Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tired of Refillilng your facial fillers ? There is a lasting filler. It's Artefill

Why would Artefill be right for me?

 The answer lasting results. It allows for progressive enhancements which gives you more control over the final results.
What you will experience:
  1. Immediate visible wrinkle correction
  2. A natural elegant feel
  3. Fewer injections
  4. A filler that is simple, safe and effective
  5. It can also fill in the facial drooping around eyes and jowls
You deserve the confidence that you will enjoy with lasting wrinkle correction.
What is Artefill?
Artefill is a microsphere enhanced filler. The unique microspheres are not absorbed by the body and creates a support for enduring wrinkle correction by working together with your body's own collagen.. Artefill consists of 80% bovine collagen and 20% polymethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. PMMA has a proven safety record in humans for over 60 years.
Why is Artefill a lasting solution?
The Microsphere enhanced collagen provides a support matrix for enduring wrinkle correction.
Artefill is Safe and effective
  • Artefill has proven to be safe and effective wrinkle filler
  • Artefill has a very high patient satisfaction rate
  • Artefill technology platform has been studied in patients since 1998

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 Claude Thomas Salon and Spa Now has a Med Spa with Dr. James McAdoo, reknown plastic surgeon with offices in Rockford Illinois. Dr McAdoo is at the salon location on Wednesdays.

Madame Claude's take on men styles

Claude Thomas draws inspiration from the hair style trends of our favorite stars and celebrities . One popular star hairstyle for men with straight hair and youthful features is Leonardo DiCaprio. His movie star good looks, dapper hair styles (short or long), baby blue bed room eyes and movie star persona make this leading man irresistible to women attached to the adventurous side and quite the catch for those lady's drawn to the sensitive, creative types.

TO GET THE LOOK:  Have you been looking for a way to style your fine straight hair and give it a movie star look that’s irresistible to women? If that’s the case, take a styling lesson from Leonardo and watch what happens when you show up looking like a movie star. To get the look, call for an appointment and we will have you ready for any part that may come your way. Lights, camera, action.

Claude Thomas Salon and Spa cater  to our male clientele with signature shampoos and creative hair styling and hair coloring for men who want a great look with no maintenance.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Brave new world of Hair Coloring

The big story was at one time highlighting, that isn't really new anymore because foil highlights have been around for a long time. However, we’ve come a long way from "streaking" hair where we put blonde color in every one's hair from black to brown to red or mousey blonde.
Foiling isn't new  but what makes the physical technique of foiling brilliant, is in the stylist skill level, imagination and vision. Just looking at the foil on someone head does not tell the whole story. What makes dimensional coloring an art form is the type of weave, thin weaving or slicing, medium weave or thicker chuck placement. Now put to that equation where the placement of the patterning and color formulation will be within the hair itself. One can foil in 10 different colors on one head in all shapes and patterning to create the finishing touch to the person individual signature look and style. With foiling or blocking technique in dimensional coloring, you are making a one of a kind color and style for each individual client. Like beautiful little snowflakes that are unique and none exactly the same. What this type of coloring creates is, your own unique hair color and style.

Hair Coloring has evolved into a Living Art Form something quite different. Creative hair colorist’s now add splashes of color or color just the bottom part for a two tone effect and are using a full palette of up to six contrasting shades for a rainbow effect. You’re now only limited by your imagination and just how daring you want to be. It’s a brave exciting new world of color and the sky’s the limit; here are a few examples of hair art coloring effects showing up around the globe.

Claude Thomas is unsurpassed in the beauty industry for our dimensional hair coloring. From subtle to bold whatever you want to be

Monday, February 11, 2013

Claude Thomas's Waxing Glossary


They don't call it V-day for nothing!
Whether you are happily coupled or blissfully single, with Valentine's Day quickly approaching, it's time to show yourself some love. This week, we've rounded up a few of our favorite waxing spots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Bikini Wax
Remove just the hair surrounding the front bikini line.

The Brazilian Wax
A Brazilian wax involves removing the hair in the front and the hair in the back.

