Biggest branding decision you will ever make…

This month I wanted to discuss one of the most important branding decisions I have ever made. To reduce the footprint within the beauty industry. That is a HUGE task and I honestly had no idea where to start. Here is what I did know. I wanted my business to mean something bigger than just beauty. I truly wanted to make a difference with this massive undertaking I had embarked upon. I did a ton of thinking and A LOT of research before I made up my mind. Ultimately I thought what could be bigger than taking care of the planet we live on!

We all know that we are making a foot print around here. Wether we are choosing to live obliviously or accept the cause and effect the fact remains that we are creating an environmental disturbance. We are creating items that nature was not designed to contain such as plastic. I set out to build a brand that promoted awareness within in the beauty industry about waste, recycling and making sustainable choices. It has been a long road and I definitely get push back. People inevitably want to do what is easy as opposed to what is right. Being the kind of leader who makes my Stylists think about our choices has not always been easy. It also requires a very special team, but… I have found it and boy are we making waves!

First I committed to Beauty Brand Kevin Murphy which has an ENTIRE web page dedicated to ” The Choices We Make” which is heavily littered  with sustainability and waste reduction efforts. It’s also a plus that Kevin Murphy is a very effective hair care line. Their treatments are amazing and all of their products work wonders in so many ways I can’t even begin. That is a whole other article.

All of your Stylists here at Pomme are also Certified Sustainable by Green Circle Salons.  We recover and re purpose 95% of beauty waste created in this salon. This includes items such as left over color, foils, hair, color tubes and more.

The other thing i pay close attention to is how many disposable items we use. We recently switched our disposable gloves out for reusable. Our Esthi uses washable cotton rounds, and we offer a Retail Recycling program where our clients can bring their shampoo and conditioner bottles back in and fill them for a discount.

 

Through this process I built a really strong belief in branding and want to encourage everybody to brand their business in whatever direction they feel passionate about. In the meantime if you would like to support our sustainability efforts pleas book your appointments through the salon by visiting our website at pommespa.com.

xoxo,

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Experiences > Things

Experiences > Things

Hey sweet clients. Here is what has been on my mind lately. Things that have grown up around me and taken over my life. Somehow we accrue things that we want and believe will make us happy. Over time we build a life of things that we thought would fill us up. Thing after thing is cast aside and a new thing is brought in it’s place and somehow the void is not filled. We have also heaved ourselves a hefty portion of work to go along with that emptiness. All those things have to be taken care of, cleaned up and dealt with. I have been on a mission to replace some of the things I think I want with experiences instead. I have the idea that what I will take away from those genuine moments I spend with other people is more personal fulfillment then I could ever find in my things.

Don’t get me wrong. Nice things are nice. I would much rather purchase a quality item that I love and will last than anything else. By all means if you have a physical need fill it… but is it a need? I like to play would I rather. I am looking at a super cute coffee mug and I want it real bad. Would I rather have that mug or use that $15 towards a pedicure that I could go and experience with my BFF or one of my sisters. Would I rather use that money to buy myself a drink at happy hour with my amazing co workers. Would I rather use that extra money towards a relaxing massage or facial. The mug is nice. I have 15 of them at home sure but this one is shaped like a cat. It feels like a must. Well hell eventually you find yourself cleaning a sink full of coffee mugs in the morning before you go to work and wish like hell you had gotten that pedicure instead.

This is just a theory I am testing out at the moment. I would really like you to join the experiment and share your “experiences” (pun feverishly intended) with me. You can reach me via email at heather@pommespa.com or by commenting on this post. I can’t wait to hear what you did and your thoughts on if you felt more fulfilled afterwards.

I personally am working on integrating this method in my business by making my hair appointments more of an experience my for my clients. Every color appointment comes with a facial while your color processes. You wont have time to work or check your phone because you will be busy experiencing the appointment from start to finish. I am thinking of gently suggesting that my clients leave their devices in their bags and focus on the experience but I have not gotten there yet. I would love to catch your thoughts on that idea as well though.

Until we write again… Peace. Love. Pomme.

 

 

Most honest self-care tip of all time…

Honor is a word widely ignored. I found myself telling my son when he argued that he did not have to agree with me, but he still had to honor me as his parent. I began to reflect on that tidbit and realized that we as a society tend to be lacking in honor.

A lot of us have adopted the idea that to be okay we have to agree implicitly with one another.  What if we reverse that thought, and begin to tell ourselves all we have to do is honor ourselves and each other.  If we can honor each other through differences then we will be able to reach a new level of conscious being, and open ourselves up to heightened mental state.

