Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Essie Romper Room - Polish Perfection Spring 2014

I know I am sometimes BORING when it comes to nail color. But there is NOTHING like a great pink to
Romper Room works with all
Accessories & Wardrobe Colors
make me smile, and love these aging hands a little more. Essie's Romper Room is like a nail polish dream as it has the opacity of Fiji but the hue of  Ballet Slippers. Before Romper Room I was on my 3rd bottle of Essie Minimalistic, which is a more muted version of Romper Room.

It's funny because the other day someone saw me, looked down at my hands and asked, "Is that Romper Room?" I was shocked they knew as this color has only been out for 5 minutes! Yet people already know it... because they love it too!

Well, if you are looking to stock a great color in your salon for manicures this spring and summer, I strongly suggest Essie Romper Room for your nail polish racks. I am sure it will be discontinued because I love it sooooo much. That seems to be how it goes for my favorite things.
Romper Room;
What a great color instead of French...


Polish Displays - Small, Simple & Easy

I just love these new 3 tier acrylic polish displays for show boating all the new Spring colors from Essie,
Gelish, Shellac and more.  Sometimes it's nice to have a smaller display on the manicure table to give clients ideas on colors for their next manicure or pedicure. Also, clients appreciate knowing that you have the most current selection of "on trend" colors available.

These new displays showcase 12 standard-size nail polishes. Each tier measures 1-7/16"D x 5-1/2"W. Display measures 4-1/2"L x 5-3/4"W x 4-3/4"D.

Each display is only $11.18! At that price you can pace them all over the salon! Sort by color, themes, hues etc.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bigger is Better!

It was a tight race this week between 27" table paper and 21" table paper for rolls flying out of the warehouse this week, but as the expression goes - Bigger is Better! 27" beat up on 21" in the last day - kinda like what the Yankees did to Boston on Thursday night.... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See cases of 21" wide and 27" wide Table Paper HERE!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Micro Needling---Not As Scary As It Looks

When I first saw the Micro Needle Roller Therapy System, I must admit my first thought was, "ouch". Literally tiny needles on a roller with a handle for someone to roll across my face? Sounds like an ancient form of punishment.

Luckily for me, and other clients, it's not scary at all. In fact, this little thing is pretty awesome.




Here's how it works in a very small nutshell:
-The steel micro-points release toxins from the skin, triggers collagen production, and also helps products penetrate into the skin further resulting in greater effectiveness.

Here are just a few of the issues it helps with:
  •  Scars (of all colors)
  •  Brown Spots
  •  Facial Discoloration
  •  Deep Lines & Wrinkles
  •  Great for Wrinkles Around the Mouth (smoker's lip)
  •  Cellulite
  •  Stretch Marks
  •  Skin Firmness - Airbrushed Appearance
You can read much more about how it works here.

It is available in two different length needles, the shorter one can be retailed to your clients for at home use in combination with the services you provide. The longer needle roller is for professional use since it penetrates deeper into the skin.

I recently was reading an article about a woman interested in this service but could not find one single practitioner in her area....that seems outrageous to me. Are you missing out on clients searching for  this collagen producing treatment? It's definitely worth looking into!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Nail Polish Ingredients Explained

It seems that nowadays everyone is very cautious about what products they are using based o the ingredients. The more they know, the more comfortable they are with using a product. I recently came across an article in NailPro Magazine explaining what the main ingredients are in nail polishes. As a salon owner, having this knowledge will help when answering client questions about what is actually in that little bottle.

So here's a breakdown of some of the main ingredients:
  • Resin --> Nitrocellulose (that’s a film-forming resin) or anything with the words polymer, copolymer, or resin.
    • Basically this is what hold the polish together. Nail polish traditionally requires two types of resin: film-forming and adhesive. The film-forming resin gives the dried polish a shiny texture, while the adhesive polymer adds flexibility, so it is less brittle.
  • Solvent --> Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, propyl acetate, and isopropyl acetate.
    • This ingredient is what makes the polish easy to apply and spread evenly, as well as helps the polish dry quicker.
  • Dispersants --> Stearalkonium hectorite, stearalkonium bentonite.
    • Additives that help mix pigments with the resin and solvent. This slows the process of settling and separation in the bottle.
  • UV Stabilizers -->Benzophenone, often followed by a dash and the number one.
    • This will prevent sunlight from changing the color or fading the polish.
  • Plasticizers -->Trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, triphenyl phosphate, camphor, and ethyl tosylamide
    • This causes the manicures to last longer by keeping the resin flexible once it is dry.
  • Dyes and Pigments -->“CL” followed by numbers on the label; that’s the index number for the color used.
    • Makes up the color that is chosen by the client.
  • Micas --> Mica
    • This is the ingredient that adds shimmer to the polish.
The more knowledge you have about your products, the more your clients will trust you and keep coming back.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Display Your Colors with this Beautiful 3 Piece Wrought Iron Nail Polish Rack!

