Introducing our New Massage Therapist, Allison!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 26th, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, spa spotlight, Wellness

Allison is one of our newest massage therapists.
Please enjoy learning more about her!

About: Allison Rathburn has been a licensed massage therapist for 6 years. She specializes in prenatal, deep tissue, and Mu-Xing massages. Allison originally started in nursing school but switched paths when she realized how beneficial massage is to overall health and well-being.

Fun Fact: Allison is a “Dog Lady”! She has three dogs; Isabelle, Eli, and Gracie.

Favorite Products: Biofreeze spray because it relieves pain from tight muscles instantly.

DIY Self-care Tip: Fill up your bath with warm water, add a heaping amount of Epsom salts, and sit in the tub for 15-20 minutes for complete relaxation and to relieve muscle soreness.

If you haven’t received a massage with Allison, now is the time! During the month of May, receive $30 off your sixty minutes or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage with Allison.

*Massage must be scheduled with Allison
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*60 minute or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage only
*May not be combined with any other offers
*May 2018
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Introducing our Massage Therapist, Nina!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 15th, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, spa spotlight, Wellness

Nina has been a part of our team for a little while now but is one of our newest massage therapists.
Please enjoy learning more about Nina!

About: Kristina (Nina) Balogh has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since the Spring of 2016. After graduating with her Bachelors’ degree in English she decided to pursue her life long interest in sports and fitness by studying the art of bodywork and massage. An avid runner and triathlete, Nina loves to work with everyone on varying levels of fitness: from the weekend warriors to serious athletes helping with everyday muscle aches to rehabbing injured muscles. She understands the importance of self-care in everyone’s lives and wants to be able to assist anyone and everyone to achieve optimum health and relaxation. Nina is skilled in many different modalities with special interest and certifications in Soft Tissue Mobilization (Grastin technique), Myofascial Release Techniques, Prenatal massage as well as Sports Massage and Cupping. Always looking to expand on her knowledge, Nina will continue taking classes on the modalities she specializes in as well as others, including Active Isolated Stretching and Lymphatic Drainage. She is looking forward to continue working with her Ame family.

Fun Facts: Nina just completed her first Half Ironman Triathlon this past September. Nina and her fiancé, Justin are high school sweethearts and have three “fur children” whose names are: Bowie, Samson, and Delilah.

Favorite Products: Nina loves foam rollers because they are great for recovery and maintenance in between massages. They help relieve muscle tension and break up adhesions you may get from working out and other strenuous activities. She also loves Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Moisturizer. It leaves your skin glowing and super hydrated.

DIY Self-care Tip: Nina’s go-to DIY for self-care is lavender scented epsom salt baths for sore muscles and all over relaxation.

If you haven’t received a massage with Nina, now is the time! During the month of April, receive $30 off your sixty minute or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage with Nina.

*Massage must be scheduled with Nina
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*60 minute or longer Good Chi or Deep Chi massage only
*May not be combined with any other offers
*April 2018
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Detox Pedicure

Author: admin - April, 2nd, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, pedicures

AME’s Detox Pedicure

Pedicures are about more than just pretty polish – although we do love our polish! There are many reasons to continue to care for your feet even when it’s not flip-flop weather. Like many of us, our feet tend to be cooped up during the winter and in need of some TLC. Pedicures not only help you relax and feel good but they can improve your circulation and keep hard skin and calluses at bay. When you opt for our detox pedicure which includes reflexology, you can receive the added benefits of improved sleep, nervous system stimulation, pain relief and more. During our Detox Pedi, your feet will soak in a unique blend of herbal extracts and purifying magnesium sulfate crystals to provide a soothing, cleansing experience, soften and hydrate calluses, and relieve stress while elevating your mood.

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New Service! Keratin Complex Personalized Blow Out

Author: admin - April, 2nd, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, Hair Styling

AME Salon and Spa is now offering the
Keratin Complex Personalized Blow Out
*customizable same day treatment*

YOUR HAIR. YOUR WAY.
Go straight or curly (and everything in between)

WHY SHOULD YOU GET THIS SERVICE?

4 STYLE FINISHES

Maximum Straightness: Perfect for someone who wants to blow their hair out smooth and straight as possible.
Ultimate Smoothness: Perfect for someone who wants to wear their hair smooth with a slight bend on the ends.
Frizz Control: Perfect for someone who wants body in their hair and sometimes wears it wavy. Great for fine, frizzy hair.
Natural Curly: Perfect for someone who prefers to wear their hair naturally curly.

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Recommended at-home maintenance product for anyone that has received the Personalized Blow Out Same Day Keratin Treatment.

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Rest on Water Treatment and AME Spotlight on Erika

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 28th, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, hair health, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, spotlight, stylist spotlight, Wellness

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Rest on Water Experience

Our Soft-Pack Flotation (AKA Rest on Water) treatment is pretty AME-zing. This treatment was developed 40 years ago by Paul Haslauer along with a medical team of rheumatologists. The benefits of this treatment on your musculoskeletal system are astounding making it a favorite for those suffering from arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Other people who especially love this treatment consist of athletes who participate in high-impact sports, those who suffer from disordered sleep, and those who really need some relaxation. Being a runner, I absolutely love the soft-packThere are few things this soothing on the muscles and joints. I always tell my clients, it’s pretty impossible to not relax and drift off when you are in the soft-pack.

