Anti-Pollution Products For Your Skin


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Pollution is a growing problem throughout the world. Air pollution not only causes devastation to the environment, it is also detrimental to our skin. In Asia, a region well-known for smog and dangerous air pollutants, anti-pollution skin care products have become an increasingly popular and established trend in the skin care market. With pollution becoming worse in Europe and the United States, these products are beginning to take hold in the west as well.

As these products grow in popularity, it is important for you to be aware of anti-pollution skin care products.

Danger of Air Pollution to our Skin Health

The harmful effects of pollution to our health is well documented. However, the effects pollution has on skin is just now being studied and understood. Air pollution includes chemicals known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which are released into the air from burning coal, gasoline, trash, and tobacco products to name a few sources. These chemicals can cause depletion of moisture in the skin. Due to these facts, doctors believe it is a good possibility that continual exposure to air pollution could have negative health effects on skin.

Origins of Anti-Pollution Skin Care Products

The anti-pollution skin care trend had its beginnings in Asia, particularly China, a nation well-known for smog and excessive air pollution. China is the largest emitter of green house gasses in the world accounting for 27 percent of global emissions. The explosive growth of China’s economy has resulted in the construction of hundreds of new coal plants annually. This has resulted in highly increased emissions of harmful air pollutants.

As a result, Chinese women began noticing brown spots forming on their skin and overall declining skin health. Skin care cosmetic firms in Asia quickly researched solutions to protect women’s skin and anti-pollution cosmetic products were born.

From Asia to Europe to Canada

Anti-pollution has been a huge trend in Asia but, in the western world, it’s still relatively new. Air pollution isn’t just a problem on the Asian continent of course. Great Britain’s Capitol of London broke its air pollution level in just the fifth day of the year! This record level occurred three days faster than last year. The level of chemicals in Britain’s air has become so bad that London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a health crisis.

Great Britain is also known as a leader and trend-setter in the beauty and personal care market. This is why experts keep a close eye on the UK market for new emerging products. The numbers show that anti-pollution products have definitely taken hold with an estimated market value of over $3 million pounds. While this is not a relatively large figure compared to the overall market, it is growing quickly.

After securing a niche market in Great Britain, anti-pollution cosmetics are now crossing the Atlantic and making their way to Canada. New companies have already released an array of new products available to the public.

How Anti-Pollution Products Work

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As skin care experts know well, the outer of layer of skin has lipids, which are fats that bind skin cells together. Air pollution can oxidize lipids, inflame the skin, and cause a break down of the outer skin. When the outer skin breaks down, it can be a danger to the rest of the body. Since skin is the main immune barrier for the rest of the body’s organs, when the skin starts breaking down, chemicals can get into the body easier.

The main anti-pollution products released in the United States have different strategies to protect the skin. Air pollution has damaged the earth’s ozone layer causing less protection from the sun’s harmful effects. To combat this, new products focus on protecting the skin from harmful UV rays from the sun by applying SPF based products combined with important antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. These vitamins help heal and seal the skin from hazardous chemicals.

In addition to protecting the skin from harmful UV rays, cleansers are also available to wash the skin from microscopic and harmful particles in the air that attach to the skin. While these particles are not immediately harmful, without the use of cleansers, the particles, as noted above, could cause inflammation and skin barrier break down. These cleansers wash off the harmful air pollutants but not the important key oils that protect the skin.

TSPA Winnipeg Wins Awards at National Salon Professionals Education Conference


We are honored to have earned multiple awards at the annual SPEC conference in Florida earlier this week. Awards based on academy performance metrics as well as overall culture of the school and other subjective and objective factors are awarded at the annual “Academy Awards” event, which culminates the 3 day conference that also includes educational experiences for attendees. The competition is very stiff, with TSPA Winnipeg competing against larger markets like Dallas, Washington DC and Detroit to name a few. To win even 1 award is an amazing accomplishment, and we are beyond thrilled to bring home 2!

Thanks to the outstanding accomplishments of our students & staff, and the loyalty of our guests, we earned awards for Highest Guest Per Student, and Highest Gift Certificate sales. 1st place in Highest Guest Per Student is a testament to not only our amazingly talented students and the educators who train them, but also to our programs. We are beyond proud!

17 Grad Hairstyles That Say “WOW!”

Grad is one of the most important days of your entire life- and certainly one to remember. Remember this glamorous night with plenty of smiles, laughter, and of course an elegant ‘do to enhance your bright smile. You’ll be sure to wow the crowd with one of these dazzling hairstyles for Grad!

French Side Braid with Voluminous Curls

18 Elegant Hairstyles for Prom

Another excellent choice when it comes to sexy, alluring side-swept styles! This lovely lady starts off her look with a charming french braid, one of which pulls bangs back away from the face to let her eyes shine bright. Her voluminous waves require a large-barreled curling iron/wand to achieve that full, luxurious finish.

