Thursday, November 10, 2016

Eyelash Extensions by Bekah

After Columbus Hair Show

Ok so I have tried to do this and failed miserably a few times... I am going to do better. That being said I have recently been to the Columbus, Ohio Beauty Classic and my brain is full of new knowledge. So much so that I had to take a ton of notes. I have signed up for some certification classes for Chemical peeling and to refresh and update my Microdermabrasion Skills. Sometimes you need to re-certify ;) I have returned to The Artistic Edge Salon and Spa as a skincare and spa specialist and boy am I excited! I have so many things to share with our beautiful clientele! With that I have decided to restart this blog to try to give some good info and share my journey with anyone interested. I will share things regarding the beauty industry but I am not a doctor and I am not telling anyone what to do. Meaning you are taking your beauty needs into your own hands. I strongly advise if some of the things I talk about or describe catch your eye always find an educated licensed professional to perform the service and ask questions. I cannot stress enough how important it is to go to a professional. Doctors, aestheticians, cosmetologists, dermatologists, and several other people with advanced certifications and education are the way to go. The internet is a wonderful place for information and inspiration but I have witnessed so many videos and instructional posts that have been inaccurate and sometimes dangerous. Also I have found many products for sale to the public that should not be used without training. For example you can buy tattoo equipment on Amazon but should you be tattooing yourself and friends in your living room? Absolutely not! Same goes for facial equipment and chemicals.We paid for extra education and practiced in controlled environments to be able to do what we do safely and correctly. Just because you can buy it on the internet does not mean it was meant for use at home or without advanced knowledge. Please be safe guys! Ok enough of that! I will return with some happy little tid bits you can do yourself to perk up. Till then... safe beauty please!      BY Amanda Barringer

Amanda's Blog

Basic Skin Care by Amanda Barringer

I went back and read some previous posts a realized I keep saying I will elaborate or post more and haven't yet. Um yeah. So today lets talk about basic skin care. I want to start with the basics of at home skincare because the problem I see the most often is a lack of basic care or improper care. Most people don't know how to clean their face properly. It's pretty simple. First you need a cleanser. Which one? Well that depends on your skin. I usually recommend the most gentle and natural you can find. I would list off examples, but that's too long and there is a good general rule to follow. Do you know what all of the ingredients are? Do you know what they are for? If the answer is no then you need to look them up or pick something else. I personally like a good natural oil to break down my makeup then I follow with a foamy cleanser. Pure olive oil and Surface brand Purify work great. (I sell Surface at the salon I work at) Also take care not to over do it with scrubbing, rubbing, pulling, scrstching, pinching, etc. It's not a criminal that needs punishing it's your face. Be gentle! Rinse with cool to warm. Hot water over dries, and yes dry skin breaks out as much as oily, and causes the skin to over produce oil. You can tone at this point just don't use alcohol or anything over drying. Toners are meant to restore pH not burn the hell out of you. Most important step is moisturizer. Yes moisturizer. This is half the battle of clean happy skin. I hear a lot of "I don't like how heavy or greasy it is" Solution use the heavy at night before bed or choose something lighter. "My face is already oily I don't want to be greasy all day" Answer if your skin is excessively oily then it is not balanced. As it tries to balance it may be overproducing to try to fix itself. A good moisturizer will help balance and fix the problem. This is not an immediate thing either, you have to have some patience. I will talk about this more later for now let's get back on point. So everyday wash & moisturize. Scrubs & exfoliants are once a week. ONCE A WEEK. Not everyday. Why? Say you give yourself a good scrub off on Monday, all the top layer of dead skin is gone. What is there now? Fresh new skin. If you go to town on that fresh skin you are going to damage it. Is damaged skin pretty? No it is not. Scrub on Sundays, moisturize everyday, and if you need serious overhaul seek professional help. Facials are affordable if you take all the money you spend on cheap masks and overpriced cleansers to the salon for some real treatment. I myself have tried all the at home masks, scrubs, serums, and whatever else the drugstore can sell you. I found real results getting real facials and taking care at home. Home care should only be cleanse, moisturize, sleep, drink water, and repeat. Unless otherwise intructed by your friendly liscensed professional. You can have healthy skin without buying 7 different products to later throw away cause no one wants that many steps everyday just on the face. I mean come on who has time for that?

