Hair. Skin. Nails. 5 Reasons To Use Pro Products

As a Hairstylist I meet a lot of people and we often talk about what they are using on their hair in the shower. I have heard on more than one occasion that a client may not use professional products because they ” just can’t tell the difference, so why pay so much more.” I honestly empathize with this… before my fellow stylists flip the page let me explain myself.

  1. Professional products do not = instant gratification. Most of the best professional products out there are designed scientifically to enter the hair shaft or the skins pores and actually make it healthier. The products are a specific molecular makeup and will repair, smooth, moisturize, protect on a molecular level. This is the long game we are talking about. Fixing damage and softening coarse hair takes time. Most of us want to put something on our hair, rinse, dry and see an immediate miracle. Some over the counter product’s will include ingredients that will band aid your hair issues. You are fixing nothing but it can satisfy your instant gratification for hair that feels and looks better even if its really not.
  2. OTC products can build up. Those over the counter products that make your hair feel better instantly use ingredients that coat the hair shaft. Glossing over your hairs health problems might make it feel better but those types of ingredients typically build up on your hair over time. Suddenly your hair begins to feel even more brittle days after you wash it. You find yourself saying ” Oh I need some more of that awesome OTC product that makes my hair feel so soft. ” As you use it more often the build up hardens and begins to break your hair. It is a vicious cycle. Build up is not healthy hairs friend.
  3. What goes on your skin also ends up in your blood stream. Professional products are held to a different standard. The FDA does NOT regulate the beauty industry as closely as we would like. Over the counter or products found at the drug store can make claims on their packaging that are not entirely true. For example boxed hair color can claim they are ” Ammonia Free ” as long as they contain below a certain percentage of ammonia. ” Sulfate Free ” and ” All Natural ” shampoo and conditioner is usually NOT entirely sulfate free or all natural. These companies have to use ingredients that allow for their price point. All businesses are looking to make a profit. If your products are inexpensive it probably does not contain the highest quality ingredients. Those ingredients are going directly into your blood stream and you are potentially using them multiple times per week when you wash your hair or face. It is something to consider.
  4. Licensed Professionals sell pro products. This means you are getting sort of a prescription for your hair and skin. An expert is suggesting something that they believe will give you the greatest possible benefit. Isn’t that so much better than groping around in the dark looking for something that will hopefully work for you? As a side note, if you purchase your professional products from a licensed stylist you are literally supporting a human being as a small business instead of lining the pockets of large scale corporations. Your small local business deserves as much support as they can get. Love on your stylists and salons.
  5. Pro products are less risky. Since you are purchasing your professional products from a licensed stylist and / or your local salon. They usually consider it their prescription for your hair or skin. When you go to a doctor if they give you a prescription that does not work as well as you hope you can go back in and get it adjusted. You can do the same at your salon and they will usually exchange the products for another at no additional charge. This is important because finding the perfect regimen for your hair or skin can take time and you may need to try a couple of things before you find your magical mixture. It is nice to be able to experiment with less risk and a little guidance.

This isn’t your Ted Talk on using pro products but I feel like it should be! Maybe their people will reach out to me one day but until then you can follow me on social media for continued advice on using the best possible products. Things that support your health and well being as well work for your hair and skin. I love doing personal consultations and offering my advice to people on the hunt for their dream beauty regimen. I can do virtual and in person consultations. Feel free to book one of those via my website http://www.pommespa.com and select the book online tab looking for the service titled ” Complimentary Consultation “. Until then I’m wishing you the happiest hair in the land and all the self care in the world.

xoxo

H

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

The Worlds Most Meaningful Maintenance…

I want to discuss with you something that’s weighed heavy on my heart for some time. We have entered the era of self care. People all over the world are prioritizing things that matter to them. For many especially women, and mothers we may be prioritizing our self care for the first time in our entire lives. This is HUGE. As we enter the wide world of self care we might find ourselves in a sea of ways to achieve a heightened sense of well being. It can get overwhelming.