New from Deco Salon Furniture, this gorgeous 3 Piece Wrought Iron Nail Polish Rack will make a statement in any salon! This beautiful piece of art holds up to 250 bottles of nail polish, so your clients will be able to quickly and easily decide on their new nail color.


No need for fancy wall art - this stylish nail polish holder will decorate your space and be useful at the same time! Securely screws to the wall, so you don't have to cry over spilled polish. Check it out today!

3 Piece Wrought Iron Nail Polish Rackhttp://www.purespadirect.com/3-Piece-Wrought-Iron-Nail-Polish-Rack-250-Bottles-p/nc-773220.htm

All Nail Polish Rackshttp://www.purespadirect.com/Nail-Polish-Organizing-Racks-s/237.htm

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vitamins For Your Skin

From the time we are kids, we are taught the importance of vitamins to help be strong and healthy (I'm a Flinstone kid!) on the inside. As adults, we learn the importance of vitamins to help stay healthy and fight the evil forces of aging. We cannot forget the importance of vitamins for our skin, the first thing people see!

I was reading an article last week on some of the trends at The Face & Body® Midwest Spa Conference & Expo and one section was regarding a lecture on the importance of vitamins for the skin.

Here is a small sampling of the benefits of the most common vitamins:
  • Vitamin C is excellent for countering the effects of sun exposure, pollution, and smoke among other free radicals. Vitamin C also is useful in the production of collagen.
  • Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant, helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, is great on dry skin and when combined with Vitamin C you have double powered protector against the sun.
  • Vitamin A is also great for reducing the appearance on wrinkles and is beneficial in acne treatments.
  • Biotin is an extremely important B vitamin essential for hair, nails and skin. Adding a biotin treatment can give your clients an instant healthy glow. It's hydrating (think, pump!), toning and has anti inflammatory properties.

Looking for some new ideas or products rich in vitamins to boost your client's satisfaction? Check out these popular items:

SPA PANTRY Goats Milk Powder (rich in  vitamins A, C, B1, B6, B12, & E)
 Vitamin C Capsules / 10 Pack

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Big Texas Blow Out - A Head Full of Brushes Just Got Easier

Texas Tresses
Get a Big & Beautiful Blow out
with Ionic & CeramicDetachable Brushes
As a Texas girl, I like everything big. Big hair, big diamonds... big personality. It's hard getting a Texas sized blow out here in New York where every one wants stick straight hair. Styling hair with a lot of volume, swing and bounce can be challenging, that is why I just about did a hoedown when I saw this detachable brush set from Scalpmaster.

This set will create a perfect blow-out because it has a detachable barrel so the brushes can stay in the hair for a big, full "set". Simply connect a brush barrel to the handle, section hair, roll into barrel, secure with clamp and release handle, let is stay for 10-15 minutes until cool then gentle release for bounce. Hit that hair with some setting spray and viola... Miss Texas hair!

Create a perfect blow-out every time with this multi-function brush set. Detachable brush heads can be used as rollers to hold hair in place.

Set includes:
Two 1-3/4" Brush Barrels
Two 2" Brush Barrels
Two 2-1/4" Brush Barrels
One Brush Barrel
Six Roller Clamps
Storage Tote

I would retail this to all my Southern Belle beauties that like big hair styles that last a few days!  Also great for salon use.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Facial and Body Masks by Pourelle Cosmetics

Seems like there is a facial and body mask for everything these days. How do I know? Because Pourelle Masks were moving fast over at the warehouse this week. From Vitamin C to Collagen to Seaweed to French Wine (sounds like I'd rather drink it than put it on my face!) - they were big sellers... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great Pourelle Cosmetics selection HERE!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pillowettes by Intrinsics - Versatile and Luxurious

 The Pillowettes are like nothing else on the market! They are miniature pillows filled with absorbent and luxurious cotton. They are 100% cotton, super soft and absorbent, and what also sets the product apart is the slipcase that perfectly fits two fingers, which provides estheticians with greater control during usage. Estheticians and Nail Technicians love this feature that provides them with ease of use!

