Easy Makeup Tips For When You’re On The Go
With the new year in swing, everyone is getting right down to business on his or her New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s working on your fitness, getting more involved in the community, or cleaning and re-organizing your home, you’re busy! All this running around leaves little time for makeup.
But, when you’re in a jam to get out the door, there ARE some simple makeup tricks that save you time and give you a fresh face for other important events in your schedule. Especially if you’re the person that is always late no matter how hard you try (guilty as charged), these tips are lifesavers!
Mascara & Lipstick
Sweeping your lashes with a thicker coating of mascara takes you from tired to bright-eyed and bushy tailed. Even without eyeliner, mascara accentuates and draws attention to your eyes. A bold lip – like red, plum, or pink – also creates the illusion that you put a lot of effort into your look, despite the fact that the only other thing you might be wearing is mascara. It can take you from “I just woke up 10 minutes ago” to “Yes, I am going to an award show later” in 60 seconds.
Tend To Your Brows
These days, everyone is obsessed with having thick brows. That doesn’t mean they should go ungroomed. Filling in your brows and ensuring they’re cleaned up makes a world of difference in framing your face and opening up your eyes. Fill in your brows with a pencil, then apply a gel to keep them in place. Add some mascara, and you’ll be good to go!
Prime & Conceal
Primer is a quick, sure-fire way to prep your skin for makeup and helps your foundation settle into your skin, eliminating the need for reapplication. It also helps even out your skin, so even if you don’t have time to dab on foundation, your skin will still appear fresh and put together. If you have dark circles, adding a simple under eye concealer helps you look more awake. You’ll also feel reassured that your dark circles are not bringing down other makeup you’ve put on.
Be reasonable. There’s no need to skip a meal or a shower in favor of full-on makeup. Take your shower, dry your hair, eat breakfast, and focus on makeup elements that you would feel naked without putting on. If you don’t feel complete without a full brow, start there and know when to stop. Forgo unnecessary extras to save time, but bring some with you in case you do have a couple of spare minutes when you arrive at your destination. However, if you don’t, you’ll still be pleased with your appearance.
Keeping up with personal hygiene is also key to providing your face with a healthy, solid foundation on which to put makeup. Skimping on your skincare routine will do you more harm than good in the end: the presence of oils and dirt promotes blemishes, which do not make for easy makeup application.
Make A Last-Minute Appointment
If you’ve got a significant event coming up that you completely forgot about, you know you won’t have time to prepare for, and are petrified of doing your makeup incorrectly, book a last-minute appointment for a makeover! You’re paying for more than makeup. You’re paying for peace of mind. You’ll receive the look you want (and can’t duplicate at home) from professionals who get it right the first time. You’ll leave feeling confident and with plenty of time to put together the rest of your look.
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This season is momentous for many reasons, including dedicated time with family and many causes for celebrations. A new year brings feelings of renewal and change. This is why we see countless customers coming in for a new look. Whether it’s highlights, lowlights, or a completely different hair color and cut, the new year is a great time to try something different and amp up your style.
We have another amazing way to rejuvenate for the holidays and new year: a hydrolifting facial.
What Is Hydrolifting
Hydrolifting facials are one of the newest therapies for more glowing, hydrated, and youthful-looking skin. This is perfect for before a holiday work party, wedding, or NYE celebration where you know cameras will be on you – and with such glorious skin, why wouldn’t they be?
Hydrolifting gives customers the benefits of fillers without the scalpel. It’s meant to erase dull and sagging skin through the infusion of hydrolifting, skin-identical hyaluronic acid microdroplets into your face. The result is replenished, firm, plumped-out skin with a natural lift. The facial also helps promote increased hydrobalance and collagen-forming abilities.
How Does It Work?
Although it has five progressive steps, a hydrolifting facial begins similarly to a regular facial. After you’ve wrapped yourself in the given robe or cover-up and laid down on the table, the esthetician will usually wrap your hair in a towel. He or she will then cleanse your skin with esthetic wipes or sponges. Sometimes, a double-cleanse is preferred.
