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The Benefits of Hydration

By admin  //  Fitness  // 

The Benefits of Hydration

                  Mid-summer also known as the hottest part of the year, serves as a perfect opportunity to remind people about the benefits of staying hydrated! Roughly half of your total body weight is water weight (60% to be exact). Cells, tissues and organs in your body need water to function correctly. Water has numerous functions including regulation of body temperature, protection of the spinal cord, lubrication of joints, proper muscle function, and waste removal.

                  Your body loses water through sweating, breathing, going to the bathroom, and digestion. Your body loses water even faster when the weather is hotter, which is why staying hydrated is key!


Symptoms of dehydration:

  • Dry mouth or extreme thirst
  • Darker urine then usual
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Headache, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Inability to sleep
  • Nauseous
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite


Although the amount of water everyone needs to stay hydrated is different because everyone’s body is different, a general rule of thumb is to consume 2 liters of water or fluid per day. That averages out to about 8 cups. Try to drink these cups throughout the day to keep rehydrating your body. The more you exercise the more water you need to keep your body at its optimal functional level.


What other food and drinks can I consume to stay hydrated?

  • Fruit and vegetable juices (be sure to check the sugar content!)
  • Teas
  • Sports drinks (consume only if you are exercising at high intensities or for longer than an hour)
    • Sports drinks contain carbohydrates that can prevent low blood sugar and can replace electrolytes
    • Motive Pure- similar to a sports drink EXCEPT without the additional sugar, artificial flavoring and color, AND only 4 calories!
      • Serves to rehydrate and replace lost electrolytes that enable proper muscle function when exercising
      • Motive Pure is available at the FX Studios Fitness Center front desk!
      • Fruits
      • Vegetables


Tips for Staying hydrated:

  • Keep a bottle of water (or other hydrating liquid) with you at all times during the day
  • Drink water prior to exercising and throughout the entire duration of your exercise
  • Start and end your day with a glass as water, as well as drinking a glass before meals


Remember hydration is vital for optimal body function! Now you are ready to lie on the beach and enjoy this beautiful summer…with your bottle of water of course J

Happy exercising!

Questions or comments? Please email, leave a message below, or come find me at FX!

Brittany Freyer



All About Hair Extensions

FX Studio’s Christy LaMacchia talks about Hair Extensions:


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


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.


What Massage is for ME?

What type of massage do I want?

There are many types of massages. Together, you and your massage therapist will determine which one would be best for you. Whether you are stressed, experiencing pain, have knots in your shoulders, or would just prefer to relax, there’s a massage for YOU! During our consultation we will customize your experience to your needs. All types of massages are helpful even pampering ones, but a little education can go a long way when preparing for your massage.

What types of massages are there?

No matter what your ailment is, there’s a massage for it.

  • Swedish Massage is a relaxing massage consisting of long flowing strokes designed to sedate the muscles and bring circulation to the area worked.  This in turn promotes a faster healing process.
  • Deep Tissue Massage is using the same strokes as Swedish but utilizing more pressure and different tools, such as soft fist, forearm, and elbows. Deep Tissue loosens up tense muscles, breaks up adhesions, and has a deep long lasting effect.
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy is the use of multiple holds to clear cerebral spinal fluid dysfunction.  This is great for deep relaxation and issues such as frequent headaches or constant stress.
  • Structural Integration is the process of aligning the soft tissue adhering to fascia by using various deep strokes and corrective exercises which are designed to lengthen the connective tissue and put your body into proper alignment.
  • Reflexology is a technique used predominantly on the feet and hands. It is based off of the principle that there are many different points in the hands and feet that can affect other areas of the body. This is great for relaxation and for people who have reasons for not wanting to be touched in a certain area.

How do I decide what massage is best for me?

Luckily for you that’s not entirely your responsibility. Just simply tell your massage therapist the problems you are experiencing, and they will recommend a combination of massage types that work best for you based on your likes, dislikes, what experiences you have had in the past, how much pressure you like, any recent or chronic issues, etc. It’s all about customizing your experience and it is our privilege to guide you in the right direction.

Please keep in mind that this is a basic list of the various types of massage available. To find receive additional information about these services or any of the other specialty massages offered at FX please call (410) 771-1500 or email us at


Balayage and Smudging Oh My!

By Annie Zeiler  //  Hair Color  // 

Red Carpet Ready

Are you tired of being a slave to your highlights? Are you a fool for your foils? The stylists of FX Studios have the key to getting you off the highlight bandwagon and into something more subtle and manageable.

The stylists of FX Studios have had a chance to spend some time with stylist to the stars, Kim Vo, where we learned numerous ways to transition your “Do” into something more on trend for the coming season. Kim Vo, whose celebrity clientele includes Katherine Heigl, Britney Spears, and Kate Hudson (pretty much some of the most notable blondes in Hollywood), uses techniques that are quick and efficient ways to get fabulous Red Carpet Ready color. Two of which are the the ever popular Balayage and his own technique “The Smudge”.


So you may be asking yourself… What is Balayage exactly? Balayage is a French highlighting technique, it means “to sweep.” This comes from the sweeping motion in which the product is applied to the hair. The cream lightener or color (whichever your stylist thinks is more appropriate for your desired results) is swept lightly on either thick or thin sections of hair.

Balayage can be as subtle or as bold as you want, but no matter what your desired end results, the outcome will be something that is less maintenance than a typical foil highlight. A foil highlight typically needs maintenance about every 6-8 weeks, where as with Balayage you may find yourself only needing a touch up every 10-12 weeks. It’s a great transition from heavy summer highlights to more natural fall highlights.

Smudge It…Smudge It Good

But what if you don’t want to give up your foils? What if you are a Blonde-orexic like me? Then there’s another option to maintain your blonde but with lower maintenance and without breaking the bank. Kim Vo has developed what he calls “The Smudge.”  It’s not necessarily lightening or darkening the re-growth but merely exposing the natural underlying pigments in your hair to brighten up that typically “mousey” look the natural re-growth has. The best way to describe “the smudge” is to think of it as caramelizing your roots. Think of raw white onion… then think of the color that onion turns when you caramelize it in a pan with a little butter… not so bright white anymore right? Well it’s kind of like that- a softening of the harshness of your re-growth and blending it to your previous highlights.

“The Smudge” is great because it can eliminate that “Partial Highlight then every other time Full Highlight routine” some of us are a slave to. If you decide to “smudge” – your routine will change to “Full highlight then every other time you “smudge”  “.. aka keeping more money in your pocket. Another great thing about the “smudge”- the entire process only takes about 20 minutes, add the time for a blow dry and you can be in and out in about an hour. A great way to spend your lunch break if you ask me.

Working the Runway

So between “the smudge” and Balayage you now have 2 great ways to keep on trend for fall. Everyone from Jennifer Aniston to J.Lo rock one or both of these looks. Most blondes in Hollywood have been wearing the “rooted” look for some time now and both these techniques can get you there.

Obviously both of these looks should only be done by salon professionals and any one of the talented stylists at FX Studios can help get you there. So book your appointment today to discuss your options with your stylist.

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

FX Client Meghan – Before










FX Client Meghan – After