Salon Price Lady https://www.salonpricelady.com Find Which Salon Has The Best Prices! Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:41:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Getting Over Your Post-Waxing Bumps https://www.salonpricelady.com/getting-over-your-post-waxing-bumps/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/getting-over-your-post-waxing-bumps/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:39:58 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2816 Bumps are perfectly normal after a waxing session a European Wax Salon because the forceful removal of hair causes trauma to the surrounding skin. The bumps may or may not be pronounced in your case but these can still be source of concern, especially when these show signs of inflammation. Fortunately, there are preventative and […]

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Bumps are perfectly normal after a waxing session a European Wax Salon because the forceful removal of hair causes trauma to the surrounding skin. The bumps may or may not be pronounced in your case but these can still be source of concern, especially when these show signs of inflammation.

Fortunately, there are preventative and palliative steps that you can do in order to speed up the disappearance of these bumps. Here are also things that you may want to know about their formation and complications, among others. 

Complications Can Occur

Many waxing clients develop folliculitis, a pimple-like rash with a noticeable bump, afterwards. Folliculitis is typically caused by an inflammation that, in most cases, resolve on its own even without medical intervention. Even when folliculitis persists for a few days and result in white, fluid-filled bumps, it can still be treated at home with a few home remedies discussed below.

And then there are the ingrown hairs, which usually appear after the initial inflammation has subsided. Ingrown hairs generally grow within a week, at most, after a waxing session, and these are considered a type of folliculitis. These are hairs that instead of growing up and out of the skin’s surface, these grow back into the skin resulting in acne-like small, round pustules; the hairs may or may not be visible inside each bump.

Common Relief Measures

Ingrown hairs can cause discomfort, too, although these will eventually break down on their own. But since you don’t want to deal with the discomfort longer than necessary, here are things that you can do to relieve yourself of it. 

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes soon after your waxing session and for several days after until the bumps have resolved on their own.
  • Apply a cool compress on the affected skin to soothe its discomfort. You can use either a clean washcloth placed under cold water or an ice pack. Be sure to apply it for 20 minutes at a time only, especially if you’re using an ice pack to avoid burns. 
  • Apply a warm compress on areas with ingrown hairs, too. A heating pad or a clean washcloth dipped in hot water will do the trick. Apply either one to the affected area for five minutes at a time.
  • Never pick or pop your bumps even when you’re sorely tempted to do so. Think of these bumps as pimples – keep your hands off them!

The abovementioned measures are for when the bumps appear a few days after your waxing session. There are also post-waxing measures that you must do immediately after your waxing session, and these should be followed to the letter to prevent complications. 

  • Avoid taking a hot shower or a hot bath on the day after the waxing session. Instead, take a cool shower or apply a cool compress to the waxed area, especially if it’s your nether region. 
  • Avoid skincare products containing fragrances including perfumes since these can contain ingredients that irritate sensitized skin. 
  • Avoid excessive physical activity including exercise and sex for at least 24 hours after the waxing session.  You don’t want perspiration to irritate your sensitized skin.
  • Apply cortisone cream on your skin, which will reduce the inflammation. You can buy it from a drugstore; ask the aesthetician for a recommendation. 

These steps should be adopted for a couple of days after the waxing session, perhaps more if the bumps haven’t resolved on their own yet.  You shouldn’t wear a bikini, jeggings or leggings, and other tight clothes until then, thus, the importance of scheduling your waxing session well in advance of any major event, whether it’s a bikini show or a wedding day. 

You may also use one or two DIY treatments to speed up the healing process in your waxed area.  A few suggestions that come to mind include:

  • A sugar scrub can be used in exfoliating the waxed area so that the dead skin cells and other detritus can be removed. Mix a half cup each of olive oil and sugar in a bowl, apply a small amount to your skin, and scrub it in gently in circular motions. 
  • Apply aloe vera essence on the bumps to soothe the discomfort. You can also get a fresh aloe vera leaf, peel off its outer layer, and rub the gel-like part on your waxed skin. Do this three times a day for maximum soothing relief.  

Of course, it’s important to regularly clean and exfoliate your skin, especially the waxed area, to prevent one too many bumps from forming after a waxing session. You can use an exfoliating cloth or a mild scrub for exfoliation every other day, at least, but don’t exfoliate three times a day unless you want scratches on top of bumps; once a day should do it. 

When the bumps are gone, your skill be as smooth as a baby’s – or at least, with no visible hair – and you can wear your bikinis with more confidence. 

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Dealing with Erections During a Manzilian https://www.salonpricelady.com/dealing-with-erections-during-a-manzilian/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/dealing-with-erections-during-a-manzilian/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:38:47 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2813 Getting an erection during a manzilian isn’t a crime although it can be the source of embarrassment, mostly for the client. Why does it happen? What can you, the client, do about it? What can you do to prevent it, if you can? Let’s take a brief look at the answers to these questions. You […]

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Getting an erection during a manzilian isn’t a crime although it can be the source of embarrassment, mostly for the client. Why does it happen? What can you, the client, do about it? What can you do to prevent it, if you can?

Let’s take a brief look at the answers to these questions. You will find that these answers will be useful during your first time undergoing either a bikini wax or a full Brazilian wax (i.e., manzilian). You may not want an erection but it happens but it shouldn’t be the end of the road for your Ministry of Waxing visits. 

