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Psoriasis and High Frequency Electrotherapy

High Frequency Electrotherapy MachinePsoriasis is a very common chronic skin disorder. It causes skin cells to reproduce too quickly resulting in thick, dry, scaly patches that can be red, white, or almost silver in color. These patches are itchy and can be painful, but most of all, they can be embarrassing for the person affected.

I have suffered with psoriasis on my scalp and neck for a few years now, and I’ve tried many different treatments including creams and ointments both over the counter and prescribed by physicians. The results have always been the same. They help for a while and then, in a few weeks, the symptoms and my embarrassment return.

Recently, I’ve started a new treatment. It is called High Frequency Electrotherapy which uses an electric current to stimulate the surface of the scalp and local blood circulation, improve the process of nourishment, stimulate local glandular activity, and supply heat to sooth the nervous system of the scalp. These benefits all help decrease the irritation and symptoms of psoriasis.

I’ve personally been doing a high frequency treatment for 10 minutes three days a week for the past three weeks. I’ve seen a significant reduction in my symptoms—enough that I’m finally comfortable wearing my hair in a ponytail which I have not done in years! I highly recommend high frequency treatments for anyone with psoriasis. It’s been a life changer for me.

The Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Female model with exfoliated skin.

If you’ve never heard of Microdermabrasion, it is an amazing machine that can help to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, increase the production of collagen and elastin, smooth out and retexture the skin, and help to diminish sun spots, scarring, and other discolorations. This machine creates a mechanical exfoliation using small crystals as well as vacuum suction. The vacuum sucks the skin up while the crystals work to exfoliate dead skin cells and imperfections.

Exfoliation is important for all skin types, including the most healthy of skins, to ensure the process of cell turnover. As we age, the rate of our cell turnover—or the amount of time it takes new skin cells to reach the surface and replace the old, dead ones—becomes slower and slower. For this reason, we all need a little help with desquamating the old skin cells. Microdermabrasion is an excellent way to slough off those dead skin cells to reveal a more polished and lively skin tone.

Another benefit of this treatment, in comparison to other forms of deeper exfoliation such as chemical peels, is that there is relatively no downtime. You can leave the spa the same day with a glowing and fresh complexion.

These treatments can be done alone, or in conjunction to an anti-aging, skin brightening, or deep cleansing facial. It is also extremely beneficial when compared with a gentle peel, to really stimulate cell turnover, as well as to decrease pigmentation and sun damage. In addition, for desirable results, it is necessary to have more than one treatment. Microdermabrasion is a progressive treatment, requiring anywhere from two to twelve treatments to see the desired change in your skin.

Check out your local spa scene to see which spas offers this amazing service.

There are a few things to consider to make sure your treatment goes off without a hitch:

  • Make sure your treatment is followed up with some kind of hydrating product. For full facials, a nice hydrating mask is perfect following microdermabrasion, as exfoliated skin can drink up all the nutrients of the mask. For shorter services, a hydrating serum or rich moisturizer can do the trick.
  • It is also crucial that a good sunscreen be applied following your service, as exfoliated skin is more susceptible to sun damage. Aim for at least an SPF of 30, but SPF 50 is ideal.
  • Furthermore, as one of the goals of this treatment is to help to reduce sun damage, it might be a good idea to avoid prolonged time in the sun for a few days.

The Perfect Blowout

Blonde Female ModelDuring my education at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been assisting at the Zindagi Salon on Grant Street. Absorbing as much as I could in a real-life professional salon, I was able to perfect my skills in shampoo and style. It matters what tools you are using and, as a stylist, it is important to invest in the right tools. Although it may be pricey to have the perfect arsenal while in school, saving up and acquiring sturdy tools will help you save in the long-run, as cheaper tools, non-specific for hairstylists, will break or deteriorate faster. More expensive tools will produce better results and last you longer. The saying is true in this case: You get what you pay for. Be savvy and shop around; you can find discounts if you look hard enough.

