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Reality Of Beauty



Check out our "Reality of Beauty" section to help you with your at home hair and body maintenance. See what the Technicians have to say:


HANDS AND FEET


Nail Advice from Ms. Kat

Keeping yourself pretty or handsome and pampered is a must whether you are a woman or a man.   You should take time for yourself.   If you take time for yourself you are a better person when you are well groomed.   When it comes to your hands and your feet you should clean your hands before you eat and when you come in contact with food.  If you come into contact with family, friends or clients you should sanitize your hands and clean under your nails before and after contact. 

You should moisturize your hands often in any season. The more you moisturize the softer your hands will feel.   You should always keep up a manicure, get your cuticles clipped, and hands lotioned at all times.   Men and women should pamper themselves.


Conchita Jamison speaks on "Namus Cura"

The word manicure is derived from the latin words "namus" (hand) and "cura" (care), which means the care of the hands and nails.   The purpose of a manicure/pedicure is to improve the appearance of the hands, feet, and nails.   Clean, attractive hands, feet, and nails are an admirable part of anyone’s head to toe grooming.   To be effective at your craft you must first make it a “Passion”, embrace the profession and master your craft!

Tips for in between service

To help your polish last a couple of extra days on the natural nail apply a thin layer of top coat over your polish and when putting on hand lotion be intentional around the cuticle area with lotion.


Nail Tips from Cynthia

1-  Home care and maintenance for softer feet - use vaseline, then put a sandwich bag, covered next by a pair of socks, same for hands

2-  To soak off acrylic, dampen a cotton ball with pure acetone, wrap finger with aluminum foil, leave on 1 hour

3-  For lasting polish and designs or artificial nails, polish with clean once a week

4-  To prevent nail fungus, you must receive your 2-week maintenance on time

5-  Although you may feel the need to, DO NOT nip your cuticles ... once you start, you will always have to nip them.

6-  For lasting polish on natural nails, clean the nail bed with isoprophyl alcohol before applying polish

7-  For broken nails that plit the natural nail, DO NOT glue it back together, get the nail repaired to prevent infection

8-  For healthy looking nails, use cuticle oil, or vitamin E capsules - massage into fingers morning and night

9-  Ladies, be concious and aware of your articficial nails, they chip, crack and break.  We cannot guarantee your nails will not break.  The longer the nails, the more likely they are to break.

10- Always keep a bottle of nail glue with you!


HAIR, SKIN & FACE


How to Get and Maintain Waves By Barber, Lendzee Pruitt

First step on acheiving any type of hair style is - it must be clean.   So shampoo your hair, it can be daily or two or three times a week.   This does not dry out the hair or scalp if you use a moisturizer, conditioner or grease and oil.

A wave is hair over hair that forms a pattern, so brushing is the key to getting waves. Constant brushing with the pomade of your choice like Murray’s, Sportwave, Dax, 360, etc. These will all produce the same affect.   After cleaning, brushing, and applying the pomade of your choice the suggested but not mandatory thing to do is wear a "doo rag" or wave cap.   This does not produce waves but keeps the hair lying down.   And what should have been number one on this list is a good haircut.   Wave length is about 1 - 11/4 of an inch.   So ask your barber to use these blade numbers.   Thanks for reading my advice and good luck on your attempt to get wavy hair.


Keena’s Beauty Corner

Question 1:   How long should I wait before I get my next relaxer?

Keena says . . .
It really depends upon the texture of your hair. 6 -8 weeks is the norm, but for softer and finer hair you can wait a little longer.

Question 2:  My hair is so dry, what can I put on it in between salon visits?

Keena says . . .
Try using a moisturizer cream like Keracare Cream Moisturizer or Mizani Rose H2O.   Use a dime sized amount when needed.   Make sure you aren’t using petroleum or waxed based products, these do nothing but weigh your hair down, they don’t provide moisture. Also, make sure you’re drinking enough water.   6-8 glasses or more are needed to stay hydrated from inside out.

Question 3: My face keeps breaking out, I’m too old for acne, what should I do?

Keena says . . .
Make sure your linen and towels, especially your pillowcases are clean.   Change them often.   Germs, bacteria, and the oils from your hair like to hang out there. This can cause anyone to breakout.   Also, make sure you cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser.   Try one that contains salicylic acid.


