Sameera’s specialty: The Brazilian. A brief history of the wax.

14 Dec

Brazilian bikini waxes were introduced to New York in 1987 by seven Brazilian-born sisters and remains a popular hair removal method in the US.

The “Brazilian” differs from a regular bikini wax because hair is removed in the front, back and everything in between. Most of the time a “landing strip” is left in the front, but some clients opt for everything removed.

Time Required: 15-30 minutes

Heres How:

At Sameera Threading And Full service salon,  waxings occur in a private room. You’ll be left alone and youll be asked to lie on a table with clean paper or sheets.  You may be provided with a paper thong and you can certainly ask for one if you so desire.

Because you only need 1/4 inch of hair for the wax to grab onto, your waxer may trim pubic hair to the correct length. A general rule of thumb is that hair needs to be a quarter-inch if its fine, a half-inch if its coarse, according to Sameera, owner of Sameera Threading And Full Service Salon. Any shorter and its too hard for the wax to grab onto and you’re better off rescheduling, to give your hair time to grow.

The waxer will liberally apply talcum powder to the skin.  The purpose of Talcum powder is to keep hot wax from sticking to skin.

The waxer will dip a wooden waxing stick into a pot of hot wax and then spread it onto your skin and hair. She will then apply a cloth strip over the still-warm wax, pressing firmly so the cloth, hair and wax adhere to one another. When the wax has cooled, she will pull the strip off, in the opposite direction of your hair growth, pulling the hairs out by the root.  The best waxers are fast, which means less discomfort for you and also wonderful for your watch.

You can request a hard wax, which is thicker and is peeled off when cooled. It can be less painful and is worth a try, according to Sameera.

Waxing usually starts in the front and moves toward the back. You may be asked to help hold skin taut.

Once the waxing is complete, the waxer will tweeze any stray hairs and she may trim the remaining landing strip, or even create designs

The waxer will spread soothing lotion over the waxed areas. Apply aloe lotion or a hydrocortisone cream if you develop bumps, redness or ingrown hairs. I hear great things about Bliss ingrown hair eliminating pads and Tend Skin is a great product to prevent ingrown hairs as well.

Dont forget to get the name of the waxer, so when you make another appointment you can get the same person so you dont have to bare all for another complete stranger (wink). Typically, youll need to wax every 2 to 4 weeks and the more you do it, the less painful it becomes.

Pain-reducing techniques:

The procedure, like any waxing, can be very painful at first, but frequent visits usually cut down on the pain factor as does 2 Advil an hour before your procedure. You can also apply a topical anesthetic, such as “Relax and Wax No-Scream Cream,” 45 minutes before the procedure.

The downside of a Brazilian wax?

  • While it lasts 3-6 weeks, the hair will grow back — albeit finer and lighter — and youll have to do it again.
  • Hair has to be a certain length before it can successfully waxed. Hair needs to be a quarter-inch if its fine, a half-inch if its coarse.
  • You might experience red bumps or ingrown hairs, caused when hairs grow curled under the skin. Avoid ingrown hairs with regular exfoliation and a scrub that contains salicylic or glycolic acid. Treat existing ingrown hairs with an acid-based solution. Good ones include Vaniqa, by prescription. Get rid of burns or rashes with a hydrocortisone cream, which soothese irritation.

Book the appointment for at least a week after your period. As for the embarrassment factor — we like to think getting a Brazilian cant be any more embarrassing than a typical visit to your gynecologists office.  Brazilian waxers have seen it all before.

What is Bikini waxing?

Bikini waxing is the epilation of body hair in and around the bikini region.The term bikini line is the imaginary line in a womans pubic region that delineates that part which would normally be covered by the bottom part of a swimsuit. In the context of waxing, it is generally understood to describe any pubic hair visible beyond the boundaries of a swimsuit. Epilation is usually also performed on the upper leg.

In Middle Eastern societies, removal of the female body hair has been considered proper hygiene, necessitated by local customs, for many centuries.In Islam, this is known as an act of Fitrah. Evidence of pubic hair removal in ancient India dates back to 4000 to 3000 BC, the removal of pubic hair by Western women became more common when bathing suits became abbreviated, starting in 1945.  Adaptations in lingerie styles have also encouraged the removal of pubic hair throughout the years.

Bridal Makeup Artistry: A Spotlight on Sameera

14 Dec

Airbrush Makeup

A Professional Makeup Artist has become an essential asset to the Modern Brides Entourage, so investing in a good photographer and acquiring a skilled artist combine to achieve amazing photos for a lifetime.  Airbrush trained artistry, using skilled techniques and innovative products, also plays an important role in creating the beautiful photographs that you will treasure forever.

