Managing the mania

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Lets talk about something that MOST of us feel, but few admit to, Holiday stress.

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.

But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.

Try these alternatives:

Donate to a charity in someone’s name.
Give homemade gifts.
Start a family gift exchange.
Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:

Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
Get plenty of sleep.
Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

Some options may include:

Taking a walk at night and stargazing.
Listening to soothing music.
Getting a massage.
Reading a book.
Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

Take control of the holidays

Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Very Happy New Year!



Secret Santa

Hello all!!

Hope everyone is in the spirit and staying warm!

Tis the season for a little Secret santa contest. When you are finished reading this blog entry, go to our Anton’s Facebook page and tell us what your favorite pampering service is at Anton’s , in the salon or spa.

We will choose one winner to win a little gift.

Enjoy the holiday season and GOOD LUCK!


For your “tool” box

Happy Holiday Season Everyone!!

I was recently approached by a friend of mine asking about hot tools. She wondered if the professional, more expensive, tools were really worth the investment.

Since it is the gift giving/receiving season, perhaps it would be helpful to share my thoughts about investing in quality blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons. Is it worth the extra money to buy professional, high quality tools? In a word, absolutely!

Let me share with you the differences in, for instance, a $20 flat iron and a $100 flat iron. The higher quality tool has a heat setting that is essential for manually adjusting the heat from the plates. If you have finer, more delicate or damaged hair, you must be able to dial down the heat to keep from burning and breaking your hair. Also, the quality of the plates of the flat iron make a huge difference in heat distribution, therefore, maintaining the integrity and condition of your hair.

As for blow dryers, the same rules apply. A higher quality dryer evenly distributes heat and air. It will feature better filtration, and most likely will be ionic.

Here are a few name brands of hot tools that are worth the extra cash….

Bio ionic
Paul Mitchell
These tools are available through your haircare professional, and at many retailers.

Have a great Holiday season, Happy shopping!!


Take care

It’s 2017, and we are in a new age of wellness. As I’m sure everyone has noticed, there is a new and fabulous trend including using and consuming the best and most pure products.

After decades of over consumption and production of fake food and over “chemicaled ” products, we are finally turning a corner and realizing that our bodies are much happier with REAL food a REAL ingredients. We are taking better care of our bodies and educating ourselves in wellness.

The industries are all taking notice of this switch, and some are providing products that meet our exacting standards. This is very exciting to see ,both as a consumer of food, vitamins…, and also, as a stylist using hair care and skin care products with the best and safest ingredients.

Its so important to take care of yourself from the inside out, both for health and beauty. Eating well, excersise and caring for your skin will reward you during the aging process.

There are several haircare product lines I am particularly loving right now, for their clean ingredient list, and the absence of parabens, sulfates, gluten, and some are also vegan. None test on animals and are non harmful to the environment. Purology, Kevin Murphy, Aveda, and REF are all wonderfully simple and pure products.

If you have any questions about these products or are interested in reading more information, all of them have fabulous websites, and as always, a hair professional in the salon will be glad to assist and answer questions.

So, my take away on this subject is simple, Take care of your body, and it will take care of you!


Bootox success!

A BIG Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Wednesday for our Bootox event! It was a fun and successful evening with great clients and Antons staff.

Hope everyone had a great time and got all their questions answered and picked up some good deals! We look forward to this event every year, and we appreciate everyone who make it a success.

As always, if you have any questions or desire a consultation with any member of the staff, please, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Have a great Halloween 👻 XOXO Jen

Does the Future of Beauty Reside in Our DNA?

Hello Beauty seekers!

I stumbled upon a few articles on the subject of how your DNA is related to how your physical body will age, and the possibilities of beauty companies tailoring products for each individual based on their personal DNA information. I personally thought this was a fascinating topic worth discussing! What could this mean for the future of anti aging regimens? And will they be much more effective? Let’s explore the facts.

Personalized beauty products are nothing new. In fact, customization is one way marketers are attracting millennial clientele. But some brands are pushing the boundaries of what personalization truly means. Here’s a look at some ultra-personalized products.

The latest trend is going beyond categorical personal­ization. Some brands are tailoring their products to meet consumers’ needs at the molecular level.

