Rules of Self Tanning

Rules of Self Tanning

1. Remove hair and exfoliate- Whatever your hair removal method is, it's always best to be silky smooth and hair-free right before you tan. You want to create the smoothest canvas possible, which is why it's also important to exfoliate.
2. Make sure your skin is completely clean- And we mean REALLY clean. Even just a hint of deodorant or perfume can cause disaster.
3. Moisturise dry areas just before application- Unless you want to end up with ankles, knees and elbows two shades darker than the rest of your skin, dry areas must be moisturized pre-tan.
4. Use a tanning mitt- When asked if a mitt was best, "Girl, yes. A mitt protects the tan from absorbing into the hands but also helps evenly distribute the product."
5. Apply your tan in front of a mirror- If you're tanning solo, stand in front of a mirror to make sure you don't miss any spots. "Work methodically from legs, upwards and take your time".
6. Don't forget your face- Whether you decide to tan your face or not, you can't forget it altogether. If you choose to tan this area, less is more. "Repeat after me, two coats on the body and one on the face".
7. Wear loose clothing while it dries- Wearing restrictive clothes, under-wire bras or anything that rubs onto the skin is a big no-no post-tan.
8. Do not shave or bathe post-tan- Another important reason to shave pre-tan is because if you do it afterwards instead, you're at risk of shaving away your tan as the blades tend to pick up any dead skin cells as well as hair.
9. Moisturise one day after your tan, and from there on- If you wish to maintain your glow and ensure an even fade, moisturising is a must. "A faux tan loves being hydrated, so treat it daily, if not twice daily.
10. Top up with gradual tan- If you really want your tan to last as long as possible, top it up after a few days with a gradual tan.
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How to Get the Most out of Your Salon Visit

How to Get the Most out of Your Salon Visit

How to Get the Most out of Your Salon Visit

1. Punctuality is Key

  • A good hair stylist has a busy schedule and lateness can cause unnecessary stress and more importantly diminish your time with them.  


2. “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” 

  • The Internet is full of great hair pictures of all kinds, use it as a resource!
  • Be realistic when choosing a photo.  Pick one that represents your texture and density.


3. Take note of products and tools being used.

  • If a professional needs them to achieve your look, so do you!


4. Ask the stylist for tips

  • Your stylist has lots of experience getting hair to do what they need it to do.  Utilize the blow-dry time to educate yourself.


5. Rebook your appointment 

  • This enables you to get the date and time that suits you best.


6. Don’t hesitate to mention something you’re not happy with

  • A good stylist will aim to please, so your feedback is crucial.


Hopefully these tips will enable you have a great result the next time you visit your favorite salon.  If you’re looking for a new stylist, check out some of the great professionals at our four Beans Beauty Salons.

We would love to hear your feedback.  Share some of your experiences by leaving a comment.

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Ouidad…

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Ouidad…

6 Things You Didn't Know About Ouidad...

1. Ouidad Shampoos and Conditioners address curly hair of every hair type! 

  • Color treated? Try the Color Sense Sulfate-Free Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner to nourish and enhance color treated hair! 
  • Fine & Limp?  Try the Playcurl Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner to cleanse and boost fine, thin hair! 
  • Frizzy? Try Climate Control Sulfate-Free Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner to provide long lasting protection from frizz and flyaways! 
  • Dry? Try Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to cleanse and nourish dry, thirsty curls! 


2. Ouidad’s Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts! 

  • Ouidad has donated over $475,000 since 2002 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They will match a donation in any amount 100%, dollar for dollar! Ouidad also has an adorable limited edition Pink Curl Extension – 100% of the $10.00 purchase price is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation! 


3. Look no further than Ouidad for the perfect beach waves! 

  • Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray gives hair that windswept, sexy and flirtatious look you love after a day at the beach. Our exclusive wave-making complex of natural seawater and mineral-rich sea salt crystals create tousled texture while plant-derived humectants lock in waves. Vitamin-rich seaweed and algae extracts nourish the hair so it's super hydrated – never crunchy or stiff.


4. The tried and true Ouidad products you know and love are still reliable and available! 

  • Tress Effects Lightweight Styling Gel keeps your curls soft, nourished & shiny.
  • Botanical Boost Moisturizing Infusing & Refreshing Spray has a blend of nourishing botanicals, anti-oxidants and conditioning aloe creates healthy hair by locking in moisture, while protecting curls against breakage and damage from heat styling.  
  • Clear Control Pomade is a unique, water-soluble finishing aid, packed with conditioners and humectants to calm frizzy, fly-away hair and seal in beneficial moisturizers.


5. Ouidad’s unique Double Detangler Comb

  • People with curly hair know a wide tooth comb is their best defense against tangles! Ouidad’s Double Detangler effortlessly removes tangles especially used in the shower with the Ouidad conditioner that best suits your hair type!


6. Ouidad has ‘outside of the box’ products for curls such as … 

  • Curl Co-Wash is a low-foam cleansing sulfate-free cleansing conditioner for soft, hydrated and smooth tresses! 
  • Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil is a sulfate-free shampoo for dry, damaged curls. Silk proteins and coconut oils bind to the cuticle to sustain hydration and resist damage while enhancing body and shine.
  • Curl Recovery Whipped Curls is a styling primer and daily conditioner for all curl textures. This dual-purpose formula is great for all curls, especially those experiencing dryness, frizz and breakage.

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