Hair Love with Lindsay Heighton

 

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Lindsay started as a protégé with Mystique in April 2016 after having picked up her first pair of scissors in 2012. She has now graduated from Mystique’s intensive Protégé Program and is excelling as a Hair Designer. Lindsay loves the teaching atmosphere at Mystique where she can focus on growing her knowledge in a team-based environment.

Since becoming Mystique’s Davines Ambassador, Lindsay enjoys broadening her understanding of this unique eco-friendly line and sharing her knowledge with staff and clients. Lindsay has a natural eye for cutting and colouring and is well received by clients who appreciate her positive attitude and advice on hair care. Lindsay has built an immense following with fashion colours and bright transformations. With her attention to detail, Lindsay can create a masterpiece with just about anything she puts her mind to.

To say I’m a fan of Lindsay is an understatement! Lindsay has been my stylist for some time now and I just keep falling more in love with my hair each time I see her. In a previous interview here, I can’t stop talking about how much I adore Mystique Hair Design and Lindsay. Lindsay has been someone that through a very difficult time in my life was a bright light. Her patience and genuine care for her client was something that was truly something special. Lindsay gave me some of my confidence back helping me go purple and continues to guide me through all my creative, hair dreams. Oh and I can’t forget to mention that Lindsay is funny and makes going to the salon feel like you’re hanging out with your girlfriend.

I could decide to pick any colour of hair, any style and even go as far to say shave my head (which I might do in the future) knowing the trust I have in Lindsay. When I first called Mystique I had no idea who my stylist would be and I have to believe that the universe stepped in and placed me with someone that I think it knew I needed. Because of Lindsay I’ve gone out of my comfort zone and you could say feeling supported to work on certain parts of myself that I have previously kept closed off. As someone that comes from unhealthy situations, trusting people has been something that has been hard for me.

To some going purple is just colouring your hair; but to me it was so much more and kind of showed me the person I have been trying to reclaim for years. You could say it helped me rediscover the part of me that I wasn’t sure I’d find again. The purple hair has a lot of significance and I’ll be sharing more about that in time……

So until then, sit back and enjoy this interview while you get to know a little more about my awesome stylist and friend; Lindsay Heighton.

BB411~ How did you come to work as a stylist and what do you love most about it?

LH~ When I was in high school I was in theatre. For the plays and musicals we had to do our hair all fancy and done up. I would always get compliments on how I did my hair so the girls and guys would ask if I could come early and do theirs as well. (I even started doing a few haircuts in the change room too!) That’s when I knew I loved hairdressing. So I decided to go to school for it! My favourite thing is a tie between two things; getting to express my artistic side through colouring and cuts, and making people feel amazing. The look on their face and hearing about all the compliments they got made my day!

BB411~ What do you love most about working at Mystique Hair Design?

LH~ The team! If it wasn’t for these girls I don’t think I would have made it. I am a person who is very hard on themselves which can be a good thing and a bad thing. But with these girls by my side giving me positive feedback and showing me the way I was able to grow from it and make my clientele very happy! Also the education. We take lots of extra classes and do hair at different events which keeps you challenging yourself.

BB411~ Describe the Team at Mystique Hair Design?

LH~ As I said before, they really are a team. We all have different personalities here and it’s amazing to see them all come together to make a team that can make anyone happy!

BB411~ What has it meant having Steph as a boss, what do you love most, and what has been the greatest lesson/gift she has taught you?

LH~ Out of all my bosses Steph stands out because she gets it. By that I mean she is human; you never feel like she is way above you and just your boss. She feels like one of the girls. That being said she will keep you moving forward constantly and not letting you stay too comfortable. We can all work on something. But my point is that she understands family and the importance of life and being happy. If you need anything you can go to her; work or outside life, she’ll be there. As for what she’s taught me I would say how to be the best version of myself. I’ve worked on my mental health while being here with her and the rest of the girls help. Of course there is also the obvious she has gifted me the art of being a talented hairdresser!

BB411~ You are a Davines Ambassador, tell me about the company, what you love most about them and why you chose to represent for them?

LH~ The Bollati family founded Davines in Parma, Italy in 1983. They have continued to grow to be a massive company with a small family feel. Everything is grown on their farms to be added into their shampoos and conditioners, their own trees are used to make the boxes, and every single detail is thought out. Their slogan is SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY. They want us to be using natural ingredients and protecting the planet.

“BY CREATING BEAUTY SUSTAINABLY, WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY LIVE & WORK, OF THE THINGS THEY LOVE.”

This is why I have chose to represent them, because I believe in what they stand for, and I have seen INCREDIBLE success in their products. They are constantly reworking their lines to keep them as updated and high functioning as possible. If they find something better, they replace it. You know you’re always getting the best when you use Davines.

BB411~ What has been your greatest success as a stylist?

LH~ My greatest success or feeling of accomplishment is when I have guests who are so happy that the rebook there next few appointments. It’s so satisfying knowing I have helped someone deeply truly feel beautiful. Also when I’m in situations like back stage events where it’s fast and way out of my comfort zone yet everything comes together and I feel so great when it’s all done. It gives me a huge sense of success.

BB411~ Who inspires you as a stylist?

