Apple Cider Vinegar- DIY Hair Wonder Potion!

Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing treatment for hair, and chances are it’s just hanging out in your pantry, waiting to be discovered. The vinegar is a gentle acid that can help regulate the PH of your scalp, temporarily tighten your cuticle, lock in hair color, reduce excess oil, and calm scalp issues like dermatitis, dandruff, and psoriasis.

At The Hive we love to follow color services with a dilution of apple cider vinegar and water to help close the cuticle back down, and as an alternative to shampoo; it’s great for when you want to remove product or oil and refresh your hair, but a shampoo could be too drying. It’s great for curly clients who are trying to wean off of, or reduce shampooing!

To give yourself an apple cider vinegar treatment, simply mix 1 part vinegar (and brand works, raw or not!) to 2 parts water in a spray bottle. To use, rinse your hair thoroughly under warm water, spritz liberally with your vinegar solution, let soak for 10 minutes, massage, rinse, and condition- no shampoo necessary!

You can even tint a small batch to enhance your hair color’s shine! – keep refrigerated and use within a week

Redheads- 1 c strong brewed Rooibos tea + 1/4 c vinegar

Golden Blondes- 1 c strong brewed Chamomile tea + 1/4 c vinegar

Deep Burgundy Redheads- 1/4 fresh beet juice* + 3/4 c Rooibos Tea + 1/4 c vinegar *this can stain light hair, clothing, towels, etc so please be careful!

Brunettes, 1 c brewed black tea + 1/4 c vinegar

Dark, cool Brunettes 1c strong brewed coffee or espresso + 1/4 c vinegar

The only kitchen remedy we don’t recommend is Baking Soda washes- Baking soda is an alkaline and a mild abrasive, meaning that it will raise the cuticle and remove hair color, and will aggravate sensitive scalps. We only use it when we need something harsh to help pull chlorine build-up from hair, or remove over deposited hair color. Not a good idea when you want to preserve your color and shine!

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A few of my favorite things…. Becca

Our resident cat lady dishes on her must-haves for winter

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1. Intelligent Nutrients Curly Hair Serum- The creamy consistency is hydrating, and can be air dried or diffused without crunch!

2. Intelligent Nutrients Styling Gel- Love this for blowouts or diffusing hair with tons of body, soft hold and shine. It cocktails great with the leave-in or the volumizing spray for blowouts.

3. Harmonics Shampoo and Conditioner- The shampoo is the ultimate multi-tasker, you can wash your hair, body, and teeth (!). The conditioner is hydrating without being heavy.

4, Soy Chai Latte with 2 shots espresso, aka “Venti Double Dirty Soy Chai”. This is my ultimate winter treat, served hot! Its got the spice of chia, plus the caffeine of espresso, and is the perfect morning indulgence.

5. Tights! I can add color to my outfits and still wear my favorite dresses and skirts without completely freezing. I’ve also been known to wear them under my pants during my winter commute.

6. Cat Snuggles. My cats are more likely to stay burrowed under the covers with me, and enjoy a lazy winter Sunday morning. Now, if only they could bring me a Dirty Chai….



A few of my favorite things… Pang!



You know her by her voice over the phone, but you may not know Pang as an expert cartwheeler, or a lover of hockey- our resident ‘old man’ lets us in on her favorite things for winter. IMG_0151

1. Alima Pure Minerals Powder Foundation; Easy to use, lightweight, and so affordable! I’m as low-key as it gets and this fits into my routine effortlessly.

2. Sea Mist! Easy to use wet or dry, and smells amazing!

3. The Wet Brush. EASY (have I said this enough yet?!), practical, and KID FRIENDLY! This has been a life saver for my daughters long hair, and they’re cute and durable. What more could you want?

4. Cosby Sweaters/Mens Hoodies. Heaven to me is a cozy, patterned, oversized sweater fit for your grandpa- the more details (think:elbow patches, fair isle, chunky buttons, deep pockets, cowl necks, hoods) the better! Combined with skinnies, and a pair of boots I can take on what Minnesota has to offer, happily.

5. The Holiday Season! The holidays bring our my inner Martha Stewart; I love gift giving, baking, and eating, and what better than to spend it all with family.

6. Hockey. No slap-shot master here, but I can ‘dribble’, make it up and down the rink, and attempt goalie. My husband and I are even teaching our daughter!



Our favorite dry hair remedies

Snowflakes, hot cocoa, sweaters… Winter brings out some of the coziest things I can think of, but, the bitter temps can wreak havoc on your hair, leaving it flat, dull, and flakey. To help prepare, I’ve rounded up five of our biggest winter sellers that promise to banish static and bring on the moisture!


1. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil. Designed for hair and skin, this oil restoreselasticity and shine, and prevents breakage on dry, thirty hair- especially curls. To Use: try massaging a few pumps into your hair before bed, and wash and style as usual in the morning.

2. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Spray-On Detangler. Infused with Apple Cider Vinegar, this spray prevents frizz and static, and can help ease dry, flaky scalps. To Use: Spray liberally on damp hair before styling, or mist curly hair as an alternative to dry shampoo.

3. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Hair Shine. Castor Emollients provide lightweight, yet deeply hydrating shine on dry hair, and perks up dull color. The lemongrass aroma reminds of a summer day. To Use: Mist into palms and smooth over hair, scrunch into curls- or, cocktail into your favorite gel for an ultra silky, soft blowout.

4. Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Styling Pommade. Beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut and jojoba oil makes this styler as hydrating as they come! Use on wet or dry hair to help draw more moisture into strands while adding a flexible, firm hold. To Use: We love to cocktail this into the IN Gel or Curly Serum for air drying or diffusing curly hair. Its great for short cuts too!

5. Intelligent Nutrients Curly Hair Serum. Patented Larch Resin helps to physically seal the cuticle of the hair without drying build-up. This significantly shortens your drying time (because who wants to leave the house with wet hair?), and locks in all of the benefits of your conditioner. To Use: Apply to damp curls, and air-dry or diffuse. You can cocktail this with any of your favorite gels, foams, or oils, too.


A few of my favorite things…. Emily

Our resident shoe aficionado gives us her fall survival must-haves for hair, and life.





1. Sea Mist; It’s great for adding roughness, or soaking up oil on silky-flat hair.

2. IN Leave-in; This is my go-to for anyone since it’s so lightweight yet super moisturizing.

3. Feed Your Roots Mousse; I love this for scrunching in curly hair- you can air dry or diffuse, and it’ gives great texture at the roots!

4. Hallmark Movie Channel ‘Countdown To Christmas; is my current guilty pleasure- nothing says ‘Holidays’ like a good, cheesy, lovey-dovey movie binge.

5. Boots, big sweaters, scarves, and a good lipstick.

6. Holiday Coffee Drinks! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Fa-la-la Lattes, Pepermint Mochas- you name it- if it’s wintery, I probably like it!



Balayage vs Highlighting, Ombre vs Color Melt

Theres so many new terms being thrown around with hair color these days that it can be confusing trying to decide what technique you should have your stylist use. Ombre? Balayage? Foils?

Here’s what you need to know.

Balayage, means ‘to sweep’, and is a technique for adding dimension- highlights or lowlights. The color is painted on freehand, which allows for a softer amount of color at the roots, and more saturated ends which gives minimized regrowth (read: low maintenance!) When done properly, balayage looks like your hair did after being in the sun for a summer as a child.

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Highlighting, is  dimension done with aluminum foil, and creates a strong piece of color from the scalp to the ends. Depending on the direction and amount of color applied, foils can look either subtle, or severe.

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Color melting is similar to ombre, except instead of the entire head shifting from dark to light, only some of the hair shifts- making it like a blend between highlights, and ombre.

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Keep in mind, all of these techniques and looks can transcend the color palette, meaning anyone can try them out as long as they use the proper color family!





Whether you call them bangs, fringe, or the icing on the cake, one things for sure; bangs are one of the strongest changes you can make with your hairstyle without coloring your hair. After adding a solid fringe on a gorgeous client the other day, I was inspired to do a little rundown of the options that lay before you all, lovely clients.

Baby Bangs

Short, sharp, and a statement piece.


Asymmetrical Bangs

Edgy, bold, and versatile- when outgrown they morph easily into side swept bangs.



Rockabilly Bangs

Retro-rama, mama.



Side Swept

Effortless, and can disappear into layers when no longer wanted.

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Bardot Bangs

Inspired by the french actress, these ride the eyebrows to the hollows of the cheekbone.





Not exactly side swept, not entirely classic, they cover the forehead but swoosh ever so slightly to the side. Great for the indecisive.




Classic Bangs

Brow grazing, and either entirely horizontal, or softly arcing across the tops of the cheekbones, the classic fringe is adaptable and always in style.

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Fall Inspiration

It’s official, Fall 2014 is all about bobs, and red hair.

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New Conditioning Oil Treatments- Just in time for Winter!

We have two new services with Jen and Becca-Hair and Scalp Treatment and Feed Your Youth oil treatments! Each contains certified organic oils, and coupled with a luxe length scalp massage and a trip under a hot dryer will infuse your hair and scalp with shine-enhancing essential fatty acids and moisture!

Feed Your Youth is spiked with avocado and yarrow oils and is perfect for hair that has been treated with keratin, or is becoming brittle with age.

Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil is full of Intellimune and Jojoba oil and seals color, clarifies the scalp, and calms dehydrated curls.


Winter Hair Survival: Chapter 1: Curls!

