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Learning Can Come from Anywhere

Inspiration can come at the least suspecting times in the least suspecting places.. I’ve gotten ideas for my articles sitting in an airport, hanging by the pool, talking to clients, from a commercial on TV or the radio, from my dogs…..the list goes on and on.

I think about that a lot, because I remember when I first starting writing for a magazine several, several years ago. The Magazine director told me the first article is always the easiest. "It’s the ones that follow that are extremely difficult".
I don’t know. Maybe I’m just blessed with the gift to gab. Maybe I’m still a sponge and I just soak in everything around me. I don’t know, whatever it is I feel blessed. And sometimes, I just give myself a high five because I once again was able to turn an experience into a learning adventure.

I’m in CT combining Business with pleasure.  I’m excited to be able to attend the open house of one of the great brands I carry while being able to visit with my Daughter at the same time.  Not only do I get some one on one time with my daughter, but I’m finally getting some pizzaz put in my hair after 6 long months of waiting.

I’m sitting in the lobby of the Salon she works at. Salt!  It’s so New England like.  Loving it.  It’s a Hair Salon only.  No waxing, no nails, no pedicures. There are 7 hair stations, 6 sinks.  It’s clean, it’s spacious…very tastefully done.

However, it’s what I’m witnessing watching the team of Salt and their interaction with their clients which, brings me to writing this article.

It’s not the first time I’ve shared my thoughts on offering the proper client consultation.  And, I know many of you still don’t even do one.

We talk all the time about the needs of the clients. We talk about what we should or shouldn’t do. We base their needs off of the condition of their skin and we perform their service based primarily on their health condition.  Or, at least we should.

What I’m witnessing here today however, is an entirely different approach.  Brilliant….I love it….it’s certainly a goose bump moment.

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Let’s start with the reception

  • The receptionist greeted each client (5 within a 10 minute period) with a warm yet professional greeting
  • She either knew their name or asked
  • She confirmed who they were scheduled with
  • She offered them something to drink

For me…it was the consistency.  Every person was welcomed in the same manner.  This is so important.  I can’t tell you how many times I go into the Salon I have been going to for years….and it’s hit or miss.  Sometimes the girls (including the receptionist) say hello, sometimes they offer coffee and sometimes even my Nail Tech is so busy she barely says to words to me.  I don’t always feel welcomed nor appreciated.

It doesn't matter how long your client has been your client

She/he should be treated with the same greeting as if she/he were new

The phone call

I heard the receptionist talk with a new client over the phone who was booking an appointment.  She was so detailed.  She wasn’t so interested in how she found them, she was very interested in what her hair concerns are.  Details!  Length, color, condition.  In addition to   inquiring what she’s expecting.  What doe SHE want.  Also in the conversation she requested a picture to be emailed…..while she was on the  phone.  I love it!  She took her time on this first initial phone call to  find out exactly what the need of the client is.  How do you think the client feels?

In addition, by doing this, she knows exactly the amount of time to book out for the Technician.

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These were all goosebump moments for me.  Professionalism at it's best

However, what I witnessed next was really what got me excited

The 5 clients who came in were now at their perspective Technicians stations.  Every single Technician was sitting in a chair next to their client having a conversation.  One on one - face to face contact.  I couldn’t hear all the conversations but what I did hear ranged from a simple “how are you doing?” To “how did you like your hair since your last appointment?”  “Would you change anything?”.  What I loved was the personal touch.  It wasn’t rushed, it was calculated, measured and served to perfection.

Now, I happen to know the team at Salt do not double book.  They spend 3-4 hours with their clients and they are with them from start to finish.  The clients pay heavily for this…wouldn’t you?  Undivided attention, detailed from start to finish meticulous, welcoming, knowledgable…..simply amazing.

Using this system in our Pedicure rooms is not far fetched.  I have clients all the time send me pictures of their clients feet wanting to know what they should recommend.  Why not do request the same from your new clients during the phone call conversation?

Are you taking the time to talk with your already existing clients when they come back in?  Or, are you so casual with the routine you just sit them in your chair and start them soaking?  Do you even know if they were happy with their last service? Do they feel any improvement in the skin on their feet from the last pedicure?  How long did they feel the affects from their pedicure?  Have they been using their at home care products?  Is there anything they would change?  Maybe the shape of their toenails, the length of the massage or maybe they don’t like the callous debriment process.  Any and all of the above is going to affect the way they feel when they leave your chair.

So maybe you have to add 15 minutes to the time of your booking.  Charge accordingly, but make it worth it. When you charge what you are worth not what you think you are worth….life changes drastically.

How do you begin?

To start with, know your questions.  Take the time to devise exactly what you need and/or want to know from your new potential clients.  Write the script.

Once you write the script make sure “everyone” follows it.  Do you have a receptionist?  Or, does anyone and everyone answer the phone.  Regardless of who it is…..make them follow the script and stick to it.

Get pictures…I’ve said this before, I think the idea (which got from Salt) is a fantastic idea.  How many times have you scheduled time for a client, only to find out you need more?  By seeing a picture of the skin of their feet prior to booking the appointment YOU, as the Technician have the ability to advise them it will take longer than a typical pedicure.  Customize your service.

Be personal.  I don’t mean ask about the husband and the kids…I mean get down to the gritty of why are they there? Do they have interest in solving the concerns with the skin on their feet? Will they commit to at home care products for maintenance?  What do they like?  Do they want you to talk during the service or would they rather lay their head back and relax.?  These are just a few…..seriously customize the service.

Lastly…charge- charge - charge.  Okay, maybe you don’t feel you can go that route with your existing clients.  I get that.  However, start NOW with your new clients.  I guarantee you, once you get started and offer a personalized service, pricing accordingly becomes natural.  And….take the time to make your client aware….if they use their at home care products, your job won’t be so difficult and their next service would cost less.  Well, maybe not use the word difficult, but you know what I mean.

The final touch…..Salt has a menu from their local restaurant.  Not a huge menu, just offering a few tasteful items.  If you order from the menu, it goes on your SALT bill and you pay everything in the end.  Salt pays the restaurant for the food.  Convenient offering at no cost to you.  Brilliant!

Get inspired.  Go visit other Salons.  Watch, listen learn. Allow yourself to feed off of what other people do well. Turn these inspirations into positive changes and from this, watch your profits soar.

CJ Murray

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The difference between the SSE & WRE?

We are always looking for ways to set us apart from the average. If you look at the basics, every salon does the very same thing in their pedicure service. We soak, manicure, perform callus work and massage. What we do in between makes us a little different, exfoliate, mask, heated towels....ambience.

