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Make the Most of Colorado’s Mud Season

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“Make the Most of Colorado’s Mud Season”- Shoulder season means bigger deals and smaller crowds.

In the Colorado high country, mountain folk have an expression for that slowed-down stretch of time after ski season and before the busy summer hike-bike-festivals season rolls in.

Aptly named “mud season” refers to late April through May when spring’s sun melts winter’s snowpack, rivers swell and trails transition from frozen to sloppy to dry.

Here are our top tips for making the most of Colorado’s shoulder season in the mountains.

Focus on the quiet

Take a deep breath of glorious mountain air and revel in the lack of crowds. The beauty of the spring off-season lies in wide-open sidewalks, rested and smiling locals and fewer cars on I-70. Daytime temps can climb into the 50s, making for a nice stroll down mountain town Main Streets.

Mid-May is also a great time to go whitewater rafting in Colorado. The river flows are picking up speed and rafting outfitters are excited to get their boats back in the water.

Spring is when Colorado’s rainbow and cutthroat trout start to spawn, making for optimal fly-fishing conditions. Other do-it-while-it’s-quiet ideas include mountain brewery tours, historic walking tours and hot springs soaking (we recommend Iron Mountain Hot Springs or Trimble Spa & Natural Hot Springs). Be sure to explore Colorado’s four national parks before the summer crowds arrive.
Focus on the Quiet

Eat cheap

Many mountain town restaurants that remain open in May offer diners 2-for-1 deals. Buy one steak dinner and get the second one free. It’s the perfect excuse to book a date night and try that fine dining spot you wouldn’t normally splurge on.

Some restaurants throw locals appreciation parties and serve up steeply discounted or free apps and drinks, while others host end-of-season keg draining bashes to sell off winter’s brews before they usher in summer seasonals.

Disclaimer: A handful of mountain restaurants close entirely for mud season. Call before you go.

Stay for less

Reduced rate lodging is another prime shoulder season perk. Hotel, condo and resort discounts can often range from 30 to 50 percent off. Call ahead, check online and follow your favorite mountain properties on social media—they’ll throw out offers to loyal fans.
Stay for less during mud season

Score gear deals

Spring is a fantastic time to spruce up your outdoor gear collection. Ski and apparel shops are slashing prices, pushing out last season’s gear before the new biking, hiking and running garb comes in. If you’re in the market for a new snowboard, boots or skis, May is the time to wrangle a deal.

For those who get bored and miss the buzz of tourism and trail traffic, don’t worry, it will be back right around Memorial Day. Hang on tight and get your fill of rafting, mountain biking, camping and hiking—summer in the mountains flies as quickly as the wildflowers bloom and the rivers flow and ebb.

By Lisa Blake

“Make the Most of Colorado’s Mud Season”


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“AIR-DRY HAIR WITHOUT FRIZZ”-If your hot tools have been spending most of the last year gathering dust, you’re not alone. After all, it can feel like more effort than it’s worth to go through your usual heat styling routine when the only people you’re seeing regularly are roommates and family members. (On the bright side, we’re sure your strands have appreciated the break!) But just because you aren’t springing for a full blowout doesn’t mean you don’t want to feel pulled together. Enter air-drying. Sure, without planning, it can leave your hair a limp, frizzy mess. But what if we told you all it takes to pull off a flawless, frizz-free air-dry are a few simple, tips, tricks, and product upgrades—and that we’ve secured the necessary intel from none other than Moroccanoil Artistic Director Kevin Hughes?

What causes frizz when air-drying?

If your hair does not pin straight, there will always be frizz when air-drying. This is why styling products should always be an important part of your daily routine. Wherever there is movement in the hair—waves, curls, tight spirals—as the hair air-dries it shrinks up in some places, and taking that wave or curl pattern out of its natural formation can cause frizz. Then if you add any chemical treatments that have been done on the hair, those open up the cuticle layer and will appear as frizz once the hair dries.

What products can help prevent frizz when air-drying?

My suggestion is to always start with the foundation of hairstyling and that is Moroccanoil Treatment, this will help decrease frizz as well as add shine and manageability to your hair. Next, I would add a product with a hold factor, like Curl Defining Cream. It has medium hold but is a cream, so you will never have that crunchy feel with this product. This will also help keep frizz at bay all day. Another great product is Mending Infusion—this is formulated for use on dry hair, so you are able to eliminate frizz that may have occurred during the air-drying process. It eliminates the appearance of split ends or flyways and has a weightless formulation that absorbs into the hair.

Do you have different recommendations for different hair types?

