Trend Watch

Farm-to-Treatment-Table Trend Takes Hold of the Industry

What New Trend is Sweeping the Industry?
Although I'm often asked about spa trends, I've found it difficult, lately, to pinpoint any that are truly original. One, however, that has been gaining momentum recently is the farm-to-treatment-table trend. A variation on the farm-to-table concept found at restaurants, it fits well with the industry's efforts to be greener. The Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Resort (Bretton Woods,...

Relaxation Ready

Study up on scientifically proven ways to a calm mind
Happy National Relaxation Day! To celebrate this chill holiday, I wanted to share a few scientifically backed ways to kick back, de-stress, and find your happy place. We know you're ensuring all your clients find bliss, and you deserve it too! Go Green: Studies have shown patients in hospital rooms with plants report lower stress. Even just stepping into a...

DIY Overnight Facial

Find an overnight cure for dry, damaged skin
It’s never too early to start preparing the skin for cooler weather, and after clients (and maybe you too) have been spending the summer worshipping the sun, dry and damaged skin must be treated in between professional facials for best results. Terese Linke, global spa training and education director for Amala, shares a simple, five-step DIY facial to bring the...

The Male Gaze

Discover new spa products that appeal to men
Generally it's considered unhealthy to bring work home, and a solid work/life balance is definitely in line with the philosophies of spas found in the pages of American Spa . I do often notice my work finding its way into my home, but when it's aromatherapy, hair oils, and nutritional supplements or an on-location visit while out of town it's...

Pop Up Subway Spa

Take a peek at NYC's latest spa craze
There's no doubt about the popularity of spa—big, small, luxury, and backwoods. Business is booming and each day we love hearing about your creative ideas to make your relaxation destinations stand out and pamper clients. The latest creative incarnation appeared for a limited engagement on an especially balmy subway platform in New York City. Though it wasn't an outpost of...

Pep in Your Step

Find a new spa-friendly way to enjoy coffee
Each morning I look forward to a freshly brewed cup of coffee and trying new brews from around the world has made it all the more satisfying. If you and your clients are anything like me you'll be happy to hear August is National Coffee Month. The leftover grounds can be put to good use, too. Carolyn Doe, spa director...

Eco-Friendly Exfoliants

Check out natural effective scrubs
Dry skin can plague clients year round, and body scrub treatments provide the relief their parched skin needs most. These services are essential before baring skin on the beach or prepping for a spray-tan. Not all exfoliants are created equal, though, and it’s a worthwhile use of your time to check through your spa’s stock to make sure your treatments...

Mental Muscle

Learn how one luxe spa focuses on the mind
It’s not enough anymore to work just muscles, clients need to keep their noggins in tip-top shape too. They can do just that at the Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort , which has added new programs for a healthy brain. Developed by Karen Janusz , the spa's nutritionist and certified brain fitness facilitator, spa guests...

Perfect Pout

Discover why lipstick is the cosmetic of choice on National Lipstick Day
I wasn’t always a lipstick lady, but once I embraced a pigmented lip I haven’t looked back. A new shade can do wonders—like a fresh coat of paint on walls—for brightening up a complexion and streamlining a makeup routine. We can all celebrate the power of lipstick today with National Lipstick Day. Here are some fun facts from Mintel’s July...

Care-Free Hair

Share these easy hairstyles with clients this summer
Maybe it’s a happy by-product of the humidity and heat or perhaps a side-effect of daily immersion in all things beauty and spa, but I’ve been tinkering with creative hairstyles this summer. I’m definitely not alone, and salon owner and expert stylist Nunzio Saviano has some celebrity-inspired tips for you and your clients to beat the heat in style. Ombré...

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