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!

CLICK HERE to see the Slimming Tummy Mask!

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!

Monday, March 21, 2011

What's Shipping This Week...

Spring must be here... because waxing products were flying out the door last week! What was particularly hot? CirĂ©pil® Blue Wax Beads were tops! Why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See CirĂ©pil® Blue Wax Beads HERE!

Tips for Sunless Success!

Knock Knock! Can you hear tanning season knocking on the door? At Pure Spa Direct we are here to help make this tanning season your busiest yet! We are constantly searching for ways to provide our clients with the tools they need in order to better serve your clientele. So what did we do? We printed up Extended Vacation Tanning Tip Sheets to answer all of your sunless tanning questions. Each double sided tip sheet is professionally printed, with an abundance of useful information as to what we recommend and what to avoid during sunless tanning. Key points are made as to how to best prepare the skin for sunless tanning, and how to best maintain the gorgeous tan for as long as possible.

Tanning Tip Sheets are an excellent take away to give to your clients. They will help to dramatically cut down on the repeat questions you get from your customers, and will help to prevent issues with clients who can't follow sunless tanning instructions. Also, included on the back of each sheet is a place for you to insert your company information and phone number,so your clients can call and book their next appointment.

We are so confident in these sheets, that with each purchase of the Pure Sunless or Extended Vacation products we will include 25 for free, or you may purchase 50 for only $3. (FYI...there are 50 tans in each gallon of tanning solution).

Key benefits of
  • Drive retail sales
  • Save time from answering repeat questions
  • Ensure client satisfaction with every sunless tan
  • Maximize sunless longevity & beauty
Happy Sunless Tanning!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Clients' Panties in a Bunch? Offer Them Disposable Apparel!

This past weekend, at the very last minute, I was asked to attend a wedding as a "Plus One" date for one of my good friends. And by last minute, I mean that I was called the night before the wedding. As part of my extra hurried attempt to get ready, I stopped at my tanning salon right after finishing all the necessary wedding errands. While I did have a canister of pre-tan SluffWipes handy in my car, I did not have time to get my swim suit from home before going to my spray tanning session. Before going into the room, I asked for a disposable bra, panties and sandals. To my surprise and disappointment, I was informed that they did not have any disposables available for me to use, or even purchase.

Since I did not feel comfortable receiving a spray tan in just my birthday suit, I had to skip the one treatment before the wedding that I was genuinely looking forward to and that I desperately needed! By not being prepared with supplies necessary to make their clients feel comfortable, this tanning salon has also lost my future business and referrals.

If you own a salon or spa that does not currently offer disposable garments, we can fix that today! At Pure Spa, we offer a huge range of disposable bras, panties, thongs, slippers, headbands, even scrunchies! Having disposable garments on hand allows you to offer modesty and comfort to your clients, whether the service you are offering is tanning, waxing, facials, massage, or even acupuncture services. Faithful clientele and referred business are earned not just with the treatments and products that are offered, but also with the hospitality that is displayed. Check out all of our disposables today!

CLICK HERE to see our full assortment of Disposable Apparel for Men and Women.

CLICK HERE to see our Best Selling sandals for Sunless Tanning - Sticky Feet!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rack Em Up!

We know that trying to display all of your polishes has become a challenge. The Classic Polish Clear Rack by ProTool is what you need to display your polishes and avoid clutter! At an incredible price and a clear color that match's any and every salon, you cant go wrong!

With most Nail Salons carrying multiple polish lines, it is getting harder and harder to display all of them. The Classic Polish Clear Rack by ProTool holds up to 96 polish and is made to hold all different shaped bottles. Not only does it hold 96 colors, but it doesn't even take up any room because it is meant to be mounted on the wall! So don't hesitate to get the latest colors and products, cause now there's room for everything!

Convenience, Stylish, Cost Efficient, what else can you ask for?

So Rack em Up and Show Off Your Colors!

Monday, March 14, 2011

DURI for Durability!

