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Dec
16

All About Hair Extensions

FX Studio’s Christy LaMacchia talks about Hair Extensions:

Transcript:

Hi I’m Christy from FX. I’m a hair stylist and the extensionist here and I’m here to talk to you a little bit about hair extensions.

Where does the hair come from?

It actually comes from the indian temples.  The women there use it as a sacrifice so they grow their hair out and then they donate it.  Then the US  takes it and it goes through a coloring and shedding process.

 How long does the process take?

It can take anywhere from 2 hours to 5 hours depending on the length and how much we need to put in…if we’re going for fullness.

Can I color my extension?

Yes…you can color it, you can highlight it, you can curl it, you can straighten it…anything you want to do.

How long does my hair have to be?

The hair on the person has to be at least 4 inches in length, so anybody with shorter hair will have to grow it out a little bit longer for the hair to actually catch.

Will extensions damage my hair?

It is not damaging as long as you maintain it properly.

Do I need to use special products?

You have to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and hair care products that we recommend getting from the salon.

To schedule your appointment or to receive additional information please call FX Studios at (410) 771-1500 or email at fxstudios@fxstudios.com

Dec
8

VitaSkin – FIRM Skin

By jlinde  //  Aesthetics, Skin Care  // 

So you want beautiful, glowing skin without using products that are harmful to you, animals or the environment?  Look no further, here at FX Studios we use the all-organic, handmade skin care line Eminence straight from Hungary.

A snapshot of Eminence

Eminence creates their products using the pulp of fresh fruits, plants and exotic spices which makes them feel, look and smell fantastic! (You can actually see the chunks of fruits and vegetables in the products!) The plants are harvested from organic environments making the products the healthiest, most effective line around.  The Eminence ingredient farm is solar and wind powered, and all of the crops are planted and harvested manually as opposed to mechanically to reduce carbon dioxide.  The only preservation means used are honey traps and natural sprays such as eucalyptus and peppermint, which keep the bugs away.  After harvesting, the completed products are packaged in recycled materials, which in turn can be recycled at any local recycling site.

Enter VitaSkin – the newest release

The VitaSkin collection, which is the newest release brought to you by Eminence has taken a few of the main concerns most people have with their skin, and taylor made a line specifically for these conditions. In each set there is a cleanser, a masque, a moisturizer and an all-natural vitamin supplement.

  • Calm Skin – geared towards those with sensitive or rosacea skin types
  • Clear Skin – probiotic products for acne prone skin
  • Firm Skin – designed to address anti-aging concerns

The Firm Skin solution

Today I want to focus on the Firm Skin line, but stayed tune for for future postings about Calm and Clear Skin.  The Firm Skin collection contains juice from the super-antioxidant Acai berry, and hylaluronic acid which helps to maintain the water balance in the skin, as well as aids in plumping up fine lines in wrinkles.

Every personʼs body contains hyaluronidase, an enzyme that is produced once a person gets to be about 22 or 23 years old.  It is ultimately responsible for dehydrating and deteriorating organs and joint, which can lead to arthritis and other ailments. Hyaluronidase degrades hyaluronic acid, which works as a natural lubricants in many parts of the body, even down to the fluid in your eyes.

Hyaluronic acid is found practically everywhere in your body, therefore maintaining a good balance of it can benefit you in many ways, especially in the anti aging department.

The Eminence difference

Regular hyaluronic acid that you see in department stores and many skin care lines does not absorb in the way that it is intended due to a larger molecule size.  The hyaluronic acid used in Eminence products is taken from marshmallow, and has a 10 times smaller molecule size than regular, and therefore absorbs better and more quickly, and actually blocks the inevitably harmful hyaluronidase.  The hyaluronic acid, in addition the the juice from the Acai berry and the blueberry (which are both super foods, with strong antioxidants) make the firm skin products a great set for tightening, firming and skin cell regeneration, all while preventing dryness and dehydration.

If anti aging is your concern, Firm skin is the solution!  Not only does is work and feel great, but it alerts your senses with the tantalizing scents of rich berries, what more could you want?!

Schedule your facial appointment today to experience all that VitaSkin Solutions by Eminence has to offer, and check out parts 2 and 3 of the blog to find out more about the Calm Skin and Clear Skin lines.

Jul
25

You Want Me to WAX What?!?

Beach season is here, and what better way to get ready for vacation than getting rid of all those unwanted hairs with waxing?! So many people hear the word waxing and immediately wince at the thought, but I can assure you that once you try it, you will be a believer and wonʼt want to remove hair any other way.

How is waxing done? Well, here at FX, you will be escorted by our Guest Relations Specialists to our tranquility room, to wait. Here you will have a few minutes to relax, in a serene setting, while you wait for your Service Provider to come and greet you. Once greeted, you will go into a private room with your Esthetician to begin your service. Warm wax will be applied to the selected area, it will then adhere to the hair and will be removed from the root. With waxing the entire hair is removed from the follicle, leaving you hair free for 3-6 weeks!