A Physical Reaction

Keep in mind that not all penile erections are the result of a sexual arousal, and it’s an important fact to remember when you’re on the waxing table. The best example of a non-sexual erection is the so-called morning wood, an erection that occurs during sleep and in the morning.  Both boys and men occasionally have it due to three factors:

  • Physical stimulation, such as when you or somebody else accidentally grazes your penis. Your brain senses the stimulation and reacts to it even when there’s no sexual component to it. 
  • Changes in testosterone levels can also cause morning wood. In the morning, your testosterone levels are at their highest resulting in an erection – and again, it isn’t due to sexual arousal per se.
  • Brain and body relaxation during sleep can also cause morning wood. Basically, when you’re awake, your body releases erection-suppressing hormones. But when you’re asleep, your body doesn’t release as much of these hormones and, thus, you can get erections. 

The point here is that you shouldn’t be embarrassed if you have an erection during a waxing session! The aesthetician will likely graze your penis at several points during the procedure, your penis automatically reacts to it, and you have an erection. The physical stimulation is to blame, especially when you consider the adage that the penis has a brain of its own!

There are also other possible reasons for an erection during a waxing session. You may be nervous, anxious, or perhaps fearful about the procedure, a normal thing when it’s your first time.

A Day in the Life

While it’s an embarrassing incidence, getting an erection during a manzilian is just another day in the life of a waxing aesthetician. It happens and happens more times than you can imagine.

But don’t worry too much about it, unless you’re really getting turned on by the process. But after a few pull of the waxing strip, your erection will be gone with the hair, especially when it’s your balls being waxed.

Just stay as relaxed as you can be. You may also simply apologize to the aesthetician, if you’re new to each other, and get on with the job at hand, pun not intended. Your aesthetician will even say, “Don’t worry about it” or “No worries” and continue with the job as if nothing’s happened.

What if the erection persists far longer than you anticipated? You can ask the aesthetician for a break so that you can get your erection under control.

And when we say “getting it under control”, we mean breathing deeply so that your body becomes more relaxed and so will your erection. You can walk around a bit, if you’re comfortable parading around in your birthday suit, but deep breathing while lying on the waxing table should do the trick.

You should also avoid making sex jokes, penis euphemisms and even making lewd suggestions to the aestheticians since you will only make matters worse. You may even have a black mark in the waxing salon because such behavior borders on sexual harassment.

Just say, “I’m sorry. But can we take a break first until I have it under control?” Keeping it simple will lessen the tension in the room and in your body.  You can take a minute or two, if you want, although you may want to ask the aesthetician about it, too. 

Will waxing hurt if you have an erection? No, but the aesthetician should have good skills and steady hands to keep the skin nice and tight. But if you have low pain tolerance, you may say that it hurts more with an erection than with a flaccid penis – and your opinion will be respected. 

When it comes to waxing your balls, you have be more involved in the procedure. The skin on your balls is so thin that it has to be pulled as tight as possible to reduce the pain from waxing. You will be asked to hold your penis in such a way that the skin on your balls will be pulled tautly – and that can also cause an erection. 

But don’t worry too much about the pain when hair’s being pulled from your balls. Your aesthetician will be extra-gentle on this area by using light pressure and cradling your balls during the procedure. 

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Go Beyond The Usual Nail Polish https://www.salonpricelady.com/go-beyond-the-usual-nail-polish/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/go-beyond-the-usual-nail-polish/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 14:37:14 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2810 We all know nail polish as the colorless and colored lacquer applied on top of nails to beautify them, usually by adding color and shine to them. We know, too, of the solid-colored nail polish in the colors of the rainbow – and everything else in between – that allow for nail art, whether you […]

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We all know nail polish as the colorless and colored lacquer applied on top of nails to beautify them, usually by adding color and shine to them. We know, too, of the solid-colored nail polish in the colors of the rainbow – and everything else in between – that allow for nail art, whether you prefer the white-tipped French manicure or the multicolored nail art at Regal Nails.

But did you know that we also have unusual nail polish types? Yes, indeed, we have! Many of these nail polish products are weird while others are wonderful, especially if you’re the nail-biting type. (We strongly advise against nail-biting, however, as it’s among the leading causes of nail damage.)

Here are a few unusual nail polish that we think will become a conversation starter, if not become your next favorite manicure products! 

Prosecco Nail Polish

And it isn’t just edible – it has a prosecco flavor, too! Created by Groupon UK, the Prosecco-flavored edible nail polish contains – wait for it – real Prosecco, an Italian wine made specifically from Glera grapes and available in sparkling wine (spumante), semi-sparkling wine (frizzante), and still wine (tranquillo). With its shimmery gold shade, the nail polish will definitely blend well with festive occasions and outfits of the day.

Since it contains real Prosecco, it actually smells and tastes like it, too. You can smell the crisp aromas of yellow apple, white peach, pear, and apricot as soon as you open the bottle, too. With your eyes closed, you may even think that you’re actually holding a glass of Prosecco although there’s definitely the underlying smell of conventional nail polish. 

The Prosecco-flavored nail polish can also be eaten – or at least, it’s a lick-able polish that has a fun flavor without the hangover. Plus, it contains zero calories, if you’re worried about your calorie intake when you become addicted to licking the nail polish off your nails.

But you better not! You should even have second thoughts about licking it because it still contains the usual ingredients in nail polish including sodium saccharin, propylene glycol, and potassium aluminum silicate. Furthermore, the manufacturer also warms that it’s extremely flammable and it shouldn’t be consumed as a beverage (i.e., DO NOT DRINK).

