Ashley + Chris

Ashley and Chris  were lucky in love and with the weather this April, with clear skies and a sunny 63degrees! We are so blessed in this profession to be able to style our brides in a variety of lovely locations, and as always Clay Hill Farm did not disappoint with thier beautiful venue! Kim Chapman  captured these gorgeous shots on their special day!  t.  

Protect Your Body’s Largest Organ

 

It is now pretty commonplace knowledge that the sun is damaging.  Yet many people are not taking the necessary steps to protect thier largest organ, the skin.

Lets explore the facts:

  • On a gray/overcast day up to 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can still pass through clouds.  Do apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) every day of the year.
  • Sun is strongest between 10am-2pm
  • A majority of skin sun damage occurs before the age of 18.
  • Approximately 80% of premature aging is caused by the sun.
  • UVA and UVB wavelengths have different effects on skin but both cause damage.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Sunscreen

Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes prior to sun exposure. For maximum effectiveness, sunscreen needs to be fully absorbed into your skin.

Use waterproof sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Keep in mind even these formulas will wear off after 30 minutes or more spent in the water or after sweating. They can also easily rub off when you towel-dry after a swim.

Don’t apply sunscreen just to the face. Apply liberally to the entire body, even skin covered by clothing.

Aveda has recently released an amazing breakthrough in sunscreen. Daily Light guard is a mineral based, sheer, non-whitening sunscreen with an SPF 30 that also protects against free radicals*! If you have used a zinc based sunscreen before you know that they can be thick, chalky and unforgiving, forget about wearing them under makeup everyday. If you want the benefits of a natural sunscreen without the mess and embarrassment of your traditional sunscreen this is for you.

Daily Light Guard

Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Product Details:

daily light guard™ defense fluid broad spectrum spf 30

Let Nature help defend your skin’s natural beauty with sheer, weightless defense against the elements that damage skin.
• non-chemical 100% mineral-derived sunscreen technology: advanced coating technology makes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide glide on sheer and smooth as they provide UVA/UVB protection
• with plant-derived pollution defense: kukui seed oil helps strengthen skin’s natural environmental barrier, while an anti-oxidant blend with ginger extracts helps defend against free radical damage
• dermatologist-tested
• non-acnegenic
• for all skin types
• 74% naturally derived

People tested.

Product Usage: Shake well. Smooth/Press onto face and décolleté as the final step in your morning skin care ritual.

 

*Free radicals are atoms, ions, or molecules that contain an unpaired electron. The unpaired electron makes them unstable and highly reactive. In a process called oxidation, free radicals steal electrons from other molecules—fats, proteins, cell membranes, and even DNA—altering the fundamental structure of the affected molecule. One unbalanced molecule may not sound like a major concern, but oxidation sets off a chain reaction by damaging a cell’s DNA, structure, and ability to function. Over time, oxidative damage accumulates and contributes to aging and a variety of degenerative diseases. (http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/what-are-free-radicals/)

Pramasana, Awaken your Scalp

If you’ve spent any time in a yoga studio, you have no doubt heard the word “asana,” which means “position” in Sanskrit. Our new Pramāsana™ collection incorporates the word because we believe that a healthy scalp is the foundation (or “prama” in Sanskrit) that positions your hair for its greatest beauty. To that end, we’ve paired ancient Ayurvedic wisdom and modern science to create products and rituals that help you cleanse and care for your scalp, helping your hair to reach its fullest potential.

The line features three home care products, which can be used together to give yourself an Awakening Scalp Ritual: The Exfoliating Scalp Brush, Purifying Scalp Cleanser and Protective Scalp Concentrate. Scalp dry brushing (the cornerstone of the home treatment)—inspired by ancient Ayurvedic wisdom—begins the cleansing process by exfoliating the scalp to help loosen build up and impurities. It also helps increase micro‐circulation. Used as part of the system, it is the first step in creating an optimal foundation for beautiful hair.

Marc Zollicoffer, Director of Professional Spa Education at Aveda says to consider the brush as a massage tool, using small circular motions and focusing your work on the scalp, rather than the hair. The beauty of the Exfoliating Scalp Brush is that it was designed with looped bristles which are great for massaging your scalp without tangling your hair.

