Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Your Child and Head Lice

Well it's that time of year again when all of our little munchkin's are off to school and of course the rise of Head lice is back in full action!  
Here are a few tips to help you beat the head lice itch!  

What is Head Lice anyway? 

Lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp, where they lay their eggs and feed off blood in the skin.  The eggs, called nits, which are whitish grey, tan or yellow ovals, approximately the size of a grain of sand.  They can look like dandruff.  Adult lice can be the size of a sesame seed and are hard to see. Head lice doesn't mean that you're unclean.  Lice actually prefers clean loose hair. 

How does lice spread?

Head lice can spread through direct hair to hair contact or by sharing things like hats, hairbrushes and headphones.  Lice does not fly or hop however they do crawl very quickly.

How do you know if your child has lice?
The most common sign that your child has lice is if they have an itchy head or neck.  head lice however can also have no symptoms.  

How do you treat head lice? 

The most common treatment is an over the counter insecticide in the form of a cream, lotion or shampoo.  Make sure to follow all instructions carefully. Combine this with manual nit removal with a fine comb.

What should you clean in your home?
Lice has a very short life spa away from the scalp, there is no need to disinfect your entire home.  Make sure to was bed linens, pillow cases, towels, hats and clothing in hot water at least 50 degrees Celsius and dry them in a hot drier for at least 20minutes.  Remember to include stuffed animals or toys that have a clothing component.  

Need more help?  
At Baden we are always asked if there is an easy and fast way to get rid of lice. 
Click on the link below and find more information on Lice.

Good luck in your Head to head fight with lice! 

Do UV Nail Lamps Emit Unsafe Levels of Ultraviolet Light?

Three Experts Rebut Claims that UV Nail Lamps are Unsafe for Skin

Doug Schoon, M.S. Chemistry, Chief Scientific Advisor, CND; Paul Bryson, Ph.D. Chemistry, Director of R&D, OPI Products; Jim McConnell, BA Chemistry, President, McConnell Labs
A recent report incorrectly claimed that UV nail lamps are a source of "high-dose UV-A" and also inaccurately compared UV tanning beds with UV nail lamps. The report, "Occurrence of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers on the Hands After UV Nail Light Exposure" (MacFarlane and Alonso) 1 , overestimated the exposure of client skin to UV light emitted from UV nail lamps and improperly characterized the effect of these lamps on the hand.
As three of the leading scientists in the professional nail industry, we were surprised by these claims. To verify the facts, using an independent laboratory we tested the leading UV nail lamps to determine how much UV-A and UV-B they emit and then compared that to natural sunlight.
In preparation for our study, we tested many UV nail lamps to determine which had the highest UV output and, as expected, found the nail lamp with the highest output was one designed to utilize four 9-watt UV bulbs. We also decided to test a popular UV nail lamp designed to utilize two 9-watt UV bulbs. The purpose for testing both lamps was to determine how exposures vary across the range of UV nail lamps with the goal of providing information that would apply to the majority of salons and situations. The selected two bulb UV nail lamp was chosen and tested because it is a popular brand and representative of other UV nail lamps within the two 9-watt UV bulb category. The selected four 9-watt UV bulb nail lamp was chosen because it had the highest measured UV output of any UV nail lamp tested. No attempt was made to test UV nail lamps utilizing only one UV bulb, since the overwhelming majority of UV nail lamps use two, three or four UV bulbs. The UV nail lamps selected for testing are likely representative of more than 90% of the UV nail lamps used in salons.
Lighting Science, Inc., of Phoenix, AZ., is a fully equipped, completely independent scientific testing laboratory that specializes in the development and testing of many types of illumination devices, including those that emit UV light and Lighting Science is not in the business of

UV Nail Lamps Safe for Skin? Daily Light Exposure Bigger Risk than Manicures

June 3, 2010 – From commanding a steering wheel in the car to working in a cubicle under fluorescent lights, hands get more UV exposure from natural and artificial light than any other part of the body.  Claims based on a study of two women have recently surfaced that UV nail lamps can put users at risk for skin cancer.  According to extensive research by nail industry leader CND, UV light sources such as the ones used for curing nail products are safer than 8 hours in traditional office lighting.  “The amount of energy from a UV lamp during a nail service would be roughly equivalent to the amount of UV exposure one would experience during a typical full day of exposure in indoor fluorescent lighting,” explains Dr. David Valia, Director of Research and Development for CND. 

UV light sources such as the ones used for curing nail products emit UV energy at a very low level.  Nail lamps emit a UV light at a very narrow section of the UVA region, while both indoor lighting and sunlight emit UV light across a much broader spectrum including UVA, UVB, and UVC.  With tanning beds, the exposure is much higher due to a greater UV intensity, greater amount of energy transmitted by bulbs, longer exposure time and closer proximity of the user to the source. 

Considering the minimal exposure of minutes drying nail color under a UV lamp versus the percentage of time spent unprotected in the sun or the office, the anxieties of getting skin damage from a manicure are disproportionate to the truth.  How often does one reapply sunscreen after washing their hands?  Seldom does anyone put on sunscreen when driving, or wear gloves when in the sun, but many wear hats, SPF-protective clothing and sunscreen.
CND has the world’s largest laboratory for professional nail research and development, and utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to analyze UV output, equipment design, and health and safety.  CND’s knowledge in polymer science and expertise in UV technology is unparalleled.  Participation in educational conferences including ‘RadTech,’ the largest event dedicated to the education, technical and scientific advancement of Ultra Violet (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) technologies, keeps CND at the forefront of this science.  CND is dedicated to the advancement of safe and efficacious technologies, as illustrated with the recent Shellac Hybrid Nail Color innovation that is safe and convenient for women wanting long lasting manicures. 
Founded in 1979 and based in Vista, CA, CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty.  Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education, and customer support. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

These are the people in our neighbourhood!

