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He offers insightful bite size bits of information that are useful.
I love my hair, I love my nails, and I love everything! A slight take off from Rubert Everett’s scene in Julia Roberts movie, “My Best Friends Wedding.” This time the compliments are for something real, genuine and above all unique.
What am I saying? SHADES, Salon makes going Green look so good; in fact, it is golden! SHADES owner is Susan Henry; in Beverly Hills is a chemical free full service color studio. You heard me, blonde-haired woman without Ammonia… completely chemically free, but with natural blonde finesse and shine!
Get a glass of Montage or Clos Pepe Pinot Noir and sit down, this is a piece worth reading and information you will want to use and share. Please note I believe all my stories are worthwhile reading, this particular story includes a heroine, Paraben free alternatives and first-rate glamour, move over Cinderella.
Susan has worked with giants in the hair industry, Jose Eber, Umberto and at Prive Salons. Her A list clientele were dedicated to her and even when her health deteriorated, she kept fifty clients that would have seen her in any way shape or form.
Susan’s world was not an easy one, surrounded by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Susan raised her young children when her husband passed away as a single mother. Susan juggled the intense work schedule consisting of a clientele of five hundred. The tragic loss of her husband combined the need to care for her children was to say the least exhausting. The constant exposure to ammonia, inflamed her eyes and over time her health depleted. Remember at this time, people smoked everywhere so on top of the Ammonia, smoke got into her lungs and poisoned her. She was severally ill.
At that time, her daughter went away to college and Susan had to move from handling five hundred clients to only being able to handle fifty. These fifty house calls were on an outside basis, she had to give up her clients and life, as she knew it at Prive Salon. In her daughter’s first year of college, Susan met her daughter’s friends, who were botanists. Together, they began to work on hair color that was ammonia free instead of what Susan was use to and used along with other hair stylists and Salons.
Away from the Ammonia ridden and smoke-filled environment, Susan’s health began to improve. She took to hiking it was through the Redwood forests, that she would come upon plants and fungi that she later learned people had used to dye clothes yellow.
Inspired by the different ways people previously used plants, Susan spent eight years in her kitchen combining wheat germ, protein, and penetrating other plants to use to create hair color. Her client’s inherent trust allowed her to experiment on them. She even went blonde to show off her work. Five additional years later, Susan, created an ammonia free, natural based color process. It is full-on natural beauty that you can also buy over the counter in separate packages of ones own color, or desired color.
As a colorist, Susan would use these great tones for getting rid of grey and creating beautiful blondes from the correct color palette. She hired a chemist to measure out the proper mixtures and amounts for production.
Susan herself became a Scientist, an artist, entwining the two symmetrically. Within three years the shades, hence the name of her Beverly Hills Salon were developed and she was able to start working more. Additional salons have started using Shades chemical free colors.
At Prive Salon, a colorist changed her color line and now only uses Susan’s colors. To her knowledge SHADES is the only chemical free salon in Los Angeles, other salons are taking a more active green role by using some natural products but not one hundred percent Susan said.
Susan does not allow any colors in her boutique that contain chemicals. She has created a chemical-free salon. In fact, stylists have to sign a letter stating that they will not bring in chemicals and will work in a chemically free environment. Susan said she is so sensitive, she could physically feel it if there were chemicals in the salon.
Oncologists send their clients to Susan. She helps them individuals grow hair. It is amazing, for men and women, created a natural products that helps your hair grow! Susan created tea tree oil and special massage oils that help permeates the follicles and help hair grow, this includes those who have extremely thin hair, are going through chemotherapy, and those recovering from cancer. Susan’s family business has been a team effort, from her daughter in College to her son General Manager of Shades, Jonathan Graves.
Shades is an avant-garde studio with progressive naturally unique hair utilization that benefit client’s individual style and wellness. What started out for me as an afternoon of an artesian in color excelled into head to toe allurement. The nail stylist treated my hands and feet as though she was molding clay. With a natural homemade scrub treatment, to the natural nail polish application, she took her time and with generous care as though, she was treating a family member. Incidentally, my pedicure lasted for nearly a month.
These oils are all handmade. Susan makes a completely natural oatmeal scrub for the hands and feet with a cuticle oil that makes them soft as a baby’s bum. The hair massage is complete nirvana.
NJ: It is brown!
S: It is just oatmeal, flaxseed, and sugar
NJ: What kind of sugar?
S: Organic sugar
Susan noticed that when she washes her hair, it falls out, so she made pure scalp oil for stimulation, antibacterial, anti-fungal, for those with dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis, Susan said it really helps clean and to stimulate circulation.
S: Thorough brushing cleans hair follicles so they ca get the oxygen they need. Hair follicles get clogged too, just like your skin!
This is the muscle w/ hair and healing oil together with the massage it loosens the muscle and helps stimulate blood flow, and where there is blood flow, it is good for the body
Nail spa stylist uses a ritual moisturizer while Susan continues…
S: The oil for feet is handmade with peppermint, olive, apricot kernel is the carrier oil that is very light and the closest to what our body actually secretes. These really help enhance the medicinal qualities of the essential oil, Jhova
NJ: The majority of the pop uses oils that clog?
S: Apricot kernel oil is excellent as a carrier and as close to what we secrete naturally.
Sweet almond oil is good moisturizing oil with good carrier properties, my little grandson was taking a bath with the rosemary soap that I made and he said, “Mammy, you’re the best scientist ever!” -Billy
Any kids that want to take a bath…it is the soap for them!
S: The spa ritual is important. Two weeks of medicines for the rash, the rash was gone after 4 days when they used the formula! The research and prayers I have done, I have come up with these blends that seem to be the best.
Sipping some marvelous tea, Susan began on working on my hair…
NJ: What you are doing, the way you are applying the highlights, now, which is different.
S: Highlights, I am painting highlights and using cotton to separate the hair instead of tin foil. With my painting, I can follow the natural growth pattern of the hair and I can make the hair look more natural and the highlights look real. I have complete control as to where the highlights go, and I can get closer to the scalp, and I am not using foil, which is better for the environment and better for the body, and better for me not to touch it!
I think that aluminum is not good for your body and that highlights done with foil are terrible, as an artist. The highlights last longer and grow out more natural. I am using completely ammonium free highlighter that I created, and I mix what I make with a little bit of the ammonium free platinum from L’Oreal, because ammonium is mostly fruit based. The hair color I use is wheat germ based with plant and fruit extracts.
I know I cannot comb my hair without conditioner, so here at the salon we use “Zeron” (paraben and sulfate free), “Unite” (paraben/sulfur free) lines competing and that is great because there used to be nothing produced like this before.
Eco-color has ammonia in the color (preserve is grape seed extract, but it has ammonia in it!) everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon but you have to be careful, you’re not going to find a color process that is naturally chemical-free, but to have a color that’s natural… absolutely no ammonia or preservatives. Natural.
I went into the salon to experience paraben free natural hair lights, by artesian stylist and owner of Shades, Susan Henry, I left with spectacular hair, eyebrows beautifully shaped through threading by Clarissa Garcia who is also a talented stylist and make-up artist. My hands and feet buffed and polished to perfection, it was hard to leave at all, but I did so fabulously! Over the course of a few days I went back to Shades to follow-up, each client was so kindly taken care of. Philip Wolf, Celebrity hair stylist left Prive to come work with Susan, I sat in the chair next to his watching him. I could not take my eyes off his dynamic dueling with hair and scissors combined. Each time the results heightened the client’s appearance, as though he knew what was really underneath there all the time, and by the client giving Philip free range, the client appeared as though they were to have looked all along but only Philip saw it. As though as sculptor sees what is within the clay. The clients features showed off beautifully attended to with color and shape.
Susan introduced me to Kiki and said she stole her from Prive. She said, Kiki is amazing. Kiki is a color and hair stylist. She has a warm personality and I felt comfortable instantly. I knew I was in the hands of someone I could trust with my hair and that is not easy! She told me right away about my hair and the best look for my hair. She changed my entire look with a the precision of a surgeon. Kiki worked with my hair as though she had known it all her life. I desired to keep my hair long and Kiki does what the client wants, but I told her to do what she thought would look best and did she ever… More to come
I found Shades to be a quaint escape, Willy Wonka of beauty, a tranquil place that is good for you. Each stylist has his or her own unique technique; the expertise goes hand in hand with kindness. One will not find a high and might attitude at Shades Salon, although they’ve earned it, it is not their style, so if you have an attitude, leave yours at the door, you will have a better time without it.
More Shades to come… Hair extension with Clarissa, and a natural Brazilian Silk by Philip, so stay tuned. In fact if you have any questions for Susan at email@example.com and please let her know where you read the piece.
Shades Color Packages available at the Salon below, on-line or by phone
144 S. Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills CA 90211
On top of the soap residue, dryness, are chemicals when ones desire is only to get clean. Today we are fortunate Clean Living can also be natural thanks to individuals at CLEAN LIVING, NATURAL LUXURY and chemical free bath products such as Dr. Hauschka Bath and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.
I came upon CLEAN LIVING at the Farmers Market in Westwood, CA. They are found at other Farmers Markets in Southern CA and on line at www.CleanLivingSoap.com or Twitter @CleanLivingSkin.
CLEAN LIVING – Natural Luxury Their hand made soaps feel luxurious and they are not traditional soaps. A new word should be made up for these clean bars, how about that, Natural Clean Bars. These bars feel silky smooth and smell light and lovely. The soap or natural clean bars are made from vegetable and seed oils. Their scented only with Essential oils from plants, nothing synthetic which can cause allergic reactions. Many of there products are infused with Herbal blends that include Chamomile and Green Tea which is an anti-oxidant. Clean Living has a large variety of natural soaps to choose from such as, Face Milk that gently cleans the face while moisturizing it. Harvest Wine, They say Cleopatra bathed in red wine, so here is your chance without the mess. From Unscented to Sweet Rosemary, the Shea, Cocoa Butter, Grape Seed and Apricot are just a few the oils and butters that are infused naturally into these beautiful bars.
Note: Make sure to keep them in a dry space.
* Clean Living Fine Soaps, Skin and Hair Care – 866-967-3700, LA – 310.828-5600
Dr. Hauschka – Aromatherapy, Natural Bath Products with Organic Ingredients. Bathing in the world of Dr. Hauschka is considered a ritual, a pleasurable, possibly exotic experience. Dr. Hauschka delivers.
The Rosemary Bath – Rosemary essential oil stimulates and invigorates the skin and is also suppose to soothe the mind. Personally, I have found all of Dr. Hauschka Rose products to deliver on all levels.
The Lavender Bath – Pure Lavender essential oil eases the mind with pleasant, calming effect that smells lovely and relaxes the body. Lavender Bath also calms redness and skin sensitivity. The inviting sense puts one at ease, for an effortless and luxurious clean.
Dr. Hauschka has a variety of Bath choices as well as body washes. The soap free body washes nurture the skin with unique plant extracts that energize and clean the body and revitalize ones senses.
* www.drhauschka.com 800.247.9907
DR. BRONNER’S MAGIC SOAP
Dr. Bronner’s is an original natural formula that cleanses the skin with a selection of refreshing scents or my personal favorite, Unscented, Baby Mild. Peppermint reawakens and refreshes the skin with this concentrated formula. Dr. Bronner’s is clean with a conscious. Combining organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils with pure essential oils, Dr. Bronner’s creates a rich lather, leaving only soft skin, nothing else.
Dr. Bronner’s magic pure Castile classic soaps are biodegradable and vegetable based. The soaps come in liquid form and bars. *Dr. Bronner’s be found at Whole Foods, CVS and on line at www.drbronner.com
Tcho Organic Chocolate is unique; consider the way coffee beans are roasted to create different blends or Wine grapes after Harvest, Tcho Organic Chocolate takes the Cacao bean and roasts them into unique dark richness, creating healthy flavors such as Citrus, Nutty, Dark and Fruity. The chocolate does not contain fruit or nuts, only the essence they have derived from roasting the Cacao beans. The variety includes Roasted Cacao Nibs, “Citrus” Madagascar, terrific for cooking.
I have been making chocolate for the past year and when I came to Tcho, there was no looking back. A unique and healthy choice of culinary deliciousness that benefits you with each bite you take.