Personally, I enjoy using the ceramic round brush, specific for volume and shine. My guests so far have all enjoyed having voluminous “Texas Hair”. This calls for the Aveda Pure Abundance line, which comes as both shampoo and conditioner to create grit and texture, allowing the hair to be more full. I like to be generous with the volumizing tonic, it’s my go-to for every style. It’s a sweet-scented spray, heat-activated, and helps the root elevate creating a nice 60’s beehive look reminiscent of Amy Winehouse. I like to keep the crown last, and when working on the section, spritz the tonic at the root of the hair again after blow drying the rest of the head. Then I divide the crown into sections small enough and narrow enough to fit my brush, then blow dry upwards making sure the root gets blasted with heat. I make sure to have a nozzle on; that concentrates the heat to flow directly onto where I’m concentrating to create volume. Hair has a memory, when you wet the hair and dry it into a certain shape, this shape will stay until you wet the hair again, so blow drying upwards will coax the hair at the crown into feeling and looking fuller. Pin these sections into curls as if you had hot rollers with small clamp clips. Pin at the root. Finish off the crown and let cool dry, then take those curls out, and spray them with some Air Control hairspray to maintain this style during the day.

There you have it! My perfect blow-out for any day of the week and any occasion.

How to Create Boho Curls

unz2L4hUXnwSzCcGK4oxa376p9YCejlC01BvZYgYFVMThe point of Boho curls is to accomplish a style that looks very lived-in rather messy. Surprisingly, achieving a lived-in look requires a fair amount of work!

First, prep your hair with the products and tools listed above. After drying your hair completely, section your hair and prepare to curl it with your hot tool of choice.

If you’re using a Marcel Iron/Wand:

I would suggest wrapping your hair around the barrel, as you would with a wand. Alternate the directions you curl the hair to add a more natural look.

If you’re using a flat iron:

I would suggest using a wand or a Marcel iron. Flat iron curls take a lot of patience and practice. However, if you insist on using one, use it as follows:

After you’ve curled your entire head, let your curls cool. Set them with some hair spray and then lightly brush through the curls.

Finish your style with a little sea salt spray, if you’ve got some, and off you go! Below are some great tools for prepping your hair:

* Aveda Pure Abundance Style PrepKJDU22cDFW183QQ3WoUMMLQX7Hm15Z1MwNZRpZt6xdM

* Aveda Phomollient

* Blow Dryer

* Round Brush

Tools needed for styling your hair:

* A hot tool used for curl forming, such as:

* Marcel Iron

* Flat Iron

* Curling Wand

* Sea Salt Spray (optional)

4 Things to Look for When Shopping for the Perfect Flat Iron

June 19, 2015
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Buying a flat iron is not as easy as it may sound-especially when they come in all shapes and sizes and price ranges. So how do you know what to look for when shopping for one? I have listed some of the things you want to look for when shopping for a flat iron:

1) First check if the the plates are ceramic. Ceramic irons are less damaging to the hair and will help control frizz.

2) If you hair is really curly, you want look for narrow plates. The narrow plates will help you reach the difficult spots like around the hair lines, and closer to the scalp. The most common size is a 1-inch, which will get you as close as possible.

3) You also want to look for a flat iron with temperature control. Since not all the hair is the same, not all hair needs the highest temperature of heat to straighten. For fine hair, you want to start with a lower temperature, and for thicker and coarse hair you can go to a higher temp. But you need to find a flat iron that will allow you to control the temperature.

4) One more perk I like in a flat iron, is a turn-off timer. If you are the type of person that is always rushing out the door, make sure you find a flat iron that will automatically turn off when it is not in use for a certain amount of time.

Finding a good flat iron is tough and usually an investment, so make sure you research the ones available on the market to find your perfect flat iron.

High Frequency

High Frequency Machine

High Frequency Machine

I have recently been using the high frequency machine on my face and have become obsessed. The results I’m getting are fantastic! My skin has improved drastically from just a couple of treatments. I can see the breakouts on my face disappearing and my fine lines getting smoother and less visible.

