Featured Facial!

If you're anything like me, then you can't stand this winter weather wreaking havoc on your skin. The weather just can't seem to make up its mind, so my body is confused and my skin is reflecting it. My skin is desperate for hydration, and my makeup seems to hate me right now. Though it can be an issue for people year-round, most struggle with dry skin through the cold, winter months. If your facial creams and moisturizers don't seem to be doing the trick, it might be time for you to kick it up a notch. 

So the question is: How can I get better results for my dry skin?

The answer is simple: Oxygen!

The O2 Facial we offer has been a crowd pleaser both with guests and service providers. What makes it so great? To put it simply, the O2 Facial helps get rid of dead skin cells and infuses your skin with oxygen. The oxygenating masque used in the O2 facial is made from a combination of oxygen, plant-derived stem cells, peptides and specially concentrated enzyme botanicals, that delivers immediate results. The oxygen improves circulation, speeds healing, and eliminates toxins. 

Here's a rundown of how the process works during the O2 Facial:

During this facial, the aestetician will first apply an enzyme cleanser, which will feel silky. As it processes on the skin, it will begin to feel gritty. YUK! However, this is a good thing! This means that the enzymes are removing the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. The process reveals a fresh, healthy layer of skin hidden below layers of old skin cells.

If you're tired of your skin looking dry and aged, the O2 Facial is sure to bring some relief. The powerful anti-oxidants protect against free radicals, blend pigmentation, and reveal lighter, brighter skin. It is, hands-down, my favorite skin care service because I can actually see the results immediately!

Summer is here!

Summer is here! With kids at home and vacations around the corner, there are so many reasons to reward yourself with a day at the Salon and Spa. Each year I like to celebrate by treating myself to a day at the salon to get, what I like to call, my “summer blonde.” Nothing enhances your tan like adding a few blonde pieces! Speaking of tans, are you nervous that you may be a bit too pale for your vacation or special event? Here at New You, we offer customized Norvell Airbrush tans that are mixed to suit your natural skin tone and meet your tanning needs. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our spray tans, you can read our blog “The Skinny on Spray Tans.” With all those vacations coming up, we want to help you to look and feel your best! Remember: pictures last a lifetime, so don’t hesitate to get that perfect look if you’re taking family pictures this summer!

Stylist of the Month: Shalein Hamilton

Shalein Hamilton is a New You "veteran." She's been a dedicated employee since New You opened its doors in 2008. Growing up, she always loved doing hair and playing with makeup, so she knew cosmetology school was the perfect choice for her after attending a high school career fair. Shalein has accomplished so much during her 22 years in the industry. After doing hair for many years, Shalein became an instructor and taught cosmetology for two and a half years at the Aveda Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. During that time, she taught both beginners and Masters classes. Through Aveda's continuing education, she was able to keep her skills current and continue to improve as a stylist, even when she wasn't exclusively behind the chair. Since Shalein's passions are anything and everything related to cutting and coloring hair, she's always keeping up with the latest trends. Her favorite trend is color melts, which is a technique used to achieve an ombre look. She loves the depth at the root as it gradates into the lighter ends. She especially enjoys doing fashion colors, like bright purples and blues. Her favorite product is Kevin Murphy's Anti-gravity spray, which she uses in her own hair. She describes it as a light-weight spray that gives volume and weightless hold to fine hair. She reccomends it to anyone that wants a little extra volume without feeling like they have a lot of product in their hair. She notes it smells awesome too! Shalein stays inspired by her co-workers, as well as some of the industry greats including Sam Villa, Justin Thomas, and Guy Tang. Her favorite part of her job is meeting so many new people and helping them reach their hair goals. Shalein says, "There is no better feeling than when someone is excited about what we've accomplished with their hair. It makes the rest of my day amazing!"

