☀️Summer Update ☀️

Well things slow down a little around here in the summer so I thought I’d just share a little about what everyone is up to!

Valeria and Shai are in Vegas for the annual Paul Mitchell gathering! Getting some education and staying up on trends for the coming season. Gathering offers hands on training with the leaders of the industry on the latest techniques. The rest of us are drooling over the pics they are posting and hungry for the knowledge they will come home with!

(If you’re wondering who the guy is that’s Shai’s hubby Justin we call him Opie aren’t they cute? Opie has built a lot of the furniture you see around the salon, he also installed the blowdryers from the ceiling, handy guy)

Also #babywatch2018 Continues for Blair…

We are still waiting. Stay tuned!

Also we said farewell to this Babe! 😭

After years of making us smile and solving our problems and showing up early and staying late and straight up hustling. This babe is moving on to chase a new dream! We will miss you so much love! Best of luck on your new adventures! VISIT OFTEN! Thanks for everything we love you always❤️

If you’re looking for something new to do downtown check out Crave!

It’s a whole restaurant devoted to COOKIE DOUGH. Cookie dough guys. They also have ice cream sammies, cookies and shakes. It’s on Walnut just east the Mud Lounge and Bookmarx. Yummmmm

Last but not least if your hair needs some summer lovin after all the sun and salt water and chlorine check in the PM Sun line 👇🏻

It’ll protect your hair from the elements and help keep your color from fading! (Think sunscreen for your color) protect your investment!


Happy Independence Day!

Just a quick post this week on everything you need for a fab 4th!

If you’re not going to be in the water or standing over your BBQ grill and are wanting to see some fireworks on the 4th, here are a few places you can check out:

In Battlefield, you can check out Fireworks in the Park starting @ 2:00 pm: inflatables, food and games and fireworks around 9.

Here in Springfield, fireworks @ Hammons Field: event starts @ 6:30 (pro tip if you didn’t get tickets you can join the parking lot party across Chestnut Expressway @ OTC )

In Ridgedale (Big Cedar lodge) there is a picnic live music and fireworks at dark.

If you’re going to be home with your family, let me suggest some red white and blue Sangria!

(Found @ givemesomeoven.com where she also has a recipe for a red white and blueberry margarita 👌🏻)

You’ll need:

1 bottle of dry white wine

2 cups of fresh blue berries

1 cup of raspberries

1 cup of apple or white grape juice

1 lb of strawberries sliced

1 bottle of champagne or sparkling white wine

3-4 Granny Smith apples (bonus pts if you use a cookie cutter to cut them into cute little stars)

I stir the wine and the berries together and let sit refrigerated for 4 hours to let the flavors meld, when ready to serve add the apples and champagne. 🍾

4th of July is also a good time to consider giving your hair a little TLC. Chances are it’s been on the back burner for a while, while you’ve been soaking up the sun! All that sun, salt water and chlorine really take a toll on our hair. Mid-summer is a great time to squeeze in a little TLC during your next appointment. Ask your stylist to use a clarifying shampoo and to recommend the RIGHT deep conditioner for you. (they are NOT all created equal…she’ll know what’s best for your hair)

From all of us here @ the salon, we wish you all a safe and happy 4th!!!

“And the Bossy goes to…”

Ah as some of you may know our staff has a special fondness for The Office. There was an episode dedicated to a yearly event they had called “The Dundies” which was a sort of sarcastic award show. As a staff we’ve often joked about what cheeky award we’d give each other on our best and worst days, but this week, our sweet little Jordan made it a reality.

The AVBS way..

With lots of food. (Have you noticed there is always food at an AVBS event?)

And a photo backdrop, (another event staple) how cute are they? 🤗

Although we haven’t all mastered the use of props..

The awards were golden color brushes.. (of course) here is an idea of what we were winning.. (if you can call it winning?)

I have to say Blair’s made me laugh the hardest.

There were games and shenanigans. Valeria sent us all home with goodie bags Bc she’s the sweetest!

Special thanks to our MC Jordan and Valeria for another sweet memory for AVBS history!

Summa Summa Summa Time

Earlier this week, a few of us had a little outing to Lavender Falls Farm.

Tucked off the beaten path in Clever is a little farm, centered in fields of Lavender

Under a tin roof were quaint tables. Adding to the ambiance, were fresh flowers, soft lighting and live music.

We made it our goal to try the entire menu, which was packed with lavender infused options. Here are a few of our favs

There really is something for everyone. It was a lovely evening spent with lovely friends.

Some of you might recognize that sweet lil lady I have my arm around, it’s Jessica Lacy, the face of our front desk for many years. (This is photo proof that once you are part of the AVBS family, we keep you forever.)

It was lovely and relaxing.. but no night with this crew is complete without some shenanigans. This time it was brought to us by the weather. One of those only in Missouri pop up storms where the rain blows around sideways rolled in and sent us running for shelter.. Blair called it a real toad strangler!

But it takes more than rain to keep us from having a good time. This was actually one of my favorite parts of the evening… oh and these two goons.. 👇🏻

So, perfect summer night. Check out Lavender Falls on Facebook, where you can get all the deets about their hours and upcoming events. You won’t regret it! I know we’ll be back. (And if you happen to see us there.. well, sorry we’re being so loud)


Earlier this week Shai hosted a Sprinkle for Blair’s soon to arrive bundle of joy! Shai has such an eye for detail. (It makes her a great stylist but also she throws awesome and PRETTY parties) It was the stuff bohemian dreams are made of with all the bright colored quilts, taco bars, flowers crowns and just the good energy that comes when these girls get together.

