Blooming Bride by Miracles

Our blooming bride rocked a Taylor Swift inspired loose bun. She was teased at the crown for height, sprayed with Redken Hot Sets and curled with a 1 inch barrel curling iron. The curls were loosely pinned into place at the nape of her neck and secured with my favorite strong hold hairspray, #23 by Redken. To purchase these products click here

You looked amazing Allison, congratulations from everyone at Miracles.

Wedding Updo

Wedding Bliss

Wedding March

Hair by Voula Kapasouris

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Miracles Salon supports the 3/50 Project

Hello everyone,

I recently came across this site and it has made my small business heart sing. I truly believe that small business is the backbone of our country. Independent brick & mortar stores need to survive. I have nightmares of becoming extinct all the time.Founder of the 3/50 project
Cinda Baxter, a retail consultant has a great idea on how to save mom & pop’s:
-Pick 3 small businesses that you like
-Spend $50 a month have saved the local economy
The Founder of the 3/50 Project estimates that $68 for every $100 spent locally returns to the community through taxes, payroll and such. Compare that with $43 if you spend on a national chain, and the big whopper? Spend it ONLINE….and NOTHING comes home. It makes sense to me, how about you?

Here is a press release for the 3/50 Project and here’s hoping that small businesses survive.

Former Retailer Provides Her Own Economic Stimulus Plan for Main Street

The 3/50 Project unites small business and consumers in stabilizing their local economy
Minneapolis, MN, March 19, 2009 — Having been an independent stationery store owner for
fourteen years, Cinda Baxter understood the pain felt by retailers when the economy sank and
consumers held back. What began as an economic downturn in the autumn had become a
psychological tsunami by March 1st.
What the country needed, in her opinion, was a meeting of the minds between two groups that
held valuable stakes in the game—small business owners and members of their communities.
Enter The 3/50 Project.
With a tag line “Save your local economy three stores at a time,” the Projectʻs goal is to promote
shopping in locally owned businesses while thanking customers for the positive impact that
decision has on a local economy.
“Weʼre constantly inundated with doom and gloom,” says Baxter, now a retail consultant and
professional speaker. “The system is broken, the banks are frozen, the economy is bleeding.
Thatʼs all we hear. The images painted by the media are ghastly and devoid of hope. What we
need—what we crave—as a nation is to pinpoint areas where positive change can occur, then
feel good about having promoted them.”
By early March, sheʼd decided enough was enough, and that it was time to give retailers
ammunition to fight back with. Rather than get tangled in complex messaging and deployment,
Baxter combined a straightforward theme, a free flyer, and her blog as the mechanism to launch
The 3/50 Project.
“We ask consumers to think about which three stores theyʼd miss if they disappeared, then
remind them to return there,” explains Baxter. “Shoppers have become so rooted in thinking
about the essentials that theyʼve forgotten about the little gift store on the corner whose owner
remembers their name.”
“Fifty comes from the idea that if even half the employed population spent a mere $50 per
month in locally owned retail stores, those purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in
revenue,” she continues. “Thatʼs a huge impact for a relatively small investment.”
Which leads to a third number on the flyer, sixty-eight—the dollar amount that remains in a
communityʼs economy for every $100 spent in locally owned stores. By contrast, only $43 per
one hundred remains local when spent in national chains; little or no revenue results from online
“In essence, the whole thing boils down to ʻPick 3, spend 50, save the economy.ʼ Itʼs really that
– more –
Since ease of use was key to store owners jumping on board, Baxter designed a free flyer for
participants to download, print on any color printer, then hand to consumers with their
purchases. “The idea is to look customers in the eye, put this right in their hands, and say ʻthank
you for shopping in a locally owned storeʼ rather than just pop these in the bottom of a bag and
hope someone sees them.”
Within 24 hours of providing the link on her blog, things began to light up. Retailers were sharing
the flyer with other businesses. Property managers were spreading the news to tenants. Thank
you notes were arriving via email every hour. Trade publications and blogs were asking about
guest posts and columns promoting the plan, and a movie theater requested a copy large
enough to display on their screens for waiting audiences to view.
“The best part about 3/50 is that itʼs so down to earth, so straightforward, so accessible,” reflects
the enthusiastic champion of independent retailers. “This is a labor of love that store owners and
customers can share.”
Given the level of interest, a dedicated website has been established to promote the movement,
link to the free flyer, and list participating retailers and other supporters. It can be found at
About Cinda Baxter:
Cinda Baxter understands retail from the inside out. Her commitment to exceeding customer
expectations resulted in two national Retailer Excellence Awards and frequent press coverage
ranging from Minnesota Monthly to Modern Bride. Today, she “pays it forward” to both retailers
and vendors through her consulting company Always Upward, as a Contributing Editor for Gifts
and Decorative Accessories Magazine, and as founder of The 3/50 Project.
Widely recognized as an expert in the gift and stationery industry, Cindaʼs resumé includes
seats on some of its most distinguished advisory boards: AmericasMart Atlanta, the National
Stationery Show, Retailer Networks Incorporated, and the Gift and Home Trade Association
(GHTA), where she also served on the Board of Directors. Her most recent appointment to the
Gift for Life Board of Directors is of particular note. Sheʼs been a featured speaker at numerous
trade shows, including the Hong Kong Gift and Premium Show, the New York International Gift
Show, the Los Angeles Gift Show, and the National Stationery Show—and at several regional
marts, including Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, and Boston. Whether addressing an audience of
independent retailers or international business leaders, her focus remains constant—creating
As founder of acclaimed online communities RetailSpeaks (independent gift and stationery
retailers) and Brilliant Ink (professional stationers dedicated to original design), Cinda is
considered a pioneer of social networking in the retail industry—a reflection of her passion to
help community based business survive and thrive for years to come.

