By Mary Clare Lokken
While we are in the depths of winter here in Iowa, there are beautiful, warm, sunny places to escape to for rest and relaxation. Your salon professional can help you get ready for those warmer spots in a number of ways and offer you sensational style for sunny escapes.
Brighten up your hair color. Try as new haircut. Get a facial to clear away any dead skin and make you look younger. Try the brighter colors on your hands and feet with a manicure and pedicure.
Clean up those legs, under arms and bikini lines with a fresh wax. Get a massage to start the relaxation process. Why do this at home before you go?
Be ready for the escape by doing all your preparation before the trip. And save money, too. It is always less costly to do this at home before you travel to a resort. It’s often less busy in Ames salons with the students gone and you may find special prices on services to fill these times.
Save money on needed products by hitting the salon at home the end of the month after the holidays. They will be having closeouts on holiday specials and want to move whatever is left. Sales like this are less likely at resorts because this will be the height of their holiday season.
Many salons also have those cute small sizes for travel at this time of year to make packing easier. Look for a small flat iron and blow dryer.
Go away for a real rest not just a trip crammed full of beauty treatments you could have at home. I find it stressful to get salon services away because I never know what I’m going to get. A massage in a tiny room at a huge luxurious hotel was not what I expected.
And when you get home be prepared for a brand new year of great salon services and products. Blow dry bars are taking the salon world by storm. Stylists are getting ready to see you more than once a week for quick styling services. They can teach you how to create the look at home and what products to use but there are always times when we just need a professional to make us look and feel better.
If you have an evening event coming up and want a special look, updos and braids have taken on new looks and can make you gorgeous for that event. Consider having them do your makeup too. After all if the prom girls can treat themselves so can you.
Messy hair is OUT. Beautiful hair in all lengths and finished but not structured styles are IN. Don’t be stuck in your high school, college or first career look. That just shouts I quit caring to the world.
Bravely ask for the change you deserve and look great for the new year.
Reprinted by permission from Facets Magazine, a publication of Stephens Media Iowa.
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