LH~ Countless of different hairstylists across Instagram and other social media platforms.. but if I had to pick a big one it would be Guy Tang. He does so many amazing fun colours that really make me want to work on some mermaid hair clients!

BB411~ Is there a hair style/trend that you have been dying to do but haven’t had the chance yet or a client that wanted to try it?

LH~ Probably just more fun fashion shades that I haven’t worked with too much yet. I’ve done lots of blues and purples but not too much of the other colours of the rainbow.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

LH~ As silly as it seems the dream for me would be voice acting, or designing video games. Anyone who knows me knows I have a very nerdy side and my passions are video games and hairdressing. Two very opposite worlds. But I think it would be so fun!

BB411~ We all have that hair trend/style we tried as a kid or young adult that we regret, what was your worst hair style looking back?

LH~ My mom always gave me these straight across bangs that were 2 inches thick and 1 inch above my eyebrows when I was young. It looked like a shelf. My hair was very thick so those bangs did NOT suit me. Thanks Mom 😉

 

BB411~ What are your top three hair products right now?

LH~ That’s easy!

R+CO’s Highdive. A moisture and shine cream you apply before you blow dry. The hair feels like butter after!

Davines’ Vegetarian Miracle Nourishing shampoo and conditioner. This stuff SAVED my hair and scalp after having an allergic reaction to lightener when I bleached out my hair. It’s so nourishing and has a ton of natural ingredients so you know it’s good stuff.

LaBiosthetique’s Chevuex Long oil. It’s for long hair as the name would suggest but anybody can use it (just avoid the roots). Silky shiny hair for days with that stuff!

BB411~ What is the biggest misconception people have about their hair?

LH~ That it’s better for your hair to be greasy and oily when getting it coloured. It’s actually not true at all! If the hair has too much oil built up on the cuticle, then the colour has another layer to penetrate before getting through. Sometimes we even have to wash clients hair that is too oily before colouring.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

LH~ To care less about what other people think of you/your work/your life. Also to stop worrying so much in general. You are going to go grey and your hair will start falling out!

BB411~ Three words that best describe you?

LH~ Caring, creative, and perfectionist probably haha.

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

LH~ Like I said before, I love all things nerdy and geeky! Video games, comics & superhero’s/villains, computers, you name it 🙂

BB411~ Favorite quote?

LH~ Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift which is why we call it a present.

BB411~ What is the #1 book you would gift to someone?

LH~ Honestly, I don’t really read that many books. But one I have always enjoyed was The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. Like I said, I’m quite nerdy outside of the hair world haha.

BB411~ What are the 3 sites you check out on a regular basis to keep updated (news, spiritual, etc)

LH~ Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. They cover all the topics I could be interested in.

BB411~ A place that you haven’t travelled that is top of your list?

LH~ New Zealand and Japan!

BB411~ Number one thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

LH~ Getting a tattoo! I know that seems so small but I’ve always adored tattoos, yet have a horrible fear of needles. I’ve never been brave enough to go get one so it’d be a big step when I finally do get one!

BB411~ I’m in the exact same boat, really want one but have a fear of needles and also what I’d want for a design. I have so many ideas!

BB411~ When you look back at the life you lived, what do u want to be remembered for?

LH~ For making people happy. I’m always last on the list of important things in my mind.

BB411~ If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be and why?

LH~ The cost of living. It’s too damn expensive. People shouldn’t have to scrape by just to have a place to live and to put food on the table. What if I want to travel? That’s certainly not going to happen anytime soon at this rate!

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

LH~ When I started working at Mystique and realized what it meant to be working in a place where people actually want nothing but the best for you and will not take advantage of you being new into the industry. Nothing but support from your workplace was not something I experienced in the hair world until I started here.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

LH~ As cliché as it seems, to just stick with it. Speaking from experience there are always going to be people that get in your way, tell you no, and take advantage of you. You just have to find that person/people to give you a chance. If you can dream it you can do it.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

LH~ I have two, if I’m on vacation then sleeping in and staying in my pjs all day and watching movies with my loved ones and baking sweets.

If I’m alone then waiting until it’s night time and going for a walk at the beach with some hot chocolate in hand. Very peaceful!

BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

LH~ My family

I highly recommend contacting Mystique for a consultation with Lindsay and you can keep up to date with them out on their Website, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

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Nike Master Trainer: Alex Hipwell

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Alex Hipwell: I admired her strength, beauty and courage from afar; I checked in for daily inspiration through her Instagram. There was this radiant energy that Alex expelled in her life that gave me a daily boost. Alex is from Australia but has lived in Germany for many years now. First and most importantly Alex is a Mom; she is also the Co founder of GRIND & flow, Personal Trainer and Nike Master Trainer. It was a great honour to interview someone who represents being an incredible role model, strong woman, community creator, positive-energy influencer, beautiful soul and someone that truly supports and encourages others to live their best life under even the toughest circumstances. I say this from personal experience as Alex sent some motivating and inspiring messages during a very dark time in my life.

So it is with a lot of excitement that I get to share this amazing interview with you on a real life Wonder Woman!

BB411~ How did you come to work in the career you have today and what do you love most about it (You do many interesting things)?

