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What’s All The Hype? It’s Just Water – Creating Memorable Spa Experiences Without A Wet Room

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It was possibly the most luxurious treatment on the planet, the smells, the sensation……As I lay there, swaying in my hammock reminiscing about my luxurious day at the spa, I couldn’t help but think about how it compared overall to spa treatments around the world and the spa menu promise of a tropical escape.

Elements of almond and honey polish those neglected areas. Harmony is induced with a cascading Vichy Shower, followed by a cooling mente de coco wrap. Cocooned in heated fragrant linens, your own personal sanctuary is created as your skin continues to absorb the cleansing and balancing effects of coconut and mint, finished with an exotic blend of oils smoothed over the skin. This is something to take home. Aside from using mind altering agents, this treatment was a close runner up in the search for total bliss.

I had just spent a great day in a tropical resort. A place where they specialized in creating a client “experience”with packages, indigenous rituals and native fruits and plants. From the Four Seasons, Papagayo, Costa Rica, to The Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand, they are going out of their way to include all the expected amenities of spas, including wet rooms. But is the wet element really necessary, and worth the expense?

Though spas were originally based on “taking the waters” for health and beauty, the modern day spa guests and spa developers have other considerations when it comes to spa concepts. In the extensive and growing area of spa development, owners need to decide what their floor plan will be, what equipment to include, and what technical requirements will be needed for that plan, some of which may include a wet room. With a realistic expectation of each wet room costing $20,000 – 30,000, or even more with
elaborate and palacial concepts, it could be a while before you break even on your investment. It has been of growing advisement from industry consultants and builders that a wet room is not needed, and in a lot of cases, should not be included as an anchor to grow a spa business. They are expensive to build out, to maintain, and more difficult to sell than other treatments. Especially away from the resort concept.

With a majority of day spas opting for a more intimate to moderate square footage, it’s not recommended a wet room be considered for this type of floorplan. In working with technicians, owners, operators and developers we see more development towards total wellness retreats, and a focus on inner health, with treatment menus listing anti aging facials and indigenous body treatments rather than water oriented therapies. Spa guests on the other hand are now looking for results based treatments, anti aging and unique culturally based indigenous experiences. Once again, a wet room is not a necessary element to give your market what they want. For the purposes of this topic, we’ve opted to evolve a fictitious practice without a wet room, and look at wet vs. dry and other unique elements you can take advantage of. We will utilize the many beneficial treatment options and add on’s for a memorable waterless spa treatment. You will no doubt find ways to apply this to your business, and relieve some of the stress of feeling you have to include a wet room in your concept, or follow suit in what your neighboring spas may be doing. If your market segmentation, feasibility and strict mission concept doesn’t show you will fail without a wet room, forge ahead with your own spa identity and apply some of the tips here.

Breaking into your “style career” with spa essentials

Think of your own practice or spa as a vital part of your “style career”. In other words a career with style. You can create this with any career, and in the spa and beauty industry we have the added benefit of working in a highly consciousness driven business. Treat it as if you were the choreographer of a motivational event, with lots of fans booked to see you, and you are the star of your own fiction or fantasy. Your spa essentials kit should include a high level of professionalism, knowledge of products, benefits, contraindications, an authentic design and the desire to succeed in everything you do. Receiving continuing education for specialty therapies can also make a big difference in your sales, treatment concept and booking abilities.

To put it into simple terms your spa should always be client – centric. Let refer to a quick overview of the top ten tips to client satisfaction.

Awareness in your actions with your client and your personal conduct

Deliver what you or your menu promises.

Having the appropriate training and qualifications for your client to be comfortable and satisfied.

Be efficient in your work and with the use of the products

Educate your client on your technique, products, professional knowledge

Practice diplomacy at all times

Value their time and the money they are spending

Deliver your treatment with a healing touch and from a place of honor

Have a purpose when selling client product purchases, not just the commission

Create a valuable treatment design for both your client and yourself

Now that we have a basic architecture of a client-centric attitude we can create a phenomenal spa experience in your dry room, massage room, or spa suite.

Adopt a creative opened minded perspective

Spas are highly experiential and clients are largely there for the what they can receive from you that they cannot get anywhere else. That puts a lot of pressure on you, but clients also understand minor imperfections, as long as the overall experience meets their needs. The full mind-body element that spas have long boasted is reflected in a close interaction of the psyche and soma. The “psychosomatic” element I’m talking about is not the one shrouded by mystics or doubt, it is simply the conscious expression of what the mind sees as a representation and what the body feels and remembers in relation to that. I talk about the connection element and body memory because those are just the types of markers we are creating in our spa. This includes our body treatments and our client relationship management. This is a pretty big deal when it comes to creating a winning and memorable technique that will keep clients
on the book.

We find that with spa therapies and techniques without the use of a wet room, be a little more work for clean up, but they are perfectly satisfactory to your clientèle.After all your not performing an invasive procedure, and your focus should be onskin & body benefit without the machines, bells or whistles.

