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Posted on December 23, 2011 by Nam Nam
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It has been an exciting and expansive year at Mahin. Kate and Caitie started the year with trips to Manhattan to attend Bumble University and broaden their fashion sense. Caitie returned as the Blow Dry Queen, and Kate after attending advance styling sessions and further one on one’s with Mahin impresses with perfect Updos. We took a great trip to Las Vegas for more education with Oribe last May. He is fascinating as he is fascinated by the world around him. This year theme was Pussy Cat and Alien Beauty. Here is a clip of what we experienced:

The year ended with the introduction of Concen-Straight a formaldehyde free alternative to Keratin Smoothing treatments for shiny frizz free hair from Bumble and Bumble. We are quite happy with the result and thrilled to have found a way to smooth tresses without worries. Mahin and I are quite excited about Kate, Caitie and Laila and their new skills and look forward to to working with them to better serve our clients.

Our world, this world of beauty is a great place with a different lense through which life is viewed, everything must be sublime. Beauty is never sacrificed for function. The goal is to make it practical, beautiful, functional and sensuous. Attention is paid to smallest details to make the grooming experience efficient and pleasurable. …Above all pleasurable, soothing to senses. Lately, I have been bringing my loved ones products from the store for all occasions. It has been a surprising rediscovery of what sets the products in our store apart. The performance of the products is not so surprising, what I find surprising, pleasing, and unexpectedly are the scents and the presentations. On trips with friends as we arrange these little treasures around the sink and in the shower, suddenly our mundane grooming routine is transformed, beautiful bottles and innovative nozzles and sprays. Followed by a cornucopia of scents, textures, creams and gels, as we share and discover delights and try new things from our friends grooming kits. My small secret pleasure these days is discovering a sublime scent on my loved ones as I lean close to serve food, give a hug or make room next to me on a bench and discover scent of something I use myself. Suddenly it is a new scentsation and lovelier as I experience it, as if new, on someone else. I am so happy as I lean over after a long trip or walk to give a friend hug and instead of the usual I am greeted by a lovely, fresh whiff from their hair, or skin. All this just makes life more attractive, people more attractive and being physically close, and touching more attractive. Being polished is work and it makes us better in so many ways.

Happy Holidays everyone and to a great new year.

love and light.
nam nam

Welcome to Mahin.

Posted on October 23, 2011 by Nam Nam
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The Summer of 2011 was the culmination of many idea and trial over the years at Mahin. Beauty Lounge and Cosmetic Boutique. For the past 20 years, we have worked to provide an intimate space dedicated to creating the best looks and options for our guests. For the past 20 years Mahin and I have searched corners and streets of London, Paris and New York to spot the new looks and the best niche products, as well as cool new concepts for our clients. We are quite excited to watch our store grow and quite excited about our wonderful team who now share our knowledge with more guests.

In 1994 Mahin returned from London after attending a Toni and Guy workshop excited about a new cut and new technique to make this cut work. We were not surprised when we discovered the same haircut that following year on Jennifer Aniston (Friends,Rachel) and this look became the rage. A few years later a friendly guy walked into our store to show us a new product line by “bumble and bumble” we also had started noticing, these great mussed up short cuts on leading men and very feminine short cuts on women. As we investigated further we learned that this was indeed the razor cut technique developed by our very own bumble and bumble. We are proud to have been the first Salon in Palo Alto (since 1994) to have provided these products and hair cuts. Mostly recently we have discovered a formaldehyde free option for smoothing hair, fantastic Oribe products and Juliette Has a Gun and Costume National fragrances.Over years, our clients have come to rely on us, for more than just hair and products. Sometimes it is a questions about a great new restaurant in town, which yoga studio to try, or were to stay when in a big city. Other times, its a question about healing properties of crystals, or which essential oil to use, or who to try for a great massage.

We are in constant search of beauty, health and bliss. We are curious about the world around us and its new ideas.These pursuits have led us to many great discoveries and many great people and experiences.Mahin. isn’t just about great hair, and great products, but a lifestyle and a distinguished aesthetic in an rapidly changing world. I hope you visit us from time to time.

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