Tuesday, September 20, 2016

3 Must-Do's This Fall!

By: Holly Stokes, Coordinator and Salon Super Hero

Holly here, one of Verde’s Salon Coordinators! As a coordinator, I get an excellent overview of trends in styles, appointments, new products, seasons, you name it! With that said, I have some really helpful suggestions for you to kick off Fall, and make the most of my favorite season! Despite being raised on the beach, there is nothing better than the cool crisp air, and wearing a comfy hoodie and boots! 

Indulge Your Senses 

As the season changes, I love the warm, comforting scents of Autumn. At Verde during October we are carrying Green Koala candles in Apple Harvest, Vanilla, and Pumpkin Soufflé (you literally will want to take a bite out of each). Did you know that all of our proceeds from the candles are donated to the APCSM animal shelter located in Brockton, MA to help off set the adoption fee for a loving family? Pick one up today and enjoy the refreshing aroma and the joy that fills your heart knowing you not only helped an animal find a home but helped a family find their newest best friend.

Pamper Your Hair and Skin

Along with the change in the  weather comes a change in our hair care regimen; we change up the color to be a little bit darker, we’re wearing it down, and we’re blow drying more often. I am constantly getting guests this time of year saying “I just want something new!” With those changes can come dryness and static. I absolutely love the Young Again Oil by KEVIN.MURPHY because it’s a weightless oil infused with immortelle oil which is an antioxidant to protect hair from heat and environmental damage. I use it on my hair when it’s damp and again when it’s dry to counteract the static electricity that inevitably comes along with the dry air and sweater weather. Our faces can start to feel a little parched after the come down of constant sunshine. Hydration Mist, from Glo Minerals, is not only an excellent makeup setter, but it's an awesome refreshing blast of moisture anytime you need it. Just mist and enjoy!

Book an Appointment… For Real

Not only are we competing with our inner desire to get the latest seasonal trends, we have endless Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Holiday parties. All crammed into, what, 10 weeks? Psh... That’s a lot of pressure to look good all season. Your best defense? Have those appointments booked! The holiday season is the most competitive for those slots with your favorite stylist, so go ahead and commit! It breaks my heart when I get those last minute frantic calls like “I can’t let my in-laws see my grey roots!” So don't get left out in the cold, book ‘em.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Meet Lyndsey, Verde's Featured Stylist for September!

For the Month of September we are featuring Lyndsey Cosgrove, one of Verde's newest talents. We are excited to share some of the things that make Lyndsey a fabulous stylist, and a fun team member!
Lyndsey taking a selfie with her favorite lip color, Pop!
Lyndsey basically entered this world wanting to style hair. Every doll she had as a child got cuts, curls, or braids. She also insisted her mom patiently put her hair in sponge rollers at night so she could wake up with the Shirley Temple curls of her dreams. As Lyndsey grew older, her passion for hair grew stronger. Her clients evolved from dolls to friends and family. Completing cosmetology school and passing the state board test in 2012 was the obvious next step! "Working in this industry I feel grateful that I go to work excited for the day and go home feeling happy and fulfilled" said Lyndsey about working as a stylist. 

As a stylist Lyndsey has amazing instinct. She has a talent for knowing not only what will look great on someone, but the best way to achieve each guests hair dreams. Lyndsey loves precision bobs, being trained at Vidal Sassoon in NYC, and beautiful dimensional colors, using various hand painting and foiling techniques. Her clients are loyal not only because of their beautiful cuts and colors, but for the fun and relaxed experience Lyndsey provides. Check out some of her favorite work!

In Lyndsey's own words:Q & A

1) Q. What is your favorite trend in 2016?
   A. Some of my favorite trends right now are anything 90's inspired. I love the modern twist on the clothes and hairstyles that were popular then. I also love that balayage seems here to stay for a while. I love playing with all the different variations of the technique.
2) Q. What would be your dream vacation?
  A. I would love to go to Thailand! I have never been to that side of the world and I would love to explore the history and the beautiful tropical areas.
3) Q. If you could only give one haircut the rest of your life, what would it be?  A. If I had to do one haircut for the rest of my career it would be a bob. There are so many different twists you can create with the classic style! 