To get the full effects of the scalp dry brushing treatment, follow the steps below.

1. Brush through your hair to detangle.

2. Take a deep conscious breath and focus on your breathing throughout the process.
3. To stimulate the roots of your hair, brush from the hairline to the crown of the head in an upward motion. Repeat covering the entire scalp.
4. Using a downward motion or arc, massage the entire right side of the scalp for 15 seconds. Repeat on the left side.
5. Gently press the brush into the scalp starting from the back bristles of the brush moving the pressure to the front bristles in a rolling motion. Cover the entire scalp.
6. Gently tap the brush on the scalp, covering the entire scalp.

In addition to boosting microcirculation, you’ll find that scalp massage feels great due to the high number of nerve endings in the area. Plus, it provides a moment of relaxation. “Most of us are literally in our heads thinking all day long, and we don’t realize how much tension we hold in our scalps,” says Marc, who notes that by massaging along the occipital ridge (the shelf at the base of the skull), specifically, you can release tension in both your head and shoulders. And who couldn’t stand to release a little tension?

Follow the ritual by cleansing with the Pramāsana™ Purifying Scalp Cleanser, and then keep sebum levels balanced and scalp protected from pollution and free radicals with the Protective Scalp Concentrate.

 

Happy brushing!

Summer is Coming!

Spring is in the air (yes, even with the rain), and summer will soon be upon, it is time to start prepping your hair, skin and nails for all that it brings!

I know my toes have been hibernating all winter long, let us soak your feet and enjoy a luxurious massage and fresh polishing with a Spa Pedicure!

Is your hair depressed? Looking drab, dull, and dry, we would love to help with an Aveda Damage Remedy treatment, it only takes an extra 5 minutes after your shampoo and will give you weeks of moisture and replenishment! Don’t forget to brighten up with balayage and a texturizing cut to give you perfect summer-worthy hair.

We are also excited to try one of our new facials with you.

The Perfecting Plant Peel- Advancing the science of chemical peels, this treatment helps retexturize skin; smooth fine, dry lines; refine the look of pores; and restore radiance. Safe for acneic skin, add this treatment when skin needs the exfoliation and radiance benefits of a 30% glycolic peel procedure with less of the associated redness and irritation. 30 minutes.

Or The Tulasara™ Facial Treatment- Dry, oily, aging, uneven, sensitive and acneic skin conditions and eye concerns can all be addressed with a customized Tulasara™ facial treatment.  After a thorough consultation, your skin therapist will provide the best combination of products, personalized Aveda aromas and techniques.  We will design a customized treatment that will move your skin toward balance and reveal its natural beauty. 60 Minutes

Call now to book your appointment!

207-251-4688

Get Prom Ready

Prom is getting closer and we want to make sure that everyone looks their best! We have got you covered, from manicures and pedicures, cuts & colors for ladies and gents, eyelash extensions,  as well as adding that glow you know you want with sunless tanning. Call 207-251-4688 to schedule your appointments soon!                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Treats

You’re Mother will be the envy of all of her friends….

You know your Mother deserves a break, that is why we have made it easy for you. Trust us, she would love either of the services highlighted below. As a bonus, book either of them during the month of May and take home a $10.00 gift card to be used anytime!
 

Aveda Perfecting Plant Peel Facial

Advancing the science of chemical peels, this treatment helps retexturize skin; smooth fine, dry lines; refine the look of pores; and restore radiance. Safe for acneic skin, add this treatment when skin needs the exfoliation and radiance benefits of a 30% glycolic peel procedure with less of the associated redness and irritation.
 
$65.00

The Classic Aveda Mani/Pedi 

You cannot go wrong here, every woman loves a great mani/pedi and with the warmth and sunshine upon us now is a great time to book! Soak, scrub, massage, trimming and polish, need we say more?
$65.00
 
Naviina Salon & Day Spa| Email Us | 207-251-4688 | naviinasalon.com
 

Cupping, what is it?

In case you haven’t heard, we are so excited to announce that we now offer cupping to our guests! Though some of you may already know, many may be curious as to what cupping is and what it can do for you. 

Below is information taken from here telling the many benefits of this amazing treatment!

Cupping therapy is an alternative therapeutic method that has been popular in China since around 1000 B.C.

