Health & Style Institute Beauty Bites
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When it comes down to it, at the heart of beauty is skin tone. It affects almost every makeup, hair and even wardrobe decision we make, whether it’s choosing a foundation, an outfit, and a shade of hair color.

Hair Choice 101

Since your hair color will always have to go with your skin tone, it’s important to match your locks with your face.  That said, it is almost never a good idea to try to get the same color in your hair that you have in your skin.  People who try that tend to look washed out.  Instead, use your skin tone to determine what complimentary color will draw eyes to you.  You want a hair color that will make your natural beauty stand out while reducing or eliminating the look of flaws.

Skin Tone 101

Skin is normally classified as warm, or cool.  Not sure what yours is?  No problem.  Start with your eyes.  Extremely dark and extremely light eyes both indicate a cool skin tone.  If you have deep browns, blacks, or baby blues paired with pale or medium skin, very dark brown skin, or olive skin, you’re skin tone is cool.  Green, light brown, and hazel eyes generally indicate a warm skin tone.  You may have pale skin, but you’ll also have peach or gold undertones.  You could also have brown skin with caramel undertones, or be freckled.

 

Still not sure?  Check the veins on your wrist.  A green tint indicates warm skin, and blue means cool skin.

Cool Skin

With cool skin, you likely have little color variation throughout your skin, but where there is color, it looks a little too red.  Rather than lathering on makeup to bring color in, style your hair with intense shades of red, blonde, or brown.  The colors will draw focus to your eyes, and help hide any redness that may pop up.  You can also add some light highlights like wheat or taupe to contrast with the base and bring a little more color out of your skin.

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Warm Skin

If you have warm skin, the wrong hair color can make your skin look a bit yellow and end up seeming drab and lifeless.  The right hair color for you is a rich, deep base like chestnut or dark golden brown.  The richness makes your complexion look even and adds a sultry appeal.  The deep color will add even more to your look with the addition of red, cinnamon, or copper highlights.

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Bottom Line

Rules are meant to be broken.  The color you’ve always wanted but maybe thought you couldn’t pull off could be within your reach.  Looking at photos of yourself as a child is a great starting point for finding a flattering hair color—that and playing around with different colors of fabric against your skin. Have fun with it!

Adjust your makeup and accessories when you change your hair color. You’ve got to play with them, and really wear the new color, otherwise it will wear you. You can’t be self-conscious, or it will look like something’s wrong.

Whether you’ve found your perfect shade or you need more expert help, take advantage Health and Style Institute’s incredible talent and fantastic deals.  January’s special: Get a free haircut and flat iron with any full-priced color service. Good through 1/31/16. Call today to schedule at either of our two locations!

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With holidays gathering mode about upon us, what better time to freshen up your look?! Even better?  Save money doing it!  Our November special offers two great opportunities for blissful savings: 25% Off A Signature Spa Facial or 25% off Any Color Service. Good through November 30, 2015.

Facials for Flawless Skin

We often spend our attention – and money – on a fabulous new wardrobe piece or an awesome accessory, but we neglect the one thing that everyone notices, and looks directly at in any interaction:  our face, or more specifically, our skin.

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No cosmetic will ever do as much for flawless beautiful skin, as good consistent skin care will. And as one’s skin become healthier, you’ll find you rely less and less on cosmetics.  A step towards that stunning skin is to make it a priority in your schedule and budget to get regular facials. It’s one of the best investments you can make for your skin.

Another step towards great skin is to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it is also the last to get any nutrients from the foods you eat.  So make sure the nutrients it does get are healthy ones.

Lastly, we’ve all become accustomed to a higher-stress, faster paced way of life, but we also pay a price for it. It’s important to engage in relaxing activities to reduce the stressor hormones in the body.  When you come to Health and Style Institute for a facial, you get a double benefit: great skin care, and some relaxing “me-time”.

Schedule some time for yourself to relax and take that first step towards naturally beautiful holiday skin!

Freshen Your Holiday Look with New Hair Color

Hair color options are limitless.  One simple solution is to ask the experts at the Health and Style Institute what they suggest, then putting your hair in their hands.  If, however, you prefer a little more control, then the Health and Style Institute would like to give you a few things to watch for that can help you find your gorgeous shade.

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Since your hair color will always have to go with your skin tone, it’s important to match your locks with your face.  That said, it is almost never a good idea to try to get the same color in your hair that you have in your skin.  People who try that tend to look washed out.  Instead, use your skin tone to determine what complimentary color will draw eyes to you.  You want a hair color that will make your natural beauty stand out while reducing or eliminating the look of flaws.