The high frequency machine is used to help:

  • stubborn acne
  • shrink enlarged pores
  • reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite
  • decongest puffy eyes
  • fade dark eye circles
  • rejuvenate the condition of the scalp for improved hair growth

High frequency is considered an essential skin rejuvenating treatment in the skin care industry. It stimulates cell renewal and assists with improved skin care product penetration and absorption by gently warming the tissues of the skin.

High frequency facial machines work in conjunction with high frequency electrodes which are made of clear tempered glass. The electrodes come in a variety different shapes and sizes to facilitate the treatment of various contours of the face and body. A mild low level alternating electrical current is generated by the high frequency machine which then passes through the attached glass electrode upon contact with the skin. The electrical current ignites the gas inside the electrode and healing electrical light energy is produced. When mixed with the air outside of the electrode, the electrical current creates and infuses the skin with purifying and rejuvenating oxygen molecules and a therapeutic zapping or tingling sensation is experienced.

The benefits are amazing and I would highly suggest getting a high frequency facial.

High Frequency

During CIDESCO, I’ve gotten to work with and learn about a lot of different machines. Out of all of them, I would have to say my favorite is the High Frequency machine.

I’ve suffered with breakouts since puberty. I wish I had known about this machine a long time ago, as it is excellent for oily and acne-prone skin. The machine is designed to produce heat in targeted skin tissues. The high frequency machine has been proven to eliminate toxins and acne causing bacteria, exfoliate dead skin cells, enhance blood circulation, increase collagen and elastin production, and overall help rejuvenate your skin. For my acne-prone skin, it has been great because of the germicidal effect it has on the acne bacteria.

Since I became an esthetician, my skin has made huge improvements. I’ve learned about different ways to care for my skin, and I’ve been able to use the high frequency machine. It is a great tool to incorporate in your facials, especially for someone suffering with breakouts. I like to use it after extractions to really help kill the bacteria while your pores are open.

I know someone at school who has eczema too, and she uses the high frequency on the spots that are bothering her. It really helps to diminish the problem. It is definitely one of the easier machines to use, which is good because your client can purchase one for themselves and use it at home.

The High Frequency machine is my favorite. I’ve seen first hand how it can do wonders for your skin.

Pros & Cons of Waxing

Most women get rid of their hair with a razor. It’s painless, even if you accidently nick yourself with the blade; it’s fast if you do it while showering; and it’s a cheap method of hair removal. Yet waxing salons and spas are thriving. Why? Because waxing is able to last up to a month, it reduces in-between stubble, it is highly effective, and it removes hair right from the root. You get instant smoothness that a razor cannot deliver, even when it’s brand new.

The Cons

  • You have to wait for the hair to grow back again to a certain length. There is a re-growth cycle that hair goes through once removed.
  • Yes, it will hurt. No, do not drink first to ease the pain.
  • More susceptible to ingrown hairs if not treated with an exfoliant.
  • More pricey, but totally worth it.
  • You’re removing a layer of protection against infection. Our hair naturally protects us from outside environmental stressors and toxins.

The Pros

  • Smooth skin, no more stubble. Lasts for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Hairless for longer, gets more hair than your razor could. Doesn’t leave bumpies.
  • It will stop growing in as thick after a while, and the re-growth cycle will get thinner.
  • Less effort, no razor cuts or burns.

There are also two types of wax used for waxing:

Soft Wax

  • Melts at higher temperature.
  • Stays soft after application.
  • Waxing strips, aka muslin, is necessary for hair removal.
  • Pulling soft wax off with a waxing strip often results in lifting and stretching of the skin along with the hair.
  • Can work only when you pull the strips in the direction opposite to the hair growth.
  • Cannot be reapplied to areas just waxed.
  • Can often cause rash, irritation, and redness.

Hard Wax

  • Melts at lower temperature.
  • Simply lift and pull the hardened wax. No strips necessary.
  • Hard wax hardens around the hair and not on the skin; only the hair is uprooted.
  • Does not require you to pull from the direction opposite the hair growth.
  • No rash, redness, irritation after.
  • Can be reapplied on the areas that are just waxed.
  • Good for waxing armpits and the bikini area.