Just as you can private label your spa products, and create prescriptive spa music for your location, you can create operational distinction with great hands on technique, style and authenticity during your training and treatments. Take that psychosomatic element to the next level with what ever will work in your market. Consider the growing sustainability movement in both personal and business aspects. Be sincere about including organic product, or supporting a worthwhile cause that support human sustainability.

Our body and minds, will relate, and create a more personal connection with something of authenticity.

With stiff competition and spas in almost every major city in the world, each one is looking to create something unique. We found a chocolate spa suite in the German Bavarian Alps, a turquoise wrap at Golden Door, Arizona, and a tequila wrap, champagne wrap, red wine and green tea souffle wrap, and an Asian bamboo scrub all in different parts of the Your boundaries are solely created by your own experiences.

We no longer have the restrictive, claustrophobic wraps from previous spa “health” resorts,but soothing, heated, loose wraps that allow us to take in the product benefits, nourish and hydrate the skin, along with the relaxing mind-body getaway of the whole process. This is especially true if you have a good therapist, one who doesn’t leave you to wonder what they are chatting and laughing about outside the door, while you lay confined in your wrap alone.

Though water can create a quick clean up, and a different sensation for the body, it may not be the choice for you, nor is it absolutely necessary to gain the effects you want. The focus of great spa technique, is the sweep of the brush, the follow through with the hand, the effluerage massage, and the product itself as the catalyst to success. You can be in any location in the world and be creative in the work you do. What you give to the client is the nourishing and hydrating benefit with each wrap, or the smoothing and ex foliation with each scrub. Maybe it’s more results oriented with a detox wrap or cellulite treatment. Whatever is on the menu, people who are patrons of body treatments, love the whole process that goes with it, and the beneficial after effects for the skin. Know your clientèle, and your will be able to address their needs.

Identify body therapy techniques for the masses vs. tailored treatments

One client I spoke to who was accustomed to visiting the Four Season, St. Regis, and other high end spas, reiterated the fact that her overall satisfaction and praise of the treatment was due to the visceral reaction and overall feel of the treatment process. This is what her body remembered. Fitting in along the lines of the experiential factor. She has had every imaginable treatment, but whether it was the super, signature, ultimate deluxe wrap with gold flecks and a twenty head Vichy shower or the basic salt scrub, with table salt, she wanted the benefit to the skin and the psyche – soma (psychosomatic) connection.

When I was acting as Director of a tropical spa in Central America, we had some unique trials to overcome that induced a new level of creativity with spa treatments. We had adopted green practices of water conservation, not because the spa owner and developer wanted it that way but more because there was no other choice. In the aftermath of development he knew it had been wasteful to include a large infinity pool, a man made stream running through the back corridor, and lavish fountains. They sat as an empty reminder to adapt your development and expectations to the realities of your surrounding environment. With many days, where water would be scarce a trickle in the tap or sometimes not at all, we certainly were a proponent of spa techniques and body wraps in a dry room. Rather than risk a poorly developed spa treatment in a wet room, we became adept at selling massage & body wrap packages. We simply adapted heated towels, and layers of spa wrap, blankets, linens and a hydroculator to convert any room into a specialty spa suite. We were successful. However, water, or lack of was not our only challenge. We continued to have to locate and ship products from the capital 3 ½ hours away, or in some
lucky cases bring in a lot of additional “personal items” after a visit to a U.S. Trade show. Another seemingly permanent addition to our tropical spa was importing crates of products, including Javenese lulur, Balinese boreh, aryvedic items, equipment and boutique inventory from Indonesia. This was a long and tedious process, that added on sufficient operational costs and an uneven flow of supply and demand for treatment products and retail purchases.

These challenges at times could be an operational disaster. I had to intervene, and let the owner know, it was time to shift focus and get back to the readily available native indigenous plants, fruits, flowers and healing aspects based in the local culture.

The choice to embrace the local indigenous cultures of the Bri Bri and Maleku Indian tribes brought a new element to the spa, and we were able to blend it with the existing concept. Simultaneously in doing so we decreased our over head, and operation difficulties without sacrificing our quality or healing elements.

With the use of the local market, where everything was free and clear of chemicals, we were able to create a honey – almond scrub, a yogurt-spice wrap, carrot – milk mask, and volcanic detox wrap. In addition to that, with the local culture and history of native healers we were able to include a amapola, ginger flower, musa bucari and other dried herbs and flowers into further treatment elements. Clients loved them!

Without the benefit of a lot of water, and the self designed Vichy shower system as a non functional setback, we did these all without the use of a wet room. Each client was met with a “ritual” that was created with a corresponding story for each body treatment, including drink and food, welcome ceremony and gift. We also got creative with our hours, in offering an evening stream side body scrub by moonlight. We used the streams water to pump into a free standing outdoor shower with shower head heater. This worked perfectly in our tropical element, and added to the guest experience. Even when met with these
challenges in a remote area, we were able to use our experience and knowledge of the guests expectations to accomplish our goal.

