The New Brand that is Changing the World

Missio : A Brand on a Mission

Missio seriously is a brand on a mission, working tirelessly to educate salon owners on how to identify potential victims of human trafficking and get them help. They hold weekly webinars in addition to on-ground training to train as many salon owners as possible to spot indicators that someone is a victim. Working with the local and federal law enforcement officials as well as Polaris, they create an effective curriculum in order to get people the help they need.

Not only does Missio support a great cause, but they also make every purchase count by putting customer’s dollars toward aiding and restoring human trafficking victims (How amazing is that!?)

On top of all that, all of Missio’s products are Sulfate -, Paraben -, and Phthalate - free, so it’s 100% safe to use on color-treated hair! Not to mention their use of fruit extracts, vitamins, and proteins!


We are currently carrying these four amazing products in our store:

Coconut Cleansing Dry Shampoo - Coconut Cleansing Dry Shampoo is formulated with natural oil-absorbing powers to help bring your hair back to life with a little volume and refreshing feel. There are also conditioning properties in this dry shampoo, including Bamboo and Green Tea powders that will help soothe the scalp. Oh, and it smells great too! I mean, who doesn’t love a subtle mixture of coconut, grapefruit, and mint?

Golden Shampoo Gentle Cleansing - Gentle Cleansing is, as I already mentioned, completely safe to use on color-treated hair! It’s ingredients include coconut-derived cleansers and antioxidant-rich extracts like acai, pomegranate, kiwi, and mangosteen. These ingredients help keep your hair shiny and protected while strengthening and softening strands.This, too, smells amazing with a light mix of floral and fruity scents.

Glossing Conditioner Luxe Moisturizer - Luxe Moisture is for those of you who have normal to dry hair, as this is formulated to provide nourishment and shine to your locks. It contains baobab seed protein, which works to protect your hair from heat, while also repairing damage and even strengthening your hair even more with every use! In addition to being a traditional leave-in conditioner, it can also be an overnight treatment as well to really nourish and hydrate dry hair.

Glossing Conditioner Lightweight Moisturizer - Lightweight Moisture differs from Luxe Moisture in that it is specially designed for those with fine to normal hair, and color-treated hair. Like the Luxe Moisture you are getting protection from heat and those same repairing and nourishing properties. These conditioners also provide superior softness and shine, while controlling frizz… can these products can any better!?


Join the movement. Be part of Missio’s amazing mission by contributing to their brand and helping an amazing cause. We are supporting Missio by purchasing their products, and you can too! Buy an amazing product and give support to an outstanding cause? I think yes!

Come to Kreashenz and try out these products. We guarantee you’ll fall in love with them just like we did.
Tried Missio before? Let us know which products work best for you in the comments below!

We hope to hear from you soon!

For more information about Missio products, visit their website!

 

4 Easy Steps to Protecting Your Hair Color this Summer

Swimming, Tanning, and Sunshine... 3 of the best things about summer are 3 of the worst things for your hair especially if hair is colored. Here are 4 simple tips to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

It's summer! You've just gone to salon to get a fresh summer look complete with a new style and amazing new color. But how can you make it last? Summer is the time to pay special attention to protecting your hair so we wanted to give you some tips and tricks to keep colored hair lasting longer and staying healthier. Kreashenz’s in-house color specialist, Noelle Snoots, suggests 4 easy steps to keeping colored hair as vibrant as the day you left the salon.

Tip 1:

Wet hair with bottled water before getting into the salty ocean or coming into contact with chlorine from a pool.

As many people know, chlorine dries out hair, leading to awful split-ends. It is also notorious for turning light-colored hair a greenish tint! Similarly, the high salt content of the ocean draws moisture out of the hair, leaving it brittle and cracked. By wetting your hair with purified water first, your hair is absorbing and holding in the clean water, reducing the amount of salt or chlorine your hair can soak up.

Tip 2:

Rinse hair immediately after swimming in chlorine or salt water and shampoo ASAP!

Get rid of the salt/chlorine as soon as you can! Taking the extra few minutes to wash the chemicals and salt out of your hair will help the color last much, much longer!