Despite being called rest on water, you never come in contact with water during your float – leaving you dry. The idea is similar to a water-bed but better!

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Clients have the option of receiving a “solo float” where you remain in one of our robes for the duration of your float or the full Rest on Water treatment. Clients who wish to experience the full treatment will start off with a full body polish and then rinse in our swiss shower before being nestled and wrapped in hot mud, green tea, or body butter. They are then lowered into the soft-pack – your very own heated flotation bed – pure bliss. The gentle water pressure combined with the heat of the water, enhance your skin’s absorption of the body wrap product. This treatment allows your body to be just about weightless as you rest on water and let go, basically leaving you feeling like a new person when you are done. For pure relaxation, follow your Rest on Water treatment with a massage or facial.

May is the perfect month to try our Rest on Water Solo Float experience. When you schedule a 60 minute or longer massage or our Longevity Facial during May, you will receive a complimentary Rest on Water experience*. Find more details here

*This promotion is for the Rest on Water Float ONLY and does not include any body polish or wrap

AME SPOTLIGHT

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May’s Spotlight is on AME Designer, Erika Kapeghian

About Erika: I have been a stylist at AME for nine years and I am also one of teachers in our associate training program. What gets me most excited about doing hair is the science behind it. I love working on test swatches and experimenting with unique and custom color combinations so that we are not just following trends – we are setting them.

Favorite Product: My current obsession is Doo Over by Kevin Murphy. It gives the lived in look that is super sexy right now. It can make a straight blow out look effortless and can make a wavy style look beachy and care-free.

DIY Styling Secret: I’m all about spending as little time as possible in the morning on my hair. So an easy trick my clients love is sleeping with a braid or two and then in the morning, take it out and hit a few pieces with a curling iron for perfect bohemian waves.
Summer rompers, gladiator sandals, and beach hair…. What’s not to love?!!!!

To schedule an appointment with Erika, call AME: 610-995-2631

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Main Line Fashion and Spa Week!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 6th, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, services, spotlight

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It’s Main Line Fashion Week and all of us at AME are really excited about it!

Grace Winery is hosting all events. If you haven’t made it to one yet, you should definitely make time tonight or tomorrow. Grace Winery is an amazing place on its own and then when you add all of the ML Fashion Week excitement, you can’t go wrong! Find more info and tickets here: http://www.mlfashionweek.com

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Here are some sneak peaks of what we’ve been up to:

AME Designers, Brett and Erika had a blast at Main Line Fashion Week Monday night demonstrating quick, easy, DIY ways to style your hair. Pictured Below is Designer Brett.

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OK. I’m obsessed! AME Designer, Sarah gave this model a flawless, edgy updo. Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week

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AME Designers, Sarah and Stefanie getting the models runway ready! Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week

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Main Line Fashion Week Ticket and Information

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Spa Week is Coming!!! Spring Spa Week starts April 11 and continues through April 17.

Select services are 50 minutes and only $50! Choose from one or all (!!!) of the following services:

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Please note: Spa week books up FAST! To reserve your preferred day and time, we recommend scheduling right away. Spa Week services are only available with select service providers. Call AME for details.

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April’s Spotlight is on AME Massage Therapist, Nicole Hansell!

About Nicole: I became a licensed massage therapist in 2010 and have been happily employed at AME Salon and Spa for almost four years. I have been fortunate to work with chiropractors who have helped me gain a greater understanding of the body and the cause and effect of different modalities. At AME I offer an array of massages, some simply for relaxation, others to address areas of concern, benefitting in freedom from aches and pains that have built up over time. Many of my clients see me on a regular basis for deep tissue treatment to manage overall wellbeing. Book an appointment today so you can experience this first hand!

Favorite Product: My favorite product is the dry brush! This is a service I offer at AME and it is also a product that we sell so you can continue care at home each day. A third of the body’s toxins are excreted through the skin.  Making this part of your daily routine will feel great, make your skin softer, and increase your energy and blood flow. You will be amazed at the positive effect this has on your life!

Best Kept Tip: After the dry brushing and a hot shower, apply a moisturizer for your skin. I love using the FarmHouse Fresh agave nectar, also sold at AME. This oil is made with a special blend of extracts tested and proven to reduce the rate of your skin’s water loss, which helps maintain skin elasticity.

To schedule an appointment with Nicole, call AME: 610-995-2631

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Stop and Smell the Roses!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - March, 2nd, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, rose, spotlight

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Our seasonal massage this month is rose oil and I couldn’t be happier about it! I absolutely LOVE the smell of roses and find it to be pretty nostalgic. Even better – rose oil isn’t just a pretty smell, you can also find tons of benefits in it! The scent of rose is so uplifting and has been used to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression for many years. Some other ways rose oil has been known to help:

*Because Rose oil has an affect on hormones, it should not be used during pregnancy.

*AME uses certified organic essential rose oil for our rose oil massage

 

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March’s Spotlight is on AME Spa Technician, Janice Stein!

About Janice: I have been a Spa Technician (facials, massage, nails, waxing – I do it all!) at AME Salon and Spa for over five years. I am a tri-athlete and most recently I participated in the Iron Girl Triathlon. My husband and I have a great passion for travel. We just went to Thailand this past September and it was an amazing journey; one of our most favorite vacations this far. During our down time, we love spending time with our pug, Zeus – aka our baby.

Favorite Product: I love Vinylux polish – it dries quickly and lasts longer than most polishes!

Best Kept Tip: Anytime my muscles are sore and always after a long run, I soak in my tub with epsom salts. It speeds up recovery, soothes my muscles, and feels great!

To schedule an appointment with Janice, call AME: 610-995-2631

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12 Day Detox is Back!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - January, 6th, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, stylist spotlight

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Happy New Year!!!

Holiday food, festivities, and fun have you feeling a bit sluggish? Ready to detox from all of it? Our 12 Day Detox is starting January 18! If you are looking for a great way to kickoff your healthy habits, consider joining our online 12-Day Natural Detox! Here’s a tiny preview of what you will learn when you participate in the 12 Day:

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Fantastic pHacts

Alkaline and Acid in the Body

Do you understand the importance of alkaline and acid in the body? The most important thing to know is that illness is caused by acid. Acid and alkaline balance is extremely important to your health.

The Facts:

  • Illness is caused by Acidification
  • Alkaline -acid balance is one of the big keys to health. Once you master this in your diet, you will thrive. You will be surprised by all the diseases and ailments that are caused by acidity in the diet…and then in the body. Acidity causes disturbance in your enzymes, demineralization, and seriously harmful acid activity.If you are too acidic you may suffer from the following; No energy, Depression, Nervousness and agitation, Low stress threshold, Tooth and gum disease, Conjunctivitis, Cracking at the corners of your lips, Acidic diarrhea, Mineral and calcium depletion of bones, Osteoporosis, Inflamed intestines, Burning in the bladder, Runny nose and chills, dry skin, thin nails, dull, dry hair, leg cramping, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Sciatica, Tendinitis, Migrant joint pains

Understanding pH Balance:

The pH scale goes from 0 to 14
the numbers below 7 are acidic (low on oxygen) the numbers above 7 are alkaline

THIS IS IMPORTANT…

  • blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid in the human body are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH of 7.4.
  • At a pH slightly above 7.4 cancer cells become dormant
  • at pH 8.5 cancer cells will die while healthy cells will live.

    WHAT TO DO TO BE OPTIMALLY HEALTHY…

  • 60-80% of the diet should be alkaline
  • 20-40% should be acidic for an optimum result.

Acidic Diets Eat Up Your Minerals – Alkalizing Diets Replenish Your Minerals

So, what is acidic? Fried foods, animal products ….you get it. Alkaline is the good green stuff. When you eat acidic food, your body works like crazy to bring it back to an alkaline state…that is how you get sick…it robs your mineral stores to overcompensate…this is where the trouble comes in.

The standard American diet (sad) is acidic, burgers, cheese, coffee….all the stuff that gets eaten every day is eating up all the good things in your body. You need your minerals. Your body does not replenish its minerals. Once you use them, they are gone. If you want more you need to eat them.

Minerals help your body to build essentials to its health; proteins, enzymes, hormones, etc. Foods that are high in minerals are alkaline.

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12 Day Detox starts January 18th!

If you are looking for a great way to kickoff your healthy habits, consider joining our online 12-Day Natural Detox! Don’t worry, no pills, potions, shakes, etc. just good, clean eating. As your health coach, I will provide you with delicious recipes, nutritional information, self-care tips, and more. You will have my full support over the 12 Days. Limited spaces available.
To learn more about the 12-Day Detox visit our website or REGISTER HERE. Feel free to be in touch with any questions: Alyssa@amesalonandspa.com

AME SPOTLIGHT

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January’s Spotlight is on AME Senior Designer, Meaghan Madormo Cianci!

About Meaghan:  I’ve been in the hair industry for about 20 years. I first started out at the ripe young age of 9, as a guinea pig for my older sister when she decided at an early age she would become a hairstylist and I would be her first victim. I continued being a guinea pig until I became my sisters “associate” by applying her roots every 5 weeks. I had a passion for art in highschool and was always the one doing everyone’s hair for dances! So I figured why not combine the two?! After high school I went to beauty school and then started at AME and have been here for a solid 10 years and going strong. Let’s just say I was basically born to do this.

Favorite Product:  I don’t care if your hair is limp and fine, coarse and curly, short or long. BLOWN AWAY is probably the best thing Redken ever came out with. It has a gritty texture to it, a lot like a dry shampoo minus the white, matte powdery finish we’ve all become accustomed too. This little can of heaven will keep your blow outs for DAYS. It gives your blow outs a sexy texture with a volume that lasts, kind of like that “I-woke-up-like-this” sexy hair. So don’t be alarmed when you see can after can lined up at my station or in my vanity!! (It’s that good!)