The esthetician will likely take a look at your skin under a bright magnifying lamp to identify the source of acne, blackheads, aging, sun damage, or dehydration. Depending on what skin type you have (normal, oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination), it will help the esthetician discern and recommend the best treatments for you. Next: steaming. Most – if not all – facials use a machine that sprays a thin layer of warm mist to your face. It’s not only relaxing, but helps loosen up blackheads and whiteheads to be removed.
The Hydrolifting Mask
Zano’s utilizes world-renowned product line G.M. Collins for its facial treatments, including hydrolifting. The hydrolift process is divided up into five steps:
- Hydrolifting fluid
- Restorative cream
- Toning mask
- Tensor concentrate
First, the esthetician will treat your face with an exfoliant. Proper exfoliation helps scrub off dead skin cells and promotes blood circulation to your face to achieve healthier, glowing skin. Next comes the hydrolifting fluid. The hydrolifting fluid is essential to hydrating your skin on a micro-level and encouraging elasticity. The restorative cream follows to allow the fluid to settle, further moisturizing your skin and preparing for the toner. The toning mask is left on for at least 10 minutes to activate the toning and collagen-boosting nutrients. A heated compress, such as a netted facial cloth, is then used to remove the mask and open up your pores. Lastly, the tensor concentrate is applied. The concentrate soaks into your skin to polish it and solidify the effects of the previous nourishments.
Who are Hydrolifting Facias For?
Basically: anyone! If you have mild to moderate sagging, under eye circles, or just overall lackluster skin, you could benefit from a hydrolifting facial. This is an anti-aging treatment, so if you’re younger, you probably won’t notice the benefits as much. But, you’re on the right track: it’s proven that starting an anti-aging regimen in your 20’s or 30’s is effective and helps your skin be more adaptable as years go by. The great thing is, if you don’t like it or don’t notice a difference, you can drop it for another skincare routine that works for you. Whichever you decide, staying consistent is key!
Interested in more facial treatments? Have a look at our entire facial menu to explore your options and schedule an appointment!
As the holiday season approaches full steam ahead, we can all agree that nail maintenance is going to take a back seat to time spent with friends and family. Between prepping meals, gift giving, and marathon shopping, pretty nails become an afterthought.
It’s often right before a holiday party or event that the state of our nails becomes a very real concern. Cue the hurried, last-minute nail job that is often done half-dressed and hunched over a sink. We’ve all been there.
That’s where the all-powerful shellac manicure steps in.
Shellac nail polish creates the illusion of fake nails without having to apply and care for fake nails. Shellac is a blend of gel and nail polish that coats your nail in a thicker polish that is stronger, more durable, and healthier for your nails than your typical gel or nail polish. Ultimately, this means no chipping. And as we all know, no-chip nails are the secret to a happy life. (Not really, but almost.)
Shellac manicures are the perfect solution for busy holidays, carrying you from themed party to family gathering in a cinch. The shellac finish ensures a complete look and one less thing to worry about as you rush out the door.
As industrial-strength as shellac manis are, there are some things you can do to help them along. Take note of these tips to help your beloved shellacked tips last even longer.
Start with healthy nails
Healthy fingernails are a necessary jumpstart to a healthy manicure. Peeling or splitting cuticles and nail beds does not a healthy nail make. Moisturizing your cuticles, ceasing biting your nails and keeping them away from drying agents is important to stimulate healthy nail growth. Hydration helps your nail cells expand; if they are dry or damaged, polish will only add a brittle surface that doesn’t last nearly as long as even regular nail polish.
The shellac should last about a month
If all goes as planned, your shellac manicure should roughly last a month. Its staying power is in part thanks to how the gel polish is cured with UV or LED lights. This should not be made a regular habit, however, for prolonged UV exposure can increase risk of age spots. Keeping your fingernails moisturized and even applying a sunscreen before your nails go under the LED lamp can ensure a higher degree of safety.