There are spas around the world, some of which I’m sure run into similar challenges of geographic location, resources or available technician talent. Some recent news from spas trends in Singapore shows that Asian spa treatments are leaning towards the basics when it comes to designing spa experiences. This means using aryvedic influences, and going back to traditional Chinese medicine, organic/natural based elements, and a holistic client focus to bring them something unique. And these are all performed
without a wet room.

As mentioned earlier there has been a large population of spa owners, operators, and practitioner’s going for a more holistic and inner healing element with their own spa design and client treatment.

Melinda Taschetta-Millane, from Global Cosmetic Industry Magazine says, ……What’s hot in Singapore? Sinnathurai [manager of RafflesAmrita Spa, Singapore] is seeing a surge in body treatments using chocolate, tamaran scrub, papaya wrap, saffron and coffee as main ingredients.” She also experienced many treatments with a foundation in Thailand’s rich natural products and resources. Including sugar cane, rain forest honey, and jasmine rice. A trend that delivers what clients need, while creating local benefits.

All of this, along with the rise in natural products, confirms the same trend happening on the other side of the world in our Central America spa. It is best when designing your spa treatment to utilize available and natural elements, while promoting an authenticity of individual cultures. You can use this to create benefit, sensation, change, or the highly sought after lifestyle element needed in spas.

People from around the world visit exotic destination spas and tourism is on the rise in more remote locations. However you still have plenty of opportunity to capture your local market in and create an experience that would feel like a vacation, without being a resort, or having the capital of a large With a little research and creativity you can accomplish your own goals

Here’s a quick list of essentials for dry treatment body techniques. You won’t need every item for one treatment, but this is a comprehensive list of what you will need to provide an excellent body treatment, without the use of a hydro tub, Vichy shower, shower or, steam room.

Hot towel cabby

Large and small towels (dry & moist)

Large blanket (wool is preferred)

Plastic sheets (perforated) or cotton roll

Mylar sheets/foils

Waterproof sheets

Thermal sheets

Heated blanket

Mixing bowls

Spatula

Large body brush

Small facial brush

Hydroculator

Facial sponges

Steamer

Sheets (more extra sheets to cover floor)

Eye pillow or eye pads

Great branded product (or your own private label)

OR – Organic/Natural product with products from farmers market or health food store for your own

mix

Sea salt, Moor mud,Sugar,Seaweed, Honey, dried herbs, sea algae, clay

Refreshing drink and a straw for your client

Your own personal element

In weighing the difference between treatments for the masses vs. tailored treatments, you should lean towards something for the masses. By this I don’t mean to contradict our previous element of authenticity, but rather a treatment that doesn’t have to be custom made for each guest. Find a treatment and a protocol that is easily replicated with consistency in quality.

Valuation of Sales – Wet vs. Dry
We previously mentioned the costs of build out, and possible equipment concerns with wet rooms. Now let’s take a deeper look into what you will be facing with your choice of building a wet area or opting out.

Pre opening expense wet room – $30,000

Estimated Spa Occupancy 40 – 50%

Average Wet Room Treatment Price – $110

Treatments per day (one room) – 1- 2

Days per week of operation – 6

Weeks per year of operation – 52

Treatment per year @ 100% – 312 (based on one per day)

Treatment per year @ 50% – 156

Treatments per month @ 100% – 24 (based on one per day)

Treatment per month @ 50% – 12

Monthly Wet Room ROI – $1,320 (before cost of treatment is calculated and subtracted)

This is not quite what you had in mind when you thought of a soothing wet room inclusion in your spa concept. Even at 2 treatments per day, the ROI is still pretty meager compared to what other average service sells bring.

Here’s another look at the time it takes to reach break even on wet room vs. time it takes to reach break even on dry room.

Wet Room Ultimate 2 4 6 52 1,248 96 50% 48

Vichy Shower Wrap

With this enthusiastic calculation you will still need 12 months to make $63,360 – which

leaves you with $3,360 after paying for two wet rooms. This is all before calculating cost per

treatment, interest, tax, and fixed expenses. Which would take you into the red.

Dry room/ Body wrap/scrub 5 10 6 52 3120 240 50% 120

Massage room

With the same treatment price at $110 , utilizing your massage/dry rooms when a body treatment is needed, leaves you with $158,400 in 12 months, before calculating cost per treatment, interest, tax, and fixed expenses. Which would you rather have?

Be your own spokesperson
Whether you are already practicing, or are about to embark on a spa career, you will need to hone your skills in “selling” yourself. This means having the ability to have a social but professional attitude towards the client, network both in and out of your work boundaries, and above all, tell people what you do. No one will care more about what your doing than you, and if you can create enthusiasm in others about what you do in your profession, you’ve done a great job at selling.

Can you confidently be your own spokes person? This means are you ready to put your self out there for questions. Have you done your due diligence in knowing the spa trends, products and equipment options that can be used? Are you confident in your training and goals? These are all things to consider in your style career, and your growth.

