I hate my hair. We’ve all been there, right?
Sixteen months ago, my mid-length locks had been unintentionally chopped into the infamous “I’d like to speak with the manager” cut. Too traumatized to attempt a fix, I’d settled for hiding it under hats and bobby pins.
Needless to say, it wasn’t a great long-term plan. So, when the folks at Hoshall’s Salon & Spa heard just how badly I hated my grown-out haircut, they graciously invited me to give their services a spin, I jumped at the chance.
It’s rough heading back into the salon after a long absence: Do you try to style that bird’s nest or just wander in with a nappy bun of shame? And, what happens if you hate the next haircut?
To ease my deep-seated fear of the stylist’s chair, I made sure to prepare with ample pics of hairstyles I hoped we might be able to achieve and then patiently waited for the date of my appointment to arrive.
I had a 4:15 pm appointment, and, from the second I walked in, was greeted with smiles—the receptionist, my stylist Michelle, even by name written in pretty cursive on a chalkboard all expressed a warm, and friendly greeting.
Despite arriving slightly late, the receptionist made sure that I was offered tea or coffee and cookies for a nosh.
Do you hate arriving at a salon, only to have to wait for your stylist to wrap up their previous appointment?
Michelle, who turned out to be so sweet she’s likely made of sugar, was ready to go the moment got there, too. Which, after having to wait around at other salons—sometimes up to half an hour after your appointment time—the fact that everything was ready to go made this experience awesome right off the bat.
Armed with photos, I sat down in Michelle’s chair and unwound my bun of shame while explaining that my hope was to continue growing it out, so hopefully she could shape up the layers.
All that prep work? It turns out, was totally unnecessary.
The full 20 years of Michelle’s experience was evident in just a few seconds. She explained where the current cut was making my face look wider, how longer layers in one area were creating a lack of volume and, best of all, her plan to fix it.
Then it was time to get down to business. The time flew by as Michelle shampooed, conditioned, cut, and styled. When she spun me around for a final check of the back, I couldn’t believe that:
Michelle had even created a top layer at my crown that could be bumped up for volume in the back, or swooshed to either side for a deep part depending on my style on any day.
All-in-all, getting a cut at Hoshall’s was an exceptional. Do I still hate my hair? Just the opposite — this haircut is so fantastic, it’s turned into my favorite accessory.
Bonus? The salon was clean and poshly decorated, the staff was friendly. And, as for Michelle, I absolutely loved my cut and couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
You wouldn’t go months without working out and expect to be in great shape—why assume your skin can do the same?
Spa facials are more than an occasional indulgence or an option only to be considered when battling a skin concern. Facials are an investment, paying off with each glance in the mirror.
But why monthly? As the outermost layer of your skin is renewed in 28-day cycles, monthly facials give new cells a head start. Additionally, even prescription-strength treatments require six to eight weeks to start to take effect. Spa facials speed up the renewal process, helping your daily products work faster and more effectively.
Aside from feeling like heaven, here are a few ways that Hoshall’s spa facials promote healthier, younger looking skin and help you keep your glow:
Your skin is exposed to pollutants every day, leaving dirt, grime, and even chemicals on your skin. Spa facials include cleansing that penetrates deeper than your daily rinse—cleaning out clogged pores, preventing breakouts, and addressing any damage caused by exposure to the elements.
Gone are the days when skin was classified only as dry, oily, or combination. A spa facial gives your esthetician the opportunity to pinpoint problem areas and suggest preventative or corrective actions to aggressively treat a number of skin situations.
Similar to getting a massage, the gentle, sweeping movements that occur during a spa facial help to increase circulation, facilitating the renewal of skin cells. Facial massages also relax the muscles that lead to fine lines and wrinkles, temporarily smoothing the surface of your skin.
While traditional facials have always involved removing dead skin as part of aiding cellular renewal, advancements in microdermabrasion have taken this process even further. Unlike exfoliating scrubs sold for at-home use, microdermabrasion helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production for long-term skin health.
The ingredients contained in today's professional skin care products are designed for deeper penetration into the skin, increasing hydration and stimulating cells. Combined with facial massage, your skin immediately appears smoother, firmer in texture, and with more defined facial contours.
The last phase of every spa facial is designed to calm the skin and bring it back into balance. Breakthroughs in LED lights allow your esthetician to do more than balance your skin’s pH, taking down inflammation and targeting conditions such as premature aging, rosacea and hyperpigmentation for improvements that last.
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Which Spa Facial Is Right For You?
Not sure how to choose the right facial? With as many types of facials out there as there are skin concerns, selecting the perfect facial may seem a little confusing—especially if you have combination skin or more than one skin problem you’d like addressed.
To help you select the perfect facial treatment, we recommend considering which of the following reasons you’d like your esthetician to address:
If your skin feels clogged or uneven in texture, and would benefit from a deep cleansing
If your skin is sensitive, sallow or blotchy, and potentially suffers from acne
If your skin is dry, patchy, and you’ve seen an increase in fine lines
If your complexion appears a bit drained, and would benefit from firming and plumping
If you want to prevent future skin problems, and maintain healthy, glowing skin
Regular facials are the key to clear, smooth and radiant skin throughout the year. By understanding which skin concerns you hope to address, your Hoshall’s esthetician can suggest the perfect spa facial, and even customize your treatment with our Facial Enhancements.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our spa’s relaxing atmosphere! For an immersive, relaxing experience, we invite you to come early or schedule plenty of time between treatments, to enjoy our Turkish Steam Shower and Desert Hot Sauna. Our spa coordinators will even welcome you with lunch and wine, to be enjoyed on our patio, perfect for serenely unwinding or gathering with friends.
Take the first step to healthier, happier skin and a blissful day of relaxation, by signing up for a Hoshall's monthly membership!
If you saw a photo of a woman with stick-straight hair and a middle part, or another with fluffy hair and permed bangs, you’d likely be able to immediately recognize the decade of each. Hair trends aren’t the only defining characteristics of an era; though not quite as obvious, eyebrows can be indicative of moment in time, too.
Back in the ‘80s, the most advanced brow-care one could hope to find in the hands of an esthetician was waxing. In those days, the process consisted of sitting upright with a technician at your side, while brows were formed into a matching comma-like shapes.
Modern Brows Should Frame Your FaceThankfully, the one-shape-fits-all view is no longer en vogue and tides have turned towards approaching brows as works of art—not to mention, one of the most important features of your face.
While beauty experts now approach each brow job as unique—based on your bone structure, of course—certain aspects of brow shaping can still be seen as on-trend. Modern brows have moved to a thicker, fuller shape overall, with either a square, highly-groomed front, a round, natural shape, or a combination of both as dictated by your face shape.
Strong Definition is a MustWhy all the fuss about brows? Because eyebrows do much more than frame your eyes. Like a signature hair color or style choice, brows play their part in defining your look. They also tell others around you a story—your story. Are you confident? Tired? Sad? Powerful?
Bottom line, if you don’t have great brows with really strong definition, you’re probably not doing yourself justice. Thankfully, brow tinting can make even the most sparse or unruly brows appear gracefully natural, without taking any time out of your daily never-spare-a-minute schedule.
What Is Brow Tinting?Unlike shaping waxing, threading, or tweezing, brow-tinting is a color service that doesn't take away any hair (although you can do so in conjunction with hair removal) but uses semi-permanent vegetable dye to enhance color, shape, and thickness—or all of the above.
And the benefits are immediate—brows look groomed with zero effort.
Plus, when professionally applied, tinting adds more structure to each hair strand. This gives you a stronger arch and thicker brows, without even touching them with brow pencil or powder.
Even if your brows are already dark, tinting may find hair that you didn’t realize you had. This is because some people’s growth tends to come in blonde, and tinting grabs those peach-fuzz hairs, filling in each brow shape to their desired arch.
Want to know more? Contact Hoshall’s to learn exactly what brow tinting can do for you!
This year, we’ve made picking out the perfect gift perfectly easy! Say I Love You with a spa and salon gift card and to show you we LOVE YOU, we’re offering discounts on gift cards:
Receive $10 extra with every $100 gift card purchase
Receive $25 extra with every $200 gift card purchase
The lucky recipient can use their Hoshall’s Valentine’s Day gift card on any Hoshall’s service offered by our award-winning salon and spa in Folsom!
Need inspiration? Some of our favorite spa experiences include:
Customized facials and skin care experiences that combine smoothing exfoliation, nourishment, and the skillful attention of our in-house estheticians with soothing, circulation-boosting massage.
Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, and Vichy Rain Dance massage therapies that invite you to slip into a world of relaxation as expert hands help to relieve tension and improve muscle tone.
A full range of salon services including masterful blowouts and deep conditioning hair masks, that leave you feeling indulged, pretty, and polished from head to toe.
And, of course, every Hoshall’s spa service includes an invitation to enjoy the steamy comfort of our Turkish steam room and dry saunas!
Considering a single gift card gives your loved ones so many options while being a cinch to buy, it’s no wonder that both Time Magazine and US News say that gift cards are the only present that makes sense, even stating “Gift cards are the best present for the one you love.”
We couldn’t agree more! After all, do you really want to spend an average of 14-hours shopping for each and every person you love?
Make Valentine's Day 2018 memorable by taking advantage of a chance to give a little something extra with our Valentine’s Day gift card special. Come down to Hoshall’s Salon & Spa at 6608 Folsom-Auburn Road or give us a call at (916) 987-1995 today!
Gone are the regular pedicures of summer months that keep you constantly sandal-ready. But just because your feet are currently cocooned inside a warm pair of woolly tights doesn’t mean that it’s alright to neglect your toes.
Why bother keeping your feet a priority all year ‘round?
Winter pedicures keep toes in tip-top shape.
April showers bring May flowers, which means sooner than later you're going to be trading those rain boots for your favorite pair of sandals.
But until then, winter boots and heavy socks can be quite compressing on feet—and toenails that are left to grow wild can become ingrown from the pressure of shoes.
Regular pedicures ensure that toenails are kept neatly trimmed in a straight line across the edge of the toe, with corners rounded off to stop them growing inwards.
You could be missing some important signs.
Are you guilty of layering on new polish to the point where removal requires a chisel come spring? Allowing your nail beds to hibernate like a sleeping bear doesn’t just make your nail technician’s job more difficult, it can hide potentially nasty infections or fungus.
And, there are other ways in which winter pedicures are good for your foot health that don’t involve hangnail scares.
Feet are an especially difficult area to soften up since the heels tend to harden drastically with all your everyday activities. This can mean soles plagued by stubborn causes, dryness and cracking if left without proper care. Exfoliation helps control and prevents the growth of calluses and corns, which not only look unattractive but can cause discomfort.
Additionally, that delicious pre-polish massage loosens your muscles and helps with joint performance—often adversely affected in cold weather. The massage also helps with circulation of the foot and lower leg. Plus, allowing a professional access to the important pressure points located on the sole of your foot provides much-needed relaxation.
It’s the perfect time to experiment with new nail polish combos.
Longtime winter staples such as bright red, burgundy, or bordeaux can feel more overplayed than a Christmas carol by the time January rolls around.
However, that doesn’t mean your toes need to be boring. Instead, take advantage of winter’s weather-appropriate footwear to try out some yet untested shades and designs.
Need inspiration? New York’s Paintbox manicure salon has a constant supply of fresh ideas to tickle your fancy and delight your toes.
Not only are there innumerable benefits to keeping up your pedicures through winter, you never know when a peep-toed evening out might present itself! Not to mention a last-minute long-weekend escape to sunnier shores.
Give the Gift of a Spa Day Escape
Each fall, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season with a day of gratitude and foodie-bliss. But, the five weeks that follow are generally filled with mounting seasonal stress and a devil-may-care attitude towards our well being.
This year, instead of gorging on sweets cakes and wine to wind down after making your list (and checking it, not twice, but thrice), consider a better way to undo the damage of being under pressure with a pampering spa day at Hoshall’s.
Whether in search of an extended escape or a single treatment, Hoshall’s day spa is the perfect place to disconnect, rejuvenate, and reinspire.
To start your stress relief, allow yourself to be swept away by a Swedish, Deep Tissue, or Hot Stone Massage—each of which improves circulation, releases tension, and leaves you feeling light enough to defy gravity.
From there, experience the clarity-boosting, anti-aging power of our skincare experiences. As you lay comfortably swaddled in warmed sheets, drifting away to soothing sounds, our expert estheticians will treat your skin to impeccable pore-cleansing, surface-smoothing, vitamin-infusing, and eyebrow-grooming treatments, leaving you glowing with flawless, no-need-for-makeup results.
To feel like total perfection from head to toe, don’t forget to give your fingers and feet their own red carpet treatment. Hoshall’s Signature Manicure and Signature Pedicure go a step beyond polish, revitalizing hands and feet with a series of luxurious treatments designed to smooth and restore moisture.
Taking a pre-festivities refresher day is a wonderful way to become more attuned to your body and mind—and better equipped to deal with holiday stress.
And don't forget to arrive early! Access to Hoshall’s private patio and Turkish-inspired amenities are included with every service, enhancing your sense or serenity or providing the perfect atmosphere in which to spend time with visiting family and friends—we'll even provide your party with a delectable lunch.
Make your appointment today to unwind, reconnect with, and pamper yourself and your loved ones with a day of luxury at Hoshall’s.
P.S. - Can’t figure out what to get the ladies in your life? Give the gift of a spa day! Choose from our enticing selection of treatments—each decadent and fully customizable, thanks to our menu of skin-indulgent add-ons—and allow those you love to soak up a day of pure bliss.
Want to go lighter, faster? You may have heard of Olaplex, the treatment helps you push the envelope—to go blonder without compromising the integrity of your hair.
Olaplex can mean going from black to blonde in half the time, reaching true platinum without sacrificing the way your hair feels, or a whole head of highlights on previously color-corrected hair.
Since Olaplex treatments have made it possible for stylists to create such dramatic changes in your hair color, it’s taken the salon world by storm. Now, as something of a catch-all buzzword for anyone thinking of going lighter, there’s some confusion as to what Olaplex is and what it can do.
Here’s what you need to know: Olaplex isn’t just another hair conditioning treatment
Instead, it’s a patented three-part system that permanently rebuilds the damaged disulfide bonds in your hair. These bonds are broken during any chemical process, whether your stylist is depositing permanent color or straightening your tresses.
Once those bonds are broken, your hair is more prone to additional damage incurred from heat styling, environmental factors, and additional chemical processes.
And that’s where Olaplex’s difference really shines: Repair and conditioning treatments can temporarily treat dry, damaged, and splitting strands. However, Olaplex rebuilds the strength, structure and integrity of your hair, restructuring bonds that have been damaged even after years of over-bleaching.
In short, Olaplex is a chemical mending process that’s like a “reset” for your locks—and it’s available at Hoshall’s for just $25.