Eat the Frog! Great Tips for Life!

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It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to sit and listen to an entertaining and knowledgable speaker.  I had the pleasure of listening to Annet King, the Director of Global Education with Dermalogica.  Annet's topic was based off of a book titled Eat that Frog by Brian Casey.  Annet gave us a reality check into our lives that applies to everyone no matter what your field of expertise may be.  
So, Here are 5 things that I took away from today's stimulating session to aid us in our successes.

1.  We all must eat the frog! 
     Frogs are the things that we must face.  The things that
     are the most difficult, create the most fear or are the most
     undesired thing to do.
2.  No one is coming to rescue you!
     I think at one time or another, we all have had the
     princess syndrome, where we look for our prince
     charming to come and take care of whatever it is that we
     do not enjoy in life. 
3.  Know what you really want!
     Self-assessment can be difficult but when you know what
     you want, you are more apt to go after it.  Is it a new
     house, a new car, a new relationship or to get rid of the
     old relationship, better finances or more free time?  Only
     you know!
4.  Set Goals to accomplish what you want.
     Remember a goal without a deadline is just a dream. 
     You can't eat an elephant in one bite.  Break down your
     goals into bite size pieces by creating a plan.
5.  Work your plan and make it a habit. 
     Take action for 28 days to create a habit.  Make it second
     nature.  Remember talk is cheap.  ACTION is required.

Keeping these few tools handy for your success is key.  Use them to help enrich and take ownership of your life.  
Follow Annet King on twitter @annetking she is a wealth of knowledge.   posted: June 8, 2015
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Sister-Friend 10 Commandments for Sandal Wearing

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Wow!  It is time to share the Sister-friend 10 commandments to sandal wearing again.  I am sometimes amazed at how beautifully we are dressed, our make-up is flawless and our hands are manicured and then when the feet come into view, we fall apart.  So here is a little help because Sister-friends do not let sister-friends go out unkept.  So, to all the sister-friends wearing sandals let's abide by the 10 Commandments of Sandal wearing and share this with your sister-friends.    
  1.  Thou shalt not wear sandals with heels that are dry and crusty.
  2. Thou shalt not wear toe nail polish that is chipped or cracked.
  3. Thou shalt not polish over the existing nail polish again and again and again.
  4. Thou shalt remove the cuticle (the bumpy stuff on the nail) before polishing the nail. 
  5. Thou shalt keep toe nails short and trimmed.  (No Two inch toe nails please.)
  6. Thou shalt lotion and moisturize your feet daily.  Repeat as often as needed.
  7. Thou shalt not wear bare toe nails.  Polish is a must, even if it is just clear.
  8. Thou shalt not wear a toe ring on every toe or toe rings that are too tight. The Vienna sausage look is out.
  9. Thou shalt know that corns are not a badge of honor and butterfly stickers don’t cover everything.  Let’s work on removing the corns.
  10. Thou shalt make pedicure appointments monthly to keep your feet and toes looking their best.   Call Alicia at Body & Soul today to make your pedicure appointment!  303 388 3339
posted: June 4, 2015
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AND YOU SAID WHAT ABOUT COCONUT OIL?

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Natural Hair is all the rave and you are working hard to keep your beautiful tresses in their best shape and condition.  Someone tells you that coconut oil is the best thing that ever happen to her hair and purchase your first gallon of coconut oil, but find that your results aren't anything to boast about.  Well, Sista-friend, let's chat!  Coconut oil can do wonders for some people but not for everyone.  One of the reasons that coconut oil is touted as the oil to use is because it helps to prevent the loss of protein.  Well, if you have hair that doesn't hold on to it's protein, the coconut oil would be a great oil for you to use.  However, if you have hair that is not lacking in protein and you start to use coconut oil, you may notices dryness and breakage.  The exact opposite of what you were hoping for.  This is because the coconut oil is holding on, even to the excess protein which causes the hair to be over proteinized and brittle.   I know, I know!  No one has ever told you that and you were wondering why you hair did not respond to the super powers of coconut oil.  Don't say I never shared anything with you.
So, now let's talk Black Castor Oil.  Castor Oil can be great for thick natural hair, but it is not beneficial for fine to medium hair.  Castor Oils can be thick and sticky.  If the castor oil is thin and manageable, it is usually not pure castor oil.  The most popular is Jamaican (also known as Black Castor Oil).  It is dense, heavy and dark in color.  Lighter hair colors should avoid Jamaican Castor oil as it can stain and alter your color.  With color and stickiness aside, many state that after using Castor oil on their hair, their facial hair began to grow thicker as well.  For these reasons,  I recommend a blend of oils that has a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Sunflower oils that will penetrate the hair shaft so that the benefits of the oil are not just a coating but working with the growth process of the hair.  Remember heavier oils tend to only coat the hair and can cause scalp issues from the buildup of products.  Here at Body & Soul, we offer two different oils: Mizani Supreme Oil and Moroccan Oil Treatment.  For those who need Coconut oil, it can be added to either of these oils.  This way, you will get the benefits of the oil blends for deep penetration, nourishing fatty acids and vitamins for softness, conditioning, flexibility and shine.  

So, stop by Body & Soul at 4118 E. 8th Avenue for your oil and remember to hydrate your hair often.  We are here to help!  We love your Natural Tresses and have options for you!  See you soon! posted: April 30, 2015
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How do you go to bed? Wrapped or Unwrapped?

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How do you go to bed?

 

Controlling your tresses is an important step to maintaining your investment. Wrapping and covering your hair before going to bed minimizes the need for hot tools in the morning if not eliminating that heat application all together. Style longevity and healthy lengths are the benefits of taking the extra time and making the effort to control your hair before going to bed and working out.

