Monday, December 9, 2013

Mission: Holiday Fashion

The invitations are rolling in, and it’s time to celebrate the season.  Whether it’s your office party or a night out on the town, we've done your style homework for you.  Below are head-to-toe fashion ideas courtesy of Linda Martinez with Styled Now! who pulled the looks from our local favorite, Sloan Boutique.  And our very own, Orange Olive Hair Gallery team chose the coordinating hair styles to compliment the looks.  Best of all, in addition to providing helpful photos they have given commentary on each look to help you get started.  All the work’s been done for you, grab a cocktail and enjoy this time to dress up and shine!  Happy Holidays!


The Outfit
The great thing about an office party, no matter where you work, is that all you need is one key element to change your professional attire into festive attire. Replace your jacket for a matte sequined duster or boyfriend blazer to instantly jazz up your skirt or pantsuit. If your field is a little more creative or lenient, then a beaded skirt in a dark tone is the perfect way to mix it up. Or you can try a bold new seasonal color silk top or a bold, statement piece of jewelry. All of these ideas will instantly add Holiday cheer to your everyday work attire

The Hair
A perfectly un-perfect loose tousled bun with soft pieces falling from the fringe & volume at the crown is the perfect statement to make at your work party this year. Those days of super-polished hairstyles are gone. Undone is the new done; but you have to make it look like you tried... Just not too hard.

If your hair is shorter, we say go straight & sleek with a nicely flat ironed bob to make a point and show off those intentional angles. Let your outfit say the rest.


The Outfit
While dressing for a casual party seems to require not much thought for some, here are some tips for others. This is the perfect time to introduce a trend into your wardrobe and try it out. For example, instead of your great black cashmere sweater, find a black sweater or top that has a leather sleeve. Pairing this with jeans or waxed denim is an easy, casual holiday outfit. Add some jewels and great boots and head off to the party. Also the midi or hi-lo skirt is a great festive party skirt for any occasion. These skirts can be worn casually with a fitted tee or nice sweater. Add some wedge or heeled booties to finish off your look.

The Hair
Finish off a fab casual look with some sassy hair to match. This messy updo is simple to do at home with a few bobby pins, a curling iron & hairspray. Let the back fall loose and be sure to get that volume at the front. Have fun!


The Outfit
This year black is the strongest player in the fashion world. This simple, yet elegant black sequined lace dress is perfect for women of any age.  Because of the nude sheer underlay, choose jewelry in warm tones to compliment the dress. Keep the silhouette strong by using a black shoe and clutch. Because of the style of dress, many styles of shoes work. You can choose a pointed, single sole stiletto, a strappy heel or a platform, whichever suits your personality.

The Hair
Sexy, sophisticated, not overdone. Sleek playful side curls with a gentle side part and volume; an adorable and fun style for a night on the town.


The Outfit
Here is where you can have the most fun. Dressing up for the holidays is not about choosing a cute sparkly dress anymore, it’s about taking chances with all the great fashion trends and making them your own.  I can’t think of a better way to do that than with a sequined maxi skirt. Own it with a ribbed tee or tank and throw on a fur vest or leather moto-jacket and you are sure to make an entrance. Try a color block clutch and some fabulous heels to complete your new holiday attire and enjoy the festivities.

The Hair

Great Gatsby inspired side parted soft curls that swoop just so in the front add a vintage elegance to this welcomed revival. If you're trying to say fun and high style this season, try this look to complement any celebration.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Recycling and Fabulous Hair Collide

We are passionate about many things.  Hair, you, our families to name a few.  One thing you may not have known about? Sustainability.  We were excited and honored to have recently been rewarded the 2013 Mecklenburg County Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Award.  It’s a mouthful, we know, but check out the video below, we would love for you to join us in our mission!
Feeling inspired?  Here are some simple ways we can partner together:
·         Let local businesses know that they can drop off their recycling at Orange Olive.
·         Have a friend that’s looking to chop off their lovely locks?  Besides giving them a magnificent new style, if their hair that we are cutting is 8 inches in length and chemical free, we will send it off to Pantene or Locks of Love and they will make it into wigs for cancer patients.
·         When you have used the last of your Davines, recycle it and use it in your kitchen as the bottles are food grade.  Or, bring it in for a refill on your favorite product and save 10%.
 Why wipe out waste together?  Because it’s the right thing to do and it means many more tomorrows of fabulous hair.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful for Love, Butternut Squash Soup and Unicorns.

