Stop A Fire Before It Starts Fire-Prevention Safety in the Spa

Written by Lora Condon, L.E., beauty consumer advocate known as “The Beauty Buster”
While every salon and spa owner’s worst nightmare is having a fire destroy years of hard work, dedication, and love, every year, thousands of salons and spas experience a fire and most of them are 100 percent preventable. With the flick of a switch, a business can be up in flames. This makes prevention key and a must for every business. This article will highlight…

Birch Juice

Written by Elina Fedotova, founder and CEO of Elina Organics
The beauty industry is constantly searching for new, active, botanical ingredients in order to create more effective, natural skin care products. Birch juice, which is also called birch sap or birch water, is becoming increasingly popular among skin care formulators because it is a great source of detoxifying, healing, hydrating, and nourishing phytonutrients. It also has a small molecular size, which makes it readily absorbed…

Wax Training: Red Flags and Key Traits to Look for in Proper Wax Education

Written by Deanna Derthick, International Educator for Depileve’s Waxing Company and Global Beauty Network
Proper waxing training is essential in delivering an efficient wax treatment while avoiding unnecessary pain, irritation, or injury to the client. Yet, far too often, aesthetic students do not receive adequate training and graduate from school with no idea what they are doing. It is very common for spas to hire outside training for staff because the staff never received proper training to work on…

The PH Balancing Act: Keeping Skin Youthful and Healthy

Written by Alissa de Jongh, ND, owner of Glacé Skin Therapy
Think back to basic chemistry and how exciting it was when the teacher passed around the litmus paper. Would it turn blue or red and what would it mean when the color did appear? That information was important back in school for getting good grades, but understanding it is even more important today, as it could mean the difference between healthy glowing skin or dull…

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia)

Written by Rachel Dupree
Witch hazel is a traditional, herbal remedy passed down from Native Americans. Used for hundreds of years, it originates from the extracts of the witch hazel plant. Both the bark and the leaves are highly astringent, though the bark is most often used. Most traditional, natural remedies are distilled from fresh leaves and young twigs and combined with around 14% alcohol as a carrier base.…
MOISTURIZINGProducts that are moisturizing in nature are geared towards improving dry skin by decreasing water loss. Dry skin lacks oil and does not produce enough lipid cells on its own. Moisturizing products help trap the skin’s natural oils and lipids, preventing water loss and locking in moisture. Dry skin is a specific skin type that benefits from the use of moisturizing products. HYDRATINGHydrating products aim…

It’s Time to Unplug: The Impact of Minimizing Device Use on Overall Health and Wellness

Written by Leah Simon-Clarke, L.E., founder and consultant at Voussoir, Inc.
Human biochemistry is complicated. Individuals operate best with a healthy supply of nutrients, rest, and recovery time. When considering how to encourage clients to put a healthy self care routine in place, nothing will have a greater impact than modeling good habits. Show clients what is possible by implementing practices first-hand. This can lead to a healthier business practice and environment. One area of healthy…
Biotin, also known as vitamin H or B-7, has numerous benefits for the body. From the nails to the nervous system, just small, daily amounts of this complex B vitamin will leave any one looking and feeling better. A main function of biotin is to break down protein and fat in the body. Because the nails, hair, and skin are all made up of keratin,…

Hair Comes the Fun: Quick Tips for Minimizing Side Effects of Hair Removal

Written by Corey A. Williams, founder of Industry Cosmetics My Skin & Co.
Over 80 percent of clients suffer from one form or another of skin irritation associated with the hair removal process. The most common side effects of hair removal are ingrown hairs, razor bumps, redness, and inflammation. In fact, many men and women may be particularly prone to ingrown hairs. Whether an aesthetician specializes in waxing, sugaring, or laser hair removal, they will still have clients…
Whether it is an overbearing coworker or a frustrating client, dealing with difficult people from time to time is a fact of life. Here are a couple of tips for getting along better with others. Slow Down There is great value in being contemplative and reflective. Take time to pause and think about people, situations, and events that cause stress or frustration. Often this simple…

A Place of Peace

Written by Andrea Gregaydis, L.E., lead instructor at the Aesthetic Science Institute
A smile, an attentive posture, and a nod of acknowledgement all sound like simple actions. But they can all have a profound effect on overall environment and client and staff morale.
Upkeep of aesthetic equipment, in many cases, is just as expensive as purchasing the technology. Whether the practice is small or part of a larger network, proper upkeep can dramatically improve the bottom line. If professionals perform proper maintenance on aesthetic technology, the equipment will need to be sent in for repairs far less often and the bill will be reduced.

Ten Things About … Spa Safety

Written by Lydia Sarfati
Maintaining optimum safety standards when running a spa is the most important duty a spa owner and manager must fulfill. Adhering to state and federal regulations is required by law and anything less can result in criminal violation. It is also good business. Clients deserve the very best and that means a clean and safe environment. The benefits of following regulations are not only for…
DO: Make goals and plans to achieve them. The end of the year is the perfect time to assess and adjust efforts to retain current clients, gain new clients, increase retail, and increase service sales.

Previous Employment: When to Look Back and When to Move On

Written by Maxie Frericks, L.E.I., medical aesthetician at Velvet Day Spa
An employer often wants to hire someone that is an asset to their organization, someone that they can trust and will stay with them for the long-run. However, things are not like they used to be. Back in the day, an employee would be hired and could often be counted on to stay in their current job until retirement. Today, there are endless opportunities and…
Eyelash extensions have proven to be a service that is here to say. The results are instant and can shave 10 years off a client’s face. It is a popular service, but very hard to find a great stylist. This is because the industry is in its infancy. Depending on the state, eyelash extensions can be loosely or not at all regulated. This gives rise…
Makeup foundation formulas indicate the coverage level when applied to the skin (from heavy to sheer). This can be described as: camouflage, cake, cream, greasepaint, mousse, airbrush, mineral, powder, liquid, BB/CC cream, or tinted moisturizer. Different foundation formulas provide different finishes, including matte, satin, and dewy. Each makeup brand formulates their skin tone range – not all are the same or have as many color…
Toxicity is the primary reason skin looks unhealthy and is the largest cause of aging. While it is true that extensive sun exposure damages and ages the skin, it is a toxic body that fails to repair this damage. The challenge in appreciating the importance of this is that 99.9 percent of individuals are toxic. It is hard to know just what an impact good…

10 THINGS ABOUT … Food and Skin

Written by Cole Patterson, L.E., owner of Cole Skincare for Men
When it comes to healthy skin, the impact of various foods on the skin is not always considered. The skin is the largest organ of the human body – it protects from harmful chemicals and elements and regulates body temperature. Yet, choosing foods that lack nutrients and vitamins can cause damage to the skin. A minor dietary cheat to satisfy a craving from time to…

Midnight Makeup: 2 Glam Looks to Help Clients Ring in the New Year

Written by Linda Tawil, co-owner and creative director at Morphe, Inc.
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to take eye makeup to a whole new level. Whether clients are going out for a night on the town or hosting a small gathering with friends, professionals can help them put their most glamorous face forward. From a dramatic smoky eye to a bold wing eyeliner, these New Year’s makeup tips will leave clients slaying well into…
The Greenbrier Spa has been a destination since 1778, with visitors from around the region coming to “take the waters” of the curative natural springs. Today, guests still enjoy the benefits of the rich mineral waters, for which the area is famous, in the resort’s 40,000 square foot spa facility. The Greenbrier Mineral Spa contains 42 treatment rooms, segregated relaxation pavilions, a sauna, steam rooms,…

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