Archive for May, 2007

Pivot Point Hosts Hair Cut-A-Thon for Missing Children’s Day

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

At the end of May, you may notice droves of people all over the nation rocking new stylish ‘dos.  The reason: thousands of Pivot Point students across the country will be hosting a Cut-A-Thon on Friday May 25, 2007 – National Missing Children’s Day – to raise money for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).  It’s a way to make the world a better – and more stylish place – while simultaneously working toward a worthwhile cause.

The event will be held from 10am to 10pm at Pivot Point campuses nationwide, spearheaded by Pivot Point Cares for Kids™, the charitable arm of Pivot Point International.  The event is being sponsored by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

“We will donate 100% of the cost of our salon services to the National Center,” says Corrine Passage, Executive Director of Pivot Point Cares for Kids™.  “Our students will be providing a full range of services from hair styling, hair and scalp treatments, color services, facials, body wraps, makeup applications and nail services.  Also throughout the day, special discounts will be available on select hair, skin and other beauty-related products.  Other cosmetology schools will be joining

Since 1997, Pivot Point International has raised over $600,000 for the NCMEC, which is the nation’s resource for child protection, taking strides to locate and recover missing children.

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Great Clips

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Clippers and trimmers have evolved beyond the barbershop, and stylists couldn’t be more eager to welcome them into their salons. Here’s a portion of the article of the month over at Beauty Store Business magazine, by Julie Sturgeon:

When it comes to clippers and trimmers, professional stylists’ reactions have evolved from “whatever” to “what will they think of next?” And savvy beauty store owners and managers are more than happy to take advantage of their excitement. After all, this category yields 40% profit margins on larger ticket items, and the demand in the market is increasing tenfold, points out David Guerin, the global artistic director for Jarden Consumer Solutions, which includes Oster Professional Products, based in Boca Raton, Florida.

He’s not just a spokesperson—he’s also a salon owner who works behind the chair. “People in this industry are finding out that clippers are becoming as important as a pair of shoes,” Guerin says. Which means where the market once supported three major manufacturers, now more than 20 have jumped into this arena. Even the public—and the Hispanic market in particular—has seized the idea, purchasing clippers and trimmers to make their kitchen chair barbering easier and more predictable.

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Culturally Themed Spas May Boost Business

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Many experts agree that instituting some sort of cultural theme to your spa offerings, you can invite a new breed of client, searching for an exotic brand of rest. Many indigenous cultures have rituals, scents, meditation practices, that find their way into popular western culture, and for the spa business it’s no different. Here’s a bit of Dayspa Magazine’s article by L. Brooks Baldwin:

Glistening mountaintops above and snowdrifts below encircled the rustic and cozy cottage where I, face softly planted in cradle, lay comfortably smothered under a sacred Pendleton story blanket, inhaling the fragrances of natural balancing oils as they were waved below my nose. Through the mellifluous tribal American Indian chant resonating in my ears, my therapist Kim softly asked which of the oils, dubbed “East,” “South,” “West,” and “North,” most appealed to my senses that evening. All four smelled divine, but one seemed to invite another sniff. “I’ll take East,” I murmured, already adrift in a vapor of calm that lent a perfect finish to my rigorous day of skiing.

“The Native Americans seek guidance from nature’s elements, what they call the Four Directions,” Kim explained as she applied warm basalt stones slick with oil to various body parts, each representing one of the Directions. “East is the element representing Spring, a time of rebirth, renewal and awakening. Its color is red and the red hawk is the animal that represents it. Your choice suggests that you’re entering a time of new beginnings … ”

Within every culture lies a wealth of wisdom, and no one knows this better than healers. Cultural healing manifests itself in modern theories and ancient rituals, botanical potions and physical practices, all with the common goal of bringing healthy balance to the human body, mind, soul and spirit.

It’s inevitable that today’s spa practitioners bring ideas developed within ancient and modern cultures around the world to their clients. Today’s growing global sensibilities practically demand this. Whether you’re looking to turn your spa into a sacred haven, or to just tweak your menu (and your clientele’s interest) with a few heavenly options, there are many ways to incorporate cultural fare.

