Confetti Proof Your Hair This Easter

Easter is usually around the same time as my birthday. Not only do I get birthday gifts and an Easter basket (still till this day), I also get a double serving of cascarones (confetti eggs) slapped on my head! I guess they are supposed to take the place of birthday spankings. Ha! Growing up with two brothers and my birthday always being around Easter time, I learned through the years how to “confetti proof” my hair. It’s a pain in the ass to have confetti in your hair, especially when your wearing your Easter best, took extra time to fix your hair, and looking all cute. When you have long, thick hair it’s no fun getting it be confetti free. It doesn’t matter if it’s the big chunky pieces or the teeny tiny flakes & don’t forget the little pieces of eggshell that stick to your scalp…ugh!  As it is, your hands are probably stained from dying eggs for the Easter egg hunt.

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Nothing saves your hair better than a pony tail. Most of it is slicked back and all you have to brush out is the ends of your hair. I usually flat iron my hair, so it’s pretty easy to remove confetti out of straight hair. Shake off as much as you can and then use a natural bristle brush starting at the ends working up to your roots. When you get to the root area, get the brush as close to your scalp as you can so when you run it through your lovely locks the bristles will grab a good amount of confetti. If your brush is heavily compacted with confetti, you may want to clean out your brush before brushing again and just continue till you get it all out.

For those of you that wear a curly hair style, an updo, or put lots of product in your hair, you may want to mention to your loved ones just how difficult it is to get the confetti and eggshells out of your hair; they may feel bad for you and not try to egg your head with cascarones. The more you try to shake off or pick these festive goodies, the frizzier your hair will get. Hair products such as hairspray, gels, & mousses have a tendency of building up white flakes when you unset the hair walking around with a white dust cloud on your head would not be a good thing, even more so for those that make multiple stops for the holiday.

happyeaster_tbg1And lastly, let’s not forget about your hands, even when you wear gloves to dye your Easter eggs, sometimes certain dyes will bleed through the gloves and stain your skin. Try wetting your hands and using a nail brush with a few drops of dishwasher detergent on it. The grainy texture along with the stain removers in dishwashing detergent will remove the stain.

I hope these few tips will help you when you’re in that cascarone war on Easter Sunday. Be sure to stash a few cascarones of your own to get back at those that mess up your hair. Happy Easter Everyone!

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Stop Picking Your Face!

There are many bad habits out there, smoking, nail biting, pulling your own hair, & so many more. But there is one that many people have and fail to realize it’s even considered a bad habit. I’m talking about face picking, popping zits, poking pimples, squeezing blemishes, whatever you want to call it. As soon as you see a blemish on your skin, you try to squeeze everything out of it thinking it will magically disappear after you’re done. Well, I hate to break the news to you, but you are not doing your skin any justice whatsoever, in fact you are making a whole lot worse.

There are many disadvantages when it comes to picking your pimples, the biggest one is spreading bacteria around the skin which can lead to more acne. For some, it’s like a reflex, you see a pimple, & just start picking. What you’re not realizing is, your hands haven’t been washed, & no telling what bacteria you could have underneath your fingernails. Not only will the spread of bacteria lead to more breakouts, it can also cause an infection, which could possibly lead to you having to pay a visit to the dermatologist.

When a pimple isn’t ready to be extracted, it’s usually red in color, a bit inflamed, with no white or black head, & sometimes a little tender to the touch. If you’re picking at your pimples before they are ready, all you are going to get out that blemish is blood, a scab, & a scar. If you are prone to hyper pigmentation (getting dark spots), picking at your pimples will create another problem for your skin, not only will you bleed, get a scab, & a scare, you will also have a dark spot.

If you have picked at a pimple before it had that whitehead of pus & its bleeding, the best thing to do is immediately wash your face. Once the blood stops, it’s good to put some Neosporin on it to prevent infection. Keep in mind Neosporin is an antibiotic ointment, so this is just to protect your skin from infection, not from future breakouts. After that, leave it alone your skin alone!!!! I can not stress that enough! Ha-ha!

If you have acne, break out scars or dark spots from picking, they can be diminished with facial treatments such as, high frequency facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, & many others. The best way to avoid all these risks, recurring breakouts, & mostly a lifetime of scars is to have your pimple extractions done professionally. A licensed professional has the proper extraction technique, equipment, knowledge to help clear your skin, minimize future breakouts, & steer you in the right direction to proper skin care.  Next time you have a blemish, remember, if you pick at it, your only hurting your skin. 🙂 breakout

About the Owner:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!

