Happy Employees

Studies show that Happy Employees are more productive and also results in Happy Customers.  This goes for any business and any industry.  Imagine how important this is for the service industry such as your Spa and Salon. If your employees are not happy it affects their quality of work which impacts your customers. Remember typically you’re not selling a product that can be eaten or used but a service.  The services you offer affects their appearance which is more important than any product.

If employees feel unappreciated and over worked customers can tell. Employees are either moody, rough, works too slow or too fast, or does a sloppy job, due to their unhappiness. This is not the type of service that you want your business to be known for. One person tells ten people about poor service vs three people when they receive good service.

Happy Employees

There are simple cost effective things that can be done to keep your employees happy. Such as longer breaks, ice breakers (trivia) throughout the day, up-training during slow seasons or shifts. How about a new microwave, occasional snacks or lunches, small giveaways etc. Acknowledge birthdays, employment anniversaries, & host Holiday parties. These little acts of appreciation and kindness will go a long way it can be the foundation to a very successful business!

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Proper Salon Etiquette

Great customer service along with excelling at your craft is a definite must have in keeping your customers happy, but don’t forget etiquette.  Portraying proper Salon Etiquette shows your professionalism and appreciation of your customer’s business. There’s nothing more frustrating to a customer than receiving service from a specialist who does not respect their time and does not use good etiquette.  Here are a few easy and simple practices that you can implement in your salon and spa.

Proper Salon Etiquette

  • Dress professionally – Stay away from shorts
  • Keep your work station clean & neat – sanitize your station and wipe away dust and excess particles
  • Limit the use of your cell phone when with a client
  • Be on time – try not to overbook, customers do not like to wait
  • Don’t ever let your customer feel like they are being rushed even if you are in a hurry.
  • Keep your conversations professional – absolutely no gossiping – especially about other customers
  • These are some great tips that will help you to retain and increase your clientele.  Implementing these simple practices will make your customers feel like they are priority #1 in your presence.

Cleaning Tip for Spa Pedicure Chair

It’s benefit information for cleaning spa pedicure chair ‘s foot part which was collected as tutorial for clients and users general from Environment Protection Agency US

Customer precautions – protecting the client

  • Check the condition of the client’s feet and legs: If open sores or skin wounds are present (including insect bites, scratches, scabbed-over wounds, or any condition that weakens the skin barrier), explain to the client why they should not use the foot bath.
  • Complete pedicure or wax after the foot bath soak: Any procedure that risks damage to a client’s skin should not be done before soaking feet in the foot spa basin.

Step by step instructions for disinfecting Spa Pedicure Chair

1. During working time – After customer was out the pedicure chair footbath , while feet are massaged, toes are painted, or other opportunities

  • Drain the water from the foot spa basin or bowl and remove any visible debris.
  • Clean the surfaces of the foot spa with soap or detergent, rinse with clean water, and drain.
  • After cleaning, disinfect* the surfaces with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant according to the manufacturer’s directions on the label. Surfaces must remain wet with the disinfectant for 10 minutes or the time stated on the label, which may be shorter. – For whirlpool foot spas, air-jet basins, “pipe-less” foot spas, and other circulating spas: It is best to disinfect by filling the basin with clean water, adding the appropriate amount of liquid disinfectant, and turning the unit on to circulate the disinfectant for the entire contact time.
  • After disinfection, drain and rinse with clean water.

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For whirlpool foot in Pedicure chair, air-jet basins, “pipe-less” foot spas, and other circulating spas: 

  •  Remove the filter screen, inlet jets, and all other removable parts from the basin and clean out any debris trapped behind or in them.
  • Using a brush, scrub these parts with soap or disinfectant (following cleaning directions).
  • Rinse the removed parts with clean water and place them back into the basin apparatus.
  • Fill the basin with clean water and add an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant, following label directions. Turn the unit on and circulate the system with the liquid for 10 minutes, or the label-indicated time if different. (The whirlpool mechanism of the tub must be operating for the entire disinfection period so the piping and internal components that contain hidden bacteria are disinfected.)
  • After disinfection, drain, rinse, and air dry. 

