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Glycolic Treatments 101

Thinking about getting a glycolic treatment? You may have a few questions first, so we’re breaking down the process for you.

 

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHAs. AH-what? Alpha Hydroxy Acids. AHAs can be derived from natural substances such as sugar cane, milk, grapes. They are made up of tiny molecules of hydrophilic and water soluble acids.

 

AHAs lightly exfoliate to help promote younger-looking skin, blood flow, collagen production, and overall skin health. They are preferred for sun-damaged, scarred, and dry skin, because glycolic acid improves moisture content.

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The Peel

Each professional has slightly different techniques and, depending on the condition of your skin, may choose to use different strengths of the acid. Peels come in several classifications: mild, medium, and deep.

 

The word “acid” may sound terrifying, but the reality is that any pain experienced during this process is short-lived. Most people feel a burning sensation for about 5-10 minutes after the glycolic acid is applied, followed by some stinging. This can be helped by using a cool compress and taking pain-relief medicine, such as ibuprofen.

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The Process

Deep cleansing

This goes without saying, but to prep for the feel, face needs cleansed to rid of any dirt, makeup, topical creams and serums, etc.

 

Apply glycolic acid

If you’re receiving a peel at a top-of-the-line establishment, they’re going to be using Intrinsics. More specifically, your professional will use our Glycolic Applicator to evenly apply the acid onto the face. Because our glycolic applicator has lightly absorbent tips it will not soak up the glycolic acid, allowing for it to be applied to more effectively.

 

Apply neutralizer

Like the name eludes, a neutralizer is applied after acid soaks on the face for a varied amount of time or passes. This is a necessary step to all types of peels, including a glycolic peel.

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After the Peel

Like sunburn, a mild peel will essentially blister face, causing the outermost layer of skin to “peel” (ha-ha, get it?), flake, and fall off over the course of the week (3-7 days). Mild peels may be repeated in advised intervals to achieve the skin you want. It is strongly recommended to use broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen after a glycolic treatment because exfoliants can make skin photosensitive. It is also advised to avoid direct sunlight when possible.

 

Before scheduling an appointment, talk with your esthetician about what peel will be best for your skin based on your desired goal. At home chemical peels may sound enticing, but can be unsafe and result in a number of unwanted effects. Save yourself any mishaps and visit your local professional instead.

Give A Little Love This Christmas

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It’s almost Christmas and you’re wondering what would make a great gift for your clients.

We’ve got your answer all wrapped up in one cute little package: Intrinsics pink heart-shaped cellulose sponges!

 

The pink heart-shaped cellulose sponge is all the rage this season. However, these sponges are available in both compressed and non-compressed sponge versions, as well as a variety of colors like white and natural (yellow). Because the pink heart sponges come compressed in a pack of 75, they are great space savers and make a practical and thoughtful, gift for all of your clients.

 

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Here are some noteworthy things about our cellulose sponges:

  • Made in the USA
  • Soft and absorbent
  • Will not break apart
  • Reusable on the same client
  • Great space savers, when liquid is applied they quickly plump up to full size
  • Perfect tool for cleansing the face
  • Easy makeup removal
  • Works will to remove product, especially facial masks
  • Its heart shape works perfectly on contours of the face

 

If you’re the seeing-is-believing type, here is a great article from Woman.NG about the benefits of washing your face with a cellulose sponge.

How can you get your hands on these Intrinsics cellulose sponges? Visit a distributor near you via our interactive map. Supplies may vary by location. Call store for availability!

How to Match Your Eyebrows with Your Face Shape

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The shape of your face is just as unique as you are, therefore the shape of your eyebrows should be tailored especially to you.

Before you pick up the tweezers, take this helpful advice into account when shaping your brows.

 

We found some great information from Eyebrowz on face shapes, as well as advice on how to shape your eyebrows accordingly.