Imagine… you honor somebody enough to hear them out without contemplating your own agenda. Bam! You have just opened your mind up to a whole new place. If you aren’t busy forming your rebuttal you might hear what somebody is trying to say. You are flexing your mind. the more you know, hear, see, experience the smarter you are. If you are not constantly searching for a way to make your point or be right then you will remove a tremendous amount of stress in your life. Suddenly it is okay if they have a different perspective, and it’s no longer your job to convince anybody of anything.  Secondarily honor goes both ways. You have to honor yourself as well. This may mean that you don’t change your mind about how you feel at all, and that is okay.

So here are several ways to honor yourself and invite a heightened level of self-care into your life.

  1. Listen to yourself. What are you truly saying. Maybe the words coming out of your mouth are yes but realistically you need to say no. Try this… for a week when anybody asks you to do something instead of saying yes or no say ” Let me see if I can. ” Then take your time and get back to the person. Maybe the answer is hell yeah. maybe it’s not right now. Either way you honored yourself enough to take the time you needed to listen to yourself.
  2. Evaluate your desires on a couple of levels. Is it imperative to making you a better you? Will it hurt your family? Can you afford it? If the answer to these questions is an astounding YES, NO, YES. Then what the hell… do it.  That is honoring your personal desires which should be as important as the desires of your loved ones.
  3. Take care of yourself. Body, soul and mind. Invest in a beauty budget to keep your body running optimally. Figure out what nourishes your soul. Self help books, yoga or meditation. Workout your brain by reading books or taking time to connect with people who challenge you mentally. If it nourishes your body, soul or mind then it is worth it!

xoxo

The BEAUTY of a Chemical Peel

The Beauty of a Chemical Peel

By: Olivia Bergsrud

Before receiving a chemical peel clients usually have a lot of questions and it is important to consult a professional. I am here to give you some insight on the benefits…

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel uses different ingredients that work together to help speed up your skins exfoliation process and cell turnover rate. This also causes new skin to become visible, helping reach your skincare goals.

What do Chemical Peels treat? 

Chemical peels are great for all skin types. We offer five different peels at our salon with different ingredients to help with your skin care needs.

Our peels may include:

•Glycolic Salicylic Azelaic which is great for very dry or oily skin.

•Mandelic is a great beginner peels for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

•Beta Clarity works to improve acne prone skin, large pores, and to control future breakouts.

•Hydra Radiance helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation.

•Triple Transformation addresses all skin care needs aggressively.

You are able to mix and match all these peels so they are customized to your skin type.

How will my skin look after a Chemical Peel?
Your skin may look flushed for the next few hours. You may have light peeling or flaking for the next 3-5 days. We suggest moisturizing day and night to help with this process.

Why do I need a Chemical Peel?

Your skins natural cell turnover rate is every 28 days. By receiving chemical peels regularly this helps encourage this process to happen faster, giving you healthier skin. Whether you want to work on diminishing your fine lines or you just want to brighten your skins appearance a chemical peel will be your best friend!

I hope this helps you understand how amazing chemical peels are for all of your skin care goals. If you have any questions please give us a call or come in for a complimentary skin care consultation.

I look forward to meeting you all!

Is Going Blonde Right For You?

Is Going Blonde Right For You?
By: Guest blogger and Stylist Hollie Lockhart.

So you want to change up your look, and you think that lightening up a bit is the way to do it? There are many factors that go in to lightening hair and the process and/ or up-keep can be a little more time/effort/money than expected. Here are some tips for those considering lightening up.

1. Do your research on different shades or looks you are going for. Your stylist loves photos and can better assist you when we have a visual of the look and color, this allows us to be on the same page as you. Your stylist will also need to know your hair history so she can better assist you along this blonde journey. This also allows us to understand what is possible, or not possible at the time of your appointment,

2, Is your hair in a healthy state? Optimal hair for lightening, is healthy hair. Ask your stylist what steps, treatments, vitamins she recommends to get your hair at it’s healthiest so she can lighten the hair with minimal to no damage. We have several different products from Kevin Murphy, as well as Olaplex treatments, at the salon.

3. What is your beauty budget? Let’s face it going blonde isn’t cheap. Depending on the lightness you are trying to achieve, the steps getting there, and the maintenance, you can be looking at multiple appointments and quite a few dollars. It is best to discuss your budget with your stylist and she can direct you to a process that suits your goals. Going blonde doesn’t happen overnight. it is a gradual process and can take from one appointment to months depending on what we are starting with and where you want us to take you. Since we mentioned maintenance, how often are you willing to come back for touch-ups. If you are not wanting to be in the salon every 4-6 weeks then maybe that all over white head of hair with a root-shadow isn’t for you. We can direct you in to maybe getting a balayage, ombre, or sombre so your trips to the salon will be 8-12 weeks instead.