Grant it, the personalization of your pedicure, the quality of that personalization and the Technician is what keeps your clients coming back. Is that enough?
Is it enough to be the same....but different?
Or, would you rather be the ONE!

When I bought my house back in 2003, I visited a landscaper about landscaping my property. I'm fortunate to have a corner lot. However, that corner lot is also the focal point. I wanted it to be WOW.

The landscaper told me I needed a silver palm. When I looked at it, I pondered but I knew he was right. He told me I wouldn't be the house on the corner, I would be the focal point. When someone was giving directions, they would say "go past the house with the silver palm".
I loved it. It made me different.

This is what the SSE Studio Skin Expert and/or the WRE Wrinkle Remove Expert can do for your Salon. "go to the Salon that offers the skin treatment service with your pedicure".

STUIDO SKIN EXPERT

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STUDIO SKIN EXPERT

The studio skin expert is a hand held skin machine device.

It is a 5-in-1 skin regenerating treatment device that combines the power of three proven skin care technologies – ultrasonic, galavanic, and LED therapies – in one portable hand-held instrument.

Ultrasound (Sound Waves) Function: Improves capacity of the skin | Supports the penetration of active ingredients into the skin | Relaxes muscles | Relieves pain | Treats acne | Promotes blood circulation | Treats of facial erythrosis | Reduces hardened or pasty fiber structures | Reduces pigment spots | Tightens the skin | Improves regeneration capacity of skin

Galvanic (Electrical Current) Function: Used in combination with selected shots or serums, the results are amazing, offering optimal care for the face, neck and décolleté. Improves penetration of ingredients into the skin | Promotes blood flow | Activates the cell metabolism | Optimizes water binding capabilities | Tightens skin

Light Therapy:

Red Light (630nm) for all skin types: Stimulates cells | Supports blood circulation | Activates skin functions | Reduces wrinkles | Smoothes the complexion

Blue Light (465nm) for oily skin: Anti-bacterial effect | Soothes skin | Prevents skin impurities and acne | Stimulates cells | Refines pores

Green Light (520nm) for combination skin: Relaxes skin | Anti-inflammatory effect

WRINKLE REMOVE EXPERT

A hand held skin machine used to smooth and tighten skin.

The ergonomically shaped massage head ensures a deep penetration of active ingredients into the skin by means of ultrasound and galvanic. The attachment which was especially designed for these areas offers 3 levels with different oscillation frequencies as well as light therapy. An ideal addition to classical pedicures/manicures and wellness treatments.

3 Levels – Triple Effect

Level 1 Blue Light: Oscillation frequency 6200/min

Level 2 Green Light: Oscillation frequency 9500/min > Magnetic heat therapy 45 ℃ +- 5

Level 3 Red Light: Oscillation frequency 12500/min > Magnetic heat therapy 45 ℃ +- 5

WRINKLE REMOVE EXPERT

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

THE STUDIO SKIN EXPERT is a larger device with more capability

  • Ultrasonic
  • Galvanic
  • Light therapy

It also has the capability to be

  • Set on various levels of frequency
  • Set for a specific time

THE WRINKLE REMOVE EXPERT

  • Has set ultrasonic and galvanic automatic settings to where they can not be changed
  • Has a set 1 minute timer
  • Does have the capability to change light therapies (blue, red or green)

WHAT PURPOSE ARE THEY IN THE PEDICURE ROOM?

Both these pieces of equipment offers the ability to penetrate the serums used in your services at a deeper and quicker level.

To obtain optimal results when using AA lifting concentrate in helping with age spots, use either the SSE or the WRE.

To obtain optimal results if wanting deeper penetration of your LCN mask, use either the SSE or the WRE.

Want to differentiate yourself from any other salon? Use the SSE or the WRE expert.

WHICH ONE SHOULD I USE?

Personally, I like them both. However, I do feel the contour of each piece of equipment is more conducive to particular services.

  • WRE is GREAT for the legs. It's design is like a whales tail. It perfectly wraps around the counter of the leg
  • SSE is great for hands. It's small application surface is perfect for our hand shape. Works well on the arms also, however the WRE also contours best to the shape of the arm.

SO I NEED BOTH?

No! I think you begin with the one you think you will use the most. You WILL fall in love and eventually want to use both for specific reasons. However, I'm a firm believer......get what you know you will use, not what you "think" you will use.

How you market when offering your services with these pieces of equipment, is just as important...if not more....than choosing the equipment itself.

It's important too high light the benefits, more than the features. The benefits are simple;

  • Quicker penetration of important ingredients
  • Deeper penetration of important ingredients
  • Faster results
  • Feels amazing

Centre For Beauty prides itself on introducing these machines too many Salons, both independent and high end like the Rock Spa at the Seminole Hard Rock Casinos.

We have a proven track record of adding $$$ to your bottom line by adding just one additional move in your pedicure service.

As always, having the proper tools to use in your Pedicure rooms is crucial.

The correct tools can make or break your service AND better yet....it CAN set you apart from all the other Salons.

CJ Murray, President

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A Personal Story with a Lesson!

Many of you know the health scare my family has had with my Dad over the past couple of years. You've prayed for us, you've sent words of encouragement and you continue to inquire of his well being. I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

What you probably don't know is how my Brother's and Sister's and I have been preparing my parents to move out of their house which they have been in for 41 years. We aren't forcing them, they know they need to move to a smaller place. You can imagine however, the accumulation of "stuff" they have collected in this 41 years.

Imagine also, they come from a generation who doesn't throw things away.....and buy new. They come from a generation of fixer uppers. A generation where you don't waste a thing and you need to keep everything because.....who knows when you might need it again sometime. Anything from a chair to nut's and blots......literally!

In this process which we started in October of 2018 much has been learned. We learned what 2 people with 7 children can collect over a period of 68 years. (yes 68 years marriage and yes 7 children). (20 Grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren). We also learned how the memory of these "things" can be very emotional. We learned everyone has their own reason for what they save and what they have no problem giving or throwing away.

We learn.....there are many lessons that weren't necessarily "taught"

68 years ago

Mom Dad wedding

With 7 siblings getting ready to attack this huge undertaking, someone has to be the General.  I didn't plan to be, but somehow I ended up with position.

I run my own Business.  It seemed all very simple to me.

  • You get everyone on the same page
  • You make sure every knows where the message is coming from
  • You establish goals
  • You come up with a plan
  • You put your plan into action

Simple?  No, not really.

The first thing you learn, is not everyone works the same way you do. Not everyone follows a plan.  It doesn't matter how much or how well it is calculated. Bottom line, not everyone works the same way. That's not a bad thing, you just have to figure it out.