Brands like Home DNA and Geneu supply consumers with DNA tests for a better understanding of the consumer’s skin care needs even before issues occur—an individual doesn’t have to show signs of aging for the test to recognize a predispo­sition to wrinkles or collagen loss.

How It Works
Once users have sent in their DNA samples, a skin care analysis and report is generated based on key genetic markers. These findings are translated into a report that is divided into seven categories:

Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Glucose-related fine lines and wrinkles, including anti-wrinkle promotion and wrinkle formation factors.

Sun Protection: Gene variations that can weaken the skin’s natural protection against the sun.

Skin Sensitivity: Four genes that regulate the body’s inflammatory response and one gene related to pollution and fragrance sensitivity.

Skin Elasticity: Quality of collagen structure that supports the skin and tests for collagen depreciation.

Pigmentation: Two genes can affect an individual’s tanning response, including a predispo­sition to burning and sun spots, as well as the “freckle factor” gene that influences the production of melanin.

Collagen Quality: Four genes are tested for collagen fiber formation, collagen repair (including skin barrier protection), and collagen breakdown, which determines how well a person’s body forms and remodels collagen.

Skin Antioxidants: Checks five genes associated with protecting the skin against free-radical damage, including free-radical scavengers that protect the skin from oxidative damage as well as pollution protection.

“Our recommen­dations point consumers in the right direction because there are so many skin care options that the choices often become overwhel­ming,” said Connie Hallquist, president and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center, producers of HomeDNA Skin Care. “Finally, consumers have tailored recommen­dations to help achieve better skin care results.”

In addition to assessing an individual’s risk factor based on their gene profile, the analysis also provides recommen­dations for topical, supplemental and professional treatments if his or her score indicated non-ideal findings.

“Over the last five years, personal genetic testing has moved to a point where it can help consumers make meaningful choices in how they care for themselves,” said Hallquist. “We recognized the opportunity to offer a skin-based DNA test that provides actionable recommen­dations to improve personal skin care; it is predicated on academic research that specific genes can influence skin health.”

The Future is DNA
What does this mean for marketers, and, ultimately, the consumer? Because the test provides insight into an individuals’ predispo­sition to certain skin concerns, DNA tests may urge users to invest in products and services designed to delay or even prevent these issues from arising. If a woman typically begins using an anti-aging skin care regimen at age 40, she may begin a future-proofing regimen at age 20 based on her results.

Skin-based DNA tests could also mean an increase in sun protection usage based on an individual’s own ability, or lack thereof, to protect itself from free radicals.

For example, if a user’s genes indicate genetic variations that compromise body’s ability to produce essential antioxidants that scavenge skin-damaging free radicals, the report will recommend using products with squalene, vitamin E and other ingredients to protect the skin from free-radical damage. Additionally, the report may recommend mesotherapy and antioxidant facials, as well as CoQ10 supplements, among others, to protect the body at the cellular level.

“It started with the science. We identified studies for genes that influence different areas of skin health, [such as] sensitivity, wrinkling, pigmentation, and identified ingredients—supplements and serums with key ingredients—found in academic research to help protect the skin in the aforemen­tioned categories,” said Hallquist. “These two areas come together, genes and treatments, via an algorithm that provides unique skin care recommen­dations based on a person’s own genes.”

Its an exciting time in technology, and it will be interesting to see where we are headed in the future in the Beauty industry.

Have a great day!


We don’t stop learning

Hi Anton’s Friends!

Our stylists have been busy learning some new techniques and skills. Yesterday we welcomed Robert and Patrick from Goldwell, who showed us some new trends and shared some different techniques.

We get so excited by these classes, and can’t wait to share them with our guests! How about starting the new season with a fabulous new look?

Thanks Goldwell for the fall pick me up! We look forward to putting some new tools in our tool box!

Xoxo jen

Anton's Juvederm Voluma

Pretty Pout

Hello and Happy Labor Day!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the nice, long weekend!

I wanted to talk today about lip filler. Also, I hope to change the old fashioned image of the “duck lip” / “trout mouth” that some of you may have from years ago, or just from seeing less than stellar work.

Today, there are new and highly improved products that are used for lip ( and face) filler. And, thankfully, these products allow for a more natural look and a comfortable experience.

