Maintaining Healthy Habits in the Salon

This post by Natasha Bhalla has been shared from Salon professionals, listen up — YOU have the power to boost your health and feel great all day, even while at the salon! We all have so much on our plates these days, but with a few adjustments and some awareness, you can take charge of your health and wellness. It’s important to pay attention to your body and spirit needs to succeed both inside the salon and outside of it. As beauty professionals, you’re constantly giving to others and unless your own cup is full, you will eventually feel depleted and exhausted. Furthermore, illness can be invited into your life when you’re not taking care of yourself properly. Ready to stop the burn out? Incorporate the following tips into your daily routine so you feel more energetic, peaceful and healthy each day. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate Drinking water throughout the day is essential to keeping energy levels up. Water flushes toxins from the system and helps you remain alert. Even slight dehydration can reduce focus and concentration, increasing the risk for mistakes and accidents. And, making a mistake during a client cut is the last thing anyone wants! Our bodies are made up of approximately 60 percent water and consistently replenishing this water throughout the day prevents fatigue, headaches and lethargy. Furthermore, if you drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages throughout the day, it’s important to drink water to counteract the dehydrating effects of caffeine. Drinking water is also good for your skin, as it hydrates cells and softens lines. It also aids in weight loss! Aim to drink at least half your body weight in water each day. Break during break time Breaks exist for a reason – to allow you to […]
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Get to Know the Pantone Color of the Year

Whether you’re currently enrolled in aesthetician school or cosmetology school, or you simply like to stay on top of beauty and design trends, you’ve probably already heard that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. A thoughtful, dramatic shade of purple, this color communicates visionary thinking, originality, and ingenuity that makes way for what the future holds. Enigmatic Purples in Counterculture Purple shades like Ultra Violet have made their mark in counterculture for years. Symbolizing artistic brilliance and unconventionality, the following musical icons were known for bringing shades of violet to the front of the pop culture scene: David Bowie Jimi Hendrix Prince Whether used for an all-over dye job or in makeup tones, this shade symbolizes non-conformity and inspires people to get out there and fearlessly leave their mark on the world around them. Beauty and Ultra Violet Shades This year, you’re going to see Ultra violet used on the lips and nails to give off statements of non-conformity. You might also see purple hues blended with shimmers and metallic to use on the eyes for a futuristic look. When it comes to hair, using purple shades can give off a look of boldness and creative expression. Since purple is on the spectrum for every beauty medium, thanks to its complementary and bold traits, it will pop up everywhere this year in clothing, makeup, nail colors, and hair styles. This purple color also works well with hazy and smoky hues, like lavender and mauve, to create timeless, effortless looks. Put Your Skills to Use Whether you’re new to the idea of makeup school or you’ve wanted to attend for years, now is the time to put your knowledge of current design trends, like the Pantone Color of […]
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Lu Ross Academy Esthetician School Dermafile Skin Polishing

This week I had the privilege to sit down and learn about our newest esthetics service at Lu Ross Academy: The Dermafile Skin Polishing. Upon hearing about it I was quite curious. I had Patricia, one of our night aestheticians who was more than exited to tell me all about the procedure and scheduled me to watch her preform one. It compares to microdermabrasion but it a lot less harsh. Using a small tool that, that looks like a dentist mirror, they file off dead skin and oil. First they cleanse the skin making sure to remove all make-up and sunblock. Next they do a second, deeper cleansing with a lemongrass cleanser. Depending on whether the skin is considered oily or dry, an enzyme is applied. For dry skin, a pumpkin enzyme is used, and for oily skin a papaya enzyme is applied. They then use their filing tool, holding the skin taught and working in small circle sections filing the skin. The tool is made to polish the skin and help resurface. It is made with stainless steel and crushed diamonds. After the filing technique is finished, a thin layer of calming cream is applied followed by a calming mask. Then the mask is removed with a warm towel and skin is toned. Lastly an SPF is applied. I must say that watching this procedure was incredible! I myself can be a sceptic. There are so many new products introduced to the industry every day, all insisting to be the best and latest and greatest. While skin care is extremely important to me, it can be hard to choose which treatment will work best. Let me tell you I have done and seen a lot […]
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