The Pillowettes are very versatile. They are great for make-up removal and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin! Aside from skin care, they are the perfect lint free nail wipe for soak off gel polishes as well. The Pillowettes are also exceptionally great for use when applying after wax lotions and gels, because they won't be irritating to such a sensitive area.

The Pillowettes Lint-Free Pads Uses:
  • Make-Up Removal
  • Skin Care / Facials
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Soak Off Gel Removal
  • Lint Free Nail Wipe
  • Applying After Wax Lotions

They come in an 80 count box of pure softness!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Perfect for Warmer Weather - Palm Tree Nail Designs

The weather is finally getting warmer here in New York, and what better time to jump ahead and play with fun nail designs that make you think of warmer weather? I came across these Palm Tree nail art designs and instantly thought of warm weather, summer, and vacations. All you need is polishes in sunset colors of red, pink, and yellow. Black polish for the palm tree design and a thin nail art brush.


And if you're not into the sunset look, check out the palm tree design with more of a beach background. All you need for this one is to change the background color to two shades of blue and a bit of yellow:

These designs will definitely help your clients get ready for the summer months!

Friday, April 18, 2014

UNBEATABLE OFFER - $74 Shampoo Bowls Here at Pure Spa Direct!

Calling all Hair Salons! We have a deal that CANNOT BE MISSED..... $74 Shampoo Bowls, right here at Pure Spa Direct!


These beautiful black ABS plastic shampoo bowls are just what you are looking for! Comes complete with your choice of faucet and the vacuum breaker, you won't find a better deal on a shampoo bowl ANYWHERE! Pure Spa Direct has these shampoo bowls, plus all of your hair salon supplies, all in one convenient place.

Margrit Heart Shaped ABS Plastic Shampoo Bowl: http://www.purespadirect.com/Margrit-Heart-Shaped-ABS-Plastic-Shampoo-Bowl-LS1-p/kv-972185.htm

Nicolaas Sqaure Shaped ABS Plastic Shampoo Bowl: http://www.purespadirect.com/Nicolaas-Sqaure-Shaped-ABS-Plastic-Shampoo-Bowl-L-p/kv-972186.htm

Pure Spa Direct Salon Category: http://www.purespadirect.com/Hair-Hair-Products-Hair-Appliances-Brushes-Combs-Hair-Color-s/267.htm

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Treating Dads Like Kings With Father's Day Treatments

Is your spa/salon utilizing every possible holiday/special occasion to reach new clients?
We all expect the usual Valentines and Mother's day but are you offering a Father's Day special or pushing gift certificates for the men in your client's lives?

The industry has seen continuous growth of male clients in recent years and it is expected to rise to new levels this year. While many men may not be coming in for full day services (yet!) they may enjoy a special day of manicures, facials, hot shaves, massages or cuts depending on the services you offer.

As you already know, once a client is in the door it is much easier to get them to try out new services by either add ons or offering a discounted price to try a new service on their next visit.

If you already have male clients, make sure they know you are offering Father's Day specials with incentives on trying to new services. For the women, make sure they know you are offering Father's Day specials and have gift certificates available. You could even go so far as offering incentives for the clients who PURCHASE the gift certificate. For each gift certificate that they buy or is redeemed (however you want to work it!) they can receive a discount on a service or a free add on. Make it exciting, new and something the client's will enjoy.

Don't forget to ensure your retail items for guys are visible and accessible this time of year as well.

Some of our favorites include:

GROOMING LOUNGE Gift Kit (more kits available here)
Grooming Lounge® Mug Cleaner Face Wash 
GROOMING LOUNGE Beard Master Shave Oil
GROOMING LOUNGE Beard Destroyer Shave Cream
Grooming Lounge® Best For Last Soothing Aftershave
Men's Travel Kit - 4 Products by June Jacobs by June Jacobs Spa Collection
3 In 1 Cleanser - 198 mL. / 6.7 fl. oz. by June Jacobs by June Jacobs Spa Collection (also available in a larger size!)
Exfoliating Scrub - by June Jacobs 
Shave Cream - by June Jacobs

Father's Day is just around two months away, giving you time to think about how you'd like to tap into the holiday potential and bring some new treatments in!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Don't Stretch Your Budget to Stretch Your Clients - Earthlite Portable Tables are Affordable AND Durable

Recently, I had a client contact me in a panic. This client works as a trainer at a gym, where they have a portable massage table to stretch clients out on. Well, my client got up on the table with his client to get a really good stretch....and the table broke! OH NO!

