Beauty Tips

How to prevent hyperpigmentation

Posted May 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is dark spots on your skin caused from the sun, aging, horomones (especially from pregnancy). It also goes by several names: sun spots, age spots, melasma, pregnancy mask, lentigines, and chloasma. Hyperpigmentation is no fun and unfortunately preys on those of us with darker skin tones (think olive to rich brown), but virtually anyone can suffer from it, especially if you’ve had a lot of sun exposure.

Do you have freckles now that you didn’t have when you were younger? Those aren’t freckles. That’s hyperpigmentation caused by overexposure to the sun.

There is prevention and there is treatment and today, we are going to teach you how to be proactive in protecting your skin. Here are 5 tips to prevent hyperpigmentation from further darkening your skin.

1. Protect your skin from the sun

This is the most important advice we can share with you, not only to prevent hyperpigmentation but almost all skin issues.

• Wear at least 30 SPF sunscreen and apply every hour and a half. We suggest physical (not chemical) sunscreen, otherwise known as mineral sunscreen.
• Wear a hat.
• Sit under an umbrella or in the shade.
• Wear large sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes.
• Avoid the sun from 10 am to 4 pm when it typically is at its brightest and can do the most harm.

2. Use products with a pigment blocker.

There are a lot of products out there that can treat hyperpigmentation, but to further prevent dark spots, you need to invest in products that will stop pigmentation in its track. We love the line of prevention products available through Image Skincare. You’ll see on their website that users of these products have seen a dramatic reduction in hyperpigmentation. But what we also love is that these products prevent further pigmentation from occurring.

3. Get your birth control right.

While there is no way to prevent the hormone surges that happen during pregnancy, you do have some control over hormone changes caused from certain types of birth control. If you are experiencing hyperpigmentation, talk to your doctor about trying another type of pregnancy prevention. If you start a new birth control, be vigilant about checking your skin for changes. There are a lot of options out there (including non-hormonal birth control) and every birth control affects every woman differently. So don’t be afraid to get experimental under your doctor’s care.

4. Ask questions when you are given a new prescription.

Some medicines that aren’t hormone-related can cause hyperpigmentation. So the next time your doctor gets out his pad, ask about side effects. There may be a drug alternative or if the drug is to be taken only temporarily, avoiding the sun until you stop using the drug is an easy solution.

5. Check out your parent’s skin.

Hyperpigmentation is often hereditary, so if your mom or dad has a lot of dark spots on their face, you will need to be very cautious about preventing hyperpigmentation. Don’t forget to check out your mom’s skin when she isn’t wearing makeup.

 

Beauty Tips

3 Quick Fixes For Split Ends That Really Work

Posted May 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

quick fix for split ends

We’ve all been there. You’re one week away from your regularly scheduled trim and you already have split ends. What’s a guy or girl to do? Most stylists won’t be able to fit you in early, even if they really really want to.  And what if you have a big event coming up like a wedding, a party, a reunion?

Don’t worry. The Beauty Blog has got you covered. Here are 10 quick fixes for split ends that will get you to your next appointment with your favorite stylist at Re!

1. Use a repair serum. 

We like Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry (available at Re).

This serum-in-creme elixir for dry or damaged hair helps seal split ends and protects against heat, breakage and UV damage, too. Proven to help repair hair with every blow dry and keep styles looking soft, smooth and healthy for up to 3 days.

We also love Melu Serum by Davines (available at Re).

Formulated for long or damaged hair with a tendency to form split ends. The serum has a double function: it repairs split ends in-depth with a filler effect, leaving the hair soft and hydrated, and, at the same time, it hinders their formation

2. Style hair into an up-do. 

Usually, it’s the top layer of hair that is more damaged because it is the hair we style, tease, and abuse. So try these easy half up-dos to hide split ends. Or try these messy up-dos, which are anything but stuffy.

3. Indulge in some healthy fats. 

Good fats are good for your hair not only in your diet, but also when used directly on your hair. Massage mashed avocado or coconut oil into the tips of your hair and allow to set for 15 minutes to an hour. Heat will intensify the results of the coconut oil. Try pulling your hair into a bun and taking a hot bath or shower. The steam will do the trick! Rinse thoroughly and you can get away without a hair cut for a few more days. Repeat as needed until your appointment.

