Go for a pop of color

Wearing a bold lip on your wedding day doesn’t have to be something to shy away from. Its an easy way to make a statement that can be classic and timeless if done properly. Here are some tips to pulling off a bold hue on your lips.
1. Keep the eyes rather simple and neutral. A neutral eye, simple liner and natural lashes will let your lips be front and center. It will look more timeless in photos as well.
2. Keep the skin fresh and clean. Its tempting to go with full contouring and highlighting but that can distract from a classic look. Luminous, glowing skin with only make you look fresh and awake ok your big day.
3. Opt for a matte finish over a glossy red lip. Glossy red lips can be more messy than a matte color. If applied correctly, a matte lip will act like a stain through the night and will require less touch ups.
4. The most important tip is to discuss it with your makeup artist at your trial. There are to many options for red or bold lips. Talk to them about what you are comfortable with and they will recommend the best option for you. What is bold for some is tame for others, so a trial is the perfect time to try on some different shades. Update your artist after wearing the lip color so they can get you the right shade for touch ups on your big day.
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2013 Wedding Trends by: Ashley Stone

Bridal Trends for 2013

Besides all the holiday excitement December is one of my favorite times of year. Wedding season has slowed down and it allows for some time to blog, write for some magazines and beauty sites and do some research for the trends hitting the runway for the next year. Bridal trends are no different than other must haves and must do’s throughout the year that are inspired by, fashion designers, celebs, and the go to hair stylists and make up artists in the industry. Every year the trends are a piece of something new and innovative mixed with a touch of something classic and sometimes vintage. The beauty of Bridal trends I find are most are timeless and regardless of what’s hot and what’s not, Brides seem to always find the perfect look that suits their style. My best advice is be inspired by what you see. Anything can be tweaked to suit your needs, your hair, or your face.

Trends seem to come about from what your favorite celebs wear on the red carpet to the runway. I find celebs and stylists also get inspired by the movies they are working on. The Gatsby will be hitting theaters in 2013 and those 1920’s styles will be hitting the aisle as well.
Vintage brides grow in popularity each year but to have so much inspiration tangible on the silver screen I expect to receive many requests for soft waves, pinup style sets, and birdcage veils. To really give yourself a different look, a faux bob can be created to give you that downstyle with the hair still off of your neck without much fuss. Here are some examples of the styles inspired by the 20’s

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If the styling from the 20’s is not your thing maybe you will get inspired by the accessories inspired by that era. Birdcage veils are always a classic piece to give that vintage touch but if you want to stray away from a veil, maybe flowers are a good option!  Headbands and fascinators can either be used for the bride or the bridal party as well.

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I personally love these looks and am always excited when they make it back to the top choices we see when we travel. Waves are a great style for short or long hair. It gives you the most out of your length. A spiral curl however will make your hair appear shorter. Waves can drop over time but still remain to give you that effortless look that is also big trend this season.
Who doesn’t want effortless looking beauty?

Going into a more modern and very popular look are braids! We’ve all seen some beautiful ways braids can be worn thanks to Pinterest! Waterfall braids are one of the most popular I get requested and I don’t see that changing. This technique of braiding can also give that halo effect a flower halo can give that will be popular but also look amazing with the texture of the waves. here are some photos of some of our own work that was requested most recently:

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Braids Can also be incorporated into an upstyle

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Low buns will be very popular with a clean finish. For a more simple look you can have your style more centered. For a more modern look and to create softness around the face, you can have a style more off to the side.

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Make Up  this season is also another timeless trend that I love to see. Softer nude looks with one focal point that gives a pop of color. This is a look I feel translates well on everyone whether you wear alot of make up or prefer something more simple. How you play up the eyes can really vary and can give a soft accented effect or a dramatic smokey effect. I was always told they are the window to your soul so what better day to play them up is on the day you marry your soulmate!

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Lashes are the ultimate way to add some drama.
Keep in mind, If you play up the eyes I would recommend a softer lip or nude lip. The key is too look fresh and flawless.
Smokey eyes are always a popular request but smokey with color? Yes! Smokey eyes can be done with color. It adds a beautiful effect to the eye and really makes them stand out.

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The nude lip really helps to not take away from that one focal point, the eyes!

If you don’t wear alot of eye make up then you can play them more natural and wear a bolder lip.

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No matter your choice or your taste the make up trend is a clean flawless look. Light contouring to enhance your features and a soft glow. You can have one focal point or just a clean soft pallete. Your choices should always be made with what you feel most comfortable with. I think these trends can satisfy any bride’s style and thats what I love as an artist. I love to have options for my clients that can be suitable for every girl. 2013 trends do just that! No matter your skin or hair texture, a timeless look is easily accessible and right on trend with what you see on TV and the magazines! Because who doesn’t want to look and feel like themselves and a celebrity on a day that all eyes are on you!