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These Feet Were Made for Walking

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

In the spa world, one of the up and coming trends involves providing services for tired aching feet. It’s surprising this hasn’t taken off sooner, as most people I know have a complaint of some sort regarding their feet – come the end of the day. In most other parts of the world, especially in Asia, the feet are considered a gateway to the rest of the body and reflexologists and feet practitioners can work healing magic on internal organs by massaging specific parts of a client’s foot.

Beauty Launchpad magazine has a featured article all about feet this month, and how (if you’re a spa owner or feet owner) to take care of those critical appendages. Here’s a bit of the article by Karie L. Frost:

Specialty treatments, customized services and spa-level products—the business of pedicures puts the world of relaxation and beautification at your clients’ feet.

Our poor feet. We drag them, cramp them, march them, stub them. We scrunch them into tiny shoes; we beg their forgiveness when we force them to teeter all day on stilt-like heels. We ask the world of our feet, so we should give them the world when we take care of them. Read on to learn from industry greats the latest trends in putting feet first.

China’s Passion for Hair, Beauty, and Fashion

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Beauty Launchpad’s article of the month examines the current short and edgy hair craze in China. While extensions and change it up style are all the rage in the West, in the East, girls and women alike are taking style cues from China “idol” Li Yuchun. Here’s a snippet of the article by Chen Nan Yang:

From China’s bamboo forest villages in Yunnan to the high-rises of Shanghai, Mongolian Cow Yogurt Super Girl—a hugely popular American Idol-like TV program—has created quite a stir. And when Li Yuchun, a music student with a tomboy haircut and girl-next-door beauty, won the coveted title, she spawned a new short and edgy hairstyling craze among young girls living across the vast expanse of Mainland China.

Super Girl also created a significant shift among young Chinese girls who previously never wore a definitive hairstyle before they turned 18. Today a 15-year-old Chinese girl may wear a fashion-forward, sometimes even exaggerated, hairstyle. China’s passion for beauty and fashion is also being influenced both near and far, driving a new wave of ideas across cultural and financial boundaries.

Stylist Tips: The Learning Curve

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

It’s taken a long time, but finally stylists are getting it.  Because the popularity of hair extensions is relatively new, there will be a learning curve for all those involved.  Unfortunately, hair extension companies recognize the informational and educational void and are profiting as quickly as possible.  The way they do this is as follows:  The average and even better than average stylist is not able to distinguish between remy human hair and non-remy human hair.  (If you’re not familiar with these terms, please see my other blog entry that gives detailed definitions).

To help differentiate, there are really only a few methods or tricks.  First you could send the hair to a lab of some sort that can put the hair strands under a high powered microscope.  Second, there are some “tricks of the trade” that can do the job nearly as well.  Third, the most effective for a stylist, is the test of time.  Hair extension companies can trick the stylist and the client for just a matter of days, before the true quality of the hair comes out.

The way they do this is during the second to last step of manufacturing.  Here they dip and coat the hair with a silicone oil.  So when the hair is first taken out of the package, the extensions feel soft and silky smooth.  Remember though that this coating washes off during the first few showers or cleanses.  What happens when the silicone comes off?  The true non-remy characteristics reveal themselves.

The hair first becomes very dry.  Then it happens, TANGLING!  We’ve all heard the horror stories.  As mentioned earlier, these companies may be able to fool you temporarily, but not for long.  So you don’t need to waste a small fortune testing different brands, I’ll share my findings.  Please know that I’m an independent stylist that receives no financial gain from these recommendations.  Darn!

I only do hair extensions using the strand by strand method.  Also sometimes known as fusion, keratin, bonding, micro links, beaded, locks etc.  The three main companies that have proven their QUALITY over the years are: Great Lengths, ( Donna Bella Milan, ( and Hairlocs (

In this article, I will not get into factors such as back order problems and customer service issues.  If you’ve had good experiences with any other companies, please let me know.  Hope this helps!