Education that Amanda took!

So I recently took a certification class for microdermabrasion and advanced peels. It was great! I learned so many things. I performed a small Salicylic 20% peel on myself to see what it was like. I prefer to experience the services I perform for myself in order to fully understand them. I feel it makes me a better stylist if I have personal knowledge to go along with my education. I thought it was a little stingy which I was told it would be. Salicylic acid is great for acne. I found it kind of drying but that is a normal side effect. The after effects were plumping of the fine lines and after a day or two I noticed the few blemishes I had were gone. I received a few compliments about my skin when I wasn't wearing makeup. The little bit of superficial peeling afterwards was totally manageable with moisturizer and light makeup. Now when I say I did this myself A) I am licensed professional with training for this B) I only did a little bit on my cheeks to avoid risking getting it in my eyes C) the product I used is only sold to and meant for professionals and D) I would never recommend

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


What's In It?

Let's talk Organic!

Recently I have had a lot of guests ask me about organic color.  It started me thinking about the beauty industry as a whole and how the term "organic" is so overused and typically used to sway the consumer to purchase one product over another.  Unfortunately, people hear "organic" and instantly think "healthier" and "less damaging".   So I decided to clear up a few misconceptions.
I looked up what the FDA thinks about the label "organic" when it comes to the beauty industry and it might surprise you.  
"Are cosmetics made with "organic" ingredients safer for consumers than those made with ingredients from other sources?. . . NO.  An ingredients source does not determine its safety.  For example, many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic. "(
The definition of "organic"in science is 1.) Involving organisms or the products of their life processes. 2.) Relating to chemical compounds containing carbon, especially hydrocarbons. 3.) Using or produced with fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin.

If the label says. . .

100% Organic"The product must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients.

OrganicThe product must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt). The remaining product ingredients must consist of nonagricultural substances approved on the National List of non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form.

Made with organic ingredients The product must contain at least 70% organic ingredients and the label can list up to three of the organic ingredients or "food" groups on the principal display panel.

In the beauty industry, there is no industry-agreed meaning for terms like ‘organic’ or ‘natural’. Unlike the food industry, these terms are not regulated for cosmetics which means companies can use these terms pretty freely.  Some companies argue that if an ingredient comes from a natural source then it’s natural. They conveniently overlook the fact that they chemically modify it to make it work the way they want it.  
Organic certifed cosmetics give the peace of mind that mainstream petrochemicals are avoided.  But are they???  

What's In Your Hair Color

To a chemist anything that contains carbon is organic!!!!!! So if its man made but contains carbon it is organic even if it is harmful to you.  Take MEA for instance. . . This is what is substituted for ammonia in "ammonia free" color lines. MEA is an organic chemical.   A study posted in the US National Library of Medicine,  "In fact, all methods show an increase in damage from MEA-based formulations, up to 85% versus ammonia in the most extreme case. Hence, if the odor of ammonia is a concern, a better approach may be to minimize the volatility of ammonia in specific chassis rather than replacing it with high levels of a potentially more damaging alkalizer such as MEA."(
So in other words taking out ammonia that is naturally produced in the human body and replacing it with an "organic" chemical may not be the best idea.!!!!!

What About Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives found in beauty products.  "Measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors (Darbre, 2004). The particular parabens were found in relative concentrations that closely parallel their use in the synthesis of cosmetic products (Rastogi, 1995)."  (

PVP/VA Copolymer

A petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, styling aids and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since inhaled particles can damage the lungs of sensitive persons.  (

At The Artistic Edge Salon, we carry Surface Hair products and use Proritual hair color. Surface hair products are petrochemical free!!!!! They use a fermentation process in their line of products.  They are free of parabens and PVP/VA.  Proritual hair color may not be "organic" but it doesn't replace the natural ammonia with MEA.  Remember the process of coloring hair is not a natural process. We were not meant to color our greying hair to a more desirable color.  
Be aware of the "play on words" that companies use to try to sway you into buying their products.  And remember that "organic" means simply that it contains carbon and or is animal/vegetable based!!!
Pretty simple, huh?