For simple basins (no circulation): 

  • Drain the basin and remove any visible debris.
  • Scrub the bowl with a clean brush and soap or disinfectant (following cleaning directions). Rinse and drain.
  • Disinfect basin surfaces with and EPA-registered hospital disinfectant, following manufacturer’s instructions. Surfaces must remain wet with the disinfectant for 10 minutes or the contact time stated on the label.
  • Drain the basin, rinse with clean water, and let air-dry.

 

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Remedies for brittle fingernails

As many researchers inform that Brittle fingernails are a common condition, occurring in about 20 % of people. Brittleness in the nail may be caused by trauma, such as repeated wetting and drying, repeated exposure to detergents and water, and excessive exposure to harsh solvents, such as those found in nail polish remover. There are some solutions as the improving for normal Brirrle Nails circumstance. Besides, Nail brittleness may be a symptom that caused by medical condition, such as lung cancer, Raynaud’s disease and so on. Therefore, you should be check with your doctor for recognition. SpaSalonUs will help you in some normal case as the remedies for recovering brittle fingernails.

A.Tea Tree oil And Vitamin E

A teaspoon of Tea Tree oil with a couple of drops of Vitamin E won’t only help you have stronger, healthier nails but will prevent nail fungus as well as successfully treat any existing infection.

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B. Massage

Well here’s an easy, cost-effective remedy for brittle nail that apply the chosen Lotion product on each nail, massaging gently and thoroughly all the way. The Product will add moisture and soften your cuticles while a massage improves blood circulation, making your nail stronger, healthier and even longer in the long run

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C. Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Mixture

Uses at least two times a week with mixed with a few drop of lemon juice with olive oil. Then massage them into your nails thoroughly, let it soak in, then clip soft manicure gloves on and let the mixture work its magic overnight. You will get surprise!

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D. Sea Salt

Mix together two teaspoons of fine sea salt with 2 drops each of lemon juice or oil, frankincense oil, myrrh oil and wheat germ oil. Pour this mixture into a bowl of warm water, then soak your hands and keep them soaked for about 10 to 15 minutes

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D. Night Treatment with Vitamin E

Nightly massage with just a few drops of this oil will help improve the condition of your nails greatly, making them healthier with each use. Wear manicure gloves for better, faster results but have in mind that this is not a miraculous cure and that it takes some time to work.

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F. Beer Soak

Warm a quarter of a cup of olive oil, mix it with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar and half a cup of beer. Now soak your nails into this mixture, give them about 15 minutes to soak in all those nutrients and voila

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G. Only Lemon Juice

Squeeze the juice out, dip a cotton pad in it, then swipe each nail. Continue to massage the leftover juice in, let it dry on your nails, then rinse your hands in lukewarm water. The yellow tone is gone and the tips are looking brighter than ever!

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H. Herbal Mask

Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon each of chamomile and peppermint tea, let them steep for an hour and a half, then strain the herbs away and mix in half a teaspoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of wheat flour. Blend well, apply to your nails, let it sit for a half an hour, then rinse off

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Spas in Canada

Treatments in Spas in Canada

There’s no better way to relax than to get pampered at a spa. From western to eastern Canada, the country is ripe with spas offering basic to specialty services, and everything in between. Vancouver Island is especially populated with spas and even features stretches of road known as the Spa Trail

Several types of spas in Canada are available to suit various needs and individuals. Choosing the right type does not have to be a daunting task. Some of the choices of spas in Canada include Resort/Hotel Spas, Destination Spas, Day Spas and Medical Spas.

For those seeking a self-contained vacation which includes a full-service spa, accommodations, dining and recreational activities that are all under one roof; Resort/Hotel Spas would be a traveller’s best bet.

Destination Spas on the other hand place emphasis on giving spa goers quality treatments from basic to signature services. Many may also offer cuisine, fitness activities, educational classes and accommodations.

