Redken E-Liter Salon Sale

Everyone may be excited about the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual sale, but the real Semi-Annual sale to get excited about is with our Liter-sale at Elements of Style Salon and Day Spa. Now, I know you what you are thinking, “How is shampoo and conditioner actually that exciting?”

This sale gives you 30% off of liters, which gives you four times the amount that is in a regular size bottle with very little difference in price. How quickly do you run out of those small bottles? It sometimes seems like they disappear in a blink of an eye. Liters could last you a year! Plus, who doesn’t love a free travel size hairspray with your purchase? If you are an avid traveller, our buy one get one free pumps make it easier to pump the shampoo and conditioner into a travel size container. Have a vacation home? Don’t worry about having to bring travel sizes each time and stock up with the liters to last you a while at your second home!

At this time of year, everyone has new years resolutions to become healthier. Healthier hair can be one of those resolutions. All of Pureology products are vegan. Did you consider the products you use when making resolutions about a major lifestyle change?

These liters allow you to try great products at a lower cost, but like any semi-annual sale you need to act fast because supplies are limited.

You may see some of these sales at beauty stores with a lower price. One thing to consider is that with some salons, like Elements of Style, money from sales goes towards an educational fund. The salon will then use this money for classes to make the service providers better so then they can better serve you.

Spa Services

Kneading that Couples Time

By: Laura Koontz

Who doesn’t love or straight out just NEED a massage?  How many nights have you come home after an extremely long and stressful day at the office and just NEEDED your other half to rub your back and neck?  And it lasts around about five minutes, ten if you’re lucky before you hear “My hands hurt, I’m done.”  Then he usually wants a 90-minute massage in return.  Right.  We’ve all been there.  Maybe your best bet would be for both of you to get a professional massage every now and then, but for some guys that can be out of their comfort zone.  Most men do love massage, but possibly the idea of just coming to the spa on their own can sound a bit intimidating.  One of the best solutions I tell my female clients that want to try to get their hubby’s to come in is have them come in with you!

One of our most comfort-zone friendly ways of getting spouses to come in for a massage is offering our amazing couples massage.  Before the massage itself, you get to enjoy our couples massage room with champagne, chocolates, and there is an optional questionnaire game to play with each other.  Of course the best part following is 50-minute massage.  There have been so many studies done on all of the positive effects mentally, physically, and emotionally that massage can do for you. I could ramble some statistics but one of the truest things I could say about the benefits of a couples massage is the positive effect I see for couples after they enjoy the experience together.  Whether it’s your first year together or the 50th, with as busy as everyone is in their day-to-day lives, to be able to take the time out of the day to enjoy this experience with each other is huge.

It doesn’t have to just be husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend.  I’ve had best friends come in for a day of reconnecting, mothers and daughters celebrating the birth of a child and grandchild, any relationship that both people need that time to take care of their bodies and themselves overall.  Allowing you to rejuvenate and refresh with someone you care about is the BEST thing I can say about couple’s massages.

Salon Services

Transformation Tuesday

By: Brittany Harvey

In the salon world, there’s always that day that every hairdresser looks forward to: when one of our clients sits in our chair and says “I wanna do something different.” Our first reaction is usually the deer in the headlights look, but then it’s followed by an excited “Okay, what were you thinking?”

This is the kind of thing stylists live and breathe for. We love when our clients trust us to do something completely different with their hair, especially if the next words out of their mouths are “Do whatever you want!”

The most important thing about any color transformation is consultation. That’s where we, as stylists, get to sit back and listen to what the client wants. This part is extremely important because my idea of red might be completely different than the client’s idea of red. Does red mean a vivid red or more of a copper red? Pictures are key! They will give us the best idea of what you are and are not looking for. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to he consultation because we want to make sure that you are getting the result that you want in the end.

The end result might not even be achievable in the first visit. This is quite possibly the hardest thing to explain to the client. We want to give the client what they want, but we also want to do it in the best way possible to maintain the integrity of the hair. Fried hair isn’t really a desired look, so the process might take a few treatments and appointments.

The best part is the last part: styling and pictures! Transformations are made to be documented. It is absolutely mesmerizing to watch hair go from one thing to something completely different and to watch all of steps in between. Stylists love to show off their clients hair and all of the steps it took behind the scenes to achieve their look! That’s why we document on our Facebook and Instagram profiles. But remember, you must get permission from your client before you post.

