“Au Naturale”

When the summer heat rolls in most women hate the thought of putting daily makeup on to then just sweat it off. We connect this season with breakouts because of the excessive perspiration that is felt in our daily routine. Most women I speak to during their facial consultation say that they don’t like makeup or don’t wear it in the summer because they feel it breaks them out.

In my professional opinion I wouldn’t say it’s the excessive sweating that leads to congested skin, but the proper cleansing at the beginning and the end of the day may have more to do with it. I myself do not like a heavy “made up” face because of the heat, so I take a simpler approach in the summer months and go “au naturale”. First, be sure you are cleansing adequately with a ph balanced cleanser that thoroughly dissolves makeup and oil.  Using a Clarisonic with your cleanser is the best way to ensure the pores are deeply cleansed. Second, use a tinted spf moisturizer. Most tinted moisturizers have just enough sheer coverage to blend the pinks and browns in the skin. Add a light eye and lip color and you are good to go! This is a light, fresh version of skincare that helps you look your best in the heat without the worry of going without makeup entirely.

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Summertime Hair Tips!

It’s officially summer! Bring on the beach, sun and fun! Before we get too carried away by the waves don’t forget to take care of those lovely locks.

Summer hair tip 1:

Wet your hair with tap water before entering the ocean or the pool. Your hair is like a sponge, when you swim in salt or chlorinated water your hair will absorb it which can reek havoc on your freshly colored hair. Before for swim, wet your hair with tap water and then put it in a loose bun or pony tail.

Summer hair tip 2:

Condition, condition, condition. Did I say condition? Now is not the time to neglect your deep conditioning routine. With the higher temperatures and more time spent in the sun, your hair needs moisture more than ever. Three great ways to make sure your hair is getting all the moisture it needs:
1. Do an at home weekly deep conditioning treatment, such as Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask.
2. Apply a daily leave in conditioner or serum. We recommend Lanza Noni Fruit Leave-In Conditioner or Moroccanoil Treatment.
3. Receive an in salon moisture treatment with your next visit. Ask your stylist what treatment they would recommend for your hair type.

Summer hair tip 3:

Take a break from the blow-dryer. Try out some new styles that do not require you to use heat tools. If you have any bit of natural wave in your hair now is the time to take advantage of it. Try using Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse on damp hair and let it air dry in.

Have more questions about how to care for your hair this summer? Come see one of our fabulous stylists at Body Bliss Salon & Spa for other recommendations.

Why Our Skin Needs Vitamin C

The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C are vital for skin health. With its incredibly beneficial effects on skin cells, it can help create firmer-looking and feeling skin, while fighting against uneven skin tone and frustrating dark spots on your face and body. Those of us worried about the harsh sun’s aging effects on our skin can apply lotion daily and combat the visible signs of aging, while nourishing the most dry, dehydrated, even sensitive areas of skin.

With the delicious scent of citrus and oranges, Image has a VITAL C hydrating lotion can help you smell good, feel great and look beautiful this summer. It’s perfect for all skin types, especially those that are immensely dry and dehydrated.

So, don’t hide your skin; show it off this summer! Feel comfortable and confident with VITAL C hydrating hand and body lotion!

Reference. http://www.imageskincare.com

Postpartum Hair Loss

AH! So, like me you are experiencing postpartum hair loss. As hairdresser, I want to share some tips with you on how I will be trying to combat this issue.

First, some background on the hair growth cycle and why we experience postpartum hair loss. I feel this article from Baby Center sums it up best:

Many new moms are surprised to find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, but it’s perfectly normal. And there’s no need to panic: You won’t go bald. In fact, your hair should be back to normal by your baby’s first birthday.

Here’s what’s going on. Normally, about 85 to 95 percent of the hair on your head is growing and the other 5 to 15 percent is in a resting stage. After the resting period, this hair falls out — often while you’re brushing or shampooing it — and is replaced by new growth. An average woman sheds about 100 hairs a day.

During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage. There are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you have thicker, more luxuriant tresses.

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you’ll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth.

By the way, not all women notice dramatic changes in their hair during pregnancy or the postpartum period. Among those who do, it tends to be more obvious among women with longer hair.

The article continues to say that there are some hair products or hair styles that can help but does not go into detail, here is where I come in.

First, be sure that you are continuing to take either your pre-natal vitamins or a multi vitamin with folic acid. In addition to this you can take a hair, skin and nail supplement.
We have recently started carrying Viviscal Professional Hair Growth Supplements at the salon. One of our stylists, Amanda, has been taking it for a few weeks and has had great results. We will be doing a blog about her results after she finishes her three month supply.

As a new busy mom I sometimes have to remind myself to even drink water, let alone get a complete meal. However, diet is so crucial to to hair growth we need to try to make sure we get in enough protein. Hair is made out of protein, thus healthy hair growth starts with a healthy diet. One of the best and easiest ways to get some quick protein in your day is drinking a protein shake or meal replacement shake. Most good shakes will even contain vitamins and minerals that you need, so double win!

One key thing to remember is, we cannot stop postpartum hair loss from happening, but what we can do is make sure that the new hair that returns is the healthiest hair we have ever had. One other article I have written, Stronger, Healthier Hair Growth, goes into more detail about supplements and diet to achieve healthy hair.