AH~ I ALWAYS HAD AN INTEREST IN FITNESS AND NUTRITION AND STUDIED WHILE I DANCED AROUND THE WORLD. THEN AFTER MY SON WAS BORN I DID NOT WANT TO BE AWAY FROM HIM; SO MUCH SO I DECDED FOR A COMPLETE CHANGE AND BECAME A PT ONLINE AND ONE ON ONE. THEN JUMPED ON BOARD WITH NIKE IN THE FIRST YEAR OF WORKING IN THE FITNESS WORLD. I LOVE BEING APART OF PEOPLE’S FITNESS /LIFE JOURNEY’S AND HELPING THEM FEEL AMAZING ABOUT THEMSELVES.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to be a Master Trainer for Nike and what do you love most about the company?

AH~ IT MEANS BEING A ROLE MODEL, SETTING A GOOD STANDARD FOR THE OTHER TRAINERS, BEING A LEADER, BEING VERSATILE IN YOUR TEACHING AND TRAINING AND HAVING THE INITIATIVE TO STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX WITHOUT LOOSING FOCUS OF THE PATH NIKE IS ON. I LOVE HOW NIKE CONTINUES TO GROW IN SO MANY WAYS. I LOVE HOW WE CONNECT TO THE CONSUMER AND HOLD THEIR HANDS TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS. NIKE SHOWS ATHLETES JUST HOW GREAT THEY CAN BE. IT IS A DREAM TO BE APART OF THIS TEAM.

BB411~ What has been the best advice you’ve been given that has attributed to your success as an athlete?

AH~ JUST TURN UP. EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE, BE CONSISTENT AND TURN UP.

BB411~ Where does your drive and focus come from?

AH~ MY DRIVE AND FOCUS COMES FROM MY LIFE EXPERIENCES AND DEEP DOWN IN MY SOUL. IT IS WHO I AM AS A MOTHER AND AS AN ATHLETE. I NEVER WANT TO HAVE REGRETS SO I REMIND MYSELF OF THIS EVERYDAY. AS LONG AS I GAVE MY BEST IN EVERYDAY THEN I CAN STAND TALL AND LOOK AT MYSELF IN THE MIRROR.

BB411~ If you weren’t in the career you are today and you could be anything in the world what would it be?

AH~ A FIGHTER PIOLT FLYING A BLACKBIRD. D R E A M

BB411~ Favorite way to stay fit?

AH~ LIFT HEAVY THINGS AND PUT THEM DOWN LOL…. SERIOUSLY I LOVE IT. BUT I HAVE A METHOD OF TRAINING I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT I LOVE AND IS A MIX OF HEAVY WEIGHT TRAINING AND CONDITIONING; SO I AM DOING THIS AT THE MOMENT TOO.

BB411~ Describe your style?

AH~ FASHION? HA HA HA. SPORTY. TOM BOY. I LOVE MY STYLE, IT IS ME. MOST OF THE TIME I AM IN TRAINING CLOTHES THAT I LOVE BUT ON THE ODD OCCASION I WHIP OUT MY FAVOURITE ONE TEASPOON DENIMS AND A T-SHIRT. IT IS SUPER TOUGH TO DRESS MY BODY NOW THAT I LOOK MORE ATHLETIC. BUT T-SHIRT AND JEANS IS THE GO TO.

 

BB411~ Three words that best describe you?

AH~ INTRINSICLY MOTIVATED/ CARING/ RELAXED

BB411~ Top 3 songs on your current playlist?

AH~ I DO NOT LISTEN TO MUSIC WHEN I TRAIN… I KNOW IT IS WEIRD BUT I NEVER DO….

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

AH~ ACTUALLY I AM NOT. BUT I FEEL THAT THE RETREATS AND EVENTS I DO FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN IS MY GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY. HELPING WOMEN REALIZE THEIR SELF WORTH IS SO WONDERFUL AND ANY TIME AND SPARE MONEY I HAVE GOES INTO THIS. I AM CONSTANTLY THINKING OF WAYS TO HELP WOMEN. BEING APART OF EDITION F FUTURE FEMALE FORCE, MY SHE SHE EVENTS AND RETREATS ARE ALL DONE TO HELP WOMEN.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?

AH~ HIBISCUS FLOWERS/THE SEA SPRAY/SUNCREEN

BB411~ Fun fact that people may not know about you?

AH~ I USE TO SHOWER 4 TIMES A DAY AND HATE IF MY EYEBROWS ARE PUSHED THE OPPOSITE WAY…LOL

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

AH~ LISTEN TO YOUR INSTINCT. YOUR GUT FEELING IS ALWAYS RIGHT. TAKE YOUR TIME BEOFRE YOU REACT ON ANYTHING. DO NOT RUSH. KNOW YOUR SELF-WORTH.

BB411~ Favorite quote?

AH~ “SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD SO SHE DID”

BB411~ What is the #1 book you would gift to someone?

AH~ FIVE MINUTE JOURNAL

BB411~ What are the websites you check out on a regular basis to keep updated (news, spiritual, etc.)?

AH~ BUSINESS CHICKS & NEW YORK TIMES

BB411~ A place that you haven’t travelled that is top of your list?