Healthy Hair News you can use by Khalilah

Hair maintenance tips for after you leave the salon.

We suggest that you, as a client, need to help us take care of your hair.  So that we may achieve your goals as far as the hair you wish you had.  It is very important for you to maintain a healthy head of hair in between visits to the salon.

Here are a couple of suggestions for you.  We all know that it is essential to get a good night's sleep, but you also want to maintain your hairstyle.  Purchase a satin or silk pillow case (cotton tends to dry and pull the hair out).  If you have a set (rollers, rods, crimps, spirals, etc.), purchase a satin or silk bonnet.  If you wear a wrap, you should wrap your hair every night and tie a satin or silk scarf on your head.  (Remember, cotton can be dry and damaging).  If you have volume at the top of your head, place rollers in your hair at the top, then proceed to wrap the rest of your hair around your head.

Please apply a hair dress or some type of moisturizer to your hair daily.  A dime-size in the palm of your hand should suffice.  Drink plenty of water!!!  Take vitamins daily, preferably A & E, and eat an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables and grains.


THE REST OF YOUR BODY


Good Health is a basic element for living.  Without it, one cannot work efficiently or enjoy the pleasures of life.

There are six (6) essential guidelines to help you maintain a healthy mind, and body.

1.     REST ~~~ Adequate sleep is essential for heealthiness.

2.     EXERCISE ~~~ Ensures the proper functioning of organs, (heart, lungs, etc) strengthens muscles and bones and improves circulation. 

3.     RELAXATION ~~~ Is an important change of pace from your day-to-day routine.  (Try prayer, meditation, the movies, the museum, reading, or writing)

4.     NUTRITION ~~~ What you eat affects your health, hair, appearance, personality, and performance on your job.  Try to avoid sugar, salt, caffeine, and fatty, fried or fast foods.

5.    PERSONAL HYGIENE ~~~ Personal hygiene is the daily maintenance of cleanliness and healthfulness.

6.     PERSONAL GROOMING ~~~ Is an extension of personal hygiene.  (Hair, nails, feet, diet, lifestyle, etc.


The Beneficial Effects of Massage by Chawah

MASSAGE:

  • relaxes muscle spasms and relieves tension.
  • may have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system, depending on the type and length of massage treatment given.
  • acts as a "mechanical cleanser", pushing along lymph and hastening the elimination of wastes and toxic debris.
  • increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and nitrogen, inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.
  • increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia.
  • increases the blood supply and nutrition to muscles without adding to their load of toxic lactic acid, produced through voluntary muscle contraction.  Massage thus helps to overcome harmful "fatigue" products resulting from strenuous exercise of injury.
  • improves muscle tone and can compensate, at least in part, for lack of exercise and muscular contraction in persons who because of injury, illness or age are forced to remain inactive.  In these cases, massage helps return venous blood to the heart and so eases the strain on this vital organ.
  • improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues.  It is accompanied or followed by an increased interchange of substances between the blood an tissue cells, heightening tissue metabolism.
  • stretches connective tissue, breaks down or prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis.
  • improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful particles.  It opens blood vessels, helps lessen inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain.
  • encourages the retention of nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from bone fractures.
  • helps eliminate edema (or dropsy) of the extremities.
  • disperses the edema following injury to ligaments and tendons, lessens pain and facilitates movement.
  • (According to some authorities) may burst the fat capsule in the subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed.  In this way, massage, combined with nutritious but caloric deficient diet can be an aid to reducing.

ETC, ETC, ETC!


Desiree C. on a Successful Business

Some say there is one rule in having a successful business and that is location . . . location 
. . . location
.   Desi’s Full Service Salon has that and more.   It is located three blocks east of Western Avenue on the corner of 95th & Hamilton in the historical Beverly community.  

Desi’s family friendly atmosphere provides an extensive menu of services, hosting manicurists that provide an array of pampering delights, like aromotherapy pedicures and rejuvenating hand treatments.   There is a melting pot of stylists of all ages and backgrounds, professionally trained to make hair care a priority and to service all ages, genders, and professional backgrounds with the most up to the minute trends in weaving and cutting as well as the “classic” looks .    I’m telling you this place has everything including an in-house Fashion "Boutique".

