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Ingrown Hairs

Have you ever encountered a bump on your skin and found that it has hair underneath it?
Well, that is ingrown.
Ingrown hairs are hairs that have grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it.
Mostly due to your clogged up skin.

Some people are naturally more prone to it than others. Some are using products which can causes it (chemicals, lotions, exfoliants). Others came from waxing which removes hair on the opposite direction your hair grows. Shaving causes ingrown as well. These are the few causes of ingrown I've known of.

I will discuss ways how you can avoid ingrown on my future blog.


Good Skin Starts on the Inside

It's easy to look sharp when you haven't done anything. Unfortunately our skin and hair do not have get that luxury. Both are too busy protecting us from the cold in the winter, the heat in the summer, repairing cuts, bruises, and anything else we may challenge our skin with. We take for granted the hard work our skin puts in for us. We may not feed our selves properly, drink enough water, provide the vitamins and minerals our skin needs to stay strong and vital. It is important to remember that what we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies. Pay attention to the signs. Dry, flaky skin needs moisture. Use a water based lotion to hydrate. Dull skin needs vitamins. Taking supplements or eating fruits and vegetables will brighten you up! Our bodies do so much for us, lets return the favor!

Embrace the Transformation

Happy Monday!

The holiday hype is over, New Years came and went, students are back in school and normal life continues. Normal doesn't have to be boring. when people are asked, "what is new!?", and the response is "nothing", this can be a good thing. Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. Whether we are making drastic changes or subtle ones, it is important that we continue to grow. By acknowledging a bad habit, or making a conscious effort to be nicer to people, or read more. We can, in these small adjustments, grow and expand our minds. Setting small attainable goals for yourself will give you an extra push needed to grow. Also, by accomplishing that small goal, we will feel good and wanting to keep accomplishing tasks. This will lead to setting bigger goals, and will evolve into bigger, better changes in our life!
We are constantly learning, and improving. Embrace it, push yourself, and we will all go on to do and achieve great things. Believe in yourself in 2019.... Oh! And always moisturize!!

Be Kind to One Another in 2019 -From Canada with Love

There is something to be said for good customer service. It transcends age, gender, language, and career. I have been truly amazed and humbled by how well we can take care of one another. Taking that extra step to make a shopping, dining or spa treatment extra special can be one of the easiest things you will do. It may not seem that much to you, but to the recipient of that consideration, you can change their whole day. I have been fortunate to spend 2 months in Tokyo, so far, and I have one month left. In this short time I have been so honored by the attention I have received. Every morning I go to the same convenience store, and every morning the clerk starts to prepare my order before I make my way to the register. We have now been able to exchange some pleasantries, and have become familiar with each other through our brief interactions. She is studying English and is writing her Japanese Language Level 2 exam soon. Her English is very good, and has even picked up some western phrases that I have taught her. We have passed each other on the street as she is leaving work and I am returning to my apartment. It is comforting to pass a friendly, familiar face in such a large, anonymous city.

The work days are long, and quite busy. The salon staff often have to eat or break very quickly, and being in such a popular location, the salon is prone to several walk -ins and last minute bookings. I am familiar with this, as we are in the service industry and our reputation and income are dependent on reliability and availability to our customers. Amidst the hustle i have managed to source out some convenient, healthy, "fast-food" options. However, this is Shibuya and it is said that on average 250,000 people pass through Shibuya Crossing per day. As you can imagine, it can be difficult accomplishing anything within our 20 min breaks. One of my tiny gems is a halal kebab shop. While I do love Japanese food, it is nice to have the options Shibuya has to offer. The owner is there first thing in the morning preparing the Chicken and Beef, that honestly, tastes better the longer it cooks. And he is there until 9 at night. Given his ideal location, he must see 100's, if not more, people a day. However, whenever I get a craving, I enter the queue. The owner is rapidly slicing meat, grilling pita, prepping meals, and serving soda, or Asahi. Even with all of the orders being directed at him, more often than not he notices me waiting. Once he does, he opens a Ginger-ale, points to me, and sends it down the line. Each person in the line passing the soda back, slightly confused at to what is happening. When I make my way to the front, order my food, and give him my 1000 yen note, he never lets me tip him, or pay for the soda. He simply smiles and says "next time!".