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Get The Most From Your Next Facial

Posted May 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

Get The Most From Your Next Facial

Before

1. Don’t exfoliate at least 4 days before your facial. 

Exfoliating your skin can make it extra sensitive. In fact, if your skin is currently irritated, you should reschedule your facial for another time. This includes chemical exfoliants like retinols.

2. Male clients should shave the morning of their facial. 

To get the most of your facial, your face needs to be exposed. Facial hair will prevent your entire face from being treated.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Caffeine can dehydrate your skin and alcohol can cause irritate broken capillaries or exacerbate rosacea.

4. Arrive early 

Allow time to pass off your keys to our valet, check in with our concierge, and relax before your appointment starts. It’s important to not be late because your appointment should feel relaxed, not rushed.

5. Come as you are

Some of our clients come to their appointment sans makeup, first thing in the morning and some come from work. No matter how you’re dressed or whether or not you’re wearing makeup, you’re ready for a facial. We’ll provide a robe to make you feel relaxed and comfortable and your esthetician is happy to remove your makeup before she begins her work.

During

6. Be completely upfront about any skin issues you have. 

2. Explain your expectations for your facial.
Are you just there to relax? Rehydrate? Treat aging or a specific skin issue? Tell your esthetician!

7. Pick your esthetician’s brain (if you want).

A facial is a great time to get advice on skin products and skin care. However, if you are having a facial to relax, by all means, drift off to sleep and do nothing but enjoy your facial.

After

8. Drink plenty of water.

Staying hydrated will maximize the benefits of your facial. Drinking plenty of water is always a good idea!

9. Avoid exfoliation for at least 3 days. 

Usually, the process of a facial includes a deep exfoliation process so any additional exfoliants will be excessive and possibly even harmful to your skin.

 

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Pro Hair Tips

Posted May 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

If you follow us on Instagram, you’re already privy to our pro hair tips. These are the tips that you won’t hear from anyone else, except professionals. Our stylists are experts when it comes to cutting, styling, and coloring your hair, but they’re also experts when it comes to caring for their handy-work. When you look good, we look good!

Here are some of our latest and greatest pro hair tips. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to keep getting more tips about how to make and keep your hair looking absolutely gorgeous!

UV Protection for Hair

Protect your hair by using a shampoo with UV protection year-round. 

You protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but for some reason hair often gets the shaft (no pun intended). The sun can ruin your hair, just like it can ruin your skin. This is especially true for hair that is colored or treated with other chemicals (perms, relaxers, etc.). And obviously the more time you spend in the sun, the more you need UV protection. But don’t just switch to UV protection shampoo in the summer. Even a little bit of exposure to the sun can hurt your hair over time. So find a great UV protection shampoo and stick with it all summer long. You can learn more about our product recommendation and how this type of shampoo especially benefits color treated hair, by checking out this blog post — Make Your Hair Color Last Longer.

Sulfat Free Shampoo

Use a sulfate-free shampoo to help retain your hair’s natural essential oils, especially if you have curly hair, which tends to be drier. 

Sulfate is one of the main reasons your shampoo stings when it gets in your eyes. It’s an irritant. It also can dry out your hair and skin. So to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy, it’s important to only use shampoos that are sulfate-free. You can find sulfate-free shampoos at Re from both Bumble & Bumble and Davines. Ask your favorite Re stylist to help you find the perfect shampoo for our hair type.

Hair Static

To get rid of static, run a dryer sheet over your hair and over your brush. Lack of moisture in the air and in your hair can cause static, as well as friction (i.e. slipping a fuzzy sweater over your head). Get rid of static fast with a simple household item — the dryer sheet.

Hair Flyaways

To get rid of fly-aways, spray a toothbrush with hairspray and brush back any stray hairs.

While products like pomade can also solve the problem of fly-aways, it’s often too easy to apply too much and end up with greasy roots. Use a toothbrush and hairspray to individually tackle each stray hair without compromising your hairstyle.

Hair Tip

Only apply conditioner to the bottom 3/4 of your hair. 

Conditioner is absolutely necessary for all hair types. But too much conditioner or conditioner in the wrong place can make your hair look oily or weigh your hair down. Don’t skip the conditioner! Just put it on the place that matters — the bottom 3/4 of your hair.

Hair Breakage Tip

Never use a brush on wet hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage. 

