Conscious Salon

Eco-friendly business ideas, new products, and issues relevant to "green-minded" salons.

 

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Just Say "WOW"

March 1, 2008 | Article

A good manicure or pedicure should make clients feel special and pampered. Some services push the boundaries in terms of techniques, ingredients, and price to make them exceptional. Take a look at these services that go above and beyond. 

Secret Ingredient: Mica

March 1, 2008 | Article

A closer look at this shiny polish ingredient.

Healthy Habits Start Early

March 1, 2008 | Article

Educating teenage girls and "'tweens" about the importance of wearing shoes, clipping hang nails, and hand-washing, is one way this salon markets to the younger crowd while helping the girls earn their scouting badges at the same time.

Preventing Burn Out Blues

March 1, 2008 | Article

If you’re feeling tired, apathetic, and cranky, you may need more than a good night’s sleep; you could be suffering from job burnout. Early symptoms of burnout are so common, they are commonly overlooked. Learn to identify the symptoms of burnout and develop ways to protect yourself before you crash.

Spas Take Sleep Seriously

March 1, 2008 | Article

To help urbanites get some rest from their non-stop schedules, New York City’s Yelo offers sanctuaries in the form of private power nap and reflexology treatment rooms.

Retail Boutique: Candles

February 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. Each month, we’ll feature unique retail items that your clients will love.

Here, Smell This: Product Shelf Life

February 1, 2008 | Article

You may be able to determine if the mystery item in the back section of the fridge has gone bad by a deep, hearty inhale, but does the nose test work on salon products? Read below to learn what it's time to throw out your stock — and how to do it without harming the earth.

Secret Ingredient: Shea Butter

February 1, 2008 | Article

Ghanian women have used shea oil and butter for centuries to protect their skin from the dry Saharan winds.

Got Space? Get Yoga

February 1, 2008 | Article

If you've got the room, why not round out your salon's offerings by introducing yoga to mix?

The Essence of Essential Oils

November 1, 2007 | Article

Have you been interested in adding aromatherapy to your nail service menu, but were unsure about where to start? We provide you with some handy tips on working with essential oils, plus a closer look at some of the most popular ones.

Shameful Habits Survey

August 1, 2007 | Article

How meticulous are you when it comes to practicing safety and sanitation guidelines?

Boredom Be Gone! Our A–Z Guide to Keeping Yourself Entertained in the Salon

July 1, 2007 | Article

Combat boredom in the salon by varying your routine and trying new things from time to time. Whether you’ve got a little downtime or you simply need to kick-start a new routine, there are many ways to re-energize and refresh your surroundings in order to up the entertainment factor of your job.

Balancing Work and Home Life

July 1, 2007 | Article

Balancing work and home life can be a tough task in many professions, and nail techs are often susceptible to last minute appointments and closing time squeeze-ins. NAILS asked salon professionals if it is possible to maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life, and if so, how have they managed to do it.

Do You Speak Spa?

May 1, 2007 | Article

If so, you’re most likely already familiar with the latest spa marketing buzzwords identified by Spa Finder in its 2007 trends forecast. For those of you who are not yet fluent in the lingo, this glossary provides a translation.

Going for the Green: Eco-Conscious Salons

February 1, 2007 | Article

Salons have always been centered around a beauty philosophy — but what happens when salons extend that outlook to include Mother Earth? As green salons pop up all over the country, find out what this trend means to you.

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