Jennifer Barnes

Brushing Up on Bamboo

Take a look at a tropical spa brand’s creative ingredients
After researching and writing Taking Stalk, our latest In the Mix story focused on bamboo and its many uses in spa I am seeing this awesome ingredient popping up everywhere. So many spas are creatively incorporating it and reaping the eco-friendly benefits. I reached out to Patrick Huey Corporate Spa Director of Red Lane Spa at Sandals Resorts to see...

Get Lovely with Lemons

Try out new DIY spa treatments with citrus
Last Wednesday was national lemonade day, so naturally if you had lemons on hand you knew exactly what to do. Don’t worry if life has given you more lemons today; there are so many other beauty-boosting uses for this tart citrus. Check out a couple recipes below for DIY fruity pampering from Sunkist. 1. Banana & Lemon Foot Massage (good...

Bodycare Business

Get savvy with sales tips for bodycare products.
We checked in with a few skincare professionals to get their top tips for selling the exapnding array of bodycare products and services. “Customization is one of the most effective ways to retail bodycare. Body Bliss spa guests are taken through a series of choices until they end up with a unique formulation that addresses their wants and needs and...

Taking Stalk

Bamboo
Bamboo is as versatile as it is plentiful. Found in tropical climates and mountain forests throughout Asia as well as Central and South America and the southeastern U.S., bamboo provides benefits to the planet, animals, and humans alike. Its quick-growing shoots constitute the primary habitat and nourishment for giant pandas, and the stalks even appear in high-end luxury designer goods. Seemingly as abundant in spas now as in natural environments around the world, bamboo can improve the health of hair,...

Chakra Cheat Sheet

Improve your knowledge of this mind-body philosophy
As a relative newbie to the spa scene, I'm always looking for opportunities to learn more about the industry—what makes it tick, innovative techniques, and the unique philosophies that guide effective relaxation. One ancient philosophy that has definitely experienced a resurgence in recent years is the chakra system. The term chakra is Sanskrit for wheel and the chakra energy centers...

Pup Pampering

Check out how to protect pet's skin
National Dog Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary today and gives spa-goers a reason to pamper their pooches even more! It was originally started to bring attention to the high number of dogs in shelters and encourage adoption, and it has been doing just that ever since. If you or clients are planning on adopting or already have a furry...

Grass is Always Greener

Learn more about bamboo textiles
Bamboo, which is a type of grass, has proven it's worth the hype in spas and especially as an eco-friendly element. Did you know it's also become a popular towel, linen, and robe choice? We checked in with Guniz Alkan, president of A La Turca Textiles , for her thoughts on bamboo fabrics. Why was bamboo chosen as a fabric?...

Business Innovations

Discover a new small-business friendly revenue stream
We talk about how technology can benefit your spas in length and often—check out Remote Control and Social Studies . Usually when we cover tech topics, we're referring to new devices for facials or treatments, software for managing business, or mobile solutions to catch clients everywhere they go. Metamorphosis Day Spa (New York City) has taken a big leap forward...

Lighten Up with Light

Summer and swimsuit season may be winding down, but the excitement surrounding non-invasive fat-reduction devices and procedures is as strong as ever. We checked in with Mark Patterson, CEO of Lila Strawberry Laser, for his perspective on this fascinating trend and how the Strawberry Laser fits in. 1. Why are non-invasive fat-reduction device such a focus right now? It is largely patient driven. Patients are seeking solutions that are nonsurgical that produce similar results to surgical procedure. There’s always a...

Something Wonderful

Discover a new spa’s fun cocktail inspired special
What do busy city-dwellers want after a long day at work? There are many answers, but most include some form of kicking back and escaping from the stresses of the day. A new limited-time promotion at Hyatt Times Square (New York City) may offer the perfect combination: handcrafted cocktail and hand massage or manicure. Marilyn Monroe Spa , located on...

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