This is a big message for all of us to hear. When you bring a mix of personalities into your Salon, not everyone will work the same way.

As owners of managers, we have to set guidelines and build barriers that shouldn't be crossed. We have to find what works for each personality...IF....we want to get the most out of each person.

The other lesson learned is, although deadlines are created and plans have been made, this means nothing if the "powers to be" aren't motivated.

Grant it, maybe I was a bit zealous considering all involved. However, when we started this project in the Fall of 2018, I saw no problem with getting the house cleaned out along with minor repairs and curb appeal done to be able to spend one last Christmas in the house and have it on the market in January of 2019.

Well, the problem is.....my parents couldn't get motivated. In short, it was just too overwhelming for them and "in fairness" it was shortly after that, my Dad was diagnosed with Cancer.

Consequently, those in our family who are followers...followed their lead and couldn't get their motivation going either.  This doesn't make them bad but the lesson here is there are many people who motivate by example.

The lesson for our Salons is as Salon owners or Management, it is our job to constantly motivate our staff but even more so, keep ourselves motivated.

 

7 Siblings

Family picture

During this whole family crisis, there is a bigger lesson to be learned. It's a lesson of which I realized, defines who I am today. It's a lesson unfortunately, missed in our newest generations and it makes me wonder...."what will the Salon Business be like in 20-50 years from now"

When my Dad had his recent surgery because his cancer had re-occured, my sister and I took some time away from the hospital to "attack" their house.

We took 60 boxes of "yard sale stuff" to donation centers. We fixed their ice maker, we cleaned up the entire family room, discovering there were 5 pieces of furniture Mom was willing to let go and we installed a kitchen faucet.

As we were doing this we were noticing many things which I'll call "ingenious".  However, there was a time in our lives, we didn't.  These were things that our Dad has repaired.

  • He needed a hook, so he devised one out of a coat hanger
  • He needed a waste basket, so he made one out of 4 x 4's
  • He needed a new knob, he used one from a different component
  • He made a table out of wood which clipped to his side table where he sits, so he could play on his tablet
  • He made a holder out of coat hangers for his pool brush

The list goes on and on.

As my sister and I were talking, we laughed.

  • As a kid, we never really noticed these "homemade" projects
  • As a young adult, we criticize.  C'mon Dad, a new hook will only cost you $1.00
  • As we enter into Adult hood, we just accept it
  • And now....as we get older, we realize how ingenious he is

In talking with my husband about how my sister and I put in a faucet, is what sparked this article.

My Dad didn't take us both under a sink and show us step by step how to install a new faucet. He showed us by example.

Our entire lives, he repaired things on his own. He didn't immediately throw away and buy new. He thought of ways to make what was broken, work again.

If you live your entire life with this example......you just become.

The lesson for our Salon owners and management is "You are the trainer" in every aspect of your Salon life. Your team is quietly learning from you every move....whether they or you know it or not.

I see it! With the Salons I visit on a daily basis, I see respect or lack thereof. I see professionalism or lack thereof. I see joy or lack thereof. All based on the leadership team.

I think for me, going through this process over the past few months....I've realized, I am my Father's daughter. I realized so many things in my life that I do, I do because I saw. I understand now to appreciate the "why's" and not focus so much on the "should"s".

To be a leader, one must set by example. To be a leader, one must recognize the good in their team and not so much their faults. To be a leader, attitude is everything.

My Dad's attitude through this whole ordeal has always been one of optimism. He never once portrayed anything different. Even if he was feeling it. He's an inspiration for sure and for me.....he continues to lead our amazing family by example.....even at 90 years old.

Look deep into the atmosphere of your Salon. You, your team, your clients. Are they all in a good spot? If not, look deep into yourself as their leader. Inside ourselves is always a good place to start.

My Dad is doing incredible BTW.  He's 90 years old in good spirits, great health (considering) and surrounded by lot's of family, lot's of love and lot's of prayer.

CJ Murray, President

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10 Things you should know about an Ultrasonic cleaner

Going on just about a year now, Centre For Beauty introduced Ultrasonic cleaners to our Trade Show venues. It happened out of necessity at the time, however we soon realized how little our Beauty Community really knew about the benefit of bringing this machine into their cleaning routine. And, we realized how little our Beauty Community knew the dangers of washing/scrubbing our tools and implements with soap and a scrub brush at the sink.

Knowledge is invaluable. What I love about what I do is the relationship I have with my Mfg's which, afford me the opportunity to take what I learned from them and share it with you. I also love the stories. The stories which lead to the constant improving of what we do. The story which lead me to research Ultrasonic cleaners for my clients, for you!

Kinder, Greener, Safer

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My story goes back a few years when I endorsed a product called Accel.  Known now as Rejuvenate.  Footlogix was the ones who introduced me.  I sold it in my Distributorship AND I used it in my Salon.

I had noticed after long term use, my leather/vinyl chairs were losing their luster and my ceramic sinks were beginning to dull.  I didn't make the connection at first until I began my research and found AHP or Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide has proven to be drying over long periods of time.

Footlogix soon parted ways with Accel and they too were looking for a new source.  During this time,  one of their team members introduced me too Micrylium.  What initially caught my attention was their tag line.  Kinder, Greener, Safer.

In researching the brand, I decided it would be a great fit. It's made from pure grain ethanol.  In fact, it's  the same ethanol that Grey Goose Vodka is made from.

It's environmentally safe and it's safe for our Technicians and our clients.  Not to mention, contact time is less than a minute.

As I started to bring in the brand and learn more and more about what they had to offer, I was thoroughly intrigued.  Partially because the owner of the Company is a brilliant scientist.  So intelligent in fact, he is brought into many Companies to assist in solving some very unique problems........which leads me to my title

Ethanol will kill me

Disinfection Micrylium BioSurf Kinder Greener Safer

 

 

The story, as I know it is this.....Micrylium was called into a Company who made Medical devices because a large number of their employees were suffering with "minor" ailments.  Symptoms such as scratchy eyes, runny nose, dry throat, scratchy cough.  Not that any of them got deathly ill, it still got the attention of upper Management to bring in people in an effort to find if anything in the workplace was responsible for these symptoms.

They brought in air conditioning people as well as contractors to check for poisons in the drywall.  Nothing.

Then they brought in Micrylium.  It was the owner who discovered what was happening.

This Medical place worked very much like our Salons.  They would have to clean their tools and implements between activity.  They went to the sink, they scrubbed with a brush and soapy water and they rinsed.

It was this process which was causing the symptoms.  It makes perfect sense!