Chain Braid Chignon

18 Elegant Hairstyles for Prom

Love the vintage look? Then consider this vintage-inspired homecoming hairstyle! We all know how popular chignons are when it comes to fancy occasions, but you can shake it up a bit by throwing in a quirky chain braid for added uniqueness and dimension. Don’t forget to leave a curled strand loose around the face for that renaissance-innocence we all know and love.

Rolled Half Updo with Curls

18 Elegant Hairstyles for Prom

Make your half updo stand out from the crowd with a look like this one! A simple roll of the hair around the nape of the neck gives this look some delightful fullness, setting apart the straight top pieces from the luxuriously curled lower half.

Retro Pinned Back Ringlets

18 Elegant Hairstyles for Prom

Ladies in the 1950s certainly new how to rock the Red Carpet, didn’t they? Well those retro hairstyle still ooze with elegance in 2019, and we’re in love with this charming style. It’s sophisticated, precise, and undeniably posh. For short haired girls, don’t be afraid to coil those tresses up into some polished ringlets. Douse it in hairspray and pin your bangs back to showcase your facial features.

Waterfall Braid with Loose Curls

18 Elegant Hairstyles for Prom

The sweet, innocent beauty of this hairstyle is overwhelming; in a good way, of course. A waterfall braid presents a bit of mysterious beauty while accenting loose curls create a design that’s bouncing with elegance. Great choice for medium-length hair cuts.

Curly, Voluminous Low Bun

Gorgeous Prom Hairstyle Ideas - Updos with Curls

Buns are typically the go-to style when you’re short on time and need something quick and easy, but they can easily be amplified and enhanced to accompany you to the fanciest of occasions. Take this voluminous low bun for example- plenty of romantic, precise curls and loads of texturizing brings this low bun to a glamorous ending with tons of elegant body. Leave a few strands loose around the face to soften the style further.

Double Waterfall Braids with Loosely Curled Ends

18 Elegant Hairstyles for Prom

Long locks are the perfect pallet for forming stunning, loose curls that capture utmost sensuality. But to make these loose curls stand out even further, try out some double waterfalls braid which provide not only depth, but an extra dose of femininity as well.

Fishtail Low Bun with Curls

Pretty Braid Updos Hairstyle for Prom

Turn your fishtail braid from an everyday school day style to a stunning masterpiece with this lovely hairstyle. The fishtail wraps around from the top of the face to the back of the crown, leading to a texturized low bun that’s loaded with volume and bounce. A few subtle ringlets add to the femininity of this incredibly tantalizing prom hairstyle.

Double Braided Romantic Half Updo

The sweet romantic style of this hair is the ideal candidate for the woman who loves all things elegance. It has a bit of a bohemian feel, like a look a fairy princess may wear on her wedding night. Her half updo starts off with some loose, voluminous curls that are nothing short of sophisticated, while teasing at the crown adds some sexy height. A mix of braids- one large and one miniature sized- ensures there’s dimension to her style before pinning it back. There’s SO much to love about this striking style- we have to try HARD to quit talking about it.

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Faux Hawks don’t have to be reserved for punk rock concerts! Try this elegant twist on the edgy faux hawk to turn heads!

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If your goal is to add fierce height to your sophisticated ‘do, consider this incredibly volumized faux hawk. The style is loaded with fullness and an undeniable amount of feminine body thanks to the tousled braid and ringlets.

Bohemian Waves Half Updo

Messy, Half Up Half Down Hairstyle with Long Hair - Prom Hairstyles 2016 - 2017

With long, flowing hair like this, your best bet is to indulge in a bohemian-inspired number that is as graceful as a flower. Start off by adding some voluminous ringlets to your mane, finger-combing through them for a bit of messy texture. Then roll some strands back into a side swept half Updo, with a few dazzling charms added in to enhance the glamorous feel of this updo.

Curly Half Updo

Half Up Half Down Hair with Curls - Prom Hairstyles for Medium Length Hair

Simplicity sometimes is key when it comes to sophistication, as clearly shown in this polished number. Her curls are left untouched to pronunicate the rings, while a lovely braid around the middle of the crown provides a feminine take on the typical half Updo.

Effortless, Luxurious Half Updo

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Light waves, a fishtail accent among the half Updo, and a little teasing at the crown; the end result? An effortless style that’s oozing with luxury, class, AND sass.

Halo Braided Updo

Gorgeous hair up-do idea for prom

Elegance and feminist is key on your big night, and this look is just the look to enhance that appeal. A halo braid instantly adds softness around the face, while a textured bun in the back adds some feminine body and bounce that pairs well with the accenting braids. Love it!

Side Swept Loose Braid

Long Hairstyle Ideas for Prom - Gorgeous dramatic look perfect for Christmas parties,holiday parties and prom

When most gals think of feminine hairstyles, they automatically turn to a dainty, graceful look that hangs off to one side. This feminine number pulls all the strands off to one side into a very full, loose braid, incomplete at the nape of the neck so stunning ringlets can dangle delicately below her shoulders. We are simply overwhelmed at just feminine this look is!

Floral, Wavy Half Updo

Loose Waterfall Braid - Romantic Prom Hairstyle Ideas

Waves and braids are undoubtedly two of the most daintiest hair techniques in the hair world, but it is quickly enhanced with an extra dose of girly attitude thanks to the addition of the floral headpiece at the crown. It’s simplicity at its best and its absolutely stunning.


Which style is your favorite?

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Hair Stylist: Job Duties, Career Outlook, and Education Prerequisites


What Is a Hair Stylist?

As a professional hair stylist, you may work in barbershops, beauty salons or spas. Hairstylists, also referred to as hairdressers, provide a range of hair care treatments for both men and women, and they also give advice to clients for home hair care. Those that have their own business may take on clerical duties as well.

An overview of career details, including licensure and education, is highlighted in the table below.

Training Required State-approved cosmetology program
Key Skills Physical stamina, time management, attention to detail, creativity
Licensure State licensure is required to work as a hair stylist
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 10% for all hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Job Duties Might I Have as a Hair Stylist?

Your main responsibilities as a hair stylist will be trimming, shampooing, conditioning and styling hair for male or female clients. Some other services you may perform include scalp massage, facial shaving and hairpiece styling. As a licensed hair stylist, you’ll be able to give permanent waves, relaxers and bleaching or coloring treatments. Should your customers have questions regarding at-home hair care, they’ll turn to you for advice. If you become the sole proprietor of your own salon, you’ll also be in charge of managerial duties such as hiring workers, advertising, maintaining salon inventory and keeping business records.

What Is the Projected Career Outlook?

It was predicted that job openings for hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists would expand between 2014 to 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment would increase by 10% during this period. The increasing population and their desire for hair treatments and coloring services was expected to contribute to the employment growth. The BLS also indicated that a number of workers will leave the field, making job prospects favorable for newcomers. However, it was believed that employment at limited higher-paying establishments would have increased competition for employment.

What Education Prerequisites Should I Fulfill?

Hair stylists must complete a state-licensed program in a professional cosmetology or barbering school. Public vocational schools and community colleges also have cosmetology programs that can prepare you for a career as a hair stylist. Your certificate or diploma program can last nine months or longer and it could be applicable towards a 2-year associate’s degree. Cosmetology programs include topics such as hair coloring, communications, cosmetology concepts and hair cutting techniques.

Every state requires hair stylists to obtain licenses in order to practice. Individual states may have different licensing requirements, but generally you’ll need to be at least 16 years old with a high school diploma, along with a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree from a state-licensed and approved cosmetology program. If you have met those requirements, you can take the state licensing examination. The test should include written and oral sections as well as a practical portion allowing you to demonstrate your hair styling skills.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

People interested in hairstyling could also consider becoming barbers or cosmetologists, the former focused more on men’s hair care, and the latter focused on all-around beauty treatments and makeup. A skincare specialist and a manicurist/pedicurist are two other career options. All of these jobs require postsecondary education.

Stay Beautiful and Safe in Winter Driving Conditions

Stay Beautiful and Safe in Winter Driving Conditions

At TSPA, we love to help you look and feel your best. We also care about every one of our guests, and want you to be safe during this brutal Winter we are experiencing. For the last three weeks we have endured storm after storm, which has lead to very dangerous driving conditions. We have the following winter driving tips for you from our friends at AAA.

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Winter Driving Tips

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for travelers. Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA urges drivers to be cautious while driving in adverse weather.

AAA recommends the following tips while driving in snowy and icy conditions:

Cold Weather Driving Tips

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

Tips for Long-Distance Winter Trips

  • Be Prepared: Have your vehicle checked by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility before hitting the road.
  • Check the Weather: Check the weather along your route and when possible, delay your trip if bad weather is expected.
  • Stay Connected: Before hitting the road, notify others and let them know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • If you get stuck in the snow:
    • Stay with your vehicle: Your vehicle provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Do not try to walk in a severe storm. It is easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
    • Don’t over exert yourself: When digging out your vehicle, listen to your body and stop if you become tired.
    • Be Visible: Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna of your vehicle or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
    • Clear the Exhaust Pipe: Make sure the exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust pipe can cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment of the vehicle while the engine is running.
    • Stay Warm: Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps. Pre-pack blankets and heavy clothing to use in case of an emergency.
    • Conserve Fuel: If possible, only run the engine and heater long enough to remove the chill. This will help to conserve fuel.

Stay safe and beautiful!


6 Tips to Care for Dry Skin & Hair Naturally During the Winter

6 Tips to Care for Dry Skin & Hair Naturally During the Winter

The shift from warm weather to cooler temperatures is enjoyable for many people. You get to dig out those sweaters and jackets, walk through fall foliage, and wake up to brisk air streaming through the still open windows. But the flip side of crisp, cool winter – is that something else needs to change: the way you take care of yourself.

Cold air, central heat, increasing winds, and less humidity means that your once luscious skin and hair will begin to dry out, leading to dull skin, an itchy scalp, and cracked feet and hands. While these conditions are uncomfortable, having dry skin also affects your self-esteem. If you don’t think you look your best, you’re not going to feel your best. And as skin is designed to protect us from infection, illness, and allergens, it’s essential to tend to it.

Caring for Skin and Hair in Winter

Good news: There’s plenty you can to do to insulate yourself from the drying climate, and the best time to start is now.

1. Moisturize Frequently

As the outdoor humidity drops, so too does the water content of your skin. In essence, this means it needs better protection – aka a heavier moisturizer. The type you choose depends largely on your skin type. If you have dry or combination skin, pick a moisturizer that’s oil-based rather than water-based, which is what many use in the summer. Thicker, greasier night creams are usually oil based so they can work their magic all night long.

If you have oily skin, your skin may actually relish the loss of moisture in the air, and you might not need to make any transition until winter fully arrives. However, if it starts to feel tight or itchy or looks as if it’s drying out, it’s time for the big guns. Either way, natural moisturizers work best. Olive oil and coconut oil are my saviors, though shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E oil also work well.

Lest we not forget, thorough skincare means moisturizing from the inside, too. Taking vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids – either as supplements or through increased intake of nutritious foods, such as fish, nuts and leafy greens – helps to improve your skin’s elasticity.

And don’t forget a critical rule of skincare in any season: Use sunscreen. Even in fall and winter, especially with snow glare, the sun shines damaging rays. This is the fastest way to age your epidermis. If possible, find moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Otherwise, make sure you apply a good quality SPF 30 simultaneously. If you are concerned about the efficancy of your sunscreen, consult the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide for a list of the best sunscreens on the market.

Always moisturize head to toe right after a shower, when your pores are open wide. However, if your skin is prone to acne, this could clog your pores and cause a breakout – so experiment to see how your skin responds best. When you find something that works, stick with it.

If your skin is super dry during the height of winter, consider doing your hands, face, and neck hourly with a natural moisturizer sans any irritating chemicals.

2. Protect Your Hair

Just as your skin takes a seasonal beating, your locks get dry and frizzy as well. Flyaway hair and split ends are often reported from the lack of humidity, so hair needs a thick moisturizer to coat each strand and protect it from blow drying on top of the outside air.

smiling young woman applying oil mask

Coconut Oil
This is my personal favorite, a miracle product many people don’t know about. I use it in my hair, on my skin (even my face), and even as an additive in food and coffee. It’s so multipurpose I actually buy it in bulk.

What’s so great about it, you ask? Well, besides smelling great, it is loaded with vitamin E, helps control dandruff, contains lauric acid (an antimicrobial that can slow hair loss), and coats the hair shaft with proteins to build strength, repair damage, and improve shine.

Coconut oil becomes a liquid at 76 degrees. Simply melt a couple tablespoons in the microwave for a couple of seconds (don’t overheat!), or use warm water to melt it down, then massage into your hair and scalp. Let it sit a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. You can also use solidified coconut oil to tame frizz and add shine. Simply rub your fingers on the coconut oil and massage it into your hair and scalp. If your hair is thin, you might find coconut oil weighs it down, so use less and smear it on the hair but not the scalp.

Coconut oil is available in most large grocery stores or in natural food stores like Whole Foods. Some health and beauty chains, such as The Body Shop, sell coconut oil specifically for hair and skin, but it’s quite expensive. You can save far more buying a tub of it from a market or from Amazon.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Shampooing in general tends to strip hair of natural oils, and that’s why many people choose natural shampoos. Some use baking soda and apple cider vinegar exclusively to wash their hair. If you search online for “baking soda hair” or “baking soda shampoo,” you’ll find countless stories of people who say their hair is fuller, healthier, and stronger using these two natural ingredients. My husband uses apple cider vinegar several times a week for his dandruff, and it works far better than any expensive shampoo. So making this switch is clearly a cost cutter as well.

Use the baking soda as a wash by mixing one tablespoon in one cup of water. It’s easier if you put it in a squeeze bottle. Let it sit a couple of minutes, then rinse with the vinegar by mixing one tablespoon with one cup of water as well.

Once you first start using this regularly, your hair might actually react by producing more oil – but this is normal. Your hair is used to having all the oils stripped out by shampoo and then replaced with conditioner, so it might take several days, or even a few weeks, until it adjusts. Then it will balance out – and look amazing and much healthier.

3. Exercise and Stay Hydrated

Ever notice how much healthier people look during the summer? That’s due to several factors: We spend a lot of time outdoors absorbing vitamin D; we are more active; and, partly because of the heat, we drink a lot more water. Then the seasons change, and we slowly move into hibernation mode. And quite simply, stagnation and sitting isn’t good for any part of your body.

In the chillier months, it’s essential to keep up your level of exercise. It not only makes you feel great, but it helps remove toxins from your system and gives your skin a healthy glow. There are plenty of ways to work out at home, so a gym membership isn’t a necessary purchase. I gave up mine years ago in favor of doing yoga at home, and I’d never go back to slogging on a treadmill!

Because you also need to keep drinking water when the temperatures dip, try to develop a routine at work where you sip throughout the day and aim for a full eight glasses by the time you go home. Once you’re in a good groove, try to extend the routine to the weekends. And use a small cup so you have to walk more to fill it up. Every step counts.

4. Don’t Turn Up the Hot Water

When the weather gets cold, it’s tempting to turn up the hot-water heater to make those showers extra toasty. However, hot water actually dehydrates your skin and hair, especially in drier air. Soaking yourself in a too-hot tub is like cooking the moisture out of your skin, stripping it of natural protective oils – and you actually risk surface burns. By contrast, a comfortably warm bath can help seal in skin’s moisture, especially if you add oatmeal, dry or liquid milk, and even honey to the water.

To help temper your use of hot water, keep the water heater at the same position all year round – or better yet, see if you can edge it down in the fall and winter.

5. Exfoliate Naturally

Skin cells are constantly dying. As sad as that sounds, it’s actually a healthy thing, because they’re always being replaced with fresh new cells. When you exfoliate – scrub away the dry, dead cells – you accelerate that process and prevent your skin from looking dull and pasty. I use oatmeal as a natural exfoliant, as it’s great on dry skin, especially when blended with milk and honey. If you have oily skin, use baking soda and water. Both work wonders and are far cheaper than commercial masks.

Scrub your skin with a quality exfoliant at least twice weekly during the cooler months. If your skin is especially dry, you might want to opt for three or four times.

woman removing facial dried clay mud

6. Use a Humidifier

During the winter, chances are your heat runs constantly. In my home, the moisture level indoors can be as low as 25% without a humidifier. To put that in perspective, the Mojave Desert often has a humidity level of 20%. A humidifier running quietly in the rooms you use most keeps a necessary level of dampness in the air. There are single-room units and even whole-house humidifiers that connect to your HVAC system. Consider it money well spent.

It’s especially important to use a humidifier overnight. In addition to keeping your skin and hair moist, this keeps your sinus passages clear and better equipped to fight off germs. Plus, you no longer wake up with gunk in your eyes.

Final Word

These are just some of the things you can try. Another strategy is not to walk outside without gloves on. Your hands have far fewer oil glands than other parts of your body, which is why they’re so vulnerable to harsh winter air and so much harder to keep moist. Keep them wrapped up when outside, and use a natural moisturizer like coconut or olive oil right when you come back in.

With proper tending, your skin and hair can thrive all year round. My skin used to get so dry and itchy starting every November, and I was in misery until the warm rains of April. But thanks to the natural products I use now, I look just as good in December as I do in June.

 Hot Tips for Hair Stylist Technical Interview

 Here are some hair stylist technical interview tips to help you land that perfect position.


Congratulations, btw, because you obviously made it through your interview!

Remember this stuff?

Good, because you are about to use it!

Why do they want you to do a
Hair Stylist Technical Interview?

So the manager can access your technical abilities, no matter what your level.

I have had new hair stylists shake all the way through it.  Nerves are to be expected, but you want to have some control over it or you will look like a total goof.

They know you are green but guess what, they are actually looking for other things in addition to your cutting abilities.

Seeing you on the salon floor gives them a lot of information about you.

Like, how do you look in their salon, how comfortable are you in your own skin, how are your consultation skills, do you pay attention to sanitation, are you respectful of the other stylists and your working environment, do you take constructive criticism, are you willing to learn, do you have an attitude toward authority, how do you treat the client in the chair, how is your time management, are you prepared?

Wow, are you surprised by all of this?  Good thing you checked this out before you went for your hair stylist technical interview, huh?

So now you have an idea what the manager is looking for. Let’s talk about what to expect and how you can kill it.

Preparations for your Hair Stylist Technical Interview

You have likely already had your face to face interview and the manager asked you to return for the hair stylist technical interview.

Hopefully, you took my advice and have your models ready and waiting.  A manager will usually ask you to bring a model because they have no idea what level skills you have and she doesn’t want to take a chance of jacking up one of their own clients.  We have discussed the value of a client and they are not willing to risk it.

