In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Miraval Resort & Spa (Tucson, AZ) is introducing three special offers throughout October to help support Breast Cancer Research. Guests will want to take advantage of the Mani for the Cure ($65, 50 minutes) and the Pedi for the Cure ($80, 50 minutes), as the spa will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. With each treatment, they will also receive a complimentary SpaRitual nail polish from the In Pink 2011 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection. Guests can also do good by purchasing PINK items, such as the Miraval Crystal Ball Cap, the Pink Miraval Ribbed Tank Top, the Pink S’Well Water Bottle, and more. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these featured items will also be donated. What are you doing in your spa to bring awareness to this important issue?
I’m not one to shy away from giving my two-cents worth. That’s why I couldn’t help but like the way Affinia Hotels went about choosing its new spa product line. The boutique hotel brand relied on its guests to test a variety of spa products over the summer and then selected a retail spa partner based on guest feedback. The clear winner turned out to be Philosophy, which guests singled out for brand recognition, the ability to purchase the product in stores, and the whimsical messages on each bottle. Philosophy’s Lime Blossom shampoo, Blackberry Musk conditioner, Green Tea lotion, and Lime Blossom facial bar will be available in all rooms at Affinia Hotels in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Soliciting guests to test the products is part of a newly launched comfort movement at Affinia Hotels. A key part of the hotels’ messaging and programming, Comfort by Design features platforms such as My Affinia, where guests can customize their stay with a variety of options ranging from a six-choice pillow menu to Experience Kits to explore each city. The hotel brand is now asking guests for feedback on what makes them comfortable and actually using that info to shape its offerings.
As much as I hate to admit it, I watch way more reality tv than I should. Truth be told, I shouldn’t be watching it at all. However, it’s a guilty pleasure I’m not yet prepared to give up. One reality show that caught my attention—maybe it’s my fondness for a bit of five o’clock shadow—was Whisker Wars, a seven-episode reality series that debuted last month on IFC. The series follows a group of whisker warriors who travel the country competing for top bearding prizes. In honor of the competitive beard-growing series, the IFC network polled approximately 10,000 Americans online about their favorite bearded gents. Not surprisingly, the Texas trio in ZZ Top took the top honor in the IFC Whisker Wars Hall of Fame with 53 percent of the vote. Other musicians included Jim Morrison (15 percent), Hasidic rapper Matisyahu (12 percent), the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia (11 percent), and Kenny Rogers (9 percent). In television and movies, Zach Galifianakis (34 percent), Jeff Bridges (23 percent), and Chuck Norris (12 percent) were all recognized. Respondents also shared their thoughts on facial hair. Apparently I’m not alone in liking a little stubble on the opposite sex. Ninety-two percent of respondents said beards on guys are hot. Interestingly enough, I’m in the minority when it comes to the Best Beard for a Fella to Grow. I’m with the 20 percent who preferred “a soft, short dusting of well-maintained stubble.” Forty-five percent opted for “something truly biblical or biker, the longer the better.” As a trend, it looks like facial hair could be on the rise. What do you think? Ninety-six percent of male respondents said they planned to grow a beard in the future. If that’s the case, now might be the time to think about how you’re catering to this emerging demographic.
Like most people, I’m all for leading a healthier lifestyle. However, it’s not always easy to make the necessary changes. That’s why I was so interested to read 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You (AmazonEncore, 2011). Written by wellness coach Brett Blumenthal, the book suggests a small, healthy change to make each week, such as taking a multivitamin every day, learning to say no, and starting each day with a nutritious breakfast. When combined over time, these small changes will eventually lead to a bigger change resulting in a happier and healthier life. Today, I’m starting at week one, which is to drink more water. Although it sounds easy, I’ve had the same half full water bottle on my desk for a week. What small changes do you want to implement in your life?
As a big fan of New York City’s various food trucks, I was excited to hear that a free mobile beauty bus would soon be roaming the city streets. Introduced by Hair Room Service, a celebrity stylist mobile salon, and Daily Candy, an insider’s guide to fun, fashion, food, and more, the Beauty Bus is scheduled to makeover Manhattan, September 22 through 24, from noon to 8pm. The glass truck will feature styling chairs, mirrors, and beauty product must-haves. New Yorkers will be invited onboard to experience professional makeup applications, DIY beauty tips, and hairstyling consultations. Sponsored by Procter & Gamble’s Pantene, Cover Girl, and Olay brands, the Beauty Bus will also have Hair Room Service celebrity stylists and DailyCandy editors on-site to offer fall hair and beauty tips. It is scheduled to stop in the following locations:
- SoHo on September 22 (Broadway, between Houston and Prince Sts.)
