Hair Volume And The Salon

Hair Volume and the Salon

Has your hairdresser recently pointed out that your hair is thinning? If so, then treatments to help increase hair volume might be a useful avenue for you to follow. With science evolving every day, there are now proven ways for you to help increase the volume of your hair. Read on to find out what some of them are.

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Before you even begin to think about treatment, it is useful to know that hair thinning is usually a symptom of a larger issue. Some hormonal disorders, like thyroid, may result in thinning hair. Make sure that you get yourself checked out by your doctor if you are confronted with suddenly thinning hair. There may be larger issues at place.

Volumising treatments
Shampoos with zinc, mint oil and other compounds are often a good method to encourage induce hair thickness. Lots of salons offer personalised thinning hair treatments, which often involve the application of a shampoo, conditioner, serum, and a mask, if not more. Regularly going for these treatments, especially if you start to see a noticeable difference, can help you quickly reverse your hair thinning trend.

Apart from treatments at the salon, there are also at-home treatments that you could pursue, often in the form of using salon-recommended products to promote hair growth. In the last few years, more and more dermatology journals are confirming the effectiveness of active ingredients like zinc in the promotion of hair growth. These products can help you get thicker hair from the root up.

Why hairspray, you might ask? Well, you may want to make your hair seem thicker while you are undergoing treatment, and a good hairspray really helps you sport a voluminous look. Get your hair styled regularly in the salon as well, and then use the hairspray on your hair to help you prep for subsequent hairstyles.

While hairspray is great at mimicking thickness, make sure that you choose a good brand of hairspray that won’t make your hair thin further.

Hot rollers
Hot rollers are a great way to get some volume in your hair without damaging the hair too much with heat. Ask your hairstylist to use hot rollers to give you that extra bounce, especially at the roots.

While highlights seem like a good idea for thinning hair, too many could actually cause thinning hair. However, with the right products and professional help, highlights can help your hair seem fuller and thicker. Make sure that your hair isn’t too dark or too light, for both tend to expose the scalp. Instead, go for mid-hue highlights that add some body and shimmer to your hair.

Sometimes, the quickest fix for your hair might be getting a trim. You’re not doing your hair any favours by keeping it damaged and long. Ask your stylist to give you hair a cut with long layers or blunt ends, both help to make the hair look thicker, and to remove all the split ends and damaged parts. A good haircut can help you hair look thicker as you explore other hair thickening treatments.

Body Wraps: Are They as Effective as Claimed?

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear honey, clay, butter, chocolate and eucalyptus? No, these are not ingredients for an exotic dish but the requirements of a rejuvenating body wrap. Body wraps are the latest fad introduced by day spas. A body wrap promotes blood circulation and increases the body temperature to enhance your body’s functioning.

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Body wraps: What are they?
When the concept of body wrap was introduced, they were known as herbal wraps because of the ingredients used. Then, linen sheets were used instead of thermal blankets or plastic sheets. With time, body wraps evolved to grow beyond the ‘herbal wrap’ tag. A favourable choice for a spa day, the procedure of a body wrap is carried out in a dark room with relaxing background music. The procedure involves laying the thermal blanket on the massage table, over which a plastic sheet is placed. You are wrapped with this sheet and a third layer of warm towel cocoons you.

At first, a scrub is applied and a gentle massage exfoliates the dead skin to expose the soft and supple new layer. Scrub options include mud, green apple, pear, walnut, blueberry, rock salt, and so on. Post scrub, a warm shower washes off all the debris. The process of scrubbing is the preparation stage for a body wrap.

The wrap ingredients are smeared over the plastic sheet in a thin layer before wrapping it around the body. Once the wrap is completed, the electric blanket is pulled up to keep you warm. The temperature maintained by the blanket will leave you sweating for the entire duration which may last anywhere between half an hour to forty five minutes. If it’s your first time, the experience may be a tad bit uncomfortable because for the entire duration, your body movement is restricted.