If you’re a nail-biter – hey, no judgment here! – you may find it a good option to the regular nail polish. At least, you will have something more palatable to nibble on. 

Sugar Caviar Nail Polish

Let’s face it. The smell of traditional nail polish can be a real turn-off. But with the Caviar Manicure nail polish set, you won’t have to endure it anymore!

There are three flavors in the set. First, the Lemon Fizz Caviar has a sweet soda aroma characterized by the lush yet acidic fragrance of lemon complemented by the brightness of fuchsia. Second, the Tuttie Frutti Caviar evokes childhood memories of being in an ice cream shop filled with sugar cones, delectable gelatos, and sweet toppings. Third, the Cotton Candy Caviar bringing back memories of fun in the fairground with its candy cane colors and pink-and-silver sprinkles.

Your multicolored nails will surely be the talk of the town, so to speak, and you will just want to make fab flourishes with your hands to draw attention to them. You will agree that there’s something fun and funny about having multicolored, polka-dotted nails on a sophisticated woman, too. You can even share it with your teenaged and tween daughters, if you have them. 

Plus, we love the beaded texture! It gives us something to play with when we’re bored. 

Kale-infused Nail Polish

Yet another edible nail polish is the NailKale, a kale-infused product. Nope, you can’t drink an entire bottle to justify that it’s made of a super-food vegetable – it is still nail polish. But you can have a little laugh over getting a manicure with a kale-infused nail polish to boot. 

Scented Nail Polish

Why settle for the chemical scent of regular nail polish when you can scented ones? Yes, you can ask the nail staff if the salon has Revlon’s Parfumerie nail polish and request for it. You will love that the line of nail enamel comes in a wide range of scents including tropical rain, lavender soap, and balsam fir; no, we don’t know what the tropical rain nail polish actually smells like but we can surmise that it evokes the smell of flowers after a tropical rain.

Mood-Changing Nail Polish

It’s often said that a woman’s nail color signifies her personality in general and her mood in particular. But what if the nail polish actually changes color based on your mood? Yes, it would be great and, yes, there’s actually a mood-changing nail polish now!

Actually, the nail enamel doesn’t change color based on your mood – it isn’t a psychic or something similar. Instead, it changes color depending on your body temperature.  Of course, the conventional nail polish is still a great choice. But if you’re looking for something new, then these products will be right up your alley. 

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The Battle for The Brows: Threading and Waxing Comparison https://www.salonpricelady.com/the-battle-for-the-brows-threading-and-waxing-comparison/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/the-battle-for-the-brows-threading-and-waxing-comparison/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:35:30 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2807 Eyebrows frame the face, in a manner of speaking, so no wonder that many women actually take the time to make their eyebrows as perfect as possible. Many women also choose the professional route by having their eyebrows shaped in salons like Brow Art 23, and we agree! With a professional eyebrow technician shaping your […]

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Eyebrows frame the face, in a manner of speaking, so no wonder that many women actually take the time to make their eyebrows as perfect as possible. Many women also choose the professional route by having their eyebrows shaped in salons like Brow Art 23, and we agree! With a professional eyebrow technician shaping your eyebrows, you’re more likely to get your desired shape. 

But what’s the best method to use: Threading or waxing? Keep in mind that each method has its pros and cons that must be considered before making your decision. Both, however, have the same goal – to remove stray hairs on your eyebrow and, thus, to create the desired eyebrow shape. In both cases, too, your perfectly-shaped eyebrows will last for about four weeks. 

Pain Level

Both waxing and threading involves a certain level of pain, sadly. But the number of times that you will feel the discomfort varies between the two methods.

With waxing, you will experience the pain only once in each eyebrow since the waxing strip removes the unwanted hair in a single motion. Your aesthetician, nonetheless, may use two strips on each eyebrow – one each on the top and bottom – to achieve the desired shape.

With threading, your pain experience will be more numerous. The aesthetician removes the stray or unwanted hairs in lines or rows, one line at a time, so you’re likely to feel the painful pulling motions more than once. 

In this case, waxing is the clear winner. 

Duration of Procedure

There’s also the matter of threading taking longer than waxing, a consideration that may women take into account when choosing between the two methods. This is because threading removes the unwanted hair in several lines and waxing does so using a large rectangular patch.

Where eyebrow threading can take five minutes or so, it can take an aesthetician just a couple of minutes in waxing.  This is also true for a full-face threading that requires 15-20 minutes longer than a full-face waxing session. 

But there are also other factors that affect the duration needed for each method. You may have thicker eyebrows, for example, so a waxing session may last longer than you anticipated. 

Period When the Results Last

As previously mentioned, both threading and waxing are considered as temporary hair removal methods. The hair is removed from its root but the process itself will not kill the root, thus, the hair will grow back.

Tip:  If you want permanent hair removal, you should consider laser treatments. Yes, these are expensive but these are effective.

In both waxing and threading, the hair will grow back in two to three weeks, four weeks at most, depending on your hair type. When your eyebrow hair grows back, you’re not necessarily qualified, so to speak, for another waxing or threading session. Your hair has to be a certain length before you can undergo a follow-up session. 

In general, your hair should be about 1/4” long for waxing purposes. It can be shorter – about 1/8” to 1/4” long for threading. Your aesthetician is the best judge in this matter. 

Cost of the Procedure

We’re talking about professional services here. If you perform the waxing or threading at home, you will likely find that threading is the cheaper option.

