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Equipping the Aesthetic Room

Written by Jodi Nightingale-Bennett
Aproperly equipped treatment room is essential to delivering professional aesthetic services. A facial table/chair, magnifying lamp and  basic steamer are most likely on the top of your list for equipping your treatment room. Before you rush off to purchase everything you may want, take a moment to consider exactly what you need and what you can afford. Investing time in planning and research can save…
Ona Spa has long been recognized as one of the premiere medical and day spa destinations in Los Angeles, California, as well as a celebrity favorite. Known for its customized services and results-oriented treatments that combine rapid technology with centuries-old health and wellness traditions to relax the spirit, Ona Spa is the place to rejuvenate the body and reveal the client’s most radiant, healthy self.…
  Deer Lake Lodge and Spa, an exclusive destination health spa and wellness resort, promotes enhanced living through holistic cleansing and therapeutic approaches in a relaxing environment. Located on a 50-acre rustic-chic oasis, only 40 minutes from Houston, the green-construction health haven offers guests the opportunity to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit through juice-fasting programs, colonics, yoga, and spiritual enrichment workshops in a tranquil…
Soulstice Spa, based in beautiful Sonoma Wine Country in Northern California, offers expert massage therapy and waxing services at affordable prices. The spa features eco-friendly linens, natural and vegan lotions and body care, and a non-toxic nail polish collection, Soulstice Nail Colour. With over a dozen skilled practitioners, Soulstice Spa offers integrative massage, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, reflexology, prenatal, trigger point, shiatsu, Reiki and…
Rescue Rittenhouse Spa is an award winning Philadelphia day spa founded by internationally acclaimed celebrity aesthetician Danuta Mieloch. Opened in 2005, the spa has filled a niche in Center City by offering results-oriented skin care performed by a staff of the best aestheticians in the area. In addition, Rescue offers exceptional nail care, massage therapy, and medical spa treatments in a modern, urban environment.  Rescue uses…
Award-winning Sante Spa Victoria draws from the elements of nature to inspire, nurture and empower well-being. Their full array of spa treatments offers endless opportunities for relaxation, discovery, renewal and awakening. The guests experience nature’s escape through treatments that harness the therapeutic benefits of locally inspired rituals and ingredients. Sante Spa Victoria is committed to best practices. They have a Quality Assurance Designation from Leading…
A spa is like a building: each and every element of its conception and design is a stone that is part of the foundation supporting the building (or the ambiance of the spa, if you will). If the aesthetic elements are important in the creation of the ambiance, structural elements are even more essential to it. Here are 10 of these most important "ambiance building…
As I write this article, one of my best friends – along with many other talented aesthetic candidates – is about sit for her New York State Board examinations for aesthetics. In an attempt to help her make a study plan for the countdown to the big day, I looked at her syllabus. "Health & Safety" was the first topic after orientation, followed by "Bacteriology."…
Aestheticians and other spa professionals all learn about proper safety and sanitation practices in school, but once the state exam is over, much of what was learned is forgotten. Newly licensed spa professionals begin working at established spas with this knowledge fresh in mind, but often realize that not as much attention to detail is paid in reality. Clients are not likely to question a…
The award-winning Woodhouse Day Spa, founded in 2001 by Jeni Garrett, is an upscale chain of day spas with 30 locations across the United States. Each location prides itself on providing one-of-a-kind, exceptional service – from house-diffused aromatherapy oils to handwritten thank you notes. Woodhouse offers more than 40 different treatments that encompass skin and body care, hand and foot care, massage therapy, specialty treatments…
A busy aesthetics appointment schedule is a truly wonderful achievement. And, a newer but steadily growing practice is just as admirable, especially in a still stagnant economy. Though your sales are growing, your costs related to service work are increasing as well. You may not be comfortable enough to raise your prices during such a sensitive time and simply adding more appointment hours is not…
Whether you intend to work for a spa or salon, or to begin a solo practice, the future successful aesthetician will need a good career plan and much dedication in order to grow a solid business. Beauty schools are still lacking in teaching the fundamentals of career development, and many prefer to avoid addressing the often unpleasant realities of establishing a new practice for fear…
A few weeks ago, I was reading a post in a spa group on LinkedIn by the owner of a well known architectural firm that specializes in the spa industry; in this posting, he stated that when designing the floor plan of a spa, the best ratio was 1,000 square foot surface for each treatment room. This does not mean that the room dimension should…
It is no secret that winter's colder temperatures and dreary days can affect our moods. You have probably heard the term "the winter blahs" and maybe you are experiencing them right now. On the other hand, maybe what you are feeling is not actually connected to the weather at all. Maybe it is something that statistics say affects 77 percent of working Americans at one…
Okay, we all know the basic rules of sanitation. We know the difference between diplococci and spirochetes. We know that we are supposed to use spatulas. We know that we are supposed to use quaternary ammonia to sanitize reusable implements. Aestheticians perform personal care services on live human skin. It is imperative that all therapists practice aseptic technique, and there really is no excuse or…
If ever there was a difficult decision for the aesthetician or spa owner to make, it is in choosing professional and retail products for treatments and home care. Just look in any spa or skin care trade publication (even this one!) and the number of available lines in just one issue alone is daunting – and confusing! So many things to consider: price, packaging, training,…
Does your spa pass the “white glove” test? With today’s emphasis on good hygiene and the battle against infection and diseases, society has become more conscious about cleanliness: We take a shower every day; we put on clean clothes; we clean our homes; we wash our cars, inside and out. So, why should spa-goers not expect to have a clean and sanitary environment in our…
Sterilization, aseptic techniques, good hygiene, and disinfection methods are essential for every health and personal care practice. Esthetics is no exception. You will learn techniques for disinfecting many salon implements, as well as the importance of aseptic techniques. You will learn to protect yourself and your clients from exposure to pathogenic organisms. Germs are microorganisms that literally cover almost every surface, including the skin of…
Skin health is a highly competitive industry. Long-term success, however, can come from low-cost investments in yourself that have high impact. Education is something that can never be taken from you and can make you more effective in your career. You can gain knowledge in formal channels offering degrees, certification, or recognition. Acquiring certification in various aspects of the industry will give your practice what…
It is always nice to believe that people don't "judge a book by its cover." Unfortunately, that does not happen in reality. People do judge other people and businesses by their physical appearance, and this is a fact that I do not see changing. Aesthetics may be a branch or anatomical science, but it is still a part of the beauty industry. Your professional image…
On the road to starting and running your small business, there are many potential roadblocks. Questions concerning budgets, marketing, hiring, and promoting abound. Particularly during difficult economic times, creating a new venture can be risky and tricky. Well-meaning friends and relatives may often offer you advice that can derail you from your goals. But don’t despair; help is here! As a business owner for over…
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