Sign of the Tymes Salon Tips

Pre Waxing Guide

  1. Hair needs to be at least ¼” long. That’s about the length of a grain of rice. Which is equal to 2 weeks worth of hair growth after the last time you shaved.
  2. Do not apply creams or lotions to the area being waxed the day of your appointment.
  3. No sunbathing 48 hours before appointment. A sunburn can lead to lifting skin.
  4. If you have a low pain tolerance take a couple of Tylenol or Ibuprofen 30-45 min prior to appointment. No aspirin as that is a blood thinner and may lead to bruising.
  5. Wear loose fitting clothing the day of appointment to avoid irritation after wax
  6. Certain medications may affect the results of waxing. Meds such as Retin-A, Revova, Differing, Accutane, blood thinners, and heart medication may make the skin too thin to wax. Please consult a physician if taking any of these medications.
  7. If you are on your period, please use a tampon. Be aware, you are more sensitive to waxing on your period.
  8. Do not trim the hair even if you think it is too long, let me be the judge. It can never be too long, it can only be too short.

To learn more visit www.signofthetymessalon.com, visit the salon Facebook page, or visit my Facebook page Katie at Sign of the Tymes Salon and message me directly with any question.

Contributed by:
Katie Brown, Esthetician, Massage, Waxing
Sign of the Tymes Salon

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Post Waxing Guide

  1. Beautiful young woman with white orchidHands off. Keep hands away from freshly waxed skin, as this can encourage irritation or small pimples
  2. Avoid tight fitting clothes or panties for the next few days to encourage air circulation in the area.
  3. Avoid tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms for the next 48 hours.
  4. Avoid hot showers. Skin will be very sensitive right after a wax and may feel like a sunburn if the shower is too hot.
  5. Exfoliate. Starting 48 hours after a wax, use a sugar scrub or salt scrub to gently exfoliate the area. Repeat every 3-4 days. Be careful not to over exfoliate as this will cause too much irritation.
  6. Fight the bumps. If you still get ingrowns even with exfoliating, try adding Tend Skin, sold here at the salon, to eliminate ingrowns.
  7. Apply hydrocortisone cream, aloe, antibiotic ointment or lavender (anything calming and soothing) to calm the area.
  8. Avoid bar soap as this leaves a film on the skin and may cause ingrowns.
  9. Do not shave in between appointments. This will make the hair harder to remove. Schedule your next wax for 4-6 weeks and stay on a regular schedule for best results!

To learn more visit www.signofthetymessalon.com, visit the salon Facebook page, or visit my Facebook page Katie at Sign of the Tymes Salon and message me directly with any questions.

Contributed by:
Katie Brown, Esthetician, Massage, Waxing
Sign of the Tymes Salon

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Sunscreen

Woman with sun shaped sunscreen on her backGoing into the summer months, I can not stress enough the importance of SPF on your skin. It protects the skin from ultraviolet rays. The UVB rays are what cause sunburn and the UVA rays are what cause the long-term damaging effects such as wrinkles and premature aging.Skin damage from sunlight builds up with continued exposure, regardless of whether or not sunburn occurs. According to the Melanoma Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point during their lifetime, which makes this the second most common cancer for women in their twenties.And while SPF is indispensable during the summer, it’s equally important year-round. UV rays are just as harmful during the winter as they are in the summertime. If you spend days working indoors, know that UVA rays can penetrate window glass, which means you are exposed during your drive to work and even at your desk, if your office is filled with natural light. And though you might not think it, UV rays are especially harmful on snowy days, since the rays – and potential skin damage from the sun – are multiplied by the reflective nature of the snow. Studies have shown that the #1 cause of damage and aging to the skin is sun exposure. Excessive exposure to the sun’s rays can cause wrinkling, a leathery skin appearance, and in worst cases – skin cancer. It’s also been proven that overexposure to the sun can interfere with your immune system. Currently, sunscreen products containing a recommended SPF rating of 15 or above play an important role in helping diminish the harm of the sun’s rays.

So please, please make sure and apply your sunscreen everyday of the year! Rock that paleness and you will thank yourself later! One of my favorite sayings is, ” I may be pale now, but you’ll be wrinkly later.” 

