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Dec 28, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
One of the nicest and reasonable gifts one can buy this holiday season just too say Thank You is a aromatic candle. This year Aveda's holiday candle *Grounding* is fabulous with vanilla, ginger, cassia and other pure flower essences will make anyone feel calmer, relaxed yes grounded and even sexy! with a bonus of 50 hours of burning without any fear of toxins. My top recommendation for those who need a lovely small gift to buy someone or yourself this xmas going with the Grounding candle is it!!.
Dec 5, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
Having a itchy scalp after a hair color is quite common and there are many possible reasons for this, in my experience most people that do react afterwards I base on a few critical scenarios 1/ improper shampooing, 2/ hormonal, 3/ sensitivity too activators , developers, peroxide, 4/ dehydrated scalps.2 out of 3 hair color manufactures use PDD, Aveda hair color is PDD free and a good choice for not only health of hair as well being a non-debilitating hair color line, however sometimes even with natural hair colors there could be an ingredient or symptom that could still itch the scalp. Try to rule out all the above scenarios, with your stylist you can both try a few old school remedy’s which has always worked for me and my clientele.
Your hair should not be shampooed for at least 48 hours prior to hair color service, also adding fron the list below will not impede the formula.
1- In formula add 2 packets of sweet low, (equal, splenda) etc. + 4 drops Lavender essential oil
Nov 22, 2011
From runways too hollywood to the everyday working woman and moms eyelashes are the biggest latest trend and whether it is false strip lashes from the drug store or high end cosmetic companies that offer colored ones or jewelled more and more women are wearing them, but the best trend is eyelash extensions. And there seems to be a ton of new lash/brow lounges and salons popping up globally catering to this growing popularity in the beauty service. The variety of eyelashes and eyelash designs offered is almost endless since every person has different eyes and desires in terms of what kind of outcome they want. The beauty of lash extensions is that they are semi-permanent meaning they can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, can you imagine not applying any mascara for that long? Depending on your own individual lashes (fine, thick, amount) the styles offered are, Natural, Defined, Dramatic and Lux. I am completely in love with this fantastic service and glad that we offer this in our salons; my clients are looking gorgeous and are thrilled thanks to the fabulous artist hands of Melanie who is highly trained and a perfectionist. The most important thing to remember when choosing where to go or to whom is that their hygiene is of the upmost importance and know what they are doing, after all they are our eyes. This is a fabulous and fast approaching mainstream beauty service that for those who don’t have the time or want to put their mascara on or simply need some lashes it’s the perfect alternative with no compromise in individual beauty !.
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
Finger waves were developed in the 1920's to add style to, and soften the hard appearance of the bobbed hairstyles that became very popular during the flapper period. Many Hollywood movie stars wore the latest finger waves which added to the popularity and progression of this style. FINGER WAVING is molding the hair while wet with product into "s"-shaped curved sections creating them with the fingers and comb. These waves when dried without being disturbed will fall into beautiful deep waves. This also is a great way to set hair and once its dry brush or comb out the wave’s creating more of the pin-up hair era. Setting finger waves is a wonderful way to smooth out frizzy, curly hair and also successful on straight hair creating texture and body.Today we can use the old fashion way (comb and fingers) or curling irons, flat irons even hot rollers to achieve this very beautiful classic look and as history has shown us finger waving is here to stay.
Nov 7, 2011
As a colorist having someone leave without a makeup touch up to me makes no sense, I have always said if a client comes in as a brunette and leaves as a red head with the same makeup as she came in with then we really haven’t done our job. We both work from the same palette and I must say I have been fortunate through my career to have worked with some of the best makeup artist there is and have picked up many tricks but no one has taught me as much as my featured makeup artist Anna Conte.
For the past 15 years she has been our makeup /eyebrow guru not only for the salons as well a part of The Aveda Canadian Creative Team, with a clientele so devoted to her talents that you have to book a appointment months in advance, why so popular? It’s her passion, gentle touch, fashion forwardness and servant’s heart. A born educator she shows her clients how to use and apply the products always even if it’s in a 15 minute appointment and above all makes every person she services feel beautiful. This colleague of mine shares with me almost my entire clientele and there has never been a time any one of them brought a compliant to me in fact there eyebrows look impeccable and there makeup finish is completely connected complimenting them and hair color! Her favourite makeup artist and peer is Fulvia Farolfi , one of mine is Ms Conte.