Salon Services

Mira Mira on the Wall

By: Tina Alvarez

If you are anything like me, you have a make-up bag overflowing with products and no clue what they are actually for or how to use them. Why did I even buy this? What was I thinking?! When it comes down to it, you really only need a few basic products to look absolutely flawless. A little concealer here, a brush of blush there and a dab of lip-gloss will do you good.

From primer and bronzers to shadows and glosses, Mirabella is one stop shop for all your beauty needs, offering a variety of coordinated shades to help you create a comfortable, finished look.

Mirabella believes beauty is a lifestyle NOT just a product. All Mirabella products are Paraben-free, Gluten-free, and Talc-free. All formulas are infused with skin-loving antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. No fillers or substitutes, simply the best of the best.

The perfect way to start your day is with Mirabella Prime. This is a silky, smooth, clear primer that helps with puffiness under the eyes and redness on the face. The primer creates the perfect base for any Mirabella foundation. It’s the perfect way to prep your face for an all day wear.

Then comes foundation. And guess what? Finding your foundation has never been easier! Mirabella foundations are based on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type System. This is a scientific skin tone scale that enables women to find their perfect shade. It’s a simple way to make sure you find the right formula and foundation.

The Blush Color Duos invigorate the skin with a simple swipe. Matte shades create a radiant, healthy glow giving life to the face. Each shade can be layered to achieve a different look for every season or even from day to night.

Next is the eyes! Mirabella’s eye shadow quads offer a collection of coordinated shades to create a variety of countless looks from neutrals to glam. Being richly pigmented, the shades apply easily and last all day.

Lash Luxe mascara is an all-in-one mascara adding volume, length, and curl to lashes without clumping. The richly black formula includes Widelash, a clinically proven strengthener in just 15 days of use.

Mirabella Quick Brow creates beautiful brows in seconds! This easy to apply long-wearing formula sweeps on to instantly fill in brows, offering coverage that ranges from natural to bold. Mirabella also carries a brow pencil. Coming in 4 different shades for the perfect shape. Combining the quick brows filler and the pencil gives a shape that pops.

Finish off your look with a Colour Luxe gloss. Intense hydration creates a luminous shine for youthful looking lips. Luxurious formula nourishes lips and patented anti-aging peptide restore lip tissue, boosts collagen and increases volume,.Luxe gloss is also lead-free and propylene-glycol-free.

Whatever your style, these looks will let you stay true to you. Caking makeup on your face too look “flawless” is no longer necessary.

Spa Services

Brow down to waxing…

By: Gina Prisaznick

Eyebrows are an essential part of our daily beauty routine. They frame your face and if done properly, can make your eyes stand out. So for many of you; waxing, plucking, tweezing, or threading is necessary.

Measuring your eyebrows can go a long way in helping you get your perfect shape. If you are unsure what shape will be good for you, stop in to see your esthetician.

Recently, I have been hearing from a lot of clients that they’ve heard waxing causes fine lines and wrinkles. This is a myth that has been stirred up and passed in for years. The skin on our face is delicate and you do need to practice good skin care; but reality is waxing does not cause wrinkles. Things such as going outside without SPF on your skin, smoking, leaving your makeup on at the end of the day, or being exposed to the elements and pollution WILL cause wrinkles.

It may seem like our fine lines and wrinkles appear overnight, but that’s another myth. Your wrinkles have been years in the making. Yet, it is true that wrinkles are more prone to the delicate area around the eyes because your skin is thinner and it will lose its elasticity quicker in those areas.

We all know that plucking your hair out one by one feels like. But recently, I’ve had a million questions about the differences between waxing and threading. “In threading, a thin(Cotton or polyester) thread is doubled, the twisted. It is then rolled over the areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time. Threading can remove short lines of hair”    {Wikipedia>wiki>threading_(epilation}

Strip waxing is a different story. “Strip waxing is accomplished by spreading wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of the hair growth to remove.” {Wikipedia}

These are done until the preferred shape is reached. Maryland does not have a requirement of a license for threading but the certifications vary by state. on the other hand, waxing require a license. So check with your state laws.