The Landing Strip
Similar to a Brazilian, most all hair, front and back, is removed; save a "strip" of vertical hair in the front.

The Valentine
This waxing style leaves just a heart-shaped patch of hair. Ah, love-ly.

The V-Dazzled V-Jay Jay (also Vajazzling):A smooth, hair free front complemented by the application of glitter and jewels.

The Throwback
We take full credit for naming this "style." (Although we won't take credit for sporting it!), This is what we call a none- waxed, au naturel bikini line. Very 1970s.

The French
Takes all hair off the in the front, save a small strip. Unlike a Brazilian, this style does not remove hair from the rear.

The Hollywood

This A-list wax leaves you completely hair free from front to back.
See our CLAUDE THOMAS SALON AND SPA facebook post for our waxing specials for all this week


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

What could be so bad with having a "Bad Hair Day"?

When your mane's a mess, does it seem like nothing goes your way? Don't worry – it's not just you.

Does having a bad hair really affect you?

How does a bad hair day really affects us.
Whether you’re fighting with frizzy out of control hair, trying to pump up the volume on  limp locks, or just plain doing battle with the weather, having a hair meltdown may affect more than just your appearance. “Bad hair” can have profound effects on your mental well-being, causing both women and men to lose self-esteem, become more socially insecure, and even doubt their own abilities. This was found by  researchers at Yale University found in one of their studies. 
The study, commissioned by Proctor and Gamble (makes sense), found that people may actually perform below their abilities when they believe their hair is not up to snuff. The researchers reported that even the thought of a bad hair day made women and men believe they weren’t as smart as others. Socially, women reported feeling embarrassed, ashamed, and self-conscious during bad hair days while men said they felt more nervous and less self-confident.
“There is a strong correlation between what we see in the mirror and how we feel about ourselves,” says Amy L. Flowers, PhD, a psychologist with expertise in self-esteem and body image and with a practice in Macon, Ga. “Thomas Cash, a famous researcher in body image, states that up to 25 percent of our self-esteem is determined by how we feel about our bodies — you can’t hate the way you look and still love yourself,” Flowers says. “Also, we assume that others see us the way we see ourselves, so if we don’t like a particular feature (like our hair), we assume that others find it repulsive, too.” But, of course, that’s not always the case.
But 44 percent of respondents said their mood has been negatively affected by a bad hair day, and 26 percent said they actually were moved to tears after a botched haircut. The reaction is understandable, says Flowers. “We put importance on our hair and face because these are features that cannot be hidden; they are the first things we notice about people.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton can attest to the power of hair. She once famously quipped, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” 
To avoid a bad hair day, women are ready to dip pretty deep into their pockets. The ShopSmart poll found that, on average, women pay $50 to $ 90. for a haircut. Also 73 percent of women reported regularly coloring their hair with  women paying  an average $65 to $150. for color. 
“I think women will spend their last money on  haircuts and hair color because these are not seen as luxuries but ‘impression-formation devices,’ especially on job interviews, first dates, etc.,” Flowers says. 

What Good Hair Care Says About You
 “I think hair can say a lot about how we see ourselves — if it looks like you just fell out of bed, it implies that you don’t care about your appearance, which to me indicates poor self-esteem,” says Flowers. “I don’t think you have to have on a full face of makeup before going out to get the mail, but a person who is going out in public should be clean and tidy. It shows self-respect and makes a good impression.” And she urges people to "remember that old expression: You only have one chance to make a first impression.” 
So with this in mind, a good and experienced professional stylist is worth their weight in gold. 

TELL US here at Claude Thomas Salon and Spa blogg: Does a bad hair day dampen your emotional health? Share your experiences in the comments.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

 You eat a healthy diet, regularly choosing natural foods, so why not follow suit with your beauty routine? Many foods that are healthy to eat also offer powerful benefits for your skin and hair — and they've found their way into a wide variety of beauty products. A lot of natural ingredients tend to be absorbed well and contain actual antioxidants and enzymes in their purest, most potent form," says Deborah Longwill, MD, a dermatologist at the Miami Center for Dermatology. Check out these natural ingredients that can aid your beauty regimen.