Nail Salon Etiquette: What Clients Say, What Nail Techs Would Like to

What clients say…What nail techs would like to say…What should be said!

What The Client Says: “It just fell off.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Right, you probably picked it off.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: A simple, “I’m sorry, let’s see what we can do to fix it,” suits most clients. Clients are bound to break a nail from time to time. If they are particularly stressed, they may aggressively pick at the nail. At some point in the service, go over home care and what to do if a nail loosens or breaks. When the customer realizes there is no blame, she may just open up and tell you what really happened.

What The Client Says: “My kids won’t be any trouble.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Not if they’re not here, they won’t.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Granted, the salon poses unique hazards for unattended children. If you would rather clients not bring them, say so. Many of the techs we talked to place a statement in their brochure and on their website guiding potential clients as to what is customary in the salon. “I’m sorry, children can be a distraction for other guests who are receiving services,” works well if pressed to allow them to tag along.

What The Client Says: “Can I bring my own implements or supplies?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Gee, I just love working with strange tools. Don’t you trust me?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: “It’s not necessary. We adhere strictly to state guidelines for sanitation and disinfection,” makes a nice lead-in to explaining the steps you take to protect clients. If you get this request a lot, consider adding a page to your brochure or website that outlines your procedures, endearing you to sanitation-conscious individuals in search of a great pedicure.

What The Client Says: “Sorry, I’m late.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: You should be.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Things happen from time to time, and we all run late. Kindly let the client know you have a tight schedule. Depending on time, you may have to shorten the service or reschedule. Give her options such as, “Would you rather I omit the massage or the polish from your manicure?” This will leave the client feeling like you are interested in giving her the best service and doesn’t let on that you may be miffed.

What The Client Says: “Sorry, I didn’t call to cancel. I figured you would enjoy the break.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Oh, no problem I love going to work and NOT getting paid.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: A gentle nudge is all most clients need to straighten up. Saying, “Breaks are nice. In the future, if you could give us a call the day before, we can alert clients who may be waiting for an opening,” shifts the focus from the tech to the world at large. You can bet the next time she is waiting for a cancellation, she will remember the kind people who call to cancel well ahead of their appointment time.

What The Client Says: “Can you squeeze me in?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Sure, I’ll just whip up a fill in the five minutes before my next client.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Let your client know you are booked and you will be happy to give her a ring if you get a cancellation. If you have a smaller time slot open, suggest a comparable service that requires less time. If another tech is available, give her the option of letting someone else perform the service.

What The Client Says: “I can get my nails done for half the price down the street.”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Well, why aren’t you there?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: If a salon doesn’t make a profit, it won’t stay in business. If you feel you must respond to statements like this, you may say something like “We try to offer the best service and highest quality products available.” This allows you to toot your own horn without lowering yourself to bad-mouthing the salon down the street.

What The Client Says: “Can you stay late for me? What about your day off?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Why not? I don’t have a life or anything.

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: This is one area where less information is best. Reply with a firm, “I’m sorry, no, I have plans,” then offer them the next available opening. You may also add, “Would you like to pre-book a few appointments, so you can get the time you want in the future?”

What The Client Says:“You don’t mind if I eat while you do my nails, do you?”

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Did you bring any for me?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Cross-contamination is the last thing on clients’ minds. While many salons offer light refreshments, the nail table is an awkward place to consume a Big Mac and fries. A polite “I would prefer if you finished your sandwich before we get started,” does the trick. If pressed, you may explain that oil or debris from food could contaminate the nail and prevent adhesion. You would be unable to wash the hands midway through the service. Mentioning that OSHA requires “food not be consumed in treatment areas where salon chemicals are used,” may also deter eating at the table.

What The Client Says: “Hurry, I have to be out of here in _____ minutes.” (half the time required)

What Your Nail Tech Would Like to Say: Would you like me to do your left or right foot?

What Your Nail Tech Should Say: Your client has over-stuffed her day. Now, the pressure is on you. Keep your cool. Let her know you will work as fast as you can, but some steps are crucial to the service. Sincerely say, “I can complete as much as possible in that time, or we can reschedule.” I can see you cringing. Yes, you may lose a bit of time if she reschedules. We live in a world of immediate gratification; chances are good she will choose what she can have done now.

AprilApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my Other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

 

 

Cold Shower Benefits

Benefits of bathing in the morning with cold water you need to know:

Bathing in the morning with cold water, will help blood circulation become more fluent. The body also will feel more refreshed and healthy.

Bathing with cold water will increase white blood cells in the body. When the white blood cells in the body increase, the body’s endurance and ability to fight illnesses will increase.

A cold water bath will reduce the risk of high blood pressure, varicose veins and hardening of blood vessels. This is caused by a cold shower launching the entire circulation of blood to the organs of the body.

A morning shower with cold water has a positive effect on human reproductive health. The benefit is to increase the production of the male hormone testosterone and the hormone estrogen in women. As a result, fertility and sexual desire will increase.

Morning showers with cold water every day also has a positive impact on the health of body tissue. With this habit, the skin is not dry and becomes more supple. Bathing with cold water also can reduce dark circles at the bottom of the eye area. It gives your face an “awake” look. Cold water also prevents the skin from getting less wrinkles.

A bath with cold water also has a positive impact on the nail tissue. Nails will become healthier, stronger and not easily cracked.

Morning showerrs with cold water can make hair healthier
What happens to the hair when washed with cold water? It turns out that cold water can seal in the hair cuticle. Hair would be better protected from dirt that is usually attached to the scalp. Thus, the hair will become healthier and stronger.

What I found interesting:

Ritual baths in the morning with cold water were usually done by Japanese samurai warriors in the past. This ritual is commonly called misogi in Japanese. The habit is intended to cleanse the soul so that the mind becomes more calm and get through their days with excitement.

However, apart from the usual ritual of the Japanese, it is logical that a cold water bath can alter our mood. Just imagine if we’re getting tense or down for some reason. After we shower, the body will feel more refreshed, the mind becomes calmer, clearer, and more relaxed.

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2040_10200133690965479_1403608009_nApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

Unique & Interesting Hair and Nail Facts

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While they’re not a living part of your body, most people spend a good amount of time caring for their hair and nails. The next time you’re heading in for a haircut or manicure, think of these facts.

1. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. If you’ve ever had a covering of stubble on your face as you’re clocking out at 5 o’clock you’re probably pretty familiar with this. In fact, if the average man never shaved his beard it would grow to over 30 feet during his lifetime, longer than a killer whale.

2. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. Unless you’re already bald, chances are good that you’re shedding pretty heavily on a daily basis. Your hair loss will vary in accordance with the season, pregnancy, illness, diet and age.

3. Women’s hair is about half the diameter of men’s hair. While it might sound strange, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that men’s hair should be coarser than that of women. Hair diameter also varies on average between races, making hair plugs on some men look especially obvious.

4. One human hair can support 3.5 ounces. That’s about the weight of two full size candy bars, and with hundreds of thousands of hairs on the human head, makes the tale of Rapunzel much more plausible.

5. The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. And the nail on the middle finger of your dominant hand will grow the fastest of all. Why is not entirely known, but nail growth is related to the length of the finger, with the longest fingers growing nails the fastest and shortest the slowest.

6. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. Humans are not quite the naked apes that we’re made out to be. We have lots of hair, but on most of us it’s not obvious as a majority of the hairs are too fine or light to be seen.

7. Blondes have more hair. They’re said to have more fun, and they definitely have more hair. Hair color determines how dense the hair on your head is. The average human has 100,000 hair follicles, each of which is capable of producing 20 individual hairs during a person’s lifetime.

8. Blondes average 146,000 follicles while people with black hair tend to have about 110,000 follicles. Those with brown hair fit the average with 100,000 follicles and redheads have the least dense hair, with about 86,000 follicles.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails. If you notice that you’re trimming your fingernails much more frequently than your toenails you’re not just imagining it. The nails that get the most exposure and are used most frequently grow the fastest. On average, nails on both the toes and fingers grow about one-tenth of an inch each month.

9. The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. While you quite a few hairs each day, your hairs actually have a pretty long life providing they aren’t subject to any trauma. Your hairs will likely get to see several different haircuts, styles, and even possibly decades before they fall out on their own.

10. You must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone. You lose hundreds of hairs a day but you’ll have to lose a lot more before you or anyone else will notice. Half of the hairs on your pretty little head will have to disappear before your impending baldness will become obvious to all those around you.

