Friday, November 18, 2011

Flyaways? Try Moroccanoil Frizz Control

"All over the world I hear women talking about bad hair days, often caused by frizz. The solution is easy when you have a product that works." - Moroccanoil Artistic Director Antonio Corral Calero

No type of hair; healthy or dry, curly or straight is immune to frizz. Humidity, over-processing and excessive brushing, combing or heat styling can cause the hair cuticle to open, giving tresses a rough surface. The only way to quiet frizz and return hair to its optimal health is to seal the cuticles.

Moroccanoil recently introduced a new product designed to balance hair moisture and tame frizz: Moroccanoil Frizz Control. According to Calero, "It perfectly balances moisture, keeping hair smooth, calm and manageable. It's unique, lightweight formulation comprising high-quality ingredients keeps hair frizz-free, no matter what type of hair you have."

Creating styles like the one Calero did in this picture is simple. First, be sure to wash and condition with moisturizing, frizz-taming products like Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (some other shampoos can be harsh and chemical-laden, which further dehydrates hair actually causing frizz). Then, apply a small amount of Moroccanoil Treatment to clean, towel-dried hair. Blow-dry to remove excess moisture. Spray 3-5 pumps of Frizz Control approximately 10 inches from damp hair and comb through. Separate the hair into clean sections. Using a large round brush, blow-dry each section straight, from roots to ends. This creates a bit of volume at the crown, lift the top section and apply heat to the roots. For hair that will get noticed, part hair down the middle and finish with a few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment for added shine and protection.

Calero said, "Moroccanoil Frizz Control stands for simplicity. It's light, tames frizz, leaves no residue and you can see results right away."

Taken from Moroccanoil: Balancing Hair Moisture to Tame Frizz. Published in InStyle magazine, December 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

INOA Supreme Anti-Aging Haircolor — Look As Young As You Feel

Women of age are staying younger longer. Just look at Ellen DeGeneres. In 2008 she received one of the year's biggest beauty contracts, and in her early 50's. The beautiful comedienne and talk show host is a prominent spokesmodel for CoverGirl's Simply Ageless Foundation. In 2009, Madonna launched a kids clothing line, opened a fitness center, starred in a Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign and began filming a drama. Modeling icon Lauren Hutton launched her own cosmetics line after returning to the modeling world at 46. Age has done everything but slow these women down. Don't let it slow YOU down!

With these women feeling so young on the inside, they want to look just as young on the outside. But many busy, modern-day women don't want too much time commitment and maintenance.

INOA has come up with a product line for women whose hair is aging faster than they are—INOA Supreme.
Just like your skin starts to age, so does your hair. As we age, our hair starts to go white because of the lack of pigmentation being produced. Age also causes your hair to become less dense, and more fragile, due to deprivation of melanin. White hair is less protected and weakens. Age can also make your scalp more sensitive with the reduction in sebaceous gland activity.

INOA Supreme covers 100% of white hair without sacrificing shine. Your hair fiber will not only be preserved, but redensified. In addition to giving your hair more strength and substance, INOA Supreme will also make it feel smooth to the touch. As with all INOA haircolor, INOA Supreme is odor-free and ammonia-free, giving you optimal comfort, especially on the scalp.


But what about maintenance? That's the best part of INOA Supreme. It can cover 100% of white hair, but it covers without a solid, harsh growout line. INOA Supreme is formulated to enhance your natural skin tones, and uses your non-pigmented hair to provide beautiful, blended, highs and lows in the haircolor. This gives a natural, luminescent look, with less-obvious growout.

Cultures is proud to be one of only a handful of salons certified to provide INOA haircolor in Utah. All of our stylists are INOA and INOA Supreme certified, and can help you look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Balayage Haircolor in Utah

What is Balayage:
The word “balayage” is French and means scanning or sweeping. In hair color, the term balayage refers to a technique of freehand painting or “sweeping” the brush across the hair to create a natural highlight effect, rather than using foils or caps. The balayage technique is not new, it has been done for years, but it has become increasingly popular in our area recently because more celebrities are wearing this type of highlight.

Benefits for You:
Natural-Looking Effect
Balayage creates soft, sun-kissed highlights that look like you spent the summer frolicking on the beach.

Low Maintenance
Balayage highlights grow out naturally, without developing a noticeable and obvious re-growth.

