Category Archives: April 2014

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Salon Experience

When you have a great experience at a salon, you leave with that shampoo commercial hair and feel the urge to throw your hat, a la Mary Tyler Moore, up into the air in exuberance.  When you have a bad salon incident, it may be more like a Shrek mud swamp experience.  There are ways you can stack the deck in your favor when it comes to a good salon experience.   Let’s shoot for more Mary Tyler Moore, shall we?

It all starts with the stylist.  When choosing a new stylist, it’s important to do your homework.  There are several online booking sites that allow you to get information on potential stylists in your area as well as see user reviews.  Word of mouth is also a great tool.  If a friend is raving about a stylist and their hair doesn’t look like they were involved in a tragic lawn maintenance accident, it’s definitely worth looking into.

Something else that helps is to show up with clean hair.  Washing your hair the day of your appointment will allow you to get the full effect of any treatments you may have done, such as coloring.  When hair is clean it allows for the dye to penetrate the hair more fully.

Also keep in mind, a stylist is not a mind reader.  Even the most experienced stylist needs to have some direction, so arm yourself with pictures.  Two or three images of the direction you want to go with your cut should be sufficient.  You may also want to pick a few that you definitely do NOT want.  It is your hair after all, so speak up and make clear what you want.

The saying “less is more” does not apply to your salon experience.  This is one of those situations in life where it is best to over-communicate.  Keep your eye on what the stylist is doing throughout the appointment and if you have questions, make your voice heard.  They are providing a service to you, and it’s something you are going to have to live with, so if you see something you don’t like happening, speak up!

It’s also important to be honest.  The best salon experience is almost entirely in your hands, so don’t ever walk out of a salon disappointed or unhappy with the service you’ve just received. If your cut or color is not up to your standards, ask the stylist what can be done to fix the problem.

Remember, the goal is a hat off salon experience, not hat on to hide.  Your hair is your distinction, so leave that salon happy, proud and feeling great!

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Skin Detox

This time of year can be demanding on your pocketbook and your skin.  But do not fret!  We may not have the answers to your replenishing your pocketbook, but we can help in the skin department.  Just a few simple steps can help to revitalize and rest your skin so you can start the New Year looking and feeling your best.

Foundation is a makeup must have.  It helps to protect your skin from UV rays and the elements, and helps to moisturize, but the routine of going full-coverage can take its toll, especially at such a busy time of year.  So, give yourself a break from the make-up mayhem and seek solace in a toned-down makeup routine.

Tinted moisturizer or BB (beauty balm) creams are great foundation alternatives.  Just because you forgo the foundation, doesn’t mean you have to give up the coverage or the moisturizers!  These are just lighter alternatives to a full coverage foundation that will help to conceal imperfections, minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and reduce redness instantly.  They feel lighter on your face, which may help you to feel lighter during what tends to be a high-stress time of year.

Another substitute to foundation is the skin smoother.  They leave your skin silky smooth and leave a perfectly matte finish that helps to conceal imperfections and erase pores.

Self-tanner is also a useful tool in your foundation free arsenal.  Adding a little color automatically makes your skin to appear more radiant and warm. Just mix a little tanner in with your moisturizer for easy application. Self tanner can give you that fresh look without the harmful UV rays, and there’s no beach required!   Plus, the beaches in winter are hard to come by, this gives you a little bit of faux sunshine in a bottle!

Mineral veil makeup is another great substitute.  It provides all-over coverage but it won’t feel like you’re wearing anything.  Light and airy, these mineral powders not only moisturize skin, but also help to highlight your natural complexion.  They smooth and cover imperfections, leaving you with a dazzling and perfect face.

And finally, the old stand-by: spot concealer.  Already a staple in most beauty arsenals, just dab a bit under your eyes or use as a spot treatment to cover blemishes and go.  The only tip here is to remember to blend the concealer well, since the goal is to look flawless naturally!

So, there you have it!  Great stand-ins to foundation that will give you, and your skin, a much needed break this holiday season!

This blog brought to you by Jell Salon & Lounge!

How to: Air Dry Your Hair in Cold Weather

Air drying your hair is hands-down the best thing you can do for your hair.  Reducing how much heat you’re using on your lavish locks helps to keep them shiny and strong.  In the summer, this is an easy thing to do, but what about in the winter?  Frost on the ground may be ok, but frost on your fringe is definitely not!  Here are a few quick and easy tips that will help you keep those strands strong in the cold winter months.

First things first, build a strong foundation.  This is why starting with a good clarifying shampoo is key.  This will remove any buildup or impurities near your roots, which will help to keep the hair around your scalp light which, in turn, will make for a shorter drying time.  Someone give me a hair Hallelujah!

After the wash, squeeze the excess water from your hair by twisting or wringing it, and then gently blot it with either a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt.  This will help to prevent breakage, which can lead to the word most dreaded in the English language when used in conjunction with your coiffure:  frizz.  Also, don’t run a brush through wet hair, which is extra prone to breakage.  Instead, use a wide-toothed comb, starting at the tips and working up towards the roots.

Continuously running your fingers through your wet hair and lifting the roots allows for the air to circulate and dry the hair quicker.  Plus, it helps to add a bit of volume and perhaps a little wave or curl to your tresses.  If you are prone to the dreaded frizz, then applying a light cream whip or lightweight gel to your hair as it dries will keep it frizz-free and shiny!  Just as it’s important to use a clarifying shampoo that won’t weight down your hair, using products that are light won’t weigh your hair down or extend the drying time.

If you find you won’t have time in the morning to allow for an air dry, consider this routine the night before except after towel drying and applying a gel or cream whip, braid your hair or make two small pigtail buns (think Princess Leia) and sleep in it. This will make for some killer waves in the morning once your hair has dried completely. May the follicle be with you!

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