Sweaty Summer Smells Got Your Down?

Ewww… that smell
Can you smell that smell?

I walked over to my co-workers desk the other day and it smelled bad. I know he has exceptional hygiene, but it’s 108 degrees outside… freshness is nearly impossible on summer days like this. I figured my cubicle must smell pretty funky too, so I grabbed my Glade Tough Odors Solutions Air Sanitizing Spray to knock out the scents of summer.

With Oust technology, this hand little aerosol kills odor-causing airborne bacteria. It eliminates even the toughest pet, food, bathroom, mold and mildew odors while leaving a refreshing scent so the room smells fresh and clean.

I think this is great for spas and salons to keep around because tough odors pop up – and can leave a lasting impression. Be prepared.

Check out Pure Spa for a large selection of odor solutions.

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Important Mag Lamp Tips for Estheticians – How to Use with Care

Loose Mag Lamps
Can DROP on Clients…
Always Use Care &
Tighten Well!

Used for observing, extracting and assessing clients’ skin, the mag lamp is an essential tool in professional facials and aesthetics. I really enjoyed watching this Facial Equipment DVD by Rita Page. Not only informative, she really has some sound advice for Estheticians about cleanliness, lamp tightness and basic care. Lighted magnification lamps can get quite filthy due to the spray from facial extractions – not only can this obscure your view of the client’s skin, clients may notice the extraction debris on the lamp during a service… yuck! I always think it is important to brush up on the basics every once in a while, sometimes the obvious things can become overlooked in our busy lives. Rita is an award-winning CIDESCO Diplomat and her DVD’s are available on Pure Spa Direct for licensed professionals. Extremely informative and full of details for pros at all levels.

Here is a video clip from Rita Page’s Facial Equip DVD: Available for Purchase at Pure Spa Direct.

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Spa Treatments to Nurse Your Hangover

I was just reading this great article from Time Out Chicago that talks about five great treatment for helping purge all our holiday overload. That’s right; spa treatments that can help clients purge the perils of too much travel, booze, food and typical holiday excess. Check out this article for more information. I would like to try the Ionic Body Cleanse Detox Treatment at Blo Salon & Spa!!

Time Out New York – 5 Spa Treatments To Nurse Your Hangover

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Tan Better – Helpful Tanning Tips for Spray Tan Technicians

Learn from the best… read this blog!

I was recently out west and had a very pricey tan with a famed airbrush guru and spray tanner to the stars. I was so curious to see what a $130 spray tan would be like, what could be different? The fact is, the details make all the difference in the world. Not only was my airbrush tech extremely professional, her room was immaculate and she had every detailed worked out to ensure me (and all her rich and famous clients) left flawlessly bronzed and beautified. I will share a few tips that I observed.

Lower stool all the way.

1) Everyone knows it’s important not to get the bottoms of the clients’ feet tan. She had me stand on a warm, wet towel that was on top of a dry, plush towel. As a turned and twirled during the tanning process, my feet cleaned themselves!

2) Legs, feet, ankles are tricky. Every spray tan tech knows that legs, feet and ankles can be a challenge. With every body type different, lighting can sometimes conceal areas that were missed by the spray gun. Not here. My tech placed each leg (one at a time of coarse) on a swivel, adjustable stool ,covered by a soft, clean towel.

She gently and slowly swiveled each leg 180 degrees to make sure she covered every nook and cranny with tanning mist and made sure there was a seamless, flawless transition from my ankle to my toes, then switched legs. It was like decorating a cake! She sat comfortably in a stylists stool, rolling around my body to make sure she could see me from low and high angles.

Tighten Trigger for
More Precise Tanning

3) The spray gun trigger handle was tightened for very little over spray and precise and accurate spraying allowing her superior control over the placement of tanning solution with the gun. Apollo guns (my favorite to spray tan with), have an adjustable knob on the back that allows techs to loosen or tighten the throw of the trigger. The tighter the trigger, the more control you will have when you’re spray tanning a client. This technique is especially helpful with with thick tanning solutions like ours. This also helps control over-spray in your room. This should be used in conjunction with an Apollo turbine.