Handling client Q & A

Having the savvy to address your clients questions intelligently and with enough knowledge that it gives you a step up from th steep competition, will ensure your on your way to a successful “style career” with spa techniques. Even better, taking the time to anticipate client questions about your spa training, techniques, products, and benefits will leave you and your staff with a preparedness that will simply become habit.

Bottom Line

It is up to you to decide which direction to pursue with new spa techniques, and with all of the information, trade shows, articles and training out there, it can be overwhelming to find what you need.

If you didn’t receive spa training in your formal licensing, you may be looking for more in depth training on spa therapies and techniques that can be added to your spa menu. I would suggest looking for specific classes that are spa related to obtain your continuing hands on credits. This can easily be located by doing a search onyahoo or Google for key words like “Spa Training” or “Spa therapist CEU’S”. You can check to see if your school offers a graduate refresher course, purchase an informative DVD training, see if they have a manual that they can include, attend seminars, manufacturer’s classes at expo’s, and participate in tele seminars. For the more ambitious you may even, receive licensing in two areas, like esthetic’s and massage, giving you a broader range of skills. There are many spa related schools and resources to include in your bag of tricks. Find one that fits your concept, lifestyle and most importantly one that excites you. After all knowledge is power, and that applies to spa techniques too. How you present yourself, your education, and your overall spa treatment is a reflection of who you are, and future opportunities. This is what client’s remember.

Does this mean that we are doomed to be read and judged by our visual appearance, and our surroundings? Well, to some degree yes. We subconsciously remember our first visual markers that defined a person or place for the first time. Our sight can render a situation relaxing, tense, or dangerous all in an instant, just as the body remembers emotional and physical markers that stay with us through the years. I once came across a quote that said,”Who you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what your saying.” This is exactly how we should think everyday as we approach our work, and our creativity
in our spa treatment and therapies.

Just as the mind unconsciously and automatically remembers each placement of stone or turn in the road on a path you’ve walked day after day, the body too, records the intensity, sensation and benefit of a brush stroke, aromatic smells, temperature and caring of the practitioner in each spa treatment. With or without water.

Whatever you do, incorporate the best body treatment design with an authentic and consistent experience. Elevate the expectations of your spa guests, and teach them to “take the waters” with creative visualization, while you take them on a beautiful escape for the day. An important element in our world, for us as practitioner’s and our guests as willing participants in our personal “style career”, is the bottom line. That meaning being able to own your own time, and be in control of your own destiny. Finding the
right place and the right spa treatment to do that, can be irreplaceable.

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Beauty Tips for Luscious Lips

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The last step in your makeup regime is lipstick application. Some women say if they could have only one beauty item it would be lipstick. Lip color brings the whole look together to create harmony. To keep your lips looking perfect, have lip color with you at all times and reapply when needed.

When you select a lip color take in consideration your clothing and blush colors. The color of your clothing and blush should complement your lipstick but doesn’t have to be perfectly matched. However, the colors should be in the same intensity and range. Wear cool colors together and warm colors together. Pink lipsticks go with blue and pink colors and corals and russets go with clothing that falls in a yellow/orange range.

Steps to apply lip color:

1. Prepare your lips by applying foundation over them (this will extend the wear).

2. Outline and define the shape using a lip pencil that has soft, pointed top. Start at the V in your upper lip drawing down to the corners. Then, starting at the middle of the bottom lip draw a line to the corners. To help lipstick stay on longer, use your pencil to cover the lips entirely.

3. Fill in upper lip with lipstick or you can use a lip brush.

4. Fill in the lower lip and then blot with a tissue and reapply.

5. Dab gloss in the centre of your lower lip to create a fuller more glamorous look.

When defining the lips with a lip pencil be sure the pencil and lipstick colors are very close. The lip liner should not be noticeable. Lip liners are meant to keep your lipstick in place, keep lipstick from bleeding, define the shape and help them look more natural. Do not try to change the shape of your lips by going outside the natural line.

* Dark lipsticks will make small lips appear smaller.

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Summer 2012 Make Up Trends

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This summer, the warm months will bring with them make up trends that are fun, feminine and energetic. We’ll see colors like coral, orange, pastels and metallics making their appearance on the runway and amongst celebrities and other fashion icons. This summer, you’ll see lighter colors on the lips paired with dark smokey eyes. Be ahead of the game and get your summer beauty essentials early. Below are a few make up trends you’ll see making a big his this summer.

Pastels: Pastel shadows will be popular this summer, with colors like baby pink, blue and purple. Pastel eyeshadow with a little shimmer is best, and looks better and stays on longer when applied on top of primer. Pair it off with just a little liner for a complete look. Get your pastel eyeshadow from a wholesale cosmetics retailer so you can get a large selection for a fraction of the cost.

Flushed Cheeks: Summer make up trends of the past have been bronze and tinted cheeks, but this summer say hello to more natural pink hues. If you have darker skin, you can opt for a darker blush, but still try to still to a color in the pink family. If you want to add some color to your face, use a tinted moisturizer and apply the blush on top. This will give your face that warm summer glow and will keep the blush on longer. You can also add a little shimmer to your cheek bones for a night out.