Tip 3:

Use a sulfate-free shampoo.

Sulfate is known to strip natural oils of the hair and to dry it out. The dye used in hair coloring causes the hair to become drier. With a sulfate-free shampoo, you are not stripping any more moisture from the hair. In addition, these sulfate-free shampoos are much gentler on hair and won’t wash out your color as easily as a shampoo with sulfate. Many of our clients have used L’Oreal’s sulfate-free shampoos, like Everpure Moisture Shampoo and Everstrong Thickening Shampoo (both just $6.72 at Wal Mart) https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=loreal%20shampoo&typeahead=loreal and love them!

 

Tip 4:

Wear a hat if you know you are going to be exposed to the sun for a significant amount of time.

It sounds so simple, yet many of us don’t do it. Wearing a hat while you’re sunbathing on the beach (with lots of sunscreen!) will not only help protect your face and scalp from over-exposure, but it will also help keep your hair color the way you want it! Sunlight naturally lightens the hair… while frying it. Protect your hair the simple way just by covering it up!

 

Kreashenz also recommends these products for summer hair protection!

  • Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave in Conditioner
  • Yarok Feed Your Sunshine Hair Serum
  • Yarok Feed Your Moisture Conditioning Mask
  • Lush Cosmetic’s Blousy Shampoo

 

Want thick, luscious lashes that will last? You need Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions!

Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions!

If you’re like most people, false eyelash application is a tricky process that often ends in failure one way or another – the edges don’t stick well, the glue gets in your eyes, the list goes on! While these false, glue-on lashes look nice for a night out (or at least part of a night out), it is something that is simply not practical to do every day (not to mention how unhealthy the glue must be when it gets in your eyes) and can be so frustrating you just give up altogether!

So how can you get lovely looking lashes that don’t require you to use any sticky glue, worry about them falling off during a night out, and will last longer than just one night? Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions.

Kreashenz’s Xtreme Eyelash Lash Extension Specialist, Dawn Apple-Nelson, swears by Xtreme eyelash extensions and believes that no other false eyelash brand can compete to the benefits of using Xtreme. This proven eyelash brand not only provides you with long, luscious lashes, but it also requires little to no effort on the part of the client! Clients simply show up to the salon for an initial application (usually taking about an hour and a half). If interested in false lashes for a one-time application, the lashes can last up to two months or longer! If a client wants these luxurious lashes long-term or even indefinitely it is recommended that they return every 2-4 weeks for a fill-in. The only requirement for the client is to be pampered at the salon…  (It is pretty easy to see why we LOVE Xtreme lashes over other tricky brands!)

So what are Xtreme Lashes and how are they applied?

Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions are semi-permanent made from synthetic polyester that are designed to mimic the natural lash. Each synthetic polyester lash is applied to each individual natural eyelash, never touching the skin! By isolating every lash, length and fullness are created in the most natural-looking way. During the application of your lashes, you will recline comfortably with your eyes closed while an Xtreme Lash specialist isolates each individual natural eyelash and bonds it with an eyelash extension… it’s seriously that simple!

Why are Xtreme Lashes beneficial?

  • Makes lashes look fuller and longer

  • Darkens light lashes

  • Often creates a more youthful and rejuvinated appearance on clients

  • Creates an appearance of having brighter, more open and rested eyes

  • Savse tons of time during your normal beauty routine (Say goodbye to runny eyeliner and mascara!)

  • Gives you the feeling of looking gorgeous from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep with NO MAKEUP NECESSARY!

What makes Xtreme Lashes superior to the other lash brands?

  • Formaldehyde free!

  • FDA approved!

  • 3 hour max adhesive cure time… other brands can take as long as 24 or even 48 hours!

  • Fume free!

  • Causes NO irritation!

  • NO downtime!

 

To get more information on Kreashenz’s Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions pricing visit our website:http://kreashenzsalonandspa.com/kreashenz-eyelash-extensions

To find more information about Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions visit their website: https://www.xtremelashes.com/eyelash-extensions-what-you-need-to-know-faq.aspx
 

Kreashenz's Berry Brightening Facial!

