How To Clear Up Acne

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Acne. The sweet gift left by our over-active sebateous glands. The best part is- its on the part of our body that every single person we come into contact with sees, our face. There are many causes and many treatments.

Here at Salon Envy we offer an amazing treatment regime to follow and clear your skin from this wretched issue.

Causes: Diet, Lack of Water, Stress & Hormones, Bacteria from hands/makeup brushes/ sheets/pillows, Internal Factors, Soaps/Cleansers, Moisurizers, Hair Products, Etc.

Salon Treatments Recommended:
1) Facial. We recommend to come in for a facial because it will help us determine the best possible products and regime for your skin.  We may recommend doing extractions that will rid your skin of the dark, clogged sebum in your pours. This will give your skin a fresh start.
2) Acid Treatments. We may recommend an acid treatment to dry up your current acne. They will also exfoliate and leave your skin feeling cleaner, smoother, and resurfaced after one treatment.
3) Routine. Its all about consistency when it comes to skin. Rule out all of the possible problems by combating them all... Here are the most common causes and solutions...

 

We are going to LETTER them, since all are important and there is no specific order.

A) Drink AT LEAST 8 glasses of 8oz of water daily.

B) Eat your FRUITS & VEGGIES. Make sure you are consuming those vitamins within your diet and also if possible, supplement with vitamins to give a bonus to your diet.

C)Exercise Regularly. I know this sounds like a broken record for some of you. Exercise *even as little as a 30 minute walk a day* will not only stimulate positive hormones in your brain, but it will help decrease stress & clear up skin. WIN-WIN!

D) Cleanse 2x a day with Dermalogica Medibac Acne Clearning Cleanser. When cleansing, Pat dry with a clean washcloth and moisturize with Dermalogica Mediabac Acne Mattifier. At night time, spot treat with Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel.

E) New Makeup Applicators Daily. We can't stress this enough. Makeup containers contain MILLIONS of bacteria in them! Use a fresh new sponge or cotton daily. Otherwise your acne will be pasted on daily and you will never clear up! Make sure your makeup kit looks like it is BRAND NEW. It should be spot less.

F) Clean sheets & pillow cases at least once a week. Use a natural detergent free of fragrance and other chemicals that will just irritate your skin and cause more acne.

G) Use Oil-Free hair products and keep your hair off of your face. Bangs are NOT good for a client that has acne. The oil from our scalp travels down our hair shaft causing oil on our skin. NOT good.

Cleansers, Moisturizers, Clearing gels, Daily makeup applicators, Oil-Free hair products, (Keep Hair OFF Face), Clean your pillow cases & sheets weekly,
 

Trends for 2014 Mens Haircuts

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Hair Trends: 2014 Mens Haircuts

Best Haircuts & Styles for Men

Let's face it. The 20's & 30's are back. Which means the PART is back. Tapered sides & leave the length long on top with a part. The part is what screams confidence and gives a man power. It is professional, daper, and in style.

















A Woman’s Guide To the Perfect Blowout: How To Get The Salon Styled Blow-Dry

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Nothing adds confidence and the pep into a lady’s step as when leaving the beauty shop with the perfect blow dry.
 
Unfortunately, although our stylist may make it look simple, we end up at home looking more like a disheveled mess than this run way model below.
 
Here are some simple tips to get your blow dry looking like you just left the salon.
 
#1. PREP THE DO.
Prepping your hair is very important to achieve the salon styled blowout. Make sure your hair is SUPER clean and conditioned. Wash 2x if needed and condition mid-shaft to ends. Rinse thoroughly and prep the hair with proper products. The musts are: a thermal protector, volumizing mouse or gel (to hold style), and a serum or smoothing cream (to tame frizz and moisturize dry ends). Also, if possible & you are not super frizzy, then let your hair air dry for 15-30 min before you start.
 