AH~ THAILAND

BB411~ When you look back at the life you’ve lived, what do you want to be remembered for?

AH~ CHANGING PEOPLES LIVES FOR THE BETTER. I WOULD LIKE A SMILE TO COME TO THE FACES OF PEOPLE WHO THINK OF ME.

BB411~ If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be and why?

AH~ I WOULD CHANGE THE HATE IN THIS WORLD. THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH HATE AND NOT ENOUGH PEACE. CHANGING THIS WOULD STOP THE WAR AND KILLING OF SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs starting out that are following their dreams?

AH~ GO FOR IT. DO WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO BUT BE PREPARED TO WORK HARD. IF YOU LOVE IT THEN IT WILL BE A PLEASURE BUT IF YOU DO NOT THEN IT IS NOT A DREAM TO BE CREATED. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE YOU TRUST AND THAT ARE AMAZING.

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

AH~ TRAVELLING IN A CARAVAN AROUND AUSTRALIA WITH MY SON AND MY MAN.

BB411~ Describe your perfect day when you have some down time?

AH~ WAKING UP WITH MY 2 FAVOURITE PEOPLE, WALKING TO MY FAVOURITE CAFE ON THE BEACH FOR BREAKFAST AND A SWIM IN THE OCEAN, CHILLING OUT AT THE BEACH ALL DAY SURFING AND EATING AND LAUGHING.

I KNOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE AUSTRALIA BUT IT IS MY PERFECT DAY.

IN EUROPE IT WOULD BE: WAKING UP WITH MY 2 FAVOURITE PEOPLE, GOING FOR A WALK TO A LOVELY CAFE FOR BREAKFAST AND JUST SEEING WHAT THE DAY BRINGS WITH NO PLANS.

BB411~ When I say the words #LOVETHIS, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

AH~ MYSELF

I PLACE MY HAND ON MY HEART AND SMILE. MY SON ASKS ME: MAMA WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST? ME OR YOU? I ANSWER YOU. HE REPLIES, NO MAMA YOU SHOULD LOVE YOURSELF THE MOST.

SO WITH MY HAND ON MY HEART I WHISPER LOVE THIS.

To stay up to date on this amazing woman and all the good she’s doing in this world; Check out her Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

Mystique Hair Design: In A League Of Their Own

Before I get into how amazing of a salon Mystique Hair Design in White rock is, let me first tell you about how finding them came to be; and why Steph hands down is a rare gem with a heart of gold!

Last year I had a major hair crisis when my hair went every shade of “I didn’t want that”, from orange to green to wtf is that colour. I was devastated and fortunate enough for a friend to find me a salon to correct it. But in that time Steph reached out on social media to say that she was happy I found someone but if ever I was in need of anything in the future that they were here to help. WHAT! This is someone that doesn’t even know me and has nothing to gain but it showed just why Mystique Hair Design is in a league of their own. To me that was an act of pure kindness.

Even though I had my hair corrected, I still wasn’t in love with it as much as I wanted to be. I wanted someone that specialized in blondes as it has continued to be my obsession (recovering-former brunette). I also wanted to find someone that really invested in their clients and gave you that “I fucking love my hair” feeling every time I left the salon. So I decided to reach out to Steph and see if there was a stylist available, expressing that I was nervous to try someone new and wanted someone really good. Steph rest assured me that the whole team was amazing and she was setting me up with Lindsay. She told me that I would be in exceptional hands and I would be more than happy.

Here’s the thing… I went in feeling pretty good and relaxed that it would be a great experience, but what I got was way more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. First off, if you haven’t been to White Rock you are missing out. Parking and walking down to the salon I was taken back by the beautiful view of the water, there is something magical when you can sense the ocean. Upon walking into the salon I was acknowledged by each staff member (even if it was just a look up from their client and a smile) and instantly greeted by Lindsay. It wasn’t an awkward first meeting, Lindsay welcomed me as if she had known me prior. We sat down and consulted on my hairs history so she could really grasp the life of my hair (well at least what I’ve put it through over the last few years). I told her that I wanted to go pretty blonde but not so much that I look washed out. Lindsay talked me through everything and before long we were underway on making me a blonde bombshell. Steph came over after she was done with her client and made me feel even more at ease that I was in great hands. Steph had this awesome energy about her and I could see why I had such a good feeling sitting at the salon. I hadn’t been sitting for long when the girls were bringing me over a little gift they give each client (a hot hand towel, under-eye beauty treatment patches, tea and yes….a yummy macaroon). I was feeling so relaxed and taken care of and I had only been there for a short amount of time. When everything was all done, Lindsay left me blushing at the image I saw looking back in the mirror. I knew right then and there that Lindsay was my girl! So with a refreshed attitude I left and continued loving my hair.

I ended up going back to Lindsay for another round of blonde and expressed to her that I was going through some changes and needed something adventurous, bold and different. I told Lindsay I tried a pink hue before and didn’t like the tone with my skin. And Lindsay said “oh you are a purple girl, why don’t you go purple”. “Purple? I don’t think I could do that”, I felt nervous and scared. But Lindsay being Lindsay with her huge heart took the time to go over the process saying lets just go light purple to test it out. She told me it wasn’t permanent and if I didn’t like it I could wash it frequently and it would fade out. But Lindsay had a feeling she wasn’t sharing: that I would fall in love with it.