 

The six basic face shapes and their characteristics:

 

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Oval

  •      Forehead is wider than chin
  •      Prominent cheekbones
  •      Fairly narrow chin

Perfect eyebrow shape is soft angled shape, goes straight up and gently curves round the top and down

 

 

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Round

  •      Face is almost as wide as it is long
  •      Face is widest at the cheeks

High arch brow, shape should that follows a straight line to the peak of the brow

 

 

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Long

  •      Forehead, cheekbones, jawlines all about the same width
  •      Narrow, oval chin

Straight horizontal lines that stop the eye, flat brow can make the face appear shorter.

 

 

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Square

  •      Forehead, cheekbones, jawline are about the same width
  •      Squared jawline

Thicker, stronger color and shape can balance a squared jawline. A defined sharp peak at the top of the brow makes it appear stronger.

 

 

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  •      Similar to oval, but the chin tapers to a point

Low arch rounded brows creates a natural look. Highly arched brow can create a more dramatic feel and add length to a shorter heart shaped face

 

 

 

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Diamond

  •      Not as common as other face shapes
  •      Highly angular
  •      Shorter forehead, face is widest at temples

Curved brows with a high arch or round brow with pointed arch

 

How to Measure Your Face Shape

 

Eyebrowz also provides a great graphic on how to identify which shape your face is along with detailed these steps:

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Waxing

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After measuring your face to determine which shape most closely matches yours, you’re ready to start the process of shaping your brows to fit.

When shaping eyebrows from scratch, a stencil is an enormously helpful tool to use. Tweezers are great for touch ups, but shaping brows can be most easily achieved by different types of waxing.

 

Intrinsics waxing strips, made from nonwoven pellon, are pre-cut into 3”x 9” strips for easy access during wax treatments. Intrinsics also offers these waxing strips in the form of a 3” wide wax strip roll, for professionals to use as much or as little of the roll that they need. This high quality pellon leaves no residue and will not tear or stretch, ensuring a precise and clean waxing service.

Voilà! Your brows will be looking spectacular. Make sure to clean any waxed areas to prevent breakouts. 

 

The Best Cleansing Towel for Wax Treatments

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Have you been searching for the perfect cleansing towel to use during wax treatments?

Whether you do your own waxing or visit a professional at your favorite salon, we can all agree that choosing the right cleansing product for before-and-after care is vital.

 

Gentle Cleansing Towels from Intrinsics are widely used by wax technicians to cleanse the skin before and after waxing treatments.

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Why Should I Choose Intrinsics?

Our Gentle Cleansing Towel is made of 100% cotton infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals. This hypoallergenic wipe is perfect for sensitive skin and sensitive areas, which makes it an extremely beneficial cleanse during any waxing service.

Our towels are completely free of any parabens, sulfates, artificial colors and artificial fragrances, so you can be assured that your skin is getting the best treatment possible. These are great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, because they will not cause any redness, irritation or swelling.

Wipes made from rayon leave an unwanted residue and lint, but our 100% cotton towels will leave the skin lint-free, feeling refreshed and squeaky clean. Cotton is durable and gets stronger when wet, so these towels will not easily tear when cleansing any area.

 

Where Can I Find These Wipes?

Beauty Store Business Magazine agrees, highlighting our Gentle Cleansing Towel in their November issue (p. 22).

In addition to our Gentle Cleansing Towel, Intrinsics also offers a comprehensive line of professional waxing supplies including Waxing Strips, Waxing Rolls, and even Disposable Bikinis and Table Paper, all made of soft fibers.

Want to try for yourself? Spa professionals can purchase this product at their local SalonCentric or find nearby distributors via our interactive map. These towels are also available on Amazon from PricePRO!

 

Here are the benefits of Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels listed:

  • Good for all skin types, especially sensitive skin
  • Made from 100% cotton, making it durable but gentle
  • No unwanted residue or lint
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals
  • No parabens, sulfates, artificial colors or artificial fragrances

 

Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Pumpkin Apple Face Mask

Fall is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the season into our beauty routine. This Pumpkin Apple Face mask (courtesy of Hello Glow), used with our facial gauze mask, is the perfect way to give your skin a little extra boost to help prepare for all of your fall activities.

