Super Foods for Super Hair…it’s Hip to be Hair!

Gorgeous Hair

  • Hair grows everywhere on the human body except the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyelids and lips
  • Hair grows more quickly in summer than winter
  • Hair grows more slowly at night than during the day
  • Believe it or not, your hair is HUNGRY! That’s right, it’s hungry for food to help it shine and grow. Spruce up your locks with super foods to promote super hair! Adding these super foods to your diet will help hair growth, texture, shine and overall hair health.

SALMON – this is definitely a top pick! Salmon packs the most punch when it comes to your terrific tresses. It is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin B-12. This means salmon will add shine, prevent dry scalp and improve hair growth! Additionally, eating a diet rich in protein promotes melanin production that helps maintain vibrant color. Salmon – a true miracle food for your hair.

EGGS – rich in biotin (a B vitamin) that is essential for scalp health and hair growth. Eggs are also rich in iron that carries oxygen to the hair follicles. Eggs are easy to add to your diet…. enjoy them for breakfast, on a salad or in a quiche or frittata.

NUTS – a small package with a big punch! Nuts, particularly walnuts, pecans, cashews and almonds contain zinc that helps to minimize hair loss. Walnuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha-linolenic acid that helps boost shine and fullness. Vitamin E, one of the most important vitamins for scalp and root health, promotes maximum growth. Almonds and pine nuts are especially rich in vitamin E.

DAIRY – aside from the great vitamins D and B-5 in dairy products, the high calcium content is great for hair growth. All that calcium plays a major role in hair growth. Low-fat dairy products like cheese, yogurt and 2% or skim milk contain casein and whey, both high in protein, which prevents dry scalp.

VITAMIN C-RICH FRUIT – eating fruits rich in vitamin C help keep your hair strong. Vitamin C helps support healthy collagen production, so foods rich in this nutrient help keep your hair in good condition and prevents breakage. Reach for strawberries, oranges and grapefruits as particularly good sources of vitamin C.

SWEET POTATOES/CARROTS/PUMPKIN SEEDS – beta-carotene, an antioxidant-rich vitamin, is converted to vitamin A when consumed. Vitamin A is essential for cell growth, including the cells in your hair! A diet deficient in vitamin A often leads to dull, dry skin, which then flakes off in the form of dandruff on your scalp. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your salad, crunch on carrots as a snack and swap out your regular baked potato for a more flavorful sweet potato instead…it’s an easy addition to any diet!

DARK GREEN VEGGIES – spinach, kale, Swiss chard and broccoli are all major sources of vitamins A and C and we’ve already told you how important those two vitamins are to healthy hair, never mind the rest of the health benefits they provide! Vitamins A and C also help produce sebum, an oily substance in your hair follicles that acts as a natural hair conditioner.

BEANS – “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart”, so the rhyme goes, but they’re good for your hair too! Legumes, like lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas, provide lots of protein as well as iron, zinc and biotin. Protein helps strengthen the hard strands and promotes hair growth while biotin has been shown to prevent brittle hair. Add beans to your salad, soup or casseroles for added nutrients!

While digesting these nutrients via whole foods is the best way to add them to your diet, it’s not always easy to eat all the right foods for your hair. If you aren’t able to consume them in your food, you can always get them from oral supplements. We offer a full range of high-quality vitamin supplements at our Beach Plum Spa from Nature’s Sunshine. Check our selection here.

Our Moroccanoil Treatment and Nourishing Mask are excellent hair treatments to boost shine, improve texture and rehydrate hair. Our Global Keratin Treatment is formulated with a special blend of proteins and peptides to leave your hair smooth, shiny and healthy. We offer a full menu of hair services at our Cape Codder Beach Plum Spa location.

Call us or set up an appointment online with one of our talented hair stylists. They would be happy to assist with the perfect cut, color selection or specialty hair treatments!

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Let’s Face it….Facials are Important

DWI facial_enewsDid you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? It actually has a surface area of over 21 square feet and accounts for 6-10% of your body weight. Just like caring for your inner organs, it is important to take good care of your skin if you want to be healthy. Regular facials and quarterly facial peels, along with a nutritious diet, are key to maintaining your skin’s glow and youthful appearance.

The skin on your face is subjected to the elements far more than any other part of your body. From wind, sun and pollution to make-up and scrubbing, your face really takes a beating! Pores get clogged and regular at-home cleansing just doesn’t cut through all that dirt and oil. A professional facial, especially a facial peel, goes deeper into your pores. After age 30, collagen in your skin begins to decrease, thus causing wrinkles. Facial peels stimulate that collagen and therefore diminish wrinkles. Facials can be customized to suit your skin type, and your esthetician can recommend which peel will work best for you.

In addition, regular facials are key in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. When the skin is well exfoliated, the top layer of dead skin comes off and the face simply glows. Removing all that dead skin helps boost the immune system of the skin and improves circulation which helps refine pores and lessen wrinkles. Also, without all those dead cells, the skin is more accepting of anti-aging treatments.

So while facials may feel like a luxury, they are actually a fundamental building block to overall good-health. Facials are small steps to combat the negative effects of aging. By taking these small steps, you will be less likely to have to take the larger, more expensive steps later on to regain your youthful appearance.

Call us or set up an appointment online with one of our skin care specialists. They would be happy to assist in creating a plan to help you achieve optimal results specifically for your skin.

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Worth its weight in SALT

himalayan stone massageSalt….a valuable commodity throughout the ages, but capable of so much more than a simple seasoning. We’re talking about Himalayan Salt. Known in the Himalayas as “white gold,” Himalayan Crystal Salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. While this pure salt form is certainly tasty, the incredible health benefits extend beyond the kitchen.

