Style Connoisseur

Spring Style Awakening

Sarah Vivieros of Bella Hair & Nails on what’s trending this season


“My goal was to have a salon by 30,” says Sarah Vivieros, who opened Barrington’s Bella Hair & Nails last year. “When I was 25 I got the opportunity, and the time was right.” The style prodigy has been styling hair for as long as she can remember, doing French braids and blowouts for her family as a little girl. We sat down to talk hair and nail trends for spring and summer.

Your passion for style really comes through at your salon.
I’ve always been passionate about hair. At Bella, we really focus on the happiness of our clients. It’s myself and another stylist, and we both do hair, nails, and waxing. We want everyone to have a happy experience and be pleased with their services. We don’t overbook or double book. It’s one client at a time.

Tell us about your natural products.
Our product line, All Nutrients, is vegan and sulfate-free, and made with organic ingredients. It gives your hair everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t, and still gives you lasting coverage and shine.

Let’s talk about hair trends. What are you loving right now?
I love the bob haircut. It’s in right now. People are chopping their hair. I just chopped my hair into a shoulder-length bob and I’m loving it. Painted-on highlights are really in, too. They’re very similar to balayage or ombre, where the color doesn’t go all the way up to the root like a normal highlight would. It gives you a natural, sun-kissed look.

What about nails? What color is a must for spring?
Red is all the time, no matter the season. For spring, light blue and sky blue are great. A nice bold blue is perfect, too. Pale yellow is great. Bold pink or even magenta, remembering pretty flowers outside. Something with a shimmer. With all the bad weather we’ve been having, you need some nail pop.

Do you have any insider tips on making a manicure last?
When you’re doing your nails at home, a base coat is important, letting your nails dry between each coat is important, and not doing too-thick layers. When you have a gel manicure from the salon and it chips, just file down the chip until your next appointment. Don’t peel!

What’s happening at the salon his month?
We’re running a pedicure special for May – $20 pedicures, instead of $35. Get your feet looking good for nicer weather! It’s best to make an appointment since this will be popular. We also have a referral system where if you refer a friend, the new client will get 20 percent off their first service, and the person who referred them will get 20 percent off a future visit.

Bella Hair & Nails
68 Maple Avenue, Barrington