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COCKTAILS & CONDITIONERS: AT-HOME HAIR TREATMENTS WITH A TWIST

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Let’s face it—we all need a pick-me-up every once in a while, and when it comes to your hair, it is likely that a conditioning treatment wouldn’t hurt it right about now, amirite?
Because at-home treatments are becoming more popular than ever, I decided to put together a list of my favorite conditioning services that you can do at home—paired with a corresponding cocktail in the event that you want to indulge the senses and turn your self-care regimen into a fun, refreshing experience!

AT-HOME HAIR TREATMENTS WITH A TWIST

Kenra Strengthening Treatment – with coumarin, an extract in tonka beans Does your hair feel damaged, brittle, or frail? Are you experiencing breakage for one reason or another? Kenra Strengthening Treatment may be just the drink your hair needs. It helps visibly strengthen your hair after only one use, and it helps to reduce breakage by up to 99%! This treatment contains coumarin, an extract naturally found in Tonka beans, which are revered in fine dining for their aroma containing hints of vanilla, cherry, almond, and cinnamon. Strengthen your hair while sipping on a combination of these flavors in a dessert martini!

Sweet Escape Martini
1-ounce vanilla vodka
1-ounce amaretto
2 ounces vanilla coffee creamer
Place ice in a shaker with all of the ingredients. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Spice things up with a cinnamon stick & enjoy!

AT-HOME HAIR TREATMENTS WITH A TWIST

Kenra Brightening Treatment – with a cosmetic grade violet pigment
Over time, cool processed blondes tend to go warm and need to be refreshed. If you’ve got a while before your next color appointment, Kenra Brightening Treatment will provide a swift kick in the brass. With intense toning technology, this violet toning masque will brighten blondes by up to 80% while increasing the hair’s manageability at the same time. Apply to clean damp hair for 5-10 minutes and reveal your inner vixen with this companion cocktail.

Violet Vixen
Two parts gin
1 part lemon juice
1 part elderflower liqueur
1 part violet liqueur
1 tsp. simple sugar
Place ice in a shaker. Mix all ingredients and strain into prepared glass.

AT-HOME HAIR TREATMENTS WITH A TWIST

Kenra Nourishing Masque- with avocado fruit extract
Ever feel like your hair could use a shot of vitamins? It isn’t brittle, it isn’t brassy, but it feels dry and dull? Kenra Nourishing Masque may be just what the doctor ordered! With sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado fruit extract, this multipurpose miracle deeply penetrates to replenish and repair dry, damaged, and color-treated hair. These oils also help by improving manageability and elasticity for soft, silky, and smooth results! Get out of the pits and into a tropical paradise by pairing this treatment with a refreshing Avocado Margarita!

Avocado Margarita
One slice avocado (approx. 2 tbsp)
1oz fresh lime juice
2oz blanco tequila
1oz orange liqueur

1/2oz simple syrup
One pinch salt
Rim a glass with salt and set it aside. Muddle the avocado and lime juice. Add tequila, liqueur, syrup, and salt. Fill the glass with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice and add lime.

AT-HOME HAIR TREATMENTS WITH A TWIST

Kenra Platinum Restorative Reconstructor- with coconut oil
Excessive heat styling. Too much sun. Home hair catastrophes. Getting a little too close to a bonfire at an outdoor music festival. Hey, it happens to the best of us! When your hair is badly damaged and needs some intense TLC, Kenra Platinum Restorative Reconstructor can help put the pieces of your life—or at least your hair, back together. Formulated without sulfates, parabens, or sodium chloride, this treatment is excellent for all hair types, including Keratin-treated hair. In fact, the Restorative Reconstructor uses coconut oil and Keratin Amino Acid Technology to help restore broken bonds from within the hair. If adding too much protein is a concern for you, there need not be any worry using this bad boy. Apply generously to freshly cleansed hair, put your mind at ease, and let yourself slip away to a relaxing mini vacation on an island of your choosing with a restorative Coconut and Pineapple Mint Mojito.

Coconut & Pineapple Mint Mojito
1oz white rum
1oz coconut rum
2oz pineapple juice
2oz coconut water
squeeze of lime
Muddle mint leaves and lime juice in a shaker. Add both rums, juice, and water. Cover and shake. Strain into iced glass and garnish with mint leaves and a pineapple wedge.

Whether your hair is broken, brittle, dyed, fried, or laid to the side, there is a solution to your pollution! Try one or a combination of these great defenders for the best option that works for you—and have fun while doing it!

By: WESLEY BOYCE

From: https://www.kenraprofessional.com/blog/At-Home-Hair-Treatments

“COCKTAILS & CONDITIONERS: AT-HOME HAIR TREATMENTS WITH A TWIST”

SWEET SUMMERTIME BRIDESMAID HAIR

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SWEET SUMMERTIME BRIDESMAID HAIR

The Roaring Twenties are in full swing, so get ready to dust off your formalwear and prepare to dance the night away at all those postponed weddings that are finally happening.

For all you bridesmaids out there (we know, it’s never as fun as promised), who love an updo, here’s a breakdown of four different ways to style the front of your updo to bring the heat and glamour all night long.

First look: Center part with loose pieces framing the face

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Step 1: Begin at the top of the ear and spray Kenra Hot Spray 20 and create loose curls going away from the face with the flat iron.
Step 2 : As you work your way up, begin to backcomb and spray Kenra Volume Spray 25 to lock it in place.
Step 3: Once you’ve completed the curls on both sides, run your fingers through to soften the hair. Then softly begin to twist and pin back the curls organically towards the center back.
Step 4 : After your pieces are in place, go through with the Kenra Volume Spray 25 and lift the roots with your fingers for a natural look.

