How to cure a case of winter skin


The dead of winter doesn’t have to mean dry and dehydrated skin

‘Tis the season for whimsical romance and annual reflection… and that seemingly inevitable feeling that the skin on our face has tensed and tightened as much as our bodies do entering a wind chill of eighteen below.

Before we get into cures, it’s important to first understand what you’re dealing with. Dry and dehydrated skin are not created equal.

What’s dry skin?

Dry skin happens when your skin doesn’t produce enough oil to lock in moisture. It usually appears on the surface as rough or flaky.

What’s dehydrated skin?

Dehydrated skin still produces oil, but lacks water content. It usually presents itself as that tight feeling you often get in cold winter months. If you traditionally have oily or acne-prone skin, you’re more likely to experience dehydrated skin if you don’t switch up your regular regimen as some products intentionally dry your skin out to counteract your skin’s natural properties.  

We asked our resident esthetician for tips and tricks for how to prevent – or, if you’re already there - overcome parched (both dry and dehydrated) winter skin.


1.     Take lukewarm showers. Much as it is tempting to jump into a piping hot shower or bath to warm up, doing so dries your skin in a big way.


2.     Run a humidifier. I know I’m not alone in having unbearably dry nasal passages through the winter months. The benefits of a humidifier extend beyond that, though, including, you guessed it, moisturized skin. Kari especially recommends running a cool mist humidifier right next to your bed while you sleep.


3.     It seems counterproductive to many, but don’t overlook exfoliation!

Especially if you’re dealing with dry skin, it’s important to use gentle exfoliants to slough dead cells and flakiness from the surface layer. Exfoliating also helps promote cell renewal.

Incorporate acid. The winter chill can leave our skin looking dull. Acids such as glycolic and salicylic can help provide a chemical exfoliant to getting rid of dead skin and stimulate the glow you’re after.

Mechanical exfoliants we love. Dermalogica: Multivitamin Thermafoliant, Daily Resurfacer and Daily Superfoliant (Thermafoliant’s gentler sibling – perfect for – you guessed it – daily use)


4.     This one’s a no-brainer: moisturize! Smart hydration is a must; else, you’ll be stuck with greasy, oily skin. Do apply your moisturizer promptly after cleansing in the morning and at night.

For highly dehydrated skin, we love using Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Masque overnight for extra nourishment.

Hyaluronic acid can also be a powerful tool as it draws moisture from deep layers of the skin up to the top, leaving it more hydrated and luminous. We love Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster and Glo’s Daily Hydration +.


5.     Drink lots of water. This is one of the most important components of a healthy body, skin included. Medical experts suggest drinking about 64oz of water per day.  


There’s no need to fight with tight, dry, itchy and uncomfortable skin this winter. For a personalized analysis of your skin, schedule an appointment at Indulge Salon and Skin in Whitefish Bay. 

Color Boost | Balayage + Shadow Root + Color Melting

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We’d try a lot to have beautiful, just-left-the-salon hair without having to spend hours getting a retouch every week, AMIRIGHT? The latest color techniques were designed with us in mind: between work, kids, responsibilities at the house and hitting the gym (nothing like a new year’s resolution, right? J), we lead pretty busy lives, but that shouldn’t mean we have to sacrifice hair with great depth and dimension. Say goodbye to colored stripes of the past and enter balayage, shadow root and color melting: the newest and hottest hair color techniques to hit the industry. Each their own unique evolution of the ombre, these techniques are all about low maintenance simplicity while still maintaining a high-end yet effortless look.


If there were a ‘break the internet’ of hair color, balayage is it. The first technique to pull away from stripy highlights of the past to a soft, sun-kissed look, ‘balayage’ is a French word that means, ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint.’ The technique is a combination of sorts between highlights and ombre - done freehand and the process is done not with foil – but plastic wrap, which is far more malleable and thus creates a softer, more forgiving look. Balayage is completely bespoke – tailored exactly to what your #hairgoals are, whether you’re looking to incorporate a funky color, make your blonde hair even blonder, or simply add a bit of dimension to your warm tone. This technique is great for lengths as short as a pixie to long as waist-length and beyond.