Say good-bye to weak nails! For stronger, longer nails, think Duri! Duri's Rejuvacote Nail Growth Treatment aka "the nail doctor" is just what your natural nail clients need. It can be used as a base and top coat, or whenever needed to cure split, cracked and weak nails. Its hard to walk into a nail salon without seeing each nail tech have Duri on their table. The reason why? Because it really works! Duri doesn't promise results, they gurantee them!

As a troubled nail biter, I'm constantly searching for products that will help break the habit. After 2 weeks of using Rejuvacote, my nails are now too stong to bite....not kidding!

Help your client's nails-->Offer Rejuvacote Nail Growth Treatment as an add-on service or retail it with Rejuvacote 0.61 oz. / 12 Pack by Duri Cosmetics.

Nail Quick Dry Drops - Duri Does it Best

Rock Solid Dry!
Nail Polish Color is CND Tutu
Available @ PureSpa
When I set out to try Duri Drop'n Go enamel dryer I had no real expectations.  I have tried so many quick dry products over the years and my experiences ranged from bubbling, rippling, peeling or actual sliding off of the nail polish!  Previously, my favorite speed dry product Qtica Half Time Drying Accelerator.  One of the reasons I love Duri's Drop N Go so much better, is that is leaves the nails with a high shine and brilliant glossy effect AND my manicure lasted a few days longer.

Duri Drop'n Go dries nail enamel from top to bottom in no time. It gives mirrored shine to your top coat and  remarkably improves the wear-ability of most polishes.  I applied to a freshly done manicure right before bed, and woke up with NO SHEET MARKS. After that I was sold! 

This product is a great alternative for clients that do not want to sit under the nail dryer, or simply need to get out the door ASAP!

Nail Professionals: Retail it!  It's available in Retail Case Pack Displays
Nail Professionals: Try it! Want to test drive it first? It's available in Single Quantities here.

Mist Extractor Fan - NEW for Airbrush Tanning Season

Create a comfortable Spray Tan
experience for you & your clients.
Sunless spray tanning is a popular and profitable service for your spa or salon. Your spray tan treatment room or area requires adequate ventilation. In addition, a filtered extraction fan is an effective way to capture excess over-spray from airbrush tanning services. The Pure Sunless Extraction Fan is packed with features not found on other similar units:

- Choice of filtration speed
- Spa quiet operation and more! 

- Easy to change filters
- Optional Elevated Rolling Stand
- ETL and OSHA Compliant Guards
- 3-prong grounded plug

3 Speeds of Filtered Air Delivery:
  1. 690 Cubic Feet per Minute
  2. 900 Cubic Feet per Minute
  3. 1075 Cubic Feet per Minute 
This fan is essential for helping to intake the spray tanning over spray in your treatment room.

Available NOW at Pure Spa Direct:


Saturday, March 12, 2011

What's Shipping This Week...

Hi, my name is Steve and I am the shipping manager at Pure Spa Direct. Each week I am going to post a quick blog about what's hot and flying out of the warehouse doors... if we're shipping it, that means it is a hot ticket item for spas and salons across the country. Want to know what's trending? Visit my blog entry weekly!

Looks like everyone is getting ready to ditch those UGG's for sandals... why do I say that? Because Pedi Bowls were the most noticeable mover of the week! Green and brown bowls seem to be most popular right now... why? I have no idea... I'm just a shipping guy! See our great Pedi Bowl selection HERE!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The MUST-HAVE Massage Tool: Selenite Massage Wand

There is nothing that can destroy my day faster than waking up with a migraine, and yesterday was no different. My head hurt, my neck was sore, I was having a hard time even keeping my head above my shoulders. Ugh, not a happy morning. So when my coworker pulled out a pretty looking white wand and told me to turn around so she could try to work out the knot in my neck, I definitely did not argue.

That pretty white wand was a MIRACLE! The Selenite Massage Wand not only worked out my knots (with little effort, too!), but completely relaxed me in a matter of seconds. Selenite is known for its calming, relaxing and healing vibrational properties, making it the perfect tool for use in massage. Your clients will appreciate the deep tissue penetration and the cooling sensation on the skin. Also perfect for rolling massage techniques, and can be used for heat therapy - this little tool can do it all. You will appreciate the low cost and high client satisfaction!

