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Are you looking for smoother, straighter hair? Maybe a way to tame the frizz in your hair? Well, the keratin complex treatment could be the perfect solution for you.

What is Keratin?

Keratin is a protein that is naturally in your hair. It is the key structural material for making up hair. Keratin is extremely insoluble in water and organic solvents. Keratin monomers assemble into bundles to form filaments, which are tough and form a strong bond for your hair.

How does it work?

The hairstylist will apply a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on the length of your hair. The entire process will straighten out your hair texture and completely eliminate frizz for up to three months.

Time Saving

Once getting the treatment, it will shorten your blow-dry time by 40%-60%.

Keratin treatments every three months can be healthier for your hair than daily heat styling.

While the high heat (450 degrees) of the flatiron used to set the treatment is not the easiest on your hair, it’s still probably better than heat styling yourself day in and day out.  If having a treatment allows you to set aside your iron, the single dose of high heat may be well worth it.

What to Know After the Treatment

You can forget about frizzy hair! You can walk out in moist or light rain and your hair will not change.

You shouldn’t wash your hair for three to four days after getting the treatment. That is because the solution takes time to work, and showering before three days can ruin the treatment.

After getting the keratin complex treatment, and after the don’t wash period, you should use a Keratin Complex shampoo and conditioner to care for your new treatment. The shampoo and conditioner gently cleanses and helps restore strength and shine to your hair.

The Keratin Treatment will not make your hair break. Keratin is a restorative treatment. Even if you have good hair strength now, it still strengthens the hair shaft and makes your hair more resilient.

Takeaway

By applying keratin to your hair cuticle and sealing it in with heat, your hair takes on a glossier appearance. Your hair will be smoother and easier to manage on the daily. The effects vary greatly depending on whether your hair is healthy to begin with and what the natural thickness of your hair is.

Keratin works by smoothing down the cells that overlap to form your hair strands. The layers of cells, called the hair cuticle, absorb the keratin, resulting in hair that looks full and shiny. Keratin also makes curly hair less frizzy, easier to style, and straighter in appearance.

Every person loves to pamper themselves every once and a while, especially with a good manicure. Getting your nails done is a form of relaxation as well as good proper care for your nails. There are many different manicure options to choose from, including gel polish and regular nail polish. With the breakdown of the pros and cons of both, you will realize which is best for you with your next manicure.

Gel Nail Polish

Gel polish is originally referred to nail extensions made by using a soft gel product that is cured under an ultraviolet or L.E.D light. Gel polish is relatively new in the polish world and is known as a soak-off polish.

UV and LED curing is a chemical process where a chain reaction creates heat and the gel begins to set. When the gels sets, it leaves a residual sticky layer on top that’s removed with a lint free cloth.

Pros of Gel Polish

*Long lasting: Gel manicures are known for lasting a lot longer than regular nail polish. A gel manicure can last up to two weeks if properly taken care of.

*Zero drying time: No drying time! When curing the gel polish under UV or LED light, the light sets the polish in place in a matter of minutes.

*Perfect nails: No chipping or smudges of the nail. Because the gel polish dries so quickly, you don’t have to worry about messing up your nails with any activity.

Cons of Gel Polish

*Rough removal: The removal process can be rough. Using nail polish remover and a cotton ball to wipe off the polish will not work. You must soak your nails and file off whatever is left on the nail.

*Costly: Gel manicures do cost more than regular polish.

*Can be damaging: Gel manicures are known to damage your real nails in the long run. They are known to weaken the nail and can cause them to become brittle over time.

Regular Nail Polish

Everyone knows the good olé fashion regular nail polish, or also known as normal nail polish. It was the most common and most fashionable nail polish for nails until 2010, when gel polish came to the market.

To put it simply, normal nail polish is a lacquer where the ingredients been refined over the years to protect nails against drying out and cracking. When receiving a manicure with regular air dry polish, a professional will lay down a base coat, three polish coats and a top coat. A regular manicure only lasts up to a week and can chip quite easily.

Pros of Regular Polish

*Changeable: It is easy to change the color if you do not like it. You can also experiment with nail art and wipe off if you don’t like it.

*Affordable: Regular nail polish manicures are more affordable than gel polish manicures.

*Regular polish is safer: They are safer than gel polish. You are not exposing your skin to any harmful lights during the process. Also, your nails will not become weakened or brittle with regular polish.

Cons of Regular Polish

*Hours of drying time: Regular nail polish takes forever to dry! Sometimes nail polish can take up to an hour or more to fully dry.

*Chips easily: Regular polish manicures have a reputation of chipping more easily.

*Multiple coats of polish: It can take multiple coats to get the shade you want. Because regular nail polish is a lot lighter, it can take a while to get your nails to match the color of the polish bottle.