Metallic Colors: Have fun with your eyes this summer and explore metallic colors in silver, gold, green, blue and purple. Adding these gorgeous colors on your eyes with shadow and liner puts all the focus on your eyes, so go easy on the rest of your face with softer lips and cheeks. Like the pastels, these are great cosmetics to get wholesale so you can order a large selection and have fun mixing and matching the colors.

Orange and Coral Lips: Coral is a beautiful neutral shade that works great with dark eye make up. It comes in an array of tones, so find one that’s right for your skin tone. If coral is a little too neutral for you, or you want to opt for darker lips and lighter eyes, then go for orange lips this summer. You’ll see bright matte orange lips making their big debut this summer, paired with a little orange shimmer on the eyes and cheeks. Bright orange is great for all skin tones.

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Young Sexy Lovely: Yet Another YSL Perfumes Masterpiece

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Chic, fresh and light, ‘Young Sexy Lovely’ by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) is the ideal perfume for the woman of style and fashion. Oozing with the usual YSL perfumes’ quality, this scent is sure to bring out the most feminine side of any attire. Named after the Algerian born designer Yves Henri Donat Dave Mathieu Saint Laurent, this house of fashion, beauty and fragrances has been offering quality items to the elegant, feminine, chic woman for over fifty years now.

Embracing and depicting the values and principles of Yves Saint Laurent, youngest designer to ever run a house of fashion and tyro to Christian Dior himself, YSL’s purpose has made appointed efforts to heighten female looks with elegance and modernity.

This time, and with this perfume, the fashion and beauty house has again excelled. Embodied in a flat, clear crystal bottle with the trademark gold details of Yves Saint Laurent; this glamorous scent is marked with a note of Italian mandarin orange and exotic Nashi pear. The vivacious combination of fruity spirits renders ‘Young Sexy Lovely’ a playful, energetic perfume capable of drawing an air of self-confidence that the entire room will notice.

This great fragrance, regardless, slowly morphs into a slightly serious one thanks to the magnolia and cherry blossoms included into the mix. As the day passes, this fragrance peaks with freshness and ends with a soft light-woods and a whiff of fern.

The key to the YSL perfumes’ stylish rests on the history of the brand itself. It is said that Christian Dior, the fashion genius whose name has too been immortalized on a fashion brand, was so impressed with Saint Laurent’s fashion brilliance that the man became his right hand soon after joining his fashion house at the age of eighteen. Yves’ genius, humility and integrity were such that Dior took to affectionately call him ‘mon dauphin’ (my dolphin), a nickname previously used and exclusive to the heirs of the throne of France.

Yves Saint Laurent was a man who lived by this motto: ‘It’s better to have honor than to have honors’. That was translated in professional, devoted work marked with humbleness in an industry where vanity and pride reign. Regardless of him coming off as more quiet and shy than witty, his genius was such that he was the first (and, to this day, only) fashion designer to have his work shown in the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Such is the man and spirit behind every YSL fashion piece and perfume.

Following the vision of the house creator, Yves Saint Laurent’s creative staff once again develops a fragrance that provide any woman with grace and sensuality with this discreet yet stunning scent.

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Why Do Some Women Show More Scalp In Their Part Line?

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I recently heard from a woman who told me that over the last couple of years, she had noticed her hair’s part line widening. In fact, she said that if she compared photos of herself from a few years ago with photos today, her scalp showing through her part line was much more noticeable in the recent photos. She asked: “now that I suspect there’s an issue with my part, I’m starting to notice that some women just show more scalp in their part line. Why does this happen? Is it normal? Should I worry about it? I don’t like how it looks and I worry that it will be very noticeable in the future.” I’ll try to address these concerns in the following article.

Some Women Naturally Have A Wider Part Line: Your part line is that area in your hair right on top of your head where your hair parts and falls on both sides. This doesn’t happen if you pull your hair straight back or put it in a ponytail, but most people see their part line unless they purposely style their hair in a different way. If your hair is thicker and you have more of it, your part line will often be quite thin or barely noticeable because there are a lot of strands pushing up on both sides. But, if your hair is thinner or more sparse, you may well have a wider line because there is less hair on both sides.

Some women just normally have finer textured hair or less strands and this has always been true for them. In fact, many women can look at photos of themselves when they were a child and will notice that their part looks similar then to the way it does now. In this case, you may not be talking about a hair loss, hair thinning, or androgenic issue because the part that you see now is the one that you have always had and this is what is normal for you.

Sometimes, Your Part Line Is Showing More Scalp Because Or Hair Loss Or Hair Thinning Issues: It can be normal for hair to thin out about as we age. Few of us have the same head of hair that we had in our teens. But people without noticeable hair loss issues generally have enough hair to adequately cover all areas of their scalp, including their part.

And sometimes, when this is no longer happening, you’ll want to explore whether you have a hair loss, hair thinning, or an androgenic issue happening. Probably the most common cause of seeing more scalp is the hair thinning condition of androgenic alopecia (or AGA.) With this condition, not only does more hair fall out (because it is adversely affected by androgens) but the hair that grows back because more fine and miniaturized as it regrows, which means that it takes more hair to provide the same coverage.