Actually “fall in love with it” is a bit of an understatement. What transformed after going purple was something I could have never dreamed. It’s as if I finally felt more like myself than ever before. There was this whole new level of confidence. I owe a lot to Lindsay, the way she built trust with a new client was really something special. Here is a girl (Me) who was fearful to do something risky (I know most people might not think going purple is risky), but with Lindsay by my side I gave up control and decided to jump. What most people don’t know is I spent years in a relationship that would never allow me to do something like this. So from someone that felt boxed in, controlled and insecure, going purple was actually a really BIG THING for me. Actually when I was little I was obsessed with a purple lipstick and Cyndi Lauper so going purple was also a magical process believe it or not. This is just another reason that Mystique and Lindsay are in a league of their own. They had the confidence knowing how the purple would turn out and held my hand the whole way through. It’s not about $$$ – it truly is about the whole experience from the moment their clients walk in the door to the moment they send them out into the world to rock their new look. Whether I stay purple, go back blonde eventually or try something crazy and new; I have my complete trust in Mystique and Lindsay’s vibrant, expressive, creative mind. They say to “Love what you do” and it shows on every single client at Mystique Hair Design.

There are so many wonderful reasons to become a client at Mystique Hair Design, but before I finish off this heartfelt feature, here is a little Q&A on some hair love. Enjoy!

  1. Top trends going into winter: Darker colours; lots of reds!
  2. What’s the key to colour correction: There are many. many, many steps. First is to be realistic; understanding the process that got the hair in that condition in the first place. Going back and taking an inventory (history of the hair) of what’s been on it for the last 2 years.
  3. What is the benefit of using paper foils instead of metal foils: For a full head of foils they are better as they don’t conduct heat the same way metal foils do. And since bleach is heat-activated it allows us to control the process and lift slowly.
  4. Two ways to cancel unwanted brassiness: Highlights and Lowlights to add dimension. Also for blondes; using a purple shampoo for helping with yellow and blue shampoo (salon recommended) for orange.
  5. You have used two different colour lines on me; tell me what you love the most about both lines: La Biosthetique (Blonde) ~ This line is super conditioning (Vitamin E and Avocado oil); hair feels better after being coloured. The whole line is versatile and each colour can be mixed in many different ways. They are big on education with providing our team the opportunity to perfect our skills and craft (4-5 classes and 2 trade shows per year). And can we talk about their reds…they fade beautifully and last a long time (just ask Lindsay who is rocking some gorgeous colour)        Pulp Riot ~ This line lasts such a long time and doesn’t fade fast, and it’s easy to remove when you want to change it. It makes the hair feel amazing and the colour smells so good you could eat it….. But don’t ha ha! Lindsay expressed to me that she especially loved helping me go purple as she got to express herself through the colour and be creative. Also loved the trust I put in her to customize it.
  6. Favourite treatment for hair right now: La Biosthetique PCC treatment (in salon only). It’s a 2 step process; first step is a vial liquid that adds protein to strengthen the hair and the second step is a conditioning mask to lock everything in.
  7. What’s your favourite product at this current moment: “High Dive” by R+Co. It’s for deep hydration and reflective shine; you add it to towel-dried hair before blow drying. It really helps with flyaways and is good for all hair types, especially for straightening or curly hair.
  8. Mystique Hair Design specializes in many amazing services, has there been any hair that you haven’t been able to work with: Henna Colour! If you put bleach or perm on it there is a chemical reaction that destroys the hair!!!!!!!!
  9. Top tips for hair: Always use a heat protector before heating-tools (styling) and sun exposure. Also don’t wash everyday; natural oils are great for hair and over washing it can strip the hair.
  10. How would you sum up the Team at Mystique: Supportive, hardworking, passionate. You basically summed us up by asking; WE ARE A TEAM! We work together and help each other out. We are also HUGE into EDUCATION. It’s very important to stay current, updated and challenge ourselves. Keeping things fresh and trendy is a top priority for our family (clients).

If I haven’t fully expressed how much I adore the girls at Mystique Hair Design, let me wrap it up in these final words. The shop is stunning and cozy, they carry awesome hair care brands, they give you treats during your treatment, the staff has a wicked energy, they give back to the community, they care about the environment, they are AMAZING Hair Gods (stylists) and the care about each client like they were family. Oh and the shampoo head massages are to die for!

I highly recommend contacting Mystique for a consultation and you can stalk them by check them out on their Website, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

I am super excited for my next visit where Lindsay will be taking my purple to a whole other level; think Katy Perry!

Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

 

10 Acne Causing Culprits

FullSizeRender-3While acne is caused by dead skin clogging your pores, sometimes there is a bit more going on behind the scenes. Standard treatments and face washing will not help with if there are subtle contributors happening in your daily life. Your diet, lifestyle and habits could all be working against you, preventing you from having the healthy and clear face you want.