Care for your nails at home
Longevity is the core appeal of shellac. To keep its glossy quality and promote good nail health, apply cuticle oil at least twice per day. Nourishing your nail beds so they hold the polish will help the manicure last longer and maintain its trademark sheen.
Remove it correctly
Shellac manicures should be properly removed by a nail technician before another manicure is applied. Normal nail polish remover will not penetrate the polish as thoroughly, if at all, as the specialized agent used at salons. It also requires more time, as you want to remove the polish without taking off part of your nails in the process. To remove the polish and ready your nails for your next manicure, the technician will often wrap each individual nail and let it soak in a particular acetone to loosen the shellac polish.
Want to earn money towards your next shellac manicure? Refer a friend to Zano’s with our rewards program! Find out more here.
The combination of teenagers and cosmetics is like betting on Secretariat: it’s a sure thing. Social media has only intensified the industry by increasing the awareness, accessibility, and perceived importance of beauty products for all ages. The line between “teenage” and “adult” makeup and hair services turns blurrier by the day.
However, there are some aspects that distinguish teenagers from adults (as far as beauty care goes). Here are some Zano’s services that are perfect for teenagers!
Treat Skin Conditions
A teenager’s skin is going through significant hormonal changes that make it particularly sensitive and prone to irritations like acne. In fact, of the 85 percent of young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 who suffer from acne, 25 percent will develop permanent scars from it. This means that in addition to a skin care/acne treatment regimen, teenagers should carefully consider what kinds of makeup they’re applying to their faces. Oil-free foundations with sunscreens will provide protection from damaging UV rays and oils that contribute to breakouts.
A good habit to instill in your teens early is to get facials on at least a semi-regular basis. Schedule a facial to promote healthy practices and reduce stress before a big test, game, or college interview. Teaching teens the value of aging gracefully by taking care of their skin is a key to building one’s confidence in their natural features.
A specialty of Zano’s is our spa parties. A spa party is fun no matter your age, but for teens it’s a nice way to treat yourselves in a way you wouldn’t normally – unless mom is paying. You can choose from any combination of services we have; or, if you simply can’t make up your mind, you can choose our Express Service package. This includes:
- Express* Pedicure (30-minute)
- Manicure (30-minute) Natural Nails Only; Excludes SHELLAC™
- Express* Facial (30-minute)
- 30 Minute Massage
- Hair Blow Out (does not include flat or curling iron)
Whether it’s a Sweet Sixteen, Prom, Graduation, or the end of college applications, a spa party is a perfect way to celebrate or cap off the school year.
What is high school without dances, plays, concerts, or ceremonies? Between homework and extracurricular activities like sports, your hair can either take a beating or a backseat to proper care. For once, wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about your hair? Driver’s license photo? Yes, please. Zano’s has great hair styling and blowout services for teens that will help complete your look and make you feel fancified for a special occasion.
In the mood to try something different? Now’s the time to do it! Zano’s has special deals for highlights, color, and cuts for teens that will make it easy to have a signature style without spending a ton of money.
Speaking of fair prices: in creating its Teen options, Zano’s took time to make sure prices were affordable for teenagers. You may have a part-time, summer, or babysitting job, but you should be saving up for other life events soon approaching, like your first car or college classes. Zano’s has special teen prices for both guys and girls that will make not just teens, but parents happy. As one of the best salons in the area with award-winning services, you’ll be sure you’re getting your money’s worth!
The benefits of hot stone massages have been widely recognized for centuries. It’s a technique that is actually thousands of years old, first used by the ancient Chinese to improve the function of internal organs. Hot stone massages have since been reborn and resurged with modern applications. Massage therapists use hot stones for healing ailments, relieving muscle tension, reduce stress, and promoting rest. Hot stone massages also yield ultimate serenity and relaxation. Like many kinds of massages, they provide a mental break from anxieties and the daily hassles of life to take care of yourself.
A proper hot stone massage involves the use of smooth, flat stones on specific parts of your body. The most common are the spine, stomach, chest, face, palms, feet, and toes. Your therapist may also use Swedish massage techniques, such as long strokes, kneading, vibration, tapping, and circular movements. The hot stones apply targeted relief with direct heat.