With these two types of polishes becoming the most popular in the nail industry, it is important to know what is best for your nails. I hope by reading this article, that it helped you make a good decision of what is best for your nails. Now, go ahead a pick out your favorite color and go get your nails done!

Washing your face may seem simple, but there’s actually an art to it. Let’s talk about the right way to clean your skinand we’ve got all the details right here. The most important thing? Making sure your face is clean, toned, and moisturized before you put on makeup or get into bed, since your skin rejuvenates naturally when you sleep. It may sound like a lot of work, but we’re here to make it easy for you.

Read on for our five simple steps to correctly washing your face:

Step #1: Wash your face with lukewarm water and a cleanser. Warm water helps lift the dirt out of your skin, but hot water can be too drying. Cleansers are hydrating, but if you wear a lot of makeup, you might also want to use a makeup remover.  After washing, dab your face with a toweldon’t rub. It will stretch your skin and lead to wrinkles.

Step #2: Take a cotton ball and dip it in toner and swipe it around your face, focusing on problem areas. For example, if you have an oily t-zone, toner is a huge help. You don’t need a lot! Just one soaked cotton ball is perfect.

Step #3: Serum is like vitamins for your skin. There are some amazing high-end ones, but you don’t need to spend to over due itwe have some amazing ones that you can get at our on line store. Use one or two pumps for your entire face. This is also a great way to address any specific issues you have with your skin, because they make serums for everything: anti-aging, moisturizing, redness, etc.

Step #4: You can also mix your serum in with your moisturizer, which cuts down on a step. For night, pick a heavier moisturizer, but for day, make sure you choose one with SPF if you’re not going to apply sunscreen on your own.

Step #5: The last stepdon’t forget your eye cream! The under eye area is the thinnest part of your skin, so it’s desperate for moisture. Massage or pat a pea-sized amount of eye cream under your eyes about half an inch under your brow bone. If you’re putting on makeup afterwards, wait a few minutes so the cream can sink in.


Hello my fabulous readers!

I wanted to write a post all about makeup tips and maybe a couple tricks! I hope you enjoy!

Tip #1: Knowing your skin type.

We all have different skin. Normal, oily, dry, normal-dry, normal-oily, combo skin etc. Step one will always be knowing your skin type. This determines what moisturizer you use, what primer you use and of course what foundation you apply! No one knows your skin better than yourself, so you tell me! What type of skin do you have? Once you’ve decided then you can go forward and purchase the products best for your skin! At Elements Salon and Wellness Spa we offer skin products for ALL skin types! So don’t forget to check that out!

Tip #2: Eyes=Prize.

The best part of makeup (in my professional opinion) is the EYES! Lets make your eyes pop! Your eyes should be the main focus of your face! How to make your eyes pop you may ask?! Wear the right colors of eye shadow! This is EASY! Depending on your eye color these shadows are really going to make your eyes POP!

Blue: BROWNS, purples, greens, BLACKS

Green: PURPLES, browns

Brown: Bronzy browns, COPPERS

Hazel: Creams, GOLDS, greens

Tip #3: Clear skin.

Having clear skin is so beneficial and important! Not just important for wearing makeup. Luckily makeup covers up most blemishes but we all want that baby bottom soft skin! Right?! How can you accomplish this? MONTHLY facials, (our outstanding Aestheticians can tell you what facial is best for your skin type! Just give us a call or stop by!) using the correct skin products DAILY,(our Aestheticians will also recommend the best skin products from our salon to you that will benefit your skin the most!) drinking lots of water, eating the right foods,(see my previous blog post for foods that benefit your skin to get a great list of foods!) etc.

Tip #4: Comfortable.

You may think what does being comfortable have to do with makeup?! EVERYTHING. Being comfortable with the amount you’re wearing. If you aren’t, you won’t feel like your self and we don’t want that! Be your beautiful self! Wear what you want and don’t wear what you’re not comfortable with. Put loads on or just brighten up your face a bit! Makeup is not required it’s a choice!

Tip #5: The right shades.

My final tip for you guys is simple. Wearing the right shades for you face! Cool, warm and neutral toned shades. This depends on your skin type! You DON’T have to follow this tip! Wear what YOU want! My skin tone and eye color pop the best with warm toned shades but sometimes I feel like wearing cool toned shades! But if you really want to make features pop this is a good one!

Warm skinned:

People with warm skin tones look best in you guessed it!! Warm colors. Duh! Lol! You can reach for oranges, orange-reds, peachy pinks, bronze, browns, and golds. Try out a peach or orange blush! Lips, it’s best to go with orange reds instead of berry-toned reds to really pop!

Cool skinned:

If your skin is light or dark, you will benefit with cool tones! Like wearing cool pinks, purples, reds, blues, greens, and grays. Instead of reaching for a peachy pink blush, grab a more vibrant pink. Cherry reds and fuchsia would look fabulous on your lips! Gray and deep purple eye shadows make cool eyes pop!