Sameera specializes in bridal makeup artistry and the Airbrush technique for your wedding day

An Airbrush makeup application is the only choice for that special occasion when you need to look stunning and not worry about your makeup streaking, fading or wearing off.  The finish is flawless and it allows you to set the mood for your wedding.

Benefits of Airbrush Technique

Custom blended foundation colors

Creates a flawless complexion

Lasts all day & well into the night

Water-based & hypoallergenic

Alcohol & oil free

Sweat, smear & tear resistant

Photographs beautifully

Natural looking

Fresh, dewy look achieved

Contact the Salon today to schedule your Bridal Trial and allow us to introduce you to Airbrush artistry for your special day

A Modern Update: Wedding Henna/Mehndi for Brides

14 Dec

Weddings are an elaborate affair in India, as well as descendants of Indians,  comprising of a large number of rituals, customs and traditions. One of the important rituals, especially in context of the bride, focuses on Mehndi (commonly known as henna). As a part of this ritual, the powder of henna leaves is mixed with water (and many-a-times, oil and lemon juice as well), to form a paste. This paste is then applied on the hands as well as the feet of the bride, in the form of intricate patterns. The henna is removed only after the design dries off completely. However, the bride cannot wash her hands and feet with water for the next 12 hours at a minimum, to ensure that the color comes out to be dark and rich.

Significance of Bridal Mehendi

In context of an Indian bride, mehndi is believed to signify the strength of her marriage as well as the amount of love that she will receive from her husband. In fact, it is said that the darker the color of the mehndi (on the hands and the feet of a bride), the stronger the marriage, ensuring it will last the test of time. At the same time, the dark color of henna is also said to mean that the bride will receive a lot of love from her husband as well as her in-laws. This is the reason why, after the application of bridal henna designs, the bride undertakes a lot of efforts, like applying oil or heat, to ensure that the color is dark. The application of henna, on the brides hands and feet, is also considered to be auspicious.

Bridal Mehendi Designs & Patterns

Amongst the traditional henna designs, drawn on the hands and feet of a bride, one can choose to include more traditional  the baraat scene and the doli scene. Baraat is the term used to denote the procession of the groom, including all his family members, relatives and friends, before he arrives at the wedding venue. Doli signifies the end of a wedding ceremony, when the bride goes away with her husband. Both of these designs are extremely intricate and involve long hours of labor. Apart from that, the common bridal mehendi designs include peacock, kalash, flowers, leaves and conch-shells.  drawing images of the bride and groom, as well writing the grooms name, on brides hands, is compulsory.

Modern Trends:

With the changing times, the type as well as style of bridal mehndi has changed tremendously. Rather than the traditional mehndi (made from henna leaves), brides have started opting for tattoo mehendi, chemical mehendi, stone mehendi and even sparkle mehndi. In these types of mehndi, altogether different designs are used and accessories like tattoos, sparkles and stones are added to make eye-catching patterns. Some other henna concepts that one can find in the present times include zardozi mehndi, nail paint mehndi and poster color mehndi. One of the main reason brides opt for the new styles is that their application is quick in that they do not require hours of drying and they can coordinate the color of the henna to their outfit and create new looks during their week of bridal festivities.

Mehndi Ceremony:

Initially, the  Mehndi used to comprise of a small ceremony, in which only the close female relatives and the friends of the bride were invited, along with the family members.  During this intimate gathering, women would apply mehendi on the hands of the bride as well as each other.  Fast-forward to the present day – the ceremony has undergone a lot of change. Now, men have also become a part of the ceremony.  In fact, it’s become the social event of the wedding and The guest list includes almost all the guests of the wedding party. Professional artists apply henna to the bride as well as the guests.

Henna – everything you ever wanted to know!

14 Dec

Henna is extracted from a tree by drying and grinding leaves and stems. The greenish powder, when mixed with an acidic liquid, makes a temporary red, brown, or orange design on a porous surface. People use henna in ritual skin painting, called Mehndi, for birth and marriage celebrations. Western cultures have adopted henna to make temporary tattoos and organic hair dye. Henna dyes hair, skin, and fabric organically, similar to a black tea dye.

The henna tree, Lawsonia inermis, grows in hot, arid regions like North Africa and India. For centuries, people ground the foliage of the plant into a powder to dye cloth and skin. The strong pigment, lawsone, actually temporarily stains the skin. Lawsone is a tannin; tannins are also found in wine and tea. They infuse porous surfaces with a darker pigment, but do not chemically alter the surface permanently.

