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7 WAYS YOU ARE DAMAGING YOU HAIR – AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Healthy Hair at Melange

  • USING HEAT TOO OFTEN

Heat is one of the most common sources of damage that we tend to engage with the most on a consistent basis. It’s important to use a heat protectant product and be sure that the heat isn’t turned higher than needed. Every now and then, don’t be afraid to let your hair air dry, or wait until your hair is at least halfway dry before grabbing your styling tool. We suggest using a leave-in treatment like KEVIN.MURPHY’s LEAVE-IN.REPAIR to protect your hair from heat while preventing breakage and nourishing it with ingredients such as Jojoba Seed Oil, Green Pea Protein and Bamboo Leaf Extract.

  • NOT USING THE RIGHT HAIR PRODUCTS

Not all hair products have the same result from one person to the next. We believe your hair is as unique as you are, so it’s important to use a proper at-home care regimen suited to your unique hair and desired results in order to let your hair live to its fullest potential. We love using KEVIN.MURPHY’s REPAIR regimen with the weekly use of a cleansing conditioner such as RE.STORE, to pack your hair with powerful ingredients like Pineapple Fruit Extract, Papaya Enzymes and Green Pea Protein that will replenish and rebuild the hair shaft.

  • NOT PROTECTING YOUR HAIR IN THE SUN

As much as we love being out in the sun, it can be very damaging to our hair. Be sure to protect your hair as much as possible from direct sunlight and harmful UV rays by giving your hair some rest in the shade or by wearing a hat in order to avoid drying out your locks and fading your hair colour.

  • OVER-COLOURING

Speaking of colour, consistently bleaching and colouring your hair can be very damaging to your hair and scalp, depending on how often you go and what service you receive. Since many of us can’ go without colouring our hair, we suggest opting for a high performance, natural, Ammonia free colour range in order to maintain the integrity of your hair and scalp. Ask us about using COLOR.ME by KEVIN.MURPHY, to colour your hair while protecting and nourishing it with ingredients like Shea Butter, Honey and Pomegranate. COLOR.ME is also Ammonia free and PPD free to eliminate the need for harsh chemicals that are typically used to lift and lighten the hair.

  • FORGETTING TO DETOX

Like your skin, your scalp needs a little detox every so often. MAXI.WASH is a colour-safe exfoliating wash that gently cleanses and detoxifies your hair, removing excess mineral and product buildup with extracts from Pineapple, Papaya and Citrus. It’s important to use a detoxifying wash at least once a week to remove build-up and brighten up dull hair.

  • POOR LIFESTYLE HABITS

Good hair and a healthy scalp are a result of taking care of your body from the inside. Be sure to stay hydrated and include vitamins and minerals in your regular diet to help nourish your hair from the inside to fight off any free radicals that can cause unwanted damage to your hair. In addition, getting enough sleep and making other positive lifestyle changes can have a noticeable impact on your hair.

  • NOT BEING GENTLE WITH YOUR HAIR

We often forget just how delicate our hair is, especially when it’s wet or already suffering from breakage and damage. Opt for a wide-toothed comb, or Wet Brush that won’t pull or snag your strands. We like using TEXTURE.COMB to neaten your hair and control frizz and fly-aways while maintaining the natural texture and movement in your hair. Additionally, avoid pulling your hair in tight styles, which over time can weaken your locks and lead to breakage.

The Holidays Are Coming To Melange Early This Year

holiday packs 2018

While temps are just beginning to dip and seasonal favorites are starting to be seen everywhere, we are beginning to dream about the holidays. Hot cups of dark chocolate cocoa, snow on the ground, our favorite holiday sweaters and the KEVIN.MURPHY stocking stuffers you anxiously wait for all year long. With a plethora of new promo packs coming your way, it sounds like Santa and his elves have been pretty busy this year. The only thing better than getting them around the holidays would be getting your hands on them now!

