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dpHue Minneapolis: Hair color to go

A few months back, I decided I was an amateur hair colorist, and an impatient one at that. I didn’t want to wait for my stylist (also my best friend) to get me in at her new salon, I needed change NOW.

Now, before I proceed, I should tell you this didn’t go badly as it probably should have. In fact my experience with dpHue at the posh 50th and France Ave. location was incredibly chill. The specialist took her time with me (even thought I wanted new color, like, yesterday) and for $50 I went home with clear, handwritten instructions and clearly labeled bottles to equip me for my dyeing spree.

I’ve DIY dyed before, and usually the results are OK (except the one time in college when I tried to dye my red hair Manic Panic Blue without bleaching first). These results were indeed salon quality but they only allow you to go darker — they don’t want average Janes playing with bleach (wonder why!). That said, I didn’t really want darker, I wanted brighter. So because my results were a flat cranberry red and I was going for copper orange (lighter than my hair color), I didn’t exactly come away with the “I’m a model OMG” results that you get after the salon. But it wasn’t a total wash. If you’re looking to go darker and save about $50 off your beauty bill, try these guys on!

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Aster + Bay Green Glow Mask: Juice diet for your face

I was on an organic thing for a while.  It lasted several months, my skin looked great, but the temptation of the big, bad, broad world of makeup brands lured me back in. If you’re an artist you don’t only want to paint with 4 colors. I’ll probably revisit this skin diet of sorts again, but I digress…

I got the Aster + Bay Green Glow mask at Spirit Beauty Lounge, which is basically Sephora for the organic world. I loved the packaging — nice solid glass jar — and it had decent reviews. What I didn’t realize is that the mask is a powder that can be mixed with water, which is a plus and minus at the same time: Plus when you want to control the consistency, minus when you’re lazy and just want to slop it on and go back to watching Jon Snow on Game Of Thrones.

I used a jar from the kitchen normally made for dipping sauces and put one teaspoon of product and a few drops of water. It’s really easy to over water, and then you get nothing but what looks like kale juice. I’ve learned a little water goes a long way to get a thick paste going, and then add a few more drops to smooth it out.

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Unlike clay masks (which I love), this guy doesn’t dry the face out to the point it feels the the floor of the oldest desert known to man. It’s actually a very nice medium — tightens up the skin, leaves it feeling really fresh, and seems to minimize pores a bit. And it’s such a beautiful algae green! My only slight complaint is the smell, which isn’t horrible but kind of earthy. What you might expect from an organic brand where fragrance is skipped in favor of truly heathy product. Truth be told, I’d take that any day over the shady companies that mask all their toxins in fragrance (FDA loophole).

Thanks Aster and Bay for making solid skincare that’s stylish, safe, and actually works. I’ll be alternating this mask with my clay one weekly.

BATB rating: 8/10