Health & Style Institute Beauty Bites


It’s beyond frustrating to spend money and time on hair color that lasts for two weeks, right? While the reality is, hair color does fade, there are a few very easy things you can do to lessen the fade factor.  Something as simple as tweaking your shower experience.

It’s about how long you actually stay in the shower. If you do have a hairstyle that has a lot of vibrant color that you don’t want to fade, standing under the water is your worst enemy.

The best thing for hair color preservation is quick shampoos, and the worst thing for hair color is standing under the shower. The water is the real culprit that drags color out more than the shampoo.

While it may feel good to stand under the hot water for ages, you’re basically just rinsing out your hair color.  As the hair follicle fills up with water, the water then pulls the color out.  And while we think lathering up and scrubbing is what it takes to get our hair free of dirt and product build-up, it definitely does not take ten minutes to get a squeaky clean head of hair. On top of all that, you actually don’t need all those bubbles at all.

We’re all obsessed by lots of lather, when we actually don’t need that.  If you co-wash, it doesn’t lather and you suddenly realize that actually it’s all psychological.

Co-washing is short for “conditioner-only washing.” It means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you’re a daily or a weekly washer. The result is something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair—that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage.

Or if you feel you really must shampoo, we can point you to good sulfate-free shampoos that are lather-free, and yes, still clean your hair. Besides cutting down your shower times, a quick trick is to skip the wash entirely and reach for the dry shampoo—a saving grace in preserving hair color and of course, blowouts.

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 Any Color Service and 25% Off A Signature Spa Facial. Both good through November 30, 2015, call today to schedule at either of our two locations!

You’ve likely heard that rhetorical expression, “lipstick on a pig”, meaning an attempt to dress something up, right? 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.


No “lipstick”, i.e. cute new dress, fab earrings, or lush new makeup technique 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”.

And through September 30, 2014, SAVE 50% off our Signature Spa Facial – as well as 50% off Full Color Services… Oooo-la-lah!! Call us today to schedule some time for yourself to relax and take that first step towards naturally beautiful skin! 336.885.3452, and see our full salon services menu here.