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WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT – Skin Care or Makeup?

WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT – Skin Care or Makeup?

Your face is your canvas. If you want your makeup to look good, begin by keeping your skin clean & healthy.

Here are four basic healthy skin essentials: (Use twice daily)

  1. Cleanser – select one that’s suitable for your skin type (dry & sensitive, oily or combination skin)
  2. Toner – essential for hydrating, refreshing, redness relief, clearing
  3. Eye Cream – de-puffing, age reversal, replenishing
  4. Moisturizer – resurface, protect, ultra-nourishing, smoothing

The benefit of healthy skin is skin that looks its best!

Leighanne, Trans4mation Salon’s Skin Care Therapist, recommends Dermalogica products to all her clients. Dermalogica uses ingredients designed to help keep your skin at an optimal level of fitness. When skin is at an optimal level of fitness, your professional skin care therapist can more effectively address any issues that may arise from time to time.


HOW TO TREAT ADULT ACNE – Tips from Leighanne

Chronic stress and hormonal changes of adulthood can throw adrenal glands into overdrive, boosting sebum production, setting the stage for acne development.

Treating adult acne is challenging because as adults we tend to face skin dryness, sensitivity and, yes, signs of aging.

Leighanne recommends the germicidal action of an Oxygen Rx Treatment, which makes it extremely beneficial for acne and can be used on any skin type. A series of Oxygen Rx Treatments, along with routine facials produces dramatic results.


See a professional skin therapist like Leighanne. Spot treating and balancing the needs of your skin are key. Knowing what products to use for your skin type requires the knowledge of a professional.

  • Avoid “picking” or “squeezing” breakouts, which can result in more breakouts, scarring or redness. See a skin therapist for any extractions.
  • Our skin loses its ability to retain moisture with age. To avoid over-drying, choose products that contain non-drying ingredients such as Salicylic Acid or Glycolic Acid to help remove dead skin cells, excess oil and dirt, as well as Colloidal Silver to control bacteria.

To combat the signs of aging skin, choose Retinol, a wrinkle-smoothing ingredient, which

Lady with Pink Hair.

MAKEUP MUST HAVES FOR EVERY HANDBAG – Trans4mation Salon – Lancaster, PA

Makeup Must Haves For Every Handbag



1. Translucent Powder – to control oil and shine, apply a small amount in a patting motion on the t-zone area (nose, forehead & chin).
Erica’s favorite: MAC Blotting Powder

2. Blotting Sheets – Use before powdering to absorb excess oils your pores have released and to eliminate shine. An environmentally friendly option: Beauty Blender Blotterazzi; it’s a reusable blotting sponge that absorbs oil and is washable.
Erica’s favorite: Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

3. Q-tips or Almay Q-tips – for touchups in case your eyeliner, lipstick or mascara smudges, you can use regular Q-tips or Q-tips filled with makeup remover. Use a dry, clean Q-tip to blend out concealer and foundation creasing around the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Erica’s favorite: Regular: Q-tips Precision Tips
Filled with Makeup Remover: Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks

4. Lip Color – You will want to keep your lip color with you so you can touch up after eating and/or drinking.

Bonus: Hydrating spray to refresh and rehydrate skin and makeup after touching up. This will help to eliminate the powdery look you can get from touching up with powder.
My Favorite: Mac Fix+


MICRODERMABRASION & MICROCURRENT: What it does for your skin…


What it does for your skin…

Microdermabrasion removes the dead and dry outer layer of the skin’s surface to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath. It rejuvenates the surface, resulting in a brighter complexion. Many of our clients see dramatic improvements in the tone, texture, and color of treated areas after just one treatment but lasting results are only achieved through a series of sessions.

A microdermabrasion treatment typically lasts 30-45 minutes. Clients often see improvements in their complexion after a single treatment but lasting results are only achieved through a series of sessions performed over the course of 6 to 8 weeks.

In addition to removing dead skin cells that can clog pores, Microdermabrasion also reduces excess oil (sebum) from these pores.

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation can also be used to treat discoloration, light scarring, sun damage and stretch marks.



What it does for your skin…

Microcurrent is a current that mirrors a person’s own electrical impulses within their body. Clinical studies have shown that Microcurrent increases energy which fuels all cellular functions including repair, rejuvenation and re-education of the muscle. Microcurrent rejuvenates the skin. There is no recovery period following the treatment.

The Microcurrent treatment offered at Trans4mation Salon is safe and effective and will improve the health and appearance of the skin by increasing the natural production of elastin, collagen, and circulation.

A series of (1 hour ea.) Microcurrent treatments can:

  • Improve muscle tone in the face and neck
  • Provide a lifting effect for the jowls and eyebrows
  • Improve penetration of skin care products
  • Help to reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve facial circulation

We recommend starting with a series of 6 treatments. Scheduling treatments every 7-10 days initially provides faster results. Extending the treatment time beyond 14 days in your first series can slow progress and restart your anti-aging goal. Microcurrent is like exercise for your facial muscles. Once you reach your anti-aging goal, we suggest booking your maintenance treatments on an as needed basis.


Healthy Hair w-Extensions

DISPELLING THE MYTH: Tape-in Hair Extensions

Robin’s client came to her 3 years ago. Her hair was breaking off due to a bad keratin treatment. The breakage was so severe the hair on the top of her client’s head was less than an inch long. Robin wasn’t even sure if her hair would withstand the weight of the hair extensions.

