Monthly Archives: February 2014

Banya: Weekly Ritual

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Living on the east coast, we deal with dramatic changes on a day to day basis, which puts major stress on the body and our immune system. One day we go out under dressed cause of the warmer temperatures and the next day we’re bundled up again because it’s snowing and in the negative temperatures. Because of this bipolar weather, fevers and colds happen…if you’re wondering how I avoid getting sick…I go to the Banya!

This eastern European tradition originally came from the Greeks who had a cult of bathhouses. Now banya, also known as the bathhouse are everywhere in this amazing city of ours. They include steam rooms, dry saunas, wet saunas, a cold pool plunge, a Jacuzzi, and sometimes your ordinary pool. So what are the benefits and why do I make it a ritual to go every week? Check out several reasons below:

  • Stress during the week gives our muscles some serious tension but the heat and humidity of saunas relaxes muscles and promotes the release of stress-caused tension.
  • Hot temperatures exercise our hearts so when you are sitting in a sauna, your body learns to relax and actually helps you burn calories by sweating out toxins and excess water weight.
  • The steam in a banya will help your entire body go through detox; opening up pores, and helping with sinuses.
  • And if you are wondering why I hardly get sick during this brutal winter? Well banya’s the most useful for building up your immune system…here’s how: The heat from the banya creates an artificial “fever” ramping up your immune system. Regular use of a sauna helps fight illness. In other words, intense heat mixed with the intense cold strengthens our immune system.

Just some more amazing things that you can do in the banya that I follow religiously is getting a Platza or the American and Russian term is called a “venik”. This is a massage that is done inside the sauna with a bunch of oak or birch tree twigs. This massage provides relief from the humidity whilst releasing natural oils from the skin to improve metabolism and prevent premature aging of the skin. It also increases blood circulation

Tips: wear a hat inside the sauna to prevent from overheating. Also use natural ingredients inside the wet sauna to create an exfoliating scrub with honey and sugar or coffee to wake up the skin.

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A Facebook friend of mine gave a perfect list of foods to keep in your home at all times. The foods on this list are the best choices to keep and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Most items on the list are used for cooking while others can be used for healthy and smart snacking. Here is the list below:

(Coincidentally, I have every single one of these items in my home ALL the time!)

FOODS TO HAVE IN YOUR HOME AT ALL TIMES
1. Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar
2. Raw organic honey
3. Ginger/Cinnamon
4. Organic frozen berries
5. Unsweetened almond milk/coconut milk and for a treat dark chocolate almond milk
6. Bananas (Freeze them if they get too ripe)
7. Raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazel nuts, brazil nuts
8. Mushrooms/ Onions/Garlic/Basil/Cilantro/Lemons/Limes
9. Sweet potatoes/Tomatoes
10. Romaine Lettuce/Kale/ Spinach/All Greens
11. Basically any fruit or veggie that you like (preferably organic)
12. Ezekiel Bread
13. Raw organic almond butter
14. Eggs
15. Quinoa/Kasha/Brown Rice/Beans
16. Amy’s No cheese pizza
17. Chia seeds/Flax seeds
18. Hemp Seeds
19. Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
20. Chicken, fish, meat only on RARE occasions and when I am making special dinners for my carnivorous boyfriend. LOL!!!!!

*** Buy only organic: apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, spinach, nectarines, grapes, blueberries, lettuce, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, summer squash and zucchini.

*** O.k. to buy conventional: asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, mushrooms, onions, papaya, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), sweet potatoes.

(List courtesy of Michele Regev)

Extension Fix

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When you have a special event like prom, graduation, your wedding, a birthday; you want your hair looking the best it can and for most that means styled to perfection, thick, flowy, and just perfect. When the unfortunate reality hits that we are not all blessed with supermodel thick hair, extensions are here to save the day!

Extensions…By Limor are all natural and 100% reliable for an amazing look that will last you all night no matter what the occasion is. At the salon, Limor custom picks extensions according to your natural hair color whether it is highlighted or colored. Did we mention that the extensions can be custom colored and styled as well (curls,sleek waves, braids, updo’s)? You will never walk away feeling disappointed that we couldn’t match your beautiful hair.

Book your appointment with Limor for a consultation and start planning your perfect hair night!

Have a beautiful day everyone!!

Secrets of the skin

ImageTo all my beautiful clients who always message me and ask about my skin secrets; what I do to make it glow, what products I use to maintain a healthy complexion, and how they can get the same effect. Words cannot describe how much I appreciate all the kind compliments and so I want to give everyone the opportunity to walk away with my beauty secrets.

