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I’m a Stylist and I ♥ Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian Blowout is my preferred “go-to” professional product to produce smooth, shiny, stronger hair. A special blend of amino acids create a protective protein layer around the hair strand to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The in-salon treatment takes less time than other smoothing treatments, which I love. What happens when you get […]

Vitamin “C” Superstar

After almost a decade in the skin care industry, I still feel like a kid in a candy store when I learn about a new product, new technique or, in this case, a new facial treatment and protocol. Educating ourselves is how we stay passionate. Creating new treatments, based on current technology and techniques, is […]

Don’t Cover Your Skin Imperfections. Treat Them!

This is Chicago…we take the bus and the train everywhere. My daily commute affords me plenty of people watching time. As an Esthetician, I have an unintentional preoccupation with skin. More and more often I see preteens to teenagers to millennials trying their best to cover their acne and breakouts. What’s worse, they are using […]

PCA Skin® 4% Pure Retinol Peel: Before & After

by Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa

PCA Skin® 4% Pure Retinol Peel… What is it, and why do you want it? A blend of 4% pure retinol and anti-oxidants, PCA Skin®’s first pure retinoid peel improves skin texture, brightens and evens skin tone and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles through accelerated cellular turnover. PCA Skin® 4% Pure Retinol Peel The Treatment […]

Saving Your Style

by Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa

We have unusual conversations in a hair salon.  Outside of work I don’t recommend wrinkle creams, talk hair removal or swap foot callous stories.  But, I work in a (pretty awesome) salon and spa and, when in Rome……  So, over the years I have heard some off-the-wall beauty secrets.  Some tried and true; some not […]

The Great Shampoo Debate

by Char Panico Muffitt

With so many shampoo types and brands and trends, it is overwhelming, and more than a little bit intimidating, to pick the perfect poo.  In this article, we demystify the plethora of shampoo (and “un”-shampoo) options and recommendations that are flooding your magazines, HuffPost feed and non-stop TV commercials. Let’s jump right in by debunking […]

Color Your Summer Beautiful…by Char Panico-Muffitt

As a Hair Color Specialist for nearly three decades, I am frequently asked about the latest trends in color.  This year, especially, I am increasingly pleased to see that, like fashion, the focus is more and more on what works best for the individual, making everything ‘in’ as long as the look is flattering and […]