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Beauty Etiquetter: Considering Child’s Play At The Salon

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Bty-Etiquetter-Kids-SalonBeauty Etiquetter addresses your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail celia_ellenberg @condenast.com.

The Quandary: Is it OK to bring your child to the salon? I often want to make that service a relaxing, “me time” experience, but sometimes my nanny is unavailable.

The Expert in Residence: Erin Anderson, Woodley & Bunny co-owner and artistic director.

The Advice: “For me, there are several variables to take into consideration, such as the type of salon, its overall atmosphere, and the age of the child. When a salon is exceptionally ‘child friendly’—offering children’s hair services and/or has a designated area with activities to help keep children occupied—it is a sure sign that children are automatically welcome. On the flip side, at salons where they provide a relaxing and calm environment for clients, children running around or being loud and unruly defeats the purpose. If you have to entertain your child in the middle of the service, it can ultimately distract the stylist. This can lead to the service being extended, or there might not be enough time to complete it, which would impair quality. Let’s not forget there are chemicals and sharp objects being used in salons as well, so having a child run around can be very dangerous. If the child is a toddler and not independent just yet, I suggest speaking with management before your appointment to see if there is a better time of the day/week to come in with a young child. Otherwise, enlisting a nanny’s help is best.

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Braids, Four Ways

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We’ve never been bashful about sharing our love for braids in all their various incarnations on this blog—and for good reason. It’s utterly fascinating to us how one pretty basic technique (left, under, right, over) can be translated into so many different looks, all of which happen to be totally humidity-resistant. As summer winds down and an immovable raincloud settles above Manhattan, we asked the lovely ladies of Woodley & Bunny—stylist and co-founder Erin Anderson and stylist Katherine Munro—to share their favorite weather-proof braided ‘dos. Consider them good indoor activities to keep you busy during the scattered thunderstorms they’re predicting for the weekend.

The Pastel Side Plait
1. Spray a liberal amount of Sachajuan Ocean Mist through wet hair, create a side part, and then rough-dry using your hands instead of a brush.
2. Place individual colored clip-in extensions randomly throughout hair.
3. Run a pinky-sized dab of Sachajuan Hair Wax through the ends.
4. Gather hair to one side, do a two-strand braid, and tie with an elastic. Gently pull pieces out of the braid from the center to create a more lived-in look.
5. Finish with Sachajuan Volume Powder.

The Boku Braids
1. Apply a generous amount of Sachajuan Mousse all over and a dollop of Sachajuan Root Lift at the roots for added body. Blow-dry with a round brush.
2. Part hair in the middle and divide each section in two, French braiding both side sections to the nape of the neck and leaving the back sections loose. Secure with elastics.
3. Braid the loose hair using a classic three-strand braid technique and secure.
4. Leave loose or pin up randomly for allover texture.

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Smooth Moves Ahead

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When it comes to hair oil, we count ourselves among the converted. It may seem counterintuitive, but oil treatments actually leave our hair less slick than anything else in our vast collection of products and considerably more soft. And the professionals are on board, too. “Hair oils have been used for centuries to scent hair, treat scalp issues, shape and style haircuts,” says Erin Anderson, stylist, artistic director and co-owner of Woodley & Bunny Salon and Apothecary. “They help to protect the hair by absorbing in and smoothing each strand. This will cut down on breakage caused by brushing and combing.” But oils are more than just prep, according to Anderson. “They’re great for both wet and dry styling, too, as they smooth, hydrate, and create a brilliant shine.” From personal experience, we can say that a little oil on dry, damaged ends goes a long way. Here, are top five picks for keeping locks healthy and glistening even in the face of blazing sun and surf.



Je Veux Argan Moroccan Oil
Our personal favorite, this lightweight oil smells heavenly and it lasts and lasts; our bottle is still going strong after six months of daily use.
$40, www.rickysnyc.com.

Leonor Greyl Huile du Palm
Anderson’s personal favorite, this classic waterproof oil can be used in a multitude of ways—as a conditioner and blended with your go-to styling aids for extra hydration and sheen.
$49, www.lockandmane.com.

Rodin by Recine Luxury Hair Oil
A rich blend of eight essential oils like sweet almond, rosemary, and apricot, the hair version of Linda Rodin’s popular skin saver is as divine as its predecessor.
$60, www.oliolusso.com.

Davines SU Sun Oil
A good bet for beach days, this mix of vitamin E, jojoba, and argan oil has a UV shield to protect the hair (and skin, too!) from the damaging effects of the sun.
$28, www.davines.com.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue
This cult favorite acts as a panacea for brittle lengths and can be applied as a leave-in conditioner, thus minimizing your shower routine—which is always a plus.
$65, www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.

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Woodley & Bunny Goes Digital

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Despite electing to shut down the clothing arm of their Williamsburg-based salon-boutique-apothecary triple play earlier this summer, Woodley & Bunny’s beauty business is booming. Sisters and co-owners Erin and Misha Anderson have just launched an e-commerce site for the well-edited selection of products from Sachajuan, Lipstick Queen, and Nuxe, among others, available at their North 10th Street storefront. Putting on hipster-approved leggings, riding boots, and a fedora to brave the Bedford Avenue L train stop just to get your beauty fix is no longer necessary—hurray.

Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Sachajuan: From Stockholm, With Love

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Curly- and wavy-haired girls with an overwhelming desire for the straight and sleek are all too familiar with the burden of blow-outs. Nothing quite matches the high of a good salon job—except, perhaps, the low of a botched, at-home one. We dabble in heat styling every once in a while but prefer the lazy, er, easier technique of taking a round brush and T3′s Tourmaline Featherweight to dry strands. Yes, it’s slightly more damaging than starting with damp hair, but the time differential makes it a hard habit to break. On a recent appointment at Williamsburg’s Woodley & Bunny salon, co-owner and editorial stylist Erin Anderson mentioned that we might want to try coating our dry tresses in a shine product to seal the cuticle before applying heat; then she introduced us to Sachajuan. The eight-year-old product line from Stockholm-based duo Sacha Mitic and Juan Rosenlind offers a simple collection of maintenance and styling formulas based on “ocean silk technology,” which combines two different kinds of algae to help heal the hair no matter what type of locks you might be working with. (Anderson is such a fan of the brand, she and her sister/business partner took on stateside distribution of it so she could get whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted it.) Turns out the line’s Hair Repair is just as good at concealing the split ends we’ve created over the past few months of styling on the clock, which allows us to keep up the reckless behavior, in the short term, at least.

Photo: Courtesy of Sachjuan