6 Trends of Summer 2020 That You Need to Try

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Written by AnnaMarie Jones

Long awaited summer time is finally here and the world is still in a state of uncertainty. While there’s a lot that’s stressful nowadays, your look shouldn’t be one of them. I would love nothing more than to share some colorful, lighthearted and positive vibes with you through six of the hottest trends making their way into the season. We will get through these weird times and we’ll do it together, just with a cuter look than what we were sporting during quarantine.

Our eyes are the ones doing most of the talking during these days of wearing masks, so why not make them stand out? Bold looks, for both eye shadow and liners, are huge this summer and 2020 so far as a whole. So many have already taken their artistic touch to their makeup application from vibrant eyeliner creations with various shapes and patterns to their own attempt at the smoked out “Alexa Demie” fox eye look. We’re bringing “smizing” back and making Tyra Banks proud this summer.

The next look that everyone is recreating, I’ve had my whole life, so really one could say I’ve been a trendsetter from the start. Or I just say it. Either way, the hot look is freckles! Just as we predicted for 2020 trends in our 2019 wrap-up blog, people are starting to love natural looks more and more and are happy sharing that. Those whose freckles come out naturally in the sun and those who need to dot on a few at the end of their daily skin care and makeup routines, are all in love with the sun kissed look.

With a natural face becoming a crowd favorite, that brings us to skin care. Summer is the best time to let our skin breathe and soak up some vitamin D but we also must be gentle with and protect our skin while doing so. The number one way to keep your natural skin healthy and glowy is to have a trusty sunscreen with you throughout the season. A sunscreen that only focuses on protecting your skin from UVA and UVB rays and doesn’t mess around with parabens, sulfates or fragrances. If you want your bare skin to be the staple look of your summer season, make sure to keep it protected and healthy.

Our faces aren’t the only thing taking natural form this summer. Natural hair patterns are popping up more and more as 2020 goes on. Whether it be letting your curl patterns be free or not putting heat to your naturally straightened hair, the look of fresh out of the shower, big and bouncy or effortless beach wave hairstyles are the perfect fit to the natural vibes 2020 has already been giving off for beauty trends.

So let’s talk more about hair. Quarantine gave us a lot of time to sit and think about our choices. Some of us remained calm and waited for our favorite stylists to be back behind the chair.. some of us took matters (and scissors) into our own hands. With that being said, front bangs are making a statement, and with various styles. Short, vintage inspired bangs. Full, choppy bangs that perfectly pair the also currently popular modern shag. And of course, the timeless, long 70’s style bangs. Maybe it’s boredom, maybe it’s a new found courage we met during hours of one-on-one time with ourselves. Either way, bangs are back and I am not mad about it.

As just mentioned, so much excitement is happening around front bangs right now. But do you really know excitement unless you’ve colored your bangs a completely different color from the rest of your hair? Hard to tell. I’d say you’re missing out if you haven’t at least seen the newest hair trend. People of all ages have been getting creative with their front bang expression and applying vibrant colors to the hair surrounding their face. No, it may not be for everyone, but whether the hair is bleached a few tones lighter than the rest of your head or the color is a vibrant fuchsia, there’s no doubt that this hair trend will be one of the hottest of the summer!

As we continue to move along throughout the year, the most important trend of all is our health. Keeping the health and well being of ourselves and others around us is what will make the summer and the rest of 2020 the best it can possibly be.

Why You Should Be Having Monthly Spa Days

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Written by AnnaMarie Jones

We’re all familiar with those “you” days. The, phone: off, kids: babysat, work: finished, homework: turned in, responsibilities: TBD, kind of days. It is the day to unwind and turn your brain off for a couple hours and treat yourself to a spa day. You have an hour and a half date with your favorite massage therapist and all that matters are you and your 90 minutes. Wouldn’t it be amazing if those days weren’t so rare? Well, let me tell you– they don’t have to be. Oh yeah, I said that. Monthly massages! It’s a new decade. You’re busy, you’re tired, I’m tired just thinking of how busy you are. It’s time to give your mind, soul and body a little extra TLC. So why not give yourself even an extra hour to your schedule to unwind and focus on you? If you’re still not convinced, don’t worry, I have a few more reasons why a monthly massage would be beneficial.

