Archives for August 2015


Researchers have found 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe, including E. coli, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria along with a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds.
The common occurrence (96 percent) of coliform and E. coli bacteria on the outside of the shoes indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors.” Studies also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria.”
Ewwww….imagine walking barefoot?

Transfer of bacteria from the shoes to uncontaminated tiles ranged from 90{41aa4bb89c477f1e334505d76149b7c47b1e52c0a22817e445c0fb4c76e652bd} to 99{41aa4bb89c477f1e334505d76149b7c47b1e52c0a22817e445c0fb4c76e652bd}.

Most people don’t even think about the transfer of bacteria from one pair of shoes to the next. Most people don’t think about how many people tried on that same pair of shoes you have. Most people don’t even know there is a solution.


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in shoes while leaving a refreshing scent. This formula will not harm
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Showaflops are NOT just for the shower?

The story behind ShowaFlops  aa-home-logo-silver
Showaflops started as a solution to a hairy problem. The founders of went to visit their daughter’s dorm room for the first time which, included a stop at the bathroom/showers. When they noticed the floor of the shower they recoiled in horror. There were hairballs, dirt, and mold all over. Their daughter was forbidden to enter the shower without protection for her feet. She protested because flip flops are uncomfortable, slippery, and most importantly, lacked a coolness factor. They then listened to stories from her dorm mates, about how many times people threw up… or did even worse things in the showers. At that moment, the idea for was born!
They couldn’t wait to come home and work on a solution. They researched foot problems relating to fungus and bacteria, and how to prevent them. They tried hundreds of flip flops to see what feels and fits the best. They tried dozens of different soles to see what provides the best resistance to slipping on wet or slick surfaces.Then they added holes to improve drainage and faster drying (not to mention the great way they feel under your feet). The final challenge was to make them totally unique looking. With over 40 years of combined experience in garment design and manufacturing, they came up with a flip flop that not only their daughter loves, but anyone and everyone who tries them on, HAS TO HAVE a pair or two. They love the feel, look, and comfort of a , not to mention that now you can stay fungus free as well. …GET YOUR FLOP ON!!!

Showaflops aren’t just great for the shower. They serve us well at the campground, around the house, in the garden, at the beach, on vacation, at the pool and anywhere fungus lingers.
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What is the meaning of “Pedicure”?

Pedicure or Pedi Cure is noted in the dictionary as “cosmetic care of the feet and toenails”. In Latin, “pedi” or foot and “cure” or care translates to “care of the foot” History tells us, it was the French who first introduced the “Pedicure”.

There have been a lot of conversations lately about what to offer in the Pedicure service. What distinguishes a basic Pedicure from a Spa Pedicure. What prices should be charged. And, how do I raise my prices.

Everyone has an opinion (as noted on Facebook), and many are good and qualified. What concerns me however, are the amount of comments that appear to be so generic. Fellow technicians…..the Pedicure service is a service within the Salon which, you can literally die from. Our thought process should be far more than just generic.
We can no longer get by with knowing the basics. There are so many more options these days for Advanced Education in Pedicuring. Why? Because Pedicuring IS serious business.
If we go back to ancient times and be literal with the word Pedicure, just trimming toenails and sloughing and massaging the feet is NOT enough. Our society has so many health issues that we need to be aware of BEFORE we can perform any of these services.
The reality is….a pedicure is a pedicure is a pedicure. It doesn’t matter what products you use, we manicure, we slough and we massage. What makes it a SPA pedicure? Ambience. What makes it a results oriented pedicure? Pediceutical products AND advanced education.
Maybe you don’t want to get into the Advanced stages of Pedicuring. That’s okay. However, you still need to be aware of the consequences of pedicures and not sanitizing and disinfecting properly. You much be aware of services performed which, can affect a client physically. You must know the basic Pedicure in todays world…..will not keep you in business tomorrow.

With this in mind, to answer the question “how do I raise my prices?” There are many things to consider.
Are you using products of “today” and NOT products of “50 years ago?”
Are you using results producing products, or pampering producing?
When was the last time you advanced your education in Pedicures?
Are you qualifying your client prior to the Pedicure service?
Are you sanitizing/disinfecting properly? And, displaying your processes for your clients to see?
Are you able to answer most of your clients questions? Or, are they googling their own answers.
When the answers to these questions come a reality then it’s simple: You will know if a price increase IS warranted. But, I always suggest, don’t raise your basic price. Add pricing based on your clients needs.

Some other things to consider;
Do you offer 5 different Pedicures, leaving the option for your client to choose the least expensive option?
Does the consultation with your client begin with your reception desk, or do you wait until their sitting in your chair?
Are you offering at home care?
Look at the tools you are using. Are they safe?
I challenge you. Let’s take this business to the next level “together”.

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