Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Parlor: A Beauty Bar {Easy Hair Styles for Sweater Weather}

Don't you just love the way your hair feels when you leave the salon?!? That perfect amount of volume and bounce from a flawless blow dry. I can never get that same feeling when I dry out my own hair at home. Sometimes I just want my hair to have that refreshing feeling in between cut and color appointments and that is where Parlor: A Beauty Bar comes in! You may have seen this gorgeous salon at their first location on the Country Club Plaza and now they have just opened a second location at Town Center! Parlor is Kansas City's first blow dry and beauty bar. There is no color or cutting,  just shampoo, blow dry, and styling. If you are headed out for a night out with your  girlfriends get your makeup touched up too at the beauty bar!

Here is a list of the great styles you can choose from {Parlor Picks}

I stopped into the new location to have some fun with Kenya, one of the fabulous Parlor Stylists! We wanted to create some looks that would be perfect for sweater weather. I know it isn't quite cold enough yet to pull on our knits and cowl necks but I thought I would get you thinking about some fun things you can do and some ideas to start practicing now. One thing I absolutely can't stand is when my hair gets stuck in the neck of my sweater or even worse gets that awful static cling! NO THANKS! I'm always looking for cute ways to keep my hair up and out of the way.

We started out by giving my hair an all over wavy curl for texture and hold with a 1" curling iron. I have pretty thin hair, so I like to put a little bit of wave in it to give it some body. 

The products Kenya used on my hair were amazing! Have you tried the Living Proof line yet? If you haven't, pick up the root boosting Amp Instant Texture Volumizer! It was amazing and made my hair have an instant lift without feeling sticky and weighed down. I loved it!

For the first look Kenya pulled my hair back into a messy bun using a clear elastic band and left the top section of my hair out. She then teased the roots of the top section of my hair creating some volume on top of my head. Next, she pulled back pieces from the top and bobby pinned them into my messy bun. This created a soft pulled back look without too much effort.

She left a section on the side of my part to braid along the side of my head that would be tucked into the messy bun. She created a french braid by starting the braid as usual and then gradually pulled in more pieces as she went along. This kept the braid thick and close to my head. 

And there you go!! An effortless but polished looking up-do that will keep your hair out of your neckline.

Fall 2014 is all about soft hair and dewy skin. For a next day look, pull your hair out of your messy bun and you will have wavy body and curls left for a half up, half down look.

For the next style, we pulled my hair into a low side pony tail with those pretty waves flowing over my shoulder.

 For a more pulled up look, take pieces from your pony tail and pin them up into the center of your ponytail criss-crossing and weaving the pieces across one another to create a weaved and pretty pinned up look.

Another look that is always classic and glam is pulling back one whole side of your hair and leaving the other side very full and wavy.

After we had some fun with my hair, I checked out the fabulous makeup bar! The lipstick shades were endless and all so gorgeous! I am a lipstick girl for sure! I love to change up my lip colors with the seasons and always love experimenting with new colors!

I wish I owned every shade!

I ended up going with a color called "Adele" to match my glam hair style. I had an amazing time with the ladies at Parlor and can't wait to go back! They took amazing care of me and I had a blast! 

For more information on Parlor visit their website {HERE}
and don't forget to connect on social media @ParlorKC

This post was sponsored by Parlor: A Beauty Bar. All opinions are my own. 



  1. I have been dying to try Parlor and now you've made want to reach for the phone to make an appointment! I love all the looks! Can't wait to try out some for myself!

    1. You should go and check it out! It's so fun and the girls are so nice! I want to go again soon :)

  2. How awesome! I love all of the hairstyles you showcased, too! :-) Beautiful!

    Kelly | What Love Does

  3. How FUN!!! I totally want to try this the next time we are in KC! :)

    1. Jessie you would love it! It's so much fun! Next time you are in town we should go!


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