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This Is What It’s Like to Open Up a Hair Salon in a Global Pandemic

Amid the pandemic, new East Village hair salon Treehouse Social Club is helping to revitalize the downtown New York scene….

Once it was finished, there were white-painted brick walls, a tin ceiling and crown molding, arched entryways, sustainable bamboo flooring, and an outdoor patio—the latter a key component in navigating a new landscape in the time of COVID-19. At Treehouse Social Club, which offers cuts, styling, and coloring, clients more comfortable with receiving their services al fresco can go outside to the patio underneath a large, lush Japanese maple tree. “I have a backyard at my Brooklyn apartment and the calming relief it gave me and my family during quarantine was invaluable,” she explains. “I would like to provide that feeling to our clients to have a quiet and private outdoor space, even just for a moment.”

But a visit to the East Village alcove goes beyond just procuring a safe, socially distanced haircut and a breath of fresh hair. It’s an immersive experience with a distinct retro tropical feel. “The vision came about out of a need for a vacation during quarantine,” explains Mischa G, who listened to Martin Denny’s lush exotica records while dreaming up a tiki-tinged mise-en-scène. “After working in one of New York City’s biggest salons, having a space that felt like a salon was the last thing I wanted,” explains the pro. “We were very conscious of the colors we picked, the music we played, and the whole environment.” One major guiding principle: No nondescript black furniture and capes. Instead? Rich green harp chairs by Japanese salon manufacturer Takara Belmont, arched vintage mirrors above chrome shelves salvaged from the Waldorf Astoria, lucite bar cars to hold stylist’s various tools and products, and an array of floral-print satin robes for clients to slip into. True to its name, the space houses a surplus of greenery—a mix of ivy, spider plants, pothos, monstera, and majesty palms—made up of adopted plants supplied by clients moving out of town. “We’ve become a plant rescue!” laughs Mischa G.

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The Treehouse Social Club’s hallway to the outdoor patio.Photo: Courtesy of Mischa G
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How To Keep Your Car’s Interior Spotlessly Clean

Car’s Interior Spotlessly Clean

Most of us have a habit of taking our cars/vehicles to the carwash whenever it seems/feels dirty. Although the carwash might be efficient in cleaning your car’s exterior, it certainly doesn’t with your interior.   You can, however, take up the responsibility to keep your car clean by cleaning it every once in a while. Most people have a weekly cleaning routine for their homes and even their car’s exterior; why not do the same for the interior.

Under normal circumstances, your car is more likely to get dirty faster than your home. Aside from snacking and food particles falling all over the car, your dirty shoes will always soil the carpet and other parts under them. While vacuuming may help remove most of the dirt, it certainly doesn’t deep clean the carpets and seat undersides. The only way to keep it clean is to take your time to clean it as often as possible.

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According to experts, you should clean your car at least once every month. Christian Newman, the owner of C&J Automotive Detailing, notes that those who have a habit of snacking while driving and dogs/pets in the car should clean the car every other week. There’s thus a good chance you aren’t cleaning your car enough. Below are a few simple tips and steps from Mr Car Mats to keeping your car clean and hygienic.

 

  1. Vacuum Everywhere

Although most of us will only vacuum the carpets, doing so pushes dirt and dust onto other parts, such as the seats, dashboard, and compartments. One way to prevent this is to vacuum every inch of the car’s interior. Start with the door panels, dashboard, and console, then finish with the carpets. Be sure to use a strong enough vacuum cleaner for the best results.

 

  1. Open And Clean the Door Area

The door jamb is one of the most neglected areas in a car. While this may be the first part you will set your eyes on before getting in or out of the car, most people hardly vacuum or clean it. This could be because it requires a little more effort and attention. Nonetheless, use a cotton cloth or swab to polish the area mildly to remove any dirt trapped within. Consider oiling it to keep it moist too. Get more done with these tips.

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  1. Use Vinyl Cleaner To Clean The Vinyl

The vinyl cleaner will come in handy in removing dirt from dusty or fingerprint-smudged dashboards and door insides. Start by wiping the dust off using a cotton cloth, then a microfiber cloth dabbed in the vinyl cleaner to wipe down any remaining dirt. Be sure to clean every part of the dashboard and the door, especially door pockets. Vacuum and declutter the door pockets first before doing this. Do not use the vinyl cleaner on the steering wheel.

 

  1. Wash And Wipe Down the Windows

Dirt and dust may collect on your windows too. You should be able to notice the dirt when rolling the windows down. Giving the windows a good clean and then wiping them with a microfiber cloth can help remove any remaining dirt. Be sure to wipe the mirrors and door handles as well.

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9 Ways To Create The World’s Most Relaxing Bath

You’ve been busy all week, so what better way to energize yourself and recharge than by planning some Sunday me-time? It’s important to find a way to ease your stress and calm your worries, which is why a relaxing bath is just the cure! Turn your personal master bathroom into your own in-home spa with the following tips:

  1. Compile Your Bath Essentials

In order to make the most of your relaxing bath, you will need to compile all of the essentials such as scented candles, your favorite book, essential oils, and a block of luxurious bath soap. You can easily transform your bath water into swirling decadent honey by adding some Creme Brulee by Laura Mercier. For the ultimate relaxing experience try bath bombs from CBDSupplyUK.co.uk.

 

  1. Drop Some Scented Oils

Give your bath an even more relaxing effect by dispensing some scented rose or lavender oils when your bath is half full. A great product I highly recommend trying is Nicolas Malleville’s Coqui Coqui which is an all-natural bathing oil that adds a touch of luxury.

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  1. Choose The Right Temperature

It’s important to make sure your bath is neither too hot nor too cold. You want to relax, but using water that’s scalding will make you feel dizzy, which is the opposite of what we want to achieve.

 

  1. Choose Relaxing Music And Light Candles

There are some fantastic playlists readily available on Spotify to make your bath more relaxing. Try searching for terms such as calm, easy listening, or relaxing.

 

  1. Bring Indulgent Snacks

I personally prefer to sip chamomile or green tea, but bringing any kind of indulgent snack with you can help you unwind. For example, your favorite box of chocolate desserts and a good quality wine can help you blow off steam. Leave your snacks within reach, but don’t bring them too close to the tub where you may accidentally submerge them.

 

  1. Tie Up Your Hair And Try A Face Mask

Nothing says spa-like tying up your long hair and letting yourself experience a moisturizing face mask. Personally, I highly recommend the masks by Glam Glow as they offer some high-quality products.

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  1. Opt For Plush Towels And A Terry Bathrobe

Plush absorbent towels are the way to pamper yourself when getting out of your bath! Consider leaving your towel on or near your heater to make it warm while you’re in the bath. It’s also a good idea to keep a terry cloth bathrobe nearby or your pajamas ready to go when you get out of the tub.

 

  1. Let Yourself Relax!

The point of this bath is to give yourself the adequate me-time that you deserve. Do something you love such as munching on chocolates, reading a book, flipping through your favorite magazine, or just calmly listening to music.

 

  1. Take A Nap

After you’re out of your bath, why not keep the relaxation going by taking a short nap? Keep playing relaxing music and lay down to enjoy whatever is left of your day. You may even wish to warm a towel in the microwave to keep wrapped around your neck for comfort.

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