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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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?
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Photo Credit: Blog Lovin’
..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.
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.
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.
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