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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Wavy Curls and Coily Curls Models Needed



It’s that time again, and we need tons of curly guys and girls who are looking to experience our dry haircutting methods for their curls! Because there’s so much to teach about curls, waves, and kinks, we have each day of training broken down to specific textures. To help determine which type of curl you have, click HERE and take the quiz, or see which hair type you most identify with. If you’d like to be a model, email us at info@thehivesalon.com with Curly Model in the subject line of your email. Enclose a recent headshot of yourself with your hair either air-dried or diffused (no curling iron enhancement please!), and which day/time slot(s) you’re available for. *Models must be at least 16 years of age or older*

Dates Needed:

Monday, September 22nd, Kinky/Tightly Coiled Curls

(type 4A through 4C)

Models to be cut by stylists in training:

Fee: 0$

Time: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Examples of kinky-coily hair:



Monday October 13th, Wavy Hair (type 2A and 2B)

Models to be cut by stylists in training

Fee: 0$

Times: All Full

Examples of wavy hair:



If you have any questions, please contact the salon at info@thehivesalon.com


“Organic Color”, Ammonia Free Color, Henna Color and FAQ’s

First and foremost, there is NO such thing as “organic” color. Here is the definition of organic, as given in Websters’ dictionary (hover and click link). Traditional Hair color is a compound of artificial pigment, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide. When you mix ammonia and hydrogen peroxide it creates a process of oxidation that aggressively swells open the hair’s cuticle, bleaches out the internal pigment, and replaces it with a synthetic pigment. Et Viola! New hair color. The downside is that ammonia is a volatile gas and the reaction produces a noxious fume that causes respiratory distress, allergic reactions, and damage to the hair.

Ammonia free hair color replaces ammonia with MEA- monoethanoliamine. MEA is an odorless liquid, and in hair color applications, it’s mixed with oils to help gently soften the hair cuticle to allow it to slip into the hair. The removal of internal pigment is solely powered by peroxide (some brands use higher concentrations than others, and can be harsh or drying) before depositing those same artificial pigments into the hair shaft- the trade off is that MEA based haircolor can’t give the high lifting power that ammonia can, but it yields far more predictable results because it’s not causing excessive damage or overly exposing the underlying hair pigment (brassiness) in the process.

Henna is an herb that gets mixed with other herbal compounds such as willow bark and indigo to produce variations on its reddish hue. Due to henna often getting contaminated with metallic salts and other compounds it can react horribly with MEA, ammonia, and peroxide which is why stylists caution against it’s use. Heres the most comprehensive guide to henna and it’s limitations that I’ve found. Henna is the only plant derived hair color on the market. http://www.hennaforhair.com/freebooks/hennaforhair.pdf

One of the things we’re keen on at The Hive is keeping chemical exposure to a minimum, even when using artificial hair color.

All hair color (with the exception of herbal tints) have three major chemicals involved; peroxide, an alkaline (MEA or ammonia) and artificial pigments. None of these are plant based, and cannot be considered ‘organic’. There are a few color lines out there that are green washing consumers with claims of ‘certifiably organic color’ or “100% Eco-friendly’ and even “all natural” on their labels, but they all fail to acknowledge that they still have to use those same three chemical compounds, just like everyone else. Most color will contain PPD’s (Paraphenylenediamine) and Resorcinol- these are the two most common allergens in hair color, and are responsible for pigmentation and grey coverage. Our color doesn’t have true PPD’s on the label, but it has similar pigments and resorcinol, making a patch test necessary for anyone who’s encountered an allergic reaction to hair color in the past.

Hair Color FAQ’s:

Q. Do you use Organic Color Systems?
A. No. Organic Color Systems didn’t meet our expectations for performance, and has a propylene glycol base and artificial fragrances- which we avoid

Q. Do you still use Simply Organic Haircolor?
A. No, unfortunately the high alcohol content made the color extremely drying, and it didn’t offer the color palette that our clients were looking for.