We asked our Orange Olive family, "What are you thankful for?", and they did not disappoint;)

Melissa: Butternut Squash soup, my munchkins and my Orange Olive team.
Leigh: Coffee! Warm, bitter, delicious coffee. 
Destyn: My puppy, Kit, my loving and supportive friends, family and co- workers. Also, being happy and passionate about my career choice. 
Jessica: My family, thankful that they are all close in Charlotte. Trader Joe's and my puppy, Luna.
Shannon: Unicorns, pizza, beer, and being surrounded by people and pets that I love. 
Mary: How much I've grown in the past year and for the support system that encouraged me along the way! 
Cassie: Kanye West, love and exotic dancers. 

Happy Thanksgiving from the Orange Olive Team. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve you.

Monday, November 25, 2013

GLO for the Holidays

Holiday Parties.  Gifts galore.  There is a lot to get ready for, so let us help you GLO for the holidays.  Whether you are looking for a fierce new style, a holiday updo, that special product to illuminate your skin, or the perfect products that will make your hair behave and shine, we have it here at Orange Olive. 
And if that’s not enough, we are pre-empting Black Friday with some early ways to save, allowing you to effortlessly look like the stunning vixen that you are, without a lot of work.  And if you are feeling extra generous, you can buy a gift or two to share!  Check out these red hot deals….

Red Carpet Collection $74
In this be all, do all, limited edition collection, you'll find a gorgeous selection of only-available here colors for eyes and cheeks along with mineral makeup essentials for red carpet glamour. Exclusive shades include shimmering champagne hues and rich velvety palettes. Be the starlet you were born to be. Red Carpet Collection includes: Cream Shadow Quad, Jeweled Eye Pencils in sage and fizz, Mini Lash Boosting Mascara in black, Blush in rush, Mini Perfecting Powder, Mini Sheer Tint Base illuminator, Mini Lip Balm in honey sugar butter and Mini Gloss in brown sugar and blushing. Crayon sharpener and black satin cosmetics case also included.
Exclusive Shades: first blush, dawn and earth in the limited edition Cream Shadow Quad, Jeweled Eye Pencils in fizze and sage, limited edition Blush in rush.

Bare to Blush lip gloss tin quad $32.50
In the Bare to Blush Lip Gloss Tin, find four beautiful Gloss shades chosen by our artists to wear alone or in combination for this season's on-trend look. Full size Glosses come packaged in a lovely limited edition glo minerals tin.
Bare to Blush Lip Gloss Tin includes: Glosses in star struck, whisper, naked and coconut.

Luxe foundation-Price:$54.00
Harness the light-refracting power of diamonds to bend light for a soft, ageless complexion with glo minerals Luxe Liquid Foundation. Luxe Liquid Foundation is formulated with light-diffusing diamond powder, broad-spectrum UV protection and specialized moisturizing agents to deliver a flawless, youthful complexion.

Of course, pampering your soul does not go unnoticed.  It’s the three words every woman loves to hear: Gift With Purchase!  Receive a complimentary lip gloss with a purchase of $50 or more!

Monday, November 18, 2013


Ladies, we are a month into game season, which means you are tailgating!  One thing that recent fashion trends on the runway have taught us is that chic daytime fashion is attainable.  Here are some of our recommendations as you prep for game day, including do’s for perfect hair.

The air is crisp, and it is the perfect time to pull out those sweaters and boots.  We are crushing on this new sweater because of its muted color and simple brilliance of relaxed chic style.  And whether it is paired with a skirt, jeans or even leggings, these boots are a must have vintage addition to any girls wardrobe.


Of course with daytime glamour at perfection, you will need the perfect piece of jewelry to complete the outfit.  Statement pieces are out; delicate necklaces with personal charms are in.  If you haven’t had the chance to do so yet, visit our neighbor Ruby’s Gift.  Also located in NoDa, they have some gorgeous jewelry options to choose from, and if you have any birthdays you need to shop for, great gift items too!

The pièce de résistance? Your hair.  Our game day favorites are the styles that are effortless and chic.  And these styles don’t disappoint, as they look perfect with a sweater, and can withstand any weather elements as you tailgate.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Save The Date.

You asked for it.  We listened.  The Blow Dry 101 Class is back on November 22nd from 5pm-7pm!  Make sure to bring your own hair tools and products you routinely use to style your hair as our stylists will teach you how to get that salon look all by yourself at home.  Learn what products and brushes are best for your hair and how to use them.  And of course, step by step instructions for the perfect blow out. 

