Tips Tuesday-Earth Week #2, The Three ‘R’s and a ‘U’

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Tips Tuesday-Earth Week #2, The Three ‘R’s and a ‘U’

How have you celebrated our first Earth week? Any pictures to share, stories to tell? Well I’m excited to share that Cindy Pearce from Crystal Rainbows has collected 6 bags already with her family over the Easter Holiday! We are so looking forward to having her join our Green Family this May and sharing her many Holistic Healing skills with our guests.

Last week we discussed efforts to prevent inadvertent littering on garbage day, this week I wanted to share how we have managed to divert tons of garbage and recyclables from the local landfills and hopefully inspire you to look around your home to see what things you could Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or Upcycle! Yes we observe the 3 R’s …and a ‘U’.

Reduce

– We use both sides of printed paper for note taking at our front desk

- We have reduced and or eliminated all toxins from our skin and haircare lines

- We have shrunk our carbon foot print by partnering with Green Circle Salons

- We have our salon more efficient per square foot,

- We use Clean energy from BullFrog energy

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Reuse

- WE have a refill program for all of our shampoos and conditioners refilling the plastic containers twice and our glass infinitely while offering our guests a discount as an incentive to participate in the program above and beyond the obvious benefits to all for doing so.

- In each Renovation we have reused all of our chattel preventing filling landfilss with perfectly good usable items and not having to purchase brand new to replace them

- We furnish the Salon and Spa with many items from the Re-Store and antique furniture stores.

- The products taken from the Salon from green Circle is reused to make furniture , eye glass frames, light fixtures and ceiling fans

- We use hand towels in the washrooms, washed with Eco Friendly, Biodegradable laundry detergent

Recycle

- The producst taken from the Salon from green Circle is reused to make furniture , eye glass frames, light fixtures and ceiling fans

- We petitioned for recycling bins when we opened Hybrid at a previous location 5 years ago and did the same three years ago at our current location at which time no recycling containers were present at this building. All recyclable items of no further use to us are separated and placed in our recycling bins

- We have foiling mesh which we use for hilighting that can be reused

Upcycling

- We have taken furniture that no longer serves its purpose in it’s origin form and created new more suitably useable items out of the original. Like our candle fire place which in its original forma was an 8’x 4’ colour table and created a colour ‘Bar area and candle fireplace at our original location and since moved the candle fire place to the current location.

I have listed a few of our efforts in each area of awareness of the three ‘R’s and ‘U’, in order to inspire and motivate you to be creative in your upcycling options in your home, would a TV stand make a great desk? An old door a head board, an old desk an island in your kitchen? Can you do more to recycle or composting by putting individual receptacles in each room and labeling them for your family? Can you write to manufacturers’ to ask them to minimize their packaging so you won’t have as much to recycle? Could you not only vote or persuade with your purchasing dollars by buying items from conscientious manufacturers? Could you do more to support Green or Organic Business? Can you use pickle, jam and spaghetti jars for lunch containers instead of buying plastic containers, and bags? Could you sign up for BullFrog energy for your home?

None of this is necessarily ‘Easy’ some of it may be time consuming, a couple things more expensive, but most you will find is fun, money saving and fun in a creative and inspired way. Besides, can we afford not to?

“Ecology and Economy have the same root word, ‘eco’ which means ‘home’. But what we have done is elevate the economy above ecology” – David Suzuki

“The chameleon changes colour to match the Earth, the Earth doesn’t change colour to match the chameleon”

- Senegalese Proverb

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last river has been polluted, and the last fish has been caught, only then do you realize that money can’t buy everything.” – Amer.Indian

“Someone sits in the shade because someone planted a tree a long time ago” – Warren Buffett

Tips Tuesday-Earth Week

Tips Tuesday! You can’t and shouldn’t miss these of all Tuesdays Tips!

For the next two weeks our ‘tips’ will be referring to our Two week Garbage clean up Community Detox!

The fact that you are supporting our Green Business already speaks magnitudes of you as a human being! This creates awareness and strength to the Eco movement! But don’t stop there! Here will be a few tips on how you can be and share more Eco Awareness! Remember, where you spend your hard earned dollars is a form of voting to our Political Constituents. We are stronger together, let’s make our voices heard!

For the next two weeks our HHDS Green Family will be collecting garbage in our community and we ask for you to help us! We are keeping a running tally through out the Clean up so message us on Facebook and to hybridhairanddetoxspa@rogers.com with your tally to add to ours! As an added bonus this year check out Amanda Weber’s Vibrant Living Wellness Center FREE ‘Detox your Brain’ for two weeks April 22 to May 6th as we clean out or ‘Defragment’ our inner world along with our outer world! We are intrinsically connected to our planet. By creating more awareness of self we automatically begin to acknowledge our connection to our planet and all things . The sign up page is here http://vibrant-living.ca/braincleanse/

The focus is on cleansing your brain, it is a gentle, food-based cleanse which will allow all participants to enjoy the benefits of a cleanse without the obligation to purchase any kits or supplements. We’ll focus on eating whole foods (recipes supplied!) and enjoy daily inspirational videos with guided meditations and mindfulness exercises all aimed at helping to increase your success! Video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ_btKMWRLM

‘As Within So Without’ ~Hermes Trismegistus~

Much of the garbage flying around and ending their travel in our waters is from garbage day and recycling bins and garbage bins tipping over in the wind on garbage day!