Luckily, Pure Spa Direct was able to save his butt...and his bank account. When I heard about what happened, I immediately recommended our top-selling Earthlite Portable Massage Tables. Why, you ask? Simple. These hand-crafted tables are built to support 600 or more pounds, and are easy on the wallet to boot!

Earthlite offers a variety of portable and stationary massage tables. As a leader in the massage table industry, Earthlite is recognized worldwide for building quality tables, at a variety of price points, making it easy for almost anyone to find the perfect massage table!

See below for some of the most popular Earthlite Portable Tables, or visit Pure Spa Direct to see the full Earthlite selection!

Harmony DX Package by EarthLite - $269.00

  • Full size table with a lifetime limited warranty.
  • Deluxe Adjustable Headrest with matching crescent cushion.
  • Heavy duty, single pocket carry case.
  • Compact armrest sling for client comfort.
  • Managed forest hard Maple legs and braces with lightweight aircraft grade Russian Birch decking.
  • Luxurious, durable, and eco-friendly Nature’s Touch upholstery in four colors (Agate, Burgundy, Black and Teal).
  • Comfortable, 2 .5” dual layer, CFC free, cushioning system.
  • Precision crafted by Earthlite using only water-based lacquers and glues and eco-friendly materials.

  • Expertly designed by Earthlite’s advanced engineering team.
  • Only 28 pounds – easy to transport.
  • Greater client access for specific massage work.
  • Innovative dual post leg stabilizers.
  • Patent pending Shimmy-Lok™ Leg Brace System eliminates leg instability inherent in other aluminum frame designs.
  • Patented Cradle-Lock™ cabling system with 1000 lb. rated aircraft grade steel cables.
  • Patent pending Reiki-ready super-lite aluminum frame
  • Full-length piano hinge
  • Patent pending Shimmy-Lok™ Leg Brace System
  • Mid-brace™ Cradle-lock Cabling System with 1,000 lbs test cables
  • Pro-Lite™ 2-layer 2.25" Cushioning System
  • Natursoft™ Upholstery – 100% PU in sixteen colors
  • Dual Maple headrest outlets
  • Managed forest hard Maple and lightweight aircraft grade decking.
  • Buttery soft, yet eco-friendly Natursoft™ upholstery in four colors (Black, Mystic, Teal, and Vanilla Crème).
  • Luxurious 2.75” dual-density, CFC free cushioning system.
  • 1,000 lb. aircraft grade steel support cables.
  • Precision milled and crafted by Earthlite.
  • Premium Avalon XD Table with lifetime limited warranty.
  • Patent pending Flex-Rest™ Self-adjusting Facecradle with Form-fit™ memory cushion.
  • Heavy duty, single pocket carry case.
  • Compact arm sling for client comfort.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ideas for Organization - Employee Tip Lockers

So I was just introduced to a really great idea when it comes to organizing gratuity tips for your employees. Normally, your client would give their tip to the front desk or directly to the employee. However, sometimes tips can get misplaced, forgotten, etc. I thought that this idea was a perfect solution for this!

The idea is kind of like individual employee "cubbies", but they are lockers. With our Cell Phone Locker Units, the lockers are small enough for this purpose and all that is needed is the optional door with the slot. We have many options available, as these are custom made to order. They are available in Aluminum, Bronze, Gold, and Sandstone with your choice of 15, 20, and 25 individual lockers. You also have the option of custom engraving, plexiglass window, or a clear plastic card holder(which is great for when you have to switch out names!)

Each door can come with either a re-settable lock or a key lock (master keys are available as well) which can be assigned to each employee. All your clients would have to do with this is insert their tip right into the designated locker with the employees name that had assisted them that day.


This Tip Lockers would make the process of tipping easier for the client, as well as the employee. And no more lost or forgotten tips!