Skin is normally classified as warm, or cool.  Not sure what yours is?  No problem.  Start with your eyes.  Extremely dark and extremely light eyes both indicate a cool skin tone.  If you have deep browns, blacks, or baby blues paired with pale or medium skin, very dark brown skin, or olive skin, you’re skin tone is cool.  Green, light brown, and hazel eyes generally indicate a warm skin tone.  You may have pale skin, but you’ll also have peach or gold undertones.  You could also have brown skin with caramel undertones, or be freckled.

Still not sure?  Check the veins on your wrist.  A green tint indicates warm skin, and blue means cool skin.

With cool skin, you likely have little color variation throughout your skin, but where there is color, it looks a little too red.  Rather than lathering on makeup to bring color in, style your hair with intense shades of red, blonde, or brown.  The colors will draw focus to your eyes, and help hide any redness that may pop up.  You can also add some light highlights like wheat or taupe to contrast with the base and bring a little more color out of your skin.

If you have warm skin, the wrong hair color can make your skin look a bit yellow and end up seeming drab and lifeless.  The right hair color for you is a rich, deep base like chestnut or dark golden brown.  The richness makes your complexion look even and adds a sultry appeal.  The deep color will add even more to your look with the addition of red, cinnamon, or copper highlights.

Whether you’ve found your perfect shade or you need more expert help, take advantage of the Health and Style Institute’s incredible talent and fantastic November deals, call today to schedule, before our holiday availability gets booked up!

 

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What’s better than a September special to save you money?  TWO September specials!!

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Our first special is get a Free Facial on-the-go with a Full-Priced Back or Chest waxing treatment.

 

Color & cut by HSI student Sheila.

Color & cut by HSI student Sheila.

You can also save  with a Free Mini Foil with a Full-Priced All Over Color Service.

 

Both savings specials are good at both our High Point, NC and our Kennesaw, GA locations, September 1 through 30, 2015. Call today to schedule!

 

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You’ve still got a week left to save BIG with our January special: Through 1/31/15 get a FREE Haircut and Blowdry/Style with Color Service. What better time to introduce a new look then the new year, and color options are limitless. A few things to watch for that can help you find your gorgeous shade:

Hair Choice 101
Since your hair color will always have to go with your skin tone, it’s important to match your locks with your face. That said, it is almost never a good idea to try to get the same color in your hair that you have in your skin. People who try that tend to look washed out. Instead, use your skin tone to determine what complimentary color will draw eyes to you. You want a hair color that will make your natural beauty stand out while reducing or eliminating the look of flaws.

Skin Tone 101
Skin is normally classified as warm, or cool. Not sure what yours is? No problem. Start with your eyes. Extremely dark and extremely light eyes both indicate a cool skin tone. If you have deep browns, blacks, or baby blues paired with pale or medium skin, very dark brown skin, or olive skin, you’re skin tone is cool. Green, light brown, and hazel eyes generally indicate a warm skin tone. You may have pale skin, but you’ll also have peach or gold undertones. You could also have brown skin with caramel undertones, or be freckled.
Still not sure? Check the veins on your wrist. A green tint indicates warm skin, and blue means cool skin.

Cool Skin

With cool skin, you likely have little color variation throughout your skin, but where there is color, it looks a little too red. Rather than lathering on makeup to bring color in, style your hair with intense shades of red, blonde, or brown. The colors will draw focus to your eyes, and help hide any redness that may pop up. You can also add some light highlights like wheat or taupe to contrast with the base and bring a little more color out of your skin.

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Warm Skin
If you have warm skin, the wrong hair color can make your skin look a bit yellow and end up seeming drab and lifeless. The right hair color for you is a rich, deep base like chestnut or dark golden brown. The richness makes your complexion look even and adds a sultry appeal. The deep color will add even more to your look with the addition of red, cinnamon, or copper highlights.

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Whether you’ve found your perfect shade or you need more expert help, take advantage of the Health and Style Institute’s incredible talent and fantastic deals. Call today to schedule at either our Kennesaw, GA location or High Point, NC.

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Holidays are about upon us, and it’s the perfect time to add a little somethin’-somethin’ to your look. If you’re not open to a complete color change, there are still ways to add some great oomph to your hair color, less radical than a complete new color.

Highlights
Good news for all you brunettes and red heads: highlights aren’t just blonde streaks! Instead, it’s dying strands of hair at least two shades lighter than your primary color. This means you can keep the color you want and can just have lighter, complimentary strands with it.

If you want a really light look, you can go three shades lighter than your primary color. More than that and you won’t have a naturally sun-kissed look; you’ll have two completely different hair colors.

For a really dramatic look, many people use “chunks” of highlights, which are really just thick areas of hair that have been highlighted. The thicker your highlights, the more obvious and less natural looking they’ll be. The thinner, the more natural. If you want a subtle look, ask your stylist at Health and Style Institute to go for “contrast.”