Hot stone massages are often recommended for individuals who are in recovery from surgery, in physical therapy, in a stationary position at work for long periods of time, or who have open wounds, blood clots, or diabetes. The massages are not only used to treat pain, but prevent the worsening of it in the future.
If you haven’t booked your appointment yet, here are some more detailed benefits of hot stone massages that should make the decision easy.
Relives Muscle Tension And Pain
Heat is nature’s pain reliever. The heated stones are rested on trigger points before the actual massage begins. As heat permeates your deep tissues, your blood vessels open and increase overall circulation. Poor circulation can lead to muscle tension and fatigue. The effect is similar to having frozen pipes: water freezes when exposed to the dramatic temperature drop, decreasing the rate at which it flows into your home. It’s the same with blood flow: fatigue from increased activity causes a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles that limits the flow of oxygen to your blood.
This boosted circulation from a hot stone massage will not only relieve tension but accelerate pain relief. As muscle temperatures rise, their elasticity and flexibility improve, greatly reducing resulting pain and tightness. The intense nature of a hot stone massage also helps cleanse and remove bodily toxins, leaving you feeling physically better than before the massage.
Occasional time away (however long) from work, school, and other stresses of daily life is healthy for body and mind. It “helps you go into a state of deep meditation” that promotes a rejuvenated and refreshed outlook. Periods of short, yet dedicated, rest that relax your heart rate are important to giving your body the energy it needs to think and act clearly. This can provide a sense of calm when making decisions regarding family, friends, and career. The hot stones help worries evaporate and get you ready for your next challenge.
The mental benefits of hot stone massages have understandably been used to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Escaping triggers of depressing or nervous thoughts to effectively relieve stress is a healthy way to cope. Improved circulation from massages keeps your mind occupied in an environment that is free of negativity.
As you drift into meditation, it’s easy to begin falling asleep – which is okay! Meditation mimics sleep: lowered heart rate, relaxed muscles, hushed surroundings and closed eyes. It’s not uncommon to fall asleep during a massage for these reasons. Our bodies need sleep to function properly, so encouraging quality sleep is a definitely positive attribute to a hot stone massage (and massage therapies in general). Inconsistent sleep can lead to increased blood pressure, mood swings, somatic pain, memory and concentration problems, disorientation, and more. Prolonged sleep deprivation can even lead to risk of diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and weakened immunity.
Ready for a hot stone massage? Schedule your appointment here!
Taking care of your nails is often an afterthought. Of course, we all love to “pamper” ourselves once in awhile with a mani/pedi combo; realistically, nail care should be a regular activity. Clean nails not only look more presentable, but are better for your overall hygiene.
Particularly in the summer when trips to the beach and pool are an everyday occurrence, maintaining proper nail health helps fight fungal infections, overexposure to the sun, and overgrowth, which is common in warmer weather. Our nails are indicators of our overall health, so it’s important they get as much attention as the rest of us!
Here are some simple ways to ensure your nails withstand this season and into the next.
NOURISH YOUR NAILS
Your nails can become dehydrated with repeated UV exposure. Applying cuticle oil to the nail and surrounding skin will help prevent dry or cracked nails. It also improves the nail’s appearance, keeping them smooth and more flexible. Cuticle oil also spurs on nail growth and helps your manicure last longer. Using a moisturizing lotion or hand cream on top of this will aid in more healthy skin growth, providing a healthy cushion on which your nail can grow.
ADD A TOPCOAT
Before you head to the pool, make sure to add a strengthening topcoat to both your fingernails and toenails if they’re polished. The base coat will stick to the top coat to secure the polish and give you a high-gloss shine. Many top coats also include ingredients that stop nail splitting and breaking, like protein, vitamin E, and calcium. Once the nail is broken, there’s a higher chance for bacterial infection and other ailments.