Kreashenz has created an entirely new summer facial using all products from Eminence Organic's Bright Skin product line!

We simply LOVE Eminence Organic’s new product Bright product line… but then again, we love every Eminence product line! It’s hard not to love when everything about their products are so pure! From the light, natural scents of the products, to the reassurance that everything in the product is 100% healthy for our skin, we just can’t get enough! We wanted to create this blog to share our love for this Bright Skin line with you so you can see the benefits for yourself!

For starters, Bright Skin has been proven to show an 85% increase in the brightness of skin, a 72% reduction in the production of dark spots, and a 29% reduction in the color of dark spots… and who wouldn’t love that?

Growing up, you probably were told a thousand times, don’t forget to wear sunscreen! And this is what this line is screaming too! Bright Skin was created with the intention of preventing hyperpigmentation and fixing damage that has been done to the skin over years of harsh sun exposure. Our estheticians here at Kreashenz can’t stress enough the importance of taking care of your skin throughout the year, but especially during the summer where so much damage can be done. Our favorite characteristic of this line is that it doesn’t just work toward fixing the problem, but it also helps PREVENT and PROTECT the skin. There are very few lines that do so much so well!

We've created this Berry Brightening Facial with only the best of this Eminence collection! 

When you purchase this 60-min. Berry Brightening Facial for only $99, you will receive over $35 of free product including a Bright Skin Starter Set!

This set includes a one-month supply of the products described throughout the blog!:

Bright Skin Cleanser, Bright Skin Masque, Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30, Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum, and Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream valued at over $35!

OR, add  an LED light treatment, valued at over $30, for just $129!

We’ve highlighted our favorite attributes about each of the products in this line, and then looked at the main ingredients. 

To find more information, check out the Eminence Organic Bright Skin website!


Want Brighter Skin?

These products used in our Berry Brightening Facial are sure to give you amazing results while protecting your skin!

 

Step 1: Bright Skin Cleanser

  • Removes surface impurities

  • Cleans & refreshes skin

  • Key Ingredients: Bearberry Extract, Gigawhite, and Licorice Root

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Step 2: Bright Skin Licorice Exfoliating Peel

  • Reduces hyper-pigmentation

  • Brightens skin’s overall appearance

  • Removes dead skin cells by exfoliation

  • Lightens dark spots

  • Visibly improves skin’s tone

  • Key ingredients: Licorice root, Daisy blossom, and lactic acid

 

Step 3: Bright Skin Masque

  • Naturally reduces hyper-pigmentation and dark spots

  • Targets uneven pigmentation

  • Nourishes the skin

  • Key ingredients: Bearberry Extract, Gigawhite, and Licorice Root

Step 4: Bright Skin Targeted Dark Spot Treatment

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  • Soothes skin

  • Treats the root causes of skin discoloration

  • Inhibits the formation of dark spots

  • Applies directly to troubled areas to remove dark spots, and reveal brighter, lighter skin

  • Results in a more even complexion

  • Can be used on hands, and other areas of skin affected by hyperpigmentation.

  • Key ingredients include: Licorice Root, Punarnava Root Extract, and Gigawhite

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Step 5: Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum

  • Serves as a daily brightening boost

  • Gently removes dead skin cells (Lactic Acid)

  • Optimizes skin’s luminosity

  • Reveals an even complexion without irritation

  • Key ingredients: Licorice Root, Natural Hydroquinone Alternative (African Potato and Tara Tree), and Lactic Acid

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Step 6: Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30

  • Nourishes and protects skin

  • Brightens naturally

  • Lightens hyperpigmentation and dark spots

  • Protects against future damage with broad spectrum SPF.

  • Key ingredients: Bearberry, Gigawhite, Licorice Root

 

And Finally, Step 7: Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream

  • Ultra-rich moisturizer

  • Addresses hyperpigmentation at night when the majority of skin repair and regeneration take place

  • Inhibits melanin production

  • Visibly reduces age and sun spots

  • Results in a luminous complexion

  • Can be used in combination with the Bright Skin Moisturizer for extra daytime protection and hydration

  • Key ingredients: Natural Hydroquinone Alternative, Gigawhite, Punarnava Root


While these products are amazing, they would be nothing without their all-natural ingredients. We did our research and found out exactly why these ingredients have such magical qualities!