Hair Trend I am loving:  It’s all about the color!!!!!! It doesn’t matter what hair length you have anymore, it’s all about the balayage highlights for more of a “lived-in” look, the baby lights, the ombré’s, the sombré’s, the ecallie (aka tortoise shell), the Brondes! I’m loving the Brondes!!! You brunette beauty’s who think you can’t pull off being light, oh but you can. I’m loving it all! Freshen up your locks with any of these trends and you’re golden (no pun intended). There’s no better way to change up your hair than with a little bit of color that’s only going to make you shine and enhance your awesome skin tones.

Best Kept Styling Secret:  Woke up late and in a rush? Nothing classier and sexier than a girl with a top knot! And honestly? The messier the sexier! Flip your head upside down, and put your hair in a pony tail. Split your pony into two sections and tease each section. Then just wrap the two sections around each other and secure with bobby pins all the way around. Pull some pieces loose around your face, by your temple and your ears, pair with some killer studs or some fabulous hoops and you’re ready to take on the day!

To schedule an appointment with Meaghan, call AME: 610-995-2631

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Holiday Survival Guide

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 2nd, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, holiday, Massage, Skin Care, Wellness, Yoga

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The holidays can be crazy but they don’t have to be. Here are 8 tips to help you find your peace this holiday season:

1. HYDRATE! When the weather starts to cool down, we start to forget we are thirsty. It is so very important to remember to drink your water. I always recommend drinking about half your body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day. WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability. Remember, our body is made up of roughly 70% water. Water also helps to keep our skin hydrated and prevent drying out in the cold weather.

Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle.

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2. MOVE it. The benefits of exercise are endless. Some of the top benefits include: increased energy, combat health conditions/disease, improved self-confidence and mood, and many, many more! If you are already working out regularly – keep it up! Do not let the holidays stop you. If you are not regularly working out, now is a great time to start. For newbies, consider adding in walks or some light cardio on the treadmill or elliptical. A yoga or Pilates class is another great option- I always recommend Bikram (suitable for beginners). You can gradually work your way up to more vigorous workouts.

Tip: I highly recommend scheduling your “workout appointments”.  Write your workouts in your daily planner and respect these appointments as you would any other. Your health is top priority. A workout buddy is another great way to help you stick to your workouts as long as they are dedicated and reliable, otherwise – they will help you make excuses!

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3. EMBRACE it all. I absolutely love the holidays and I believe it’s because I embrace (almost) everything about them. I love the commotion and excitement. Lights, decorations, hustle & bustle. It’s a warm and fuzzy time of year. I have a very hard time letting such a good thing stress me out. Take deep breaths, embrace the craziness, and remember the true meanings of the holidays.

Tip: Think of a holiday tradition you can do every year to get you in the holiday spirit!

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4. FUEL with Intention. Eating habits can become a vicious cycle around the holidays. Don’t let this happen. If you get derailed, remember that everyday is a fresh start. Unfortunately, flu season coincides with the holiday season so it is extra important to execute healthy eating habits. Doing this will keep your immune system strong and ready to fight off illness. Healthy eating will help you have more energy so you are able to more productive and you will feel better. Proceed with caution at all social gatherings. One of the worst ideas, in my opinion (and I have been guilty of this) is not eating much during the day in an attempt to “save yourself” for a gathering. More than likely, you will be starving by the time you get there and make not so great choices once there and/or end up overeating.

Tip: I LOVE my crock pot this time of year. I usually make something healthy on my day off that I can have throughout the week in order to prevent any last-minute, not-so-healthy-choices due to lack of time. Meal planning is HUGE. I try to eat extra veggies and greens the day of a party. By making better food choices the day of a gathering, you can crowd out the not so great choices. 

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5. ALCOHOL with caution. Alcohol is very capable of being your biggest saboteur. We all know this. Commit to setting limits for your consumption. If I want to have a glass or two when I am out, I will skip having a glass at home during the week. I also find it helpful to decide before I go to a party whether I want to have a glass or two of wine OR dessert, then stick to it. The key is not having more than a glass or two otherwise, it is likely that my inhibitions will be lowered and I will end up having alcohol AND dessert. If that happens at every gathering -> NOT GOOD! To help me stick to my plan, I think about the hard work that went into my workouts leading up to now, the progress I have made, and the workout I want to get in the next day. If I feel like crap the next day, I will likely not feel like working out. It is not worth it to let the alcohol negate all of my hard work.

Tip: I often like to commit to being the DD when we go to parties (My fiancé lovingly supports this decision) because then drinking is not even an option, allowing me to feast mindfully and avoid the empty, liquid calories.

6. Keep it simple and BUDGET. Make a list and check it twice. It can be tempting to go overboard with gifts but it’s unnecessary. I like to make a list of every person I want to buy for and then write down about 3-5 ideas for each person of things they can really use. I also set a total holiday budget and then a budget for each individual on my list. The list helps prevent impulse buys and having three to five ideas allows for flexibility while I am out shopping.

Tip: Really consider what the person you are buying for needs, not what you want them to want. I always appreciate getting gifts that I can use rather than something I could take or leave that ends up creating clutter or I have to return. 

I love The Center for a New American Dream, Simplify the Holidays resources. This site has so many resources to help you really appreciate the true meaning of the season and enjoy the holidays. I love their holiday calendar and  alternative gift tracker. They also have a free, downloadable booklet filled with practical tips for more joy, less stress.

7. DONATE. It is not the holiday season if you haven’t helped someone in need. Clothes, food, toys, shoes, books, your time, *SOCKS. The possibilities are endless. Choose a child/family to “adopt” for the holiday. It’s so much fun. You get the child’s/children’s ages, wish list, etc. It feels really good to be able to help people in need have a merrier holiday. Every year I am thankful I am in a place to be able to help those in need. Wegman’s sets up a donation box for new toys. Many books stores, gyms, hospitals, churches, and others do the same. Veterinary offices and animal shelters usually collect food/toys for shelter animals. Also, consider donating after the holidays. If you have kids who tend to get tons from relatives, encourage them to donate some of their “excess” to kids in need.

Tip: Make this your holiday tradition.

*Socks are one of the most needed items that are rarely donated. Read more here.

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8. ME TIME. Give this to yourself. This will keep you going merrily. You deserve it and don’t convince yourself otherwise. Enjoy a massage, facial, pedicure, etc. Take a nice bubble bath and just relax or read in there. Curl up with a blanket and a book. Watch your favorite Christmas movie while drinking hot chocolate. Make cookies (if you find that therapeutic). Meditate.

Tip: LOSE THE PHONE (and other electronics) for your me time. I’m serious. Give this time to yourself. Put your phone on silent and leave it in another room or stash it in a drawer. If you are having a spa service, leave it in the car.

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AME SPOTLIGHT

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December’s Spotlight is on AME Nail Technician, Brittani DiPietro!

About Brittani: I am a licensed cosmetologist and I have been in the industry for 10 years. Nail care is my specialty and my passion.

When I am not working at the spa, my hands are usually covered in stain or paint! My hobby is repurposing furniture – nothing like bringing an old antique piece back to life.

I also enjoy spending time with my husband and 4-legged son Vice!

Favorite Product: I am obsessed with CND VINYLUX! Who doesn’t love a 7-day wear nail polish? With 100 colors to choose from, you are sure to find your next favorite shade.

Best Kept Tip: The Wet Brush! With having long hair I get so many tangles after I wash my hair. The Wet Brush allows me to brush through my hair pain and damage free.

To schedule an appointment with Brittani, call AME: 610-995-2631

12 Days of Christmas facebook Contest

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Our 12 Days of Christmas facebook Contest is back! Starting December 13th, we will be giving away one gift each day until Christmas. The day after Christmas, all those who entered throughout the 12 days, will be entered to win a
$50 AME Gift Card! Contest will take place on our facebook page so be sure to like us and follow to play!
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Pick Me Up, Peppermint.

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - November, 4th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, Massage, peppermint, promotion, services, stylist spotlight, Wellness

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Not only does peppermint smell wonderful (the scent alone is a pick me up), taste fabulous, and remind us of the holidays – it also has tons of health benefits! People have used peppermint for its medicinal uses for many, many years now. The most common medicinal use for peppermint has been as a digestive aid; typically treating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Some other ways peppermint has been known to help:

How to use it? How you use peppermint depends on what you are using it for. If you are suffering from a headache or a migraine, cold or congestion, as well as stomach cramps, hot peppermint tea is a great option. Another option for headaches and migraines is to apply a small dab of organic, peppermint essential oil on your temples and massage it in using circular motions or just breathe in the smell of the oil. For muscle aches and pains as well as rashes and skin irritations, you can use a topical peppermint ointment or balm – just be sure to read the product directions prior to applying as some peppermint ointments are not meant to be applied to certain skin conditions.

You can find peppermint in tea form, ointments, essential oil, essential oil capsules, throat lozenges, or fresh leaves.

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If you like hearing about the benefits of peppermint and other foods, you will love our Holiday facebook group! I will host this 6-week, free of charge, wellness group starting November 23. We will focus on nutrition, exercise, gratitude, and giving. This group is not an intense fitness or dieting group. The purpose of this group is to enhance your holiday season by providing accountability and support in order to keep this season a healthy one. For more information and to sign-up, email: alyssa@amesalonandspa.com

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Start reaping the benefits of peppermint now! Our holiday specials are here and they’re fabulous! Learn more about our peppermint hot chocolate pedicure, peppermint massage, and peppermint mocha body polish here!

Notes: Peppermint should not be given to children under three years. Do not apply peppermint oil to the face of children under 5 years, as it may inhibit breathing. Do not use peppermint if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or if you have a hiatal hernia. (Johnson & Foster, Dog & Kiefer, 2014)

Reference:

Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, David Kiefer, MD. (2014). Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants. National Geographic, 37, 170-173.

