If you’re a Facebook Fan or a loyal client, you may have noticed it’s been coming up babies at Luxe Salon & Spa! Six new beautiful bundles of joy have come into our lives in the last year or two! So it is no surprise that as new mothers ourselves we seek out products that are organic, mild, made with hypoallergenic ingredients, tested for safety and in keeping with our high standards, but made for children.
After leading trade magazine Salon Today featured Luxe on its Facebook page, we heard from Megan Gage of Hot Tot, a great new line of children’s products. We knew we had found a great match, as Hot Tot’s roll out across the United States is being mentored by ex-Bumble specialists — a product name we trust for amazing, healthy hair.
If you are familiar with the TV show Shark Tank, you may have seen billionaire investor Mark Cuban buy into Hot Tot. (If you missed it, tune in THIS Friday, May 24th to see it again!) The only professional line formulated for the physical characteristics of immature (children’s) hair, Hot Tot is made for softer, finer and denser hair in the early phases of life. Hot Tot now offers a complete selection of specialized products designed to cleanse, condition and style kiddos hair.
The various products in the line are infused with antioxidants (Organic Japanese Green Tea, Vitamin B-5, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Gel to name a few). “This unique pollution-control system protects from environmental toxins and ensures that young hair remains pristine,” explains Gage. We just know this means it will do its best to protect hair from the blazing sun and harsh pool chemicals.
And to top off, additional testing has occurred since the airing of the original Shark Tank show: “We just finished an extensive series of clinical testing to determine that all products are hypoallergenic.” explains Gage, who notes that they have made much progress in addressing the few concerns made. “We were just added to PETA’s and the Leaping Bunny’s cruelty free companies guide. We do not engage in animal testing on our finished formulas or purchase raw materials from any company that does.”
Hot Tot has been featured in numerous publications, such as Pregnancy & Newborn, Parenting and US Weekly. The line is currently being phased out of upscale children-centric salons and moved into traditional upscale salons like Luxe. Luxe will soon be the only salon/spa in Arizona at which the line can be purchased during our Hot Tot Summer Trunk Sale! Keep your eye on Facebook and your email inbox for special offers this week and get your little one’s hair ready for summer weather and summer vacation!
A recent newlywed herself, we can not think of a better Bridal Coordinator to care for the needs of our Bridal Clients than Brittany Wasilefsky! She is a consummate professional, grasps the ins and outs of the beauty industry and knows the salon and its professionals, so she can direct our Brides to the right people for their services.
She’s also a long standing and very integral part of our Front Desk team. “I truly enjoy answering phones and greeting customers as they walk in for their appointments,” she explains. “I am one of the first interactions with our customers and love to share my enthusiasm for the beauty industry to help create an enjoyable experience here at our salon.”
Brittany’s most high profile bridal assignment so far this year was to help Fox 10 Morning Anchor Kristin Anderson’s Mom get ready for the newswoman’s wedding at Power Ranch’s The Barn in Gilbert, Ariz., this April. “She said she never felt so beautiful and was treated like a queen,” says Anderson herself, who also praised Brittany’s choice of stylist, Lindsey Rae Hayes, who did an amazing job!
After recommending our professionals for certain services based on a Bride’s style and needs, Brittany also supplements their professional’s advice on retail choices to help properly prepare them for the big day. Luxe products she thinks every Bride should use: Eminence Organics Eight Greens Phyto Masque! “This masque is fabulous because it does it all! It helps hydration, elasticity, oil production and helps prevent breakouts,”she says. “It’s my go to product before a big night out!”
To reach Brittany for questions about our Bridal Program, Luxe for the Bride, please send an email to email@example.com. We generally respond to emails within 48 hours. You may also reach Brittany in the salon on Monday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 am-2:30 pm Fridays from 9:00 am-1:30 pm by calling (480) 209-16-59. To read more about Brittany, click HERE to go to her full bio. Click HERE for all the information about Luxe for the Bride!
An article on iafrica.com published today reveals findings about how women feel about their hair that won’t be of surprise to most:
It takes women much of their teen years and all of their twenties to work out which hairstyle suits them best, resulting in 29 being the golden age of good hair, a study has revealed.
Researchers polled 2,000 women in a detailed study of hair habits and found that once a female reaches her late twenties, she has more disposable income to spend on haircare and has ditched the experimental phase of her teens. A third of women also said they only realized what hair style suited them when they were approaching their thirties.