Bearberries

...are edible fruits (a favorite by bears). These bearberries are eaten by humans but are most well-known for their use of their leaves in herbal medicine.

Image found at organicfacts.net

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Gigawhite

...is a popular ingredient used in skin care products that aim to target hyperpigmentation.

...has proven to be affective at reducing dark spots.

Image found at Benary.com

Licorice Root

...is used in topical oils to clear & heal skin.

...is especially helpful on sensitive skin.

...helps diminish under-eye circles, discoloration, and age spots.

...protects the skin by its powerful antioxidants.

Image found at traditionalherb.org

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Daisy Blossom

...is known as a healing plant packed with benefits for skin. 

...is labeled as Bellis Perrennis, meaning everlasting beauty.

...naturally supresses the production of melanin.

...is great for sensitive skin types.

Punarnava Root

...stands for rejuvinating the body.

...contains many soothing properties.

Image found at banyanbotanicals.com

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Natural Hyd-roquinone Alternative

...made of African potato and Tara tree.

...offers pigment lightening and skin brightening.

...infuses skin with protective antioxidants by boosting collagen.

Image found at Tspg.org

African Potato

... is a good herbal treatment for Skin, as it helps in diminishing Signs of Ageing, Acne, Burn Marks, Allergies, Boils and helps in providing a flawless complexion (herbpathy.com)

Image found at herbgarden.co.za


With these amazing ingredients, it isn't hard to see why these products have such proven results! Feeding all-natural ingredients to the skin is the best way to keep it healthy, hydrated, and protected!

Have fun at the beach, but don't forget to protect your skin! Don't forget the sunscreen, and don't forget to try out Kreashenz's new Berry Brightening Facial!

 

 

Everyone loves summer, but HATES what humidty does to their hair! Avoid frizzy, unruly hair all summer long with a Brazilian Blowout!

Brazilian Blowout

With the humid, summer months quickly approaching, so is the season for frizzy, unruly hair. The Brazilian Blowout is one of the most popular treatments to avoid the frizz from hot, humid days and reduce the amount of heat-damage to the hair. Most of us know what the Brazilian Blowout is intended to do – reduce frizz and create smooth, glossy hair – but it actually does much, much more! We wanted to give you the answers to some of our most FAQs about the Brazilian Blowout so you can make the best decision for your hair.

Frequently asked questions about the

Brazilian Blowout

What does a Brazilian Blowout actually do?

  1. Hydrates the hair
  2. Reduces frizz
  3. Makes hair much more resilient to heat styling
  4. Gives hair a smooth, glossy, mirror-like shine with little to no effort
  5. Removes the need for product when blow-drying hair
  6. Cuts time spent getting ready in the morning in half!

According to Everything You Need to Know about Brazilian Blowouts, an article by InStyle.com, “The Brazilian Blowout is a liquid keratin formula that bonds to your hair to create a protective layer around each strand, effectively diminishing frizz, sealing the cuticle, and providing armor against any external damage. The smoothing treatment originated in Brazil, and uses ingredients indegenous to the country including camu camu, annatto seed, and açai berry. After getting the treatment, your hair will be left hydrated, less frizzy, and more resilient to heat styling—not to mention, with an insanely glossy mirror-like shine” (Mychakiw).

What type of care is necessary after getting a Brazilian Blowout?

  1. Shampooing with sulfate-free shampoo (usually will be offered for extra at the salon)
  2. Making sure not to jump directly into a salt water pool or the ocean without first rinsing your hair with clean water. Otherwise your hair will soak up all of the salt, stripping your hair of the product, and reducing the results of the Brazilian Blowout.

How long does a Brazilian Blowout last?

The Brazilian Blowout will last up to three or four months with proper care!

I heard they use formaldehyde in a Brazilian Blowout, is that true?

Brazilian Blowouts used to use formaldehyde, causing the client and stylist to have to wear masks. This is no longer the case. A Brazilian Blowout is completely safe and will not harm your hair or skin in any way.

