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We are excited to now offer Sunlighten Infrared Sauna to our clients. Sunlighten is recommended by countless experts including Dr. Mark Hyman, Kris Carr, and Jordan Rubin.
What is Infrared?
Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue, giving a soothing, natural warmth. It is naturally occurring from the sun and is the basis for SunlightenTM sauna therapy.
Sunlighten’s Solocarbon infrared technology is therapeutic because it is 95-99% efficient at heating the body directly rather than simply heating the air. It works to raise the core body temperature to produce a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where the majority of toxins reside.
How Safe is Infrared?
Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared heat is so safe, it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.
Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional
Sunlighten saunas use infrared heat instead of hot rocks or steam used in traditional saunas. Traditional saunas heat the air at extremely high temperatures which can make the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe. Because infrared heats the body directly instead of simply heating the air, infrared saunas are seven times more effective for detoxification. In a Sunlighten sauna, you will experience the deepest, most detoxifying sweat of your life.
Detoxification: A Sunlighten sauna generates a sweat 7x more detoxifying than a traditional sauna. Researchers have long known that toxic substances, including heavy metals, are eliminated from the body through sweat. Therefore, the more you can safely sweat (while maintaining proper hydration), the greater quantity of toxins will be released from your body. Infrared sauna usage is one of the most effective methods of inducing a detoxifying sweat.
Relaxation: Experience the purest form of relaxation and stress-reduction
Weight Loss: Studies have shown a 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories
Heart Health: Sunlighten Solocarbon® heaters have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure
Pain Relief: One of the most compelling reasons to use an infrared sauna is the natural pain relief associated with its use. Sunlighten saunas work by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally. For years, doctors have recommended Sunlighten saunas because of proven relief from sports injury, constant fatigue, fibromyalgia, joint pain/stiffness and other chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and Lyme disease with continuous use of infrared heat therapy
Anti-Aging: The skin’s appearance improves as pores open from the deeper sweat induced by infrared therapy
Cell Health/Immunity: Stay healthy with the natural preventative properties of exclusive LED near infrared heating technology, which aids in cell health, muscle recovery, and overall immunity defense
Wound Healing: Aadvanced LED near infrared technology has the unique ability to heal wounds faster and minimalize scarring
We are excited to now offer cupping therapy to our clients. So far, our clients have been loving the results of cupping and many are coming back for regular sessions.
What is cupping? Cupping, also referred to as “reverse massage” involves placing plastic cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup, bringing blood to the surface and improving circulation. You will usually feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup, often this sensation is relaxing and soothing but sometimes slightly painful. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.
Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.
Cupping benefits the lungs, treats coughs and asthma, and combats pain in multiple areas of the body. This service often provides significant relief for those suffering from back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, allergies, and migraines.
Expect some painless discoloration on the skin.
Read More about Cupping in this Article: I Tried Cupping Therapy and Here’s What Happened
Kayla recently moved to Pennsylvania from Oregon. She is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute of Massage and Bodywork in King of Prussia where she studied massage therapy.
Kayla loves being a massage therapist and how it gives her the opportunity to help people on a one-on-one basis. She loves helping someone relax, find relief from muscle pain or anything in between.
A favorite technique of Kayla’s is Trigger Point Therapy because it allows her to locate the cause of any soreness and pain and then compress it away. She finds this technique helpful for releasing built up tension in the muscles.
When Kayla is not working, you can find her hanging out with Peanut, her kitten who acts more like a dog than a cat or spending time outdoors doing anything from hiking to swimming at the beach.
For a relaxing and therapeutic experience, schedule your next massage with Kayla!
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
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.
OK. I’m obsessed! AME Designer, Sarah gave this model a flawless, edgy updo. Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week
AME Designers, Sarah and Stefanie getting the models runway ready! Photo Credit: Main Line Fashion Week
Select services are 50 minutes and only $50! Choose from one or all (!!!) of the following services:
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.
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: 610-995-2631by
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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.
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: 610-995-2631by
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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: 610-995-2631by
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.
Marie, AME Stylist talked with me about some of the great techniques the stylists learned from Roger:
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.
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.
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!
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)
I was talking with one of AME’s senior stylists, Meaghan and she is super excited for some new Spring looks! I had a blast hearing about these Spring hair trends.
Ombré is still going strong, and that’s great because it’s SOOO low maintenance! It requires very little touch-ups and looks fabulous as it grows out!
Another really popular look is face framing highlights, which I like to call “Baby-Lights”. This is our strongest attempt at recreating that color we all had when we were little. Beautiful and seamless! Now, if only there were a way to make our life and responsibilities as care-free as well.
Lastly, we have balayage which means “to sweep” on the color free-hand using no foils. This is a subtle way to add some color and brightness without going over the top!
Don’t worry, guys – I didn’t forget about you. The fades are still really strong this season with options from keeping it very professional all the way to super hipster.
I can’t wait to get your hair Spring fresh! Whatever the look you’re going for, your stylist is here to help! Be sure to schedule a consultation/appointment!
Spring has sprung and it’s time to rid yourself of your winter locks and visit your stylist to create your new Spring look.
I was talking with one of our fabulous stylists, Kelly and she had some wonderful suggestions for refreshing your look. I loved hearing about the new, restorative hair protector – Olaplex. Olaplex has been featured in various press as an award-winning, beauty breakthrough treatment.
Kelly recommends considering lighter shades for your highlights and color as well as adding layers to your haircut for your Spring look. Ok, now for the exciting part. I had no clue what Olaplex was and being a blonde, I need to know about it and my hair needs to have it. Here is what Kelly had to say about this beauty game-changer:
Olaplex is a great reconstructive treatment that rebuilds the bonds in the hair which can become damaged or even broken during coloring and styling. Olaplex maintains the integrity of the hair leaving it shinier, stronger, and healthier. Olaplex will also make your color last longer.
Since the bonds in your hair break during coloring, Olaplex should be used every time you receive a color treatment. It can also be used before a Keratin treatment or on its own as a separate treatment. Olaplex is also available as a take-home treatment to use once a week!
Treatment plans will vary for each guest so be sure to talk to your stylist for more information.
Check out Allure’s Beauty Breakthroughs 2014 (slide #11) for an in-depth explanation on how Olaplex works.
“Olaplex is a breakthrough in the color department because this is the first time we have even been able to repair the bonds within the hair and actually restore it while also coloring and lightening the hair so that it can be pushed farther than ever before. It’s not a band-aid treatment at all—it permanently restores hair,” says Riawna Capri, co-owner of Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, CA.
Online Group Wellness
JOIN US! AME Salon and Spa is offering FREE online Group Wellness Sessions in a private FaceBook group. As your Health Coach, I will provide nutritional facts and recommendations, recipes, answer your questions and more in a private, non-judgmental environment.
Our next session is April, 1, 2015. Email: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com to join.by