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Lash Extensions are here to stay!

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What is one of the hottest trends keeping people looking like doe eyed dolls 24/7?


Let’s take a closer look into what’s turned into one of the hottest trends for your peepers since strip lashes came along.  We’ll call this Lash 101 since you will be schooled in everything you need to know about these wispy beauties and quite possibly hitting the search bar for a lash technician near you.

What Exactly Are Lash Extensions?

Lash extensions are an enhancement to your own natural lashes.  A false lash is applied to each individual lash with adhesive.  This is semi-permanent, and the lash extensions will fall out on their own or with the natural shedding process of your own lashes.  These extensions are made from different materials including mink, silk, sable, fox, faux mink and faux fox or something synthetic.

Are All Lash Extensions The Same?

J curl, C curl, Classic, 9-15mm, Classic, Hybrid, Volume…these are all different terms for different types of lashes so the answer is NO, not all lash extensions are the same and in fact can be customized for each client depending on the desired look.
  • 9-15 mm- This refers to the length of the extensions. Depending on the desired look the length of extension is entirely customizable.  Those with shorter natural lashes will usually have to stick with a shorter length while those with longer natural lashes can opt for a longer extension.  The length also depends on if you want a more natural or dramatic look.
  • There are different “curls” available as well you can choose for your extensions, these include: J curl, which is more of a natural look, C curl which give a bright eyed look and blend well with other curls, B curl which falls between your C and J curl and works best in the inner and outer corners of the eyes, D curl which is the drama and creating the illusion of a bigger eye, L curl which is great for straight lashes or clients with hooded eyelids and last but not least the U curl which is the most dramatic and curliest look.
  • Classic, Hybrid and Volume all refer to the amount of lashes to be applied and the desired density. Classic is a more natural look with one size of extension applied to each lash. Hybrid is a mix of a couple different sizes applied to each lash and gives you a blend between the classic and volume look. Volume lashes are all about the DRAMA combining a few long extensions and applying them to an individual lash.

Your lash technician will be able to advise you on the best shape and size to suit your natural lashes and the look your trying to achieve.

The application of lash extensions is actually quite relaxing, you lay down and have a Pro apply your new bombshell look in a typical time frame of 1-2 hours (think nap time with relaxing music playing).

How Do I Care For My Lashes

It is very important to care for your lashes by washing them with a gentle oil free cleanser and brushing them with a spoolie (aka: large mascara wand) which will be provided to you by your technician.

It is recommended by most lash technicians to wait 24 hours after application before getting your lashes wet to make sure the adhesive has completely dried.

Proper maintenance is very important because improper care can lead to breakage or loss or your natural lashes.

You can wear makeup while rocking your extensions- just steer clear from waterproof mascara or any oil based liner as these can cause the adhesive to break down.  Just be sure to always cleanse and brush your lashes before you snooze.

Maintaining Your Lashes

Regular fills are recommended every 2.5-3 weeks to keep your set looking full and fresh.  Your lashes have a natural shedding cycle which will result in the loss of some extensions so upkeep is crucial if you plan to keep your lashes looking luscious.

Removing Your Lashes

There are different reasons people opt for lash extensions- vacations, special occasions, to simplify their routine or just simply because they love the look.  While the reasons and length of time you want your extensions may differ one thing remains the same: The best way to remove your lashes is by your lash technician!

Your lash technician has the proper tools including the proper product to safely break down the adhesive and keep your own lashes in tip top shape with minimal breakage or damage.

So now that your well versed in Lash 101 go ahead and hit the search bar for a Lash Artist near you!! Or better yet, become a Certified Lash Technician!

Becoming a Lash Technician

Whether you take it on as a full time career or as your ‘on-the-side’ gig, this skill will pay for itself many times over. Learn more about becoming a Certified Lash Technician.


EXECUTIVE SPA GROUP
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(780) 604 2772

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APPROPRIATE QUESTIONS WHEN INTERVIEWING CANDIDATES

Interviews and Candidates

I remember the days sitting on the candidate side of the interview. I think its safe to say the best word I can think of to describe the feeling was… NERVES!!

