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Tips and Tricks for Treating Sensitive-Skin Clients

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More and more, estheticians are seeing a spike in the number of clients coming in with sensitive skin issues. Some experience mild, occasional flare-ups while others deal with constant redness, breakouts, excessive dryness and discomfort. Sensitivity increases with age and on average, skin becomes 10 percent drier each decade after the age of 20. The less moisture skin retains, the weaker the cellular barrier and the more irritants get in and wreak havoc. “Clinically speaking, sensitive skin is a genetic condition where the protective outer layer becomes less efficient at blocking irritants and allergens, and becomes prone to reactions like redness and inflammation,” says Beth Bialko, Associate Director Global Curriculum at Dermalogica. “Sensitized skin, on the other hand, results from external factors like cosmetics, pollution, lifestyle and stress, and becomes chronically inflamed.” Here, our experts discuss best practices for treating clients with sensitivity concerns. Continue Reading…

Building a Brand 101


Whether you run a one-chair salon suite or a salon with a staff of 20, one thing we know for sure: In these digitally savvy times, if you’re not on social media, your business probably isn’t growing. But if creating a social media presence feels more like a nuisance than a necessity, it’s time to shift YOUR perspective. Below, three salon pros share why being on social is more than good for everyone’s business.

Create A New Fan Base

After working as an esthetician for 15 years and owning Spa 10 in Encino, CA, for nine, Lori Crete wanted to share the wealth of knowledge she had accumulated. She decided to do a podcast after learning that the social medium, where audio recordings are downloaded to your computer or phone, is enjoying a renaissance. Continue Reading…

6 Pieces of Advice From Your Fellow Stylists on Staying Happy This Holiday Season

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MODERN SALON’s Holiday issue represents just one collaboration between MODERN SALON and CosmoProf. Last November, CosmoProf also sponsored MODERN’s Healthy Hairdresser Challenge, which asked entrants to “gift a little back to yourself” after a year of giving to clients, family and everyone else! “Make the pledge to add one healthy action or ritual into your busy day,” we urged hairdressers, and many did!

The responses represented a range of ways to give yourself a break during this often stressful time of the year. So take advice from your fellow hairdressers for keeping the holidays happy and easy:

  • Daydream. Think ahead to the New Year—a fresh start, full of inspiration, education, motivation, cool styles and innovative technology. You’ll meet new clients, have extraordinary experiences and fall even more in love with your creative work.
  • Get to the spa. A facial or a massage—even just a foot massage—can break up your week with welcome relaxation.  Read More…
  • Healthy Hairdressers Tell How They Stand Up for Their Own Health

    You’ve been giving us great responses to this month’s Healthy Hairdresser Challenge to stand up to one threatening ache, pain or health issue. If you haven’t shared yet, you have through September 30, and when you participate you’ll be entered to win one of 30 pairs of fashion knee-highs or knee-high toeless compression hosiery from our sponsor, Stand + Deliver, a division of 12 Benefits. This professional brand is dedicated to celebrating salon pros and helping keep them healthy while looking fashionable.

    Taking a stand to exercise is cited by many, with participants vowing to lift weights, stretch and add activities like yoga and Pilates. One of our earliest entrants, Mary M., says, “Exercise is so important in this profession. Standing long hours in one place takes a toll on my body, especially my legs. Exercise helps with leg pain and… Click to Continue Reading.

    Few ‘Dours Down: Nevena Rothe’s Modern Take on Classic Men’s Silhouettes

    Isn’t it great when iconic silhouettes return—and return with a vengeance? Although the Elvis-inspired pompadour never really disappeared, it is coming back strong, made fresh with modernized upgrades. Here are two takes on the classic look by American Crew International All Star Nevena Rothe.

    Elvis Presley’s classically cool pompadours through time inspire American Crew International All Star Nevena Rothe in her recreation of the modernized look she describes as masculine, lean, tall and square.

    “The most common problem today is the length of the hair,” says Chicago-based Rothe. As a result, she utilizes multiple cutting techniques and products to add lift to the shape. “One of the best techniques is to cut with shear over comb with horizontal positioning and overdirection,” she says. “Internal razoring along the top adds extra support.” Continue…

    Understanding the Term “Salon Culture”

    The term “salon culture” has been bandied about for years, but what does it mean and why is it important to you as a salon owner?

