VIVID Salon|Spa|Wellness

 Vivid is Lloydminster's family owned and operated Salon & Spa now offering Wellness Treatments!

Managing Stress

Stress

Money problems? Kids Stressing you out? Time management issues? Work constantly on the brain?  Today we have more constant stresses than we ever have!  Chronic stress is hard to deal with on a daily basis…. but did you know it also affects us internally and is a major cause of disease?

The human body is designed to deal with acute stress.  With the flight or fight response, our brains are well equipped to deal in emergency situations.  If a deer jumps out in front of our car, we can react immediately and slam on the breaks, our adrenaline is pumping and then we can calm down after, this is acute stress.  What happens if our bodies and brains are under the chronic stress that people face today? The flight or fight response never turns off and the body creates high amounts of cortisol which is meant to calm us down, but in large amounts can make us more sick!  Whole body effects of elevated cortisol can include diabetes, weight gain, obesity, immune system suppression, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular disease, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome to name a few.

There are ways of dealing with these chronic stresses.  One of the best ways to lower cortisol is to partake in some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Massage

Spa treatments and massage are great ways for your body to rest and digest and for you to close your eyes and take a mental break.  Touch is a clinically proven method of stress relief and healing!  We recommend the Stress Fix Massage, Advanced customized Facial, or an hour-long Reiki session at Vivid Salon|Spa|Wellness. An Aveda Spa therapist will take you on a journey of rest and relaxation.   

Aromatherapy

Aroma works in the body on a physical and mental level.  Aroma can be inhaled or applied topically to treat specific ailments including stress relief.  Aromas also work with our brains to trigger our feelings and memories which can help take us to a calmer state of mind.   The Aveda Stress Fix body care line has been clinically proven to reduce feelings of stress and features aromas of lavender and clary sage.  Vivid also carries Aveda Singular Notes and the Oriwest Aromatherapy diffusers for home, car and Body wearing to envelope you in stress relieving aroma at all times.    

Breathing

A deep cleansing breath is also a great way to de stress. The breath is a powerful link between the mind and body.  Your body breaths involuntarily, but you can also take a voluntary breath if you want to.  When you are stressed your breathing becomes short and shallow.  To reduces stress and its negative effects, you can simply breathe deeply and diaphragmatically.  Another great way to focus on breathing is through a guided meditation and sound healing treatment at Vivid.  This treatment will help you to focus on your breath and help you to take a much-needed mental break.  

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Vivid is now a 'Gratuity Free Establishment'

As of August 28th Vivid is implementing a ‘No-Gratuity’ policy! In our efforts to create a more professional, comfortable and consistent atmosphere, all of our services will be offered as valued. This removes the need to leave a tip! Please rest assured that our staff is being fully compensated for the amazing work they provide while giving them the stability that they deserve. This transition gives you, the customer, fixed pricing while relieving the anxiety, expectation and uncertainty upon payment. 

The best tip you could give us is to share your experience or service providers business card with a friend!

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VIVID SALON|SPA|WELLNESS

Vivid is Lloydminster's award winning Salon & Spa. We are located on the south end of Lloydminster; north of Boundary Ford and south of Home Hardware! We also offer Hair Design, Gel Nails, Customized Facials & Body Treatments, Manicures, Pedicures, Body Sugaring and Cosmetics Sales! We have recently expanded into Wellness! We offer Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Astrology Readings, Sound Healing and Pranic Healing! Wellness is an exciting new chapter unfolding for Vivid and we welcome you to join us moving forward while we continue to provide you with the services you know and trust! 

 Vivid Hair Salon, Lloydminster.

Vivid Hair Salon, Lloydminster.

Local salon goes green!

Here's a shot article about our environmental achievements. Vivid was recently featured in Neighbors of Southwest Magazine. Enjoy...

Local Salon Goes Green

Have you ever wondered how much garbage your local salon produces?  The carbon footprint of the salon industry is massive.  Imaging all the things used in salons that end up in landfills...plastic, glass and cardboard packaging, highlighting foil, color tubes, excess chemical, nail files, wipes, plastic caps, aerosol cans and paper, just to name a few, and that is just scratching the surface.  A local salon is trying to change their negative impact on the environment.  Vivid hair and esthetics has been a member of the Green circle salon program for the last year and they have seen an 85-90% reduction in the amount of garbage that their business was producing. 

 

Most environmentally conscious lloydminster locals will notice that recycling is very limited to specific items in our city. This posed a problem to the management and staff at vivid.   The waste they created was recyclable, but Lloydminster did not have the facilities to allow a broad spectrum of recyclables.  The answer was Green Circle Salons.  Green circle is a program that helps salons by facilitating the redirection of waste that was once destined for a landfill.  How does it work? Green circle educates their partners on what items are best for recycling, repurposing and reusing.  They provides specific labeled bins, such as paper, plastic, glass, aerosols, chemical waste and spa waste. The local salon packs all of the recyclables and then they are shipped to Calgary to be recycled or repurposed.  Almost everything is able to be recycled and Very little garbage ends up in the local landfill. Vivid is able to provide this service to their clients for a small Eco fee of $1.50, which helps to offset the shipping costs.  

 

There are some exciting and surprising programs that green circle salons offer to their salons.  Most salons sweep up their clients hair and throw it in the trash.  At Vivid the hair is shipped away and repurposed into booms that are used to clean up oil spills.  Another salon issue is washing chemical down the sink and into our local water supply.  With the green circle program, all leftover chemical is collected and sent to a chemical wast facility where it is minimized and disposed of properly.  Salons are also encouraged to incorporate other green initiatives in their buildings such as efficient lighting and water filtration systems that also reduce their carbon footprint.  

 

Environmentally conscious consumers can find more information about Vivid and green circle salons at www.vividlloydminster.com and ab.greencirclesalons.ca

 

Make the conscious choice and help make beauty sustainable!

Why does hand cream burn chapped skin?

Winter has arrived! What does that mean? Dry chapped skin! I'm going to focus mainly on hands today.....It happens to us all, that red irritated skin that we all get from exposure to the harsh cold elements of our environment.  And why does it burn so bad when we put lotion on?! ill tell you why....its because you aren't using the right products!  Read your ingredients! If u look on your ingredient lists, water based lotions will almost always have water listed as the first ingredient....and the second ingredient, ALCOHOL!!!! no wonder it burns your chapped irritated skin!  So why, you ask, would there be alcohol in the lotion....Its because the alcohol evaporates the water, Duh!  And why would that be beneficial to our skin?... it simple, Its not beneficial at all!! The water and alcohol cancel each other out leaving very little beneficial ingredients on your skin....they are meant to fill the bottle and make it look like you are getting more bang for your buck, when in actuality, you are getting screwed!!

So What can you do when you have chapped hands?  Look for lotions that are oil based....but not just any oil, the oils must be natural, plant based oils! Mineral oils or petroleum products offer no benefits to the skin....they will sit on top of the skin but not absorb into the skin.  Oils such as jojoba, argan, soy, sunflower seed, almond, they will absorb into your skin and replace the oils that you are missing.  My favorite hand cream is the Aveda Hand Relief....it will actually relieve that sore skin and wont burn!!!

So take care of that skin....and always read your ingredients!!

Rhea

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