Hair Loss in Women: Time to Embrace and Solve This Devastating Issue

Female hair thinning and hair loss is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart, yet is still considered by many to be too shameful and taboo to talk about. As a culture, we all too often view womanhood as defined by how a woman chooses to wear her hair, whether it be long, medium, short or shaved. All of those previously mentioned styles are a choice, however, when a woman is robbed of her hair due to a multitude of factors, including stress, genetics or illness, the emotional toll can be devastating.

How does this pertain to you, a licensed professional in the beauty industry? You can take this issue from being taboo to being embraced and resolved by helping your clients address it, no pun intended, head-on. I personally have been experiencing hair thinning and hair loss around my crown and at my front side part since I was 24. The issue was not addressed until, one day, my hair stylist asked me how I styled my hair. From there the conversation expanded to him acknowledging the areas of thinning hair and offering suggestions about how I should wear my hair back, what brushes to use, etc.

You can take it a step further for your salon and spa clients by offering services that are specifically designed to stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth. Please see below for some products that have been shown to help and prevent Hair Thinning and Baldness.

1. Boar Bristle Brushes

  • A common cause of hair thinning and hair loss is sebum buildup on the scalp which clogs the follicles and prevents new, strong hair from growing in. Boar Bristles are excellent because they stimulate the scalp and evenly distribute the natural scalp sebum without damaging the hair shaft.
  • These brushes are an easy-sell retail item for all of your clients, especially those with thinning and/or balding hair. You can also use this brush during the treatment to demonstrate to your client how invigorating yet gentle it is.
  • Naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, this antioxidant is best for your clients whose hair is thinning due to chemical treatments and processes, such as coloring, highlighting, perming and straightening.
  • This can be used on its own during a scalp massage, or in conjunction with essential oils.
  • Jojoba Oil is not actually an oil, but rather, a wax ester. This is important because it mimics sebum (human skin oil) and has been shown to trick our skin into not producing excess sebum.
  • Most importantly, jojoba oil disintegrates crusted sebum buildup on the scalp, which clogs follicles and causes hair loss.
  • The ingredient is the perfect carrier oil. You can use this during scalp massages and scalp kneading, plus you can retail it for your clients to use at home.
  • This essential oil has been used to treat skin problems since Ancient Rome and it still is shown to work today. Studies show that Rosemary Oil stimulates blood flow to the scalp, thus invogorating hair follicles and encouraging hair growth.
  • This oil has also been shown to treat an assortment of scalp issues, including dandruff, itching and flaking.
  • The best way to apply this product is to mix with a carrier oil, such as Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Olive Oil and massage into your client’s scalp.
While female hair loss will never be completely eradicated, by offering services that target these issues, you can help you clients on a physical and emotional level, all while securing their long-term patronage.

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Decoding Diopters: Understanding the Magnification Power of Your Mag Lamp

The process of looking for the perfect mag lamp can be a bit daunting and confusing due to the amount of options that are available:
  1. Square Head versus Round Head
  2. Rolling Stand versus Clamp Attachment
  3. Stand-alone Unit versus Multi-function Machine Attachment
  4. 3, 5 or 8 Diopter lens
While 3 of the 4 are based upon personal preference, understanding what the Diopter is essential to ensuring you purchase the best lamp for your needs. Below is the mathematical translation from diopter to magnification:
  • 3 Diopter = 1.75x Magnification Power
  • 5 Diopter = 2.25x Magnification Power
  • 8 Diopter = 3.00x Magnification Power
And here is the simpler way to understand Diopters:
  • 3 Diopter = Items look 1.75 times larger than normal
  • 5 Diopter = Items look 2.25 times larger than normal
  • 8 Diopter = Items look 3 times larger than normal
Typically, 5 Diopter Mag Lamps are the most popular, as they are a happy medium between the strong 8 Diopter and weaker 3 Diopter.
What type of Mag Lamp do you use? What do you like it about it?

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Emu Oil: The Most Versatile Cure-ALL

‘Tis the season – for Weight Gain, Joint Pain and Muscle Fatigue!