What is the process when getting a Brazilian blowout? Is there any down-time?

The process consists of getting your hair washed, then having your stylist spray product in the hair, blow-drying and straightening it with the product still in it. Then having your hair washed again with a conditioning mask, and blow-dried once again (possibly straightened again as well). Once the process is complete (usually a process taking about 1.5-2 hours depending on the amount of hair one has) it can be washed and styled immediately after… there is no down-time!

Still have questions? Please contact us and we will be glad to answer!

One of our clients recently got her first Brazilian Blowout! She isn’t our “typical” candidate, as her hair isn’t overly-curly or frizzy, but she is proof that the Brazilian blowout is for everyone! Most of us have seen images of dramatic changes of someone who has curly, frizzy hair like the images above, but we haven’t really seen what it does to someone who doesn’t have extremely troublesome hair. Our client has very thin, very fine, straight hair that is easily burned by her flat iron (and even her blow-dryer!) and frizzes in the summer heat. She came in hoping to find a healthier alternative to straightening and wanted more protection for her hair.

The images below show her hair after the brazilian blowout with just being blowdried! Her hair has no product in it and wasn't even flat ironed!

Before                                                                                                                                         After                                                                        Hair by noelle snoots

Before                                                                                                                                         After                                                                        Hair by noelle snoots

After a week of having the Brazilian Blowout our client told us, “Before I got the Brazilian Blowout I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew I wanted something that prevented my hair from burning every time I tried to straighten it. I knew it couldn’t be healthy to burn my hair so much. Now, I literally just blow dry my hair in the morning. I don’t have to straighten it or use a single product! I can be outside for hours in the heat and humidity and my hair is just as straight and silky, smooth as when I walked outside! I love how easy it is to manage and not having to worry about the health of my hair.”

Take a Tour of Kreashenz!

We, at Kreashenz Salon and Spa, pride ourselves on our unique styling space. We strive to make our salon one of the most clean, comfortable, and inviting in town! We wanted to dedicate this blog to sharing our home-away-from-home with you! With our private rooms for every hairstylist, masseuse, and esthetician you never have to worry about privacy. Being able to relax is what being pampered is all about! Our friendly staff and amazing clients help to create the fun, uplifting, and relaxing environment Kreashenz aims for.

We hope you'll come see for yourself soon!

Kreashenz's NEW products from Yarok Hair and Lush Cosmetics!!!

In Wednesday’s blog we talked about what it means for a beauty product to be considered ‘organic’, ‘natural’, ‘cruelty-free’, and ‘vegan’. We also mentioned some NEW products Kreashenz just ordered that are not only good for you, but also good for the earth! We are SO excited to share these products with you so you can love them as much as we do!

 

What makes Yarok rock:

Every single Yarok product is made from organic and all-natural botanicals. Yarok’s entire haircare line is 100% vegan (which also means 100% cruelty-free!), and free of alcohol, paraben, and sulfates.

Yarok also lists all the ingredients on the label so you know exactly what your putting in your hair and on your scalp. Yarok is committed to minimizing their carbon footprint which is why they use the most environmentally-friendly material for their labels!

As if all of that isn’t enough, Yarok’s dedication to giving back can be seen annually when they give 3% of their profits to The Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit organization that protects over 10 million acres of the Amazon rainforest!

 

A Sneak Peak at some of our new Yarok products:

1. Feed Your Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

If you’re like me, you are always looking for ways to add a little “oomph” to your hair. I am constantly searching for new products to give my hair that added volume. Yarok’s Feed Your Volume naturally foaming shampoo is the go-to product to get that much-desired volume that will satisfy your desire for big, beautiful hair.

2. Feed Your Sunshine Hair Serum

Feed Your Sunshine is a must-have during the fast-approaching summer months! We all love playing in the waves under the sun but hate the harming effects it has on our hair. This before swimming/after sun hair treatment protects your hair and scalp from severe sun exposure and chemicals found in pools! This serum will keep your hair hydrated and healthy so you can enjoy your summer without worrying about the little things.

3. Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo/Styling Powder

This dry shampoo is perfect for between wash spruce ups while also providing your hair with tons of vitamins and minerals!

4. Feed Your Youth Anti-Aging Serum

Everyone wants to keep their hair looking and feeling young and vibrant. Feed Your Youth, Yarok’s anti-aging serum, is packed with vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants to keep hair of all types youthful!

 

 

Why we love Lush:

All of Lush’s ingredients are 100% vegetarian with over 80% of the products completely vegan! Their products are handcrafted from fresh ingredients every single day and they have been fighting against animal testing for over 30 years (score 1 for cruelty-free!!)

Lush greatly cares about providing their customers with the freshest ingredients including fresh fruits, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Lush’s Ethical Buying team searches for local sources within our own communities to provide their customers with fresh products close to home. With all the love and care put into every product, it’s no wonder we love Lush!

Not only do they care for their customers, they also care for the earth! Lush is leading the way in innovative solid products, eliminating the need for most packaging – hence their pride in being “naked”. Lush wants to increase awareness of unnecessary waste and hopes to encourage other retailers to do the same!

 

A Sneak Peak at some of our new Lush products:

1. Dry Shampoo Bars

These unique dry shampoo bars are filled with essential oils and fresh ingredients. We love these long-lasting shampoo bars (up to 80 washes!!!) so much that we ordered one in every scent!

2. Shampoos and Conditioners

BIG, Daddy-o, Cynthia Sylvia Stout, Jersey Bounce… these are just a few of the creative names Lush has come up with for their shampoos! Of course, it isn’t just the names we love, it’s what these shampoos do! While Daddy-O covers up those stubborn grays, Jersey Bounce gives hair that much-desired volume!

3. Roots Hair Treatment

If you suffer from fine, thin hair like I do, you will LOVE Lush’s Roots Hair Treatment! You will never have to suffer from dull, thin hair again. By treating your hair with Roots, your hair will always be shiny and voluminous.

4. Styling Sea Spray

Sea Spray Hair Mist gives hair that volumizing, shiny beach-look with a simple spritz!

What Makes a Beauty Product Cruelty-Free? Vegan? Natural? Organic?

What's the Difference Between Cruelty-Free and Vegan Products, and Natural and Organic Products?

It used to be that seeing any of these terms on the label meant that the quality and effectiveness of the product wouldn’t match up to their chemical-filled counterparts. However, this is no longer the case at all! In fact, products containing one or more of these qualities are becoming increasingly more popular, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Although many of us know that “organic”, “vegan”, “cruelty-free”, and “natural” generally mean good things, a lot of us aren’t sure of what makes these types of products different. So, what is the difference between organic and natural? How can one product be cruelty-free but not vegan?

Cruelty-Free

  • No form of animal testing at any point during the creation of the product
  • Often symbolized on the product container as a bunny.
  • A cruelty-free product does not necessarily mean that it is vegan.

There are many products that are cruelty-free but not vegan. These cruelty-free products often include animal byproducts such as beeswax, collagen, honey, gelatin, lanolin, etc.

Vegan

  • Do not harm animals in any way (directly or indirectly)
  • Are not tested on animals
  • Generally use plant-based foods
  • A vegan product is always cruelty-free

Just like someone who eats a vegan diet, vegan beauty products do not use any animal products or byproducts that provide direct or indirect harm to any animal. Even if a product is completely plant-based but it is still tested on animals, it is not considered vegan. A vegan product is, by definition, cruelty-free. 

Natural

  • Any product that is created with ingredients found from nature
  • Only 30% of these “natural” products can be produced synthetically to be considered 'natural' in any way
  • Not highly regulated 
  • A natural product doesn’t have to pass as rigorous standards as an organic product does.

According to Grigore, founder of skincare line S.W. Basics of Brooklyn, Natural products must contain at least 70% percent “natural” ingredients. The other 30% of ingredients can be synthetic and the product can still be labeled as natural. Some of these natural ingredients include tea tree oil, peppermint leaf oil, spearmint leaf oil, etc. 

To find out how much of your “natural” product is truly natural, the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) website can be a helpful place to start.

