Quick Tip: Think You Have Dandruff? Think Again.

This is a topic many people are confused about, so I think it's about time we addressed it in our blog.

1. A lot of people (especially guys) think they have Dandruff.

2. In reality, what they really have is called Dry Scalp.

3. Dandruff and Dry Scalp are not the same thing.

How can you tell what you have? If your flakes are white, you have dry scalp. Dandruff is typically associated with oily scalps and the flakes are more yellowish in color.

If you have a dry scalp, white flakes, or just feel itchy, don't use dandruff shampoo. You don't need it. All you need to do is use a good, salon-quality, moisturizing shampoo. It will make all the difference in the world. You can shampoo with it daily; I tell clients to make sure they use their fingers and cleanse all the way to the scalp (not just on the hair strands).

For those of you that really do have dandruff, I recommend Exfoliating Dandruff Shampoo from Therapro, or Purete Anti-Dandruff Shampoo from Homme (L'Oreal Professionnel's line for men). You will be flake free in no time.

{Wish you had a shampoo that would be perfect for you? Email us at: info(at)culturessalon.com or stop by our salon and we can recommend something made just for you. We carry professional shampoos made for every scalp and hair type.}

Quick Tip: Got a bad case of the flyaways?

We are seeing A LOT of static coming into the salon lately. Ever wonder what causes it? Simply put: If you have static, you are lacking moisture.

Static in the hair is very common in the winter months because it is dry and the cold air makes it even more so. In addition, taking hats and scarfs on and off can cause some serious static in your tresses.

How can it be fixed? Moisture.

Most often the culprit is the wrong kind of shampoo. Look for a professional (salon) shampoo that will add the moisture you need, and avoid shampoos that strip the hair of natural moisture and oils. I recommend Serie Expert's Intense Repair Shampoo. It is the best around! Having a great moisturizing conditioner can also help, but only if the shampoo isn't working against what the conditioner is trying to do. So, I always recommend that my clients start with a good shampoo first.

If you really don't want to part with your shampoo, a quick fix to temporarily alleviate the problem is to spray some shine spray and work it through the hair. This will reduce static in the moment, but will not solve the problem for good.

February Package Deals

{These package deals have ended, but check our blog, Twitter, or Facebook page periodically to learn about current specials.}

If you haven't seen these package deals already, you're probably not on our email list. Want to know about the specials (and last minute discounted appointments) before everyone else? Send your current email address to info@culturessalon.com. We don't share our list with anyone else, and we try not to bombard our clients with emails. You'll only hear from us when we have something important to share with you!

$59 Spa Package
Includes Spa Pedicure, Spa Manicure

$79 Spa Package
Includes Spa Pedicure, Spa Manicure, and Haircut & Style

$89 Spa Package (over $20 savings!)
Includes Spa Pedicure, Spa Manicure, and choice of a European Facial or One Hour Massage

These packages are a limited time offer and must be purchased by March 2, 2010. If you are not able to schedule your appointment before March 2nd, you can purchase the package on a gift card and schedule at your convenience.

Valentines Day

Need some ideas? We have some great ones.

Cake Bites: We are excited to offer The Sweet Tooth Fairy's popular cake bites. These delicious treats have been featured on Rachael Ray, in Salt Lake Magazine, and pretty much everywhere else. We had them here in December and people went crazy over them. So, we're bringing them back for Valentines Day.

This time, you can pre-order some to give to your valentine. They come boxed in a Sweet Tooth Fairy logo box, tied with a pretty ribbon. $6.00 for a half dozen, $11.00 for a dozen. We love the double fudge cake bites, but you can also order the box of assorted cake bites.

Pick up here at Cultures between February 9th - 13th. To guarantee we save some for you, please pre-order before Monday, February 8th by emailing us at info@culturessalon.com or calling (801) 776-9229. Please include your name, phone number, the size box you want, and if you want double fudge or assorted cake bites.

Gift Cards: Try giving the gift of a fun relaxing spa service where your valentine will feel pampered, but not out of place. At Cultures, we pride ourselves in providing a comfortable, warm, non-snooty environment. Luxury, without the snobbery.

Bath Confetti: Sprinkle our scented confetti under running water to get luxurious bubbles, or sprinkle in still bath water to make a "fancy" bath for your loved one. Light a couple of candles and you are good to go! We even have heart-shaped confetti that is strawberry scented.

Pedicure of the Month Club: Buy your loved one a 3, 6, or 12 month membership in our pedicure club. They can have their monthly pedicure done here or, for those that don't live close, we can send the products right to their door. See the "Packages" section of our service menu for more information. Our featured pedi flavor for February is Cupcake! Mmmmmm!

Whipped Body Cream: Try some of our delicious body cream. This light, whipped lotion is moisturizing without being greasy. Our featured 'flavors' in February are Cupcake and Orange Dreamsicle. Pick up a jar of lotion ($4, $8, and $16) to go with your gift card or cake bites.

bettybeauty: Get your betty ready! We have some fun new colors for Valentines and the new READYbetty (hair removal) styling kits. The kits even include free stencils, for those of you who are brave. (See our previous blog post for more information.)