- Stress is a killer. Just like you need those relaxing moments, try giving your hair a break as well: Skip the blow-dry, the straightening or curling once in a while.
- Indulge in a scalp massage every so often. A massage will increase blood circulation in the scalp. It will stimulate growth, and strengthens the hair's roots.
- Avoid hair products that contain petroleum-derived silicone. Although silicone will give the sense of a smooth and healthy hair, it seals the hair shaft, dries out the hair and will clogs follicles. You will never find any silicone-based products at our salon.
- Don’t wash your hair too often. We already talked about how to wash and care for your hair in another post. Keep in mind: Washing your hair will always remove moisture - make sure you replenish it.
- Get regular maintenance cuts, about every 2 months. Trimming your ends will remove splits and dead ends and will promote growth.
- Eat healthy and protein-rich foods and drink a lot of water. Remember: Hair is almost all protein. Vitamins B, C, Biotin and Folic Acid will nourish your hair as well.
- Essential oils will stimulate hair follicles, and replenish the scalp. Ask for an oily supplement when getting your scalp massage.
There are a lot of products that are focused on growing strong, healthy and shiny hair. While picking the right products is certainly important, it is also important to keep some more fundamental and natural methods in mind. Your hair is always a reflection of your overall condition, health and vitality. Please ask one of our stylists for an individual and complimentary consultation, as well as service and product recommendations.
What are the major steps in preparing your skin for the colder months?
Elite Hair Studio and Spa Estheticians recommend 3 basic steps you should follow: exfoliate, hydrate, repair/protect.
The problem is that we all know about skin protection in the summer. But when it comes to winter, we often fall short of certain things. For cleansers, nothing needs to change during the winter, but a few rules do apply. Cream cleansers are milder and better for really dry skin. If you have normal or oily skin, a gel cleanser works well. After cleansing, these are the three steps that you should follow, not just during the winter, but also year-round:
1. Exfoliate. In the winter your skin is constantly turning over, and that dead layer of skin needs to come off in a gentle fashion. That’s exfoliation. You can do it with scrub and cleanser or with a chemical exfoliant. (Our recommendation: Environ AVST Hydrating exfoliate masque)
2. Moisturize. You want to seal in as much moisture as possible in the winter. The old-school moisturizers were kind of greasy, heavy and laid on top of the skin. We now have moisturizers that actually pull water from the environment and provide a nice blanket of moisture. It will give your skin a nice drink of water all day long without making you feel greasy. Even if you have oily skin, it’s good because the more water you get into your skin, the less oily it will be. (We recommend: Environ Super Moisturizer)
3. Repair and protect. Just because it’s not summertime doesn't mean you get a break from sunscreen. Even on a hazy day, you’d be amazed at how much UV you can get. (Elite Recommendation: Environ Sunscreen SPF 15)
When it comes to pedicures, there are several facts and tips you would want to consider. It’s important to know exactly what a pedicure includes and what it involves. Generally speaking, a pedicure is a basic beauty treatment given to your feet. When receiving a pedicure, the practitioner will use oils to massage and soften your feet while removing dead skin with a scrub. She will also shape and beautify your toenails. In most cases, a pedicures involve a comprehensive foot treatment that allows you to relax and feel confident in the way your feet look.
Elite has 8 tips for a safe pedicure:
1. Elite will always take uttermost care of our instruments and tools. If you receive a treatment at a beauty salon or spa where you feel unsure you might want to consider bringing your own instruments. This will help decrease the risk of catching viruses, bacteria and fungus. Things to bring include: nail nipper, cuticle nipper, cuticle pusher and curettage cleaner.
2. Ask About Instrument Cleaning
Does the salon sterilize their instruments or do they just disinfect? Sterilization of instruments by autoclaving is the better choice.
3. Ask If the Salon and Technician Are Licensed
The salon and technician should both be licensed by their state governing board. Usually the board of cosmetology. The licenses should be clearly displayed at the salon.
4. Don’t shave your legs at least 24 hours before the appointment
Nicks and cuts from shaving create small openings in the skin where bacteria might enter. If you have any open sores, wait until they heal before getting a pedicure.
5. Tell your Technician about your medical conditions and medications
Certain medical conditions and medications can increase the risk of infection.
6. You should have no pain
Getting a pedicure at the salon should not be a painful experience. Find a pedicure salon that follows strict sterilization procedures and find a technician who does not cause pain or bleeding.
7. Don’t be afraid to discuss any of your feet conditions
Everyone wants soft looking heels when wearing sandals and open shoes. It’s feminine and sexy! Anyone can get beautiful heels by using a callus eliminator. The callus eliminator solution sits on the calluses for 3-4 minutes depending on callus buildup. It is then buffed away gently to remove the callus. This is a wonderful and safe (involving no dangerous razor blades) way to beautiful and soft feet that are free of calluses.
8. Always make sure that the technician uses fresh products
Nail polish should last form 3 to 4 weeks on your toes.
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