Hair RX

I must admit, I too, have visited the WebMD more than once. I always try to self-diagnose before choosing to visit our family doctor. I just don’t want to take the time to sit in the doctor’s office and wait my turn. Nor do I like paying the price of waiting. My time is valuable, my money is, well…it comes through my time. Yet, I have found it’s always better to visit a local facility where I can be looked over and find out what the actual problem is, especially if it doesn’t go away. Our symptoms may be the same as Joe Blows, and yet have different outcomes, because of existing circumstances. This is not a ploy to get us all visiting our family doctors…what it is, is an informational blog about diagnosing the condition of your hair. Pretty cool, right? You didn’t know your hair could tell on you, did you?

Well, I’m not going to advise looking on line for your solutions. You knew that already though, right? You can find just about anything you’re looking for…on line. But the question is, do you REALLY know what the problem is?

Self-diagnosing an illness with WebMD or Google is a big no-no, so why would it be any different when it comes to hair? I’ve had clients tell me, “my hair is dry,” or “it’s extremely damaged,” when in reality they have been using a chelating shampoo (not knowing it’s properties, nor what to look for), that is stripping the natural oils, on a consistent basis. The body continues to supply natural oils to the scalp area, but if we daily strip them off, then the hair is going to feel as if it is dry. Or, a friend has recommended a certain shampoo and conditioner and because you like the smell of it, you grab it for purchase. Because shampoo, is shampoo, right? Wrong! You can wash your hair with Tide and get it clean. But I wouldn’t recommend it. Not only does harsh chemicals strip ALL the natural oils out, they also wreck havoc on the scalp, over a period of time. Resulting in dull, lifeless hair and flakey scalp.

There could be numerous things going on, causing the hair to be dealt a bad hand. A doctor wouldn’t take a patient’s word for it and simply hand over a prescription without conducting a thorough evaluation—and neither will I. I know you want the prescription that actually addresses the needs of your hair, and there’s no way I can know that without first evaluating.

The first thing a good stylist will do, will be to evaluate their client’s hair and determine whether or not it will require major damage control, extra moisture, or simply needs to be maintained. For someone with dry, tangle prone hair that breaks off easily, I would recommend a cocktail of two opposites for conditioning. One, a protein infused conditioner (such as Scruples ER) to restore necessary elements back to the hair, and a product to detangle (such as Scruples Quickseal). I’d then suggest an in-salon treatment, and would also encourage the client to purchase the line to use at home for one month (or until her next appointment). Then, we’d re-evaluate her hair’s condition and decide if she could move up to a normal regime of shampooing and conditioning.

Like I said, you can find just about anything on the net…with the exception of personal care, hands-on experience, and a diagnosis of what is really happening with your hair. Many things “make the person.” However, I’ve seen without fail, the person feeling not-so-well, make a complete turn-around while sitting in my chair…simply because there had been a solution for her problem. A weary day of no hope in sight, restored to “tomorrow is a new day.” Sounds extreme, right? It just does something for our self-esteem, our acceptance (as sad as that is). It somehow makes us walk taller. It lifts our head. Somehow, we can look the world in the eye and say, “I’m ready for ya!”

Okay, that last statement was for the reallllly insecure. 🙂

Yes, there is a cost for damage control. But seriously, how many band-aides should a person use? Until the problem is full blown, and extremely hard to regenerate? And more costly. Or should we maintain a healthy balance, continually taking the steps necessary for that healthy glow? It’s true, what’s on the inside of us shows on the outside. Our health really is that important. But society has a habit of abusing their bodies. It may be the cause of too much work, without taking time to nourish the body. It may be from simply too much stress in one’s life. And then, when all that goes down, so does the skin and hair we live in.

But, there’s one more thing that causes me to have a job. We love to look fabulous. We decide to bleach, tone, dye, perm, relax, and use all sorts of products that build up on the cuticle (outer layer) of our hair. Over time the cortex (inner core) of our hair becomes so damaged, that we need help getting it to respond how we would like it to. It becomes limp, with no body to speak of. It doesn’t want to hold a curl. It frizzes easily. It wraps itself around our brushes. It falls on our shoulders in great numbers. There are times it just needs a breather, and stop the over-processing. But how does one know when they are getting past the point of no return?

That’s where your hair specialist comes in. Hopefully, it would be before that point and you wouldn’t need to worry about that. Hopefully, you would be visiting her/him, on a regular basis. Especially if you are using chemicals that demand the hair look the way you desire it to.

