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.

Looking to revitalize your skin for summer? Have a facial at our salon today!


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!

How to “Summerfy” Your Long, Thick Locks

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 Cutting

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!

A Guide to Having "Green" Hair

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.

Top 5 Makeup Trends of 2017

This is the year to be bold and beautiful. New trends have appeared in makeup for 2017, and we could not be more excited about them! Combining the past and the future, this year pulls the best designs and color schemes together and gives options that flatter everyone.

Do you want your personal style to align with the latest makeup trends? Look no further! Here are the Top 5 Makeup Trends of 2017:

Lip Gloss
Move over mattes! 2017 is bringing back glossy lips, and we couldn’t be more excited. You can count on your favorite brands launching lines of glossy hues this year if they aren’t already doing so! Not to worry — that perfect matte shade that took you 4 months to track down isn’t out of style– it’s just not your only option anymore.

Thick Brows
Brows have been on trend for a while now, and that won’t be changing anytime soon. While general waxing & upkeep is still encouraged to keep shape, 2017 is encouraging you to grow them out! Add a simple fill with a pencil to cover any thin patches, and voila! Instant brow perfection with minimal effort.

Yes. Yes! YES! Bring back the frosty eyes and shiny lips. The 90s are BACK, and they are just as bold. When applying eyeshadow, try a light metallic near your lashes, and a dark color in the crease for a sparkly, dramatic look that’s sure to turn heads.

From the monochromatic look to a color splash– 2017 is the year of color! While eyeshadow and lip color tend to come in more adventurous colors no matter the trend, you can now find liners, and even mascara, in your favorite shades of green, blue, and maroon.

Long Lashes
We’re all about growing them naturally, but who has time to wait? Temporary lashes are all the craze in 2017. It’s amazing how drastically lashes can transform your entire look! Consult with a Zano Salon & Spa specialist to find your perfect length and fullness.



Facials. Do you need one? Is it worth it? Is the hype true?

The answer to all of the above is YES. Facials are not an unnecessary luxury. They are a vital key to any well-planned beauty regimen. Listed below are the top 6 reasons to get a facial today.

Clearer Pores

A professional esthetician can clear your pores in ways that you simply cannot achieve at home. While daily washing and at-home routines are encouraged, professional attention is needed to achieve optimal skin.



We’ve all tried popping them even though we know we shouldn’t. Visiting an esthetician will not only allow the blemishes to be properly extracted to avoid scarring and dark spots, but will also reduce the chance of new blemishes appearing. Proper extraction means achieving blemish-free skin more quickly and safely.


Risky At-Home Peels

There are some things that you should not try yourself– like fresh bangs the night before school pictures. While there are many brands that sell DIY peels-in-a-box, there is nothing like the professional results you will see from visiting an esthetician. In addition, it’s much safer than assuming your skin will accept whatever you bought off the shelf.


Skin Analysis

You may think you are using the correct products for your skin, but are you? Leave it to the pros to analyze your skin & skincare routine. At that point, they can get you set up with a regimen that will allow for your clearest, healthiest skin. (Insider’s tip: an analysis is always included in an appointment so you won’t have to pay extra for the insider info.)


Glowing Skin

It is not a myth that you can have radiant skin. Facials promote better circulation and growth of new skin cells that will actually give your skin the perfect glow. According to the research of Ushma S. Neill, estheticians recommend quarterly facials to preserve youthful skin for women over the age of 25.


Rest and Relaxation

Getting a facial is like taking a mini-vacation from reality. The calm room, lovely scents, and dim lighting are the perfect recipe for relaxation, and honestly, who doesn’t need a little stress relief once in a while?

Book with us through February 28, 2017 and receive 25%* off all facials, pedicures & highlights!
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The dry, cold air of winter can be a tough time for your skin, and a facial can be a great defense against the wintry air.

Adding facials to your skin routine is good any time of year, but it can be the saving grace during the winter months, when your skin can get dry or dull.

You will want to avoid facials that scrub or exfoliate, and instead focus on moisturizing and revitalizing. After a facial, your skin will be able to withstand the winter air a bit better, and you’ll be happier for it.

Stop In During January or February and Receive 25% Off Your Facial!

According to the Cosmetics Cop, Paula Begoun, there are several benefits to getting a facial. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed by a professional esthetician, and severely dehydrated skin can be improved by rich, nourishing face masks.

