From Summer Swell to Fall Fabulous!

Fall is coming, and that means so is your new Fall look! We have two things to consider in regards to your hair, 1) How are we going to get your hair back in shape? and 2) What is my fab new fall hair style? Have no fear, I have the answers for you! 

While the summer is slowly starting to wind down, our hair has probably seen chlorine and salt water often! Which means you had a great summer, but it also means you probably haven't been treating your hair with the love it deserves. By the end of the season hair usually feels a bit dry and damaged. My go to products to get my hair back to life and feeling instantly better is our Kevin.Murphy repair me line: wash and rinse! 

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Our REPAIR-ME.WASH and RINSE nourishes and restores while reconstructing and replenishing the hair. The Papain enzyme found in REPAIR-ME.WASH and RINSE is derived from the papaya fruit when it is green and not quite fully ripened. In hair care products, the Papain acts as both an antioxidant and an exfoliant, which means REPAIR-ME.WASH and RINSE not only nourish and restore the hair, they also remove impurities from the hair for a better cleanse. In addition, Papain aids in smoothing the hair. Another powerful ingredient found in REPAIR-ME.WASH and RINSE is Bromelain. This enzyme is derived from pineapple fruit and stems, where most of the Bromelain can be found in the stems. In REPAIR-ME.WASH and RINSE, Papain and Bromelain work together with a blend of other ingredients including Green Pea Protein and Shea Butter to deliver a powerful dose of antioxidants while nourishing, restoring, and strengthening the hair, resulting in optimal shine and manageability. 

*These are the amazing trends that come to us right from Kemon hair colour, in Italy. 

*These are the amazing trends that come to us right from Kemon hair colour, in Italy. 

It's that time again, we are dreaming about pumpkin spice lattes and rich auburn hair color.  Time to think of reinventing your hair. With the change of season we usually like change in other parts of our lives, like changing your look. Whether it's a new cut, color, or event just a new part!

We are seeing two awesome trends coming out for fall: 1) 80's inspired bold colors and strong geometric shapes and 2) soft, feminine looks with muted shades and layered textures. 

In fashion there will be a lot of color blocking and vibrancy. This can be transferred into hair ideas as well! Color blocking and peekaboo to name a couple. Mixing very loud and worldly patterns will also be a new look. Here the hair can be simple so the outfit gets all the likes! Along the lines of undone styles is this 'wet' look that will be popular as well! It's a fun way to have more of a polished yet lived-in look. Also consider super cool gender-neutral cuts and shapes.

A very different, but equally awesome trend is soft, natural texture, livedin looks- whether it's the cut, color or both making this happen! Think neutral and muted tones with soft rose-golds in a romantic vintage-y way. Channel your inner Gwyneth Paltrow (thanks Kate!).  

So find your inspiration this fall and swing on by Verde for a look thats perfectly you!

Photo credit: kemon italian touch

Photo credit: kemon italian touch

Oscar de la renta 2018 resort collection

Oscar de la renta 2018 resort collection

Crazy For Kevin (Murphy)!

I like to consider myself a high fashion hippie. My passion for the planet comes through in everything I do. Long before Verde I single handedly recycled as much as I could at previous salons. About ten years ago I once cried when a stack of magazines I put together to recycle was thrown into a dumpster. (True story). Another personal conflict I encountered was selling and using products that I did not feel enthusiasm for. Until one day Verde met Kevin Murphy and the rest is history. But just in case you haven't heard about our relationship with KM, let me explain to you why we Love the brand, the products, and the man himself so much! 

It was a match made in heaven! How did we not know about Kevin!? It all started with a test kit that our former representative brought in for us to try. Ashley, Deanna, and I were instantly hooked. After our romance with Kevin Murphy products we decided we had to break it off with our former hair affair. Verde and Kevin Murphy have been exclusive ever since. 

Bringing Kevin Murphy into your everyday routine is such an experience! The sulfate/paraben free shampoos all have magical essential oils in them! Lavender, tea tree, patchouli, and rose-hip are a few of Kevin's favorites. He also adds ingredients that will actually improve the health of your hair over time. Kevin likes to call his products "skincare for your hair." 

 Still searching for your perfect Kevin Murphy product? On the Kevin Murphy website you can find your true love too! Just answer a few questions about your hair and everyday routine! 

http://kevinmurphy.com.au/allaboutyou/

Not only are KM products fabulous but we also support the brand's ethics. Kevin Murphy has an actual Green Team that is comprised of "eco-minded individuals" who are always coming up with new ways to lessen the carbon footprint of the company. Most of KM products are made in facilities that actually have a carbon footprint of zero! The packaging is recyclable and some of it is made from recycled water bottles. Even the square shape of the packaging is more eco-friendly. Square products make it easier for shipping. KM pucks can be rinsed out and used again as a personal container. All of the natural, sustainable ingredients found in the products are harvested in a way that won't harm the environment. 

