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Have you Heard The 10 Commandments for Diabetics?

There are many conversations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in questioning what we as Salon owners and/or Technicians can do to “up our game” in the Pedicure room.

For many of us, it is more about the fluff and buff, the pampering and the Louis Vitton Nail Polish. However, be gentle about these subjects because it IS possible to still offer all of the above, yet go beyond and offer overall client care.

The question becomes “how do we do this?”, The answer is simple. Follow the McDonalds mantra “added value”.

Hairstylists instruct their clients how to maintain the health of their hair between visits. Estheticians offer at home care solutions after performing a facial service. Even Massage Therapist offer at home stretches and maneuvers you can do to keep flexible.

The Pedicure chair should be no different. In fact, it is even more important for us to “teach” our clients about the importance of taking care of their feet.

My suggestion to begin “upping your game” is to offer “added value”. Offer a take home card to help your client understand the importance of taking care of the skin on their feet between Salon visits.

Look at your feet every day
Wash your feet, in their entirety, every day
Dry your feet throughly, especially between the toes
Apply hydration to the feet daily
Don’t clip or file your toenails. Leave this to the professional.
Don’t use heating devices on the feet
NEVER walk barefoot
Wear seamless socks made of cotton
Wear properly fitting shoes
Seek medical attention upon any indication of foot or nail changes
FINALLY; Ask yourself this: Is the service I add, the products I purchase, the name brand I carry going to make me more money? If not, re-evaluate your choices before moving forward.


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How do Calluses Form?

Whenever I present to the Students at the schools I am affiliated with, I always hope for them to learn at least “1” thing from my presentation.

What is so great about presenting at the schools, is the complete obvious lack of interest most of the students have in learning about feet. The rolled eyes, the Ewwwws, the look of disinterest, the boredom, all play a part in my presentation.

Why? Because I know, by the time I am done with my presentation, this will all change. The “1” constant change, is helping them realize it isn’t just about Pedicures…’s about Feet. “Their feet” And, to get right to the point, I share with them the importance of calluses, whether the skin on the feet is healthy or not.

A callus is a protective thickening of the skin. They are found on areas of the foot which bear most of our weight. Calluses are a “natural” protective mechanism.

When we walk, our footwear AND our gait are blame for a callus forming. Constantly rubbing or pounding on the same area time after time after time, our brain will send a signal to our skin on our feet telling it to do something before we wear the skin down straight to the bone. Hence, a callus forms.

When we remove that callus, the brain again sends a signal that the skin on our feet hasn’t done it’s job. Hence, a thicker, harder callus forms.

Calluses are our friends. They are their to protect us. However, we don’t want it to look bad or feel bad do we? Fortunately, there are steps we can take to make them look better AND feel better.
Use a foot soak or shower gel with a moisturizing base
When getting or giving Pedicures, use a moisturizing base callus softener
Don’t “shave” or “shred” the callus to remove
Use a daily moisturizing based skin care product for the feet


Check out our website for many products to use and recommend to help take care of the skin on your, and your clients feet!

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Labor Day is for YOU!

A public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people

The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882, in New York City
In 1884 the first Monday of September was selected as the “Labor Day Holiday”


There are so many people I know who work day after day, year after year who are dedicated to many professions which serve others.
Nail Technicians
Financial………the list goes on and on!
All of these and more, keep our Country growing strong and do our best to make it a better place to live, for the next generation, regardless, of the adversities before us.
In the past few months I have witnessed many friends and family experience death, fire, loss and some tragedies which, they come through with amazing spirit. A spirit that teaches us all, there is life after……..

I personally want to thank all of you for your “labor” of love which, you give fully to the job you have. The owners who take the risk, the Technicians, the Stylist, the Therapist who work endlessly to keep our Beauty business thriving.

Without you…Centre for Beauty wouldn’t exist. We ALL are small business. Small business helping small business is the greatest gift. I hope, Centre for Beauty practices our mission; “Offering quality products with quality service to make our clients mission easy”.

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy and please be safe!