Nervousness is quite common and understandable for the interviewee for pretty obvious reasons- they are the ones looking for employment and on a “quest to impress.”

They’re always thinking prior to the interview:
  • “Watch what I say”
  • “Sound Professional”
  • “Stand Out”

However, most candidates don’t think about the nervousness on the employer’s side. Looking for someone trustworthy, reliable and hard-working who will be a wonderful addition to your team can create some stress.

The employer is always thinking prior to the interview:
  • “What will I ask”
  • “Be Professional”
  • “Hopefully they come” 😛

Additionally, interviewing in the age of social media allows the employer to research the candidate before meeting them. On that note, something else we should also be considering as employers is “do not cross any lines” in the questions we ask.

What questions are OK to ask?

There is this wonderful thing called the Alberta Human Rights Act which applies to everyone, including employers who are interviewing potential employees.

This act was created by the Government of Alberta to promote fairness and equality. The act emphasizes 15 protected grounds which are off limits when asking interview questions. Take a look at this valuable tool for employers to use and make sure you keep it professional!

But I want to know all I can about this candidate!

Understandable. When you hire someone you are bringing them into your circle of trust. Details about their personal life would be helpful in making the hiring decision, however, as you prepare your interview questions, keep in mind the protected grounds.

Take a look at this ALIS article on what questions are acceptable and what questions are unacceptable for ideas.

Did you know we have a beauty industry job bank?

Our job bank is free, fast and easy to use. When you post your job listing with Executive Spa Group, you are able to post multiple listings for up to 30 days at a time. Candidates submit their resume and other application material directly to you, thereby allowing you to be fully in control of the screening and hiring process.

POST YOUR JOB NOW , no account necessary!

Shauna Jenkins

EXECUTIVE SPA GROUP
(780)604-2772
info@executivespagroup.com

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Store-bought vs. Professional skincare

Enlightening your clients: The difference between store-bought and professional skincare

Selling skincare at work comes naturally when you are able to answer a client’s questions regarding the professional lines carried at your salon or spa. When you have the answers, your sales pitch can turn into a fun, fact-filled conversation.

Have you ever had a client ask you what the difference is between store-bought and professional skincare?

Walking up and down the skincare aisles of the drugstore can leave your clients’ head spinning with promises of “No More Wrinkles” or “The Best Acne Treatment” and my personal favourite, “The Best Anti-aging Cream”.

The fact is there is no one product on the market that can deliver on these claims alone, especially ones found at the drugstore.

Why?

Because to get results to actually back-up these claims clients need to use high quality products with an array of ingredients and these are not found on shelves.

They are found at spa’s, medi-spas and dermatologist offices. Places such as ‘Sephora’ and ‘Shopper’s Beauty Boutique’ are also a few good places to get good quality products.

Let’s take a deeper look at the difference between store-bought products versus professional skincare, so that we can educate our clients on the difference.

Ingredients and Dosages

The skincare market is a billion dollar industry which relies heavily on marketing to get people to pick their products over others. They usually do this is by using some of the catch phrases mentioned at the beginning of this article.

People who are not in the skincare industry, for example our clients, may not be able to verify if the ingredients have the ability to actually benefit their skin.
Additionally for safety reasons, store-bought products cannot have high amounts of active ingredients because they must be safe for the general public to pick off a shelf, without consultation with a professional. For this reason, drugstore products usually have low levels of active ingredients which may not, and more often, does not, live up to their promises.

On the other hand…

Professional products contain high amounts of active ingredients that can actually back-up the claims they promise.
They contain numerous active or as I like to call them “performance” ingredients such as antioxidants like Vitamin C, B, and Ferulic acid, acne fighting ingredients like Salicylic acid, Anti-Aging acids such as Glycolic acid and the best ingredient to fight aging… Retinol… just to name a few.

The reason professional products are not sold in stores is because of the science behind the products. People selling these products have to be properly trained on skin analysis, ingredients, and contraindications. They are expected to educate the client on how to use the products safely and recommend the appropriate products for their skin/ skin concerns.

In conclusion, when it comes to skincare the best thing to do is educate your clients on the differences between professional and store bought products, the price point may be a bit higher but if results are what your clients want; knowing what they need to use to get those results will usually out weigh any price concerns.

Shauna Jenkins
EXECUTIVE SPA GROUP

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Is Bullying affecting your Workplace?

Is Bullying affecting your Workplace?

Society has come along way in terms of acceptance and awareness. These are two different but equally important terms. Acceptance can be defined as a person’s agreement or approval to the reality of a situation without attempting to change it. Awareness is knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Whether it be gender, race, religion, disabilities or sexual orientation, all people are entitled to equal rights and respect.

Bullying is a huge issue that is being recognized and addressed worldwide whether it be verbal, physical or cyber. There is a certain stigma that adults are not a target of bullying, maybe a preconceived notion that unless you are under the age of 18 you should be able to “brush off,” “get over” or “have thicker skin” towards unkind acts or words aimed at you.

The truth is there are no limitations or age requirements as to who is a victim of bullying. It is important to be able to recognize what bullying is and the negative effect it can have on the team and the business as a whole. If you see bullying in the workplace, it is your responsibility to do your part in contributing to a healthy workplace. Here are some tips from Alberta Learning Information Services on how to identify, address and resolve any bullying.

There are laws to protect employees from bullying. Take a look at our Employment Regulations Contact List to know different laws created for your protection.

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Are you ready for an inspection?

BACTERIA IS A BEAUTY BANISHER

As service providers our goal is to send clients home feeling amazing, relaxed, and rocking beautiful manicured fingers and toes, glowing skin and trendy/healthy hair. We do our best to accomplish our goals. We use the best products and ensure we are properly trained.

We know what it takes to make our clients look their best… but do we know how to best protect our clients?

Germs and viruses will take that amazing service upside down!
Let’s take a look at some of the guidelines set out by Alberta Health Services to keep our clients looking gorgeous, glowing and most importantly germ free!

Some serious viruses and infections can be and have been known to be spread in salons and spas. Hepatitis C, MRSA, respiratory disease, fungus and even Hot Tub Folliculitis (an infection caused by a type of bacteria that thrives in poorly sanitized foot baths) have been confirmed.

Are You Inspection Ready?

These are some of the guidelines to follow to help you protect your clients:
  • All work surfaces shall be constructed of smooth, non-porous and cleanable materials (i.e. painted drywall, vinyl composite tiles, linoleum or sealed concrete, etc.).
  • Work areas must be adequately lit and ventilated.
  • Client contact surfaces (tables, chairs, headrests etc.) must have a smooth, non-porous and easy to clean finish.
  • Adequate storage space must be available for equipment, instruments and supplies.
  • Suitable garbage containers must be readily available, maintained and emptied regularly.
  • Approved disinfectants for disinfecting equipment, surfaces and reusable instruments must be available.
  • An acceptable skin antiseptic shall be provided for skin preparation and post treatment.
  • Items, that cannot be properly disinfected/sterilized or are intended for single use, must be discarded after each client use.
  • A puncture-resistant container shall be provided for the disposal of needles, razor blades and other sharp devices or instruments.
  • Pigments, cosmetics and other supplies must be labeled and handled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Chemicals, detergents and cleaners must be stored, maintained and prepared in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

The spread of these beauty banishing bacteria is completely preventable and should be the #1 priority.

So remember to follow all sanitization procedures, use the proper level disinfectants and disinfection tools because no matter how gorgeous your client looks when they leave BACTERIA IS A BEAUTY BANISHER!

Please refer to the Personal Service Regulation and the associated Health Standards and Guidelines for a complete list of requirements.

Executive Spa Group

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