Why Choose Dermalogica

Dermalogica isnt just the worlds leading professional product line its a complete system for success all therapists are highly trained and go to lots of different classes to keep up to the latest tips on the skin care products.

Thinking Of Extensions?

Today’s blog is all about hair extensions! Extensions are all in at the moment with so many celebrities wearing them, They can be got to add length to the hair or even just to add thickness! So before you get your luscious locks I would recommend you have a little look at the aftercare that […]

Fringe Benefits!!

So even as a hairdresser I have days where I just don’t know what I want to do with my hair ! Do I grow it ? Do I chop it off ? Change colour ? Aghhhhhh… Sometimes You just want a little change and a fringe is such a great idea ! There are […]

Need a hair appointment? No Babysitter? No Problem!!!

I think all mammys have the problem of always having to worry about getting a baby sitter every time they need to get there hair done. But don’t worry here are a few tips we have to make the experience easier for you and your children!

Here in Zinc we are 99.9 always prepared for children! this includes colouring books, crayons, markers and of course them little bribes that make things a little easier like lollipops and biscuits! 😀

We also have a dolls head that they can brush and style, we find alot of children are entertained for a while when they play with this.

That’s what we have but of course, feel free to bring anything at all that you know keeps your child happy and content, Be it an i pad, books cars dolls. as we know ourselves Happy Child = Relaxed Mammy!!! 😀 😀

Any other little goodies or treats you usually give them would be a good idea to bring aswell. We can usually sit them beside you or else on our couch which is not too far away!

We also have alot of space here in zinc so buggies are no problem!

Also it is good for your child to see their mammy getting her hair cut as this makes them feel more at ease when its there turn to get a cut 🙂

Dont forget we open Monday – Sunday and do 2 late nights till 8pm so we are always available for mammys relaxation! 😀 😀

 

Any questions just send a message! Becky And the zinc team!

Choosing the perfect summer foundation

Thinking of changing your foundation now the warmer weather is coming in ?…

Decoderm 16hr foundation

decoderm 16hr

There is nothing quite like finding the perfect summer foundation, After all the right foundation is the key to transform your complexion. This one is guaranteed to give you 16 hours impeccable hold and 24 hour of continuous hydration  perfect for summer months. It is a Lightweight foundation. You forget you are even wearing any!it looks very natural on the skin not giving total coverage but hides any imperfections aswell as highlighting your best features!

Age Modelling Foundation

age modelling

If your looking for something with a little bit more coverage try this one! It is a creamy soft velvety texture that blends into the skin giving natural radiant finish. It is available in 4 different shades and ensures maximum accuracy of colour for appearance on the skin and adaptable coverage also corrects signs of fatigue.

What is a primer and why use one?

A primer prepares the skin for make up, Carrying out invisible correcter effects that facilitate the application of make up and prolongs its duration uniforming the complexion and minimizing imperfections and discoloration while it illuminates the face and contrasts the dull complexion .

 

Here in zinc we sell two different types of primers from the decoderm range.

Diamond Radiant primer

The innovative formula is enriched with special ingredients containing diamond power with photo reflection properties to illuminate the complexion reduce facial lines and optically reduce wrinkles and sensitive skin.

Silk Filling Primer

It contains clastomeric polymers that make the formula silky and soft and carry out a filling action on wrinkles minimizing their visibility such as properties make this primer particularly adapted to eye ad lip couture areas. Smoothed  skin even complexion gives you a radiant matt finish!

 

If you have any questions I would be happy to help

Tanya and team Zinc

 

Review of Dermalogica Bio-Peel Facial

One of my new years resolutions was to start to really focus on looking after my skin and by this I mean using a really great skincare routine, regular facials, lots of exercise and plenty of water. Most of this is well and throughly underway although I have not perfected my skincare routine just yet, but getting there.

I love relaxing treatments as much as the next person but to be honest when it comes to facials I want to see really great results and benefits for my skin and I sometimes don’t get this from a normal facial. I steam my face, apply masks and exfoliate on a weekly basis myself at home so when I visit the salon I like to get something done that I cannot do myself at home.

I had seen that Dermalogica had launched a new facial peel treatment of late and was really intrigued so when I was invited along to Zinc Hair and Beauty in Kilmainham to try it out I really was a happy little lady.

 

bio peel 1

 

So what is Dermalogica’s Biosurface peel all about?

