Check out these step-by-step instructions for Kathryn’s perfect messy bun. This is a great style for keeping hair out of your face and off your neck, while still looking back-to-school chic. After following along with our photo tutorial, you’ll be able to pull off this bun in just two quick minutes!

Let’s get started. Your hair can be clean or dirty for this style, though hair that needs washing tends to have more texture and may provide better hold. If your hair was curled the day before, even better!

First, you’ll need two hairbands, a few bobby pins, L’ANZA Dry Texture Spray, and a hair ring. Hair rings come in different sizes depending on the length and thickness of your hair, or you can make your own using a sock (just cut off the toe and roll the sock into a ring!). L’ANZA Hairspray is a helpful touch, but not necessary.
Now, let’s get to that hair! Start by spraying L’ANZA Dry Texture Spray all over your hair, especially at the roots. This will give your hair more volume and texture, and thus, more hold.
After spraying with Dry Texture Spray, pull hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hairband.
Place the hair ring around the hair, midway down the length of the ponytail.
Then, use a second hairband to secure the end of the hair around the hair ring. Essentially, you’re taking the hair at the free end of the ponytail and securing it at the bottom of the hair ring.
Now roll the hair ring down towards your head, gently moving the hair around the sides of the hair ring to ensure that the hair ring itself is not visible. If needed, use bobby pins to secure the bun at the base.
For a sexier, windswept look, carefully pull small pieces of hair out of the bun to frame your face.
For a little extra hold, spray the entire bun with L’ANZA hairspray.
Voila! You’re done! And you look gorgeous!


Meet Tova, an energetic and experienced stylist who works from our Pavilion East location. We met up with her this week for a little game of twenty questions. Check out what we learned!


First, the facts:


Where are you from?

Cambridge, Massachusetts – a university town with a great energy that’s a lot like Durham’s!


Where did you receive your training?

I was initially trained at the Advanced Institute of Hair Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fifteen years later, I enrolled at Paul Mitchell The School, Raleigh. I also hold a cosmetology instructor’s license.


How long have you been doing hair?

Twenty-five years.


What is your favorite hairstyle to give a client?

My favorite look is simple long layers with a fabulous blow out. I really love hair that is naturally elegant.


How about your favorite hairstyle for yourself?

Right now I have a design-forward bob. I’m still growing out from last year’s pompadour.


What’s the best thing about being a stylist?

The ability to help people see themselves differently.


Your favorite thing about 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar?

My fellow stylists.


What are you most proud of?

My children.


What are you most proud of in your professional life?

I’m always learning new trends and techniques.


What do you love about Durham?

It is so vibrant and energetic!


How would your colleagues describe you?

Professional but straightforward. I tell it like it is!


How would your clients describe you?

As a stylist who is confident in her expertise. I can help clients sift through the current trends to find a look that really works for their hair and lifestyle.


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And now for a little fill-in-the-blank on some of your favorite things. What is your favorite

Color? Purple.

Fashion trend? If it’s comfortable and fashionable, I love it!

Vacation destination? Any beach anywhere.

Leisure activity? Spending time with my fifteen-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter.

Food? Anything from Bali Hai on Ninth Street.

Beverage? Coffee or Diet Coke.

Musical artist? Prince.



Thanks, Tova! We loved getting to know you better!

August 17, 2016 - 2:00 am

Kaari Olson - Tova is professional and a master of her craft! I am so sad that she is not within driving distance anymore. She know how to beautify all of her clients.

I miss her expertise and guidance so much!!!


From the beginning, we have chosen to be a L’ANZA Healing Haircare salon. It wasn’t a hard decision to make. We want you to know why we stand behind this remarkable brand and why we believe it’s the absolute best for the earth and for our clients.


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L’ANZA makes some of the highest performing products in the professional industry. Every year, L’ANZA is featured at the North American Hairstyling Awards (the Oscars of the beauty industry), where stylists create a collection of work in categories such as Texture, Avant Garde, and Hair Color. At the 2016 awards, L’ANZA artists took three of the biggest awards of the night: Master Hairstylist, Hairstylist of the Year, and Salon Team of the Year. Now, that’s an endorsement!



