Winter Skin & Hair Care

Buffalo is buried under 6 feet of snow (at least, one half of the city is), so I think it’s safe to say Winter has cannon balled itself upon us. With the seasons’ blustery cold and our efforts to keep warm indoors, it’s going to be an uphill battle to keep both our hair and skin from drying out. Here are some tips to help lock in moisture this winter:

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/winterizing-your-hair-care

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/ten-winter-skin-care-tips

Stay warm out there and do you best to keep your skin and hair from getting the winter blues!

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What’s the Best Bob for You?

The “Bob” is a tried and true hair style that has been popular since the Jazz Age. Whether you’re keeping it soft and casual or edgy and bold this is a versatile and chic style that can work for anyone.  So let’s explore the various incarnations of “The Bob”.

A-Line/Asymmetrical: 

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This bob tilts the perimeter of the haircut so that the corners or points of the style are longer in either the front or to one side. A true A-Line will not have layers or be stacked in the back. It will also frame the face in the front and curl under the chin. That’s not to say you can’t make it your own and shake it up a bit. If you want even more playfulness try the Asymmetrical Bob. Longer on one side, this style looks fantastic textured or with a few layers. Both of these looks, when kept close to the jaw line, have a slimming affect on the face.

Blunt:

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Most closely aligned with the iconic imagery of the style, the blunt bob comes to a uniform length all around the perimeter of the cut. Length can vary on this look from resting just below the chin to extending to just above the shoulders (nearing the “Lob” look). If you have a finer hair texture a blunt bob can add an impression of fullness to your hair.

Layered:

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The most relaxed styles of the bob, the layered look is casual and softens the features. It can be based in a blunt or asymmetrical bob and is usually kept on the longer side. Just as with the other bobs, this can be styled sleek and straight or tousled; It also offers versatility in its length, allowing for pony-tails or chignons.

What’s the Shelf Life on That?

Think a second for me- how long have you had your mascara? Eyeliner? Lipstick? These are objects that come in contact with sensitive areas (at least your eyes, anyway) on a daily basis…so what do you suppose the shelf life of these cosmetics is?

The most common risk of holding on to your makeup for too long is the threat of infection. Should you ever have an eye infection and not throw out your mascara or eye liners you could possibly expose yourself to the same contaminate again and again. Any moist product, be it a lipstick, cream blush or eyeshadow, or liner has the potential to harbor bacteria. Ew.

While the FDA does set production regulations for cosmetics, the United States doesn’t have any laws requiring cosmetic manufacturers to include expirations on their packaging. Most information about when to toss your Lash Blast comes from those within the beauty industry.  OSHA and each state’s Board of Cosmetology have strict guidelines for health and safety that these professionals have to adhere to. These include application procedures, how to properly sanitize and store makeup, and also when to discard and renew their stock.

So…how long has that mascara been sitting in your makeup bag then? If it’s been more than three months it’s time to toss it out. Mascara has the shortest lifespan of any makeup you’ll use. Given that the applicator goes from your eye straight back into the tube, the risk of spreading bacteria is higher than any other product. If your mascara starts to dry out before the 90 day mark or starts to smell a little off-throw it away. Not doing so will only increase your chances of an eye infection.

Eye and lip pencils have a much hardier longevity; provide you care for them properly. If you sharpen your pencils after each use (and if you really want to be a stickler for sanitization- spritz with alcohol) they can last up to two years.

Lip gloss and lipstick are less likely to grow bacteria that other liquid or crème based products but should still have an eye kept on them. As clean as we think we are, they are still coming in contact with our mouths and being stored within the same container over and over. Lip gloss can be held onto for around 6 months and lip stick for up to 1 year. Taking a tissue to your lipstick after each use will help increase its life a bit, too.

Shadows, blushes, concealers, or foundations also have more life to them. Liquid/cream variations of these products can survive upwards of 12 months with proper brush care. Powders can last closer to two years. Spraying your brushes with a cleaner or diluted alcohol and gently swirling them on a towel to remove excess product is enough to keep them clean and sanitized. If you’re concerned with drying out your brushes with the alcohol solution, go for a brush cleaner bought from your salon or cosmetic counter.

Where you store your products has an effect on them as well. All products should be closed tightly in between uses, but also kept in a dry, cool place. Think about it- bacteria thrives in warm, moist environments. So don’t leave your makeup bag in the car or your products haphazardly scattered about your bathroom. A sticky, hot car and a steamy bathroom may not be the final curtain on your makeup but it will contribute to its ultimate demise.

Take care of your makeup- you’ve invested a lot of money into purchasing it and time into wearing it! Good sanitation practices will not only protect you, but also keep your makeup alive and kicking longer, too. Be aware of how long you’ve had your products and even if you have to grin and bear it- let it go when it’s time.

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Hot Stone Massage, The Hottest Trend in Massage Therapy

The groundhog has spoken, and that means 6 more weeks of winter. We recommend taking the chill out of winter with a hot stone massage from Xhale Salon~Spa. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases circulation and metabolism. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to the deeper muscle layers. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation. Hot stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have a sunburn. Come into Xhale today for your relaxing hot stone massage.

Blonde is in for 2014


Ladies, it’s time to show off your blonde ambition. See the light and reach for the bleach.

According to Kyle White, lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon, 2014 is set to be the year of the platinum blonde. “Judging by client requests and everything I’ve seen on the red carpet and runways,” White says, “the ‘It’ color of 2014 is going to be platinum with a capital blonde. Celebrities like Elle Fanning, Miley Cyrus, and even Kim Kardashian are the lightest they’ve ever been. First, it was in the fashion shows, then on the celebs, and voila! It’s happening in every hair salon across America.”

Book your appointment at Xhale today to go for that blonde look that you have been wanting. Why wait!

Massage Facts and Tips

Have you ever wondered why so many people get massages? Well, here are some of the reasons why they do it, and why you should also.

Did you know that massages were depicted in Egyptian tomb paintings. It is also mentioned in ancient Chinese, Japanese, and Indian texts.

Massage is scientifically shown to be an effective treatment for the following conditions:

• Cancer-related fatigue
• Chronic low back pain
• Reducing headache frequency
• After surgery to help with post-operative pain

Therapeutic massage is increasingly being promoted by healthcare providers to their patients:

• Almost one in five adult Americans (19%) report discussing massage therapy with their doctors or healthcare providers.
• Of those 19 %, more than half (58%) said their doctor strongly recommended or encouraged it.
• More than half of massage therapists (63%) receive referrals from healthcare professionals.

Massage is beneficial for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly:

• Babies fall asleep faster when massaged than when rocked, and they stay asleep rather than waking the moment Mom tiptoes away.
• When massaged regularly, children suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and autism showed improvement in their symptoms from decreased pain, decreased anxiety, and decreased inattentiveness.
• Massage therapy can help to partially restore mobility to the elderly afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and arthritis, as well as reduce levels of anxiety, depression, and the effects of loneliness.

If your still not convinced, come in to Xhale Salon~Spa and let us show you why you should get a massage regularly. Our skilled massage therapists customize the massage to fit your needs and give you the relaxation you have been wanting, so come in today!