Well, it is a resurfacing treatment that can “reduce acne, pigmentation and signs of premature aging” which will work with the skin to reveal a smoother, softer and brighter complexion.

The treatment only has four steps to it:

-Firstly the skin is Prepped to disolve and remove any excess oil and skin cells that might be sitting on the surface

– Next an active enzyme treatment is applied which Dermalogica says works to “unlink skin cells and help digest skin protein to facilitate penetration of active ingredients”

-The third step is where the actual peel is applied. Acid Active is applied to the skin which really gives the skin a deep exfoliation. This step can be applied more than once depending on the level of exfoliation your skin needs and wants. Your therapist will discuss this with you prior to starting the treatment.

-After the exfoliation is complete the final step is to apply the De-celerator which works to calm any irritation and redness that may have been caused by the treatment. It also is a great boost for the skin and sets it well on its way to repairing itself.

Well that is basically how the treatment works so how did I get on with it?

I strangely enough found the whole treatment very enjoyable. If you are looking for a treatment that is very relaxing, lights off and soft music then this might not be the one for you BUT if you want to really see immediate results that last then this is definitely one to consider. Because I had peels in the past I could get Step 3 done several times which was great. The exfoliation was applied to my skin three times so I got a really deep exfoliation. Alot of people fear peels because they are afraid that they will burn or hurt them. There is definitely a sensation during Step 3 and as the product is layered onto the skin as opposed to it being removed and reapplied the sensation becomes more obvious the more layers of the Acid Active that is applied. However, I say sensation because for me that is all it was. It wasn’t sore, it didn’t burn and it wasn’t too uncomfortable….but bear in mind I have had a lot of peels so if it is your first you may feel a little more discomfort than I did but it won’t be anything too bad.

 

bio peel 2

Once the treatment is complete your therapist will give you a list of do’s and don’ts as well as a post treatment skincare pack which you have to use for at least the next 72 hours (or until peeling stops) post treatment to help your skin get back to itself. I think this is a really great idea and I was impressed to get some skincare to take home with me. I wasn’t worried about what skincare to use afterwards which completely took the hassle out of the process for me.

Peels have become huge in the beauty industry in the past while and I myself had tried alot of them, some which really did cost me a small fortune. My one issue with them is that there is a bit of downtime associated with them because your skin tends to peel which makes wearing makeup a big pain as it just won’t stay put. Dermalogica claim that there is no down time with their Biosurface Peel which was an instant bonus for me. I love the results peels give me but the down time is turn off for me. I can genuinely say I didn’t have any down time with this treatment. I didn’t peel at all which meant that my skin didn’t need to however I do know some girls that did have slight peeling afterwards. I would say that if your skin needs to shed excess skin then it will peel but think of it as a positive as your skin wanted and needed it to happen.

 

bio peel 3

After the treatment my skin was instantly glowing and fresh looking and this lasts for about 10 days afterwards. The only side affect I got from the treatment was one really large spot on my cheek which was just excess dirt coming to the surface after the exfoliation….can’t complain with that. I also did have some tightness for a few days afterwards but I found that the skincare really helped calm this.

If you are considering getting this treatment I would definitely recommend taking a trip to Zinc Hair and Beauty. The therapist Janine that carried out the treatment is such a lovely girl and thoroughly explained each step of the process before and during the treatment as well as giving me an in-depth run down of my post treatment instructions and skincare.

The Dermalogica Biosurface peel is perfect for anyone with the following concerns:

-Breakouts

-Fine Lines and Wrinkles (it can even be used close to the eye area)

-Pigmentation

-Unbalanced skin

-Roughness

-Skin Congestion

If you have any of the above concerns, a peel or even better a course of peels is definitely the way to go. You can get amazing results that you didn’t think were possible in a very short space of time. If you have a serious concern I would recommend getting regular peels and then just maintenance treatments once the condition has cleared. If you have relatively good skin then every few weeks would suffice. Again, your therapist will help you decide what best works for you and your skin.

The Dermalogica Biosurface Peel will cost you €80 for one treatment at Zinc which includes your aftercare skincare kit. You can also purchase a course of three treatments for €200 which means that you get your third treatment half price. You can visit the Zinc website for bookings and information of all their treatments.

Can you see that I really loved getting this treatment done? I will definitely be going back for more.

Have you ever had a facial peel before? What were your experiences?