Of course, any issue that causes reasonably dramatic hair loss can cause changes in the coverage that you have on your scalp. If you have less hair (for whatever reason) then you are going to have less coverage to work with. But, the top of the scalp is a common area where you see typically see androgenic issues, although the presence of a wide part line doesn’t always mean that AGA is present. There are many possibilities. Sometimes, the coverage is what is normal for the person. And other times, a hair loss or thinning issue is taking place and still needs to be identified.

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Bread and Butter Basics – Hair Health With Homeopathy

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No one wants to lose their hair. Whether it’s a result of middle age for men, the aftermath of menopause for women or after a fever, the loss of hair can be a trying event. Hair loss can also be attributable to drug use, prescribed or not. Even hereditary hair loss can sometimes be halted with the correct natural care. This is where homeopathy and simple kitchen methods can be employed.

Homeopathy is a medical discipline that has been shown to halt the loss of hair and put the sufferer in order. Because the word homeopathy includes the word “home”, many assume it means home remedies. Home remedies can indeed be useful in regaining and maintaining our health, but, homeopathy is actually a form of medicine with a record that dates back to the late 1700’s and has been accepted throughout the world ever since. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the United States since modern medicine was so enamored with antibiotics that it no longer considered homeopathy of value. This is changing and rapidly so. The premise of homeopathy is that the body has the ability to bring itself to health when given the correct stimulus. Well chosen homeopathic remedies offer that stimulus.

So how can homeopathy help with hair loss? If the loss is fairly recent and hair is still falling, then homeopathy has been shown to more likely aid the situation. There are many remedies that can cover the issue of hair loss, but before contacting a professional homeopath, it certainly would be prudent to give the following remedies a try.

The first remedy to consider is Calc phos 6x. This is particularly useful for hair loss due to a fever; however, it can also restore hair without that symptom. It should be given three times each day for several weeks. In the old homeopathy books written by homeopathic doctors in the United Kingdom, Silica 6x and Calc fluor 6x are also consdered good choices for the loss of hair and it is suggested that they be alternated so that one day three doses of Silica can be taken, while on the alternate day, Calc fluor 6x will replace Silica.

Although not considered homeopathy, diet can be a substantial contributor to either the loss of hair or the gaining of lustrous hair. A diet rich in animal and tropical fats is of the greatest value. That is, butter, coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Making a habit of consuming these oils rich in vitamins required for healthy hair and skin can insure no further loss of hair and may reinstitute the growth. In fact, it is likely that if these quality foods have been missing in the diet, that it might be the cause of the problem in the first place. Additionally, any of these natural oils applied to the scalp can invigorate hair health.

If these simple ideas find you without results, consider consulting with a homeopath who can take the situation to a more personal level. The combination of homeopathy and natural diet change is natural and rational. It is not capricious like its modern medicine counterpart. Homeopathy and a high quality diet are true medicines for people who want to empower themselves. Good bread and butter common sense for intelligent action.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.

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Will My Hair Grow Back If I Have CTE (Chronic Telogen Effluvium)? My Opinion Based on Experience

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I get a lot of questions about hair regrowth from people who have hair loss or shedding from conditions like telogen effluvium, chronic telogen effluvium, androgenic alopecia, or medical / autoimmune hair loss. Of all of these questions, the folks who have CTE seem to be the most upset because they’ve dealt with this shedding for quite a long time. By the time that they write me, usually the loss has been going on for such a long time that the effects have started to become noticeable. Of course, they want reassurance that once they are able to get the shedding to stop, they will regrow their hair and move on with their life. I will discuss this more in the following article.

The Clinical Definition Of CTE And Why You Must Stop It: You may well already know this, but technically chronic telogen effluvium means that you have been shedding over 10% of your hair volume (which works out to over 100 hair per day for most people) for longer than six months. Obviously then, shedding this much for this long is going to eventually show up and become noticeable both in terms of a loss of volume and perhaps some noticeably thinning areas on some parts of your scalp.

It’s quite likely that you are regrowing hair while this process is going on, but because you are losing it so rapidly you can not make any real gains. In other words, your scalp is kicking these hairs out before they can contribute to any real improvements. So, it’s vital that you are able to stop this cycle as soon as you can.

Now, chronic telogen effluvium is commonly caused by a trigger that you either can not find or can not seem to fix and this is what makes treating it so difficult. It’s sometimes a process of trial and error, and of slowly trying and evaluating different things until something finally works. And sometimes, unfortunately, the treatments will change our hormones even more or kick off another trigger that only perpetuates the problem. This is why you have to move as slowly as you can when trying out these treatments and why you should only introduce one thing at the time.

