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As the seasons change, many people find themselves wanting a fresh new look. With the time and money invested in a visit to the hair salon, finding ways to maintain that hairstyle between visits is key. If you plan to visit the hair salon for an upgraded look, you’ll want to read these five tips for keeping that hairstyle looking good in the weeks after your visit.

Need a new hairstyle for the Fall? Schedule an appointment at Zano Salons with our hair stylists. We have hair salon locations in Naperville, Lisle, and Batavia, Illinois. The specialists at our hair salons follow the latest hair styling trends and are able to give you a custom haircut.

Read our five tips below to learn more about maintaining your hairstyle after your visit to one of our hair salons.

Don’t Over Wash

Shampooing too often will strip your hair of natural oils that are meant to keep hair from drying out. While washing is necessary to maintain proper balance of these oils, over-washing can cause hair to dry out and increase the chances for frizz and breakage. Taking breaks between washing is important in maintaining a good balance of these oils. When you are washing, be sure you’re using the right shampoo for your haircut. If you’ve had color treatments, find a shampoo specifically designed for color treated hair to help maintain your color between visits to the salon.

Condition

While everyone should include conditioner in their hair care routine, conditioner can especially be a lifesaver for color-treated hairstyles. The process of coloring hair tends to dry it out, even if your hair stylist is using a moisture-infused color system. Be sure to use conditioner when washing your hair to prevent it from drying out. Conditioner will also bring back any moisture that may have been lost due to coloring or over-washing. Looking to switch up your conditioning routine? Our hair stylists love the Masque Intense from Kerastase!

Looking for a new hairstyle or hair care assistance? Schedule an appointment at Zano Salons in  Naperville, Lisle, and Batavia, Illinois. Our hair stylists are able to provide custom hair cuts for men and women.

Sleep on Silk

Silk pillowcases let our hair flow freely as we sleep, helping decrease frizz. Standard cotton pillowcase textures have a tendency to cause friction, rubbing against our hair and causing hair to become frizzy or kinked – the definition of bed head. Although silk pillowcases can be a sizable investment compared to their counterparts, it’s a small price to pay to avoid waking up with matted, frizzy hair.

Take a Break

If you think about it, we put our hair through a lot. We brush and blow-dry, load up with product, and pull and style our hair into place each day. Blow-drying causes our hair to dry out quicker, potentially damaging it in the process. And, products don’t allow our hair to breath, bogging it down. Give your hairstyle a rest by taking a day off from blow-drying and using products – this will help grow and strengthen your hair between cuts.

Are you due for a haircut? Schedule a visit at one of our hair salons in  Naperville, Lisle, and Batavia, Illinois.

Ask for Direction

When still in the chair at the salon, don’t be afraid to ask for direction from your hair stylist. Our hair stylists specialize at crafting custom haircuts for girls and women. They’ve been in the same boat you have many times and have figured out their own best practices for keeping their hairstyle looking fresh. It may be a certain product that will do the trick, or a washing method that can maintain hair color and texture. Whatever it is, a good hair stylist should be happy to share their tips and tricks for maintaining your specific hairstyle between visits.

Whatever your style, learning the ins and outs of keeping it up will help you feel your best between trips to the hair salon. Need a fresh new look for Fall? Schedule your appointment Zano Salons today!

Summer is basically here, which means it’s time for a makeover. Or, if not a new look, at least an update to your current style. Luckily for you, Zano Salon has new summer products for the hair and body that might be perfect for you.

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Reuzel Pomade

This one is for the guys. The Reuzel line comes from the famous Schorem barber shop in Rotterdam (that’s in the Netherlands, in case you were wondering), and it’s starting to make waves here with multiple products. The main attraction is its lineup of pomades, which can hold your hair in specific styles. Each variant not only differs in overall strength but also on shine intensity. Reuzel also makes additional products for the hair and beard such as shampoos, conditioners, and beard balm.