“I tell you that a clever, thoughtful, ambitious hairdresser weilds a power beyond the comprehension of most people. . .”
— John Steinbeck

Give your Valentine a Spa Day gift!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day and "Gal"entine's Day!!! Here at New You, we are all hopeless romantics, and we love celebrating a day of love! Flowers, chocolate and jewelry are all great gifts. Massages, facials and pedicures are the PERFECT gifts for a dedicated, hard-working significant other! There is no better way to say "I love you" than a day at the spa! That’s why we offer several different ways for you to spoil that special someone in your life. In fact, below are the awesome spa packages we are offering. Each package comes with a complimentary bottle of champagne!* Gift cards are also available!

"Love Me Tender"

One hour massage, spa manicure and spa pedicure


"Cupid Shuffle"

One hour facial, spa manicure and spa pedicure


"My Funny Valentine"

One hour facial, hot stone massage OR 90 minute massage, spa manicure and spa pedicure


*Champagne can be served during the package services, but must be after the massage. While supplies last.

New Year Resolutions!!

We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! If you're anything like me, you always set resolutions for the New Year. My main resolution is to take better care of myself. Sometimes, you have to be selfish to keep from going nuts. Life can get pretty crazy at times. This year, spoil yourself more. Indulge in a hot stone massage. Relax with a facial. Pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure. Most importantly, don't think twice about getting your hair done. Take care of your hair. It's your most important accessory! Make yourself a prioroty. The best way to do this is by maintaining structure. Schedule your appointments in advance, so you never have to deal with that grown-out look. Get in a routine. It is a proven fact when you look good, you feel good. That's always been true for me. I think that's the perfect resolution for all of us. I encourage all of you to spend more time at the salon and spa. I promise you will feel much better after each visit. Remember, setting goals is easy, keeping them is the tricky part. Our goal is to help you be not only a better version of yourself, but also be the best "New You" in 2016!

This year, be sure to continue to check our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages as we update them each month with our amazing specials. Also, be looking forward to our Valentine's Day, as well as our Mother's Day, spa specials. This year, treat yourself more, and occasionally your loved ones! The New You Salon and Spa staff wish you a happy, blessed New Year!

"You have to fill yourself up, to pour yourself out." -Anonymous

The Skinny on Spray Tans

Last time we talked about salon products, specifically sulfate-free products, compared to drug-store brands. Hopefully you picked some up, and now you’re enjoying your healthy, gorgeous hair! This week I want to tell you about our sunless tanning, or “spray tans.” They’ve been around for a few years; however, spray tans have become increasingly popular in the past two or so years. To put it simply, here at New You, we’re obsessed! It takes less than thirty minutes to get sprayed, and they leave your skin looking flawless with a natural, bronze glow. Not to mention, they are highly preferred compared to tanning beds for the health of your skin.

First, let me tell you about the Norvell Sunless Tanning system we use here at the salon. Unlike the mystic tanning machines that are used at tanning salons, the Norvell system consists of a spray gun and a custom, hand-mixed solution created to suit your skin. It is a very exclusive brand, and (not to be a name-dropper, but...) it’s the official tanning system of NBC’s Dancing with the Stars! You’re not standing in a machine that simply tells you to close your eyes and hold out your arms while you anxiously wait to see if it covers your entire body evenly. Instead you’re standing in a comfortable room, where a trained service provider instructs your every move while they diligently spray your skin. Don’t worry, they’ll get every curve. Did I mention you won’t have to worry about having an uneven spray tan anymore?! Yes, the Norvell system leaves you with an airbrush finish; this means it will NOT leave streaks. It literally doesn’t get any better than this!

Now I’m going to tell you how simple it is to get a spray tan using the Norvell Sunless Tanning system. Before you come in, you’ll need to shower, shave, and exfoliate really well. Don’t put on any lotion, deodorant, make-up, perfume, etc. Come with your bare skin. Now, when it comes to what you wear during the session. . . WHATEVER YOU WANT! Whether it’s a bathing suit or your birthday suit, we want you to undress to your comfort level. Just know, we’ve seen it all, so there’s no need to be shy. After you’ve been sprayed, you’ll put on some loose clothes. Note: the tanning solution will not stain your clothes; however, we don’t recommend you wear your favorite white, linen pants. You will wait 8-12 hours to shower (I usually wait 12 or so). Once you shower, you will notice the excess solution washing off your skin. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean your spray tan is washing off. THIS IS NORMAL!