Lyndsey had been hoping to make a switch to the Verde team since she heard about the eco-friendly color line and products, and unique and relaxed work environment. She said "I felt that the change would make a huge difference in my professional and personal life. And it has!" Moving forward in her career at Verde she hopes to become successful enough to buy a farm to fill with all her favorite animals! 
Lyndsey and her handsome BF of 7 years, Greg. 

Phoebe Cosgrove, the family's dog and accountant (J/K!)
We are so happy to have Lyndsey on the team and look forward to growing and learning together! 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Meet Shannon, Verde's Featured Stylist for August!

Shannon Long is Verde's featured stylist for the month of August and we can't wait to tell you all about her! Shannon is one of Verde's newest team members, starting this past July. She is a great fit for Verde not only because she is extremely talented, she's also a super nice awesome gal!

Shannon and her girlies at Kendra wedding

Shannon has been styling hair since 2009, and has loved it from the jump. She especially loves dimensional colors and beautiful bobs. Shannon's guests are crazy about her not only for their beautiful locks, but she is so sweet and easy to spend time with. She has had extensive education in coloring, cutting, and formal styling. Her eye for hair and fashion is obvious in her own stunning personal style. Check out some of her work!

Multi-tonal Bob
Blonde 'Lob' (Long Bob)
Long Layered Balayage
When she's not doing hair, Shannon loves to snuggle her fur baby, Harley, and spend time with her boyfriend, Chris. You can also find her walking at Blue Hills, going to the beach, or just being outside! Shannon also loves kicking back and watching a good movie. Classic faves like 'The Goonies' to silly rom-com's like 'Somethings Gotta Give' are some top picks.

Fun in the sun!

In Shannon's own words... Q&A!

1) Q: If you could style any celeb, who would it be and why?
A:Emma Stone, because she changes it up and can pull off a lot of looks. Plus, I think she would be a blast of a client! I would also love to style Sarah Jessica Parker because I think she has a strong look and owns it, and subtle changes on her make a huge difference.

2) Q: If you were going to be stuck on an island, what would be your must-have products?
A:I would have to have Hydrate.Me Wash and Rinse, Staying.Alive leave in conditioner, and Glo Minerals tinted primer for the 30 SPF!

3) Q: What would be your Spirit Animal?
A: I would say a bear, because they are hard working and humble, haha.

4) Q: Which Spice Girl would you be?
A: This was a hard one, LOL, I would say Posh Spice because she had good style and a straight forward classy attitude !

5) Q: Why is Verde the perfect home for you?
A:Verde is the perfect home for me because it practices what it preaches when it come to being eco friendly, fun, and professional. I totally believe in the products and color we use. Everything delivers as it says it will. The team is always happy and helpful. The owners truly care for you and the career and just want the best for you, which is rare to feel constantly. It's a great pleasure to be a part of the team.

In the future, Shannon hopes to marry her dream boat boyfriend and expand the family to give Harley a human sibling. She would love to expand her travel experience and get to South Africa, Ireland, Italy, and see more of America. Shannon plans to continue to learn and stay passionate about doing hair. She sees the Verde team growing old together (and so do we)!

Shannon and her Bestie (A.K.A Mom)

Shannon and Chris, SO CUTE ;)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Being Green: Small Changes, Big Impact!

By Taylor Galvin

“My role is small, but I’ll make a change”
-Dub Fx

I love to spend time outdoors.  Whether I’m swimming at the beach, walking in the woods with my dogs, or adventuring in the snow, experiencing nature is my favorite thing to do.  Anyone who knows me knows it breaks my heart to see all these places polluted with trash, majorly consisting of bottles, plastic bags, or some sort of packaging.  

Taylor and her pup enjoying nature all year long!

Landfills in the U.S. are filling up, leaving us with nowhere to put the trash that actually does make it to the dumpster.  A big percentage of this trash could be recycled or composted.  Trash is extremely harmful to all of us.  Not only does it take up space that we are living in, it also emits toxic gasses that we breathe, pollutes the water we drink, poisons the fish and animals we eat, and contaminates the land where we grow crops.  

