Adding waxing services to your spa menu is a great way to grow your business and your bottom line. Waxing is a high margin service that is an effective and quick method of hair removal. Clients feel instant gratification after the service and leave the spa feeling hair-free and smooth. The immediate smooth results are what makes waxing so popular and keeps clients coming back.…
You might not think stiletto heels have anything to do with the spa or insurance. But, as an insurance broker of many years for the beauty and skin care industry, I can tell you otherwise. As of this date, we have had three claims in the last 10 years which were due to stiletto heels. It’s amazing to think of women’s shoes as being anything…
Life is a competition, but it is not a race against anyone else. The real journey is against yourself and your unrealized potential. It is not about the competition out there or competing against the person next to you, but rather, it is about chasing your future self. Be your own kind of fighter in what you are trying to accomplish. Our fear most often…
Alpha hydroxy acids are keratolytic agents that work by dissolving bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Alpha hydroxy acids are superficial exfoliants that are commonly compounded from natural ingredients, such as milk, sugars, fruits, or nuts, that have been chemically changed to an acidic pH. Alpha hydroxy acids are effective in remodeling the epidermis and papillary dermis and require a pH of 4.0 or…
Flawless skin, a youthful complexion – let’s face it, we all want it. When you’re eyeing someone and trying to guess their age, the first things you look at are their muscle tone and skin texture. There comes a time when, no matter how many facials, chemical peels, and microcurrent sessions you do, there’s still something missing. So, when is it considered okay to whip…
Skin aging and abnormalities are closely linked to the lack of essential water levels in the skin. Some abnormalities include, but are not limited to, accelerated aging, eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, actinic keratosis, and contact dermatitis. The majority of causes can be linked to a lack of hyaluronic acid production, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), client water intake, environmental ambient humidity, lymphatic and circulatory health, medications,…
Now that you have realized your dream career as a professional aesthetician, your thoughts may turn to earning all you can from the opportunity. Maybe your strategy is to include as many services on your menu as possible in order to attract the widest range of potential clients. Or, perhaps you’re positioned as a narrowly focused skin care specialist charging premium prices to an elite…
What is my philosophy of skin care? Is it corrective, clinical, spa, holistic, alternative, or a combination of one or more? Do I plan on specializing? For example, becoming an acne specialist or focusing on aging skin? Do I plan on working for myself or do I want and need the security of a fixed schedule, benefits, built-in clients, and all that working for a…
When you’re on a diet, you typically read the ingredient list on all your groceries, making yourself conscious of the detrimental effects of GMOs and positive energy sustained from organic farms. However, do you pay special attention to the ingredients in the cosmetics you apply to your skin on a daily basis? Unfortunately, the cosmetic industry does not heavily regulate the over 82,000 ingredients used…
Let’s face it, working in a spa is hardly ever boring. No two days are the same. Tuesday might be low key and quiet, but the next day could be a train wreck of mis-scheduled clients and no shows. It’s a mixed bag for sure. The same can be said for co-workers. As someone who has been in the industry for over a decade, I’ve…

Simplified Spa: Top Ways to Use Technology in Your Business

Written by Mara Shorr, BS, CAC II-XIV and Jay A. Shorr, BS, MBM-C, CAC I-XIV
In today’s fast-paced world, incorporating technology into your business may seem overwhelming. But, in reality, with the investment of time and money (a little or a lot), you’ll be surprised at how much easier life can get. Keep reading for top tips on how to incorporate technology into your spa to make things easier for you and your team. MASTER THE BASICS First, make sure…

Fact or Fiction: Oily skin takes longer to age than dry skin.

Written by Rachael Pontillo, M.Msc, FDN-P, CIHC, L.E., CEO of Holistically Haute Inc, president of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance
Most teenagers and adults who struggle with excessively oily skin may consider it more of a curse than a blessing. However, that feeling may subside when, at some point, they will likely hear something like, “it might bother you now, but you’ll be grateful for it in 20 years because oily skin ages slower than dry skin.” Is this an old wives’ tale or is…
With summer in full swing, skin can change and transform with the season. Acne is a main culprit when it comes to distorting and altering a client’s skin. This month online, discover some of the most common acne myths in Ahmed Abdullah’s latest article. From 2019 ACA winner Brian Goodwin, learn how holistic treatments may be just the thing for a client who has given…