On Trend
Balayage is popular and on trend, so you can stay current without having too much commitment. The perfect thing about balayage is that it can be as classic or as trendy as you like. You can do a more subtle effect, or more obvious effect. You can do balayage with natural colors, or with more extreme fashion colors. The technique is current, but it can work with your own personal style.

Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Balayage?
Highlights that are hand-painted onto the hair for a natural-looking, sun-kissed effect.

What is the difference between Balayage and foil highlights?
The biggest difference is the result. Foils offer a more uniform, defined highlight. With Balayage, highlights are randomly placed for a more natural-looking effect.

Will Balayage highlights damage my hair?
Not if your stylist is trained in the technique and using the correct products for the job. L’Oreal Professionnel lightening products are developed with conditioning agents that leave your hair in great condition.

Balayage looks easy. Can I do it myself?
Although the technique looks very simple when you watch it being done, there is actually a lot of skill and practice involved in mastering the technique. Controlling the amount of product used, where to place the product on the strand, and how to section the hair to get the desired effect out of your placement are all things that only a trained Balayage stylist should do.


How much maintenance does Balayage require?
It varies by clients but many can go 3-4 months between appointments since there is no obvious regrowth with Balayage.

Is Balayage just for blondes?
No! Balayage is perfect for brunettes and redheads who want a subtle, sun-kissed effect.


Photos by L'Oreal Professionnel, Balayage Riviera Collection, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

We ♥ INOA



What's the hubbub with INOA? I'm sure many of you have at least heard of this color by now. INOA permanent haircolor was developed by L’Oreal Professionnel and introduced in 2010. This color is revolutionary because there is no ammonia. What does that mean to you? This means there is no strong odor, no tingling sensation at the scalp, and hair is left in better condition than when you came in. It protects the hair's natural lipids keeping them intact, which will keep your hair's natural sheen.

We have also noticed for our coarser hair clients, it has softened their hair texture making it easier for them to style. All salons or stylists that use or want to use INOA have to be trained and certified. After using this color for more than a year, I have noticed that our INOA clients' hair has less fading; they come back with beautiful color!

The main technology behind INOA is a new revolutionary oil delivery system that propels the colorants into the hair instead of traditional permanent color, where ammonia swells open the hair to allow the color to penetrate into the hair. What is in it for you? Soft, shiny, no odor, long lasting luxurious color.

What are you waiting for? Try it today!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Product Focus: Scalp Rescue

Moroccanoil recently introduced 2 new products for the scalp. The products are made to condition and re-balance the scalp and eradicate scalp conditions such as overproduction of oil or excessive dryness.

Moroccanoil Oil-No-More Scalp Treatment
Helps soothe inflammation of the folicle
Regulates scalp imbalances

Moroccanoil Dry-No-More Scalp Treatment
Soothes dry scalp
Helps to relieve scalp irritation
Regulates scalp imbalances

What about people with dandruff? If you're sure you have dandruff (read this old blog post to see if you really do), you should use the Oil-No-More Scalp Treatment. If what you really have is dry scalp, well, I think you can guess which one to use.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wedding Hair

L'Oreal Professionnel collaborated with celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist, Eva Scrivo, on some insider tips to help you look the most radiant on your wedding day. These tips, taken from their publication, can help make your wedding hair perfect.

Prep Work is Key — Start early! Begin working with your stylist as soon as possible to perfect the cut, color and condition of your hair well before the day of your wedding. Keep in mind, it may take several months, so speak with your stylist about creating a customized plan.

Make the Cut — Even if you're growing your hair out, keep it regularly trimmed to remove the split ends that will otherwise damage the cuticle. You may have visions of fabulously flowing, Rapunzel-like locks, but if it's too long or unlayered, it can be bulky and unmanageable, making it harder for your stylist to create the style.

Lighten Up — Your hair will look best in photos if it has natural, subtle highlights. Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Begin your color transformation well in advance of your wedding, and plan to have your last color service approximately 2 weeks before the big day. Do not plan any chemical treatments on the day of the wedding. This is no time for surprises!

Stay Healthy — Every bride looks better with shiny, healthy-looking hair. Get your hair in optimal condition with L'Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Powerdose treatments. Ask your stylist to develop a regimen based on your specific hair type and needs.