This fragrant herb, most commonly used in Indian curries, is also prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric has long been used to treat eczema and is known to speed wound healing. Recent research suggests that turmeric may also help firm aging skin, and it's the star ingredient in some natural skin creams. A rich golden yellow, turmeric is also used as a fabric dye, but don't worry — the hue won't transfer to your skin.


The buzz about this popular breakfast food usually focuses on its cholesterol-lowering effects, though if you stop there, you're selling this "superfood" short. Oatmeal can also soothe rashes and irritations caused by poisonous plants, such as poison ivy and oak, as well as pain and itching caused by chicken pox and sunburn. Simply sprinkle some dry oatmeal into a lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes. Because of its grainy texture, oatmeal is also ideal for gentle skin exfoliation: Mix with warm water, apply to your face with circular motions, let dry for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has been revered for centuries as a natural moisturizer, and with good reason. “Olive oil is ultrahydrating,” says Dr. Longwill. It creates a barrier that protects dry skin and is particularly helpful for people who have psoriasis or eczema. Use it straight from the bottle — yes, the same olive oil you use to make healthy salad dressings — to slather on after a shower. Or try it as a homemade hair treatment for split ends. “Hair follicles absorb olive oil nicely,” says Longwill. You can find olive oil in numerous skin and hair care products, including soaps, facial washes, moisturizers, shampoos, and conditioners.


Known as nature’s sweetener, honey is also Mother Nature’s antiseptic — it has been proven to help speed the healing of wounds and superficial burns. Because it kills bacteria, Longwill recommends products that contain honey to her patients with acne. In addition, honey is an effective skin moisturizer. Look for honey in lip balms, soaps, and moisturizers, among other skin care products.


“As we progress into our forties, fifties, and beyond, our skin cells turn over less frequently, causing a duller appearance,” says Longwill. That’s where pumpkin can help. It contains an enzyme that gently peels away dead skin, speeding the production of new cells. In addition, pumpkin is rich in essential fatty acids, which hydrate the skin, and the antioxidant vitamins A and C, which fight free radicals that can age skin. Look for pumpkin products in facial and body peels and in treatments for the hair and scalp.


While you would never apply salmon directly to your face or body, cold-water fish like salmon contain DMAE, short for dimethylaminoethanol, a compound that helps rejuvenate skin. You can get the benefits of DMAE by eating cold-water fish or by applying it to your skin by means of creams and moisturizers, says Longwill. Products that contain DMAE are thought to help firm skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Seaweed is a popular skin care ingredient across the globe, especially in Japan and France. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and is thought to have a host of cosmetic benefits, including reducing inflammation and irritation, cleansing, firming, and softening. Because seaweed is also thought to help improve circulation, it’s a key ingredient in many cellulite-reducing creams and is used in detoxifying body wraps at spas. Several varieties of seaweed are used in skin care products.

Green Tea

The many health benefits of drinking green tea are widely known — it can help reduce cholesterol and may protect against certain cancers and glaucoma. When applied to your skin, green tea is a potent antioxidant that helps skin retain moisture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, says Longwill. Look for green tea in facial and body washes, masks, and moisturizers. For a refreshing treat, apply green tea bags dampened with cold water to your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.


Aloe, which is instantly cooling and soothing, has been used medicinally for years to heal light burns, including those caused by the sun and certain chemicals. Its gel provides a barrier that protects against irritants and bacteria, and it hydrates and reduces inflammation, says Longwill. For the most potent burn relief, break a piece straight from a plant and squeeze the gel directly onto the burn. Moisturizers and other products that contain aloe are generally nonirritating, so they are a good choice for people with sensitive skin.


The benefits of this trendy berry are not just hype. Acai berries, found in the Amazon jungle, contain a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. When this superfood is added to moisturizers, it may help neutralize oxidative stress and protect skin against signs of sun damage. In addition, acai is known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to even out skin tone.

Ask our Claude Thomas's  aestheticians how to maintain and improve your skin through diet, proper care, our skin treatments and the right products for your skin.