Yes, all hair is not created equal. For super curly hair, I would recommend Smoothing Lotion. It’s perfect for smoothing the cuticle layer of any hair type, whether you’re wearing it straight or curly. Another great product is Curl Control Mousse, this is perfect for super curly hair to control that curl and keep it in its formation (which results in less frizz, more shine).

Walk us through the best post-shower steps for an optimal air-dry experience.

Frizz can start as soon as you step out of the shower. I always recommend towel-blotting the hair—do not be rough when towel-drying, as it roughs up the cuticle layer of the hair. Next, you should apply a product like All in One Leave-in Conditioner directly to your towel-blotted hair before detangling. This lightweight formula will hydrate and let your detangling brush glide through the hair. These may seem like small things, but they make a big difference in how much frizz you end up with. You can then apply your styling product and comb it through to distribute, once that is done, leave the hair alone to air-dry. The more you touch it or run your fingers through it, the more frizz you will create before your hair is dry.

Can certain shampoos and conditioners set you up for air-drying success better than others?

Absolutely, a good shampoo and conditioner are imperative to frizz-free hair. Moroccanoil shampoos and conditioners are great options because they’re sulfate and phosphate-free. Both are salt derivatives that can rough up your hair cuticle or pull color/chemical processes from the hair). So, it is important they are not in your shampoos or conditioners. Hydration is also very important to keep hair shiny and frizz-free, so don’t skip the conditioner!

Once hair is dry, what’s the best way to smooth frizz?

After hair is dry you can always add a styling product to eliminate frizz. Moroccanoil styling products can be added to dry hair as well. Mending Infusion visibly eliminates split ends and other signs of damage, and Moroccanoil Treatment or Smoothing Lotion is also very effective for eliminating frizz after your hair is dry.


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BECOME MORE ECO-FRIENDLY – Let’s face it. The world is becoming more and more populated, and with more people comes more trash. Trash and waste in general is something that we probably don’t think about too often, but like a lot of other things… it adds up quick! Think for a second about how often you replace your receptacle bags per week, or how many bags your household goes through in that amount of time. Now multiply that by 350… MILLION. PER WEEK! Oh my goodness, that’s a lot of junk and gunk! Whether you believe it has an impact on the globe or not, taking measures to reduce your rubbish is the right thing to do, and there’s lots of easy ways that you can do your part to lighten the load:


1) Utilize Your Recycling Program: How many of you have a recycling program available, but you don’t use it or take advantage as much as you should? STEP ONE: Start. If you don’t have one readily available, a quick online search for recycling centers in your area may yield some pretty eye-opening results! This is a super easy way for you to help save our environment—and it’s literally just throwing your waste in a different bin than your standard trash can. Are you unsure of what can and cannot be recycled? Click HERE for a really great resource that breaks it all down very easily.

2) Before You Eliminate, Donate: Think about how much stuff we throw away that could be reused by someone else. Furniture, clothing, household items, books, and more can be taken to local donation drop off sites—and some places will give you a paper providing you with a possible tax credit for the donation when it comes time to file!


3) Start a Compost Bin: A ton of waste goes to food items, plants, paper, cardboard, and other biodegradable items that just haven’t had the proper time to break down yet. Compost friendly items actually go back to the earth when you allow them to, providing a host of highly valuable nutrients to soil and plants when used appropriately. No matter your budget, compost bins can be made out of next to nothing.

Sugar Beach Shampoo and Conditioner


4) Be a Conscious Consumer: Now more than ever, companies and businesses are stepping up to the plate when it comes to being environmentally conscious. Grocery bags, straws, and every day products have found alternatives for a much greener impact in their packaging. One really cool initiative that is totally making waves is OceanBound Plastic, a group that takes materials that are at-risk of winding up in oceans and turning them into reused materials and plastics for renewed use. For example, a shampoo and conditioner we launched in the Sugar Beach Collection is made up entirely of OceanBound plastic. By using products made from OceanBound plastic, the oceans as well as our finned friends who live in them will be much happier.

Oceanbound Plastic

5) For the beauty professionals (and their clients) reading this, there’s also a really cool program out there designed to help make your salon or spa a sustainable place, providing a means to recycle and properly dispose of almost everything used on a daily basis. The Green Circle Salons program has helped keep over 6 MILLION pounds of waste out of landfills and waterways, thanks to stylists and their clients who understand the importance of going green and have joined the movement.

All this talk about trash makes me feel like I need to take a shower, but knowing all the different ways we can help as a collective is comforting as well. There are countless other ways, organizations, and methods to help make your life a greener place without having to completely change who you are. It all starts with you—and what you do over the course of your lifetime will really add up, so I challenge you to do your part to help us take care of our Mother Earth. In a perfect world, the generations to come will also have a beautiful place to call home.




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