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…
Male waxing is becoming increasingly more popular as males seek to gain the feel-good confidence that waxing can achieve. Men are doing their research and becoming more aware of the options available when it comes to male grooming. It is safe to say that, in the past, the majority of men wouldn’t have the desire to walk into a spa looking for a wax; however,…
What’s more important than attracting a new aesthetics client? Keeping that client. And, what’s even better than rescheduling clients? Rescheduling them to come back more often. The more frequently clients visit, the more income you can earn from those extra visits, and who doesn’t want that? But, how do you convince people to add additional appointments without giving the impression that you’re simply trying to…
Sensitive skin is a common condition that affects a majority of people and commonly has predisposed factors such as ethnicity. Factors such as an impaired skin barrier, a weakened immune system, inflammation, and digestive health can also contribute to the skin’s sensitivity. The skin is constantly going through a repair process, so it is necessary to strengthen the function of the stratum corneum in order…

Learning After Licensure: 7 Questions to Ask Yourself When Picking a Path

Written by Denise Gaston, L.E., CIDESCO Diplomate
The skin care industry is on an upward trajectory with no signs of slowing down. Enrollments at beauty schools are up and it seems like everyone wants to be an aesthetician. Multinational companies are buying up professional skin care brands to deepen their portfolios and cash in on the skin care craze and new product lines are being launched almost overnight. Indie brands are disrupting…
Skin analysis is considered the most important part of a facial. Using a magnifying lamp, the aesthetician looks at a client’s tone and texture and is able to determine what skin care regimen should be used to improve skin concerns. Collagen gives skin its thick, plump appearance and elastin is what makes it snap back quickly. Is your client’s skin smooth or rough? Are there…

Round 6: Accept Adversity

Written by Delilah Matos
Unfortunately, adversity is something we all will face in our lifetime. It can present itself in many different forms, such as failure or rejection, and can carry a negative vibe that feels like punishment or defeat. We have all experienced being punished for failing. Think back to the first time you received a bad test score. It likely taught you, from an early age, that…
Regardless of your craft, you should always make sure that you have the right tools to get the job done. Having the correct tools in your arsenal allow you to be precise, efficient, thorough and sanitary. Professional makeup artists have several items in their arsenal which are needed to create a beautiful look. The most obvious tools you find in a professional kit are makeup…
The world is full of strange diseases and how people pick them up is often one of the great mysteries of life. Once a person has an infection, they will likely assign blame to the last known service or treatment they received. If that treatment was at a spa, there could be a claim. Staph infections can happen if a person has an extended stay…

Motivation Maker: 5 Ways to Motivate Employees

Written by Mara Shorr, BS, CAC II-XIV and Jay A. Shorr, BS, MBM-C, CAC I-XIV
It’s a fact: without a staff and team that’s excited and motivated to help the business succeed, nothing else matters. Having great services and excellent care mean nothing if the staff is not excited to perform, sell, and market them, or if a client spots an unhappy staff and unfriendly faces the second they walk in the door. So, how can you motivate your team…

Bioactive Peptides: Superior Antioxidants

Written by Susan Wade, M.Ed., L.S.
Free radical damage has been a popular topic with numerous research articles since the late 1800s, but little is known about bioactive peptides playing a superior role as an antioxidant. This article will address the causes of free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS), oxidative stress, and the damage that occurs to cells that contribute to accelerated aging and many other skin conditions. FREE RADICALS Let’s…

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