Eyebrow WaxingWhy wax?
Waxing is convenient, cost effective, long lasting and quick! Shaving cuts the hair in the middle of the hair shaft, which causes stubble when it grows back. With waxing, not only do you have silky smooth skin right afterwards, but it lasts longer, and with several sessions, the hair actually grows back softer and finer, and eventually can cease to grow back at all. Waxing also doubles as an exfoliation. When the wax is removed it gets rid of the top layer of dead skin cells. With waxing there are no harsh chemicals, which can be irritating to the skin, or unpleasant smells such as in depilatory creams, and no chance of nicking yourself with the razor.

Does it Hurt?
You can compare waxing to pulling off a band aid. It all depends on ones individual pain tolerance. Most people will experience a slight pinching or stinging sensation right after the strip is pulled, but I assure you itʼs nothing you canʼt handle. After the waxing is complete, a cool towel and a soothing chamomile and aloe vera lotion will be applied to calm any irritation. If you are nervous about the pain, you can take an ibuprofen or aspirin about 30 minutes prior to waxing to curb the sting.

Waxed LegsDoʼs and Donʼt:

  • Do make sure hair is 1/4” long, just long enough for the wax to grab ahold of
  • Do avoid direct sunlight 24 hours before and 48 hours after waxing
  • Do avoid hot baths or showers for 24-48 hours after waxing
  • Donʼt wear tight clothing directly after waxing
  • Donʼt wax if you are using Retin-A, differin, or Isoretinoin as these medications make the skin more prone to tearing.

Now that you know a little more about waxing, put that doubt aside and try it out! Understanding the process to become more comfortable is half the battle. The other half is picking up that phone, giving us a call, setting up your appointment and enjoying your freshly smooth skin!

To schedule your appointment or to receive additional information please call FX Studios at (410) 771-1500 or email at fxstudios@fxstudios.com

Jun
30

Fun in the Sun!

By admin  //  Aesthetics, Skin Care  // 

It’s that time of year! Fun in the sun…whether we’re at the beach, playing in the park or just in our own backyards soaking up some rays.  Being that we’re outside substantially more now than any other time of year, we have to make sure that we’re diligent about protecting ourselves from the downside of our favorite yellow ball of happiness – skin damage caused by UVA/UVB exposure.

Luckily at FX Studios, we have you covered!  Whether you want maximum protection or just a “little something”, all-natural or pharmaceutical grade, and products for all skin types!  Take a look at the following lineup to see which product fits you best.

SUNSCREENS

Glytone Suncreen Spray Mist SPF 50

An easy-to-use, light protective UVA & UVB spray that effectively guards skin against sunburn and premature skin aging with an Innovative Anitoxidant Technology that offers maximum protection.

Benefits

  • Full UVA & UVB protection
  • Oil-free
  • Advance antioxidant protection
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-whitening formula
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Water resistant
  • Easy-to-use in any situation

Avene High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50

100% mineral, broad-spectrum sun protection cream for even the most sensitive and intolerant skin. Avene “White” sun care offers 100% mineral, chemical filter-free sunscreen products to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection without irritation.  It is safe fore even the most sensitive skin.

Benefits

  • 100% mineral sunscreen provides non-irritating protection
  • Enriched with patented Pre-Tocopheryl (a photostable form of vitamin E) for powerful anit-oxidant protection
  • Innovative Titanium Dioxide nano-particles offer ultra-fine mineral screen with excellent cosmetic qualities
  • Lightly tinted ensures blendable coverage
  • Highly water resistant; retains SPF after 40 minutes of activity in the water
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

Glytone Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40

A PABA-free, mineral based, high protection lotion that effectively guards skin against sunburn and premature skin aging.

Benefits:

  • Utilizes unique combination of microfine transparent zinc oxide, octinoxate and octisalate in a chemical sunscreen base to provide a broad range of sun protection
  • Oil-free
  • PABA-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-irritating
  • Non-whitening
  • Lightweight formula
  • Hyaluronic acid nourishes the skin and boosts natural moisture level

Eminence Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32

All natural sunscreen and moisturizer for all skin types.  Clinically proven to increase moisture content by 250% after only one week!

Key Ingredients:

  • Shea Butter: calming and moisturizing; it is an excellent emollient for skin and naturally occurring sun screen
  • Zinc Oxide: astringent and anti-inflammatory; aids in healing skin irritations and blocks UV rays
  • Vanilla: calming, soothing; improves circulation
  • BiocomplexTM: an antioxidant booster of Vitamin A, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid

Eminence Persimmon and Cantaloupe Day Cream SPF 32

Ultra light moisturizer with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection for oily to normal skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Persimmon Juice: antioxidant, supplies high levels of Vitamin A, firms skin, hydrator
  • Cantaloupe Juice: antioxidant, supplies high levels of Vitamin C, hydrating, gentle exfolliant, enhances skin elasticity
  • Zinc Oxide: astringent and anti-inflammatory; aids in healing skin irritations and blocks UV rays
  • Zirhafirm™: (Maral Root and Wild Jujube) powerful firming, restructuring and repositioning agent. Clinically proven to visibly lift skin by 22.5%.
  • Aloe Vera juice: healer, moisturizer. Calms irritated skin, works to alleviate the effects of UV radiation, hydrates and softens the skin
  • Biocomplex™: an antioxidant booster of Vitamins A, Ester C, E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid; delivers a balanced mix of essential antioxidants and effectively combats free radicals

