Chemical Peels- What are they & Who are they for???

Do you love the idea of smoother, brighter, more youthful looking skin, but shudder at the thought of the steps to get you there?

Does the thought of doing a peel send you running in the other direction? Trust us when we say that we have been there too. We feel that when you know the ins and outs of the process...it will make this vital step of keeping your skin in tip top shape much less terrifying.

We decided to bring in the experts on this blog to answer the most pressing questions about chemical peels. Our esthetician Lauren has been delivering and receiving this service for quite some time. She has seen the benefits of this service first hand. 

Here is what she had to say about some common questions for all things chemical peels:

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What exactly is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a service performed by either a licensed esthetician or a dermatologist by using specific chemicals and acids to improve the appearance of the face, neck and hands. It helps to speed up our skin cell life (the faster we make "new" skin, the younger we look- who doesn't want that?!?). Peels help reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and blotchy skin. All while also improving texture and acne. Pretty much magic in a bottle! 

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Acids on my face?!? Doesn't that hurt? 

That question is VERY subjective! The pain threshold for one person may be significantly different to the next. The strength of the peel also plays a HUGE role in the pain level. But, yes, there is some discomfort when receiving this service. Generally, it will feel like tiny bee stings for a few minutes then that sensation will subside. We do our best to minimize the discomfort of our clients and will remove the peel if it ever feels intolerable. 

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So....when you say peel...what do you mean by that? 

DON'T Google chemical peels! Ha! We don't do that to you (unless you ask for it). Most of those photos are extreme examples of this service. But, you will peel. It can vary from a light flaking to heavy peeling. Think of it more like a mild sunburn peeling. Most clients will experience a heavier amount of peeling for a window of 48 hours, with an additional 48-72 hours of mild flaking. You may not feel very glamorous for a few days, but trust us...the results are totally worth it!!! 

Both of our estheticians offer this service as an add on to any of their facial services. Be sure to call the salon to book yours today. You (and your skin) won't regret it! 

Summer Hair Don't Care

Tan lines, ocean waves, beach chairs and salty air--- whats not to love about SUMMER! Along with the fashion and the laid back vibes, one of our favorite things about Summer is rocking our beach waved hair! 

Not everyone lives on the shores of Florida, California or Hawaii-- with the ability to air dry our ocean drenched locks and make a day of it...sooooo with that in mind, Bumble and Bumble has created a huge fan following with their Surf product line.

Their first baby in this line is the original Surf Spray. The inspiration for this product is actually the Hudson River in New York. Editorial Stylists working backstage at New York Fashion week found the salt water in the Hudson made the perfect solution for achieving beachy waves. Not long after, the genius masterminds at Bumble and Bumble crafted their very own version of this crazy concoction. (Side Note: Did you know the rubbery texture of the bottle was designed with scuba gear in mind?!? How crazy creative is that???)

Since then, due to the immense popularity and dedication to the line, the Surf family has expanded to include a shampoo & conditioner and 2 other AMAZING styling products. 

We wanted to show you a recent segment we did on our local news to show you how you can achieve this summer look at home.

Beachy locks are only a few simple steps away. Try this trendy look today! And rock your next day hair in a messy bun or braid as the surf products are the perfect foundation for an updo or braided style. As always, our goal at Signatures Salon is to empower our guests with cutting edge tips, techniques, tools, and products to replicate the styles and trends we know and love. Signatures has been offering these things and more for 21 years, and feel confident we have only scratched the surface of all we have to offer in Southwest Louisiana! Stay tuned!!! 

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Are you missing this CRUCIAL styling step?

Just as the foundation of the home is the most crucial step in a home building process, PRIMERS are the building block of a great hairstyle.  They are created to fill the pores of your hair (yes, your hair has pores just like your skin does) for an even styling canvas. As you know- your hair is a work of art!!! They also restore nourishment to the hair that is depleted by chemical, sun and environmental damage.

 

Bumble and bumble has taken the primer step to a whole new level by having 4 custom products in the foundation line that cater to a specific hair type.

They each serve the same main purpose, but have unique characteristics that target the hair type they are created for.

First up is Prep: 

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Prep is created for fine or natural/virgin hair. It's also great for kiddos! It's full of vitamins and minerals but is very light-weight. It is a nutrient rich detangler that sets the stage for your style. It will help to reveal texture in the hair or to refresh already styled hair! 

Next up is Tonic: 

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Tonic, like prep is full of vitamins and minerals that your hair need, with the added ingredient of tea tree oil. This makes it smell amazing, and with the added oil, it's best for thicker textures or colored hair. Men love tonic because the tea tree oil leaves a nice tingle on the scalp and reminds them of old-school barber elixirs. And a little insider secret: tea tree is great for kids to help prevent lice (YUCK!) They are repelled by the scent of tea tree!

The next primer in the lineup is Hair Dresser's Invisible Oil Primer:

HIO is made up of 6 light-weight oils and is a UV and heat protectant. It is basically sunscreen for your hair.  It helps soften, detangle, de-frizz, tame flyaways, ease styling and protect against breakage- can you say miracle worker?!? It has quickly become a cult favorite and now sits pretty as Bumble and bumbles number one selling product! Its perfect for color treated hair or coarse hair. Don’t let the 6 oil blend scare you, though it’s the most moisturizing of the primers, it does so without the weight. If you hair is super fine, but colored…hop back up and tonic would likely be your best friend!

Finally, the last product is Curl Primer: 

Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the ideal client for this one! It is created with a  curl-optimizing HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, and helps create controlled, moisturized curls. The beauty of this product is it works to both prime the hair after washing and reactivate the style next day. Curly textures tend to be dryer so daily washing is not ideal. This product can be spritzed over next day (or 3rd day…shhhh we wont tell) hair to re-launch the styling products and curls!