Henna works because lawsone is absorbed into material like hair and skin.  It works after mixing the powdered henna into a mud, using hot water, lemon juice, vinegar, or other acidic additives, since an acidic mixture strengthens the dyeing properties. Apply the henna mud to a surface like the palm of your hand, bottom of your feet, or anywhere on your body. Leave the mud on for as long as possible, up to 48 hours. When it dries and crumbles off, the skin will have darkened to auburn, orange, red, or brown.

Depending on the fineness of the paste, you can apply henna with a tube, like icing a cake. With a lot of coordination and skill, people can achieve intricate designs full of scrolls, swirls, paisley outlines, and dots. Henna tattoos create temporary bracelets, motifs, emblems, or words. In traditional Mehndi, Muslims and Hindus decorate the skin of those participating in special ceremonies, such as a wedding.


Much adu about eyebrows – Threading/Waxing/Tweezing : Which one is for me?

14 Dec

Waxing, tweezing, and threading are three of the most popular eyebrow shaping techniques. They all have their own pros and cons, which I will discuss, such as cost, pain, and duration of results.

Most women as well as an increasing number of men desire perfectly shaped eyebrows as a starting point for their grooming regimen. There are several ways to achieve eyebrow perfection – the most common method being tweezing. Waxing is definitely the second runner-up, but recently, eyebrow threading has become popular as well. There are are similarities and differences between them, so keep reading!

None of these methods are a means to permanent hair removal. The results of tweezing will last for the shortest duration of time. Most women who tweeze their eyebrows have to do it on a daily basis in order to maintain a clean look, free of stray hairs. There are very few “risks” associated with tweezing – at worst, you might pinch some skin and wind up with a little soreness or a cut. While hair re-growth varies from person to person, the results of waxing generally last between three and six weeks. Also, for most people, if you keep waxing regularly, your hair will actually start to grow back finer and lighter. You may have some swelling, tenderness, and redness for about twenty-four hours following your waxing. Eyebrow threading has actually been around for centuries, and it is a hair removal practice that originated in the Middle East. The results of threading generally last between two and three weeks, and like waxing, the hair will generally grow back finer and lighter. There are no risks associated with threading – it is a very gentle hair removal method, and it is actually the best way to remove ingrown hairs.

One of the main benefits of eyebrow threading is the fact that the results are known to last longer than other methods of eyebrow hair removal. Most people do not notice any eyebrow hairs regrow until three to four weeks after they have eyebrow threading. Another one of the main benefits of eyebrow threading is that it is considerably more precise than other methods of eyebrows hair removal, such as tweezing.

A considerable amount of effort goes into the actual process of eyebrow threading. What this ultimately means is that you will be more likely to score the perfect eyebrow shape for your facial features. While certain eyebrow removal methods such as waxing may offer reasonably good shapes, it is likely that they will not be nearly as defined as the shape that you can achieve through eyebrow threading. Since it is known to very effective, mainstream usage of eyebrow threading as a method of eyebrow hair removal has skyrocketed in recent years and has become a beauty phenomenon.

To entice our readers to give their eyebrows the pampering they deserve, eyebrow threading at Sameera Eyebrow Threading and Full Service is a steal!  First time client will get FREE EYEBROW THREADING while our regular price for Eyebrow Threading is a very reasonable $5.99.  We look forward to helping you experience your journey into the world of threading!


Let’s get down to business: what is eyebrow threading?

14 Dec

Threading is an ancient Middle Eastern technique, becoming increasingly common in the United States. So much so, that threading salons are surfacing everywhere, from coast to coast. High-profile beauty editors and celebrities alike are preferring to get their brows threaded rather than waxed. (I am a big fan of the thread and once you try it, I assure you that you will too).

So how does it work? An aesthetician uses a doubled-up strand of cotton thread to twist around individual hairs, and then pulls them out from the roots. The procedure is used mainly on the eyebrows and upper lip. So what’s in it for me? First of all, threading is faster than tweezing. The average eyebrow procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes, while tweezing takes about 20 minutes. Number two: the cost is relatively inexpensive, starting as low as just under six dollars.  Thirdly, it’s less painful than waxing and tweezing. Sound too good to be true? Try it for yourself. At Sameera’s Full Service Salon, eyebrow threading is free for first timers so what are you waiting for – your eyebrows are about to fall in love with the thread!

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