If you have a head full of tight curls and have always wanted to go straight, or if you’d like to permanently relax some of the energy and frizz out of your waves, hair re-texturing might be a perfect option for you. Unlike a perm, re-texturing is an advanced procedure that can last for months or even longer. This is a hot new treatment that’s taking the style world by storm, but it’s not for everyone.
Is Re-Textured Hair Right For You?
Here at my salon, before a re-texturing treatment, we arrange a customized consultation between the client and stylist to discuss options and talk about expectations. For clients who want stick straight hair, softened curls, or anything in between, we use Aveda Smooth Infusion re-texturizing treatment in a process that takes between three and four hours. We recommend a haircut after your treatment to help you make the most of your new look.
What’s Involved in Re-texturing?
Our treatment contains jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil, coconut, ylang ylang and tourmaline to loosen frizz, kinks, curls and waves. It soothes the senses and leaves hair permanently smooth and shiny. Retexturing works on color treated and chemically processed hair, but not hair that’s been treated with sodium hydroxide relaxers.
When the treatment is complete, you’ll find your hair easier to style and manage. But the treatment takes patience, and for at least 72 hours afterward, you’ll need to skip clips and ponytails and avoid tucking your hair behind your ear. You’ll also need to keep your hair from getting wet. So schedule an appointment during a time when these things are possible.
For more information about products and treatments that can help relax hair and simplify the styling process, feel free to contact the salon or take a look at our website.
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As skin cells grow and divide at a natural pace, new cells are formed and come to the surface, replacing the older dead cells on the outermost layer of our skin. These older, damaged cells typically fall away with time and regular cleansing. But several things can interfere with this process, including sun exposure and environmental pollutants. When dead skin cells are produced too quickly or fail to slough off at a natural pace, the skin surface can start to look aged and dull.
Facial Treatments and AHAs
Enter the magic of AHAs, or alpha hydroxyl acids. This family of molecules includes, among others, lactic acid (derived from milk products), citric acid (from fruits) and glycolic acid (often derived from sugar cane). All of these natural products provide a very gentle acidity that helps loosen and slough away the outer layer of aged and damaged cells on the surface of our skin. This reveals the new cells beneath and exposes them to oxygen, which encourages healthy growth.
Shedding away the dull outer layer of skin with a very gentle peel can even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and help the skin regulate its production of oil.
Who Benefits from a Glycolic or Vitamin C Peel?
Everyone! But especially those with large pores, age spots, acne, or oily, uneven, or sun damaged skin. A single treatment can restore a healthy bloom, but regular treatments with a high concentration of AHAs can actually help encourage the regeneration of collagen and elastin and reverse some of the natural effects of aging.
Vitamin C and glycolic peels are most often recommended for adult men and women, but here at my salon we also offer a one-hour mini facial treatment for teenagers. A mini-facial can bring out the natural radiance of young skin and help control acne problems.
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Even though spring is around the corner, this is still the season of the beard, the time of the year when men can feel free from the constraints of formality (within reason) and let their facial hair express its natural inclinations. Easing up a bit on your shaving routine can be manly and appealing to the ladies, and it can also help you stay in touch with the natural patterns and habits of your facial hair. Here are some general tips that can help you keep your winter scruff in a balance between out of control and under control, between edgy and just plain lazy.
Every two to three days, take a hot shower to open your pores and soften your skin. Then use a stubble trimmer to keep your scruff active, but cut close to the skin. Dry your skin with a towel first (don’t stubble-trim a wet face) and use plenty of moisturizer. Don’t neglect the skin beneath your fuzz.
For a little bit more length then the pirate stubble, use a beard trimmer on a low setting every four days. Pay special attention to your neckline. Make sure the line is tapered for a natural look, not sharp.
For longer, thicker beard growth, use a heavy-duty beard trimmer twice a week. Before trimming, comb your beard against the growth to fluff and detangle it. Between trimmings, wash your beard with beard wash or gentle organic hair care product instead of just facial cleanser. Again, you’ll need to pay special attention to the areas where you’d like the beard to end. A natural line is the key to a handsome bearded face. So is good grooming. Keep your beard combed and free of cookie crumbs.
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When clients come to see me for facial treatments like glycolic and vitamin C peels, a few common skin care topics tend to come up over and over again. Some of the questions I hear every day deal with winter skin care, and since these issues are important, I thought I’d share them here.
My freckles are increasing and I seem to have uneven patches and sun damage. But it’s February. What does this mean?
It means you’ve been in the sun! Winter sun in Michigan has the same UV rays as a Florida beach sun in July. It’s the same sun. And if you plan to be out and about during the day, you’ll need to use the same protection, no matter the season and no matter where you live. Don’t neglect your skin. Sunglasses and felt hats on the streets of Manhattan are just as important as big shades and floppy beach hats in Miami.
Okay, okay, I get it! I’ll take care of my skin, I promise. What sun protection products should I use?
Add years to the resilience and even tone of your skin by applying PABA free sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Every day. I recommend skin care products by Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients.
Should I protect my hair as well?
Of course. Have you ever seen a plastic awning or an old poster in the window of an ice cream shop? Have you seen how the surface cracks and the colors fade after just a short period of exposure? The same forces are at work on your hair. Of course, sun damaged hair can’t cause serious health problems like sun damaged skin, but dryness, dullness and fading are all part of the package. Try Suncare Protective Hair Veil, by Aveda. This product contains UV filters derived from natural plant oils and green tea extract, and it forms an invisible shield that helps sun-drenched hair retain its moisture and vibrancy.
Valentine’s Day is just a week away, and romance is already in the air! Can you feel it? Here at the salon, we sure can. We’re already being asked about styles and products that can take a romantic adventure to the next level. Choose your Valentine’s style carefully and remember: hair that flows beautifully and catches the light of the moon can turn your evening out into a night to remember.
The hottest romantic styles this year are just a bit messy, and they temper soft sweetness with a dangerous edge. If your hair is long, consider a few subtle highlights to capture the glow of candlelight, and then choose a style that brings out your mysterious side, your fascinating duplicity. A loose curl or soft wave can go from honey sweet to sexy and sly with a bit of product to produce a wet, sleek shine. And a tight updo can become a mesmerizing puzzle if it’s messy, pulled apart, or tossed into a careless tangle. Try braiding some of your hair before pulling it back, or pinning curls to let them dry before styling.
For short hair, the same rule applies. Temper gentle softness with a piecy or razored edge. Try a glossing treatment for an ultra-smooth straight look, or let short curls come apart slightly. Bobbed hair is in now, but the bob of the moment is unpredictable, asymmetrical, surprising, and a bit off-center. Make this look work for you by playing up the romance. Bangs that are just a millimeter too long will have your companion staring into your eyes, and a single out-of-control lock demands to be touched. As always, remember that no matter what you’re wearing, your hair is the defining element of your look.