Winner of our Mother’s Day Makeover Contest!
We have selected the very deserving winner of our Facebook Mother’s Day Makeover Contest! Our lucky Mom, Robin Clarke Smith, was nominated by her sweet husband and won with the most likes. She will be coming into the salon for a full makeover on the house, including a Total Indulgence Body Treatment, Hair Cut and Color, a blowout and a full makeup lesson. We are so excited to have her into the salon!!
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Earth Month Success and Winners!
This year we had a very successful Earth Month, raising almost $3000 from local businesses, our wonderful clients and even our staff. All donations will go to our Earth Month Partner, Western Resource Advocates. Thank you to everyone who donated!!
As many of you saw, we had some amazing gift baskets provided by local businesses. Our raffle basket winners were Heather Johnson, Kirsten Heart, and Rachael Price.
Here is a shout out to all the amazing businesses who donated. Please support them!! They all really give back to their communities, not to mention that they are pretty amazing at what they do too!!
Atticus Restaurant: 1135 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Max’s Gill and Grill: Old South Gaylord Street Shops, 1052 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
Boone’s Tavern: 1135 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
1135 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Hapa Sushi: http://hapasushi.com/
Le Bakery Sensual: 300 E 6th Ave #4, Denver, CO 80203
300 E 6th Ave #4, Denver, CO 80203
Moose Hill Cantina Mexican Restaurant: 11911 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215
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Mary’s Mountain Cookies: 14405 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80401
Welcome to part two of our Summer Recovery blog. If you read the last one about hair, you already know how much damage the heat, sun and pool can do. Now it’s time to talk about skin. While dry air and chlorinated pools will definitely dry out your skin, the main summer villain is the sun. Some sun exposure is desired for getting Vitamin D, but too much time sunbathing can lead to sun spots, hypo-pigmentation, premature aging, wrinkles and melanoma!
“Stay out of the sun! I have very fair skin and it would have been super-damaged. I always wear sunscreen and I walk on the shady side of the street.” ~ Julianne Moore
If you want your skin to look as smooth as Julianne’s at 53, you need to think about protecting yourself from the sun. Yes, some sun exposure is good for Vitamin D absorption, but there can be too much of a good thing. Sometimes in Colorado, especially if we’re spending time in the mountains, we forget to protect ourselves from the sun because it doesn’t always feel that hot – that does not mean we’re not still getting sunburned. I’m sure many of us have experienced that ski-mask, raccoon tan. The sun here can be dangerous year round, and you need to take precautions.
- Wearing a hat is perhaps the easiest, most stylish way to protect your face from the sun. Not only does it protect your face, it protects the delicate skin on your scalp and it keeps your hair color from fading. Keep a hat by the front door and put it on every time you go out. If appropriate for your activity, choose a wide brim to protect the back of your neck as well.
- Wear a physical block SPF or wear makeup that contains SPF. Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer has a broad spectrum SPF 15.
- Cover your décolletage – this is the skin on your neck, chest, shoulders and upper back. This area is one of the most prone to sun damage or sunspots.
- Avoid peak hours in the sun – roughly 10am to 3pm. Although it’s generally regarded as a very bad idea to lay in the sun to get a tan – we know that for a lot of us it’s going to happen at some point. Going out later in the the day will decrease your risk of burning. Also, make sure you’re aware of how long you are laying out – check regularly to make sure your not burning and to reapply SPF. Do not pass out in the sun and wakeup half a lobster!
- Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t wear long sleeves and long pants. A long-sleeve linen shirt can be very stylish and cool – and it keeps you from getting a farmers tan.
- Feeling adventurous? Bring back the parasol! Plenty of hollywood starlets, past and present, have used a pretty umbrella to protect their skin from the sun.
Just like your hair, your skin needs extra hydration during the summer. It may seem like your skin produces more oil during this time of year, but if it is, it’s trying to compensate for the moisture it’s not getting. During the day you can use a light-weight lotion like Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion for normal to oily skin. For a more intensive, bi-weekly treatment, try Aveda’s Brightening Intensive Massage Masque – this mask is part of the Enbrightenment line, and in addition to hydrating your skin with Organic Shea Butter, it also works to combat discoloration and dark spots.
For your body, try Aveda’s new Shampure Body Lotion – now your favorite shampoo scent is in a lotion! This lotion moisturizes with olive oil and has 25 pure flower and plant essences. If you have suffered a bad sunburn, take a baking soda and apple cider vinegar bath, then follow with the Intensive Hydrating Masque. This mask was designed for your face, but it really feels like magic on sunburned skin.