You can check out these items here.
Cell Phone Lockers
Door Slot for Cell Phone Locker
Locker Keys

Give us a call anytime and we would be more than happy to assist you with a quote for these made-to-order lockers!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Help Your Clients Bare All With This Effective and Economical Wax

With warmer weather (hopefully) right around the corner, spas and salons everywhere are seeing a surge in their waxing business. Clients everywhere are getting ready to bare all!

Effective and economical, Olive Oil Strip Wax
is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin!
With all of these waxing services to be performed, don't you want to use an effective, yet economical wax? Mancine Professional's Olive Oil wax is just that! Featuring a super-thin formula, this wax applies quickly and is strong enough to remove even the most resistant hairs. This natural wax is soothing, making it ideal for even sensitive skin. Since it spreads thin and leaves no residue behind, you will get more waxes from each container, which means more profit for your business!

Mancine Professional's Olive Oil wax is available in 2 sizes: 14 oz and a whopping 2.2lbs! The large containers of Mancine waxes are perfect for high-volume salons and spas who don't have time to change wax cans after every few clients.

Try Mancine's Olive Oil wax today, and see what all the buzz is about!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Allergy Prone Skin or Spring Allergies? Keeping Your Clients Clear

Spring has officially arrived (even if the weather is a bit crazy with these recent storms!) which also means the arrival of allergies. Seasonal allergies manifest not only in the typical sneezing fits, watering eyes and scratchy throats but also on the skin. People who are sensitive to allergies can also see extra dryness, redness, rashes and overall itchiness.

Skin Allergies can be uncomfortable and for some, embarrassing. Having an allergy facial or allergy relief add ons in your service menu can be a great comfort for your clients.

Some great skin relief items to consider include:

Allergy Ampoule by Rosa Graf - this powerful bottle can be used in 15-20 treatments (profit potential is nothing to sneeze at!)

Rosewater- great for soothing and hydrating the skin. Great retail item as well for self care!

Dr. Temt Azulene Gelform Mask- instant soothing relief, you can't get much better than instant unless you can prevent it!

Seaweed and Spirulina Peel Off Alginate Facial Mask- gets rid of puffiness, calms the skin, reduces redness...this mask does it all and is incredibly easy to work with. Many of our clients consider this their go to mask (also great to retail as a package with a mixing bowl and brush)

Redness Diffusing by June Jacobs- masks and serums with the sole purpose of reducing redness

Calming by Ayer-Medic- cleanser, cream and mask for a great 3 step process to ease skin allergy irritations

Even when they aren't experiencing allergies, your clients will remember you offer these treatments and come running to you whenever they act up!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: Aromatherapy Associates Aroma Radiance Lift Facial with Microcurrent at The Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Rose Infinity Products
Add Intense Results
to Aroma Lift Facial
I have enjoyed some amazing facials in this job. From the far East to South America, I have been pulled, poked, prodded, zapped, lasered and tasered with just about every device on the market! In my perpetual quest for a time machine of youth, I have tried many techniques, products and devices to see what tones, tightens and creates a noticeable improvement in appearance.

I recently had the privilege of a 90 minute facial while visiting The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. I chose this facial because the assistant at the Spa's front desk said it was their, "most popular, results driven treatment" and clients all left "tightened, toned and radiant."  My curiosity was peaked, the appointment was booked and my gosh, the results were extraordinary.

The facial is performed using the Aromatherapy Associates Aroma Lift Machine that delivers professional levels of Micro current, Galvanic and High Frequency to the skin. This luxury treatment actually tones facial muscles, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and re-hydrates skin, giving an overall toned, firm and lifted look and feel that was promised.

My exceptional esthetician, Melinda had a sophisticated knowledge of how to use the microcurrent wands to re-shape my facial and neck muscles. There was an Aromatherapy Associates Enzymatic Peel to brighten up my complexion and a professional Vitamin C topical that was used to address my sun spots. All of this intertwined with lymphatic drainage, micro circulation, galvanic, high frequency and lifting movements to tone the skin.  This treatment is completed by intense hydration from the Rose Infinity Moisturizer that left my skin supremely firm and nourished.The Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity line was used throughout the treatment and was gentle, yet effective on my fragile skin.