4. The up-keep and at home maintenance are the last two things I’d like to mention. After being lightened, the hair cuticle is changed. It is more fragile and there are steps in your day to day that need to be considered when going lighter. You need a professional shampoo and conditioner, such as Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate me line, to ensure moisture and hair health. Taking home a product to use such as Olaplex #3 would be a beneficial at home treatment. Lay off of the heat. Let your hair air dry, only use heated styling tools when necessary. Heat dries out hair and can cause breakage. Is your blonde getting brassy? Kevin Murphy has a purple shampoo and conditioner for this. Basically what I’m saying is there will be tweaks to your daily hair care routine to ensure optimal results before your next blonding appointments to keep your hair looking fabulous and healthy.

I hope these tips have enlightened you and have made your blonde journey a bit more understandable. Always feel free to book a consultation with us at anytime, we would be happy to map out a step-by-step process tailored to you!

Does NATURAL always = HEALTHY?

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At my salon I keep a healthy vibe flowing between services, products, hair and skin care lines. I carry an 8 free line of nail polishes by Smith and Cult and I use Kevin Murphy hair color which is both ammonia and PPD free.

It is safe to say that I make it my business to keep my clients “healthy”. I advise against the use of drug store hair care and cosmetic products because they are not closely regulated by the FDA and truth be told you have NO idea what you are getting in those products. They can legally state things on their packaging like “all natural”, “ammonia free”, and “sulfate free” even if the products ARE NOT! It kind of baffles me the level of lie at which they are capable of legally reaching with their labeling.

Long story short I do my research and I know what is good for my clients to be using and what they shouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole. Recently I was chatting it up with a co-worker and amazing Esthetician and the conversation got me thinking… is natural always healthy?

People are often allergic to nature. The cedar in Austin is no joke people. I know somebody who is allergic to pineapple and I am always hearing about people with life threatening nut allergies. These things all exist in nature. Right!

My friend made a solid point. She said something about the things that exist in our bodies. Are they not natural? She listed off a couple of ingredients that she knew people were wary of that were found in our bodies NATURALLY. These ingredients do not grow from the ground so a lot of her clients would question the product for how “natural” it was. So I looked some stuff up… Gingko seeds contain a naturally occurring neurotoxin. Bamboo shoots have a natural toxin called cyanogenic glycoside. These items grew from the ground and exist in nature but do I want them on my skin or scalp?

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Also, why would we willingly choose not to make use the modern marvels of medical science at our disposal? You obviously must take what information you can find and do your research accordingly, but if they can create something that could act as a synthetic replica or extract and use something found in and created by your own body then why the hell not? If you are worried about it you will need to research what ingredients are made by your body that you could use more of for your skins health but barring any crazy findings why does the ingredient have to be what society considers “natural” to be good for your skin or hair? If you have a talented Stylist or Esthetician they can guide you in a healthy direction and tell you which ingredients are good or bad for you.

Don’t just buy into the natural always = healthy craze. Do your research and consult a professional to make the healthiest choices for your body and its needs. You are unique and need a custom skin and hair care routine that fits you specifically. Your stylist knows you, they see you regularly. They will see your body change and your hair and skin make shifts. If they find something outside their scope they will be sure to point you in the right medical direction. As long as your stylist is qualified they are sure to be a valuable resource in your journey to optimal health.

As always we are here for you at Pomme Salon if you need an amazing Stylist or Esthitician.

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All the reasons you should be treating your scalp instead of your hair.

Another lovely day to talk about your HAIR. If you haven’t figured it out it is basically my all time favorite subject. Call me a hair nerd if you will but girlfriend knows what she is talking about okurrrrr?

Now that I got that out of my system I will be serious. If you have a nagging hair problem that you can’t seem to shake no matter what products you use or how well you follow your stylists instructions… it might actually be a scalp problem. Truthfully our hair growth begins inside our bodies and if you aren’t addressing your insides then the hair won’t be healthy especially after it has been on your head for a while, keratinized and exposed to the elements. So here are a few tips of how you can take care of your hair starting with your scalp.