ANGEL.BODY

Let’s face it; all anyone wants for Christmas is voluminous hair. Whether you’ve got fine, skinny strands, or a thick mane looking for an extra boost of volume, ANGEL.WASH and RINSE are the perfect duo to take your strands to new heights. This weightless combo paired with BODY.MASS, a light leave-in plumping spray, will have the guests at your holiday party talking about your hair… not who you are kissing under the mistletoe!

THE BEST OF MEN’S

It’s time to spoil the ones you love the most, and what better way to do that than by giving your gents the “Best of Men’s” from KEVIN.MURPHY? Here’s what’s included: SHAVE.CREAM infused with Sandalwood that will leave skin feeling smooth and hydrated. STIMULATE-ME.WASH and RINSE, a refreshing duo for hair and scalp that is packed with Camphor Crystals, Bergamot Mint, and Black Pepper to awaken the scalp and reinvigorate hair growth. Plus, finish off this masculine makeover with NIGHT.RIDER texture paste, proven to give your style a strong hold.

HYDRATE AND REPAIR

No matter the season, most of us could use a little extra moisture and repair for our strands. HYDRATE-ME.WASH and RINSE contain Hydrolysed Silk Extracts to instantly smooth the surface while sealing in moisture. Vitamins A, E and C in this duo lock in added moisture to create a soft, shiny, silky feel and a sensual touch. Double down on your repair with KEVIN.MURPHY LEAVE-IN.REPAIR. With Superfood proteins derived from Green Peas and extracts from Bamboo and Jojoba Seed Oil to nourish, strengthen and repair your hair so it’s ready for all your holiday festivities!

REPAIRED.AGAIN

Do your strands need a serious helping hand? Hair colour and heat styling can leave hair damaged and brittle. This pack is the perfect present to fix your strands just in time for the Carolers and Eggnog. REPAIR-ME.WASH is a reconstructing shampoo with powerful protein from Bamboo and Silk Amino Acids that work to strengthen hair while gently removing impurities. REPAIR-ME.RINSE, a strengthening conditioner, seals the deal with Shea Butter and Aloe Vera extracts to gently lubricate hair strands to protect from further damage, enhance manageability and provide a reflective shine for dull hair. Like a satin ribbon on a perfectly wrapped package, YOUNG.AGAIN will make your strands shine bright. This weightless leave-in treatment oil infused with immortelle to counteract the oxidation and ageing process.

ROLLER.BALL

This new goodie from KEVIN.MURPHY will make sure your holidays are on a roll. The new ROLLER.BALL featured in 3 intoxicating aromas will have you ready to get out on the town:

– Noir, the aroma of BEDROOM.HAIR

– Nouveau, the spicy smell of SHIMMER-ME.BLONDE

– OPULENT the iconic aroma found in YOUNG.AGAIN.

Extend your KEVIN.MURPHY sensory experience with our Limited Edition rollerball aromas. It is the perfect accessory to take with you wherever you may go this holiday season!

SHIMMER.SISTERS

You and your BFF will shine this holiday season with SHIMMER.SISTERS. SHIMMER.SHINE and SHIMMER-ME.BLONDE revive shine and repair hair with a wide range of vitamins and natural ingredients leaving strands brighter than the twinkle lights you still have up from last year.

TEXTURED.BLONDE

They say blondes have more fun… and we’d have to agree, especially when you add natural texture to the equation! Natural hair is all the rage and what better what to pump yours up that with KEVIN.MURPHY POWDER.PUFF! Made up of Seaweed Extracts from France along with Extracts from Apples, Plums, Cranberries and Citrus create this unique powder volumiser. Want to keep your blonde bright? The lavender infused colour enhancing BLONDE.ANGEL.WASH and TREATMENT will keep your colour on point whether you are blonde, grey, or looking to loose the brass from brunette strands. Optical brighteners will rescue dulled colour and restore your brilliant shine.

