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Minx Introduces Easter and St. Patrick's Day Nail Designs

Prepare for the upcoming holidays with these inspired nail designs
With St. Patrick's Day and Easter fast approaching, there is no better time to get you and your clients in the spirit. One easy way to do that is with Minx Nail designs. The company recently released its 2013 designs for each occasion. In honor of March 17th, spa-goers can decorate their digits with shamrocks or the invitation, "Kiss Me...

Pixie Month Kicks Off in Ojai

The region’s native fruit is being celebrated all over town, including the spa.
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Ojai, CA, during pixie tangerine harvesting season and fell in love with this tasty treat that is “sweet, petite, and great to eat.” To celebrate this year’s season, companies all over town are joining in the fun and offering specials featuring this favorite citrus fruit that is unique to Ojai...

The BodyHoliday Offers an Olympic-Inspired Boot Camp

Learn how one spa is challenging guests to be all they can be.
A self-confessed boot-camp lover, I recently learned of The BodyHoliday 's upcoming Well Fit Retreats , which serve as a mini version of an Olympic Training Camp. Set to take place March 18-22 and March 25-29, the program, designed by twice Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson, sounds right up my alley. In additon to being set on St. Lucia, one...

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach Introduces Mini-Health Packages

Learn why you may want to offer you clients shorter treatments and packages
When time is of the essence, a mini treatment can be better than no treatment at all. That's why so many spas offer abbreviated versions of popular full-length treatments. Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach is going a bit further by introducing four mini packages that are intended to help put guests on the road to wellness in as...

Hot Oscar Trend? Manly Stubble

Are you offering men’s grooming treatments at your spa?
Though women tend to be the headline makers at the Academy Awards, the guys got into the act for the 2013 Oscars. The hottest trend? Sexy stubble. From George Clooney to Ben Affleck to Bradley Cooper to Hugh Jackman, some of Hollywood’s hottest actors were sporting beards of various lengths. But even though these guys were not clean shaven, I...

American Spa Goes Spa-ing in Colombia

Discover why this South American country is making headlines
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Colombia, a destination that has in the past gotten a rather bad rap. Recently, however, it has emerged as a hot destination for adventurous jetsetters. With a flavor all its own, the country offers charming boutique hotels, fabulous restaurants, and fascinating tourist attractions, such as the spectacular Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and...

Skincare Myths Revealed, Part 2

An acclaimed dermatologist demystifies some common skincare beliefs.
In part two of her article, Rebecca Baxt, M.D., a board certified Manhattan and New Jersey dermatologist, exposes some common skincare myths and provides a dose of reality. Myth #1: Your skin will age just like your mom's. The reality: Sure, genetics play a role in how your skin looks, from the size of your pores to its texture and...

A New Pearl-Based Luxury Skincare Line Launches for Mothers and Babies

Find out why it's never too early to benefit from pearls
Although I don't have children of my own, I can certainly appreciate the fact that it's never too early to start protecting their baby-soft skin. That's the idea behind Perfect Pearl , a luxurious pearl-based skincare line for both mothers and babies. Recently launched, the line is just one of a growing number of maternity-related skincare lines. This one, however,...

Spa Pioneer Sheila Cluff Shares Her Story in an Autobiography

Learn more about the founder of The Oaks at Ojai and her role in the industry
Late last year, I had the opportunity to catch up with Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai (CA), when she was visiting New York City. A pioneer in the industry and a wellness visionary, she is now sharing her story in an autobiography titled, Living Your Dream (Storyzon). Available on and soon as an ebook on Amazon...

Be An American Spa Insider

Share your spa's insights in the 2013 Industry Insider survey.
It’s time once again for American Spa ’s Industry Insider Survey. We need your help—and your input. Help us fulfill our mission of providing you with valuable information about running your business, and take our annual poll. We want your input on •Marketing •Purchasing •Treatment Trends •Employee Issues •And more The results of this survey, which will be printed in...