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Bio Repair 8

ColorProof’s latest product is for those who want a healthier scalp as well as those with color-treated hair and suffer from breakage or thinning. You’ll first use the Anti-Thinning Shampoo to restore your scalp, and then apply the Anti-Thinning conditioning formula to reinforce the new scalp surface, which leads to stronger hair. The final step involves the use of an apple and grape stem cell scalp serum as a final coat above the scalp. This will strengthen the scalp, and provide a solid foundation for new and healthy hair. In addition to these products, the Bio Repair line also includes a blow dry spray.

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Rikoko Beauty

Looking for some new color tints in your hair? Try the Prism leave-in conditioner lineup from Rikoko, which are made with coconut oil, passion fruit, and vetiver (a type of grass native to India). There are five Prism colors to choose from such as include opal, rouge, and bronze. In addition to providing color tints, the Prism products also add moisture, shine, and protection from humidity. If color tinting isn’t your thing, you can check out other Rikoko products such as shampoo, conditioner, and hair balm, all of which also use coconut oil.


Eleven Australia

For more budget-friendly products, you might want to take a look at Eleven Australia. A majority of the company’s products are for your hair, which includes volume shampoo and conditioner, hairspray, and pomades. However, the company also makes lotion and body wash, which makes it an effective a one-stop source for your hair and body care needs. Some Eleven products are also vegan and gluten-free, and there are even a few travel-sized variants, so you can take them with you when you’re traveling across the country or around the world. 

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SaA spa day for yourself can be relaxing, but it’s even better if you spend it with your friends. Spa parties and trips to the salon are so popular because they work for pretty much any event. From a simple get-together or a birthday celebration, there’s no party like a spa party.

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Frankie Says Relax

A hard — or stressful — day at work calls for a massage. You can opt for a regular session or turn up the heat with a river rock massage. Some people choose the latter option because it quickly relieves tension in your muscles. The high heat of the stones also increases blood circulation, which eliminates any aches and pains throughout the body.

A facial treatment is another great way to relax at the spa. You can choose from different options that range from a simple treatment to newer methods like hydrolifting. The calm atmosphere, candles, and heated bed should keep you in a state of bliss while you get a younger and smoother face.

Treat Yourself

A spa day is the pinnacle of luxurious pampering, so why not gift yourself with the royal treatment on your birthday? You can start the day with a manicure and pedicure, which includes a hand and foot massage in addition to the usual shaping and filing of your nails. Afterwards, head down on the massage table to receive either a standard massage or a river rock treatment. To top it all off, get some facial treatments while resting on a heated bed and listening to calming music.

Happily Ever After

The big wedding is today and you need to look on point, whether you’re in the wedding party or just attending the after party. In both cases, you’ll need the full works. The manicure and pedicure are essential, especially for those close-up photo shoots after the ceremony. A proper waxing and facial is also important because you’ll be wearing a nice dress, and there’s more than a chance that you’ll be in a few professionally-shot photos.

Have A “Good Hair Day”

Good hair days are hard to come by. In addition to traditional spa treatments, tack on a cut and color to leave the salon fully ready for your next big outing. Especially as the weather warms up, it’s nice to change it up with a refreshing style. Our expert stylists and colorists are among the best in the business. Don’t believe us? Check Instagram.

No matter the occasion, Zano Salons can accommodate you and your group for an unforgettable party. If you’re in a rush, you can choose the Zano Express Service, which features 30-minute sessions for manicure, pedicure, massages, facials, and a hair blow out. Pre-built spa packages are also available. You can also make appointments for special occasions, standard haircuts, or hair treatments.

How to “Summerfy” Your Long, Thick Locks

Long hair, don’t care – except when those hot, sticky summer days come around. Cascading locks are, and always will be, a favorite hairstyle for women. It goes great with nearly every outfit and flatters most face shapes. However, the battle begins when hot, humid temperatures turn your thick hair into a frizzy mess that incubates your neck like a scarf.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your favorite look because of the heat. An extreme cut doesn’t have to be the answer. Here are some techniques our salon stylists will do to help de-bulk your thick hair so you’re cool for summer.

