There are many reasons to start a business. The most successful businesses are often built from passion by finding something you love doing and then making it your job. Whatever the reason for starting a business, the most important factor is how it is going to make money. All businesses need a profit to survive. Often, businesses can become too focused on sales growth and…
Laser hair removal has grown in popularity over the last several years. LASER is an acronym for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation. This type of hair removal was not always an option for higher Fitzpatrick types due to the melanin in the skin. To understand how to safely perform laser, professionals must first understand how laser works. Laser treatments offer permanent hair…

First is the Worst: Brazilian Waxing

Written by Shelly Steadman
At this point, you can probably spot a first-time Brazilian client the moment you head to the waiting area to greet them. She’s going to have at least one person with her for support, she’s laughing nervously and glancing around trying to figure out what everyone else is getting, and, as you walk her back (without her friend), she’s already asking questions. “How many of…
Let’s face it: shaving is a drag, tweezing is a pain, and waxing is messy. For these reasons, medical hair removal – including the use of lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL), and electrolysis – has become increasingly popular over the past decade and, in terms of technology, it has come a long way. But, which treatment is right for you and your clients? LASER HAIR…
Spas are continually looking for innovative ways to expand and grow their business. A market analysis is one way to gain a better understanding of areas in the market that may be overlooked. The insight gained may reveal niche areas of the market that are underserviced. The tween market is not a typical market targeted by spas, but is one that is growing in size…
 I still remember the first time I dropped wax in a client’s hair. “Don’t be silly. Of course, I won’t have to cut it out,” I tried to convince myself – but my stomach churned with anxiety. This was not something we covered in aesthetics school. I would have remembered a class on removing wax from a client’s scalp. As I looked down, I had…
With winter upon us, the cooler weather brings about cozy sweaters, long pants, and, often, little desire for clients to keep up with their waxing services. With the change in season, getting dressed each morning now requires layer upon layer of clothing and no perceived need for hair removal services. Here are some tips and tricks to educate clients and keep them coming back, even…
The benefit of learning to be a great waxer is that it can produce an excellent income with minimum investment and little overhead. The benefit of waxing for clients is smooth and hairless skin. Simply put, hairless skin looks and feels softer, smoother, cleaner, clearer, and younger. Jerry Seinfeld is quoted as saying, “I know I am never going to understand women. I’ll never understand…
By now, most have heard of the trend called sugaring. As part of the growing trend to be more conscious about what goes in and on the body, many consumers have turned to body sugaring as a more skin-friendly choice for hair removal. Not only is it a simple and effective service, but the return on investment for both client and practitioner is monumental. BENEFITS…
Waxing has gone through a number of changes and advancements over the years in an effort to make a once very uncomfortable service into a much more comfortable one. It continues to grow in its popularity as a reliable, quick, and efficient means of hair removal. Waxing also yields high margins, making it a profitable spa service and one that builds a loyal clientele by…
This time of year is a beautiful, transitional season between fall and winter. But, with waxing being the bread and butter for most spas, and the majority of clients staying covered up during the colder months, it usually marks the start of a quieter time. That is why, it is the perfect opportunity to reflect on business and plant seeds for future success. Here are…
Red, painful, unsightly bumps – for some clients, hair removal and folliculitis are synonymous. Learning about the very common condition and taking simple, game-changing precautions in pre- and post-treatment care can not only improve client satisfaction, it can garner trust, raise client expectations, and set the spa as a standard when it comes to hair removal. Folliculitis is a very common skin condition that can…
Body sugaring has been a staple of the beauty and skin care industries for a long time; it originated as an ancient Egyptian method of hair removal. As time has evolved, so, too, has sugaring. The professional technique that revolutionized the way sugaring is performed arrived on the market 25 years ago and has been one of the most sought-after hair removal techniques ever since.…

Be Hairful! Protecting Clients from The Harsh Side Effects Of Waxing

Written by Ottmar Stubler, President of PFB Vanish
While unpleasant, side effects of waxing, like ingrown hairs, dark spots, redness, irritation, and over-exposure, are a reality. However, the right arsenal of pre- and post-waxing products can help to ease the burden of such unwanted reactions. Rrrrriiiiiiiipppppppp! This is the sound every waxing client dreads! They know the feeling that comes along with it! It’s the number one job of every aesthetician to try…

Waxing Tips and Tricks

Written by Lilliane Caron
Though waxing is the oldest form of hair removal in the world, it is a method that is ever-evolving. Types of waxes and techniques are constantly changing. What doesn’t change, however, is the need for a speedy, relatively painless process for clients. The demand for hair-free, smooth skin is as popular as ever. Options now include waxing, sugaring, threading, hair removal creams, IPL, and laser.…
Laser hair removal is everywhere these days! From television commercials, magazine advertisements, and radio spots to giant billboards looming above freeways, people all over the country have learned that laser hair removal is fast, convenient, and more affordable than ever. This technological trend has been embraced by both women and men. The most requested hair removal area for women is the Brazilian area and underarms,…

Hard Wax Hair Removal Protocol

Written by Lydia Jordane
Hard wax, which is also known as hot wax, is a type of depilatory wax that is applied directly to the skin and removed without a strip. It is perfect for sensitive areas of the body, such as the underarms, face, and bikini area. The benefits of using a quality hot wax include the ability to remove short, stubborn hair; ease of use; and reduced…

The Roots of Waxing

Written by Lilliane Caron
Hair removal may not be considered the most glamourous aspect of the aesthetic industry, but it is one of the most lucrative. While there are many areas within the industry that may seem more glamourous, such as makeup or tanning, the reality is that hair removal is relevant to both female and male clients and is generally seen as a necessity rather than a luxury.
Hair removal can be achieved either through depilation, which removes the hair above the skin's surface, or epilation, which removes the hair from under theskin's surface.

10 Things About...Waxing

Written by Lydia Jordane
Waxing dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who removed unwanted body hair by formulating a wax made with beeswax. Although beeswax is still an important part of quality depilatory waxes, a quality wax relies on more than just beeswax to be suitable and effective in removing hair. Today, premium waxes are typically made from beeswax, quality resins, and aromatherapy oils.

The Couple’s Guide to Waxing Before the Honeymoon

Written by Caroline Surprenant, marketing associate at CONAIR
Waxing for the first time is no walk in the park. Honeymoon memories haunted by flashbacks of painful chafing, bumps, or ingrown hairs can be avoided with a little planning. When a couple decides to wax, especially if it is the first time for either one of them, the first service should be scheduled at least six to eight weeks before the honeymoon. This early…
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