SOS! Summer Beauty Emergencies, Solved.

Did you have a little too much fun in the sun? Is summer’s heat and humidity making your hair poof like crazy? While summer weather is amazing, it can come with its fair share of beauty emergencies.


Summer heat can really up your oil production, especially if your skin is oilier by nature. Try Botanical Kinetics Purifying Gel Cleanser to gently remove oil and impurities when you cleanse, and use the Oil Control Lotion to help absorb any surface oils instantly while still hydrating skin. To reduce excess oil during the day, try blotting papers or spritz your face with Botanical Kinetics Toning Spray to balance and refresh your skin. It feels great on a hot day too — we always recommend keeping it in the fridge to really cool things down when the temp skyrockets.


If your skin feels dry and hot, cool down with the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque. It feels amazing when you leave it in the fridge overnight and apply it to warm skin the next day. Rosewater helps tone and refresh, while sodium hyaluronate, which is a sugar-derived humectant, helps to deliver essential hydration to thirsty skin. The masque hydrates and cools your summer skin, so make it a weekly habit!


If you notice your makeup is dripping down your face on hot days, switch from a liquid formula to a powder. Our Global Artistic Director for Makeup Janell Geason recommends keeping pressed powder on hand when you know you’re going to be sweating, as well as blotting papers and Toning Mist.


For anyone with waves, curls or frizz-prone hair, humidity can be a real pain for your hair. If you like to wear your hair sleek and straight, prep with Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother to help defend against humidity for up to 12 hours, and pair it with the Glossing Straightener or Naturally Straight. If you like to airdry, the Nourishing Styling Crème will smooth hair and add moisture while locking out frizz.


If you’ve got curls or waves, you can use Be Curly Curl Enhancer and Nourishing Styling Crème together when air-drying to define waves and curls while reducing frizz, or use Be Curly Style-Prep and Curl Enhancer before diffusing your hair. Control Force will also keep your hair, well, under control during humidity, so use a few spritzes as a finishing touch and say bye to frizz.


Hey, it happens. If you’ve noticed your Aveda color is fading faster than a summer sunset, protect it every time you shampoo with Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner. Sun Care Protective Hair Veil protects hair from sun exposure to minimize damage and dryness, and it’s the perfect size for your beach bag.


Long days in the sun and surf can make your hair thirsty. We love using the Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque to moisturize hair with the help of plant oils, and it doesn’t hurt to toss a Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil into your beach bag to moisturize during the day. If your hair really needs help, visit your favorite Aveda salon for a conditioning Botanical Therapy treatment, or try using the Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque once a week to intensely moisturize your hair.


If your feet are in need of some TLC this summer, treat them to Foot Relief! (You can even add a little Cooling Oil for extra refreshment.) Use it overnight with socks, or simply make it a habit once a day to moisturize your skin and get your soles in shape for sandal season.




Shower Filters for Improved Hair and Skin

Many people aren’t aware of this but the water we shower in daily can have some pretty negative effects on our hair and bodies. Itchy, irritated skin, weak hair, and even hair loss. Add in the fact that hard water also affects hair color and it’s even more of an annoyance. Luckily there is a solution to this problem, an inexpensive shower filter that you can easily install yourself! Just like we like to filter the water we drink, many people benefit from filtering the water that is touching our skin and hair.

Various studies have shown that weak hair and itchy dry skin can be a result of the water that we shower in. What is it in our water that causes this? Heavy metals (think mercury and lead) and disinfectants such as chlorine. There is also potential for bacteria and pesticides to enter your water supply.  Shower filters can give you noticeably better shower experience even after the first time, just read the reviews of the recommended filters below. 

Recommended Shower Filters

Aquabliss High Output Universal Shower Filter– This filter has top ratings and reviews. It Removes Chlorine, heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, chromium), bacteria, pesticides, and inhibits the growth of scale, algae, fungi, and mold.