Slicing

Adding layers is often a first step in freeing up space at the base of your hair. Taking smaller sections of hair and cutting them at an angle (however dramatic the client wants) will thin out your hair in selected spots and create more movement. The layers will decrease the thickness just enough and more evenly distribute face-framing volume throughout your style.

Undercutting

This is a more dramatic technique that favors the bold. Undercutting involves a stark contrast between very short or shaved sides and longer on top, giving off a little bit of edge. Its functional purpose is to remove the most at the base of your neck by buzzing sections at the nape. This nice breezy patch will be unseen when your hair is down and show a fashionable detail if you throw it up in a bun or ponytail.

Slithering

If you want to keep your hair length but don’t want defined layers, slithering is probably the method for you. It is done by dragging scissors along the hair shaft (the part of hair seen above the skin) and closing gently to create more inconspicuous layering.

Texturizing

For the “woke up like this,” bedhead-on-purpose look, texturizing your hair is the way to go. It also happens to lighten up your hair by making consistent, strategic cuts that give movement. The dictionary definition of texture is how something feels; in terms of hair, it means your hair has some kind of pattern to it. Hair stylists add texture by using a razor or thinning shears to cut layers in an S or Z  where your hair has natural shape. The extra dimension will maintain your original volume without the weight, which is great for naturally curly or wavy long hair.  

Internal Cutting

Internal cuts call for a more random disbursement of layers. The stylist will trim small sections of the hair from somewhere in the middle of the shaft, hidden beneath a few layers. It might feel like a drastic change at first, especially if you have a large amount of hair to begin with, but once your hair is styled it will go unnoticed and provide relief in the hot summer sun.

Looking to lighten up for summer? Schedule an appointment with one of our salon professionals today!

A Guide to Having "Green" Hair

An upward trend in hair care is actually a tale as old as time: know what you’re putting in and on your body. In a world with the latest information at your fingertips, customers are becoming increasingly conscious of their daily decisions and noticing the benefits simple changes to all-natural, vegan and chemical-free products can make.

Green haircare has exploded, with endless coveted options to suit virtually every need for every hair type. Customers are no longer having to sacrifice commitment to healthy living for effectiveness – or curb appeal, for that matter. But with such vast options, how do you know what’s right for you? Is there really a difference between all these green-living buzzwords? Any company can stamp on a label, so we’ve compiled a guide to help you decide what is best for you and your lifestyle.

Why should I change my hair products?

Shampoos pumped with chemicals and synthetics come at a cheaper price but have been linked to itchy scalps, dandruff, dry hair, and in extreme cases, hair loss. Especially if you have existing issues with your hair, it may be time for a change.

Out with synthetics and in with more rejuvenating elements like avocados, bananas, coconut and moroccan oils and aloe. These are household ingredients that rejuvenate hair and are now being used by many honest-to-goodness, all-natural hair care brands. Adding natural, vegan and/or chemical-free products to your regimen will infuse hair with the nutrients it needs for less maintenance and more brilliant shine.

Natural

The key to natural hair products is reading the label correctly: the scientific terminology of naturally recurring ingredients can make it sound worse than it is. For example, sodium chloride is sea salt and citric acid is a compound in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and pomegranates. Percentages of natural and synthetic ingredients are listed in descending order on the bottle, so an easy trick is to pick a product where chemicals are mainly at the bottom of the list.

Botanical ingredients infuse your hair and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts and oils that gently wash away wear and restore moisture. Coconut or moroccan oils and aloe are natural moisturizers that promote healthy hair, while shea butter gives shine. Scalp irritation can be addressed with organic tea tree and beta glucan, which can help heal and soothe sensitive scalp skin.

Chemical-free

Chemical-free products have no traces of man-made, mass-produced ingredients in them. They are 100% the sum of their naturally occurring parts. However, just because something is chemical-free doesn’t make it organic and vice versa; if you buy organic vegetables at the farmer’s market, that doesn’t automatically make them pesticide-free.

