Thursday, January 8, 2009

Baliage - Adding Professional Hair Painting the Menu

Baliage or Balayage, is a highlighting technique where powder bleach cream is painted directly onto clean, styled hair with a brush in small sections. It is widely favored because it creates very natural-looking highlights that grow out without developing a noticeable and obvious root. Hugely popular with models, starlets and famous beauties, Balayage has received a lot of attention in beauty and style magazines in recent years due to it's popularity among Hollywood's A-List. Due to this increase in demand, many salons have decided to add balayage to their service menu. Many salons even tout "Master Colorists" that have a perfected Balayage technique, marketing them as artisans of the craft and luring a new client base to the salon.

Balayage emerged as an innovative hair coloring technique in Paris in the 1970s. The word is French for “to sweep,” a reference to the way in which the color is applied. Hair is painted by hand with a brush using cream bleach as the medium. Applied in a sweeping process, the highlights are painted on by hand in root to the ends of the hair in small strands. The art of the Balayage technique is paint lightly at the root and heaver as you reach the ends. This creates a rich but natural highlight on hair that looks like hair was "bleached at the beach". As the hair grows, roots will be less obvious for the first eight weeks because a thinner amount of color is applied to the root.
Performing balayage is no more time consuming that foil highlights. In fact, some skilled Baliage artisans can do a full head in about 2 hours.

For more information about Balayage see this Basic Instructional Video.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Events and Education...

In an evolving salon and spa world, staying on top of the trends is key! We've compiled an events and education page that will be updated regularly to help keep professionals "in the know".

Click Here to see it!

Friday, August 24, 2007

A New Era of Spa Therapies Emerge

NEW to American Spas!
Vibrational Essences can delight spa-goer's emotions and invite positive change.

The LightBeings Vibrational Essence collection consists of 47 focused essences (also known as "energies") that help users to overcome life's hurdles and achieve their full potential through Vibrational influence.

Applying the essences synchronizes the aura with the Vibrational energy in the essence. This opens the user to change, emotional walls come down and resistance is released so spiritual healing and growth can begin.

Anyone seeking personal improvement and growth will be amazed at what unfolds - seekers find their answers from within. When LightBeings are incorporated with hands on services like massages, Acupuncture, hydrotherapy, body treatments, facials, reiki, hot stone massages (even manicures & pedicures), they can create a beautiful journey of loving restoration for the mind, body and soul.

LightBeings can also be sold retail in Day Spas and Wellness Centers. Simply anointing ourselves every morning with LightBeings Essences is both enjoyable and meditative. Users can begin each day centering their intentions with essences that will inspire them.

"Adding 2 or 3 different LightBeings Essences to my facial treatments creates a unique high for my clients - there is nothing else on the market like it, clients become very attached to feeling so good." - M.Horan, Licensed Esthetician, Syosset, NY

There are 47 differed themes of Vibrational Essences in these 4 categories:

Ascended Masters (Numbers 1-21)
To develop your abilities to your highest potential

Archangels (Numbers 22-30)
For insight, ease, joy and miracles

EarthAngels (Numbers 31-37)
For integrating us with Mother Nature

Special Essence Series (Numbers 38 - 47)
Special blends and theme-focussed energies

Select the the theme you need right now. Use only up to 3 LightBeings Essences at a time for at least 30 days.

LightBeings are imported from Germany and are available at for Spa Professionals - click here:

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

SoHo Too Cool

Have you ever smelled a product so yummy you could eat it? Well this one takes the cake! This scrumptious hand & foot mask smells decadent. If you love sweet and buttery baked apples, meet your match.
Warning: Hunger pains may start to evolve. Don't do this on an empty stomach.

After doing the standard pedicure procedures (i.e. Soak, scrub, massage - with apple scented foot cream), it's time bask the client in sweet candy apple heaven! Start by mixing the Soho Oatmeal powder with the liquid Apple solution. After applying generously to feet & hands, it will harden right before your very eyes. Clients will begin to feel cool and more refreshed as the mask sets -- they won't want you to take it off. Peel off and proceed to shape & polish toe nails... candy apple red perhaps?

Pick some up for Fall pedicures:

Vita Tanz

SO not your ordinary self tanner. As an Esthetician I am naturally self tanner-phobic. The thought of putting pore clogging and unbeneficial products on my skin, literally makes my hair stand on end. Oh, Did I mention the nightmares of the oomp-a-loompa look?

That was until I tried Vita Tanz. This fearless self tanner "had me at hello". Not only did my skin have a healthy glow and my pores were squeaky clean, my skin felt so soft and hydrated. As Vita Tanz washed off my skin, I didn't even have that dreaded blotchiness of remaining product still lingering. Vita Tanz even comes with a buff applicator to protect your fingers. Fabulous! In conclusion anyone looking for that Bermuda tan in a bottle, your product has arrived.

P.S. Don't forget the sunscreen though. : P

Vita Tanz has been discontinued by the manufacturer, but Pure Spa Direct offers the INCREDIBLE Extended Vacation Moroccan Mineral Self Tanner and Shimmering Sands Facial Tanner - check them out today!

Moroccan Mineral Self Tanner:
Shimmering Sands Facial Tanner: