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Our Holiday Benefit is December 7 at the Hard Rock Cafe!

Update 12/20/17 – Thank you to everyone who helped to make our holiday benefit on December 7 a huge success! We had over 250 attendees and were able to help raise $7,500 for Blessons!

Join us Thursday, December 7 for our 2017 Holiday Benefit! This year’s event will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W Ontario, and is a benefit for Blessons’ efforts to empower women through education.

The event will kick off at 6:30 and will feature live music by Dina Bach, Pia Easley & Allied Forces. There will be a fashion show with clothing and style by Belmont Army and hair and makeup by the XEX team. Hannah Stanley from WGN Radio will emcee the event!

Tickets are available at XEX for $10. They will also be available at the event for $15. Looking forward to seeing you!

Learn more about Blessons at blessons.org

December 20, 2017 | 3 Comments »
| Posted in: Community, Salon News

Win Lunch for 10 People at Wow Bao!

Wow Bao Website

Congratulations to Nikki Boyer on winning our 180th High Five Giveaway! Thanks to all who entered.

For our next High Five Giveaway we are giving away lunch for up to 10 people at Wow Bao (a $130 value)!

About Wow Bao

Wow Bao specializes in savory steamed buns – a favorite portable snack throughout Asia, pan-seared potstickers, steamed dumplings, fresh soups and salads, rice bowls, and homemade fresh ginger gingerale. A major “fast food” throughout Asia, our bao flavors include: BBQ Pork, Thai Curry Chicken, Spicy Mongolian Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken and Whole Wheat Edamame. To help start the day off healthy and delicious, Wow Bao offers three flavors of breakfast bao: Bacon, Egg and Cheese, Spicy Sichuan Sausage, and Egg, Spinach and Mushroom. And for the dessert lover in us all, Wow Bao features two, Coconut Custard and Chocolate.

Wow Bao has multiple location in Chicago. The closest one is just steps from XEX at 1 West Wacker Blvd, Chicago, IL. Visit their website at www.wowbao.com or call them at 312.658.0305 for more information.

Contest Question

Will getting regular hair trims help it grow faster?

Hint: Check out our recent blog post for the answer.

Now, just add a comment to this post with the right answer to be eligible to win! The winner will be announced on Friday, September 15. Enter by midnight on Thursday, September 14.

All individuals 21 and older are eligible, whether you are a client of XEX or not. Must be able to pick up the gift certificate at XEX, 35 West Wacker Drive, Chicago within 30 days of winning. Leaving a comment opts you in for the XEX email list, which is sent out 1-2 times per month. You may unsubscribe at any time.
August 15, 2017 | 27 Comments »
| Posted in: Salon News

Protect Your Scalp! Summer Hair Guide for Men

It’s already the end of May and the temperature outside is feeling warm! With warm weather come more outdoor activities like camping and trips to the beach. Warm weather also indicates that the sun is closer to the Earth which means more damaging UV rays hitting your scalp. It’s easy to forget to pay attention to your head when you’re taking care of skin protection. Here are some tips to help keep your scalp healthy this summer!

Do a Daily Cleansing

We all know the summer is hot. We also know that heat makes us sweat in order to cool down. Well, our scalp sweats just as much which is why it’s important to shampoo it every day in the summer. Sweat not only is filled with toxins your body wants to get rid of, but it’s also jam packed with salt that dries out the skin. Aveda’s Men’s Pure Performance shampoo is gentle and helps remove all this dirt from your follicles. If you find that you need a little bit more help removing dirt, Pure Performance also carries an exfoliating shampoo to help really scrub away any dirt without over drying your head. Finding a good shampoo and conditioner duo is vital for your scalp health. It’s important to invest in products that won’t damage or dry out your hair and skin. A clean and moisturized scalp will also help fight again hair loss and thinning.

After Shower Care

Once you’re all done with shampooing and conditioning your hair, the routine shouldn’t stop there. An important part of your after-shower routine should be to oil your hair (yes, oil). Even though your scalp produces plenty of sweat and oil during the summer, it’s also excreting salt and other toxins your body sheds while sweating. Shampoo helps get rid of all this, but also leaves your hair feeling dry. Oil helps add moisture to your hair, leaving it shiny and moisturized. Aveda’s Dry Remedy Oil is an amazing go-to for summer since it’s not only moisturizing, but also light enough to avoid clogging up your hair follicles and having your hair feel unwashed.

