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By: Maddie Poteat

Contrary to what you might think, working for a salon/spa doesn’t mean I have tried every new service we provide to our clients.  In fact, I probably surface for an appointment once every couple of months… Why is that you ask?  I am verrryyyy low maintenance when it comes to my hair and beauty routines.  The more time I spend on my makeup and hair in the morning means less time for everything else!  

With all of that being said, when eyelash extensions became big they quickly caught my eye.  With the promise of a shorter morning beauty routine AND having amazing lashes every moment of every day – even after just rolling out of bed – I had to learn more! 

Therefore, I chatted with a few of our experts in eyelash extensions and had them answer every question I had about the product, the service, and the up-keep. 

What are eyelash extensions?

Let’s start here.  Eyelash extensions are exactly like what they sound like.  Real or synthetic hair is attached to your current lash to make them longer, fuller or more voluminous.  There are three types of hair a salon can use: synthetic, silk or mink.  The lovely ladies at Garbo’s use Mink Hair for the eyelash extensions as they are lighter on the eyelid than other types.  In addition to the different types of hair, you can also choose the look, shape and the length you desire.  Once you know what type of lashes you would like, a trained professional applies the false lashes to your natural lashes one at a time using a special type of semi-permanent glue.  Think of lash extensions as hair extensions for your eyes…

DO EYELASH EXTENSIONS RUIN YOUR NATURAL EYELASHES?

Ahhh the famous question…  After much research and talking with the gals at the salon, the answer is no!  When the extensions are applied correctly they will not harm your natural lashes.  The special adhesive used on your lashes is formulated to create a solid bond specifically for human lashes.  The adhesive dries softly on the lashes which allows them to stay flexible and bouncy just like your own lashes.  With that being said, if you take proper care of your lashes while you have them they will not hurt your natural lashes at all!

How expensive are eyelash extensions?

Eyelash extensions can range in price depending on what type you select and where you have them done.  At Garbo’s, our prices for the first appointment start at $175.  The price for each follow up appointment start at $60.  >> Book your appointment now.

How long does it take to apply the lashes?

As we mentioned above, eyelash extensions are added one by one.  Because of this, the process can take a while… A normal initial appointment can last anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours.  The subsequential appointments you make to fill in the lashes that have fallen out do not take as long – the length of these appointments depends on how many new lashes you need.

How long do eyelash extensions last?

Since the lashes themselves are glued to your natural lash they will eventually fall out – either from coming detached from the natural lash or when the natural lash itself falls out.  Because of this, a full set of lash extensions will last 3-4 weeks depending on your level of activity and how you care for them.   If you intend on wearing your eyelash extensions longer than 3-4 weeks (which most people do) you will have to head back to the salon for a fill.  This appointment doesn’t take as long as the original lash appointment but new lashes will need to be added to replace the ones that fell out.

ARE EYELASH EXTENSIONS SAFE?

Yes!  Your eyelash technician should be properly trained to apply the adhesive to the lashes in a way that will not harm or irritate your eye.  At Garbo’s, all of the stylists and estheticians who offer eyelash extensions have taken the required training and have the experience necessary to safely apply false lashes.  However, if for some reason you do experience any burning or discomfort during your appointment it is important you speak up!  This service should be a pain-free and relaxing experience.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY EYELASH EXTENSIONS?

There are a few big no-nos when it comes to eyelash extensions.  First and foremost – do not pick or pull them off.  This will most likely result in you pulling out  your real lash along with the fake one!  Also, keep water away from your lashes for the first 12-24 hours as it can weaken the adhesive before it is set.  Depending on the type of glue used, most oil-based products or makeup removers around the eye area should be avoided.  You should also avoid rubbing your eyes as that will loosen or pull the lash off prematurely.  For a full list of do’s and don’ts ask your technician after your appointment – he or she will be able to provide you with more information that is specific to the type of lashes that were installed.

