Resolutions have a bad rap — but let’s give them a makeover. A realistic goal with advice from the right team and approached with the right tools results in success. Whether your goal is sleeping in (see page 90), putting the “well” in wellness or picking up a practical skill, we’ve got the know-how for you-know-who. Plus, we’ll acquaint you with three hotspots you’ll want to incorporate into your beautiful 2014.
RESOLUTION! Jump Start Health and Wellness Goals
Weight loss and wellness goals always make their way to the top of the resolution list. Spoiler alert! They are also some of the most frequently broken resolutions. Here are tips from Spa Trouve and Remedez Hairspa about starting out strong.
Program Your Life
Saying “I’m going to lose 30 pounds this year” without any short-term goals or a specific game plan is the best way to set yourself up for failure. Having an accountability factor or program is key to staying focused and on track.
Spa Trouve’s new wellness program does just that.
“Our program includes a health assessment with our medical director, a food diary, weekly grocery lists, nutrition consultations/weigh-ins with a registered nurse, a certified personal trainer, gym classes, protein shakes, fiber supplements and metabolic boosters,” says Courtney Anderson, owner of Spa Trouve. “All of these tools keep you motivated and excited about your goals.”
Alive and Wellness
Words like “diet” and “exercise” dominate the conversation when it comes to New Year’s health and wellness goals. But what about “mental health” and “rejuvenation”?
When you add spa services to your wellness regimen, peace flows from head to manicured toes.
“People are becoming more aware of the impact stress has on their body,” says Diana Gallop, spa manager at Remedez HairSpa. “Stress can make you look and feel old, but we can minimize that — and that’s our goal.”
Mental and medical benefits are on the menu in today’s salons and spas, which means luxury just got renamed “necessity.”
“If we take care of ourselves and focus on our well-being, we will have better communities, better marriages, better children,” says Cynthia Gambill, owner of Remedez HairSpa. “If you don’t come to Remedez, at least go somewhere to increase health, happiness and wellness.”
Massages and facials improve circulation and ease a variety of skin conditions, tension, stress and pain. Plus, there’s that old benefit of “it feels good.”
RESOLUTION! Spend Less Time in Front of the Mirror
Shaving just 15 minutes off your morning beauty routine could result in 91 extra hours in one year! That is precious time you could spend sleeping or exercising. But how do you streamline your getting ready routine? We asked two local beauty buffs for tips on managing morning mayhem.
“Lash extensions make you look great while actually cutting down on the amount of time you spend getting ready in the morning,” says Jennifer Johnson, owner of Metropolitan Spa in Spanish Fork
If you aren’t ready for lash extensions, Darcy Moody of Suggestions Salon in Orem says simply using a lash-growing serum can make a big difference.
Tame Your Tresses
Washing and styling hair is one of the biggest time hogs when it comes to beauty routine. (Drumroll please …) Let us introduce you to two secret weapons: dry shampoo and the Brazilian Blowout.
Dry shampoo, which usually comes in aerosol form, absorbs excess oil and allows you to skip the suds for a few extra days.
“You do not need to wash your hair every day,” Darcy says. “In fact, it can actually strip your hair of its natural oils. Dry shampoo will change your life.”
For women who straighten curly hair daily, a Brazilian Blowout can be a huge hair-care timesaver. The treatment creates a protective protein layer around the hair shaft that smooths the cuticle, eliminates frizz and gives your hair glossy shine. And most importantly, it cuts down your time with the blow dryer and straightening iron.
Wake Up in Your Makeup
Permanent cosmetics let women “wake up in their makeup,” Jennifer says.
With permanent eyeliner, eyebrows and lip liner, multiple steps can be eliminated during precious morning minutes.
RESOLUTION! Invest in Education
Perhaps 2014 is your year to load up on the smarts and fill your mind with matter. Whether you want to learn just for the fun of it or for the career of it, new skills keep your brain sharp and your interesting factor high.
Practical Makes Perfect
Utah County is home to many educational and vocational trade schools, like Practical Dental Assisting of Utah.
Kim Schoepke, director of Practical Dental Assisting of Utah, says the new year is the perfect time to get started in an educational training program.
“It’s a time to re-focus, get motivated and embrace change,” Kim says. “It’s also a time to stretch out of your comfort zone and accept challenges that benefit you.”
Keep Your Day Job
Many of Kim’s students at the dental assisting school attend night classes while maintaining their day jobs.
“We train high school students who are preparing for independence, college students looking for a good job to help them pay their way through school and moms with kids of all ages,” Kim says. “Our class schedule can accommodate anyone’s lifestyle.”
In addition to finding educational training that meets your match, selecting a program that works with your current financial status is key.
Local trade schools from medical to massage to cosmetology have a variety of payment options.
“We offer in-house financing and work with local credit unions to offer affordable payment plans for our students,” Kim says.
Body of Knowledge
If you are fitness junkie, the New Year is a peaceful time to think about becoming a certified instructor in your particular practice — whether it’s Zumba, Crossfit or Yoga.
The certification process will increase your fitness level, and when you are done, you will get paid to work out!
3B Yoga in Provo is the longest running Yoga Alliance certified Yoga School and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training studio. The 200-hour program covers everything from yoga technique and methodology to anatomy and physiology. 3B Yoga also offers advanced yoga courses for teachers who want to expand their repertoire.