Health & Style Institute Beauty Bites

We may binge on chocolate and margaritas occasionally, but too much of some good things can indeed be too much of a good thing. It’s tough to beat a sugar rush, but just by adding or subtracting a few items from your daily diet, your skin can glow, your nails can grow, and your hair can shine.
Problem: Split ends and weak, breaking nails.
Solution 1: Biotin(aka Vitamin H)
In it’s most extreme form, lack of Biotin can actually cause your hair to fall out! Luckily, you’re probably already eating some helpful food. Stock up on bananas, beans, eggs, peanuts, and salmon.
Solution 2: Protein
Did you know your hair and nails are both protein fibers? Since protein is what they’re made of, it makes sense that more protein will help strengthen both! Fish and eggs have both biotin and protein, so add them to the list with a double underline. Red meat is also a good choice, especially since it also has iron, further bolstering your nail strength.

Problem: Discolored Nails
Solution: Water
Simple, yet effective. Water keeps you hydrated and flushes out any lingering toxins. Those toxins, if left to fester, can build up in the nails and cause a yellowing color. Keep your nails colorless and ready for pristine polish by drinking at least 8 glasses a day.

Problem: Dull Skin
Solution 1: Antioxidants
While regular facials are a great resource for glowing skin, you can eat your way to better skin every day. Your skin is regularly damaged by the sun, pollution, and smoking, so protect it by eating foods rich in antioxidants. Five servings of fruit a day are a great start.
Solution 2: Carotenoids
While carotenoids won’t directly help your skin, they do help your body absorb more antioxidants. That means if you’re not willing to up your fruit intake, eat tomatoes, carrots and bell peppers to make the antioxidants you’re already eating more efficient.

Problem: Dull Hair
Solution 1: Omega-3
Eggs, fish, and fish oil all have large amounts of omega-3 fatty acid. More omega-3 helps your outer layer of skin retain water, strengthening it and giving it more shine. So why is omega-3 in the category of fixing dull hair? Because hair grows from the scalp, getting many of its nutrients from its roots. The stronger and healthier your scalp is, the stronger and shinier your hair will be.
Solution 2: Vitamin A
Vitamin A has the same scalp conditioning properties as omega-3, but can be found in sweeter foods. Apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, mangoes, and sweet potatoes are all rich in Vitamin A, giving your hair the boost it needs.

If you eat a balanced diet, many of these nutrients should already be part of your daily routine. Add a little more to add some shine and strength to your look with minimal extra effort. Ask your stylist for more ideas on how to bring out your very best you.


First time consultations with a new hairdresser are much like a first date… unpredictable, but going into it with the right preparation and attitude can lead to a long, happy relationship.  As in all relationships, communication is key.  It’s often joked about that people share just about EVERYTHING with their hairdresser… but to get off in the right groove together, there are a few key things that are important to share initially.

Let your hairdresser know what you love about your hair and what about your hair makes you want to run screaming into traffic.  If you adore the natural red highlights in your blonde hair, a good hairdresser can suggest options that may enhance it.  On the other hand, if the skinny, lifeless braid you’re sporting has always had you yearning for thicker, more voluminous hair, by all means, speak up.  There’s a lot a great hairdresser can do with cut and texturizing to add volume and body.  However, be realistic; if you’ve tresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, you won’t leave with hair to rival Kim Kardashian’s thick locks.

Be clear about the things that you vehemently dislike.  If short hair isn’t your thing, no matter how much it might flatter your face, or how fabulous a short cut you’d get, you’ll probably never like it.  Don’t mince words about your “no-way, never”s.  But also be willing to listen to suggestions and know what you’d be open to considering, even if it’s something entirely new for you.

You’ll love your hair more if it really suits your lifestyle and schedule.  If there already aren’t enough hours in your day, a wash and go style, or one that requires very little time to look good is ideal.  Let your hairdresser know how much or how little daily time you have – or care — to spend on your hair.  As well as what tools and products you already have.  They can work with you to teach you how to emulate the look you leave the salon with, often using the tools you already have.

Follow these tips and you may find it’s the start of a beautiful relationship!

no need to stay out of the water this summer, follow these hair care tips to keeps your locks looking fab


It’s summertime, we’ve found the perfect swimsuit that flatters our fab shape, but we know you ladies can relate… nothing keeps us out of the pool or lake more than fretting about messing up our do, right?

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to get your water babe on, while still keeping your tresses looking great and staying healthy.

First off, before you even head towards the pool or beach, do 3 things.  Wet your hair and apply your favorite conditioner.  Then braid or bun your hair.  Doing the combination of these two things will minimize the absorption of chlorine or salt water into your hair shaft.  Lastly, toss a can of club soda into your beach bag — more later as to why!

After swimming, try to rinse your hair out with fresh water as soon as possible. Many beaches and pools have outdoor showers; jump in it and rinse, rinse, rinse away.  Letting the pool or sea water dry in your hair is when damage occurs.  Sea minerals and chlorine are drying to your tresses, and chlorine will form crystals in your hair shaft as it dries, eventually expanding and then breaking your hair shaft.

Remember that can of club soda you brought along in your beach accouterment?  To step it up a notch in removing sea minerals and chlorine, rinse your hair in club soda, followed by rinsing in fresh water.

And dare we suggest it?  A swim cap over your pre-conditioned tresses, while not glam, will provide you the ultimate protection.

Okay, race you to the pool….