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Cuccio Naturalé Supports BunnyLuv

February 23, 2012 | Article

As an avid supporter of ethical treatment for animals and the manufacturer of a cruelty-free line of spa products, Cuccio Naturalé has donated gift baskets to support the efforts of the Bunny Luv Rabbit Resource Center in Van Nuys, Calif., and has helped save the lives of hundreds of rabbits.

Become a Mini Recycling Center

February 21, 2012 | Article

This is a perfect time for your salon or spa to become a recycling resource for small items such as batteries or cell phones.

Sole Love: A Reflexology Primer

February 10, 2012 | Article

Reflexology is a massage technique that is gaining popularity in salons. It differs from traditional massage by releasing pressure points instead of rubbing muscles.   

Our Better Half

February 1, 2012 | Article

NAILS is in the Valentine’s spirit, and so are many of our readers. As an ode to
all of the significant others out there — who help with housework and, importantly in the beauty profession, cope with crazy night and weekend schedules — here are some beauty professionals and their loved ones who make it all work.

World Record-Setting Cut-a-Thon Delivers for Charity

January 30, 2012 | Article

West Chester, Pa.-based Calista Grand Salon and Spa broke a Guinness World Record for most haircuts.

A Gem of a Collection

January 24, 2012 | Article

The Semi-Precious Home Collection by The Amazing Stone Fragrance Corporation uses semi-precious gems to enhance candles, reed diffusers, room mists, hand soaps, and body oils — and the result is beautiful.

 

Nontoxique: The Name Says It All

January 23, 2012 | Article

When it turned out the nail and beauty products she used every day as a nail tech were making her sick, Sheila Fredriksen sought out healthy, holistic, and effective products to use instead. When she found nothing that fit the bill, she hired a chemist and together they created the Nontoxique line of hand and foot care products.

Is the Salon Her Cell?

January 4, 2012 | Article

Every year, women are trafficked into the U.S. with the promise of a better life, but instead they find themselves sold as labor or sex slaves. It happens in every industry, including nail salons, massage parlors, and spas.

Giving Girls the Boost They Need

January 4, 2012 | Article

 Augusta, Ga.-based nail tech Kamisha Winfield believes all young girls deserve to be supported in their dreams and given a positive outlet to express their creativity.

Water-Based Polish Line Offers Sophisticated Shades

December 28, 2011 | Article

An alternative to conventional solvent-based nail polish, Scotch Naturals WaterColors produces no noxious fumes or odors and delivers long-lasting, salon-quality color without yellowing of the nails.

A Natural Alternative for Dark, Discolored Nails

November 28, 2011 | Article

A proprietary blend of citrus seed extracts, Citrusway Nail Solution is applied twice daily around and under the nail to combat darkened and discolored nails.

 

Shine On: A Chandelier Made of Polish Bottles

November 22, 2011 | Article

This ceiling fixture is made of over 70 SpaRitual lacquer bottles.

Retail Boutique: Essential Oils and Diffusers

November 4, 2011 | Article

Essential oils have many uses: burn the oils in a diffuser, use as a perfume, or dab some on a warm cloth and use for dusting and cleaning. Consider offering these diffusing kits as retail items to your clients — or try them out to make your salon smell warm and inviting.

Secret Ingredient: Cuticle Oil

October 31, 2011 | Article

The frequent cherry on top of Sunday manicures, cuticle oil acts as a quick massage lubricant for fingertips while also sealing in moisture to keep the cuticle area and eponychium soft and supple.

To Peru With Polish

October 26, 2011 | Article

Shannon Byrd, a nail tech at Modern Beauty Shop in Albemarle, N.C., accompanied a church group on a trip to a Peruvian orphanage, the New Life Children’s Home.

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