 The class will be $50 per a person, which includes:

·        Personalized blow out tutorial

·        $25 product credit

·        $50 gift certificate to be used towards a Brazilian Blowout service

·        10% off Bumble and Bumble retail products

·        Adult beverages and hor d’oeuvres

 Make sure to book with a friend as this is the perfect Girl’s Night Out! Space is limited, so round up your girlfriends and call us today 704. 334. 229 to reserve* your spot!

*Reservations for the Blow Dry 101 Class must be made in advance and reserved with a credit card. All cancellations must be made seven days in advance to avoid being charged a 50% cancellation fee.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Start your gallery crawl with us on October 18th as we debut a new artist’s work at Orange Olive Hair Gallery.  We can’t wait for you to meet our newest featured artist, Ryan Kupchella and see his amazing art.  His art is hauntingly beautiful and full of color and prose. 

This fun-filled evening will also include delicious treats from Amelie’s French Bakery, adult beverages, live music and gift bags for attendees.  There will also be a raffle for a $50 gift certificate for Orange Olive Hair Gallery and all retail will be 15% off all day long.

The party starts at 7pm – plenty of time to stop in and enjoy the fun before the gallery crawl begins.  Bring friends and mark your calendar – we look forward to seeing you at the party!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Seeing Red

As the summer's heating up, your hair could be too! Let a bold shade of red show off your fiery personality! Our few of our favorite red headed celebrities are Emma Stone, Isla Fisher, and Amy Adams.

Fun fact #1: Ancient Greeks believed that redheads would turn into vampires after they died.
Fun fact #2: Did you know that only about 1-2% of people are born red heads?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Trending: Androgyny & Side Sweeps

The other night was a HUGE event- the 2013 Met Ball Costume Gala in NYC, where celebrities took the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' theme to a whole new level. While everyone had their own unique looks, A-listers embraced 2 big hair trends that made themselves apparent that night: Androgynous and side swept waves. Take a look at some of our favorite hits and misses from the Met Gala.

HIT: Anne Hathaway
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Actress Anne Hathaway took her cropped locks to a new high by going bleach blonde.

MISS: Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus stood out for all the wrong reasons with this spiky do.

HIT: Brooklyn Decker
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Actress, Brooklyn Decker effortlessly mixes punk with class.

MISS: Nicole Richie
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While we can appreciate the effort, Nicole Richie wound up looking like a tan q-tip in this updo. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spring Brings New Things

What a lovely crew! Have you seen our new head shots? Thanks Marie Killen Photography for the great photos! We welcome our latest stylists, Anthony and Rebekah to the team! 
Coming sOOn...the salon is getting Pravana's ChromaSilk PASTELS! From the brand that brought you the acclaimed VIVIDS, now brings you beautiful shades of pastels. Now you'll be able to get one of the season's hottest trends in your hair. The best part? Pravana's long-lasting formula promotes the longevity of your hair color. Choose from Blissful Bliss, Too Cute Coral, Mystical Mint, Luscious Lavender, and Pretty in Pink! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Beauty Means Business

Today, we put away our shears and picked up our brushes in order to master our makeup artistry skills at an all-day Glo boot camp at the Renaissance Charlotte Southpark Hotel! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

We Are Charlotte's Best Stress-Free Salon!

EXCITING NEWS!! We are proud to announce that we've won a BOB award for Best Stress-Free Salon! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Brows 101

They say your eyes anre the window to your soul. That sounds pretty important, don't you think? The maintenance of your brows is only going to help show off those pretty things! Here are some helpful hints and guidelines to getting your ideal brow shape and appearance.
What do your brows say about you?
Yes, the appearance of your brows can say a number of things about you. What are yours saying?
Straight from the Beauty Department is a helpful brow guide including all the tools you'll need to DIY. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hair 101

Our stylists, Sarah and Rebekah, had a great time this afternoon at the Art Institute of Charlotte showing students at Nouveau Fashion Club how to achieve appropriate hair for professional settings. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I Want to Ride My Bicycle...In Noda

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What's going on in the neighborhood? This Sunday, April 14th NoDa will be holding it's 2nd annual bike race, The NoDa Grand Prix.