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Awesome Hair for Fall 2010

Hello Everyone,

All of us notice when a redhead walks into a room, her eyes pierce and her skin just glows. Red hair is hot this season . Fiery red or rich chocolate and coppery blonde , it really makes a powerful statement. Whether you want to go intense or subtle, just make sure that the color complements your eyes and skin tone.

FALL PREDICTIONS:fall hair 2010

-Natural looks using various levels on the same color shades.
-Bohemian looser curls using a roller set or a large barrel curling iron.
-Hair extensions in color that add a fun new dimension without the use of chemicals.
-Milk Chocolate hair with dark red highlights.
-Natural copper blondes with long angular layers.
-Avant-garde reds in mahogony/violet cool tones. Try heavy highlights on the BOTTOM and thin ones ON TOP for a textured look.
-Golden red for gray hair is amazing and it has a long lasting effect because the warm tones mimic the natural effect of graying hair. Youth has NOTHING on the allure of experience!
-For that sparkle around the face, just add caramel highlights on the crown and sides every 4 months or so.
redken fall 2010
Please remember that red color is NOTORIOUS for fading fast, so please use hair products for color treated hair. Apply hair product the same way you dress for an occasion; subtle and classic for work and daytime, and heavy and wild for those fiery nights!

Have a great Fall season and see you soon at the salon.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Free Hair Cut For Mom

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
Irish Proverb

Hello Everyone,

Mothers Day is almost hair…oops sorry, here. Today’s mothers do not want to look like the mom’s of the past. Mothers today want to look sexy, trendy and very stylish. A great haircut, followed by a luxurious color is the best Mother’s Day gift. Mother’s Day is Sunday May 9, 2010.
Hair color has come a long way, there are so many choices now for mousy brown hair, I recommend a few face framing low lights in amber/honey tones.
For red or auburn hair, highlights in a vibrant red are stunning. For a lifting of the spirit and to make mom look like the angel that she is, honey blonde highlights mixed in with a pale champagne tone, are amazing.Mothers day 2010
Miracles Salon wants to honor all the mom’s in this city and we have decided to give them a complimentary hair cut and style. Bring in your mom from Monday May 3-Saturday May 8 and we will give her a beautiful hair cut on us. All I ask you is to please call the salon first to schedule her appointment and mention it’s for your mom, 703-516-9800.
Remember to love and honor her all year long, and keep in mind that all she ever wanted is to see you happy!
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Did you know, it hurts being a blonde, Literally!

Being a blonde, an itchy situation
I’ve been a blond two years now, and let me tell you something, IT HURTS! Every two weeks I do my roots because I can’t bear to see my dark, unsightly roots pearcing through my scalp. I don’t look forward to doing my root touch-up, and not because I have to sit there for an hour while I process. As soon as the color goes on my scalp it begins to itch and burn. My sister asks me why I continue to make myself blonde if twice monthly I suffer for an hour while my hair changes color. It’s not just while the color is on my scalp that it is painful, but for two days after I have an uncontrollable itch in the back of my head. Okay people, I promise you I am not making this up. Not everyone itches with haircolor, but at least half of the people do!