Melinda focused on my areas of concern; neck, eyes, forehead and jowls. At the end of the treatment everything was lifted and my face felt like it had a 60 minute muscle workout - I could feel that my entire face was tightened from deep within. I could not stop staring in the mirror for the next three days, it was truly like a face lift! The results lasted about a week.

I am now a HUGE fan of micro current, even though I have tried it before - my results after this treatment were unmatched to previous treatments I have had. I think this is strongly in part to Melinda's technique, extensive training, and the professional skin care that makes this treatment so successful for myself and guests. It is important to have advanced training and knowledge of the face and neck's natural acupressure points and muscle structure in order for the treatment to get the results that keep the clients re-booking and referring their friends.





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Super Duper Pedi Medi Tabs

Oh boy - these tabs smell good! Your favorite this week was the peppermint, however my favorite has got to be the pomegranate. Just recently added to our site - The Super Duper Pedi Medi Tabs were moving pretty fast this week. I bet Derek Jeter uses these after a long hard game ... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great Super Duper Pedi Medi Tabs selection HERE!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adding Natural Volume with Injectables

Today, I would like to discuss facial fillers. What are they? Who needs them? What do they do?
First, the most commonly used fillers, such as Juvederm®, are based on a very natural substance called hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. So that when we inject Juvederm®, we are really just
Before & After
65 year old patient.
(Photo: 2 days post
cheek injections, Botox & Juvaderm XC)
- Lamm Dermatology
replacing or enhancing something that is already within us!

Why would someone have a filler? As our skin ages, it loses volumes and sags, producing unwanted lines and wrinkles. Anyone who is experiencing these changes is a candidate for a filler.

And that brings us to the main concept today, volumization. While it used to be thought that correction of wrinkles required injection directly into the lines, we no understand this differently. We know that because of the loss of volume in the face, we must replace that. My preferred filler for that purpose is Juvederm® and it works very well. As volume is replaced, lines and wrinkles lessen and the face takes on a more youthful appearance. 

Thus we have it, volumization!

For questions about this or other cosmetic skin issues, please inquire to Dr. Lamm at info@lammdermatology.com, or call  (516) 933-1717 for an appointment or consultation.

Skin Care Reactions; What is 'allergic' dermatitis?'

People are often given a diagnosis of 'contact dermatitis', but what exactly is that? What are the implications
"True contact allergic dermatitis
is caused by particular substances" 
and why does it happen? First, let's get some definitions straight. When we talk of dermatitis, it should be understood that the term is synonymous with eczema. So they are really interchangeable. Dermatitis equals eczema.

Now, more importantly, what are the types and causes of contact dermatitis? The condition is broadly divided into two categories, irritant and allergic. So we speak of contact irritant dermatitis and contact allergic dermatitis. Why is this important? Because it tells us about the possible causes and ways to avoid the condition.
Basically, contact irritant dermatitis is caused by chemicals or substances that will irritate skin in any person. An example would be a retinoid drug, such as Retin A. While the drug is very useful for many reasons, if used too much or too quickly, it will cause irritation in almost any individual. So a person may think 'I'm allergic to Retin A' when in reality there is no allergy but just irritation which can be overcome. So what is 'allergic' dermatitis?'

True contact allergic dermatitis is caused by particular substances that cause a person to launch an immune reaction to the substance. An example would be the topical antibiotic neomycin. Many people would typically apply this drug to various cuts, scrapes or injuries, thinking they will prevent an infection. Often, however, days or weeks later they will develop itching and rash at the site, and have become truly allergic to the drug neomycin. In fact, neomycin is one of the most common topical sensitizing drugs in North America. A typical comment by the patient might be 'but I've used this many times before!' and that is just the point. Allergic dermatitis can not occur unless the skin had been exposed prior, it was over several applications that the allergy was being created!

So there you have it, two different types of contact dermatitis that can look exactly the same, but with entirely different causes!
Joel Lamm, M.D.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Take Your Tanning Business on the Road with this Tanning Pop Up Tent...Now Available in THREE COLORS!

Tanning Season is in full swing, and you can now take your tanning business on the road to more profit! By offering mobile tanning services, you will open new avenues for expanded profit. But how can you offer mobile tanning services? Isn't it a lot of work, set up and cleanup? Not any more!

