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Summer Must-Do Beauty Tips

May 31st, 2017

Summer is just around the corner! Check out our beauty tips to ensure you look your best! From eyelash and brow tinting to a collagen pedicure to sun-care products that can take your skin to perfection, watch and learn how to look flawless all summer long!

Did you Know? 

1. UV rays are responsible for 90 percent of photo-aging and the leading cause of cancer in the U.S. So, when it comes to topicals that have healing potential, and yet protect skin safely from UV damage, choosing the right sunscreen is vital. – Skin Cancer Foundation(

2. People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily. – Skin Cancer Foundation(

3. SPF 15 filters out 93% of UV rays and SPF 30 filters out 97% of UV rays. SPF 50 filters out 98% of UV rays, only a 1% improvement from the SPF 30. Any sunscreen higher than an SPF 50 provides negligible UVB filtering, as no sunscreen filters 100%. – Skin Cancer Foundation(

Expert Tip:

In many cases, the higher the SPF rating, the more chemical ingredients are added and the price increases. Therefore, the degree of efficacy in these higher SPF products is not necessarily commensurate with the accelerated price or the questionable safety of all the added chemical ingredients. You are better off choosing a sunscreen between SPF 15-30 with clean ingredients and applying the sunscreen more often (2 hours, more frequently if you get wet or are sweating), than spending the money on a higher SPF.

3S Experts Featured:

Lili Henthorne | Simonson’s (Plymouth) Nail Technician
Ashley Lease | Simonson’s (Plymouth) Nail Technician
Alysia Johnson | Simonson’s (Plymouth) Aesthetician

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE

Spring Hair and Makeup Trends

April 19th, 2017

Spring is the perfect time to purge your closet, get rid of things you’ve been staring at all winter…and freshen things up a bit. The same goes for your hair and makeup. Check out what’s on trend in all things beauty, in our recent Twin Cities Live feature.

1. The Trend: Platinum (icy, white blonde)
Blonde hair is always in, but it’s getting a brighter twist this season. This mesmerizing color will completely change your look. Of course, hitting the bleach bottle is often seen as the epitome of damaging your hair but it is possible to get the look with healthy results.

Expert Tip: Ask your stylist to apply Olaplex before putting it on your hair to maintain the integrity of the hair, repair and prevent damage.

Hair By: Katelyn Koski | Simonson’s Coon Rapids Stylist
Makeup By: Meredith Hammermeister | Simonson’s Maple Grove Aesthetician

2. The Trend: Pin Straight, Ultra-long, One Length Cut
Break out your flat iron—straight, shiny, and center-parted hair is one of the biggest trends for 2017 and it’s strikingly dramatic! The key to this look is blunt, heavy ends – incorporate HAIR EXTENSIONS to maximize the thickness of you ends which will also make your hair look longer.

EXPERT TIP: Pair with a “Sombre hair color” a.k.a soft blends/melted color. Just as the name suggests – it’s ombre hair, but softer. Blending multiple shades in order to create a seamless, natural highlighting effect adds dimension and is low-maintenance.

Hair By: Amanda Ullevig | Simonson’s Maple Grove Stylist
Makeup By: Lis Hage | Simonson’s Plymouth Aesthetician

3. The Trend: Rose Gold
This is the Girly-Edgy Color Trend for Spring! It’s a subtle way to try a rainbow sherbert/pastel shades without going too bold.

EXPERT TIP: Mid-length cut styled with beachy waves for an “effortlessly cool” look.

Hair By: Emily Boehm | Simonson’s Plymouth Stylist
Makeup By: Lis Hage | Simonson’s Plymouth Aesthetician

4. The Trend: Layered Lob/Tousled Waves/Hair Flip
Many celebrities are trading in their long locks for shorter hair recently. Ask your stylist for a shoulder-grazing textured blunt cut and you’ll be right on trend this season.  Requesting a length that is worn below the cheekbones makes this style super versatile.

EXPERT TIP: While warmer temperatures tempt us to go lighter, brunettes should think about opposite side of the spectrum and go richer, like a chocolate brown. It’s a striking color that is complimented by pastels and bright spring colors.

Hair By: Chelsey Waalen | Simonson’s Coon Rapids Stylist
Makeup By: Meredith Hammermeister | Simonson’s Maple Grove Aesthetician

5. The Trend: No Makeup, Makeup
We love the “no makeup” makeup trend because it highlights your natural features. Even your skin tone and add natural coverage with a tinted primer then conceal and highlight with liquid concealer. Choose a blush that flatters your skin tone. Bronze for some natural, warm contour and add a little shimmer highlight to bring out your cheek bones. Finish off the look with a nude lip gloss.

