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Top tips from Christina

From Christina, Marketing Director…

Flip through for the top beauty do’s and dont’s that will keep you feeling beautiful until you can get back in a salon chair.

As seen on NBC’s The Hub Today

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Do Exfoliate

It removes the dead skin cells and brightens your skin. But also, by removing those dead skin cells, you’re allowing your skincare products to penetrate your skin easier, so you’re then using less of those products. A lot of people don’t have access to their favorite skincare products now, so they’re trying to ration them.

Don’t Use Boxed Dye

Oribe Root Touch Up Spray is a great quick fix, it comes in 5 shades and we sell it on our website. Don’t use boxed dye and ruin the work your colorist has put into your hair. When you’re finally able to get your hair done again it will end up costing you more as it will most likely result in color correction as opposed to your regular color service. If you absolutely cannot wait, do not use permanent color. Look for a demi or semi-permanent color.

 

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Don’t Overpluck

Don’t ruin the perfect shape your eyebrow specialist has created for you. Now is a great time to let your brows grow in, since you’re not going anywhere. If you need to clean them up, use a Tinkle eyebrow razor, you’ll be able to clean your brows up without causing long term disturbance to your shape, since you’re not pulling hair from the root.

Do Soak

A warm bath with Epsom salts, which contains magnesium sulfate, and a few drops of essential oil can do wonders to relax body and mind.  Muscles are warmed up and re-mineralized with magnesium, which helps them to relax.  Magnesium also can help to prevent nerves from being over-stimulated.  Add to this the benefits of inhaling relaxing essential oils like lavender or rose, and you have a perfect at-home treat that will lead to better sleep, less muscle pain and ultimately a decrease in stress and anxiety.  Both Epsom salts and essential oils can be bought easily and cheaply at pharmacies and other retail stores, so you won’t be stressed about searching everywhere for these products or paying lots of money. If a bath tub is not available, substitute a foot soak with the Epsom salts and essential oils.  Even this will make a significant impact.

Do Remove Your Gel

Let your nails breathe and remove that grown out gel polish. You’ll need acetone remover, cotton balls and aluminum foil. Soak a piece of the cotton ball in acetone, put it over your nail and wrap your finger tip in aluminum foil. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes then scrape off the polish with a cuticle stick. Clean and buff some cuticle or argan oil into your nails once it’s removed.

Olivia’s Recommendations

From Olivia, Esthetician…

 

hydration station…

I like to use Gommage Yon-ka exfoliating peel once a week because it’s best used for the sensitive and dehydrated skin type, followed by my other favorite Phyto58 PS at night to keep the skin nice and bright. It’s like a detox for the face.  Also, it’s important to remember to drink plenty of water, hydrating from the inside out.

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Casey’s Recommendations

From Casey, Esthetician…

 

renew + replenish

I love the Retexturing Activator from SkinCeuticals. It’s my daily chemical exfoliant. Resurfacing the skin but also replenishing the skin because it is dual action and also hydrates.  It minimizes lines, softens skin and plumps!

The best way to maintain the health of your skin is to keep up with your skincare routine as best possible. Just because most of us are stuck at home and not seeing anyone doesn’t mean that you should stop or change your skincare routine. In fact, with the extra home time, take advantage of those masks you have been meaning to use and try to get on a weekly or biweekly schedule with them.

I like to alternate between Yonka’s Clay Masque 105 to even skin tone and remove clogging; and Yonka’s Hydra No 1 Masque for hydration boost.

As it begins to get warmer, most of us are trying to get outside for fresh air and exercise. Remember to use an SPF right before heading out and wear a large brim hat to protect your skin sun damage. The Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is great to help even out skin tone with its universal tint as well as give great SPF protection.

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Tricia’s Recommendations

From Tricia, Esthetician…

Here is a tip to put you in the mood!

After splashing off your fave cleanser-

..take a dab of your Skinceuticals Clay Masque in your palm,

add 2 drops of water to thin application and apply over face.

Moisten fingertips and lightly massage for a few minutes more

..taking your time… enjoy the moments…

now splash off. What do you see?

A lighter, brighter, smooth, pore less – ‘happy skin’!

 

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Krystle’s Recommendations

From Krystle, Massage Therapist…

 

something sweet

Today I took an extra few minutes in the shower to use one of my favorite products, Yonka’s Gommage Aux  Sucres Mandarin. This sugar scrub melts from a sugar to a milk like magic. The scrub exfoliates and nourishes the skin and the invigorating scents from the essential oils of orange and sweet mandarin are the perfect pick-me-up.

Bill’s Recommendations

From Bill, Assistant Spa Director…

 

let’s talk CBD

I feel lucky to have an array of Mary’s Nutritionals products to choose from each day.  I always use the Transdermal Relief Cream twice a day on my inner wrists so that the CBD gets absorbed into my bloodstream and my entire body benefits from the anti-inflammatory properties, but when I need some extra pain relief for specific muscles or joints, I apply some soothing and cooling Muscle Freeze to the painful areas and enjoy almost immediate relief.  And with warmer weather right around the corner, I’m sure I will be using more Burn-Out Spray to soothe and hydrate my skin when I overdo it in the sun.