Every time you come to the salon for hair, color, makeup, nails or any other treatment; I will share all my beauty secrets with you. All you have to do is ask and I will happily share my techniques with you because I believe beauty secrets are meant to be shared and spread.
Book your appointments and walk away with tips and tricks on how I keep my skin glowing and healthy and how you can too!

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Turmeric

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Food is passion but with passion comes healthy and smart cooking. One ingredient that fulfills that passion is turmeric. It comes in many forms like powder, tablets, and raw. The way I enjoy using it is by grating a whole root.

It is a traditional Indian ingredient that is often used to make curry or other Indian and Mediterranean dishes. It has a peppery, warm, and bitter flavor to it and smells like a mix of orange and ginger. The color is bright yellow and comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant with a tough brown skin and deep orange flesh. Used on a grater, it will produce a thick powdery ingredient that can be mixed into any favorite dish to give it a strong and delicious flavor. Mother Nature Network gives a great explanation of all the benefits of turmeric, including commentary from passionate people who use it as well.

  • A study was found that a main component in turmeric blocks enzymes that promote the growth of head and neck cancer.
  • It contains an antioxidant that fights cancer-causing free radicals.
  • It is a potent anti-inflammatory
  • The best way to use the spice is raw by sprinkling it onto vegetables or mixing it with salads and dressings.
  • Comments include that it helps with diabetic nerve pain, allergies, relief for stiff tendons, cramping, and immobility.

One very enjoyable way to use the spice can be with smoothies and Wake Up Word gives an amazing recipe to increase energy and clear the mind:

  • 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maca (optional)

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

 

Start incorporating turmeric into your cooking and let me know how it benefits your life! Beautiful day everyone!!  🙂

Wig Treatment

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Hair is an essential part of our lives. It represents a certain look we want to portray, a certain season we want to transition to, or a specific style we want to show off.

Hair should have no limitations and that includes wigs. For the woman who wants a little something different without changing her natural hair structure or for the woman who is observing a religious belief, a wig can be beneficial in every aspect of your life.

Wigs have become so versatile and easy to alter and Limor is here with all the expertise you will need. After years of professional training, Limor used to teach her clients and friends as well as wig companies how to cut and color wigs. Custom coloring and cutting wigs gives you the freedom to wear your hair anyway you like! Popular styles have been ombre, peek-a-boo highlights, regular highlights or classic color. If you own a wig and this is something your are interested in, contact Limor at the salon or email directly at getpampered@bylimor.com for the custom wig treatment you have been waiting for.

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Many of you contacted me after I posted about my mom. To lose a parent at such a young age or at any age can be the most difficult thing in the world. You feel as though you have lost yourself, and life will never be the same. You asked me how I move on? How I get up every morning for my kids? How I run a business? How I even function? For those who know me well know she was my best friend; we did everything together. Life was never the same since. But I get up, I do what I do because I KNOW she sees me. And I know if I stayed home depressed for the rest of my life she would be angry and very upset. I know she wants me to give my kids the world with a smile on my face. To build a business she always dreamed of having. So everyday that I see my children happy and my business grow and my home healthy I KNOW I’m not letting her down. I know she’s smiling. That’s what gives me strength. There are a few other things that I don’t mind sharing in person with anyone who feels like they just can’t move on… Message me if u would like to hear my story and how I was helped… Have a beautiful day everyone! ❤

Bridal Extensions

ExtensionsWith wedding season on the horizon, you most definitely started looking for the dress, and with the dress comes the shoes, the veil, the hairstyle, the makeup, and nails. By Limor is your exclusive bridal salon that offers you the best pampering services in Brooklyn  and all over the tri-state area (yep, we will travel to you on your wedding day!)

To make your hair decisions a little easier, we want to present custom extensions for your wedding day. It all begins with a scheduled consultation with Limor herself who will evaluate your hair structure, texture, and color. The extensions are then chosen to match your exact color! Your hair is highlighted? colored? ombre? That isn’t an issue because we will also custom color extensions to match every highlight, low-light, or ombre piece of hair you have!

The extensions are simply applied to your hairstyle on your wedding day and are guaranteed to stay in place and gorgeous ALL day long. Worried about a little touch up? Well you can book Limor to come to your wedding hall to make sure your hair and makeup is looking just as fabulous as ever.

Extensions can be purchased and they become yours forever to use whenever you want OR you can rent extensions for this one special night; the choice is yours!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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