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Seasons of Beauty

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Be it the fall of the leaves or the blossom of the trees each brings new seasons greetings and that means new beauty beginings. It is that time of year yet again there is a crisp cool breeze in the morning air, the last of the leaves have been fallen, and we all bundle up to get warm and comfy for the winter season. With the holidays past and and more to come it is easy to forget our seasons of beauty checklist. The seasons of beauty checklist is a list of seasonal considerations to take for the care and beaiutification of you hair, skin, and nails. Its a great idea to see a cosmetologist at the beginning of each new season for a check up; especially if you are a "do it yourself" kind of girl There are changes in the hair skin and nails a proffesional can spot and make reccomendations for you to prevent breakage, dryness, oiliness, break outs and damage and fill your beauty needs.

The environment has a definite influence on our beauty, more for some than others but to some degree for everyone, whether we know it or not. It helps a great deal to know the season we are in and what skin we are in currently and how to care for our beauty in the now. Knowing what type of winter hair, skin and nials you have and how to care for it will help you notice your spring changes and you will know when to check your seasons of beauty checklist and apply changes to your beauty regemine.

Getting familiar with the environmental changes that come along with the changing seasons is the first step in understanding how they affect your beauty. Of course it depends on where you live and what the four seasons there are like. You have to be able to find a balance between your environment and your beauty, you must know what is needed to create this balance and we are here to help!


Spring and fall can be the most cooperative seasons for beauty. They can both be long sleeve shirt or light jacket wheather and there seems to be a good balance of moisture and chill in the air. Often times this is when those who have curly hair can get away with a blow out without the dreded frizz and revertion. Even those of us who have combination skin may see a bit more balance in skin texture and color. Twice a year there is more of a balance of time the sun and moon spend in the sky so you will see more of a balance in your beauty. Though you may find that make-up you use in spring may not match your skin tone in the fall.


Winter can put us under a bit of a dry spell in the beauty department partly due to the cool air that lacks moisture and partly due to the garments we wear that protect us from the elements. You can usually tell a woman who wears a wool coat, winter scarfs, or hats by the areas of hair breakage she may experience. Dry skin tends to really show itself in cracks and patches while some people with oily skin find the cool winter dryness as a relief from ance and other break outs do to oily skin.


Summer offers us mostly moisture and can be an irritant to a person with oily skin or one who sweats a lot. At the same time can add too much moisture and can totally ruin a blow out for those with curly hair but it can be the best time of year for nails seeing how they grow better in moist climates. In fact people who in live in countries with consistantly warmer temperatures tend to grow longer nails, so while the chill of winter may dry your cuticles the warmth of summer keeps cuticles moist and nails growing and this may also apply to some coarser hair textures.

FALL/ WINTER BEAUTY TIPS

HAIR:

1. Get your trims and treatments regularly by a licensed cosmetologist; take extra care for chemically treated hair.

2. Before you put on your hat be sure to put on a satin cap to prevent breakage.

3. Be sure to drape a satin scarf around your coat collars  and sweaters to prevent breakage.

4. Be mindful of applying heat often any time of year but especially in winter; combined with dry hair this practice can create severe breakage.

5. Coarse textures need be mindful of moisture, being sure to keep a balance of moisture and protien to avoid breakage.

NAILS:

1. Cuticle moisture is crucial! Apply drops of cuticle oil nightly and massage in.

2. Use oils and butters on hands and feet to keep them moisturized and from cracking.

3. Cover moisturuzed hands and feet with plastic wrap and cotton mitts and socks at bedtime. Without plastic wrap the cotton will just absorb the moisture.

4. Use warm oil soaks for seriously dry cuticles; warm about 1/3 of a cup of oil pour into a small bowl (no microwave) and soak your fingers for at least 10 minutes twice per week.

SKIN:

1. Make your own facial mist to periodically midst your face throughout your day to refresh your skin, mind, and spirit. We have an aromtherapy workshop where you can learn to create your own facial mist, visit our work shops page for details.

2. Avoid using soap on the face and try moisturizing wash for your body; some of the ingredients in soap are toxic and drying.

3. Try using a body oil after a warm shower to moisturizer.

4. Be sure to use a moisturizer on dry skin before going into cold whether to avoid cracks and splits in the skin.

5. Avoid vaseline, mineral oil, or any products with petro chemical ingredients. Not only are they toxic but the "moisturizing" agents cannot be absorbed by the skin only the chemical particles.

6. If you have dry skin consider makeup with an oil base.   

  

SPRING/ SUMMER TIPS

HAIR:

1. For frizz ease and straightening think anti humectants, glossers, and serums. The finer your hair the more lightweight you want the product to be.

2. Swimmers should consider a clarifying shampoo to remove chlorine build up and an appropriate moisturizers.

3. People with fine or limp hair should consider a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to get body or movement in the hair.

4. Let your curls be happy! Just use some curl cream or gel. Cream is best for coarse hair and gel for fine limp hair.

NAILS:

1. This is the season of lifting! Polish chipping and overgrown cuticles are common due to moisture is the air. Moisture will even cause arcylic nails to lift especially if a proper manicure is not given previously to the acrylic set.

2. Be sure to get a manicure before you get a polish change or full set and fill in.

3. Dehydrate the nail with alcohol and cotton to remove any oil on the nails surface before applying base coat and nail polish.

4. To prevent polish lifting and chipping, lightly and gently file your nail plates with a fine grit or 240 grit file then wipe with alcohol, apply your base coat then your polish. This can work all year to extend the ware of your polish.