Thanks for stopping by

Anita

Hair Loss During Pregnancy

So with summer only around the corner, we have alot of clients that have just had a baby or about to have them. We thought why not give a heads up to this major topic that so many people worry and stress over after the baby has arrived Hair Loss!!!

Hair loss is more common then you think! During pregnancy as your estrogen levels increase which makes hair thick and healthy looking. Many women find the during pregnancy that they don’t loose much hair. This is because on average we loose 100 – 125 hairs a day, These are individual hairs so we really notice them coming out, After you have a baby some women loose up to 500 hairs a day. As it is a lot more then normal its is more noticeable especially when brushing and washing your hair, This can be quite alarming and some women worry about this.

You may find a few week after you have been loosing hair that new hair will begin to grow,The hair appears wispy and fly away around the hairline. This can be really annoying as your hair sticks up!

What I found after having my daughter was getting a fringe and a few short layers really helped hide them fly-away pieces. I also went and got my hair styled in a bob as I felt my hair looked effortless as i use to just trow it up in a bobbin. This forced me to style my hair every day and this made me feel a lot better about myself 🙂

After 6months you should notice the hair coming back to its usual Pre- Pregnancy state, although the texture could be slightly different ie, More oily, Straighter.

To help hair get back into its original state id recommend using the Alfaparf Scalp care range.

scalpcare range

 

The Energizing shampoo is ideal for someone with weak hair who has suffered from hair-loss. It helps reduce and help hair-loss by protecting  the follicle from every day action, This will make your hair stronger and look a lot more healthy.

The stimulating Eliser is a serum that strengthens and perfects hair. this really encourages hair growth.

Here are some quick tips to use if your facing the problem of hair-loss

  • Brush regularly
  • Use really good shampoo and conditioner
  • Try to cut down on using straightener and curlers
  • Get a good cut after the birth
  • Use treatment your stylist recommends

If you have any questions at all about Hair Loss during pregnancy do not be shy to ask as it happens a lot of women and we are happy to help 🙂

 

Bernice and the Zinc Team

 

The Lead Up To The Big Day

From my time working in a salon we always have clients calling up before there wedding asking what they should be getting done and how far ahead should they start prepping themselves!,

As we say here in Zinc, Leave the stress to us and enjoy your big day!

So we have made out a Bridal To do list so you know exactly what to do

9-12 months To Go

  • Decide on a beauty budget for the wedding
  • Start collecting photos for inspiration
  • If your thinking of new hair colour or style, now is the time to change it
  • Letting it grow? Start monthly treatments and bi monthly trims

6-9 months TO GO

  • Book hair and make up trials
  • Start monthly facials including any part of the body that your dress will expose ie. your back
  • Start drinking 1-2 liters of water a day

4-6 months TO GO

  • Book hair and make up for your big day
  • Consult with your brow specialist
  • Up your fruit and vegetable intake

1 month TO GO

  • Get a trim
  • Begin at home teeth whitening
  • Start a detox plan

2 weeks TO GO

  • Get your colour done
  • Confirm your details with wedding hair and beauty team
  • Book manicures, pedicures, tans ect for 1-2 days before the wedding

1 week TO GO

  • Get all of your waxing done
  • Pack a bag with everything you need for the big day
  • Get your final facial done
  • Get a full body exfoliation

1-2 days TO GO

  • Get manicures pedicures tans ect done
  • shampoo hair and apply treatment approved by your hair dresser
  • Do not shampoo again before the wedding
  • Apply a skin brightening mask approved by your beauty therapist

THE BIG DAY

  • Shower with a shower cap 4-5 hours before you leave
  • Moisturise your hands
  • Do touch ups after you cry and before you leave
  • And most importantly Enjoy!!

Here at zinc we have a fantastic wedding team and would be delighted to be part of your big day!

If you want to call or email us about our wedding packages or even just to ask a few questions we would be happy to help 🙂

Kirsty and the zinc team

 

Zinc Wedding Team Front Picture

 

This Years “In” Trends

So we all want to know what trends are “in” and what trends have gone “out”, This year we still have the most popular from last year for example the long curly blowdrys , ombre but this year were finding everything is being toned down and softer!

Last years ombre has now been replaced by Balyage! Think soft, natural and feminine.