Kevin Murphy also has a couple mutual friends of Verde. KM is partnered with Eco-Heads and Green Circle Salon to continue decreasing the impact on the environment. Eco-Heads are the brand new nozzles we just put at all our shampoo basins. We now use 65% less water on a wash than before. Green Circle Salon helps salons recycle items that we cannot such as excess color, color tubes, used foils, and hair clippings. Right now YOUR hair is being turned into a synthetic plastic at Virginia Tech all thanks to Green Circle! Visit their websites to learn more!

https://www.greencirclesalons.ca

http://ecoheads.com.au/shower-head

The brand also is PETA certified which means absolutely no harm to animals is involved with its production. Products are tested on humans only! They also donate to Culture Is Life which is a non-profit organization that helps Aboriginal Australian teens that struggle trying to fit into modern day society. 

http://www.cultureislife.org

You've heard about the products and the brand, but what about the man behind it all? Kevin Murphy is an editorial stylist. From fashion shows to cover shoots he is usually globe trotting with models. In between he finds time to attend Al Gore's climate change meetings. Since 2011 when he attended The Climate Reality Change in Jakarta he has taken on the role of relaying the importance of climate change and solutions to hairdressers worldwide. Fun fact, he's a lefty like me! :) 

These are a just a handful of reasons why The Verde Girls are head over heels for KM! It feels amazing to buy a product and know that you are helping make this world a better place in so many ways! For more information on Kevin Murphy visit the website or you can always ask one of us! 

http://kevinmurphy.com.au

Benefits of Brow Shaping!

by: Samantha Snowdale 

 

@Samanthasnowdalestylist

 

Sculpted brows are so on trend right now and I'm loving the attention women are giving their oh-so-important brows these days! 

 

I've always paid close attention to my brows since I have such fair skin and light hair color. Without shaping and adding a little makeup to my brows they are virtually non existent! I personally love to use a brow powder with a thin angled brush to start, Glo Minerals Brow Powder Duo is my favorite, to sculpt and fill in any sparse areas using small light strokes to help give a more natural hairlike effect. Then I finish with clear Glo Minerals Brow Gel to hold all the hairs in place, giving my brows a flawless finish! It's such a quick and easy way to help this busy mom on-the-go feel a little more put together!

 

 

After helping many clients over the years sculpt the perfect brow I highly recommend seeing a professional for all your brow needs. I've seen too many woman with over-tweezed skinny brows from at home grooming. Not only is this not the “in look” right now, sometimes they don't grow back! To see the power of properly sized brows, check out this article!

 

 

Adele's eyebrows before and after, what a difference!?

 

There are many ways to tame your brows. Waxing is the most common, and probably least expensive. At Verde salon we use a hard wax, as it is very gentle on the skin. Other popular techniques are tweezing and threading. Either way, chances are once you shape then add a little sculpting with your favorite brow product you will be looking fabulous! 

 

 

 

Most importantly, your eyebrows show emotion.  From the mouth of babes- my own four year old said to me one day "look mommy I have eyebrows, that means I'm mad!" 😂 At four years old he's already noticing how eyebrows help express how we feel! So why not have the perfect brow to not only help us look polished and more awake, but to help express how we are feeling!

 

When brows are sculpted properly they can help soften your facial features, bring out your eyes, and give you a more youthful appearance. Great news… getting a brow shaping is a much more inexpensive way to look and feel like you've had an eye lift! 

 

Even if you prefer a more natural look to your brows, a small amount of grooming to those few stray hairs will drastically improve the balance and symmetry to your face and brighten up your entire look!

 

And ladies this isn't just for you... Pass along the benefits of brow shaping to your husbands, boyfriends, or any guy in your life!  A little eyebrow grooming on a male can mean the difference between a scruffy looking guy and a well-groomed man. 

 

 

So next time you are at Verde please ask your stylist to show you our Glo Minerals brow products or ask for an eyebrow wax-shaping! 

 

DIY Pallet Wood Wall!

 Hey there! Here at Verde Earth Friendly Salon we have a wood wall that we made ourselves. Recycling is a big part of our business so we were thrilled to get to breath new life into sad forgotten wood! We get a lot of compliments on it and people ask how we did it. I'm going to take some time to walk you through our pallet wall journey. I will say upfront this was probably not the most professional job, but we think it turned out great!

 First thing we did was collect a bunch of palettes. Deanna's aunt works at a store which happened to have a whole bunch of them up for grabs. The great thing was some of them were very old and some of them were new so there was a lot of variation in color on the different pieces of wood. 

 After this was maybe the hardest part, separating the pieces of wood from each other. Because some of these are old the nails or quite rusted and in bedded in the wood. Also the wood gets super fragile. Deanna worked her butt off and got this all done, on a 97 degree day mind you. Some pieces could be pulled apart by hand while others needed the help of a handsaw.  After a lot of work and one nail in the foot we got a whole mess of wood to work with. 