I wish I could fix it in one easy step but I can’t!  BUT if everyone pitches in we can make a difference!  “My role is small, but I’ll make a change” are the inspiring words sung by the insanely talented street performer Dub Fx.  In the song "Love Someone," he creates a vision of peace and appreciation of the earth in the funkiest poetry performance I’ve ever seen! This particular line reminds me that even when I feel my individual actions are small, every effort to bettering the world counts. Check out his performance here!  https://youtu.be/UiInBOVHpO8

You know who else is funky and appreciates the earth..?  The Verde Girls!  My own daily practices to living green are avoiding plastics, driving my four-cylinder car and motorcycle, recycling, and using minimal electricity.  An easy way to make a significant different is to be as plastic free as you can be.  Here are some of Verde’s ways to execute these ideas:  

Taylor riding her motorcycle.

  • Reusable Bags- almost every grocery store you shop at has these for sale.  You can get a basic bag for as little as a dollar.  There are also insulated ones to keep food fresh.  Or spend a little more money and buy one that accentuates your own personal style! 
  • Reusable water bottles- The girls at Verde use refillable glass water bottles instead of plastic disposable ones.  Any reusable one is better than a disposable one.  We love the glass bottles from lifefactory.com. Having some sort of filtration system will save you money in the long run too!  Simpson spring is our ethical source of water that comes from a local spring in Easton, MA.  Find more out about Simpson Spring at www.simpsonspring.org
  • Buying products that come in biodegradable packaging.  The less packaging the better. Choosing cardboard or paper over plastic is also easier to recycle.
  • Buying in bulk- Fewer trips to the store saves gas and usually when you buy in bulk you get a better deal.

Verde's favorite reusable glass water bottles!
Did you know that in Massachusetts there is a ban on throwing away anything that can be recycled?  It is almost impossible to be enforced though.  Our neighbor Vermont is one of the nations top recyclers!  
Most local towns are now offering single stream recycling to their residents.  Other towns offer private recycling services for a small fee.  If you are unsure of how to go about this contact your town/city hall for more information or ask one of the Verde girls! In our home town of Braintree they post amazing info through the town. 

Braintree spreading the good word, no more plastic bags!

       At Verde we have an ongoing recycle program and anyone is welcome to drop of any hard to recycle packaging, such as aerosol can and cosmetic packaging. 
    Let’s be the beginning of an awesome movement to clean up this earth! No effort is too small to make a change.  Every bit of living eco-consious helps.  Thank you for picking Verde and helping us in our mission to reduce waste and energy!

About the author: Taylor truly is one of the most conscientious women we have had the pleasure of working with. Not only will she go out of her way to pick up random litter, but she will make efforts to save bees who have made their way indoors. She truly makes the Verde team proud with her earth loving ways.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Perfect Summertime Makeup and Hair Products!

By: Tia Tocci

The summer months are finally upon us and for many people that means beach days, hours by the pool, and many other outdoor activities. We definitely deserve some fun in the sun after a long winter! However, a few things we need to consider are that prolonged sun exposure, sea salt, and chlorine can be damaging to our hair and skin. Luckily, KEVIN.MURPHY hair care products and Glo Minerals makeup have got you covered to keep your hair and skin healthy and stylish through the warm summer months. 

Sun Care for Your Hair!
KEVIN.MURPHY BODY.BUILDER volumizing mousse and MOTION.LOTION curl enhancing lotion both have UV protection and sun screens to help protect your hair. These products are great to apply before sunbathing to prevent your color from fading. 

Effortless Summer Hair Style!
For perfect beachy texture, KM's HAIR.RESORT comes in a gel or spray form and has a delicious coconut scent to complete your day at the beach look. Scrunch HAIR.RESORT into damp or dry hair for the ultimate surfer waves!

Keep Your Hair Fresh!
If you're spending plenty of time in the pool, KM's MAXI.WASH and BORN.AGAIN treatment are perfect to add to your routine. MAXI.WASH will detox any harsh chemical build up from the pool and BORN.AGAIN treatment will restore moisture the pool and sun have taken from your hair. No matter what your plans are this summer, a leave in conditioner like UN.TANGLED or STAYING.ALIVE are the perfect way to keep your hair healthy and hydrated during the dry summer months.

