Archives for March 2017

Show Season is Here!

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Centre for Beauty is crazy exited to be offering so much to our clients at the Premier Beauty Show 2017, Orlando Florida.  Booth # 4852

But, before we get into all our happenings, let’s take a look at what show season is to us.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the fun of our trade show season.  Here are a few insights into what to do, what to look for and what NOT to do.

These times are so different then when I was growing up in this industry.  We didn’t have FB to connect with like minded people all over the world.  Meeting new people was a real struggle.  

Meetings leaders in our industry was virtually impossible unless you knew the “in” way to get to them.  Not anymore.  Your name is recognizable to many leaders of our industry because of FB, twitter and Instagram.  

  • Take advantage of that and make it a mission to personally meet many of the people you do follow.  All of which, are usually at more then one show.

Have a plan!  Why are you going?  Make your list and make sure you accomplish it.  Is it to take classes?  Find new products?  Purchase?  Whatever the reason, stay focused on that plan.  The days go by fast and there is nothing more disappointing then wanting to accomplish something and you forgot.  

  • Write it down, check the list off and review it several times over the course of the show.

I can remember my first few years attending the shows.  I thought everything was a deal.  I soon found out, that is not necessarily true.  Some Mfg’s/Distributors will offer free shipping on certain $$$ amounts, but that doesn’t mean the price you pay is any less than what you would normally pay.  Is it worth carrying the products around (for the same price) or having them crammed into luggage which you end up paying an additional cost for?  

  • Know your prices!

Participate in the demo’s, they are so important for a various amount of reasons.  If you are interested in a product, this gives you the opportunity to test and feel what the product can do for you (and your clients).  Most demo’s are offered for free by the Mfg and/or Distributor.  Take advantage of it.  Now…on the other side….

  • don’t get a demo if you have absolutely no interest.  the Educators who work the trade shows are working hard and non-stop.  

If you know there is no possible chance you might purchase their products, leave the demo time to someone who really needs it.

  • Attend classes.  

Prime…prime…prime.  Many of the Mfg’s and Distributors have FREE classes at the show which are included with your show ticket.  Plan ahead and make sure you have your questions ready.  Make the time in the class products by asking questions.  Again, prepare ahead of time and be ready.

  • Stay on budget….but be realistic.

If you think taking $50.00 to a show is all you need you’ll be disappointed.  You need to allow yourself some spending money.  But, buyers remorse can be brutal after a trade show, so try to stay on budget.

Some Mfg’s/Distributors will honor the show special after the show.  However, the Mfg’s/Distributors spend a lot of money just getting and participating in these shows…for YOU!  show your support.  Don’t drill them down about “after
show specials.  Support them while they are there.


So……what is Centre for Beauty offering?  

Stay tuned next week, you won’t want to miss it

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Hawaii seeks Domestic Abuse training

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Senate Bill 518 and companion House Bill 680 would mandate all licensed Beauty Professionals complete a one-time, three-hour training program on intimate partner violence awareness and education.

Licensed Professionals would include Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Nails Technicians, instructors and barbers.  Hawaii State board members also want to include Massage Therapist

1/3 of women and 1/4 of men Nationwide have experienced violence from an intimate partner.  Most people who seek help, don’t seek help because of domestic violence.  They seek help because they are having problems in their relationship.  However, once the door is open, it becomes clear what is really happening.

Therefore, it is the intent of this Bill to have as many people in a womans/mans life to have that “mirror” per se, to show the dynamics that he/she may not be seeing or knowing as abuse.

The class would train to look for signs of domestic violence as well as give resources for help.  Since relationships are discussed daily and we know as a Beauty Professional we wear several hats (Technician, counselor, friend), it would help to know not just what to look for but where to lead them.

Although Hawaii is looking at a 3-hour course, Illinois passed a similar law in 2016 which mandates a one-hour course on domestic violence and sexual assault.

There are still many questions in the air about this Bill.  Cost for one and the idea that this could be out of the limits of our license.  Plus, many other details such as would the licensee be liable for acting – or failing to act on a given situation?

What are your thoughts?  Could you pull the trigger on a client of yours involved in domestic violence?  Would this be breaking the “trust” factor we have with our clients?  Do you think this is an area us as Beauty Professionals should be involved in?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Feel free to email your thoughts and/or your stories to

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Follow up on Auto Clave and Sterilization

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When I wrote my article a couple of weeks ago about an Auto Clave and Sterilization, I truly expected a ton of push back.

Although I didn’t get the challenge I expected, I heard from 2 of the most leading authorities in the Foot Care/Nail Care market. Doug Schoon and Dr Spaulding.

I must admit….when I see either of their names come into my email after I wrote an article, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t get nervous. Are you kidding me? I’m a freaking mess.

But, when I do open it, perspiring ferociously…..they are both so generous in their offering of information it truly makes my heart warm. To know, these two matriarchs of our industry take the time to comment, correct, add to or emphasize something in my article, only makes it better for you.

Let me share with you, what I received from both;

I personally reached out to Doug Schoon and asked him to review my article, before I went to print. But of course, I waited until the last minute so I went to print before I heard back from him. Here is his response;

  • An autoclave is also a sterilizer. I did not mention this in my article
  • UV sterilizers only work when UVC bulbs are used, so only some kinds of UV wavelengths are useful. But they don’t work well because the UV can’t get into small spaces, e.g. pivot points. Also, the implements must be turned to expose all sides. Although I didn’t mention UV in this detail, the article does state they can not be any hidden location for bacteria to grow
  • I don’t think any of these “clean”, so the implements must be precleaned. Noted
  • The side of the spectrum you should listen to are the state board requirement and the Center for Disease Control. My next project
  • Most states require disinfection, so sterilization can only be done on precleaned and disinfected implements, which is overkill. Interesting
  • The last I checked, CDC says autoclaves are the preferred method. Autoclaves are clearly the more effective of the two. AGREED

In addition, un a follow up email, he said “The nail industry is under siege largely because of salons that use incorrect methods.”
So True!                                                                                         

I failed to reach out to Dr. Spaulding because I just flat ran out of time. Having both of them read through it for me, was my first plan. But I did received an email from Dr. Spauldng following the article after he read. This is what he has to say

  • a UV is not a “sterilizer” as it does not kill spores not matter what their information states and use of the word “sterilizer” associated with Dry heat Sterilizer should say Dry heat sterilizer as an autoclave is a “sterilizer as well.

He kindly wrote back There are new “UV” systems that are hospital based that pump UV ozone into a pressurized vessel that is over $100,000 for the operating unit….

Nothing like that is available for any salon nor would it be feasible to have one.

Both of these have provided me with an even bigger insight and understanding to Auto Claves and Sterilizers.

But what excites me even more is the interaction with my clients and my piers I get after writing an article. Especially one that many people are passionate about.

I welcome your thoughts which I will share as I do my job to make an already great community even better.

Happy Disinfecting

Look for even more exciting news coming on our 1-2-3 step disinfection when you can’t afford to buy an auto clave

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