As these tools and implements were being cleaned, the debris was floating within a 12 inch circle of the cleansing area AND being rinsed down the drain.  This debris in the drain was causing Biofilm.

Every time someone went to the sink to scrub, using warm/hot water....the biofilm would loosen and vapors were coming up through the drain.....causing the symptoms of scratchy eyes, runny nose, sore/dry throat, scratchy cough.

That was enough valuable information for me to look into the next step(s) to protect our Technicians and our clients.  Introducing the Ultrasonic machines!

 

 

10 things you should know about Ultrasonic cleaners

  1. It's a health issue - Using an ultrasonic cleaner will protect your health
  2. It's a time issue - How much time do you think you can save by not having to go to the sink between clients and clean your implements
  3. It's a money issue - Time Is money

 

We recently had one of our clients Ultrasonic cleaner stop working.  They were within the Mfg's warranty, so they were able to send the machine back for repair.  We always get a report and this particular report taught us a few things.

  1. Cleaning time - 5 minutes is all the time you need to clean our implements.
  2. Check after 10 minutes - 10 minutes is the max it should take.  If it takes longer, something is wrong.
  3. Over use NOT GOOD - Running the machine longer than necessary is considered an abuse of product and is not covered under warranty.

Cleaners matter

  1. Surface disinfectants can and WILL blow up the machine.
  2. Soap and water is okay to use, however, you won't get the full benefit of what the Ultrasonic cleaner has to offer
  3. BioSon recommended - Our BioSon product my Micrylium is an effective US cleaner.  BioSon is effective for 5 consecutive days before having to be replaced.  1 box (20 pouches) last just under 3 months.

 

Lastly

  1. Overlap your tools - You can place a pretty large amount of tools into the basket.  Which, BTW...it fit's the AngelFeet professional file.  However, you do want to make sure you criss cross your tools and files when placing them in the cleaner

BONUS - Use your US cleaner as a jewelry cleaner for your clients jewelry.  It's a nice little added service which, doesn't cost you any more $$$.

 

About BioSon

BioSON is a concentrated universal device detergent. This unique formula contains four enzymes that rapidly break down bioload. It contains antimicrobial additives to reduce the odours and bacterial aerosols created by the ultrasonic bath. It can also be a very effective instrument pre-soak and multi purpose detergent.

  • Removes stain and tartar
  • Powerful 4 enzyme formula to rapidly digest proteins
  • Chlorhexidine ensures safety and longevity

2017 Protocol bioSON

2017 SDS BioSON

Are you protecting you health?  Savings $$$$$?

CJ Murray, President

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What You Should Know about the Nellie Kit!

Perfection, Amazing, Beautiful, Artistic...these are just a few of the words to describe the finished product we have seen of the work which Nellie Neal performs on his clients.
When I first met Nellie Neal, several years back at an Advanced Pedicuring class Centre for Beauty hosted which Nellie attended, I can't even describe my first impressions.
Here, sitting in front of me was this young, flamboyant, male licensed Nail Technician speaking grandeur about an Industry he fell into, loved and was bound and determined to make a name for himself in it.
Looking at him then, this larger then life man with lot's of hair....I never in my life imagined how much I would truly respect him.
It has been an absolute pleasure of mine, to see this young, inexperienced man grow into an Industry Icon. His success only contributed by his yearn for education, his desire for perfection, his passion for helping others and his mission to not just be the best he can be.....but to be the BEST - period.
For these reasons I decided to name our new GERMANIKURE pedicure kit
"The Nellie Kit"
Not only because the tools included are specifically what Nellie uses in his pedicures. Also, because like Nellie these tools are the BEST...period

The Nellie kit includes 7 tools Nellie uses too perfect his perfect polished toenails.Each tool has a specific purpose, all with producing the absolute finest result;

 

  1. Nail clipper #4712
  2. Tapered cuticle nipper #r157
  3. Ingrown nail nipper #p183
  4. Cuticle pusher #i02
  5. Ingrown nail file#p02
  6. Double sided excavator #p03
  7. Double sided cleaner #p10
    1. Like many, Nellie doesn’t like to use the large nail nippers if he doesn’t have to.  Therefore, on the majority of his clients he is able to use the #4712 Nail clipper on their toenails.  According to Nellie, the cut is not only clean the sharpness of the clipper means you don’t have to press hard to make the cut.  What he particular likes is not having to constantly replace is nail clippers that would constantly rust.  The GERmanikure clippers, like all their tools are stainless steel, guaranteed for life and can be placed in an Autoclave.

  1. Nellie has learned the dangers of cutting the proximal nail fold.  Just don’t!  Therefore, the benefit of the Tapered cuticle nipper is the ability for him to target the tiniest of PNF (waving) at him left on the nail plate.  The fact they are tapered and it’s sharp edges gives him precise accuracy, making sure he doesn’t clip any live tissue.

  1. When using an ingrown nail nipper, Nellie states the importance of knowing what you are doing.  Education is very important when it comes to ingrown nails.  You need to know when to proceed and when to refer to a Medical Professional.  The GERmanikure ingrown nail nipper will allow you to gently and precisely clip any excessive skin or nail which is “stuck” in the nail fold, causing your client discomfort.

  1. So many of our clients have trouble with the edges of their nail growing into the corner edge of the nail fold.  It’s hard to get a perfectly shaped and perfectly cut nail without slightly manicuring the edges of the nail.  The Ingrown nail file allows you to get precisely in that spot and gently file down the corner of the nail growing into the nail fold.

  1. The Double sided excavator, also known as a double spoon, is shaped perfectly for cleaning around the nail fold and under the nail plate. The dynamics of this tool allows for gentle “spooning” of anything (skin-sock fuzz) caught in the nail folds.  It is a great tool to use with your favorite cuticle softening product which softens the hard skin and allows you to work without causing any discomfort.  The tool gently slides along the nail fold and will catch any spicular left behind.

  1. The double sided cleaner is a new tool in my repertoire of tools.  This tool is used to clean over the nail plate to remove any keratin which may be left on the nail.  Making sure the nail plate is clean and smooth, is the secret to Nellie’s polished to perfection toenails.

We all have our favorite tools which we find, works best for you.  I respect that.  However, I can tell you from my own personal experience, when I watch Nellie work, there is a synchrony to his Techniques.  His tools dance for him and help him produce the finest symphony possible.

Sound corny?  Maybe!  However, ask any Chef, Dr. Or Carpenter.  Without the right tools…you will never hear Perfection, Amazing, Beautiful or Artistic.

HAVE YOU BROUGHT YOUR SEXY ON?

CJ Murray, President

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Why you should choose your tools wisely! Introducing GERMANIKURE!