If you have already diagnosed all of the obvious things that could be causing acne, here are some contributing factors that are not talked about as frequently:

1. Biotin
Biotin, sometimes referred to as vitamin B7, helps your hair and skin grow. It’s great in low doses, but if you take too much it can contribute to breakouts. Vitamin B7 goes in the same “slot” as vitamin B5, which is absolutely essential in keeping your outer layer of skin clear and beautiful. If you have too much biotin / B7 in your diet, you will crowd out the vitamin B5 and prevent your skin from getting the regulation it needs.

  1. Green Smoothies
    While many of the ingredients in your smoothies might be safe, raw kale is often a trigger for breakouts. Kale is full of goitrogen, which are chemicals that disrupt normal thyroid function. Also found in broccoli, asparagus and brussels sprouts, goitrogens prevent iodine from getting to your thyroid. Eating all of these foods in small quantities is fine, especially if they are cooked, but if you go on a green smoothie rampage and drink several cups of raw kale every day, you will quickly run into thyroid issues. You might notice acne, eczema, fatigue, issues controlling your weight, or depression.
  2. Lip Balm
    Many of the chemicals found in lip balm (and often lipstick too!) are not great for your skin. Things like lanolin, isopropyl palmitate and isopropyl myristate can all clog your pores and lead to breakouts and redness. Look for the term “non-comedogenic” in anything you put on your face – this means that it will not cause your pores to clog.
  3. Hand Lotion
    Just because you are not applying something directly to your face does not mean it will not get there eventually. Most of us touch our faces frequently throughout the day. This means, anything you put on your hands will get transferred to your facial skin over the course of the day. Many common ingredients in hand lotion and cream can cause breakouts. Be especially careful with the hand cream you use before going to sleep. You might sleep on your hands without realizing it!
  4. Tissues
    The fragrances and other chemicals found in some tissues can be transferred to your skin, causing irritation and acne. Even worse, if you blow your nose a lot the texture of the tissues themselves can irritate your skin. If you are breaking out a lot around your nose, consider trying a different brand of tissues to see if a softer, or less chemical-heavy Kleenex might do the trick.
  5. Sweating
    While sweat on its own will not cause acne, failing to wash your face after sweating will. Sweat can carry makeup, dirt and other irritants into your pores and it is also linked to an acne-like infection called pityrosporum folliculitis. A gentle cleanse, or shower after you exercise will help reduce the risk of normal breakouts. If you get stubborn and difficult to treat breakouts after exercising, see a dermatologist for recommendations about how to treat folliculitis.
  6. Makeup
    As long as you are careful to stick to non-comedogenic makeup, you should be fine throughout the day. No matter how safe your makeup is, you will run into trouble if you forget to remove it at night. Your skin needs time to recover at night. Leaving your makeup on can stifle this recovery process and cause you to wake up with an unfortunate mess of acne.
  7. Laundry Detergent
    Just like with hand lotion, any chemicals found in your laundry detergent will quickly find their way onto your face. Fragrances, powdered detergents and any biological ingredients can all lead to breakouts. For best results, stick to a liquid detergent and use as little as you can. Even try choosing a longer rinse cycle if you can. You will minimize the amount of enzymes and other chemicals that wind up in your clothes and linens.
  8. Shampoo / Conditioner
    Things that are good for your scalp and hair might not be good for your face. If you find yourself breaking out on your neck and upper back, it might be because you are letting your shampoo or conditioner wash down your body in the shower. Try shampooing with your head tilted to minimize this drip, or switch to a different shampoo. Be especially watchful for sodium lauryl sulfate and other similarly named chemicals. While these compounds may help your shampoo foam up, they are another big culprit that may be causing your breakouts.
  9. Sunblock

The sun’s rays can cause your skin to age prematurely and develop unsightly blotches and spots. Using the wrong sunblock can lead to breakouts and zits. You can usually avoid this by opting for a physical sunblock rather than a chemical one. Sunblock that uses titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide as the active ingredient tends to be safer for acne-prone skin. If you prefer to use a chemical sunblock, be sure to do your research and find one that will not make your acne flare up.

More Tools At Your Disposal

If you are still suffering from acne despite everything you have tried, examine the things above and see if they might be contributing to your pimples. Acne is a complicated problem that is caused by a multitude of factors. If you can eliminate one or two of them by reducing your stress levels, or cutting down on biotin, it can do a lot to help keep your face clear and beautiful. Try everything for a week or two and pay attention to the results! You will figure out how things affect your face, giving you the information you need in your fight against acne.

At Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic, we understand that acne isn’t a small problem. While each pimple might be small, the damage caused by these unsightly bumps can be long lasting and difficult to heal. We think that each and every person should be able to have clear, beautiful skin. In order to achieve this goal, we are proud to announce a new Clear Skin acne program.

This one-of-a-kind option offers personalized treatments that are tailored to your unique skin. We take advantage of all of the latest developments in skincare in order to offer a clearance rate of up to 95% after four months.

The Clear Skin program combines revolutionary treatments with a bouquet of high-quality skincare products that have been hand picked and developed by our staff. Not only do we match products to your skin type, we also exhaustively research every ingredient in these products to make sure they are safe and non-irritating. We would not want you to make your acne worse because you are using a cleanser that is full of chemicals that clog your pores, irritate your skin, or disrupt your body’s hormonal balance.