Earlier this summer, Baden had purchased some beautiful plants to make our cute neighborhood Salon Spa have some nice curb appeal.  
Unfortunately, late one evening, some kids walking by had a bit of fun with these lovely plants, and that of our other business neighbor's plants.  
To say the least our plants survived, but the sidewalk area was a bit of a mess.  
Gracie, one of our dear guests and neighbour was kind enough to put our flowers back in their original place.... but the dirt was everywhere.  

That's how we met our new guests and neighbor's April and Ryan and their cutie patootie son Nathan!

Here is April, on a stroll with their dog when Nathan (age 3) decided he wanted to help clean up the dirt from our sidewalk.  

So with the help of Dad (Ryan) they got right to work...tidying up the hood one dustpan at a time!

This is the cutest thing we have ever seen! To think community service can start so young!! What great values to teach a child at such a young age! 
And just like that... we had a nice clean sidewalk again!! 

Thank you so much April Ryan and little Nathan! 
Yes.... these are the people in our neighborhood!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kristy and her Locks of Love...

Meet our Dear Guest Kristy.....

Kristy is one of those "full of heart" kinda people who likes to do well for others.  She has been our client since her brother Jeff introduced us to each other over a year ago now.  As you can tell in this picture above, our girl Kristy has some really LONG hair.... 


Kristy has the capability to grow her hair like crazy, and with such a gift she is kind enough to help others  less fortunate then her.... Have you heard of "Locks of Love"?

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses they provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

So ...do you see where our blog is "headed"?  (No pun intended!?!) 
Kristy brought to us her long locks and we helped her get down to business! 
Yes ...even for her the first cut is the deepest....

 GONE! ...but with a smile and some getting used to! 

Have a look at how much she donated...

12 Inches! CRAZY! 

If you are interested in donating your hair for a great cause we would gladly shape and style your hair compliments of Baden! 
Lets all help where we can.... 
For more information go to 

Donate today!  Thanks Kristy for setting the bar high  for the rest of us!!

Miss Ash Duce and Ms Lisa Clarke .... More then our Guests!

It takes only a minute to fall into great conversation with Ash and Lisa.  When we met Lisa She strolled into our Salon Spa a few months ago on a recommendation from her niece

(above on the right)Ash...who is the most fabulous Barista Starbucks has.... (okay I should do a shout out to Sandra as well... AKA "Driz" who has talent beyond belief with the "Carmel" on the  Macchiatos..) ANYWAY...back to the whole reason for this blog.... Ms.Lisa Clarke and Ash Duce.... who ARE FABO!

Here is Ash(middle) and Auntie Lisa (right)

As soon as we all met ...Lisa and Ash both became great guests and I think we would also consider them friends! Man, we do share some great stories don't we ladies!!

Lisa had come in early on this summer to have her "Shellac" applied to get ready for her fun filled summer of boating! I have learned a whole lot about boats since I met Lisa...among other things! LOL !

Have you ever seen such perfect toes and hands?  Me either I had to take a pic! .... okay lets face it the beautiful Coach sandals weren't that shabby either.... all in all ...picture perfect I would say ...wouldn't you??

We have been so lucky this year to have met such wonderful guests .... some who we consider much more.  Thank you ladies for continually spreading the word about our Baden Beauty Boutique!

Jade's Shellac Attack- How fun was that night!

We had the pleasure of meeting Jade at our visit to Salon Magazine back in April.
How would you describe Jade??- Funny. Pretty, Full of life, All around Canadian girl and Organized!!!

Here is a pic of Jade  (She is in the cute blue and white shirt with the glasses) Jade was the hostess with the mostest that night!  We had arranged to provide Shellac mani's to all her girlfriends at Her loft.  It was so darn cute!  
Jessica (right) came to lend a helping hand to Baden that night.  Caitlin(Left) has now become a regular at our Salon Spa.  Thanks for the support Cait! 

Some of the girls chatted and had some yummy snacks while the others had their services done.... 

We had every Shellac Colour on the go.... and lots of great girly stories to boot! 

I can't think of a better way to host  a night for your BFF's can you?  Good thinking Jade!

The Start of the 'Shellac Attack"

As you all know it has been a whirlwind since the release of "Shellac". 
Some of you are still questioning What it is, what it does and why the heck you would need it?.... So we decided to write a little blog about it and the amazing adventures that we have had with this revolutionary product since it has launched.  We also thought we would share with you some great pictures with our fantastic guests having their first experiences with "Shellac". 


A UV-cured color coat featuring UV3 technology:
- On like polish
- Wears like gel
- Off in minutes( like 6-10mins...AMAZING...with no damage to your natural Nail!)

-Brushes on for smooth, even coverage.
-Provides a long-lasting color layer to nails.

  -Provides a revolutionary new color
  service for nails.
-Provides 14-day wear. 

Does it get any better than this!  Well...maybe a little....

Baden Salon Spa headed over to Salon Magazine at the end of April 2010 to introduce them to Shellac.... I think they liked it .... what do you think? 
Yeah I think they were pretty darn happy! 

"Shellac" was officially released May 1st 2010 ... and all of you have been crazy for it! 
Keep reading our blog..... we have a few months to get caught up with all of you... wait until you see what we've been up too!