5 Beauty Secrets that will save your life…

Hey Beauty Babes thanks for visiting me on my blog again. I wouldn’t know what to do with all the random information I gather if I didn’t have all of you to talk to! I have been spending some time gathering beauty facts. 10 plus years to be exact, and I thought I would share 5 beauty secrets that you need to know. When your done reading please share your favorite beauty secrets with me in the comments.

Beauty Secret 1: Prime your perfume with Vaseline. We prime our faces, and our eyes before we put makeup on them but has anybody EVER told you to dab a little layer of Vaseline in the areas you plan to apply your perfume? The Vaseline will trap some of the scent and keep it alive for much longer. Obviously be careful. Don’t apply your Vaseline to thick or you will be sticky and uncomfortable.

Beauty Seret 2: Argan and Jojoba oils are the BEST for your hair. These specific oils have the smallest molecular makeup and the right molecular weight to penetrate more deeply into the hair cuticle. There are tons of oils out there that people like to use for their skin, and hair but they are NOT all created equal. In fact some oils may be coating your hair or clogging your pores. Everybody jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon but it may not be your best bet depending on your hair type. It is not the worst oil for you but it also doesn’t have the most lucrative molecular makeup for optimal hair health. Keune So Pure Argan Oil, Kevin Murphy Young.Again oil, and Leonor Greyl Magnolia Oil are my personal favorites and have the best molecular makeup for your hair.

Speaking of oils… Beauty Secret 3: Solar Oil is BOMB for your nails. Don’t tell me why nail techs don’t always share this secret but its major! You know how you get your nails removed and the health of your real nail emerges absolute garbage? Well there are several reasons why, and your first step should be to find an amazing nail tech who truly cares for your nails health and wellbeing. They seem to be few and far between and I have ALWAYS wanted one at my spa ( holler if you know somebody ). One magical nail tech once told me that putting nail enhancements on your natural nail deprives them of moisture. The gel, acrylic or dip powder soaks up the hydration leaving none behind for you. If you rub some solar oil on your nails every other day then your nail enhancement will have all the oil it needs and it won’t steal it from your natural nails. Long story short you can have nail enhancements and healthy natural nails. It’s just not cheap, and you have to go out of your way to find a nail tech who will go out of their way to make sure of it.

Beauty Secret 4: Paraffin wax for your hands and feet. Since we just talked about your nails lets move along and address your hands. If you have never heard of paraffin wax it is an amazing way to soften your skin. You can get a paraffin Wax hand or foot dip at your local salon or spa or you can do it yourself at home. I will say it can seem a little daunting on your own but it’s really pretty basic. The wax will harden around your hands and when you pull them out of the bag your skin will feel like silk.

Beauty Secret 5: Aloe Vera juice is like a multi vitamin for your hair and it promotes a healthy scalp. You can grow your own aloe. It is one of the easier plants to keep alive and every so often break off a stalk and juice it. It makes your hair feel great but mostly it’s a miracle for your scalp. It helps with dry scalp, dandruff. Side note it helps prevent hair loss by breaking down the build up that clogs hair follicles and stimulates fresh hair growth. So slather your scalp with aloe once a week and watch your hair bounce back baby.

There are probably another hundred or more tidbits I could share but I had just enough time to get these 5 down on paper. I took my time choosing the best few for this particular article but you should book an appointment with your stylist because they can share so much more. Think of your stylists recommendations as a prescription for healthy hair and skin. If you do not already have a stylist you love you can always book one of mine online at www.pommespa.com. Start with a free consultation or a basic haircut and they will come up with a complete beauty plan customized just for you. Thanks for being with me, and happy skin and hair all year long!

xoxo

H

Haute Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift this holiday season of giving back to the environment by shopping at your local high end consignment or resale boutique! We are not talking about the nearest Goodwill. Smaller locally owned consignment shops can be found in many cities and towns. They are often hidden gems full of beautiful items and discounted prices. The best part about these places is that they are usually owned by actual members of the community, and your money is going to a real family who needs your support. The problem is most people can’t imagine what they could buy at a resale shop that they could gift. Problem solved here is a Haute Holiday Gift Guide of 3 types of items you could find currently at my consignment boutique Haute Exchange in Dripping Springs Texas, and most resale shops across the United States. 

Holiday Presence 

There is no present in the world like the gift of presence. This idea  is inspired by the collection of gemstones and crystals found throughout our boutique. Everything from raw crystal jewelry to actual stones made to bless the receiver with something extraordinary. For example Amethyst is a stone of spiritual protection and purification. You can find it in our precious gems and crystal collections. There are several jewelry items made with Rose Quartz that opens the heart and restores trust and harmony in relationships. It can be even more effective when worn close to the skin. Crystals make beautiful, and special gifts that can bring so much more to those who receive them. 