Barry & Micheal

Wouldn’t it be great if being a blonde wasn’t so painful? What ingredients makes me suffer? Well, I’ve found out the answer. Miracles Salon (Arlington, VA) had an educational color class this past Thursday for a new colorline, Affinage. This color is not abrassive like other colors, it will not fade, it most certainly won’t make your scalp itch (even if you are trying to lighten in significantly). What makes it stand out the most is that it is sulfate-free.
Well why should you care about using a sulfate-free shampoos and hair colors? There are many health concerns lately with sulfates leading the way for an industry of sulfate-free products. Using products with sulfates can actually damage your hair follicle, and yes can lead to HAIR LOSS! Sulfates are used as a preservative in almost everything, but when used on your head, they strip the hair and your scalp of natural oils you need, causing your hair to dry out; not to mention that it strips away your hair color making your salon visits more frequent.

So after Micheal, the educator for Affinage in Las Vegas formulated my color…. the color went on my scalp with, ghasp, not an itch or burn in sight! I’m sold on the sulfates, I hope you are too 🙂 Please vote for Miracles for best Salon.


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The Peoples Choice Awards….Celebrity Hairstyles

Happy New Year!

We at Miracles Salon wish you all happiness and health for 2010! An arctic start here in the Washington, D.C. area, but that doesn’t mean that under those hats, hoods and scarves we shouldn’t have red carpet-worthy hair.

The new year is starting off with a bunch of award shows where celebrities are going to be wearing the seasons must haves and ofcourse, the “it” hair styles. This past Sunday was the People’s Choice Awards, and on January 17th the Golden Globe awards will be airing on TV. I know Racheal Zoe must be in a scramble trying to find the must have dresses of the season, and accessories to match. So, as we brace the winter chills, spring fashions will be in full force.

What was going on at the People’s Choice Awards? There was one overall trend when it came to hair, most celebrities had their hair down in a soft wave: Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Carrie Underwood– but also Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman who opted for the flat iron look. Ladies, I keep saying it, bring those hot rollers out! With a little bit of practice, it should take you no more than ten minutes to have red carpet hair!

I don’t think this trend is going anytime soon, I wonder if it’s going to continue to the Golden Globes, or will they muster up something new? I guess we shall have to wait and see. Until then, plug in those hot rollers and pull out the hairspray!

Happy Curling!

Rating 3.00 out of 5

What are you doing for New Years….?

Right after Thanksgiving, I started getting asked the same question by my clients and friends…”what are you doing for New Years?” I don’t know why, but this question stresses me out! I hadn’t even prepared for Christmas, how can I begin to start to think about New Years. Well, we at the salon have successfully survived the Christmas rush, so 2010 here we come!

Naturally as a girl you first think, what am I going to wear? Ha! So I have the dress, hopefully it isn’t ridiculously cold where I have to cover it up with my Arctic Parka!

my dress

Okay so we have the dress covered, shoes and bag can be found in my overflowing closet, so now what next? HAIR! What kind of hairstyle do I want? I’m thinking a New Years Eve blowout will do the trick! Face it ladies, your blowdry always looks better when it’s done by a professional.

Miracles Salon is hosting a New Years Eve Blowout Party–champagne, chocolate and strawberries all day long! We will be open from 9am-9pm for you to come get your New Years Blowout, so be sure to make your appointments soon! For the ladies that don’t want a blowdry, make your requests: up-dos, down-dos, goddess curls, waxing, make-up and more! Make sure when the ball drops, you and your hair are still looking good. Get those kissing lips glossed and the hair coiffed, 2010 here we come!
Miracles Salon
1501 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
Our Website

goddess curlsupdo

*The dress is from Neiman Marcus: Sequin-Necklace Tunic Dress by Nicole Miller

Rating 4.00 out of 5

Blazing Hair……highlights and lowlights from Scruples

ScruplesBlazing-Low-Lights-Miracles just took a color class, it was Blazing! Blazing is a highlighting & color system by Scruples. So, what did we learn?

