When I first started out in the spa industry in 2005 I was a licensed only as a massage therapist. I then later became licensed as a full specialist in the State of Florida. The Full Specialty license covers both Aesthetics and Nails. One of the things that surprised me when I went to school for skin care as how often we take our hands off the client. Coming a from a massage back ground it’s a big faux pas to step away from client and be hands off for longer than a few seconds. So, because of this Facials felt very choppy to me and didn’t like the amount of time I left the client during a facial treatment.
So, through some trial and error I figured out ways to minimize my loss of contact with the client. What I do is scan their face and do an eval when I go to pick up the client. Then I do another quick eval under the Mag lamp just make sure I know what their skin type. This is also when I’m asking what their concerns are and what they want to be addressed during the facial. While they’re getting on the table I will pull products and put them on a little art palette. The art palettes (basically it’s what you would use to put your paint on) you can find at a craft store for cheap. So, the palettes have all these little round divots to put product in and I dish everything out that I’ll need for their service. I always put the products in order of application, so everything is organized and easy to grab. This is also one way to watch your portion control and not use too much product.
This prep allows me to have a nice flow for the service. I’m not pausing to pull out a jar to get an additional product because it’s already out. I have everything within arm’s reach so I’m never really leaving the head of the table when I’m doing the facial. Whenever I can I always leave one hand on the client or near their head on the table. This allows the client to know where I am always.
One thing that is a pet peeve of mine is when Estheticians just put a product on and walk away. If I’m leaving an enzyme treatment on or a mask on for a while I’m not just sitting there I’m doing a massage on their neck, shoulders, arms, hands or feet. I’m not filling out a retail recommendation card or looking at my cell phone. So really the only time that my hands really leave the client as when I’m rinsing my hands or grabbing a towel from the hot towel cabinet. This hands-on approach can improve you flow and give your clients the touch they need.
How do you minimize your loss of client contact with your facial clients? Hear your feedback on how you can keep your facials from being choppy.
There is nothing more annoying than laying down to enjoy a massage and the table is rock hard. One way to enhance your clients experience is to have a comfortable to table for clients to lay down on. Having a massage or an aesthetics table that has enough padding is key. No matter how good your facial or massage treatment is if you cheap out on the table clients won’t be able to relax and enjoy their service.
There are several types of tables out there that have extra thick padding. Oak Works and Earthlite are some of my favorite brands. I am also a huge fan of the electric table that adjust the heads and legs as well. There are also padding options that you can add to table. Massage Warehouse and Universal Spa Supplies are two companies that I like to get supplies from so check there if your looking for accessories to add onto your table.
Another nice touch to add to table is a table warmer. The two table warmers that I like the best by Oakworks and Earthlite.
Oakworks Premium Fleece Table Warmer
I like the Oakworks brand because it goes up to 135 degrees, down side for this heater that it turns off every 99 minutes. So, if you have cold treatment room and able to remember to reset the heater this is a good option for you.
The Eartlite table warmer is another good choice it goes up to 122 degrees and this is heater will stay on for up to 10 hours. This heater is great when you have lots of back to back appointments. You can turn it on at the beginning of day and not have to reset it after each client.
Another must have for your treatment table is a water proof sheet that will go over table warmer and padding. That way you can wipe down and disinfect your table between clients. This will also protect your table warmer and padding from getting oil or product on them. You can find these at most spa supplies companies like I mention earlier.
Having a comfy table that is nice and warm is one of the many ways to enhance your treatments. So, if you haven’t laid down own your table in while, do it. See what your clients are feeling and make sure it’s comfortable. This is one way to make your clients have the best experience possible and keep them coming back to you.
Microblading is the art of making realistic hair strokes with pigment to create the illusion of fuller brows. This is a semi-permanent procedure, with results that last about one year depending on your skin type. The benefit of microblading vs permanent makeup is it doesn’t go as deep into your skin. This means Microblading artist has more control over the ink making cleaner, crisper and more natural looking hair strokes for your eyebrows. It also will not fade into an undesirable color that permanent makeup does over time.
I was a victim of the 90’s and over tweezed my brows. For years I tried to grow out my brows and didn’t have any success. I tried various products to help grow my brows out and had a little success but not much on the new growth.
When I went to school for skin care I was introduced to the Microblading when an artist came into my school and gave us a demonstration. I couldn’t save my money fast enough! I wanted to get my brows done that day. After I finished school I researched a couple different Microblading artist in the Tampa bay area. Which lead me to Brent Weed. I followed his account on Instagram for a month or so. I loved all of his before and after photos he posted of his work. His work looks so natural to me with each individual hair stroke he made it gave a soft but full looking brow. I’m amazed how far semi-permanent make has come. The look of marker filled brows are over!
I booked my appointment for a consultation. At the consultation Brent talked about what I should expect from the treatment and he evaluated my skin to see if I was a good candidate for microblading. Luckily I was and then he took about 30 mins to map out my brows. Some may squawk at him taking this much time, but I loved that he took his time and made sure I was going to be happy with the shape of my brows!
Did it hurt?
Yes it did, was it so painful that cried out in pain or cried. Nope. If you have ever had extraction work done during a facial that amount of discomfort is a similar comparison as what Microblading felt like. The pain was not that bad. The bed I lay down on was comfy and Brent played music which help distract me.
I am so happy with my results. I am no longer spending so much time on doing my brows in the morning. My everyday make up routine is now down to 10 minutes!
SO here is the before and after shot . . .
I have absolutely no regrets. I love how my brows turned out. If you are considering doing Microblading. Do your research and find an artist that takes their time. This is one service I do not recommend going to Groupon for. Save your money and get it done right!
If you want to go where I got my brows done here is the information: