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Swizz Loves Jane!

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Another new year is here and if healthier and more sustainable choices are on your list of intentions for 2020 then be sure to come into SwizzleSticks SalonSpa this month as we celebrate JANEuary once again!

Jane Iredale cosmetics have been recommended by dermatologists around the world for over two decades for many reasons. The best part of this product line is the high level of natural and organic ingredients used to compose the line. Making Jane Iredale Skin Care Cosmetics one of the cleanest lines on the market!

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Did you know that 7 of the products have received the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation? That means that while you are glowing through the makeup and looking fabulous, you are also protecting your most precious skin from the ever-harmful effects of the sun! The mineral makeup line also has natural anti-inflammatory agents which will help calm and soothe the skin post-treatment. Hello, age prevention!


Fun facts about Jane Iredale:

Jane Iredale Founder

Jane Iredale is a real person, who over two decades ago decided to create the brand that promotes skin health after seeing so many actors suffer from terrible skin reactions due to the performance makeup of the time. Jane Iredale forged her way out of the theatre destined to create a makeup line that is actually good for skin, while delivering flawless results.

The minerals in the makeup line are not microscopic, they have a larger size that is bigger than our skin's pores. This means that while some brands may actually seep into the skin's barrier and cause adverse reactions such as acne, Jane minerals sit on top of the skin's surface like the scales on a fish, they overlap onto each other creating a base that continually allows oxygen to reach the skin, so that your biggest organ is always breathing! Phewf!

Most of the products in the line have multiple uses, like the Pure Pressed Powder can also be used as a concealer, and finishing powder! Speaking of concealers, it is recommended that you apply your concealer after applying your foundation, as the coverage from Jane’s minerals is so amazing that you will find yourself needing much less concealer this way.

Some of the commitments Jane has made are incredible and include organizations such as Greenpeace, The Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Green Spa Network, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and they have an annual fundraiser for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer Foundation. All of these commitments keep the Jane Iredale line connected to the most important sides of humanity and ensure a sustainable future for decades to come.

Are you new to Jane or interested in trying some of the line? We are excited to welcome you to the store to give you a free makeup consultation and color match! Come see why Swizz Loves Jane and for the month of January you will receive an additional 15% off any purchase over $99!

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5 Things To Try This Holiday Season!

A Touch of Gold

Seriously, we are all over this gold trend and gold leaf is such a fun way to enhance your festivities! Simply prep the hair with hair spray or gel on the area you are wanting to adorn and sprinkle or tap in the gold (or silver) leaf with a small makeup brush! We recommend starting small to control the application, then add a little hairspray over top and voila!

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Beautiful Braids

Sometimes a simple braid, as the main event, is all you need. Other times, a secret hidden or dainty braid is just enough to feel special. Want to take it a step further? Tie a beautiful scarf into a four-strand braid! *Expert tip* - prep the hair with some texture powder spray like Bedroom Hair by Kevin.Murphy and pull out the braid to make it more fulsome, try to pull the outside edges to not disrupt the entire braid!


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Winter Sparkle

Nothing says holiday party like a little sparkle! Glitter can be so easy to add to a hair style by simply sprinkling it on from the jar. We love using 24 Karat Gold Dust from Jane Iredale for this! Would you rather contain that sparkle? We are going crazy over the cute violet and gold Bobbi Pins that come with Kevin.Murphy’s Shimmer Shine this holiday season!

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Jewellery and Decorations

Have one of great-grandma’s blinged-out brooches collecting dust in your room? What about an old string of pearls? If you can’t bring yourself to wear these family heirlooms on the regular, try them in your hair for a fun holiday party! These enhancements look amazing intermixed in an updo, or they can act as a head band to keep it more house party casual. Alternatively, so many decorations this season are wire with berries or greenery, which can be used to showcase a more natural and wintery vibe!


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Fun Colour!

Not into accessories? Try a fun new shade for the Holidays! There are so many exciting temporary colours to choose from. However, we warn you that once you start you might take this experimentation with you into the New Year, but we promise you won’t mind! We especially love this fuchsia for the season!

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5 Questions To Ask Your Stylist Before a Color Change!

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1. How much time will be needed to achieve this look?

Truthfully, color changes are not all created equally. Sometimes a series of appointments are needed to truly capture your dream hair color. This is especially true when you are going more than 2 levels away from your natural color. Colorists are chemists and they know how far they can push the hair, and what steps will be needed to keep hair healthy and shiny throughout the process.

2. How much will it cost?

In salons, like many service-centric businesses, time is money. The more time that is needed, the more money it will cost. Often I will ask my guest if they want the 2-hour edition or the 7-hour edition and then I will start slow. Big color changes take time and thought to make the results Insta-worthy, so the cost will reflect how much time will be needed. If it is a big and dramatic change, be ready to include treatments for the service. The biggest piece of advice is to be honest with your budget, most colorists can customize their work to meet the budget but they need to know what yours is before commencing.


3. How often do I need to come back for maintenance?

A good rule here is to go by the 2 levels from your natural. If you are a dark brown and you are looking for a platinum blonde your regrowth will be much more noticeable then if you were a dark brown wanting to go light brown. Hair tends to grow between 1/4-1/2” per month. That being said, anything outside of the 2 levels will take more precision and attention to maintain so plan on coming in for a touch up at least every 6 weeks. Fun fact, the hairs keratin is still soft from the scalp to about ½ inch out. That means that if your regrowth is longer than the half inch, the keratin has hardened and this is where uneven banding can occur, so be sure to have a maintenance schedule with your colorist prior to jumping in!

4. What about home care?

Yes, it’s true, your new color may require some new and specialized home care. If you are more than two levels from your natural you are going to want to pick up a color protecting shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate and paraben free to maintain your color. If you are lighter than 3 levels from your natural your hair has been through some stress, so a protein-rich shampoo with a weekly mask is highly recommended.

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5. You’re rocking your new color and it’s totally what you wanted, but you’re not quite feeling it? Now what?

Sometimes a dramatic change can be just what you need to re-energize your life, so before you dive in ask yourself why you are looking for the change in the first place. Hairdressers are basically therapists, so a conversation about what you are hoping the change will make you feel is important. Just moved to a new city? Or just had a breakup? It might be best to start slower with the change to ensure you are actually ready for another big change. From there it comes down to committing to the change. If the color just feels foreign on your head, look at your wardrobe colors and makeup. Going from light to dark? Maybe a bolder brow will make the difference. Or a different tone of blush. Embrace the new you ALL THE WAY!

Changing hair color is one of the fastest and most rewarding things you can do for a change, it is so much fun to become an evolved version of yourself. Most salons offer free consultations so book one and then you can start to plan your strategy and get some questions answered! By asking these questions you will be much more informed and ready to take the plunge! Happy Hair Coloring!


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