But for professional services, both methods cost about the same. Your choice will be affected by a number of other factors including how fast your eyebrow hair grows, how well you want your eyebrows shaped, and how much you can afford to pay for the service. 

But if you want the best possible eyebrows, then the cost of threading and/or waxing isn’t an issue! 

Of course, you can also shave, thread, or wax your eyebrows at home, if you’re hesitant about the cost. But if you come to think of it, there are more risks than rewards when performing DIY eyebrow-shaping sessions, especially ones that involve sharp blades, hot wax, and threads. 

For one thing, you may be unable to get into the awkward areas of your eyebrows, such as near your eyes. Your hands can become unsteady so you can end up with nicks from the razor, or stray hairs that haven’t been properly pulled by the wax strip, or stubborn hairs left behind by the thread. Your eyebrows, in short, won’t be as shapely as you want them to be.

For another thing, you may not have the necessary skills and equipment for these eyebrow-shaping methods. Yes, you can buy the supplies but you may not have the proper skills to use them safely and effectively.  Professional eyebrow-shaping service may have its cost but when its benefits are taken into account, you would be more than willing to pay for it.  So, come and visit Brow Art 23 and have your eyebrows done the right way! You will agree that there’s nothing like perfectly-shaped eyebrows to highlight your eyes.

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Get A Manzilian at Least Once in Your Life! https://www.salonpricelady.com/get-a-manzilian-at-least-once-in-your-life/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/get-a-manzilian-at-least-once-in-your-life/#respond Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:33:58 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2804 Gigolos, porn stars and metrosexuals. Society sees these men as the types who will get regular manzilians – that’s a Brazilian wax on the nether regions, if you don’t know it yet – and we can’t blame the people who think so, too. There are plenty of movies that reinforce the common notion, such as […]

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Gigolos, porn stars and metrosexuals. Society sees these men as the types who will get regular manzilians – that’s a Brazilian wax on the nether regions, if you don’t know it yet – and we can’t blame the people who think so, too. There are plenty of movies that reinforce the common notion, such as the campy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo!

But in the 21st century, men seem to be more open to the idea of a manzilian, whether as part of a new experience or as part of their grooming habits.  But we say that men should get a manzilian at least once their life just to see what the fuss is all about. Think of it as an adventure into the unknown and decide whether it’s for you or not.

Why Get It

A manzilian, also known as a boyzilian, is a cosmetic treatment – there are no incisions, injections and penetrations involved – so there’s no downtime necessary. You can walk out of the Ministry of Waxing salon as soon as your session is over with nobody else – except you, the waxing technician and the receptionist – knowing about it, unless you tell others about it. 

The bottom line: Getting a manzilian is fast, easy and convenient! You may even prefer it to shaving, a familiar process that will also temporarily remove pubic hair, but it has its risks (e.g., nicks, cuts and ingrown hair in the most uncomfortable of places) as well.

With a manzilian, you will enjoy these other benefits:

  • Your nether regions will feel fresher because the hairs are under control, if not totally gone. 
  • Your package will seem bigger! Your package will likely have been partly hidden by the abundance of hair on your nether region. But once you have it manscaped, your package will look larger and longer, all without undergoing surgery. 
  • You may have less risk of sexually transmitted infections, particularly public lice. The emphasis here is on “may” as safe sex is still highly recommended. 
  • Your package will look tidier for it, too, and we know how many women put a premium on tidiness down there. 

Just think about these benefits when you undergo a manzilian, or the waxing of your back, sack and crack, as people like to call the nether region’s parts. 

What to Expect

But you may not want to have your entire nether regions waxed, and that’s okay, too. There are actually two types of waxing for men – the bikini wax and the Brazilian wax – both of which have been modelled after waxing for women.

In a bikini wax, there’s still a trimmed area of pubic hair left for a more natural look but the underwear line is completely free of hair. In a Brazilian wax, every hair from the anus to the pubic bone is removed – as bald as a baby, so to speak. 

If you’re a first-timer, you may want to choose the bikini wax just so you can say goodbye to your pubic hair gradually. Afterwards, you may choose to just go bald or you may not. In the end, the decision to go for a manzilian or not, as well as to choose between a bikini wax and a manzilian, should be up to you and you alone. 

For your first-time session at Ministry of Waxing, you should keep these tips in mind before walking in through the salon’s door.

  • Don’t shave your nether region for at least two weeks before the appointment so that your public hair is at least ¼” thick. You can trim your pubic hair, if you want, but not by much since the waxing strip must have hair to hold on to, in a manner of speaking. 
  • Be sure to take a shower or a bath before your appointment. Think of it as a sign of mutual respect, especially since you will be exposing your private parts to a stranger.
  • Wear clean boxers and loose-fitting pants, preferably cotton, to your appointment. These loose, soft clothes won’t rub against your newly-waxed skin – and believe us when we say that clothes rubbing against your sensitive skin isn’t a walk in the park. 
  • Take 2 Tylenols 30 minutes before your appointment. You will likely still discomfort during the waxing session but it won’t be as painful as when you didn’t take Tylenol.
  • Arrive at the salon at least 30 minutes before your appointment. You can, at the very least, make yourself more comfortable with the environment, psyche yourself up for the procedure, and perhaps make small talk with your waxing technician.
  • Be involved during the procedure. Unlike in a massage, you will likely have an active part in a waxing procedure. You may, for example, be asked to assist the waxing technician to hold your skin as taut as possible so that the waxing can be done faster and easier.