Stay True — Avoid one of the most common bridal mistakes. Don't lose your identity when selecting your hairstyle. Your style should flatter you and enhance your beauty, not become a distraction. Don't stray too far from your own look and style.

Let Your Gown Be Your Guide — Your hair should reflect the line of your dress. If you have a slim gown with clean lines and minimal beading, your hair should also have clean lines. If you're wearing a creation straight from a fairy tale, then by all means, Cinderella, go for long, flowing hair and lots of texture!

Book Ahead — Book your official hair trial 4-6 weeks prior to your wedding. Try to book your trial on a slower business day in the salon, such as a Tuesday or Wednesday, so you and your stylist won't feel rushed.

Show and Tell — Bring anything that will help your stylist understand the looks you love or the style of your wedding. Let your stylist know up front what looks you like and dislike. That way, they won't waste your time going down the wrong track. Don't forget to bring your headpiece or veil and your jewelry.

Let Your Hair Down — If you plan to make an outfit change for the reception, you may also consider adjusting your tresses and letting your locks loose. If this is the case, ensure you communicate this, so your stylist will know how firm your style needs to be. Keep in mind that not all hairsprays are created equal. Brushable sprays such as L'Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium are designed to have intense style memory without being too stiff, sticky or flakey to be brushed through.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Trend Alert

As the season unfolds, we will see more trends defined. Here are some things to look out for already:

Nails
We will start to see the dark color trend fade away a bit and see lighter colors taking over. We are also seeing more personalized colors. The big nail color companies are adding fun twists (shatters, glitters, and shimmers) which go on top of your base color to give you a signature look. Shatter was introduced by OPI earlier this year; it gives a crackle paint finish to your overall polish look. So fun!

Hair
We are seeing a spin back to the 70s; big and fluffy with lots of texture. Also, ponytails. Do they ever go out of style? We saw different versions of the ponytail on the runway - from super sleek, to pulled back with some pieces pulled loosely around face, to a ponytail with a middle part and then pulled back. Very fun!

Braids are still in the forefront in a huge way as well. We will see their influence more in the Boho type looks; they are super feminine and pretty. I'm so excited!

We have also been seeing either super short pixie cuts or long hair. One huge hair trendsetter, Jennifer Aniston, recently cut her long locks into a long bob. Basically, it looks like 'everything goes' this Spring with haircuts.

Color
For redheads, a multidimensional color will be trendsetting. Try an almost burgundy red near the root turning into a bright copper at the ends. Make sure the colors blend in seamlessly.

For brunettes, warm it up. Use lots of caramel and golden colors to warm up that dark base of yours and shed those winter blahs.

For blondes, we are still seeing the ombre technique (which is getting bigger locally as more people are getting brave enough to try it). This technique works really well with blondes to give them a California beach look. Think Drew Barrymore. She has those darker roots fading into a bright sunny blonde at the ends. Such a fun trend right now!

Makeup
Bright colors are still in. Oranges and pinks are the big thing. Also, stains and cremes are going to be huge for spring. Stains are highly pigmented and last for a long time. You can use these on the lips and cheeks. We have the Mirabella Lip & Cheek Ink and we love it, but you can find these stains in nearly every large makeup line right now. Play with them and have fun!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Why Massage?

Many of our clients have never tried massage. Some are sure they would not like it; others have thought about it, but just haven't dared try it yet. Because there seems to be some mystery regarding massage, I'm going to try and put it all out in the open for you. If you have a question that isn't covered here, please email me.

Benefits
1. Stress and tensions are relieved. With the relief of tension and stress, you feel better able to cope with day-to-day situations.

2. Mental and physical fatigue is relieved, leaving renewed energy and ambition.

3. Pain in the shoulders, neck, and back (usually caused by strained muscles or irritated nerves) is relieved.

4. Muscles and joints become more supple. Soreness and stiffness are relieved.

5. Muscle soreness from overexertion can be reduced or prevented.

6. Circulation is improved, thus improving skin tone.

7. Digestion, assimilation, and elimination are often improved.

8. Facial massage tones the skin, helps prevent blemished skin, and softens fine lines. (Great plug for getting a facial!)

9. Headache and eyestrain are often relieved.

10. Deep relaxation is induced and insomnia relieved.

11. Muscular spasms are relieved.

12. Obesity and flabby muscles can be improved when combined with proper exercise and diet programs. (Our body wrap for cellulite also recommends getting massage in between treaments for the best results.)