I know this isn't the first time you have heard me say this, and I promise you....it won't be the last.  How would you feel if your hairstylist took out a pair of plastic, paper cutting shears to cut your hair?

The tools we use in the Pedicure room are as important as the

products we choose

Our tools are an extension of who we are.  Very much like Gordon Ramsey and many other famous chefs, who choose their kitchen tools carefully.

The proper tools can make our job easier.  The proper tools will last a lifetime.  The proper tools will place the safety of our clients first.

Centre For Beauty has always carried quality tools.  However, like the skin on our feet and the products we use to manage them, over the past 50 years they have changed.  Mfg's have learned to create stronger, longer lasting, safer tools for us to use in our service rooms.  Centre For Beauty has realized this and began a three(3) year process of learning and testing more improved  tools to offer in our Distribution.

We are tickled pink to introduce you to GERMANIKURE!

I am not going to sugar coat this.  The purchase of a good quality set of tools is a huge, expensive decision.  It’s a decision you don’t want to regret making.  It’s an investment.  

What do I personally recommend you  look for when choosing tools?

#1. Are they service specific? - You don’t want to use cuticle nippers to cut the toenails

#2. Are they stainless steel? - Many implements are plated, not true stainless steel.  These will rust.  In addition, like anything, the level or quality of s/s makes a difference.

#3. Can they be sterilized to the highest degree? I caution you, please think ahead.  You may not be able to afford an autoclave today, therefore you don’t gravitate towards tools which can be autoclaved.  However, we never know what the future may hold.  Think through this process carefully.

#4.  Are they safe? -  This is something new we have in our Pedicure industry which we either didn’t have, or weren’t aware of.  There ARE diabetic specific tools.  We are always taught NOT to cut the toenails of a diabetic, we file.  Much of that reason is because of the tools we typically use.  However, there are diabetic safe and friendly tools specifically designed for that purpose.

#5.  Are they guaranteed? - Manufacturer support is peace of mind.  Find tools which offer a guarantee but also offer ease of management in the event you need to use that guarantee?

#6.  Sharpening? -  In my years of growing up in the Salon, I sharpened my tools once.  Why?  Because the Company that sharpened them ruined them.  I refused to ever let that happen again.  Does the tools you choose offer a Manufacturer sharpening process or guarantee?

#7.  Pricing! -  Although pricing shouldn’t be your number 1 concern, don’t get ripped off.  If the price is too good to be true….run the other way.  Pricing should be moderate and conducive to the tools you are purchasing.

What do I personally  look for when choosing tools for you?

As I always do, my 3 criteria are;

#1 Quality

#2 Mfg’s support

#3 Pricing

Let me introduce you to GERMANIKURE

 

Superior steel, ergonomic design, and an anti-glare rust-free finish are just a few important features of the GERMANIKURE product line. Crafted ethically and without waste, they take the idea of good living beyond simply making good products. They craft their products with an eye to the future and a heritage in mind; not just in the tools you use and pass down, but also with an eye to the environment we will leave after us. All their factories produce their tools with a smaller carbon footprint and less waste than ever before and they are always looking for new innovative ways to make not just the tools better, but our world as well.

 

  1. Handmade in Germany
  2. Surgical grade steel; high carbon stainless
  3. Guaranteed for life; tested, sharpened by hadn’t and guaranteed to be free from any defects In materials and workmanship
  4. Solingen sharpened; every GERmanikure implement is sharpened by Soligen artisans
  5. Free lifetime sharpening; Sharpened ad maintained at the Soligen factory in Germany
  6. GERMANIKURE care; High quality products with conscious decisions.  No child labor, planned obsolescence, unfair pay or plastic packaging -  They never use plastic in their packaging.

The world produces 300 million tons of plastic every year, and only 10% of that is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills and oceans, leaking pollutants into the ground and water sources while taking centuries to decompose. Please join them in helping our world, one piece of plastic at a time.   It doesn’t make the news, but the sharp truth is: the grooming tool industry is heavily supported by child labor. It is well known that Pakistan is a major producer of grooming tools sold in the U.S. The child labor laws in Pakistan state that children under 14 years old cannot work in factories or any job deemed hazardous, yet there are an estimated 11 million child laborers in Pakistan alone under 14 years of age, and most of these children are sitting on moldy floors, operating heavy machinery, and performing hazardous jobs like grinding scissors, polishing tools, or sharpening blades. While not every factory in Pakistan operates under such questionable ethics, enough of them do to warrant careful consideration. 

No child labor is ever used in the manufacturing, packaging, or distribution of GERmanikure products.

In addition

Hand-hammered blades - Allows for perfect curve adjustment, ensuring flawless cutting

Hand-Set screw - no machines.  Every implement is assembled by hand for perfect tension

Leather protected - Leather is a naturally cushioning material.  Each implement comes in a soft leather case which helps protect your implements against nicks and scratches.

Join me in welcoming these tools into your Salons/Spas.  Not only help you but help your clients, help the world.

Look for our introductory special coming to your email box shortly

What will you see?

  • The Nellie set - purchase the entire set Nellie Neal uses in his Pedicure service, producing the absolutely flawless results he gets
  • 10% off individual tools
  • The diabetic set - NEW to our market
  • An additional 10% if you send us back your old tools

CJ Murray, President

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3 Money Making Ideas for your Nail/Pedicure room

I would first like to give a shout out to all our customers who came by our booth at the Premiere Orlando Show.  It is always a pleasure to either see you again or put a name to a face.  Your support is truly appreciated.

I would also like to thank the team at Life of Riley Salon Supply for the 3rd year in a row, keeping me a part of their family.  The support their entire team gives me goes over and above the call of duty and I sincerely appreciate them all.

One of the things I love about these Trade Shows is what I continue to learn from all of you.  The questions which are asked can be very thought provoking and the inter-action between Technicians from all over the Country attending our classes is truly a learning experience in itself.

There was a common denominator amongst our Nail Technician/Salon Owner Beauty community.  "How do I make more $$$ and continue to do what I love to do?

This is a very fair and concerning question.  As a licensed Nail Technician myself for 30 years, I understand the challenges of making more $$$$ in the Nail world.  Even more so, I understand the challenges of trying to be different.....than the many choices of Salons our clients have.

There are a whole ton of ideas scrambling though my head right now.  I want to focus on one(1) very simple, very cost effective and very visibly effective to our clients.  The "Youth Treatment" by LCN.

 

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SKEPTISIM:  By definition "doubt as to the truth of something".  