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  1. Healthy eating habits. If you are not getting the proper nutrition you won’t grow properly. Opinion on my part but I think you will find it backed up by science with a simple google sess. Make sure your body is not lacking in any essential vitamins. To boost your hair health specifically you may want to consider some of these gems…
    1. Swiss Chard is chock full of Biotin which will help you hair grow.
    2. Salmon is high in Omega-3 which can help with dandruff and dry scalp.
    3. Final recommendation, Spinach. It has vitamin C which can help regulate your scalps oil production.

There is A LOT more foods that are good for your hair health but if you want more info consider booking a complimentary consultation with your stylist.

  1. Olaplex. Everybody should be using Olaplex. It reconnects your broken disulfide bonds which is the lifeline of your hairs health. PLEASE do yourself a favor and ask your stylist about it. It should be in all your color services and you definitely need Olaplex step 2 at home. I recommend slathering it on your mid shafts and combing through. Wrap it up in a high bun or braid it to get it out of your way and go to bed. Let it work its magic baby. When you wake up your going to want to wash it out and condition as usual. Please don’t underestimate the power of this product. It is AMAZING.
  2. At least once a year you should be booking a service with your stylist to include a scalp and hair detox and condition treatment. I like to begin with a detox treatment to remove build up followed by a special shampoo to treat your scalp specifically. Then a stand alone Olaplex treatment and finished with a customized conditioning treatment. I will often use one deep conditioner on the scalp and a different one on the hair. This service is vital to removing unhealthy scalp and hair build up and making your hair feel totally young again.
  3. My last tip is in your shower. Make sure the shampoo and conditioner you are using is professional quality. The ultimate hair killer is drugstore shampoo and conditioner. I can not impress upon you enough how dishonest the unprofessional beauty industry is about their products and ingredients. They are not closely regulated by the FDA and I can practically guarantee contain ingredients that are harmful to you. YES even if it is labeled all natural, organic, sulfate free etc. Do not put that on your body to sink into your blood stream. I am of the opinion that continued use of these products can cause permanent hair loss in old age among other internal medical issues. Secondarily the shampoo you pick should be aimed at addressing your scalp specific concerns and your conditioner is what you use to take care of your hair. Your stylist can help you choose the best combination.

 

With all the love I have I wish you the most healthful and happy hair journey and I hope to see you in the salon very soon.

xoxo,

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Summertime Self-Care: 10 Tips

This week, we announced the theme for June’s First Thursday Party:

Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Countless clients come in to Pomme and talk about how it’s their “me” time. We hear things like, “This is my break!” from stay-at-home moms. Dads coming in for a quick trim often say the same kinds of things… Busy teens are ecstatic to take a break from studying.

The common thread running through our clients’ statements is guilt (especially parents, caregivers, and those that have really demanding jobs). Taking one second away from your many obligations can feel almost wrong!

Here at Pomme, we have a philosophy: Self-care isn’t selfish.

As people, we only have a finite amount of resources with which to operate, so taking care of ourselves really isn’t a matter of selfishness — in fact, making sure our own need are met only makes us more well-equipped to support others.

So when we saw a whole article about summer self-care, we couldn’t help but pass it on! Since we’re just stepping into the official start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got the perfect excuse to try out some of these tips! Here are some awesome tips from the article!

Summertime Self-Care: 10 Tips

It’s the season for barbecues, sand between your toes, boat rides, plunges into the pool and other relaxing and rejuvenating adventures.

We asked several therapists and coaches to share their ideas for nurturing ourselves (and having fun) this summer. Here are their self-care suggestions.

1. Plan a vacation or staycation.

Where you go isn’t as important as taking the time to do something for yourself.

For instance, take a road trip to a place that’s especially beautiful in the summertime, such as Minneapolis or Chicago. Or enjoy the sights and sounds of your own city. Make a list of activities you’d like to do, such as visit a museum, picnic in the park with loved ones, play Frisbee, people-watch at a café or swing on the swings.

Also, pay attention to the activities your town or city is offering. Many places have summer festivals with music, food and fun — three things that are good for nurturing the soul.

2. Take a break from technology.

Everything seems to slow down a little bit in the summer, so it might be a good time to try experimenting with different ways to take a break from the constant motion of the hectic work schedule of the rest of the year.

For instance, experiment with not using technology, such as your smart phone, laptop or tablet, an hour or two before bed.

Also, try taking an entire day off from technology either each week or on your summer vacation. Let your co-workers and family members know ahead of time that you won’t be on email during that time, and give yourself a chance to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.

3. Focus on effective tasks.

Take some extra downtime during the summer — because once it’s gone, it’s gone — and identify the activities that will give you the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak, during the hours you are in the office.

