Are you offering half of a facial? Do you just cleanse, mask and mention to your client how their pores are clogged? Or do you include extractions, a mask and add sunscreen to finish off their experience? I hope the ladder! When you don’t offer the last step, you might (more…)
The skin, this organ through which we work hold the key to our health and vitality. As estheticians we are taught the functions of the skin. However it goes so much deeper than the way we first understand them – The skin is a direct connection to the inner workings (more…)
At the beginning of a new course, it’s common for instructors to tell students of the vast opportunities an esthetics career presents to the ambitious graduate. This all-encompassing career choice rests in both academic and practical spheres with elements of art, science, business, and vocation interwoven throughout. As such, an (more…)
You have the vision, talent and drive to turn your passion into a thriving spa. Yet you continually find yourself bogged down by the paperwork of it all. If you are tired or frustrated, you are not alone. Spa owners (and small-business owners in all industries, as a matter of (more…)
  One of the greatest joys in life is making people feel better.  This includes sharing the gift of health and wellness on many levels, through exercise, diet, flexibility, massage therapy, skin care, and most importantly, self-appreciation and positive living.  I can honestly say that the rewards and self-fulfillment from (more…)
Are you working in your business or on your business? What’s the difference you ask? Your answer probably is: “I work for my business to keep it open and to grow; provide a livelihood for myself and my employees and to make a difference in my clients’ life”. Excellent – (more…)
Many names – all leading to the promise land: Male Brazilian bikini waxing.  Many estheticians are still quite unnerved by the thought of waxing men’s intimate areas.  Let’s examine why: What if they are weird or perverted? 99.9% simply want to be hair free.  Just like women.  In the event (more…)
What spa owner doesn’t crave more loyal clients who will visit regularly, spend well and refer others to their business? Today, clients have so many different options when it comes to getting skincare and spa treatments. Spas are everywhere and most offer similar services to those that you offer to (more…)
The journey to a happier, healthier you can begin anytime, at any place. Many think of yoga and assume that its not for them. Yogis are often thought of as extremely flexible people holding impossible poses for agonizing lengths of time. When in actuality Yoga is appropriate for all ages, (more…)
Being an esthetician, and a certified nutrition and wellness consultant for almost a decade, I have an immense passion for health and beauty, and an insatiable hunger for knowledge.  I have always been a dedicated proponent of the organic and holistic lifestyle, so when tragedy struck in my family, I (more…)
Men are a growing market segment in our industry. Yet, many aestheticians feel uncomfortable providing services for male clients.  As a result, the male market is underserved. For this reason, major industry publications publish articles encouraging aestheticians to seriously consider expanding their service menu to attract male clientele. Men, especially (more…)
Og Mandino, author of The Greatest Salesman that Ever Lived once said, “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your (more…)
The beauty industry is constantly evolving. The search for the “Fountain of Youth” will always exist. With advanced technology we get closer to it every year. The objective of creating an In-Spa Education Program is to keep staff engaged and excited about the services offered. The more knowledge they have, (more…)
  Being an esthetician often means spending extended periods behind a treatment table with one service flowing into another. If no time is blocked for a breather, the day’s first break may come at the end of an eight-hour shift where a worn-out sense of accomplishment is met with after-treatment (more…)
UV radiation from the sun comes directly through the clouds, the odds of being sunburned are slight, the UVB rays are short and will not have a direct affect on the skin. However, the UVA rays are very long and penetrate deep into the dermis, where new skin cells, collagen (more…)
  Massaging the head has been a vital part in Indian life and Culture. This service can be traced back to the earliest texts about 4000 years ago, based on the Ayurvedic healing system. This ancient technique was used in conjunction with herbs, spices, essential oils and oils such as coconut, sesame, (more…)
Hormones are chemicals secreted by cells or glands, which act as messengers that are sent out from one part of the body to signal cells in other parts of the body. Hormones control and regulate the body’s internal environment by regulating metabolism, controlling the reproductive cycle, inducing hunger and cravings, stimulating or inhibiting growth, and preparing (more…)
Success. Definition a: degree or measure of succeeding. b: favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. c: one that succeeds ….. Success can have a multitude of meanings for different people. The Whole Shabang The Spa: It is a “whole” experience. All the senses (more…)
Nothing is more beautiful than creamy shoulders segueing into smooth and lovely décolleté topping off a strapless evening gown. This was once the very Hallmark of Gibson Girl beauty in Edwardian times when the showing of legs or even an ankle was viewed with shock and considered déclassé. Plunging necklines, (more…)
  The dream of 75% of beauty professionals is to own their salon. But when they meet that goal, the one part they hate is firing an employee, no matter the cause. But it is part of being in business, and learning what to do is a task that must (more…)
Cross marketing is a great way to build new day spa and medical spa clientele as well as to sell more services to your existing regular clients.  It’s really quite simple. `Do unto others as you would want them to do for you’. The Golden Rule of Cross Marketing is; (more…)
is the innovator and founder of a world- wide movement known as Skin Revision. As far back as the early 1960’s, this visionary and pioneer became aware that something was missing from the popular approaches to caring for skin. Danné strongly believes that there should be a positive working relationship (more…)
Fragrant, colorful, rich with tradition– These are stunning elements of Javanese pre-wedding “Lulur” ritual.  The 17th century Javanese Lulur ritual traditionally began with a massage with coconut oil, infused with pandanus leaves and cempaka flowers, followed by an exfoliation with a blend of rice, turmeric, sandalwood, jasmine flowers, and a (more…)
Good energy makes you feel uplifted, while negative energy drains you. Albert Einstein taught us that everything is energy…”What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.“ What does this mean for you and your (more…)