Exfoliation – Face
We should all be exfoliating our face, but in the summer you really need to be careful. Remember, if you’re not taking every precaution to keep your face protected from the sun, it is left extremely vulnerable. Imagine how much damage can be done if you’ve already removed some of the outer layers of skin cells. If you are using any type of product with retinoids you could cause permanent damage to your skin by exposing it to the sun. Many dermatologists will recommend discontinuing retinol use in the summer in favor of something with vitamin C – try Aveda’s Brightening Corrective Serum. If you still feel you need more exfoliation, you can use the Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. For a quick fix for a physical exfoliation try adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your gel cleanser – cleanse lightly for a polished feeling.
Exfoliation – Body
So it’s the last half of summer and you’re rocking a nice, golden tan. But maybe you’ve noticed that if you’re not constantly lathering up with lotion your skin looks like it has a white film on it. That lovely dull layer covering your gorgeous tan is dead skin cells. We all know that we should exfoliate our face, but we forget about the rest of our skin sometimes. You can put on all the moisturizer you want, but if you don’t clear away the dead skin cells first, your moisturizer might have a difficult time penetrating your skin. Take a few extra minutes in the shower once a week and exfoliate your whole body – you’ll be glad you did. We recommend Aveda’s Smoothing Body Polish that has ground walnut shells to help exfoliate. You can also make a great body polish from things you have in your kitchen. Our favorite is a coffee body scrub. There are hundreds of recipes for this on Pinterest – we like mixing coffee grounds, brown sugar and coconut oil. We can’t vouch for it’s cellulite diminishing properties, but it will make your skin feel so smooth.
What’s Up Doc?
Very few things about summer should be serious, but keeping an eye on your skin should be. That is why you should learn the warning signs of melanoma. More and more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and the places these cancers are found might surprise you – like the bottom of your foot. Keep an eye on all freckles and moles to watch for change in size and irregular shapes. Schedule a yearly check-up with your dermatologist to help you keep an eye on hard to see places and to make sure that nothing has developed that shouldn’t be there. Remember, when it comes to skin and sun – prevention is everything.
Ok, so we know summer is not over yet, but that doesn’t mean that all the sun, chlorine, salt-water, dry air, and ponytails haven’t already done some serious damage to your hair. Nothing will fade your color sooner or wreck your ends faster than a care-free summer of hair neglect. But its not quite too late – here are some ways to give your locks some love before further damage is done.
Summer schedules are hectic, and when trying to wrap your calendar around vacations and weekend getaways, it’s easy to let the 6 weeks between haircuts stretch to months. NOT A GOOD IDEA. With the added heat and dryness of summer here in Colorado, your ends are going to split faster. The longer split ends are left untrimmed, the farther up the hair shaft they split, especially when you add in the strain that putting your hair in a pony or top knot causes. This means that when you finally do get a hair cut, you will probably have to get MORE cut. Haircuts don’t take long, and because summer schedules are made more last minute, it may be easier than you think to get an appointment.
2. Gloss Your Color
Depending on the type of color you get, it may not be unreasonable to say that you haven’t been in to get your color done since the summer started. The sun, chlorinated pools and salt water can fade your color and leave mineral deposits in your hair – leaving your color brassy or with other undesirable tones. A quick fix for this is a demi-permanent hair color, also known as a gloss or a toner. This type of color can be done at the shampoo bowl and processes in 20 minutes or less. A clarifying shampoo can be done before hand to remove mineral buildup from your hair that you may have gotten from the pool. Your color will look fresh, and the natural botanic conditioners in the demi color will help restore shine to dull hair. To help protect your color during the summer months it is good to use a sun protective spray, like Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, and wear a hat when you can (your face will thank you for that, too). Also, it’s a good rule of thumb to always wet your hair before getting into the pool – that way your hair will absorb clean water, and there won’t be room for the chlorinated water to seep in. For Aveda’s entire Sun Care line click here.
3. Deep Conditioning Treatment
All the summer factors that we’ve mentioned can also leave your hair desperately in need of moisture. When hair is dry it tries to reach out to the environment for hydration – this is the wonderful phenomenon that gives us FRIZZ. Not good! While Colorado is known for its dry climate, that doesn’t mean that the humidity won’t spike when we get those summer thunder storms. So to avoid having your do frizz out on a summer night, give your hair the moisture it needs. If you’re coming into the salon for that haircut (that you probably need), add on a Botanical Hair Therapy. Its basically like a facial for your hair, steam towel and all! But if you’re running short on time, at least pick up a hair mask that you can do at home. We recommend Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque. Use this bergamot and lavender scented mask once a week to soften your hair.
