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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Ingredients to Avoid

1. BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluen)

What is it? These are synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in cosmetics and food.

Why is it harmful? These chemicals mimic estrogen and have negative impacts on reproduction and hormone function. They are carcinogens (cancer-causing), may promote tumor growth, and can cause liver, thyroid, kidney, and lung function problems.

2.Coal Tar Dyes/ Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

What is it? These are typically listed on ingredient lists as “P-phenylenediamine” or “napthalene” or “CI” followed by a number. They are petroleum-derived compounds found in dyes and various pigmented cosmetics.

Why is it harmful? They have been recognized as a human carcinogen and have been linked to brain damage. These compounds may also be contaminated with heavy metals such as aluminum, which is a neurotoxin.

3. DEA Compounds (Diethanolamine)

What is it? These ingredients are used in products to make them creamy or sudsy and can be found in cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and lotions.

Why is it harmful? Short term exposure can cause skin and eye irritation. Long term exposure has been linked to liver, skin, and thyroid cancers. DEA compounds are also hormone disruptors and can deplete the body of choline, which is needed for fetal brain development.

4. DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate)

What is it? This be in your products, but hidden under “fragrance.” May also be listed as a “phthalate.” This ingredient is also used in nail polishes as a plasticizer to keep polish from becoming brittle. It is banned from use in the European Union.

Why is it harmful? DBP has many reproductive and developmental side effects. It can cause harm to unborn babies and cause fertility impairment. Phthalate exposure has also been linked to early puberty in girls and is a risk factor for breast cancer later in life.

5. Formaldehyde-releasing Preservatives

What is it? These are preservatives used to prolong the shelf life of a variety of cosmetics. They do this by continuously releasing small amounts of formaldehyde. Look for these in your products listed as “DMDM hydantoin,” “diazolidinyl urea,” “imidazolidinyl urea,” “methenamine,” “quaternium-15,” and ” sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.”

Why is it harmful? Formaldehyde is a human carcinogen. It has many adverse side effects such as immune system toxicity, respiratory irritation, and cancer in humans.

6. Parabens

What is it? Parabens are used in approximately 75-90% of all cosmetics. They are used as an anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and as a preservative in many creams, lotions, ointments, deodorants, and many other cosmetics. Look for ingredients with these prefixes: “methyl-,” “ethyl-,” “propyl-,” “butyl-,” and “isobutyl-.”

Why is it harmful? Parabens are easily absorbed into the body and bloodstream by the skin, and they mimic estrogen. They have been linked to hormonal disruption, breast cancers, increased skin aging, and DNA damage. Traces of parabens are often found in biopsy samples of breast cancer tissues and tumors.

7. Fragrance or Parfum

What is it? The words “fragrance” or “parfum” can be found on many ingredient lists. These words are a mask for over 3,000 chemicals that are used to create these fragrances, and are not required to be listed on product labels. Phthalates and DEP (mentioned in number 4) may also be hidden under the title of “fragrance.”

Why is it harmful? Fragrances are often irritating and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. Of the thousands of fragrance ingredients, most have not been tested for toxicity. Some that have been tested have been linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Other ingredients have been linked to hormonal disruption, obesity, and reproductive and developmental problems.

8. PEG Compounds (Polyethylene Glycols)

What is it? PEGs are common in cream-based cosmetics and used as thickeners, solvents, and moisture carriers.

Why is it harmful? Polyethylene glycols (along with chemical cousin propylene glycol) open up the pores, allowing harmful chemicals to penetrate more deeply. PEGs and other “ethoxylated” ingredients (whose chemical names include “eth”) may be contaminated during manufacturing with “ethylene oxide” and “1,4-dioxane,” both are cancer-causing. Ethylene dioxide may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development.

9. Petrolatum

What is it? Petrolatum is a petroleum jelly used in skin moisturizers, hair products, and lip products to lock in moisture and add shine. Look for it on ingredient lists as “petroleum” or “liquid paraffin.”

Why is it harmful? Petrolatum is a “petrochemical,” and can be contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are known carcinogens. “1,4-dioxane” (also mentioned in number 8) is a petroleum-derived contaminant formed in the manufacture of body wash, children’s bath products, and other sudsy products. The International Agency for Research on Cancer and The National Toxicology Program have labeled 1,4-dioxane as a possible carcinogen. The European Union has restricted the use of petrolatum and other petrochemicals (like 1,4-dioxane) in cosmetics.

10. Siloxanes

What is it? Look on labels for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone,” such as “cyclomethicone,” “cyclotetrasiloxane,” and “cyclopentasiloxane.” These ingredients are used in medical implants and used to make hair products dry quickly, make deodorants slide on easily, and in moisturizers and facial products to soften and smooth.

