Stay hydrated all year long!

Now that the summer is coming to a close, and the fall and winter are upon us, we may find that the change in seasons, and more specifically the climate within our homes may increase the chances that our skin will become dry and flaky.  It is especially important to remember to stay well hydrated throughout the day to keep your skin healthy and glowing! (as well as the rest of your precious body!) Your best bet is to drink filtered water.  A good rule of thumb is to drink ½ your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs., drink 75 oz. of water per day. Finding it hard to guzzle plain old H2O? Try some naturally flavored seltzers (no sweeteners), or better yet, some infused waters. Some fall favorites are Cinnamon infused or Cranberry Orange infused waters. See recipes below! Cheers!

 

Cinnamon Water

Instructions:

Drop a cinnamon stick in a pitcher of water and chill overnight.  Pour, serve & enjoy!

 

Optional:  (this adds a lovely pink hue to your infused water)

Simmer the cinnamon in a pot of water on the stove; a ratio of 1 cinnamon stick to 1 cup of water

Cool the liquid and use it as a concentrate to mix with cold water (or plain seltzer) and ice.

 

Cranberry Orange Water

Delicious with numerous health benefits! Add the lemon to aid with digestion!

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange cut into slices
  • 1 Lemon cut into slices
  • 1 cup of Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 Liters of Water

Instructions

  1. Cut orange and lemon into slices.
  2. Put orange, lemon, and cranberries into a pitcher and add about two liters of water.
  3. Let fruit steep for about 15-20 minutes. Serve with the fruit in glasses for a pretty presentation!

A very special thank you to Lorraine Miano for being a guest writer for our blog!

Lorraine Miano
Certified Integrative Health Coach & Author
TheMagicOfMenopause.com
FB: Making Menopause Magical

 

 


Lip Therapy

Lets talk lip therapy. We all have them and probably don’t think much about taking care of our lips on a daily basis or at all unless we have a problem. As important as good daily skin care is lip therapy should be an extension of that.  We need to remember that our lips can be sensitive to sun, products and treatments just like our face can be. In the summer it is extremely important to apply a sunscreen balm to our lips not only at the beach but on a daily basis. Our lips can become dry and cracked any time of year so applying a barrier like a balm daily will prevent water loss and dehydration. A gloss or lipstick will usually have some protection and antioxidant ingredients to keep them moist and well hydrated. It is important to exfoliate your lips at least every few weeks to help shed off the dead skin cells. This keeps the cellular turnover going to produce new healthy, plump skin cells. After using an defoliant to lightly slough off the dead skin cell layer, it is important to apply a good lip balm to keep the lips protected. Remember, your lips are just as important as your face so don’t forget to give them the treatment they deserve.


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.


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.

Supplements:
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.

Diet:
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?

xoxo,
Sarah


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.

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

Complimentary Color Consultations

Are you thinking about making a big change in your hair color? Or maybe your are a new client who would like to meet with one of our stylists before booking an appointment for hair color. Great news for you! We offer complimentary color consultations and for good reason.

Meeting with a stylist for a 15 min color consult before booking an appointment can be both beneficial for you and the stylist. This allows us to meet with you, find out what changes you are wanting to make and come up with a game plan. For you the client, you can get a feel for the stylist and make sure that its a good fit for you. Once we have a plan in place the stylist now knows how much time they will need to accomplish this new look. There is nothing worse than a client booking an appointment for a “color retouch” and come to find out they actually need or want a full color or to add some dimension with highlights or low lights and the stylist not having enough time to achieve what the client is wanting. We want all of our clients to leave with the new look they desire however if the appointment is not booked for enough time we simply cant accomplish it.

Be sure to call us at 919.435.7373 or use our online booking to schedule your complimentary color consultation before your first appointment or before an big color changes.


The Vital Role of Oxygen and Our Bodies

Oxygen is vital to the survival of every cell in our body. The average human can survive weeks without food, days without water and only minutes without oxygen. High concentrations of oxygen help trigger the natural healing functions that fight viruses, infections and the bacteria that cause acne cannot live in an oxygen rich environment. Oxygen provides energy to our cells and is essential to cell metabolism and the skins healing process.

Some things we can do to restore oxygen levels in the body are eating plant based foods with dark, leafy greens and avoid animal based or processed foods. Exercise at least 15 min a day to help flush toxins from your lymphatic system. Hydrate with plenty of filtered water which help toxins move through our system and allow cell to get the full benefit of oxygenation. Also, proper breathing from the diaphragm instead of the chest through the nose and out of the mouth, quiet and light helps increase our oxygen levels.  Just a few of the potential benefits of maintaining body oxygenation at a balanced level include: enhanced brain function, stress reduction, increased energy, and a longer and healthier life.