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Oil Boom

hair oils
Oil Boom
Although haircare is rarely a priority at most spas, that is beginning to change with the growing popularity of hair oils. Hair products have evolved to include many ingredients commonly found in skincare, which makes them fit seamlessly in the luxury spa environment. Given the instant results, such as smoothing strands and repairing split ends, natural oils are ideal for an add-on service or value-enhancing conclusion to a relaxing spa treatment. They also make for profitable retail items, as they...

Show of Hands

Gel Services
Manicured hands date back to ancient Babylonian and Egyptian cultures, where kohl, gold, and henna stains were the polish of choice for the upper echelons. Today, spa-goers have a much wider variety of colors, textures, and manicure methods from which to choose, particularly when it comes to the persistent trend of soak-off gel manicures and pedicures. Such professional services are among the hottest nailcare offerings in spas these days, because they provide a lasting, cost-effective way for clients to maintain...

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Waxing
Thanks to the growing popularity of Brazilian and Hollywood waxes, manscaping, and the desire for smooth hair-free skin, wax-specific spas are carving out a prominent niche within the industry. Waxing, once considered painful, is now being made fun by today’s on-trend waxing studios, which entice clients with inviting decor, cheekily named services, and creative marketing ideas that inspire the imagination and push the envelope. What many of these specialty wax shops have in common is a refreshing take on hair...

Breakout Role

Acne
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans. While commonly associated with teenagers and puberty, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is not restricted to any age group. In fact, adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s can develop acne. Nearly 85 percent of all people have acne at some point in their lives, and according to Beth Bialko, global curriculum developer for Dermalogica and The International Dermal...

Burn Notice

Aloe Vera
It’s commonly recognized as a bit of eye-catching greenery, but its benefits run deeper than its decorative appeal: Aloe vera, or “true aloe,” as the name translates, is a wellspring of nutrients. One of hundreds of aloe species in the lily family, this succulent’s thick, pointed leaves protect a middle layer of bitter yellow latex (harvested primarily for use as a laxative) and, beneath that, a fleshy gel that boasts amino acids, lipids, sterols, and a veritable alphabet of vitamins...

Behind the Mask

Sheet Masks
Early in 2014, L’Oréal acquired the Chinese skincare company Magic Holdings for $840 million. Best known for its facial masks, Magic Holdings had just captured an impressive 26 percent share of the sheet mask category in China, and the acquisition shined a light on a quiet transformation that has been occurring the last several years with the way sheet masks are produced, marketed, and perceived. For spa professionals, there are opportunities to incorporate higher-end sheet masks as add-ons to facial...

Take the Plunge

Hot Springs
Long before the days of pampering spa treatments that most of today’s spa-goers are accustomed to, “spa-ing” consisted of bathing in hot springs for relaxation and wellness. The concept of water therapy dates back to ancient times. However, it’s proving more popular than ever with an increasing number of people seeking out natural thermal springs to soak in their many benefits. In fact, SpaFinder Wellness 365 included hot springs in its Top Ten Global Spa and Wellness Trends Forecast for...

Solar Power

Suncare
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society, and more than 3.5 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed in this country each year. In light of the alarming skin cancer rates, sunscreen sales are thriving (product sales approach approximately $1 billion annually, according to IBISWorld, a market research company), which is good news for the future of skin cancer prevention—and the overall health of skin. In addition...

Melon Ball

Melon
When it comes to wellness, melons are more than just a sweet summer treat. While they have been a dietary staple in cultures around the globe for centuries, melons are finding a place today on spa menus worldwide, thanks to benefits ranging from preventing and treating cancer to aiding weight loss to skincare perks, such as exfoliating, hydrating, and healing skin in topical applications. As members of the gourd family, the musky-scented fruit, including bitter melon, cantaloupe, casaba, honeydew, Kalahari...

A Step in the Right Direction

Robes and Slippers
The spa experience transports guests from their everyday lives into a zone of relaxation and luxury. Robes and slippers help with the transition and serve to beckon guests into the world of spa, preparing them for treatments and transformation. As such, keeping your robes and slippers in tip-top shape should take precedence and be an important part of your spa’s operations. Upholding high standards of cleanliness for both sandals and robes further promotes health and wellness as top priorities at...

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