Aquasana AQ-4100– The filter offers double filtration with coconut shell carbon and KDF copper/zinc media – a combination applied in many advanced household water filters to get rid of chlorine, heavy metals like lead, mercury etc. and other volatile organic compounds from your tap water.

Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mounted Filtered Shower Head-Includes WHR-140 filter cartridge: WHR-140 filters sulfur odor, chlorine, and scale for a full 10,000 gallons or 6 months giving softer, cleaner skin and hair



The 7 Best Shower Filters of 2018 – Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

Hair and Face Prep for the Bridal Party

Wedding hair and makeup are our specialty and we often get asked how the bridal party should have their hair before we arrive. Freshly washed? A few days post shampoo? Wet? Dry? Here is a rundown of what we prefer for the day of the i do’s. 

Q: Should I was my hair the day of the wedding or a few days prior?

We prefer hair to be (mostly) clean. Try and wash your hair either the night or morning before your appointment. We don’t want to have to fight with the products you’ve been layering on for a few days, it can make for a frizzy mess. A bit of light mousse or hairspray is totally fine. We can make your hair “dirty” with our products.

Q: Should my hair be wet or dry?

It depends. If you are having a traditional updo or curled style then dry is always best (additional charges may apply if we have to take the time to dry it beforehand). If you are having a blowout at the salon we will wash it for you, however if we are working onsite we will need you to wash it yourself and arrive with it wet. If you do apply product before or after blowdrying, please use only a light mousse or hairspray. Do not using anything stiff or greasy.

Q: How should I care for my hair in the months before my wedding?

We always recommend keeping your hair its healthiest, that means regular trims and deep conditioning at least once a week.

Q: How long before the big day should I have my hair colored.

Hair grows on average about a half-inch a month, to look the freshest please have your color or highlights retouched no longer than 2 weeks before. 

Q: How should I prepare my face for makeup?

A clean face is preferred and will hold makeup the best. We have all of the product we need to prep for and finish your look. You will only need lipstick to retouch with throughout the day or evening which can be brought by you or purchased from our salon (if we are working on location we will not have retail colors available so please purchase during your trial). 


Leanne + Sean

Leanne was not our typical bride who books her hair trial months before her wedding day, she came in the day before her wedding (smart actually!) with loads of hair and wishes for an upstyle to last through the night. She ended up with exactly what she wanted. Check out the photo of the veil being airlifted during her ceremony, not only did her veil hold securely, there was not a hair out of place afterward! We loved working with Leanne and her bridesmaids, I think it’s safe to say we’re hair besties now. Congratulations Leanne and Sean ♥

Photo’s: Alexsandra Wiciel Phototgraphy

Ceremony: Beach Plum Farm

Reception: Village By the Sea

Flowers: Downeast Flowers


Ch Ch Ch Ch Ch Ch Ch Ch Cherry Almond!

We are so thrilled to announce that one of Aveda’s long lost favorites is back! Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo and Conditioner not only smells Ahhh-Mazing it is also luxuriously moisturizing and softening leaving your hair feeling and smelling fabulous. Since we received our first shipment it has been flying off the shelves. Come in and treat yourself to a set today!




98% naturally derived
Cherry almond leaves hair touchably soft, shiny
and full of weightless bounce with a cherry blossom
& omega-rich almond oil blend.


cherry almond aroma
Crafted by our pure-fume masters from
38 flower & plant essenses including tonka bean,
orange and ylang ylang, it is 100% naturally derived1
where many scents like it are synthetic. 



Cherry almond shampoo & conditionerare 98% naturally derived1, with 100% naturally derived1 aroma. 

Cherry almond shampoo & conditioner are vegan, cruelty-free and tested on people. We do not test on animals and never ask others to do so on our behalf. 

The cherry almond shampoo bottle is 100% PCR, and the conditioner tube is 59% PCR with 41% bioplastic.3


As with all of our products, cherry almond is manufactured with 100% wind power through renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. 

Our cherry almond aroma is made from 38 flower and plant essences including tonka bean, certified organic orange and ylang ylang. 