Pumpkin contains fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids that help brighten and smooth skin by encouraging faster skin cell turnover. Apples are a great skin hydrator and help combat acne. We couldn’t ask for a better combo! And clean up is a breeze with our Intrinsics facial gauze mask. The permeable cotton allows all of the enzymes to reach your skin without having to worry about drips or clean-up!

Facial Gauze with Pumpkin Apple Face Mask

Want to try the Intrinsics facial gauze mask out for yourself? Click here to learn more about its design and find a retailer near you!

Can Esthetic Wipes Create the Perfect Facial?

Skincare routines have grown increasingly complex over the years.  The beauty industry and its consumers understand that skin needs a variety of treatments to maintain that youthful glow. For example, not only have toners been added into the multi-step skincare regimen, but there are different types to target specific areas of concern. There are moisturizers for dry skin, cleansers for oily skin, and thousands of different serums.

So why are you using the same esthetic wipe for everything?!

If you want to personalize your skincare routine and the services offered by your spa, different esthetic wipes are essential to the process. We’ve come up with an easy-to-identify, color-coded system that helps you match esthetic wipes to a process.

Cleanse: Gentle Cleansing Towel

Our Gentle Cleansing Towels are a great tool for cleansing skin before a facial or any area of skin before waxing. 100% hypoallergenic and infused with white tea and bamboo botanicals, these wipes work with any skin type.

Apply: Silken Wipes

Only slightly absorbent, our Silken Wipes are best to use when applying precious treatments because the majority of the product is transferred to the skin, not left on the esthetic wipe. Another bonus: this Silken Wipe is non-linting, which means no residue left behind to clean up before the next product is applied.

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Remove: 100% Cotton Wipes

In contrast to the Silken Wipe, the 100% Cotton Wipes are highly absorbent which makes them great for removing product without leaving trace amounts behind. They also provide a gentle level of exfoliation without being abrasive.

Exfoliate: Cotton Filled Gauze Wipes

Even more slightly abrasive, our Cotton Filled Gauze Wipes are the best tool for providing a more direct approach to gentle exfoliation. Whether you use it to remove product, rub in an exfoliant, or even remove nail polish, these wipes are a great addition to the finishing touches of any facial.

To learn more about our 4 Step Facial Process and the products involved, please visit intrinsics.net. If you’re interested in receiving a sample of each of the products mentioned above, simply fill out this form to receive your pack in the mail.

 

The Benefits of Natural Botanicals

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Have you ever used a face wipe only to feel like you need to wash your face again? Yeah, us too. Fortunately, our Gentle Cleansing Towels don’t do that.

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One reason: natural botanicals.

 

Plants have been used for hundreds of years as a cure for many things including skin woes. For example, olive oil, derived from the wild olive tree, was used in ancient Greek facial masks and still serves as a great carrier oil today. In Indian culture, herbs like saffron and turmeric were incorporated into face creams.

Jennifer Hirsch, beauty botanist for The Body Shop, said it best to Best Health mag: “Plants are the most amazing chemists and engineers. It’s really exciting to understand how they work and the great things they can do for your skin.”

So when we set out to create the best facial wipe, we knew integrating natural botanicals was a must. Here are the ones you can find in our Gentle Cleansing Towels:

White Tea: Known for it’s high levels of antioxidants, white tea prevents age-related wrinkles and skin sagging. It also helps fight cancer and arthritis.

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Image c/o T.Tseng via Flickr Creative Commons

 

Bamboo: A fast-growing plant, bamboo is an eco-friendly way to inject your skincare routine with vitamin rich minerals and amino acids. Hello, hydration!

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Cucumber: More than just a summer snack, cucumbers contain ascorbic acid and caffeic acid. These work to reduce swelling and skin irritation.

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Photo by Harshal Hirve on Unsplash

 

Combining these natural ingredients with our premium cotton, we created a wipe that is  soft and gentle. Use it for daily makeup removal or cleansing before spa treatments. The possibilities are endless and the benefits are noticeable.