- Bryant Park on September 23 (Sixth Ave, between 40th and 41st Sts.)
- Union Square on September 24 (Union Square West, between 15th and 16th Sts.)
Not surprisingly, people are always asking me about spa trends. However, because I’ve been covering the industry for so long now, I’m sometimes at a loss to point out anything truly new. That’s why I’m always interested to learn what other industry insiders think. Recently, the folks at Spa Week released their top 10 spa treatment trends for fall 2011. See if you agree…
2. Bamboo Massage
3. Cupping/Gua Sha
5. Boozing with Benefits (treatments that incorporate alcohol)
6. Shellac Attack
7. Men’s Treatments
8. Mobile Spas
9. Deep Sea Spa-ing (water-based treatments such as Watsu)
10. Spa with a Conscience (eco-friendly treatments)
What trends would you add to or eliminate from this list?
With the end of summer close at hand, many are now gearing up to head back to school. Wanting to reward both hard-working students and tireless educators, the folks at The Spa at Trump have introduced a special back-to-school menu. Effective Sept. 5th through the end of the month, the Student Spa Menu is available at all Spa at Trump locations for those who provide a valid student or educator ID upon arrival. Here are the inspired offerings…
- The Study Break – The 60-minute Classic Trump Massage. Regularly $150; specially offered at $110.
- The BFF Mani-Pedi – For two: the 30-minute Classic Manicure followed by the 45-minute Classic Pedicure. Regularly $200; specially offered at $150.
- The Formal – The 60-minute Universal Glow Facial. Regularly $150; specially offered at $110.
- The BMOC – The 60-minute Classic Trump Massage followed by the 30-minute Executive Men’s Facial. Regularly $250; specially offered at $160.
- The Study Abroad – The 45-minute Turkish Hammam Treatment. Regularly $100; specially offered at $75. Available exclusively at the Trump SoHo location.
You don’t have to be a fan of football to enjoy the new Fall Into Football menu debuting at The Ritz Carlton Spa, Denver. The specially priced seasonal menu hikes into town Sept. 1-Dec. 31. The playful menu includes the First Down Facial ($115, 50 minutes), a signature facial with autumn-inspired ingredients; the Heisman Hops and Honey Pedicure ($125, 75 minutes), a one-of-a-kind pedi incorporating real hops; the Touchdown Thai Massage ($165, 75 minutes), a traditional Thai massage; and the Quarterback Sneak ($165, 75 minutes), a sampler package that involves a 25-minute massage, a 25-minute facial, and a 25-minute manicure. Any one of the the treatments are sure to leave guests ready to tackle whatever comes their way.
With summer drawing to a close, there is no better time to survey the damage the season has caused to your skin. It’s also a great time to remind your clients that they, too, should be scheduling yearly check-ups to determine whether any questionable spots could potentially be skin cancer . Here, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs skin cancer surgeon Kenneth Mark, M.D. shares the ABCs of skin cancer detection with problem signs to consider when evaluating moles:
- Border Irregularity
- Color Change or Dark or Multicolored
- Diameter Greater Than 5 to 6mms
While the only way to know for sure if a troublesome spot is skin cancer is to visit a qualified dermatologist, you and other spa staff members are in a great position to encourage your clients to get checked.
Despite the the accessible pampering my title may imply, it’s not always easy to escape the deadlines a magazine requires. Even when the task at hand is work-related, rarely do I have an afternoon to spend kicking back at a spa. However, several weeks ago I was invited to sample the Sphatika Signature Experience ($250, 2 hours) at Sphatika (New York City). After a frantic day of tying up loose ends, I found myself excited at the chance to clear my head. In fact, when it came time to set my intention for the treatment, I opted for total relaxation without a moment’s thought. I was then given a crystal to keep before being led to the spa’s Far Infrared sauna. There, I let the music wash over me as the heat from the sauna penetrated my body and began to ease the stress and tension I had been carrying with me. In the treatment room, I was given an invigorating skin brushing and an application of Sphatika Orchid Mineral Mask before being placed under a steam canopy. To top off the experience, I was treated to a lymphatic drainage facial and a Hemp Oil Body Massage. When it was over, I felt ready once again to tackle the world.