Nutra Peptide Hair Series

Polished Outlook Salon and Spa located in Milford, Michigan is now offering the Nutra Peptide Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum. This series is designed to improve hair growth and enhance micro-circulation of the scalp. 1794756_10152223941005240_1269889918_n

Understanding Hair Anatomy

As we age our hair thins as a result to hair lose and reduction in the active growing cycle. The subcutaneous fat layer of the scalp also thins and hair becomes more brittle. The ability of the hair cortex to absorb melanin begins to diminish and the hair starts to lose its youthful color and shine. The hair grows from a vital portion of the skin called the follicle. Unlike the visible portion of the hair at is comprised of keratin and is “non-living”, the portion of the hair that resides below the scalp, in the follicle, is full of activity and life. The hair fiber originates at the terminal point called the hair blub where living dermal papilla cells, grow, divide and absorb melanin. By addressing hair and scalp health at the cellular level, this formula provides healthier, thicker, stronger, and younger hair and scalp!


Sea Buck-thorn Seed Oil contains a balanced combination of linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids backed with plenty of tocopherol. These essential fatty acids smooth hair surface, prevent protein loss and damage of the hair body, and enhance micro-circulation of the scalp, improving epidermal regeneration.  Alpha-linoleic acid is an essential nutrient for healthy shiny hair.

Hexapeptide-11 A bio-fermented peptide that has been shown to up regulate key genes responsible for collagen production and important extracellular matrix components such as hyaluronic acid. Studies indicate that this peptide is capable of influencing the principal biochemical pathways responsible for converting young velus hair into mature terminal hair.

Swertia japonica Extract – a traditional Japanese hair care ingredient for “alopecia areata” for (hair loss condition).

Fruit extracts isolated from Sugar Cane, Lemon and Apple offer natural exfoliating action helping to clear the follicles of excessive build up of dead cells, allowing more room for thicker hair growth.

Moody Manicure

As temperatures cool, Nail Techs at Polished Outlook Spa suggest the latest autumn shades so our clients can express the many moods of the season on their fingertips and toes.


CND Shellac Dark Dahlia, a shadowy plum from the nature inspired fall collection, provides a stark contrast to summer brights.

OPI-Muir-Muir-On-The-WallThis fall’s San Francisco Collection from OPI features more than a dozen moody hues of blue, grey, and jewel, including three Liquid Sand lacquers and soon to be a client favorite, Muir Muir on the Wall, a deep burgundy.


Clients will want to reminisce when they see this warm taupe shade of the same name from the SPARITUAL Share Collection swiped on nails.

After School Boy Blazer, a rich navy blue, and Vested Interest, a pale sage, create a cool look for clients from the ESSIE Fall Collection, modeled after the season’s finest fabrics.

Study Finds Damage Caused by Free Radicals Linked to Adult Acne

antioxidant-rich-foodsAccording to results from a 2012 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology study, inflammation and oxidative stress caused by free radicals can lead to acne in adults.

Multiple studies showed adults with acne had fewer antioxidants – their blood levels of vitamins A, C, and E were lower – compared with their clear-skinned peers.

Given these findings, effective treatments for adult onset acne include antioxidant-rich topical serums and creams, (like Radiant Antioxidant Moisture Creme available at Polished Outlook Spa), as well as incorporating foods high in antioxidants such as kale, salmon, and strawberries and drinks such as green tea to their diet. As a bonus, these help reverse the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Back to School Cut & Color Trends

For our younger clients, the “back to school” frenzy means more than hitting the books again – it’s an opportunity for change! With new clothes, new shoes and a new haircut, heading back to school comes with a resolution: look better than last year! To help, we gathered info from salons across the country to gauge what’s in and what’s out in all the big cities.

New York City, NY:

Emma Watson_orig_largeStudents in the Big Apple are star seekers. (Naturally). Younger clients often bring in pictures of stars with the hair they idolize, including Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan for for short crops and Emma Stone and Kristen Stewart for long, shaggy layers. These are popular because they’re identifiable in pop culture. They want to see that it’s become mainstream and acceptable in the press first before they try it out.

When it comes to color New Yorkers are interested in bold, spot color to stand apart from their peers. Young people are more interested in adding some expression rather than requesting just one tone. They’re more interested in highlights or emphasizing the color they already have, and more about making a statement rather than keeping it natural.

Los Angeles, CA:

Reese Witherspoon_orig_largeKids from the city of angels are just as star-struck as their east coast peers. Most of the looks chosen by them are fun and glamorous – the perfect description for Los Angeles. Long hair is in, especially shoulder-length cuts with side swept bangs (think Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba) or voluminous waves (Blake Lively).

For color, LA kids are into highlights and ombre haircolor, as seen on Sarah Jessica Parker, Giselle Bundchen and Drew Barrymore. Aside from long strands, other popular looks for LA’s youth include the pixie and classic bob. The clients who ask for these cuts are in touch with pop culture and always looking for the newest, most on-trend look.