Are you running out the door as you read this to get eyelash extensions?  Or do all the rules and upkeep scare you away?  Did I miss any of your burning questions?  Let me know!

If you’re one of those people sprinting to get your falsies applied, you can make your appointment by calling your preferred Garbo’s salon location or booking online!  

Thanks as always for reading and following along!

Sending love,

Maddie

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By: Maddie Poteat

If you read last week’s post you are now up to speed on the benefits of a professional facial and why you should have one regularly.  If you missed that post you can read it here!  As with any beauty service, each salon and spa’s offering is unique and different.  That’s why we wanted to share what goes into a facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa and a few tips on how to ace your next appointment.  Enjoy!

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A Facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa

 

Greeting and consultation- 

When you first arrive your esthetician will greet and introduce themselves while leading you to one of our spa rooms.  After you are situated comfortably on the bed you and your esthetician will talk about the skin challenges you are having and your goals for the appointment.  Your esthetician will also ask about any allergies you might have or any medications you might be on – both of these things can cause negative reactions to some of the professional products that are used during the appointment so it is important to be open and honest during this part of the conversation.

Once the esthetician has a better understanding of you and your skin she will begin the treatment by selecting an aroma infusion to be used throughout the service.  At Garbo’s we use Aveda’s Air/Infinity, Fire and Water/Earth blends.

Pre-cleanse and Cleanse- 

During these first steps, the esthetician will prepare the skin for cleansing by using Aveda Oleation Oil or Aveda Composition Oil.  After the skin is prepped, a balancing cleanser will be used to clean the surface of the skin.  A hot towel is then used to wipe this away.  After your skin is clean your esthetician will analyze the skin to determine which Aveda products to use in the following steps.

Exfoliation and Extractions-

There are many products to choose from to exfoliate the face – a few of these include the Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner, Aveda Peel System or the Aveda Tourmaline Radiance Mask.  A facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa includes two forms of exfoliation.  Your esthetician will choose the right ones for you depending on your skin type and the goal of the facial.  Throughout the exfoliation process, the esthetician will include a foot, hand or scalp massage to further relax you.

After the exfoliation stage, the esthetician will move on to the extraction phase.  This step is added based on the client’s needs.  Extractions can be uncomfortable at times but the esthetician works hard to minimize the discomfort.  It is important to allow a professional to do extractions instead of trying to do them at home as this can result in negative affects on the skin.

Massage- 

One of my favorite parts of a facial is the facial massage.  After the harsh exfoliation and extraction phase, your skin needs time to balance and recover.  Oil is applied and the esthetician smoothes it out over the face while gently massaging it into the skin.  Once this step is complete a hot towel is used to remove the excess oil and prepare it for the final mask.

Hydration Mask and Moisturizer-

The last step in our facial is the final mask and moisturizer.  A hydration mask is typically used as the final step in the facial service but the esthetician can choose a different one depending on your skin.  A final hand, foot or scalp massage is added while the mask works its magic.  Once removed with a hot towel, the esthetician will apply any treatments needed to the skin and seal it all in with a moisturizer.  At this step it is possible to add any finishing touches you would like – sunscreen, lip gloss, tinted moisturizer, etc.

Suggestions- 

At the end of the service, the esthetician will ask how the service went to make sure it was enjoyable.  She will also talk with you about any products that could be helpful in maintaining the results of your facial.  She will also recommend a course of treatment moving forward depending on your skin and the results of the first treatment.

The Aveda products that are used in a facial at Garbo's Salon and Spa

Getting a facial can be daunting – especially if it is your first one ever or your first one at a new spa.  By asking questions, being open and honest about your skin care routine and letting your esthetician know what other medication you may be taking you are on the right path to making your facial enjoyable and effective!

If you still haven’t grabbed our coupon to save $25 off a Classic or Signature facial now is the time!  The coupon expires on March 31st so download it and book your appointment now!

We hope you enjoyed our little sneak peek into our facial services.  If you ever have any questions or concerns when scheduling a facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa we urge you to reach out ahead of time.  You can always talk to one of our licensed estheticians or come in for a complimentary consultation to put your worries at ease.