With all of this holiday cheer coming your way, it will be hard not to look and feel fabulous this holiday season. Get a jump start on the holiday cheer and be sure to check out these KEVIN.MURPHY product packs at Melange, that are sure to make your holiday, and your hair, shine bright.

New Bath Bombs Just in Time for the Holidays!

Enhance any luxurious bath with essential oils, Epsom salts, and coconut oil!

This winter, Melange has added a dozen new scents to its famous line of homemade, all natural bath bombs from the Bath Bomb Company! Enjoy the following scents, and let us know which one is your favourite!

  • Awaken– A top seller, the invigorating scent of Lemongrass will uplift your senses!
  • Candy Cane– Nothing says Christmas quite like this sweet treat! Peppermint Oil helps relieve tense muscles & headaches!
  • Home Sweet Home– Cinnamon & Sweet Orange bring home the warmth & sweetness we have all come to love!
  • Joy To The World– An amazing blend of Peppermint & Patchouli- a true mood booster & anti-inflammatory!
  • Just Say Spahhh!– Enriched with Rosemary & Peppermint essential oil, this bath bomb has antimicrobial & antiseptic qualities that can aide in the elimination of eczema, dermatitis, oily skin & acne!
  • Keep Calm– … and Carry On with this blend of Rosemary & Sweet Orange! Chill out & feel the tension melt away!
  • Miracle Mustard– Loaded with Mustard Seed, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Lemon oil, this bath bomb will invigorate your body, mind, and soul leaving you feeling renewed! Mustard Seed can also help with minor muscle aches and pain.
  • Silent Night– Relax and unwind in a tub filled with Lavender & Cedarwood, a great oil for those who suffer from arthritis.
  • Stress Less– With winter comes the common cold; clear your sinuses and relax with this Eucalyptus bath bomb that also relieves tension.
  • Sweet Dreams– Known to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep, this French Lavender-infused bath bomb is perfect for reducing holiday stress!
  • Very Berry– A favourite among our youngest clients, this sweet & luscious bath bomb is infused with Vitamin C!
  • Zen– When you need a little “Om” in your life, just add Zen! This blend of Lavender & Lime makes for a renewing and relaxing soak!

Santa’s Secret Self Care Checklist

Turns out Santa has an even more important list besides that one about your kids being naughty or nice.  He popped in for a beard trim, must have dropped a copy (oops) and now we’re passing it along to you, in the hopes it can brighten and lighten your holiday season.

You’re stressed, sure.  But Santa’s gotta be more stressed and yet he’s still so jolly.  So here’s his secret self care checklist and maybe we can all learn a thing or two for the holidays.

  • Don’t just bake cookies, eat them too
  • Have full belly laughs at least twice a day (none of this half guffaw stuff)
  • Drink at least five glasses of water in addition to milk
  • Tell Mrs Claus and the reindeer how much I love, adore and appreciate them
  • Keep the sleigh maintained to avoid any last minute breakdowns
  • Get the elves to keep the toy shop organized (clutter stresses me out)
  • Take a 6-8 hour nap each night leadingup to the big one
  • Get lots of hugs from kids who love me
  • Onlywrite cheques I can cash
  • Be easy on myself (maybe I need a helper for the Northern Hemisphere?)
  • Let the naughty list go (you can’t fix people)

There you have it.  Santa’s not so secret Self Care Checklist has a couple gems!

Here at Melange, we’re encouraging everyone to prioritize themselves during the holiday season and we’re making sure we’re stocked up on bath bombs!  Often we get so carried away by trying to make everything perfect for the people we love around us that we forget to fill up our own cup first.  This December, why not take some space and time for yourself?  If nothing on Santa’s checklist resonated with you, we have several holiday offers to make your cup overfloweth.

Hope to see you soon + happy holidays!

By Karla Gjini

NEW! Magnetic Lashes at Melange!

IT TAKES TWO! MAGNETIC LASHES – 100% Handmade Silk Magnetic Lashes

Love wearing lashes, but don’t like the mess of glue? Don’t have the time or money to get professional extensions? TOK beauty has your affordable and effortless solution!