Your Hair Has Probably Been Regrowing All Along, But It Can’t Catch Up: What is happening right now is that you’re in the middle of a cycle in which your hairs keep going into the resting phase and then shedding out once again. This really doesn’t have much to do with your regrowth process. It’s actually happening but it just can’t keep up. You have probably been regrowing hair all along, only to shed it out again. If your loss was due to androgens or DHT, then this cycle would be a bit different. You’d have AGA instead, and AGA does commonly affect both the quality or quantity of your regrowth, but chronic telogen effluvium generally does not (unless it has gone on for so long that it has kicked off AGA or has started to affect or thwart your follicles.)

In some cases, losing this much hair this fast will cause some inflammation of the scalp which can affect your follicles and your regrowth. If this is the case, there is a lot that you can do to soothe and to heal the scalp. Still, this alone is not going to help as much as it should if you can’t stop this cycle from continuing to repeat itself. Your first priority should be to find your trigger and then to treat it once and for all, with an eye toward prevention from recurrence. Once you’ve back to stable levels of hair loss, then you can address stimulating your scalp and reducing any inflammation so that your regrowth will be quick, vigorous, healthy, and thick.

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Wind-Kissed Skin: Tips on Avoiding Windburn on a Ski Vacation

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Aside from the possibility of getting caught in the middle of an avalanche and getting a frostbite during your ski vacation, here’s another threat that you should avoid: windburn. So what exactly is a windburn?

Windburn is the redness of the skin caused by long exposure to strong and cold winds for extended period of time. The cold air allows the wind to easily break down the fat molecules (oil) that maintain the normal moisture in your skin. As a result, the skin turns dry and irritated. Skin also becomes more sensitive to products. It commonly occurs on the face but it can happen to any exposed part of your body.

Signs and Symptoms

Windburn is characterized by the irritation of the skin manifested in the redness of the face and other parts of the body such as neck and hands. It can look and feel like sunburn. Sometimes, the skin can seem swollen and feel very itchy and/or sore. It usually last for a few days because it causes much less skin damage.

However, if the irritation lasts longer, consult your doctor to avoid another skin condition such as rosacea. Rosacea is a skin disease that can mimic windburn and characterized by various forms of facial redness due to the enlargement and widening of blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin.

Who might be the victims of sunburn?

Those who are involved in winter sports such as skiers, snowboarders, and ice skaters are most likely to experience windburn. Being exposed to cold, dry, brisk wind at high altitudes increases the possibility of severe windburn.

People who live in warm climates don’t usually experience windburn, however sudden exposure to cold dry winds on vacations or during a sudden weather change may increase the odds.

What are the ways to prevent it?

First, keep your skin covered. Wear a scarf or neck warmers for your neck and chin, mittens to protect your hands, a hat or headband for your ears and a face mask for your nose cheeks, and forehead.

Second, if you plan to go out for a long time, wear some moisturizing sunblock to protect you from both sun and windburn. Don’t forget to moisten your lips too, with an SPF lip moisturizer. Apply sunscreen to your skin and lips every two hours.

Third, check weather reports and know the wind-chill factor before going out. If the weather is extremely cold, then don’t stay outside far too long.

Fourth, if it happens, apply lotion about four times a day. Make sure those lotions are without fragrance or acidic ingredients to avoid further irritation. If your skin begins to peel, resist the urge to pick at your skin and continue to moisturize. In cleaning the affected area, choose a mild cleanser to keep the natural moisture in your skin. If your condition is not getting any better, best to consult your doctor.

Are you ready for your ski vacation? With these helpful tips, your vacation will surely be windburn-free.

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Anti-Aging Skin Care Facial Toner Benefits

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The importance of facial toner in an anti aging skin care regimen:

Using a facial toner is a necessary part in one’s daily anti aging skin care routine, the important step between cleansing and moisturizing.

The most common method for applying a toner is to dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to your face and neck after cleansing. Some products come in a variety of spritzing sprays and pre-soaked pads.

Face skin care -Purpose of a toner

The purpose of using a toner is first to remove any cleansing residue, dirt, excess oil, make-up, dead skin cells, and any debris that the cleanser did not take away.

Toner also restores the skin’s PH balance and helps prep your skin to accept moisturizers and any other serum or anti age treatment.

Facial skin care -benefits of facial toners

In addition, many facial toners will tighten your pores while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A quality toner will also unclog pores, improve the over-all skin tone, increase circulation, and hydrate your skin promoting a healthy glowing skin.

Toner Tips

  • Very beneficial for oily skin and acne -controls oil and removes unwanted shine.
  • Look for toners that are alcohol- free, as alcohol is ultra drying and harsh to the skin.
  • Toners come in many blends-Some include beneficial essential oils and herbal extracts.

Some people swear by toners, but many skin care experts do not. The choice is yours – If you like the way your skin feels and looks – use it and Enjoy.

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What Does it Mean If Hair Falls Out Every Time You Brush, Wash, Or Run Your Fingers Through It?

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I often hear from folks who notice that they are losing hair every time they manipulate it. In other words, any time they are participating in normal maintenance like shampooing, brushing, combing, or just pulling their hair back or running their fingers through it, quite a bit of strands come out as the result.

