Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ISPA's Most Interesting Man In The World... And He's Not Holding a Tecate

Today I read that ISPA will be hosting  Mike Walsh as one of their Keynote speakers for their October 2014 conference in Las Vegas. Who is Mike Walsh? I looked at his dreamy picture and pondered that question myself... I have never seen a Keynote speaker look like this before. Maybe he created a new oil based color? Or possibly a new exotic nut oil for hair? Not exactly. His captivating photo led me to a Google search about this pretty face, and it turns out Mike Walsh is quite a fascinating guy.

Here is what ISPA is saying about him:

"Mike Walsh is a global authority on the 21st century business. He is also the author of Futuretainment, and CEO of Tomorrow, a consumer innovation research lab, Walsh prepares business leaders for what's next. He is a leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior and fast growth markets, he brings unique insights into the growing influence of new markets on breakthrough innovation and business transformation. Rather than focus on the distant future, Mike focuses on the next five years - scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass - then translating these into usable business strategies. Mike constantly travels the world for the best ideas, distilling the most relevant insights into a blueprint that allows any audience to understand and influence the future of their industry."

I watched some of his videos and was so impressed. Not only is he delightful to watch, he is an intelligent and interesting world traveler with a palpable passion for knowledge and the future. His delightful accent was just the icing on the cake too! Gheez - I  feel like Amy Farrah Fowler talking about Sheldon!

I am curious to hear him speak to the ISPA audience. So ISPA here I come... and I guess I need to bring my husband too.

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...


Friday, December 27, 2013

As 2013 Winds Down, A Look Back....

With 2013 coming to an end, and 2014 looming ahead, I wanted to take a look back over this year, and remind our readers about all of the awesome spa and salon products we have added! In no particular order, our Top 10 most exciting products:

#1. Mega Case Packs of Nail Files and Buffers by DHS Products
Save some dough, and some stress, by ordering the items you use most for your business is case packs. Then sit back, and perform your services without worrying about running out! Top-quality nail files and buffers for a fraction of the price.

#2. Scent Linq Diffuser and Scents
Do you want to make a lasting impression on your clients when they arrive at your location? Choose your "signature" scent, or mix it up - either way, your clients will show a higher satisfaction with your services, and remember your spa more clearly when it is linked in their head to a delicious scent!

#3. Vinylux by CND
Manicures that last a week, air dry, removes just like regular polish, available in many shades to match Shellac? Enough said.

#4. Essie Gel Color 
A little late to the game? Maybe, but Essie does everything with style! This LED-cured Gel Color system features a keratin-care system that aims to leave nails in better condition than when the gel color was applied. Available in dozens of colors based on Essie's most popular shades.

#5. THE WAX BOWL by Amber Products
The largest wax warmer on the market, The Wax Bowl is not only super functional for your busy business, but looks HOT on your counter as well! Holds up to 8lbs of wax.

#6. Mancine Professional Wax 
Imported from Australia, this extremely high-quality wax is easy to use, and economical to boot. There is a wax for everyone - and they are deliciously scented as well!

#7. Seaweed and Spirulina Alginate Mask by Spa Needs
Of all the masks we demoed this year, this mask stands out as the crowd favorite! This all natural mask really packs a punch, and is reasonably priced as well.

#8. New Signature Pedicure Bowls and Accessories by Noel Asmar 
These stylish bowls have been crafted with durable resin to withstand heavy salon use, without compromising in looks.

#9. June Jacobs Anti-Aging Blemish Control
This line has been created to cater to skin care needs affected by stress and hormone levels. This is not your typical teen's blemish control! As always with June Jacobs products, these products are formulated without parabens, artificial dyes or fragrances, but instead features amazing natural ingredients including tea tree oil, willow bark extract, even BROCCOLI extract! And it really works!

#10. Sposh Posh Spa Linens
These incredible microfiber linens are wrinkle resistant, economical, and most important, ELEGANT. Available in a number of colors to match your decor, your clients will love to slip into your treatment bed when they are wrapped in Sposh linens!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Top 10 Professional Skin Care Industry Trends for 2014

I just read an article on what the International SPA Association is predicting the top 10 industry trends are in skin care for the upcoming year. Some weren't too surprising as the trends have been growing over the last few years while some were quite interesting. You can read the article here.

Here is a quick overview of the list:

1. Anti-aging
I don't know any skin care professional who isn't offering some sort of anti aging treatment. The key is to stay dialed in to new products or techniques that can enhance the services you offer. 

Looking for some new ideas or products? Check out a few of these for services and retail:
Anti-Aging Blemish Control Foaming Cleanser / 5.0 fl. oz. by June Jacobs Spa Collection
Amber Anti-Aging Serum
PourElle Anti-Aging Collagen Peel Off Mask
Pour Elle Anti-Aging Healing Hand Peel Off Mask (don't forget to offer full body anti aging treatments!)
Collagen Masks (there's one for every skin type!)

2. Business
More owners and professionals are seeing the value of continuing education, networking and having the confidence to keep going

Need some tips? We can get you started:
Spa Business Strategies: A Plan for Success Book

3. Nonsurgical face lifts
With all of the advances with skin care technology more people are opting for non surgical treatments than ever before.

Have you seen or tried any of these in your services?

4. Diet
Most people understand the need for drinking water to help keep skin clear and glowing, are yours also aware of the importance of diet? If you aren't comfortable offering advice to your client, you could always recommend a local nutritionist or personal trainer....added bonus, you can work out a referral system with them!

5. Organic/Natural Products
Due to client demand, more and more companies are coming out with organic and more natural product lines. Are you offering any natural services for those clients?

Here are some of our client's top picks:
June Jacobs (high quality with unparalleled results!)
Desert Mineral Detox Body Scrub - Anti-Cellulite Formula / 10 oz. by Extended Vacation (the favorite scrub of the Ritz Carlton! Also available in a professional size!)
Organic Soaps (amazing retail item!)
Organic Raw Ingredients (create your own unique organic blends!)

6. Men
The rise of male clientele as well as male specific businesses are continuing to rise.

Don't miss out on this veritable goldmine!
Grooming Lounge (incredible line of products designed for your male clients!)

7. Multicultural 
It's very important for businesses to ensure their stylists, technician etc are properly trained in how to assess and treat every skin type across cultures. Different skin pigmentation needs different techniques and products. Make sure you have products available to provide the best level of service for the ethnicities in your area. 

8. Global Skin
This was interesting and I wonder how many businesses are aware of global skin. Many client's may not be of one particular ethnicity or heritage but rather a combination of two or more. Education is key as well as asking your client's questions rather than assuming anything based off their appearance. With tanning, colored contacts, hair tints/dyes it is nearly impossible to tell these days.

9. Online Presence 
Nearly every business I talk to has some sort of a social media page. It's important to not just have a page with your business info but to allow interaction with clients. Whether it be through blogs, online scheduling or contests, being accessible online is critical these days. 

10.  Express Service
 Many people don't have the time every week to book a half or full day appointment. Offering express services is crucial. Whether it be a combo pack of services or a mini facial, make sure to capitalize on the client's who want to utilize your services on a tight schedule.