Healthy New Year Eating

Keeping new years resolutions are never easy, especially when they come to food… well at least for me. This year I plan to forge steadily with my plan, not by following some crazy diet or working out like a maniac; by making small changes that will help me stay on track.

 

  1. Healthy gut= happy you. Taking a daily probiotic keeps your belly happy, and bloat away. If you aren’t into taking daily pills you can try kombucha, kefir, or an all natural unprocessed greek yogurt. Make sure the yogurt has LIVE cultures and LOW sugar.
  2. Cut-out unnecessary sugar. I don’t mean every little gram of sugar, just cut back. Soda lover? Try drinking soda water, find a flavor you love and stick with it. If you just have to have sweet coffee, try an agave substitute instead.
  3. Meal prep, what more can I say. It cuts out that “I want fast food” feeling because you already have something ready in case hunger strikes. You don’t have to go out to lunch at work, or get something gross from the cafeteria- all 5 days are ready to go. You might think it will be repetitive by the time Friday gets here. Try marinating your meats in two different marinades for a switch up.
  4. Veggies for breakfast is a super boost. Try adding a veggie to that breakfast- yes everyone loves avocado toast and it’s all “health is good, health is happy” but your body doesn’t need an avocado every day. If you make a salad the night before for dinner, make enough for leftovers to have with breakfast. Delicious!
  5. An apple a day keeps the Dr. away, well at least two apples a day might! Try to eat at least two pieces of fruit a day (no they don’t have to be apples). If you love kiwi, eat kiwi- if you love citrus fruits go for it!
  6. See which fruits and veggies actually benefit you. Did you know corn has absolutely no nutritional value? Yeah, corn may taste good, trust me I LOVE corn- however it really doesn’t do anything for your body. Try to consume foods that help you stay healthy!

See, not that bad right? You aren’t starving yourself, or drinking juices instead of solids, your simply changing a few things about your diet. You will ultimately feel much happier, and your body will thank you!

New Year New Hair Trends

We all want to be up-to-date with the latest trends, whether they be for clothes, make-up, or hair. Sometimes, we want to try a new ‘do in the new year that might not exactly be the best for our face shape or a new color that might not be the best for out skin tone.

 

Before you bite the bullet and take a seat in a chair and hope for the best, check out these popular hairstyles for Spring 2017.

 

Bangin Eye-Length Fringe Bangs

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They’re great because they are versatile and work on every hair texture, all without having to cut off too much length.

Chop it Off

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Ready for the chop? Heavy weighted bobs, with undercuts, are like hot cakes!

Shoulder Length Cuts

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Or lob for short, 2017 brings a lot more layers to this popular cut!

Shag

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A shag can look different on everyone, make sure your stylist takes you face shape into account before cutting your hair.

Long & Blunt

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After a few years of shorter styles being popular, lengthy locks all at one length are coming back into style.

Lower Calf Exercises to Slim and Tone

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Stand with feet together or shoulder width apart.

Slowly raise to the balls of your feet, pulse once.

Lower back down gently! DO NOT let your heels slam back down to the ground.

Repeat for 15 and rest- try to do this 3 times in a row with a rest period of 30 seconds.

<h2>Sitting Calf Raises</h2>

This is a lower intensity workout that regular calf raises.

Sit on a chair that allows you to firmly plant your feet on the ground.

Scoot the edge of the seat but sit up straight

Place a weight or heavy book on top of your thighs.

Repeat the same steps as calf raises.

 

Sumo Squat Heel Lifts

This works both your hamstrings and calf muscles.

Your legs should be spread apart far enough that when you squat your forearm rests comfortably on the top of your thighs or knees.

Lifting one heel at a time- lift to the ball of your foot.

Repeat 15 times and switch sides.

Shoot for 15 reps two times on each leg.

If you’re really going for gold, squat deeper and raise up onto both balls of your feet.

Repeat 20 times and rest.

 

Bounce

Have you ever seen the Nutcracker? They do a lot of bouncing or “hoping” if you will.

Stand with feet shoulder width apart.

Hop forward, don’t try to jump into the other room- give us a literal hop!

Then hop or backward into the spot you started in.

Repeat 25 times and rest.

 

Longer Lashes With Latisse

Longer Lashes with Latisse

Ever wanted longer lashes? Have you tried all kinds of different “lash growing” concoctions that you’ve seen on Youtube or Instagram with no success?

 

Latisse is here to help!

What is Latisse?

Latisse is and FDA approved treatment that encourages the growth of eyelashes in people with inadequate or “not enough” lashes.

It makes your lashes fuller, stronger, and longer!

Individual results may vary, and Latisse might not be for you! Check with your Dr. before you try Latisse.

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Dysport and Glabella Lines

If you pinch or “furrow” your brow, do you see two faint lines? Maybe you see two deep lines if you’re a little older. The area between your two brows is known as glabella, if these furrow lines bother you- have you ever thought about Dysport?

 

Dysport

Dysport is a prescription injection to reduce the look of lines in the glabella region in patients under the age of 65.

 

The area where Dysport is injected will be the only spot where muscles do not contract, it will not spread to the rest of your face and you will not look “frozen.” Leaving you looking younger, but not expressionless!

 

How Long Will it Last?

Dysport will last for around 3-4 months depending on your body’s metabolism. You should begin to notice a lack of movement within 2-3 days!