Straight Razor Shaving

Straight Razor

The one thing that barbers are allowed to use that cosmetologist cannot is a straight razor. Straight razor shaving is usually only done in barber shops. You can use the straight razor for cleaning up around the neck, doing line ups, face shaving and beard line ups. In traditional high end salons, you are not allowed to use clippers, let alone a shaver.

How to straight razor shave the Aveda way:

  1. Apply hot towel over the face.
  2. Massage face with All Sensitive Oil.
  3. Apply Aveda Shaving Cream over the oil.
  4. Apply another hot towel.
  5. Apply hot lather all over the face.
  6. Begin your shave going with the grain. Use another hot towel and apply more lather as needed, if the hairs start to pull.
  7. Finish with a cold towel to close the pores.
  8. Apply Aveda After Shave.

The only way to get comfortable and fast at shaving is to practice as much as you can while in school. Before I shaved someone else, I shaved my arms and legs to get the feel for it. Knowing what angle and pressure to use is really important so as not to cut your client. But usually some people spot while getting a shave, so if that happens, just take the correct precautions. Always let your guest know if they are bleeding, because it’s nothing to hide. They will see it later anyway, and telling them helps build the trust they have for you as their barber.

High Frequency

High frequency is a very useful, effective, and simple machine that is very beneficial to the client. When used properly, it can be used every day.

The machine consists of a glass electrode that can be used for different purposes. Within the electrode, there is neon or argon gas, and when turned on you can see the color of the gas and hear it. It has an oscillating current that is at a high frequency of over 10,000 Hz. — hence the name.

There are two ways the machine can be used: the direct or indirect method.

The direct method benefits the skin of acne prone clients by minimizing the population of the bacteria on the skin. The electrode is applied directly to the face using talcum powder or gauze to help with slip over the skin. It is most effective against papules — not whiteheads — because there is no chance of the possible spread of bacteria. This is done for about 5 minutes.

The indirect method is much more relaxing, and is more suitable for the mature or dehydrated client. The client holds the electrode while the therapist massages them. It is important to ensure that contact is not lost or else you could shock the client, which is the opposite of relaxing. This method is very stimulating to the skin without drying out or causing overstimulation.

Both of these methods can be done every day, as long as you don’t over stimulate the follicle which could be damaging rather than beneficial.

These machines are sold by themselves or as part of a multi-functional machine.

Mac Cosmetics

Mac Cosmetics was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo in 1984. They opened their first U.S. Mac store in 1991, in New York.

Mac Cosmetics started out as a line just for professional makeup artists: it was not sold to the public. Mac Cosmetics is known for its use as stage makeup, so it is a little on the heavier side when it comes to coverage. But, as time progressed, they’ve also come out with lighter foundations.

They have many different products now—basically, anything you need in makeup from foundations to powders, blush and bronzers, lip sticks and pencils. Mac doesn’t just carry makeup. They also have brushes and eyelashes, creams and primers. You can find anything you can think of at a Mac cosmetics store.

Mac Cosmetics are usually found in every Macy’s or Nordstrom’s department stores, but because of the small space, it’s only a fraction of Mac’s whole product line. Their pro line can be found in Mac’s pro stores. The pro line, or studio line, includes air brush makeup and exotic colors, together with different types of products. If you’re a licensed professional, Mac gives you an extra discount on your purchases.

Personally, I love Mac makeup due to their coverage and the different options that they always have. They never seem to fail with the next hot trend and colors.

Hot Tools for Beauty

There are a large number of different hot tools used in the beauty industry. Here, I’ve tried to describe many of them and provide some of my impressions using these products.

  • Curlformers

    Curlformers

    Curlformers are nylon plastic curl tubes used to create curls without using an actual curling tool. Curling tools are hot and can be difficult to use. These Curlformers avoid those problems. They come with plastic curled tubes that have a plastic stick with a hook at the end. The idea is to use a small section of hair, about an inch in width and length. I can’t recommend Curlformers; rather I’d stick with regular heating tools. The tutorial videos that I saw demonstrating these Curlformers don’t leave the hair with beautiful curls. Rather, each subsection leaves a crease which is not very flattering. A regular curling iron or wand may require more skill to use, but they produce a better result.