Find the Gentle Cleansing Towel at an Intrinsics provider or partner near you.

 

Why Intrinsics Cotton? The Difference is in the Details

Every salon and spa uses some form of single-use products in daily tasks. Whether it’s cotton balls, wipes, or a different product, you’ve quickly come to realize that some are better than others. Maybe one leaves little lint balls behind or one soaked up product before you could even get it to your client’s face.

But why do certain cotton products do this? They all kind of look the same, right?

One of the main differences in quality and sub-par products is the cotton fiber length.

Since cotton is a naturally occurring fiber, it’s a given that there will be some variation of fiber length, but simply put: the longer the cotton fiber, the stronger the product.

In Intrinsics products, we are committed to using longer cotton fibers in our products. They also have a high micronaire value. Curious what that means? Check out the definitions below.

Micronaire: A measure of cotton fiber quality

-Low micronaire values = Thin, immature fibers

-High micronaire values = thick, mature fibers

So why do those other products leave residue behind?

They’re made out of a lower cost, shorter cotton fiber called “comber”, which is similar to cotton lint or dust. (Think the stuff you pull out of your dryer trap). These are very short fibers that cause fly-aways, lint, and produce a poor quality product.

Take our 100% cotton coil for example.

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When you use an Intrinsics 100% cotton coil around the hairline, you don’t have to constantly replace the coil or worry about particles getting stuck in your client’s hair. Why?

Because we use long, strong cotton fibers.

When it comes to cotton, Intrinsics doesn’t skimp on quality. The bottom line is this: We use long, 100% cotton fibers with no fillers such as comber, rayon, or polyester.  This means you’re getting the highest form of single-use cotton products on the market, saving you time and money and ensuring we have happy customers. Sounds like a win-win if you ask us!

To learn more about our long history creating quality cotton products and to see our numerous offerings, please visit intrinsics.net.

Spotlight on Marlo Beauty Supply

In an effort to help our customers understand more about Intrinsics, we thought that highlighting some of the wonderful people we work with would be a great way to give you an insider look. Below, Ingmar Korstanje, President of Marlo Beauty Supply, talks about our long partnership, changes in the beauty industry, and company values in this month's interview. Enjoy!

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Tell us about the history of Marlo Beauty Supply.
We have been in business over 35 years. We started with professional stores in the 80s and added direct/online marketing in the late 1990s. In 2007 we sold our store division so we could completely focus on becoming a national distributor selling to professionals across the USA. We are family owned and operated with an amazing team helping us build one customer as a time.

What's an average day like working in the wholesale beauty industry?
The only constant is change. No day is average. Beauty Professionals are some of the hardest working people in business - they have long hours, physical careers, and most are small business owners. We come to work everyday prepared to help our customers succeed in their trade and business.

When you're surrounded by so many beauty products, how do you choose which ones to incorporate into your personal routine?
We're fortunate to work with many manufacturers who have been in the business as long as we have. Zotos/Shiseido, Wella, American International, Fromm, Intrinsics/Barnhardt, and more - we get a LOT of great samples of new items to try!

How long have you been partnered with Intrinsics Naturally?
We have represented Intrinsics for decades. The brand is the leader for spa related products and is the gold standard among skin and nail professionals.

What do you think sets Intrinsics apart from competitors?
Intrinsics, like us, is family owned and operated. They work extremely hard to understand what their products need to do for the customers using them. Their factory is on site with their sales and marketing offices - we've toured the plant - it's amazing what the people at Intrinsics knows about cotton, cotton fiber, and the end products they turn them into.

Which Intrinsics products do you see heading out the door most often?
We sell a lot of boxed cotton, cotton rounds, and cotton wipes!
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What's your favorite part of working at Marlo Beauty Supply?
Supporting our team who in turn supports tens of thousands of beauty professionals - on an average week we will ship to salons, spas, and barbershops in over 40 different states. Knowing we are supporting 1000s of small business owners and their families is very rewarding to us.