So- lots of info, but as you can see- man, woman or child- there is a perfect primer for you!

Come by Signatures Salon any time to speak to one of our educated stylists and we can get you started on this crucial styling step today! We have been one of the premiere salons in Southwest Louisiana for over 20 years. We are Bumble and bumble fanatics and can get you loving these products just as much as we do!  Prime on!

Pop-up Parties

As one of the managers of Signatures Salon, one of my roles is the salon's photography. This is one of my passions and favorite avenues of my job. 

With that in mind, I was asked by the White family to photograph a party to honor Wendy's parent's 46th wedding anniversary. It was such an honor to be asked, and if you know the Whites, you know this would not just be any regular ol' party. 

They hosted what is called a 'Pop-up Party" in their backyard. A Pop-up Party is a one of a kind event featuring a unique setting and menu. It's an on-location event, from start to finish. The food was prepped, cooked, and served all in their backyard. This gathering was a perfect fit for the Whites. Tablecloth-clad tables adorned with yard picked-flowers, original wedding dishes, and a one-of-a-kind menu hand-created for them is just a taste of what this party embodied. 

The creative menu was brought to them by the dynamic duo creatively named Scratch Kitchen. Kelsie and Jaime are from Lafayette, Louisiana and their farm-to-table food pairings are nothing short of a work of art. The menu included roasted cattails (yes you read that right, straight from the edge of a Louisiana pond), reishi mushroom stock carrot soup topped with pesto, a charcuterie board, red lentil pate' and lamb pate', and a dessert made of pecan crust beet cobbler topped with elderberry chia seed which was absolutely heavenly! The work station was on-sight and the detail and craftsmanship put into creating this food was a sight to see! 

So you might be thinking...yes it sounds neat, but how did it taste?!? Let me just tell you, it was all so delicious. The flavor was rich, bold, and literally freshly picked. It was visually and aromatically stimulating. These ladies set up shop weekly at the Lafayette farmers market, so if you find yourself in that area, do yourself a favor by partaking in their unique gifting. It is worth your while! 

The next time you find yourself hosting an event, think outside of the box and consider a Pop-up party! It can be tailored to your specific style and taste, but its unique qualities and memorability factor are unmatched. And, if you are interested in a farm-fresh unique menu, Scratch Kitchen is definitely the way to go! Enjoy and be inspired. Eat, drink and be uniquely merry. 

The Story of The Nuque

To know the White family is to love them. They are some of the most talented and creative people on earth. Simply walk into Signatures Salon at any given time and see the ever changing theme and decor to get a small glimpse of their talent level. The matriarch of this family is the lovely Mrs. Darlene White. Spending any amount of time with her, will show you where her four daughters get it from. She has recently taken something she made her girls years ago and turned it into what we now call The Nuque. Before I tell you any more about that, I would love for you to hear the background of this story from Mrs. Darlene herself. The video below is by the talented Emily and Daniel Cutrer...enjoy! 

While simple in concept, The Nuque is comforting, healing and effective. It can be the perfect gift, or purchased for personal use. It's about the same price as flowers, yet can be used over a hundred times- so it's the gift that keeps on giving. They are available in a wide variety of patterns and colors that are suitable for both the guys and the gals. Also- now the exchangeable covers are available for sale for just ten bucks. Can't beat it! 

It's the season of love, so give the gift made with love to the ones you love. Happy Valentine's Day from all of us. 

Taking Your Makeup Look from Day to Night

Holidays are great for a lot of reasons; spending time with family, get togethers with friends, and great food just to name a few! But one of most fun aspects has to be getting 'glammed' up for holiday parties. Whether for Christmas or New Years Eve, holiday parties entail some work to get that final look put together! This can be especially difficult if you are working the day of the event. Our esthetician and makeup artist, Lauren, recently went on our local news to give some tips on how to seamlessly transition your look from day to night. Scroll down below to see the clip! 

She says adding a thicker line of eyeliner, amping up the smoky effect to your shadow, and giving your lip color a little pop are some quick ways to take your day look to night! Watch the clip below to see her demo some of these tips on the air at KPLC! 

We hope these tips are helpful and they make attending end of the year parties a huge success for you! Be watching for these images in the next Thrive Magazine that will be hitting the shelves this coming week! Connect with us on Instagram and Facebook (@signaturessalon) for more helpful hair and makeup tips and tricks! Happy New Year!!! 

New York State of Mind

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The crisp, fall air, the sights and sounds, the never ending change of scenery are all what make New York City a place of passion and inspiration. You can't leave this city and feel uninspired. It's in the small things. The park that's nestled in the middle of a block of skyscrapers. The architecture, the stoops, the unique lines of buildings that make up the gorgeous skyline. The endless cafes, restaurants and nooks perfect for sipping coffee and watching the endless amount of people stroll by. The individual style and creativity of the patrons that call this place home. All of these small details make NYC unique and special. 

 

I had the privilege of attending an advanced marketing and social media course at one our favorite New York establishments, the House of Bumble, with our Master Stylist and Educator Lensi. During this course, we learned about establishing our voice and knowing/speaking our brand. This is something we are so passionate about at Signatures Salon, so it was encouraging to learn new material to help support that mindset. 

 

We also took the opportunity to use the city as one of the best back drops for a fun photo shoot. Photography is one of my passions, so to be able to explore the streets in a new light (behind my lens), was such a thrill. We hope these images leave you inspired. We also hope they motivate you to find your voice, seek out your passions, and make sure your life is lined up in a way that speaks your brand. Whatever that may be. Enjoy. 

 

Connect with us on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiration like this! Just search for Signatures Salon and follow along on our journey to be authentic and speak our brand!