Day Spas are suitable for those looking to incorporate the spa experience into their everyday life without having to travel out of their hometown. It is also ideal for those on a budget or who require more flexibility in scheduling. Day Spas offer a wide array of services and many feature on-site hair salons.

Medical Spas are ideal for overall wellness and for preventative care. They also offer a variety of anti-aging treatments and may or may not offer accommodations.

Spa Eastman- Best spas in Canada
Spa Eastman- Best spas in Canada

Quebec – Spa Eastman, located just outside of Montreal, is one of the most luxurious spas in Quebec. However, it’s also affordable. Spa Eastman was named “Best Affordable Spa” in the popular Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards. (Courtesy Spa Eastman)

 

Nova Scotia Spa - Best spas in Canada
Nova Scotia Spa – Best spas in Canada

Nova Scotia – Sometimes called the best spa in all Atlantic Canada, the Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa offers luxury spa treatments in a comfortable atmosphere. Complimentary robes and slippers keep you feeling at ease while enjoying a delicious lunch on a deck overlooking an indoor pool. (Courtesy Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa ).

Saskatchewan Spa - Best spas in Canada

Saskatchewan Spa – Best spas in Canada

Saskatchewan – The luxurious Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in historic downtown Moose Jaw features Canada’s largest therapeutic Geo-Thermal Mineral Water indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, a treatment facility and an array of relaxing hotel guestrooms and suites. (Courtesy Temple Gardens Mineral Spa)

Manitoba Spa - Best spas in Canada
Manitoba Spa – Best spas in Canada

Manitoba – Located in the Fort Garry Hotel, a national landmark in downtown Winnipeg, Ten Spa offers a modern version of the traditional hammam, a hot-air bathing ritual. There is also a full menu of spa options and steam rooms available. (Courtesy Ten Spa/Fort Garry Hotel)

Ontario Spa - Best spas in Canada
Ontario Spa – Best spas in Canada

Ontario – Considered by some experts as the top rated spa in Canada, let alone the top in Ontario, a getaway at Ste. Anne’s, located near Toronto, leaves you rejuvenated and relaxed. Choose between rooms in the Main Inn or private spa cottages. (Courtesy Ste. Anne’s Spa).

Pedicure Therapy for Cracked Dry Feet

Pedicure Therapy Introduction

Mild to moderate cracking of the skin on the bottom of the foot, especially around the heel areas, and the lateral (outside) areas of the foot, is quite common. It can be caused by going barefoot or wearing sandals excessively, and lack of proper foot care. Severe cracking is sometimes caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or circulatory problems. Moderate to severe cracks can be a real heath issue, causing infection and pain. Amazingly deep cracks with dirt are sometimes seen embedded very far down. It is unhealthy and fairly easy to remedy.

Whether you have mildly dry feet, or severe, chronic cracks, there is a method of pedicure therapy that will significantly improve, if not completely heal your compromised skin. It is tried and true; This pedicure therapy has been used for nearly eight years, with fantastic results.

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pedicure therapy for cracked feet

Pedicure Therapy for Cracked Feet

Items you will need:

*a large basin, foot spa, or other vessel that is large enough to completely immerse both of your feet.

*a good quality pumice stone. The synthetic ones are great. Avoid cheap ones that crumble, or ones that have little texture-they are worthless.

*Heel Balm by Flexitol. It is important to use this specific product, and central to the effectiveness of the therapy. It can be found at Walgreens and other drugstores, in the foot care section.

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Pedicure Therapy Directions:

45 minutes before going to bed, fill your foot spa with the hottest water you can tolerate without discomfort. Soak both your feet in the water and relax for 30 minutes. You can add Epsom salts, essential oils, or whatever you like to enhance the foot bath, but it is not necessary. Plain water is very effective. Remove your feet from the bath, and dry them well before walking.