If you want to change your hair color, highlighting can be the way to go. Just widen the highlighted area a little more every time you go to Health and Style Institute, and you’ll have a completely lighter hair color before you know it.

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Lowlights
These are the often misunderstood and misused treatment of the coloring world. Luckily, Health and Style Institute stylists know just what they are and how to use them.

Lowlighting is basically highlighting, but you go darker instead of lighter. Your lowlights are 2-3 shades darker than your primary color. If you color your hair, lowlights are fantastic at making your new color blend with the old. When your darker, natural hair starts showing at the roots, it looks like it’s just complimenting your lowlights.

If your hair’s a little on the thin side, lowlights on the underside of your hair can give the illusion of depth and dimension. It’s basically creating shadows where none exist.

Do Both!
To create an incredibly dramatic look considering doing a combination of highlights and lowlights. However, please do not try this at home. It’s complicated and easy to give yourself a freak-ish color. Instead, visit the Health and Style Institute so the professionals can give you the look you want.

Call now to book your appointment to stay colorfully ravishing for the holidays! And SAVE with our November special: Get a FREE Keratin mask (a $15 value) with any full-priced highlight service. Good November 1 – 31, 2014. See our full salon menu for all our affordable services!

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Hair gloss treatments are often met with confusion. What exactly does it do? How are they different than hair color? And why is everyone getting them? Looking at all the ins and outs of a hair gloss treatment, it’s pretty easy to see that it’s packed full of beauty benefits and should be on your “To Do” list! Here are some things that make a hair gloss treatment different than a classic hair color service… and why you definitely should consider getting one.

Repair Summer Damage
Spent a little too much time in the sun and chlorine this summer? Get a gloss. It actually repairs your hair and undos all that damage, so you’ll feel a lot better. The gloss will return texture and deep condition your strands for ultimate silkiness and shine. A clear gloss is essentially a powerhouse of a conditioning treatment for your strands. All you’d be doing is lowering the pH level of your hair and imparting extreme conditioning properties.
Shine and Softness
A gloss is very acidic and closes the hair and the cuticle tight. The result is a very smooth surface texture that will reflect a lot more light and have a much softer feel to it. . It makes your hair super shiny and smooth. It will even reduce a little bit of frizz, and overall, your hair feels fabulous!

Translucent Color
A gloss will work with the variation of tone that you hair naturally has, allowing for a more subdued shade. If you have gray hair and if you put a gloss on, it will have a very tonal effect as opposed to being one solid opaque color

It’s No Big Commitment
The best thing about it is there’s no commitment to it. You can do a clear gloss, which only enhances your own natural tones, or even a color gloss which will fade on its own, within six to eight weeks. And if you want to change your hair, it doesn’t interfere with any type of chemical change you want to do in the future.

It’s Easy to Maintain
To lengthen the life of a gloss, use sulfate-free products that are made for colored hair and you should be good to go.

 

It’s Totally In For Fall
This season’s hair trends will be all about really rich jewel tones. A clear gloss will brighten and enrich your natural tone. If you’re considering a color gloss and you’re a brunette, go for a rich honey or espresso brown. If you’re a redhead, try a deep copper or auburn. And if you’re a blonde, opt for a golden tone.

Saving Money is ALWAYS In!!
With our October special, you can add a clear gloss to any shampoo/cut/dry for only $5!!

And we’re so excited about fall, we have a second October special: Get a FREE facial wax with a full priced Spa Facial. Both specials are good October 1st – 31st, 2014. Call today to schedule, 336.885.3452, and check out our salon & spa menu for all the affordable services we offer!

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Have you been jonesin’ for a haircut, style or color change?   Right NOW is the perfect time to do it!  The start of a new year is a great time to make changes, and a new look is a perfect way to brighten up any glum winter day.  Maybe your budget has been holding you back from getting an updated new look?  Worry no more:  your beautiful smile will be even bigger when you save money getting your uber-fab new look!!  Come see us at Health and Style Institute; not only will we help you find just the right new look for you, you’ve got a few more days to take advantage of our New Year’s special, “Our Solutions to Your Resolutions”: Get a Free Haircut and Blowdry/Style with Color Service. Good through 01/31/14.  Hurry!!

 

Uniformity is definitely not the trend, and just about any look for color and cut can be seen nowadays. Everything from bold streaks or blocks of color to subtle and natural looking highlights and lowlights, or from ombre to one vibrant beautiful hue. Multiple colors in whatever form can add a lot of interest to your hair, as well as depth.

 

Just as you’ll see unlimited numbers of hair color, hair length runs the gamut too.  From sexy impish pixie, to long luxurious locks – and everything in between.

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 Come see us, we’ll help you find just the right look – at just the right price! 