Shadow Root is an edgy, on-trend result more than it is a color technique. It embraces the strong dichotomy between a dark natural base color and a dynamite color job – usually much lighter than the root creating the appearance of a shadow. The difference between a shadow root and a traditional highlight, though, is that it employs the balayage technique to create a gradient rather than a harsh, blunt color line. This look is very ‘it-girl,’ so if you want to make a statement, shadow root it is!


Similar to balayage and using a concept similar to contouring in makeup application, color melting creates an even more fluid, subtle highlight incorporating at least three colors. The technique offers less of a blunt pop of color and more of a color gradient – creating a seemingly effortless fade – or melt – from your natural color into the lightened color. The result: a soft, warm finish… and because we apply color vertically rather than the horizontally, there’s no defined line where natural color ends and the highlight begins, so you don’t need to be concerned with the appearance of grown-out color before your next visit.


Ready for a fresh look for your locks? We can’t wait to use one of these awesome cutting-edge techniques to glam up your look! Book with one of our colorists at Indulge Salon + Skin in Whitefish Bay today: (414) 431-3155. 

The hottest cool-weather trends this Fall

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Pull out your cozy sweaters, chunky scarves, and tall boots as you sip on that Pumpkin Spice latte fireside because Fall 2017 is here! We’re breaking down the hottest cool-weather looks for this season: which trends are you ready to try?



Variations of the bob, lob (long bob) and pixie are in. The key to pulling off any of these looks, the runways tell us, is incorporating tousled layers, texture and subtle color into the look. Soft, long-length looks held court on the runways, as well. The emphasis this season, though, is less about the cut itself and more about color and styling.



Hair painting continues to dominate the industry. The difference between hair painting and traditional highlights? Techniques like balayage and flamboyage employ a free-handed application to create a more natural look, lessening the need for frequent touch-ups.  


Bold colors are IN. We’ve seen the likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry rock bold colors. Perhaps too much, though? Try peekaboo color – a way to incorporate fun, punchy colors underneath your top, most visible layer. With a bit of styling, that pop of color can be a subtle and fun way to give you a boost.  



Across the board, the look this season embraces a natural, free-flowing, earthy look. Long, loose waves, natural curls, loose, bohemian up-dos and braids of all sorts – microbraids, woven buns, sweetly swept back and even cornrows are all the rage. Perhaps the most edgy look, though, is the deep-part, polished ponytail. Try playing with texture, too: adding a wave or maybe even a bit of crimping, and accessories.


Ready to fall (back) in love with your hair? Achieve your vision by stopping into Indulge Salon + Skin to consult with one of our talented hair artists. 

How to get hair that has people thinking you just left the salon

How to get hair that has people thinking you just left the salon

It’s a wonderful feeling, leaving the salon after getting a fresh new ‘do… the feeling (we presume) of being the subject of a fancy shampoo commercial. So why leave it to your monthly, quarterly or even semi-annual visit when you can replicate the look and (close to) the feeling at home?

Our resident expert Tracy weighs in on how to make that happen with just four easy tips.


Tip 1: Much like good make-up starts with healthy skin, fresh styles start with healthy hair. High-quality shampoos and conditioners contain a high concentration of ingredients that are beneficial to your hair. Though some drugstore brands boast including many of these ingredients, they’re often low in volume and also include damaging chemicals and fillers that can dry your hair out, making it brittle and dull.

Product lines we love: DevaCurl, Oribe and Davines


Tip 2: Perhaps the most overlooked tool in all those in our arsenal, the hairbrush we use daily plays an important role in cultivating healthy, shiny locks. Bristles in a quality hairbrush are designed to be heat resistant. There’s no question we need heat to create the volume we seek. Using a blow dryer with a cheap brush can cause plastic bristles to melt, damaging our hair. Surprisingly, the handle is also an important component. To avoid frizz, we need the brush to maintain tension with our hair. A silicone handle helps us maintain firm control while preventing fatigue.


Side Note: Ceramic? Tourmaline? What does it all mean?

·      Ceramic brushes are those that either have a barrel made entirely of ceramic or have a ceramic plating around a metal barrel. They’re best used for long and/or damaged hair because they distribute heat evenly through vents and/or holes in the brush.

·      Tourmaline – also called ion – brushes release negative ions, helping to reduce static electricity aka frizz.

Products we love: Ergo ceramic brushes for styling and the Wet Brush for wet hair or extensions.