Q. What brand of haircolor do you use?
A. Email us at info@thehivesalon.com and we’ll send you the info- because we’re always on the hunt for a cleaner, better product, and technologies always changing, we may use one brand today but a new brand 6 months from now.

Q. Can you bleach hair?
A. Yes, we use a potassium persulphate based bleach instead of ammonium persulphate- it’s odorless, and can still give the same lifting power as traditional bleach.

Q. Do you use organic color?
A. There is no such thing as ‘organic’ hair color, Only herbal tints that do not lighten hair, or oxidative hair color. Oxidative hair color is always chemically driven, even when it contains plant extracts. The term organic refers to growing food without the use of herbicides and pesticides.

Q. Does your color contain Ammonia?
A. No, our color has MEA which is an odorless, gentle alkaline instead of ammonia. It provides the same capabilities of ammonia with minimal limitations without imparting the same degree of damage to the hair.

Q. Does your color contain Henna?
A. No.

Q. Do you offer Henna?
A. No- at this time we haven’t found an herbal hair color that doesn’t contain questionable heavy metal contaminates.

Q. Does your color contain heavy metals?
A. No. Heavy metals, like mercury or lead, react severely with hydrogen peroxide, and are generally found in herbal or henna based tints.

Q. Can I use your color if i’m allergic to PPD/Rescorcinol?
A. Unfortunately not; PPD and Rescorcinol are the chemicals responsible for our colors grey coverage and longevity. We currently cannot source a quality hair color line thats free of those two chemicals without trading them for other offensive ingredients.

Q. I think i’m allergic to hair color, how can I know if I can use yours?
A. We’ll set you up for a color consult, and we’ll perform a patch test to see if you have a reaction. If you pass the test, we’ll book you a color.

Q. Is your color safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A. Only you and your doctor or midwife should make these decisions based on the information presented.

Q. My doctor said it’s OK to color my hair while I’m pregnant, but I’ve read that my hair could react funny. It this true?
A. Sort of- the hormonal cocktail in your body causes the hair growing from your scalp to be stronger, shinier, and thicker- in most cases. But for some, pregnancy can have little to no affect on their hair. If your hair has been stubborn to color in the past, it’s likely going to be harder to color now; all of the extra vitamins and proteins you’re consuming is causing the new growth at the root area to be even more resilient, meaning extra stubborn greys, and a harder to lift cuticle. In rare instances, your hair can get extra brassy at the roots. To avoid issues, either consider foil low-lights to blend dark roots, or try Balayage or Ombre styles of hair coloring. The ends of your hair won’t be affected by your pregnancy because it grew before you conceived.


Meet Your New Stylist- Eric Ticknor!

Eric just recently moved to the US from Canada and is one of the most easy going stylists you’ll ever have the pleasure of working with. Don’t tell him we told you, but it is fun hearing him say “out” and “about”. ;)

1. What got you into hair?

I’ve been cutting my own hair since I was a kid. The decision to go to school for some “formal” training came after butchering a girlfriends bob in the kitchen.

2. Who are your hair idols?

Vidal Sassoon from yesteryear, Nick Arrojo from yesterday. Anyone who can look good straight out of bed.

3. Favorite services/styles?

Big changes! I love chopping someones hair all off. Soft and Sassy textured haircuts are my favourite.

4. One thing that you wish clients did more often?

Bringing in photos to help explain what they’re looking for; just not so many that we can’t get through them all!

5. Favorite Internet time-suck?

Youtube party!!

6. Zooey Deschanel, or Mila Kunis?

Yes please.

7. Favorite Meal Ever

Steak and a beet from my bachelor days.

8. Super Secret Talent

I can fold a fitted sheet like Martha Stewart.

9. Favorite bar, venu, or store

Being new to Minnesota, I’m still exploring. Any suggestions?

10. Favorite local beer

Anything from Fulton

11. Worst hairstyle you’ve ever had

17 year old Eric had a wicked undercut. The top was shoulder length, the sides and back were shaved down to the wood.

12. Do you have a blog, tumblr, or instagram that you’d like to share?

Perhaps in the near future. Stay tuned folks…..


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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