Help out your Waste Engineers out to make their job easier, get more recycling bins if you have to and separate your paper, plastic and metals, by doing so you make their sorting easier faster and idling trucks minimize toxin expulsion. Also overflowing bins are targets for flying debris! On windy days or any day, cover each recycling bin with a piece of cardboard cut to fit the top of your bin (Cereal boxes broken down works well) and place a reasonably sized weight\rock on top. I have been known to place my garbage bags on top of the bins too to prevent garbage escape!

Please feel free to share with us unique ways you have come up with to prevent litter or any other form of Environmental thinking with us so we can share with our friends!! In closing please enjoy these thought felt comments from many wise Eco Leaders

“There is a way that nature speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story” -Linda Hogan, author

“I’ve got to do everything I can to make sure that my grandchildren don’t say to me,’Grandpa, you could have doen more.’” – David Suzuki

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” –Chinese Proverb

“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build an yet leave a landscape as it was before” – Robert Lynd

“One should leave their hosts home in the condition or better then when they arrived.” –My Parents
How are we fairing this task for the Earth? This last quote embodies this effort we must all consider…

“Like the trees, we are visitors, guests of the Earth.” – Kim Stafford

Tips Tuesday

#nails #skin care #Eco Friendly

#nails #skin care #Eco Friendly

 

Looking for healthier skin for the coming sun exposed months?

Proper cleansing and moisturizing of the skin is essential for glowing skin!  Healthy skin glows from the inside out without the need for concealers and foundations to over flaws.  Start with a gentle cleanser, RVB Holistics is a beautiful Organically derived skin care line with a cream cleanser for all skin types, it also doubles as a make up remover!  ALWAYS REMOVE your make up before bed.  Left over make up ages your skin and seeps deeper into your skin with little to no health benefits!  Besides who wants to wake up next to a racoon anyway!  After cleansing, a gentle toner for normal and oily skin, contrary to belief toners are not always recommended for all skin types year round!  Ask Elena what regimen works best for you.  Just before bed a beautiful RVB Serum can be smoothed over the skin, gracing your skin with much needed moisture, nutrients and a scent that leaves you floating on a cloud.  DONT FORGET THE DECOLLAGE!  Many women forget this delicate skin on the neck and chest!  Don’t find yourself years later with a flawless face and saggy neck and wrinkled chest, nourish it too! (**Hint always use an upward motion while cleansing and moisturizing)

In the morning don’t over cleanse, water and a wash cloth are enough to remove any light debris from the night before (and minimize over using your product), unlike bed time where you must remove the days dirt grime and make up!  Make sure you tone (if required) and always moisturize with either an day time spf 10 or a 24 hour moisturizer and then if you decide you need it, apply your make up.  We recommend Mirabella Mineral Makeup for added nutrients for your skin and natural zinc sun protection.

Put your best face forward this spring with RVB Holistics , Mirabella Mineral Make up and don’t forget 20% off Facial Fridays!

Tips Tuesday

What’s better Shaving or Waxing?

Many myths surround the concept of waxing versus shaving, one is the belief that the hair grows back thicker and darker.  This is definitely true of shaving as the process of shaving is the action of cutting the hair off mid shaft. This causes each shaft of hair to have a blunt end that then grows out of the skin thicker and stronger, sometimes darker.

Waxing however pulls each hair out of the hair follicle which is to say that it is removed from the skin completely, causing the hair to have to re-establish itself and sometimes damaging the papilla permanently over time.   This can prevent future hair growth.  When the new hair grows in it is young and weak and therefore softer, thinner and sometimes lighter in colour.  The new hair is easier to remove making it less painful during subsequent visits.

So I suppose the answer is based on your individual likes and dislikes.  Shaving is sometimes more convenient,  and cheaper, but the regrowth is instant and maintenance tedious, the results short and scratchy!  many semsitive skin types prefer waxing as shaving can cause unsightly razor burn.  Waxing is more painful at first, but the smooth results last 4-6 weeks depending on your personal hair growth speed.  Be sure to use a loofah or other exfoliating scrub on waxed areas as the hair acts as a route for sebaceous oils to excrete from the skin, once the hair is removed, the oils get trapped inside the skin and can cause bumps and in grown hairs, so scrub that waxed area to allow for free regrowth to come through uninhibited.  The regrowth is virtually  undetectable and if you prebook your appt,  every Wednesday wax day is 10% off all waxing and 50% of Brazilians!

 

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Tips Tuesday

Preventing Hair Amputation!

