• Drink Up Ladies!

    Drinking up water is must for ladies

    It’s not exactly new information that water is good for you. We’re told to drink at least eight glasses a day for clear skin, fresh breath, and good digestion, and now there’s actually photo evidence that shows just how important proper hydration really is.

    Sarah Smith was suffering from chronic headaches when her neurologist suggested she drink more water. She went from drinking three glasses of water a day to three liters a day for one month and recorded the results in a photo diary. The results, as you can see above, are staggering.

    After her fourth week of increasing her water intake, she said, “I genuinely can’t believe the difference in my face. I look like a different woman. The dark shadows around my eyes have all but disappeared and the blotches have gone. My skin is almost as dewy as it was when I was a child. The transformation is nothing short of remarkable.”

    Smith was also able to drop two pounds without changing anything else in her diet and workout routine and found that the minor cellulite around her legs and butt had disappeared. Those are just the cosmetic changes! Smith also noticed increased energy and mental sharpness, and her headaches disappeared.

    The takeaway? Guzzle down that water, ladies. You’re probably more dehydrated than you think.

  • 8 Beauty Habits You Should be Doing Every Morning

    Rise and shine! You don’t have to be a morning person to start your day with a few beauty-boosting habits. Add these must-dos to your A.M. routine and reap the benefits all day long.

    Use an antioxidant serum.
    Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E help protect your skin from aging free radicals, which occur when you encounter UV rays, pollution and other stressors during the day. They also help your sunscreen work better, and give your complexion a noticeable glow. Smooth on an antioxidant serum after you cleanse and before you apply moisturizer or makeup.

    Eat some protein.
    Trade your bagel or piece of fruit for eggs or Greek yogurt . A recent study found that eating a high-protein breakfast helped women stay fuller longer and avoid overeating later in the day.

    Duh, sunscreen!
    You know you need sun protection daily (even when it’s cloudy), but do you realize that the SPF in your makeup probably isn’t cutting it? Yep — you need about a nickel-sized amount of sunscreen for your face alone, and most of us don’t pile on makeup that thick. Instead, double up on protection by using an SPF moisturizer under your foundation or powder. And don’t forget your lips, neck, backs of hands and eye area — all of those spots are exposed to aging UV rays just as much as your face.

    Drink a big glass of water.
    Dehydration not only causes you to feel terrible, it messes with the way your skin looks — and after a night’s rest, your body needs fluids. Whether or not you believe this woman ’s miraculous makeover story , starting the day with a tall glass of water can’t hurt.

    Move your body.
    Studies have shown that women who exercise in the morning sleep better at night. And the beauty benefits of sleep are very real. Shift your schedule to make a morning workout easier to manage.

    Choose a fragrance with citrus.
    Using a citrus-scented perfume or body lotion can help jump start your day. Studies have shown citrus fragrances to reduce stress and even help boost immune function.

    Mist your face.
    Keep a can of mineral water mist in your fridge and give your face a cool spritz first thing. The chilly mist will help bring down morning puffiness and leave you feeling bright and awake.

    Drink green tea.
    If you need an A.M. caffeine boost, green tea is the best way to get it. The drink is packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, which have been shown to slow cell damage and are even linked to a reduced risk of certain cancers. Can’t bear to give up your coffee (us either)? No need; coffee contains antioxidants, too and has also been shown to speed up metabolism.

  • Top 7 Reasons Why Stylists Fail

    Independent Salon Professionals are a growing community to our industry. We need support to maintain our professional image while operating as a sole entity. The day to day challenges of trying to juggle multiple projects, conflicting priorities and limited resources to try and uphold a business can be overwhelming. Many experience BURNOUT and lose passion as the daily demands deplete the personal energy needed to stay on the forefront of running the business effectively.

    Lack of time is a big issue with independents; we are responsible for every aspect of the business and trying to stay focused in one area becomes a challenge. “Who motivates the motivator?” Trying to find ways to motivate yourself is exhausting. It requires constant drive and discipline to be an independent business practitioner. This business thrives on all areas of performance. We need to be prepared everyday mentally, physically and enthusiastically to embrace the details and responsibility of being an active independent cosmetologist. Encouragement and support from other independents will help inspire, educate and improve the overall professional state of mind; reminding them that they are not alone.

    1. Low Productivity — Freelancing requires you to have strong discipline + Self managements skills. It’s very easy to procrastinate.

    2. Burn Out We’re so excited to grow + Succeed that we ignore REST/BALANCE

    3. Isolation —Very dangerous for independents. You need connection to resources! Interaction is crucial to surviving!

    4. Low Self-Esteem —Find your worth (Get paid for what you’re worth); set client boundaries (Fire a few).

    We have 2 Primary commodities…

    1. Time

    2. Money!

    Don’t let low self-esteem be the cause of your time or money.

    5. Lack of Marketing —Huge, Big, Gigantic, MISTAKE!!

    Getting new clients is the essence of being a successful entrepreneur —

    · Marketing is the CORE of your business!

    · Without it you WILL FAIL!

    6. Poor Communication -Relationships are our business!

    We need to sharpen our skills to be able to continue “WOW”ing + dazzling our clients!

    · Be Interesting

    · Be Newsworthy

    · Be Interested- Rekindle your love for your clients!

    · Don’t be DULL/BORED/Take Classes to improve yourself!!

    7. Inconsistent Effort —A little EFFORT goes a long way.

    · Dig Deeper

    · Push Forward

    · Be Persistent

    We just have to be “BETTER”

    Source: Kathy Jager-educational solutions

  • How to Remove Glitter Nail Polish

    Method to remove glitter nail polish Q: I applied this gorgeous glitter nail polish, but now I can’t take it off. What’s the best way to remove it?

    A: We all love a good glitter nail polish. It’s the closest thing to nail art for those of us who are—shall we say—artistically challenged. That said, removing glitter nail polish is about ten times harder than any normal nail polish. Glitter is more difficult to remove because it’s not nail polish. Nail polish dissolves in remover, but since glitter itself isn’t nail polish it doesn’t dissolve.

    For a simple solution, it’s recommended The Stripper Hydrating Nail Lacquer Remover ($19, deborahlippmann.com). To quickly and easily remove glitter nail lacquer, saturate a piece of cotton with The Stripper, place it over your nail and wrap tin foil around it, then leave it on for about two minutes. This will lock in heat and allow for easy removal.

    As an added bonus, this particular remover is infused with lavender and aloe, so it hydrates the nail and cuticle without drying it like acetone-based removers.