Contributed by:
Katie Brown, Esthetician, Massage, Waxing
Sign of the Tymes Salon

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Sugaring

Wax treatmentSugaring as a form of hair removal that is believed to be the first ever way to remove unwanted hair, dating back to the ancient Egyptians. The sugar paste used is commonly made with sugar, lemon juice and water, or variations of such. The sugar paste we use is 100% organic and has anti-bacterial properties. The repetition of sugaring will sometimes permanently reduce hair growth. This is due to the sugar seeping down into the hair follicle and potentially damaging the follicle as the hair is removed. Sugaring is beneficial because it reduces the risk ofBody  Sugaring honig Wellness getting ingrown hairs. It is also less painful than waxing because it removes the hair in the direction of growth rather than the opposite direction. Sugar paste also only sticks to the hair, not to the skin which reduces the chance for damage to the skin. Sugar paste is water-soluble which makes clean up a breeze.

Sugaring will help:

  • Eliminate ingrown hairs
  • Prevent new ingrown hairs
  • Improve skin tone and texture
  • Extract all hair types and textures

Sugaring will not:

  • Burn the skin as the sugar is not heated up
  • Damage dermal cells
  • Promote cross contamination

Contributed by:
Katie Brown, Esthetician, Massage, Waxing
Sign of the Tymes Salon

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VINYLUX Nail Polish

Vinylux image 3Sign of The Tymes Salon introduces VinyLux Nail Polish. VinyLux Polish is a weekly wear polish. Which means you can change it easily when you want to change colors. VinyLux, unlike gel polish is non damaging to the nail.

  • There is no buffing of the nail prior to it’s application.
  • VinyLux polish takes eight minutes to dry by natural sunlight.
  • VinyLux polish gets stronger the longer it stays on your nails.
  • The removal process is very simple; consists of using nail polish no soaking involved.

VinyLux is a good choice if you don’t want gel or you don’t want to sit and wait for your nails to dry with traditional polish.

Contributed by:
Natalie Howe, Natural Nail Tech.
Sign of the Tymes Salon

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Hair Masks

woman's head with mask on her hairHair Masks are great for color treated hair, natural curly hair, over exposure from the elements and poor hair care.

All of these masks: 
Hydrates
Conditions
Restores elasticity
Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask:
For weakened and damaged hair 

Restructures ,fortifies, nourishes and Repairs 

Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask :
For med to thick hair
replenishes the lost moisture due to weather , chemical hair services and normal wear and tear of the hair.
Moroccan Oil Weightless Hydrating Mask :
For fine and dry hair, moisturizes the hair with out the weight of a heavier moisturizer.
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Contributed by:
Pam Harville, Hair Stylist & Colorist
Sign of the Tymes Salon
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Exfoliation

Beautiful Woman Getting Spa Treatment. Cosmetic Mask on Face.You all have heard about it and have heard how important it is. But why is it so important, what types of exfoliation are there and what do we offer?

Our skin is constantly forming, new healthy skin cells. As these new skins cells come to life, dead skin cells need to be removed. Without proper exfoliation our skin can look dull and become problematic. Exfoliation declines the aging process by allowing the pore of the skin to breathe. It can also allow for a more even makeup application leaving the skin looking young and radiant.

There are three types of exfoliation; manual, chemical and enzyme. Manual exfoliants will literally knock the dead skin cells off the skin’s surface. These usually include ingredients such as jojoba beads, ground nuts or other various seeds. Chemical exfoliants will slough off the dead. That means after a few days of a chemical peel, the dead skin can be removed using a wash cloth or even with your fingers. These use chemicals such as alphahydroxy acids or betahydroxy acids to loosen the bond between skin cells. Enzyme exfoliants are used to break up and dissolve dead skin cells. These enzymes are naturally found in fruits.