Hair Products:

There are a ton of shampoos, conditioners and styling products on the market that are aimed at volumizing fine hair. What works for one person may not work for another so it may take a few tries to get the right hair care routine. Here are my top picks for volumizing products:

One of my favorite lines is Moroccanoil. They have a volume collection that should get you right direction to fuller hair. It includes a volume shampoo and conditioner, volume mousee, root boost and thickening lotion, just to name a few (aka my favorites and best sellers).

One product that they do not have in their line is a volume powder. To use a volume powder, you sprinkle the powder onto the root area of dry hair. It is like back combing in a shaker. Here is my favorite by Keune.

Hair Styles:
So compare to all the suggestions above, changing your hair style is really the only one you have full control over. Ladies, especially with long hair, may not want to hear it but one thing you can do is give yourself a good haircut to add fullness and refresh your hair. Think about it, all of those hairs that are falling out now are going to restart their growth process from the top down, meaning at some point you are going to have a lot of short hairs all over your head. So going a bit shorter with your cut will essentially help them all play catch-up. Now I am not saying you have to go pixie short, but if you haven’t yet tried the bob or the lob, now might be the time. Here are some inspiration pics:


I want to hear from you! Are combating postpartum hair loss? What has been working for you?


Simple ways to give back at Christmas time

“What is Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more” – Dr.Seuss 
  1. Be a Dollar Store angel. Leave a few $1 bills in random spots in the dollar store.It sounds like so little to some of us, but it makes such a HUGE difference in the lives of others who really need it.
  2. Make up coupons for your next door neighbors that give them one free lawn mowing, leaf raking, or car washing when the weather warms up.
  3. Practice random acts of kindness by buying the lunch for someone in line with you at the local fast food restaurant.
  4. Clean out your closets and donate any gently used coats or blankets to your local shelter
  5. Leave a note and a treat in the mailbox for your mailman/woman.

Our Skin in the Winter Months

As we enter the winter months and the heat is turned on we can instantly feel the difference in our skin. You may notice it feels  dry and tight. With the change of temperature we need to change up our skin care as well. We need to help our skin hold in its water content. Some ways to help with this is when you shower,  lightly pat dry your face or body and immediately apply your moisturizer which helps seal in the water. Also, a richer more hydrating moisturizer may be in order. Using a light serum for hydrating in the summer months may not be enough in the winter months. Upgrading to a richer moisturizer through the winter will help keep your skin looking hydrated and dewy. See you skincare professional for a consultation.

What’s In Your Skincare Routine?

I ask this question often and I hear many different answers including some which surprise me. I have heard women say, “this cleanser I bought at the drug store, but I’m not sure what’s in it”, or “whatever is in my bathroom”, or “nothing, I let the water run down my face in the shower and it cleans my face” but the one that makes me cringe is when they say a “bar of soap”.

We don’t realize that through the course of the day you are exposed to free radical damage and external factors, like UV light, pollution, smoke, dust and dirt not to mention sweat, oil and dead skin cells that build up in our pores. The most important thing you do for your skin at the end of your day is clean it! Give yourself two minutes morning and night to take care of your skin. I recommend you use a medical grade cleanser that will penetrate to the deeper layers and really clean out the pores. Glycolic based cleansers magically dissolve dead skin cells so the pores stay cleaner. There are various PH balanced, organic or anti-aging cleansers that can be prescribed for your skin type. See an esthetician for a skincare analysis and she can help you. After cleansing all the junk off your face that you’ve accumulated from the day a serum is then applied. Many range from hydrating, lightening, glycolic or anti-aging whichever correction you are trying to achieve. To go a step further add one more step and add a repair cream to do its anti-aging magic while you sleep. Many vary but most contain a retinol, or a glycolic blend to help speed up cell turnover. In the mornings you can keep it simple, cleanse in the shower, add your spf moisturizer. Even if you are not in deliberate sun, you need to protect. UV light is everywhere and aging you daily. Whether you are thirteen and struggling with acne or thirty seeing your sun damage from childhood emerge, it’s never too early or late to start a proper routine.

Nail Art and the Holiday Season!

Nail Art and the Holiday Season!
It’s that time of the year again, with holiday parties starting and family gatherings it is the perfect time to try some fun nail art for the season! Here are some manis to rock this season:
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Have fun with some autumn color inspired glitter
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Or try deep matte shades
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Go all out with leaves or you’re favorite things about fall!
*All images used from google

Fall Season: Don’t Skip Your Pedicures!

Why you should continue your regular pedicures outside of sandal season:
When boot season comes back around it’s no secret some skimp on their regular pedicures. Pedicures have long been regarded as a spring and summer staple; but during the cooler months, nails can become brittle and dry which leads to splitting, breaking and often pain or discomfort. It is so important to continue the regimen for just the health benefits of pedicures during this time. Ingrown toenails typically need more attention during fall and winter as more closed toe shoes are worn. Not to mention just the massaging your feet and lower legs loosens your muscles, increases circulation and helps with joint performance – often adversely affected in cold weather.
Enjoy a great fall pedicure with our Perfect Pumpkin Spiced Pedicure
This yummy pumpkin pedicure starts off with a real, organic, pumpkin mask. Pumpkin contains natural antioxidants Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin. It is then followed by a brown sugar and almond oil scrub and finished with an amazing apple pie massage! Enjoy your pedicure while sipping warm apple cider, pumpkin spice coffee, or hot scarlet wine punch. A special treat will also be served.
Feature pedicure for October!