I use this word because this is one(1) sign of a successful man or woman. I also use this word because this is how I approach every brand and/or item I choose to bring in to Distribution.

The "Youth Treatment" products have been available by LCN for quite a while now. I was and really still am thrown off by the name. However, as I have searched more into the product and what it actually does, I find myself building excitement to share how amazing this product actually is.

It not only can add more $$$ into your treatment rooms (all of them), it can add more $$$ into your retail arena. Brilliant....just Brilliant.

What is 'YOUTH TREATMENT" products?

To begin with, let's forget about the name.  It doesn't do it any justice.  Simply put, this is an add on service you can add in "any" of your treatment rooms AND it is also an at home treatment to add $$$ to your retail.

Youth Treatment Peeling Powder and Youth Treatment Spot Remover.

Wilde Cosmetics has brought the  power of enzymes and brightening ingredients to peel back time and give hands a more youthful appearance. Enzymatic peeling powders are an effective way to breakdown the flaky dead skin cells that make the back of hands look dull, while the effective treatment spot removers address the years of damage from the sun that appears in the form of unsightly age spots.

YOUTH TREATMENT PEELING POWDER

Rejuvenates the skin with the power of enzymes.  Enzymatic active ingredients breakdown lipids or the "glue" that keeps dead skin cells together allowing for a gentle exfoliation.  With this breakdown of lipids, the peeling powder then properly prepares the skin to better absorb serums such as the YOUTH TREATMENT SPOT REMOVER or our ANTI AGE LIFTING CONCENTRATE.  Results are visible after one(1) treatment.

YOUTH TREATMENT SPOT REMOVER

Regain blemish free skin the the spot remover.  Contains brightening ingredients to visibly lighten pigmentation and age spots.  Results are visible with 4 weeks.

 

 

 

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What is exciting to me about this besides its effectiveness, is the ability to take this treatment from a mere $10.00 upgrade or go to the top and make it a $50-$75.00 service.  Remember.....always start higher and promo them.

 

BASIC MANICURE 'ADD ON"

Don't think you can sell an "Anti Age" manicure?  Don't want to add any time to your existing services?  This is for you!

The Youth treatment peeling powder adds less than 5 minutes to your existing manicure. And, processing time is utilized perfectly.

  1. Cleanse and sanitize your clients hands
  2. Remove polish
  3. Apply YT Peeling powder on both hands and arms
  4. Proceed with manicuring of the nails
  5. Remove peeling powder with heated towels
  6. Perform hand and arm massage
  7. Clean nails and polish as desired

HINT:  Use this same process in your Pedicure room and upgrade a simple polish change.

DO YOU OFFER THE "ANTI AGE" MANICURE?  NO PROBLEM!  THIS IS A PRFECT UPGRADE

If you already offer our Anti Age manicure service, you can now upgrade to a "skin brightening/toning" treatment.

Simply replace your Anti Aging lifting concentrate serum with the YT peeling powder.

DO YOU UPGRADE IN YOUR SKIN CARE OR MASSAGE ROOMS?

Now you can.  This YT service is an exceptional way for your Massage Therapist and Skin Care specialist to earn more $$$ with really not much added time.

Simply apply the YT peeling powder in your skin care room while waiting on a mask treatment to dry on your skin care client.

In your Massage room add a YT service prior to massaging the lower extremities.  Finish with a heated towel and a hand/arm massage.

Hmmmm......sounds all so relaxing.


 

Here are some variations on how to charge for the service making $$$ in both service and retail.

Hold onto your hat.  The treatment cost for this service is only $2.50. The spot remover for at home care is only $6.50.

  1. Basic add on $10.00
  2. Add a YT service and include the Spot Remover treatment which you give yo your client....add $25.00
  3. Sell the YT Spot Remover retail for $13.00

How can you NOT want to offer this service?  No more time, minimum cost for a healthy return.

BE DIFFERENT!  

CJ Murray, President

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5 Helpful Trade show Hints

Trade show season is upon us and many of you will be attending one or another or
maybe even multiple.
We have Premiere Orlando, Nail Tech Event of the Smokies, Foot Forward Summit and Premiere Birmingham....all before the fall season.
As a Vendor of each of these shows, I can tell you the time involved and the monetary investment is reviewed on a regular basis. I have a checklist for everything from products to displays to educator cost, travel cost, food etc. etc. Its a detailed spreadsheet to calculate every penny. Is it worth it?
As an Attendee it is my opinion, a spreadsheet should be calculated as well. There is time away from work involved, travel expense, food expense etc. etc. And, if you do your homework correctly, you will probably spend monies on products.

How do you make your show trips profitable?

You may be thinking What?????  I go for the fun, the deals or the parties and to see all my ole friends. Well, all that is fine and dandy except for when you return and you realize how much money you spent and then how much money you gave up by being off work for a day or two.

The #1 most important item you must be aware of are the deals. Are they really?

It's not a law that says as a Vendor you HAVE to offer deals. Personally, I do because it's my way of saying "thank you" to my existing clients and hopefully entice new clients. However, not all Vendors do.

And, in order for you to know if it's a deal......

You must know your cost

I can remember in my Salon days, I got so wrapped up in the excitement, I never "initially" paid attention or even knew if it was a deal. It all sounded good.

When I began to really know what I pay on a regular basis, I brought the list with me. I was stunned. Not everything needs to be a deal. However, if your Trade show shopping, why buy something that you really don't need right away, that you have to carry all day which, you can buy tomorrow at the same price?

Possibly it may save you on shipping cost? Well, you have to factor all that into your spreadsheet and really, really know your cost.

Don't get wrapped up in the excitement of the show and end up with buyers regret when you get back to your Salon.

Do your homework.

The 2nd thing to plan for IS your plan.

Are you looking to offer a new service, replace a brand you currently have or possibly expand? These questions are really important and in my opinion, the most important reason to attend a trade show in the first place.

Trade shows give you the opportunity to see what may be new. Vendors introduce new products. It's a great way to get ideas.

Maybe you are looking for a new nail polish line. Know your cost, know your waste, know how many colors your are interested in. Do you know how you want to present them to your clients? Are you looking for Vegan or does it even matter?

Look through the line up of who will be at the show presenting nail polish. Eliminate the ones you aren't interested in and spend time on the ones you are. Or, go to every booth and ask all the same questions so you can compare the differences.

In something like polish.....is colors available your only concern? What about settling of the products, does it get thick, how much is wasted, what is shelf life etc. etc.

The idea is to plan what you are looking for. This includes knowing the right questions to ask.

#3 is Financial security

Short and sweet. Stick to a budget.