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Teens need to be Educated About Their Feet

TEENS are more likely to be aware of the care needed regularly for their teeth, skin, eyes and bodies, but few understand the importance of caring for their feet. Since TEENS are visiting our Salons beginning as young as the age of 12…..We, as Foot Care Specialist need to educate them.

Our feet are out of sight, out of mind. However, foot health is an important part of overall health and wellness. When our feet hurt…..everything hurts. Unfortunately, TEENS tend to be more interested in attractive feet versus healthy feet. We, as Foot Care Specialist need to educate them.

Most of us begin with foot issues later in life. However, we also know it’s because of the poor way we cared for our feet when we were younger. If I knew then…what I knew now. STOP the pattern with the TEENS coming into your Salon today. Educate them on proper foot care, proper foot wear and proper maintenance to care for the skin on their feet.


The average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day, equivalent to more than 3 millions steps per year. We apply 4-6 times our body weight on ankle joints when climbing or walking steep inclines. We have 26 bones and 33 joints. Our feet serve as the foundation for the rest of our body. Caring for the feet at a younger age, reduces the risk of complications like knee, hip and lower back problems later in life.

SPORTS-According to the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association, 1/3 of teenagers experience foot pain. Sports are the major cause. 3/4 of High School students play a school or recreational sport. 4 in 10 have at some time, injured their feet.
SHOES-Also from the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association, 2 in 10 suffer from foot pain due to uncomfortable fitting shoes. Girls more than boys. High heels are the most painful shoe choice.
Although 6 in 10 TEENS do have foot problems, most either self-medicate or typically just live with the problem.
Fewer than 2 in 10 teens have even visited a podiatrist. Those who do….have a tendency to care more for their feet.

We need to educate our teens on proper foot care.
Help them understand, keeping feet healthy can help avoid embarrassing and uncomfortable issues like athletes foot, foot odor AND toenail fungus.
Share with them the importance of washing their feet, between the toes as well. And, to dry them completely.
Share with them the importance of keeping the feet dry from sweaty shoes and socks. Inform them fungus, including the kind that causes classic athlete’s foot loves to grow in moist, damp environments. Teach them to change socks frequently, if they have a tendency to sweat alot during the day.
Teach them how to care for their shoes. After all, without proper disinfecting, the transfer of bacteria from one shoe to the next is probable.
Teach them proper toenail cutting which, if done incorrectly can cause ingrown nails and harbor bacteria.
Discuss with them, the importance of wearing supportive, properly fitted shoes. Let them know, improperly fitted shoes can cause major foot pain and injury which, can come back to haunt them later in life.
Share with them….it IS more than just about the pretty toes.

Centre for Beauty carries a variety of products to help keeping our TEENS feet healthy. Centre for Beauty offers educational webinars, educational u-tube links and more, to help with the recommendations YOU, as Foot Care Specialist can offer to your TEEN clientele. Some suggestions are;

FOOTLOGIX Shoe Deodorant Spray
FOOTLOGIX Foot Deodorant Spray
FOOTLOGIX Sweaty Feet Formula Mousse
FOOTLOGIX Rough Skin Formula Mousse
SHOWAFLOPS-to keep them from walking barefoot

Let us help you stay educated and current on the importance of teaching your TEENS about proper foot care.

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There are many different forms of Tinea Pedis!