Neutral Skinned:

If you’re neutral skinned you’re the LUCKY ONES! You’re a chameleon! You can wear whatever colors and shades you want! Everything looks flattering on you!

REMEMBER: Wear what feels best to YOU makeup is fun! These are tips not rules!

Ultrasonic facial treatments cleanse, repair and stimulate the skin by using a machine that emits gentle sonic waves.  It uses ultrasound to loosen and remove dead skin cells and restore the natural charge to cells. The process is safe and is perfect for sensitive, sun-damaged, and acne prone skin.

 

What is an Ultrasonic Facial?

This high-tech facial uses a specialized ultrasonic/ultrasound machine that emits high-frequency waves. Ultrasonic treatments benefit a variety of skin types and can improve many common skin conditions. Your aesthetician will customize your ultrasonic facial according to your skin type and skincare needs.

 

In a treatment, the ultrasonic machine’s high-frequency waves work to:

 

  • Exfoliate dead skin cells for clear and radiant skin without the redness or irritation.
  • Loosen and remove oil, dirt and sebum from the pores and hair follicles, resulting in less blackheads and breakouts. Ultrasonic frequency zaps bacteria and decongests the pores. The result? Clear, healthy skin with noticeably tighter pores.
  • Gently stimulate skin to encourage collagen and elastin production. With a series of treatments, fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable and skin color, tone and texture becomes more even and uniform.
  • Stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage through the combination of ultrasound and electrical therapy. This nourishes the skin and gives it a youthful rosy glow.
  • Facilitate hydration and plump the skin, thereby filling out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Help skincare products do their job by penetrating deeper into the skin. This is especially true for anti-aging and antioxidant serums, creams and masks. n.
  • Safe for most people: The sonic waves emitted by the ultrasound machine aren’t harmful to your health. However, if you have an autoimmune disorder, a diagnosed heart disorder or cancer, it’s best to skip the ultrasonic treatment. Anyone living with a chronic health condition or are pregnant should check with his or her physician before proceeding with any aesthetic treatment.

 

The ultrasonic facial is gentle, non-invasive suitable for most skin types, from acne to rosacea to sun-damaged skin. Once your skin is rejuvenated and healthy looking, maintain your results with monthly ultrasonic facials.

 

Hello again to my frequent readers and hello to my new ones, too. We’re going to talk about obtaining and maintaining beautiful and healthy nails. With short winters (even though it’s Vegas it gets pretty cold!) and long summers, it’s not just our skin that will be going through some changes, our nails will as well! They can tend to get a bit dry and even brittle in some cases. Also, as some of us love to get manicures (acrylics, gel, or regular polish), our nails go through the wringer a bit in between manicures. So to help combat and minimize any (further) damage, we at Elements have a wonderful treatment called IBX! Just a short summary as to what it is: a treatment that helps to condition and strengthen the nail, whether you’re in between manicures or you just want to give your nails a little TLC.  This treatment doesn’t just SIT on the nails but actually PENETRATES the nail bed.

Now, while most of us have minor nail issues, I am providing a short list to show you a few examples of what your nails might be trying to tell you.  Now don’t freak out beauties, these are just symptoms/signs to look out for so you can keep your nails healthy and strong. Of course, as you know, I am NOT doctor, and neither are some of you so I don’t want you self-diagnosing. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, please visit your REAL doctor:

*THICK NAILS – This may indicate that the vascular system is weakening and the blood is not circulating properly. It can also be a sign of thyroid disease.

*WHITE LINES – This can show possible signs of heart disease, high fever, or arsenic poisoning.

*WIDE NAILS – If your nails are unusually square and wide, this could indicate a hormonal disorder.

*SEPARATING – Nails separating form the nail bed can be due to injury or infection, a reaction to a drug, thyroid disease, or psoriasis. While infections can occur underneath the nail bed during separation, most times the nails will re-attach themselves to the bed within a few months. If this doesn’t happen and you feel it could be much more serious, please see your doctor immediately.

*DARK BLUE BAND – An isolated dark blue band in the nail, especially in fairer-skinned people, can be a sign of skin cancer.

*CHIPPED, CRACKED, OR PEELING – Nails that chip, crack, or peel can show a general nutritional deficiency, insufficient hydrochloric acid and protein. Minerals are also needed. So take those vitamins ladies! (and gentlemen!).

So there you have it folks! While manicures are fabulous, it is very important to take care of ourselves inside as well as out.  Our nails can also serve as barometers to inform us if we’re doing just fine or if we need to take a little extra care. Also, for more information on our new IBX treatment, please visit us and one of our talented and knowledgeable nail techs will be more than happy to fill you in! Thanks for reading!

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