Himalayan Salt is considered to be the most pure form of whole salt on the planet. Formed from the primordial sea during a time of intense tectonic pressure, the salt has been maturing over the past 250 million years. Unlike Sea Salt, Himalayan Salt Crystals have never been exposed to toxins or impurities of any kind. They are mined from beneath the Himalayan Mountains and then hand-carved into beautiful massage stones. The unique cellular structure allows them to store vibrational energy that lends itself well to massage and body wraps.

Himalayan Salt Stone Massage is an innovative healing technique using warm salt crystal stones to ground and balance the body’s electromagnetic field, central nervous system and meridians. Through osmosis, the nutrients from the salts penetrate the skin to alkalize and detoxify the body. Simply rubbing the stones in your hands, you can feel the powerful, soothing effects of this ancient mineral. The salt stones draw toxins out of the skin, leaving the superficial top layer smoothed and moisturized. Additional benefits include reduced inflammation, improved sleep, improved muscle and joint dexterity, reduced anxiety and very deep relaxation. Himalayan Salt Crystals soothe away the accumulation of stress, tension and pollutants and bring the mind, body and spirit back into balance.himalayan hearts

We are happy to offer treatments on our new menu which feature this natural wonder: the Warm Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, the Organic Himalayan Salt Scrub, the Himalayan Salt Wrap and the Hand and Foot Himalayan Salt Stone Massage Mani/Pedi. Call or visit one of our Beach Plum Spa locations to experience the incredible benefits of Himalayan Crystal Salt for yourself. We even sell it in seasoning form at our Spa Gift Shops so you can see the benefits that extend beyond good health to good taste in your kitchen!

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Shankara Ayurvedic Treatments at Beach Plum Spa

We are excited to announce that the Beach Plum Spa will now be offering Ayurvedic   treatments featuring Shankara products, an unsurpassed Ayurvedic line.  Shirodhara shirodhara_treatmentis an element of Ayurvedic medicine that has been used for over 5,000 years in India, and has only recently been “discovered” by Western massage therapists. It involves a gentle stream of oils and other liquids being poured over the “third eye” area of the forehead. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shira, meaning ‘head’ and dhara, meaning ‘flow’ which together bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health.

The 20-minute treatment induces a deep state of relaxation, soothes the nervous system, stimulates the endocrine system, and awakens the third eye while providing deep nourishing moisture to the skin and hair.

Combine shirodhara with the 5 Point Star treatment to bring the focus of healing to the scalp, hands, and feet.  This treatment is ideal for anyone who works on a computer all day, or who spends most of the day on their feet. This focused treatment brings nourishment and replenishment through the use of herbal salts, medicated oils, and balancing bowls to bring ojas (life sap) to our Being as we move along our life path.

What You Can Expect

During the 5 Point Star treatment you remain fully clothed while experiencing a scrub followed by a mask from hand to elbow; an Indian foot massage specific to your needs; then finish with a slow pour of warmed oil on your forehead and a scalp massage.  After my own first 5 Point Star treatment, I felt completely relaxed and had the best night of sleep I’ve had in years! I woke up feeling so refreshed and energized, it’s amazing! And the oil made my hair look so much more healthy and shiny the next day – it actually looked younger.

photo_5.17.13We’re so proud to bring Shankara products to Beach Plum Spa – it’s truly more than a wonderful skin care line! Behind everything they do is a strong intent to serve humanity, from producing the finest, most energetic products possible to the donation of 100% of the net profits to global humanitarian work.  Seventeen of our therapists just completed intense training with Shankara to ensure delivery of the best possible treatments to our guests. We can’t wait to share this new service with you!

Call to schedule your appointment today!

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The Buzz on BB Creams

BB Creams are a huge thing in beauty right now, they’re advertised everywhere….but what IS a BB Cream anyway and what’s so great about it?

Like a tinted moisturizer with added benefits, multi-tasking BB creams are a blend of sunscreen, moisturizer and foundation. They’re everything combined into one easy step – they make your skin look flawless while delivering amazing skincare benefits too. Originally developed by a German dermatologist to hydrate the skin after laser treatments, BB creams are now geared toward those who want to streamline their skincare regimens and achieve a natural-looking glow. They are well-suited to women with busy schedules who don’t care to apply multiple products.

What’s behind the hype?
It’s really a phenomenon that the beauty industry has not seen in a long time. Unlike tinted moisturizers that replaced the cakey makeup of years past, BB creams feature anti-aging skincare properties and protection.

The challenge for consumers is to find the best fit for their particular needs. Some BB creams are lightly pigmented to provide luminosity, while others offer heavier coverage. Some are better for dry skin, others more effective on oily skin. It all depends on what you’re looking to achieve. For some it’s hydration, for others it could be the treatment of hyper pigmentation. If the product doesn’t have the appropriate ingredients, you won’t get the results you want. That’s why it’s so important to check the labels. While no products will be a miracle in a bottle for everyone, aestheticians can help you choose the right BB cream for your needs.

The Beach Plum Spa uses Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream because of the high quality, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that are proven to be effective. Women with mild to moderate sun damage appreciate these creams and benefit from them greatly. Here are some features and benefits that set the Jane Iredale BB Cream apart from other mainstream BB creams:

  • Broad Spectrum SPF 25
  • Available in 6 shades for a spectrum of skin tones
  • Grapefruit Extract tightens pores and minimizes wrinkles
  • Apple Extract is a skin smoothing antioxidant that exfoliates
  • Aloe Leaf Juice soothes and calms the skin
  • Sunflower Extract is a moisturizing vitamin E
  • Iron Oxides are natural earth minerals that provide color without dyes
  • Non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, sensitivity tested, clinically tested, dermatologist tested

Visit our Beach Plum Spa to test this amazing BB cream for yourself!

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