Hair Extensions

Let’s face it, sometimes having extra long, silky locks is something we all long for.  Whether you have short hair and just want to add some length or you have long hair and just want to add more body, Beauty Entourage has the professional staff to help you get the look you want with extensions. Fuller hair can make you look more feminine and if you have a special occassion coming up such as a wedding or a new career, it’s the perfect “Wow-factor” for your appearance.  From clip-ins, bonded, and pinned in- we can help you choose the best extensions for you.

Here are some recent clients that have gotten hair extensions.  Call today to learn more!

(860) 667-7722

{before&after Extensions}

{clip-in extensions}

{bonded hair extensions}

Veil or No Veil?

A lot of brides ask us if they should wear a veil or not on their wedding day.  The truth is, in a modern-day wedding, there are no rules with veils.  It is totally up to the bride and there is no right or wrong answer.  Since we see tons of brides throughout the year, we know that everyone has their own style and preference.  Maybe you do want a veil but want something more modern, we have seen it all!  You can also decide to make the veil as part of the ceremony and take it off for the reception.  Just let your hairdresser know what your choice is because veil or no veil- it’s an important part of your wedding day hairstyle.  Below are some options for everyone- veil-lovers or not! 🙂

{modern bride?  look at this gorgeous cage veil}

{not a lover of the veil? replace with a beautiful headpiece!}

{traditional bride but want to glam it up? Swarvorski crystals are your bff for veils}

A Cut Above the Rest

4 haircuts to try if you have long hair and want something new:

1.  A little past the shoulder and long, light layers.  The deep copper is also the perfect fall color

2. Add some eyelash grazing bangs like Lea Michele.

3. Long Bob.  Chic and classy & easy to maintain.

4. Medium length with lots of layers adds dimension & body.

Layered Hairstyles

Healthy Hair

Best hair tips for keeping your hair healthy from our experts at Salon Alexander and Beauty Entourage:

  • Use a heat protector to protect your hair from blow drying, straightening, and curling.  If you’re not protecting your hair from the heat of your hot tools, you’re likely killing your hair with heat damage. Many heat protectors lock in moisture, prevent heat damage, and seal the cuticle down giving the illusion of super shiny, healthy hair.  KMS makes a great leave in conditioner/heat protectant called “Quick Blow Dry”. Some more great heat protect products at Sebsatian “Trilliant” and Goldwell “Hot Form”.
  • Get a trim on monthly or at least every 8 weeks to avoid split ends & unhealthy hair.
  • Try deep conditioning your hair to maintain healthy tresses. Owner Ashley Stone recommends Penetrait Deep conditioner by Sebastian is one of my favorites.  Also, Schwarzkopf Q10 has an amazing shampoo, condition, and leave in spray that reconstructs the hair.  Using leave in conditioners will keep moisture in the hair, even in the older months the sun can be drying and damaging.
  • Use a sulfate free sodium chloride free shampoo and conditioner, clarify every once or two weeks to keep hair free of pollutants and product build up
  • Do not brush wet hair instead use a wide tooth comb. Hair stretches up to 50% when wet so try not to pull it or put it into a tight pony tail either.
  • Healthy diet: In order to have healthy hair, it is important to maintain healthy diet habits with lots of water, fruits and vegetables.

Provocations RAW Artists, Oct 4th

Please join us at the Russian Lady October 4th for an awesome night of true RAW artists around CT. Salon Alexander & Beauty Entourage owner, Ashley Stone will be featured and we are so excited to see her work featured.  Hope to see you all there!

You can get your tickets here for only $10:

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Color Me Pretty

Colored streaks are so fun!  If you are bold enough, stop in and let us color you! 🙂  here are some bold inspirations!

Also, if you want something more subtle and adorable; ENTIRE month of October, we do PINK FOR HOPE. $10 for a beautiful pink strand and 100% goes to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

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Color streaks

Maybe red streaks in the fall?Katy Perry! and Bad ASS hair!

WIN FREE HAIR SERVICES IN 2013

Salon Alexander is doing an awesome REFERRAL CONTEST from NOW until the end of the year!  Refer a friend, family member, Facebook friend, or anyone you know that may need a stylist- and you will get one entry per referral to win free hair services in 2013.  How awesome is that?  Not only will you have the best looking hair in 2013, your “refer-ee” will be happy with a new look as well from one of our talented stylists. Good luck every one!

Short & Sweet

Many women love to grow their hair out for that special event such as their wedding or a special event.  After having long hair for years, it can be very liberating to go with a trendy new cut.  A lot of our brides decide to do just that after their wedding and feel so fresh and light with their new style.  There are so many youthful & cute shorter haircuts that can improve and define your look.  Just contact us and one of our talented stylists will help you decide on your next look.

32 Fenn Road  Newington, CT 06111

(860) 667-7722

 Here are a few inspirations!

{above is an adorable haircut from Salon Alexander in Newington}

Cute haircut on Jessica Simpson

super cute haircut