The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on Laser Hair Removal.

Finally the Good, the Bad and the Ugly about Laser Hair Removal. This blog has been on my mind for so long! It is very frustrating for professionals in the business to bear witness to the continuous onslaught of advertising, marketing, false promises and unbelievable cheap pricing without seeing results. This is our opinion in order to help consumers make the best decision when considering laser hair removal.

The Good

Let us start with the “Good.” Laser hair removal is a wonderful treatment for permanent hair reduction. The best candidate has a light to medium skin tone with dark hair. Skin that is considered darker can sometimes be treated after a test patch has been performed. Even a technician with experience must use caution and much lower settings if treating darker skin (i.e. No darker than Halle Berry). Using the right equipment is paramount for safety and results. Multiple treatments are required to achieve the desired goal.

The good news is that 95% of clients will get between 70 to 95% hair reduction and with the odd maintenance treatment you should have lasting results unless you experience hormonal changes, illnesses or begin taking certain medications. It is very important to disclose any medications that you take to your technician before starting treatment and sun exposure and tanning beds must be avoided during the course of your treatments. By working with your technician and following the guidelines, you will enjoy silky smooth skin and it is indeed awesome not having to shave, tweeze, pull, yank or depilate.

The Lasers!

There are many good lasers on the market. One of the top lasers is the Soprano XL and it’s considered the gold standard in laser hair removal. The Soprano uses 810 diode laser technology. It penetrates deep into the dermis (where the hair follicle is located) and with the proper settings of power, wavelength and pulse duration you can destroy the hair follicle without damaging skin. Discomfort levels have improved in the last 5 years with the new technology and many people find it comfortable to treat even sensitive areas. A “true” laser looks for dark pigment in order to destroy the hair follicle and stop the growth of the hair. Unfortunately, most establishments cannot afford a good laser since it can run upwards of 80K for a CSA and FDA approved laser.

The Bad

The “Bad” is bad! When you have a powerful piece of equipment in your hands and you are not properly trained to use it….it can be very bad! Burns can result if your technician is not trained properly and certified to use the equipment. The companies that sell this equipment will gladly give you a few hours of training when you buy their equipment. This is not enough! Thorough theory based training as well as lots of practice must be completed before you even start thinking about selling your laser hair removal services.

Health histories must be taken and clients that are not good candidates cannot be treated. End of story. Safety is always first and foremost with any treatment. No exceptions. Make sure to choose an establishment that has a good laser, good technicians and a good track record for making clients happy both with service quality, sanitation and good results.

The Ugly

And now we have the “Ugly”. Which unfortunately, is what the industry has created. “Oh, yes, come on in…step this way! We can treat red hair, blonde hair, grey hair and white hair!” Actually….NO! We can’t. Up until now there is no scientific evidence of permanent hair reduction for clients with those particular hair colours. Laser again, is drawn toward dark pigment in order to penetrate the hair follicle. If you do not have dark hair then the laser cannot find the pigment to destroy blood flow to the follicle. No dark pigment, no results; it’s that simple.

Not only do consumers have to deal with false claims but they also tend to be convinced into paying minimal amounts of money yielded with no results. There is no possible way a reputable business can sell effective treatments with proven equipment and professional technicians at prices that are below market pricing. It’s so unfortunate when clients purchase group coupon type packages and get poor results, terrible service and most often the business disappears before they have completed their packages. Why not pay a little more for a safe and effective service?

Before committing, do some research and make an informed decision. Let’s also remember the good old saying, “You get what you pay for”. Look for quality and you will get the results.

Hair Trends for Spring/Summer 2014

I’m sure everyone is ready to reduce the layers of clothing weighing us down from the long winter; fret not, it’s time to bring in the summer flavours. We all know that the way we dress begins with our hair and this season is no exception. The high end designers play a big role in how the hair is conjoined with the clothing presented on the runway.