Animal by-Products
Mineral Oil
Synthetic Fragrance



Lucy the Photo Booth Love Bus

Bobbie has had this crazy dream for a what seems like an eternity. She thought, what if we get a vintage VW bus and turned it into a traveling photo booth?! We all thought “cool idea, but never going to happen”, fast forward to now and well, not only has it happened, it is simply stunning and amazing. We are beyond thrilled to introduce our sister company, The Maine Photo Booth Bus Co. Her name is  Lucy and she is a ’61 VW Kombi, vintage, beautiful and living her new life in Maine.  She is currently booking out for weddings, corporate events, reunions or any event! Please enjoy a few photo’s from our first wedding this past Friday! Call or text 207-502-4384 with any inquiries. 



Collage photo cred: Jamie Aubin Photography





How to Use Hand Relief

Pardon the pun, but if you keep Hand Relief close at hand, you won’t regret it! Many Aveda fans keep a small tube in their car, handbag, at work, by the sink … the options are endless, and this rich, moisturizing crème is easy to get obsessed with.


Why it works:
Hand Relief deeply moisturizes your dry hands with Andiroba oil and other plant hydrators. They help protect skin’s moisture barrier, sealing in softness through three hand washes.


How to use:
Put it on your hands. Rub it in.


Great job!


OK — that’s not the whole story. Make using Hand Relief a habit. Often, we neglect the skin on our hands until it’s too dry. Hands can also be one of the first places to show signs of aging, so it’s important to protect them. When you’re finished washing your hands or showering, apply Hand Relief to moist skin to really lock in that hydration and keep your hardworking hands feeling soft and smooth.


Use it with:

Really treat your hands by gently exfoliating them with Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner, then applying Hand Relief for even more moisture absorption. Nightly, you can try its companion product, Hand Relief Night Renewal Serum, to help reduce the appearance of any dark spots, plump skin and smooth fine lines. Don’t forget about Foot Relief for your feet!


Our manager of Professional Spa Education, Helga Hefner, also likes to pair Hand Relief with Daily Light Guard SPF 30. When you’re driving, you don’t think about the sun exposure from sunlight coming through your windows. Help protect your hands by keeping Daily Light Guard and a travel-size Hand Relief in your car!


How to Use Style-Prep Smoother

Image result for style prep smootherFrizz is no one’s friend! Defend your hair against humidity for up to 12 hours with Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother, a bestselling must-have for anyone who likes to wear their hair smooth, sleek and straight. Curious about this product, which features a blend of organic aloe, maize and guar bean? We’ll give you the lowdown on how to use it.


How to use:
Think of Style-Prep Smoother as, well, a prep product! It should be the first step in your styling routine after you’ve washed, conditioned and towel-dried your hair.


Apply a few pumps of Style-Prep Smoother to your hands and work through wet hair; you don’t need to use a lot to get the results you want. Make sure you’ve worked the product through your hair, then style as usual. Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother helps make your straight styling easier, and who doesn’t love that? We like to pair it with its family members, Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener or Naturally Straight. If you often style your hair straight, opt for Naturally Straight, which actually progressively straightens curls so hair becomes straighter with every use.


If you’d rather air dry your hair, pair Style-Prep Smoother with Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Crème, which will keep hair frizz-free even in humid conditions. Hello, perfect summer product!


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Alanna + Dennis

One of the benefits of doing what we do is the opportunity to meet new people and to visit some of the beautiful areas around us. Alanna and her family were the quintessential bridal clients, super sweet and fun to be around. We also love getting the chance to work out the York Harbor Inn, a gorgeous Inn with views of the ocean right across the street. It is one of our favorite places to cater to our clients. Lumina Life Portrait Studio beautifully captured photos of the wedding.



Bridal Makeup

We are in peak wedding season now, in the past two weeks alone we have already done 6 weddings! If you or a loved one have been looking for the perfect bridal makeup look no further. Here is a compilation of some of our favorite bridal looks from bohemian to glam for the 2018 season.