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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.

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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.

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The Most Innovative Services of 2018

Employers: If You’re Not Offering These Services Yet…You Need To Be!!

Welcome to the new and exciting era of the Beauty Industry, where Medical and Esthetics treatments have collided into what promises to be the beginning of some of the most amazing advancements this industry has ever seen. Services formerly considered surgical and invasive have been adapted and are being delivered with little to no down-time. Treatments like Botox® and Fillers were often kept on the hush-hush years ago. Now, not only have they become mainstream, but are amongst the most celebrated and effective warriors fighting the battle on aging!

The Most Innovative Services of 2018

PRP aka Vampire Facials

This treatment has become wildly popular but we believe the name “Vampire Facial” has roots that stem back to 1590. Countess Elizabeth Bathory is one of the most prolific female serial killers of all time. She is also referred to as ‘The Blood Countess’ and legend has it that she bathed in the blood of young female victims to retain her youth.

In love with a younger man and obsessed with maintaining her youth (and maybe some mental health issues), Lady Bathory came to believe that blood had rejuvenating effects after one of her maids cut herself while brushing her hair. A small amount of blood landed on Bathory’s face which threw her into a rage. To start the day off right and avoid unpleasantness from the previous day, the other maids complimented Bathory on how youthful she looked that morning. Somehow, Bathory connected these compliments to the events of the prior day, and 500 years later we have Vampire Facials…ok ok, maybe our imagination is running a little bit wild!

PRP @ External Affairs Medical Spa


The name ‘Vampire Facial’ refers to the ties with Transylvania as well as the comparison of Bathory to Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula). Fast forward to present time and we have PRP (platelet rich plasma)/ PRF (platelet rich fibrin), a more modern approach and name.

This treatment was originally pioneered by orthopedic and sports doctors to promote faster healing and better results.

Courtesy of External Affairs Medical Spa

The process includes extracting a sample of blood from the patient then spinning it in a centrifuge which separates the platelet rich plasma/fibron from the platelet poor plasma in the blood. The PRP is then injected via needles or massaged onto the skin to promote rejuvenation and regeneration. This treatment can be used alone to provide amazing results OR in conjunction with dermal fillers, radio frequency, laser treatments and micro-needling. PRP can successfully treat the following:
  • Fine lines/ wrinkles- Skin renewal and healing is activated through the production of new collagen. Wrinkles are not individually erased but the overall quality of the are is improved.
  • Loss of firmness and tone- Tissue regeneration is achieved by pumping skin cells full of fresh Human Growth Factors. Tissue Regeneration+ HGF= Younger, Firmer and Plumper Skin.
  • Baldness/ Thinning Hair- When paired with micro-needling an improvement in the density of hair as well as the stimulation of dormant follicles can be achieved.
This treatment has little to no downtime, some redness/sunburn like effect is to be expected as well as possible bruising. The treatment uses the patients own blood so there are no contraindications other than those with anemia, blood/bone cancer or clotting related conditions. Best results are seen up to 3 months post treatment and can last up to 2 years.

Botox and Fillers

Courtesy of Face FX MedSpa

I know what you’re thinking, these are not new treatments…let me explain.

Botox and fillers have been around for a long time and initially weren’t even used for cosmetic purposes.

Botox has ophthalmologic roots and was originally used to treat spastic conditions of the eye.

Fillers have always served to fill in areas with loss of volume, but let’s just say some of the first-used filling agents have not only long been abandoned but banned! (Think paraffin injected into your face and hardening, then migrating and causing facial distortion just to name one of the reasons for the ban).

Botox® has evolved in the way of different benefits of new techniques. Dentists have been using Botox® for years as a treatment for TMJ and grinding of the jaw which after time causes a very masculine and defined jaw line. Presently, this treatment has crossed over to medi spas for anyone looking for a softer jawline.

Fillers have come A LONG way as new generation hyaluronic acids are formulated to last longer and are injected in new ways including the use of a canula to ensure precise and even distribution.
A new filler called Kybella has the ability to permanently destroy fat cells and is erasing double chins. It’s the first and only injectable agent able to successfully and permanently create a new face shape and recontour the jawline.