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE

Spring Into Your Best Skin

March 23rd, 2017

Spring is officially here and that means no more snow, no more ice and hopefully a big “see ya later” to dry winter skin. TCL reporter Kelli Hanson went in search of a facial that wouldn’t just hydrate, but would also repair. She discovered found our NEW Environ Vitamin Face Treatment!

It’s important to stick to an at-home skin care regimen to continue your results…find out more about Environ’s NEW Botox-like serum and how to increase absorption of ACTIVE ingredients by 80%.

3S Experts Featured:
Heidi | Simonson’s Plymouth Aesthetician

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE

Simonson’s Annual Award Ceremony

March 15th, 2017

The Simonson’s team celebrated a successful year at our Annual Award Ceremony on Sunday February 19, 2017. This year’s Mardi-Gras inspired event entailed kibitz and nosh, cocktails- including our signature cocktail “Hurricane Kyle”- over 9,000 in prize giveaways and team member recognition. Each year team members are awarded for perfect attendance, top sales, and F.A.C.E.T.S. (Formidable Achievement Commendable Extraordinary Team Spirit). Take a peek into this fun-filled evening – watch this short commemorative video.

Combat Seasonal Hair Woes

February 17th, 2017

We’re having an unusually warm February, but we all know it’s part of Winter’s trick. He blows of out of town for a few weeks, but in March it’s fame on. And that means our hair has to suffer a bit longer. It gets dry, frizzy and full of static. But Simonson’s Salon and Spa can cure your hair’s winter blues with the right treatments and at-home products that will keep your hair lookin’ good through the humid summer!

3S Experts Featured:
Hair(Model #1) By: Jennifer Swyter | Simonson’s Maple Grove Stylist
Hair (Model #2) By: Jennifer Anderson | Coon Rapids Stylist
Makeup By: Caitlin | Simonson’s Plymouth/Maple Grove Aesthetician

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE.

Total Wellness: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

February 14th, 2017

Are you experiencing fatigue, hot flashes or night sweats?  Are you stressed, have lack of energy, or having difficulty concentrating?  Most women will experience these and other symptoms as they enter into menopause.

Enter Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

These are hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies. They’re not found in this form in nature, but are synthesized from a plant chemical extracted from yams and soy.  The use of them is often referred to as natural hormone therapy.

Though there is much research published on BHRT, there are a few misconceptions.


  1. Estrogen drops significantly after menopause.
  2. Estrogen decline is responsible for hot flashes and post menopausal symptoms
  3. Birth Control Pills and hormone replacement mimic our natural hormones.


  1. Oral Pharmaceutical estrogens can significantly contribute to thrombosis, stroke and breast cancer.
  2. Lack of balance between estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone leads to hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
  3. Birth Control Pills and Hormone Replacements are much more potent than our natural hormones and suppress our natural production.

In addition to menopausal hormone imbalance, stress induced hormone imbalance is also very common. When we’re under stress, our adrenal glands produce cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone. When cortisol is high, it blocks your estrogen, so you end up getting less estrogen into your cells.  This may produce the same symptoms of menopausal hormone imbalance.

Did you know…

  1. Stress is linked to almost all causes of death.
  2. Stress breaks down DNA.
  3. Stress causes thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, changes our nutritional status, and causes changes in sleep.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be right for you.

Call Harrington +Associates today to schedule your consultation today.

Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board certified plastic surgeon and is proud to partner and provide medical direction at Simonson’s Salon and Spa.

Good Company: Simonson’s Salon and Spa

February 9th, 2017

For thirty three years, Simonson’s Salon and Spa has been helping folks feel and look their best. Simonson’s started in Anoka. Today, there are locations in Maple Grove, Plymouth and Coon Rapids.

Kyle Simonson is the founder and CEO. She says the company’s success is because of the employees. She also says having a good attitude and never looking back has been key.

Kyle says it’s a bonus that they have a salon, spa and a retail area that includes clothes and jewelry. Kyle’s expertise is skin. She is an Aesthetician and she says she loves that people come in to feel good. She says it gives people the confidence to live their life to the fullest.

Simonson’s Salon & Spa is the official salon and spa of Twin Cities Live

Celebrity Spectacular Makeover on Twin Cities Live

February 8th, 2017

Twin Cities Live aired their “Celebrity Spectacular” show at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel on January 26, 2017. It wouldn’t have been as glamorous without a mega makeover from Simonson’s Salon and Spa!

Krista, a mom from Prior Lake lost 150 lbs in just over a year and needed something to make her feel as great as she looks. After assembling the makeover team backstage, Krista got the look she’s always wanted. Take a look at her incredible before and after!

3S Experts Featured:
Hair By: Annie | Simonson’s Plymouth Stylist
Makeup By: Kayla | Simonson’s Plymouth Stylist

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE.