Ah, winter. Sure, it brings forth many awesome things like hot cocoa, cozy nights in, and picturesque snowfalls- but it can also wreak havoc on your hair. Worry not, fellow readers! We’re here to help! In the first of two winter hair editions, we’ll give you some advice on how to avoid the limp, dry, and often lifeless curls that come in the colder months.

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Woe #1. “I’ve lost my curl/bounce/spring!”.

If you’ve been into The Hive, you’ll have at some point heard us talk about one of curly hairs’ simplest equations: moisture = curl. Due to the natural shape of curly strands, the cuticle on curly hair never stays closed- so like a door that’s left slightly ajar will let warm air out, your hair is constantly losing moisture through the open cuticle. Add in the drying effects of a cold atmosphere, and the dry, heated air we use to stay warm, its no wonder the winter months leave curls flat, compared to the bouncy, shiny, full curls of a humid summer.

The Solution? Pull in as much moisture as you can! We have clients that swear by diffusing their hair in their hot, steamy bathroom post-shower. It will definitely add some minutes to your dry time, but the abundance of humidity in the room will help recapture the full ringlets you were accustomed to in the summer.

We also recommend using a humectant (attracts water) gel, like the sculpting gel or paste from Max Green Alchemy layered with either our pure argan oil, or one of our leave in conditioners. Using Intelligent Nutrient’s styling pomade on coarse curls will help add a hydrating protective barrier, and will prevent static and frizz.


If you currently use the conditioner from Max Green Alchemy, or Harmonics, and shampoo infrequently (if at all), you could also try switching to our Pure Luxe-its got the high concentration of fatty emollients, making it a rich but non-greasy option to infuse more moisture into thirsty curls. If you are currently shampooing on a regular basis with little to no conditioner rinses in between, adding at least 2 conditioner rinses in between each shampoo should help. And remember, only shampoo your roots, or where you feel an excess of natural oils. Never run shampoo through your ends; the cuticle gets weaker the farther you get down the hair shaft, and too much shampoo can cause frizz, splits, and breakage!

Lastly, hair strands are made up of ‘dead’ keratin cells. The longer each curl gets, the drier it is due to it’s natural degradation over time. To help keep your hair supple you need to feed your hair some good quality fats. Think of it this way; your skin is one giant organ, and can produce its own natural, protective oils- yet we find reason to slather on an array of ‘body butters’, lotions, and oils. Hair can’t really fend for itself, and once it gets past a few inches long, the natural oils on your scalp can’t reach all the way to the ends- so you have to supplement. Instead of coating your hair liberally in oil treatments only to have to use shampoo to break through them, try putting a few drops of one of our hair oils into your ends every night- by morning your hair will have soaked up the oil and you can go about your normal hair routine. After a few weeks of nightly oiling, you’ll notice an improvement in shine and curl retention! You can also supercharge your conditioner by mixing it with equal parts of one of our treatment oils and leaving it overnight. We love combining John Masters Organics’ Lavender and Avocado masque with either IN’s Hair and Scalp Treatment oil, or Yarok’s Feed Your Youth oil.

Regardless of whichever methods you try above, we always recommend steering clear of silicones and plasticizers in hair products; they coat the hair, rendering it unable to absorb moisture and exacerbates the dry brittle ends you’re trying to avoid.

Woe #2. “Hats make my curls flat and frizzy!”

I’m going to say it: sometimes hats suck! When you wear a hat, it pulls down on your curls, and by incubating your noggin, it creates heat that sets the flattened shape in. Add a variety of static inducing fabrics, and you’ve got yourself an almost unavoidable hot mess.

The Solution? If you can, gather your hair into a loose bun on top of your head before putting a hat on. If your hair on top can stay mostly defined and curly, it will camouflage some of the flattened bits underneath. If its chin length or shorter, try to twist and pin some of your hair up before putting your hat on. In either case, a good misting of either IN’s Detangling spray, or Simply Organic’s rejuvenating spray afterwards will help quell frizzies and coax curls back into formation.

You can also twist your curls into an updo, and carefully stretch your hat over your hair. After gently removing your hat, your updo will still be intact- If needed, use one of the conditioning sprays mentioned above to calm any random frizzies that may arise.

If none of the aforementioned ideas are an option, you can always opt for earmuffs or a thick headband. You may not have the warmest head on the block, but its the best happy medium we can think of.

But please, avoid going out into freezing temps with wet hair to avoid hat-hair  -you may not ‘catch your death of cold’, but you know how water tends to expand when frozen? The expansion of freezing water inside hair leads to mega frizz and can actually give you a far worse looking do’ for the day- totally not worth freezing your buns off!



*All products mentioned are available for purchase it The Hive. Confused by some of this curl-centric jargon? Book a ‘Dry Curly Haircut’ and see how we treat curls differently!



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