In addition to the products and treatments you receive, our staff can help review your daily practices and identify potential habits that might be causing you to break out. The number of normal activities that can contribute to acne breakouts is surprising to most people. By making small changes in your daily routine, your diet, or even how you prepare for your recreational activities, you can put a major dent in your acne. When you combine this with your treatment sessions and skincare products, you will reduce breakouts even further and get the clear, glowing skin you deserve.

Most people don’t need prescriptions for their acne. Instead, they need a supportive environment, modern treatments, and a skincare routine that utilizes safe and effective ingredients. Essence of L’s Clear Skin program provides all three. By combining expert coaching from skin care experts (who also have also struggled with acne-prone skin), effective treatments, and some of the best skincare products on the market, we will help keep your skin clear and happy!

Don’t struggle against your acne alone! Get in touch with Essence of L Medi Spa & Laser Clinic and find out more about our Clear Skin and Visia Analysis program today. Together, we can start getting rid of your acne for good.

Sun’s Still Out

 

I am one lucky girl to have found my Skin Therapist from Essence Of L Medi Spa. I swear I’m turning into Benjamin Button from seeing Leah! When I look in the mirror, I feel my skin looks better than when I was in my early 20’s. On a daily basis I get asked how I get such great skin and I am constantly writing down Leah’s contact.

Not only is Leah amazing at what she does, she is one of the most knowledgable people I know when it comes to skin health. So I thought what better way to share then by picking her brain and bringing you some Q&A’s on the essentials needed throughout the year. Even though we are rolling into fall, the sun is still out and these are some important tips you need to know. So Sit back, grab some rosè and enjoy our top 11 skin must do’s.

BB411~ What is the top treatment during sunny weather?

EOL~ Rejuvenating HydraFacial

BB411~ What is the biggest misconception people have about their skin health?

EOL~ Right now I hear (a lot) the question “If I wash my face before I go to bed, why do I have to wash it in the morning?” There are two reasons why it’s important: #1. If you wear active ingredients before you go to bed, you need to wash them off in the morning because they can make you photosensitive and cause irritation and #2. Can we say sweat, dirt and skin mites!

BB411~ SKIN MITES???????

EOL~ Yes!

BB411~ What is the biggest NO NO that clients do when it comes to skin health?

EOL~ Going to bed with makeup on!

BB411~ The next question really helped me out while I was competing in my fitness competitions. This is actually an acne tip (whether you workout or not). What are the top two things to do while working out to help with acne and breakouts?

EOL~ #1. Ice your face. If you can incorporate putting an ice cube on your face for 1-2 minutes it will reduce your inflammation. #2. Wash your face within five minutes of your workout.

BB411~ Leah says to cleanse your skin at the gym or after your workout but I don’t always find that easy. So is there a option that makes it more convenient?

EOL~ The best option we have found is to carry baby wipes with you.

BB411~ Do any baby wipes work? Even cheap baby wipes from say…….. the dollar store?

EOL~ NOOOOOOOOOO! The best ones we have found through continued research are the Costco Kirkland unscented baby wipes. There’s no pore-cloggers in them which is great. (Check out EOL’s list of Pore Clogging Ingredients)

BB411~ To laser or not laser in the Summer, that is the question???

EOL~ In the summer or sun exposure months I’d definitely say pass on laser treatments (Photo Facial or IPL). If you’re looking for treating anti-aging and sun spots, the sun will actually trigger more melanin so you want to avoid that with sun exposure.

BB411~ Spray tan or natural tan?

EOL~ If you are looking for a golden glow, we highly recommend a self-tanner like St Tropez.

BB411~ In June Leah launched her new acne skin care line and I have been testing it out since January on my face and body. It’s incredible. What are the new products in the line?

EOL~ We have two new cleansers – One is an exfoliator and one is for the face and body.

BB411~ Physical or chemical sunblock?

EOL~ We recommend using a physical sunblock during the summer. They are a little bit more hearty, they lay on the surface of the skin like a protective layer and they are usually water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

BB411~ In-between my awesome treatments, I upkeep by skin health by adding some at home maintenance. The “Lumibright” pineapple enzyme mask is great for exfoliating and decongesting.

BB411~ What would your top product pick be to use?

EOL~ It would definitely be Retinol, it is the gold standard in the industry. It’s great for anti-aging, for sun damage, melasma and it’s a big contender for acne.

Stay tuned for Leah’s Fall favourites coming soon!

Call and Book your appointment today:

(604) 619-4959
Much Love, BB411

Clear Skin With Leah!

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Unedited & Makeup Free in Natural Sunlight

I have been very fortunate with my skin over the years to not suffer from acne. Though on two different occasions I went through a really tough time with my skin. 1. When I was in high school I went to an aesthetician and they applied too strong of a treatment for my skin and I broke out bad (leading me to have to go to a dermatologist to get acne treatment) and 2. When I got my IUD in 2013 I went through a horrific 3-4 month period where my skin had lots of acne. Other than these two scenarios I have been lucky to have overall good skin.

