Thursday, March 31, 2011

Slim Down and Tone Up - Spa Style!

Now that it is almost April, my workouts in preparation for summer are steadily becoming more and more intense. Weightloss is not the only goal - I am desperate to tone all of those tricky areas on the thighs and tummy. No matter how hard I work out, or how intense my exercises are, certain areas just will never see any change till the day I die. As a woman, my gender is working against me, as is time. Fortunately, there are many kinds of spa treatments that can target areas with difficult cellulite and take off inches that the gym never can.

The most popular slimming treatment sold here at Pure Spa is the nutrient rich Slimming Tummy Mask. Filled with Guarana, Iodine, Tamanu Oil and Rosemary Leaf Oil, this product packs a huge punch against those dreaded fat cells. In addition, even though the mask specifically says it is for the tummy, you can also use it on most cellulite-prone areas on the body. Simply mix the contents of the packet with 10 ounces of warm water, stir vigorously for about 1 minute, and apply the paste to the desired area. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with warm towels or a shower. Be sure to get the measurements on the targeted areas so that your clients can see the fantastic progress they have made!

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CLICK HERE to see the Measuring Tape!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What's Shipping This Week...

Want to get those feet ready for the warmer weather ladies?? I can think of only one way... Dunk your feet in a Footsie Bath now! Along with our disposable liners it makes for the cleanest and healthiest 'feet in the street'... no other brand can compete! Footsie Baths also have this cool Vibration Noise Reduction System that delivers soothing vibration to your clients' feet without a lot of noise. I know you've worked hard to make your environment inviting and relaxing, Footsiebath® lets you keep it that way!  Why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great Footsie Bath Selection HERE!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Custom Airbrush Tan vs Booth Tan

With tanning season in full swing, we are talking about spray tanning here at Pure Spa Direct day in and day out. We specialize in custom airbrush tanning, with a wide offering of equipment to suit every technician's need. The other day, however, I was curious to compare a custom airbrush tan with a spray tan done in a booth, so my coworker and I headed over to our local tanning salon to test out the Mystic Tan HD.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous going in. Being confined in a small space, having tanning solution sprayed at me? How was it going to cover my whole body? How would my face come out? What about my hands and my feet? These are the trickiest parts of the body, so would a standardized machine be able to measure up to my custom standards? These are the zillions of thoughts racing through my head as I waited for Rebeca to get her tan.

Once Rebeca was done, one of the workers went to clean the tanning booth, then the other girl beckoned for me to come to the room. She told me to liberally apply barrier cream to my feet and hands, then get in the booth and wave my hand in front of the sensor to turn the booth on. Sounded easy enough, right? So I get ready...barrier cream all my bendable parts, put my hair cap on, the whole kit and kaboodle, I get in the booth, wave my hand in front of the sensor, and.....nothing. Wave my hand some more. Nothing. There was no sensing going on in that sensor. So NOW I have to get dressed, take off my hair cap, etc. and walk all the way to the front of the salon to get the girl who was helping me. Turns out, she forgot to turn the booth on for me.

So my first adventure over, I am ready to get tan already! I step into the booth (which, by the way, was running in "heat up mode" while I got ready) and wave my hand in front of the sensor. Ahhhh that time it sensed me, hooray! There are easy to read numbers on the floor to tell me where to put my feet, and a very pleasant voice instructs me on where to stand. The actual tanning part only takes about 2 minutes. You stand in 4 different positions (based on what the nice tanning booth lady is telling you) while the sprayer moves up and down, spraying your tanning solution concoction of choice. I felt like I was being choked with a fog of tanning solution, and I had not been offered nose plugs. Rebeca, however, is about 4 inches taller than me, and she did not feel as though the spray in the air was excessive. Maybe I am just too close to the floor.

Once all the tanning solution has been sprayed, the Mystic Tan HD booth blows hot air to dry your tan - a very nice touch in the middle of winter! I was afraid of standing in the warm air too long though, as I did not want to get caught in the booth during the spray down cycle!

I chose the darkest tanning solution, and added the "boost" to it, which is supposed to give you a color guide for instant gratification PLUS add 1/2 shade darkness to your solution. When I came out of the booth, my entire body, except for my face, appeared the same color as before I went it. It did begin to gradually darken during the next few hours, however.