AME SPOTLIGHT

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November’s Spotlight is on AME Designer Director, Theresa Surprenant! HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Theresa!

About Theresa: I love doing colors and cuts that add the “WOW” factor to my client’s style!

I have been in the hair industry for 38 years and with AME for a total of 25 years. I worked for the salon in its original location in King of Prussia and have worked at this location since its start.

Favorite Hair Product: I absolutely love Redken Fashion Work. It adds great shine and the right amount of a workable hold. It’s a great product to use while blow-drying.

Best Kept Styling Secret: The Blow-dry set with a round brush and hair clips. This method adds body and movement without damaging the hair.

To schedule an appointment with Theresa, call AME: 610-995-2631

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How Healthy is Your Hair?

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - October, 7th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, hair health, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, stylist spotlight

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As AME’s Health Coach, I think it’s pretty obvious health is a top concern for me. When Designer Director, Beth Forte came to me to talk about how our overall health affects the health of our hair, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’m a ponytail wearing kind of girl so I sometimes forget to check in on the health of my hair. This was a great reminder. Here’s what Beth had to say:

Fall has officially arrived at AME Salon! We have been in full swing using the latest methods in cutting and coloring on our fabulous guests. However, babylights, ombré, and the Lob will only look as good as the health of your hair. Healthy hair is shiny, manageable, and nourished. Brunette’s and Red’s will appear richer, Blondes will be brighter, and haircuts will flow better if hair is in good health.

Here are four tips to get your hair in the best condition:

  1. Be healthy and it’ll show in your hair. When your body is not being cared for by poor nutrition and dehydration, your hair suffers too. Your body will give your major organs what it needs first.  Dr. Mark Hyman states, “Your entire body and all the core systems in it interact as a single sophisticated symphony.” To strengthen and moisturize your hair follicle you need to eat foods rich in biotin, vitamin B, healthy fats, and beta carotene. Almonds, eggs, avocados, salmon, chicken, dark leafy greens, chia seeds, sweet potatoes, carrots, and mangoes are full of those vitamins and minerals. To dig further into this topic, I would suggest meeting with our health coach, Alyssa.
  2. Get trims regularly. Every 6-8 weeks or however long your stylist recommends. It’ll prevent split ends from splitting further up your hair shaft and prevent breakage.
  3. Limit heat styling tools. Too much heat can damage the cuticle. Kevin Murphy’s ‘Damage Manager’ is an instant heat shielding spray used before heated appliances. KM’s ‘Fresh Hair’ spray can be used to stretch out blow-drys. It removes odors and oil and gives body and texture.
  4. Olaplex in salon and take home Treatment. Olaplex links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before. The results are amazing!

Focusing on your overall wellness and nutrition, seeing your stylist for trims, blow-drying less, and using good quality products will guarantee beautiful, shiny, healthy hair!

AME SPOTLIGHT

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October’s Spotlight is on Kimberly Stark! Kimberly is a massage therapist and has been with AME since February.

About Kimberly: I’m a history nerd, animal lover, and massage therapist with a passion for holistic healing and wellness.

Favorite Product: I LOVE Sombra pain relieving gel! Everyone has aches and pains and it eases my mind knowing there’s a product with all natural ingredients I can use on and recommend to my clients to help with those pains.

Best Kept Self-Care Secret: I’m a coconut oil enthusiast. That’s why I love that our massage oil for our clients is coconut oil. I use it as an overnight conditioner, makeup remover, mouthwash, and as a moisturizer.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Kimberly or Beth, call AME: 610-995-2631

 

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Spotlight on Sarah & Trends You’ll Fall For

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - September, 16th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, promotion, redken, services, stylist spotlight

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September’s Spotlight is on Sarah Bowden! Sarah was recently promoted to Senior Designer and we couldn’t be happier for her!

About Sarah: I have worked at AME for 6 years! My passion for hair really stems from my background in art. I tend to treat every client like a blank canvas waiting for me to paint my next masterpiece.

I was given the opportunity to complete my training right here at AME where I learned from some of the most talented hair stylists.

The hair industry is constantly changing, thus I am always learning and attending continuing education classes in order to stay on the cutting edge. Helping my clients achieve the look they want is what makes me excited to come to work everyday!

Favorite Hair Product: I have always loved the Keratin Treatments. Keratin makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. Thanks to keratin, the humidity is no longer a struggle. Glotion Potion is one of my favorite products in the keratin line. It smells great and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.

Hair Trend You are Loving: I am loving middle parts and “curtain bangs” that frame the face so nicely.

DIY Styling Secret: I can’t live without my dry shampoo. It helps my blow out last for days – even after hitting the gym! Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair is my favorite and it smells great! *I am right with Sarah on this one. I’m not even going to admit to how often I swap out suds for dry shampoo. P.S. I feel like the bottle of Fresh Hair lasts FOR-EVER, it never ends!