Here are some commonly asked questions about our spray tans. . .

Q: “Will I be orange? I’ve seen people with spray tans, and they look orange. . . I don’t want to look orange!”

A: You will not look orange. Like we talked about, the solutions are hand-mixed each time to suit your skin. Trust me; we don’t want you to leave looking like a Dorito any more than you do.

Q: “How long will my tan last?”

A: We typically say 5-7 days; however, like anything else, the life of the spray tan will vary depending on how often you shower and if you follow the proper maintenance instructions. Speaking of, let’s talk about maintenance. Use liquid soap ONLY (no bar soap, exfoliating products, luffas, etc.) Avoid baths if possible. Showers are preferred for best results.

Q: “What day will my tan look its best?”

A: We’re often asked this question if the spray tan is for a specific occasion, such as a wedding, graduation, formal, etc. Though your tan will look incredible for a week or so, I personally (along with a few other service providers) think the spray tan looks best on its second day after showering. For example, if you have a wedding on Saturday, I recommend you come in on Thursday afternoon/evening.

Let me leave you with this: Spray tans, though they are great for any occasion, were specifically created for special occasions (weddings, formals, vacations). They are temporary; they do not contain any SPF. The pigment will be altered, but underneath, it is the same it was prior to getting sprayed. Please be careful tanning or spending extensive amounts of time in the sun (like at the beach). Other than that, they are perfect if you’re looking for that been to the beach, sun-kissed look!

Celebrating Mother's Day

With Mother's Day just around the corner (5/10/15 in case you forgot), we all begin to think of ways to show our wonderful mothers how much we love and appreciate them. I'm not a mother just yet, but I'm well aware that it's a full-time job with no overtime or vacations. However, I hear it's truly one of the most rewarding experiences a woman can be blessed with. I know with my own mother having to raise four children, including my wild and (sometimes) hard-headed self, it must have been tough. Consequently, this holiday in particular is one where I do my best to recognize her and make her feel valued. If you're anything like me, then, unfortunately, you're still scrambling to find that perfect gift. Don't worry, my friends. . . I have a solution! Here at New You, we're offering tons of specials that will surely make your mother smile. Almost all of our service providers are mothers themselves, so they understand how important this holiday can be. Let me ask you this: is your mom pampered enough? The answer is no. Like I said, motherhood stops for no one. I am positive that each and every one of your mothers could use a day at the salon and spa.

Hopefully, you all know that on top of being a salon, we also have a full-service spa. With two excellent massage therapists, and one being a highly-trained esthetician, we can make all your spa-related dreams come true! We offer several spa services including deep-tissue and hot stone massages, as well as signature and dermabrasion facials. Note, if she's a mother-to-be, they also specialize in prenatal massages. Let me tell you, your mothers are guaranteed to leave here feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!

Back to the basics for a minute: hair and nails. Every woman enjoys getting their hair and nails done. Let me repeat myself. EVERY WOMAN enjoys getting their nails and hair done. If you're thinking, 'No, my mom never gets her hair and nails done. She's just not that type of woman.' Listen here, I thought the same thing. My mom never seemed like the type to spend a day at the salon. Boy oh boy was I wrong! Now that her kids have all grown up and most have left the nest, that woman gets her hair done monthly and those nails done weekly. So I began to realize that she's always been that type, she's just never had the time to spend a day relaxing at the salon. Not to mention, most can't force themselves to do something nice for themselves instead of their children. Long story short: every woman enjoys a day at the salon, and every woman dreams of a day at the spa. Luckily, she can do both here at New You! So make it special for your momma and easy on yourself, just stop by the salon one day this week to pick up a (super cute) gift certificate!

