Top 10 Beauty Trendsetters on Instagram

The cosmetology industry offers the world an overabundance of beauty and creativity! If you want to know what’s happening in the world of beauty, check out this top-ten list of trendsetters to follow on Instagram. Follow for new hair styles, make-up trends, hair colors of tomorrow, the next cool nail polishes!

@patmcgrathreal

McGrath is a makeup artist and creative director. She has a variety of celebrity clients and shoots for Cover Girl and Vogue. Interested in beauty? She is the real deal.

@raereview

Rae, a former beauty queen and a beauty review specialist, is a cosmetology guru. Her posts are often very feminine – think pastels, lace, flowers and butterflies.

@therealoliviap

Olivia Palermo’s classic, polished look will make you feel like you are drinking espresso with Kate Spade while walking down Park Avenue in New York City. Have a big date or special occasion coming up? She’s your gal for inspiration!

@chiaraferragni

Chiara Ferragni is an Italian blogger who likes to test the limits when it comes to her hair and makeup. Need a change? Check her out.

@evachen212

Eva Chen is the editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine and often showcases her favorite new products, and often ones on the cheap!

@auracolorist

NYC colorist Aura Friedman will teach you all about the new color trends soon to be hitting the runway.

@jinsoonchoi

Nailed it! Fashion-world manicurist Jin Soon Choi fills her feed with the very best polish picks.

@sexychuckie

Stylist Chuck Amos will not disappoint you with his many hair creations. And let’s admit it, everyone loves a male stylist!

@kristin_ess

Who is Lauren Conrad’s hairstylist, you ask yourself? Well now you know, her name is Kristin Ess. She often posts behind-the-scenes pics of Conrad, as well as helpful hair tips.

@jenatkinhair

Jen Atkin is the talented cosmetologist that styles the Kardashian family for basically all of their events. If you are enamored with their hair (who isn’t!), chances are you’ll love Atkin’s Instagram.

 

What to Expect During Your First Trip to the Spa

Written by Afton Starr, Front Desk Manager

If you have never treated yourself to a day at the spa, it is common that you may have a few questions. As a front desk receptionist at a salon, I can answer many of your questions prior to your first visit.

Why do people go to the spa?

There are many different reasons why people go to the spa. Some individuals have aches and pain in their joints that need a good massage. Others may have troubled skin, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and wrinkles that could benefit from receiving a facial. Lastly, there are times where you are stressed or needing a relaxing experience.

It is important that you determine what your needs are when going to the spa. This will make choosing the best spa for you easier. In your search for the perfect spa, check online for the services offered along with the descriptions of those services. Many spas may only offer facials or massages, not both. Some spas will offer a special or discount for new customers. If you have any other further or detailed questions about the services, make sure to call the salon to get your questions answered.

What to expect:

Give yourself plenty of time the day of your appointment. There is nothing worse than going to the spa on a time crunch. Dress comfortably, drink water, and make sure you use the restroom prior to beginning your service. But, most importantly, make sure you are relaxed during your service.

When you arrive to your appointment, you will have a thorough consultation about the service you will be receiving and discuss your desired results. This will help the therapist decide what procedure will work best for you, what type of products they will use, and which areas to focus on. Being honest and open with your therapist will aid in the outcome of your service.


At the end of your service, your therapist should bring up any concerns they noticed during your treatment. They will discuss a follow up plan whether it be a new daily skin regimen, or to come back every 3-4 weeks to loosen up any tight muscles. Once you start seeing the desired results you were looking for, your treatments could change and you may not have to visit the spa as frequently.

According to Dr. Oz, massages will pump fluid out of your soft tissue, into the circulatory system and down to your kidneys (which makes many people need to use the bathroom after). Because of these effects after a spa service, it is very important to stay hydrated for the first 48 hours after any spa service.

If you enjoyed your spa day and want to make it a regular routine, be sure to pre-book your next appointment! If you do not know your future schedule, be sure to keep your therapists name handy if you would like to see the same person again.

 

 

10 Cosmetology-Inspired Pinterest Boards to Follow

Stay current, learn new techniques and follow today’s latest trends in hair, makeup and runway looks.

PinterestBoardsToFollow

  1. Serge Normant covers backstage runway images to incredible hair editorials. One thing we know for sure is that Serge Normant believes the bigger the hair, the better.
  1. Elizabeth Dehn, cofounder of One Love Organics, is full of DIY beauty trends you can easily add to your own repertoire.
  1. Lauren Santo Domingo is a contributing Vogue editor and founder of Moda Operandi; her pins are a collection of editorials, icons and whimsical updos.
  1. Kristin Ess’ board, “Oh You Know, It Pays the Bills,” inspires creativity and has a showcase of how-tos you won’t want to miss.
  1. Backstage Beauty offers a behind-the-scenes look at all of New York Fashion Week’s runway looks.
  1. Blogger Joy Cho has nearly 14 million followers. That means it is obviously worth following her Hair board that showcases the best bangs, buns and braids waiting to be replicated.
  1. Writer and blogger Joanna Goddard’s “Hairstyle Inspiration” board combines boho chic with tasteful elegance. Her hairstyle pin inspirations are inventive and jaw-dropping.
  1. Looking for a go-to nail art board? Sephora’s “Nailspotting” board showcases funky, chic, patterned and classic nail trends. It’s the perfect “little bit of everything” inspiration board.
  1. Artist Jenny Vorwaller’s “Locks” board is the epitome of mussy, French-girl hair: a must see.
  1. The brand ban.do is your one-stop Pinterest shop for all things hair accessories. The “All Dolled Up” board features colorful hair, glitter makeup and over-the-top runway looks.
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