This years “it” haircut is still the mid lenght bob or “lob” , Celebs like Alexa Chung have been sporting this since 2013 and its only becoming one of the strongest hair trends. This is because this cuts is so versatile that it suits most people! Using waves make it softer but straight and sleek makes it  that little bit more edgier! soft fringes and side partings help this haircut be soft but still bang on trend! I know the leap to cut your hair can be terrifying but the style is very easy to grow out and still look good!

This cut paired wit balyage will put you fashion forward.

 

soft

Balyage is the softer version of ombre. Instead of all the ends of your hair being really bright in contrast with the top it is naturally lighter pieces throughout the hair “Sunkissed”

This colour and style looks amazing and is low maintenance. What more could a girl want?!

 

 

ball vs ombre

Taking my que from clebs I have noticed blondes are opting for softer tones too, bleach blondes are becoming more manageable. Im not saying go dark stay bright and keep tones soft. A chat with your stylist will show that you can still stay bright and beautiful opting for sutle changes in tone.

 

blonde bally

 

Working in a salon I constantly hear the phrase “I cant do my hair myself at home”, Well lucky for you this years trend Softer waves are set to change that. Big hair is OUT! and those plaits that make you feel all thumbs are simplified! Thank the hair gods!!

Bouncy curly blowdrys are amazing and give instant glam. But unfortunately we dont have live in stylist at our beck and call like Kim K! These tip for help at home will help!

You can create fab hairstyles without the hassle, My quick tip for perfectly imperfect waves:

1: Plait your hair in pigtails (Just ordinary plaits dont worry!)

2: Using the straightener go over the plait 2-3 times to heat them, Id recommend using a heat protect to keep from damaging the hair, Morocanoil Heat protect is really good!

3:Let your hair cool off whilst still in the two plaits! when it is completely cool take it out and run your fingers trough it, finish with a bit of morocanoil hair spray as it is light but will hold your waves naturally.

 

waves

 

Even with the 10000s of Youtube tutorials some of us still cant master the 6strand plait inside out french braid! So lucky for us braids have gone super simple this year 🙂 Instead of crown braid the “In” thing is a side braid pulled out loosely (Think sduper simple Elsa plait)

1: Pull your hair to the side and plait

2: After securing with a bobbin pull on each loop slightly, loosening the braid

3: Thats it! 2 simple steps, add a bit of semi di lino shine spray for that glossy finish !

tash blog

 

This year is definitely my favorite trends because there natural, manageable and easy! If you have any questions dont hesitate to drop into the salon as we will be more then happy to help keep your hair looking fab in between visits!

Natasha and the Zinc Team!

Top tanning tips

The last thing you want going on a holiday is to be known as the newbie in the resort. FACT. So why not fake it? Step off the plane with that holiday glow

When it comes to spray tan I’ve tried them all and would highly recommend cocoa brown it is the best, as you can wash it off after 1-3 hours depending on how dark you like to tan.No more going to bed sticky ruining your bed sheets and your partner complaining of the smell!

Here are some tips leading up to the holiday:

Stop wearing tan 10 days prior to your holiday as your skin becomes dehydrated and scaly.

Get your skin hydrated when you are tan free, buy really rich body moisturizer, use this once a day. Focus on ankles knees and elbows all places tan sticks to.

Exfoliate daily! It will remove all dead skin cells and will leave skin feeling fresh and soft.

I would advise to get your spray tan professionally done a day before your holiday, Wear loose fitted clothing and remember do NOT put a bra back on until after you have rinsed your tan off, as this can leave you with really bad bra strap lines.

When you have spoken with your beauty therpist and decided on the development time give your tan a light wash and moisturize plenty after your shower for an amazing glow!

Bring cocoa brown chocolate whip and apply every day while you are away, this will keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

 

whip

Use gentle bronze after your shower in the evening as your tan will fade from the pool and sea, this product will prolong your colour.

 

gentle bronze

 

Here’s a recap on tanning tips we find are most important here in Zinc:

  • Exfoliate to remove dry skin but DO NOT moisturizer as this will block the tan from absorbing into your skin, also no make up of perfume
  • Wear loose dark clothing
  • do not exercise or sweat excessively until your first shower
  • to prolong tan make sure to moisturizer in the days after to help tan fade evenly and avoid exfoliation until you want to remove tan.

I really hope this helps and if you have any questions just send a message or call us 🙂

Tanya and the Zinc Team x