On average the typical woman will have sported four different hair colors, and will have sported seven different styles to date – three of which she’ll regret.
The study … found 45 percent admitted that they spent much of their twenties damaging their hair through styling and heat damage. The research found that one in 10 women regret three of the hairstyles they have sported in their lives, with the 1980s being declared as the worst decade for hair.
More than half of women (59 percent) experimented with a perm, one in three (34 percent) crimped it, and 36 percent admitted they straighten their hair on a regular basis. 40 percent of women have gone through the phase where they refuse to cut their hair at all as they are trying to grow it out.
Other experiments the average woman has tried include bravely cutting her hair herself, ironing her hair and even sleeping with hair in plaits or rollers to achieve a curly effect.
“Most women will be able to relate to these findings,” says Kérastase Ambassador Luke Hersheson. “Certain hairstyles come and go in fashion like any other trend and it’s only natural that women try and replicate the latest look. Having said that, constantly changing styles and hair color can take its toll and as we age our hair density and condition can be affected.
“As women move in to their thirties and beyond they tend to invest more in their hair and look after it using the right treatments. Most of them reach the age where they want their hair to look healthy, full of body and thicker, rather than opting for the trendiest hair which has come straight off the catwalk.”
The research also found 51 percent of women admitted to experimenting with their hair a lot when they were younger, with more than half adopting styles such as a sleek bob, a shaggy perm and a sleek and straight look.
More than a quarter also sported the layered “Rachel” cut made famous by the Friends character in the late nineties.
A brave 36 percent even pulled off a pixie crop in their younger years.
As they get older, nearly half of the women said they spend more money on their hair – 70 percent of these women said they needed to look after it more the older they got due to loss of density and wanting more voluminous hair.
A more lavish 24 percent simply said they love splurging on good quality products.
And 37 percent said they spend longer on their hair in the mornings than they do on clothes and makeup.
When asked if they could change one thing about their hair, 41 percent said they would like much thicker and fuller-looking hair. In fact, nearly half of all women who took part in the research (44 percent) said one of the worst aspects of aging was hair thinning and losing its vitality.
Although women feared going grey, 18 percent said the overall density of their hair was their biggest concern.
The Great Gatsby film by Baz Lurman (known for Moulon Rouge, Strictly Ballroom) all in a flapper, so to speak, at the Box Offices, coming in second only to Iron Man 3 and posting profits of about $51 million. A film so colorful and so anticipated, it is no wonder it is inspiring beauty and makeup trends like these:
HAIR: That iconic 20′s look is coming back and we have already seen the “lob” and shorter on Hollywood stars for the summertime. For sure a great summer style for Arizona! Pin curls, embellished bobby pins or barrettes and jeweled head pieces are part of the style. Even long styles are getting that infamous 20′s wave.
MAKEUP: Max Factor launched his first lip color in 1928 and the rest is history. Deep red lips, along with plum colors and brownish reds remain very hot right now, even for swim season. Skin is supposed to be luminous and creamy but for eyes think super-smoky like the speakeasy itself! In the early 1920’s, King Tut’s tomb was discovered, and everyone went crazy for everything Egyptian, including Cleopatra-like kohl-eyes. Use a smudgy black pencil and then in terms of lashes, think big. Either go false or curl and apply at least two coats of intense black mascara. Bigger bolder brows are also part of the Gatsby style.
NAILS: Takes on the famous French manicure were tops in the 20s — painting the tips different colors many cool variations fit right into this look! Ask our nail techs for their recommendations!
If you’ve ever spent time at the beach and came home with perfectly tousled locks, you’ll understand the fascination with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray. So it is no wonder that we are anxiously awaiting the July release of two new products in the Surf line … Foam Wash Shampoo and Creme Rinse Conditioner. Both promise buoyant body and sea breezy texture … can’t you just feel the gentle breeze blowing on your face, through your hair and over your bare shoulders? Hear the waves crashing? See the seagulls soaring overhead?
Um, OK back to reality … both shampoo and conditioner contain a blend of sea minerals and botanicals to give hair that freshly washed feeling, with a touch of beach. Ideal for girls who like the textured, tousled style of sea hair, but with softening properties too.
