wonder how salon professionals maintain that crisp, not-a-hair-outta-place
look day in and day out? (It must be more than hair spray.) Want to
try that new laser treatment, deep-tissue massage or chemical peel but
havenít a clue where to begin? We asked area experts to share their
secret tricks and tips about current beauty trends, beauty regimens,
and well, just beauty in general. Read further to begin your
transformation into a more confident, better-looking you.
Once you have
dishwater hands are you cursed with them for life?
the answer might be yes, but Neroli Salon & Spa nail therapist
Kanin Price says "absolutely not." Dunk your hands in sudsy
water for dishes or even a bath. It is more important what you do
afterward. You can slather on the cheap (brands of lotions and creams)
all day, but at nighttime, reach for the good stuff. "You want
the really thick hand cream when you go to bed, like Aveda Hand
Relief," he suggests. "It has a sugar extract that
exfoliates, moisturizes and sloughs off surface skin cells."
At home, mix
granulated sugar with equal parts extra virgin olive oil and rub over
hands. "My mom swears by it," says Price.
Can you pinpoint
four fab stress busters?
1. Get a
massage. "Massage is a great stress reliever," says Melissa
Claas, a massage therapist at Spargo Salon & Spa in Pewaukee.
Custom massages range from $40 to $100.
2. Do yoga, walk
or work out. "That endorphin adrenalin rush is a great tension
reliever," Claas says.
3. Refresh with
a body scrub. "The skin gets so dry all winter and needs to be
revived," she says. An hour-long body scrub with a wrap is a
4. Enjoy alone
time and take advantage of complimentary spa amenities, like the steam
room and shower at Spargo. "A lot of people donít book time to
relax," she says.
What are the
best over-the-counter products to counter dry skin?
maintains its smooth, soft appearance due to the water content of the
outer layer cells," explains Dr. Michelle Cihla of Dermatology
Associates of Wisconsin. "These cells are like sponges and can
hold a lot of water. The first thing to do for dry skin is to
establish a good oil layer."
To trap the
water absorbed in showers and baths, Cihla says apply oil (such as
Alpha Keri Oil), occlusive cream (like Aveeno Cream) or emollient
lotion (like Cetaphil Lotion) while skin is damp.
Bathe in lukewarm water; use as little soap as possible; and apply
moisturizers immediately after each bath or shower.
How do we allay
doctorís office jitters before undergoing a procedure like Botox?
a lot of discussion. One thing is knowing that you can get the Botox
without discomfort. My philosophy has always been you can relatively
have a pain-free experience," insists Dr. Anthony Krausen of The
Skin Center of Wisconsin.
gets the Botox service (an injection to lessen crowís feet, brow
wrinkles and frown lines), he says, first has a topical cream applied
that "takes the edge off." Additionally, ice is applied, the
injection is done with a small needle and thereís a full
time I see somebody, they deserve to have their hand held ó
literally and verbally," he adds.
Still a little
nervous? Speak with past clients.
telltale signs that it is time for a clinically based treatment?
By the time most
women reach age 30, telltale signs are starting to show, says Dawn
Sagrillo, clinical director at ReFresh Aesthetic Center in Whitefish
Bay. Thatís the time, she says, to "look a little more
seriously at clinical skin care with a licensed aesthetician."
At ReFresh, she
focuses on using "aesthetic injectables," such as Botox,
Dysport and Xeomin that relax muscles and address dynamic lines.
"You wonít have a frozen look. We customize doses to quiet
muscles and reduce overactive lines," she says.
treatments range from light skin peels to light-based treatments that
can remove sun spots. "Iíve done Botox since my early 30s,
fillers as I was approaching 39 and skin care since my late 20s,"
says Sagrillo, "all nonsurgical."
What is the best
way to find a plastic surgeon?
"Find someone else who has had a procedure done and had a great
result," says facial plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Campbell of
Quintessa Medical Spa in Mequon and Sheboygan.
Be an informed
consumer. "Ask yourself before you arrive, ĎWhat do I really
want? How much do I want to spend? Am I OK with surgical procedures
and the downtime?í" he says.
experience. "We have the best devices and can tell people very
honestly about various options and details of the result and down
time," Campbell says.
How can we plump
our pucker and avoid chapped-lipped kisses?
Work with the
right equipment says aesthetician Jennifer Kessler of Blush Beauty
(with locations in the Third Ward and Mequon).
pucker with Laura Mercier Lip Silk. "Itís a phenomenal,
miniature exfoliant made with hyaluronic acid," says Kessler.
"Itís a great night treatment." Another is O-Plump by
Bow to the
How can we get
more out of a brow wax?
Do not pluck
between appointments. "Hair grows out on a three week
cycle," says Kessler. "Itís good to just come in every
three to four weeks."
In the interim,
try Blinc Eyebrow Mousse, a "mascara for your brows."
Pump It Up
What are the
best ways add volume to thinning hair?
Try teasing, but
do not overdo it, states Katie Bohn, a hairstylist at Bella Lei (which
has locations in Mequon, Cedarburg and Port Washington).
