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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.

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.

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