First, let me say you absolutely deserve to be doing this. We provide maintenance for our houses, businesses, belongings. Hell even our cities are providing maintenance for our streets, and public places. Self care can be absolutely anything that you value. Of course anybody should encourage you to practice hobbies, and anything else that brings you joy as a form of self care. With that being said I recently saw a meme going around that said something along the lines of Self Care doesn’t just mean getting your nails done and shopping. It was designed to remind the every day consumer that their health is important to. It encouraged people to do things like exercise as a form of self care. Don’t mis read me here… I am 100% behind healthy habits and how they promote self care in all kinds of glorious ways. But I came here to make outwardly taking care our our bodies okay too. It is so easy to consider beauty routines a sort of lavish extra. It really IS NOT. ” Beauty ” routines are BOMB for an assortment of reasons, but really because it is a way of taking care of your body, and your doing it just for you.

Let me just enlighten you on how many body maintenance services the beauty world offers. The list is endless but the main ones include hair care and all that goes with it, waxing, lash extensions, nails, pedicures, massage, and so much more. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Also within those categories come variations of services. On average people find 2 or 3 types of beauty maintenance manageable at most. Some people get their hair and nails done. Some people prefer to spend all their time and money on hair extensions. Some ladies LOVE their faux lashes and make it a priority to get extensions on them every 2 weeks. I have had them and trust… Lash Extensions are game changers. BUT (and thats a big but) as much as I love getting my hair done and live for a perfect set of lashes. I want to talk to you about the most under rated self care service of all time.

FACIALS. Let me tell you why. Your skin is worn front and center right up on your face from the day you are born until the day you die. Your nails grow out, and your hair will eventually all be cut off and replaced by new, but your skin. That stays with you forever. There are things taking place behind the scenes like cellular turnover to keep your skin fresh, but it’s just not the same. The best advice I ever give my clients as a beauty professional is to incorporate regular facials into their outward body maintenance, and self care routines. Skincare seems like even more of a luxury than getting our roots colored or our nails done because it does not grow out with an obvious line of demarcation reminding us to care for it again. That does not make it any less important. It is actually the most important thing you can ever do for yourself. Those monthly facials may not seem like they are making all that much of a difference until suddenly your 70 years old, and you have half as many fine lines and dark spots, and wrinkles as your peers.

It is also just as much about health as it is about beauty. Your skin being the largest organ of your entire body is the most prone to attack from environmental stress. Those pores are soaking up everything you come in contact with. That makes choices about what we put on our skin SO much more important than we make them. Every body wash, glitter, makeup product, lotion, even shampoo we decide to use enters our body, and our blood stream directly through our skin.

Your Esthetician really is your best friend. Please go in and make a relationship with a Skincare Professional who can guide you on…

1. How often and what types of skincare services you need.

2. What you should be using at home.

3. What products to stay away from for long term health, and wellness.

4. Information on when you might need to get further help from a dermatologist or a doctor.

Your Esthi is on the front lines with you doing battle. Be the best you can be to your own body by making skincare a priority. I encourage you to consider if you must which beauty routine or service you might be willing to trade in for regular facials, and skincare.

If you are near us you can always book an appointment with our Skincare Specialist by visiting our website, and selecting the book online tab. If you are looking for a new Esthi you can start with a basic google search in your area. Remember any good Esthetician will always do an in depth consultation, and skin assessment and customize your services. There is no one size fits all in skincare.

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

 

 

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

5 Reasons Why you should get your hair and makeup done on NYE.

There are a million reasons I believe we should be getting our hair and makeup done professionally at least 4 times a year but New Years Eve is especially important. The truth is that it has much less to do with they way you look and a lot to do with the way you feel. How you feel on New Years Eve really sets the tone for the entire year. My personal advice would be DO SOMETHING. Anything really. Even if your plan is to stay home and put your kids to bed on time, try to make it special. Maybe a New Years bed time book, a new tradition with your kids or a home date with your partner after the kids are down for the night. Maybe you need to make more time for yourself and a little alone time is just the ticket… All of these options are more than viable and can catapult you into a succesful and happy year ahead.

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If you are going out I would like to suggest a New Years Eve pampering sess. Hair, Makeup, Nails WHATEVER makes YOU feel good. New Years Eve should be about self-care. There are a hundred holidays for everybody else. Hell. Even on your birthday there is usually friends and family who want to celebrate your life with you. New Years Eve though, is an unclaimed holiday. Take it for yourselves!