Cooling down is a slow process. Moisture retaining body lotion is applied post rinsing to mark the completion of the procedure.

The options for body wrap include:
Detox wrap: The main ingredients include mud or seaweed that pull or tighten the skin.
Moisturising wraps: The ingredients and lotions used are many.
Cellulite treatment: Herbal concoctions that target the cellulite.
Slimming: The material used is smaller in size and the wraps are snugger.

Are they effective?
For a detox wrap, the claims made are promising, while there is lack of scientific validation that a mask drains out toxins from the body. Detoxification is dermal which means that sweating it out opens up clogs on the skin surface but the kidney and the liver are unaffected. The effectiveness of the wrap varies from spa to spa based on the ingredients they use. The effect of any slimming mask is temporary. Losing water weight gives the illusion of weight loss and the results are evident for a maximum time of two days

The verdict: Keep your expectations real. Yes, your skin will feel soft and fresh. With repeated treatments, the overall appearance will be improved.

What to Expect from Spa Days?

Every spa ‘virgin’ experiences many uncertainties before entering the spa. They are clueless on what to expect out of their visit. Before you get too vexed on the how’s, here is an itinerary for the events on a spa day.

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Arrival: On arrival, the first thing that you encounter is the receptionist who will hand over a questionnaire. The questions here are quite basic inquiring about your health conditions and complications, if any. You are also asked to change into a pair of slippers; this is done to instill a sense of relaxation prior to the commencement of the services.

On completing the forms, you are directed to the area where you can change into the robe that is provided by the spa. Every spa provides a locker on arrival to keep your valuables. After changing, you are given a tour of the premises and a detailed explanation of all the services offered. You are shown the steam room, the various service stations, the eating area, gym and the swimming pool.

Ask your guide to show you beforehand the station where you are to receive the services so that you avoid being late for the treatment. Generally, it is advisable to wait in the waiting or relaxation room, commonly referred to as the ‘meditation room’, 10 minutes before the scheduled service is to begin.

Treatment expectation: A good spa starts off with a consultation with the client. The therapist first inquiries about your health conditions and your skin condition. Following which, the treatment that you’re about to receive is explained. All the steps and each one’s benefits are spoken about. If you are stuck not knowing if you have to remove your clothes or keep them on for the process, simply ask the therapist. Usually, it is only the back massages that require nudity. Procedures like facial, manicure and pedicure do not require the same. If you are required to strip, there are many draping techniques that the therapist follows to keep only the area to be worked over accessible. While the session is on, don’t hold back from expressing your like or dislike with a certain massage stroke. If there needs to be more pressure applied, say so, and the same goes for reducing the pressure.

After treatment: On completing the treatment of choice, you can spend the remaining day enjoying the other benefits of the spa like the fitness and health facilities, if they are a part of the chosen package. A relaxing dip in the pool, time in the sauna or breaking into sweat at the gym: the choice is yours. You may also avail other services like a facial or a pedicure depending on the staff availability and spa traffic. A day spa, in general, gives you the choice to choose more than one treatment per day spa appointment. It is advisable to make a booking for the services that you are interested in beforehand to save money. While exiting, the guests are required to sign in a register and leave comments.

Everything You Need To Know About Deep Tissue Massage

This is a kind of massage technique that primarily concentrates on realigning the deeper layers of connective tissues and muscles. This massage therapy is very useful for alleviating chronic pains, stiff necks, and pains in upper back, tightness in leg muscles, sore shoulders and low back pain.

Contrary to common belief, people go through deeper relaxation stage while receiving a deep tissue massage. A massage therapist makes use of direct pressure and warm oils so that your muscles top layer is relaxed and eventually reaches the inner layers in your muscles tissues.

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Techniques of deep tissue massage
If someone goes through a chronic muscle injury or tension, he or she may experience adhesions i.e. rigid and painful tissue in ligaments, tendons and muscles. Such adhesions can cause obstructions in circulations thereby causing restricted movement, inflammation and pain. A deep tissue massage functions by physically decomposing these adhesions so that there is relief from pain and normal movement can be restored. Massage oil is used by a massage therapist along with deep and direct pressure. Your muscles should be relaxed well so that the massage therapist can access to the inner muscles tissues.