SKIN:

1. To control shine keep rice paper or hair end papers in your purse and lightly dab your oily areas as nedded throughout the day.

2. It is a great idea to care for your skin twice a day all year. In the summer to control break outs due to excessive sweating and oil production and in the winter to keep the skin nice and moisturized.

3. Consider using make up that is water based; if you are oily in the wamer months using oil based makeup can create breakouts.

SEASONS OF COLOR

Color is awesome! It can give give that little "umph" that we all love. The key to color is in cool and warm tones, and understanding how they affect the understones in our makeup and hair color selection. Remember have fun and explore with color! When it comes to hair you can always do what the pro's call a tint back which is going back to your original color.

WINTER:

This is a cooler time of the year and with the sun spending less time in the sky we loose some of the warmth in our understones. Usually you will notice your foundation looking too bright, too orange or red and you may need to purchase a winter shade of foundation with cooler tones. For makeup, nail and hair color play with those cooler fall/ winter colors like your plums, burgundy, burnt organe, dark browns, and ash blondes.

SUMMER:

Summer brings warmth during this time of year. You start to see warm golden red, yellow and orange undertones in the skin that compliment those fun, firery, bright colors like blonde/ yellow, candy red, lavender, rich browns and pinks.

You are definitely going to have to evauate your foundation and your skins undertones during the seasons changes. You may notice that your winter shade of foundation now makes you pale or washed out and thats because everything around you has a warm tone including your skins undertone. Even if you have olive (green) undertones you will find that your shade of olive will be different. Take your time and make your selections relax and have some fun getting to know your seasons of beauty.

No matter what the weather your beauty is always in season. Have a light heart and remember to keep your balance between beauty and wellness. Remember to explore and have fun with your beauty, try new things and different looks and seek a professional for treatments chemicals and cuts/ trims. Don't forget to get your seasonal check ups and professional evaluations and recomendations for your beauty needs.



 




How to select a hairstyle just for you

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

When you are selecting a hairstyle there are key factors to consider that I call "knowing" your client, like the condition of the hair, the persons body type, head and face shape, as well as facial features, occupation, and lifestyle (do they workout; have children ect....), the occasion and the wardrobe. It is completely possible for any person to have any hairstyle, it all depends on the stylist and their ability to "Know" their client or your ability to "know" yourself. With some creativity and customizing any style can be made to fit any person especially if color is an option and the considerations are made.

 

CONDITION OF THE HAIR

There are 4 areas to evaluate when checking the condition of the hair; there is texture, density, porosity, elasticity.

TEXTURE: is the diameter (width) of each individual strand and there are 3 types, coarse, medium, and fine. Texture can affect how well the hair holds a curl and how much heat is needed from styling equipment, this can play a major role in selecting products, and can affect drying and processing time as well.

DENSITY: is the amount of hairs per square inch of scalp; this plays a role in sectioning the hair for curls and straightening it can also determine drying and processing procedures. Density can also have major affects on the look of the finished style and may sometimes require thinning which should be done by a licensed professional.

POROSITY: is the amount of moisture the hair can take in and hold. the more porous the hair the more moisture it absorbs and it can loose this moisture just as fast if the hair is not sealed after the moisture has penetrated. This is why you should rinse your conditioner with cool water (cool water seals hair closed trapping in moisture) Your hairs porosity can determine drying and processing time and can cause several disorders should it lack moisture like breakage and split ends.

ELASTICITY: is the hairs ability to stretch and return to its natural curl pattern, this can affect what is known as the "bounce" the movement of the hair. Elasticity can also affect the hairs ability to hold a curl, and the longevity of the style in which case most people can supplement elasticity with holding spray. Elasticity of the hair is usually lost due to chemical and heat damage and can not be regained once it is gone.

BODY TYPE HEAD & FACIAL SHAPES AND FEATURES

when selecting a style for yourself or others you have to be able to see the full picture before hand, the silhouette is what you are considering when you consider the full picture. In creating a perfect silhouette you have to consider balance; balance is very important to the eye and finding the perfect balance between body and beauty can be tricky. You have to keep in mind that there are exceptions to every rule but in general and for example if you have big hips, as I do, you want to avoid big hair because it creates an overall "big" silhouette which may not be flattering to some; however in this case you have to consider the curl pattern too, remember any style can be for any person its all in the customizing of the details within the style. And this can apply to the shape of the head and face as well as facial features. It all comes down to finding a balance; if a person has a square face shape and high cheek bones they have very straight hard lines and need curved lines to create balance so curls would be the best option for them. if a person has eyes that are too close together avoid straight center parts as this draws attention to the closeness. Instead zigzag or slightly curve the parting but the best option is a side part or you could play with color and put a lighter color in the temple area, over the ears next to the eyes, to draw the attention away from the closeness of the eyes.

OCCUPATION AND LIFESTYLE

This is primarily about longevity and appropriateness. If you are a person who wears a hat at work hairstyles with volume in the top such as humps, buns and even some curled styles may not work for you, or if you exercise on a regular basis sweating out your style is a real possibility and your style will require stronger holding products if not a different style all together. For some careers such as those in the legal profession you cannot have certain hair colors and styles because they are not seen as professional so you can find that you will have to stretch your creativity just a bit to avoid repetition. These are all questions that should be on any client record card that are kept in a safe place for updating during client visits for the stylist and for you "do it yourselfers" these are the questions you want to ask yourself before you decide on a style in order to get the best hairstyle possible for you!

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