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.

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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

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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

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Are you using the right cleanser for your skin

We have all had bad skin days at one point or another. Your skin can be too dry, oily, uneven or maybe you’ve even had acne breakouts. Here’s the real question…what do we expect from our cleanser? You may think our cleanser should just be able to remove make-up and dirt leaving our skin feeling soft and healthy, but you could be using the wrong cleanser for your face type. Most people don’t realize your skin type actually changes.  Be it weather, change in hormones, stress or maybe just age. Your cleanser (and moisturizer) should be able to keep up. I’m going to talk about 3 different skin types and the 3 cleansers your should be using at home for optimal results.

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Skin Type 1-Dry Skin

You’ve seen it, its flaky and splotchy, make-up doesn’t look its best and it MAY be your cleanser. Hydrating cream and oil based cleansers are excellent for dry skin but did you know that exfoliating may be the most beneficial thing you can do for your skin type. I would recommend the Le Mieux Exfoliating Cleanser. It is specifically designed to cleanse and remove excess build up of dead skin cells.

 

Skin Type 2-Oily Skin

Oily skin is shiny, feels greasy, and usually your pores are very large. You might even have clogged pores and blackheads which makes it difficult to apply make-up. It may feel like it’s actually sliding off your face. Most people go straight for a stronger often gel based cleanser, but did you know as counterproductive as it may seem an oil based cleanser it the best thing you could use. Your skin is over producing oil because you keep stripping it thinking you are overly dry. This signals your body to produce even more oil.  If you stop that vicious cycle and give your skin a little oil your body will halt its oil production believing you don’t need anymore. Leaving your skin feeling clean and hydrated. I would recommend Le Mieux Phyto-Marine Cleansing Lotion.

 

Skin Type 3-Combination and Acne prone skin

Combination skin is tricky. Acne happens for a million reasons, sometimes we never really know why it happens. But since it does, it may be difficult to find the best cleanser. The truth is there may not be a one size fits all solution for your skin type. My best recommendation is to alternate between an exfoliating cleanser once a week to remove dead skin cells which cause dry skin to build up, and a foam based cleanser to remove excess oil without stripping your skin the rest of the time. I would recommend Le Mieux Peptide Foam Cleanser.

 

If you are experiencing dry skin, oily skin, acne or any other skin concerns please consider taking them to a professional esthetician. We can provide several services such as Dermaplaning,  Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, LED, Micro current, Serum treatments and custom masks. I would be more than happy to help you with any skin concerns.

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!

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.

Love

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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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

Love