The salon's contemporary architectural design is the perfect backdrop for a palette of beige, mocha, azure & rose with soft piped-in sounds of R&B.   When you enter the salon you are welcomed by the receptionist who will announce your arrival.   You can choose to browse in the Boutique located in the back of the salon on the west side or just sit and wait in the beautifully decorated seating area.

Desi’s Full Service Salon has many amenities including cable TVs located throughout the salon, snack machines, fresh coffee, and a down to earth atmosphere.

Join us in our location for a very pleasant experience of pampering yourself.


FACE AND BODY BEAUTIFUL

"The Beneficial Effects of Massage" - by Chawah Levi

  • Relaxes muscle spasms and relieves tension

  • May have a sedative, stimulating or even exhausting effect on the nervous system, depending on the type and length of massage treatment given.

  • Acts as a "mechanical cleanser", pushing along lymph and hastening the elimination of wastes and toxic debris.

  • Increases the excretion (via the kidneys) of fluids and nitrogen. Inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal individuals.

  • Increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia.

  • Increases the blood supply and nutrition to muscles without adding to their load of toxic lactic acid, produced through voluntary muscle contraction. Massage thus helps to overcome harmful "fatigue" products resulting from strenuous exercise or injury.

  • Improves muscle tone and can compensate, at least in part, for lack of exercise and muscular contraction in persons who because of injury, illness or age are forced to remain inactive. In these cases, massage helps return venous blood to the heart and so eases the strain on this vital organ.

  • Improves the general circulation and nutrition of tissues. It is accompanied or followed by an increased interchange of substances between the blood and tissue cells, heightening tissue metabolism.

  • Stretches connective tissue, breaks down or prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis.

  • Improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful particles. It opens blood vessels, helps lessen inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain.

  • Encourages the retention of nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from bone fractures.

  • Helps eliminate edema (or dropsy) of the extremities.
    " Disperses the edemas following injury to ligaments and tendons, lessens pain and facilitates movement.

  • (According to some authorities) may burst the fat capsule in the subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed. In this way, massage, combined with a nutritious but caloric deficient diet can be an aid to reducing.


"Khalilah's Healthy Hair News you can use" - by Khalilah Perkins


Hair maintenance tips for after you leave the salon.
We suggest that you, as a client, need to help us take care of your hair. So that we may achieve your goals as far as the hair you wish you had. It is very important for you to maintain a healthy head of hair in between visits to the salon.

Here are a couple of suggestions for you. We all know that it is essential to get a good night's sleep, but you also want to maintain your hairstyle. Purchase a satin or silk pillow case (cotton tends to dry and pull the hair out). If you have a set (rollers, rods, crimps, spirals, etc.), purchase a satin or silk bonnet. If you wear a wrap, you should wrap your hair every night and tie a satin or silk scarf on your head. (Remember, cotton can be dry and damaging). If you have volume at the top of your head, place rollers in your hair at the top, then proceed to wrap the rest of your hair around your head.

Please apply a hair dress or some type of moisturizer to your hair daily. A dime-size in the palm of your hand should suffice. Drink plenty of water!!! Take vitamins daily, preferably A & E, and eat an adequate amount of fruits, vegetables and grains.


The Techs Techniques
( Nail Tips - by Nikki, Mickey, Cint & Khrissy )

Homecare maintenance for softer feet - use vaseline, then put a sandwich over your feet and cover that with a pair of socks. This same tip goes for your hands

To soak off acrylic, dampen a cotton ball with pure acetone, wrap finger with aluminum foil, leave on 1 hour.

For lasting polish and designs on artificial nails, polish with clear once a week.

To prevent nail fungus, you must receive your 2-week maintenance on a timely basis.

Although you might feel the need to, do not nip your cuticles. Once you start, you will always have to nip them.

For lasting polish on natural nails, clean the nail bed with isoprophyl alcohol before applying polish.

If you have a broken nail that splits the natural nail, do not glue it back together. Get the nail repaired to prevent infection.

For healthy looking nails, use cuticle oil, or vitamin E capsules - massage into fingers morning and night.

Ladies, be conscious and aware of your artificial nails, they chip, crack and break. We cannot guarantee your nails will not break. The longer the nails the more likely they are to break.

Always keep a bottle of nail glue with you!

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