These two people, whom I only interact with for the purpose of sustenance, have significantly impacted and altered my experience in Tokyo. I will think of them long after I have gone, and I hope they will think of me too. I don't know if they have created bonds or relationships with many of their customers. I like to think we have impacted each others lives and will continue to make visits to other countries more memorable, or experiences in our establishments special, and note worthy.

New Year New YOU!!

It's almost a new year and most of us start making resolutions. Whether it is to eat healthier, get in better shape, be more organized, we all want to better ourselves. The "New year, new me" idea is a wonderful one. There is something cathartic about having a fresh start. Whatever the goal is, it is important that we work everyday to achieve it. One thing we hear less of is, taking better care of our skin. Our skin is constantly shedding, healing, and protecting us. Skin has a very vital role in our overall health, so why shouldn't we take better care of it!!
Start the New Year with Sugaring!! By making your first appointment in January, you will be committing to helping your skin once a month. And this takes much less work than going to the gym everyday, nor will you have to feel guilty if you sneak a treat in that isn't on a diet plan. Making a once a month Sugaring appointment followed with our amazing home skin care products that are effective, simple and fit easily into your schedule.
And remember, keep your goals attainable, fun, and will make you feel great about yourself. Setting unrealistic goals can be defeating and we end up feeling worse about ourselves. Treat your mind and body with care this year and give yourself everything you deserve.

What is in your product and on your skin?

Researching your sugaring product!!
Sugaring is quickly becoming the first choice for hair removal. Everywhere that provides sugaring services tells you of all the benefits, and we are so happy that people are starting to notice. But what consumers need to be aware of is the quality of the product. Sugar that is not made in a sterile, professional area will not be as effective or safe as products that are made in a controlled environment. It is easy to youtube "how to make sugar", and a lot of people who claim to be professionals do make their own. However, because we don't know where their sugar is being manufactured, or who they are trained by, could mean your service will not have the amazing benefits sugaring has to offer. If the sugar is made in a "home" setting, it may not exfoliate as well, it can cause more ingrown hair as it may not be able to seep into the skin as well as a professional product. Also, if the techniques is not done properly, the sugaring experience can be painful and ineffective. So, remember, do your research on all products and services you are using and spending money on. Your body will thank you!

Treat yourself in 2019!

You may not have to buy gifts for this holiday season, but its always nice to treat yourself!! Give your skin the gift of smooth with Body Sugaring. Take time once a month and do something for yourself. Starting now is the perfect time, Sugaring has so many benefits aside from removing the hair. Combining services with our high-end skin care line will help you have glowing, even toned, and healthy skin by summer.
By Sugaring once a month, we are removing the hair but also the dead skin or exfoliated layer of skin. By not removing this, the skin can look dull and chalky. Also, your skin will not be able to absorb moisture as easily, so it is more challenging to get vibrant skin. Using the Phenomen-all skin repair oil between Sugaring appointments will give you the desired look of bright, youthful skin!
Phenomen-all is rich with Shea Butter, Jojoba, Clery Sage, and so many other amazing ingredients that are designed to help your skin glow!
Start 2019 off right and get your skin in shape for the summer with Body Sugaring!!

Natural Oils for skin and body care

Ingredients in your cosmetics and skin care are important!

Natural oils are becoming more popular in today's society. They are great for using topically, or for ingesting. Oils such as Frankincense, Sunflower, Rose and Pine are being used more over medicinal products as remedies to minor problems we face everyday.
Oils have amazing benefits from clearing skin problems, to dietary regulation, to sleep. It is important to do your research and understand where your products are coming from. Some oils and ingredients are not a good quality. If the cost is low, chances are it is not a good products. Natural oils are difficult to extract and process to make them safe for our skin and bodies. however, you do not need a large amount, so oils can last you a long time. The investment is worth it!

Some ingredients in Alexandria Professional products, and oils that help your skin between appointments are:

Sunflower: is an anti inflammatory, it reduces redness and is very high in Omega 6 and fatty acids. Sunflower also enhances the development of new skin cells which promotes healing and helps maintain youthful skin.
Avocado: this is very good for hydration, avocado is very high in Vitamin E which nourishes the skin.
Basil: this is very high in vitamin C, which is used to brighten the skin. It doest this by destroying free radicals that our skin is exposed to everyday.
Citrus: this is also very high in vitamin C. Using Citrus internally and topically is very beneficial to your skin and body. Vitamin C rejuvenates unhealthy skin to restore it back to its vital, youthful appearance.
Rose: this is also on of the most popular in skin care. Rose helps maintain the proper PH balance, which helps to eliminate break outs, or irritation. Rose is also great for cleaning out pores and keeping the skin tone even.
Pine: this is great to use on your skin because it is very high in antioxidants, and is used as a great anti-bacterial agent. Pine comes in different varieties such as: White and Silver.
Frankincense: this is by far the most beneficial natural oil. It is difficult to source and high quality oil can be expensive, but it has some of the most healing properties. This oil rapidly regenerates healthy skin cells while keeping existing skin healthy. Frankincense is widely used internally, and topically and can help with so much more than just your skin.

Alexandria Professional only uses the highest quality ingredients from around the world.  The formulations are designed to help treat various skin conditions.  If you are using oils as part of your daily routine, make sure to do your researh and only seek the highest, best quality ingredients.  

Getting started with Sugaring!


We talk a lot about Sugaring, products, benefits, all of which are true...again, this is why we love what we do!!
One thing that we need to keep in mind is planning. Sugaring is truly amazing for your skin and hair, it reduces growth, improves the look and texture of your skin. However, what we need to keep in mind is those accomplishments take time. Any sort of epilation (sugaring, waxing, etc) may not be 100% effective after the first treatment. Our bodies are constantly working, burning energy, expelling toxins, and growing hair!
Like we said, Sugaring isn't just hair removal, it is a process used to get finer, softer hair. Every time we remove the hair from the root your body has to build a whole new hair. Your body will never make a hair stronger than the one that was removed.

Getting started can take some planning. If you have been an avid shaver and are now switching to sugaring, your hair will most likely be on different growth cycles, your skin may not be exfoliated or moisturized properly. After a few Sugaring treatments you will notice the amazing results Sugaring will have on your skin. However, it is not uncommon to need a touch up or your second appointment to be earlier than 3 weeks to get everything on the same growth cycle. Don't be discouraged, it won't be long before you can have your radiant skin with less hair!

So, If you are planning a trip or want to get ready for the summer, it is best to start early. Getting Sugared the day before you leave on holiday will not give you the intended results Sugaring has to offer. Try to get at least 3 treatments in before traveling or putting your shorts on for the summer :)

Taking care of your skin and Sugaring

Why is home care so important?

If you have been following our blog you know why we love sugaring and the how it can benefit you.

But did you know our home care routine is just as important, if not more, than actually removing the hair!

A good home skin care routine is important because it allows your Sugarist and sugar to do the best job it can. Any hair removal will not be as effective if we are not taking care of our skin between appointments.

Sugaring removes the dead skin cells or "exfoliated" layer of skin, when we remove something from our bodies it is important to replace it. Think about when we exercise. When we exercise we sweat loose electrolytes, that is why we drink water. it is important for us to drink water and replace what our bodies have used. So, when we sugar and exfoliate our skin, it is important for us to replace the moisture with lotion.

So, why is it so important to take care of our skin in between appointments? Well, after we sugar, and the hair starts to grow and the skin cells develop we need to keep exfoliating and using moisturizer. If we do not keep our skin soft and healthy, the dead skin will start to form and the softer, finer hair may not be able to penetrate the skin. This can lead to an ingrown hair. Ingrown hair can lead to bigger problems and take a long time to heal. So, it is best to do what we can at home to avoid this. Also, by having soft, radiant skin the Sugar hair removal will be more thorough and less painful!

AP trained Sugarists are trained to help you have a home care routine that is easy and accommodating to your needs. LaMina carries detoxifying mud masks to purify your skin, natural oil products to replenish, moisturizers to help calm and hydrate, as well as soaks and scrubs to heal and exfoliate.

Let AP help you look and feel great in your skin today!!