Belladonna Day Spa

2Wednesday was one of the best days of my life.  I didn’t get engaged, married, no huge job offers or raises, and NO I did not find out I am expecting (whew!).  Nope, none of that stuff.  On Wednesday, my life was changed forever when… I got hair extensions.  This may seem shallow or trite, but on Wednesday I went from being a woman with a wimpy, boring head of hair to a woman with a long, thick, lustrous mane of beautiful locks and had hair confidence for the first time in my life.
Everyone knows all the celebrities have hair extensions.  Stars like Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have been using them for years.  I lived under the impression that those kind of services and that level of skill simply was not available in East Texas.  Enter Kimberly Sullivan at Belladonna Day Spa.  Kimberly recently relocated to Tyler from San Francisco, and found her way to Belladonna where she specializes in hair additions and extensions.  Take a look at some of the amazing work she has done at www.hairadded.com or by checking out her Facebook page.  She is AMAZING.

belladonnaI first met Kimberly at Belladonna’s Be Beautiful seminar, and was immediately interested when I heard about her specialties.  When I got a chance to see some of her work in person I was astonished.  The extensions she put on Belladonna’s owner, Angela Moss looked gorgeous!  They look 100% natural, and I never would have guessed they were not Angela’s own hair.  At that moment I knew I had to have my own.

I went in for a consultation so Kimberly could get a feel for my hair type, texture and color.  There are many different application methods for hair extensions, and different methods work best on different people.  For me, we went with seamless, 100% human hair extensions, applied via the cold fusion method.  Kimberly matched my hair color, ordered my hair, and scheduled an appointment the following week for the application.  The anticipation I experienced that week can only be compared to that of the week before my wedding.  Don’t judge!  I was really, really excited.  FINALLY, the day arrived and I went in for the application.

belladonnaWith anyone else doing my extensions I would have been nervous, but Kimberly had the background and experience to make me feel totally at ease and confident in her ability.  She has been trained extensively in all areas of hair additions, and just from talking to her I really got the feeling that she enjoys her work and is in it to help people feel good about themselves.  Like I mentioned before, she used the cold fusion method on me, which involves no heat and is non-damaging to the natural hair.  Each tract of hair is placed at the scalp and fused with a cold glue.  These extensions will last anywhere from five to 12 weeks and then I will have to go in and have them re-fused at the scalp as they grow out.  The hair itself can be reused three to four times giving it a life of up to a year.

Though completely irrelevant in my mind, there are a couple disadvantages to having hair extensions.  First is the cost.  High quality extensions are not cheap.  Far from it, in fact.  However, consultations with Kimberly are free, and there are a certain number of variables that significantly affect the cost, the major one is dependent on the type of hair that is used.  The other disadvantage would be the maintenance involved with the upkeep of extensions.  Over time the seams may come loose, but this is easily remedied with a little time and glue.
I love, Love, LOVE my new hair.  I feel like this is the head of hair I was meant to have all along, and it is so natural looking nobody would ever know it’s not mine.  I do not have enough wonderful things to say about Kimberly and Belladonna Day Spa.  Kimberly has to be the most talented hair stylist in Tyler.  Just take one look at my new, fab head of hair and I am sure you will agree. Give her a call at (903) 372-2977 and schedule your consult today!

Belladonna Day Spa
5100 Old Bullard Rd
Tyler, TX 75703-3630
(903) 509-9955

Belladonna Day Spa

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I just booked my appointment with Debbie Allen at Belladonna Day Spa in Tyler after hearing rave reviews on her expert application of eyelash extensions.  From what I hear she is the best in town.  That being said, I do have some concerns.

1.  Will my lashes look natural enough for the workplace?

2.  Will they take forever to apply?

3.  Will they be manageable once applied?

4.  Will they interfere with my Lady Gaga fake eyelashes I am planning on wearing tomorrow night for Halloween?

I go in tomorrow for my appointment…  Can’t wait to report back!

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Eyelash extensions – the procedure.  My appointment with Debbie was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.  She normally doesn’t work on weekends, but she made a special trip.  We arrived a little early, and I filled out a brief information sheet before Debbie came to take us back to the procedure room.  On our way back we walked through the pedicure area which looked very nice.  Note to self: get pedicure soon.  Debbie led us to a small room with a dentist style chair and a large magnifying glass.  I laid down in the chair, and though I was nervous about the procedure, the chair was comfortable and there was soothing music playing, so it wasn’t long before I began to relax. The glass of wine I was offered helped a lot too.