Is deep tissue massage hurtful?
When a massage therapist is performing the massage, many people may find some sort of pain and discomfort. If you are one of them, it is crucial for you to inform your massage therapist. This means notify him if you are experiencing any kind of pain, soreness or hurt that is beyond your range of comfort. In case you do feel any type of pain or stiffness after a session of deep tissue massage, you should not worry as this will subside within a couple of days. Your massage therapist may recommend that you apply a cold pack on the affected location after completing the massage.

A Deep Tissue Massage has various merits:

It concentrates on a particular problem like injury rehabilitation, chronic muscle pain and is beneficial in the following cases:
• Mobility is restricted
• Lower back pain
• Chronic pain
• Postural problems
• Strain injury that is repetitive in nature
• Recovery from injuries such as sports injury and falls
• Sciatica
• Osteoarthritis pain
• Piriformis syndrome

Can everyone go through a deep tissue massage? Here are some of the cases when someone should avoid undergoing a deep tissue massage:

• Soon after a radiation or chemotherapy session unless the doctor recommends for it
• Just after undergoing a surgery
• If there is an infectious disease of skin, open wounds or rash
• People who are vulnerable to blood clots. If a person suffers from a heart disease, he or she must consult a physician prior to having a deep tissue massage.
• Has osteoporosis, it is better to meet a doctor before undergoing this type of a massage.
• Has inflamed skin, bruises, abdominal hernia, tumours, recent fractures and unhealed wounds.
• Women who are pregnant should consult their gynaecologists before going for such a massage. They should approach a therapist who is a veteran in the field of pregnancy massages.

Planning a Bachelorette Spa Party

A spa party is a novel idea for a bachelorette that any bride-to-be will love. Not only does the soon-to-be-wed get to spend quality time with her girl pals, but also sit back and relax while indulging in some luxurious pampering. If you’re looking to plan a spa bachelorette, here are some tips that you can use.

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Size of the party
A bachelorette party should include the bridesmaids, maid of honour, the bride’s closest friends, and moms. Make sure that it is not a large party, as the spa may not be able to accommodate as many people at once. It may also make it difficult to coordinate the bachelorette when you have too many guests on the list. Once you have the numbers confirmed, check with the spa to see if they can accommodate the same. Check with the spa to get a fair idea on whether the bachelorette party gets to spend time together as a group in the steam room or sauna, or between different spa treatments.

Picking a spa
There are many spa options that you can choose from depending on your needs. For instance, if you are looking for a special spa then you can try one by the beach, or if you have more time to spare then you can have a spa getaway over a weekend. Some spas have special bridal spa packages on offer. Aside from exclusive bridal spa treatments, they may even allow you to have the whole place for yourselves for a couple of hours. This way you can just let your hair down and enjoy the bachelorette, without any disruptions or intrusions.

Timing the party right
While some may suggest that you plan the spa bachelorette party just days before the wedding, we suggest otherwise. If you have been a part of wedding preparations before, then your probably know how the week-before-wedding schedule looks. No doubt, a spa day can give the bride a chance to unwind from all the wedding madness, but with little time to spare, it may be rushed. Another reason why you want to avoid a spa bachelorette just days before is because you want the bride to look her best on her big day. Sometimes, spa facials and other treatments may cause the skin to act up or make blemishes stand out prominently (depending on the skin type and the spa treatment). You can plan the spa bachelorette party weeks before the wedding day to be on the safer side.

Have fun with it!
Make your spa bachelorette fun, whether it’s by having a theme party or having spa-themed goodies. You can have spa-themed party treats, either cookies or cupcakes. You can have lovely home-spa products tucked in a cute basket with a bow for party favours. Of course, what’s a bachelorette without some fun games – from lingerie guessing to bachelorette treasure hunts, pick something that is fun and interesting. If you want to get some drinking into the spa party, then you should look at spas by vineyards!

