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August is Designated National Hair Loss Awareness Month

Learn How Many Are Affected With Hair Thinning or Loss
Although my hair has always been the least of my worries, I must admit, I do sometimes feel cause for concern. On a recent trip to New Zealand, I felt as if I was pulling out half of it everytime I went to put a brush or comb through it. I don't know if it was the stress of travel...

Minx Nails Help Athletes Express their Love of Country

How are Olympic Athletes Showing their Team Spirit?
Obsessed with the Olympics like most of the country, I can't help but appreciate the lengths people go to express their patriotism. While I find grills a definite beauty don't, I think it would have been amusing had Team USA gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte been allowed to wear his $25,000 custom red, white, and blue diamond-encrusted grill on the...

Tyra Lowman, Senior Director of Spa Brands at Hilton Worldwide, Hosts Chat on Global Spa Trends

Want to Learn More About Upcoming Spa Trends?
Last week, we brought you news of "Emerging Global Spa Trends," a new Hilton Blue Paper released by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide. Outlining insights from industy experts, the report provides interesting insight into the spa industry and even includes a survey of 6,000 respondents from Australia, China, Great Britain, and the United States to...

Spa Bath Salt Expert Clears Up Bath Salt Drug Confusion

San Francisco Bath Salt Company president discusses troubling news stories.
I’m sure, like me, when you heard the recent news about a street drug called bath salts that allegedly caused a man to gruesomely attack a homeless man, you were horrified. Upon reading about it, I also quickly realized that the bath salts that caused this horrible reaction have nothing to do with the bath salts that we trade in...

Cool July 4th Mani/Pedis

Independence Day inspires creative nailcare.
Happy July 4 th , everyone! In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share a fun collection of creative manicures and pedicures that are currently featured at . Click here for some tips on how you can achieve some of these looks. Wishing you and your families a healthy, happy holiday!

Top Summer Spa Treatments

Spa Development International reveals their top picks.
If your clients are anything like me, their spa needs change drastically from winter to summer. As such, you need to update your spa menus accordingly. To help you out, Spa Development International is offering their picks for the top spa treatments for summer. Do you agree with their thoughts on the hottest treatments for the season? 1. Focus on...

Men's Cosmetics Market Booms

An L.A. Times articles reports on the booming popularity of skincare for guys.
My dear friend Michael Bruggeman, founder and president of Organic Male OM4 , has always been a proponent of men’s skincare. In fact, we recently had dinner together and talked about how the market for men’s skincare has grown and changed. So when he passed along an article from the Los Angeles Times , “ Market booms for men's cosmetics...

An Editor's Obsession: Crystal Purse Hooks

Add a little sparkle to your retail area with these fancy hooks.
I am somewhat obsessed with purses (I can't walk past Cole Haan without stopping in), so when I first learned about the ingenious little invention of purse hooks, I was...well...hooked. And now I have discovered the cutest styles of purse hooks from Luxe Link on My favorite is this Swarovkski Crystal Luxe Link folding hook, which is sure to...

Wellness Travel Trend Report for 2012/2013

JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers predicts wellness travel trends for 2012-2013
Take note: another great wellness travel trend report has been released. This time, JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers, the president and founder of Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates and a longtime leader in hospitality, has released a roundup of experiences that are gaining a new wave of popularity amongst wellness travelers for 2012 and 2013. “Over the past two decades, the concept of spa has...

New Study Reveals Widespread Appearance Insecurity

National Survey By StriVectin Finds Many Americans More Insecure About Their Looks Than Their Jobs
According to a new survey by StriVectin, nearly everyone in the country (or 95 percent of Americans) wish they had the power to change something about themselves right now. Even while so many Americans are underemployed or unemployed and have been struggling in a volatile job market, the survey finds that more people would rather improve their looks (55 percent)...