DON’T FORGET TO CLIP
Remembering to cut your nails may seem basic, but in the hustle of everyday life, other things take precedence. Fingernails are there to prevent injury and stop dirt or grime from entering the body. Going a long time without clearing underneath your nails not only shows, but opens a window to infection and unpleasant odors if you’re not careful. Filing and clipping them altogether when they reach a certain length is a sure-fire way to get rid of filth for good. Fingernails also grow faster than toenails, which makes upkeep that much more important.
Keeping up with your nail length can also be a factor of the season. Nails tend to grow quicker in warmer temperatures because of the nutrients brought by sunlight exposure that encourages growth, much like a flower that blooms after getting plenty of sun and water. Our nails are made of a type of keratin, a protective protein that our hair is also made of but that does not result in the same hardness.
GET A MANICURE AND PEDICURE
Yes, we do believe getting a manicure and pedicure is beneficial for your health, both physical and mental. Nail technicians are trained to spot trouble areas and treat them with various therapies. A pedicure will scrape off dead skin and control calluses that may be causing you discomfort. Having your hands and feet gently massaged relieves tension, replenishes skin, and promotes circulation that your nails need in order to maintain their coloring and strength. Professional technicians are experts at digging out hard-to-get dirt, and shaping your nails appropriately so they grow healthier.
A second set of eyes examining your nails can also help identify potential problems you wouldn’t have been able to detect on your own. For example, nail discoloration is a common symptom of overarching issues in your body. Your mind will be set at ease, and you’ll come out with one less thing to worry about.
Ready for a manicure and/or pedicure? Call us today!
Your wedding day is the ultimate occasion to show off your style and personality. The hairstyle you choose is a part of that. No matter what your day has in store for you, your hair and makeup should be able to keep up and highlight, not take away from, your natural beauty. Zano Salons makes this process easy by offering on-site bridal services and blow dry styling options with clear pricing.
Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of working with countless beautiful brides on their big days. It’s in that time we’ve discovered some timeless truths that will help you be the timeless bride you wish to be. Follow these tips to make sure you truly get the look you want on your wedding day.
START WITH A PICTURE
Oftentimes, it’s hard to articulate something that lives in your mind. This is why stylists suggest bringing two to three photos of hairstyles that resemble your vision to your trial. It will be much easier for your stylist to pick up the feel you’re going for, make further recommendations, and save time trying to “guess and check” what you like.
PLAN AROUND YOUR ACCESSORIES AND DRESS
What makes your wedding look special is the attention to the details that make it your own unique look. Is there something you’d definitely like to wear on your wedding day, like a headband, tiara or flower crown? Does your dress harken back to a certain time period? Incorporating those aspects into your hairstyle will not only play up your wedding theme, but your personality as well. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
WASH YOUR HAIR THE DAY BEFORE
Although you want to be clean and fresh for your wedding day, it’s recommended to avoid showering the night before. Shampooing and conditioning your hair removes essential oils that build up in your hair that will help your style hold. Clean hair tends to have a slippery consistency that makes curling it a chore. Styling your hair with slightly more natural greases will make your hair more adaptable and save time.
HAVE A HAIR/MAKEUP TRIAL AT LEAST 1 MONTH PRIOR TO THE BIG DAY
This is the time to work out all the kinks (literally). You’re going to be able to see not only how your style will look on your wedding day, but how it will feel. If you don’t like it, it’ll be easy for your stylist to come with another option and get to know which products to use based on your needs, the environment, and flow of your wedding. Make sure you consider all angles, as well: your style should highlight all sides of your face so that your photographer can get great shots from all sides.
There’s no day like your wedding day to be bold. However, there is such a thing as too bold. It’s not recommended to significantly change your color or cut right before your wedding. It’s not worth the potential stress you’ll feel trying to combine your new look with decisions you’ve already made.
ENSURE IT’S WEATHERPROOF
Never count on perfect weather for your wedding day in the Midwest. Even if it’s summertime, you just never know. Consider the environment your wedding is in: is it indoors, outdoors, or both? What kinds of elements are your hair and makeup going to be exposed to? If you are the bride, it ultimately comes down to whatever makes you comfortable. That being said, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a kit in your limo or at the church during pictures with extra hairspray, bobby pins, or clips to fix last-minute flyaways.