4. Avoid Styling Tools
During the summer if you have days when you don’t have to blow out your hair or style it for work – consider letting the natural heat do the job for you. If you have some natural wave in your hair, this is a great time of year to take advantage of it. Add a curl enhancing product like Aveda’s Be Curly, and either diffuse until about 70% dry, or just let it air dry completely. If you’re not concerned about the curl, add a little moisture with Aveda’s Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil – this will give you shine and help keep the frizz away.
5. Stay Hydrated
For the benefit of your hair and your skin, it’s important for your whole body to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is great, but it can get a little boring. Try pouring herbal teas over ice for refreshing hydration that is tasty and exciting. Teas that are naturally sweet, like Aveda’s Comforting Tea, are great alternatives to artificially sweetened beverages. We also like citrus based teas like Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Zinger and Citrus Kiss by Good Earth. You can also add cucumbers and strawberries to a pitcher of water to add some flavor, like we do in the salon each day.
6. Skip the Moroccan Oil
I know Moroccan oil is the new buzz lately…but did you know that it can actually be bad for your hair instead of doing the wonders that it’s ads proclaim? Moroccan oil is full of silicon, which lays on top of the hair actually keeping the moisture from absorbing inside the hair.
Instead opt for Aveda Dry Remedy Oil. It uses essential oils, including organic Buriti Oil, that absorb into the hair. It doesn’t just make it look and feel soft, like Moroccan Oil, but it actually heals and moisturizes the hair from the inside out, without the greasy finish.
To Our Dear Friends and Clients,
Here at Zandi K Salon and Skin Studio we have so much exciting news we want to share with you. Through hard work and dedication, and your continued support, we have been able to grow our business in the past year to further our dedication to excellence in our industry. You are the reason that we are able to do what we love, and because of that, we want to share our story of growth and success with you. Below are some of the highlights from the past year, and a few things that you can expect from us in the future.
Thank you for your amazing love and patronage,
Faye, Nicki, and The Zandi K Team
While it has definitely been our most labor-intensive endeavor this year, we could not be more excited about opening the doors of our Denver West location. We are so happy that we will be able serve our wonderful and loyal clients from two locations in Denver. Our new Aveda Lifestyles location features eight styling chairs, a brow bar and body wax room, as well as a full Aveda retail experience. Many of our talented staff members will be splitting their schedules between the Central Denver (Inca St.) and Denver West locations, giving our clients more access to the talent we have cultivated at Zandi K. Our new location has already been visited by some famous faces, including Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and Tad Kinchla of Blues Traveler, and we know you will be as excited about the beautiful new place as they were. Stop by and see us today at 14235 W. Colfax.
And don’t forget that we want to see all of your friends! For each new guest that you send in to either salon, you get a $10 service credit on your account!
Expansion and Education
Looking for a little more space? So were we. We have expanded our Inca St. location to include four additional styling stations, as well as a dedicated space for our Advanced Education Training. As always, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing our clients with the very best services – performed by individuals who have carefully crafted their technique. At Zandi K we don’t just sharpen our shears; we sharpen our skills through weekly trainings and advanced education with Aveda. We are proud to be a leader in salon and spa training, and we are honored to host Aveda Calendar Classes for the entire Denver Aveda network.
One of the things we pride ourselves on at Zandi K is keeping our stylists excited about our industry – and what could be more exciting than a red carpet awards show in Las Vegas?! NAHA, the North American Hairstyling Awards, is the Grammies or Oscars of our industry. This annual awards ceremony recognizes the leaders and innovators in the salon world for outstanding achievement in cut, color, makeup, avant-garde styling and more. This year Faye and Nicki had the pleasure of joining eight Zandi K staff members on the red carpet at Mandalay Bay to
cheer on fellow stylists and be inspired by the very latest in hair and makeup. Our team came back energized and motivated to bring new styles to the mile-high city. We’d say more, but you know how it goes: what happens in Vegas…
What’s that you say? Something looks different? Well, thank you for noticing. We hope you love our new branding as much as we do! In an effort to continue our growth, and stay current with our fresh new attitude, we’ve made some exciting changes to our branding and logo. Over the next few weeks you’ll notice these changes in our online presence, on the web and in social media, and at our locations in our signage, business cards and menus. We love our new look as much as we love creating new looks for you!