Brazilian Waxing – 5 Things to ask before your treatment

So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and get that much dreaded Brazilian waxing treatment for your nether regions. But do you have all the necessary information about Brazilian waxing and what it entails? When you book an appointment with a beautician at a parlour, arrive a little early to ask a few important questions before the waxing is actually done.

Brazilian waxing

Here are five things that every woman should know before a Brazilian waxing treatment:

1. The type of waxing
Brazilian waxing could involve the removal of all pubic hair, possibly leaving a slight ‘landing strip’ behind (if preferred by the client). This landing strip approach is usually called a ‘French wax’ but might be combined with Brazilian waxing.

You should ideally discuss the kind of waxing job you wish to get when you take an appointment. Ask the salon about the different options offered by them. Also enquire about the charges for the different kinds of wax and how long each would take to get done.

2. Training and experience
Generally, specialised waxing salons have skilled and experienced aestheticians. So you don’t need to worry about having a bad experience in such boutiques. However, hair salons might hire inexperienced staff members who are not certified to do this type of waxing. Laws require aestheticians to have their license for performing this job. It is important to ask your parlour if they have a certification for their aestheticians before you book yourself an appointment.

3. When to shave
This is an important question that every woman must ask her aesthetician before getting a Brazilian waxing treatment. When can you last shave before a waxing appointment? Typically, aestheticians ask you to let the pubic hair grow because when there is inadequate hair growth, the wax will not be able to get hold of the tiny hair and hence won’t work. It is highly recommended that you avoid shaving that area for a minimum of 5 to 10 days so that the hair growth is at least a quarter of an inch.

4. Waxing during your period
Even though you could ask your aesthetician if it is okay to wax in the middle of your period, it is important to know that the pubic area’s sensitivity level increases during menstruation. So you would only be putting yourself through additional pain by getting a Brazilian waxing treatment done during this time.

5. Frequency of waxing
Another thing to know about Brazilian waxing is the frequency at which you should get it done. Your aesthetician will tell you that the longer you wait, the thicker and longer your hair growth will become. This will end up hurting even more than the usual pain you experience.

You could also consult your doctor to check if he advises taking a pain killer before the appointment in order to ease the pain. Just remember that the pain becomes worse with increased hair growth. So make sure that you schedule your appointments in time.

Massage Melbourne
Isn’t it de-stressing when your partner gives you a relaxing massage after a long day at work? Imagine the calming effect that a fantastic massage would have on you. Massages are not just relaxing, they also offer several health benefits like boosting blood circulation, lowering blood pressure and alleviating pain. A massage is also said to firm up skin, so if you are dealing with sagging skin, you can give it a try. Whether you have time or not, do make a point to relax your body as well as mind completely with a massage regularly. Oh, and did we mention a relaxing massage session will also help you sleep better?

So if the thought of a healthy body and a peaceful mind catches your interest, you should head to a spa to try the following massage therapies.

1. Swedish Massage
One of the most common and popular massage therapies, a Swedish massage can be described as a simple massaging technique, which relies on some oil and kneading the body. Your massage therapist will apply some oil or massage lotion on your body, which will prevent skin friction and allow smooth movement. In a Swedish massage, the massage practitioner will use long, smooth strokes to relax the body. If you have never had a massage in a spa before, this is the one you should get started with.

2. Hot Stone Massage
As the name suggests, a hot stone massage is the one where warm stones are strategically placed on the body, at particular points. The massage is helpful in boosting blood circulation and is especially beneficial if your muscles are stiff. The involvement of hot stones and applying pressure at certain points in the body make the massage therapy a little complicated. So make sure you get it done only by an experienced professional. Basalt stones are normally used for the therapy and they are heated up before starting the session. The massage therapist may additionally apply some pressure on the points to relax your body further.

However, the massage should be avoided by diabetics and those suffering from heart conditions.