#2. SEPARATE THE HAIR.
Sectioning is crucial so you do not end up with a knotty, tangled mess. Section your hair off in sections that are small enough to work through with a brush and clip them off. Start with the very top, sides, divide the back into a few sections and start with the nape (lower neck section).
 
#3. TOOLS.
Tools are very important. Get a round brush that is made of ceramic with bristles. This way the brush heats up and cools giving your hair body & shape. Make sure you don’t have your grandmas blow dryer from 1920. Get a updated blow dryer with new technology. A blow dryer that is updated will keep your hair healthy, shiny, and smooth. This rule applies to all hot tools: curling irons, flat irons, wands, wavers, etc..



#4. ITS ALL ABOUT DIRECTION.
Direction sounds simple but it is also imperative when you are working with a blow dryer. Blow the dryer in the direction your cuticle grows which is DOWN. Always keep the blow dryer pointed down. Also, if you want volume, rough dry your hair first by flipping it upside down and getting most of the water out before you start your round brushing.       
 
#5. KEEP IT TAUT.
Each section should be pulled out TAUT with your round brush, while the blow dryer is pointed DOWN, and smoothed slowly down the hair shaft. Here is a video example.
 
http://youtu.be/y-P_m9X_JFs

 
 
#6. FINISH WITH FINESSE.
Finish your blow dry with a softening, shine serum such as Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide. And a light hairspray to lock in your style but not give you that “stop a bird in flight” hold such as Kerastase Couture line “Laquer Couture”.
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2014 SPRING HAIR COLOR MELT HAIR COLOR AT SALON ENVY

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2014 Color Melting. S'Ombre Hair Color.

Color Melting is just like ombre but more subtle a.k.a. S'Ombre. Subtle sun-kissed highlights are perfect for your spring 2014 hair color. They are a low maintence way to have updated lighter hair :) Color melting is natural and more blended than traditional highlights.





 

4 Steps To STRONGER Hair

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4 Steps to STRONGER Hair
 


 
Step 1.) Initialiste.
 
Benefits: Transform your hair in 7 days with Initialiste. Our 1st skincare-inspired super serum that acts on the four attributes of total hair beauty:
1. Strength
2. Shine
3. Softness
4. Substance
  • 9 out of 10 women* saw a visible difference in their hair texture after one week. 

    With continued usage, your hair stays healthier from root to tip allowing it to grow longer† with 93% less breakage.** The new Must-Have for all hair types.

    Maximize the potential length of your hair. Keep it longer and stronger as it grows.†

    89% agreed that their hair is SHINIER
    87% felt that their hair is thicker with MORE SUBSTANCE
    86% felt that their hair is STRONGER and SOFTER to the touch


    *Consumer use test over 7 days
    **In a brushing test compared to a non-conditioning shampoo
    †Reduces breakage so hair can grow longer

    Lightweight, silky texture Absorbs instantly without residue Fresh and delicate fragrance Targeted pipette application


 Step 2.) Trim your hair regularly.
 
It is VERY important to keep up with your hair cuts. It sounds so simple, but it is imperative for strong hair. The second your hair splits, the second it becomes weaker, more brittle, & prone to breakage. If you are someone that is bad at keeping up with hair cuts, PRE-BOOK your haircuts at your salon to help remind you when it is time. Here at Salon Envy Chicago we give a discount per service if you pre-book your appointments and keep the appointment. If you have to move the appointment you will still recieve the discount, just as long as you do not cancel it.
 
Step 3.) Turn the BLOW-DRYER down.
 
The heat and the power from your blow dryer will cause your hair to become weaker. Turn your blowdryers heat down and power to medium or low. If your hair dryer does not have this setting... Then get another blow dryer :)
 
Step 4.) Protect those LOCKS.
 
Thermal Protectors, Kerastase Ciment Thermique (Our Personal Favorite), work wonders of STRENGTH for hair. Protect your hair from the blow dryer and hot tools. Make sure you ALWAYS use a thermal protector.

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