BY AILESH ABRAMS
I firmly believe that facials are a top-tier service. The treatment includes healing and soothing and relaxing – and you leave feeling more beautiful and recharged than ever. Have you been seeing our recent posts and wondering what all the hype about these Salon Society Custom Facials is about? What is a custom facial? What is custom about it? Is a custom facial worth it?
Wonder no longer!! I went and got one so I could spill all the deets in this blog – and let me tell you, a Custom Facial is everything.
Let's break it down: What happens during one of these custom facial treatments?
Ask a Stylist: Hair Masks
So we all know that hair masks are great and that they are SO beneficial for our hair… but how am I supposed to be using them? Is this like an everyday thing? Is this a one size fits all? Wait, was I supposed to put conditioner in after I rinsed it out? WAS I SUPPOSED TO RINSE IT OUT???
How often should you use a hair mask?
Does a hair mask replace conditioner?
Hey friends! It is summer and that means sunshine, great weather, and pools!! Unfortunately, while hanging in the pool all day is great for having a good time, it is not great for our hair. Hair that is exposed to the chemicals in pools or all that salt in the ocean can become dry, damaged, and even discoloured. This is known as Swimmer’s Hair.
How it works…
There are a number of chemicals found in pools that cause damage to hair including bromine, chlorine, salt, and copper. When our hair comes into contact with these chemicals they can break down the keratin protein bonds, resulting in visibly damaged hair. Additionally, swimming in the ocean exposes your hair to all that sea salt; salt strips hair of its oils, causing it to dry out and subsequently become damaged. Copper, surprisingly, is one of the most damaging water additives and it is often used to prevent algae and microorganisms from growing in pools!
We are very excited that we are now offering Sugaring & Waxing at Salon Society – but how do they work, and what’s the difference? Let's find out!
Waxing and sugaring differ mainly in the mixtures' ingredients. The sugaring process is also done at room temperature, while waxing tends to be hot, thus the term 'hot wax'.
And that’s all there is to it - the rest comes down to preference!
New to Salon Society: OxyGeneo Facials
OK, FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT IS AN OXYGENEO FACIAL?
The OxyGeneo is an innovative facial that delivers 3 skin renewing anti-aging treatments simultaneously: exfoliation, infusion, and oxygenation. This combination improves skin tone, evens texture and nourishes the complexion giving a balanced healthy glow. Tiny carbon dioxide bubbles are produced and burst on the surface of the skin triggering the body’s natural response to flood the area with oxygen-rich blood, healing skin from within. This results in maximum absorption of active nutrients that are applied to the face.
BREAK IT DOWN : BOOKING OPTIONS
We also offer a complimentary skin consultation if you have any questions. Book yourself some self-care now!
So you’ve heard Salon Society is now selling Oribe hair products - amazing! But… where to start? It all looks beautiful and luxurious but there are so many options to choose from!
Oribe is a specialty, high-performance, dermatologist-tested brand. It is also paraben, sulphate, and gluten-free, colour and keratin treatment safe, and vegetarian - proudly approved by PETA. Even the proteins are vegetable-derived! Every product smells AMAZING because one of the largest parts of Oribe’s brand DNA is its signature fragrance.
Let’s give you a breakdown of the curated ranges Oribe has to offer:
This line is intended for anyone and everyone, of all hair types. It has a large range of products of all varieties that silken and detangle hair while helping to repair and protect against everyday aggressors.
*Contains Macadamia Nut Extract - could affect nut allergies
All of the product families work in harmony with each other - so if you have unique hair concerns, try matching a shampoo from one family with the conditioner from another - then throw in whatever styling products sound like they would work for you! Our stylists can also help you pick out a regime that works for whatever your hair needs are.
Stay tuned for further breakdowns of each product line with details about the products available from each collection!
Oh Snap, It's a Trap!
BY AILESH ABRAMS
OK, so your stylist has converted you using amazing salon-quality products and you can now navigate that drugstore aisle like a pro:
“Not today, Head & Shoulders!”
“Box dye? No beuno.”
…but wait a minute, is that *insert fancy product name* being sold in my local drugstore?!?
We get it, it’s confusing. But, as with many things, luxury salon brands available at a drugstore is too good to be true. BUT I'M SEEING IT WITH MY OWN EYES – how?
This question has an answer that can be summed up in one word: DIVERGENCE.
Before going forwards, let's take a step back to the behind-the-scenes of salon retail. As a salon, when we decide to bring in a new luxury product line, we need to apply for the right to do so – and they can say no!
For example, when Salon Society wanted to partner with Oribe, we needed to communicate with the Oribe brand reps to be sure that we would be a good fit! These luxury brands want to be sure that the salons that carry their products are able to properly use, educate, sell, and represent the brand as an ambassador.
As you can imagine, these types of brands also commit to not selling their products to drugstores/major retailers. Additionally, many of these brands invest time and money into the prevention and interruption of unauthorized sales to avoid unhappy customers or damage to their brand. When you find luxury brands on Amazon or in Walmart, what is actually being sold is a diverted product.