When you’re stressed, one of the first changes that your body goes through is the tightening of muscles. The tension focused in your muscles can result in pain and stiffness throughout specific points of the body. When those muscles are worked out through massage and therapeutic touch, the tightening begins to loosen along with the rebalancing of your hormones. Not to mention it also changes your mood in the mix of everything else. Studies have shown that the “feel good” neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine, are released in the body when you’re in a massage service. A lot of people come out of their sessions feeling a light, floaty feeling of relaxation and a happy, calm mood. Those are your neurotransmitters at work. Serotonin is proven to contribute to anxiety and depression when levels are low, as dopamine levels can make you feel a lack of energy and motivation when low. Therefore, the addition to a frequent massage visit in your monthly routine will help you to tackle the rest of your month with a more positive and ambitious mindset. 

Speaking of anxiety, about 40 million people have some form of it or find it relevant in their day to day life, and that should be talked about more. Everyone dealing with their stress levels or managing their anxieties, know the various effects it can have on the body. Like mentioned before, high stress levels can lead to tightened muscles but it can also create headaches, changes in your blood pressure and irregularity in your sleep cycle, just to name three. Along with relaxing the muscles and focusing on pressure points to alleviate pressure in the head, causing headaches, massage also forces the body to relax. If you are someone with high blood pressure or someone with difficulty falling or staying asleep, massage can benefit these two different problems in similar ways. When your mind and body are slowed down and relaxed, blood pressure levels slow as well. Equally, as your blood pressure slows, your heart rate also slows down to a steady rate, which is what happens when your body prepares to fall asleep. Having a consistent massage helps to force your whole body to calm down and relax, overall resulting in preparation for sleep by having tensions released and blood pressure levels steadied.

Making room in your busy schedule for a trip to your favorite massage therapist will only improve the productivity set to go through your month. If, after hearing just the beginning of how monthly massages are beneficial, you’re still asking yourself, “Yeah, that all sounds perfect for me, but do I really have the extra money laying around for a massage every month?”, there are options. Monthly memberships are always available to any client at a steady rate. With this membership, one of your monthly benefit options would be an hour massage with your choice of massage therapist. Having these options available allows us to help anyone looking to build their own schedule and make their monthly massage a priority. The well-being of your mind and body need to always stay at the top of your checklist, so why not pencil in a monthly date to do just that.

3 Foods That Improve the Health of Your Hair

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3 Foods That Improve the Health of Your Hair | Knick Salon & SpaAny day of the week, you could go online and read a new article about which types of food are good for you and the health of your body. However, did you know that the food you choose to put inside your body can have just as much as an effect on the outside? For example, there are quite a few things you can eat to help maintain the overall health of your hair.

How does this work? Well the follicles at the top of your scalp serve as an extension of your body, and the nutrients that you consume funnels through them to the rest of your strands. So what exactly should you be putting on your plate? Here are a few options:

1. Leafy Greens – Iron Is A Huge Contributor To The Prevention Of Hair Loss By Increasing Blood Flow

Iron is a huge contributor to the prevention of hair loss. If your diet is sufficiently lacking in this particular mineral, you may just end up hindering the amount of nutrient-rich blood that travels to your roots. Without that blood supply, you’ll likely experience an increase in shedding as your hair growth cycle adjusts to that loss. Big, green leafy veggies are full of iron, so load up your plate with things like spinach, broccoli and kale.

2. Salmon - Omega 3 Fatty Acids Like Iron Calcium and Silica Help Prevent Hairloss

In case you haven’t already heard, salmon is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which like iron, calcium and silica, can help to prevent hair loss. On top of that however, it can also aid in hydrating your hair and scalp. Unfortunately, this particular fat is not one that your body can produce on its own. If you hope to reap these particular benefits, it’s important that you incorporate salmon (and other Omega 3 fatty acid-rich foods, such as avocado and walnuts) into your diet.

3. Fruits – Vitamin C Helps To Absorb Iron Into The Body

So many fruits, such as blueberries, kiwi, oranges and strawberries are high in Vitamin C which, for starters, helps to absorb iron into the body. So if you’re planning to enjoy a nice spinach salad, consider tossing a few colorful berries on top to make your meal as beneficial to your hair health as possible. If you need a bit more incentive, keep in mind that Vitamin C is crucial for maintaining adequate circulation to the scalp and supporting the blood vessels that feed each hair follicle.

In Summary - Watch What You Eat To Protect the Health Of Your Body

Similar to the way that you watch what you eat to protect the health of your body, the same should be done in order to maintain and encourage gorgeous, healthy hair. So the next time you make a trip to the local grocery store, consider adding a few items to your shopping list!