Tip 3: There’s a reason blow dry bars have taken the nation by storm in recent years. Who doesn’t appreciate a good blow out? The look gives an air of simple yet refined elegance, but it doesn’t come without risk of damaging your hair. ­­­­A quality blow dryer and the right products are necessary to keep your hair glowing and amply moisturized.

Products we love: Moroccan Oil Blow Dryer, Oribe Royal Blow Out Heat Styling Spray, Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Creme and the DevaDryer & DevaFuser


Tip 4: If you’re a curly girly and prefer the straight look, a flat iron is likely part of your daily routine. That’s great! Conversely, if your hair is straight and you prefer a little zhush from time to time, you’re likely to use a curling iron. Also great! The same principle applies to both types of iron. Protect your hair from heat!


Not sure where to start? Not sure how to edit what you’re currently doing? Stop into Indulge Salon and Skin in Whitefish Bay to consult with our hair experts. 

A guide to vacation-proofing your skincare routine

Many of us are heading off on our annual summer vacay in the coming weeks before (gasp!) school’s back in session. Our skincare expert has gathered her top tips for vacation-proofing your skincare routine (preview: don’t change a thing! Keeping it consistent with your day-to-day routine will ensure there are no disruptions).

Before you travel:

  • Exfoliate! Doing so will allow your skin a head start on your R&R time by clearing out any congestion that might’ve built up with your early-summer skin exposure.
  • Moisturize. Give your skin a healthy, radiant base by keeping it amply moisturized.
  • Plan ahead. Stock up on travel-size products. Not finding what you need? Purchase small travel-size containers that you can transfer your products into. Also notable when looking ahead? Pack enough SPF to cover reapplication between your morning walk, pool/beach time and dinner.
  • Lip balm. Easily forgotten, your lips are especially vulnerable to sunburn. Be sure that that product you bring has at least 20 SPF to keep your lips soft and hydrated.


Past the security check point:

  • Drink up, buttercup! Keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of water is critical.
  • Apply moisturizer (yes, again). Lock in the hydration so the dry, recycled air thousands of feet above ground doesn’t dry you out.


While you’re enjoying your umbrella-laden beverage poolside:

  • Keep your cleanse and moisturize routine, but forego intensive exfoliation.
  • SPF, SPF, SPF. On your face AND on your body. Then reapply. Then reapply again. Even with SPF on, you can get some good color. The most important thing, though, is that you’re not leaving yourself fully exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.
  • If you get a little too much exposure (surprise, surprise), treat yourself with a cooling masque from Dermalogica or some aloe vera to both give you some relief and kickstart the healing process.


If you need a little help along the way or some premiere products in travel sizes, stop in to Indulge Salon + Skin in Whitefish Bay. Safe travels, beauties!

How to talk to your stylist 101


We can’t count enough strands of hair on our heads for the number of times a client has walked through our doors, shuffled to our chairs and excitedly blurted out her/his dream hair style... #HairGoals if you will.  We want to help you get there. In order to do so, we’re offering you a short list of the do’s and don’ts when talking to your stylist.


·      DO your research. We’re visual people, so we LOVE photos. While we do our best at Indulge Salon + Skin to stay on top of all the latest hair trends, we may not be familiar with the one you’re going for.  The more information you can gather about a specific cut or color technique, the better!

·      DO: be flexible and realistic with your goals. If you walk in with black or very dark brown strands, you’re simply not leaving blonde in one sitting without completely traumatizing your hair (which we will not do). Similarly, if you bring a photo of Queen Bey as your hair-spiration but you have very fine, short hair, be patient. It’s going to take awhile to achieve that goal.

·      DO: be honest with yourself and with us about how much time you have to a) style your hair daily and b) maintain the cut/color. Celebs can have entire teams of stylists working on their look; for most of us, that’s just not possible. We can adapt the look you’re going for to be more low- to medium-maintenance.

·      DO ask questions. Clarify your vision. Collaborate with us. We’re your biggest advocates!

·      DO invest in the right products to help you maintain the ‘just left the salon’ look (yes; it’s possible!). There’s no better feeling than confidence! We want you to strut your stuff and love your look in the weeks and months between appointments.

·      DON’T say you want “x number of layers” unless you want your hair to look like a staircase.

·      DON’T use stylist lingo unless you fully understand what these terms mean. (See: “DO your research.”)