Before the hair stylist technical interview you should have asked what she would like to see you do. Does she want you to do a simple haircut on a woman? Or on a man? Does she want to see your highlighting skills?  Knowing ahead of time what she would like to see will put you ahead.  It doesn’t need to be a guessing game.

If she was hoping to know how fast you are with highlights and you brought a male model, you have kind of shot yourself in the foot! You want her to get the best possible assessment of you. Make it easy for her and ask ahead of time.

Unless you are interviewing for a male salon, I suggest you take a female model so you can really showcase your skills.

Salon Manager:

Most technical interviews I do with new stylists leave me wanting more. I mean, I really want to “see” them….you know what I mean?

They will bring in a friend or their mother and timidly go through a cut. I see no consultation because they talked about it on the way to the salon. Then they do a quick blow dry and tell me they are finished.

I check the cut for accuracy and tell him or her that I will call them in a few days.

They pack up, thank me and leave.  But more times than not I am disappointed because I want to see a new stylist that has a real future in this business, and honestly I don’t see a lot of them.

Know your model’s hair.  Pre-plan together how you will cut her hair and know how to do that cut.  Practice on your mannequin if you can.

Style your model’s hair at least once before the hair stylist technical interview to be sure you know how. Discover the best tools for the job.

If she has bone straight hair maybe you should take your curling iron.  If she has frizzy hair bring your straightener.

And remember to bring the appropriate products you will need to finish the style for your hair stylist technical interview.

Bring all of the tools you will need and have them in a nice bag or case. Bring your own clips, brushes, blow dryer, flat iron, shears, razor, hand mirror (just in case there isn’t one at the station),  etc.

The salon should have neck strips at each station. Be sure to use them! They will also have a salon cape for you to use.

I would even suggest getting a can of spray equipment disinfectant.   This will prove your dedication to sanitation and concern for your clients.

Be dressed like a professional hair stylist that works in THAT salon.  This is so important I have to say it again.  Dress like THEM. Especially at your hair stylist technical interview you want to plant the seed in the manager’s mind that you are part of the team already.  You are an easy transition onto her salon floor.

Make sure that your model looks like a client that would be seen in that salon.  If it’s a funky downtown salon that caters to young professionals don’t bring your grandmother.

Every element needs to match for you to stand out.

Stand out in the hair stylist technical interview to insure your chair in the salon.

You and your model should go together to the salon instead of meeting there.  This is too important an opportunity to risk it.

What if your model is late?  It throws off the manager’s schedule and makes you rush through the hair stylist technical interview.  Then you are preoccupied with worry while you are doing the service.

What if she is early?  Then she is sitting in the lobby waiting on YOU and boy, that is no way to start!  Even if you are right on time it’s too late because all the manager sees is a client waiting on you to arrive.  That is a bad image.

Power Pose before you leave home to give you that needed boost of confidence.

Now you are there.
How to do a Hair Stylist
Technical Interview that
will win the manager’s heart.

You want to give the manager every reason in the world to hire you.

You want to showcase your strengths and show her how you will be an asset to her salon.

You do this by giving her more than she expects.

You are going to arrive at your hair stylist technical interview within a 10 minute window.  Anywhere from 10 minutes early to right on time.  More than 10 early and the manager may not be ready for you. Past the scheduled time and you are late.  If you show up late to an interview with me….we are done.  I won’t even do the technical. Think that’s hard ass? Not when it translates into salon life!  If you will be late to a job interview there is no doubt in my mind you would keep our clients waiting and homey don’t play dat.

The manager will tell you where to set up.

Now pay attention, because here is where we start the DAZZLE!

Most new hair stylists will take their buddy with them to the station while they set up, talking to them the whole time about being nervous or whatever.

Keep in mind that every, and I do mean every, thing that is said and done by you right now is being monitored.  I want you to show everyone that you are not THAT green and you are a true professional.

Treat your model as a client from the moment you walk into the salon!!!!

Ask your model to relax for a moment in the lobby while you set up your station.

Unpack your equipment. Make sure it is clean. Lay out your tools. Push your products to the side.  Do not clutter the station.  Keep everything neatly organized. (You want the manager to see that you work clean) Make sure you have neck strips and a cape available and ready.

When you bring your client back you want to get straight to work without having to hunt things down.

Ask the manager or the receptionist if it is alright to shampoo your client.  If so, ask where the towels are kept and where the soiled ones go. If she doesn’t want you to shampoo your model for some reason you will need a spray bottle.  ALWAYS cut the hair wet in your hair stylist technical interview because we know as cosmetologists that you get a more precise cut with wet hair than dry.

Believe me, new hair stylists, you are making an impression right now!

Take your purse and equipment bag to the reception desk and ask if you may leave them behind the desk while you are with your model.  Why?  Because in a salon no one keeps their belongings at the station.  Your bags may be in another stylist’s way or get in your own way. The best thing to do is take care of it. And it shows you are comfortable and confident.

