All You Need To Know About Waxing…

Waxing is one of the most popular and cost effective ways to remove unwanted hair. This dates back all the way to Egyptian and Roman times. Many customs considered the removal of hair to be more hygienic and a necessity for many centuries. Both men and women would depilate their entire body hair and often adhered to the expectation that hair should be removed for at least 40 days, all these years later, we still recommend Waxing every 4-5 weeks.

What are the benefits of Waxing?

Unlike shaving, Waxing actually removes the hair directly from the root. This means over a period of time and with repeated treatments, hair often grows back finer and in some cases more sparse.

Waxing also acts as an exfoliator, as it removes the top layer of dead skin cells.

It’s quick and affordable. Unlike some of the other methods such as, electrolysis and laser. Most Waxing treatments can be carried out within 20-30 minutes depending on the individual.

There are also no harsh chemicals or ingredients that could harm the skin.

What’s the difference between Warm Wax and Hot Wax?

These are often referred to as strip wax and peelable wax. Warm wax is applied in a thin layer using a wooden spatula and then removed with either a paper or fabric strip. Hot wax is also applied using a disposable spatula, however because it hardens as it cools on the skin, it is removed without a strip.

Warm wax is often used for larger areas such as legs, arms or chest and backs of male clients where as Hot wax is used for smaller areas such as underarms, facial areas or intimate waxing.

When looking for a Waxing brand, I wanted to offer my clients the very best and Sienna X never fail to disappoint. They use the finest natural ingredients to create the most stunning waxes. They also use Defensil® Plus within their pre and post care products. This is a combination of ingredients that help to protect, soothe and regenerate the skin.

Pre Treatment Advice…

  • Allow at least three weeks of hair growth for best results.
  • If you are new to waxing, have skin sensitivities or any allergies, I would recommend a patch test 24-48 hours before a treatment.
  • Gently exfoliate the area the day before your treatment, this will help avoid ingrown hairs and will help to give you a smoother finished result.
  • Avoid using lotions or cosmetics on the treatment area on the day of your appointment.

Post Treatment Advice…

  • All aftercare advice should be followed for 24-48 hours after your treatment.
  • Avoid hot baths or showers
  • Do not expose the area to UV light, sunbathing, heat or electrical equipment.
  • Avoid swimming, spa baths or saunas
  • Avoid touching the area with fingers.

If you would like to find out any additional information about how a Sienna X Wax can make your treatment a little bit more ‘oooOOOooo’ than ‘ouch’, you can get in touch with me via my Facebook page.

Love, Nina x

 

 

How To Glow With Confidence On Your Wedding Day

Bridal Tanning Tips

I think every Bride deserves to look and feel beautiful on one of the most special days of her life and I genuinely believe that a subtle glow really does complete a bridal look.

For me, the ultimate bridal tan should be flawless, timeless and beautifully enhance their natural skin tone. It’s such a privilege to create a tan like this and whenever I meet a bride I like to gain as much information as possible, in order for me to create the perfect tan for them. With that in mind, here are my top bridal tanning tips for all of you beautiful Brides-to-be…

Your First Tanning Appointment…

On your first tanning appointment, it’s all about the consultation. I love to hear all about your dress, how much of your skin will be on show and your colour scheme. My most popular tan for brides is the Sienna X 6% Touché De Soleil. It gives a gorgeous light, natural glow and works beautifully on pale skin tones.

I do sometimes opt for a slightly darker shade, but this is only usually if the natural skin tone is darker or I’m choosing to accentuate certain areas such as cheekbones or the décolletage.

After this initial appointment, I advise my brides to take a daily selfie in natural daylight to see which day they prefer the colour on. Most of my brides often prefer day two, this then ensures that when it comes to tanning them for the actual wedding day, they feel at their best… Confidence is key.

Your Second Tanning Appointment…

This is where I focus more on the feedback from your initial tanning appointment . Many brides often like to book their Make-Up trials for after this date, this then gives them a really clear idea of how they will look on their big day. A spray tan is the perfect primer for your Make-up to be applied to, and works particularly well for brides who wear minimal make up day-to-day.

