Yuni: Yoga-Inspired Beauty

As someone who cannot survive without yoga, I was beyond excited when I heard about Yuni. Yuni is the first natural, sustainable, convenient, Yoga-inspired beauty brand. Yuni products are versatile, multi-tasking, time saving and enable yogis to potentially practice more often since having time to shower or the availability of shower facilities may be Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Travertine Spa

// // Terry Carter, CEO of Travertine Spa, is the ultimate dream chaser - he changed careers from corporate law to creating a luxury botanical brand. He's also a dear friend of mine who I adore. We’re giving away Travertine Spa's Eucalyptus & Cinnamon Steam Shower Spray and Herbaceous Alchemy Meditation Read more

My Top Five Beauty Products From Whole Foods

The only department in Whole Foods that I normally skip is the beauty department. It's true. I guess I've always just felt that the Whole Foods beauty department contained products that would be of little or no interest to me due to them smelling weird or my assumption that they were ineffective. Well we Read more

10 Year Blogiversary #Giveaway: Mischo Beauty

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-4557609382815411"; google_ad_slot = "7558438019"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 15; I am super excited to kick off our 10 year blogiversary month of giveaways with Mischo Beauty! I've known Kitiya since the beginning and I am Read more

10 Years Blogging 10 Giveaways

Dear 2005 self, launching A Girl's Gotta Spa! ® was your best idea yet. I still cannot believe that 10 years later, I'm still here. All thanks to you, our readers, both old and new. Instead of re-hashing all that I have learned in 10 years (because you can just read Read more


Celebrity Hairstylist Pearson Knight Recaps Fashion Week SS11 Hairstyle Trends

Maggie GraceMy week at Fashion Week started out with a bang! First was the largest fashion show ever, Fashion’s Night Out, and then the new location for the tents. I think moving the tents from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center threw everyone off a bit, but I thought it was a cool area with total upgraded work space. I was immediately thrown into a 12 hour day with 3 hours sleep on day 1. I had the pleasure of styling Maggie Grace’s hair so that she could attend Christian Siriano’s show. When I saw the Christian Siriano dress she had chosen to wear, I decided on a “lived in-last night’s upstyle” with some pieces falling out to framed her up. What can I say she is as sweet as she is beautiful. I enjoyed my time with her.

One of the many great shows was Jason Wu. I always enjoy working his shows with everyone. He seems to usually book some of my favorite friends like Pearson-Knight-Joan-SmallsJoan Smalls and Aline Weber. I think he is extremely talented and I really like his collections. We threw in a side part and brought everything to the back where pieces of fabric from his collection were twisted and braided into four sections. We then loosely brought them under themselves and pinned, creating a soft, clean look with unique elegance. It was a great show.

Milk Studios is so fresh and that’s where Suno was held. The hair was fun with a mixture of sleek and dry texture. We set the hair with Aveda Control Force and irons. We then built the back shape by twisting and looping sections back and forth pinning them on top of each other. The sides we brought back tight then secured in the back with Aveda’s Retexturing Gel Jason-Wu-hairstyles-SS11giving a wet sleek appearance with shine. Finally we loosely placed the top up and back in an “S” pattern with a rockabilly feel giving the look a lot of playfulness, like the collection, which I was into. This show was a lot of fun! Read more

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Review: Specialist Haircutters, Hamlin PA

Want to know the last time I got my hair cut? Sadly and embarrassingly enough, it was in January right before I jetted off to New York Fashion Week. Mainly due to time constraints and a busy schedule, but also because I complain that my area has no true professionals. Everyone seems to be a jack of all trades. Then I remembered Calvin Basil, a hair stylist that I went to see several years ago that did a really great job on my hair. So I made an appointment and finally found some time to sneak away from my 4 rugrats.

Calvin’s salon, Specialist Haircutters, is located in the plaza of a gas station and pizza shop–but looks can be deceiving and will teach you to not judge the salon simply due to its location. And in that respect, Calvin’s salon doesn’t look like your typical primping palace either. It is very artsy and has a modern feel to it.

Calvin has an impressive background–he was trained in Europe, New York and California. He’s worked for Vidal Sassoon and Clairol; he’s cut Truman Capote’s hair and helped style Jackie O’s hair, he’s also the creator of Physiognomy haircutting. And somehow he has settled here in my rural neck of the woods.

Watching him work through my extremely long hair was amazing. I remained very quiet while I watched him tediously measure and re-measure strand against strand, snipping and shearing my hair. He wondered out loud if my kids pulled on my hair and said, “They could swing from your hair it’s so long.” But I love my long hair and I don’t want to give it up in lieu of my monkey’s.

The best part? “That’ll be $25.” Did you just gasp? Because I sure did! Where on earth can you get an amazing hair cut for only $25?! Oh I know, Specialist Haircutters in Hamlin, PA. Should you be from the area and want to check it out, they are located in Kwik Joe’s Plaza on Route 590. So go get yourself an awesome haircut and tell Calvin you heard about it here!

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