The cacao plant, to be more precise contains cell-protective photochemical, more commonly referred to as “antioxidants.” Researchers have discovered that a standard dark chocolate candy bar contains about twice as much antioxidants as a glass of red wine. (LiveStrong.com)
Chocolate contains large amounts of antioxidants that protect the heart, lower blood pressure, improve cognition, and are an anti-inflammatory that effect mood elevation. Phytochemicals in chocolate may also prevent cancer. Now, take a bite!
Available at Whole Foods & www.tcho.com
On May 10, 2010, I started writing a new post on knowing your juices, including the benefits of Pomegranate Juice. Today, 5/12, Yahoo posts front page, from Men’s Health, “The Unhealthiest Juices in America. Parabenfree and Organic Blog provides you front page, vital information before the magazine is off the press. This blog is for YOU, delivering accurate information and where to get it. Drink Up and read on… Your comments are appreciated!
Pomegranates are an A List Star when it comes to the vast benefits this fruit provides our bodies. Additional to the folic acid, fiber and anti-oxidants, Pomegranates are a rich source of Vitamin C.
Not all Pomegranate Juices are alike. The bottle may say fresh, but check it, because it could be concentrated, which means you are not getting fresh Pomegranate juice. Your best bet is Evolution Fresh, you can find the brand and their variety of natural juices, fruits and vegetables at Whole Foods, Ralphs, Bristol Farms and Gelsons. Evolution Fresh’s supreme quality and gratifying taste delivers a Pomegranate juice full of flavor, nutrients and no bitter after taste. Their delicious tasting Pomegranate juice leaves you wanting more and their Apple juice is addictive! www.evolutionfresh.com
HIGH POINT POMEGRANTE NEWS! Pomegranate juice is known to lower bad cholesterol and stimulate the immune system. Pomegranate juice helps alleviate post-menopausal and menopausal symptoms due to the Phytoestrogen found in the Pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate juice is beneficial for those with digestive disorders by stimulating digestion. A UCLA study indicates that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day can assist in slowing down the spread of prostate cancer, the leading cause of death of men in the USA. It is important to drink up when it comes to this FRESH purple juice!
At the Farmers Market Apple Sherrill Orchard’s Pomegranate natural juices are tasty; they have a variety of flavors and several juices are made kid friendly. It is a family run business. The juices come straight from the farm to the farmers market. Obviously, it is bottled in-between. In my opinion, their juice has a rich, non-bitter taste that can often be found in Pomegranate juice. The contact information is below. If you live in Los Angeles, CA, you can find them at any Farmers Market.
APPLE SHERRILL ORCHARDS HEALTHY JUICE 3265 Valpredo Rd Arvin, CA 93203 661-858-2035
HAPPENING NOW ON WEDNESDAYS…
Apple Sherrill Orchards Pomegranate Juices are available Wednesday in WESTWOOD, CA. Farmers Market on Broxton Ave from 3-7P. (Free 2 Hour Parking on Broxton.)
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Organic has never tasted so good. Who knew just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, CA the mecca of Pinot Noir is at our fingertips. Santa Barbara 2007 awarded CLOS PEPE Winery with the Green Award, the only one given each year, quite an honor.
GREEN CAN TASTE GOOD! Just a few hours beyond Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills beauty is matched by the fragrant, rich, organic vines that align the blue water colored skies. Describing the birth of a wine culture is a vastly underrepresented phenomenon: the culinary craft and the people creating it in Santa Rita Hills share their labor and produce a community of unique wines, rich with personalities, and experienced wine makers.
Wes Hagen is an award-winning winemaker and wine grower for 10+ years at Clos Pepe Vineyards, recognized by the Wine Spectator as one of the Top 30 Pinot Noir Producers in California. Wes has also judged wine professionally for 10 years, was the Central Coast Winegrowers Association Grower of the Year, 2000-2001, has produced wines rated 93-95 points by national wine pubs, is an avid wine educator and has been writing for Winemaker magazine for 7 years.
Wine making in Santa Rita Hills is a family business. Brewer Clifton Wines and Palomino Winery is a husband and wife team, with a growing family that continue to grow beautiful children, and elegant and stellar award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Nior Wines.
For a Parabenfreeandorganic weekend retreat, check out Santa Rita Hills, CA.