Miami, FL: 

Taylor_orig_largeIt may be hot in Miami, but young clients still wear their hair long. Curly haired girls are all about Taylor Swift’s natural, bouncy look – and her color as well. To achieve locks like the country star’s, our Master Stylists recommend coloring hair in three tones: light and medium blonde lowlights and very light highlights. Allowing the colors to blend together, our young client will have Grammy-worthy locks.

However, young clients also want their hair to be versatile enough to suit their ever-changing tastes. Selena Gomez’s hair is the perfect example of that style flexibility. With nice, long, brunette hair, she can wear it straight or curly. It’s very versatile, with short bangs and lots of layers at the front of the face: it can give an illusion of a slim face, or give more body in the hair.

And then there’s Justin Bieber. He might be loved by girls around the Bieber_orig_largeworld – but his hair is the envy of young men everywhere. It’s short, easy to style, messy, and you can say it, sexy. In this case, keeping it short and giving it lots of texture gives it the shag and surfer look, and kids don’t have to do much with it – just wake up, mess it up and go.




Chicago, IL:

Sienna_orig_largeIn Chi-town, long is still in. Windy City girls want it all: length, volume and movement, like styles worn by Lauren Conrad and the Kardashian sisters. Yet Chicagoans aren’t afraid to mix up their style. Short pixies like Emma Watson’s are popular, as is a low-maintenance crop like Sienna Miller’s. Hers still sort of has that longer, tousled feel on top that’s loose and casual, so it doesn’t require as much maintenance.

Long hair and crops are in, but the ombre is on its way out in Chicago. Now clients want to break it up a little bit. So now they’re diffusing a few highlights closer to their roots. Celebs to look for the “softened ombre” include Rachel Bilson and Jessica Biel.

Herbal Clear Gel

screen_shot_2013-06-25_at_10.59.56_amThis light-weight gel formula moisturizes and calms irritated skin while antibacterial properties help to diminish impurities.

An emergency treatment against skin blemishes and impurities. This antibacterial gel is designed to calm the skin and remove impurities.



Key Ingredients & Benefits:

Usnea Barbata

Is an extract from lichen. It is used for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tea Tree Oil

Is extracted from the leaves of the melaleuca tree, native to Australia. The main chemical components of tea tree oil are Terpinen-4-ol, Cymene, Pinene, Terpinene, and Cineole. Terpinen4-ol is the main ingredient that lends the anti-microbial properties. Tea tree oil is steam distilled from the tree’s leaves.


Panthenol helps keep the skin moist and supple, stimulates cell growth and tissue repair and inhibits inflammation and reddening. Works as a moisturizer and conditioner.  Panthenol is often called “pro-vitamin B5″ in advertising literature.

The Alex Cosmetic Herbal Clear Gel is now available at Polished Outlook Salon & Spa. (248) 685-9898

Pop Tart

opi-shorts-storyThe classic, ultra-feminine color pink has an amped-up and highly pigmented makeover thanks to powerhouse designer Oscar de la Renta, whose spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection included statement-making party dresses, decadent blazers, and tops of satin and lace layered over sleek pencil skirts all in various vivid fuchsias.

These eye-popping hues -  from shocking hot pink to a yummy bright bubble gum – are now at the forefront of nails, making a comeback at salons and appearing in nearly every spring and summer polish collection.

Get the look with OPI‘s super sweet Shorts Story, or the berry-charged Pink Bikini from CNDpink=20nails

Clear Skin Kit

alex-cos-discovery-clear-skin-kitThis chic travel size bag with 15ml products is perfect for a vacation or a weekend get-away, a great way to sample a new skin routine, fits easily in your bag and readily available for touch-ups!

Clear Skin Kit is great for oily, combination skin to keep free of blemishes and breakouts!

Herbal Deep Gel – Deep foaming gel cleanser for the skin. Antibacterial formula specially designed for oily, blemished skin. Helps tighten pores, prevents shine effect on the skin. Has soothing anti-bacterial properties.

Herbal Clear Gel – Light-weight gel formula moisturizes and calms irritated skin while antibacterial properties help to diminish impurities. An emergency treatment against skin blemishes and impurities. An anti-bacterial gel designed to calm the skin and remove impurities.

Herbal Clear Cream – A special cream for oily and impure skin with tea tree oil. Controls the different problems of oily and blemished skin. Reduces spreading of skin blemishes. Normalizes sebaceous secretions. Reduces redness and irritation. Helps tighten pores and moisturize the skin.

Herbal BB Cream – A lightly tinted, therapeutic treatment for problematic skin. Helps to calm down impure, irritated skin with visible redness. Keeps skin healthy and protected against environmental pollutants and UV rays. Can be used as a cover makeup to protect and care for irritated skin.

The Clear Skin Kit is now available for purchase/order at Polished Outlook Salon & Spa. (248) 685-9898