3. Thai massage
The technique involved in a Thai massage is slightly different, as instead of just kneading your body, the massage therapist will gently stretch parts of your body like hands, legs and fingers. It also involves applying pressure on certain points on the body. Thai massages are relaxing and also improve flexibility.

4. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a favourite among many people as it soothes not just the body, but also your senses. As the name suggests, the technique involves the use of scented, aromatic oils to relax the mind and the body. The essential oils used in aromatherapy help in reducing stress as well.

Other popular massage therapies include reflexology, shiatsu and deep tissue massage. Reflexology refers to massaging just the foot while Shiatsu is similar to a Thai massage. Shiatsu involves applying pressure on specific points in the body to relieve stress. A deep tissue massage is helpful in relaxing stiff muscles and providing relief from injuries.

makeup artist
Selecting the perfect foundation that suits the skin is essential for the other sections of makeup to have a flattering effect on the face. Most individuals that select foundations based on their skin tone turn up looking a couple of shades darker than their actual skin colour. The best way to access the right kind of foundation that is suitable to your skin is to carry out a skin test before purchase so that you do not have to waste money on buying a product which you are not likely to use.

Steps to find foundation

Foundation skin test
To access the right foundation colour for your skin, apply a small line of the foundation along the jaw line from ear to chin. If the shade is barely visible on the skin or is completely invisible then that is best suited for the individuals. Shades that are darker or lighter and are easily visible on the skin will make the person look either very pale or too dark.

Discovering your skin undertone
According to makeup experts, every individual has an undertone and the foundation has to be selected based on this for it to blend into the skin. While a person with warm undertone will have green or olive coloured veins, a cool undertone will have blue or purplish veins, and a person that has neutral tones will have a mix of both. Whichever foundation you select ensure that it is oil free and is applied on a lightly moisturised skin for the product to spread evenly.

Selecting coverage
While selecting the foundation you also have to keep in mind the coverage required if its to be medium, partial or sheer. If you want some part of natural skin to be visible through the foundation then use a shade that disappears on your skin. The coverage an individual requires is also dependent on the skin flaws that have to be hidden like acne, sunburn, large pores, fine lines and other minor imperfections that are common on natural skin.

Finding the right formula for different skin types
There are four basic skin types, namely normal, sensitive dry, oily and combination. Here are different types of foundations for most common skin types that can also be combined to suit individual’s sense of aesthetics and beauty.

1. Oily Skin – Oil free liquid foundation with light traces of silicone are best as they will not block the pores nor will it slide of the skin in humid conditions. The biggest problem with oily skin is blocked pores that cause pimple breakouts.

2. Dry skin – This skin type can cause carelessly applied foundation to appear like wrinkles on the face. The best thing to do would be to maintain skin hydration with anti-ageing skin foundations that have moisturising ingredients to maintain supple skin.

3. Normal skin – This low maintenance skin type can tolerate any kind of foundation and shine with a healthy glow. For a glamorous finish try out sheer liquids with shiny particles that reflect light.

4. Sensitive skin – Foundations with minerals like zinc that soothe the skin are best for sensitive skin as they do not irritate the skin and cover discolourations and broken capillaries.

laser clinics
How would you like to not have to worry about waxing every time you want to wear that sexy dress to a party or the pretty formal skirt you bought to impress the guy at work? Permanent laser hair removal is the perfect option to get rid of all these worries.

How does it work?
Laser hair removal is a procedure in which a concentrated beam of light is focussed on the hair follicle. This beam is absorbed by the follicle and this causes the root to die. Thus no new hair can grow from it.
As our body has the ability to cool down faster than the skin is heated by the laser, this procedure does not affect the skin in any way.
There are three steps involved in laser hair removal cleaning, shaving and scanning. During the scanning procedure the actual absorption of the laser into the hair follicle takes place.