Hair Color sensitivities is known to be the third most common allergy after fragrance and preservatives and I am not exactly sure nor an expert on why we are seeing more and more allergies towards hair coloring products today. It has become more apparent to me that bringing back the patch test and making it a mandatory policy in the salons is the safest approach for both client and stylist to do. There could be thousands of reasons why some people have allergies towards hair dyes and some don’t, it is very possible to also suddenly become allergic maybe during times of stress, change of life, diet, medicines, water (plumbing) or simply a product formulation change.
A patch test is a tiny patch of color product which we place onto your skin to test for an allergic reaction. I always dot either behind the ear, nape or in the crook of the elbow. I leave it on for at least 15 minutes and if there is an allergic reaction it generally takes place almost immediately, the area would feel itchy or redden and possibly a bit of swelling might occur. Now having said all this please keep in mind that even if you use non-debilitating non-aggressive products things can change, so let new and long term clients know to ALWAYS mention to you that they are feeling something different on their scalp.
Recently I had a client who has seen me for years and all of a sudden she tells me that she is feeling a bit of burning (this has never happened before) quickly I moved her to a cooler spot in the studio which seemed to subside what she described as burning, she also mentioned that lately she had been experiencing hot flashes and when I touched her shoulder I could not believe the heat that was coming off her, hence people and things change. At the end of her service at the shampoo sink we finished off with a cool water rinse, her hair color was as always the same and no indication of sores on her head, could it have been because I acted fast in cooling her down ? Might be but I do know for next time to take extra care in how to approach this client who is suffering with menopause. I am a firm believer in practising the art of being safe after all we are servicing the general public and with that comes many challenges, let’s eliminate this one by simply doing a quick patch testing.
Nov 4, 2011
Adding Crimson-Red Rose shades into your hair color palette offers this fall/winter an assortment of choices for all those red heads or wannabes out there. This fall/winter attention is on red hair colors with more blue/violet in them that will work with most skin tones adding richness and a healthy glow and a bit of pow. My Crimson Reds are equal parts of red + violet, Red Rose is equal parts of red+violet+a dash of orange, and regardless of any level on a current brunette or red shade going either way can add an overall or dimensional fantastic look to a great haircut.
I very rarely just do an all over solid color (tint, single process) on my clients even if I take a few slices of the hair and apply the same new-growth (root) color to those pieces and leave the rest out, end result hi-lited hair in a flash and not always do we have to refresh all the hair all the time. Another way I am loving using these tones are color blocking whether vertically or horizontal sections layering these 2 shades either together or with darker rich browns and blacks commands attention. My beliefs on red hair colors and skin tones is this; warm skin is primarily complemented by cool hair color, cooler skin is primarily complemented by warm hair color, hence a dash of orange in our Red Rose, remembering that it's all about balance and nothing is more regal then a festive red jewel whether on a finger, lip or hair color.
Nov 1, 2011
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Oct 25, 2011
I am constantly working on creating new services in the Studio not only in hair color but for a ‘Client Experience’ so for every individual that sits in the chair they will receive extra touches and hopefully excellent service. These days an added touch to a service is important why? consumers want more for their buck so to speak and the competition is also doing added value services which means clients have choices. So lets just say I have upgraded an Aveda hand massage to a Hand Treatment and so far my clients (guests) are loving this one.
While the hair color is being processed we offer a hand treatment , first scrubbing in warm hot with a touch of Aveda’s Caribbean Therapy Body Scrub then wrapped in a warm towel followed by a smoothing massage with Aveda Hand Reliefand finally a light mist of Aveda Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent. Does this sound like a great service you would want getting your hair colored? you might think it may take too long in fact all it takes is 10 minutes or less. So whatever it takes to make the time for a hand treatment make it! Believe me the more you offer the more the word spreads about their experience the busier you will be!!!. recreate your value added services.