Eminence Caramel Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25

Moisturizer with a light to medium tint that offers sheer lightweight coverage and natural SPF sun protection for all skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Linden Tea: supplies bioflavonoids, nourishes, hydrates, and rejuvenates the skin
  • Shea Butter: moisturizes and repairs the look of skin
  • Aloe: soothing and refreshing
  • Corn Germ Oil: enriches, supports and increases moisture levels within the skin
  • Jojoba Oil: supports and hydrates with one of the best absorption rates

Eminence Cocoa Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25

Moisturizer with a medium to dark tint that offers sheer lightweight coverage and natural SPF sun protection for all skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Linden Tea: supplies bioflavonoids, nourishes, hydrates, and rejuvenates the skin
  • Shea Butter: moisturizes and repairs the look of skin
  • Aloe: soothing and refreshing
  • Corn Germ Oil: enriches, supports and increases moisture levels within the skin
  • Jojoba Oil: supports and hydrates with one of the best absorption rates

Eminence Tomato Sun Cream SPF 16

All natural sunscreen and moisturizer for normal, combination and dry skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Tomato: beta hydroxy acids, lycopene, anti-aging agent
  • Chestnut Pulp: antioxidant
  • Aloe Vera: helps to calm and reduce irritation
  • Orange Oil: softens and enriches the skin
  • Micronized Zinc Oxide: sun protection, anti-inflammatory
  • BiocomplexTM: an antioxidant booster of Vitamin A, Vitamin C Ester, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid

SUNLESS TANNING

Glytone Sun Care Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion

Non-greasy lotion with a very pleasant fragrance gives the body a healthy, natural-looking tan without the damaging side effects of the sun.

Benefits:

  • Non-greasy, lightweight texture
  • Pleasant fragrance
  • Healthy golden glow in just one hour
  • Suitable for all skin tones
  • Avène Thermal spring water to soothe and soften skin
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

AFTER CARE

Avene Thermal Spring Water

Unique composition soothes and softens the skin and restores skin’s natural balance.

Clinically proven by over 300 studies to calm, soothe and soften the skin.  Used since 1743 in the Hydrotherapy Center to treat serious dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.

Benefits:

  • Calms, soothes and softens
  • Rich in silicate and trace elements
  • Low salt mineral content does not dry out the skin
  • pH 7.5 – perfect balance of anions and cations
  • Bottled directly from the source – bacteriologically pure
  • Preservative-free
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

So come on by to grab your best summer accessories.  For a complete skin analysis or to receive additional information please give us a call at (410) 771-1500 or email at fxstudios@fxstudios.com

May
27

The Benefits of Getting a Facial at the Spa

By mwilliams  //  Aesthetics  // 

Aesthetics FacialA facial is a special treat your skin.  In addition to helping you achieve a clear complexion and beautiful glow, a facial offers many additional benefits.  The face is always subject to environmental impurities such as the sun or even improper at-home regimes.  Facials offer you the opportunity to work with a professional skin care specialist who will analyze your skin, help you improve your complexion and show you how to take proper care of your skin.

Your skin care specialist will customize a treatment plan based on your skins individual needs. Typically a facial includes the following, but will be tailored to each person. Cleansing and exfoliation is performed which can help to unclog your pores. If needed, extractions may be carried out to help rid the skin of acne and minimize pore size.   The Esthetician will then help soften the skin by utilizing steam, hot moist towels, enzymes or other exfoliants.  She/he may also choose a mask to detoxify your skin and/or hydrate your skin.

After the facial has been completed, the Esthetician will take all of the information about the client’s skin and formulate an effective at-home regimen.  Our Service Providers take great pride in educating our guests so that they can feel confident that they are taking the best possible care of their skin.

To schedule your appointment or to receive additional information please call FX Studios at (410) 771-1500 or email at fxstudios@fxstudios.com

May
27

Glycolic Peels for a New You

By jencapera  //  Aesthetics  // 

glycolic skin peel

Want to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin?  Try a glycolic peel.  Glycolic peels are used for brightening the skin, retexturizing, sun spots, fine lines and reducing acne scarring by penetrating cells beneath the surface of the skin.  By penetrating cells under the surface, peels cause quicker cell regeneration(cells slow down as we age) and natural sloughing of the outer layer of the epidermis.

 

As an additional benefit of this process, collagen and elastin production speed up and leave the skin looking fresh and glowing!  For the best results with glycolic peels, it’s recommended to do a series of 3 to 6 treatments.

To schedule your appointment or to receive additional information please call FX Studios at (410) 771-1500 or email at fxstudios@fxstudios.com