BE OPEN TO RECOMMENDATIONS
Chances are, your stylist has dealt with brides in similar situations. Whether they’ve been rained on, snowed on, burned by the sun, or windblown, hair and makeup artists have seen it all. This not only pertains to weather, but in times of conflict resolution, it’s nice to have someone on your side. Getting his or her feedback on what they would recommend based on your desired look, hair type, wedding theme, or location will put you more at ease and even open you up to options you didn’t know you had.
In the process of wedding planning? Contact Zano Salons to schedule an appointment and get to know our styling team!
Essential Ingredients for a Great Skincare Routine
The sun is shining and school’s out. Summer has officially begun! With warmer weather, many women want to change up their look by adding more highlights, going shorter, or changing their hair color altogether. One area that often goes unnoticed, believe it or not, is your skin!
Your skin is increasingly vulnerable in the summer due to UV rays and heat that can dry it out. To keep your complexion cool and healthy, here are some important skincare staples that will carry you through the summer and into all seasons.
When you’re not on the beach or in direct sunlight, it’s easy to forget that you should still apply sunscreen. The time it takes to walk from your car to your office is enough for UV rays to penetrate your skin. It’s these smaller (yet effective) moments of exposure that add up over a lifetime. If you already have sensitive skin, you could be exposing yourself to harmful rays you aren’t even aware of. Sunscreen should be your go-to defense tool against the sun
Antioxidants are just that: particles that resist oxidation. Oxidation is the chemical process of unstable atoms in the air breaking down when they come into contact with oxygen. This happens when cars begin to rust from being left out and exposed to the elements or when an apple starts to turn brown if you leave it on the counter for an hour. Imagine this happening to your skin…
Antioxidants are there to combat oxidation. Antioxidants are commonly found in fruits like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. When included in skincare products, they’ve been found to even skin tone and lighten up dark spots for anti-aging benefits. This will also decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that contribute to an overall immaculate tone.
Staying properly hydrated is essential for overall health. It is equally important for your complexion. Water stimulates better blood circulation, which not only gives you more energy but a youthful glow. Hydration also promotes skin cell growth that repairs damages to the skin quicker.
The sheer volume of natural oil options out there makes it pretty easy to incorporate them into your routine. They’re also made without water or preservatives, so it is able to use its raw minerals to attack dryness in the skin, nails, and hair. Essential oils are oils that have the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which they’re extracted. Coconut oils and tree oils are some of the more common oils you’ll see on the market.
How Can I Get More Of These Essential Elements
You don’t have to spend hours at beauty stores wondering which products your skin will react with the best. Many of these natural elements are found in the G.M. Collin skincare line at Zano Salons. Stop by for a consultation, and let us help you establish a skin care routine that works for you!
Long hair, don’t care – except when those hot, sticky summer days come around. Cascading locks are, and always will be, a favorite hairstyle for women. It goes great with nearly every outfit and flatters most face shapes. However, the battle begins when hot, humid temperatures turn your thick hair into a frizzy mess that incubates your neck like a scarf.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your favorite look because of the heat. An extreme cut doesn’t have to be the answer. Here are some techniques our salon stylists will do to help de-bulk your thick hair so you’re cool for summer.
Adding layers is often a first step in freeing up space at the base of your hair. Taking smaller sections of hair and cutting them at an angle (however dramatic the client wants) will thin out your hair in selected spots and create more movement. The layers will decrease the thickness just enough and more evenly distribute face-framing volume throughout your style.
This is a more dramatic technique that favors the bold. Undercutting involves a stark contrast between very short or shaved sides and longer on top, giving off a little bit of edge. Its functional purpose is to remove the most at the base of your neck by buzzing sections at the nape. This nice breezy patch will be unseen when your hair is down and show a fashionable detail if you throw it up in a bun or ponytail.
If you want to keep your hair length but don’t want defined layers, slithering is probably the method for you. It is done by dragging scissors along the hair shaft (the part of hair seen above the skin) and closing gently to create more inconspicuous layering.