One product line that we use at Anton’s is Juvaderm. This product has several different types that deliver different results and have other differences, including how long they last.

JUVÉDERM® is the #1 selling collection of hyaluronic acid fillers in the US. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers adds volume to a different area of the face – without surgery. All JUVÉDERM® fillers are a smooth, crystal-clear gel that are administered by injection in your aesthetic healthcare provider’s office.

Some people simply have naturally thin lips and just want to achieve a fuller appearance. Other people have noticed their lips thinning over time and may also have seen vertical lip lines become more noticeable. Whatever your unique needs are when it comes to your lips, the JUVÉDERM® collection may be able to help.

The two types of products used for lip fillers by Juvaderm are,

JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC adds more fullness and plumps thin lips—whether your lips have thinned over time or you simply want fuller lips, and ,JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is the most recent addition to the collection—tailored to add subtle volume to the lips and smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines. Each of these products last up to one year, for most patients.

I highly recommend speaking with one of our highly trained and skilled RN’s for a complete consultation if you are considering this procedure. They can answer any questions and give you a realistic expectation for your outcome.

Have a beautiful day  XOXO Jen


Better choices

Hello again!

I wanted to talk today about what’s in our products. What is in our food and body care has become a pretty hot topic lately. And, for good reason, we need to be aware of any unnecessary junk that can be harmful to our bodies.

There are many companies choosing to “lose the junk” and clean up their products, and a couple of those in the hair care business are REF, Purology, Aveda and Kevin Murphy. They have dedicated themselves to leaving our sulfate, parabens, artificial dyes and, in some cases keeping them gluten free and vegan.

So, what is the deal with parabens and sulfates? Well, here is a general look at the information we have on them.

Parabens are chemicals that have been used since the 1950s to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Sulfates are effective cleansing and foaming agents that can be found in toothpaste, shampoo, and body washes, among other products.

There’s a CHANCE they are harmful

Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors. Sulfates are concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs, and brain.

But, It hasn’t been proven

However, so far there is no scientific evidence to prove that parabens have any link to cancer, and The Cosmetic Ingredient Review recognizes sulfates as safe up to a maximum concentration of 50 percent if they are properly rinsed off the skin.
You could take the “better safe than sorry” approach

If you’re weary about taking a chance using products that contain these chemicals, then don’t! There’s a wide range of beauty products that are paraben- and sulfate-free.

Sulfates are bad for your hair

They can cause a number of problems for your hair including drying, irritating your scalp, fading your color, and even hair loss.

Sulfates can be easily identified

Sulfate is the ingredient that causes shampoos to lather. If your shampoo lathers, it contains sulfates. For a foolproof way to know if your product contains sulfates, you’ll see “sulfate” listed pretty high up on the ingredients label.
Parabens are a little trickier to notice
While the most common parabens also have “paraben” in their name—butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben—they can also be listed as Alkyl parahydroxy benzoates.


There are alternatives
If you’re looking to steer clear of products that contain parabens, opt for ones that use ingredients such as ethylhexylglycerin (which is plant-derived) or phenoxyethanol, another alternative to parabens, a naturally derived ether alcohol.
Use in moderation
No matter what, chemicals are chemicals. Everything is best used in moderation so it’s always a good idea to switch up your beauty routine and rotate between different products.

Hope this helps clear up some confusion and answer any questions you may have had about this subject .



Like Christmas in August🎁

Hello everyone!

Here at Anton’s we have , at least, two months that our clients look forward to most. One is March, the other is August. Why? It’s the BOGO sale on ALL retail items in our boutique. This is the month to stock up on all your favorite products, and , it’s a great time to try some new ones for a discounted price.

Maybe there is a skincare line you’ve been wanting to try. August is a perfect month to make a switch and give it a try. And, of course, as always, our products are 100% guaranteed. If you are not a fan of something, we are glad to exchange it for one that works for you. Just to be sure you are getting the best products for your personal needs, we are always more than happy to consult with you at any time. We have plenty of qualified stylists, estheticians, nail technicians and registered nurses… to help you choose wisely.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer( using SPF, OF COURSE😉),and we hope you are able to take advantage of our August BOGO!

Xoxo, Jen