Some great tips to keep your skin looking great all winter long include:

  • Sunscreen. Even though we never think the sun can damage our skin in the winter time, that’s not true. UV rays can still damage your skin, even in the winter, so slather on that sunscreen!
  • Look for products with aloe vera, avocado, buttermilk or banana. These ingredients will really help to moisturize your skin.
  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Consider investing in a “heavy-duty” nighttime moisturizer for the winter, so that your skin can really soak in what it needs.
  • Find a good toner. Toner is especially great in the winter, and it will close up any pores that would otherwise be exposed to the cold air. Try to avoid toners with alcohol in them, as they will dry your skin out even more.

At Zano Salons, your facial appointment will give you the pampering you deserve. Soothing music, heated beds and personal consultations are all provided for you.

Facials can actually change the texture of your skin, and make it appear brighter, smoother and tighter. During the winter, many of us need exactly that.

Protect Your Skin. Stop In For A Facial Today.


Fall Hair Colors

Your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing that gets switched up for the fall – give your hair a little TLC, too.

Wondering what color you should go with? We’re glad you asked.

Here are the fall hair colors we recommend:

Brown with Warm Accents

Fall Hair Colors

Photo Credit: You Beauty

Selena Gomez does a great job of pairing her dark brown locks with auburn accents. A style like this still gives you the option to subtly lighten up dark hair while having to go blonde. If you’d like to go a little lighter, adding in a few golden-blonde highlights to this look or turning this dark brown into chestnut brown will still give you great looks for the season.

Platinum Blonde to Beige

Fall Hair Colors

Photo Credit: My Hair Colors

Whether blondes actually have more fun ..we’ll never really know. However, you don’t have to kiss your summer-fun, platinum blonde hair away now that it’s fall with this color. Soo Joo Park warms up for the fall by adding golden hues to her ‘do.

Rose Gold with Accents

Fall Hair Colors

Photo Credit: All Womens Talk

…we just couldn’t resist. This color is a girly girl’s dream and it’s a perfect way to doll up for the fall. We love the mix of medium brown tones, platinum highlights, and touches of pink throughout this look.


Fall Hair Colors

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..iIt’s kinda brown ..it’s kinda blonde. If you’ve always been on the fence about going completely blonde or brown, now you can choose both. Elizabeth Olsen’s tresses smoothly transition from a medium brown to irresistible golden tones that are perfectly tasteful for the fall.


Fall Hair Colors

Photo Credit: Stylecaster

We loved watching all of Emma Stone’s red hair transitions over the years, but this is hands-down our favorite. This tone of coppery-red has just the right hint of blonde to welcome in the fall season.

Whatever direction you choose for your hair color, we’ve got a talented group of colorists waiting to make your fall hair dreams come true.

And lucky for you, we’re currently offering $10 to $20 off can be yours with new hair services.


Dear Bride-to-Be,

This ceremonious day should be filled with love, celebration, and of course, beauty. And we believe beauty doesn’t have to come at the expense of your sanity.

OPI's Washington DC Collection

Fall is just about a month away, and what better way to prepare for the new season than with the latest nail colors.

On August 5, OPI announced to the social media world that the Scandal-inspired fall/winter collection, Washington DC, was released. The star of the television series, Kerry Washington, is this season’s creative ambassador, and OPI has come up with a total of 15 shades that represent her TV character well.


Delivering exceptional education and providing sustainable beauty careers has been the mission of Pivot Point International, Inc., Chicago, throughout its 53-year history. To prioritize focus on developing innovative educational content and delivery, Pivot Point announces a partnership agreement with Denise Provenzano of Zano Salons, a successful business owner with four salons and spas in the Chicagoland area.

In making the announcement, Robert Passage, Chairman and CEO of Pivot Point International, said, “This alliance will allow Pivot Point to continue using our Bloomingdale location as a research and development incubator. It will give us the opportunity to follow a student’s trajectory from the school to the salon and help close the loop in the life-cycle of the student.”

Provenzano, a well-known leader in the salon industry with more than 25 years of salon experience, currently serves as president of Cosmetologists Chicago, one of the largest associations of salon professionals in the world.

Provenzano added, “I am personally and professionally thrilled to partner with Pivot Point and the Passage family in developing the most exciting cosmetology school in the industry. Expanding Zano into the educational arena has long been a dream of mine. With Pivot Point-educated salon professionals, I know that Zano and other salons in my area will get the best trained cosmetologists in the industry.”