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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 […]

Are You Seeing Red This Winter?…a skin blog

by Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa

Winter weather is not always kind to our skin. Despite the effort to keep warm and protected, our face is the first part of the body to be exposed to the outside elements. Constant exposure to extreme low temperatures, cold wind, rain and dry heat in the house cause skin to become dry, dehydrated, itchy […]

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 […]

Are You Scared of Chemical Peels?

by Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa

We are here to shed the layers of concern for those still-undecided on the benefits of a good, rejuvenating, modern chemical peel. With the holiday season around the corner, this is the best time to start a series of advanced treatments and chemical peels. Why? Just imagine your favorite aunt Helen and her annual close-up […]

Can I Use Retinol in the Summer?

by Joseph Michael's Salon and Spa

Retinol in the Summer?? Yes, yes and please yes! One of the biggest myths in skin care is that you should stop using retinol in the summer because it will make your skin more “sensitive.” This is pretty much a telephone-game version of what happens.  Retinol is vitamin A, and vitamin A is sensitive to […]

How do you choose your skin care products?

 According to, the global skin care market will reach $121 billion by 2021. Considering the average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters and accounts for about 15% of your body weight, it’s no wonder that skin care is the largest category in the cosmetics industry, accounting for nearly 40% of the […]