And for good reason. Cupping therapy has a host of health benefits that can often outweigh modern medicine techniques.

One of the biggest advantages to trying alternative practices like cupping therapy, acupuncture or massage therapy is that these methods don’t pose the risk for unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do.

In fact, there’s really no downside to trying alternative practices like cupping, since studies show they can help boost immune function and speed up healing time without the use of any medications or even herbs. And these are just some of the benefits of cupping therapy.

5 Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Most of the validity of cupping as an alternative medical practice comes from its long history of use over the past 3,000 years. Cupping techniques have been used extensively to treat a range of disorders and symptoms, sometimes on their own, or other times in conjunction with other alternative practices. It’s common for cupping therapy to be used along with massage therapy, essential oils, acupuncture or even as an adjunct to “Western medicine” treatments.

What we do know from the limited scientific studies that have been done is that cupping works by expanding the capillaries and increasing the amount of fluid entering and leaving tissues. Besides this, cupping therapy seems to provoke a relaxation response in some people, which means it’s useful for lowering stress and its negative effects.

While there’s a ton of anecdotal evidence that cupping can be effective and safe, to date very few clinical studies using humans have been conducted, making it hard to “prove” many of the time-honored benefits of cupping therapy. That being said, it’s worked for millions of people over many years, so here are five ways that cupping might be able to help you:

1. Helps Reduce Pain

One of the most common reasons people turn to alternative treatment methods is because they’re looking for a safe way to naturally reduce joint pain and muscle pain. After reviewing dozens of randomized clinical trials testing cupping therapy in patients with pain of any origin, a report published in Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine found that cupping significantly reduced pain in people with low back issues compared to usual care treatments, showed positive effects in treating cancer pain compared with anticancer drugs and analgesics, and helped soothe pain associated with respiratory issues. 

Cupping is thought to release tissues deep inside the body, relax tense muscles and ease stiffness associated with chronic back and neck pains, migraines, rheumatism, and fatigue. Some athletes have been known to use cupping therapy to naturally improve performance and reduce stiffness, muscle cramps, joint pains and scar tissue caused by injuries.

Cupping targets soft tissue by applying local pressure to pain points and areas of swelling. As blood flow increases within vessels and capillaries, tissues receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen. Cupping practitioners use pressure, heat, suctioning and needles above or below the site of injury, allowing for energy to travel along the “channels” (meridians) that pass through the injury.

For help lowering pain, cups are commonly placed over the following areas: over the fleshy part of the shoulder blades, over the groin/loins, by the neck (for soothing tension headaches, toothaches or migraines) or around the lower back.

2. Promotes Relaxation

It might seem counteractive, but cupping often helps alleviate physical complaints and allows people to enter a more relaxed state since it sedates the central nervous system. This is similar to acupuncture, which you might assume hurts and is uncomfortable but actually seems to help lower most patients’ stress responses and therefore offers protection against anxiety and depression.

How can cupping be relaxing? Just the act of laying still and being “taken care of” during cupping therapy sessions might have a positive effect on someone’s psychological well-being, which could be one reason why it’s used to lower mental illnesses. Once the cups are placed down and suctioned, they might need to remain still for up to 20 minutes, which forces stillness and silence on patients who might otherwise lead very hectic lives. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, another reason cupping is soothing is because the cups help lift pressure in tense muscles, which offers a relieving sensation just like receiving a deep tissue massage

3. Boosts Skin Health

Cupping is used to reduce herpes, cellulite, acne and skin inflammation. While studies haven’t shown it can necessarily help with weight loss, the fact that it tones and firms skin by improving blood flow and expanding capillaries makes it popular among celebrities and people in the spotlight who want to appear to have toned skin. As part of a skin-clearing or cellulite treatment, oil is commonly first applied to the skin before the cups are suctioned and moved around, bringing heat to the area along with various skin-healing ingredients depending on the type of oil used.

Because cupping improves blood flow and might help lower inflammation, some studies have found it to be equally or even more effective at treating acne compared to antibiotics. A meta-analysis of six studies showed that for improving acne, the cure rate of wet cupping was better than the cure rate following use of tanshinone, tetracyclineand ketoconazole prescriptions. 

