Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins

Each fall, we all go nuts for everything pumpkin, indulging in flavored coffees, pastries, and cocktails, lighting candles, and spicing up our home decor with vibrant orange hues. Pumpkins seem to be synonymous with autumn, a perfect complement to the moments of cozy relaxation we crave as the weather cools down.

So, I think everyone can agree: pumpkins are awesome! Here at Moko, we love the big orange squash for more than just its delicious taste and aroma. Pumpkins are also highly beneficial to your skin, hair, and overall health, especially during the dry, cold winter months.

Pumpkins are chock-full of all kinds of healthy goodies - vitamins (A, C, and E), minerals (zinc, potassium), and antioxidants (leutin, xanthin, carotenes). They also work as an excellent natural exfoliant and humectant (meaning it moisturizes and helps other products absorb) that's gentle enough not to irritate sensitive skin. This combination makes pumpkin a natural powerhouse for your complexion, with anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and acne control benefits.

Photo: Whitney Hubbard/ moko
Knowing all the amazing things that pumpkin can do, we had to find a way to feature it in our skincare services at Moko. And so we introduce The Smashing Pumpkin Mask, a soothing, restorative treat for stressed skin (and psyches) made from locally-sourced, organic, gluten-free ingredients. The 30-minute service includes a gentle cleanse before the warm mask is applied, along with a relaxing hand massage with warm jojoba oil while you soak up all the benefits that pumpkin has to offer.

So while you're sipping those lattes and lighting candles, think about pumpkin for your skin this season as well. Give Moko a call to find out more about what pumpkin can do for you. 215-922-6656

* The Smashing Pumpkin Mask is available for a limited time only. A great gift for someone special.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Essentials of Oils

If you cringe at the thought of putting oil on your face, it's probably because you equate oil with greasiness and acne. But natural oils are extremely beneficial to your skin, and are especially useful as the weather starts to turn cold and dry. 

High-quality, refined oils are balancing and replenishing, promote elasticity in the skin, and won't clog pores.Since the molecules of essential oils are so small, they absorb very easily and penetrate deep, which means they have a much stronger effect than creams. And a little oil goes a long way - smooth a few drops on your face, neck, and decolletage after cleansing, and through the ends of your hair the night before you shower. You can even add a a little oil to your regular moisturizer for an extra boost of hydration.

We're oil addicts at Moko. Our Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum is a deliciously scented blend that includes argan, geranium, carrot, and ylang ylang oils, among others. We also love John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil, which mixes pomegranate with olive and rosewood, and has a pick-me-up aroma. And John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil is a highly refined and luxurious treat for both hair and skin. 

If you're still hesitant, or want a little guidance on how to incorporate oils into your skincare routine, come by to ask us questions and sample a few drops of our highest-quality organic options.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Seeing Red

If you've ever considered going ginger, there has never been a better time. Red is big this fall, and with tons of hues to choose from, there's something for everyone in this hot color spectrum. We've put together a little redhead photo inspiration for you to help you choose your favorite look...

A few things to know about going red: fiery hues can fade faster than other tones, so regular maintenance - both at home and in the salon - are a must. You might benefit from a tinted shampoo to refresh your tone (just like lavender shampoo for blondes, there are similar products for redheads). And because all color processes are drying, be sure to rehydrate for softness, shine, and strength. John Masters Organics Lavender Avocado Intensive Conditioner is perfect for daily use, and won't weigh down fine strands. For a more intense treatment, try their Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor line. And their Shine On doubles as a moisture mask and styling product.

If you're thinking of taking the plunge, save some photos of shades that you like, and schedule a time to talk to your stylist about what will work best with your skin tone and hair type. Moko's consultations are free, so give us a call and talk to a stylist about your own red transformation! 215-922-6656

Thursday, August 2, 2012


They're everywhere. Starlets, fashion bloggers, runway models, and average Joe's alike are going postal for plaits. And with good reason - braids are easy, versatile, instant style. Have you gone one day too long without washing? A braid can fix that. Got a wedding out of town, far far away from your stylist? A DIY braided up-do will save the day. Are you too busy for a blow out, but you don't want to look like a slob? Weave a braid into that mop and you're good to go!

Have you been dying to try this trend, but don't know where to begin? It's true, some of the gorgeous braid photos you see on Pinterest are a bit too complicated to pull off with only two hands. So we've collected a few totally do-able braids for you to try on yourself at home.