 

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Yolanda’s Recommendations

From Yolanda, Salon Director…

 

let your hair shine

Moroccanoil Treatment Original. This treatment heals and can be used as prep before your usual curly day styling or before bed as a healing hair treatment. The benefits are added shine and hydration. It also detangles and is great for everyone at home!

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Moroccanoil Hair

Mia’s Recommendations

From Mia, Senior Stylist…

 

for beach waves without heat

On damp hair scrunch Oribe Matte Waves throughout your hair. Once your hair is dry, for a really loose piecey look – work Oribe Airstyle Flexible Finish Crème into your hands and use it to separate and piece apart the waves. If you want a more voluminous look – once your hair is dry, flip your head upside down and spray in Oribe Après Beach Style Spray.

 

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Nadja’s Recommendations

From Nadja, Junior Stylist…

 

miziani 25 miracle milk

is a lightweight leave in treatment that provides multiple benefits in just a few sprays. It is very easy to use. It can be a prep for styling hair, helps detangle with less breakage, provides moisture, protects against heat damage and is free from parabens, sulfates, drying alcohols and mineral oils.

Miracle milk is one of my favorite products and I spray it on MY dreadlocs 2 to 3 times a week because of the moisture factor. Dreadlocs, afros, natural curls, braids, crochets, sew-in hair extensions, and air drying natural hair styles are thirsty for moisture and it is good to spray on your hair 2 to 3 times per week. Be sure if you have any type of hair extension do the best you can to spray on your hair. For those of you that blow dry then flat iron you can use miracle milk every time on Washed and Conditioned WET HAIR as a detangler and a heat protector.

Karyn’s Recommendations

From Karyn, Nail Technician…

 

strengthen and protect

In my opinion, now is a great time for people to let their nails take some time to breathe and get stronger. I would recommend cutting and filing them short and using Nail Envy or Rejuvacote. I personally prefer the satin finish of Nail Envy for a very natural look, but some may prefer the gloss of Rejuvacote.

It is important to keep something on the nails to prevent water damage, excess water exposure is very weakening to nails.

You should also focus on using cuticle oil at least twice a day. Since we are washing our hands/surfaces and using hand sanitizer far more frequently, our nails are very likely to get dried out and brittle. Even with a polish or nail strengthener on the nails, the cuticle oil is beneficial. The client should rub a drop into each nail, paying particular attention to the sides and underneath so as to hydrate from below, where the nail bed actually is. My favorites are Solar Oil or Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil.

 

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Sasha’s Recommendations

From Sasha, Esthetician…

 

stir up a scrub

Exfoliating regularly is so important. If you don’t have a facial scrub you can make your own scrub at home with sugar, coconut oil and your favorite essential oils. This scrub would also be perfect to be used gently on dry hands followed up with some rich hand cream. The Yon-ka Creme Mains is a yummy citrus blend with Vitamins A,C & E and would pair perfectly with the scrub! Now you have a spa treatment right at home!

Sasha’s Scrub Recipe: 2 scoops of sugar, 1 scoop of coconut oil and 10 drops of essential oil.

P.s. Home care routines can be a simplified if you are running low on product and don’t want to buy anything before your next treatment:

– Clean skin at night with your cleanser and washcloth. The washcloth provides decent exfoliation.

– Day time cream can be used day and night, night cream is mostly just for nighttime use with few exceptions.

– Sunscreen is still essential since it is active not only for sun protection but also works on reversing old sun damage.

Elizabeth’s Recommendations

From Elizabeth, Esthetician…

 

sock it to ’em

A good tip for dry/irritated hands in a pinch is to put Vaseline all over hands (acts as a barrier) and put a pair of socks over your hands and go to bed.  When you wake up your hands will be nice and soft!

I use to do this for my daughter, Sophia when she was little because her hands would get dry and cracked.  I tried shea butter, oils, and other creams, but the Vaseline worked the best!

Christine’s Recommendations

From Christine, Spa Director…

 

15 minute glow up

To maintain your skin health in between facials, the most important thing to do is exfoliate. The exfoliation process removes dead cells and brightens your skin. Mix equal amounts of lemon juice, milk and cornstarch to make a face mask. Apply the mask and leave on the skin for 15 minutes. Rinse to remove and you will see a more glowing you! Another advantage of exfoliating, is that you will use less product and the product you do use will work more effectively because it does not have to work through the dead layers. Doing this should hold you until your next HydraFacial!

Alla’s Recommendations

From Alla, Esthetician…

In this difficult time, I want you to spend more time for yourself and I hope it’s going to make you to feel better and look better! I love to cook and I believe that what we eat is also nourishment for our face.  It is very important to wash your face twice a day; and exfoliate twice a week; and you probably already have many tips on doing so. I would like to tell you how important facial masks are and I want to tell you about two different types of masks, using one egg.