 

Be careful about falling for the “Aunt Jemima” talk, it is a necessary step for those who want to have longer, stronger hair. Make sure to keep your head ties, wraps and scarves clean to avoid unwanted odors and not have your mate looking at you like “here we go again”. Having a variety of coverings will also encourage you to stick to your routine.

 

“Wrapping” is one of the methods of containing hair. This should be a simple and quick process. The first step is to apply the proper product to the hair. This product should not be a wet based liquid which will cause your hair to revert back to its natural coil.  It should be a cream that has the proper moisture content for your hair.  It may contain an oil or an oil may be added to the cream to give moisture that will nourish your lengths. Apply the product to the mid-lengths through the ends and then brush the hair to evenly distribute. Brushing also stimulates blood flow to further help the body do its job of feeding the hair (some myths are true).

 

Once the hair has been fortified, it is time to wrap the hair. Start in the crown with an approximate one inch parting moving from ear to ear. Comb the hair down in the direction of natural growth, like a mushroom. Go back to the part and begin to comb the “mushroom” in a circular motion to the left or to the right, alternating the direction every few days is an option. As you comb your hair use your other hand to smooth the hair in the same circular motion. Continue to comb and smooth the hair moving in the circle and never moving backward, toward the top of the head. As you reach the ears, keep with the circular motion you have been using. As you pass the ears and reach the front hairline, comb the hair along the front hairline, staying off the forehead. This will prevent any reversion or frizzing of the hair from sweat that may happen during sleeping and working out. Finish the back of the head by continuing the circle and working down to the nape of the neck. Once all the hair is incorporated into the circular pattern the wrap is ready to be tightened up around the hairline using a bristle brush. Wrapping your hair will decrease volume and curl texture throughout your style because the hair is molded to the head.

 

Your brush can be natural boar bristles or a combination of natural and synthetic bristles and should not be too stiff unless your hair is very thick and needs stiff bristles for control. Brush the hair along the hairline only, moving away from the hairline will disturb the shape and you may have to start over...so be careful. As you tighten your wrap all the around your head, being careful to stay at the hairline, use your other hand to smooth the hair to the head and keep it tight.

 

The wrap is now completed by covering. Wrap your hair with a clean scarf. A bonnet cap will not hold your freshly molded hair in place and we would not want your efforts to be in vain.  Learning the process may take a few trys, but don’t give up!  The results and benefits of wrapping will greatly outweigh the initial frustration of the learning process. 

 

There are several products that you can use when wrapping.  We recommend Mizani H2O Nighttime Treatment and Mizani Supreme Oil. 

 

Please feel free to call us with questions.  We are here to help you and your hair look it’s best. 

posted: April 17, 2015
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Did you get your TREAT Card?

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Special Thanks to all those who came out and shared all the sweet treats with us on February 14th!  For those of you who missed it, we launched our new TREAT card!  Yes!  TREAT!  It is just one of the ways that we say thank you for your continued business.  For every $1 you spend on services and products at Body & Soul, you will receive 1 TREAT point. and for every person you refer that comes in you will receive 100 TREAT points.  As your points add up, you will be able to try a new products and services.  Don't worry, we will keep track of your points and let you know when you have enough points for a free service or product.  We appreciate your business and we will see you soon!   posted: February 25, 2015
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VALENTINE'S DAY OPEN HOUSE

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An afternoon of Sweet treats just for you!  Join us!  We will be celebrating you and letting you know just how sweet we think you are.  Not only do we think you are sweet but we think you are red hot too!  So, wear your red and be prepared to be sweetened!  And just to sweeten the deal, the Red Hot Mama that brings the most friends will win a Manicure & Pedicure!  Keep an eye on our facebook page for more information and great prizes to win!   posted: January 31, 2015
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Body & Soul Movie Premiere of BLACK OR WHITE

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You and a guest are invited to a special advance screening of BLACK OR WHITE starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer on January 26th!  Visit www.facebook.com/BodyandSoulSalon or www.relativityscreenings.com/BOWDenver to download our admit-two pass!  Seating is not guaranteed, so please arrive early!  BLACK OR WHITE hits theaters January 30th! posted: January 15, 2015
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Winter Skin can be dull and dry!

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Winter leaves skin feeling dull and dry. In Colorado, the dryness, cold and wind attack our skin on a daily basis.  Try these serums, masques & hydrators to liven-up the skin.  Skin Hydrating Booster - a hydrating fluid concentrate that relieves dryness and fine lines. Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract help restore moisture balance.  Barrier Repair - Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching.  It is also great during cold season to help soothe the skin around the nose area from excessing blowing.  Skin Hydrating Masque - A refreshing, moisturizing masque to remedy dry, stressed skin. Help stimulate skin's Natural Moisturizing Factor while lycopene-rich Tomato Seed lipids help restore skin's protective barrier, enhancing moisture levels for healthier, smoother skin.  We can help you with your skin care needs.  Just give us a call at 303 388 3339 or go online to book your appointment today.   posted: January 4, 2015
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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!  We hope that you had a wonderful and safe holiday season.  We appreciate your business and we look forward to taking care of your beauty needs in 2015.  Please make note that our online booking system will be changing.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  Thank you for your understanding.  Please feel free to call us at (303) 388-3339 with any questions you may have.  Happy New Year and we hope to see you soon. posted: January 2, 2015
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Holiday Open House

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Join us for our Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 21st from 3pm to 6pm!  As always, we will have lots of food and fun!
We will have some great last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. Come and try a complimentary paraffin dip or brow wax.  We will have an hourly drawing for some great gifts!  We look forward to seeing you!  posted: December 18, 2014
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