Next, under a running bathtub faucet, or in the shower, use your pumice stone to exfoliate the bottoms of your feet, concentrating on the heel area, and the lateral side of your foot, and wherever you may have cracks and peeling skin. The water from the foot soak will have plumped out the skin, exaggerating the peeling, cracks, and flakiness, so it should be obvious where some problem areas are. Use fairly aggressive strokes with the pumice stone, but don’t go overboard, especially if you experience any sensitivity or pain. Be extra careful around the open cracks.

Dry your feet, and apply the Heel Balm liberally, leaving extra little dollops on cracks and the problem areas. Put your socks on over the Heel Balm, and wear them overnight.

Maintenance:

Continue with the pumice stone/heel balm/socks step every night for a full week. Also use a pumice stone in the morning, in your regular shower. Include regular lotion or the Heel Balm in the morning as well. By the end of one week, most of the cracks should be gone, and your feet should be noticeably renewed. As necessary, repeat the pedicure therapy and the entire week’s routine.

If your feet are prone to cracking, the best way to keep them healthy is daily use of a pumice stone. It is best to simply keep it near your regular shower items and get into the habit of using it. If you do fall out of the habit, though, simply repeat the entire course of Pedicure Therapy.

Hope this tutorial helps make cracked dry feet beautiful again.

Pedicure Massage

Hello dear readers, We hope you enjoy our previous posts. As for today post and posts for the next few days, you will be presented with a series of blog posts covering the topics related to pedicure massage. Everybody might have heard about massage once. And whoever has a chance to be massaged, he or she would love to have it one more time, especially when they feel tired. For the salon owners, and the pedicurists, you would love to improve your skills in pedicure massage. Here come useful tutorials for you. Today is the first post in the series.

Pedicure massage introduction

Foot massage during a pedicure stimulates blood flow and is relaxing to the client. DO NOT massage if client has high blood pressure, heart condition, or has had a stroke.  Pedicure massage increases circulation and may be harmful to such a client.  Have your client consult a physician before receiving a pedicure massage.  The below techniques provide directions for pedicure massage of the left foot.

Pedicure massage techniques

  1.   Rest client’s foot on footrest or stool.  Grasp the leg just above the ankle with your left hand.  This will brace the client’s leg and foot.  Use your right hand to hold left foot just beneath toes and rotate foot in circular motion.

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    pedicure massage
  2. Place both thumbs on top of foot at instep.  Move your thumbs in circular movements in opposite directions down the center of the top of the foot.  Continue this movement to the toes.  Keep one hand in contact with foot or leg, slide one hand at a time back firmly to instep and rotate back down to toes.
  1. .Use the same thumb movement that you did in the pedicure massage technique above.  Start at the base of the toes and move from the ball of the foot to the heel, rotating your thumbs in opposite directions.  Slide hands back to the top of the foot.
  2. Start with the little toe, using thumb on top and index finger on bottom of foot.  Hold each toe and rotate with the thumb.  Start at base of toe and work towards the end of the toes.
  3. Start with the little toe and make a figure eight with each toe.  Repeat 3-5 times.
  4. Make a fist with your fingers, keeping your thumb out.  Apply firm pressure with your thumb and move your fist up the heel towards the ball of the foot.  Work from the left side of foot and back down the right side towards the heel.  As you perform pedicure massage over the bottom of the foot, check for any nodules or bumps.  If you find one, be very gentle because area may be tender.
  5. Place your fingers on top of foot along the metatarsal bones with your thumb underneath the foot.  Knead up and down along each bone by raising your thumb and lower fingers to apply pressure.  Repeat 3-5 times.
  6. Place left hand on top of foot and make a fist with your right hand.  Your left hand will apply pressure while your right hand twists around the bottom of the foot.  Repeat 3-5 times.
  7. Place fingers at ball of foot.  Move fingers in circular movements in opposite directions.  Massage to end of each toe, gently squeezing the tip of each toe.
  8. Use fingertips to perform percussion or tapotement movements to lightly tap over the entire foot to reduce blood circulation and complete pedicure massage.

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