Ready to make your vision a reality? Schedule an appointment today at Indulge Salon + Skin in Whitefish Bay! Call us at (414) 431-3155 or book one online at


Back to basics: skincare

Between seaweed soaks, uber-pricey age ‘reversing’ products and yes, even placenta facial creams, there’s no question the skincare industry has become overcrowded and nearly impossible to navigate, leaving us all to wonder what’s actually necessary and helpful for our skin.

What we all want is pretty simple, right? Clear, smooth, glowing skin. So let’s break it down to the basics… a simple three-step regimen.

1.     Cleanse. This one is obvious. Use twice daily. Why, you ask? Your skin does most of its repair overnight, leaving dead skin cells at the surface. Similarly, after a long day of exposure to environmental pollutants, make-up and oil build up, pores can begin to clog and therein lies the issue. Wash once at the beginning of your day and once at the end.

2.     Moisturize. We live in Wisconsin, so our skin is constantly in a period of adjustment to our varying weather. Without it, skin can appear dull and exacerbate fine lines/wrinkles. And, like any dry skin, it’s uncomfortable and itchy.

3.     Exfoliate. Removing dead skin cells is also a no-brainer. Without even a gentle exfoliator, that dead skin just sits atop the surface. Exfoliation is also critical to healthy cell regeneration – the process of shedding dead skin and generating new cells.


Now for our list of favorites in each category!


·      All Skin Types: Our first suggestion adds a (half) step into your regimen, but it’s so worth it. Dermalogica’s Pre-Cleanse will remove/dissolve make up. It’s a light oil and water soluable, so it’ll take just an extra minute or two to work into your skin, setting it up for a deep cleanse.

·      All Skin Types: Special Cleansing Gel

·      For Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Glo Purifying Gel Cleanser

·      For Dry & Mature Skin: Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution



You can do a lot with moisturizers. If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend on a skincare regimen, consider starting out with something simple. If you are experiencing a lot of dryness, consider incorporating a serum into the mix for a more targeted, deeper condition.

·      For Oily Skin: Dermalogica Active Moist. Light moisturizer and oil free.

·      All Skin Types: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. A medium-weight moisturizer designed to address light dehydration.

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance. A rich moisturizer designed to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.


If you want to take moisturizing to the next level, add a serum.

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Glo Cyto-Luxe Serum. Smooths the appearance of wrinkles by promoting collagen and softening expression lines.

·      For All Skin Types: Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. Super concentrated hydrating serum.



·      For All Skin Types: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. A rice-bran enzyme that lightly smooths and brightens

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant. This highly-active resurfacer fights environmental triggers and leaves you with uber soft skin.

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant. A heat-activated scrub mixes both physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture and prevent skin aging.


Questions? Stop into Indulge Studios + Skin for a complimentary consultation with our Aesthetician for tips on an individualized regimen that will work to address your specific skin concerns. 

Keeping your hair hydrated all winter long

With record-high temperatures the past few days, it’s easy to overlook how dry our hair has gotten through the long winter months. At times we’re reminded to moisturize because of a flaky scalp, but our hair tends to show less overt signs of needing moisture.


 Here are a few tips to keep your hair looking and feeling great through a Wisconsin winter:


Wash less (or differently).

o   If you’re noticing dry hair, consider washing every other day and/or incorporating a shampoo that’s designed to help your dry hair replenish and lock in hydration. Product to try: Davines Momo shampoo.

o   Dry shampoos have come a long way in recent years to absorb product build-up and pull excess oils and dirt, leaving you with strong, soft hair and a healthy shine. Try Oribe’s Gold Lust Dry Shampoo; we’re big fans!


Deep condition more. Rich, deep-hydrating conditioners can be a game changer in locking in moisture. Our go-to product: Oribe Signature Moisture Masque


When you need to apply heat (think your blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron), protect your hair! We’re hopeful there are days where you can give it a break, but on days you  need to be at the top of your game, use an oil-rich product that protect and nourish even the most fragile strands. Must try: Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield

o   As an alternative, stop into Indulge for a blowout. We’ll use the Oribe Imperial Blowout, which is designed to make the treatment last longer so you don’t have to use your heated products as frequently (and your hair will smell like heaven!).


Not sure what the best next steps are for you? Stop into Indulge Studios + Skin – we’ll consult with you on the best products and strategies for hydrating your hair!