We have various Selenite Massage Tools available, including wands, stress balls, and spheres. Check them out today!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Secrets of the Sea - Algae Oil Manicures & Pedicures

Algae Oil is Naturally
Nutrient Rich
Algae Detox
Spa Manicure / Pedicure
Our Premium grade Algae Oil produced in France is extracted from 100% natural Laminaria Digitata. Spas have used Algae oil for years as an additive to slimming, toning and cellulite treatments, but my favorite spa and salon use for Algae oil is in a Algae Detox Spa Manicure / Pedicure. Simply use the 100% natural Desert Mineral Detox Scrub as soak and exfoliant, rinse, then massage in nutrient rich Algae oil for massage on skin and cuticles. Excellent way to restore suffocated winter feet into sexy, sandal ready stunnas! Great way to rev up your menu offerings without a huge investment... AND it is TRULY an amazing treatment!  Suggested Spa Pedicure Price: $65 / Manicure Price $19 - Offering Clients Something Exciting They Will LOVE!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Soothing Way to Begin and End Your Clients' Day

One of the most popular products we sell at Pure Spa to all beauty industries across the board are the Professional Neck & Shoulder Wraps. Filled with lavender, chamomile, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass, cinnamon, and other natural ingredients, these wraps provide soothing aromatherapy and can be heated or cooled to minimize pain in the neck and shoulders. Looking to freshen up your services? Add a complimentary neck wrap for your client to enjoy during a manicure, pedicure, part of a facial... the options are endless. You can also sell these wraps as retail, thus keeping your clients happy in and out of the spa while increasing your profits!

CLICK HERE to see our Best Selling Herbal Wrap: The Professional Fan Shoulder Wrap. It has high quality ingredients, perfect weight distribution and a width covering the the neck, shoulders and back for optimal surface area coverage.

CLICK HERE to see our full range of Herbal Neck Wraps and Booties.

Itsy Bitsy SpiderTape!

Move Freely and Achieve Comfort! SPIDERTECH products are the original Kinesiology Taping Therapies and are considered to be the World Standard in Kinesiology Tape. They are the premiere Sports & Athletic Taping Treatment For Pain Relief and were professionally engineered to mimic the thickness, weight and elasticity of human skin.

SPIDERTECH products use a high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive. The water-resistant, breathable and original “Gentle Wave Pattern” material gives superior adhesion, minimal Irritation and can be worn for up to 5 days! The best part is you will be able to move freely and get affective relief.

SPIDERTECH has an endless amount of benefits. They provide protection during healing while preventing further injury. SPIDERTECH can restore normal activity and improve the feedback and timing to your muscles. Your pain will decrease while support enhance. A simple piece of tape is all it takes to achieve comfort and live compfortably.

SpiderTech helps with Arthritis, Joint Strain, Disc Injuries, Muscle Strains, Muscle Spasms and Postoperative Rehabilitation.

Choose from BLUE, RED, Beige and BLACK and a number of precut options, including shoulder, knee, back, wrist, and more!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

News Flash... 2011 Gelish Colors are IN STOCK!

Breaking news... 18 of the new 24 Gelish Colors are in stock... NOW!
CLICK HERE to see them!

New In-Stock Colors Include:
  • Need A Tan
  • Medieval Madness
  • Glamour Queen
  • Pink Smoothie
  • Go Girl
  • It'S A Lilly
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Hot Rod Red
  • Up In The Blue
  • After Dark
  • Diva
  • All About Me
  • Plum And Done
  • Black Cherry Berry
  • Jet Set
  • Snow Bunny
  • Little Princesses
  • Sweet Dream

Due in April 1st:
  • Emerald Dust
  • Grand Jewels
  • High Voltage
  • Tickle My Heart
  • Champagne
  • Queen Of Hearts

    Remember, is for Professionals Only!
  • Monday, March 7, 2011

    Step it Up with Pedicure Slippers!

