SPA AHH: Facials

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Facials consist of a series of exfoliating, treating and moisturizing techniques that are supposed to leave skin supple and bright. There are so many different types of facial treatments out there it can be hard to decide what is right for you. Make sure you tell your aesthetician of any allergies or skin conditions before your facial. If you aren’t sure what you would like, a quick consultation under a bright light will help determine what facial will be best.

Usually the process of a facial consists of exfoliating skin, extraction of blackheads/white heads, facial massage, mask and moisturizer. Products change from location to location. Spas will also develop their own signature facials, which can be a refreshing change to a routine facial.

The use of lavander, tea tree, chamomile oils along with oatmeal and salicylic acids is very common in most facials. Funky treatments like chocolate and gold leaf can be used to up the luxury factor. Slight tingling sensations are normal with any facial, but it should not be unbearable. Speak up if it is painful or burning. You want to leave the spa better than when you arrived. There also will be some redness depending on skin sensitivity.

Follow up treatment at home is just as important as the facial itself. This is the time to ask a professional what products to use, so take advantage.

-Vernize Rios

More Motivational Stories: Beating the Odds

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A few days ago, I shared some inspirational stories of spa and beauty students who had beaten unbelievable odds in order to fulfill their dreams and pursue their passion.

So many people loved it that I thought I would share a few more in order to leave us feeling good for the weekend!

Lamesha struggled and struggled to get to school with financial, transportation, and daycare issues. She went over contract, but her determination to succeed shined on the home office at ITS Academy of Beauty in Fort Worth, TX, and they waived her over-contract fees.  She went on to open her own salon.

Dena was doing well in school until her boyfriend committed suicide in front of her.  She took a leave of absence to pull herself back together after this tragic loss.  When she came back to classes at Aladdin Beauty College in Lawton, OK, she was more determined than ever to get through it, but it was a constant struggle.  She went over contract and had to take another leave of absence to work and save money to pay tuition.  While she was saving to pay for the program she so desperately wanted to finish, she was about to lose her house and had to use her tuition money toward that.  When Dena heard that the school owners were in town, she left work early so she speak with them.  She explained how important school was to her and what had been going on while on her leave and they told her to get back to school and they would take care of her remaining tuition.  She is doing very well and is well on her way to being a successful hair stylist.

Can you believe these stories?! Feel free to comment or tweet and share some of your own!

Motivational Stories: Beating the Odds

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Every so often, I like to share stories of beauty school students who had incredible odds stacked against them, and yet didn’t only get past them — but excelled and finished school in the process.

For instance, there was Katie, who was having a hard time with transportation to get to ITS Academy of Beauty in Hurst, TX and missed a lot of hours. This led to her failing Satisfactory Academic and Attendance Progress and she lost her financial aid. She began making cash payments to continue attending school, but that became a struggle as well. She talked with the school’s home office and they were able to waive her remaining tuition and allow her to continue with her education.

Or Crissy, who had had nothing but hard times since she started school. She had transportation problems and financial problems. After transferring between campuses, she eventually returned to Olympia University in Las Cruces, NM (the school waived the transfer fee), yet because of all of her struggles, she went over contract. This was a girl who loved doing hair and really wanted to attend school. The school ended up waiving her over-contract fees, enabling her to continue attending school for the education she wanted so badly. She has since completed the program, received her license, got a job, and — thanks to Olympia’s home office — has the opportunity to be the success that she has always dreamed about.

Do you have a story to tell? Have you or a friend beat the odds and went on to achieve your dreams? We’d love to hear your stories!

Stress Less This Holiday Season

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For many of us, the joyous holiday season also brings at least two unwelcome guests – stress and depression.

If you are working long hours, and studying in a spa/beauty school program, this can make your hair stand up on ends even as you are making everyone else look pretty!

In an effort to pull off a perfect holiday, you will probably find yourself facing an array of demands including parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining. In order to enjoy this holiday season, take a few moments to concentrate on yourself and your personal needs. I consulted with my friends at Sherif Zaki Salons & Spas and they offered some advice on spa services that will take YOU (not just your client) to a state of pure relaxation – something never heard of during this stressful time of year!

Nail Care

It is always nice to sit back and relax, while someone else makes your nails and toes look beautifully flawless. Be sure to take the time to schedule a spa manicure and spa pedicure. Spa manicures and pedicures are a therapeutic option of the highest quality, using skin-soothing moisturizers and advanced exfoliants. You will relish in the enjoyment as your hands are bathed, exfoliated, moisturized and massaged. Get nails that will stay flawless through Christmas and New Years with a special new Shellac Manicure, a natural soak-off hybrid between a gel and polish that guarantees you two weeks of chip-free nails.

Skincare

This is a perfect time to smooth, rejuvenate and nourish your skin with incredible sensations and euphoric aromas. Any facial therapy treatment will be relaxing, yet the art of aromatherapy with a special custom blend of purifying and calming essential oils will provide you with a sense of peace. Pure honey oatmeal and almond scrubs will gently exfoliate dead skin cells. This skincare scrub is followed by extractions and two masques to promote healing and rejuvenation.

Massage Therapies

Take the time to release muscle tension, increase circulation and to reduce your stress with a full-body massage that can be customized to meet your individual needs. Massage therapists are able to effectively incorporate reflexology, acupressure and other trigger-point therapies structured to meet your body’s specific needs. To eliminate all of your stress, add a Vichy Shower to your therapeutic sessions.

If you really want the ultimate relaxation, try a stone massage. This exclusive body therapy is great for both men and women, It is unlike any other because it creates a yin-yang balance throughout your body by utilizing both hot and cold river stones. During this special hour and a half spa treatment, various size stones which also vary in temperature are used as massage implements. They are placed on key pressure points on your body to relieve tension, stimulate the circulatory system and to promote self-healing. The warm temperatures also help expand capillaries, improve blood circulation and increase the body’s energy reserve. You’ll feel more relaxed just thinking about it!

SpaBeautySchools.com’s “One Beautiful Blog” Just Got a Little More Glamorous

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I think every teenage girl toys with the idea of beauty school — some take the plunge, others never go further than smokey eye how-to videos.

I was the latter — fascinated with hair styling and makeup design, but putting my passion toward writing and reporting rather than furthering my education.

But I always loved to play with cosmetics, and create images and thematic designs out of my lotions and potions. Last week, I visited Vegas for the weekend and created a Marilyn look — why the heck not? It’s where she experienced a significant portion of her hey day.

I’m the new blogger at Spa Beauty Schools, and while writing beauty-school content, I’ll also be sharing loads of beauty and related news, gossip, advice, how-to’s, and more. And I’m always open to thoughts and questions. We’ll learn more together!

As of now, I’m getting acclimated with Spa Beauty Schools on Twitter and Facebook (are you friends yet? You should be!) and preparing to find information that will teach us all a little something! A little about me: I am a freelance beauty and fashion editor for several women’s web sites, including MyGloss.com and SheKnows.com, and a bit of a “twitterella” — I’ve live-blogged from places like the Miss America pageant and the Emmy Awards, all with a focus on the stars and their beauty! It’s a great way to stay in the thick of the action — and see trends as they become a reality.

Excited to get to know all of you in the posts to come!

~Aly Walansky