Spring is here with Sun Kissed Blondes

For those of us in the MIdwest the warmer days and sunshine bring milder temperatures that are a cue to us to freshen up our look. Every year we anticipate with the brighter colors of spring the cues it will provide to our hair, makeup and clothing.

This year the new spring hair trends are all about golden sun kissed blondes, caramel highlights for a darker hair sisters and just above the shoulder bobs.

The runways for spring 2016 have provided us with the first look of these trends. Bobs that are just a bit shorter, pixies that are just a little messier and longer tresses with a bit of curl and slightly messy.

Trends are showing blondes that are more golden in hue and lighter than we have seen in years past. For brunettes add some golden caramel highlights for richer texture and just a hint of that sun kissed feeling.

Happy Spring. Stop in the salon for your new spring look.

What You Already Know: The Benefits of Massage

What You Already Know: The Benefits of Massage
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments? 

- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. 

- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. 

- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin. 

- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles

- Reduces spasms and cramping

- Increases joint flexibility. 

- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.

- Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain. 

- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred. 

- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.

- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.

- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.

- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.