For the “woke up like this,” bedhead-on-purpose look, texturizing your hair is the way to go. It also happens to lighten up your hair by making consistent, strategic cuts that give movement. The dictionary definition of texture is how something feels; in terms of hair, it means your hair has some kind of pattern to it. Hair stylists add texture by using a razor or thinning shears to cut layers in an S or Z where your hair has natural shape. The extra dimension will maintain your original volume without the weight, which is great for naturally curly or wavy long hair.
Internal cuts call for a more random disbursement of layers. The stylist will trim small sections of the hair from somewhere in the middle of the shaft, hidden beneath a few layers. It might feel like a drastic change at first, especially if you have a large amount of hair to begin with, but once your hair is styled it will go unnoticed and provide relief in the hot summer sun.
Looking to lighten up for summer? Schedule an appointment with one of our salon professionals today!
An upward trend in hair care is actually a tale as old as time: know what you’re putting in and on your body. In a world with the latest information at your fingertips, customers are becoming increasingly conscious of their daily decisions and noticing the benefits simple changes to all-natural, vegan and chemical-free products can make.
Green haircare has exploded, with endless coveted options to suit virtually every need for every hair type. Customers are no longer having to sacrifice commitment to healthy living for effectiveness – or curb appeal, for that matter. But with such vast options, how do you know what’s right for you? Is there really a difference between all these green-living buzzwords? Any company can stamp on a label, so we’ve compiled a guide to help you decide what is best for you and your lifestyle.
Why should I change my hair products?
Shampoos pumped with chemicals and synthetics come at a cheaper price but have been linked to itchy scalps, dandruff, dry hair, and in extreme cases, hair loss. Especially if you have existing issues with your hair, it may be time for a change.
Out with synthetics and in with more rejuvenating elements like avocados, bananas, coconut and moroccan oils and aloe. These are household ingredients that rejuvenate hair and are now being used by many honest-to-goodness, all-natural hair care brands. Adding natural, vegan and/or chemical-free products to your regimen will infuse hair with the nutrients it needs for less maintenance and more brilliant shine.
The key to natural hair products is reading the label correctly: the scientific terminology of naturally recurring ingredients can make it sound worse than it is. For example, sodium chloride is sea salt and citric acid is a compound in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and pomegranates. Percentages of natural and synthetic ingredients are listed in descending order on the bottle, so an easy trick is to pick a product where chemicals are mainly at the bottom of the list.
Botanical ingredients infuse your hair and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts and oils that gently wash away wear and restore moisture. Coconut or moroccan oils and aloe are natural moisturizers that promote healthy hair, while shea butter gives shine. Scalp irritation can be addressed with organic tea tree and beta glucan, which can help heal and soothe sensitive scalp skin.
Chemical-free products have no traces of man-made, mass-produced ingredients in them. They are 100% the sum of their naturally occurring parts. However, just because something is chemical-free doesn’t make it organic and vice versa; if you buy organic vegetables at the farmer’s market, that doesn’t automatically make them pesticide-free.
One chemical to be on the lookout for is sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to remove oils and wipe away the pigments in hair dye. Buying a sulfate-free shampoo, particularly for color-treated hair, will help enhance and enrich your styled color.
No animals were harmed in the making of these shampoos. Vegan products do not contain any animal products or byproducts and should be rid of any chemicals or man-produced elements. Vegan products will help get rid of grimy dirt and oils that build up in your hair. They are also filled with essentials, like tree tea and jojoba, that are plant-based to spur growth. Notably, they do not use any parabens. Parabens are common ingredients in many retail shampoos that can damage hair follicles. Subtracting parabens and adding natural ingredients helps the hair stay healthy and relieves follicle deterioration.
Being Green at Zano Salons
Zano Salons recognizes that to have great hair, it all starts at the root. We’ve combed through and carefully selected various vegan, chemical-free and natural products that will help revitalize your hair. Take a look at the brands we trust here for more information.
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