4) Ventilation. Part of keeping a nice, clean room is great ventilation. This pro had a custom built extraction system in her spa. There are many options out there for clearing the air of your spray tan room. Be sure to find one that will cover your room’s size.

For more information on spray tanning equipment and tanning solutions for your day spa or salon business visit our website: Pure Spa Wholesale Tanning Store

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Art Screens For Nail Masterpieces

Caption Art Screens just arrived at Pure Spa Direct, and I am CRUSHING on these awe-inspiring nail art kits!

The stamping technique is simple and delivers fun, intricate results. This is an easy entry point for nail techs that want to get into nail art services. Kits include stamper, card scraper, and design plates.

Learn more about these creative kits here:

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Spa Trends – Experience Halotherapy in 15 Ton Salt Room

Salt Therapy

There is a great article in the February issue of Day Spa Magazine about the benefits of Halotherapy. What does the word Halotherapy mean? The word “halo” is derived from the Greek halos, meaning “salt”. Halotherapy means “salt therapy”; a therapeutic treatment for everything from

asthma to acne, and it’s been used for treating ailments for centuries.

Learn more about how The Williamsburg Salt Spa is using their salt room, containing 15 tons of Polish and Himalayan salts to bring healthy benefits to their clients. Trend Watch: The Halo Effect by Day Spa Magazine

Love natural Himalayan Salt? We do too! PureSpa.com offers a great selection of wholesale Himalayan lamps, diffusers, fire bowls, and candles made from pure Himalayan salt.

Check out our selection here:

Himalayan Lamps & Accessories
Himalayan Oils and Massage Stones

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Fall In Love With Color – Essie Fall 2013 Is Here!

The phone lines have been buzzing and salons are asking for cases of Essie’s new Fall 2013 polish collection. These charming, flattering shades for autumn are in high demand, as it seems many clients are already getting “Fall fever” these last few days. These colors are so fun, they offer a lively, fall variety that can be paired with the perfect chunky sweater or cozy cardigan hoodie!

Love the name & the color!
Get’s an A

This limited-edition collection is all about variety.

The shades include…

After School Boy Blazer: Deep, midnight blue cream (my favorites) – deep, ink blue – almost looks black).
For The Twill of It: Multi-dimensional flashes of green, brown, purple and gold
Vested Interest: Sea foam green
Twin Sweater Set: Classic Red . “Red Bottom” stilettos come to mind
The Lace Is On: Glittery fuchsia
Cashmere Bathrobe: Glittery Grey

I know at 2 Long Island nail salons I have visited in the last 3 weeks, I was told that For The Twill of It” is the most requested color for fingers and toes. Either way – this collection is super hot for back to school 2013 and I expect your clients will be requesting them!

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Powder Sprayer? Yes, They Are Here!

Powder Spray Bottles are HERE at Pure Spa Direct!

These new, sleek PETG bottles are perfect for retail and feature a fine mist sprayer for applying powder and glitter formulations.

The unique interior mechanism helps gather the product towards the inner tube, allowing for maximum product dispersion.

Perfect for packaging body powders, dry shampoos, body bronzing / shimmer powders and for performing advanced body painting techniques.

Find them here: Powder Spray Bottles

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High Ponytails with Hair Bungees!

High ponytails are hot! But if your hair has any length, the height won’t stay for long.
So I was super excited to learn about these Ponytail Hooks!

Finally. A Way to Keep a Ponytail

Ponytail hooks, AKA or Hair Bungees, are mini bungee cords your your hair. These elastic hair ties have metal hooks on the end to lock into your hair for all-day-staying power. Regular hair ties or hair elastics will slip, causing hair styles / ponytails to fall. Hooks means more control on style with no slip! High ponytails stay high because the hooks lend more control.

Theses are also perfect for pulling up naturally, curly hair for sleep, buns and updos – without pulling curls out! Secures hair into place without being overly tight or pulling on hair.