Botox® and Fillers have definitely become mainstream, gone are the days of living with small lips, unwanted creases or the yearn for that youthful plumpness your skin once possessed. The fix for these and many more concerns is readily available just a syringe away.

Plasma Pen

This Fibroblast Treatment is ELECTRIC (literally), not just because of how amazing it is, but the technology uses electricity to smooth lines, remove pigment, even out skin tone and texture, tighten loose skin and helps with the appearance of stretch marks.

Plasma is considered the fourth state of matter.
This pen works by creating a positive charge to particles and transferring this energy to matter. A luminous electrical discharge is created, “Arc”, which stimulates immediate healing and stimulation from the dermal layer of skin where your collagen and elastin are produced.

The Plasma Pen has been popular in Europe for over 20 years but has only recently made its way out West. This treatment has gained popularity successfully treating the following:
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles including: Forehead lines, lip lines, smile lines, crow’s feet and neck bands. This is a great alternative to Botox…no needles!
  • Eyelid Lifting: This skin lifting treatment is a great alternative to Blepharoplasty (a surgical eyelid lift) no cuts, anesthesia or surgery!
  • Collagen and Elastin stimulation: the dermal layer of our skin is often referred to as the “mattress” it gives our skin shape and plumpness but over time the mattress can become worn out and not have the same full and bouncy effect it once had. When we stimulate this layer of skin we are causing the body to stimulate more collagen and elastin production which in return plumps up the skin.
There is minimal downtime with this treatment, expect some redness and swelling (especially around the eyes) and some brown pigmentation may be visible for up to 2 weeks post treatment. Any pigmentation must not be picked at and will naturally exfoliate off when it is healed. Numbing is done prior to treatment to ensure maximum patient comfort.

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(780) 604 2772
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FAQs for Employer-Mentors; Beautiful Futures

FAQs for Employers interested in participating in ‘Beautiful Futures’

Do I get to keep my participant after the Work Experience is over?

Participants are expected to complete a minimum of 35 hours of work per week. Once participants begin their work experience with you, they become your employees, however, ESG will provide support as needed for the first 12 weeks. Support may include ways of working through attendance/punctuality issues, communication, teamwork, client care, etc. However, keep in mind that participants will have received 8 weeks of employability workshops prior to their placement with you, so these issues should not be expected.

How can my participant help me around my facility?

Well, besides industry certification in the technical focus, your participant has also been trained in Reception and Spa Assistant duties to free you from administrative duties while you develop your ideas.

What if my participant misses hours of work?

Like all other employees, missed shifts/hours are not paid to the participant. Though this is not expected, should this happen ESG can only help resolve issues if we are made aware of issues in a timely manner.

How does the Wage Subsidy work?

The wage subsidy is an incentive for employers to hire and train a participant to work for them. The new employee’s wages are partially subsidized by the program for 12 weeks, as long as the employee is working 35 or more hours per week. If eligible, the wage subsidy available to participating employers works on a sliding scale. See Figure 1.


FIGURE 1.

The goal for both the employer and the participant is long-term employment. Wage subsidy provides wage relief during the initial period where you train your new staff to become functional in your facility.

Are all employers eligible for the Wage Subsidy?

To be eligible for the wage subsidy, you must:

  • Be a registered business with a legal business name and business number
  • Have been in business for at least one year
  • Offer a full-time position with a minimum on 35 hours per week
  • Offer the likelihood of long-term employment
  • Pay reasonable, competitive wages
You are not eligible for a wage subsidy IF participants fill a position that:
  • Was left vacant due to an industrial dispute in your workplace
  • Was left vacant due to a lay-off waiting to be recalled
  • Was terminated to instead employ a participant

Who pays the participant?

  • You will issue regular paycheques on paydays; ESG will reimburse the negotiated amount on a monthly basis
  • You will be required to submit monthly reports to ESG regarding the employee’s hours and wages.
  • Once a participant starts their work experience with you, they officially become your employee. Therefore, please ensure that your business insurance covers all employee-related liability.
  • You are responsible to deduct Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and Income Tax will from participant wages and remit to the Canada Revenue Agency, just like your other employees.