This time of year is notorious for fragile brittle ends of your hair!  Long or short, hair is pummeled by the transition from Hot indoors to Freezing outdoors!  Hair cuticle, like your skins pores, opens and closes with heat and cold.  The wind and dry air also dry out the hairs ends, this causes a perfect environment for damage ends.  If you haven’t been upping your moisture regimen during the winter, which is advisable, Spring is the time to remedy the situation.  BE CAREFUL WITH THE OILS!  Everyone is crazy about oils!  Coconut, Aragan, Grapeseed, etc!  But don’t forget the reaction between oil and water\moisture!  If you are lathering on the oil, you might find your hair getting dryer!  Just use oils in moderation and don’t think it replaces essential moisture because it doesn’t.  Hot oil treatments included!!  if you have naturally curly dry hair make sure you use rich moisturizing Shampoos and Conditioners. Make sure you add a deep conditioning treatment once a month.  I use Super Conditioner from Onesta EVER TIME I shampoo and condition because I have very dry hair and it prevents it from being brittle and fly away.  Lavender Love Shampoo and Conditioner from the HHDS organics line is good too.  ALWAYS comb your conditioner through in the shower, it evenly distributes your conditioner and minimizes how much you need to use.  This makes your hair more manageable and shiny.

In the end Spring is the perfect time to trim those dry ends and try a fresh new look, a couple inches is NOT considered an amputation, from mid back to shoulders might be in order to deal with the split ends that have spread up the hair shaft due to under nourishing treatment of your hair so make sure you pour on the moisture!  We have been posting some fun spring and summer looks on our facebook page!  Make sure you get on there  to look! And if you are eager for a flirty new look, bring a picture in and we  will transform your tresses to the envy of all!

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TIPS TUESDAYS

Winter Blues Remedy!

Feeling blue?  Often affected by the lack of exposure to the sun during these extreme winter months?  This is commonly known as SAD.  This is a very serious deficiency of vitamin D that impacts your daily life and can have extreme negative affects on your professional and personal life.  Difficulty waking in the morning, restless sleep, gloominess and moodiness, lack of energy and negative thoughts.  Some people have found relief with specialty lamps or vitamin supplements, others need more support.

At HHDS we offer Mind Body and Spirit Personal Nurturing.  From head to toe, inside and out, we can make you feel and look like a million bucks!  Whether you suffer from sever SAD or simply feeling a little depleted and need a top up of positive energy, energy treatments like Reiki, Shamballa and Celtic Reiki will provide the shot of balancing energy you are looking for.  For more extreme cases, one hour treatments pre booked anywhere between weekly to monthly appointments can have staggeringly positive impact on this serious disorder.  In less severe cases we recommend paying attention to your own well being and booking in for a treatment when the urge prompts you.

Energy treatments have more positive side affects then just treating SAD, I encourage you to look up some miraculous claims energy treatments offer.  To demystify the experience, these treatments are offered fully clothed while lying on a treatment table or in a chair, can last between 15 minutes to 1 hour.  The energy treatment practitioner can either place their hands at the sight of each energy point or ‘Chakra’ on the body or can hover their hands over the body, depending on the clients comfort level.  The whole experience is calming, de-stressing and VERY relaxing.

We boast several options of self care treatments for your hair, skin and energy levels.  We encourage you to have fun sampling our ample menu of nurturing experiences that are essential for your over all well being.

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TIPS TUESDAYS – WEDDING HAIR RULES?

I’m engaged and so excited to plan my wedding day look. Is there a rule about wearing my hair up or down? 

This day is all about you, and the last thing you want to stress about is your wedding day look. We have a few bridal packages to offer, If you check out our website. http://hybridhairanddetoxspa.wordpress.com/packagespricing/.

These are awesome packages to consider because they give you the chance to consult with your stylist, and make-up artist, and also pamper you before your big day. We have thought of everything you need to prep for your day in each package.  It’s important for a stylist to have a good idea of the theme of your wedding, romantic, sophisticated or funky.  You also want to have a style that best compliments your dress! Bring in a picture of your dress, and we’ll sit talk about a hairstyle that will look most fitting with your dress and reflect the theme for your big day while considering your personal style. In the end, there is no rule when it comes to how your hair should be done; it’s your day!

BONUS TIPS: Don’t forget to book your appointment for Wednesday Wax Day and Facial Friday. Good appointment times still available!

TIPS TUESDAY – PROM

I’m going to Prom this year and I want to get my hair and makeup done. How soon should I book my appointment and what do I have to do to make sure I get the look I want?

Prom is a very special event, but it also coincides with another big season – Weddings!

Once you find out the date or your prom, it would be ideal to book your appointment as soon as possible. This is a positive gesture to guarantee your spot in our schedule. We offer a consultation and trial service, which could be scheduled prior to the prom date to discuss the look you want to achieve. At this appointment, it would be recommended that you bring in pictures and describe what your favorite features are about the styles. This way the stylist and esthetician can communicate with you about your service, and also input their ideas to achieve your desired look for your prom. Keep an eye on our website where there are monthly promotions and package deals!