Maintenance…that’s what it’s all about. If we catch a problem before it becomes a problem, our hair and our skin will respond with a luminous, “THANK YOU!!!”

Now, go see your stylist…preferably me. 🙂

You can find me at:
Elements Salon
800 W. Williams Street, Suite 117
Peakway Market Square (inside Sola Salons)
Apex, NC. 27502

918.533.7874

http://www.facebook.com/elementssalonapex

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Nine Keys To A Radiant Glow

I’m always listening to what others are talking about. It’s one way (also the easiest) of finding a need that you can meet. This past August was no different than any other. It may be someone I’m visiting with on the street, someone in our small group, or my clients. Even my family, who claims I never listen to them. 🙂

The cooler months were quickly approaching, and it was time to add winter retail lines, if I was going to. The business hadn’t grown as quickly as I thought it would, but being the optimist that I am, I decided to add at least one more line. It was a toss up between a more diverse line and a more simple line. I found myself leaning toward something everyone could benefit from…from the smallest child, to the oldest adult…men and women alike, without breaking the bank.

I never shelve a product I don’t believe in. The line I chose has many other companies that are mock products. They all have become very popular, but I wanted the line that was most natural…no parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, artificial colors…and no animal testing. A product so pure that it would virtually melt into the skin, leaving behind nothing less than complete hydration of the cells it penetrated. I didn’t want the product that sits on the skin, feeling greasy much of the time. Nor did I want anything that would put additional stress on any of our internal organs (especially the liver, as it processed it). What I wanted was something that was far better than it’s competitors.

For 5 plus years I have dealt with a company based in Seattle, WA., that harvested the fields of Provence, France, nestled between sky-reaching mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The skies shine blue, endless mineral-rich waters sparkle, and verdant meadows abound with fragrant treasures of lavender, wildflowers, herbs, and fruits.

With the move from my home town in Oklahoma, to North Carolina, I had to downsize considerably, until such a time that I could meet the needs and yes, even the desires, of clients in this already over-saturated market. But first, I had to find out what that might be.

So here I am, a year later, and feel it’s time to stretch a little further, take the risk, and provide what I think to be an exceptional product. Something anyone would be proud to give as a gift, and something anyone would be excited to receive as a gift.

The product I’ve chosen has been used for centuries as a beauty ritual by women in Morocco. It is truly an ultra-moisturizing beauty miracle that provides a healthy radiance everywhere it is applied from hair to skin. Best of all, not only are we helping ourselves, but as a Fair Trade Product it benefits a Moroccan Women’s Cooperative. This program provides its local communities with health care, fair wages and good working conditions as well as literacy and education. Plus, the extraction of the oil is eco-friendly as a reforestation program is in place.

THE ARGAN COLLECTION…one of nature’s most powerful anti-aging antioxidants.Elements Argan Collection 4 

Every day, skin is exposed to free radical stressors such as pollution, sunlight, smoking, poor diet, and stress. These stressors rob the skin of needed nutrients to help keep skin rejuvenated. Antioxidants help protect the skin from these free radicals. Argan Oil is overabundant in antioxidants needed to help neutralize these effects.

The Nine Keys to A Radiant Glow:

1) Argan & Shea Butter Exfoliating Soap…creamy, cleansing lather that exfoliates dead skin cells. After rinsing, use the Argan Body Oil or Body Butter, for sealed-in moisture.

2) Argan & Shea Butter Soap…quad-milled, hand-cut soap that combines both Argan Oil and Shea Butter that gives instant skin softening.

3) Argan Foaming Bath Gel…A scentsorial bath and shower experience. Leaves skin feeling very soft.

4) Argan Hydrating Body Scrub…gently exfoliates with natural Argan, leaving skin with a healthy, moisturized glow.

5) Argan Nourishing Cleansing Oil…cleanses and moisturizes at the same time. This lathering oil contains the natural soothing benefits of Argan Oil for skin to feel instantly hydrated. Use as a shaving cream for silky skin.

6) Argan Body Butter…A rich, buttery cream with a unique moisturizing complex of Argan, Shea Butter, Almond Extract, Olive Oil Extract and Vitamin E for soft, glowing skin.

7) Argan Balm…small, but packed with the same moisturizing benefits of Argan Oil infused with Shea Butter and Vitamin E. Perfect for face, lips, knees, hands, and everywhere dry skin relief is needed. Perfect to take with you, in your purse.

