The saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, if that’s the case, then Inger Ellen Nicolaisen is that mother. All the way from Norway, Inger has become mama bird to many, and created the most successful salon franchise in the world. After discovering motherhood at only sixteen years old, she not only survived teen pregnancy, but she rocked it; and shattered all kinds of glass ceilings on her way up. Inger, went on to grow both her family and her business. But still, it took a single song (Elton John’s “Nikita”) on a dance floor in a disco that would spark one of the greatest projects she could ever birth, Nikita Hair.
Since then Nikita Hair has opened over 150 location in Norway, and now can finally be found right here in Boca Raton. The doors opened to this gorgeous salon with impeccable lighting and even more impressive stylists. So, what brings Nikita to the U.S.?
Forty-three thousand. That is the number of zip codes in the United States. Once Inger heard this, she couldn’t rest until she occupied at least one of those US zip codes, and here she is. The Nikita Hair Salon is located on Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road, that’s prime real estate here in Boca Raton. The driving force behind Nikita Hair is passion. Everyone from the top to the bottom is passionate about this brand, and they should be. Nikita Hair has launched such successful sister-brands like Eleni & Chris, the likes of which have received top billing in the hair and skin care industry. A unique and powerful brand with the finest quality natural Scandinavian ingredients. I’ve been using the Facial Hydration Spray and am in love with it.
While sitting and learning directly from the master behind this glorious madness, a group of us bloggers were treated to a bit of a history lesson in Inger’s life. We listened and learned, and then began asking questions. What struck me most in this interview portion was her answer to a fairly simple question, “how did you come to open your first business at 16?” She replied very honestly, that is what I was passionate about. In a world where authenticity is few and far between, Inger had the presence of mind at only sixteen years-old to pursue her passion, knowing that success would eventually follow. Since then she has written many books on how to be successful and even starred in a local reality show.
While visiting with the staff of Nikita, it became evident that Nikita is built on family. Inger is a mother to many, but most importantly her fourteen children. Three of which are her biological children and even more that are adopted (although it seems as though even she has forgotten which is which). We were lucky enough to have them cater a delicious spread for us from scratch. After all, it seems that is how they do things around here; organically, and as a family. Everyone is invited to the table it seems, from the PR team, to the managerial staff, and even the receptionist. All hands are on deck, giving this top of the line hair salon a feeling of home. Just a very stylish home.. Everyone leaves Nikita with a great feeling, including the staff.
Nikita Hair USA prides themselves on helping their clients to be the best version of themselves. So after a decadent brunch, they whisked us away in a stretch hummer limo to give us a private tour of the first Nikita Hair USA location. This salon is beautiful and equipped to handle all of your beauty needs (mani/pedi’s/ hair color, cut, blow dry / deep conditioning treatments w/ a complimentary shiatsu scalp massage). You can choose from a Junior / Senior / or Master Stylist, all of whom are thoroughly trained. I inquired whether they could work with my curls and have been assured they are plenty qualified! In order to become a stylist in Europe you must first apprentice for as long as four years! All of their services are within a very reasonable price. Right now you can get a wash and blow dry for only $39! All in an effort to inspire all clients to feel great about themselves, and become a part of the Nikita family (this family is gorgeous!). After all, if you look great, you feel great. Feeling great about yourself can help you to accomplish anything your heart is passionate about. In any one of our 43,000 zip codes. I’m sure glad Nikita landed here at 33432!
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The summer sun can be brutal on your hair. Especially if you have blonde hair, or highlights. Last summer I began the process of balayage on my hair and loved the results. However, I knew that upon returning to Florida, that the summer sun would wreak havoc on my hair. Bleaching you hair does quite a bit of damage to the follicle, and can cause it to fray. Split ends or dry brittle hair is NOT in for the season, so I knew I’d better get pretty creative with some hair care solutions.
If you know me, like at all, you know I pretty much run on coconut oil. It’s in everything from the food we eat, to some of my favorite skin care recipes. So it’s only natural I incorporate it into my hair care routine as well. The hydrating properties of LouAna Coconut Oil are endless, so it was a no-brainer that it needed to be the main ingredient in this DIY hair mask. I picked some up at my local Publix supermarket and got started making my hair mask.
A surprising factor in this recipe is that bananas also have many great benefits for your hair. Banana is rich in potassium, natural oils, carbohydrates and vitamins which help in softening the hair and protects the hair’s natural elasticity preventing split ends and breakage. Banana in your hair mask can create manageability, shine, growth and controls dandruff. Add that with a little bit of honey and you’ve got yourself a hair mask! Honey helps to smooth and coat dry and damaged hair shafts, sealing in moisture, which is what blonde really needs if it’s going to stay healthy under the sun.
Simply mix all of the ingredients into a bowl. Then, part your hair down the middle and work it through all of your hair. Once its incorporated on one half of your head, braid that section and begin to spread it along the other half of your scalp working your way down to the ends (or you can only treat the ends and save the rest in a container in the fridge for up to five days).
Leave this mixture in your hair for thirty minutes. For added shine, you can don a shower cap to really lock in that moisture! Wash in the shower with a hydrating shampoo and get ready to rock that blonde all summer long! LouAna is the only brand of cooking oils with a full range of high quality products that deliver the performance worthy of being the foundation of any recipe. LouAna is always the start of something good!
Let’s be honest, I’m a mom. I don’t have much time for myself. I know there are moms out there that boast about still keeping up with their old lifestyle. I’m just not one of those moms. I put everything I have into my kids all day long, every day. Wearing six-inch heels while chasing after two growing boys just isn’t functional. I work hard to balance the amount I put out, and re-filling my tank constantly all the time. Yet somehow, it never quite evens out, and I’m okay with that. I know that this time is short, and soon enough they will be racing out from under my feet to their friend’s house for hours at a time. I realize that although I can’t make my bi-weekly mani/pedi appointment that I used to attend like clockwork before kids, once day I’ll be begging for them to hang with dear old mom. So for now, I take it. All of it, because these moments are fleeting, and they’ll put a smile on my face when I’m sitting in the pedicure chair watching a young mom racing in for a stolen moment to herself.
Which is why I pick and choose my battles, and the deposits I do take for myself. I find that some alone time, a good cup of tea, and a great book are all it takes to keep me happy most days. I love listening to my records, burning some incense, and slapping on a face mask. These “pockets of peace” can be weaved into any portion of my day, and now I’ve found a new love, Dreamland sleep shirts!
Comfort is key in pampering myself and these cotton sleep shirts are all the comfort you need! I recently was chosen to test drive this stylish little sleep number, and I was indeed in Dreamland! They sure beat my old sweats and a tank top. They are fashionable, flattering, and completely appropriate should my little ones creep into bed at night.
I am so happy I’ve found a sweet alternative to my old jammies, I think I’ll celebrate with my sleep shirt and a pair of fuzzy socks! My, how life has changed, and I love every minute of it. Sweet Dreams!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.