4. Helps Treat Respiratory Issues and Colds

Commonly used to help nourish the lungs and clear away phlegm or congestion, cupping therapy can be useful for speeding up healing time from respiratory illnesses like the flu or common colds. Cupping helps improve immune function by moving blood and lymphatic fluid throughout the body, which is why it’s been associated with reductions in lung diseases (especially chronic coughs), allergies, infections and asthma.

Treating respiratory conditions like pulmonary tuberculosis is one of the oldest uses for cupping and was utilized long before prescriptions were available. (5)

5. Improves Digestion

Acupuncture and cupping are both popular ways to improve digestion and reduce symptoms from disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This might primarily be because they can lower a patient’s stress response, which is highly tied to healthy digestive functioning. (6)

Throughout history, cupping therapy has been found to be beneficial for people with frequent stomach pains, diarrhea, acute gastritis, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal diseases and water retention. For digestive disturbances, cupping is commonly performed in the following areas: around the navel, over the bladder, around the kidneys or over the stomach.

Call now to book your cupping session with Samantha!

207-251-4688

What it means to be an Aveda Concept Salon

Many times over the years we have been asked what it means to be an Aveda salon. Is it a chain? Is it a religion? What does it stand for? Here I would like to clarify all of those things, and perhaps more.

Aveda is Sanskrit for “all knowledge”.

We strive to live by the mission set forth by Aveda’s founder, Horst Rechelbacher: 

OUR MISSION AT AVEDA IS TO CARE FOR THE WORLD WE LIVE IN,
FROM THE PRODUCTS WE MAKE TO THE WAYS IN WHICH
WE GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY. AT AVEDA, WE STRIVE TO SET
AN EXAMPLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY,
NOT JUST IN THE WORLD OF BEAUTY, BUT AROUND THE WORLD.

Aveda salons are not chains, or franchises if you will. To be an Aveda concept salon we must carry and use Aveda products and color lines (though we do fill in where they lack, such as perms). We are also committed to the earth, we recycle everything that we can, all of our packaging, used color tubes, etc. etc., we even have a separate bin for the caps on our color tubes because we know that they cannot be recycled along with our other plastics. 

 

Keep reading for Horst’s story and to learn more about this wonderful company. 

OUR FOUNDER

The legacy of Horst Rechelbacher extends far beyond the creation of Aveda. a pioneer of holistic beauty, and a champion of environmental responsibility, Horst’s purpose and passion have taken on a momentum of their own as part of a greater global movement toward balance and harmony, both individual and collective.

Born in Austria in 1941 to an herbalist mother and a shoemaker father, Horst began working in the salon across the street at the age of 14. “I was not a good student at all but I was very eager to be something different,” he said. Horst was a natural talent, and by 17 he was working as a stylist at a prestigious salon in Rome, tending to international celebrities. By the young age of 20 he had won the European Hairstyling Championship, which he used as a springboard to tour Europe and the United States. “What is a calling? It’s like almost a fire inside me and it keeps me alive,” he said.

 

 

A world-class stylist in his teens, Horst ended up in Minneapolis, Minnesota by accident. Literally. During a stylist competition in 1963, Horst’s car was hit by a drunk driver. He decided to settle in Minneapolis, as a European hairdresser, and opened his own salon, Horst & Friends and then several others, becoming a successful salon entrepreneur in his twenties. In the late sixties, Horst suffered burn out from overwork and recovered thanks to herbal remedies prepared by his mother, as well as to the practice of yoga and meditation. Following a retreat in India in 1970, Horst integrated Ayurveda in his lifestyle and his salon business model. He adopted a holistic thinking, the belief that individual beauty is directly linked to the beauty of the world around us. His were ideas that would revolutionize the beauty industry. “We are the earth,” he said. “We are soil. We are water. We are everything. So go organic if you can. So become a farmer. Grow in your own house. Grow peppermint and make your own tea. Celebrate life.”

In India, he also received the inspiration to create Aveda. Horst gained greater appreciation for the power of wellness to promote balance in mind, body and spirit, the prerequisite to achieving the guest’s beauty goals. He met Shiv Nath Tandon in the ashram Sadhana Mandir in Rishikesh, India with whom he developed his first Clove Shampoo in a kitchen sink in Minneapolis, together with doctors of Ayurveda, Vinod and Kusum Upadhyay. All have continued to work with Aveda since the early 1970s.