Joseph Alturazza Knows What Women Want

Altuzarra is a designer that I wanted to mention quickly; he has been proving himself quite often in recent years. One of Joseph Alturazza’s goals is to make the sophisticated modern women feel seductive, strong and confident. This description of his modern women is perfect for the low ponytail because it gives enough confidence to sweep across the boardroom as she walks in. The low pony is such a quick and easy style to perform, even from home, you will be able to master it in no time (if you haven’t been doing this already!) Comb all of your hair back towards the nape of your neck while not worrying about the wispy strands that will fall, this will aid in providing a youthful look to the low pony. Wiggle the pony from left to right before securing it at the nape to create a soft finish. Secure with a hair elastic and spray with Brilliante Glossing Spray from Kaaral. Its as simple as that!

The “Trend Cycle”

Trends tend to blossom every season for many different reasons. The inspiration for new trends can come from art, designer clothing, architecture, environmental movement, fashion week, celebrities and many more! I have my own philosophy on the “Trend Cycle”. I believe that the cycle begins from one of the outlets I’ve mentioned. Once someone with a great representation of style (editorial hairstylists, platform hairstylists, creative directors,..etc) proposes these trends through their work, people will start seeing them in the magazines and streets of larger european cities. There is quite a long process for these proposals to get across the pond to North america. If they do, it’s usually because a celebrity starts rocking a new style presented to them by their hairdresser/image consultant. The last part of the “Trend Cycle” involves the general public being exposed to any form of media or browsing through the magazines and deciding on a new style to take on. My favourite outlet to gather inspiration for use with clients is Pinterest.

 Waves For Days

The aforementioned trends evolve from season to season. The natural ombre is still going strong and its decline is not foreseen anytime soon. Additionally, the long, lazy beach /wave is still quite popular going into SS14, although we do respectively think it has lasted a bit too long for its time and we hope to find the new, hot style very soon. As the waves continue, there are still impressions ready to be made with these waved designs:

Alberta Ferreti photo

Alberta Ferreti shows messi braids mixed in with some waves. Easy and fun!

 

For more of a wild mood, tighten those curls up and add volume with  a strong hairspray (Accessorizing the look with a pin adds a nice touch.

For more of a wild mood, tighten those curls up and add volume with a strong hairspray (Luminous Hairspray). Accessorizing the look with a pin adds a nice touch.

Creatures of the Wind 2014  by Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington showed an asymmetrical look. All you have to do is wave your hair and pull it into a pony tail and pull out one of the side sections in the front

Creatures of the Wind 2014 by Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington showed an asymmetrical look. All you have to do is wave your hair and pull it into a pony tail and pull out one of the side sections in the front

The bohemian vibe is still being rocked! Try crimping the top sections for a contrast in textures

The bohemian vibe is still being rocked! Try crimping the top sections for a contrast in textures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SilkPeel Facial

Are you looking for a facial treatment with immediate results with no down-time? This is not a parody of a cheesy infomercial you see on television late at night after Jimmy Kimmel. The SilkPeel facial Dermal-Infusion is a highly effective treatment for exfoliation of the skin. It doesn’t need anything but results to convince people that it leaves a youthful glow.

Customizing Your Facial

There are many ways to customize this treatment in order to suit the needs of each client. The SilkPeel is able to target skin that suffers from acne, dehydration, uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Even for the most sensitive, acne prone skin, the SilkPeel Clarifying Formula will provide relief. This application combines Salicylic Acid and Aloe to create a clear complexion. This will reduce the appearance of cystic and pustule acne.

The most amazing part of this treatment is what we describe as the suction wand. An aesthetician uses suction wand exfoliates oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells that are trapped within the pores and enables the production of new epidermal skin cells. As the skin is exfoliated the cell structure is regenerated giving a more even, clear and youthful complexion. In turn, the Aloe will clam the inflammation and irritation associated with the acne.

