• Yup, You Can Use Wine in Your Bath!

    There are a multitude of natural ingredients that are supposed to work wonders on your skin and hair—like lemon juice as an acne fighter and beer as a shine treatment for your hair. So, we weren’t floored when we heard that a spa in Los Angeles was incorporating wine into their luxe treatments.

    But…we were intrigued considering the most we have ever included into our at-home spa routine is by drinking a big ol’ glass of cabernet during a bath. Using wine as a topical treatment could be effective in halting the aging process: Red wine contains the anti-aging ingredient resveratrol, a property now used in many high-end face creams. In one study, resveratrol proved to be more efficient at reducing the damaging effects of free radicals than Vitamins E and C. So, in the spirit of seeing how effective red wine might be for keeping that youthful glow, we tested out two DIY spa treatments created by Estancia Wines that are based on the ones the company developed with Hotel Bel-Air. Here’s what we thought about each one, plus how to recreate them at home.

    Wine Bath & Body Scrub


    10 tablespoons of raw sugar

    10 tablespoons of brown sugar

    6-8 tablespoons of raw organic honey

    4 tablespoons of red wine

    Instructions: Mix all ingredients together and scrub it immediately all over your body during a bath or shower. Finish with a body cream to seal in moisture.

    The Verdict: This scrub smells amazing and it made my skin tingle a bit, but in a good way. (That’s how you know it’s working, right?!) My legs felt really smooth after using this concoction, but I’m not sure they were smoother than after using any other scrub.

    Wine Facial Mask


    1 egg white

    3 tablespoons of red wine

    1 tablespoon of organic raw honey

    Instructions: Gently mix the egg white, red wine, and honey to a smooth consistency. Spread the paste evenly on to your clean face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Relax and leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and end with a splash of cold water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Finally apply a moisturizer for added tightening, and to seal in all of that moisture.

    The Verdict: At first, the mask was very liquid-y, so I suggest lying down for a couple minutes after you massage it on to let it really stick onto your face (especially if you’re not in the bath and plan to be up and about while you wait the allotted time). After washing it off, my skin definitely felt tighter and a lot smoother—and not at all irritated, which, for my sensitive skin was a surprise. I’d try this again as part of my at-home spa routine for sure.

  • Top Five Tips to Build Your Guy Client Conversation Skills

    My latest haircut is a masterpiece. It would look this good if I cut it myself if I do say so.

    The overall experience was positive. The haircutter did everything right as it relates to client conversation. They also did everything wrong as it relates to client conversations.

    My visit began with a warm and friendly greeting. The consultation brought forth the specifics of my desired look. I departed on a high note, too. Take home hair care product was suggested and offered. I was instructed as to how to book my next appointment and I was thanked sincerely. The beginning and the ending were solid. The middle was where things went awry.

    By the end of the experience I described above I knew way too much about this haircutter. The lists of categories covered in the chair side monologue included, but were not limited to their personal life, their life partner, their finances, their health issues, their housing situation, their mortgage, and their family. I know about the part time job, the prior cities of residence, and their taste in music, clothing and food. The list goes on. Notice, too I did not describe the interaction as a conversation. It was a monologue. I did a lot of listening. Fortunately when I take my glasses off I do not hear so well. I might have heard a lot more.

    Client conversation is a skill. It is a skill we must work hard to learn. It is a skill we must practice and hone. Below I offer up my top five tips for building your guy client conversations skills so as to build business, not drive it away.

    1. Read the newspaper. Yes. I know you get your news on the Internet. Read the paper, too. Specifically, read the local paper that comes out once each week. Taking the few minutes needed to scan through the paper will have you up to date on the general idea of what all is going on in your town. The big local daily and the web will fill you in on the whole wide world. Conversations happen. You need not be an expert, but you should know about what the school board is fighting about even if you do not have kids in the district. Being up on local current events will allow you to comfortably join in on conversations or sit quietly and gain thoughts and ideas from different people and perspectives.

    2. Watch Sportscenter – Fifteen minutes of Sportscenter will not make you a superfan. It will make you capable of engaging with guys in a comfortable way. I am not a basketball fan, but I am roughly aware of what is generally going on in the world of basketball. I can say the same thing about hockey, football, soccer, and NASCAR. I am a big baseball fan and have more than a rough idea about that. My point here is not to try to be an expert, just be aware. You should know when a major golf tournament is in progress. You should know what part of the world important tennis is taking place. Like it or not, guys dig sports (girls do, too) and sports conversations happen in the haircutting chair. Be able to at least know what the conversation is about. You need to know what game Lebron plays. You do not need to know his career stats. You need to know what happens at Churchill Downs, Martinsville and Augusta.

