Heather Mikesell

Overcoming Tress Distress

Discover How One Editor Finally Said Goodbye to Bad Hair Days
Several weeks ago, I was scheduled to experience a signature RESTORE treatment and a blowout from the talented Julien Farel , whose namesake salons and products attract quite a following. Unfortunately, the day of my appointment turned out to be a rainy and windy mess, not exactly conducive to a fabulous blowout. Luckily, I was able to reschedule and book...

Enter Clarins’s "Picture the Spa Life" Photo Contest for a Chance to Win a Trip to Red Mountain Resort

Win a Trip to Red Mountain Resort
Want to wow the world with your spa? Now you can thanks to Spa Life, an interactive Facebook application created by Clarins USA , where users build their own virtual spa and enter for a chance to win a 4-day/3-night Essential Retreat Package for two at Red Mountain Resort in St. George, UT. Launching today, voting will continue through Dec...

Rising Star

Renowned for her skincare expertise, Joanna Vargas relies on old-fashioned customer service and education to grow her business.
Opened in 2006 with just one treatment room, Joanna Vargas Salon hasn’t let a tumultuous economy slow its growth. Recently, the spa moved to a larger location in the same building to accommodate its growing skincare clientele. “We have three treatment rooms, and the vibe is a definite mix of clean and modern with old Hollywood 1940s glamour,” says owner Joanna Vargas. A renowned skincare guru and celebrity facialist, Vargas and her staff are already outgrowing their new space. “I...

The Countdown to Cyber Monday

Find Out How Miraval is Providing Spa-Goers With Another Reason to Give Thanks
While most people are busy giving thanks today, some intrepid shoppers are already anxiously anticipating the start of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. To thank its guests and mark the occasion, Miraval is offering an unprecedented online discount on Monday, Nov. 28, for 24 hours. Spa-goers can take advantage of 30 percent off the spa's regular all-inclusive rates. Requiring a...

Experiencing a Wealth of Wellness Options on St. Lucia

Discover How St. Lucia is Embracing Health and Wellness
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Soufriere Health and Wellness Retreat in St. Lucia. Slated to become an annual event, the four-day retreat involved lectures on feng shui, photography, wellness, and more with leading experts. In addition, I was able to participate in yoga classes and experience all that the lush island has...

Good Deeds Prove To Be Always In Season

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season
Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, that doesn't mean the charitable contributions have stopped. After all, it is the season of giving. Turning a breast cancer awareness initiative into an ongoing program for cancer patients, Suki Skincare has extended its partnership with The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology (New York City). Originally, the partnership involved the cosmeceutical skincare company...

Spas Rely on Holiday Treatments to Spice Up Their Menus

Discover Holiday Treatments That Sound Good Enough to Eat
‘Tis the season to spa, thanks to a variety of holiday-themed services that will leave spa-goers feeling joyful this December. At The Spa at Ravella (Las Vegas), guests can enjoy the perfect escape ($25), which includes a mini treatment, cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and spa gift each Thursday, from 6 to 8pm. Appletinis & Aromatherapy are on the menu Dec. 1...

Join Mariel Hemingway for a Wellness Week Webinar Today

Learn Marketing Tips From Mariel Hemingway That Will Help You Tap Into the Wellness Industry
This past week at ISPA, I had the opportunity to meet Mariel Hemingway, who is serving as official spokesperson for SpaFinder's Wellness Week 2012. Today, the Academy Award nominee, author, and healthy living advocate is sharing her journey to embracing a healthier lifestyle in a special Wellness Week webinar. She will also share marketing tips to help your business tap...

ISPA's New Snapshot Initiative Summary Reveals What Spa Consumers Really Think

Get a Sneak Peak of ISPA's Spa Consumer Snapshot Initiative Summary
This week, I was in Vegas at the annual ISPA Conference. Not surprisingly, I learned a tremendous amount of information in the short time I was there. From effective new ingredients to interesting potential story ideas, I’m looking forward to sharing it all in the year to come. I was particularly interested in some of the latest statistics ISPA had...

Tis the Season for Holiday Treatments

Want a Surefire Sign the Holidays Are Drawing Near?
With Halloween behind us and the recent east coast snowstorm, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. I've already come across a number of seasonally inspired services that are sure to get clients in the holiday mood. The limited-time only Candy Cane Ritual ($120) at Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas was...

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