We’re conscious about what we put in our bodies. We’re conscious about the environment. We want to know that the food we eat is being produced in a sustainable and humane way. Sometimes, just seeing an “organic” or “natural” label puts us at ease. But, when it comes to skin care products, is “all-natural” necessarily better? For many consumers, the misconception is that this label…
Determined to find a solution for their son’s chronic illness, they discovered what would become a world-wide phenomenon. Steve and Joniann Marchese have always been dedicated to following their passion,…
She left an impression upon the industry that will be felt for years to come. In 1975, after establishing the acne clinic at the University of Miami in Florida, Sara…
As he pursued his career in skin care, he found his motivations began to shift and evolve and he began to change as a person. Mark Viktora, president of Viktoria…
Seeking solutions for healing unresponsive nerves, they combined their skills to develop game-changing technology. Tina Abnoosi is founder, CEO, and president of TAMA Research. She is an electrical engineer with…
With backgrounds in aesthetics and marketing, these sisters by marriage put their skills and passions together to create the company of their dreams. Danielle Munley and Emily Sindlinger, co-founders of…
A personal touch and dedication to education helped make her business what it is today. Lisa VanBockern, owner and founder of Skin Script Skin Care, floundered through careers looking for…
Interested in skin care from a young age, life took her on a journey that eventually led to starting her own company. Kathleen Carney, founder and formulator for Skin Blends…
The skin care industry has a wealth of award-winning, prestigious, professional products to choose from and even better brands backing them up. With so many great options, how do you choose which lines to carry in your spa? It’s important to select brands that have been successful in manufacturing products that produce results for the client. But even more imperative than finding a successful brand…
Vitamin A is essential for healthy growth and development, good vision, a strong immune system, and a healthy skin barrier. In the 1960s, dermatologists commonly used vitamin A for treating acne until it was later identified as an effective vitamin for the repair of aging skin.1 It is currently one of the most popular ingredients used in skin care formulations for skin revision. However, little…
Client expectations often aren’t realistic. Let’s take, for example, our lovely associates in the world of hair. How many times have you sat down in a chair with an airbrushed picture of some lovely model, who more than likely is sporting extensions or even a styled wig, and informed your stylist you wanted to look like that? There was no consideration of texture differences or…
Most spas would prefer to hire people as independent contractors. The added cost of making people employees can be staggering. Employers are assessed payroll tax on their employees and they are required to purchase worker’s compensation insurance. Checks must be issued to each employee with the appropriate deductions taken out, which could lead to hiring a payroll processing firm, especially if there is more than…

Round 9: Fearless Fighting

Written by Delilah Matos
Striving in the beauty industry is not always a beautiful experience, especially if you are new to the field and are eager to establish your unique brand and business. With over 20 years of experience, I can share with you a thing or two on what it takes to win in the industry. Personally, I have never been into jumping onto industry trends and I…
As skin care professionals, we often forget to remind ourselves that we matter, too. Day in and day out, we are pouring our time, talent, and expertise into others, often at the detriment to our own well-being and sanity. You may find yourself too tired to do the things that once meant so much to you. Coming home after a long day at the spa…
You’re planning a prosperous future as a career aesthetician. To succeed with clients, you know that service quality and prices matter. But, potential clients have numerous spa choices in your area – your competitors – and you are concerned about how to position yourself among them. And, who are these businesses that want the same clients you do? It is a big list: Full-service spas…
A testament that with true grit, determination, and perseverance, you can accomplish anything. In 2007, Dasha Saian, L.E., CEO and co-founder of Saian Natural Clinical Skincare, and her mother Margarita…
Nicknamed the Queen of Seaweed, she seized an opportunity that would lead to recognition and success worldwide. Lydia Sarfati, founder and CEO of Repêchage, built her career on excellence, innovation,…
From her grandmother’s salon to her own renowned company, her passion for the beauty industry has driven her success. Renée Rouleau, an Austin-based, celebrity aesthetician, skin guru, and founder of…
Originally an industrial designer, and a woman of many hats, she is determined to always find a better way. Normajean Fusco, president and founder of Equibal Labs, is a true…
Overcoming roadblocks in her youth and holding onto her sense of creativity, she chased her dreams and realized her greatest potential. Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is the founder of Institut’ DERMed…

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