    Adding slippers to your pedicure can really enhance your spa service. Customers like to feel appreciated, plus everyone loves free stuff! I hate it when I go to get a Pedicure, and realize I am wearing socks and sneakers, and don't have my flip flops with me. It's a frightful sight thinking about having to put your feet back in your shoes after they've just been freshly painted. Gratising your clients disposable slippers is an easy and affordable way to ease their nail-smudging worries.

    A favorite buy are the Encore Slip Resistant Foam Pedicure Thong Slippers with Cloth Reinforced Soles. The case includes 360 pairs, with each pair individually wrapped. They are disposable and sanitary. They come in a variety of 6 different mixed colors: White, Pink, Blue, Green, Black and Yellow. Customers will love the slippers, because they are comfortable and durable. There will be less time wasted having to repair pedicures for clients who prematurely put their shoes back on. These slippers can be worn out to the car! Another major benefit of these slippers (a benefit for both the client and the spa!) is that they are slip-resistant!

    At only $0.33 a pair, they are very economical. All it takes is a little bit to go along way in pleasing your clients!

    High Quality + Low Cost = Pure-ssage Massage Products

    In these tough economic times, virtually every single industry has been affected, including the beauty industry. Cut-backs have been made across the board and I help clients on a daily basis find lower cost versions of the products that they used to order. The good news, however, is the lower cost does not mean poor quality. In fact it means quite the opposite with the Pure-ssage™ Massage Line!

    The Pure-ssage Line consists of Massage Oil, Massage Cream and Massage Lotion that comes in sizes ranging from 8 ounces to 5 Gallons. All of their products are Unscented, Nut-Free, and Paraben-Free! In addition, the cream, lotion and oil absorb easily and do not leave a greasy residue. Last, but definitely not least, these products are extremely cost effective. You get a plethora of the highest quality product for an extremely low price.

    CLICK HERE to see all of the Pure-ssage™ Massage Products.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Your Fantasea Trolley Will Make You Jolly!

    The Skin Care Trolley by Fantasea is perfect for so many reasons! It is stylish, practical and inexpensive. This unique trolley is constructed from metal, allowing you to store all your skincare and waking products without leaving anything behind. With this versatile trolley, technicians can have all their products with them at all times, without breaking their backs!

    The design of this Trolley is really a technician's dream! The sturdy wheels provide easy mobility, and each of the 2 shelves have sides so your products won't fall off every you move the trolley. On top of the 2 convenient shelves for storage, the tilt out bin is by far the most practical and coolest feature! You can now have one Skin Care Trolley that stores all your products and supplies, no matter the size!

    Dimensions: 17" Wide X 12.5" Deep X 34" High

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Ease Your Tired Eyes with Daylight Technology

    Working in a spa setting can be exhausting on your eyes. Whether you are an esthetician squinting to see which blemishes need to be extracted, or a nail tech performing manicure after manicure, working in artificial light can wear you out.

    Luckily, The Daylight Company offers a full line of lamps for your every spa need - and they feature Daylight Technology and flicker-free electronic ballasts to help ease the strain on your eyes!

    Every esthetician can benefit from Daylight's full line of magnifying lamps. Available in a variety of designs and magnifications, these magnifying lamps feature Daylight Technology flicker-free bulbs - no more strobe effect to wear out your eyes! These bulbs are low-heat and use up to 80% less energy than traditional mag lamp bulbs, saving you money and assisting you in doing your part for the environment.

    Nail technicians will love the Daylight Slimline Manicure Lamp. Designed to be positioned above your hands, but below eye level, this lamp will quickly become your most valuable tool! The fully adjustable neck allows you to aim the light precisely where you need it without obstructing your view of your client. The Slimline Manicure Lamp features Daylight Technology, providing full spectrum light so you and your client can view colors as they were intended!

    To view all products by The Daylight Company, please click the below link. Your eyes will thank you!
    The Daylight Company