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When celebrities change their signature hairstyles, everyone has an opinion.  Even if you’re not famous, changing your default do can be a bit intimidating. If you’ve ever made a hairstyle change you’ve regretted, consider these low-risk options.  They’ll help you make subtle changes with a big impact, while avoiding a makeover disaster.

With our New Year’s special, “Our Solutions to Your Resolutions.”, you can save money on making a change:    Get a Free Haircut and Blowdry/Style with Color Service.

Get Highlights Or Lowlights

If you’ve always dreamed of going lighter, but the thought of covering your head in peroxide gives you night terrors, then subtle highlights may be for you.  Your hairstylist can use a sheer toner over highlighted hair to subtly enhance the color, richen it and make it more three dimensional. If you’re already blonde but have always dreamed of going to the dark side, add some lowlights!

Rock A Fringe

Bangs are totally in, but you might not be ready to commit to their maintenance and hairstyle limitations. Start with a longer side-swept bang to adjust to a fringed look. Go a bit shorter each trim, to your comfort level and a great look for you.  And don’t fret, it’s just hair, it will grow back.

Change Your Part

This tip may sound ridiculously obvious, but think about it: when was the last time you changed the way you part your hair? Deep side parts are hot, and switching your part can reveal new angles on your face.

Go Natural!

Put down the hair iron, the blow dryer and the curling iron and step away from the straightening serum. Not only will your strands (which you’ve probably been taming into submission for years, right?) thank you, you’ll be totally on-trend.

Guys, You Too

Take a look in the mirror. Have you been working that same haircut since you were in high school? Many guys do have a tendency to get stuck in a rut, being comfortable with the same look and often stick to the old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Here’s the deal. If you’ve had the same haircut for a decade, it is “broke,” so to speak, and it’s time to change your hairstyle. Ever wonder why women change their hairstyles so often? It’s simple. They know that changing up the ‘do is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to change up their look.

So, why bother? Well, the haircut you currently have may not be flattering your facial features for one thing. Sure, it may have worked a decade ago, but your face changes over time. Especially if you are maturing, an updated haircut can help you look younger into middle age (and beyond). Second, a new haircut is a great way to get noticed and keep you current.

Guys and gals, call and make your appointment already! Change is a good thing.

 

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Having your hair colored for the first time can be nerve-racking. With so many options and variations, how can you end up with the look you want?   The key is to communicate with your colorist before he or she starts mixing the color. Explain — or show them a photo of — the look you’re after so they can outline the options for getting you there.

Highlights

Good news for all you brunettes and red heads:  highlights aren’t just blonde streaks!  Instead, it’s dying strands of hair at least two shades lighter than your primary color.  This means you can keep the color you want and can just have lighter, complimentary strands with it.

If you want a really light look, you can go three shades lighter than your primary color. More than that and you won’t have a naturally sun-kissed look; you’ll have two completely different hair colors.

For a really dramatic look, many people use “chunks” of highlights, which are really just thick areas of hair that have been highlighted.  The thicker your highlights, the more obvious and less natural looking they’ll be.  The thinner, the more natural.  If you want a subtle look, ask your stylist at Health and Style Institute to go for “contrast.”

If you want to change your hair color, highlighting can be the way to go.  Just widen the highlighted area a little more every time you go to Health and Style Institute, and you’ll have a completely lighter hair color before you know it.

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Lowlights

These are the often misunderstood and misused treatment of the coloring world.  Luckily, Health and Style Institute stylists knows just what they are and how to use them.

Lowlighting is basically highlighting, but you go darker instead of lighter.  Your lowlights are 2-3 shades darker than your primary color.  If you color your hair, lowlights are fantastic at making your new color blend with the old.  When your darker, natural hair starts showing at the roots, it looks like it’s just complimenting your lowlights.

If your hair’s a little on the thin side, lowlights on the underside of your hair can give the illusion of depth and dimension.  It’s basically creating shadows where none exist.

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Balayage

This color process is hand-painting lightener on select pieces of hair to emphasize the lines and layers of a hairstyle. The color will grow out, and roots aren’t noticeable because the color isn’t applied as close to the roots as it is with other color processes.

Call now to book your appointment to stay colorfully ravishing all the way through fall and winter! And with this month’s special, save money too: Fall Colors and Fabulous Skin!
50% off any full color service
50% off our Signature Spa facial!

Call to schedule: (336) 885-3452

 

 

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Deciding to chemically alter your hair with color, a perm, or relaxer can be a big decision! Here at Health and Style Institute our student stylists can work with you to determine the best options for your hair, as well as make sure you understand the right after care and products to keep your chemically treated hair looking fly!

If you’ve been considering a chemical service, or are in need up a touch up to currently chemically treated hair, take advantage of our uber-fab July special for BIG saving$:

Buy one retail product at our regular price and receive HALF off a hair color or other chemical service!  Good through July 31, 2013.