While the holidays are a joyful and colorful time, it cannot be denied that they also bring about some unfortunate conditions, whether it is weight gain from all the delicious food that is consumed, or body pain from the hours spent at the mall shopping for presents.
Whether the issue is pain or gain, an amazing product that you can use to work wonders on your clients is Emu Oil. Dervived from the Emu, an indigenous bird to Australia, this liquid gold has been used by the Aborigines for thousands of years to help relive and heal various ailments.
Here are the Facts about Emu Oil:

  1. It is an All-Natural product.
  2. It is an Intensive Moisturizer that absorbs quickly and effectively.
  3. It is Non-Greasy and Non-Comedogenic , so it will not clog pores.
  4. It is Hypo-Allergenic and Gentle enough for all skin types.
  5. It is a natural Anti-Inflammatory.
  6. Its pain-relieving properties can be as potent as a standard dosage of Ibuprofen.
Another huge benefit of the Emu Oil is that it is truly Scent-Free. Many products on the market claim that there is no scent in the items, however, while they may be free of parfum, they do, in fact, have an unpleasant odor. Not Emu Oil! This makes it the perfect product to add essential oils to so as to customize your services or let your clients choose their own customization.
You can add the Excellent, Economical, Euphoric Emu Oil to the following services:
  1. Facials: Including Anti-Aging, Acne and Extreme Hydration

  2. Body Wraps: Use in conjunction with Slimming Treatments to maximize weight-loss and minimize Stretch Marks; Mommy Make-overs.
  3. Manicures: Cuticle Treatments; pre and post paraffin dip, and dry/cracked hand treatments.
  4. Pedicures: Foot massages for tired, sore aching feet; Callus Treatments.
  5. Hair Treatments: Conditioning for dry hair, dandruff and hair loss
  6. Waxing: Use to soothe skin after depilatory procedures.
  7. Massage: Sports therapy; Dry skin; Eczema; Sore, tired and aching muscles

Emu Oil is truly amazing in versatility and benefits. Click HERE to see the variety of Emu products we have available.
Have you used Emu Oil with your clients before? What was your experience and their response?

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Shellac Attack: We Really Can Have It All!! Review by Adrienne

Emotions at Pure Spa Direct have been running high ever since the announcement that CND would be introducing their new Shellac manicure system. All us ladies have been waiting with great anticipation to see the colors, feel the consistency of the polish, and see if it can really stand up to the everyday wear that our nails go through.

I, for one, was skeptical. I am one those women that ruins my new manicure, oh, about, 3.5 seconds after I put my hands under the dryer. How could anything, short of acrylics, work for me? Also, even if my polish stayed on for 2 weeks, how could my nail beds possibly maintain that fresh manicure look? Well, we have 2 weeks to discover the answers to these questions. Here is Day 1…

The very first thing I did before anything was applied to my nails was rub all of them with a plastic-backed, lint-free pad that was soaked with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. This made my nails clean and ready to be Shellac-Attacked. My color of choice was Red Baroness, a sparkling raspberry color that can change to a more cranberry tone, depending upon the light. It is absolutely gorgeous, the kind of color that I want to show off. Also, due to its varying shade, it is also a very versatile color.

The process, in a nutshell, was: Base Coat, bake 10 secs, 1st color coat, bake 2 mins, 2ND color coat, bake 2 mins, top coat, bake 2 mins. Repeat on other hand. In essence, the whole process takes exactly 12 minutes and 20 seconds longer than a traditional manicure, BUT, no drying time and no worrying about inevitable smudges and dents! I don’t know about any of you, but I have sat under the nail dryer for 20-30 minutes, and STILL wrecked my manicure before I even left the salon.
The end product is absolutely stunning. I have been getting tons of compliments on the color and shine of the polish, from friends and strangers alike. And rather than having to do activities with extra care and focus, I have been able to throw caution to the wind, successfully combining my tomboyish nature and love of shimmering nails.
As a note, the CND Solar Oil is ESSENTIAL!! I have very dry hands and cuticles and using the 99% Isopropyl Alcohol definitely does not help my situation. After one application of the oil, however, my nail-beds looked and felt super moisturized. I will be applying it every day, multiple times a day, to ensure that my cuticles stay as fresh and gorgeous as my Shellac Manicure does.
As far as CND Shellac, this girl is hooked 😉

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Relax Clients and Increase Profits with No Scream Cream

No matter how many times I get waxed, it never gets easier. A common belief is that the more consistently one waxes, the less painful it will become. Not so for myself nor countless other women I know. Getting my arms waxed seems to be the most excruciating. Before every pull, my body tenses, my stomach clenches, I brace for impact (or retract!), and probably end up experiencing more pain than I would have if I was relaxed.

Enter the RELAX & WAX No Scream Cream / 1 oz. One of the best ways to endear yourself to your clients is to make their depilatory experience as comfortable as possible and the No Scream Cream can help you achieve that. Formulated with the local anesthetic Benzocaine, this product will actually numb the skin that is being waxed. Simply apply the cream to the treatment area about 30-45 minutes before the depilatory service.
A great way to introduce this product to your clients
is to advise that they arrive at their service about 30 minutes early and then let them use it for the first time as gratis. Once they see and feel how well the No Scream Cream works, you can offer it as retail upon checkout! Clients will appreciate that you care about their experience and thus reward with greater profits.
CLICK HERE to check out another essential Relax & Wax ProductGet The Bump Outta Here.