When I inspected my tan the next day, I did notice some inconsistencies in my tan color. Some areas had overly darkened, while other areas did not. My right foot, for example, looked FANTASTIC! I was excited, because I always have a problem with my feet looking naturally tanned. When I checked out my left foot, however, there was a large dark splotch on the side of my foot (it looked like tanning solution pooled there), and there were several light spots where I was hardly tanned. Also, my left arm was not nearly as dark as my right. The tan was definitely not even.

Overall, I was impressed by the Mystic Tan HD booth tan. I was much more comfortable undressing to get in a booth than if a person was spray tanning me, and the Mystic Tan HD was warm and the instructions were clear. However, my experience would have been better if my technician was clear in her instructions, highlighting the importance of staff knowledge. I also found my skin to be excessively dry after my tan. My tan did crackle on my legs 3 days in. I don't think I will switch to a booth tan on a regular basis, but if I am tight on cash and/or time, the Mystic Tan HD is a possible option!

Pros Of Booth Tan

  • Quick Application
  • Easy to understand instructions
  • Less expensive than a custom tan

Cons of Booth Tan

  • No trained technician customizing your tan experience
  • All bodies are not made the same, so even coverage is not guaranteed
  • 2 light coats of tanning solution provides a better tan - tanning booth only does 1 heavier coat
  • A trained technician should be able to choose the best shade for you, while I had to choose my own
  • Overspray/fogging solution in the booth - I found it to be uncomfortable

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wonder No More...The Steamy Wonder Is Here!!


Want to offer your clients the benefits of a steam room, but don't have the space or the funds? The Steamy Wonder gives you all you need and more, at a fraction of the cost! The Steamy Wonder is exactly that, a wonder! It allows you to transform your treatment table into a multifunction system with an endless amount of benefits! You can provide countless services with the Steamy Wonder such as detoxification, aromatherapy, stress reduction and relaxation, antiellulite, massage and so much more! The Steamy Wonder is superior to body wraps when raising tissue temperature. With complete comfort and privacy inside the Steamy Wonder Canopy, your clients will experience the warmth of a steam room without breathing in hot air. Nothing else on the market does so much, for so little!

So I'm sure by now you are wondering how the Steamy Wonder works. Within 2-3 minutes, the canopy fills with steam and heat, just like a professional steam room. It uses a patented heat circulation design that provides a soothing flow of steam and an even distribution of heat. An entire treatment uses just a few cups of water, and due to the small amount of moisture generated, no special ventilation is required. The Steamy Wonder System includes: canopy, electric steam generator, fitted sheets, thermal blanket, digital clock/thermometer and a heat-circulating fan. The Steamy Wonder is easy to use and operate, requiring only a standard electrical outlet and massage table and comes with a set-up video, instruction and treatment manual, plus a toll free educational support line!

So stop wondering how to offer more for less and get the wonderful Steamy Wonder!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

pump, Pump, PUMP IT UP!

In working with Salon Owners and Independent Contractors alike on a daily basis, I can't help but notice that one of the main issues everyone shares is that there is just not enough time in the day. While performing any service, even the most slight inconvenience caused by your equipment or products can turn your day upside down. At my most recent manicure, my Nail Technician was using an Acetone Liquid Pump that was just not working for her. No matter how much she pressed on it or adjusted the lid, acetone would not come out. She then had to switch to using a bottle of acetone which ended up taking a surprising amount of time.

To avoid having this problem ever happen to you, I recommend investing in the Menda Liquid Pump products. Rated as the #1 fingertip pump for the last 50 years, the Menda jars are available in multiple colors of attractive frosted glass and they come with either Standard or Acrylic pumps. The Acrylic pump is specially designed so that any of the acetone that comes up and out of the bottle stays inside. This will prevent the clogging of the tube. If you do not perform nail services that can clog up the tube, the Menda Liquid Standard Pump is a great option. The pump flows easily and you will be able to conserve any excess liquid that you do not use.
CLICK HERE to see the full Menda Liquid Pump Collection!