I think these would be perfect to work with a ponytail wrap extension!

Check out this great Howcast video from celebrity and editorial hairstylist Jacqueline Bush.
At around 1:13 she starts talking about “hair bungees” and how to use them for high ponytails.

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What is the Best Nail Oil for Gel Manicures? It’s Nourish!

6 Rich Oils – Ideal for Gel Manicures

Hands down, the most effective and luxurious formula to promote healthy nails and cuticles is Nourish by Gelish. This blend of 6 natural oils plus Aloe, Vitamin A and Collagen help give nails flexibility and moisture they need to prevent dehydration. Daily use will keep gel manicured nails, polished nails, and nail enhancements strong and flexible. Encourage your gel manicure clients to use Nourish every day. Repeated use has a cumulative effect, allowing the natural oils to fully penetrate into the natural nail for maximum results. No other oil does the job like this one!

Easy brush applicator makes is ideal for a controlled, mess-free application. (Not as messy as dropper).
Why is frequent application of Nourish nail oil important? This powerful blend enhances the strength, hydration and overall healthy appearance of nails and cuticles during long wear gel manicures.

Kukui Nut Oil – A very effective skin softener, conditioner and moisturizer. Kukui Nut oil naturally contains vitamins A, E, and F, which are vital nutrients that restore the skin’s suppleness. Originally discovered by native Hawaiians many centuries ago, it uses include treatment for minor sunburns, dryness and for softens and moisturizes the dry skin. It’s also notable effective for reducing the wrinkled, aged appearance of dry skin and fine lines. This is a great way to improve the appearance of wrinkled, aging hands and fingers!

Sweet Almond Oil – This amazing oil promotes strong nails and healthy cuticles with it’s rich and powerful natural properties. Sweet almonds are rich in nutrients, protein, vitamins and minerals and contain water, fats, proteins and cellulose. Sweet almonds are rich in calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine, sulfur, copper, zinc, manganese, and niacin. Sweet almonds also contain vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E.

Sesame Oil
– Known for its soothing and healing properties, Sesame oil is naturally rich in Vitamin E and B complex. It also has a high content of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

Safflower Oil – Safflower oil contains the highest source of natural polyunsaturated fats than in any other type of vegetable oil. It contains almost 79% polyunsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid). It also contains 13 percent of monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid) and only 8% of saturated fatty acids. The other essential nutrients present in safflower oil are omega-6 fatty acids, cis-linoleic acid, vitamin E, etc. These properties make Safflower oil essential for people with dry skin and brittle nails. Daily topical use is especially beneficial for intensively moisturizing the skin, especially during winter, making skin smooth, soft and healthy.

Grape Seed Oil – Grape Seed oil is a natural anti-oxidant and contains palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, as well as alpha linolenic, icosanoic, icosenoic and docosanoic fatty acids. Linoleic acid is very important for the health of the skin as well as cell membranes. This highly effective, non greasy oil is perfect for repairing damaged or stressed tissue and possess regenerative and restructuring qualities which allow for optimal cuticle moisturization.

Retinyl Palmitate
(Vitamin A) – Powerful Vitamin A, it is revered as an effective antioxidant and skin-cell regulator.

Vitamin E Oil – A superb anti-oxidant and healing ingredient for the effective treatment for dry, cracked cuticles. It naturally helps boost collagen production helping to build strength and flexibility in the nails. Daily application to nails and cuticles helps to rehydrate and smooth them as well as prevent future cracks.

Soluble Collagen – A protein that’s important for nail strength. Collagen restores moisture to the nail and cuticle and promotes flexibility. Also known as an excellent skin-Conditioning agent.

Organic Aloe Vera – A natural cellular re-generator with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects. Aloe, Collagen and Vitamin E work synergistically in this highly effective nail oil formula to maintain the skin’s elasticity and suppleness and keep vital moisture in.

Nourish is a part of the Gelish 21 Day Gel Manicure System. Available at Pure spa Direct.- Click Here: https://www.purespadirect.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=EJ-724153

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