Social Media Interaction and Contests
It has always been our goal to provide our clients with the latest in beauty and fashion in the salon. To take that idea a step further, we want to make that information available to you not just in the salon, but wherever you are. We are striving to create useful, valuable content for our clients, and beauty lovers across the globe, and deliver that information to you through blogging, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Following us on social media will give you instant access to makeup tips, hair color trends, updo tutorials, before and after pictures, beauty blogs, industry news and more. In addition, we will be hosting regular social media contests than can win you Aveda products and Zandi K gift cards. Don’t miss out and please tell your friends!
Aveda Fall Collection
We are so proud and can’t help but brag about one of our fabulous owners, Nicki Wenz. She had the privilege of being one of the creative minds behind the makeup looks for Aveda’s new fall collection. The pictures will be part of Aveda’s international marketing and we can’t wait till they come out so we can share them with you. Here’s a little sneak peak. Way to go Nicki!
Now that we have two locations, we have some extra space to fill. You may be seeing some new faces around the salons. Help us in welcoming our newest Zandi K Team members.
If you know anyone that has the talent, energy, and awesome personality needed to be a Zandi K Team member, send them our way. They can email their resumes to email@example.com.
Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.
So when it comes to April and Earth Day, it’s no wonder Aveda dedicates the whole month to love, celebrate and raise funds to protect the earth and its peoples. Raising more than $3 billion in the past 15 years, in the past 7 years $26 million of those dollars have supported clean water projects all around the world. Partnering with Global Greengrants Fund, Aveda has been able to make 1,125 grants in 67 countries possible with your Light The Way™ candle purchases, which exceeded $7.6 million
- 520 projects helping communities to advocate for safe and affordable drinking water
- 770 watersheds, such as lakes, wetlands, and rivers, protected
- 1,070 communities addressing climate change, which contributes to water shortages and scarcity across the globe
- 75,250 acres devoted to sustainable agriculture
- 660,000 lives impacted by water related project
Here at Zandi K. Hair and Skin Studio we partner locally with Western Resource Advocates, a nonprofit environmental protection agency working in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to protect and safeguard our most precious resource, water. Over the years, our partnership with Western Resource Advocates has resulted in protection of our water supplies. Through their Aveda partnership and donations from people like you WRA has accomplished many amazing things in this region. Here are just some of them:
- They have worked with over a dozen cities in Colorado, including Denver, Boulder, Loveland, Greeley, Fort Collins, and Pagosa Springs, as well as cities across the West, to launch innovative water conservation programs.
- In the face of predicted water shortages, devised solutions to meet Colorado’s increasing water needs with current water supplies.
- Helped protect one of the West’s last free-flowing rivers, the San Miguel in Colorado, for future generations.
- Defended the nation’s most visited National Forest — the White River National Forest near Glenwood Springs, from oil and gas development and potential water pollution.
- Brought together water leaders from every state along the Colorado River to discuss how we can cooperate rather than compete over our shared river and water supplies
- And across the West, they protected habitat of endangered fish, safeguarded drinking water from toxic pollution, promoted water conservation over large water pipelines, and restored the West’s majestic rivers and lakes
How Can You Become Involved?
So far this year we have already raised $1200 of our $4000 goal! If you would like to donate to Zandi K’s Earth Month 2014 cause there are a ton of ways to get involved:
1. Come into the salon and enter our Earth Month Raffle. For $1 per entry you will be entered to win a gift basket, donated by Zandi K, full of amazing Aveda products valued at over $300! 100% of entries go to Western Resource Advocates.
2. Become a business sponsor. If you own a business and would like to be mentioned on our Website and Social Media as on of our Earth Month sponsors please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contribute to a great cause and promote your business to new customers at the same time!
3. Just want to donate now? Click donate now and donate securely on our Crowdrise page. Donate Now
Your donation will help:
• Promote water conservation and protection of rivers in Colorado and
throughout the West.
• Protect public health and water quality from toxic chemicals used in oil
and gas development, including fracking.
• Meet the water needs of Colorado’s growing population through water
conservation — an inexpensive, immediate, and intelligent alternative to
building large, expensive pipelines.
• Restore the major source of water in Colorado: the Colorado River,
which supports 36 million people in 7 states in the West.
• Support water conservation and river protection across the West. Because Colorado, Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming all depend on the Colorado River, the work that Western Resource Advocates does in one state, provides a real benefit to other states as well- we’re all in the same boat!
100% of your donations will go directly to Western Resource Advocates to further their work. It is is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, and your donations are tax-deductible for the full retail value of your gift. Western Resource Advocates’ Federal Tax Identification Number is 84-1113831. To learn more about their work, please visit www.westernresourceadvocates.org.
Thank you in advance for any donation that you might be able to give to! Your help allows us to help achieve a sustainable future for our vibrant state! Thank you for your support!
