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Why Cotton Is Essential to an Eco-friendly Salon

You want to be eco-friendly in your practice but you have to use single-use disposables.

This may seem like a predicament, but in reality, it’s not! So throw away those foam toe separators, grab a Toe Rope, and let’s talk about the green alternative. 

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Spotlight On: Jeffrey and Neil Boss of Boss Beauty Supply

If there is such a thing as cosmetology and spa paradise,

Boss Beauty Supply is it.


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NW Nail Retreat 2017 Q+A

Best. Weekend. Ever!

The Northwest Nail Tech Retreat, also known as #NailCamp, is the first of its kind.

Imagine a weekend retreat where you are able to spend the entire time focused on practicing your craft, learning new things, and meeting people with similar interests.

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Must-Have Microblading Supplies

One of the newest trends in the beauty world is microblading.

A form of semi-permanent tattooing, microblading gives those with sparse eyebrows a fuller look. Although the idea of tattooing your face might sound extreme, microblading offers pleasing results as long as the esthetician is trained correctly and using the right supplies.

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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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The Manicures Every Client Will Be Asking For This Spring

Spring and summer are all about having fun so it’s only appropriate that manicures match the attitude, right? We’ve rounded up some of spring’s hottest trends that clients will surely be asking for as the weather continues to warm up.

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Beauty Treatments for Every Mom

For some one mom, going to the spa is a regular activity. For another, it’s completely out of the ordinary. That doesn’t mean she dislikes getting pampered. To really show her that you’re paying attention, get her a spa service that relates to her favorite activities.

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Spa Treatment Ideas For Brides & Their Bridal Parties

spa treatment ideas for brides and their bridal parties

Weddings are a special time that require more than just your run of the mill treatments. If you are a bride to be, or if you are helping out as a bridesmaid or maid of honor, it's a good idea to start planning your wedding party spa and salon treatments ahead of time. What's great about these ideas is that you can turn them into festive events that are fun and celebratory while you are getting pampered and prepped.

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10 Must Have Nail Technician Supplies For Your Salon

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If you are just starting out with a salon or your own nail salon business, it's important to know your supplies. While much of your job involves talent and training, you should never underestimate the importance of quality supplies. Even with skills, if your supplies fall short, so will your outcomes. Any type of salon or spa business is highly reliant on your reputation. Happy clients come back to the same salon again and again. Happy clients tell their friends and family when they love your service -- and when they don't. So it's important that you start out with the best supplies, and that you have everything you need to do the best work possible. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Must Have Professional Pedicure Tools & Supplies

professional pedicure tools

So what are the supplies needed most for running your pedicure and manicure business? This is a good question. You need to have a pretty extensive list of products and supplies in order to offer your services. Some you will use more than others. Quality professional pedicure tools are an essential element of your business. There are tools that you will use every single day, and others you will use less often. Some tools will last you a long time, while others are disposable supplies you will go through quickly.

Regardless of the supplies you use, quality is important. If you are just starting out, you may try different brands of certain items until you find your favorites. Here are the 10 most important professional pedicure tools to have on hand at your nail salon: Read the rest of this entry »

Common Hair Dye Supplies That Every Salon and Stylist Should Have

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The want to look and feel attractive is an enduring human desire, so it’s not surprising that the beauty industry in the United States generated over $56 billion in revenue in 2015, and it continues to grow – in 2016 salon retail sales and services have grown by 3%, generating +$60 billion. With hair care leading as the largest industry segment, opening a salon is an enticing business option for entrepreneurs with a passion for beauty and hair styling. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet Summertime Nails


It’s time to get those fingers on point because summer is almost here. That means ditching the deep dark colors of fall and amping up the fun! We’ve been keeping an eye on the runways to find the trends that we think are going to be as hot as the temperatures. When it comes to 2016 summer colors, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.

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The Truth About Single-Use Products

brow waxing strips

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 »

Five Customer Service Tips for Spas and Salons

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The devil, as they say, is in the details. No matter your industry, making the lives of your customers easier and offering consistently stellar service is a great way to find new customers and keep them. There are a variety of small steps spa and salon owners can take to ensure that they're providing their customers with a superior experience. While we figure some of you are already all over these tips, it still never hurts to be reminded.

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This Summer’s Hottest Nail Trends

Since it's July, right smack dab in the middle of summer, it only makes sense to discuss some of the hot nail trends that are making the rounds. One of our favorite sites, Nail Art 101, does a great job of explaining the trends, along with do-it-yourself techniques to help you pull them off. (Of course, we mean pull off the look, not the nails themselves. Um, sorry.) Read the rest of this entry »

ISPA’s Big Five Statistics: Looking at the Latest Numbers

We love the International SPA Association (ISPA) for a variety of reasons, but one of our favorite reasons is that they take the time to provide our industry with hard data. Every year they release "The Big Five Statistics," which takes a true pulse of the spa industry. This is not only a valuable compass for spa owners, but for companies like us who provide said spas with the professional supplies they need to get the job done. This year's stats show that the spa industry is growing—which means it's only getting more competitive. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Run an Effective Spa Referral Program

Hair salon

Though referral programs are a great way to create new business for your spa, we're always shocked at how few businesses are committed to the practice. Your most loyal customers are your evangelists—if you give them the opportunity to sing your praises, they typically will. Building out an effective referral program can go a long way toward building a stronger client base.
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How Spa Owners Can Showcase Their Product Knowledge

Intrinsics Salon Products

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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5 Tips To Consider When Choosing Spa Products For Your Customers

Intrinsics Salon Products

Spa owners, along with their estheticians, should be product experts. Experience, along with a willingness to stay on top of industry innovations, plays into the spa and salon catalog that lives exclusively in your head. The beauty of this personal inventory that lives within your brain is that it's probably different from anyone else's. Important note: that's a good thing.

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