To make sure each mother is celebrated to the fullest extent, we're offering an AMAZING special! Click on the "Specials" tab above!


Sulfate-free? YES PLEASE!

Although most of our guests purchase our excellent hair products, we have those that seem skeptical. Some ask if there is truly any difference between our products versus the drug-store brands. They wonder if it's actually worth spending an extra $20 or so. To put it simply, YES! We absolutely believe that our hair products are 100% better for your hair compared to the drug-store brands. Ask any stylist at any salon, and you're going to get the same answer: Salon products are ALWAYS going to be more beneficial and successful in maintaining the health of your hair and the life of your color. 

First, let's talk about the obvious: the ingredients. We've all seen drug-store brands claiming that they contain the same ingredients as professional products. Well this can actually be true; however (which I'm sure you were expecting), although those products may contain some of the same ingredients, you'll often find that the ratios are entirely different. Many drug-store products contain a ton of water, which dilutes the "vitamins and nutrients" that they're supposedly filled with. So, yes, they can have all of those glorious ingredients that we all love, but they will not have nearly as much as the salon hair products. 

Next, why don't we talk about sulfate-free products. Most of the shampoos we sell at the salon are sulfate-free. I have a ton of people say, "The shampoo isn't working! I put a 'good' amount of shampoo on, and it's doesn't get sudsy." Two things: 1.)Sulfate-free shampoos aren't going to lather like a drug-store brand. The sulfate they're referring to is the ingredient used to create that sudsy, bubbly sensation that too many people associate with the hair getting clean. The sulfate isn't what is getting your hair clean, it's those other glorious ingredients that we were talking about earlier! 2.)What you might consider a good amount may not actually be the right amount. Unlike the handful of drug-store shampoo you may be used to using, you only need a pearl size of sulfate-free (maybe 2 depending on the length and fullness).

Here's my opinion about salon hair products versus drug-store brands (coming from someone who isn't a stylist and may be considered "bias" by others), USE SALON PRODUCTS! I promise, at first, the thought of spending $30 on shampoo sent me into panic mode when I could spend $2 at Wal-Mart. But after some convincing from a few co-workers, I finally made the switch, specifically to Kevin Murphy's Young Again Shampoo/Conditioner. I fell in love! My hair has never felt as healthy in my life. I'm a blonde (thanks to my amazing stylist), so I need to 1.) keep it healthy from the inevitable damage from bleach and 2.) maintain the gorgeous color that I just paid good money to have! If you can't bring yourself to spend $30 or so on shampoo that you're unfamiliar with, then come get a mini. Here at the salon we sell mini bottles of most of the products we carry. They're about $6 and they should last you about 5-7 shampoos. 

TIPS... Shampoo: make sure you're hair is VERY wet. The sulfate-free shampoo does well with more water. You may repeat. The second shampoo will lather more (for all of you who associate bubbles/suds with being clean!); Conditioner: Squeeze out the excess water. Unlike the shampoo, the conditioner does better with less H20. Rinse thoroughly.

Let me leave you with a metaphor from a stylist. All wine is made from grapes, similar to how all shampoo can be made from the same ingredients. Although some wine costs $5 a bottle, many would rather spend $80 on wine because it's much better quality. The same goes for shampoo. Yes, it's much cheaper to spend $3 on drug-store shampoo/conditioner, however, you will get more bang for your buck spending that extra $20 or so.



Welcome to New You!

As this is our first attempt at blogging, this will be brief. We will be updating the blog monthly with seasonal trends, product spotlights, styling and make up tutorials. We welcome your input as well! If you'd like to see specific content, please let us know. We want our website to be as informative and interactive as we can make it.

In the next few weeks, we will be updating the website with staff pictures so that you can see the beautiful faces of our stylists and spa service providers. In addition, we will try to showcase our stylists' work on this site. We will also frequently update our Instagram page with amazing before and afters and various trending styles, including cuts and colors. So make sure to click on the link to follow us.

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