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Request for Romance

Love promotions bring big brow business
Spas often see a surge in couples’s treatments during the holiday season thanks to promotions encouraging quality time with loved ones. A popular brow specialist in New York put a new spin on the idea. Malynda Vigliotti at Boom Boom Brow Bar hopes an email and social media push will result in her soul mate. Clients who set Vigliotti up...

Spicy Body Scrub

Check out new skincare uses for fall spices
During my spare time this week I’ve been scouring cookbooks and online recipes for turkey day inspiration. So many scrumptious options contain this season’s spice all-stars, including cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. In addition to bringing flavor to traditional dishes, these spices have warming properties to help rid the skin of winter chills too. Here’s a recipe for an aromatic scrub...

Nail Salon Statistics

New survey reveals popularity of mani/pedis
Nail services, whether speedy or luxurious, always feel special and serve as a reminder during the rest of the week that I've done something nice just for me. Many other women feel the same way and CND 's new study proves it. Women value professional nail services and here's a snapshot of what the industry is doing well and what...

American Stress Levels Rising

Stressed Americans need spas more than ever for a healthy balance
Are you or your clients battling stress on a regular basis? If so, you are not alone. According to TeleVox’s Healthy World Report more than half of Americans report feeling stressed in everyday life and it is negatively impacting their health. Healthcare providers note 65 percent of patients suffer from the detrimental effects of stress. Here’s a few ways to...

Breathe Easier With Yoga

Research suggests yoga improves lung function
We regularly sing the praises of spas that incorporate fitness options for visitors ( here and here ) and yoga is a popular choice, for good reason. New research from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders, found yoga practice improves lung function for COPD patients, those suffering from chronic bronchitis and or...

Walking in the Woods

Check out the new health benefits from a nature walk
It’s no surprise that the stress inducing holiday season is coming quickly. Juggling parties, more clients , gifts, and travel takes its toll on even the most levelheaded. Unmanaged, this stress can lead to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. According to Aaron Michelfelder, M.D. professor of family medicine at Loyola University Chicago...

Farm to Facial Firsthand

Check out the benefits of farm fresh treatments
Farm-to-table restaurants regularly top my list of places I want to try because of the fresh flavors, local connection, and seasonal variety. The latest spa variation, the farm-to-facial, brings those benefits and much more to treatment rooms. I was able to try a few offerings recently at Great Jones Spa (New York) and Lovella Salon (New York) and was blown...

Skincare Ingredient Red Flags

Check out the science that debunks these hot ingredients claims
A few weeks ago I attended a special presentation by Diana Howard, Ph.D., International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica vice president of research and development, who shared her thoughts on the latest skincare ingredient trends. Here are a few, according to Howard, to steer clear of at your spa: Hydroquinone is effective for reducing hyperpigmentation but brings a bundle of risks,...

Debunking Facial Cleansing Myths

Improve treatment results with take-home advice for clients
I must confess I’ve fallen for many of the face-washing myths, such as stinging is a sign it’s working, squeaky clean is good clean, and steaming hot water clears pores. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reminded me of these and how my routine has since improved. Your clients are susceptible too, and, since some mistakes may impede...

Helpful Apps for Small Businesses

Try your hand at small-business boosting apps
In September we talked about how important it is to develop a mobile website for your spa to reach clients wherever they are. Smartphones can be just as beneficial to you by streamlining the business, with a growing number of apps ideal for entrepreneurs. Here's a guide to the best apps to get your phone up to speed from Middlesex...