Textured styles look thicker than a slick, straighter style. Use
curling irons or Velcro rollers to create.
strategically. A blunt cut gives thinner hair a thicker appearance,
How can we perk
up our hairstyle for spring?
trends to range from braids and blow outs to beachy waves and warm
hair colors, notes Kitty Tierney, owner of Mequonís Impressions Day
Spa. Spring runways, she says, showed that nothing was "too
perfect or impeccable. Deconstructed waves and undone knots and twists
proved that having a bit of an edge is as chic as ever."
supplies? "For my hair, I use MoroccanOil Oil Treatment as a
wonderful conditioner. I also use a flat iron to create a slight
wave," she says.
What are the top
three hair-care products that you could not live without?
Alex Ollman, a
hairstylist for Erik of Norway Salon Spa (with locations in Mequon and
downtown Milwaukee) highlights her must-have arsenal:
Elixir "provides moisture and adds shine" without being too
Substantive "gives hold and volume" and if there is hair
loss, it "brings hair back to a healthier state."
3. Aveda Control
Force Hairspray has "a very strong aerosol hold" but can be
"brushed out without leaving flakiness."
best serious product or treatment to fight aging skin?
ingredients to defend against aging skin are antioxidants, Vitamin C
and Vitamin A, says Gail Coleman, owner of Estetika Skin and Laser
Specialists in Delafield and Mequon. "Weíre a medical cosmetic
spa, so we carry prescription-strength products," Coleman says of
the items that range from $75 to $125 an ounce.
treatment options are many. A chemical peel, she says, is appropriate
for all skin types and skin problems. A peel can range from $55 to
$300, depending on the depth of treatment. The peel, which is done one
at a time, she says, is "very corrective."
Delafield location includes an on-site JOULE platform, which offers a
precision peel of all depths. "Itís very exciting," says
Coleman. "Itís for major resurfacing."
How can women
keep their hair looking lustrous from winter to spring?
Stay away from
shampoos with high alkalinity, advises Steven Edwards of the Steven
Edwards Color Group in New Berlin. They may seem like a bargain, but
"theyíll clean your hair too much."
Add color to
"put more richness, pigment and depth in the hair."
hats. "Hats are not the problem," he says of winter hair
damage. Larger issues stem from "tight ponytails, brushing out
hairspray and brushing when hair is wet."
product is Moroccanoil Oil Treatment, a winner in Behindthechair.comís
2011 Stylist Choice Awards. "It gives shines, protects from heat,
helps with frizz and makes your hair feel great," Edwards says.
budgets are tight, what beauty rituals are not worth sacrificing?
answer is a haircut," says Greg Rushing, a master stylist at Vici
Capilli Salons & Spa in Greenfield.
Donít skimp on
the cut. "It sets your tone for the day," he says.
"When you get up in the morning, if your hair looks bad, you feel
on the cheap. "Put on some of your daily conditioner and wrap
your hair in a towel for 45 minutes. Then rinse. Your hair will feel
brand new. This is especially good for highlighted hair."
customers are invited to come in for periodical bang trims ó for
Are there really
ways to avoid or lessen wrinkles?
Connie Laux, a
medical aesthetician for Milwaukee Vein & Laser Center, believes
so. But donít wait until there is a problem. "A lot of people
say, ĎIím going to wait until (wrinkles) are really deep,í but
itís not that easy," she says.
the benefits of Retinoids, laser treatments, Botox and other in-office
remedies, Laux says you have to do some work at home, like: drink
water; take fish oil and Vitamin B supplements to hydrate and
lubricate from within; exercise to increase blood flow to the skin;
apply sunscreen; get antioxidants; quit smoking (as it decreases
oxygen to the skin) and quit tanning (which she says damages the DNA
in the skin).
best time to get a massage? Is there anything one can do to prepare
director of WELL Spa + Janice Salon at The Pfister Hotel in downtown
Milwaukee, says everyone needs a massage "to help reduce stress,
which is a contributor to disease."
To get the most
out of yours, Walsh says:
leave your work.
2. Trust your
therapist, no matter his or her size. "Power comes from the body.
Someone who is small can give an incredibly deep tissue massage."
3. Throw your
body inhibitions to the wind. "Massage therapists love to work on
Also, a lot of
men come in "kicking and screaming," says Walsh. "They
donít ask a lot of questions or know what to expect. But all leave
saying, ĎI canít believe that I didnít do this years ago.í"
Men of Style
Must men live
with stubble or a comb over?
grows," says Theri DeJoode, who co-owns Groom with Erica Grabczyk,
of stubble. "You can soften it by using shave oils but itís
impossible to truly get rid of it."
The best thing
DeJoode says is to go to professionals who specialize in face and hair
The same thing
goes for male hair thinning. While the salon offers all sorts of
treatments, including laser therapy, DeJoode says men need to learn to
work with nature. In other words, comb-overs shouldnít be. "We
encourage them to take it off," she says of men who insist on
combing longer strands across bald spots. "Weíd love to
encourage them to be natural and deal with the growth and development
that we all have with aging."
When should you
fire your hairstylist?
clearly time if your stylist hasnít offered you something different
to update your look," says Nova, the one-named owner-stylist of
Salon Nova on the East Side. "Salons should be doing education.
New things pop up all the time. A good stylist stays on top of
If you have the
same hairstyle you did 10 years ago, Nova says prepare to jump ship.
But it may not be easy. "Finding a hairstylist is like finding a
life partner," says Nova, who will open up a new space in
Brookfield next month. "You have to date a lot."
When itís time
to snip ties, he says first find someone else you do like. If itís
the stylist in the next booth, go for it. "People bounce back and
forth all the time," he says. M.