Why is it harmful? These ingredients can cause a multitude of problems including endocrine (hormonal) disruption, uterine tumors, and can cause harm to the reproductive and immune systems. They are also possible reproductive toxins and may impair human fertility.

11. Sulphates (Sodium Laurate and Lauryl Sulphate, or SLS)

What is it? SLSs are foaming agents found in cosmetics, cleansers, bubble bath, and shampoo.

Why is it harmful? Many commercial varieties of SLS may be contaminated with “ethylene oxide” and “1,4-dioxane,” which both cause cancer. These ingredients also may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development.

12. Triclosan

What is it? This ingredient is found in antibacterial products such as deodorant, cleansers, hand wash, and hand sanitizer as a preservative and antibacterial agent. It is also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and wound antiseptics.

Why is it harmful? Triclosan is classified as a pesticide and can cause antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruptions. It can easily pass through the skin and affect thyroid hormones which regulate metabolism, and may also disrupt normal breast development.

Fashion Color Trend

Fashion color is any unnatural color not found in virgin hair, such as blue, purple, green etc. There are many posts and videos online raving about pastel fashion colors and especially the silver/grey trend. If you search this for yourself,  you may find tutorials and videos of people showing how to achieve this color at home. Many have tried this only to be let down when they do not get the look they wanted or the same results the tutorials have shown. What these videos and tutorials do not show you is that the hair being worked on has usually been previously lightened by a salon professional, or the hair is naturally a lighter shade of blonde.

At GoGlamorous, we know the transformation of going from a darker color to a beautiful pastel or silver will be a process. Some of these processes can take several sessions, while some may take only one or two. This depends on how dark the hair is, if there is already color on the hair, and whether the color has been done professionally or at home with box color. Many people do not understand how light the hair actually needs to be in order to get the look they want with fashion colors. The hair has to be almost a platinum blonde before the color will take to the hair and give you your desired look. If you do not already have naturally blonde hair, you will most likely have to go through more than one lightening process.

Chemically lightening the hair causes the sulfide bonds to break down, leaving hair dry and damaged.  This is why we use Olaplex at GoGlamorous to repair hair and prevent damage during these lightening services. Olaplex reconstructs sulfide bonds in your hair that are broken during chemical services, which repairs existing breakage and keeps hair looking and feeling healthy.  It is important to remain patient during your color transformation because the end result is a beautiful color and healthy hair. So listen to the advice of your professional stylist because they want the best for you and your hair!

Are you over exfoliating?

There are more exfoliating products on the shelves today than ever before. Products ranging from cleansing brushes, peeling creams, enzymes, scrubs, retinols, and acids are all effective ways to exfoliate, but you might be doing it too much.

Many people believe that if you can’t feel it working, then it’s not working. They want to feel that burning or tingling sensation on almost a daily basis. While exfoliating is a vital part of your skincare routine (helps to unclog pores, smooths the skins texture, promotes collagen production, removes dryness and flakiness, and promotes cell turnover), over exfoliating can have detrimental consequences for the skin.

Exfoliating too much strips the skin of its protective lipid barrier, which results in dehydration, flaking, irritation, sensitivity, inflammation and the loss of the skin’s ability to retain moisture. When the skins barrier is broken down it leaves the new, healthy, skin susceptible to damage and irritation. Over exfoliating can actually cause your pores to appear larger, which are the very things that you are probably trying to correct through exfoliation.

So… What can you do if you have already over exfoliated your skin? The first thing to do is to cut back on any scrubs or exfoliating products you are using, and that includes topical peroxide. If you use a cleansing brush daily, such as a Clarisonic, you should cut back on the use of your brush, preferably until your skin has healed completely. We recommend exfoliation between one and three times per week, depending on your individual skin type.

Here are a few more tips to care for over exfoliated skin:

  • Use products only as directed by the instructions or by your esthetician or dermatologist
  • Use facial scrubs that are powder based, or that contain round grains so that you are not causing micro tears or scratches on the skin
  • Apply light pressure when using a scrub
  • Do not use too many exfoliating products together
  • Avoid toners and pads that contain alcohol
  • Avoid harsh cleansers or cleansers that contain sulfates
  • Avoid harsh vitamin C serums that cause severe tingling; vitamin C is great, just use a more gentle one
  • Use products with hydrating and soothing ingredients such as ceramides, rose hip seed oil, jojoba, stone crop, lavender and camomile
  • Use a hydrating and cooling mask once or twice a week
  • Use a sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY

Always let your skin be your guide. If your skin is irritated, take it easy and respect what it is telling you. It will tell you what it likes and what it does not. If you have any questions about what exfoliating products are safe and best for your skin, your esthetician can make recommendations for products that will not cause harm or irritation.

What is a Color Melt?

