Last month, on one of the coldest days of the year, I saw a homeless man, here in Lisle, sitting on the curb wrapped in a blanket. I thought how is this possible that there isn’t somewhere for the homeless to get out of the cold. It really bothered me. (I later found out that after walking over 3 miles, he was turned away from PADS because he was from out of state and the locals had 1st priority).
I went back to work and called a client of ours Linda Alberty, owner of Cultivate Excellence, who organized a crusade this Christmas to help the homeless in Chicago, called Operation Jesus. I wanted to see if she was aware of any resources to help Bill. She was kind enough to donate a warm blanket and some other supplies.
I went back searching for him to find out his story… His name was Bill and he was from South Carolina. He came here to care for his ailing brother who has now sadly passed. Bill was stranded with no way home. He had a tattered old backpack barely containing everything he owned. I replaced it with a sturdy canvas backpack and filled it with supplies, and food. I asked him if he would like to go back to South Carolina. He was so grateful for the opportunity to return home. So, we started a collection in the salon and were astounded by all the generosity and kindness from our clients! One of our clients actually paid for his plane ticket! Thank you so much Nancy! We had clients and our stylists not only donating cash but clothing, shoes, toiletries etc.! How gratifying it was to experience the goodness and selfless acts of humanity first hand!
The end of the story is that Bill came in the night before his flight to the salon where I gave him a shampoo, haircut and shaved off his beard that had helped keep him warm all those cold winter days and nights!
Rayme’s Restaurant in Lisle donated a hot dinner which he thoroughly enjoyed! Courtney was kind enough to donate an UBER drive to the airport! Bill was on his way home….
Bon Voyage Bill! We wish you the best!
We want to thank all of you that contributed in any way in helping Bill!
If you would like to do your part to contribute in helping the homeless please simply vote for Cultivate Excellence who is participating in a contest, that would award them a $25,000 prize which would enable her to do even more to help the homeless…One of Linda’s goals is to purchase a bus and install a shower so they could travel to the homeless and allow them a warm safe place to get clean. Please help Linda by simply VOTING HERE (you can click the Yellow VOTE button up to 10 times every hour) Thank you for your help!
5 New Year’s Resolutions For Healthy-Looking Hair
Every new year, many of us use this time to make resolutions to improve our lives in some way. This year why not resolve to have healthier, beautiful hair.
Here are a few tips to help you on your way!
Resolution #1: Minimize The Use Of Heat Styling Tools!
Excessive use of hair dryers, curling irons or flat irons are one of the worst culprits that causes damage to your hair. We know they can be difficult to give up completely, so why not aim to lower your usage, and your wattage instead.
According to researchers, 365°F is what you want your flat iron to be. That temperature allows the most styling benefits in the fewest strokes, helping hair retain moisture and easily sealing the cuticle—which leaves your locks shiny, smooth, and resistant to humidity. But keep in mind, this is an average only for those of you that have normal undamaged hair. Many of us are over heating our hair causing damage, dryness and breakage! Make sure the temperature is right for your hair. This is a big one. Fine, damaged or chemically treated hair should only be ironed at a low setting, below 300 degrees. Normal hair can be ironed at 300-380 and thick, coarse or extra curly hair at 350-400. Anything higher is a no-no and unnecessary. Once you reach 420°F this is the temp where keratin protein starts to melt—something you can't repair; causing breakage and split ends.)
So, try to cut back on heated styling and if you really must use your styling tools, be sure to prep your hair with a heat protectant to help limit the damage like Onesta’s Thermal Setting Mist. Not only will it protect your hair from heat damage it also protects hair color with a natural sunscreen and adds shine and control with flexible hold and manageability. Trust us, your hair will thank you later!
Resolution #2: Moisturize!
If you’re dealing with dry, damaged hair, you’ll definitely need to up your moisturizing game in 2017! Dry hair can often lead to brittleness and breakage (which is something none of us want), so be sure to quench parched strands by using rich, hydrating hair products, like the All-Nutrients or Onestas Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, or consider a deep treatment with Onesta’s Moisture Mask. This intense treatment repairs damage to the cortex, seals the cuticle & stabilizes porosity levels.
To repair or prevent broken bonds in your hair schedule an Oleplex treatment. It is the only treatment with a proven track record to fix hair from the inside out repairing broken bonds. Even better, purchase a series of treatments that will insure your locks will look their very best in 2017! See coupon.
Resolution #3: Schedule Regular Salon Visits
Regular trims help your strands stay healthy-looking by removing dry, damaged split ends. Remember, once your hair strands split it will continue to split; running up the hair shaft until it breaks off, leaving those unsightly frizzy fly a-ways. It’s recommended to book a haircut every 6-8 weeks. Try pre-booking a few haircuts in advance at the beginning of the year. This way, you’ll have no excuse to get your split ends trimmed off!
New Year’s resolutions for healthy hair: Sleep on a silk pillow.
Resolution #4: Sleep On A Silk Pillow
This clever New Year’s resolution won’t only benefit your hair, but it’s wonderful for your skin as well. Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, causes your strands to rub together, causing friction and therefore, more damage. But when you sleep on a silk or satin pillow, your hair won’t rub together as much, plus it won’t absorb as much moisture from your locks, either! Another tip is to use a neck pillow that will keep your head supported to avoid any chance of friction.
Resolutions #5: Pay Attention To Your Diet!
As well as using the right products and getting your hair cut regularly, your diet is another thing that plays a huge part in achieving healthy-looking hair: While eating a balanced diet is a no-brainer, there are certain types of food that can even help with the production of healthy hair, like salmon, poultry, avocados, wheats, grains, eggs, and sweet potatoes. If your diet is not the best then I recommend supplementing with “It Works”, “Hair Skin and Nails” (made with the highest quality ingredients and bioavailability to insure the health of your hair, skin and nails). Remember the health of your hair begins from within!
So now that we’ve given you some resolutions to add to your list, why not check out some do-it-yourself tips and tricks for healthy, strong hair in the new year; featured in the blog Cultivate Excellence wrote on us; Main Street Hair Company!
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There is nothing more wonderful than to come home on a cold day and smell a pot of something delicious simmering away, ready to dive in and warm up! Here is a delicious and easy twist from traditional chili.
This extra-cheesy, not-too-spicy white chicken chili preps in just 5 minutes. Enjoy!
5 hrs to make, serves 12
32 oz Chicken broth
Baking & Spices