What are the values that Marlo Beauty adheres to?
We are here to help other succeed in business. Honestly, loyalty and focused on always improving.

What are some of the new beauty trends that you're absolutely loving?
Honestly, we are enjoying how beauty professionals are becoming more and more educated on how to run a great business.  Learning how to sign smart leases and market their businesses with social media, continuing education, and learning new trends themselves to offer to their clients.

What are some of areas of the beauty industry experiencing growth right now?
Waxing services, lash/brow services, and color color color.

What's your favorite way to pamper yourself?
Well, for me, that would be a proper shave. For my colleagues, it would likely be a different service!

Hypoallergenic Products: Are They Right For You?

Hypoallergenic products are made for everyone!

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Whether you have oily skin or aging skin, everyone can reap the benefits, but what exactly are the benefits of hypoallergenic products?

  1. Inflammation Prevention
    When your skin makes contact with an ingredient it doesn’t like, small reactions happen under the surface causing redness, dry patches, or acne. Hypoallergenic single use products remove the culprits that cause inflammation.
  2. Redness Reduction
    Redness is a sign that something is irritating your skin. By using gentler products, you should notice a significant difference in your overall skin tone.
  3. Prevention of Dark Spots
    We all know we shouldn’t pick at our face, but it’s just so satisfying. Unfortunately, this also leads to scarring. Hypoallergenic products can prevent future breakouts by providing a great base for any lightening products you apply.
  4. Increased Moisture
    When you smile or even talk, does your face ever feel tight? Certain ingredients in non-hypo products rob your delicate facial skin of its moisture, causing it to overcompensate in the oil department and we all know what happens at that point.
  5. Consistency
    When your skincare consists of hypoallergenic products, you can truly start your skincare journey and find the most effective products for your skin.

Switching out your go-to products can seem daunting, but take it slow. One great place to start is your facial wipes. Removing your makeup at night is incredibly important, but you don’t want to further irritate your skin. Intrinsics Gentle Cleansing Towels are made for sensitive skin and contain natural botanicals that soothe the skin. Get your pack today!

Intrinsics Beauty Recipes: Exfoliating Coffee Mask

Coffee in the morning is a necessity, but did you know it can also be a necessity for the skin?

The same qualities that give coffee its AM kick are also beneficial for skin, so when we came across this simple beauty mask in our arsenal of recipes, we had to share it with you! This is definitely one way to enjoy coffee without the jitters.

Be sure to try Intrinsics Precut Gauze Facial Mask with this beauty recipe! Because of its design, the mask allows treatments to penetrate skin while making clean-up quick, easy, and crumble-free. Its extra-long design allows the facial mask to cover the face and neck so treatments can reach the delicate neck region.

Here's one esthetician's take on how she uses our gauze facial mask.

"I love the gauze facial mask! It's a must when working with any type of hardening mask because you can lift the mask off in one piece without it sticking to your client's skin. One thing I really love is that it doesn't absorb any of the product, which means the skin gets all the benefits and the client is left with super hydrated skin."

Jennifer H., Virginia

And just like you pick your coffee, pay attention to the grounds that you use for your face. Stronger coffee beans might be too much to handle when drinking, but your face might like the extra jolt of caffeine.

Let us know if you try our recipe by tagging us on Instagram! Cheers to caffeine!

 

 

Apply, Remove, Exfoliate: Choosing the Right Disposable Wipes

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When it comes to facials, body treatments, and waxing, it's never a good idea to use one type of disposable esthetic wipe to apply, remove, or exfoliate. Intrinsics has specific disposable wipes that work best for each of these three esthetic treatments, and using the correct product can save you time and money, too. For example, 100% cotton wipes are more absorbent, so why would you use this wipe to apply products to a client's skin? Using cotton wipes for removal makes far more sense, simply based on the product's absorbency. Today we'll walk you through each step of our suggested regimen, and explain how we've color-coded our wipes so you can make the right choice for each esthetic treatment you are performing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth About Single-Use Products

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When you first hear the term "single-use," it obviously seems wasteful, at least on paper. While it's no secret that modern life leads to significant waste, certain scenarios demand a product that can only be used once. As painful as it may be to contribute to our ever-growing landfills, the cost of business typically leads to some form of waste. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Did Intrinsics Esthetic Wipes Go?