11. Human hair is virtually indestructible. Aside from it’s flammability, human hair decays at such a slow rate that it is practically non-disintegrative. If you’ve ever wondered how your how clogs up your pipes so quick consider this: hair cannot be destroyed by cold, change of climate, water, or other natural forces and it is resistant to many kinds of acids and corrosive chemicals.
2040_10200133690965479_1403608009_nApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me

Fun, Fresh, and Fruity Facial Mask Recipes

 Fresh fruit facial masks can provide many benefits for the skin because they contain a large quantity of fruit acid, enzymes, vitamins, and antioxidant protection. When applied to the skin they have a powerful exfoliating effect that gets rid of dead skin cells, leaving it with a natural glow.

 Apple Facial Mask:   

 Ingredients:

1 apple cut into quarters.

2 tablespoons of honey

½ teaspoon sage

Directions: Chop up the apple quarter in a food processor. Add honey and sage and keep in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Apply the mixture onto the face until the honey feels tacky. Apply the mask for 30 minutes and then rinse the face mask with cool water.

Green Grapes facial mask:

Ingredients:

1 cup of green grapes

1 teaspoon of honey or egg yolk

 Directions: Crush the grapes into a pulp. Then add the honey or egg yolk (whichever desired). Apply the mixture to dampened skin for 15 minutes and then rinse.

Banana Mask:

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana

1 tablespoon honey

4-5 tablespoon almond

 Directions: Mash the banana, add the honey and almond and add some water to get the consistency you desire. Apply the mixture on your damp face and neck for about 15 to 20 minutes then rinse your face lukewarm water.

 Lemon Facial Mask:

 Ingredients:

4 table spoon flour

4 tablespoon yogurt

1 table spoon lemon juice

 Directions: Combine them together to make a paste. Apply lemon facial mask to the face avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

 Pear Facial Mask: 

 Ingredients:

1 ripe pear

½ teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon of heavy cream

Directions: Peel and core the pear. Cut into small pieces and keep them into small bowl. Mash with a fork into a paste, add the honey and heavy cream. Apply the mixture on the face and neck for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water.

Papaya Facial Mask:

Ingredients:

¼ of a ripe papaya

4 teaspoon of green cosmetic clay

1 1/2 teaspoon of aloe Vera gel

 Directions: Mix the papaya, aloe vera gel, and clay together. Apply the mixture over face and neck only for 20 minutes, and then rinse off with cool water.

Peach facial mask:

Ingredients:

1 peach

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Directions: Mix the ingredients; apply over the face only for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Fruity Facial Masks

Mother’s Day Spa Gift Idea

What do you get the woman who has everything and needs nothing??? One things for sure, Moms usually put themselves last when it comes to pampering. So why not get her things she usually doesn’t splurge on for herself. Make your Mom’s special day even more memorable with a homemade spa gift. Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade gift anyway and even the grand-kids can help put this together.

A homemade Spa basket is very simple to make, there are all shapes, sizes, and colors of baskets and containers at stores such as, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Big Lots, Dollar Stores, and Wal-Mart that are very reasonably priced.  Fill the basket with lush towels, scented candles, shower gels, pretty soaps, lotions, body scrubs, and a cute brush and mirror set. Be sure you go with your Mom’s favorite colors and fragrances. Try adding some flowers to it to give it that “spa-like” look. If Mom is big on soaking in the tub, include a spa music cd in her basket for her to relax to while she enjoys all the goodies you gave her. You can find spa music cds for $9 at Wal-mart in the candle section.  Spa baskets as gifts are great ideas and not very expensive to put together.

Here are other goodies you can include in a Spa Basket:

Bath Salts, Massage Oils, Chocolates, Eye Mask, Sleeping Mask, Bath robe, Body brush, Loofah, Exfoliating glove, Pumice stone and nail brush, Facial products, Tea cup with teabags, bath pillow, bath slippers, bath mat, Foot soak, incense, massager, foot massager, mini facial steamer, parrafin wax machine, head-wrap, potpourri, aromatherapy room mists, & a book or magazine.

Hope this homemade gift idea comes in handy, not just for  Mother’s Day, but for anytime you need a neat gift from the heart than would make someone’s inside feel as wonderful as their out.

(Check out some Spa Basket examples down below)