13. Pain in joints, sprains, and poor circulation are relieved.

14. Increased circulation of nourishing blood to the skin and other parts of the body encourages healing.

15. Mental strain is reduced, resulting in better productivity.

16. Mildly high blood pressure is temporarily reduced.

17. Renewed sense of confidence and control is experienced.

18. Constrictions and adhesions can be reduced or prevented as traumatized muscle tissue heals.

19. Joint mobility is increased.

Taken from Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage by Mark F. Beck, 1999)


How Often
We typically recommend getting a massage once a month. Your therapist may recommend returning more or less frequently, depending on your needs.

What to Expect
When you arrive, you will fill out a card with some of your health history and preferences. After introductions, our therapist will talk to you about what you wrote on the card and ask about any problems you may be experiencing. The therapist will then tell you to undress to your level of comfort, and will leave the room so that you can undress, lie down on the massage table, and cover yourself with the sheets and blankets. Before re-entering the room, the therapist will knock to make sure that you are covered and ready.

What does "undress to your level of comfort" mean? It all depends on you. To get the most benefit from your massage, we recommend you undress all the way. You will be in-between two sheets and also covered with a blanket. At no time will the covers be completely removed. Instead, the therapist will uncover an area at a time to massage, leaving the sheets and blankets secured around the rest of your body.

If you prefer to wear underwear so you feel more safe, that is also perfectly fine. You will still be covered by the sheets and blankets. Some men prefer to wear compression shorts or sports shorts during a massage. Again, this is fine. We want you to be comfortable and will adapt the massage around the clothing you have on. If you don't want to remove any article of clothing, our ModMassage is a good choice for you.

We recommend you communicate with your therapist throughout your massage, as necessary. What could be good pressure at first in one area, might be too much or not enough in another area. If you have a really sore spot, or somewhere you carry a lot of tension, let the therapist know. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Massage therapists are full of knowledge and understand how your body functions. You can also get more benefit if you understand what the therapist is doing. However, don't feel like you need to chitchat. If the pressure is okay for you and you don't have any questions to ask, just relax and breathe. No other conversation is necessary.

When the massage is finished, the therapist will leave the room to allow you time to dress and gather your belongings. As you exit the therapy room, we will provide drinking water for you to take with you. The therapist may recommend some stretching exercises or a product for you to use at home. This is also a good time for you to ask any other questions you may have.

Payment & Gratuity
We generally settle your bill after your massage, but you can also pay before the massage if you prefer. Just let us know when you check in if you prefer to pay before your service. Gratuities are not obligatory, but you may leave a tip for your therapist if you desire. A standard tip is usually 10-20% of the regularly priced massage service. This can be paid directly to the therapist, or it can be paid at the desk when you pay for your massage service. Unlike some spas, we allow clients to tip in cash, on their credit/debit cards, or in a personal check. If your tip is left at the desk, we give 100% of the tip to your therapist at the end of the shift. We also give the therapist a tally sheet with client names, so they know that the tip was given by you.

Other Types of Massage
With Stone Massage, the therapist uses hot stones placed on the body, and as a massage tool. The heat helps loosen up the muscles quickly so the massage can be more beneficial. The heat is also comforting and relaxing; a little slice of heaven.

Chair Massage is a great way to loosen up tension in the neck, back and shoulders. With Chair Massage, you will sit in a special massage chair, face forward and fully clothed. The chair is made to give easier access to your neck, shoulders and back. This type of massage is generally done in quick 15 minute appointments.

Foot and Leg massage is a great way to get used to your therapist and relieve stress in your feet and legs. This is a good option for people who are on their feet a lot, or for those who want a quick session.

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Unite Hairspray Gives 3-in-1

Unite just released a new hairspray that combines a light, medium, and firm hold hairspray all in one!

Previously, we used to tell people the more hairspray they used, the firmer the hold. But the Unite Go365 Hairspray is different. This hairspray actually has a dial on top that adjusts the amount of hold you need for your style. Genius!

This means you no longer need to have 2 or 3 different types of hairspray to make your hair fabulous. Unite Go365 Hairspray was the official Unite hairspray for fashion week, and was also featured in the styling station at Fender Music Lodge during Sundance. Go365 helped primp the celebs as they partied in Park City.