Sending love,

Maddie

A special thank you to Katherine Bower, Esthetician and Spa Lead at Garbo’s Salon and Spa – Village Pointe for helping us with today’s article!  If you would like to book an appointment with Katherine click here (choose the Village Pointe location).  If you would like to see Katherine in action check out our Aveda Skin Care professional facial video below! 

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By: Maddie Poteat

For me, getting a facial is a treat.   It is something I’ll have done when I’m on vacation or something I’ll reward myself with after hitting one of my monthly/quarterly goals.  Maybe it’s the cost of a facial or maybe it’s the need to “earn” my relaxation time that forces me to think about facials this way…  Whatever my excuses are, they need to be forgotten!

After talking with Katherine Bower, one of our talented estheticians who works at our Village Pointe location, I learned the benefits of professional facials and why we should all get them regularly.  Katherine also gave me a behind the scenes look at what goes into a professional facial at Garbo’s Salon and Spa as well as a few tricks for acing your first appointment.

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Benefits of Professional Facials

The benefits of regular facials have a lot to do with the skin on our faces.  Our facial skin is much thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of our bodies.  Therefore, it deserves more attention and requires a different routine and different products.  Everyone’s skin is different, therefore, everyone’s facials should be as well.  However, no matter what type of facial you receive the benefits remain the same.

Exfoliates the Skin – 

Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells from the surface of your face.  Yes, you can exfoliate your skin at home.  However, your at-home products don’t compare with what professional estheticians have access too.  The use of these high-quality products helps to better remove that first layer of skin which reveals a healthy, glowing layer of skin beneath it.   

Improves Circulation – 

Professional facials help increase circulation in your skin by promoting new skin cell growth which leads to healthier and younger looking skin!  Facial massages and dry brushing are both techniques the esthetician might use during your appointment to achieve this.

Reduces Stress and Tension –

The massage portion of your facial wasn’t added by accident.  By massaging the face the esthetician increases blood flow and helps drain any excess fluid from your facial area.  The spa where you receive your professional facials will most likely use some sort of aromatherapy, either in the room or on the towels while giving a facial.  These aromas help to calm and relax you during the service.

Removes Toxins – 

Our face, along with the rest of our skin, encounters so many things throughout the day – be it pollution, germs or free radicals.  Those things can get into our pores and cause our skin to breakout.  One of the main benefits of a facial is removing the toxins so your skin can breathe and shine.  A professional esthetician will use ingredients that open up and clean your pores thus minimizing acne and other problems toxins can cause.

Helps Your Skin Age Gracefully –

My favorite part of a facial is the anti-aging benefits.  While our skin is going to age no matter what we do, we can help it age more gracefully by being diligent in our morning and evening skincare routines and letting the professionals treat it regularly.  During a professional facial, the esthetician will use products enriched with botanical extracts that can stimulate the production of collagen and help to reduce those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.  In addition, these products help keep the skin hydrated and balanced which also aids in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

While the benefits of a facial are undisputed, the answer to how often you should get them is variable.  It is important to talk with your esthetician about your skin goals so they can better recommend both products and a course of treatment.  For those of you who are like me and have trouble scheduling facials for yourself make sure to snag our latest coupon to save $25 off a Classic or Signature facial!

If you are wondering what all goes into a Classic or Signature facial make sure to tune in next week when we share our behind the scenes look at what makes a Garbo’s Salon and Spa professional facial so amazing.  We’ll also be including Katherine’s tips for making your next spa experience one for the books!

Thanks for reading!

Sending love,

Maddie

A special thank you to Katherine Bower, Esthetician and Spa Lead at Garbo’s Salon and Spa – Village Pointe for helping us with today’s article!  If you would like to book an appointment with Katherine click here (choose the Village Pointe location).  If you would like to see Katherine in action check out our Aveda Skin Care professional facial video below!