Losing weight, getting fit, making changes to feel better about yourself.

Those are all admirable goals to start off the New Year.  Sometimes the difference between success and failure hinges upon choosing the best way to achieve your objective. It’s time to take control and get the help you need to help you succeed.

A New Look for 2010

A healthy body is a happy body.  The New Year is a perfect way to jump start taking care of you.  How do you do this?  Where do you even start?  Kristin Kohl, owner of Imperial Salon and Spa and her team suggest starting from the top down.

Here are their tips and trends for the New Year.


Everything old is new again for hair in 2010, from 40s glam curls to 80s crimped hair.

But the hottest thing in 2010 is the “Brazilian Blowout,” the only smoothing treatment on the market that actually improves hair’s condition. This amazing, formaldehyde-free, in-salon treatment takes approximately 90 minutes and lasts up to 12 weeks. Clients leave the salon with frizz-free, humidity resistant hair that has amazing shine, and it’s suitable for all hair types.


No one is immune to common concerns such as hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and texture changes on the face and the best way to correct and prevent them is through regular facials, microdermabrasion, peels and proper use of skin care products, the professionals at Imperial say.

One of the most important ingredients in a skin care regimen is vitamin C.  Every face needs vitamin C to look its best and vitamin C also stimulates the growth of collagen, the substance that gives structure and strength to your skin.


Massage is the best way to help make a healthy body happy.  It is not only great for relaxation, but is therapeutic and assists with releasing toxins from the body, according to Kohl.

She adds that cupping, an ancient Eastern technique, is popular again because it has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues.  It causes tissues to release toxins, activates the lymphatic system, helps activate the veins, arteries and capillaries, clears stretch marks and improves varicose veins. The people at Imperial believe cupping is the best deep-tissue massage available and is useful and safe when performed by a trained massage therapist.


Those who are blessed to live in the Sunshine State also are cursed to deal with nail fungus, and that problem can be prevented by wearing properly fitted shoes, socks or nylons, and indulging in regular pedicures. Both reduce the opportunity for nail fungus to grow.

When the feet hurt, the body hurts. A trained nail technician will help maintain the health of your feet, including regular nail trimming, massage and stimulation of the nail matrix.