Afterwards, you should follow the waxing technician’s instructions on post-waxing care. These usually include exfoliation a few days after the session – use an exfoliating body glove – and do it for 4-5 days a week.

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The 401 on Pregnancy Massage For First-Timers https://www.salonpricelady.com/the-401-on-pregnancy-massage-for-first-timers/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/the-401-on-pregnancy-massage-for-first-timers/#respond Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:30:39 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2801 Pregnancy can be such a pain in the neck, literally and figuratively! Yes, it’s a great feeling to be nurturing life in your womb and bringing it into the world but it’s also a time when your body seems to have a mind of its own. Your aches and pains come and go but they […]

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Pregnancy can be such a pain in the neck, literally and figuratively! Yes, it’s a great feeling to be nurturing life in your womb and bringing it into the world but it’s also a time when your body seems to have a mind of its own. Your aches and pains come and go but they mostly come, often on your back, hips and legs.

Fortunately, there’s good news for pregnant women who want relief! Elements Massage offers pregnancy massage, a hands-on massage that pregnant women and mothers with newborns can enjoy.  The prenatal and postnatal massage can be enjoyed by most women – certain health conditions preclude its enjoyment lest serious complications occur. 

But before you go in for your pregnancy massage, here are things that we think you should know first. Yes, you can ask the massage therapist about these things but it’s a good idea, too, to come in prepared.

Wide Range of Benefits

While WebMd says that there have only been a handful of studies about pregnancy massage, there’s a University of Miami School of Medicien study that suggest massage therapy has a wide range of benefits for pregnant women including:

  • Decreased feelings pain in the back and legs
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety possibly caused by the increased levels of serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones
  • Decreased levels of cortisol and norepinephrine, both of which are stress hormones, so there’s an improved feeling of well-being
  • Overall improvement in sleep and mood

But we don’t really need scientific studies to convince us about the benefits of pregnancy massage either! Even slow rubbing motions against your aching lower back and hips for 5 minutes, which usually bear the brunt of your added weight, can ease the pain. Just imagine what a 60-minute full body massage can do for your mind and body! 

Things to Expect

A professional pregnancy massage can last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the areas covered. Of course, we suggest the 60-minute full body massage if you want to enjoy the benefits of massage to the fullest! But you can also choose the 30-minute massage if you’re in a hurry, such as when you have other errands to run for your family.

Just as with a regular massage, you will also be asked to lie down on a massage table. But unlike a regular massage, a specially-designed pregnancy massage table will be used – it’s a table designed to accommodate your growing tummy. You may also be asked to use bolster pillows so you can comfortably lie on your side during the massage; lying on your side may be your most comfortable position during sleep.

Yes, you can take a nap when you’re being given a massage. In fact, many pregnant women do so because the massage is so soothing and relaxing! 

You may also be asked to disrobe and just be in your panties during the massage. You may be modest about your nakedness but you shouldn’t be for many reasons. Your massage therapist will be a woman who understands the female anatomy and you will be in a private massage room.

Besides, being naked will make it easier for the massage therapist to apply oil on your body, massage the kinks and knots in it, and give it the full attention and care it deserves at this happy time.  You will also be covered in the areas where the massage therapist aren’t massaging yet. 

Due to the physiological and physical changes in a pregnant woman’s body, there are differences between regular and pregnancy massage.  For one thing, massage therapists only apply slow and light strokes on the legs – no deep tissue massage, no cross-fiber friction, no shiatsu massage, and no deep acupressure – since a pregnant woman has high risk of blood clots in the lower legs. Apply rapid and deep pressure on the legs can dislodge these blood clots and cause complications.

For another thing, the abdomen may or may not be massaged. If it’s massaged, only ultra-light pressure is applied to it and only for a short time. Massage therapists, after all, aren’t midwives and so they aren’t trained to handle massage on the abdomen. 

But is pregnancy massage safe in the first place? Yes, it is but there are safety precautions to know.

  • Avoid getting a professional massage during the first trimester, a recommendation based more on the potential legal liability that can come if a miscarriage occurs soon after a massage. Ask your partner or a friend to provide soothing back rubs, if you want relief from the dull aches in your back. 
  • Consult with your doctor before undergoing a professional pregnancy massage. You may have an underlying medical condition that precludes full body massage. Your doctor will likely strongly advise against it if you have morning sickness, nausea or vomiting, high risk of miscarriage, or a high-risk pregnancy (e.g., preterm labor or placental abruption).

In many cases, you may be asked to provide a written consent from your doctor and to sign a liability waiver before the massage. 

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Why Nails Need Breathing Time https://www.salonpricelady.com/why-nails-need-breathing-time/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/why-nails-need-breathing-time/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:28:20 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2798 Many women consider weekly manicures as a must in their beauty routine, and we can understand why. Manicures not only make nails look and feel glamorous, these beauty treatments can also keep chipped nails away! But there’s only so many manicures that nails can ensure before they become damaged. Your nails will need time to […]

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Many women consider weekly manicures as a must in their beauty routine, and we can understand why. Manicures not only make nails look and feel glamorous, these beauty treatments can also keep chipped nails away!

But there’s only so many manicures that nails can ensure before they become damaged. Your nails will need time to breathe, too – or on other words, they need a break from your beloved manicures.

Of course, nails don’t breathe in the sense that your lungs breathe! Instead, your nails receive the nutrients and oxygen they need from your bloodstream instead of from the air. But your nails still need time to breathe, so to speak, since they can be deprived of oxygen, too. 