 The next step is where a little math came in. I organized all of the piles of wood by height so they would lineup in a row together. I then measured the dimensions of the wall to figure out how much square footage of what we would need. With that number I started to arrange my rows of pallet wood. I actually arranged it  on the floor first to make sure I liked the color layout.  Also some of the wood was pretty scuzzy so I gave it a spray with a disinfectant cleaner and a light sanding. Just to make sure there's no mold or weird things! 

 Once the wood was all organized and ready to go we started to write in on the wall.  Here is where you have some options on prepping. These are things we did not do but I sought on other DIY blogs and  they seem like a great idea. To prep your wall you can either a, paint it black or brown so the white doesn't shine through. Because the wood is so irregular it's virtually impossible to get a tight fit everywhere. This way you would never notice the wall behind. Be, if you plan on doing any weight bearing on the wall I would  suggest angering plywood to the wall in the studs.  You can create a really strong base to screw your pallets into if you use plywood first.  We knew we were not hanging anything heavy, just a simple sign, from the wall so we skipped this step. 

 Next step was to start applying! We decided to start at the bottom and also start at the edge .  This way we made minimal cuts to the pallet wood. We basically just need to cut each end piece on the right-hand side.  We used 3 to 4 inch sheet rock screws and screwed the wood right into the wall. Pretty simple!

Once finished we found this great sign on Etsy for cheap! We just sent them our logo and they cut metal and painted it for us. 

And bonus, with the left over pallet wood we made these cool shampoo shelves!

We are so happy with our wall and we wish you luck building your own! 

6 Amazing Small Businesses in MA

By Deanna Murphy

As a small business owner, I am proud of who I choose to support and do business with.  So when we started our journey of molding our salon I was more than thrilled to find some local businesses to team up with. I'd like to highlight some of my favorites!


1. Jarmak Wood- Oxford, Massachusetts
We found this super cool company as we were searching for the perfect reclaimed wood.  Jarmak collects timbres, beams, and flooring from historical buildings that are between 200 and 500 years old!  Being able to work with them was such a cool experience and their warehouse and lumberyard in Oxford are unbelievable. Our beautiful wood retail shelves are made from reclaimed floorboards from an old school house in Edgartown Martha's Vineyard, thanks to Jarmak.


2. Restored Salvage- Hopedale, Massachusetts
Design has always been such a  huge part of my life, just ask my dad who graciously painted my  bedroom walls black and ceiling navy during my teenage years. Yikes!  Once I heard of this store I was so excited to check it out!  One beautiful wooden  bench and two metal storage bureaus later, I was in love with this place! They have everything from old navy shipyard crates to handmade metal furniture.  For anyone with a love for recycled items or reclaimed vintage flare this place is a must!

3. Simpson Spring- Easton, Massachusetts
I am always looking for ways to improve what I eat and drink so finding Simpson Spring in Easton was like winning the lottery! Simpson spring is family owned and operated. Their facility is gorgeous with old wood beams, an original lab where the famous natural soda was created, and of course the spring where they source the water. The spring itself dates back to 6000 BC. They leave all the natural minerals in the water giving it it's undeniably great taste. They also have the water available in glass jugs and glass bottles which is great for someone like me who is trying to remove plastic from their life!

4. Baking with Joy- Rockland, Massachusetts
No who doesn't love treats?! This girl definitely does! Baking with Joy in Rockland makes everything fresh with no preservatives and they also have a gluten-free section! Being of Swedish descent, my favorite treat they make is the Swedish almond cake. It literally melts in your mouth  with a sweet almond taste that fills you with joy, no pun intended! I bring this to almost every event I go to and everyone always asks where this delicious cake is from. Stop in for a treat and you won't be disappointed!

5. Animal Protection Center of Southern Massachusetts- Brockton, Massachusetts
Dogs!  Where do I begin for my love of dogs?!  Since the beginning, Verde has been a huge supporter of the APCSM in Brockton. Our relationship with them started when I used to run a pitbull rescue. It had just turned over from the MSPCA to the APCSM and seeing all the hard work and dedication the staff and volunteers put in to help these animals made me so excited to work with them. One way we help out with this organization is every time we purchase on Amazon we shop AmazonSmile and select Animal Protection Center of Southern Massachusetts and a percent of the sales goes to help the shelter! The biggest way we help support the APCSM is our ongoing fundraiser of candle sales in the salon. We donate 100% of the proceeds right to the shelter. And where do we get these candles? Thats right, they are local from Green Koala!


6. Green Koala- Marshfield, Massachusetts
We love having Green Koala soy candles for sale at Verde, and we always have our flavors of the month burning making the salon smell amazing. This super cute small business sell candles, soaps, lotion, lip balms, and more! They use all natural ingredients and nice essential oils.