up-do, especially with products like Mister Fantastic Texture Spray and Mister Fantastic Your Tool For Creation.  But if you just feel like treating yourself, remember Jenn Jones has a bit of braid expertise.

So here’s to fashion week and it living for a bit longer (especially these trends).  Their undone nature and natural feel support things we love the most: wellness, beauty, and all of the good things that come with it.

nobody likes a dirty beard

Men, are you tired of sacrificing the health of your skin for that amazing beard of yours?  And ladies, are you tired of your mans facial hair being dirty, course, and therefore untouchable?  Well, this is why Beard & Stache‘ Bars were created.  They stop dry, course, frizzy beards in their tracks as well protect color and texture.  And best of all, they’re local.  Yes, Atlanta’s very own Mike Albanese created the product after, himself, getting fed up of the trails and tribulations of wearing a (majestic) beard.

A relativity new yet quickly growing project, Beard & Stache’ Bars created a tag team for keeping facial hair happy.  And did we mention they’re all natural?  Molded and poured by hand, The WASH Bar consists of gentle, foaming, strip-free ingredients and is infused with oils that mean a lot to both beards and the skin underneath.  Its teammate, The CONDITION Bar, maintains smooth, shiny, and touchable hair with ingredients like jojoba oil (keeps moisture levels balanced and prevents icky dandruff), cocoa butter, and vitamin E (a natural antioxidant).  There’s also Stache’ Wax and Beard Grooming Wax available if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Beard & Stache’ Bars are available at the Aviary so stop in and start a healthy facial hair regimen today (or command that your man do so).  After all, they’re right when they say, “Nobody likes a dirty beard”.