Signs It’s Time to Give Your Nails a Break

This brings us to the next question: What should you look out for in deciding that, indeed, your nails need a manicure break? Basically, if your nails are showing signs of excessive discoloration, dryness and/or peeling, as well as ridging, then it’s time to allow your nails to repair and regenerate. You have to let your nail cells, known as onychocytes, grow back into their healthy state by laying off the polish, acetone and the like. 

Brittle nails are also a sign of nail damage. These are typically caused by overexposure to polish removers, particularly acetone and solvents, since these have an extremely dehydrating and drying effect on keratin.

Tip: Apply cuticle oil on brittle nails to reduce the damage. 

Yet another sign are keratin granulations, the uneven, white and rough spots on your nails. These occur when nail polish is left on for too long resulting in the removal of the superficial layer of nail cells when acetones, solvents or other removers are applied on the nails. While these will fade out over time, these are ugly and, worse, these shouldn’t be covered with nail polish since it can only worsen the issue.

Nail yellowing is also an issue since it can be a sign of highly porous nails – the more porous the nails, the more prone they are to yellowing. There’s also the matter of the nail polish color used – the darker the color, the more likely it can cause yellowing nails even in less porous nails. 

But these aren’t just cosmetic issues either. In some cases, nail ridging can be a sign of a disease. You must then ask a dermatologist for more information as soon as it happens.

Signs Your Nails Have Benefited from the Break

How long should your nails take a manicure and pedicure holiday? Well, it depends, on the severity of the damage. You can let your nails take a nail polish holiday for a week every month or three weeks in case you haven’t gone on one for several months, perhaps years, now. 

You will know that your nails are healthier afterwards when these signs are present:

  • They have a pale pink or mauve color since it means that the tissue and bed underneath your nails are healthy. You should be able to apply pressure on your nails and make the pale pink or mauve color temporarily disappear and then reappear when the pressure is released.
  • They aren’t filled with horizontal ridges although vertical ridges are alright. Horizontal ridges can be a sign of a serious health issue, such as insufficient nutrition, nail matrix injury, or nail plate infection, even drug reactions.  If you see these ridges, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
  • They are stronger instead of easily breaking. Your manicure break should have resolved the issue of brittle nails unless there are other underlying causes for them, such as iron deficiency.
  • They don’t look puffy anymore. Red and puffy skin around the nails is a sign of an inflamed nail fold that, in turn, may be the result of a connective tissue disorder (e.g., lupus).
  • They have cuticles! Keep in mind that healthy cuticles means healthy nail growth since these act as a barrier between your nail matrix and pathogens, such as yeast, bacteria, and fungus, even from trauma.  So, don’t even think about cutting your cuticles, ever.
  • They are clear instead of having dark lines beneath them. If there are dark lines beneath your nails, you should see a doctor immediately as these may be caused by a type of skin cancer originating from the nail matrix (i.e., subungual melanoma).
  • They don’t have signs of infections and inflammation.

You may think that skipping your weekly manicure even for just a week is almost sacrilegious. But when you let your nails take a break, you’re doing them – and yourself, for that matter – a big favor. You will not only end up with healthier nails but you will also get nails that are stronger and, thus, better able to take weekly manicures.

You can still give your nails a touch of glamor, too! You can apply cuticle oil on your nails and moisturize your hands so that they appear glamorous, sans nail polish. 

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Better Nail Care When Using Gel Polish https://www.salonpricelady.com/better-nail-care-when-using-gel-polish/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/better-nail-care-when-using-gel-polish/#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:26:17 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2793 Manicures make your nails look and feel glamorous, just as your makeup, clothes and shoes do! This is especially true for gel nail polish, a product that gives nails a rich, lustrous and shiny color as well as longer-lasting results. But here’s the thing about gel manicures – these can actually dry out and damage […]

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Manicures make your nails look and feel glamorous, just as your makeup, clothes and shoes do! This is especially true for gel nail polish, a product that gives nails a rich, lustrous and shiny color as well as longer-lasting results.

But here’s the thing about gel manicures – these can actually dry out and damage your nails! The ingredients in gel polish can break down the nail resulting in splitting, peeling and/or breaking of the nails, especially when it’s in direct contact with the nails for prolonged periods. There’s also the matter of using acetone foil wrap in removing the gel polish – the acetone also dries up the nail and increases its risk of damage. 

The bottom line: Gel polish may be a boon to your nails, appearance-wise, but when it isn’t applied and removed properly, it can also be a bane. You must adopt preventative measures to ensure that your nails stay healthy even with regular use of gel polish, and here are the things that you can start with. 

Ask for a Nourishing Basecoat

Nail salons that use the latest manicure technology – LA Nails come to mind immediately – apply a nourishing basecoat on the nails followed by the topcoat. The basecoat contains protective ingredients that nourish the nails and provide a protective layer for them, too. The combination of a basecoat and a topcoat also means a longer-lasting layer that will keep your nails looking like new, so to speak.

Keep in mind that the basecoat isn’t the gel polish itself and the topcoat isn’t the clear nail polish that adds shine and seals in the base coat. If the nail salon doesn’t have a basecoat product, you can always bring your own; online shops usually sell these products. 

Keep Your Nails As Short as Possible  

Gel polish will soften nails, particularly when left on for a prolonged period. The softer the nails, the thinner these will be and higher the risk of breakage. The damage isn’t the end of your nail problems, however, as it can lead to infections.

