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Beauty Professionals Achieve Balance at Destination Rejuvenation

December 1, 2008 | Article

As women around the world struggle to combat stress, pressure, and fears of economic uncertainty, Destination Rejuvenation provides much needed solace for beauty industry professionals.

Hemp Seed Oil Provides Essential Nutrients for Healthy Skin

December 1, 2008 | Article

Hemp is one of the hottest health food trends in North America. It’s not only an ingredient in many personal care products, it can be added to food to benefit the skin.

It’s a Wrap

December 1, 2008 | Article

If you sell private-label products at your salon or spa, take those environmentally friendly products one step friendlier. According to November’s Target Marketing (a trade magazine for direct marketers) a smart new marketing product is earth-friendly plastic wraps made from corn.

25 Ways Your Salon Can Make a Difference This Holiday Season

December 1, 2008 | Article

’Tis the season for giving. Use your salon’s clout and expertise to give back to the community with these easy ideas.

Secret Ingredient: Menthol

December 1, 2008 | Article

A natural compound extracted from mint plants and oils, menthol produces a cooling sensation on the skin. It’s found in cosmetics, pedicure products, perfumes, lotions, hair products, hygiene products, confectionaries, food, and medicine.

How to Send Good Energy When You’re Having a Bad Day

December 1, 2008 | Article

As long as the sun rises in the East, they will be out there — bad days. We all have them. No, we can’t make all the bad stuff go away but we can keep it from affecting our clients. Prepare in advance to avoid passing on all that negative energy, and your next bad day may pass without any negative toll on your business.

20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Clients

December 1, 2008 | Article

It’s that time again: the time of year clients come in and shower techs with gifts of appreciation. We’ll sit among a sea of presents feeling loved by thoughtful clients. This year, why not return the favor and give your clients a gift that shows your appreciation. We’ve listed 20 affordable gift ideas that you can choose from to thank your clients this holiday season.

Making Magic Stones

December 1, 2008 | Article

Millie Haynam, owner of Natural Beauty Salon & Spa in Twinsburg, Ohio, incorporates Hot Stone massages into her winter manicure services to heat up her clients. Millie’s Hot Stones are from Keyano Aromatics. They are called “Rock-On” Massage Stones and they are purchased in a powder form that is mixed with warm water to form the heat-generating rocks. Making the rocks takes about five minutes and they generate heat for approximately 30 minutes after hardening.

10 Tips to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

December 1, 2008 | Article

Salon owner Shari Finger has survived a lot of holiday madness in her 21 years behind the nail table. Here are her top 10 tips for sailing through those hectic weeks with your sanity intact.

Spiritual Accessorizing Is on the Rise

November 1, 2008 | Article

According to fashion author and intuitive, Tori Hartman, spiritual accessorizing is a new trend that is closely linked to the “green” eco movement.

Secret Ingredient: Almond Oil

November 1, 2008 | Article

Almond oil is a popular carrier oil because it is non-greasy, spreads easily, and is great for nourishing the skin. Essential oils can be mixed with it because of its light nature. Often called sweet almond oil, it contains strong concentrations of vitamin E.

Pride and Joi

November 1, 2008 | Article

Joi Nail Spa in Berkeley, Calif., enriches its community with a unique assortment of services, including authentic Chinese reflexology.

Retail Boutique: Aromatherapy

November 1, 2008 | Article

It’s time to start bundling up and heading inside as winter approaches. These aromatherapy products will give you all the more reason to enjoy the warmth indoors this season.

Make It “Spa” in Five Steps

November 1, 2008 | Article

With Bonnie Waters at its helm, Changes Salon & Day Spa in Walnut Creek, Calif., transformed from an unassuming nail spa to an awarding-winning, full-service luxury spa. Waters just received the prestigious title Salon Entrepreneur of the Year for the Western United States at the 2008 Global Salon Business Awards. Here’s her advice on taking your salon to the next level.

Green Kitchen Rules Apply to the Salon As Well

November 1, 2008 | Article

“Going green is in, and that’s a good thing,” says Chef Paul F. Magnant, Dean of Culinary at Stratford University. Many of his recommendations for going green in the kitchen apply to the salon as well, whether you’re serving food and beverages to clients or using all-natural ingredients in specialty hand and food treatments. “Even following through with just a couple of the tips below will net positive results,” he says.

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