Who can undergo laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is most effective for those people who have dark hair and light skin as the laser targets the melanin pigment in the hair. It is less effective on people with dark skin or people who have very light hair i.e. very light brown or blonde hair. However, different types of lasers can be used for different skin tones.

Types of lasers used
* Ruby laser works best for very pale skin and is not very commonly used.
* YAG laser is one of the most common lasers used and is used to treat darker skinned people.
* IPL is the most commonly used laser in the hair removing technique. It is most effective for pale to medium type skin tone.

Sometimes very light hair can be dyed darker to facilitate the laser hair removal.

What you need to do before you start the procedure.
* The area to be treated should be protected from sun exposure and tanning for at least 4–6 weeks before the treatment. Apply a high SPF sunscreen on the area. Avoid exposure to the sun during the course of treatment as this can cause sun burn.
* Avoid bleaching, plucking or waxing the area for 4–6 weeks prior to the treatment.
* If you have a history of herpes, prophylactic, go for anti-viral therapy before and after the treatment.
* Do not take any photo sensitive drugs or herbals for 24 hours before the treatment.
* Do not shave for 3–8 days before the treatment. For further treatments, do not shave for 1–2 weeks so that the doctor can see the stubble growth on the day of treatment. Use a sunscreen throughout the course of treatment.

What to do after the treatment
* Some redness or irritation of the skin can be found after the procedure which should reduce in no more than 2hrs. A clear Aloe Vera gel should be applied to the area for cooling.
* Internal or external heating of that area should be avoided.
* If the treated area remains warms even after 24hrs of treatment use ice to cool it down.
* Avoid exposure to the sun for a week.
* Do not use any kind of cosmetics on the treated area as it may cause irritation. It is important to be gentle with that area of the skin even while washing as it is very sensitive.

It is always necessary to check the credentials of the clinic as well as the clinicians before undergoing any procedure. Also choose the procedure that is most suitable for you and your skin type.

makeup artist
Makeup artists are experts in their line of business as they practice their art on a daily basis to perfect the right look and appearance.

The services of makeup artists are required in different lines of show business like movies, television and theatre. They are considered as wizards as they know the right kind of makeup and hairdo that would suit the outfit an individual is going to wear. While movie and television studios have their own professional makeup artists, regular people visit beauty studios to get a bit of professional touch to attend special events like weddings, social get-togethers and costume parties.

Wealth of experience
While visiting a makeup artists or MUA as they are affectionately called for the first time, most people go to a person that has been recommended by friends, acquaintances. These professionals usually build their business through word of mouth publicity and have good knowledge of skin types, makeup colours and how long a particular type of look or style is likely to last in humid, hot or cold weather. The way they carry themselves with poise and elegance and professionalism will make even the most tense bride to be and her relatives calm and relaxed with the professional way of explanation. As a person who deals with several thousand customers on a daily basis, an MUA will know the kind of budget a customer would be able to afford with a few minutes of discussion and will suggest a plan that would suit their requirements.

Listen to their instructions about skin care
While discussing expectations about look and makeup that you want to achieve remember that makeup artists are not fairy godmothers and cannot transform a pumpkin into a chariot or something equally dramatic. They are makeup artists and know their job and you have to listen to them as a teacher in a math class and absorb the knowledge. Like all other professionals they too hate others telling them how to do a job better that they have been practicing for years on a daily basis. Every MUA wants to start on a clean slate and will ask you to come with a freshly scrubbed face devoid of makeup to start the makeup application. Unless you are in pain from sitting in a particular position do not disturb the concentration of the makeup artist.

Let your makeup artist be honest
Good makeup artists are expensive and if you want to achieve a professional look then be prepared to spend some money. Have a heart to heart conversation with the MUA to know their honest opinion about your expectations and if that is too outrageous which look according to that person would look good on you. Do not select MUA randomly and have consultations with around three to four professionals before taking a decision. It is wrong to be offended by an MUA if he/she states that certain makeup or hairstyle will not suit as they want you to love their creation and come back again or recommend others. An honest makeup artist will be frank about final results and will not make false promises.