I know and have talked to people that have or are suffering from acne. It can be debilitating, I remember the feeling of trying to cover up with makeup and being self-conscious that people were staring at me. It really weighs on your confidence. Recently I spoke with a friend that has acne so bad and she is so embarrassed about it that she has quit her job! My heart absolutely breaks for her.

This post is extra special for me…… I have been going to Essence Of L Medi Spa for over a year now and I have never had so many compliments on my skin. When people guess my age the guess 10-15 years younger! Honestly, between the many treatments I have tried one of my absolute favourites is Leah’s Acne Peel. While doing numerous fitness competitions and indulging on vices like rosè, my skin can get congested and this peel works wonders. I swear I look younger since starting my treatments. Also you don’t have to have acne to get this peel, it’s amazing for brightening too. And for those suffering from acne scars, Dermapen Skin Needling Treatments are AMAZING!

What I love most about Leah, other than the fact that she is the most knowledgable skin therapist I have ever seen, is that she suffered from 15 painful years of cystic acne herself so she knows the emotional investment all too well. Her compassion and love for her clients is hands down truly remarkable. I can’t tell you the number of compliments I get on a daily basis and my instant response is “You NEED to go see Leah, she’s the Best!”

I wanted to share an article that Leah wrote to hopefully help anyone out there suffering from acne better understand and offer a solution.

Why Adults Get Acne

Acne is a specific type of skin disorder that persists into adulthood in roughly half of all cases. Acne sufferers typically have oily skin that sheds multiple layers of skin cells per day, resulting in clogged pores that often erupt into different types of pimples. For most of us, we get to blame our family as it is an inherited tendency. While acne is treatable, it is important to understand the disorder in order to properly treat it.

Teenage acne is very different from the kind of acne that affects adults. As you grow older, your hormone levels stabilize and your skin cells age and mature. This tends to happen from the top down. One interesting side effect of this process is that acne moves down your face as you age.

Hormonal fluctuations increase oil secretions, which are produced inside the pore. Normally, this isn’t a problem however acne-prone skin sheds up to 5 times as many skin cells as normal skin. An increase in oil, which is a nutrient for bacteria to proliferate, it creates the perfect storm. A number of other factors can also contribute to a breakout including: birth control, pregnancy, medications, makeup, smoking, and stress.

When your pores are clogged by oil and dead skin, the plug will form a protected place for bacteria to grow. Many times, not much will happen inside your pores. This results in small whiteheads and blackheads without too much swelling.

As the pore begins to stretch, more oil and dead skin cells get caught under the plug, while bacteria inside the pore are allowed to multiply. If the pore gets too full and bursts, bacteria will spread to the surrounding cells. The result is a red bump of infected skin cells, called an inflammatory papule.

Your body tries its best to fight back when it notices an infection, and it will flood the area with white blood cells, creating pus. These pus-filled pimples are called pustules.

If a zit gets quite inflamed it can have other names. Nodules are zits that go very deep, while cysts are pimples that are more than 5mm across. Both of these outbreaks can be painful and tend to scar.

While acne is one of the more common types of skin concerns, there are a number of similar conditions that adults are also vulnerable to getting. Pyoderma facale is particularly common among women in their thirties and this breakout causes redness and pimples. Several fungal and bacterial infections manifest with acne-like symptoms, including folliculitis and staph. If your acne doesn’t get better with a normal treatment (or if it gets worse), consult a skin therapist to make sure you actually have acne and not a lookalike.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having a regular skin care routine can work wonders on all adult skin conditions. Moisturizing, exfoliating, using sunscreen, and keeping your stress levels low will reduce the chances of most kinds of outbreaks. When you do get breakouts, consider a visit to your favorite skin care provider. You will get professional help to assist in determining the exact cause of your pimples and you will get a chance to learn about all of the latest treatments, products and techniques.

Understanding the root cause of acne (dead skin and oil clogging pores) is vital to combat this skin disorder. Exfoliating helps prevent dead skin cells from accumulating, while antibacterial treatments can prevent clogged pores from becoming infected. By recognizing acne symptoms and taking appropriate action, you will be able to minimize outbreaks and keep your skin clear and healthy.

Call and Book your appointment today:

(604) 619-4959
Much Love, BB411

 

Taking Back My Power

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Be Your Own Superhero

I learned so much these past 3 months competing in Body Building Com, Optimum Nutrition #250kchallenge!

I am down 25 pounds and lost some major inches on my overall body. I learned what proper nutrition was/is and how to use it to fuel my body for the best workouts and incredible recovery. I learned even though I’m not a morning person I can crush a cardio session at the wee hours. I learned how to lift heavy weights and superset with a powerful force. I learned to control my breath and the importance of sleep. I learned my body is a temple capable of incredible strengths.

They say you can do better when you know better. So I’m taking my knowledge, researching and upping my game. I’ve got some big GOALS and am so excited to take BBcom’s next challenge #stillinit with Dymatize.

I’m starting to feel like Wonder Woman

My FOCUS for the next 9 weeks……

Build a Bigger Booty • Defined Arms • Abs/Abs/Abs • Carrie Underwood Legs 🙌🏻

Who’s in it with me?

 

With a grateful heart & much love,

Crystal