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Essential Paraffin Accesories

Cooling temperatures means that it is time to break out your paraffin unit, stock up on Eco-Fin and make sure you have plenty of liners for daily services. It is also important to stock up on the nifty little extras that take this service from standard to extraordinary.

1. Compostable Liners: Fingerless paraffin liners that are the perfect size for hands and feet, plus they are good for the environment!

2. Muslin Mitt and Bootie Sleeves: Soft and flexible, these sleeves are the perfect washable barrier between the liners and the heat source.

3. Insulated Terry Velour Mitts and Booties: These are super soft and help to retain the heat in the paraffin, thus making the service last longer and be more effective. In addition, this product is washable.

4. Electric Mitts and Booties: An essential product for paraffin, parafango, manicure and pedicure services, electric mitts and booties soothe aches and pains while also helping with product absorption.

5. Herbal Mitts and Booties: These are similar to electric mitts and booties in that they provide additional warmth to services plus they have the added benefit of 12 fragrant herbs to soothe both the extremities and senses.

Don’t forget about your paraffin wax, oil and warmers!

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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.

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Easy Add-On: Herbal Eye Pads

When it comes to your salon and spa business, retail and add-ons typically generate the highest profit percentage. Even easier than retail, add-ons are an easy up-sell to your clients due to their comparatively low cost and the fact that your client has already committed to a service with you.

Herbal Eye Pads are the perfect upsell for your clients, whether you are performing a facial, body wrap,
pedicure, shirodhara or even a waxing service! At just 92 cents per pair, offering these as an add-on for between $5 – $10 can garner you between 440% to 980% profit! The natural ingredients include:

  1. Chamomile – Reduces inflammation and soothes sensitive skin.
  2. Green Tea – Powerful antioxidant with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and stimulating properties.
  3. Lemon Balm Leaves – Soothing antioxidant.
  4. Rose Petals – An antiseptic and astringent with therapeutic properties that helps soothe and balance the skin.

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Collagen Mask…ACTIVATE!!!!

Several of the masks on Pure Spa Direct, especially the Pure Native Collagen Masks, call for a ‘Activator.’ But why? Why do certain masks only need water, while other require an activator? The good news is that I have the answers for you!

Standard masks require either steam to moisten and activate, or water to mix into the powder. The Phyto Collagen Fiber Mask Activator by Dr. Jeff is similar in that it moistens a dry product, but that is where the similarities end.

By using the product, your client will not only experience the benefits of the mask you are using, but also the hydrating, nourishing, and toning qualities of the components in the activator.

The Mask Activator is filled with ingredients that would make the any regular mask envious, including:

  1. Sodium PCA – A naturally occurring humectant and water-binding agent.
  2. Panthenol – A form of Vitamin B that promotes skin hydration and healing.
  3. Aloe Vera – A hydrating agent that is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and an antioxidant.
  4. Algae – A hydrating and antioxidant agent.
  5. Ginkgo Biloba – A potent anti-oxidant that helps improve circulation.
  6. Allatonin – An anti-irritant.
  7. Licorice Extract – An anti-inflammatory.
  8. Rose Hip – Lubricating oil that prevents water loss and has antioxidant properties.
  9. Green Tea – An anti-imflammatory and antioxidant agent that prevents the breakdown of collagen and reduces UV damage to skin.
An added benefit of this product is that you can use it with any dry mask! Stop using plain, old boring water today and introduce your clients to the Phyto Collagen Fiber Mask Activator by Dr. Jeff. Your clients should experience greater results, therefore encouraging repeat visits and greater profits.

Click HERE to see the Phyto Collagen Fiber Mask Activator.

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Charcoal Collagen Mask: The Ultimate Add-On Service!

Despite the fact that I am well out of my teens, I still have a major issue with acne-prone skin. Whether it is from diet, environment, or facial products is neither here nor there to me. All I want is for my problematic skin to be cured! Fortunately, there is a fantastic product that not only helps get rid of of my acne, but it also moisturizes my dry combination skin: The Charcoal Collagen Mask. Formulated with Bamboo Charcoal, Collagen and Witch Hazel Extract, this product diminishes the appearance of acne and gives my skin a healthy glow. Without fail, I always get compliments on my skin in the days following the application of this mask.

This pre-formed mask feels like cool gel and is applied on to the face as 2 pieces. It should be left on the skin for a minimum of 10 – 20 minutes and the skin should not be washed after it is removed. You can use this product as an add-on to facial services, or make it a primary service procedure.

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