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Second look: Side part without any pieces out

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Step 1: Start at the top crown and begin to backcomb the roots, and spray them with Kenra Volume Spray 25. Then, work your way down, curling pieces away from the face with a flat iron. If you’re not comfortable using a flat iron, you can use a 1″– 1.25″ curling iron.
Step 2: Once you have all the pieces curled, pin the hair back, row by row, detailing and placing hair as you go. By working this way, you will create a dimensional look. As you work up, be sure to direct the hair back instead of down. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the opposite side.

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Third look: Swept back hairstyle

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Step 1: Start by sectioning the front mohawk and clipping it aside. Then begin on one side and spray the hair with the Kenra Hot Spray 20 from roots to ends.
Step 2: Curl hair away from the face and up with a one-inch curling wand. Work the hair back with your fingers, spray with the Kenra Medium Spray 13, and pin the sides of the hair in the back. Repeat process on the other side.
Step 3: For the mohawk section, spray the hair with the Hot Spray 20. Then saturate the hair before using a smaller iron to create a tighter curl pattern. Work the curls back with the Medium Spray 13 and secure with bobby pins. Pay special attention to the very front sections and take your time detailing to ensure everything is cohesive and in the right place.

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Fourth look: Classic side part with loose face-framing pieces

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Step 1: Backcomb the side sections, spray with Kenra Hot Spray 20 and curl with the flat iron away from the face.
Step 2: Comb the flyaways into place. Pull the side curls back, and bobby pin them in place.
Step 3: Take the very front piece and tuck it behind a part of the hair above the ear. Repeat on the other side.

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From: https://www.kenraprofessional.com/blog/summertime-bridesmaid-hair

By: KENRA PROFESSIONAL

9 Health Benefits of a Swedish Massage Therapy

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9 Health Benefits of Swedish Massage Therapy – When your body is exhausted, you may think of looking for massage therapy that can restore your fitness. The most popular massage therapy that you will often find in fitness clinics or beauty spas is Swedish massage. The therapy which is often called classic massage offers you an immersive experience of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Swedish massage involves a combination of light to tight glides, integrated with stretching and joint reach to promote total relaxation and release of muscle tension.

What is a Swedish Massage?

Originating in Sweden, this most well-known type of therapeutic massage is practiced widely throughout the world. Focusing on relaxing muscles, Swedish massage targets the superficial muscles to improve blood circulation.

Peter Henrik Ling (1776 – 1839) was a Swedish doctor and athlete who combined Chinese medical massage techniques with sports medicine. This combination is to increases flexibility, reduces muscle soreness, and improves general health.

Swedish massage involves strokes including long and gliding movements that are usually applied with oil or cream as a lubricant, vibration, friction, and tapping. Massage therapists also combine stretching to lengthen muscles and mobilize joints by opening and softening them.

There are several different Swedish massage techniques. All of the technique combinations are intended to provide a relaxing massage through gentle circular pressure applied by the therapist’s hand. The most common Swedish massage techniques include:

  • Effleurage. A massage technique that involves long, gentle strokes,
  • Petrissage. A technique used to relieve tissue and muscle movement by treating muscle knots or spasms,
  • Vibration. Techniques that use light taps and other techniques that cause the body to tremble,
  • Hacking. These are light, quick movements performed with the sides of the hand to stimulate nerves and blood circulation.

What are The Benefits of a Swedish Massage?

1. Improving Body Flexibility

Swedish massage can open and lubricate joints, reduce swelling, lengthen muscles while increasing flexibility. Combining stretching techniques, Swedish massage can promote a smoother range of motion.

2. Supporting healthy immunity

In order to achieve overall health, it is important that you take a holistic approach. Physical pain can increase the potential for mental health problems like stress. Plus, the environment around you is very likely to stress you out.

Both physical pain and stress can cause immune deficiency. You can undergo Swedish massage therapy to promote relaxation and decrease body tension that supports the body’s immunity.

3. Pain management

Swedish massage can be an effective method of treating conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain. Tell your therapist about any pain points you are experiencing. Next, the therapist will target the area and use movements to reduce muscle tension and improve local circulation. For many people, this natural way of dealing with pain is more preferable to taking pain medication.

4. Relieving stress

The pressures of life that require everything to be done perfectly are likely to stress people out. This can manifest in the body as marked by increased muscle tension and pain.


Your mind can also be affected by stress, causing anxiety and worry. To fix this, you can try Swedish massage which can relax muscle tension and calm the nervous system.

5. Relieving headaches

Stress and a bad environment can give you headaches or migraines. Tension headaches can be treated with Swedish massage which can improve blood circulation to the brain.

6. Improving posture

During work, you may have to sit for long periods of time. This will result in the tightening of the muscles in several parts of your body. Overworked muscles can cause postural imbalance. This problem can be overcome with Swedish massage which helps to relieve muscle tension.

7. Improving blood circulation


Swedish massage uses different massage techniques to increase blood circulation to the area being worked on. The increased warmth soothes and eases muscle soreness as well as flushing out all the toxins that build up in the body.

During massage therapy, you will feel very relaxed. However, you will experience a noticeable increase in energy as a result of increased blood circulation.

8. Releasing the happy hormones

Scientifically, massage therapy is able to release various feel-good hormones and chemicals in our bodies. Some of these happy hormones include endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. These will all make you feel good and wonderful.

9. Improving sleep quality

One of the chemicals that make you feel good is serotonin which is essential for a healthy sleep pattern. You will be able to fall asleep faster. Your body will feel more refreshed after waking up. Some people choose to have a Swedish massage in the evening or night so they can sleep afterward.

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