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Waxing
From eyebrows and the upper lip to legs, back, underarms, and the bikini area, waxing and hair removal is an especially sought-after service in the beauty and spa industry. Despite its popularity, there are still many people who shy away from waxing or dread the service due to the fear of experiencing one or more negative side effects. “When it comes to waxing, no two people are alike, and furthermore, just because someone was okay with a service previously doesn’t...

Keeping Up Appearances

Spa Uniforms
Uniforms provide a sense of unity to any group. It’s built right into the name. “I believe uniforms help make for a closer-knit team, as everyone is working toward the same goals,” says Jennifer Linder, spa director at Halele’a Spa at The St. Regis Princeville Resort (HI). Yet, spa employees and their responsibilities come in all shapes and sizes. To best serve clients, staff members need comfortable work attire that fits their role within the spa and its esthetic. “Our...

Black Magic

Charcoal
Best known for its ability to heat up the grill, charcoal, which is often referred to as black magic because of its color and healing powers, is also an ancient beauty secret that is making a strong showing in the skincare industry. Activated charcoal, a processed form of carbon, has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians are believed to have used it to keep wounds clean; Hippocrates used activated carbon to treat patients with conditions like epilepsy...

Juiced to Spa

While juice detoxes are nothing new, the way in which consumers are embracing cold-pressed juices has certainly gone mainstream. Spas have jumped on the juice bandwagon and are offering their own blends or teaming up with juice companies to provide spa-goers with a host of detoxifying beverages. “The pairing of these two items—juice and spa—is a fresh take on spa cuisine, which has been an element of spas and hotels for more than a decade,” says Shannon Mariani, spa director...

Deep Sleep

Although sleep is essential to health and wellbeing, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Recognizing the severity of the issue, spas are offering creative solutions like never before to help spa-goers get a better night’s rest. While destination spas were the first to tackle this ongoing problem with on-site sleep experts, resort and day spas are now addressing it with a variety of sleep-themed offerings. In fact, Woodhouse Day Spas (multiple locations) is debuting a collection of...

Specialty Solutions

When Blow opened in New York City in 2005 as one of the world’s first blow-dry bars, a phenomenon was quickly born. A spate of blow-dry bars soon followed suit, with clients embracing trendy havens where they could stop in for a stylish blowout. Other popular blow-dry outposts that have embraced the trend include Drybar, which boasts nearly 40 locations nationwide; Blo, a popular Canadian chain; DreamDry from celeb stylist Rachel Zoe; and more. Since then, speedy, specific services delivered...

Wedded to Wellness

Leading one of the most romantic trends of the year is Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico), which debuted a new wedding program in 2014. An enchanting destination spa renowned for its divine setting, temperate climate, charming accommodations, healthy food grown on-site, and a host of award-winning fitness and wellness offerings, the property is also now providing the ultimate nuptial solution for wellness-minded couples. Duos can tie the knot at La Cocina Que Canta culinary center and organic farm, which can...

Nurturing Night Owls

Wanting to attract time-pressed spa-goers and create a memorable experience for others, many spas are expanding their hours and offering a host of nighttime treatments and packages. Nitespa (Los Angeles), one of the first spas to adopt later hours, is no longer the novelty it once was, as more spas recognize the need to be flexible and accommodating when it comes to spa-goers’ busy schedules. “Being one of the first spas open at night was definitely a risk,” says owner...

Appealing Apothecaries

Personalization has long been a buzzword in spas, and one of the most enticing ways clients can customize their experiences is by concocting their own wellness potions as part of apothecary experiences that are popping up at spas. “With the craze of customized dining experiences like Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery, I could see that people love to have it their own way, and I thought, ‘Why couldn’t we apply this same concept to someone’s spa experience?’” says Paul Heslop,...

DNA Skincare

One of the hottest terms in skincare today is DNA. It’s either being incorporated into innovative anti-aging products and treatments or being targeted by DNA-repairing enzymes to improve the look of skin. While the ethics of using human stem cells derived from embryos in skincare is still highly controversial, that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from tapping into other sources. For example, Valmont incorporates DNA from Canadian salmon milt to provide antioxidants and moisture to the skin. “The Sockeye Salmon, found only...

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