Since I have blond hair, before Debbie began, she tinted my natural lashes darker so they would blend better with the extensions.  The dye stung a bit, but she washed my eyes out with eye drops and the sensation went away.  The actual application process of applying eye lash extensions is extremely tedious.  I was instructed to close my eyes, and she began applying the lashes one by one.  Each lash is individually placed with tweezers and adhered to a natural eyelash with a strong glue.  My eyes began stinging and watering slightly after awhile, but it was just moderately uncomfortable.  Because the procedure itself is very tedious, it requires a very steady hand.  Debbie specializes in permanent cosmetics, which I would imagine takes an extremely steady hand so I felt totally comfortable, and was confident in her ability from the get go.  I definitely would not let just anybody that close to my eyes with tweezers and glue.

The entire process took a little over an hour.  When I got to see my lashes for the first time I was shocked by how natural they appeared.  There is no seam and no obvious distinction between my own lashes and the extensions.  That is what I like the most about them.

In addition to Debbie’s services; eyelash tinting, extensions, and permanent cosmetics, Belladonna also offers a full service hair salon, manicures, pedicures, massages and facials, an infrared sauna, and a good selection of product lines including Nioxin, Redken, True Cosmetics, and Priori.

I really enjoyed my experience at Belladonna.  The facility is beautiful, the people are nice, and they offer a plethora of beauty treatments from body wraps to microdermabrasion.  I am still getting used to my new lashes.  I have gotten tons of compliments on them already, but I still worry that they may be a bit too much for day to day wear, especially for a person who isn’t used to wearing much makeup.  However, I did ask my husband’s opinion, and he loves them.  For anyone who is considering getting them done, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.  And, I would definitely recommend you call Debbie if you decide to do it.

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1. It’s my first day back at work, and one coworker commented on my new lashes, and it was to say she liked them.  I’d say they are workplace appropriate.

2. The lashes took just over an hour to apply.

3. The lashes are somewhat manageable.  It is difficult to thoroughly wash my eye area, and  I’ve had some trouble removing all of my Halloween makeup.  Also, when showering water pools on top of the lashes and then runs into my eyes.

4. Unfortunately, I was unable to wear my Gaga lashes.  Debbie said it could possibly be a problem depending on how they were applied, so I decided to scrap the idea.

Belladonna Day Spa
5100 Old Bullard Rd
Tyler, TX 75703-3630
(903) 509-9955

Identity Day Spa & Salon

dsc04280Though the primary stomping ground for Tylerites is obviously Tyler, when a good friend of mine recently purchased the Identity Day Spa & Salon in Lindale, I thought it would probably be worth the short drive north to check it out. I was so right. Truth be told, I am not the kind of girl who regularly treats myself to spa services. I’ll get a pedicure maybe once every few months, a manicure maybe once a year, and I’ve only ever had 3 massages in my whole life, but I am going to have to change this, as my experience at Identity was absolutely amazing from the moment I arrived until I left feeling totally rejuvenated.

dsc01540Excited about my trip to Lindale, I decided to check out the website for Identity before I got there so I would have an idea what to expect. The impression I got about the spa from their website in no way prepared me for what I was in store for. When we first pulled up, I was immediately impressed by the tasteful brick facade of the Identity shopping center off Main Street, just north of Walmart. As we entered the salon and took in the foyer and the shelves of product lining the walls I was even more impressed. Identity carries all the salon brands you will find at any high end salon such as Redken, Bed Head, Thymes body products, and Bare Minerals cosmetics, just to name a few. In fact, Identity is the only retailer in Lindale who carries the Bare Minerals line. I was growing increasingly excited about my upcoming massage, so I was happy to be escorted to the women’s changing room where we were instructed to change into a robe then head into the lovely relaxation room to fill out a short information sheet and enjoy a mimosa while we waited for our massage therapists.

After a short wait the therapists came to get us, and we were led back to the massage rooms for our treatments. My therapist’s name was Sandy, and I thought she did an excellent job. She was very professional from beginning to end, and I never felt pressured to be chit chatty or do anything other than relax and enjoy. The hour passed quickly, and I was led back to the relaxation room for a spa lunch. I had chicken salad on a croissant with grapes and chips. They also offered a strawberry spinach salad which looked amazing.

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I will definitely be going back to Identity in the future to try some of the other services they offer. We were interested in a facial, the exfoliating sugar body scrub, and eyelash extensions. Identity is a full service spa and salon, so in addition to the many spa treatments available, they also offer a full range of hair treatments as well as manicures, pedicures and waxing. They also have a cute gift shop with a variety of bath robes, body products, makeup bags, and other little gift items. I strongly urge everyone to check this place out. I would definitely recommend calling first to schedule an appointment, as we were also interested in a hair trim and a pedicure while we were there on Saturday, but they were all booked. Call Identity at (903) 882-0609 to schedule your appointment today!

Identity Salon & Day Spa
2808 S Main St
Lindale, TX 75771-7854
(903) 882-0609