Friday, June 28, 2013

Get Beach Waves in Under 20 Minutes!

It's summer... And summertime is the best time to go for a natural look. Nothing screams "natural" like beach waves in your hair, whether they are natural or not. Check out the tutorial below by and try it out on your own locks. This is quick and easy but gives a great look. Comment on the Barbizon of Akron Facebook page and let us know how it worked for you!

Step 1:

Dampen your hair with a spray bottle or let it semi air dry after washing it.

As you can tell, I have a lot of wave to my hair, but this works for all hair types!

Step 2:
 Part your hair into four sections. They don’t have to be sectioned perfectly. Tie them off to keep them separated from each other. Spray each section lightly with hair spray.

Step 3: Start twisting your hair in the direction you want your curl to be. I twisted mine away from my face. Keep twisting until it tightens to the point it starts to coil on its own.

Step 4: Coil it into a tight bun and then use bobby pins to keep it in place.

Step 5: Blow your hair until it’s dry. The longer you dry it, the tighter your curl will be.

Step 6: Undo the bobby pins and take your buns out of their coil.

Step 7: Separate your curls using your fingers and then scrunch to add some body.

Step 8: You’re finished! Lightly spray with hair spray then you’re good to go!

Something to keep in mind is, obviously, the wetter your hair is to begin with, the longer it takes to dry. The longer you dry the “buns” the tighter the curls will be. This is great for a nice tight curl look! If you have shorter hair, it works better to use more sections. If you have curly/wavy hair, it works best to make your “buns” as tight as possible and dry them for a little longer.

Give it a try! It’s quick and easy! For a girl who regularly spends over an hour to curl her hair, this is a nice time saver! Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fun and Affordable Summer Ideas!

Barbizon of Akron knows that summer vacation is one of the best times of the year, but what happens when money is tight and you can’t afford to do all of the things you wish you could? Have no fear; we have you covered with some fun and affordable things that you and your friends can do over break!

 Are you aware that the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is free on Monday’s until Labor Day for Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township residents? Many people in these areas take full advantage of this awesome opportunity! So much so that the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo set a new record for people in attendance at their facility on Monday, June 13! They had 24,976 visitors! How cool is that? If you don’t live in those areas and still want to go to the zoo, or can’t make it there on a Monday if you are a resident, tickets for adults are only $12.25 and $8.25 for children until October 31! What a great way to have fun and save some money!

Keep with the trend, and grab your friends or family and take a small day trip to Port Clinton, OH! Another fun and affordable way to save some money is to check out their African safari! I went on one with my family a year ago and had an absolute blast! You may think this is expensive, but no way! With Groupon, a money saving discount website, the cost per ticket originally being $21.95, is just $10! That’s a 64% discount! You get to ride in your car and feed animals such as, zebra’s, buffalo, giraffes and camels! Head to Africa without even leaving the country!

A fun hike in the woods is always a great way to experience tranquility, and guess what, it’s free! Head to your local park with your friends and discover some fun trails. Nature is so beautiful and we definitely don’t take into consideration all of the amazing flowers, plants, animals and trees in front of us! Make a day out of it and plan a fun picnic with your friends on one of the trails you make your way through.

If it’s a hot and sunny day, head to your local pool, or even the beach. Catch some rays and cool off in the water! You can even bring a Frisbee, football or other things to throw around to your friends! Make sure you pack your sunscreen though, skin safety is very important!
Summer fun is everywhere, so use your imagination and take into account that the world is at your feet! You’re never going to have as much free time as you do in the summer months, so get lost in fun activities! Who knows, you may even discover something new about yourself! 

Barbizon of Akron hopes you have a fun and safe rest of your summer!

By: Kelley Notaro

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Fun at Home Facial Mask!

Hey Barbizon of Akron family, skip the salon and set up shop at home! I am here to give you a quick, fun and easy recipe for the perfect facial mask!

The mask I am going to talk about is one of my ALL TIME favorites! It’s called the Cocoa Powder Mask! According to Speedy Remedies, coco powder is considered to be good for your skin because the powder is rich in antioxidants! Who knew chocolate could actually be good for you, right? 
Ok, to start, wash your face with an exfoliating scrub! It’s important to get off dry and dead skin so the mask can really do its’ job. I like to use Clean and Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub because it feels awesome! You can purchase it and other scrubs at any drug store!

Make sure you pick up some organic cocoa powder, organic because it will be richer in antioxidants, meaning it will be even better for your skin!  Mix the powder with an adequate amount of water so that the combination turns into a paste! Put the paste on your face, avoiding eyes and mouth, and leave it on for 10-to-15 minutes! Hey, if you’d like, slice up some cucumbers, and put those over your eyes! Now you’ll really feel like you are at a salon! It’s like getting the royal treatment except at a bargain hunter’s price!