Common Side Effects:

  • Headache
  • Injection site pain
  • Injection site skin reaction
  • Irritation of the nose and throat
  • Nausea
  • Swelling of the eyelids
  • Drooping of the eyelids

 

 

Best Hair Colors for 2017

Hair colors for 2017 are looking super natural, understated, yet glamorous. Figure out which way you want to go this Spring 2017 and be ahead of the game.

Nude Sand

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For natural blondes with a golden/yellow undertone to their skin. A sandy blonde is perfect for Spring 2017.

Subtle Highlights

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This works on everyone, and adds dimension for a sunkissed look!

 

Shades of Brown

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From milk chocolate to espresso, brown looks good on every skin tone. Make sure to ask your colorist to make sure the color you want matches your skin tone.

Hot Tamale

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Red heads, go for more coppery tone this Spring, either all over or with some natural looking highlights.

Healthy Almond Hot Chocolate

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It’s finally getting cold here in NC. Warm drinks other than coffee come to mind, like HOT CHOCOLATE. How do you stay healthy in such a pickle? Healthy hot chocolate!

Recipe

4 1/2 cups almond milk

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 of melted chocolate bar more than 70% cacao

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

YUM!

What is Sculptra and How Can it Benefit You?

 

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What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid, a single (3x) injection regimen for the correction of shallow to deep facial wrinkles. It is injected deep into the dermis and helps your body naturally rebuild collagen.

 

Treatable Areas:

  • Nasolabial Folds (smile lines)
  • Lines around the lips/mouth
  • Chin Wrinkles

 

How many treatments?

It is recommended to have 3 injections over a period of a few months. The injection amount can be in different places, and at different times.

 

Results will be noticeable gradually and can last more than two years.

 

A few days after treatment, you may look as you did before treatment. This is normal! Sculptra Aesthetic delivers its full effects( with an average of three treatments) over the course of a few months. Results happen gradually and over time you will see the transition and reduction of facial wrinkles a couple of months after the treatment!

 

Side Effects

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Injection site pain
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Itching

Have a Re-laxing Twelve Days of Christmas

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Saturday, December 9th

Our famous Ormedic Lift will leave your skin looking merry & bright for $75. That’s $50 in savings!

 

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Monday, December 12th

Be Holiday ready with Botox at $9.99/unit & Dysport $3.33/unit

 

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Tuesday, December 13th

Purchase $100 in gift cards and get an additional $25 for free

 

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Wednesday, December 14th

Make your skin and hair shine by purchasing a VI Peel & Precision Boost is free

Buy a shampoo blow dry & get a color gloss for only $15

 

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Thursday, December 15th

Buy one IPL/BBL package and get a second package of equal or lesser value for FREE.

$10 off Balayage (while appointments last)

 

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Friday, December 16th

Festive Filler Friday- buy any one syringe and get $100 off your 2nd syringe

$15 off any hair service with Stephanie

15% off any skin service with Dianne

 

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Saturday, December 17th

Revive your skin with a Jet Peel Facial for only $100 and get a complimentary vitamin infusion

 

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Monday, December 19th

Dazzle at your New Years Eve party. Purchase 20 units of Botox or 60 units of Dysport and get complimentary units to lift your brows.

 

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Tuesday, December 20th

Enjoy a peppermint merry foot scrub with the purchase of any massage

 

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Wednesday, December 21st

Flutter long lashes all winter with the purchase of a 5ml box of Latisse for $159

$15 off all shampoo styles

 

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Thursday, December 22nd

25% off Holiday skincare bundle bags or 15% off 3 or more products

All new clients receive $10 off any color service

 

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Friday, December 23rd

Give yourself the gift of health and join our weight loss club and receive 15% off our first month and 10% off your second month!

 

 

 

3 Popular Types of Hair Extensions

Are hair extensions right for you?

Good news hair extensions work on almost everyone! Your hair needs to be at least 3-4 inches extensions oriented towards thickening, and 4-5 for length. One of the biggest questions we get is if they hurt. While your head might be tender for a few days, application and daily wear of your extensions should NOT be painful.

4 Reasons They Wouldn’t Work

  • Current hair condition
  • Hair loss
  • Hair damage
  • The last one is a BIG one- you aren’t willing to maintain your extensions

Your 1st Step to Your New Hair Extensions

 Consultation. Yes, sometimes you can go straight to a salon, and get a haircut. Extensions don’t work that way! Your stylist will need to assess your hair for the perfect type of extension for you. After your consult, your stylist will then order the specific type of extensions that meet all your needs.

 

Tape- In

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Want to gain some inches? This is the best method for all hair types and people wishing to elongate their hair. Tape-in extensions use an adhesive that doesn’t require tools or heat to apply. They lie flawlessly with your hair and last up to 10 weeks.

Fusion

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Fusion hair extensions have an adhesive bond and can be applied with heat fusion (hot tools). Heat is used to bond the extension to your hair. They can last for up to 16 weeks, once placed they are attached to the hair so as your hair grows the extension will too.

Micro-Bead

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The micro-bead extensions are attached to your hair using a color-matched metal piece (bead) and are reusable after they are removed. They are adjustable and can be moved closer to the scalp after application, or put back on if the strand falls out. These can last up to 24 weeks with proper care.