How are those New Year resolutions coming along?…

How are those resolutions coming along? If you're like most North Americans then you're well on your way to forgetting what you even decided to change for yourself (only 8% of people who make resolutions keep them!).  53% of Americans who participated in a resolutions study cited earning more money as a top decision for 2018, with 45% sticking to the tried and true lose weight and get in-shape choice.  92% of those participants will fail. To be fair, those are lofty and many tiered goals. Losing weight requires changed eating habits, potentially changed sleeping habits, and investing in a new activity such as a gym membership or fitness classes. That's a lot of change. It can be overwhelming! I'd like to present a very practical and very meaningful guide for positive change that’ll keep you going in 2018. Go paperless! This is a step in the right direction for reducing waste and becoming a more aware and sustainable resolver. On average, households receive 69 lbs of junk mail each year. That's just the junk mail! Go paperless in your billing.  Have receipts, bills and statements emailed to you. 24 trees go into making a ton of uncoated, non-recycled printing paper (a pallet of #20 copier paper comprising of 40 cartons weighs a ton). More than 5 trees are cut down for every ton of coated, high-end, magazine-quality virgin paper. Low-end magazine quality paper claims 8 trees per ton. Let’s opt for digital magazines and audio books. The world consumption for paper has actually gone up 400% in the last 40 years!  Can you believe it?!  4 billion trees (about 35%) are cut down every year. In terms of per person use, it's around 749 lbs of paper per year. To go paperless in billing, statements takes 10-30 minutes, a one-time [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00February 23rd, 2018|Aveda, Blog, Health, Our Team, Salon happenings, Seasonal|0 Comments

Autumn is here!

The gorgeous colours, the cooling in temperature and darkening of the season inspires the trends we start to see in hair as we head into Autumn. What do you need to know about leaving your Summer colour behind and embracing the richness of the Autumn this year? The trends this Autumn are mimicking the trends of Summer, and really all of 2017. Cool brown bases, subtle to very highlighted balayage effects, and icy blondes with lots of depth including low lights and dropped or deepened roots. The Summer loving crowd will find their tresses in a desperate need of TLC before attempting to revive their colours, especially if looking to drop to a cooler, deeper shade. The reason being is because pre-lightened (bleached or sun lightened) hair is porous, meaning it's lacking in protein, moisture and pigment. To take any blonde darker, that porous hair must be filled with what was taken from the hair when it was lightened, meaning we must fill it with the protein, moisture and pigment missing.  Any deep conditioning treatments you can pack on your hair will help you and your stylist with the porosity issue and ensure that new colour looks healthy and lasts once you take the leap!   Aveda makes great masques (Dry Remedy and Damage Remedy), which I personally use weekly to keep my long, highlighted hair moisturized. Cool colours are also a bit tricky to maintain, as the cool pigments (blue, green and violet) are the first to fade out of the hair. We’ve all been frustrated with that “brassy” colour we see in our sleep (yellow, red, orange).  Please, save the pumpkin spice for pie!  To prevent that from happening, toners (gentle ammonia free colour, from deposit only lines) are always recommended.  A toner can either add or neutralize [...]

Spring is in the Air…

Winter has finally worn out its welcome, and spring is coming. With that change in season comes warmer temperatures, longer days, beautiful flowers...and pollen. And sneezing. And itchy eyes. And runny noses. Basically mother earth is taunting us in a very cruel way. For the love of nature, how can we make it stop?! Learning what the potential cause of allergies is would be a great place to start. For that, we need to think small. Microscopically small. Back to the gut (yes, again). Studies suggest that a lack of diversity in the inhabiting colony of bacteria in the gut can cause adverse reactions from pathogenic microbes and even friendly microbes, dietary proteins and environmental allergens. The hygiene hypothesis is also a theory why allergies have increased in recent decades, from food allergies (1 in 13 children in the United States suffers from a life threatening anaphylactic allergy), to airway allergies (asthma affect 20 million Americans, and allergic rhinitis affects 50 million, while many more suffer on a smaller scale). The studies show that our western insistence on cleanliness and our lack of exposure to natural bacteria laden areas is causing an imbalance in our guts, lending to immune development disruption and increasing allergies. Antibiotics, formula feeding, and cesarean birthing techniques are adding to the imbalance.  Interestingly, the problem in the lungs of asthmatics looks like it may be the opposite problem of allergy sufferers of different natures. The diversity of bacteria in the lungs of healthy individuals was smaller compared to those of symptom sufferers.  So, what can we do? Well, knowing the problem is gut diversity related, it makes sense to introduce new and healthy bacteria to our systems. Take a high quality probiotic, or introduce fermented foods into your diet. For seasonal allergies, take in a local [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:59:37-07:00April 11th, 2017|Health, Seasonal, Uncategorized|0 Comments