Tinea pedis is a dermatophyte infection of the feet.
Tinea pedis is the most common dermatophytosis because moisture resulting from foot sweating facilitates fungal growth. Tinea pedis may occur as any of 4 clinical forms or in combination:
Chronic hyperkeratotic
Chronic intertriginous
Acute ulcerative
Chronic hyperkeratotic
Causes a distinctive pattern of lesion, manifesting as scaling and thickening of the soles, which often extends beyond the plantar surface in a moccasin distribution. Different types of hyperkeratotic may be due to hyperhidrosis and occlusive footgear, or contact dermatitis (due to type IV delayed hypersensitivity to various materials in shoes, particularly adhesive cement, thiuram compounds in footwear that contains rubber, and chromate tanning agents used in leather footwear) or, irritant contact dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Tinea Pedis (Moccasin Distribution)
Tinea Pedis (Moccasin Distribution)
Tinea Pedis With Irregular Scaling of the Sole
Tinea Pedis With Irregular Scaling of the Sole
Tinea Pedis With Dorsal Foot Scales
Tinea Pedis With Dorsal Foot Scales
Tinea Pedis With Scaling and Erythema of Lateral Foot
Tinea Pedis With Scaling and Erythema of Lateral Foot
Subtle Tinea Pedis
Subtle Tinea Pedis
Tinea Pedis
Tinea Pedis
Tinea Pedis in a Patient With Dark Skin
Tinea Pedis in a Patient With Dark Skin
Chronic intertriginous
Is tinea pedis characterized by scaling, erythema, and erosion of the interdigital and subdigital skin of the feet, most commonly affecting the lateral 3 toes.
Acute ulcerative tinea pedis ypically begins in the 3rd and 4th interdigital spaces and extends to the lateral dorsum and/or the plantar surface of the arch. These toe web lesions are usually macerated and have scaling borders. Secondary bacterial infection, cellulitis, and lymphangitis are common complications.
Acute Ulcerative Tinea Pedis
Acute Ulcerative Tinea Pedis
Vesiculobullous tinea pedis, in which vesicles develop on the soles and coalesce into bullae, is the less common result of a flare-up of interdigital tinea pedis; risk factors are occlusive shoes and environmental heat and humidity.
There are many forms of tine pedis which, we
as technicians will experience in the
Foot Care arena.

The important factor is, as Technicians we need to be able to identify the different types of Tinea Pedis which, we see daily.

Can YOU identify what is simply classic Athletes feet or a Dry tinea media? Can you identify a Psoriasis or Eczema?

Better yet….do you know how to and what to recommend to your clients to manage these conditions and help them get the healthy feet they need to carry them around for a lifetime?

Centre for Beauty carries a variety of products to help with the condition of the skin on our feet. Centre for Beauty offers educational webinars, educational u-tube links and more, to help with the challenges you face every day in the Pedicure room

Let us help you stay educated and current on the importance of proper care in your Foot Care treatments.

Visit our website and learn about

For the Skin on your Feet
For proper Disinfection
For quality Tools & Implements
For Lower Extremity care
Don’t forget to

Download our “centreforbeauty” app
or contact CJ –

Centre for Beauty endorses Life of Riley Salon Supply
Contact CJ or visit their website @ for Young Nails, JKS, Argon Oil, Macadamia and more!
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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.


With Tea Tree Oil is proven to effectively kill odor-causing bacteria
in shoes while leaving a refreshing scent. This formula will not harm
leather or canvas.  Are you a Salon?  Contact us for your Shoe Deodorant Special!

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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.
Visit to order yours today!


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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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The difference between Salt, Sugar & Pumice Scrubs?

During my travels over the past couple of months, it seems I hear the same question all the time. Are sugar or salt scrubs safe for the diabetic client?

I found it interesting because, it isn’t just a question of “are they safe”. It was specific to the “diabetic”.

What does that tell you? For years I have promoted brands of products, “safe for the diabetic”. For years I have taught Salons, Students, Administrators alike about the harm some products CAN cause for the diabetic.

And now………it’s all coming into fruition. Our industry has changed. It isn’t enough to be a pedicure technician. With the rise of diabetes and other immune comprised conditions, advanced education on a regular on-going basis IS….the key to success.

So, to answer the question above, I have outlined Salt Scrubs, Sugar Scrubs and Pumice Scrubs.

Abrasive – think of your elderly client, diabetic with thin skin.
Promotes healthy skin – Once dead skin cells are removed, our skin works more effectively to remove toxins & absorb nourishment.
Natural anti septic “kills bacteria & fungus”
Can by drying which is why these are best for oily skin
Less abrasive – smaller then salt
Softer – better for sensitive skin types
Requires oils
Best for normal to dry skin
Nuetral in PH
Hard enough to abrade but, without causing damage to the surface. Perfect for the geriatric client.
Removes dead skin cells, cleans pores & restores skin & vibrancy
Light touch scrubbing is all that’s needed
Ideal to use for applications where quality of the finished surface is paramount.

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