Many $$$ change hands at our Trade shows. It's easy to spend. Everything looks so great, so easy to use, it's the next best thing to sliced bread.....until you get back to work.

The realization of what was spent and what you spent it on hits home. Panic sets in and we wonder WT?

To make attending trade shows a success from start to finish, first know how much you CAN spend. And, plan accordingly.

#4 Call your Credit Card Company

More often than not, we spend time with clients at the booth. They receive demo's, choose products..get all excited. Then, it comes time to pay and the credit card is declined.

This happens a lot at our shows because the card is used over and over again at a variety of different vendors.

Call your credit card Company to let them know there will be a change in activity. This will save you embarrassment and all of us valuable time.

#5 Don't "come back"

I don't want to minimize the affect these trade shows have on you, as an attendee. However, the impact it has on us Vendors is no where near in comparison. In short....they are extremely exhausting.

We love spending time with you. We love showing off all the great products we choose to represent. We love seeing ole faces and meeting new. Truly, it's the ONLY thing that keeps me coming back.LOL

However, be respectful of the time you do spend with your Vendors. If you are interested, pull the trigger. To tell us "your gonna come back" after spending the time we do with you, is really discouraging. Not just for us, but for you as well.

More often than not, Technicians have come back to sold out products. It bums them and us out.

Again, if you know your plan, you should be able to make a decision.

I know I only said 5, but here are some other helpful hints-

  • Wear comfortable shoes-Thousands of sq feet of walking. You will definitely get in your 10,000 steps per day requirement for healthy living
  • Bring a sweater-its always freezing. Unless you are setting up or tearing down, then they shut the AC off.
  • Roller bags are not allowed. There are bag drop off areas throughout the event. However, the best thing is to just bring them back to your car. Yes...it's far.  Yes....it's hot. It's also worth it.
  • Be courteous of the people around you. I can't even count how many times I'm in the middle of a conversation when someone just walks up and starts asking questions. Hello????? You aren't the only one in the room.
  • If there is something special you want from us....call the week before. We can bring it with us, just don't forget to come pick it up. Booth #3853
  • Remember....I'll say it again.  You are NOT the only one in the room.

There are thousands of people who attend these shows.  My first experience in over 25 years in being at the Premiere show in Orlando as an attendee was brutal.

People would walk in the middle of the aisle and suddenly stop to take a call or fix their bags or look at something.  MOVE out of the way.

At the booths, people were pushing people aside to get to the tables.  C'mon.....be COURTEOUS.

Last but not least.  Enjoy yourselves.

These shows are full of Education.  Not just in the classrooms but the amount of knowledge behind our tables is short of amazing.

Trade shows are educational events. Use them accordingly.

Enjoy your piers, enjoy your Vendors, enjoy your classes (hope you take some)...in short. Just enjoy.

And...don't forget to come to the Life of Riley Salon Supply pavilion. That's where you will find exceptional Education and Centre For Beauty Salon Supply @ Booth #3853. We look forward to seeing you.

CJ Murray, President

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The Importance of being YOU?

Can you imagine? We all eat the same food, dress the same way, buy the same cars? We do this because we see and/or hear this is what the majority of people do and we are followers. Inheriently, we follow what others do. 
Is it safe? Is it the easy way out? 

We see this in the movies all the time. Mind control. It seemed so futuristic at one time, but in reality…it’s here. Whether it be fake news or subliminal messages via commercials we watch or ads we read. We are all subjected to mind control, following in lieu of leading.

I bring this up because I often see on SM the question……”what do you use” or “what is the best xxxx?”. SM has become the search engine for many of our Technicians.
I respect people are asking and seeking opinions. However, what I worry is that our Technicians are making choices by what everyone else is using. It reminds me of what my parents use to say. “If someone is going to jump off the bridge….are you going to follow?
The importance of being YOU in your Pedicure room is what your Business is. YOU are what your clients come for. Your knowledge, your personality.....YOU!

Why is it important to remember this when choosing products?  

I am not a brand recognition person.  I choose the brands I represent based on their efficiency, their safety and what I know they can ultimately do for you, as Nail Technicians and your clients.

I’ve had plenty of opportunity to carry the brands that most people know of.  I’ve pondered, I’ve investigated and in the end, when I made a list of what it is “I” look for in a brand, these brands were not the right fit for my Business.

The brands I choose are an extension of me!

In this same context, I’ve researched brands which could be considered a “replacement” for the brands I carry….however, why would I want to trade $$$ for $$$$?   It just doesn't make sense.

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When searching for a brand to use in your Foot Care room, there are many factors to consider.  Before you do though, it’s important to realize...

  • The skin on our feet is very different than the rest of our bodies
  • We are exposed to much more in our Foot Care room then we were 50 years ago
  • Our access to education is far more vast
  • Our client’s access to information is far more vast
  • There are many more options available

When choosing brands, there is much to consider

  • Do you want fluff n buff or do you want results?  Or maybe you want both
  • Do you want scents
  • Do you have easy access to what you need
  • Is Education available
  • Is it cost effective
  • Does it have retail opportunity

Other things to consider when choosing your brands

  • Does the brand allow you the opportunity to expand?
  • Is there an easy return or replacement policy?
  • Do you have easy access to MSDS information?
  • Do you have easy access to Marketing materials?
  • Is the ordering process easy?
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With so much talk about brands and who uses what....people are forgetting so many factors in making decisions as to what brands to carry.

Some of this may sound familiar because I know I've shared it in previous blogs. However, what has come to mind in scrolling through SM and seeing some of the questions is no one is asking about the ease of dealing with the Companies that carry whatever brand it is.

I once again go back to my days in the Salon. I remember the process of choosing a new hair color brand. My choices were narrowed down to 3.  At the time AlphaParf was our first choice.

I remember contacting the Company (somewhere in Miami) and NEVER receiving a call back. The brand we ended up ordering in was more expensive than the other 2. However, I got an immediate response from the Company and they offered extensive Education.

I let my Stylist have a say however, in the end what I chose was an extension of who I was. I wanted a quality product with easy access to products which offered continuous Education to make sure my Stylist were always on top of their game.  Price was a consideration, but not a game breaker.

Myself and the stylist knew what we wanted out of the brand

If I were still in my Salon, I would follow the same tactics. In fact,I follow the exact same tactics in choosing the brands I do for my Distribution. I've been burned a couple of times....we learn. However, I learn what I should ask which I didn't before.

If I were in the Salon choosing a brand, these would be my questions...