Surf Foam Wash Shampoo cleanses the hair of impurities and adds a touch of grit with the Sea Fennel and Kelp ingredients while Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner softens with the added minerals. Leave hair to dry naturally for the full beachy wave style — that’s right cut down on time under that hot dryer!
Happy Earth Day to all of our clients and friends! If you have a chance, try our Goldwell Dual Senses Green Products which are 98% naturally derived! Perfect for those who value natural and sustainable products—without wanting to compromise on performance. Buy the Shampoo and Conditioner and get 15% off this month!
Calling all Prom goers! Will you go classic black or white? Trendy lace? Purple reign or Royal blue? Or another color of the moment, Emerald? Once you’ve picked the dress, what to do with hair and makeup? Styling, as it is called, is as important as the dress you choose and how it fits you. It is about communicating your vision of yourself the way you want others to see you. It is very personal, unique and special. In addition to picking a flattering dress, here are some time honored tips we’ve collected:
1. Do you. You can never go wrong by staying true to yourself. So if you are like Bella Swan and heels aren’t your thing, go with those Chuck Taylors if they call to you. A big trend now that goes along with the Boho or Hippie Chic style beside the hi-lo hem (or shark bite) are flower crowns for hair — the Nordstrom Brass Plum Blog has some great tips on how to make your own. Bring it with you to your hair appointment and we will make sure it looks amazing and stays on! Also, chalk colored highlights are hot to compliment your dress color as well. Again, another trend that we can help you execute flawlessly!
2. Start with clean hair. There’s a dirty rumor (pun intended!) that day old hair is best for updos and styles. It just ins’t so says Mel B. Torres, stylist. “We can grit (dirty) up the hair with product!” she explains. “If the hair is oily, the curl or style won’t hold well or for very long. Plus everyone wants fresh clean hair for there special day!”
3. Get waxing done at least a few days before prom – especially if you plan to tan. Schedule waxing at 3-5 days out, says Todatiyah Morris, esthetician. Schedule tanning in the early evening and come wearing dark comfy clothing to tan (we recommend Level Three for the best and most even glow) and then hit the sheets for bed. Try not to shower the same day for darkest possible results. NOTE: Once tan is dry, it will not stain clothing or sheets.
4. Nails can wait if … If you plan on getting gel or acrylic enhancements, you can schedule getting nails a few days out, but for natural polish, don’t go more than 24 hours before an event to keep chances of chipping to a minimum, advises nail technician Tammy Rosenberg. Nail Technician Melissa Paolo is offering a great deal on a full set of acrylic nails for just $40 (save $20) throughout the month of April when you book with her exclusively! Please mention this blog and get the details from our Front Desk at time of booking.
Tell Luxe Salon & Spa and Otaku Asian Fusion why your Mom is the GREATEST and WIN our Mother’s Day Contest! We want to know what makes your Mom special or how she’s gone out of the way for your family. Why does she deserve this special prize? The winner will treat Mom to a Luxe Mini Spa Day, which includes: Mini Mani & Pedi, 30 Min. Facial, 30 Min. Massage, a Shampoo/ Conditioner with scalp massage and a Blow Dry/Style. Luxe’s professionals will make sure Mom will leave physically rejuvenated, mentally refreshed and looking her best! Then she’ll be ready to use her $50 Gift Card to Otaku for an amazing array of fresh dishes! So enter NOW by:
*Emailing us at info
*Facebook App on our page or QR Code (above)
* Drop off your entry in Salon
So grab a pen, a phone or a keyboard … the deadline is May 4th! And if you are a Mom reading this, get your kids on the task! Good Luck!!!
Entries must be received by May 4th, 2013.
Winner will be chosen by the collective staff of Luxe Salon & Spa.
Winners will be contacted by phone and/or email by May 7th. Winners should reply ASAP, but will only be disqualified if not heard from by May 11th.
Winners agree to be photographed for promotional means on websites and social media by Luxe and Otaku.
Employees of Luxe or Otaku will not be considered for a prize.
Entries via Facebook, Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or handwritten and mailed or dropped off at the salon will be considered.
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In the Feb 2013 issue of Real Simple magazine, the editors name MoroccanOil Light a “Trend Worth Trying.” “Rescue dry, dead-of-winter hair … leaves any hair type soft and shiny, not greasy. ” Apply to wet hair from mid shaft down to ends of dry, just washed hair …” says the mag, but don’t forget that it speeds up drying time too. Perfect for cold mornings, say our stylists!