One chemical to be on the lookout for is sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to remove oils and wipe away the pigments in hair dye. Buying a sulfate-free shampoo, particularly for color-treated hair, will help enhance and enrich your styled color.

Vegan

No animals were harmed in the making of these shampoos. Vegan products do not contain any animal products or byproducts and should be rid of any chemicals or man-produced elements. Vegan products will help get rid of grimy dirt and oils that build up in your hair. They are also filled with essentials, like tree tea and jojoba, that are plant-based to spur growth. Notably, they do not use any parabens. Parabens are common ingredients in many retail shampoos that can damage hair follicles. Subtracting parabens and adding natural ingredients helps the hair stay healthy and relieves follicle deterioration.

Being Green at  Zano Salons

Zano Salons recognizes that to have great hair, it all starts at the root. We’ve combed through and carefully selected various vegan, chemical-free and natural products that will help revitalize your hair. Take a look at the brands we trust here for more information.

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Facials. Do you need one? Is it worth it? Is the hype true?

The answer to all of the above is YES. Facials are not an unnecessary luxury. They are a vital key to any well-planned beauty regimen. Listed below are the top 6 reasons to get a facial today.

Clearer Pores

A professional esthetician can clear your pores in ways that you simply cannot achieve at home. While daily washing and at-home routines are encouraged, professional attention is needed to achieve optimal skin.

 

Blemishes

We’ve all tried popping them even though we know we shouldn’t. Visiting an esthetician will not only allow the blemishes to be properly extracted to avoid scarring and dark spots, but will also reduce the chance of new blemishes appearing. Proper extraction means achieving blemish-free skin more quickly and safely.

 

Risky At-Home Peels

There are some things that you should not try yourself– like fresh bangs the night before school pictures. While there are many brands that sell DIY peels-in-a-box, there is nothing like the professional results you will see from visiting an esthetician. In addition, it’s much safer than assuming your skin will accept whatever you bought off the shelf.

 

Skin Analysis

You may think you are using the correct products for your skin, but are you? Leave it to the pros to analyze your skin & skincare routine. At that point, they can get you set up with a regimen that will allow for your clearest, healthiest skin. (Insider’s tip: an analysis is always included in an appointment so you won’t have to pay extra for the insider info.)

 

Glowing Skin

It is not a myth that you can have radiant skin. Facials promote better circulation and growth of new skin cells that will actually give your skin the perfect glow. According to the research of Ushma S. Neill, estheticians recommend quarterly facials to preserve youthful skin for women over the age of 25.

 

Rest and Relaxation

Getting a facial is like taking a mini-vacation from reality. The calm room, lovely scents, and dim lighting are the perfect recipe for relaxation, and honestly, who doesn’t need a little stress relief once in a while?

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Delivering exceptional education and providing sustainable beauty careers has been the mission of Pivot Point International, Inc., Chicago, throughout its 53-year history. To prioritize focus on developing innovative educational content and delivery, Pivot Point announces a partnership agreement with Denise Provenzano of Zano Salons, a successful business owner with four salons and spas in the Chicagoland area.

In making the announcement, Robert Passage, Chairman and CEO of Pivot Point International, said, “This alliance will allow Pivot Point to continue using our Bloomingdale location as a research and development incubator. It will give us the opportunity to follow a student’s trajectory from the school to the salon and help close the loop in the life-cycle of the student.”

Provenzano, a well-known leader in the salon industry with more than 25 years of salon experience, currently serves as president of Cosmetologists Chicago, one of the largest associations of salon professionals in the world.

Provenzano added, “I am personally and professionally thrilled to partner with Pivot Point and the Passage family in developing the most exciting cosmetology school in the industry. Expanding Zano into the educational arena has long been a dream of mine. With Pivot Point-educated salon professionals, I know that Zano and other salons in my area will get the best trained cosmetologists in the industry.”

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