     
    Think about what you believe in your core values and the standards by which you do business.  Quite simply, it’s the things that make your business special. Malcolm Gibbons, a salon business coach and founder of Shock Consult, defines salon culture like this: “It’s the way you behave and act in relation to the work you do.” More important perhaps, if you haven’t thought it through, it could be sending the wrong message to your customers. Think of your salon culture as the guiding hand that motivates and inspires your team.  Maybe it’s providing opportunities for continuing education or creating an enjoyable atmosphere for both clients and stylists. To help you get started, we talked to some salon owners and managers who have it all figured out.  Read More…

     

    22 Popular Medium Hairstyles for Women

    Hairstyles are constantly evolving, as are the perceptions of the hairstyle and fashion experts. Some exciting hairstyle trends will be evolving in 2015, and will be combined with other trends from 2014 to give a unique modern look.

    As it pertains to hairstyles, medium haircuts are the most common, as they offer a balance between short and manageable, and long and sexy. In addition there are more common because there are various short and long hairstyles that can work out well with medium length haircuts. Women with long hair lengths often find it difficult to manage their hair, and those with short hairstyles often complain about restricted hairstyles and patterns. It appears that medium haircuts are a healthy balance for those with hairstyle problems.

    Medium hairstyles trends for 2015 will be versatile and easy to take care of while offering a sexy look. These hairstyles, similar to almost all hairstyles, match most of the facial shapes and enhance the facial features. Trends for 2015 for women include several hairdos such as medium layers; a version of the 2014 bob cut called the mid-length bob, medium curls, and the medium wavy cut. While these types of cuts will be trending in 2015, there will also be a wide selection of top-notch hairstyles such as certain types of up-dos, buns and perms. Read More…

     

    5 Things You Need to Know About the “Babylights” Hair Color Trend

    Get ready—there’s a new hair color technique that’s taking the beauty industry by storm and it’s called “babylights.”

    The term can be added to the ongoing list of highlighting techniques like splashlights, balayage, ombre and sombre, but this one differs dramatically from the rest.

    Babylights are delicate highlights created using a very fine hair color technique to mimic the subtle, dimensional hair color seen on children’s hair. “My clients often bring in photos of their children for inspiration, asking me to make their color look that fresh and natural. The result is subtle but beautiful,” saysWarren-Tricomi Salon’s Joel Warren, master colorist and co-founder.Read More…

    Botox and fillers are very safe, study suggests

    Cosmetic procedures such as Botox, facial fillers and laser skin treatments are very safe, and have a very low rate of minor side effects, a new study suggests.

    These cosmetic procedures can cause minor side effects such as bruising, lumpiness or skin discoloration, but these occur in less than 1 percent of cases, according to the study published today (Nov. 5) in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

    “We strongly suspected the rates were going to be low, but we were pleasantly surprised that they were as low as they were,” said study lead author Dr. Murad Alam, a dermatologist at Northwestern University in Illinois. (In past work, Alam has conducted studies that were funded in part by Allergan, Medicis, Ulthera and Bioform, which are companies that sell products for cosmetic procedures.)

    However, the study included only dermatologists who routinely perform these procedures, so it’s possible that negative outcomes could be more frequent in the hands of less-experienced providers, said Dr. Michael C. Edwards, the president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. [7 Plastic Surgery Myths Debunked]

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    Probiotics the Latest Trend in Beauty Products

    Probiotics are being incorporated in topical skin treatments.

    Probiotics are being incorporated in topical skin treatments.

    Probiotics may be the next big thing in skin care treatments, making their way from your digestive system into topical products and onto beauty-aisle shelves near you, thanks to dermatological researchers. The upshot: skin care treatments are popping up on the market with some science behind them.

    “We are going to see it in face masks, face washes, creams, serums and more,” says Alexis Wolfer, editor-in-chief of The Beauty Bean and author of “The Recipe for Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen.” “The way probiotics helps with your digestion is the same way it will help with your skin.”

    Just as they are said to calm stomach inflammation, probiotics are billed as having a calming effect on skin redness and irritation like Read More…