    By Ivan Zoot | Source: ModernSalon.com

  • Cold Weather Skin Mistakes that are Ruining your Complexion

    Once the indoor heat kicks in, it’s all downhill for skin. Between dry indoor air and snowy, windy weather, your complexion can take a beating this time of year. But there are steps you can take to head off winter dryness before it makes you want to cover up your face with a scarf. Start by nixing these bad habits ASAP.

    Not protecting your skin before heading outdoors.
    We don’t just mean SPF (though of course you already know that sunscreen is just as important in the chillier months as it is at the beach). Your skin also needs a protective layer to help keep its moisture barrier intact. Step out with a naked face and the wind and cold can create tiny cracks in your skin’s surface, leading to redness, dry skin and damage. Slather a lotion with SPF on any exposed areas before venturing out into the cold.

    2. Not using a humidifier.
    A humidifier is our number one trick to preserving skin’s glow all winter. Not only does adding humidity to dry indoor air help you breathe better, it helps your skin lose less moisture. If you don’t own a humidifier, a bowl of water placed on top of a radiator will also work (it adds moisture to the air as the water evaporates).

    3. Washing with hot water.
    Whether you’re showering in it, splashing it on your face, or rinsing your hands with it, hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and leaves it parched. Rinse with warm or cool water instead.

    4. Peeling flaky skin.
    Don’t do this! Peeling off your skin can lead to infection and scarring, and can actually make uneven texture worse. Instead, use an exfoliating product that combines a chemical exfoliant (i.e. an acid or enzyme) with a gentle mechanical exfoliant (A.K.A. scrubbing beads) to slough off dead skin.

    5. Using mineral oil-based moisturizers.
    Lip balms that are made with mineral oil or petrolatum don’t get absorbed; instead they create an occlusive barrier on skin’s surface. This helps trap moisture in, but doesn’t hydrate skin that’s already parched. Instead, try a product with hyaluronic acid, ceramides or even an oil — all of which penetrate skin to moisturize beyond the surface.

    6. Using heavy face creams.
    Okay, using a heavy cream isn’t bad per se, but it’s not the most efficient way to combat dry skin. Instead of relying on a single rich product, layer a lightweight moisturizing serum under your face cream first to better hydrate skin and lock in moisture. Think of it like long johns for your face.

  • Want to Stand Out Like a SUPER STAR?

    Practice the Defining Difference of What Truly Matters…
    Work on your Soft Skills!

    To be successful you must first understand what the beauty business is really about besides the artistry, it is really about the PEOPLE. Making the people look and feel magnificent and creating the connection that offers the people that you meet the chance to feel good about who they are when they are with you. Learn to work from your heart and get on a journey of self development and continual education. This will bring you the ultimate experience of success. Make the commitment to build your life with positive new habits that shape your mind to excellence everyday and always believe in the beauty of your career and the power you have to transform lives.

    According to industry experts, however, your formal educational foundation only contributes 15% of your success. The other 85% comes from understanding and applying Soft Skills.

    What are Soft Skills? And Why do you need them?

    As much as you need technical skills you need to incorporate the benefits of Soft Skills as you continuously develop your career. “Soft skills” is a term relating to a collection of personal, positive attributes and competencies that enhance your relationships, job performance, and value to the market.

    Most people know what soft skills are but too reluctant to practice them with consistency to get the full concept of how valuable they are to the success of their life. It is a sad thought that only 1% of people will take the time to learn how to achieve success and will strive to be the best at their craft. Only 3% of people are even intentional about growing and developing their personal skills. Most people would rather complain about what they don’t have than put forth the extra effort it takes to make what they do want happen.

    Some examples of Soft Skills include:

    Effective Communication

    Business and Retailing Basics

    Problem Solving

    Conflict Resolution

    A Commitment to Integrity

    Goal Setting

    Personal Development

    Challenging Yourself

    Staying Open to Change

    Delivering “Super Service”

    Accepting Responsibility and Criticism

    Time Management and Developing Good Habits!

    Learning hard skills (technical) will help get the interview but you will need the Soft Skills to get and keep the job. Today’s salons require much more from their staff, they are looking for the candidate who possesses the qualities that will be long lasting and adaptable to their culture. Yes beauty professionals have to be great at their craft. But what are even more important are the social skills of our business that create the foundation of our industry.

    Remember: Our business is about developing relationships with PEOPLE !

    Source: Kathy Jager-educational solutions