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With that in mind here are 5 reasons why you should get your hair and makeup professionally done if you are going out on New Years Eve.

  1. New Year Beautiful You. It’s important to feel like the most beautiful version of ourselves every once in a while. While we can get busy with life, kids, commuting, careers, hobbies, friends and families it is really important to just feel good about YOUrself. Let a professional help. They know what they are doing. If you have a regular hairstylist you already trust then start there. They know your style and what you think is beautiful. Let them make your inner beauty shine out and start the year off right.
  2. You can often use your shampoo / blow out as an opportunity to learn something. Ask your stylist for some tips on how to recreate the look yourself. Whenever you take the time to put some effort into your appearance you give the impression to the world that you give a sh#@. Sometimes that can prove invaluable. When you are trying to advance in your career or teach your kids about self-care and hygiene for example. I know it is easier to roll out of bed and let your hair air dry and trust me I do myself at least 95% of the time but this year I’m thinking I can try to take care of me a little bit more. That starts with giving myself the sleep I need to get up early enough to take care of my body.
  3. The salon is a really valuable networking tool. It might not pop into your head as the first place you would go to meet people but I can’t tell you have many bonds have been forged in a hair salon. You would be surprised who you can come across by spending a couple of hours at the salon. Are you in real estate? Somebody the next chair over might be desperate to sell their house and looking FOR YOU! Need family photos taken? Your hairstylist or Makeup Artist knows everybody. Strike up simple, friendly conversations with kindred spirits and let that carry you right into the New Year.
  4. Good Energy. If you love your local salon then that place should be full of good energy which is the best place to be when you are getting ready to ring in a New Year. Good conversations, good vibes, great hair, beautiful makeup and a PERFECT New Year. Let it all rub off on you and then carry that to your party or date and revel in all that is good as you celebrate your way through New Years Eve.
  5. Relaxation. The salon experience can be as relaxing as it is fun. There is nothing better than entering one of your favorite places and feeling completely relaxed and at home. Let your stylist take you into their hands while you sit back and enjoy the company while you relax it out. Emerge beautiful, bright and totally chill. So ready to take on another year.

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Makeup by Ashlyn Brandenburg. Hair by Heather Leslie Tabor.

My last piece of advice is to choose a stylist that you trust. It might not be the night to use that Groupon you bought on a whim for a really cheap haircut. If your going to get the most out of the experience you have to feel comfortable enough to let your stylist take care of you. A really good stylist should be doing an in-depth consultation the first time they see you. If you’re visiting someone new on NYE just take your time talking with them before hand and get comfortable with their plans for your look.

Other than that have fun, party hard, enjoy your life and Happy New Year!

XOXO

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Current Nail Obsession…

I would like to take a moment to discuss something with you all… My current NAIL OBSESSION. I can’t stop. Heres the thing. It can definately be considered a want as opossed to a NEED. While this may be true for some it’s really not for me and maybe not for you either.

  1. My job requires that I look relatively put together. A simple manicure can really pull together a more casual outfit and make you look a little “polished.” (haha)
  2. If done appropriately it can protect the health and well being of your natural nails. Obviously this does not apply if your allowing your stylist to use a drill on your natural nail or if your using low quality polishes which tend to be chock full of harmful ingredients.
  3. Bye bye breakage. I have nails that love to split or crack on the edges. Its annoying. How can I EVER grow my nails out if they are constantly breaking forcing me to trim the excess. Because, well an uneven nail is one of the worlds most annoying things. A nice basic polish or SNS can help you grow your nails and minimize breakage.

If your still with me then professional nail care is probably more of  a requirement for you too. No worries! Introducing my current NAIL OBSESSION… Smith and Cult nail polish.

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I would like to propose bringing back the healthiest possible form of professional nail care. The traditional manicure. Add the spa like qualities we have come to know and love today like massage and a glass of wine and presto. You have the healthiest possible way to professionaly care for your nails and keep them safe and happy. Take home a bottle of Smith and Cult polish in the color you chose and apply touch ups. VOILA your traditional mani will last alot longer!

Your Welcome. 😉

P.S. This polish is to die for on your toes too.

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With Love your friend in fashion,

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Stylist / Owner

Pomme Salon & Spa

heather@pommespa.com

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