L’ANZA is passionate about remaining a non-diverted brand, which means that their products are not available in drugstores or grocery stores and must be purchased in professional salons. Making haircare products available at a mass market level can compromise their quality, and that is a risk L’ANZA isn’t willing to take.


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L’ANZA ingredients are good for the earth, good for you, and never tested on animals. The ingredients are all created from organic, certified organic, or wildcrafted botanicals. All the shampoos and conditioners are free of sulfate and sodium chloride, which strip color from the hair and compromise the longevity of its health.



All L’ANZA products use the Keratin Healing System. This healing technology puts back in the hair what the hair is made of in the first place – keratin protein, moisture, and minerals. The hair is easily depleted of these compounds by sun damage, heat styling, and brushing – the Keratin Healing System helps to replenish them.



Finally, like us, L’ANZA is independent. In fact, they are the largest family-owned, non-diverted brand in the industry. Enthusiastic support of stylists and pride of performance are pervasive parts of the L’ANZA culture. This is a luxury brand with a personal, authentic touch.


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1. It’s by L’ANZA. This is a company whose values are just as good as its products. L’ANZA Healing Haircare is environmentally conscious, never tests on animals, and uses oodles of natural botanicals and essential oils – all things that are good for your hair and your conscience.

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2. This product is the ultimate solution to a bad hair day. Dry texture spray is basically shampoo without the hassle of a shower (and we all know there are some mornings when you just don’t have the time). It uses a mineral clay powder that absorbs oil, but is also invisible and weightless – leaving hair shiny and boosted at the roots. Just spray where oil is present and brush hair thoroughly.


3. It’s a multi-tasker. In addition to absorbing oil and working as a dry shampoo, this product adds incredible texture. If you have just-cleaned hair that’s too slippery for an updo or a fishtail braid, spray this product throughout your hair. The texture it adds will not only help you hold on to the strands while you complete the style, it will also hold the style in place once it’s complete. It also creates textured, gentle hold for shorter hairstyles.


4. It’s sunscreen for your hair. There’s lots of talk about protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, but not nearly enough information about how to protect your hair. Lucky for you, all of L’ANZA’s styling products have UVA, UVB, and UVC protection to keep your hair safe from sun damage and to minimize color fade.


You’ve got to get a bottle of this stuff. Happy styling!

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1. It’s fun to say. Balayage is a French word that actually means to “sweep” or to “paint.” It is a highlighting technique in which the stylist applies color with gentle, sweeping strokes. Balayage color is swept across the section of hair, rather than saturating the entire section. The result is a more natural, blended look than what you get with traditional foil highlights.


Before and After, Balayage by Nick

Before and After, Balayage by Nick


2. Balayage is not just for blondes. Blonde balayage is beautiful, of course, and comes in all sorts of tones – ash, pearl, copper, and caramel, to name a few. But balayage is also a beautiful way to add rich dimension to darker hair colors. Chocolate, auburn, and burgundy highlights are gorgeous on brunettes.


3. Balayage is the absolute best in subtle beauty. It’s an au naturel approach to hair color that will make people wonder if you’ve been vacationing somewhere sunny and stylish (South of France, perhaps?). This easygoing look can work with any style, but more than anything, it evokes a free-and-easy kind of fashion. Think: sun kissed tresses and a simple sundress – true bohemian beauty!


4. Balayage is low-maintenance. Unlike foil highlights, the blended look of balayage makes your roots less noticeable, and there’s no definite demarcation line. So, instead of making a salon appointment every four to six weeks, which is what foil highlights require, you can go eight weeks or even longer (and still look lovely!).


5. Balayage is a trend that’s not going anywhere. It looks great on just about anyone, no matter the color, texture, or length of hair. Also, how and where each stylist places balayage highlights differs greatly, which means that the balayage look is highly personalized. No two balayages are the same!

The stylists at 140 Salon & Dry Bar love balayage. Call today for a color consult, and let us add some rich, luminous dimension to your hair!

July 27, 2016 - 7:27 am

Indian Hair - I love these five belayage reasons. it is good and reasonable

August 8, 2016 - 11:49 am

Remy hair - This is wonderful transformation. Nice one