 

for nourishment:

Take one egg and separate the yolk from the white. In a bowl, mix the egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon of honey and ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Mix well and apply the mixture on clean skin starting from the neck and applying upwards. Leave on for 20 minutes. During this time you can meditate or just listen to soft music. Remove the mask with warm water and rinse off with cold water.

 

for tightening:

Take the egg white and beat with a fork. Add a few drops of lemon juice and apply the mixture all over the face, neck, and décolleté. Leave the mask on your skin until you will feel that it is very tight, then remove.

After any mask, you should always apply a good moisturizer.

 

If you prefer to purchase our retail masks, I would recommend Yonka Excellence Code Masque for nourishment and Skinceuticals Vitamin C Firming Masque for tightening. Take care of yourself and come out from that “jail” time (aka quarantine) more beautiful! Good luck!

Steven’s Recommendations

From Steven, Massage Therapist…

 

breathe in… breathe out….

I found a website with some breathing exercises designed to reduce stress. If people can’t use massage to destress these should help in the meantime.

 

Bill’s Recommendations

From Bill, Assistant Spa Director…

 

soak it up

A warm bath with Epsom salts, which contains magnesium sulfate, and a few drops of essential oil can do wonders to relax body and mind.  Muscles are warmed up and re-mineralized with magnesium, which helps them to relax.  Magnesium also can help to prevent nerves from being over-stimulated.  Add to this the benefits of inhaling relaxing essential oils like lavender or rose, and you have a perfect at-home treat that will lead to better sleep, less muscle pain and ultimately a decrease in stress and anxiety.  Both Epsom salts and essential oils can be bought easily and cheaply at pharmacies and other retail stores, so you won’t be stressed about searching everywhere for these products or paying lots of money. If a bathtub is not available, substitute a foot soak with the Epsom salts and essential oils.  Even this will make a significant impact.

 

Leah’s Recommendations

From Leah, Massage Therapist…

 

inhale…. exhale…

Two of my favorite tips for Mind Body Wellness during this time are Aromatherapy + Guided Meditation.

My favorites in terms aromatherapy for relaxation are lavender and citrus, or peppermint and eucalyptus for a more healing/revival effect. You can order them online due to not being able to go to stores right now. In terms of using them, you can either smell the bottle or order an aromatherapy diffuser for an even better effect.

In terms of meditation, I usually use YouTube because a lot of meditation apps like Calm and Shine require membership fees, so I will google guided meditation for either during the day or for sleep. There are an abundance of meditation links there and they don’t play ads during meditation on YouTube. I typically use guided meditation before I go to sleep, however I like the meditations in the mornings sometimes just to start my day. If I want to go to sleep I would lay down during meditation, and if it’s during the day I recommend sitting in a chair with my back straight and feet grounded on the floor.

 

Here are a couple of my favorites:

 

https://youtu.be/oJjc4XreJSQ

https://youtu.be/a8LjxXSxBeA

https://youtu.be/h6PNJaWGrwE

https://youtu.be/2Se32n1haEc

https://youtu.be/Zljg2ptExHc

Yolanda’s Recommendations

From Yolanda, Salon Director…

go nuts… coconuts that is

Coconut oil is great for all hair types and heals a variety of scalp issues. It is both antifungal and has antibacterial properties.

For dry scalp areas you can take care of your scalp by mix baking soda and oil and massage it into those areas. Baking soda is a natural clarifying agent.

Mia’s Recommendations

From Mia, Senior Stylist…

 

For dark hair,

if you don’t have any dry shampoo you can mix baby powder with a little bit of cinnamon or cocoa powder so it doesn’t leave a white residue on your hair… and you’ll also smell like dessert.

Complete Home Kit

The total treatment

Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner

Moroccanoil Hand Cream

Yonka: Phyto Bain, Lait Hydrant Detox, Gommage Doux,

Skinceuticals: Gentle Cleanser, A.G.E Eye Serum, Renew Overnight Dry moisturizer

OPI Foot File, Gehwol Moisturizing Foot Foam, Solar Oil

$517.49

 

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*20% of the proceeds of the home care kit sales will go straight to the G2O staff.

Home Skincare Kits

Yonka Kit

Lait or gel nettoyant, gommage, crème 28  and Phyto Contour eye crème $209

 

Skinceuticals Kit

Gentle cleanser, micro-exfoliant scrub, emollience and A.G.E eye serum  $226

 

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Home Bodycare Kit

Yonka Kit

Phyto Bain, Lait Hydrant Detox, Gommage Doux $156

 

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*20% of the proceeds of the home care kit sales will go straight to the G2O staff.

Home Haircare Kits

Color Protect

Kerastase Chromatique: shampoo, fondant, mask $118

 

Normal/dry

Kerastase Nutritive: shampoo, fondant, mask $118

 

Severely Damaged/High Lift Blondes

Kerastase Therapiste: shampoo, fondant, mask   $118

 

Longer Lengths

Extentioniste: shampoo, fondant, mask $118

 

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Home Nailcare Kit

Nailcare Kit

Gehwol Salve for Cracked Skin, Moroccanoil Hand Cream, Solar Oil, OPI Foot File, OPI Nail Envy $92.49

 

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