Pure Spa Direct is proud to offer the most popular tanning pop up tent on the market, and it is now available in your choice of 3 colors: classic black, beautiful brown, and pretty pink! The translucent black is a professional, classic color. The brown hides all overspray stains, making your life that much easier! And the pink is...well its PINK! :)




Tanning Tent Features



  • Wall Material: 210D Polyester Oxford Fabric. Easy clean up, double-stitched, durable seams. 
  • Floor: Heavyweight 210D waterproof stain resistant treated floor and corners for quick and easy clean-up. 
  • Support System: High gauge, low memory spring steel that supports the room without sagging but is easier to coil back into the collapsed circle configuration for storage. 
  • Dimensions: 7' x 4' x 4' (210 x 120 x 120cm) - largest on the market - makes it very easy to tan clients of all sizes. 
  • Extraction Fan Opening: In rear of tent, 20" x 20" (60 x 60cm). Opening uses Velcro to keep it closed that is installed completely around the opening insuring 100% closure. NO MORE BROKEN ZIPPERS!!! See the Pure Sunless Extraction Fan HERE
  • Roof: Clear heavy weight vinyl roof with tie downs. Allows overhead light to illuminate the tent interior. 
  • Entry: Door-less over-sized large walk-in opening is 6.5 feet tall. Can accommodate even the tallest clients, no unnecessary door to get in the way and add bulk. 
  • Windows: 3 clear vinyl windows (not mesh that allow overspray to escape) to allow 75% more light in from the treatment room, no need for additional lighting. 
  • Carry Bag: We have made our carry bags even bigger than ever. This allows for easier insertion and have also eliminated the zipper closure. The bag is large enough to also carry extra items like towels etc. We use Velcro straps for closure, NO MORE BROKEN ZIPPERS!!! 
  • Carry Strap: Our carry straps are a true shoulder length and triple stitched to prevent tearing from the bag itself. 
  • Other: Instructions included showing different methods to collapse the tent.

To view the full Pure Sunless Sunless Tanning Store, click here: http://www.purespadirect.com/Airbrush-Tanning-Sunless-Tanning-Pure-Sunless-Store-s/1.htm

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New from Sposh! - Luxury Linens and Robes

By now, most of us are familiar with the Sposh linens and how amazing they are! If you haven't tried them yet, I can tell you that you and your clients are going to fall in love with these items! The sheets are super soft and virtually wrinkle-free when you pull them from the dryer. The microfiber fabric is durable, easy to maintain, and dries more quickly then regular sheets.

We just added the new Nouveau design sheet sets and pillow cases that are great for retailing to your client for home use, especially after they have experienced the fabric themselves during a service. Don't forget to offer them the luxurious matching Nouveau microfiber robe as well!

Also new from Sposh:
Organic Sheets and Sheet Sets
Microfiber Twill Robes
Chelour Robes and Blankets - Super soft, plush, and lightweight!

If you are using these items in your treatments rooms, your clients won't be able to leave without bringing some home for themselves!

Friday, April 4, 2014

10 Ways to Prevent Nail Enhancement Lifting

For both clients and technicians alike, nail enhancements that remain on the nails for the long haul are preferable. If you are having problems with your enhancements lifting, check out the following advice from NailPro Magazine:

#10: Only use high-quality, name-brand, professional products. You may think the no-name products are a steal, but if you have to fix the enhancements, you just ate up the additional profit you made to start with. Think the top name brands: CND, Tammy Taylor, and Star Nail are some of our most popular brands!

#9: Correct Prep is KEY. Follow these steps to ensure the nail is well-prepped prior to applying a new enhancement:

  1. Have client wash hands and scrub nail plate to reduce nail bed oils.
  2. Push back cuticle and gently buff the surface, using a 180-grit buffer.
  3. Remove all excess dust with a disinfectable brush.
  4. Clean the nail with a lint-free wipe and nail prep solution, such as CND Scrub Fresh.
  5. Apply the recommended primer for the products you are using.
#8: Follow the manufacturer's instructions and keep like products together. Each product in a product line has been formulated to work in conjunction with the other products, so in order to prevent reactions, always stay within the same line. Also - don't skip steps or stray from the instructions!

#7: Don't let it flood! Leave a 1/16th" margin around the cuticle, and be sure not to leave a raised "edge" that you can feel - this edge, even if you can't see it - might get caught on something and cause lifting!

#6: Avoid product contamination. Ensure your client's health and safety by always storing your brushes in a clean, dry container with the bristles down. Always clean dappen dishes between clients, and empty at the end of the night. Never pour unused monomer back in the bottle.