Fast, easy, and feminine, an over-the-shoulder braid will pull your look together in a time crunch. Going to an Olympic watch party? Try a tight, athletic Katniss-inspired rope. Want to look effortless while running errands? Pull on the plaits to make a softer, thicker braid. And if you've got a layered cut, like Minka Kelly below, allow the ends to stick out for an artfully disheveled look.  

Looking for a quick way to pull your hair up? Try a braided bun. It's so simple: pull your hair into a ponytail, then braid the length and coil into a bun. Secure with bobby pins, spritz on a little hairspray, and you're done! For a more dressed-up take, try coiling an over-the-shoulder braid into a bun to one side of your head, and tug on the pieces to soften. 


Braiding small sections throughout your hair creates a youthful, boho vibe. Dab pomade on the ends to help hold loose braids together, or pin strands into place for a little more control. To put you pretty complexion on display, braid a section next to your face and tuck it behind your ear.

Pin a plait across your crown like a headband. Create a braid that starts behind your ear, work in the direction that you want the braid to lay, and pin into place. If you're feeling experimental, replace the traditional weave with a rope braid (it's as simple as twisting two sections together).

Adding a braided detail to a do-it-yourself updo will turn a simple style into something special. Draw attention toward your face by choosing a section along your hairline. Create two braids on either side of a center part, or part to the side and make one braided strand. And if your hair is long enough, try wrapping the braids into the back of your style.

Ready for something more challenging? Experiment by dividing hair into braided sections, and pinning them around your crown. For Ashely Olsen's milkmaid braid, secure pieces on top of your head. Or take a cue from Nicole Ritchie's self-styled look and create something artfully careless. As with any braid, tugging pieces loose will create a deliberately messy look and camouflage mistakes.

Don't forget the bonus of braiding: those pretty, natural-looking day after waves. Sleep in your style, and spritz on a lightweight product like John Masters Organics Sea Spray for texture without the weight. 

And for more ideas, check out our Pinterest board Bangs Braids Brows, which we've loaded up with idea photos to inspire your style.

If you're looking for a tutorial on braiding, or just want to be styled by a pro, come see us at Moko on First Friday, August 3rd from 6:30-8:30PM. We'll be demonstrating braids on site all evening, as well as offering bang trims and brow consultations (all for free!). So grab your girls and head on over - we'll braid your crew and send you out to gallery-hop the night away in a chic new braided style!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


If you aren't convinced of the importance of maintaining your brows, consider this: they say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Don't you want a chic set of drapes over your most important facial feature?

At a loss on how to style your brows (yes, you can style them!), or even choose the right shape to complement your look? We've got you covered with gorgeous photos and helpful tips that will bring you up to the minute on the best brow trends of 2012.

Strong brows are bold, feminine, and eternally stylish.
Still recovering from over-plucking? Dab aloe vera on your arches
to stimulate new hair growth. Doutzen Kroes, Hilary Rhoda, Keira Knightley,
and Camilla Belle all have stunning thick brows.

Brush up brows with a mascara wand spritzed with hair spray
for a youthful and romantic or artfully grungy look. Wearers of the wild hair include
Lily Collins, Natalia Vodianova, and Arizona Muse.

Contrasting brows are mega-popular in magazine editorials. Steer clear of Groucho
Marx territory by sticking to your natural shape, and choosing a color carefully.
For guidance, see Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce, or Agyness Deyn.

For a perfectly groomed arch, use brow wax to shape and shine, and never over-pluck.
Brow glamazons include Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Jessica Lowndes, and Hayden Panettiere.

Edgy and bold, light brows will allow your facial features to take center stage.
This is not a DIY project - always leave bleaching to a salon professional.
Chanel Iman, Lara Stone, Claudia Schiffer, and Rooney Mara have all worn the look well.

Made Up 
Treat your brows like an accessory with bright color, unique pencilling,
or a sparkling applique. See recent runway shows by Chanel,
Balenciaga, and Alexander Wang for ideas.

If you like what you see, but aren't sure what works best for you, come by and see us at Moko on August 3rd for our First Friday event, Bangs Braids Brows. We'll be offering free brow consultations to help you make the right decision, as well as complementary braiding and bang trims. Come hang out with us, and let us update your look!

Bangs Braids Brows - First Friday, August 3rd from 6:30-8:30PM at Moko
55 N 3rd Street between Market and Arch

Friday, July 27, 2012


What's not to love? Fringe is making a huge comeback for fall, and with so many lengths, textures, and styles to choose from, you have no excuse not to hop on the bandwagon. We want to help you choose the right fringe for your face, so we surveyed the trends and put together a collection of our favorite bangs for the season.