Olympia (L) & the educator for Scruples (Pam Anderson)
Olympia (L) & the educator for Scruples (Pam Anderson)

Voula getting blonder
Voula getting blonder

Ray & Ritu
Ray & Ritu
Have you ever been to a salon, and been shown a swatch of color that your hair was going to look like, but wasn’t even close? Are you tired of those brassy, reddish tones that you call your “highlights.” There is no need for sitting under a dryer for longer than 15 minutes. Well what if I tell you that now you have the opportunity to get exactly what you ask for?
Maria checking the blazing!
Maria checking the blazing!

With your new Blazing color, you will maintain your healthy, shiny hair WITH a beautiful color. No need to spend HOURS lifting and toning in the salon. This one step highlighting system is brand new, and MIRACLES SALON has it! Over eight different colors to choose from, ranging from a red to platinum!

Call to check availability for appointments.
Miracles Salon
1501 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
Our website

Rating 3.00 out of 5

How to get the Farah Fawcett Hairstyle ?

Hi, it’s Voula!

As a stylist, there are certain style icons of hair that you never forget: Twiggy, Rachael (Friends), the “Posh” cut, and most of all Farah Fawcett! With every era there is a cut or style that everyone wants. You all know what i’m talking about. When Victoria Beckham stepped out with her stacked, a-symmetrical bob, how many of your friends went out and got the same cut? In one day I did six in a row! I can do that cut with my eyes closed.
posh cut

Well, as the cold weather is slowly approaching, everyone wants something “hot” for winter. Well, Farah (God rest her soul) is “hot” for winter. Artists always become sought-after when they pass, so why shouldn’t it be the same for haircuts? In tribute of Farah Fawcett, her style is coming back! Yay! Long, layered hair is in ladies. I’m not talking about those bone straight styles we get with a flat iron. Give your CHI a bit of hibernation time, and whip out those hot rollers. Long, sexy, bouncy, flirty hair is all the rage. Have a kick in your step and some bounce in your hair as we all pay tribute to Charlies original angel!


Okay, I know what you all are thinking…. How do I accomplish this look? Wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo (I know we have a recession and Pantene/Herbal Essence is easy on the pocket, but for a couple more dollars you will really see and feel the difference in a true professional product–Redken, Pureology, Paul Mitchell) . Next, towel-dry your hair to get most of the moisture out. Massage a dollop (handful) of mouse through your ends, then whip your head upside down and dry it completely with the blow-dryer. Meanwhile your hot-rollers should be plugged and warming up. Once your hair is dry, take small to medium sections and wrap your hair around the rollers , making sure your ends lay smooth on the roller. After rolling on the rollers give them all a spray (a pliable hairspray will do the trick), let them cool on your head for 15-20 minutes. Take the rollers out and give it a gentle finger comb, and your done!! We have great hair specials at our salon this winter, take a look at our SPECIALS page and buy one for you, and another for a gift. Go ahead..give the gift of….Gorgeous

Check out our Miracles-Specials

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Does Short Hair Turn You On, Baby?

If I had a penny for every time someone said to me they are growing their hair out, I would have “a pretty penny!” Ladies, why do we insist on growing our hair out? All we do is wash and go, let it just hang there and hope that the layers will give us volume; or we just put it in a ponytail! WHY ARE WE GROWING OUR HAIR OUT??(Except of course when we are growing it out to donate to a great cause like Locks of Love)

keira knightley short hairOkay, so here is the badass guide for fall: SHORT HAIR CUTS TURN US ON!! Chop off that hair, liberate yourself and get a sexy short hair styles today! Lets face it, short haircuts are easier to style, always look good and there is something for everyone. Obviously not everyone can have a pixie haircut, but anything above the shoulders will do. Try something that is just shy of being able to be put up in a ponytail. If you can tie your hair back, it defeats the purpose of getting a sexy short hair style.
short hair cuts
I know that cutting your hair off is frightening, so be sure you are ready. Look at pictures online to find styles you like and even styles you don’t like. If you give your stylist an idea of what you do and don’t like, it will give them a better sense of what you are looking for. Be open to ideas from your stylist, and most importantly, make sure you are on the same page before those scissors come out.

katie holmes haircut pixieConvinced it’s time to get a new short hair style for fall 2009? Come to Miracles where we specialize in short haircuts and short hairstyles. Also check out our cold weather packages on our website for some awesome deals for highlights, haircuts and hair color. Click Here.

Thanks for reading, and HAPPY CUTTING!

Rating 4.00 out of 5
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