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Fall Already? How to Deal


Beaches have emptied, football’s on.
Stores have put out the Halloween cards. But with the recent heat and our quiet regrets that summer is fading, who can say they have any interest in fall?

We’re in that awkward in between stage. We see the school buses but we’re still wearing sandals.



However–we’re about to be entranced.

The fall is full of magic and its sweet magic is on its way, you know it is, so don’t turn that calendar with a sigh, get ready for the earth’s most creative season.


   Cook with fall spices.

Yup! That’s it. Spices have a witchy way of infusing the air, especially when the air has a new chill. Spices and new chill, favorite boots on, hair looking beautiful (thank you, Patrick!). After that, we’re in, baby.

Here’s how to get your own fall magic: Read more…

Next time you rent a movie, pop some popcorn for a snack — but don’t make it the way you usually do. Make it this way:

Cinnamon Popcorn Crunch

Spices from the cabinet: Cinnamon, Maple Sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Yield: 4 1/2 quarts Ingredients

  • 3 quarts popped popcorn, unsalted
  • 1 can (6 1/2 ounce) salted mixed nuts (optional)
  • 1 pound light brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and a sprinkling of Maple Sugar


  1. Mix popcorn and nuts in large buttered bowl.
  2. Combine sugar, syrup, butter or margarine, water, salt and cinnamon in saucepan.
  3. Heat slowly to the boiling point, stirring until sugar melts.
  4. Cook to hard crack stage (290-295 degrees Fahrenheit).
  5. Pour syrup in a fine stream over popcorn and nuts.
  6. Stir until popcorn and nuts are evenly coated with syrup.
  7. Spread out on large buttered surface or waxed paper.
  8. Separate into bite-size portions with forks. Cool before eating.

Recipe courtesy of The Popcorn Board


Love a quesadilla now and then? Make them healthy and “fall-y” by using pumpkin for a quick weekend lunch. If you love your farmer’s market, roast your own pumpkin. The rest of us will use canned.

Pumpkin Quesadillas

Spice from the cabinet: nutmeg

Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin and 1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle chiles). Spread on 2 flour tortillas. Add sautéed onions, to taste. Sprinkle with grated cheddar and a dash of nutmeg. Top each with another tortilla. Cook in a hot buttered skillet until golden. Cut into wedges.
Recipe courtesy of The Food Network


This Spiced Apple Crisp recipe is in the Hall of Fame for Apple Crisps. Nah, but it should be. At the first sign of a chilly day, make this and you’ll be happy.

Spiced Apple Crisp

Spices from the Cabinet: Cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg


Apple Mixture:

7 large apples (go with Macintosh for a soft crisp or Granny Smith for a firmer one), peeled, cored and sliced

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (buy 2 lemons in case one’s a dud)

1/3 c sugar (want to go natural? Use coconut sugar; see our story below)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. allspice

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

6 T butter

1/2 cup walnuts, if you feel like it

Preheat oven to 350. Placed apples in lightly oiled or sprayed rectangle dish (8×12). Stir in lemon juice. In a small bowl combine sugar with spices and sprinkle over apples.

To make topping: combine all ingredients except nuts in food processor. Using on-off pulses, process until crumbly, or, combine ingredients in a bowl and use a pastry blender to cut in butter till crumbly.

Bake until apple mixture is bubbly and topping is slightly browned, about 35-40 minutes, or even more. Cool on a rack. Serve warm or cold with ice cream or whipped cream or just as is.



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Wellington Hair Spa Featured on In New York Magazine

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Wellington Hair Spa was recently featured in an article on In New York.



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Natural Color Options: Henna, Questions and Answers

Natural Color Options- HennaHenna has had a long history of being used as a beauty product. Heralding from Africa and India, henna has been used to stain hair, skin, and nails. The henna is harvested from the plant, with the dried leaves ground and sifted into a fine powder. In recent years, henna has been a staple when it comes to color treated African-American hair. Henna tends to gently color the hair, making it a popular and natural option for people who are looking for a new change, regardless if they have relaxed or natural hair. Here are some common questions and answers about henna:

Is Henna Gentler Than Commercial Hair Dye?