Coming In Clutch

This year mini bags and purses have been IN STYLE. That includes the classic clutch. High end resale is the perfect place to find usually expensive and very beautiful purses. We have a collection of amazing clutches in the shop ready for their forever home under your tree. Every  young woman needs the perfect clutch for a special occasion. I know you have found yourself dressed to impress suddenly realizing you were about to carry your large everyday bag into a formal event, and completely clash your outfit. 

The Millennial Crop

The youngsters these days seem to have skipped their awkward phase. For the first time we are seeing a younger generation make the crop top look effortlessly cool, and not completely hoochie. These ladies have been pairing their crops with boyfriend jeans, and high waisted bottoms, and they are looking very high fashion. Most high end resale boutiques are rich with vintage wear and really cute crop tops. Pick up a few for the millennial in your life, and maybe a little something for you too.

 

These are just 3 simple examples of fun gifts you can find for loved ones in a consignment shop near you. There are so many more treasures to be found hiding between the racks at your local resale boutique. Think winter boots, fashion accessories, amazing scarves, vintage, and silk! As a perk my shop offers free personal shopping experiences, and a glass of wine or Topo Chico while you browse. Take advantage of sweet little towns all over offering unique and fun finds this holiday season, and support a local business.

Xoxo

H

The Truth About Beauty Oils

 

The Truth About Beauty Oils

By Heather Leslie Tabor

If you are still using coconut oil for everything from cooking to deep conditioning your hair raise your hand? The trend hit like a freight train, and most people never got off at the station. The hard truth? Coconut oil is NOT a cure for everything. If you read on I will give you all the information you need to select the appropriate oils for your beauty routine.

Have you ever wondered why they do not make a one size fits all beauty oil that you can apply from head to toe for hair, skin, and nails? There are 3 foundational reasons. 1. Molecular makeup matters! I am going to get all scientific on you in the next paragraph so “bare” with me. (Yes that is a skincare pun). 2. Build up is bad for many reasons which we will discuss. 3. The product’s weight plays a huge part in how your hair looks, and feels.

Some of my favorite products for smoothing and healing hair.

1. Molecular make up matters because to work the oil has to be able to penetrate your hairs cuticle layer or you skin’s pores. If you use an oil with a large molecule it will sit on top of your hair rather than seep into the cuticle layer. Oils do more good from within. If they can’t get in they simply coat the outside of the hair strand. It might make it feel better immediately, but as soon as you shampoo it will be dry again. If the oil can get inside it can heal deeply rather than make it feel better temporarily. The same is true for your skin. It must be able to penetrate the skin surface.

2. Build up is bad. Large molecules that sit on the surface of your hair, and skin tend to build up over time. This build up can stop your expensive professional products from doing their job. Pro products are usually designed with the correct size molecule to penetrate your hair shaft or your skin, and work really well. If they are blocked by a build up of larger molecules they will only be semi effective. This applies to the build up you get from drug store brand products as well. They block the good stuff from doing it’s job! Detox your hair with a maxi wash or exfoliate well before you switch to your new professional brand products for better results.

3. Choose the right weight. Your products oil or otherwise NEED to be the appropriate weight for your hair and skin. Finding the right weight is tricky because everyone is different. If your hair is course or wiry you can use a heavier weight oil. If your skin is already oily you may need a lighter weight oil based product. The absolute BEST way to determine what product you need is to ask your Hairstylist or Esthetician. At my salon we do FREE consultations and skin assessments.

My personal favorite beauty oils….

Leneor Greyl Magnolia oil( great for hair & skin )

Keune Argan Oil Light ( hair )

Pur Erb Deep Cleansing Oil ( skin )

Blossom Cuticle Oil ( nails )

Kevin Murphy Young.Again Oil (hair)

I wish you the best of luck in your beauty journey. We are always here for your at Pomme Salon & Spa. Visit our website for more information on our products and services. Feel free to comment with questions! We personally respond to every one.

xoxo

Heather

 

 

Hard Water & Your Hair

Hard water

There are 3 main reasons our hair feels bad. Environmental, internal, and chemical damage. Today we want to talk about the big one in our area. Environmental damage. The hard water here causes a build up like you have never seen before. The end result is dry, damaged, straw like hair texture. The best products don’t solve the problem. Your stylist can’t seem to fix it. You have tried EVERYTHING! Lets get intentional about targeting hard water specifically Here are 3  of the best things you could do to battle the hard water problem you may be having with your hair…