The Heavy 
Versatile and trendy, this model-off-duty favorite will draw attention to your eyes.
Abbey Lee Kershaw, Zooey Deschanel, Irina Lazareanu,
and Katie Holmes all wear a thick bang.

The Baby
Channel your inner Betty Page with a retro baby bang, a la Rosario Dawson,
Katy Perry,or Shannyn Sossamon. Or, cut them just above the brows for
a look with less impact, like Rashida Jones.

The Side-Swept
Pretty brows and eyes will pop with a side bang. Think of it as a 'one-shoulder dress'
for your hair. Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone, Carrie Underwood,
and Keira Knightley look lovely with a side-swept style.

The Grow-Out
This trendy boho-chic style that looks amazing even if you're not actually trying to grow them out. See Alexa Chung, Nicole Richie, Ashley Olsen, and Sienna Miller for ideas.

The Asymmetric
For a unique look that will set you apart from the crowd, try an asymmetric bang.
Hayley Williams rocks an edgy version, while Haley Bennett
and Christina Aguilera opt for a softer angle.

To style bangs, blow dry straight out of the shower while they are still very wet, and brush them in the opposite direction that you want them to lay for added body (side-to-side if you wear them straight forward.) Try flat-ironing just the top layer of hair for a boost of shine, and finish with a dab of product on the ends to help hold the style and add texture.

Talk to your stylist about the look you want to customize your fringe to fit your face shape and hair texture. Our stylists recommend bang trims every 4-6 weeks. Resist the urge to do it yourself! There's no reason to scrimp - at Moko, clients receive free bang trims. So leave it to the pros!

If you're thinking about taking the plunge, come by and see us at Moko on August 3rd for our First Friday Event, Bangs Braids Brows. Consult with a stylist, or have your bangs trimmed, free of charge! We'll also be providing complementary brow consultations and hair braiding. Bring a friend, stop by, and get styled!

Bangs Braids Brows - Friday, August 3rd from 6:30-9:30PM at Moko
55 N 3rd Street, between Market and Arch

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hair Chalking

Have you heard of it? 

Celebrities, designers, and fashion bloggers everywhere have been playing with this cheap, do-it-yourself, non-permanent way to experiment with the pastel hair color trend. 

We were first inspired when one of our employees came in with a fresh color streak in her bangs. We had to try it out for ourselves, and quickly got our hands on a box of rainbow chalks from the art supply store around the corner.

We had so much fun chalking each other that we decided to put together a couple tutorials, so that you can learn how to chalk your own hair at home. 

Chalking can be done dry or wet - dry chalking works best on light hair colors, and can be brushed out easily. Wet works best if you have dark hair, or if you would like your chalk color to last a few extra days on light hair. It will stay in your hair until you shampoo. 

Choose which type of chalking you'd like to try, and follow one of our tutorials below:

Dry Chalking


And you're finished! It's really that easy!

If you have light hair, and you want your chalk color to last until your next shampoo, you might want to try the wet chalking technique, demonstrated below. 

Adding water to the chalk dust will create a dye - too weak to stain dark hair, but strong enough to color lighter hair for a few washes. If you're feeling bold, go for it! Otherwise, be sure not to wet your light hair when you're chalking, and try to brush as much chalk out of your hair before you shampoo. 

Wet Chalking

Take our advice on a couple points:

You might want to use a pair of gloves and lay down a towel or some newspaper, because chalking can get very messy (as we learned the hard way).

Go easy on the styling products. Chalk mixed with gel or pomade will become very greasy and can rub off on your clothes or skin.

Chalk pastel can stain your clothes, so be extra careful if you have long hair. Brushing the excess chalk from your hair will help keep things spic and span.

Chalk pastels can sap needed moisture from the ends of your hair. Don't chalk too often, and be sure to condition your hair! We recommend John Masters Organics Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner - it will leave your locks soft and replenished, without adding weight.

Chalked hair looks amazing when styled! Play with braids and buns, or add curls. Heat can help lock in the color without staining your hair, so consider running a curling or flat iron over your chalked sections.

Have fun! And if you like your results, send us your photos at mokobeauty at gmail dot com


If you live in the Philadelphia area, we'll be hosting a First Friday event on July 9th from 6:30-8:30PM, and will be offering hair chalking demonstrations all evening! Come by if you'd like us to chalk your hair for you! We'll even be selling packs of our favorite colored chalks for you to take home!