Holistic skincare in the salon setting

People are crying for it and we are dying for it as service providers! What does holistic mean? Total body. To have truly natural beauty and to accentuate what you have. You need to avoid synthetics to be truly anti aging. Why? Your skin is live and needs to be nourished. If your using synthetics your dehydrating your skin. Use a chemical free skincare brand like Arigato which has three ingredients or less and targets premature aging and inflamation in the skin. Inflamation is aging and causes illness. Also look at all the products ingredient list that you use and put your products through the test by analyzing them on skindeep.com and see what your subjecting your body to. If you have any questions on skincare forward them to me.

Whats next for your hair?

Everybody is wearing their hair straight right now. Now as a stylist love it! I am selling flat irons and product and services to straighten your hair but that is going to be over. Why? Because fashion dictates change! So what is next? off the deep end opposite to super curly. No don’t think we will go that extreme. It usually comes in steps. When we are talking just style and shape we are seeing more fullness, texture, layers – basically BIG HAIR! Not perfectly straight and bobbed.
Color is another focus and we are seeing a big push on reds. Red is a statement and it is harder for alot of clients to make that jump but they are doing it. Just make sure that you take care of that colored hair because reds tend to fade and maintenance is key! Give us your input if you have an opinion you want to share. PS – Love your hair!

Damaged hair and preventive maintance

We see a lot of clients that come in with frizzy and damaged ends. Frizzy hair is caused by the damaged ends splitting and traveling up the hair shaft. Remember that long hair is old hair, that has a alot of history to it. For example – exposure to the sun, heat from styling tools, possibly a couple of color applications and different water exposure (chlorine and Hard water). Lastly if you have textured hair it is more dry then straight hair and therefore has a need for more product to assist it in looking beautiful.
We have laid out the challenges and causes of dry hair, now for the solutions.
First thing you need is a restructurizing conditioner that will help protect and restore the hair challenges. There is a product that we have been testing that is so new the company doesn’t even have it on its website yet. Our salon is an Aveda salon and we have been testing this new product by Clean Enhanced Organics and the conditioner is Colorful. It is what we reccomend for hair that has these challenges.
When it comes to water, if you have colored hair and you don’t have soft water, your hair color is lasting half the time that it would with a water softener. If you make the switch from hard to soft water you will notice your hair feeling softer and in better conditioner your first dayof use.Shampoo and products rinse out much easier as well. Chlorine lightens and drys the hair. If you have that concern ,wet your hair in the shower before you get in the pool and again use a good detoxifying shampoo to remove any chlorine buildup. Mint Mary Rose by Clean Enhanced Organics is great for that.
With styling tools. First of all use a leave-in heat protectant as this will minimize heat damage. If your using a flat iron use a quality flat iron – a tourmaline coating will do less damage on the hair,give it a positive charge which will smooth it down and not contribute to damage like a cheaper iron will. Lastly when you are blow drying make sure you keep the nozzle on the dryer so the heat is concentrated on the hair that is being controlled and held down by the brush you are using instead of letting the hair cuticle be roughed up.We reccomend Ample styling tonic by Clean Enhanced Organics.  If you can’t tell already, we love this new product line.

I hope all of this helps and if you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to throw it out there for discussion.

Massage-why do it?

Alot of people look at this service as a pampering experience and they don’t need it. Look at massage from a health standpoint and it will change your mind. It is as important as getting your teeth cleaned or changing the oil in your car. Benefits – increases your metabolism, releases endorphins, signals to your bodies organs to release hormones that are needed for the brain function, cardiovascular is assisted in filtering out old blood with new blood which brings fresh oxygen into the body and flushes out toxins, increases the labido and the endorphins make you happy! We all want to be happy and I can use all the happiness I can get. If you haven’t experienced a massage, get out there and take care of yourself.

Men need to look good!

Men do you look good? Really do the following things come to mind when you look in the mirror- Stying, groomed, great hair color, facial hair that is cool. In addition – no bushy eyebrows nose hair sticking out, ear hair – you catch my drift.
Now lets just talk about being a man and being pampered. Many men just go for the fast food hair experience. I am always amazed to see men at later stages in their development and they are experiencing somebody giving them a full shave service while they lay back and relax. They are like little kids with the enthisiam they share about being taken care of in that way. For the man in your life that is special treat him to being groomed if he needs it on the top of his head or just needs to hear an opinion on how he looks from somebody else than yourself. Or just make some big brownie points and treat him to a wonderful experience at Accolades Salon Spa. We know how to take care of men!

Holidays are going crazy! Hair Color and Cut

My name is Brad Schlaeger and I am the owner of Accolades Salon Spa in St Paul. I have been in the industry for 30 years and been assosciated with the best. I am at a comfortable stage in my life and I am looking for a client experience that somebody is in dire need of being nurtured like they never have before. Made to feel more beautiful then they have in the past and all round just have a fun relaxing experience. Being the owner I am not going to take you to the cleaners as I am just looking to enjoy the opportunity of making someones day!! Hope to see you soon!

Are you looking for healty altenatives in your products?

Check out the site skindeep.com it is a neutral sponsored site that analyzes all beauty products. They rate product safety on a 1-10 scale. You will be surprised to find out what is in your beauty regimen. Did you know that the European Union bans 1500 ingredients from use in beauty products because of their carcinogenic properties. Of those 1500 ingredients, the U.S. only bans 4 of those ingredients. Breast Cancer has gone up 400% since the fortys. I am not a fear monger but the data is to scary. Check out skindeep.com and you will be surprised. Especially with baby shampoo!! Have a happy Thanksgiving!