You should then ideally keep your nails as short as possible. You may like long nails like the Kardashians but these aren’t practical, even if they look glamorous.

You don’t have to keep your nails short like a baby’s but it pays to have them at a manageable length. You don’t want your nails to snag on just about everything that come in contact with, from clothes to cellphones, even hair. 

Plus, you can still have glamorous nails even when these are relatively short. You can opt for a French manicure, perhaps the most elegant manicure we know. 

Apply Sunscreen on Your Hands

In many salons, traditional lamps are used in speeding up the drying process once the topcoat has been applied.  While these dryers have their uses, these can also contribute to weaker nails. In this case, you should consider applying sunscreen from your elbows to your fingers about 30 minutes before your appointment. You’re essentially protecting your nails from the ultraviolet rays.

If your favorite salon has a LED dryer for nails, then you can skip the sunscreen. Then again, you may still want to apply sunscreen after your manicure session as protection for your skin and nails. 

Avoid Nail Abuse

Biting and picking on your nails with gel polish on it seems like a good idea – at least, it’s a temptation when you’re the nail-biting type. But you should avoid doing both because these will not only remove the basecoat and topcoat, thus, ruining the look of your manicure but, more importantly, your nails can become damaged. 

If your gel manicure starts peeling, such as when you weren’t able to go in for your weekly manicure session, you must resist the temptation to peel it off or remove it by soaking your fingers in acetone. You’re better off letting the nail professionals remove the gel polish and make your nails beautiful again.

But if you can’t have a gel manicure yet, particularly when you want your nails to get a break from nail polish of any kind, you can still safely remove the old gel polish.

  • Soak your nails in acetone for 15-20 minutes; no more than 20 minutes for safety reasons since acetone can leave nails damaged. Use cotton balls to gently remove the last traces of gel polish.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and mild soap to remove the acetone and polish.
  • Buff your nail beds to remove stubborn gel polish and increase blood circulation.
  • Apply a thick hand moisturizer or lotion into your cuticles to restore moisture.

You may also massage your fingers and fingernails so that these benefit from the increased blood circulation. You can also use a hand scrub on your fingers, follow it with a hand massage using lotion, and applying cuticle oil on your nails – and voila! Your fingernails will be relatively healthy. 

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The Man Tan Done Right https://www.salonpricelady.com/the-man-tan-done-right/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/the-man-tan-done-right/#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:22:45 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2788 In the age when male models and metrosexuals are setting the bar for the rest of the male population, many cosmetic treatments that have traditionally been seen as exclusively for women have become more popular with the men, too. Spray tanning in professional tanning salons is one of these treatments, and we’re seeing an increase […]

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In the age when male models and metrosexuals are setting the bar for the rest of the male population, many cosmetic treatments that have traditionally been seen as exclusively for women have become more popular with the men, too. Spray tanning in professional tanning salons is one of these treatments, and we’re seeing an increase in men getting them, too, at Hollywood Tans.

Many men love spray tanning because it makes them look healthier, more toned, and more attractive without being exposed to the harmful effects of natural tanning (i.e., sunlight exposure for hours on end). Plus, spray tanning is affordable, easy and convenient, and gives even tan across all areas of the body, among other benefits.

But there are also many things that can go wrong with a man tan! There’s the risk of uneven tanning, of splotches and patches, and of looking like burnt toast or like Carrot Top’s hair. These aren’t exactly what you want when you get out of a tanning booth.

Fortunately, there are ways to get the man tan right! You must start with the preparation and end with the next spray tanning session – and the cycle begins again. But it’s the kind of cycle that you will look forward to. 

Prepare Your Skin

You should book your spray tanning appointment at least 24 hours before you intend to have it – the longer, the better although 48 hours should be sufficient. The 24-hour leeway is needed since you have to properly prepare your skin so that it absorbs the spray tanning solution well.

  • Shave your face 24 hours before your appointment. If you don’t shave your face beforehand and you do it afterwards, your face won’t look as tanned as the rest of your body. Shaving effectively removes the solution by acting as an exfoliator. 
  • Scrub your face and body starting using an exfoliator, such as a loofah or a body scrub salt; borrow your wife’s or girlfriend’s bath supply, if you have to. Do this step 24 hours before your appointment, too.
  • Exfoliating your skin makes it smoother – less bumps from the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt and grime – so the spray tanning solution sticks to it better. You likely won’t get visible – and ugly, for that matter – patches and splotches on your tanned skin. 
  • Apply a light moisturizer on your skin 24 hours before your appointment. Be sure to apply more moisturizer on your face and hands since these are more prone to dryness.

But before you get into the tanning booth, you have to rinse away and wash off every trace of moisturizer, lotion and deodorant from your skin. In fact, you have to be completely dry for the spray tanning mist to stick well to your skin.

Of course, you should take a bath before your appointment! You will not be able to take a bath until the next day – at least, in most cases – since the water can lighten the tan. You don’t want to go around looking tanned but smelling like rotten eggs.

Choose the Right Color

There’s no one-color-fits-all in spray tanning! Your skin color and undertone as well as the season of the year are factors that should be considered when choosing the color of the spray tanning solution. You and your tanning technician should have a thorough discussion about the best one for your needs.

In terms of natural skin tone, these general guidelines apply.