The truth is, most people don’t pay all that much attention or take inventory of their hair until something changes with it. Usually, people will notice that suddenly, they’re seeing a lot of spent strands that they’ve not noticed before. It’s typically only then will they begin to ask themselves how many hairs they would typically lose. For example, if they’re seeing a bunch of fallen strands in their brush, they might wonder how many were there before. Of, if they run their fingers through their hands and come away with 4 in that same hand, they’ll wonder what their normal levels were before they saw this change.

After a while, most people realize that they’re definitely seeing is an increase in what is typical for them and they wonder what has changed to make this happen. In the following article, I’ll discuss why you might be seeing an increase of hair coming out when you manipulate it.

When You’re Loosing Hair While Manipulating It, It’s Usually Not The Manipulation That’s The Problem: Sometimes, I have people who ask me if perhaps they should change shampoos, brushes, or the method with which they put up or style their hair. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be gentle to your hair and scalp. But frankly, people who aren’t actively shedding or having hair loss don’t really have to worry about how they care for their hair because their’s isn’t coming out.

A healthy strand which is deeply embedded in your scalp and being actively nourished is not going to pull or fall out just because you comb, brush, wash, or manipulate it. Yes, the manipulation can make it come out at that time, but it’s highly likely that the same strand was either put in the shedding phase or is being negatively affected by androgens or some sort of inflammatory reaction. This means that it’s life cycle was over and it was going to come out at some point anyway. The key to stopping the excess hair loss or shedding often lies not in trying not to manipulate your hair, but in figuring out what caused this change in your hair cycle or scalp and then addressing that head on.

Reasons Why You Might Be Seeing More Hair Fall Than What You’re Used To: Seeing excess hair coming out during brushing, styling or washing often rises to the level of shedding. There are many possible reasons for this such as one of the effluviums (telogen or chronic,) autoimmune conditions, medical conditions, or reactions to medications, hormonal changes, or stress. You can also have some shedding with yeast overgrowth or scalp issues or infections. The treatments for this range from time to topicals to medical intervention. But in most cases, keeping the scalp clean and keeping inflammation down can help some.

Sometimes, a person can have aggressive AGA (androgenic alopecia) that can look like shedding or telogen effluvium but it is driven by a reaction or sensitivity to androgens. The scalp is struggling to support healthy hair so the hair cycles can shorten or change. Additionally with androgen issues and AGA, the regrowth is miniaturized so you’re often dealing with both hair loss and shedding as well as eventual compromised regrowth.

It’s normal to lose small amounts of hair when you manipulate it. Specialists will tell you that it can be normal to loose up to 100 strands per day depending on how much hair you start with and where you are in your hair cycles. But, if you’re noticing shed hairs every time you touch or manipulate it and you have the feeling that this isn’t normal, then it can make a lot of sense to have it checked out and educate yourself about hair issues. I’m certainly not a doctor or specialist, but this type of shedding could be potentially indicate that you’re dealing with a hair or medical issue that could benefit from early intervention.

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Solve Skin Sagging – Tips On How To Get Firmer Skin

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Our skin cannot remain firm and elastic forever. In fact, it can easily turn saggy because of excessive weight loss, rapid loss of collagen and the daily effects of environmental aging elements.

If you want to solve skin sagging, you should try the following tips:

1. Prevent skin dryness right away.

If you see the first signs of skin dryness, immediately whip out your moisturizer and apply some on your dermis. The skin gets damaged easily because of the loss of moisture. Supplying moisture to the dermis can also help bring back the elastic functions of your integumentary system.

Look for an anti aging moisturizer made up of CynergyTK, Phytessence Wakame and Nano Lipobelle HEQ10. CynergyTK is an ingredient that has been extracted from the wool of sheep. It is one of the best sources of keratin. Keratin is a functional protein responsible for the production of collagen. Phytessence Wakame is a sea kelp that can help preserve healthy levels of hyaluronic acid. This acid is needed to lubricate collagen. When collagen fibers are properly lubricated, they do not get damaged easily. Nano Lipobelle HEQ10 is also vital because of its ability to prevent cellular damage. This antioxidant works deeper into the skin to fight harmful free ranging radicals.

2. Try massaging your skin upward.

Since the skin tissues are already fragile, you wouldn’t want to inadvertently damage them by tugging them aggressively. Use your lightest fingers when applying your moisturizer. Apply the product using an upward motion to lift the saggy areas of your dermis.

3. Try facial yoga.

Yoga is an anti aging treatment. It actually helps tone the dermis to make it less susceptible to wrinkles. In addition to that, it helps release the tension in muscles. You can also use yoga to tone your facial skin if it is starting to look saggy.

Try a few facial yoga exercises that can target the saggy areas around your eyes, cheeks and jaw.

4. Increase your intake of foods rich in amino acids.

Amino acids are the building blocks of keratin and other complex proteins. They are needed to produce more collagen in the body. One of the reasons why the amount of collagen in your body declines is because of the insufficient intake of foods rich in amino acids.

That being said, you have to make a few changes in your diet. Make sure that you eat lean meat, dairy products, vegetables and nuts daily.

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