Face Protection with Triple Duty!
Protecting our skin from the sun is extremely important when we're out enjoying the warm weather. Glo Minerals has the best tinted primer to wear during the summer. It's light, silky smooth with a matte finish, and has SPF 30. It comes in 4 blend-able shades. Finished off with the perfecting powder or a pressed powder foundation for a little more coverage is the perfect combo for a day in the sunshine. 

Get the Color without the Damage! 
Dust on a Sunkiss Bronzer or Sunlight Bronzer for a natural, guilt-free summer glow. These beautiful pressed powder bronzers add just a touch of luminescence to make you look like a healthy tan goddess! 

Protect Your Smoocher, Too!
Glo Minerals Mint lip balm has SPF 15 to keep your lips protected, plump, and hydrated. This oversized lip balm is a must have in any beach bag!

I hope with these simple tips and tricks you'll surely look and feel your best, beautiful self this summer! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wedding Makeup Tips and Favorites Spring 2016

by Sandra Silva of Verde's Wedding Team

Wedding season is upon us, such a joyous time for our brides, grooms, and their family and friends. I absolutely love to make their day as special, easy going, and of course as beautiful as possible. Here are some tips for gorgeous skin and a list of my favorite Glo Mineral Makeup products for flawless long lasting bridal beauty.

Pre-Wedding Skin Tips
With winter behind us and Spring upon us, our skin changes with the different temps and moisture levels. Our skin is our largest organ and should be treated as such. These tips will help your skin look hydrated and nourished for your big day.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water. I mean seriously, more than you think. Add some fruit or mint to spice it up if you need to, but guzzle it down. Hydrated skin is more supple and less flaky. Avoiding too much salt and alcohol will help you stay hydrated as well.
  • Avoid Hot Showers: As good as it feels, it doesn't do your skin any favors. It will strip your skin of natural moisture and if you have rosacea it can enflame redness. 
  • Lotion Up: I can't say this enough. Moisturizer is your best friend, day and night. After a shower when your skin is damp is a great time for better absorption. A product with hyaluronic acid retains moisture up to 1,000 times better and is amazing for your skin. 
  • SPF... For Real: We all know it's important so I will spare you the medical scare tactics here. Before your big day the less sun spots and blotchiness, the better. Don't forget to protect your back, shoulders, and chest. I can't even tell you how many tan lines I have tried to fix on a wedding day. Keep your skin protected and I promise I will bring my bronzer! 
Favorite Makeup Products
Now on to some of my favorite makeup products for a wedding day. I work with Glo Minerals exclusively for event makeup. Glo has exceptional coverage that is long lasting and HD ready. It's also amazing for sensitive skin and nourishes and protects. Here are my tops picks! (All product titles are linked to item on Gloprofessional.com)

  • Tinted Primer SPF 30: This glides on beautifully and can be worn alone or under your favorite foundation. This helps hold your makeup on, smooth fine lines, and color balances your complexion. 
  • Luxe Liquid Foundation: This is my new favorite! Luxe is formulated with finely ground diamond powder and creates a soft glow radiance. This goes on beautifully and give a full flawless coverage. 
  • Perfecting Powder: For anyone on the oily side, this is a must. This not only sets the makeup for long wear, but has amazing oil and shine absorbency. 
  • Contour Kits: By far the best contour kit I've used. This kit comes in light and dark and each one has 4 shades, 2 for contouring, 2 for highlighting. The colors are perfect for creating dimension and enhancing features. These neutral shades are multipurpose, helping to create timeless photos on your big day.
  • Cream Glaze Crayons: These creamy glaze sticks have beautiful pigments and are long lasting. They hydrate and feel luxurious on your lips. The crayon applicator makes them a breeze for touch-ups. 
*A note from Ashley, Verde's co-owner: "We are so lucky to have Sandra on Verde's wedding team. She has been an esthetician and makeup artist for 15 years. As a mother of a 5 year old boy and a 1 year old girl she treasures her time at home with her family. Sandra said she feels blessed to be part of Verde's team where she can continue her passion of bridal beauty."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Verde Girls Give Back! By Sophia Abi-Kheirs

How often do you think about giving back or paying it forward? It seems the only time we're really reminded to think about this is during the Christmas season. A very special friend of mine left me with a simple reminder: pay it forward everyday. It’s very simple. It’s as simple as holding the door for someone, leaving a couple dollars for the next person in the drive through, walking a dog at a local shelter, washing the dishes, helping a neighbor with yard work, or just simply smiling at someone. This is something the Verde team and I really take to heart, and I will challenge you to do the same. 