Now that everything is organized, put away and ready, go to the lobby and get your model. Don’t stand on the salon floor and call her name or wave her over. Go get her and walk with her to the station.  Ask her to have a seat.

Do a consultation.  No matter what you have already decided to do with her hair, the manager needs to actually see you do a consultation so you can dazzle her. Got it?

Stand in front of your model so she is speaking to your face, not through the mirror. Eye contact is important in a consultation so the client feels “heard.”  Go behind the chair and repeat back to her what she just said she wanted.

Run your fingers through her hair as you describe the cut and style. This little bit of body language is establishing your credibility.

“Ok Lauren, great! Let’s go shampoo your hair first.  Follow me.”

Take your model to the shampoo area (some call it the Back Bar).  Make sure you put a towel around her neck to protect her clothing and have a dry towel ready. (Pay attention in the salon to what the other stylists are doing. Do they drape their clients before the shampoo or after? Are clients in the shampoo area wearing capes or not?)

Do a proper shampoo and condition with whatever is available at the back bar.  If you know the product line it is a good idea to say something positive about it as it shows you are already thinking about retail sales.

Towel dry her hair and wrap it for the walk back to the station.  Please make sure she does not have water dripping down her face or on the floor.

If there is any hair left in the sink, get it out immediately.  You want to leave everything clean behind you. You would be amazed how many don’t!

You are back at the station now. Drape her if she is not draped yet. Get as much water out of the hair as possible with the towel.  Comb it out and section.

Do You Have a Cutting System?

During a hair stylist technical interview I’ve noticed that some seem to take a lot longer than necessary. I wondered why. I discovered that many new hair stylists didn’t have a cutting system, meaning they didn’t have a beginning, a middle and an end. Therefore, they would get lost in a haircut and keep going over the same parts making the hair shorter and shorter.

The solution:  Know when to stop. Know when you are done by having your system.

Example of a Cutting System:

Beginning – Cut the perimeter

Middle – Cut a Mohawk strip from the front bang area to the nape. Connect the perimeter to the Mohawk strip.

End – Cross check and detail.

End of cut.

Do the haircut for your hair stylist technical interview. Work clean by using your clips and clean partings. Gently adjust the angle of your model’s head by using both hands to guide her.  It’s good to casually talk to her while you work.  Show the manager that you are comfortable being social. Smile and have fun! You are now a professional hair stylist doing what you worked hard for.

Try not to overthink the cut and know when to stop after you have cross checked your work.

Then style her hair and finish with the appropriate product.  Make sure your model is satisfied with the look.  If she has reservations the manager will spot it in a heartbeat.

Let the manager know when you are finished. 

Ready to Dazzle again?

Don’t wait for her to ask you, but start telling her what your client requested during the consultation. Use professional words like ‘consultation’, ‘long layers’, ‘shampoo’ (not wash), ‘texturized.’  Tell her how you delivered what your client wanted and tell her what products you used to achieve the look.

All of this makes you sound like a professional hair stylist!!

When the technical is over, have your model wait in the lobby while you clean up and pack.  Make sure to fully clean the station, sweep the floor and dispose of the soiled towels.  Leave the station cleaner than you found it.

How do you feel now?

If you did your hair stylist technical interview like this I can promise you that the manager is looking at you very favorably!  You definitely DAZZLED her.

Keep your attitude positive the whole time.  If she gives you any criticism, take it sincerely and thank her for her input. Note that you have a lot to learn and are anxious to do so.

And if the first one doesn’t pan out, don’t sweat it, because with these skills you will be behind the chair very, very soon!!  As a TSPA graduate, Any salon will be lucky to have you.

Be Amazing!

Selling Retail as a Cosmetologist Has Many Benefits

Why Selling Retail
in Your Salon is Your Job

Selling retail in your salon usually makes professional hairstylists gnash their teeth!  “Urgh……I don’t want to have to sell product, I’m an artist not a used car salesman.”

I get it, believe me I do.  It can be very intimidating, especially to new professionals.  I believe that cosmetology schools make an effort at addressing it but honestly how much practice do you really get with clientele there?  The reason folks go to beauty schools for services is because of cost.

The Impact of Selling Retail in Your Salon …… the SALON.

The 3 R’s of Why:

  1. Revenue
  2. Reputation
  3. Retention
The Benefit of a Shampoo Upsell: relax, precicion cut, moisture, feels good.

REVENUE! When stylists sell retail products it literally helps pay the light bill, rent, insurance, supplies, stylists, etc.

But there is another very important reason.  REPUTATION!  When a client walks out with product it increases their loyalty to the salon through a perceived professionalism.

Which leads to CLIENT RETENTION!  Every product sold to a client increases the likelihood they will return by 30% which makes a sustainable salon.