We offer all three types of exfoliation by Skin Script at Sign of the Tymes Salon. The manual exfoliant we offer is called, Retinol 2% exfoliating scrub with Kojic. The Retinol encourages the breakup of blackheads and clogged pores, and the Kojic lightens age spots and scars left from blemishes  while the jojoba beads exfoliate dead skin cells. The enzyme exfoliants we offer are offered in service only. They include, passion fruit, raspberry/peach, coconut/papaya, lemon zest, pomegranate, pumpkin/orange, and blueberry. The correct enzyme in chosen after a proper skin analysis is completed to best serve your skincare needs. There are three different chemical exfoliants that we offer as in service as well. We offer a 30% glycolic peel, 20% lactic peel and a cranberry turnover peel. The glycolic and lactic peels are best performed in a series of 6 peels spaced 1-2 weeks apart to get the maximum effects. Glycolic peels will weaken the bonds between cells which allow dead skin cells to dissolve, restores circulation, and promote growth of healthy probiotic bacteria to strengthen skin immunity. Lactic peels will slough off dead skin, improve roughness, slow melanin production and correct uneven skin tone.

Exfoliation is only one part of healthy skin, but is sometimes the most overlooked. Keep that skin glowing and healthy!

Contributed by:
Katie Brown, Esthetician, Massage, Waxing
Sign of the Tymes Salon

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Nail Care for the Winter Months

Relaxing pink manicure and pedicure with a orchid flowerAs we approach the winter months, it is important to take care  of your hands and feet. During the winter, our bodies lose water and natural moisturizers. Regular manicures and pedicures will help keep your hands and feet looking and feeling great!  They help combat and exfoliate dry, dull skin. Pushing back and nipping dry, peeling cuticles helps cracked and bleeding cuticles that have been exposed to the elements. The file used during a pedicure brings dry, cracked heels back to life. Don’t forget about the relaxing massage that comes during a manicure and pedicure; it brings blood closer to the skin surface and makes your hands and feet look youthful!  Having your hands and feet dipped in parrfin aslo helps with dryness.

Contributed by:
Natalie Howe, Natural Nail Tech.
Sign of the Tymes Salon

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5 Ways to care for your Hair Color

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  1. Shampoo and condition with cool water. Have you ever felt like your stylist was trying to freeze you out when rinsing your hair? Thank her. She’s doing you a favor. Every time your hair is exposed to heat, it pops that cuticle open and releases a little bit of that perfect color that you and your stylist worked so hard to achieve. Don’t like cold showers? Try out a move that I like to call ‘The Limbo’- it’s a great core workout.
  2. Limit those shampoos. Notice how I didn’t say limit the showers. You can still bathe- but keep that hair out of the water for as many days as you can handle. Clip it on top of your head, heck, pull out an old fashioned shower cap. Dry shampoo is great for those days where you don’t do a full shampoo and gives great volume!
  3. Use quality shampoo and conditioner. We have a variety of price ranges here at the salon- all of which are great quality and almost all are color-safe. You will pay a little more than at the drugstore but think of how much money you’ll save if you don’t have to have your ends refreshed all of the time!
  4. Dirty hair is not the best hair. We’ve all been fooled, folks. Hair color has come a LONG way, especially the line we use here at the salon. Stylists used to tell clients to come in with dirty hair because if you didn’t, the chemicals would probably burn your scalp. Here, we use a color that’s so conditioning and rich,  you’ll leave with your hair feeling better than when you came in. The reason why dirty hair is no more: that color starts working as soon as your stylist mixes it in the bowl; it oxidizes whether it’s on your head or not. The more dirt, sweat and hairspray it has to break through, the less it penetrates your cuticle and therefore, your color is not what you had desired. We want you to get the most for your money!                                                    *Disclaimer: we really don’t mind if you come in with dirty hair and are happy to shampoo it for you before we get started 🙂
  5. Use protection when styling. Calling all flat iron addicts! Every time you use heat on your hair it opens the cuticle. And every time you press down on your hair with an iron, it flattens that color molecule a little more. Are you seeing color fadage? {that word may be made up} Are you using heat on your hair everyday with/without a heat protector? You have two options: take it easy on the iron or stop in and grab a product to protect those lovely locks.
Contributed by:
Erin Morris, Hair Stylist
Sign of the Tymes Salon