Yes, 100 percent organic henna is more gentle on the hair when compared to commercial hair dyes. However, certain low-quality strains of henna have other ingredients that can have an adverse effect on the scalp and hair. Dye additives may also cause an allergic reaction. It is best to purchase organic, 100% henna – the FDA has approved henna as an alternative to commercial hair dye, but it does not regulate it for efficacy or safety. Henna is not able to lighten the hair, but it can add color by depositing dye onto the surface of the hair. The result of henna are akin to a semi permanent hair color. The henna will fade with time.

Can I Achieve a Dramatic Color Change like Commercial Hair Dyes?

Henna can only produce a red to orange color. Different crops and strains may help you achieve different intensities – but it will always be in the red or auburn color range. If the supplier of henna mentions that their mixture can help you obtain a brown or black color, then it is most likely formulated with cocoa powder to produce a more brown color change. If you are looking to lighten your locks, then henna is not suitable for you. Henna can only deposit color, it cannot take away pigment. Henna will give you a subtle color change – but it will increase in intensity with consecutive treatments.

Can I Use Henna on Relaxed Hair?

Hair that has been chemically treated tends to be more porous. This porosity can actually be a good thing when it comes to henna application. The hair will take the henna pigment more readily.

Are There Any Cons Associated with Henna?

The actual application of henna can be somewhat messy. It will have to be mixed with a medium before it is applied to the hair. If the solution is too runny, you will find that the color will leak down your neck and face, potentially discoloring clothing. If you are applying henna at home, make sure that you’re wearing clothes that you do not care for. You can also make the henna solution more like a paste like formulation, allowing for precise application. Individuals who are looking for dramatic and permanent color change may not be satisfied with henna. If you are looking for a more holistic approach when it comes to coloring relaxed or natural hair, make sure to contact us. You can also follow us @Patwell.

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Patrick Wellington Featured On Being Mary Jane

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Featured On Time Out New York

Featured On Time Out New YorkWellington Hair Spa was featured on Time out New York:

“Founder and owner Patrick Wellington worked at world-renowned John Atchison Hair Salon before opening his own space…”

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Rwellington-hair-spa-featured-razors-edge-magazineecognizing Wellington Hair Spa as a trend-setter in the hair industry, Razors Edge Magazine interviewed Patrick Wellington for tips on styling.

Here are some questions from the interview:

What do you think defines good customer service?
Great customer service starts with a consultation. Attention to the  clients be noted, while taking into account the best action plan for the hair.
How do you keep up with the latest style trends?
At Wellington here spa we believe We are the trendsetters. keeping up with trends is secondary to the health care of hair
What thought process do you go through when styling someone One must always have an action plan?
Accessing the texture of the hair,  shape of face, length if hair, lifestyle, and manageability of style are all things taken into account when styling someone.
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Recognizing Wellington Hair Spa as a leader in the hair industry, ThatGirlAtTheParty interviewed Patrick Wellington for tips for fabulous hair. Here’s part of the interview:

Legendary Stylist Patrick WellingtonTGATP: What are you top tips to grow healthy hair?

PW: 1. Stop doing your own chemicals. 2. Your relaxer does not have to be totally straight. 3. Use only really good salon quality shampoos and conditioners. 4. Always use heat protecting serums when applying any kind of heat, such as blow dryers and flat irons.

TGATP: What are some misconceptions that women, particularly Black Women, have about their hair?

PW: Black women do not realize how fragile their hair is. Black hair is very fragile and has to be trimmed regularly. No matter how long or short you have to keep it clipped at the ends. It will grow healthy at the root but the ends are what matter most.

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Mackenzie Allison of writes: logo“I really like this salon for two reasons: Everyone is always friendly, offering you a beverage as soon as you walk in; and each stylist seems to really care about their client…the space definitely exudes a trendy New York vibe: loft-style with wooden floors, large silver-framed mirrors at each station and an eclectic mix of artwork on the walls. In his career, Wellington has acquired a pretty impressive list of clients…”

Sophisticated Style in Chelsea: Wellington Hair Spa.

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