Behind the Chair with Holistic Hairstylist Ava Langenbach
We had the pleasure of chatting with Ava, a holistic hairstylist who creates hair magic at Salon Fig, an eco-friendly salon in Newton, New Jersey. Her passion for helping others embrace their natural beauty inside and out shines through in her stunning transformation photos. We chatted with Ava to learn more about her love for hair and the EVOLVh products she reaches for both for herself and her clients—enjoy!
When did you first fall in love with doing hair? And how long have you been a stylist?
Ever since elementary school I always said I wanted to become a hairstylist. Growing up my mom would get me cosmetology mannequin heads for Christmas, so I can practice braiding and styling hair whenever I wanted. That’s when I really fell in love with the trade. Once I graduated high school I went to get my Cosmetology license and have been working as a stylist for around 3 years now.
Do you have a particular signature or specific approach to your styling?
When styling I approach a more lived in natural look. I love enhancing my clients natural beauty.
Which EVOLVh products are your favorites to use on yourself and/or clients and what do you love most about them?
My favorite product of all time is easily the InstaVolume Mousse. It leaves my curls and my clients curls defined but still leaves their hair feeling like hair! The mousse doesn't make your hair feel sticky or crunchy—it gives you effortlessly soft defined curls. Not only does the mousse help the curly girls, it also helps add volume and body in blowouts as well.
Can you share some of your top tips for taking care of or styling curly hair?
Make sure your hair is soaking wet with water this will help eliminate frizz and help add definition to your curls. Using the right products are essential for curly hair because they need extra love and hydration.
Fall is around the corner; what color or styling trend do you love to see or create during this season?
I am loving the new fall hair color trend “cowgirl copper"
What does your personal hair care routine look like? What is your Hair Type?
Having thick long curly hair may seem like a lot of work but I like to leave it simple as possible. I only wash my hair twice a week using EVOLVh SmartCurl Shampoo and SmartColor Conditioner. Every 2 weeks I also use the UltraRepair Masque to keep my ends feeling healthy. Once out of the shower I apply a Leave-In Conditioner along with the InstaVolume Mousse and let it air dry.
Do you have an infamous hair regret?
Definitely box dying my hair during Covid lockdown was my infamous hair regret.
If you could style ANY celebrity in the world, who would it be?
I would love to style Jennifer Anistons hair one day.
When you're not busy in the salon, what is your favorite way to unwind and take care of yourself?
My favorite things to do to unwind from work is doing anything outside... snowboarding, hiking, fishing , and running.
Follow Ava @styledbyava.margaret for endless hair inspo and tips!