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Lately, a popular question we've been asked is what happened to our Esthetic Wipes, which have always been a fan favorite. Have no fear; technically, they haven't gone anywhere at all. They just have a new look.

Whether you're a distributor, a salon owner, or an esthetician, you've probably noticed some packaging changes from us over the past year. This effort had a simple goal: to accommodate some small name changes, and to make it easier for our customers to differentiate between our products. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Find Intrinsics Products

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While many of our longstanding customers know where to find our professional spa and salon supplies, it's come to our attention that many of our newer customers might not. Of course, you might have just stumbled across this blog post in cyberspace and this is the first time you're even hearing about us. No matter your Intrinsics exposure, today we'll touch on the simple ways to find our products.

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NABBA Recap 2015

Last month, Sales & Marketing Director Dave Albers along with 155 barbers, barber shop owners, barber board members, cosmetologists, and barber school instructors –attended the National Association of Barber Boards of America (NABBA) 89th annual conference in Phoenix. Currently, 440,000 barbers work in 41,340 barber shops across the US, amounting to one barber for every 840 people in the country.

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Alternative Uses for Cotton-Tipped Applicators

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Recently Elizabeth, one of our customer service reps, stumbled across this great article in cosmopolitan.com entitled "25 Life-Changing Ways to Use Q-Tips," and shared it with the entire staff here at Intrinsics. Honestly, we were stunned at some of these brilliant ideas, which focused on slick beauty tips as well as cleaning and storage uses. After some internal deliberation, we decided on our five favorite alternative uses, which you'll find below.

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Premier Recap

As many of our loyal readers already know, Premiere Orlando/Premiere DAYSPA® is a tradeshow for the professional beauty industry, one where licensed professionals connect with manufacturers and distributors of hair, nail, and skin care products. But maybe you didn't know that it's actually the largest beauty show in the United States. With over 650 classes offered and close to 800 exhibiting companies, the show is an annual resource for discovering all kinds of crazy new stuff, ranging from techniques to trends to products. That's why we love it so, so much, and why we're so, so excited to participate every year. Read the rest of this entry »

June Promotions: Prep Clients for Beach Time

With June comes the official start of summer. And summer is one of the busiest times of the year for estheticians, as clients are heavily reliant on you to make them beach-ready. Mani/Pedi? Check. Wax job? Check. Skin prepped for sun? Check. Without the spa and salon industry, things would be dire out there. There's a reason beautification is big business. (No offense, general public.) Read the rest of this entry »

How Spa Owners Can Showcase Their Product Knowledge

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Most spa owners, along with their estheticians, have extensive product knowledge. The professional spa and salon products they use every day are a testament to this fact. However, do your clients know how deep that knowledge base really is? It's your job to ensure that they do. Being proactive in your approach can ensure that your clients appreciate your product expertise. It could also lead to more business; your clients that currently come for one kind of treatment will also gain a better understanding of the full breadth of your services.
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Spa and Salon Products: Cotton or Rayon?

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One of our most popular posts on our parent company's blog is regarding cotton vs. rayon, a discussion that certainly applies to the beauty industry. For a more technical breakdown, you can certainly head on over to that blog to check out the rayon vs cotton installment of the "Know Your Fibers" series.

Today, we'll specifically discuss some of the advantages that cotton salon products have over rayon products when to comes to performance. Warning: we're going to have to go a little Mr. Wizard on you today, so put on your science hat for just a few minutes.

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Bundle Your Spa Services for Employee Appreciation Day

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In this space we often discuss holidays—like Valentine's Day—that present prime marketing opportunities to raise awareness for your spa or salon, and to broaden your client base. Today we're going to discuss one you might not have thought of before. The beauty of this option is that it gives you the ideal chance to connect with local businesses in your community.
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