IT TAKES TWO! by TOK beauty

  • 100% Handmade Silk Magnetic Lashes
  • Multiple uses with proper care
  • 25 cm in length with 3 magnets for a full, dramatic, yet natural look
  • Completely safe –  NO toxins. You don’t have to worry about damaging your natural lashes.
  • Made in Canada!

**Refunds not available for sanitary reasons – we promise you will love them!

Remember that practice makes perfect:

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We’re Doing It Again: Hair Donation Event for Cancer! Saturday October 21st at Melange.

On behalf of the 43 Albertans who hear the words “you have cancer” everyday, thank you helping us accelerate change and for honouring Alberta’s cancer patients with your generous gift. It takes 8-12 hair donations of untreated human hair, and upwards of $1800 to create only one wig! Let’s get donating and help someone special feel like themselves again!

 

We have all known a few people close to us diagnosed with cancer, and although, they are, or were, some of the strongest and most beautiful people we will know, we can’t even begin to understand how difficult their journey through this disease must have been.

 

Our goal is to help remind women and young girls just how beautiful and brave they truly are. To make them feel like themselves again, by donating both hair and funds to create wigs.

There are lots of different ways you can donate! You can choose to donate money, or choose to donate your hair yourself!

On Saturday, October 21 we are having our second Cancer Hair Donation Event! Get your hair cut for FREE when you donate eight inches minimum of healthy, uncolored non-chemically treated hair! Last year you donated countless inches and $144! Let’s top that this year.

10% of all other haircutting services that day will also be donated.

We donate the hair through Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths because they are directly affiliated with the Canadian Cancer Society. Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you wish to help us with our fundraiser.

Now Offering Sugaring at Melange!

Alexandria Professional Body Sugaring


Alexandria Professional® Sugaring Formulas are 100% natural. There are no chemical additives, no wax resins as a cheat add-in. AP’s product line is 100% free of paraben, urea, laurel sulfates and petroleum by-products. AP products are not tested on animals and are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
Sugar Pastes do not stick to live skin cells. With the Alexandria technique and its unique sugar paste formulation, the sugar paste gently exfoliates only dead skin cells resulting in a much gentler sugaring even on delicate skin tissue areas like eyebrows and bikini.

Advanced Sugaring Treatments are economical. Most clients see an immediate improvement — after the first or second sugaring treatment– in body hair refinement and in many cases diminishment while improving the condition of their skin without the big $$$ tag associated with other body hair removal alternatives.

Our Sugar Pastes are 100% water-soluble. There is no risk of damage or staining to your clothing, and more importantly no damage to your skin. The Alexandria sugar paste is easily washed away after sugaring if needed with lukewarm water. You will leave your sugaring treatments feeling clean and smooth… one less thing for you to worry about!

Trained and certified AP Practitioners massage the Advanced Sugar Paste onto the skin by hand at lukewarm temperature. No risk of burning your skin! This is where the sugaring magic begins to happen. When the sugar paste is massaged onto the skin, it allows the paste to seep into the follicles which in turn allows the body hair to “slide” out more comfortably for a complete extraction without hair breakage. Side effect… some clients actually fall asleep during sugaring. Now that’s smoooooth…!

The Alexandria Sugar Pastes are 100% hygienic. Sugar paste is never re-used and gloves are always worn on both hands. Sugar paste is always discarded after each client is treated. Another great benefit to the Alexandria Sugar Pastes is that bacteria does not breed in high concentrates of sugar eliminating the possibility of cross contamination.

Alexandria Professional®’s Pre & After Care System is very effective. Pre-sugaring and after-sugaring care is essential to eliminate any chance of skin reaction from the actual extraction of body hair. But, that’s only one crucial factor. The other relevance to Pre & After Care is to eliminate skin irritation due to improper skin care before and after sugaring. All AP products have been formulated, tried and tested, and proven extremely safe and effective. None of our products are tested on animals.

