Hello! From the Eco Salon. 

Being one of two Faith’s at our salon, I’m referred to as “Red Faith.I had short hair for quite a few years, but
have been growing mine for four years now.  Now that it’s finally long, I’ve had fun playing with up-styles.  (OK, the real reason I put it up is because I have two littles at home, and I have limited time to do my hair!)  Check out my little ones being all cute picking wild flowers while I did this tutorial. 



I wanted to share some of my secret ten minute updos with you so you can have fabulous hair too.  As my close friends know, if I have a type of braided up-style in my hair, it’s because I didn't have time to do my hair, but didn't want anyone to know that was the case..hehe
Here is one of my three simple braided up-styles for you to try. Good luck!
   “Red” Faith
                                          The Braided Bun    

   *Start with dry  hair (I’d say “clean, dry” hair, but who we kidding?)


  If your hair is fine, a generous mist of Aveda’s Air Control will help prep your hair
  If your hair is course or frizzy, a dime size amount of Aveda’s Control Paste will help control


*Grab the sides of your hair over your ears

*Twist the two sections back and up.  Crisscross over the other in the back of your head.


*Secure with bobby pins-(the secret to this is making an “x” with your pins, one ridge up the other ridge down) 


*With remaining hair, section into 3 sections, and do a braid    

                                        *Loosen finished braid by pinching sections

                           *Twist braid In either direction making a circle (a bun) with the braid

                                                    *Tuck ends under and pin


                       Finish with Aveda’s Control Force          

Photos By:

Kathy Mangum photography.


Curly Haired Girl

For as long as I can remember, having curly hair has been quite the struggle. Growing up it was always too big, too short, or too frizzy. I can recall any elder to me saying "oh my goodness your hair is so gorgeous", and in my head thinking ... they can not actually be talking about this mess on my head. Now looking back, the ones who usually made a comment or loved it were women with straight hair. Inevitably as women we want the opposite of what we actually have. Over the years, I have slowly learned how to work with my natural curl and love it. It has been a long roller coaster ride with this hair, but I feel as if I have finally conquered it and I am so excited to share all of my insight and secrets to all of my curly haired girls! First things first, being a stylist myself I know we play a big part in how your hair will fall and style when you do it yourself. When choosing a stylist look to friends, family, or anyone with similar to yours that you may like or admire and ask who they see. Try and look at hair on social media, preferably local salon pages. Have a consultation, choose someone who works with your wants and needs. Once you have chosen your stylist, ask a lot of questions, we are here to answer! My first insight to anyone with curly hair is to know that if you are thinking of going shorter, please know that it will most likely grow out before it grows down. Products are so crucial in how your hair will turn out. My personal favorites are from our Aveda “Be Curly” line. The “Be Curly” line touches on all types of curl and works with just about every texture. The Curl Defining Lotion is my all time favorite. I have had shorter and longer hair and it has worked with both to make my curls smooth and soft. I have come to the realization that most of the time if I were to just let my hair be natural with only product it looks unfinished, which I don't love. Styling tools such as a wand or a curling iron might as well be a curly-haired girls best friend. To define any misbehaved or uncontrollable curls I would recommend to wrap the strand that is giving you a hard time around the wand, hold for about 5 seconds and let go. Apply that step to all the pieces that are misshaped. All it takes is a one inch wand to achieve the look I desire. I now have a new love for my curly hair due to this technique. For those of you girls out there who are a little less high maintenance and would just like to put some product in and jet out the door, I’m going to share with you my quick fix routine. With curly hair your hair craves moisture so after you shampoo don't skimp on the conditioner, your curls love it. Using a wide-tooth comb, comb the conditioner from root to ends. When you get out of the shower do not dry your hair all the way, the more moisture you keep in it the better! Use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to brush through. Apply your favorite curl product, ex. Curl Defining Lotion, flip your head upside down and scrunch the product into your hair. If you do not own a diffuser for your curls, INVEST! if you are looking for more voluminous curls flip your head upside down again and dry it. Too uncomfortable? Diffuse standing up. When your hair is almost all the way dry, let the rest dry naturally. After all is said and done your last step is to spray your hair with hairspray or a defining spray. I have used this routine for quite some time now and I am really pleased with the end result. I hope with a few of my secrets and styling tips you find some happiness in your beautiful curly hair. Always remember practice makes perfect, Ready Set Go! 

                                                            Happily, Melanie Gagnon


Stylist Spotlight for August!

We are so proud to announce our gorgeous stylist for our Stylist Spotlight for August!
 Red Faith! 


Red Faith, after returning from maternity leave with her second child, back in January, has renewed passion for her craft. Having been in the industry for 11 years, Faith has a little experience with everything, but especially loves cutting short hair, razor cuts and red multi-dementional color.  Starting this summer, she started working one Saturday a month, and will be doing more starting this fall. She also specializes in up styles, so book your next special occasion with Faith!
You’ll love her professionalism and flare!


Congratulations Jacqui!

Congratulations Jacqui!

We're all very proud of you for passing your
New Hampshire State Board of Cosmetology!
You are an official stylist now! 


Bring on the summer weather!

Are you prepared for this beautiful weather we have coming!? Saturday and Sunday are going to be low 80's and fabulous! Our question is, are you ready for sun exposure? We are not talking about that lovely tan you'll be getting, we are talking about the possible hair damage you may get! Now don't panic! We've got you covered!

Aveda has this amazing Sun Care Protective Hair Veil that lasts up to 16 hours! This little number has some pretty awesome benefits. We're talking about:

  • UVA/UVB filters originated with wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils to help protect hair
  • organic shea butter, coconut and palm oils (which means it conditions and detangles)
  • an awesome anti-oxidizing blend of green tea extract, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E 

    Now the trick to apply is you can either spray it on dry or damp hair, before and during sun exposure. Start off small, and apply as needed. BUT DON'T OVER SATURATE! Oh, and just like sunscreen; reapply after swimming! And since this gift from hair heaven detangles, it makes swimming in water a whole lot easier!

    Now, we don't mean to be all "strict hairdresser" on you, but you gotta protect that gorgeous hair of yours! So, luckily for you, we have this awesome little spray you can bring to the beach... AND a cool shampoo and masque for you! We have the whole kit here at ECO! So head on in this weekend and pick yourself up this spray (and if your feeling a little adventurous, the shampoo and masq ue too!) And head straight to the beach! 

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    - The ECO team!