The evolution of natural-looking hair color has come a long way in the last few years. Color melting is a technique that our stylists at GoGlamorous use to achieve a natural looking blend between colors. It not only blends color seamlessly, but it can also mirror real hair color by giving multiple dimensions instead of one flat all over color.  This technique looks natural because it uses three or more colors along each strand of hair that effectively overlap to create a natural transition and no lines of demarcation. This is unlike the blunt color transitioning of the ombre that has more of a distinct cutoff between colors. In addition to color melting natural shades, this technique also blends well even with unnatural colors like pastels and other fashion colors. If you are tired of the same all over color or bored of your usual highlights, come in to GoGlamorous and have of of our experienced color melting stylists refresh your look!


Alternatives to Acrylic Nails

With all the new nail products in salons today, how do you decide which option is the best for you and your lifestyle? Damaging acrylic used to be the only long-lasting option. There have been many new advances in recent years, presenting new and healthier alternatives. Gel polish and SNS dip powder are two of the latest and greatest options for natural nails.

Traditional acrylic nails have been linked to causing heart valve problems and respiratory issues due to the toxic fumes, as well as extensive nail bed damage due to drilling and improper or rough removal. This can cause long term damage to the actual nail and have been known to cause fungal infections.

The first alternative that was developed is gel polish. It requires no drilling, no harsh primers, and no toxic fumes, making it a much less harmful and less damaging option. So, how do you know if gel polish is right for you? It offers a flexible, yet durable, polish-like feel that can easily last two weeks with no chipping or fading. Be aware, if you are an avid swimmer or have your hands in water or chemicals frequently, this may not be the right option for you as this may cause the polish to lift from the actual nail.

The newest alternative to basic acrylic is the SNS dip powder. This method also requires no drilling, harmful chemicals, or harsh primers. The powder is a blend of acrylic powders and glues that have been fortified with vitamins A, E, D3, B5, and calcium to promote healthy nails. This application is recommended for clients who like the feel of acrylic and the durability it provides, as it is chip resistant, less flexible, and is more water resistant than gel polish.

If you have any questions regarding which application is best for you, one of our nail specialists would be happy to consult with you to help you decide what best fits your needs and your lifestyle.

Why Get A Facial?

Expert Skin Analysis and Problem Solving  Facial treatments offer the expertise of a professionally trained esthetician. He or she will be able to analyze your skin to reveal your true skin type and bring to your attention any problems you may not be aware of, like possible cancerous lesions or dangerous-looking moles and freckles. Because the esthetician will be working with your skin for an extended period of time, they will be able to “get to know” your skin and its unique needs so that they can suggest the most effective treatments, products, and home-care routine specifically for you and your skincare needs.

Professional Strength Exfoliation  Exfoliation both at home and in spa is essential for clearing clogged pores, fading acne scars, stimulating cell turnover, and revealing a youthful, fresh glow. It also aids in product penetration. Your esthetician uses professional grade products and methods that you cannot get in over-the-counter products. Methods such as microdermabrasion, enzymes, and acids are highly effective in treating dull, lifeless, congested, and hyper-pigmented skin, along with many other conditions. Exfoliation contributes to cellular regeneration, preventing skin from aging before its time. A chemical peel clears the whole outer layer of skin and stimulates new cell growth and collagen production with more evenly distributed melanin, leaving you with clear, smooth, and evenly toned skin.

Clean Out Pores and Treat Acne  With proper skin softening techniques, your esthetician will use a skilled and sanitary method to gently extract clogged pores, blackheads, and impurities in a safe and effective way without causing harm to the skin or spreading bacteria, which can cause more acne flare-ups. Your esthetician will also help you determine what type of acne you have and suggest the correct treatments as well as recommend an effective at-home skincare routine.

Tighten Up  As you age, skin becomes looser and less defined due to the loss of collagen and elastin, as well as from years of sun exposure and other external damaging factors. Professional serums, masks, and peels used during facials can help boost collagen and elastin production, tighten skin, and make it appear more youthful. These products and their ingredients have the capability to penetrate much deeper than your at-home and over-the-counter products, therefore, they are extremely effective. Ingredients such as powerful antioxidants, isoflavones, vitamin A derivatives, peptides, and pharmaceutical grade botanicals are all used in professional products to reduce collagen breakdown and also to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Massage and Increased Circulation  Aging causes circulation to slow down, resulting in dull, tired, and sometimes congested skin. Facial massage significantly increases blood circulation and vascular function, facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin and underlying tissue as well as aiding in the efficient removal of waste products to keep the skin healthy, radiant and youthful. Facial massage also helps to maintain the tone of the underlying facial muscle, preventing lines from forming. During the massage, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, which helps the body rest and slow down, having strong effects on stress alleviation. Massage is also a form of manual lymphatic drainage, which reduces puffiness, removes toxins, reduces sinus congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis, acne, and eczema.