Brushes are great, but were designed to use on dry hair. Wet hair is weaker, more delicate, and easier to break. Wide-tooth combs separate hairs, removing tangles and snares, with minimal breakage.

Color Hair Tip

3 days before your hair color appointment, apply a deep conditioning treatment, which will help your hair better absorb the color. 

Deep conditioned hair has moisture and life. It’s healthy and ready to completely absorb chemical treatments like hair color. The better the condition of your hair, the easier it is for your stylist to get the exact shade you want and the  longer your hair color will last (especially if you make deep conditioning a part of your regular beauty routine)! Both Davines and Bumble & Bumble carry deep conditioners that we love. Talk to your Re stylist to find the deep conditioning treatment that is made for your hair type.

Hair Hack

Reduce hair breakage by sleeping on a silk pillowcase. 

Even natural fibers like cotton can snag hairs and cause them to break. But sleek silk pillowcases allow individual strands of hair to slide easily on the pillow case with no snagging and breakage. Additionally, silk pillowcases allow your style to better stay in place so you really get your money’s worth for your new blowout. Silk pillowcases are also less abrasive for your skin!

Bobby Pin Tip

Make your bobby pins stay put by spraying them with hairspray before styling your hair. 

Hairspray really is a miracle product. For long lasting up-dos, don’t just spray your hair after it’s fixed; spray your bobby pins before you style, so they’re “sticky” and will snag your hair and stay put.

Summer Hair Tip

To make your hairstyle last longer, blast your hair with the cold setting at the very end of your blowout. 

Heat helps style hair, while cold sets hair. Especially in the summer, it’s important to let your hair adequately cool so your style will set. But who has time for that? Blast your hair with the cold setting at the end of blowdrying

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6 Useful Summer Hair Hacks

Posted May 11, 2015 at 1:27 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

Summer Hair Hacks

 

We love the summer. But with it comes its own challenges, especially when it comes to hair. The humidity, heat, salt water, and chlorine can do a number on your lovely locks and make you want to hide under a hat all season long.  Never fear, Re is here! These six useful and easy summer hair hacks will have your hair looking fantastic no matter what the summer throws at you.

1. Fix your green hair with some red juice.
Tomato juice actually neutralizes the green in blonde hair caused by chlorine. A quick rinse of V8 can make a difference if you’re tresses are looking a bit off.  Don’t have tomato juice? Baking soda works well too!

2. Use the heat to your benefit
A heated conditioning treatment can do miracles for your hair. So while you’re sitting out in the sun, apply your favorite deep conditioner, comb it through, pull hair into a knot or bun, and then relax while the sun does all the work.

3. Get beachy waves
After a day out in the sun and/or sand, a cool shower sounds divine. But skip the shampoo everyday or your hair will start to look and feel like straw.  Instead, instead rinse your hair with cold water for extra shine, squeeze out excess moisture, spray with a wave enhancer, then braid loosely. Wake up the next morning with beautiful soft waves. Apply a little dry shampoo to your roots, if necessary.

4. Make your ponytail prettier. 
The easiest summertime look is the ponytail and this trick will take your next pony to the next level. First, gather the top half of you hair and secure into a ponytail with an elastic. Next, grab the second half of your hair and pull up to join with the top ponytail.  Secure the entire ponytail (both top and bottom) with one elastic. This is great for giving your ponytail more volume and is also a good trick for people whose hair is heavy due to the support of two elastics. For more va-va-va-voom, tease the top ponytail before joining it with the second half of your hair.

5. Make your bobby pins really work. 
Do you pin your hair up or back more often in the summer? Make your bobby pins really work with hairspray. Spread them out on a towel and spray them evenly with hairspray before using them. For even more bobby pin security, flip them over and spray again. Your bobby pins will stay in place better than ever!

6. Set your style with cold air. 
Hot temperatures via your straightener, curling iron, or hair dyer may have you achieve your style, but cold hair will help set it and make it long lasting. Unfortunately in the summer, we often style our hair with heat and then run out immediately into the hot temps and our hair never gets a chance to “set”. We have two solutions. 1) Blast your hair with the cool setting  on your hair dryer when you’re done styling your hair (but before using hairspray) OR 2) open your freezer and stand in front of it for about a minute to allow the cool temps to blast and set your style.

 

 

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