Outdoor Protection

If you’re planning a day in the sun, on the beach or elsewhere, you should make sure you have plenty of sunscreen. Not only is sunscreen important for your skin, but it’s just as important for your scalp. Sunscreen can be applied onto the scalp and hair to protect from painful sunburn. Your doctor can help determine the SPF that’s right for you, but you should always wear some sort of sun protection if you’re planning a day outside. If you feel like sunscreen isn’t enough, a hat is another alternative for protecting your scalp. Make sure that your hair is not too tight because this can cause unwanted tension at the root which can lead to breakage and fallout.
For those of us who plan on hitting the pool this summer, make sure you’re protecting yourself from the chlorine. Chlorine is not only damaging to your hair, but it also damages your scalp and contributes to dryness. To help, a swim cap will protect your head against the chlorine. If you’re not too keen on wearing a cap, Aveda’s After Care Cleaning shampoo is here to help. Wash your hair after the pool with this shampoo and pair it with Aveda’s After Care Masque to help rinse any chlorine from your hair and add extra moisture to your scalp.

Go see your Stylist!

Another great way to help your hair and scalp look and feel its best is to get regular cuts. Cutting your hair short for summer is great because the shorter the hair, the more your scalp will be able to breath as air flows through. Another thing to avoid is chemicals. Color, relaxers or any other service that involves chemicals can dry the hair in the summer; however, this can be the last thing you switch up.

Your stylist will be able to help you determine which products to purchase, what routine to follow and what cut you should get to ensure that your hair and scalp are healthy, shiny and moisturized during the hottest time of the year. The summer is a wonderful time, especially for outdoor activities. It shouldn’t be wasted on sunburnt scalp and damaged hair. Protect your head and let your hair flow in the wind this Summer.

Win a Free Night at the Fairmont Hotel!

Fairmont Hotel Website

Congratulations to Rachel Hargrove on winning our 168th High Five Giveaway and thank you to all who entered!

Our next High Five Giveaway is for a free night at the Fairmont Hotel.

About The Fairmont Hotel

The Fairmont Chicago anchors Chicago’s Lakeshore East, the hottest new neighborhood in the city’s east Loop area. The hotel just completed a $50 million renovation to our 687 guest rooms including 65 suites and 84 Fairmont Gold rooms.

Surrounded by Millennium and Grant Parks and a host of cultural and artistic attractions, The Fairmont is Chicago’s premier event hotel. Stepping in the new Fairmont Chicago or stepping out on the town, indulge in all that is Chicago and you will remember why this world-class city beckons your return.

The Fairmont Hotel is located at 200 N Columbus Drive, Chicago. Their phone number is 312-565-8000. Visit their website at www.fairmont.com/chicago.

Contest Question

What is the name of the Pet of the Week that we posted on our Facebook page on Thursday, August 25?

(Hint: Check out our Facebook page for the answer!)

Now, just add a comment to this post with the right answer to be eligible to win! The winner will be announced on Friday, September 15. Entries must be received by midnight on Thursday, September 14.

All individuals 21 and older are eligible, whether you are a client of XEX or not. Must be able to pick up the gift certificate at XEX, 35 West Wacker Drive, Chicago. Must pick up gift certificate within 30 days. Leaving a comment opts you in for the XEX email list, which is sent out 1-2 times per month. You may unsubscribe at any time.
August 25, 2016 | 71 Comments »

Join us for our 2014 Holiday Benefit!

Salon holiday party

We’re thrilled to announce our 2014 Holiday Benefit! The event will be held on Friday, December 12. 100% of proceeds from your hair services that day will be donated to Feeding America.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in our giving tree. Some of our favorite Chicago businesses have donated great items to the benefit. Here’s your chance to donate to a great cause and get something in return!

Book your appointment for Friday, December 12, to be a part of this festive day of giving.

December 2, 2014 | 2 Comments »