Organic

  • Highly regulated
  • Certified by the USDA
  • Have been grown and processed under a very strict code of cleanliness
  • No pesticides or fertilizers used in the product
  • Absolutely no genetically modified organisms (GNOs) in the product.
  • There are 3 levels of ‘organic’ products:
  1. "Made with organic materials” meaning that at least 70% of the ingredients in the product are organic.
  2. “Organic” meaning that at least 95% of the ingredients used are organic
  3. “100% Organic” meaning that the product contains 100% organically derived ingredients

According to Kreashenz’s in-house estheticians, Jacey Rogers and Dawn Apple-Nelson, it is important to use organic products on the skin. The skin, like the rest of your body rejects things that aren’t natural to it. If you put product on your face that is mostly synthetic your skin will reject it, causing irritation, allergic reactions, acne, or worse! It is always better to use a product that is organic because not only does it naturally react better with the skin (better product=better results), but it also better for the environment by lessening the number of chemicals in the air and water – and who wouldn’t want that!?

Now that you know the differences between these increasingly more common beauty labels you can better decide which products are right for you. Stay tuned for Friday's blog about Kreashenz's NEW products from Lush (100% vegan and natural) and Yarok (organic, natural, and cruelty-free)!

Light Smokey Eye - Spring Makeup Tutorial

Look fierce with our step-by-step tutorial of a light, smokey eye.

Step 1: Start with sweeping the lightest matte shade all over your eyelid up to your browbone. 

Step 2: Take a matte medium shade and blend it through your crease to your liking, it doesn't have to be neat. 

Step 3: Take a slightly darker shade of your choice and concentrate it in your crease and outer half of the eye, more precise this time, and blend to your liking. 

Step 4: Take the darkest shade you're using and place it in the outer v of the eye and blend. 

Step 5: Take a light shimmery eyeshadow or highlighter and place it on the eyelid, but not where you put the dark colors. 

Step 6: Touch up anything that was taken or blended away. 

Step 7: Take the first matte medium shade and smudge it all along the lower lashline. 

Step 8: Use the second color and do the same, but only halfway along the lower lashline. 

Step 9: Take the darkest shade and put it only on the outer edge of the lashline. 

Step 10: Finally, blend and add eyeliner and mascara

Makeup by Makenzie Huf
Products Used:
  1. Wet n' Wild Concealer
  2. Tartelette in Bloom Palette: Charmer, Smarty Pants, Rebel, Leader, Activist
  3. Jordana Fabuliner Eyeliner
  4. Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

 

Wait… you mean massages aren’t just for relaxation?

Nearly everyone knows that a massage helps to ease muscle tension and relax the body, but did you know that massages are also used to help people suffering from stress-related tension, cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, carpal tunnel, and depression?

While it is certainly true that massages help relax the body, most people don’t understand the extent to a massage’s benefits.  Some of these benefits include:

Improved circulation (especially helpful for those suffering with arthritis and edema)

  • Relief for tight muscles and other pains
  • Relief of nerve compression
  • Greater flexibility
  • Greater range of motion
  • Enhanced energy
  • Physical relaxation (of course!)

For specific cases, as in clients who are battling an illness, massage therapy reduces symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.  This often results in improved overall well-being and quality of life.

Other conditions massage therapy helps include:

  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Scoliosis
  • Gout
  • Arthritis (Rheumatoid and Osteo-)
  • Hypertension
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Raynaud’s Disease

So what can a massage do for you?  In short, improve your life!

Whether you suffer from sore muscles brought on by daily life or are dealing with a chronic disease, massage therapy can help you. According to expert Beth Burgan, by simply slowing down your heart rate, your breathing rate lowers which in turn decreases your blood pressure. Your stress hormones then lower and your muscles begin to relax.  This relaxation triggers the release of serotonin (your ‘happy’ chemical) and your emotions and thoughts are positively affected. 

For more information on the ways massage therapy can benefit you or a loved one, check out the links below.

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/massage-therapy/how-can-massage-help-my-health-and-wellbeing

https://www.ucsfhealth.org/treatments/massage/