Your Final Tanning Appointment…

Your final appointment will take place a day or two before your wedding day. At this point, all of your arrangements will be done, allowing you to enjoy your treatment with a glass of Prosecco.

We will also discuss your honeymoon plans, Brides who are going away straight after their wedding often like to take a Gradual Self Tan to prolong the life of their tan, others who are going away at a later date like to use Radiance Body Balm in order to keep their skin nourished and get the most from their colour.

Which ever shade you choose, I hope you have the most amazing wedding day and create memories you will treasure for years to come.

Love,

Nina x

September Blog: Bridal Make-Up Tips…

Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty (4)

With weddings happening each and every month, “wedding season” is turning into all year round, with many Brides choosing to get married between October and March, but which ever month you choose, you’ll want your day to be absolutely perfect.

Some have dreamt of this day since they can remember, but with so many decisions to be made from choosing a venue to ordering the perfect dress, it’s sometimes hard to visualise the bigger picture.

With so many different themes now, weddings can be much more individual, really showing the couples personalities.

Aside from choosing the perfect dress, the Bride has to decide on Hair and Make-Up, two of the most important aspects of her day. Here is my guide to choosing the right look for you.

Preparation

This is so important with anything, but especially with your skin. Ensure you use a good quality cleanser, toner and moisturiser at least two months prior to your big day to ensure that your skin is in prime condition.

Make-Up Artist vs DIY

Many Brides are often surprised at how much make-up artists actually cost, however, find a good one and they are worth their weight in gold! I would always recommend a trial at least eight weeks prior to your Wedding. This will allow you to research different looks and take them along with you. Pinterest can be great for this, in fact anything Wedding related. Doing your make-up yourself can be stressful and the last thing you want for your big day is to be stressed! Make-Up Artists use professional products that are made to last the whole day, therefore you shouldn’t need to re-touch anything other than your lipstick.

Still be you!

The one piece of advice I give all of my Brides, no matter what, you still need to feel like you on your special day. Your hair and make-up should complement you and your personality, ensuring you feel amazing and confident, not self-conscious because it’s to bold.

Themed looks 

Themes can be a great starting point for any hair & make-up looks and then can be built upon.

Vintage: This is beautiful and very classic, simple make-up with stunning red lips work brilliantly for this. An elegant chignon or French pleat to complement this classic look will never go out of fashion.

Country Garden/Boho: If you are looking for something more country garden then pale mochas and soft curls can be a match made in heaven. Gorgeous curls or half up, half down with fresh flowers placed in the hair can look as beautiful as a spring day.

Glamour: This is the perfect look for the smoky eye, dramatic and sexy at its best. There is a lot of freedom with hair also for this look, any up-do looks amazing with this look as well as pinned curls to the side cascading down the left shoulder.

Seaside: This look is becoming more popular with brides and depending on venue can look simply stunning. Hair can be loosely pinned so it gives the impression of done, but not overdone or beautiful beach curls can be created. Dress that would suit this look would be floaty and make-up would reflect holidays, so bronze, latte tones with a hue of gold shimmer.

Make a plan

Take advantage of a consultation with your Hair Stylist and or Make-Up Artist. They are there to help and advise you, knowing what will work for you. Regular hair treatments prior to your wedding day can ensure that it is in the best possible condition. Scheduling colour and haircut appointments is also a really important part to. Collect pictures from Pinterest and wedding magazines, these will help build up a nice collage of things you like and rule out what you don’t.

I’m proud to say that this blog also features on The Great British Wedding website as I was asked to write for them back April. It’s a great website with lots of lovely ideas, so make sure you take a look as it’s packed full of inspiration, tips and advice.

My last bit of advice is, if you feel overwhelmed by all of these decisions there are to make, take 10 minutes out, go for a walk and breathe, It really worked for me when I was planning my wedding.

Feel free to head over to my Facebook page and ask any questions or alternatively leave a comment below.

Love, Nina x