When you are working, particularly if you’re a business owner, engage in projects that will provide the biggest benefits.

This could be anything from continuing to market your business (especially because few businesses market during the summer) to training employees to having lunch with your biggest clients.

4. Participate in playful activities.

Whatever it is, connect to your inner child and go do it.

Think about the summertime activities you loved as a child. Was it riding bikes ‘til dark? Visiting waterparks? Running through the sprinklers? Eating BBQ in the backyard?

5. Spend time near water.

The sound of moving water is soothing to the soul and helps bring clarity.

Depending on where you live, this could be anything from a stream to the ocean, she said. Or it could be swimming in your own pool, a friend’s pool or a local community pool.

6. Savor fresh foods.

Challenge yourself to try a new fruit or veggie every week.

In the summertime, many delicious fruits and vegetables are in season.  If you have a local farmers market nearby, you can develop a relationship with the farmers, learn about where your food comes from and get exposed to new variations of basic fruits and veggies like purple carrots.

7. Wake up earlier.

Getting up just 30 minutes earlier than you normally do can be rejuvenating.

This gives you some quiet time to meditate, savor your cup of coffee, enjoy a short walk or read something that nourishes you (not your email!).

8. Go for a walk.

Walking reduces stress and is attributed to causing moments of inspiration.

It’s especially beneficial to take a stroll in natural surroundings. Just leave your iPod at home.

9. Spend time outside.

Pick an outdoor activity that truly brings you joy, and doesn’t feel like a chore or obligation.

This could include gardening, hiking, biking or swimming, she said. Other ideas include golfing, berry picking and exercising outside. There are gyms and yoga studios that offer outdoor classes.

10. Do something out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes the best way to nurture yourself is to do something outside of your comfort zone.

For instance, join a summer league where you don’t know anyone; bring in watermelon or another summer treat to the office; run a race; try a new sport; experience the great outdoors in a new way like hiking, camping, backyard rooftop camping or fishing.

This summer consider the activities that will nurture your many needs, and help you enjoy yourself!

(tips courtesy of psychcentral.com)

Why I chose ORANGE lipstick (and what you should choose)

Hey there ORANGE lipstick here. Just checking in with all my bright and shining glory. Ever thought about slipping a little bit of this magic right on those perfect lips? No. Oh. That’s really sad. Lets talk about that…

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There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to your lips. Most people choose to shy away from colors that are very bright or obvious. I am going to shine a light on your choices by breaking it down for you technically because there is a science to your color choices.

Introducing the color wheel. A basic color wheel consists of your primary colors. Red, blue and yellow. All other colors come from mixing these three OG’s. When you start to put these colors together you can see that you get your purples greens and oranges. The colors on either side of any specific color are called complimentary colors. This means that they look good together.

The next thing to know is that there are different tones. They can really be categorized into 3 areas. There are cool tones, warm tones and neutral tones. The key to finding your PERFECT LIP COLOR is to figure out what your skin’s under tone is. I have a pink undertone in my skin. This is why I flush easily and have some skin sensitivities. This is common in people with fair skin.

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The next tidbit is that anything on the yellow, orange and red side are warm tones. Pink is actually red and white which means there is a warmth to that tone as well. Since pink is basically red that means I actually have a warm undertone despite how fair-skinned I am.

Are you totally bored yet? Hang in there because I promise you will really appreciate this when you find your signature color. So if you look at the color on either side of red which we have established is my skin’s undertone you can see that the complimentary colors are purple and orange. So you have seen me in Orange lipstick. Let’s test the theory with a little photo of my lips decked out in purple. The key here is to select a purple on the warm side. Anything to blue will actually be cool which is the opposite of my skins warm undertone. Blue is fun and I rock it on occasion but I admit it does not look as good as the purple and orange lipsticks I use.

Screenshot_20180522-205732Surprise! Doesn’t it look good. I know you had your doubts. I’m not mad. Now that you know you can determine what your skin’s undertone is you can try out all the lips shades you never thought you could wear! For example if you have that olive skin it is actually a green undertone. Try a golden lipstick shade or you will be surprised to find that a blue or teal lip color might look good on you! I know it’s daring but you can try it out at home on  a Sunday when nobody is watching.

Ultimately determining your undertone is key to finding your complimentary colors. If you don’t know how to start all you have to do is book a consultation with your stylist. They can help you discover all kinds of fun things about your look. This same concept is transferable to your hair and clothes to. You can book your consultation on our website at http://www.pommespa.com with any of our amazing stylists. Until then Peace. Love. Pomme.

xoxo

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