  • For very fair to fair – Choose a spray one shade lighter at first so you can see whether it looks good on you. Select a soft golden-based spray for a darker look or go for either a red- 0r violet-based spray for a dark brown tan.
  • For medium skin – Go for a sun-kissed look or the bronzed look since the spray tan should only enhance the natural skin tone. Great choices include caramel, classic, and sunset tans, even the color-less tans if you want the no-tan tanned look.
  • For dark skin – Enhance your natural skin color by choosing a natural classic shade that will give your skin a golden glow or a chocolate shade.

In many tanning salons, you can customize your tanning spray color. For example, mixing either a dark ash or a blue-black shade will result in a tanned Mediterranean look sans the burnt toast undertone. 

Bronze colorants may also be mixed with the tanning solutions so that the tanning undertones change. You can ask the technician to mix a bronze colorant, such as a red- or a green-based colorant, so your undertone becomes more neutral. Your complexion seems to change, say, from cool to neutral. 

After your appointment, you should wear loose, dark clothes, preferably the ones that you can chuck into the trash bin. You don’t want the spray tan rubbing off on your white or light-colored clothes and ruining both your tan and your clothes.  You should also avoid becoming wet in the shower, chlorinated swimming pools, and in the gym (i.e., sweat) for the next 24 hours.

And that, gentlemen, is how you do the man tan right!

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Orange Isn’t The New Tan (And Tips on Getting Rid of it) https://www.salonpricelady.com/orange-isnt-the-new-tan-and-tips-on-getting-rid-of-it/ https://www.salonpricelady.com/orange-isnt-the-new-tan-and-tips-on-getting-rid-of-it/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:21:54 +0000 http://www.salonpricelady.com/?p=2786 Unless you’re Karl Lagerfeld who can get away with almost anything, getting an orange-y tan shouldn’t be on your to-do list whenever you find yourself in a tanning salon! Keep in mind that you’re getting a tan, the bronzed god or goddess look that makes your skin look like it’s been kissed by the sun […]

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Unless you’re Karl Lagerfeld who can get away with almost anything, getting an orange-y tan shouldn’t be on your to-do list whenever you find yourself in a tanning salon! Keep in mind that you’re getting a tan, the bronzed god or goddess look that makes your skin look like it’s been kissed by the sun – and in a good way, at that. You don’t want to become the human cousin of an orange or your skin giving Carrot Top’s hair a run for its money. 

But orange-y tan happens, and it happens more than you think! Karl Lagerfeld is among the best-known examples but it has also happened to Plain Jane and to Tom, Dick and Harry. Indeed, it’s a risk that everybody who steps into a tanning salon has to take, and it makes a fake tan look even faker than it already is.

Lest you hide in your house for days, perhaps even weeks, on end until your orange-y tan, there are actually several things that you can do to tone it down. You don’t have to avoid spray tans in the future, too – the trick is in choosing a tanning salon with an excellent reputation, such as Palm Beach Tan, so you don’t look like a carrot walking down the road – no Halloween costume needed! 

Use Hot Water and Oil

You will usually be instructed by the tanning salon technician not to take hot showers or baths, soak in a Jacuzzi, and apply baby oil, among other post-tanning measures, since these can take off the tanning spray faster. You should follow these instructions to the letter if you want your fake tan to last longer and look more natural.

But if your tan is either too dark or too orange-y for your own taste, you can ask the tanning technician about applying baby oil or coconut oil on your skin, letting it soak for five minutes, and then soaking in a hot bath afterwards.

The goal here is to wash off some but not all of the tanning spray so you end up with a lighter or a less orange-y tan. Both the oil and hot water break down the tanning spray’s ingredients.

After a hot water bath, you should take a shower and lightly rub your skin with a loofah. Just be careful about scrubbing too hard or too long since you can end up with patches and splotches on your otherwise perfect tan. Just scrub lightly and gently for about a couple of minutes and stop when your tan seems to be of the right level. 

Use a DIY Solution

Aside from burnt toast or orange-y skin, you may also end up with an uneven tan – even with professional tanning technicians, it can happen – but in most cases, it may be your fault. You may, for example, have sweat too much or touched your skin too soon after the spray tan was applied.

You really shouldn’t exercise, shower and get wet in any other manner so soon after the spray tan application session! You have to wait for an hour or two – the tanning technician will provide the best period – to let the solution develop and stick to your skin well.

The good news: Patchy and splotchy tans can be fixed, too. As with the too dark or too carrot-like tan, exfoliation is usually the best solution.

You may exfoliate your skin using a loofah at least a couple of time while paying more attention to the patchy areas. You can also use a DIY scrub made by mixing lemon juice and sugar – let the mixture sit on your skin, particularly on the patchy spots, for a five minutes and lightly scrub it with loofah. Be sure to focus on the darker areas since these are where the splotches are more noticeable. 

But what about drip marks? These usually happen when you get wet from the rain, or sweat from physical activity, or even cry so soon after the spray tan session. You don’t have to look like a Dalmatian with all those spots and drip marks!

The key here is to act as quickly as possible, particularly before the solution has developed. Take a small amount of lotion, rub it lightly around the spots and drip marks, and blend it with the remaining bronzer. You shouldn’t let the spray tan become completely dry with visible drip marks or else you will, indeed, end up looking like a Dalmatian on two legs.

Of course, getting the right tanned tone from your spray tan is also a matter of choosing the right color. You and the tanning technician assigned to your case should thoroughly discuss the best one for your skin type and tone. You don’t want to end up like a carrot or a tomato, much less like burned toast, after getting out of the tanning booth. 

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