Combating The Elements

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of an area on the skin. This may be caused by acne, sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries. The Lumixyl Solution is perfect in working towards improving the appearance of the discolouration and achieving a more even tone of your skin. The amino acids in this solution will aim to reduce these age/sun damage related issues.  At a young age, we still need to be aware of the elements the affect our skin. Whether your skin is being affected by the sun, pollution or from stress, dealing with these issues will make you feel better from the inside and out. The Vitamin C Solution is the topical formula used in these cases. It has the most stable form of Vitamin C that is allowed on the skin and will revitalize in a way you never thought possible.

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Hydration

The Hydration Solution was created for those with incredibly dry, flaky skin. Hyaluronic Acid is at the core of the nutrient-rich formula that quenches the thirstiest skin. Especially in these winter months you may notice your skin flaking or feeling tight and the SilkPeel is the solution for you!

These different topical treatments are used as applications through the SilkPeel System to help you achieve the skin you desire. The treatments are used in a series of 4 in order to achieve the best results. Based on consultation, your specialist will recommend the best topical treatment for your skin and you will leave the spa feeling refreshed, re-energized and with a youthful glow.

Instead of changing the channel to find more infomercials, pick up your phone instead of your remote and book your SilkPeel. You won’t be disappointed.

Royal Jelly for Your Hair

Royal Jelly for Your Hair

Some of us would think that we’ve had more than enough of winter so far but in reality it’s still just the end of January. There are more days of chilly temperatures and very dry air to go! This acts negatively to our hair and skin. Certain people don’t have to worry about their skin or scalp as much as others, although, we all need to take into account what the dry air (outside) and the central heat (inside) does to our hair. Luckily, there are solutions for these problems!

I am always excited to talk to my clients about how beneficial the royal jelly is (more…)

Winter Trends Turn Heads at Paris Fashion Week

 As we all know, the looks that the best fashion designers are showing on the runway will always be paired with the latest trends in women’s and men’s hairstyles. One of the best times to keep your eyes peeled for this is during Paris Fashion week. I was lucky enough be in Paris for the Mondial Coiffure Beauté (Paris Hair Show) at the beginning of this annual affair with Pino our artistic director. Since we definitely felt a buzz in the air, I wanted to look into what was really going on with hair and fashion in Europe. One of the big trends for fall/winter this year is skirts paired with sweaters. Designers like Nina Ricci, Bottega Veneta and Ralph Lauren all sported these different combinations of textures. The hair varied from each designer but what we saw were very simple looks. Nina Ricci showed loose ponytails that were tied back with a black ribbon. They were styled mainly with a center part to create a small amount of volume around the crown, and the looks were very smooth with long layers. This is a soft feminine look that is easily wearable for all age groups.

Nina Ricci swept ponytail

Nina Ricci swept ponytail

 

Bottega Veneta pays tribute to German actors Hedy Lamarr and Marlene Dietrich with this fall/winter collection. Hairstylist Guido introduced a modern take on this inspiration: “I kept thinking of Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver–disco hair, shoulder pads, power dresses. The 1940’s and the 70’s get interchanged.” He wanted to create a cloud of curls that was going to show off the silhouette of exaggerated collars and high necks. Guido made a detailed hair part that was right above the models’ highest point of the eyebrow. The part was combed over which followed an explosion of frizzy curls on both sides…definitely not an everyday look for the office.

As we look over to Ralph Lauren, Guido from Redken says that 90% of the models are in hats because of the designers’ idea of the American classic beauty this winter. The other 10% are showing an un-done pony tail with a small section of hair wrapped around the elastic. This is definitely a quick and easy look for the office!

This winter gives us a lot of ideas to play with (some of them easier than others). Possibly the hardest look to translate into everyday life was from Prada. In their display the hair was in tangled wet-looking waves with dark roots; similar to an ombré. To re-create this out-of-the-shower proposal, all you need to do is scrunch a wet-look gel (such as Moroccanoil Styling Gel) through your damp to wet hair and twist the ends with your fingers. This style was one of the most popular looks in Milan’s fashion week in September.

Check out some of the pictures below for all of the new styles for the season!