To schedule an appointment with Sarah, call AME: 610-995-2631

Fall Trends

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Beautiful “Bronde” By Senior Designer, Loreta

Contributing authors and AME Designers Liz Corl, Meaghan Cianci, and Beth Forte are so excited about Fall Trends….and so am I! These ladies got together to discuss the newest fall trends and when I asked them what their favorites were, here’s what they came up with:

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FALL COLOR

This fall season is all about the color; keeping it soft, tone-on-tone, and natural. Summer hair gets faded out so the inclination for our guests is to refresh their color; get it rich and looking healthy again. There is a big mix in color choices in the fall. The color varies between a preference of blonde or brunette. Around the end of September when people’s tans start to fade and they begin to transition to fall clothes, many tend to go darker with their color. Richer pigments are always requested more in the fall. The hot color trend for this fall is Bronde. A blonde can transition to shades of brown or a brunette will transition to shades of blonde. Blake Lively’s current color is a perfect example of Bronde. Other big fall colors are rich, deep browns and dimensional reds. Hair painting, baby lights, balayage, and sombre color techniques are here to stay for a while.

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Slate Hair Color and “Lob” By Future Designer, Emily

FALL STYLES

Like the hippie movement in the early 70’s, we feel a change happening in our culture and within ourselves. Styles are shifting from the conformity of the last few seasons. There’s a strong influence of 1970’s, anything goes, free love feel.  We are craving this freedom and embracing our own individuality. The styles for the fall are undone. The grunge style is making a comeback. Hairstyles are on the messier side and high textured is in.  Medium length lobs are still in. Women are growing out their short layers, angles and bangs and wearing the lob. The lob is moving from wavy to more straight or textured with an easy breezy feel to it. Women who need more edge are cutting shags and the timeless layered bobs are sticking around.

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Clean “Lob” Haircut
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Cuts are mid-length. Lots of our clients are cutting their waist length hair for shorter lengths. For men, Beatlemania is back-at least for the hair style. Men are opting for the medium length Mop Top hair style as well as growing their hair long, putting it in a bun, and sporting beards.

 Looking to update your look for the Fall without a drastic change? Try out some of these tips:

*If you’re anything like me, you are useless when it comes to styling your hair and even “easy” styles are hard to make happen. I rely on the help of AME Designers to show me how to do these. Next time you are in, feel free to ask your Designer to teach you how to make these tips happen for you.

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Our Premium Hair Package will help repair and refresh your locks. Save $10 on this service in September and October.

AME offers a quick and easy customized chemistry system. It’s only 5 min at the bowl and customized to your hair needs. Try an ends refresher for shine and to add some tone properties to get rid of those faded, thirsty locks. Learn more about our treatments and other promotions here and call us to schedule your treatment!

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Killer.Curls is a leave-in, anti-frizz curl defining crème. It’s paraben free, hydrating, strengthening, weightless, and has lasting results. Get it now through October 31, 2015 for 20%OFF!

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AME Stylist Spotlight on Brett Smith

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - August, 12th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, services, stylist spotlight

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This month, our Stylist Spotlight is on Brett Smith!

About Brett: Call me silver. I have been a stylist at AME for twenty-five years now and I am extremely passionate about education and my craft. I would call my style classic with a deconstructed edgy element. I love the relationships I have with my guests. Being able to service them and bring them current trends really rocks my world. Continuing education classes and being inspired as well as educating others and mentoring the new hair associates is very important to me. I am grateful everyday for my career.

Favorite Hair Product:  Right now I am most impressed with Olaplex. Both the take home product and the in-salon treatment are fabulous. Olaplex is a reconstructive treatment that re-bonds the bisulfite bonds that hold the hair polymers together. It is not a conditioner or a protein treatment. We compromise our hair bonds everyday with hair coloring, styling, sun, and other elements. Fortunately, Olaplex is instant and permanent until we break more bonds. It is an in-salon service with a take home booster. I love it done in conjunction with a keratin blow out or smoothing treatment.

Hair trend you are loving: The Biggest trends I’m seeing for fall are headbands, modern French twist, messy chignon, center parts with bedhead hair, and deep side parts slicked over. In addition, I am loving the lob (long bob) and mid lengths. These styles can be smooth, textured, or curled and they graze the shoulders or fall just below.

DIY Styling Secret: Don’t forget about your cold air switch on your blow dryer. When you are creating your curls, waves, or bed head looks, don’t forget to hit the area you just styled with cold air. This will set it before you release it from your brush or styling tool.

*To schedule an appointment with Brett, call AME: 610-995-2631

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Salon Education with Roger Molina

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - July, 1st, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, promotion, redken, salon education, services

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AME’s stylists are headed into July with some new techniques! Last week, AME hosted an in-salon educational class. Redken Educator, Roger Molina spent the day with our stylists teaching them new techniques for styling and cutting hair as well as some product knowledge. AME owner, Lori Pastore is committed to ensuring her stylists stay up-to-date on the latest trends, techniques, and products. Roger will be visiting AME again to focus on barbering techniques.

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Marie, AME Stylist talked with me about some of the great techniques the stylists learned from Roger:

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Roger showed us some really creative ways to style hair using a needle and string as well as some exceptional techniques for cutting a “Lob” (AKA long bob). Roger used string to weave through the hair in order to pull it up instead of using lots of pins.