Benefitting Trips For Kids Charlotte and Global H2O. April 14th brings a full day of free, world class, family friendly entertainment to historic North Charlotte. We invite you to experience the thrill of cycling ringside, participate in the festivities, and explore one of Charlotte’s most eclectic neighborhoods.

Races begin at 830am. There are FREE kids races at 3pm, and the Johnston Y will set out the sprinklers and a bounce castle! Espada's 3 year birthday party, All Arts Market and the unveiling of the Noda Community Garden are also happening this weekend. In addition, on the 26th Street side of the n'hood you will find Heist Brewery, Birdsong Brewing, Noda Brewing, King of Pops, and the Party Pedaler running tours and holding specials all day long. 

The heart of North Charlotte, NoDa. See attached site map for detailed information on the course. We will begin set up at 730am Sunday morning. Roads will re-open at 7pm. 
After seeing Dilworth and Uptown host bike racing successfully for years, we thought we could do the same while showcasing our amazing neighborhood. We want to capitalize on the same energy that Noda residents and businesses put into the Thunder Road marathon and the NodaWeenFreaky 5k - food and drink specials, bands playing, and extra seating are just a starting point!

Come on out! Enjoy your favorite bar or restaurant. Scream and cheer for your friends, enter your children in the FREE kids races. Visit the YMCA front lawn, grab a bite at a local restaurant, or head down to the breweries. We are really counting on the same neighborhood energy that won NoDa the Thunder Road spirit award 3 years running.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Iconic Hair

Throughout history there have been countless haircuts, but only a few styles that created a revolution. Will you be the next to create a signature look? Take a peek back at some of these iconic looks through the decades and get inspired!
Elvis in the 1950s- The look: side burns and greased back pompadour made him an instant heartthrob 
Twiggy in the 1960s- The look: Her short, sleek side parted bob had teen girls going wild to chop off their locks

Farrah Fawcett in the 1970s- The look: Her feathered, face framing bangs and waves were a new approach to femininity 
Madonna in the 1980s- The look: Her headband, messy/short/highlighted waves became an intragral part of Madonna's image during this era.
"The Rachel" (Jennifer Aniston in the sitcom, Friends) in the 1990s- The look: shoulder length, choppy layers with blonde highlights 
Gwen Stefani in the 2000s- The look: Her sleek platinum blonde hair and signature red lip made her a trendsetter 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Something Old, Something New Event

Join us at the Something Old Something New event next saturday, April 13th for FREE mini consolations. This event is perfect for the indie bride. It is all about the vintage, handmade and local details. Held at the the Wadsworth Estate, which is a fantastic, intimate venue which will be completely decked out with a vintage and handmade flair. In addition, there will be a bridal suite with all things girly including vintage gowns, handmade jewelry hairpieces and more! We hope to see you brides there!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stay in the Loop

Orange Olive offers several ways for you to keep connected! Be sure to follow them all!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bad Hair Day?

We've all had them. Those days you skip a wash and your hair looks greasy, or maybe your hair is just limp and lifeless. Orange Olive is here to give you the quick fix for your bad hair day!

Wrap a scarf around your head to create a cool headband
Turbans are totally cute
Turn your do from blase to beautiful
Ah, the messy bun, perfect for on the go

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Get Gaga's Bow Hairstyle

Feeling experimental? In honor of this pop star's 27th bday we're showing you how to get her signature bow hairstyle. It's easier than you think!

Time for a New Do?

Call to 704-334-2229 bOOk!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Go Out With a Bang

Oval- bangs that barley glaze your eyebrows look best on you (like Zooey Deschanel)
Heart- a shorter side swept bang will balance your more narrow chin
Square- a bit longer than the oval's bang, an eye grazing bang will soften your look
Round- you want to elongate your face with a side swept or blunt bang

Before you think about chopping off your precious locks, find out if bangs are right for your face shape with this VIRTUAL MAKEOVER.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Trending: Braids

They are functional, easy, and also (most importantly) effortlessly gorgeous. You loved how they kept your hair out of your eyes back when you were playing on the monkey bars in elementary school, now they are all grown up! These days, there are all kinds of ways to braid beyond your classic style (there's the Fishtail, French, Edwardian, and at least 10 more types of braids)! This tradition has gotten a new, unconventional edge. Some people even like to mix strands of color that weaves throughout the braid. Check out these styles for inspiration and watch this how-to video to help you achieve the much hyped fishtail braid!


One of the most popular braids is the fishtail. Here are a couple of videos to help you achieve this look at home.