Improve Your Overall Health and Appearance

February 1st, 2017

So you’ve cut out sugar, you’ve been hittin’ the gym, you’re staying on track with your resolutions, but maybe you need a little pick me up.

Would you ever guess that pick me up could come in form of plastic wrap? Twin Cities Live Reporter, Kelli Hanson, discovers our Body Contour Purifying Wrap and how wrapping the body can help you lose 4-14 inches in just one wrap, cleanse the body and eliminate toxins.

Plus, improve your overall health and appearance with our new healthy and beauty rejuvenation products by M’lis. Lose weight, lose inches, flush out toxins, reduce cellulite, diminish spider veins and eliminate stretch marks.

This year, plan to be the best YOU!

3S Expert Featured:
Darlene Benham | Simonson’s Maple Grove Massage Therapist & Body Contour Purifying Wrap Educator

Simonson’s Salon and Spa is the Official Salon and Spa of Twin Cities Live.
View video on mobile device HERE.

10 Skincare Resolutions for the New Year

January 6th, 2017

Beauty trends come and go, but clean, healthy, beautiful skin is always in. The New Year reminds us that it’s time to reevaluate our skincare routines and set new goals. Do your skin a favor and start these skincare resolutions NOW!

1. Clean out your skincare stash
Most of you reading this are thinking of your massive skincare stockpile. Unfortunately, skincare products do not last forever! Check the label on your products for an icon of a small jar with a number inside. This number represents the number of months your products are good after opening.

A massive skincare collection means lots of unused product. Go through your skincare once every six months, keeping your favorites and must-haves and passing on the products that don’t work for you. Make regular cleanings easier by writing the date you opened each item directly on the tube or jar with a permanent marker. Future You will thank you.

2. Moisturize both morning and night
Moisturized skin is happy skin. When you moisturize in the morning, you rehydrate and plump the skin which helps your foundation look flawless. When you moisturize at night, you restore the moisture your skin has lost throughout the day so your skin can repair itself overnight.

Regardless of your skin type (oily, combination or dry) it’s important to stay moisturized! Keeping skin moisturized not only encourages healthy cell turnover but helps fight the signs of aging.

3. Mask at least once a week
Masking regularly can create serious change in the skin. Mask after cleansing one to three times every week to see a difference. While you wait for the mask to work its magic, put up your feet and relax.

4. Exfoliate regularly
What good is masking and moisturizing if your products can’t effectively absorb? Clear away dead skin cells and help along cell turnover to reveal fresh, radiant skin. This will help your skincare products absorb and help your makeup blend seamlessly.

5. Wear sunscreen every single day
You might get tired of hearing it, but we’ll never stop saying it: wear sunscreen every day! This is the number one most important thing you can do for your skin. Rain or shine, apply SPF to your face, neck and décoletté. Make it part of your routine with a tinted moisturizer or primer with SPF.

Don’t stop there! All areas of exposed skin, including the forearms and the backs of your hands, need to be covered as well.

6. Remove makeup every single night
Overnight your skin repairs itself, and makeup left on the skin doesn’t help the process. Avoid clogged pores and premature aging by developing a nightly skincare routine.

If routine doesn’t come naturally to you, try removing your makeup right when you get home. Keep a backup bottle of eye makeup remover and cotton pads at your bedside just in case.

7. Wash your makeup brushes
We know, we know, washing makeup brushes is no fun, but it’s so important to rid your brushes of bacteria. Taking care of your brushes will also help them last longer. When cared for, makeup brushes can last for years and years, saving you money.

Commit to washing your most-used brushes once a week. Run the head of the brush under warm water, add a drop of baby shampoo to your palm, swirl the brush into the soap and rinse the brush head under water once more. Repeat until the water runs clear and your brushes look good as new.

Between washes you can keep your bristles clean with Brush Cleaner, a spray-on formula designed to kill bacteria while conditioning bristles.

8. Wear skin-healthy makeup
Skincare and makeup go together! When you work so hard to keep your skin balanced, don’t undo it with pore-clogging makeup. Mineral makeup is talc-free and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores, settle into fine lines or irritate the skin.

9. Address your skin concerns
Enough is enough, it’s time to face your skin concerns head on. One of the amazing things about the world of skincare is that new, innovative ingredients and products are being created every day, so all of those pesky skin issues, from hyperpigmentation to wrinkles, can be treated.

10. See a skincare specialist
Support your at-home skincare regimen with regular trips to an aesthetician. Skincare specialists have a wealth of knowledge to help set you on a path for success, not to mention access to professional level exfoliants and peels. A series of professional treatments paired with a solid home care routine might just give your skin that boost it needs.