So that’s the nitty-gritty of it – when you find these diverted products you are really rolling the dice on whether or not you are getting what you’re paying for!
This is What Coloured Hair Needs
Are you tired of your colour fading?? Well, we have great news for you!
Kevin Murphy - one of our absolute fave brands - has launched a NEW and VERY EXCITING line of products specifically designed to keep your colour looking fresh longer…
The focus of the Everlasting Colour line is to preserve and strengthen coloured hair. This is accomplished through the use of pH-balancing technologies to ensure your colour will not fade as a result of minerals, sun exposure, or hard water! The key to obtaining Everlasting Colour is in the formula, top-notch ingredients work to combat environmental stressors that fade colour:
Beyond the incredible natural ingredients, Kevin Murphy Everlasting Colour features a careful formulation of unique systems and compounds:
The new Everlasting Colour line features a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in spray, and a set of nourishing treatment shots.
And with that, we are ready to rock! It is time to jump into a regime that works for you and your colour.
Still have questions? Post them in the comments below!
The Dark Side of Purple Shampoo
Purple shampoo, it's basically every Blonde's best friend, right?
Yes! …but also no. Let’s talk about purple shampoo.
Luckily, it is easy to avoid causing damage with purple shampoo – you just have to remember a few guidelines:
OKAY COOL - BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?
Let’s jump into the science behind these ingredients:
A combination of ginger root, creatine, and expanding polymer instantly offers hair more volume by strengthening the hair fibres and plumping the hair. Aminexil is the star ingredient featured in the Genesis Homme serum that prevents hair loss. Using the full Genesis Homme product line gives your hair a cocktail of goodness resulting in hair that will look fuller in no time.
GINGER ROOT provides a number of benefits for hair. First, it stimulates blood flow which leads to increased hair growth. Second, ginger root has been shown to reduce scalp problems, like dandruff, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Third, it is an antioxidant which helps prevent split ends and breakage. And finally, the fatty acid chains in ginger root act as a deep conditioner for creating strong, healthy hair!
CREATINE repairs and strengthens hair fibres from the inside out. Creatine is a naturally-occurring derivative of amino acids, whose purpose in hair products is to help to boost cell metabolism and deeply moisturize dry scalps and hair. It also provides protection against heat damage and harmful UV rays. All of these benefits lead to fuller hair!
AMINEXIL is a bit of a superstar around here. It works by widening the blood vessels and promoting greater blood flow to the hair follicles - and of course more blood flow = more nutrients = happy hair! Aminexil works to prevent hair loss while stimulating re-growth, resulting in longer, thicker, and fuller hair. Additionally, Aminexil creates a more supple, hospitable scalp environment by gently melting collagen buildup that can otherwise harden causing breakage and damage.
Fun Fact: Research has shown that Aminexil counteracts hair loss in the Spring and maintains hair density in the Fall, a process influenced by the different phases of hair growth
ABOUT THE PRODUCTS
Bain de Force Quotidien
Translation: Daily Strengthening Shampoo
This shampoo is the perfect choice for daily use that purifies the hair and scalp while strengthening, moisturizing, and softening hair. It also works great for cleansing and hydrating facial hair.
Use: Work through wet hair. Rinse thoroughly. Follow with Spray de Force Épaississant + Cire d'Épaisseur Texturisante.
Bain de Masse Épaississant
Translation: Mass Thickening Shampoo
This shampoo is for those who are concerned about hair fall and are looking for more density and thickness. It features a cooling menthol effect, leaving hair and scalp feeling fresh!
Use: Work through wet hair. Rinse thoroughly. Follow with Spray de Force Épaississant+ Cire d'Épaisseur Texturisante.
Spray de Force Épaississant
Translation: Thickness Boosting Strengthening Spray
This leave-in spray was created for men with weak or brittle hair that is prone to thinning. It instantly gives thickness and volume to the hair, while providing texture and a light, non-sticky hold.
Use: Spray into hands. Work through wet hair or rub into the front of dry hair. Do not rinse
Cire d'Épaissur Texturisante
Translation: Thickening Texture Wax
For easy styling that gives instant thickness, use this styling and molding wax. It leaves a matte finish with medium hold and the non-greasy wax brings texture and 5x fuller hair.
Use: With a bit of wax on your hands, work through dry hair. Style and twist hair to your liking. Do not rinse.
Serum Anti-Chute Fortifiant
Translation: Anti-Hair Fall Fortifying Serum
Featuring the incredible benefits of Aminexil, this daily serum is the ultimate treatment for reducing hair loss and getting fuller, denser, thicker hair. With daily use over a 6-week period, it prevents hair loss and keeps hair stronger and healthier.
Use: Using sparingly, cover scalp with serum. That’s it - no need to apply to freshly washed hair or wash your hair after use. Recommended use daily before bed for overnight absorption.
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