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We learned how to do a tight fade for women and men. A tight fade is a short haircut that starts extremely close to the hairline and gets longer as it goes up the head. Some women are sporting this style but on a longer scale than men.

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As stylists, we love using our knowledge to think outside the box and create personalized looks for our clients. It’s such a great feeling being able to give our clients the exact look they want that best fits them so that they can look and feel their very best.

Feel free to ask your stylist if you would like to learn more about any of these techniques. They can’t wait to work with you! Be sure to check out our fabulous promotions for July and August!

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When scheduling, please keep our holiday hours in mind:

Thursday, July 2nd: 9am-9pm (Regular Hours)
Friday, July 3rd: CLOSED
Saturday, July 4th: CLOSED
Sunday, July 5th: CLOSED
Monday, July 6th: 12pm-9pm (Regular Hours)

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The Importance of Proper Hydration

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - May, 13th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, Wellness

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It is HOT out! Are you drinking enough water?

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Our body is roughly 70% water and our brain is roughly 85% water! Pretty fascinating, right?!?

WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Being that our body is roughly 70% water, our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability.

Water helps:

There are a lot of differing opinions on how much water to consume. Everyone is different and has different needs. Listen to your body. Most people don’t drink enough, few drink too much – it is possible to drink too much water and doing so can lead to our sodium levels dropping too low (endurance athletes tend to be at higher risk of this). Generally, I follow the rule of drinking half of my body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day.

If you are on a raw food diet, you will likely need less water than someone who does not eat hydrating foods. If you work outside in the sun all day long, you will certainly need more water than someone who works in an office. Common sense should reign.

Your urine is a great indicator of whether you are needing more water, clear is good, cloudy or dark means you need more water.

Soda, coffee, tea, Kool-Aid and other powdered drink mixes are NOT water.  By adding something to the water we are taking away the hydrating quality, so don’t count that can of soda or tea as one part of your water intake, it may actually increase your need for water.

Tap water
Comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and often has added fluoride.

Distilled water
Vaporized and collected, all of the minerals are taken out of distilled water.

Bottled water*
Not as clean as they advertise and most lack minerals. These companies are not regulated like our municipal water. They don’t have to disclose their water source nor are they required to provide water quality reports stating treatment methods and purity testing. In addition, plastic bottles can be toxic, especially when hot or frozen.

Reverse osmosis
Forced through filters that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Most water is alkaline, reverse osmosis is not.

Deionized water
Ionized impurities and minerals removed, bacteria or pathogens remain.

Spring water
Clean, natural and pure, it has minerals, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

“Almost all-municipal water is of high quality and very drinkable. The best source of specific information about the water quality in your area is your local water supplier. Water suppliers are required to send their customer an annual water quality report. Contact your water supplier to get a copy or see if your report is posted on-line. “ Dr. Batmanghelidj of The Water Cure

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It would be very difficult to obtain all of our minerals from water. We just can’t drink that much in a day so while we should definitely be drinking water with these nutrients in it, our primary source should be our food. It is also important to keep in mind that during warmer weather and/or long workout sessions, your body needs more than just plain water. Your body will be sweating out sodium and electrolytes and it is important to replenish those. Coconut water is a fabulous option as well as adding a little sprinkle of sugar and salt to your water. During marathon training, I really up my coconut water intake and in the week or two prior to race day, I drink at least one coconut water per day. Just make sure the coconut water you are drinking does not have added sugars. I look for raw, organic. Harmless Harvest and Harvest Bay (organic, unflavored variety) are my go-to brands. I try to avoid Zico, Vita-Coco, O.N.E., and Naked coconut water. I love drinking coconut water on its own or adding it to my smoothies.

Although bottled water is very handy, there is a lot of concern about BPA’s and other chemicals in the bottles, especially in bottles that have been in the heat or have been frozen. Never drink from your plastic water bottle after it’s heated up (in your car, etc) or been frozen. It is also important not to reuse plastic water bottles. I think it’s perfectly OK to drink out of a plastic bottle once in a long while (at times, this might be your only option) but plastic water bottles should not be our primary way of consuming water and certainly shouldn’t be an everyday habit. Your body and Mother Earth will thank you for limiting your plastic water bottle use.

*Check out this video: The Story of Bottled Water

While there is debate on what is and isn’t the best water to drink, it is undeniable that water is a necessity of life and we should be drinking plenty of it. Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle. If you find yourself getting bored with water, try switching it up. One of my favorite ways to drink water is with lots of lemon and some cucumber slices. I also enjoy throwing sprigs of fresh mint in my water bottle. Some people like to put cut strawberries in, slices of orange, cinnamon sticks. Play around to find what you enjoy. Be sure to check out this awesome Popsugar post for some delicious concoctions: 10 Ways to DIY the Best Fruit Water Ever

To learn more about Health Coaching with me, visit our website or email me: Alyssa@amesalonandspa.com

Best in health,

Alyssa

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