Now offering: Sunless tans

We are now offering sunless tanning! Get your glow just in time for summer. Our sunless tans are a two step process.

Our esthetician begins your session with a dry brush exfoliation. Exfoliating before a sunless tan is important because it removes dead skin cells, improves skin texture and opens up pores. Dry brushing can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite. This is a stimulating and invigorating process that prepares your skin for a sun-kissed glow!

The sunless tan application is applied by hand to ensure an even, natural-looking tan. Your color will appear immediately and continues to develop for several hours. Our sunless tans are a relaxing, comforting process that will make you look like you spent a week at the beach without the damage of UV rays!

Repair your hair with Olaplex

Olaplex is becoming a huge trend in the hair industry for hair repair—so we decided you need to know about it, too! GoGlamorous will now be offering Olaplex as an add-on to your regular hair maintenance. 

What it is: Olaplex is a hair repair treatment designed to limit damage to your hair during or after color is added to it. Olaplex restores compromised hair. 

How it works: Olaplex is a simple 3-step process. 2 in the salon, 1 at home! This process includes an active ingredient that seeks out broken bonds in the hair caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical change.

The 3 steps: Bond Multiplier. To begin the rebuild of your hair, this first step in the salon rebuilds broken bonds while preventing damage and repairing hair. Bond Perfector. The next salon step continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds while simultaneously guaranteeing the strongest, healthiest hair. Hair Perfector. This final step, used at home, provides consistent protection.



New Product Line Alert: Grande Naturals

Grande Lash-MD

You will LOVE Grande Lash-MD! Have your lashes looking shiny, lush and longer in just a few weeks. Long-lasting, easy application, and half the price of its competitor! This product will have your lashes looking fabulous in as little as four weeks, with full results in just three months.

How does it work? Apply the same as you would a liquid eyeliner just before bedtime on a clean face. Use a single stroke at the base of the upper and lower lash lines. Two dips is enough for both eyes. This product is perfect for brows, too!

Grande Plumping Treatment

Want fuller, firmer, and softer lips? Experience true plumping power with GrandeLIPS! With six shades and more colors coming soon, you will be sure to find your favorite irresistible color. Take your pick between pale rose, hot fuchsia, midnight purple, barely there, sunset orange and lust red. GrandeLIPS is also offered in original clear.

How does it work? GrandeLIPS will instantly have your lips looking plump in no time– less than five minutes! Included is a special sanitary applicator that is smooth on the lips and easy to keep clean. The GrandeLIPS formula pairs well with other products used at the same time! Along with fuller, firmer, and softer lips, your lips will be perfectly hydrated after just one month of use.

Trust us, you will fall in love with these products! Come by GOGLAMOROUS today to pick up your new lip and lash products!

What does YOUR hair need? Achieve hydrated hair with the right care.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine when your hair needs moisture or protein in order to keep it healthy. If your hair is feeling dry and rough, you need moisture! Moisture is crucial for increasing the elasticity of your hair and removing the brittleness. Moisture treatments hydrate your hair while restoring its smoothness and softness. Protein will accelerate the growth of your hair, as well as strengthen it and repair any damages. When choosing between moisture or protein, balance is the most important aspect! Using a dual action weekly routine is essential in keeping both protein and moisture in your hair. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your hair type hydrated:

Our favorite product line for keeping our hair hydrated is Neuma!

The neuMoisture collection is perfect for hydrating thirsty hair by restoring the moisture your hair needs. This is perfect for dry, damaged hair AND protecting your color! neuMoisture shampoo is a gentle, sulfate-free formula that will have your hair clean, moisturized, soft and smooth. neuMoisture condition is moisture infused and helps resist humidity. Your hair will be looking soft, silky and smooth. neuMoisture intensive masque is an ultra rich hydrating treatment that transforms your hair by restoring moisture to improve its texture. Use once a week for optimal results. Choose neuMoisture for smoother, softer, hydrated and shiny hair!

The neuSmooth collection tames dry, damaged and frizzy hair caused by chemical treatments or heat. It eliminates frizz while improving your hair’s smoothness all while protecting your color. neuSmooth shampoo is a gentle formula that cleanses and helps tame dry, damaged, frizzy hair. neuSmooth leave-on condition is moisture-infused to soothe and protect your hair. Apply on wet or dry hair to feel tangle free and shiny! neuSmooth revitalizing masque is a calming masque to revive dry and damaged hair. It adds strength and makes your hair healthier and manageable.

Did you know? Your hair gradually loses its shine and smoothness as you get older. Studies show that your hair becomes frizzier and less shiny starting around your fourth decade.