Share-A-Haircut, Make A Difference

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hair Cuttery Salons.
All opinions are 100% my own. 

I’ve talked before how transformative a good hair cut can be. Pampering yourself and trying a new look can be a quick fix to a bad day and is a time-honored step when getting over a breakup — it can totally turn things around for the better! Next week, you have the opportunity to give yourself and someone in your community a much-needed boost through Hair Cuttery’s Share-A-Haircut campaign.

Next Monday and Tuesday, for every haircut purchased at a Hair Cuttery salon, a free haircut certificate will  be donated to a survivor of domestic violence through the National Network to End Domestic Violence. How awesome is that? During the last Share-A-Haircut campaign, which benefited people experiencing homelessness, 85,000 certificates were donated. That’s tens of thousands of transformations thanks to Hair Cuttery and its clients — like you guys!

Hair Cuttery Share-A-Haircut

Honestly, this campaign is such an easy way to help someone out. Just walk in to your local Hair Cuttery salon (find one here — no appointment is necessary) on May 2nd or 3rd, and Hair Cuttery and NNEDV will make sure to give a haircut certificate to a survivor of domestic violence. A haircut isn’t as superficial as it sounds, and it can offer a stress-free respite after leaving an abusive situation and leave survivors feeling empowered.

Walk in or book a haircut at Hair Cuttery May 2nd or 3rd to Share-A-Haircut and help someone in your community! You can reach the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

~ Sarah

Eco-Friendly Products Under $30

Happy Earth Day! 🌎🌍🌏

When it comes to being eco-friendly and leading a sustainable lifestyle, I’m far from perfect. I indulge in fast fashion shopping and order takeout and most likely use way too much electricity. Nonetheless, by switching to a few eco-friendly products, you can definitely make a difference!

Eco-Friendly Products Under $30 - Shades of Sarah

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First up, the Baggu reusable tote. I have three of these, and they’re perfect (they also make great small gifts!). They come in lots of fun prints and colors, and fold up into little pouches. It is so much easier to carry these around than the reusable bags sold at the grocery store. They’re made of nylon, so they’re super strong and easy to clean.

I’m pretty good at not keeping plastic water bottles in the house (disposable water bottles are basically the worst), but would run into trouble when I was out of the house. Then I found this Contigo water bottle (only $10 at Target!). It’s leakproof (so I can carry it in purse or tote no problem) and the silicone sleeve prevents condensation from making everything damp. It also has two removable tops, so it’s easy to fill with ice cubes. It’s also dishwasher-safe. So basically it’s 💯

I also recently switched to these reusable cotton rounds for my makeup remover and toner. (I still use regular cotton balls for nail polish remover, but I used to go through multiple cotton balls daily as part of my skincare routine.) They take some getting used to — since they’re flat and thin, they’re not super absorbent so the liquid tends to float on top. Once you figure that out, it’s just as easy a regular cotton ball to use. I can get multiple uses of one swab because they’re so large (I just fold them up as I go), and they come with a little bag for the wash. It’s such relief to not see my wastebasket full of dirty cotton balls.

Let me know if you guys use and love any of these!

~ Sarah

Hit Refresh with Hair Cuttery

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hair Cuttery Salons. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

Anyone else feel like the year doesn’t really get started until spring does? I’ve written about this before, and I really find it to be true in many areas of my life — including my hair and outfit choices. I recently mentioned I was over my hair, and I knew a stop at Hair Cuttery would freshen me right up.

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

With my hair a few inches shorter and freshly colored, I feel like a new person. I’m still dealing with that new haircut styling-learning curve but worth it. (Also really relieved my favorite Cibu shampoo is color-safe!)

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

Hair Cuttery makes salon visits so stress-free. I stopped by after work on a weekday and was seated immediately (check out their store locator — they list waiting times for your local salons!). Honestly, I’m one of those annoying clients — I’m rarely sure what I want, and on this visit I didn’t even bring any inspiration photos. It didn’t matter. My stylist Jennifer patiently listened to my hair complaints and offered great suggestions. I love the color we chose, and since I was covering up older highlights, there’s some extra dimension.

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

That services at Hair Cuttery are so affordable is just icing on the cake. Full disclosure: my cut and color were paid for, but the total was a little more than I’ve paid for just a cut at independent salons. When you’re on a budget, the choice is easy — especially when the quality is top-notch. See for yourself by scrolling through the #MyHCLook hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, and don’t forget to use the hashtag if you post your own freshly updated spring look.

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

Spring is a season of change, so I say you head over to your local HC and try something new (or even newish)! And with that money you saved at the salon, you can buy a fun sundress and sandals too.

~ Sarah

Dress: Old Navy (seen here & here, similar from Target)
Necklace: La Clé (giveaway win)
Clogs: Old Navy (seen here, similar from ON)