So you can clearly see that selling retail in your salon is important to keep the business growing.  Plus it is a much more economical way to increase business than additional marketing.  It is an organic way to build the salon.

Selling retail product for your salon is also a great way to make you a valuable asset to the team and keep your position secure.

Remember that as a professional hairstylist you are always either adding value to the salon or taking value away.

The Impact of Selling Retail in Your Salon……to YOUR CAREER.

It is the same for YOU, but even more so, because without YOU, the salon doesn’t get their 3 R’s.

Allow me to explain.

Let’s say that in a particular salon the stylists didn’t sell product, the receptionist did it.  The salon would not be perceived by the client the same way.  YOU are the one servicing the client and recommending retail for their specific concerns.  It is part of the service that makes you stand out as a professional.

And selling retail in the salon will go a long way in building a very loyal client base for one great reason.  Product makes you look like a genius!  Sure, you can tease their hair and give them some needed volume for a day, but what about tomorrow? They get the needed volume from PRODUCT.  When you are the one that sold it to them and showed them how to use it then YOU become the genius, not the manufacturer.

You recommending product and them purchasing it achieves your 3 R’s:

  1. It increases YOUR REVENUE!
  2. It gives much credibility to YOUR REPUTATION!
  3. It give you valuable client RETENTION that makes a sustainable career for YOU!

12 Beautiful Hairstyles For The Holiday Party Season

 From angelic braids to retro curls and pretty twisted updos, find tons of gorgeous hairstyles to try for all your holiday parties this season.

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Messy Updo

Copy Kendall’s ’90s look by starting out with the most essential hair tool – a flat iron. Straighten your locks, then add a serum for extra shine. Loosely part it down the middle, then pull it up in a pony. Twist small sections of hair around and secure them with pins – extra throwback points if you use butterfly clips. Pull down two pieces of hair in the front for the final touch.


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To get Zendaya’s look, scrunch your hair, then apply gel at the front and brush it straight back. Secure the sides with bobby pins right behind your ears so it stays put.


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Fishtail Bun

This is a sleek bun worthy of a Disney princess. Start by straightening your hair and parting it on the side. Sweep it back into a low pony, then weave a small section into a fishtail braid. Twist your un-braided pony into a bun and then wrap the braid around the base. Use roughly 47 bobby pins to keep everything snug.


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This mini knot is super easy and majorly chic. Pull the top section of your hair up into a tight bun and tuck up any loose ends – that’s literally it.

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Sleek Strands

For Kim’s sleek strands, flat iron your hair so it’s super straight, spending extra time on the ends. Part your hair down the middle, then apply an anti-frizz shine serum.

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Side-Swept Waves

For a twist on a regular blow out, try a side-swept look like Lucy! Use a large barrel curling iron to give your hair bouncy waves. Make a deep side part on whichever side you like best, then secure the back (by your neck) with bobby pins.

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Crimped, Braided Pony

Ariana’s rarely spotted with her hair in anything other than a high pony —and it’s the perfect look for the holidays. Blow out your hair straight, then pull your hair up into a pony. Remove a small section of hair on each side of your head, then braid them upward until they reach your ponytail. Tuck in the braids, then dig up your ’90s crimper. Once you’ve added texture to your hair, wrap a piece around your elastic and secure with a pin.


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Lily Collins’s Textured ‘Do

Fake beachy waves for the holidays! Apply sea salt spray to towel dried hair and let air dry. Straighten the ends of your hair, but also bend some pieces and clamp with the flat iron to create cool kinks right below your roots. You can even wrap some sections around the iron for loose curls.


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Messy Top Knot

This updo is way easier than it looks! To get Shay’s textured bun, spritz texturing spray all over your hair, and tease the crown with a comb. Then, pull your hair up into a high ponytail, and secure the bun with pins. The key is to keep a few strands loose so the ‘do looks a little “messy” yet super chic!


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’90s Pony

On a scale of one to ten, this pony is an Eleven. To copy the ultra ’90s look, part your hair down the middle and use a wand to curl the middle section of your bangs (leave the ends untouched for a natural-looking wave). Pull the rest of your hair up into a high pony and done!


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Laid-Back Waves

To get Sel’s natural waves, wrap small sections of your hair around a curling iron, but don’t use the clamper. Not using the clamper will result in looser, natural-looking curls! Finish off with your favorite hairspray.


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Victoria Justice’s Voluminous Side Part

The simplest way to makeover your look for the holidays? Switch up your part! Victoria’s usually all about the center, so by moving her part slightly to her left, she got tons of extra volume!

Whichever style you decide to go with, you will look and feel amazing for all of those holiday parties!

If you need a little extra help with your look, give us a call for color, cuts, perms, makeup & nails to get your perfect holiday look! 204-772-8772