Here are some pics of my favorite babes celebrating a soon to come Baby!!

Beautiful night and beautiful girls. Blair we are so excited for you!! Can’t wait to meet him or her soon!! ❤️


Now that it’s summer, many of you are planning your summer vaca’s and it made me nostalgic about some of the staff trips we’ve taken over the years.

Over the summer, I’ll give you a sneak peak on a few of our past adventures. Today we’re reminiscing about our first trip to Denver!

We went to Denver to visit Valeria’s good friend Kara (owner of Salon Foushee) and spend some time seeing how they operate their salon and teach them some of our tricks.

Kara and Valeria met early in their careers and traveled doing hair shows together for Paul Mitchell.

In fact here is a pic of Kara with John Paul DeJoria! (…sorry Kara I sure did steal this from your fb page 😬)

Kara owns 2 salons, one in downtown Denver and one in Littleton, Colorado. (They are both gorgeous!) Here are a few pics of our team teaching color techniques at the downtown location.

These photos exist to show we did actually do something hair related on this trip because, like always, we managed to squeeze in a lot more play than work into this short trip. (No one was surprised)

Here are some pics of our fun!

Even though we only went for a few days, we attempted to eat at every restaurant in Denver. We played A LOT of giant jenga. We hiked Red Rocks at dawn. We visited Garden of the Gods, and ended our trip in Manitou Springs.

Sweet Nicolette (who started her career at AVBS and is now working for Kara) sweetly showed us around the city. (She’s the one pictured above with our “flat Casey” who was also along on all our adventures.)

This is also the trip where me made our rally flag.. Speaking of that..Emily.. -what ever happened to the flag?

Speaking of EMILY.. Also.. I found alllll of these on my phone after I got home from this trip. Thanks Em and Blair. (The importance of passcode protection folks..)

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of our past summer fun! Special thanks to Kara Forshay, and the amazing staff at Salon Foushee for hosting us and putting up with our crazy! We love learning with you! ❤️

Stay tuned next week for a very special Wedding Post!!

Sad Sappy Post.

Ok y’all. It’s time. In case I never mentioned… it’s me, Christy, writing here. In case you haven’t heard, I’m leaving the salon.

I’ll still contribute here, so you’ll still hear from me. But seeing as next week is going to be my last in the salon I wanted to write a sad sappy post. To those I’m leaving.. specifically the E1’s, who are at the beginning of their careers from me, looking back..

I had no idea what I was getting into when I walked through the doors of the old salon building all those years ago with my resume. I thought I was applying for a job. You don’t get a job at AVBS. You get a family.

From my perspective, it happens about the time an upper element starts asking your opinion on toners. That’s when you’re in. That’s when we trust you. You’re not a baby anymore. You’re one of us. So buckle up, Butter Cup. It’s hard to be part of a big family. It’s kind of like suddenly having too many big sisters. They have opinions on everything. Who you’re dating, what you’re wearing, how you’re spending your time, your paycheck and (For. The. Love.) how we fold the towels. It’s tough to find where you fit in and to know what role you’re going to play. Let me offer you some insight about your employers because I have been observing them for nearly a decade.

What do you need to know about Valeria?

I think VB was born with an extra gene for patience. I have seen her move with grace through situations that would have me shower crying in a fetal position with ease and a smile. -I’m not talking stressful day at work (although she definitely does that) I mean the real stuff of life that pulls at the corners where your faith is grounded. People don’t suspect it because she’s smiley and cheerful, but she has a deep well of inner strength. Girlfriend can handle herself. She has levels of grit most of us will never have to draw on.

-So watch her. Learn from her. Even in the break room. Hear me when I say this -She is teaching YOU. She’s chosen THOSE words on purpose. There is a reason. Look at her when she’s talking to you. Don’t dismiss her. Learn from her. Rarely in life are you going to meet someone with so much natural talent, who wants to give it all away to make you better.

That being said, help her out, remind her of things, she’s juggling a lot. She’ll appreciate it. Know her schedule. PUT THINGS AWAY (For the love of God. Put things away! -When you see what needs to be done, do it. Don’t make her ask) Speak with a smile. Return her kindness to others. She appreciate your hustle, but she will respect you based on how you treat other people. Pay attention.

Then there is Michael. What tips can I give you? Don’t force it with MB. Don’t be fake with him. He is as authentic as they come, so if you’re being fake, it’ll feel off to him. Just get to know him. It’s worth it. He’s original, and unlike anyone you’ve ever met. Don’t try to put him in a category. He won’t fit in one.

Don’t forget he’s worked behind the chair, and he wasn’t a natural. That means everything about yourself and this skill that you are questioning, he’s also questioned. That’s an asset to you. He’s studied every part of this business with a microscope. Imagine what having access to that knowledge could do for your business, USE IT. But when you ask him a question, make sure you want the real answer, because he’s going to be honest.

His to do list is longer then you know, and YOU (yes you) are important to him. So if you bring him a problem (no matter how small) I promise it will consume him until is solved. Think of how powerful that is, -and don’t abuse it. We as a staff, are A LOT. Realize he’s doing this for e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e and you are not the only one with needs. You, ARE important, and so is everyone else.

E1’s.. I wish somebody told me this in the beginning. I wish somebody explained it all. Told me to be eager, to be early, and be kind. Absorb everything because it’s valuable. But if you’re here, you have some idea. I’m sorry I’m leaving before I get to know you better. Enjoy the ride.

-oh, and one last thing.. PLEASE be nice to the reservationists.