#5: Build enhancements to an appropriate length - no more than half the length of the natural nail bed. Even if your client is pushing for a longer enhancement, stick to your guns. Anything longer will not hold up to normal wear and tear.

#4: For acrylic, use the correct mix ratio. To test, place a bead of product directly on the apex of a clean, unfiled nail tip. Do not pat or push down, simply observe for 10 seconds. If it is too wet, the bead will settle and flow outward immediately. If it is too dry, the height and shape will be completely unchanged after 10 seconds, and may look crusty. The perfect consistency will look like frosted glass.

#3: Don't nip old products off nails, as this can cause lifting and create an edge that is hard to incorporate into the new nail. Instead, use a 180- or 240-grit file to remove shine and lower thickness by a third. Any places that have lifted should be filed and blended into the natural nail.

#2: Hold a medical consult with your client. Some medications and treatments affect hair and nails, which can cause lifting. Try your best with different products, or recommend the client goes with natural nails if using any of these medications.

#1: Educate your clients! Armed with the proper at-home care and maintenance, your clients can help prevent lifting!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Protecting Your Clients and Yourself With Record Keeping

I was just reading an article on the regulation changes made in Texas for non-cosmetic procedures in med spas. What I found interesting was the major change in the law:

"medical spas will no longer be able to perform nonsurgical medical procedures without having a physician, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant on staff to complete a 10-step process before beginning the procedure.”  as quoted by Stuart Miller of Strasburger & Price, LLP, in the article 

Now, this law may only be in Texas and apply specifically to med spas, but it is something to think about in regards to pre-treatment procedures.

Every business in this diverse and amazing industry should already be keeping detailed notes for their clients. The most important form is the client intake form. This makes the technician/therapist aware of any contraindications or issues that will affect/alter the way they perform the service(s), be able to advise the client of alternatives if necessary, or avoid a painful and possibly legal situation from arising. Along with having the clients fill out intake forms completely, it's always great if for the first visit a few extra minutes are allotted for the therapist to discuss the health history with the client.

For an ongoing client, it is great to have a record of the services provided. This allows for progress tracking, feedback and it also gives an opportunity to cross market and recommend different/complimentary services. It is also good to check in periodically with the client regarding the health history to note any changes or new issues.

Not sure about what forms to get... we have you covered!

Client Profile Cards- different cards for different services
Soap Notes Client Visit Form- excellent for massage therapists and chiropractors!
General Client Information Profile Cards
Binders- organization makes everything better :)



Safe,happy clients and employees are crucial parts to any business. Stay ahead of the curve and keep everyone informed!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Make-Up Mastery - Throw me some shade

Tools of the Trade
Available @
PureSpa.com
Contouring is king when it comes to transforming flaws through make-up. Pure Spa Direct has an extensive collection of make-up brushes and cosmetics for professionals to purchase at professional, wholesale prices.

We also have a great selection of cosmetic cases and train cases for the traveling make-up artist professional. 

Are you interested in learning more about this shading, shadowing and highlighting technique... along with some SHOCKING before and afters, check out this link from Buzzfeed:



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Baby Magic Globes - Retail, Travel or Treatment

If your clients are like me, traveling can be a bloat buster. I don't know if it's salty airport food, the margaritas, fatigue or just water retention, but my face ALWAYS shows the tell tale signs with puffiness on my lower and upper lids. I do use the original magic globes and frozen gel masks when I am home, but it is hard to travel with these unless your hotel has a freezer to keep them icy. So my heart rejoiced when I saw these mini, baby globes!
My Favorite Magic Wands!
Perfect for Retail
Perfect for Travel

These little guys are the perfect size for travel and can be easily chilled, just place them in a glass of ice or ice bucket (every hotel has an ice machine). I usually just order a glass of ice with room service at breakfast, and let the globes chill while eating. In about 10-15 minutes these blue globes are ready to unpack my eye bags. I like to apply facial oil to help with the glide (you never want to pull on the skin) and use a rolling motion the eyes, face neck and temples. Sometimes, I will re-chill the globes and go for a second round of massage after my shower. These little magic mini globes are also great for sinuses, headaches, post waxing and extractions.

Ditch those heavy, puffy eyes... capture that wide eyed look again! Suggested retail price is: $49.99