Together Robin and her client made a decision to try the extensions and evaluate the condition of her hair after 7 weeks of wear. Her client’s hair actually began to feel stronger and started to grow. There was no new breakage. However, because of her client’s brittle ends, Robin continued cutting her hair until all the damaged ends were gone.

It’s now three years later and her client could actually go without the extensions. However, her client has chosen to continue wearing the extensions for added volume and length.

At Trans4mation Salon we recommend tape-in extensions because, with proper care and instruction, they can be worn without causing damage to the hair.

Hair Extensions



Do you ever wonder how your favorite celebrities go from a pixie cut to luscious locks within days or even hours? Some of the most popular celebrities turn to hair extensions or wigs to transform their look. Hair extensions have become increasingly popular over the years.

At Trans4mation Salon with use tape-in hair extensions, as we consider tape-in to be the best. They do little to no damage to your scalp and hair, are easy to install, and, as such, do not stress your scalp and strands. Our tape-in extensions are made with natural hair and the extensions will be matched to blend seamlessly with your hair. Hair extensions can quickly transform your look, BUT before you make the investment there are a few things you should know about the process. Tape in Hair Extensions, Before and After Back View

Our stylists require a no-obligation consultation to discuss the look you want to achieve. We want you to come to the consultation with your hair freshly washed and dried, and without product. Your stylist will assess the condition of your hair, color match the extensions, and provide the cost to purchase based on the number of packs needed. The majority of our clients require 2 to 3 packs of hair to achieve their desired look.

Each pack contains 10 hair extensions. If you decide to move forward with the purchase, payment will be required before the order is placed. Hair extensions are natural hair and are non-refundable at the time of purchase. Orders are placed weekly. Your stylist will work with you to schedule a return visit to the salon to have your extensions put in. Tape in Hair Extensions, Before and After Front View

As your stylist is putting in your extensions, it’s a great time to ask questions about product usage and styling to ensure you get the maximum life out of your extensions. Hair extensions may be reused up to 3 times and last 3 to 6 months with proper care. Your hair extensions will move with your natural hair growth. This will require the hair extensions to be removed, re-taped, and put back in every 6 to 8 weeks after your initial visit. This process will continue as long as you wear the extensions.

A few words of caution: Hair extensions are fun to wear and can completely transform your look. However, wearing extensions is both a time and financial investment. You will be spend more time drying and styling your extensions because there will be more hair than you are used too.

Tape in Hair Extensions, Before and After Back View 2To avoid damage to your hair and the extensions, you will need to be gentle with your hair and avoid excessive salt water, chlorine, and alcohol-based products. Missing your 6 to 8 week appointment to have your extensions removed, re-taped, and reapplied can also be problematic. Excessive hair growth will cause your extensions to become matted or tangled and could potentially cause damage to your natural hair. Take care of your hair and follow the advice of your stylist.

woman in a black hat.


There is more to chat about with your Stylist than the Real Housewives! Why not ask your Stylist the right questions when you are in her/his chair?

Don’t get caught up in chatting. After all, you want your Stylist to create a style that looks fresh, complements your skin tone and facial shape, plus you want your “perfect look” to fit within your budget. Make the most out your scheduled hair appointment and ask the right questions.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. How would you describe the overall health/condition of my hair?
  2. What shampoo & conditioner should I use for my hair type?
  3. How often should I wash my hair?
  4. Will this cut work with my hair texture?
  5. What hair color will complement my skin tone?
  6. How long can I expect my color to last?
  7. What tones work best with my eye color?
  8. When should I schedule my next appointment?
  9. What will it cost for me to maintain this style?
  10. What products/tools do I need to duplicate this look?
Protecting Mom


Children are susceptible to sunburn, which can happen very quickly. Here are Leighanne’s tips to help protect your loved ones from the sun, while still having fun outdoors:

  • 50 SPF is crucial for children.
  • All children should be blanketed by sunscreen before stepping out into the sun.
  • Expired sunscreen is no longer at its full strength – always check the expiration date.
  • DO NOT use expired sunscreen on children, especially children with sensitive skin.
  • DO NOT use spray on a child’s face or any face. Sunscreen can get into the eyes, mouth or nose.
lady with a sun marking on her cheek


  1. Remember to apply SPF daily
  2. Reapply every 80 minutes
  3. Stay well hydrated
  4. Wear a hat & sunglasses for added protection

For sensitive skin, Leighanne highly recommends Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster SPF 50. It’s an amazing sun shield and can be added to your favorite moisturizer or foundation.

For your post sun ritual:

  1. Pre-cleanse
  2. Follow with a prescribed cleanser
  3. Moisturize
5 Summer Must haves.


These are tips from our in-house makeup artist, Erica 


  • At least 30 broad-spectrum to protect from both UVA & UVB.

#2 Don’t Skip Moisturizer

  • Even if you are oily skin type. If you are feeling like your regular moisturizer is to heavy, look for a light moisturizer.

#3 Use a Facial Spray

  • A facial spray will be refreshing, cooling and yet a hydrating boost throughout the day.

#4 Waterproof Mascara

  • Even if you don’t plan on dancing in the rain, going swimming or crying, waterproof mascara is the better option in the summer because you tend to sweat more which can make regular mascara smudge

#5 Try a BB or CC

  • BB or CC is a great alternative to foundation. It’s lighter feeling, yet you still get the coverage of a decent foundation. It can replace both your moisturizer and foundation. I would still use an SPF with it.

BONUS: If you don’t want to buy a separate BB/CC cream (tinted moisturizer) mix your favorite foundation with your moisturizer at a 1 to 1 ratio and viola!!


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