8) Argan Shimmer Oil…Put’s sparkle and glow onto your skin with just a spritz. Packed with an antioxidant cocktail of Argan, Sweet Orange and Grapeseed Oils with Vitamin E, skin is instantly moisturized and sunkissed smooth. Spray and blend on body or lightly mist on hair for a shimmery effect.

9) Argan Silky Oil…transforms skin to satiny smooth with Argan-infused body oil that sinks into skin leaving no oily residue. Glide on skin immediately after showering, pour into bath for a moisturizing benefit or use as a massage oil.

So, there you have it!

There will be monthly specials on all these products (separately), every month.

October’s Special is, buy the Hydrating Body Scrub and get either the Foaming Bath Gel, or the Nourishing Cleansing Oil, at a 50% savings.

Stop by to sample these products at…

ELEMENTS SALON

(inside Sola Salons)

800 W. Williams St., Apex, NC

Suite 117

lewis.mary@ymail.com

918.533.7874

P.S.

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Elements New Branding…

It all began when my husband and I decided to make the move from Oklahoma to North Carolina. Knowing that starting over wasn’t going to be easy, I had to come up with a name for the business I planned on starting. I wasn’t really starting over…I was only moving an existing business 1200 miles away, where I was virtually unknown.

I wanted something that defined who I was, and what I intended this new adventure to become…or be. I searched, and researched, many descriptive names; even to the point of making crazy things up in my head. As I visited with Todd and Lindsey about a possible name, one of their suggestions settled in my spirit. I liked it. “Elements Salon” seemed to fit me.

And now the time of departure had made its entry, way sooner than I expected. The logo for the salon had not been completely decided upon. The graphic artist I had hired, couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for…it just wasn’t connecting with me. It was okay…it’s not that I didn’t like it…I did. But it’s never been “it.”

I find myself a year into the business, and still searching for the right branding. A few days ago, I ran across the logo brand you see here. There were three others that I liked almost as well; one in particular. But as I looked long and hard at these 4 girls, I knew this one was it. They represent the beauty of all things present, past, and futuristic. Elements…

Water, Wind, Earth, Fire Elements

Water, Wind, Earth, Fire Elements

There are elements in everything. Elements that connect fibers together to create many things. Almost all things. We, as human beings, are mind, body, and spirit…made up of all the elements you see here, in this picture. WATER (our bodies are 78% water, at birth), WIND (the breath of life, that causes us to inhale and exhale), EARTH (from the dust of the ground we were made…Gen. 2:7), and FIRE. Some would contend that we were not created with any type of fire, however, the Holy Scriptures talk about the “fire of God” in our bones and the “fire” of the spirit…so even though God may not of used literal fire, He certainly threw a great resemblance to it, inside of us. And any woman over the age of 45, can attest to that. 😉

But with all things evident, the natural comes first, then the spirit. It’s just the order of things God created from the beginning. And it runs through everything on our planet. Even what we put our hands to do. The creativity we posses, is because we were created in the image of a creative God…yet it will often times take on the appearance of “talent.” And with that talent, we create what is in our hearts to do. And you thought it was your idea, didn’t you?

In the beauty industry, there are many elements that make the whole, as well. One of my favorite elemental discoveries, is in the credibility and flexibility, of hair color. I consider myself to know quite a bit about this, yet feel as if I have so very much to learn. Over cooked, under moisturized hair color throws me for a loop. Especially when it’s 5 or 6 layers of color. I just want to cut it all off, put the client on a regiment of hair care products, and THEN create beauty! Which is what I usually do. It’s simply useless to try working through mud.

As we were preparing for departure, and for times sake, I settled on the leaf design that is my current logo. I needed menu’s and cards to take with me to NC. My long-time graphic provider would need to get things going. So it was a rushed decision. But now…well, it seems I have found what I’ve been looking for all along.

Another interesting tidbit: WATER is said to represent emotion and intuition. WIND, mental process, intellect, reason, human communication and social relationships. EARTH, practicality and stability. FIRE, passion, energy, impulse, and idealism. All of which is needed in the beauty industry. Or any industry, really.

Why now? I’ve never been happy with the current logo. The last couple of months, I’ve been putting my mental skills to the test of time. Praying for wisdom on a daily basis, I really needed to work “on” my job, as much as (if not more than), “at” my job. And this is what was at the top of the priority board. Hope you like it.