Oct 21, 2011
I have written many posts in the past regarding Permanent Waves and how shocking it is to me that the majority of hairdressers do not do them. I know or have heard all the reasons why this service is almost absent in most salons or there might be one to two people who actually do them, biggest reason I believe is fear from cosmetology school. This past weekend which ends my season of travel for the year of educating finished with a short visit too one of our concept salons, an in-salon class to inspire and share formulas and a couple of quick foil placements. I had a wonderful time with this group of smart, creative individuals that embraced all I had to share and as always was leaving with a full heart. I very rarely get a chance to linger with everybody after a short class I’m usually rushing to catch a plane so I don’t get a chance to see the staff actually use the tools I just taught them behind their chair, since my flight was later on I could hang around. Not only did I see two stylists doing a placement I taught but as well others trying my formulas, what a feeling! Now to Katrina who has been in the industry 7 years and has been in a few of my academy classes in the past, a true beauty inside and out with a passion for her work and people with a big heart and a great student was doing a perm I was like YEAH! Someone is doing a perm with no fear and doing it just right with all the correct Aveda products to use with a perfect wrap on YES highlighted hair. I loved it! and in this salon almost all of the stylists do perms, my hats off.
Salon Sylvia & Co Aveda Concept Salon, Sherwood Park, Alberta,
Oct 19, 2011
Well you sure have a huge task infront of you, the most difficult color to remove in hair is Red particularly anatural redhead and of course the hardest color to keep in the hair
First thing is - Why does she not want you to use Enlightener? In my experience this is the best non-debilitating lightening (bleach) product on the market, I will assume it’s because of her tight curl frizzy ends combo. One very strong suggestion I have before I go into hair color is for you to recommend her to get the New Smooth Infusion Treatment which would do wonders for her type to just losen up the curly a bit and make any color you both choose to do look great. Now for hair color if you are 100% sure you cannot use the enlightener then what I suggest is trying the Crème Booster alone with viscosity and 40 volume, this will give you a golden /strawberry tone but I cannot guarantee it becauseI have seen it work on natural red hair color and I have also seen it do hardly anything.
The best way to handle this is you can add a touch of enlightener to the Crème Booster so 2 parts Crème booster + ¼part enlightener not the other way around with 40 volume in the back and 30volume on the top and front using slicing instead of weaves for your foil work. This truly is the only way, I also feel very strong about hairdressers having the confidence and assertiveness that we need with clients that limit us with the product/tools we need to use to get the job done, why does she need to know that you are going to use a touch of the Enlightener in your Booster formula . The objective is to try and get her from what I understand as light as possible and the bottom line is nothing else will really work so go for it and tell her it’s a blonding cream that lightens hair like a bleach but is much more gentle to the hair.
I do not make it a habit in lying to clients (guests) but a little white one now and again in a situation like this knowing that it will work always gets the job done for a win/win end result.
Let us know the outcome
Oct 15, 2011
Around this time she also made her acting debut alongside Mickey Rourke who later became her husband in the film Wild Orchid, her beauty and sexuality was undeniably raw and magical.
The constant very public struggles with her relationship to Mickey Rourke and drug abuse became notorious in the gossip magazines and after a tumultuous 6 year marriage ended she found peace and serenity in the practice of Buddhism and began the process of getting herself off substances.
As part of her recovery process Carre began to gain weight "in the fashion worlds standards" but this did not stop her from Modeling she became a plus size model at size 10/12 imagine being considered as a plus size model when the average size is 12/14. Today at 43 Carre Otis has become a spokesperson for substance abuse, and eating disorders something she too faced in the height of her modeling career. She still remains as one of the most beautiful women to have ever graced the fashion pages of our time.
Where is she now? Carre Otis most recently has written an extraordinary account of her life, struggles and career, a wonderful read which I highly recommend Beauty Disrupted, and is a devoted wife, mother and Buddist who still models from time to time.
Oct 12, 2011
Keeping in mind that for most men their main concern is that their hair looks natural. One thing we must remember is to explain to them that it just might be that they need to visit the salon more often just like any female client because their natural hair color as been changed and with that also comes new growth (Roots), so it does matter in which hair coloring approach we take with men, they also hate to be displayed so find the most private corner to color away.
Oct 10, 2011
Can I say shocker!!! only because it took me this long, and if it wasn’t for someone asking me what she was like I would probably have never realized it was her. The clincher was this, most of the models that are done for the actual look/techniques are given a name 90% of the time it’s the models real name hence why it was called Camila.
All I can say is she was a stunner, sexy, confident, nice, with a free spirited brazilian attitude, maybe she can lend me some money now LOL.