Out of this well-timed collaboration, Aveda was born in 1978 with the vision to bring beauty professionals botanical products that would be good for them, their guests, and the Earth and its communities. Horst’s foresight is a testament to how far ahead of his time he was, and although no longer with us his legacy lives on in countless ways, from the signature ritual of a neck and shoulder massage that Aveda salons are known for, to an ecologically-minded way of doing business, one that celebrates companies with a conscience. Most importantly, Horst taught us that: “Every day presents every one of us with the opportunity to create positive effects. Even the simplest, seemingly insignificant choices we make in our daily lives—what to eat, what to wear, what to use on our bodies and in our homes—have a ripple effect that reaches far beyond us personally.”

5,000 years of results our earliest roots lie in ayurveda, the indian healing tradition based on the knowledge of life and the interconnectedness of all things. it has proven, over 5,000 years, that treating the whole person leads to greater balance and well-being, so we consider the effects of our products not only on hair or skin, but on body, mind and emotion.

Our relationship with Ayurveda began in 1976, thanks to two renowned Ayurvedic physicians and scholars, Drs. Vinod and Kusum Upadhyay. Globally sought for their expertise in Ayurvedic medicine, pharmacology, botanical research and aromatherapy, they brought 1,000s of years of Vedic and Ayurvedic tradition to bear on Aveda’s work. Their guidance first helped us identify botanical actives for our products, allowed us to pioneer “functional aromas”(with our chakra™ balancing aroma blends), and helped us launch innovative, powerful naturally derived formulas such as invati™ solutions for thinning hair.
 

 In keeping with Ayurvedic principles—and because of our concern for the Earth—Aveda is committed to using organic ingredients. This has led to another Ayurvedic partnership—between Aveda and the Indian firm, Nisarga.

Nisarga—which means “nature” in Sanskrit—grows Ayurvedic herbs with organic agriculture. We have partnered with them to obtain organic turmeric and amla for use in some of our products including Invati™ Solutions for Thining Hair.

Nisarga employs an environmentally friendly extraction method using CO2, which leaves no toxic residues and works at a lower temperature—yielding highly potent extracts.

Because of the company’s concern about the dangers of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, Nisarga works to encourage farmers to convert to organic agriculture. They have held regular educational seminars for about 35,000 farmers over the years, convincing many to go organic. Nisarga pays the organic certification costs for the farmers they partner with and also provides educational support to help make the conversion successful.

Information taken from aveda.com

Cruelty Free

Aveda has always been a leader when it comes to its commitment to being animal friendly. Now they are adopting PETA’s cruelty free logo on all of their packaging. We love Aveda!

Earth Day Raffle!

It’s time to celebrate Mother Earth again for Earth Month at Naviina Salon & Day Spa! Last year we were able to raise over $2,000.00 with your help to donate to the Natural Resources Council of Maine and we would love to surpass that this year! We have put together an amazing prize this year, a package for you with over $700.00 worth of product and services!

The List:

Aveda Sun Care After Sun Hair Masque ($27.00)

Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo ($29.00)

Aveda Dry Remedy Conditioner ($29.00)

Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener($25.00)

Aveda Cooling Balancing Oil Concentrate ($35.00)

Aveda Embrightenment Brightening Correcting Serum ($54.00)

Aveda Embrightenment Brightening Cleanser ($35.00)

Aveda Light the Way Candle with Aveda’s own pure-fume aroma of certified organic vanilla, cinnamon, ylang ylang and other pure flower and plant essences. ($12.00)

O.P.I. Nail Laquer in It’s A Boy ($10.00)

Pramasana Treatment($150.00)

A stimulating, cleansing, and balancing treatment beginning with a luxurious exfoliating facial for your scalp to open the crown chakra, next you will experience grounding with foot reflexology complete with warm towels.  As a final touch, you will be treated to a scalp & hair masque and leave with a beautiful blow out by one of our stylists.

One Manicure a Month for a Year! ($300.00)

Tickets for a chance to win are as follows: 1 for $10.00, 3 for $20.00 or if you purchase a limited edition Light the Way candle you will receive 1 entry!

Stop in for your chance to win!