Interested in participating as an employer?
Apply OnLine to participate in this Program


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Hire a Student | MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Mentor a Student, Make a Difference

ESG is looking for employers to participate in our ‘Beautiful Futures’ program by providing a 12-week work experience mentorship in an entry-level position to a participant.

Beautiful Futures is funded by the Government of Canada. This program trains participants in technical and employment skills, and provides work experience opportunities to youth aged 15-30 years old that are keen on joining Alberta’s beauty industry.

Why participate as an Employer?

  • A substantial wage subsidy is available for employers throughout the 12-week work experience. Employers are encouraged to continue working with youth after project completion should they wish to do so.
  • Your participant will be certified and apt to provide services in the focus skill.
  • Prior to their paid work experience with you, your participant will have spent eight (8) weeks with ESG acquiring employment skills such as Time Management, Conflict Management, Teamwork, Customer Service, etc.
  • In the same way issues can arise with any other staff members, ESG can help you integrate your participant to your team using a solution-focused approach.

PURPOSE OF WORK EXPERIENCE

Work experience is a main component of the participants’ professional development.

1. To provide a service-oriented and educational experience where participants have the chance to apply skills learned at ESG.

2. To provide opportunities for participants to develop customer service skills.

3. To help participants advance their awareness of Alberta’s Beauty Industry.

4. To provide a practical experience where participants’ employment skills and personal suitability to the industry can be demonstrated and evaluated.

5. To provide learning opportunities including possible on-the-job training.

THE ROLE OF THE EMPLOYER

The role of the employer/supervisor includes the following responsibilities:

1. Provide an orientation to the workplace, and ongoing information as needed.

2. Select appropriate tasks or projects for professional development purposes.

3. Provide other learning experiences, including staff meetings, where the participant will integrate with the rest of your team and feel a sense of belonging to their new team.

4. Provide regular supervision, including ongoing feedback about the participant’s performance.

5. Act as a professional mentor.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click HERE for FAQs including eligibility criteria to participate as an employer.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?


Interested in participating as an employer?
Apply OnLine to participate in this program



Executive Spa Group
201, 10518 82 Ave. NW
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 604 2772
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Beautiful Futures Program Now Accepting Applications

START DATE: MAY 8, 2017

Beautiful Futures Youth Empowerment Program

‘Beautiful Futures’ helps participants overcome barriers to employment and develop skills and attain the work experience needed to participate in Alberta’s beauty industry.

The program provides youth ages 15-30 with transferable skills necessary in any labour market, and will help them overcome barriers such as:
  • Lack of work history;
  • Lack of confidence and self-esteem;
  • Lack of transportation;
  • Lack of employability skills;
  • History of unsuccessful intervention; and
  • Other social factors (e.g. family situation)
PROGRAM DETAILS: ‘Beautiful Futures’ has 3 components:

1. In-class


During this 1st portion, you will acquire fundamental skills required for any job regardless of industry. However, our goal is to help you gain personal development, life and employment skills, and transferrable skills to take you anywhere you want to go in the beauty industry!
Learn more about career laddering in the beauty industry.

2. Skill Enhancement


This portion is completed during
in-class time.
You will acquire technical skills.
You could be certified in
Face and Body Waxing,
Manicures and Pedicures,
Tinting, Lash Extensions, etc. Each intake will focus on different skills.
Funding is provided by the Government of Canada for this portion of the program.

3. Paid Work Experience


During this 3rd portion, you will gain skills and work experience in entry-level beauty industry-related jobs. Your work experience will be completed at different salons, spas, medispas, health and wellness centres, and retail outlets throughout the city. Employers in the industry will mentor you to make the best out of your work experience.


NOTE: In some scenarios, the possibility exists to turn the Work Experience into a permanent position, so make sure to impress your employer! Days of the week will vary amongst employers, but remember, weekends are busy days for the beauty industry, so be prepared to commit!

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • 15-30 years of age at the time of project intake;
  • Must be interested in joining the beauty industry;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident,
    or have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada; and
  • Must be in need of assistance overcoming employment barriers.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can apply ONLINE to participate in ‘Beautiful Futures’. Thank you for your interest.

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