When you wash off the mask, you will notice that your skin feels softer, and rejuvenated! What a quick and fun way to make your skin glow! Wearing this mask every couple of weeks will really keep your skin looking fresh and healthy!

Make a night out of it and invite your friends over for some spa fun! You ladies could even go all out with some manicures and pedicures! What a great way to save money, have fun and impress your friends with this girly idea!

By: Kelley Notaro

Friday, June 21, 2013

Top Six Beauty Secrets for Summer

Summertime is the perfect time to try out new beauty tips! We at Barbizon of Akron have collected up these favorite tips from our staff to share with all of you. Give them a try a let us know on our Facebook Page what you think!

Blush: Blush can give you a natural glow but make sure you don't become "too rosy!" Apply your blush two finger widths away from your nose and keep it on the apples of your cheeks. This will give you that natural rosy glow without going overboard.

Hair Lift: Give your hair a lift by spraying a volumizing spray to your roots. Blow dry it in while holding your head upside down. This will instantly give your hair a fresh and volumous look.

Pumped and Primed: Use an eye shadow primer before applying your eye shadow. It gives a nice foundation for the eye shadow to adhere to and helps to lock eye shadow into place.

Clarity: Use a clarifying shampoo to help remove excess build-up that you may have accumulated during the
winter months. Clarifying shampoos also help to remove chlorine from hair after the pool and will help minimize damage. If you're blonde, it will also help prevent your hair from turning green.

Call in the Replacements: Make-up loses it's effectiveness over time, and can also become a breeding ground for bacteria! Keep products fresh by replacing them every three or so months at least. Also remember to keep make-up tools, like brushes, clean and sanitary!

Dry it Out: Have a new fresh pimple? Dab some toothpaste on it before bed. The toothpaste will dry out the pimple overnight.

Good luck and we hope that these tips will help some of you tread some new ground. Every body is different, and the best way to find out what will work for you is to just jump in and try new things! Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, June 14, 2013

How To's of Lipstick

At Barbizon of Akron, we noticed that lipstick is starting to make a comeback! Don't miss out on this trend. Below are our tips for perfect lipstick lips!

Exfoliate: Exfoliate your lips using a toothbrush and a homemade scrub of sugar and water. The scrub should be rough, so be sure not to dissolve all of the sugar with the water. Do this for about twenty seconds and then condition with Vaseline. Wipe the Vaseline off and begin with your lip liner.

Lip Liner: Find a lip liner that is two shades darker than your lipstick. Using lip liner has great benefits as it acts like a primer to the lipstick, helping it stay on longer. By outlining just outside of your lip line, you can also create the illusion of fuller, plumper lips.

Apply liner: Starting from the outline, move the line in the the center of the lips.

Apply Lipstick: You can apply your lipstick either directly or with a brush. It is whichever your prefer. Make sure to apply in two sweeping coats, and be sure to get the cracks in your lips for better coverage.

Less is More: With lipstick, less is more. Do not leave your lips greasy as it is unattractive and will wipe off more easily on other objects. Blot with the back of your hand or a tissue. You can also add a clear gloss to the center of lips to help the lipstick pop.

And your finished! We are looking forward to seeing Barbizon of Akron take on the lipstick trend. Shine on, Barbizon!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mani Time!

Here at Barbizon of Akron, we love having fun with different beauty techniques as well as different nail art! But what if you don't have a steady hand? Then take it to a professional!

Nail Techs generally have extensive training in nail care and design. Steady hands are a must, so they can execute some of the hardest designs imaginable! So, if you want cute nails, but have trouble doing them yourself, have no fear; they've got your back!

While you can simply have your nails done, you might as well go that extra little mile and get a full on manicure! The hand scrub, massage and moisturizer makes your skin baby soft, and after having your nails filed and polished, they'll be looking beautiful too!

So, now the question is: where should you go? Kim Blankenship is a Nail Tech Extraordinaire at Georgie Salon & Spa! She truly knows how to give the best manicures! Try her once and you'll see what makes her
(and her services) so special! Added bonus: All Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. and Barbizon of Akron members receive 20% off of services! This is also extended to family members, so if you're a parent waiting on your child to have their hair done, pamper yourself while you wait!

If you want a springtime/ summertime look that is truly fresh, go all out with a pedicure too! When it comes to modeling or image, remember that everything counts, head to foot! So, the next time you're looking to treat yourself, do so in a way that not only makes you feel good physically, but gives you that confidence boost of having a fully polished look. At Barbizon of Akron, when you've got confidence, you've got it all!