Frankly, we have all done it. It seems so quick and easy to just grab a box with a beautiful girl, who of course has gorgeous hair, off of the shelf at the grocery store. Of course you want a buttery blonde with muti-faceted color with a shimmer serum and no damage for under $15! Who doesn’t?!? But Master Stylist, Krissy Stearns of Zandi K gives you the real down low on box dye.
Do you ever wonder why your stylist asks you so many questions about what you use on your hair? Do you ever feel like you’re in an interrogation room when you’re sitting in your stylist’s chair talking about what you want done to your hair? Well there are many reasons why stylists ask you a ton of questions about that box color you put on your hair a few weeks ago (Don’t worry… we won’t tell anyone!) There are many different types of color In over the counter “box color” and they all do different things. This is the main reason why we want to know what specific box color you put in your hair and even more important it is why you need to be honest with your stylist. I promise, it is all for your benefit.
Conditioning? Let’s Try Faux-ditioning!
First off, let’s have a little conversation about box colors. All box colors lie to you! They are not conditioning to your hair! And NO! It’s not “just a rinse”. Most box dyes will come with a “conditioning packet” for after you wash the color out. Those conditioning packets contain petroleum based ingredients that coat your hair fooling you into thinking that your hair is not damaged or dry from the coloring process. Those ingredients have wax in them leaving your hair completely coated in it, and while it is soft to the touch, it is completely masking what is really going on underneath.
But It Washes out After 10 Shampoos! Right?
And no ladies and gents…. It is not “just a rinse”! Most of the “rinsing” color products have hidden consequences that show their ugly face further down the road when you’re trying to change your color. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s covering your grey, it’s permanent hair color… not a rinse. People generally try the rinse color products because they want something that isn’t going to be damaging to the hair. This is not the case with box color…… because all box colors lie to you!
Henna is Natural… So It’s Good, Right?
Further more, box colors use all sorts of different color properties that aren’t necessarily good for your hair. Let’s take a look at metallic dyes and henna for instance. These products are generally used to gradually change your hair color over time. Men like these products because they like the idea that people won’t notice the change because it takes place over several applications. And women like henna because they think they’re putting something “natural” on their hair. Henna is naturally brown in color. Think of all the Indian women you’ve seen with henna tattoos on their hands. It’s brown in color. But when you see someone with henna on their hair, it’s a reddish color. That’s because they add metallic salts to henna and it gives it that warmer, red hue. So, usually metallic dyes won’t give you a problem….. until you decide to change your hair color. The problem with metallic dyes is that they don’t play well with others. You put any other type of color on your hair and you have a chemical reaction happening. We’re talking heat, smoke, and burning fumes. Remember your chemistry lab? Yeah that’s what’s happening on your hair!
But Its Been Forever Since I Put It In There!
Then there’s nitro dyes. Nitro dyes are in Feria hair color. Feria is a pretty popular box color brand. And it is awful for your hair!!! Nitro dyes DO NOT COME OUT OF YOUR HAIR!! You have to grow them out. Goodbye summery blonde highlights! Going darker is ok but going lighter will not happen until they have grown out. But think about the commitment before you decide to put this box color on your hair. If you have long hair, and your hair grows about a half an inch a month, we’re talking a 2 year commitment here! That’s a very serious relationship you’ve got going on with your hair color!
Direct dyes are another type of color that you can usually find in conditioners, and color shampoos. These are the true “rinses” in the color world because they actually rinse out of your hair. They are not permanent and last from shampoo to shampoo. However, I would advise you to stop using them about a week before any color service because they have been known to change into funky colors when reacting with hair lightener.
The Real Deal
And then there are oxidative dyes. AHHH! These are the ones we like! Oxidative dyes are the ones that mimic natural hair color molecules the best. They fade on tone (meaning the reds won’t turn pink) and they will naturally lighten in the sun (just like your natural hair color). Oxidative dyes go inside the hair shaft to develop leaving your hair color changed and beautiful. These are the color dyes that you will find in Aveda Hair Color. Aveda has jojoba oil, castor oil, and sunflower oil in it to condition the hair during the color process the result being gorgeous, beautiful, shiny hair color that is literally damage free. And guess what guys….. You can’t get it in a box!
These are just a few reasons why it’s a good idea to be honest with your stylist about what you have put on your hair. Cosmetologists have to be licensed for a reason and color chemicals and technology are just a few of many. And please consult a color professional before you consider putting a box color on your hair. You may end up spending entirely more money than you intended having us fix it if you do!
For your complimentary Aveda Hair Color consultation with Master stylist Krissy Stearns call (303) 733-3733