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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.

Retail Boutique: Tea

October 1, 2008 | Article

It’s smart to retail items that go hand-in-hand with your nail services, like polish and hand lotion, but if you go beyond these basic retail items, it can really set your salon apart from the pack. And who doesn’t love a specialty cup of tea to warm up with? 

Hand and Foot Treatments Draw From Global Cultures

October 1, 2008 | Article

Chicago’s Allyu Spa features four signature manicure and pedicure treatments that draw upon the wisdom of earth-honoring cultures from around the world. Allyu nail treatments incorporate fresh, natural ingredients to beautify, nourish, and detoxify the hands and feet.

Secret Ingredient: Dead Sea Salts

October 1, 2008 | Article

The waters of the Dead Sea have been renowned for their therapeutic effects since ancient times. Two thousand years ago, the Jewish Roman historian Flavius wrote that the salts from the Dead Sea “heal the human body.”

14 Things You Absolutely Must Do to Get Work-Life Balance

September 1, 2008 | Article

For more than fifteen years I have conducted research among both those who feel that their lives are balanced, and those who believe that their lives are way out of whack. I have seen that those in balance and those out of balance are not separated by education, upbringing, marital status, or even income. So, the obvious question: What separates them? Here’s the short answer: The actions they take day in and day out.

On the mornings when it’s hard to get out of bed, what do you tell yourself to motivate yourself to go to work?

September 1, 2008 | Article

Looking for a positive way to get motivated and go to work each day? These readers share their secrets (and sense of purpose!) which will surely inspire you.

Making the Kindest Cut of All

September 1, 2008 | Article

Pantene Beautiful Lengths was created to bring people together and donate beautiful healthy hair to create free wigs for women and girls who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.

Secret Ingredient: Honey

September 1, 2008 | Article

Cleopatra of Egypt regularly took honey and milk baths to maintain her youthful appearance.

Off the Beaten Path

September 1, 2008 | Article

Reiki, ear candling and teeth-whitening are just a few of the alternative services being offered in salons around the country.

On the Road: Mani Pedi Cutie!, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

August 1, 2008 | Article

Mani Pedi Cutie! caters to moms and daughters - providing them with their own individual space and needs.

Ritual Renewal

August 1, 2008 | Article

Blame it on Descartes. Modern society fragments our body, mind and spirit into warring entities. In some forms of religious interpretation, the body is portrayed as the enemy, as the source of unholy appetites and base impulses. We feel differently, and embrace the body, even with its occasional sneezes, pimples, hiccups, and cravings for raw cookie-dough, as our most tangible expression and daily experience of the sacred.

Chopra Yoga and Meditation Move to the Spa

August 1, 2008 | Article

Bonnie Waters, founder of the 24-year-old Changes Salon & Day Spa in Walnut Creek, Calif., describes the ambiance as “two worlds under one roof” since her spa and salon fuses beauty and body therapies with what she terms “mind fitness.” In a rare offering for day spas and salons, Changes offers meditation and spiritual yoga instruction inspired by the practices of Dr. Deepak Chopra.

A Moment of Peace — Switching Gears Between Clients

August 1, 2008 | Article

Seeing a steady stream of clients all day can be mentally and physically draining. NAILS asked readers how they take a moment to relax and switch gears between cli-ents. A surprising number found the routine they developed to prepare for their next client has become a soothing ritual.

This Spa Treatment Is a Snooze

August 1, 2008 | Article

Sleep is the latest amenity at Aqua Hotel in Cancun, Mexico.

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