  • Is it effective (because working smarter not harder is my MO)
  • Is it easily available
  • What is the price point
  • What type of education do you offer - when, where, cost?
  • Can it be bought in the big box stores
  • Is it available on line, to my clients, below my cost (do your own research)
  • Do they sell to the end user
  • How can my orders be placed
  • What is your shipping time
  • What is your return or replacement policy
  • How do you handle backorders
  • Do you have retail items for follow through

Or, how about something as easy as being able to have human contact.

My email address was purchased through a Company called Wix. I used this Company to build my first website when I owned my Salon. I haven't had my Salon since 2009 but continued to pay a yearly fee to keep my same email address.

I recently realized the cost and how I can transfer my email account to my primary domain company.

3 weeks I've been trying to do this. The Company Wix has absolutely no way of speaking with a human. When I fondly found a phone # I was relieved. This took several days. When I called the number, it routed me to the web address for "trouble shooting".

I'm flabbergasted. I'm pissed and frustrated. I'm paying $150.00 per year for something I can get for free. I have absolutely no way of cancelling it.

How can a Business run that way?

My own personal lesson is "research".  Everything and anything you're doing including the product brands you decide to take on.

Know your questions going in and think way ahead to the future. The what if's. Because, it doesn't matter what you do, the future will always come, things will always change and we never ever know what that change may be.

Centre For Beauty takes pride in the research we do before we take on a brand. We do this for you. However, I suggest you don't even take my word for it. You have a question???? ask! You skeptical????? ask! You unsure????? ask!  Don't ever settle

CJ Murray, President

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The Pedicure Re-Invented

My 2019 goal which, I am in the process of developing is an on-line infection control class.  I have a nephew who is a Nurse Practitioner who studied Infection Control and actually got published in the Medical Journal for one of his research papers.

I recruited him because I not only wanted to make sure I had accurate information, but I wanted information not just related to our Salons, but related to our lives.

We talk so much about products we use in the Pedicure room.  We watch, we listen, we research.  We look for products we feel our clients would like and we look for products we think we might like.

Whats surprising to me however, is how little time we spend on looking for products which keep our clients safe and ourselves self.  My own research show, most use disinfection products because they are highly advertised or used by our piers.  

There's alot of confusion because rules change State by State.  When it comes to disinfection what should you be looking for?  What should your procedures be?  

Disinfection should be your #1 priority over everything else in your Salon.  There are just too many risk.  There are too many exposures.  

The days of banging out clients one right after another is gone.  We have to be smarter and more proficient with our cleaning techniques.  We have to make cleaning our first and foremost to all that exist in our Salons.

We have to re-invent our Pedicures, re-invention which begins with proper cleaning and disinfection.

Let’s itemize this one by one, in detail.  Before we do this though, always be sure to check with your State Board requirements.  Although, I’m confident what I am going to recommend will far exceed what your State Board does requires.

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CLEANING

Cleaning has many different facets.  We have cleaning of our Pedicure stations including bowls, floors and chairs.  And, we have cleaning of our surroundings and then we have cleaning of our implements.

#1 cleaning of our bowls.

If you have an older version Pedicure bowl which is connected to pipes which filter the water in and out of the same pipe……you MUST purge your Pedicure tub between clients.  Purging one time per day, at the end of the day is NOT sufficient.

Purging requires a solution effective enough to not only clean but kill high levels of bacteria which is ran through your pipes for a minimum of 5 minutes….depending on your solution.

At the end of each day, a 15 minute purge should be practiced.

Once purged, the surface area of your tub needs to be cleaned and disinfected.  This means it is wiped and sprayed with a solution intended for surface use.

If you have the newer pipeless chairs/bowls...although there is nothing to purge, you should still check to see what your State regulations are.  However, whichever way your tubs need to be cleaned, the propellors should be taken out and cleaned and then disinfected.

#2 cleaning of your chairs and surrounding areas

It doesn’t matter why type of set up you have, your chairs and tables AND any containers should be wiped with a solution which cleans and kills bacteria.....daily. In this case, a disinfection product with surfactants which cleans and disinfects at the same time, is perfect.  It is also important to note, there are cleaners/disinfectants  which will eventually dry out your vinyl or your leather chairs.  Be careful when choosing your products. Do your research.

#3 Implements

I think the biggest mistake and lack of education we are experiencing in our Salons, is realizing the dangers of cleaning or scrubbing your implements at the sink.  To begin with, I’ve watched.  Barely soap is being used.  A scrub brush and water…scrub scrub scrub…….it’s terrible.

2nd, research has shown that debris from the scrubbing or airborne particles is known to cause headaches, sinus problems, dry throat and more.  Therefore it suggested we eliminate this step.  WHAT?????  NOOOOO!!!!!  Well, we actually don’t eliminate the cleaning process, but we do eliminate how we clean.  The use of an ultrasonic cleaner not only is safe, but it is more efficient, time saving and 100% more effective then cleaning our implements at the sink.

#4 Wet disinfection

Most State require some form of wet disinfection.  The amount of time required varies State by State.  Unfortunately most of them are still in the dark ages and approve the lowest form of disinfection…..Barbicide which, requires. 10 minute soak time.  Therefore, regardless of what you use, you must soak for 10 minutes.

Hospital grade is the key word here…..entirely a joke!  Hospital grade only means the products which make the claim to be hospital grade are approved for cleaning hospital floors.  Now, that’s not so totally bad, but in my mind…it is deceiving.  My question is: are you happy with a product that makes the claim to be hospital grade?  Because, many of those products are low level, carcinogenic and can NOT kill many strands of bacteria we are currently subjected too.  Arrgh!

There are many things you should be asking when you choose your disinfection product

1). What exactly DOES it kill

2)  What exactly is the active ingredient

3). What exactly is contact time

4). Is it carcinogenic

5). Where do I dump it

6). How long is the solution effective for

#5 Sterilization

When I grew up in the Salon, using an autoclave was never even an issue.  That was a Medical thing…not. Beauty Salon thing.  Well, times have changed.  It is a Beauty Salon thing because we are subjected to so much more than we used to be.  And, we are often the first responders.  Therefore, we are seeing things sometimes even before the Dr. does.

In my growing up days, autoclaves were no less than $3-5000 dollar.  Today, you can get an autoclave for way less $800-$1200.  What a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Using an autoclave, is not required.  However, it should be.  I’m not sure if it ever will be, but what I am sure of, is somewhere down the road our Salons will be getting calls asking of services and the next question will be “do you autoclave”?  Client - Public awareness is immense.;

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Proper sanitation takes loyalty. It takes patience and it take time. If you don't think you have the time, make it. We talk about changing lives? Not properly cleaning and not following proper disinfection procedures will for sue change your life.....and not in a good way.

Is it worth the risk?

CJ Murray, President

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