  1. Having a water softener obviously helps but you should know the damage you see on your hair from hard water is rooted in the mineral build up the hard water causes. When you soften the water your system most likely uses sodium which is another mineral. While it helps you are still adding mineral content to your hair which is why in certain areas you will need more than a softener to fix your hard water hair problem. I recommend a filter for your shower head. They are easily attachable and will help to filter some of the mineral from your water before it ever touches your hair.
  2. The filter is not enough on it’s own. You will need to manually remove the build up at least once every other month using an ultra cleansing shampoo. I would like to recommend products that use essential oils etc. to remove build up. Harsher clarifying shampoos have molecules that scratch your cuticle layer and can cause more damage than it helps. Malibu Hard Water Wellness Shampoo is on my recommended list. It targets mineral build up specifically without stripping your hair of it’s color, and natural oils. I also like Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash. Kevin Murphy is always doing something to nourish your hair while it does it’s main job.
  3. Protect your hair by getting a glaze in the salon. Glazes are not super expensive, don’t take a lot of time, end with a gorgeous blow out, and protect your hair not only from hard water mineral build up but other harsh environmental damage like the sun. Anybody can get a glaze whether they color their hair or not. They make glazes in every shade from clear to bright red. You can have fun with the shade or keep it clean and clear. Your glaze will also add shine and luminosity as an added benefit.

I can think of 100 other ways to protect and cure hard water mineral build up on your hair but I wanted to focus mainly on these 3 for today. Mostly I recommend having a Hairstylist who is in charge of your hairs health and well being as well as it’s color, cut, and style. Your stylist should be able to recommend home care at different points during the year to keep your hair as healthy, and happy as possible.

If you are interested in starting a home care hair regimen to solve any hair problem you may have please feel free to reach out to us at Pomme Salon. We always offer free consultations, and advice to anybody, and everybody whether they are a client or not because we care about hair so freaking much!

xoxo

H

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5 Autumn Ideas for your hair

Happy Fall sweet clients and friends. With a new season comes change. In other places you watch the leaves change color and slip gracefully to their crunchy grave on the ground, but here in Texas we bust out boots and sweaters on Monday, and slip into a tank top on Tuesday. We wonder if we will sweat through our Halloween Costumes or have to ruin them with a sweater. Long story short the one thing you can bet on is things are changing. People like to change their hair, their clothes, their flavors…. Queue Pumpkin Spice Season. Here are some Autumn ideas for fun little changes you may want to make. Spoiler alert all of these ideas are GOOD FOR YOU!

  1. Everybody wants to change their hair color when the seasons change. That is a given, but with all the heaters coming on we suck every bit of moisture out of the air. Couple that with the summer damage we have done, and you hair is probably fried. I would like to suggest that it is the PERFECT time of year for Hair Treatments. Put that moisture back in there baby.
  2. Change up the product girl! It is time to bust out your hair oils, smoothing products and thicker conditioners. If you get oily hair, have fine hair or a lot of damage I would like to introduce my new favorite line of products… Hairstory is a whole new way of shampooing. One product to rule them all. No more Shampoo and then Conditioner. I can only share my experience. The non suds nature was odd for me at first but once my hair dried I could not stop touching it. I knew this product was amazing, and the shampoo brush is the perfect perk. Dare I say my split ends are better… Yes I do. It is a pro product so you will need a link to buy. I will share mine here for you to take a look. xoxo     Hairstory Link 
  3. Everybody wants to go darker for the fall but when I think fall I immediately see Pumpkin Spice, Caramel, Cinnamon, fallen leaves, Hot Chocolate… I think warmth. Ask your Hairstylist if you have the skin tone to go in a copper, red or golden direction instead of just plain dark. You can always do this in a semi permanent which will allow for easy change if you want to go back after the seasons change.  golden20181229_142056 cropped-fb_img_1489564670343.jpg
  4. I know it seems typical to grow your hair out to keep you warm during the winter, but consider going in the opposite direction. A textured bob paired with a beautiful scarf and some chunky earrings is a very trendy way to spend your fall season.
  5. This suggestion is only hair related in the sense that I own a small local Hair Salon in Dripping Springs, but I am going to throw it out there anyways. As Christmas approaches SHOP LOCAL! Your small local businesses need your support more than the typical chains do. Gift cards, stocking stuffers, packages, products and so much more unique, and interesting finds await you in that sweet local shop you may not have noticed before. You can expect to find a local business guide for Christmas shopping in my next article.

Until then. Thank you for reading all about the 5 Autumn Ideas I had for your hair. As always I am available for all of your questions, comments, and ideas for future articles. I hope you are having a wonderful Fall Season so far.

Peace. Love. Pomme

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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,

Love

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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Orange Lipstick

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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Color Wheel

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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