  • Air Curler

    Air Curler

    The Air Curler is a bucket-like tool that attaches to a home air dryer. It comes with a bucket-like device that attaches to the business end of the hair dryer with a cone shaped attachment. There’s a rubberband that can be used on the hair dryer to bulk it up if the hair dryer is too small. To use, you put your hair in the bucket attachment, turn on the hair dryer, and the device spins your hair in circles reminiscent of how a cotton candy machine works. In the tutorials I’ve seen, the device isn’t recommended for dry and damaged hair—it will just begin to tangle and leave the hair feeling drier. But for less damaged hair, it creates somewhat elegant effortless-looking curls. However, in my opinion, I’d still recommend a curling iron over this product. Air Curler doesn’t give even-looking curls or curls with volume. My guess is that it generally won’t work as well as you were hoping when you bought it.

  • Instyler

    Instyler

    The Instyler is designed to both straighten or curl your hair depending on your desired look. It looks more like fancy straightener that spins. The circular side—that either curls or straightens—has the heat. The other side has bristles. According to the tutorial, it is designed to be used on damp hair. It is actually pretty impressive when used just to straighten the hair, leaving it super straight and shiny. However, I wouldn’t personally recommend using this device to curl. I don’t like the curls it produces. I think it’s best just to use it for straightening hair, where it does a good job.

  • Wonder Wax

    Wonder Wax

    Wonder Wax is similar to the green wax we use at Cinta Aveda. The wax is purple and comes in a cup along with three spatula sticks and some wipes that help remove the debris left over when the wax is peeled off. The wax needs to be heated in the microwave for three minutes to get a honey-like consistency. Like other waxes, it will not rip off all hair if peeled improperly—the wax needs to be set correctly with the direction of the hair. I recommend just to continue shaving unless its some kind of special occasion. Personally, I’m not going to use this Wonder Wax.

  • No! No! System

    No! No!

    No! No! is a laser hair removal device that you use at home. It comes with the hair removal device itself together with a buffer pad that is necessary to use after using the laser. This device doesn’t completely remove all of the hair. When used, one can feel some heat. The device is quite pricey. Some of the reviews I read said that it gives off a burning hair smell. It needs to be angled correctly at 90 degrees, and it has a blue light that comes on to let you know it’s working. But even when used correctly, it still doesn’t leave the skin completely hairless. It does irritate the skin and leaves it reddened. My recommendation would be to skip this device and use more traditional methods of hair removal like shaving or professional waxing.

  • Ultimate Detangling Brush

    Ultimate Detangling Brush

    The Ultimate Detangling Brush was designed to painlessly detangle hair. The brush, with a handle, is large and round; the bristles are made of plastic. The bristles are formed into a uniform circular pattern which, I assume, helps get rid of the tangles. From the reviews I saw, it does seem to do its main job of detangling the hair easily and without pain. If you have clumps of tangled hair, it’s better to finger comb the crazy tangles and then use the detangling brush to get the smaller tangles out. While I wouldn’t necessarily purchase this brush, I can see why others, especially those with bleach-damaged thin hair, would like it.

  • Tulip Instyler

    Tulip Instyler

    The Tulip Instyler is designed to create perfect curls. This device sucks the hair up into its barrel and creates a curl in seconds. The device has a hole that allows only a certain amount of hair to get sucked into the barrel. This prevents tangling and makes sure that the right amount of hair gets sucked into the device. It has a built in guard to prevent any type of scalp or hand burning. Finally, there’s a built-in timer that beeps to let you know that the curl is ready.

    This device works really well with no problems or confusion for those that have difficulty with other curling devices. My only problem with this device is that it creates one specific curl that looks very uniform. Playing with the curled hair after curling the whole head with this device would give you the ability to have looser, more natural looking curls.