New Things A’Brewin’

It’s time for change! I’ve waited 2 very long years while building a solid client base, to introduce a few more services to Elements Salon’s Menu. The time has come…it is now that the awaited time is looking me in the face, instead of miles away. Even though I’ll remain in the space I’ve used since September of 2012, I feel it’s time to stretch and see what happens. So if you’ll bear with me while business continues to grow, I’ll make you as comfortable as possible while we explore together these new services. Well, actually, there is only ONE new service, the other two I’ve done for many years…just not in North Carolina.

So…without further ado, I present to you these add-on services. I do believe they will be just what you were hoping for. They are: 1). Reflexology 2). Waxing 3). NovaLash Eyelash Extensions

Following is a thorough description of each:

1). REFLEXOLOGY:

Reflexology 3Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. In the absence of any particular disease or aliment, or any abnormality, reflexology may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.
Reflexologists work from maps of predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. These pressure points are widely known and believed to connect directly through the nervous system and affect the bodily organs and glands. The reflexologist manipulates the pressure points according to specific techniques of reflexology therapy. By means of this touching therapy, any part of the body that is the source of pain, illness, or potential debility can be strengthened through the application of pressure at the respective foot or hand location.
Purpose…
Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood and oxygen. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well.
Anecdotally, reflexorelexology handlogists claim success in the treatment of a variety of conditions and injuries. One condition is fibromyalgia. People with this disease are encouraged to undergo reflexology therapy to alleviate any of a number of chronic bowel syndromes associated with the condition. Frequent brief sessions of reflexology therapy are also recommended as an alternative to drug therapy for controlling the muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia and for relieving difficult breathing caused by tightness in the muscles of the patient’s neck and throat.
Reflexology applied properly can alleviate allergy symptoms, as well as stress, back pain, and chronic fatigue. The techniques of reflexology can be performed conveniently on the hand in situations where a session on the feet is not practical, although the effectiveness of limited hand therapy is less pronounced than with the foot pressure therapy.

Treatments…

In a typical reflexology treatment, the therapist and patient have a preliminary discussion prior to therapy, to enable the therapist to focus more accurately on the patient’s specific complaints and to determine the appropriate pressure points for treatment.
A reflexology session involves pressure treatment that is most commonly administered in foot therapy sessions of approximately 15-30 minutes in duration. The foot therapy may be followed by a brief 10-minute hand therapy session. No artificial devices or special equipment are associated with this therapy. The human hand is the primary tool used in reflexology. The therapist applies controlled pressure with the thumb and forefinger, generally working toward the heel of the foot or the outer palm of the hand. Most reflexologists apply pressure with their thumbs or index finger, bent; however, some also use simple implements, such as the eraser end of a pencil. Reflexology therapy is not massage, and it is not a substitute for medical treatment.
Reflexology is a complex system that identifies and addresses the mass of 7,000 nerve endings that are contained in the foot. Additional reflexology addresses the nerves that are located in the hand. This is a completely natural therapy that affords relief without the use of drugs.

Preparation…

Patients receive treatment in a reclining position, with the therapist positioned as necessary—to work on the bare feet, or alternately on the bare hands.
A reflexology patient removes both shoes and socks in order to receive treatment. No other preparation is involved. Even though no prescription drugs, creams, oils, or lotions are used on the skin, the reflexologist may use an organic ointment to cut down on the friction caused by skin against skin, and create a better environment for success.
Precautions…
Reflexology is extremely safe. It may even be self-administered in a limited form whenever desired. The qualified reflexologist offers a clear and open disclaimer that reflexology does not constitute medical treatment in any form, nor is reflexology given as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. The ultimate purpose of the therapy is to promote wellness; fundamentally it is a form of preventive therapy.

People with serious and long-term medical problems are urged to seek the advice of a physician. Diabetes patients in particular are urged to approach this therapy cautiously. Likewise pregnant women are cautioned emphatically to avoid reflexology during the early phases of pregnancy altogether, as accidentally induced labor and subsequent premature delivery can result from reflexology treatment.
A consultation with a reflexologist is recommended in order to determine the safety and appropriateness of reflexology therapy for a specific health problem or condition.
Side Effects…
Because reflexology is intended to normalize the body functions, the therapy does not cause a condition to worsen. Most patients find that pain diminishes over the course of the therapy. It has been noted, however, that some patients experience greater discomfort in the second session than in the first session, because a significant easing of pain and tension is generally associated with the initial therapy session. As a result, when pressure is reapplied to the tender points of the foot during the second session, the sensitivity has been heightened. This increase in sensitivity may cause minor additional discomfort for the patient.

2). WAXING:

eyebrow shapingWaxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different growth cycle. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, pubic area (called bikini waxing), legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair. At this time, however, ELEMENTS SALON WILL BE OFFERING FACIAL WAXING ONLY!

Strip waxing (soft wax) is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly removed against the direction of hair growth, as parallel as possible to the skin to avoid trauma to the skin (i.e. bruising, broken capillaries, ingrown hairs caused by hair follicle trauma and lifting of skin). This removes the wax along with the hair.

Contraindications…

The following factors are known to make those that are waxed more prone to “skin lifting,” where the top layer of skin is torn away during waxing treatment.

  • Taking blood-thinning medications
  • Taking drugs for autoimmune diseases, including lupus
  • Taking prednisone or steroids
  • Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases
  • Recent sunburn
  • Recent cosmetic or reconstructive surgery
  • Recent laser skin treatment
  • Severe varicose leg veins
  • Rosacea or very sensitive skin
  • History of fever blisters or cold sores (waxing can cause a flare-up)
  • Using Tretinoin, Tazarotene, Adapalene, Azelex, or any other peeling agent.
  • Using hydroquinone
  • Recent surgical peel, microdermabrasion orexperience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. This is more likely to occur when waxing areas with thick hair, especially the first few times when follicles are strongest. peel using glycolic, alpha hydroxy, or salicylic acid, or other acid-based products.

Benefits and Drawbacks…

It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. It is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer.

There are many drawbacks of waxing as well. Waxing can be painful when the strip is removed from the skin. Although the pain is not long-lasting, it can be intense, particularly in sensitive areas. You may also experience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. This is more likely to occur when waxing areas with thick hair, especially the first few times when follicles are strongest.

3). NOVALASH EYELASH EXTENSIONS

NovaLash ExtensionsLet’s start with what eyelash extensions are not. True eyelash extensions are very different from the traditional “individual” as well as “strip” lashes. Many use the technique of applying multiple fibers at once on, or in, the natural eyelashes. These techniques of applying what is known as “flares”, “clusters” or “individual” lashes were originally used as part of a makeup application. These types of false eyelashes are really meant to be worn for only one day.

Many people do tabbing with different types of adhesives, sometimes with nail adhesive or adhesive intended for hair weaving and extensions. It’s a quick and easy operation to perform; however it can be very damaging to the natural eyelashes to apply several fibers at once. It will prevent the various phases of the natural growth cycle from growing, resting and shedding because all the lashes become stuck to each other. Therefore, they are best for daily use only. Sleeping in them can pull and tear at the natural eyelashes and cause breakage and lash loss.

True eyelash extensions are single fiber artificial eyelashes with a tapered tip and blunt base. They are intended to be applied one at a time to one single natural eyelash hair. When applied properly, extensions do not have the opportunity to cause damage to the natural eyelashes. In fact, they grow, rest and shed right along with the natural eyelash to which they were applied, so there is no damage to neighboring eyelashes.

In order to avoid problems with extensions, it is important to start with healthy eyes. Here is a list of a few conditions in which you would not be a candidate for eyelash extensions…

1). Blepharitis

This is an inflammation of the eyelid, or more specifically, the eyelash follicles. It can be bacterial related, or a defect in the skin barrier and/or other immunological problems. It can even be that the very glands that produce the fatty tears that keep the eye moist become clogged. This results in inflamed, clogged glands, and become painfully dry, red irritated eyes. Allergies that are manifested in the eyes, can successfully wear extensions, if they are faithful to clean them properly every night before bed. Extensions will collect pollen and as we sleep, we will rub our eyes, causing more allergic reactions to happen and possibly cause inflammation. Common sense is the answer.

2). Conjunctivitis

Also known as Pink Eye, conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the clear mucous membrane that covers the inner surface of the eyelid as well as the outer surface of the cornea. Caused by bacterial infection, viral infection and allergies, this condition is not contagious…but can be spread by touching door knobs, tables, etc.

3). Ocular Rosacea

This is a condition associated with rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition that affects around 10% of the population. The main symptom is inflammation. In some cases broken blood vessels and acne-like bumps may be present. Facial flushing with alcohol consumption is common. Redness is often seen on the cheeks, nose and sometimes eyes. You will most likely be sensitive to light and have red, inflamed eyelids, swollen eyelids, itching, burning, makeup sensitivities, dry eyes, a gritty feeling in the eyes, clogged sebaceous glands on the margins of the eyelids, conjunctivitis, and blurred vision. There is no cure for rosacea and ocular rosacea, but there are treatments available that help keep the symptoms under control.

4). Dry Eye Syndrome

Healthy tears are composed of three basic layers. If one or all of the three layers are produced in the wrong quantities, problems with dry eyes can occur. There are many health conditions and many medications that can cause and/or contribute to dry eye syndrome. Menopause is often associated with decreased production of tears; symptoms of thyroid disorders and medications often include increased or decreased tear production. Allergy medications, oral contraceptives and blood pressure medications can cause dry eye symptoms.  There are many treatment options available when you consult your physican.

Cosmetic surgery of the upper eyelids can sometimes cause dry eye syndrome, as well. If too much skin is removed from the upper lids, the eyes may not close properly, which can lead to evaporation of tears. Excessive removal of under eye (lower eyelid) fat pads can also cause the lower eyelid to droop and roll outwards. This drooping can prevent the upper and lower lids from coming together to form a tight seal when the eyes are closed.

MEMO:

Two things…

1). Now that you are aware of the pros and cons of each of these new services, you can make an informed decision as to whether you would like to “throw your name in the hat” and get on the list of regular appointments, before all the desired spots are taken. Keep in mind we are in transition, and am having to make do with a small (yet comfortable) space. I am so excited to offer these services to you.

2). Coming soon…Elements FINALLY has a website! The domain name has been purchased but the hosting and content have yet to be formed. Hopefully we’ll have it up and running by mid-December. You may check from time-to-time, at http://www.elementssalonnc.net, just to see if anything has become live yet.