During the month of April, at Verde Salon, we celebrate Earth Month. As I’m sure most of you know, Verde ladies love saving the Earth!This is a great time to shine a light on the small changes everyone can make to make a big difference. I am so fortunate to be part of a business that loves to support other local businesses, partners with responsible and sustainable companies, and tries everyday to make their surroundings better than they found it. 

KEVIN.MURPHY, our favorite and carried hair care line, does an amazing job of giving back. KEVIN.MURPHY is a partner in the Climate Reality Project, an organization that raises money, heightens awareness, and does their best to combat the effects of climate change. Climate change is a huge problem right now. Carbon pollution is warming our planet and in turn, is creating crazy weather patterns like drought, flooding, wildfires, and superstorms. We need to create a sustainable and prosperous future we can all live in. That is why, in honor of Earth Day, Kevin Murphy will make a donation to the Al Gore Climate Reality Project for every aerosol-can purchase. KEVIN.MUPHY also works with other amazing organizations who are giving back in a huge way such as Peta, Green.Salon, Culture is Life, and Green Circle Salon. Partnering with KEVIN.MURPHY is another way in which we are giving back. 

This year Verde proudly became a Green Circle Salon member. This amazing company allows us to recycle all the items that would normally end up in a land fill, such as hair clippings, color tubes, used color foil, aerosol cans, and excess color and bleach. Green Circle Salons takes all this waste and turns it into clean water, clean energy, and hair booms used to naturally clean oil spills. Talk about giving back! They are literally turning this waste into amazing environmental contributions. 

Can you imagine life without water? In the past, Verde has raised money for Global Water, a company that helps provide water for under privileged villages. While most of us living in the United States don’t have to worry about water scarcity, there are many places in the world where water is not readily available. These fundraisers were an excellent eye opener to really take notice to how difficult even the most basic needs can be for some less fortunate. Thanks to everyone's donations we were able to help a community raise money to provide water. Sometimes paying it forward is contributing to someone who could never pay it back. 

I knew Verde was going to stand behind their mission of giving back when my first month of being on the floor, Verde let me donate all of my haircut costs to the Wounded Warrior Project. I’m sure we all know someone that is a part of the military and who has sacrificed a lot for our freedom. These donations were very special to me, so thank you to all of those who donated, you all helped me pay it back to those who sacrifice everyday! 

Paying it forward isn’t all about donating money or who has the most money to give away, its about helping each other. One thing I love about Verde is that we love supporting local businesses. Supporting small, responsible businesses makes a huge difference. We get our water from Simpson Spring in Easton, MA. Simpson Spring is the oldest independent bottling plant in the US. They are small, family owned, and provide the best quality water and hand crafted sodas. They also carry awesome local products in their store such as Ruuska Pickles from Plymouth and Chica De Gayo artisan salsa and guacamole from Jamaica Plain . I think its important for us to be supporting local business. You would be surprised by the hidden gems you will find by doing that! I have been inspired to seek out small local companies. This helps the local economy, builds community, and is environmentally sustainable. 

What I want us all to take away from this is that it doesn’t matter how big or how small we give back. It’s about helping each other out. And who doesn't feel great helping out someone in need? It's honestly contagious. It makes them feel good, and you feel great! I choose to follow my passion in hair dressing because I truly love making women and men feel their absolute best inside and out. I think we can all agree that there is no better feeling than knowing you just made someones day a little brighter. The Verde team will continue to find new ways to give back and pay it forward.

This meaningful blog was written by Sophia Abi-Kheirs, one of our passionate stylists.