No need to shave between sugaring treatments and no need to let your hair grow, grow, grow. The Alexandria Professional® technique requires only 1/16″ (2mm) or less of hair growth for body treatments, eliminating the long wait between salon visits and customer frustration. Every treatment makes your hair easier to extract.

AP BODY SUGARING AND FULL CIRCLE OF SKIN CONDITIONING TREATMENTS WILL…
• eliminate ingrown hair
• prevent new ingrown hair
• extract all hair colors and textures
• successfully treat all skin types and colors
• improve the skin’s tone and texture
• treat various skin problems such as keratosis, eczema, psoriasis, etc…

AP BODY SUGARING WILL NOT…
• burn the skin
• damage the dermal cells
• “pit” the delicate facial skin cells
• scar the follicle mouth or surrounding area
• promote cross contamination
• cause unnecessary discomfort
• cause ingrown hair

Pricing and Booking info!

Gray Hair, Don’t Care

By Karla Gjini

“There’s a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don’t look the way they used to, and it’s not because of feminism, or better living through exercise. It’s because of hair dye. In the 1950s only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.” Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck

Why do we only see gray hair on men and ultra trendy young women? Where are all the natural silver streaks sprouting out and about? What did you do when you noticed some extra sparkle in your strands? Most women rush to colour their gray hairs as soon as they notice them. You could cover them completely and fool everyone by getting your roots touched up every four to six weeks or so. Some women opt to blend the gray by having highlights and lowlights, camouflaging the antique blonde natural highlights coming through. Others decide to go natural, and forego colour altogether.

Each of these options are fantastic, and we know that what works for some doesn’t work for everyone.

When we use an on scalp colour, you get 100% coverage. This means you can no longer tell your hair is gray as it instead looks a different colour completely. This colour could be something similar to what your natural hair used to look like, or possibly something light so that it’s less noticeable when the roots grow in. With a look like this we may add highlights to give more dimension, but the multi tonal look we get from our Kevin Murphy colour can be gorgeous on its own! While this is the best route if you can’t bear the sight of silver, it does require the most maintenance as we would see you every four to six weeks to keep the colour looking perfect and your roots hidden from view.

The second option is quickly becoming the most popular, as women want something that looks effortless and requires less maintenance. By weaving through highlights and lowlights of different shades, we are able to give you a super shimmering personalized colour that grows out forgivingly. This method looks natural, is easily adjusted to suit your skin tone, and is easy to shift slightly darker or lighter when you need a little something different. Your gray hairs are not completely covered, however, they’re just incorporated into the overall look of the hair. This can be a bit scary for some and it can take several appointments to get there, but once you have this you’ll love it! It only requires touch ups anywhere from eight to ten weeks, since your regrowth comes in blended and subtle. For more examples check us out on Instagram: @melangesalonspa

What about growing out your gray? And why not? We would love to see more women go natural. It’s my personal opinion that we need to all work together to change the perception of what gray hair means for women. I’m sure you’ve noticed that George Clooney is distinguished the more gray *he* gets. Why do most women choose to hide theirs? Why can’t women embrace gray hair, aging, and all the wisdom that comes along with it? We need to celebrate aging for what it is, and flip the script on what the media portrays to us as valuable and beautiful. We need to see more women, young women, older women, with gray hair.

And finally, what about the gray hair trend we’ve seen on celebrities and on Instagram? This is a very cool look that requires the most upkeep of them all! To achieve this, we usually have to go through several stages of lightening to get your hair to a very pale yellow shade. After that, we tone it to eliminate any leftover yellowish tones. The final step is to use a highly concentrated colour such as Pulp Riot to deposit the most flattering shade of grey, tailored to your skin tone and overall look. Because of the nature of this type of color, you can only expect to have it last from around 2-20 washes.

So tell us! Do you have gray hair? What do you do with it?

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