Beauty Tips for the Face

Well, all that is fine, certainly, but it is no reason why you cannot have a perfect, blemish-free face to look back every time you peer in the mirror. And, exposure to sun, pollution, late nights, and long hours just add to your misery all the more. The market is full of beauty products that splash those beautiful women, just to add further more to your agony. With all this, the question that haunts most of the women is, how to keep those wrinkles and marks away? Well, worry not, for this article enlists some beauty tips for the face that you can all try to get the desired results.

The Golden Rule: The rule of ‘Keep it Clean’, will work wonders if followed religiously. Sleeping with makeup and pollutants stuck on your face is an absolute NO NO!

Tips to be Followed

Cleansing: Dab a rich, cleansing lotion or cream all over the face and neck. Massage it gently into the skin in an upward motion. Make sure you keep your eyes closed at all time. Use a damp facial tissue or a cotton ball to remove the cleanser, again in the upward direction.

Exfoliating: Exfoliating should be a part of the weekly cleansing process. Daily exfoliating upsets the skin. It will help remove dead skin cells that block the pores, causing acne and dull skin. Exfoliation is suitable for normal and oily skin, whereas, dry skin should be scrubbed with facial scrubs that have lesser amount of granules and more cream. Always use the scrub in a circular motion all over the face and neck and wash it out with water.

Toning: Toning helps to remove traces of dirt, make-up, or residual cleanser that have been left behind. It will also help to restore the natural pH level of the skin, and close pores. Soak a cotton ball with the toner and apply it all over the face and neck. Pay more attention to the nose and chin area, these two places are more prone to blackhead deposits.

Moisturizing: Daily wear and tear of the skin, depletes it of its natural softness and suppleness. Moisturizing it regularly with a good quality lotion or cream, will replenish the facial skin making it smooth. For the day, use a light cream or lotion with a sunscreen in it, while at night use a repair cream. Apply the moisturizer in circular motion all over the face and neck. Reapply, if out in the sun for more than four hours.

Homemade Beauty Recipes

Cleansers

Milk Cleanser: This is one ingredient that forms the base of many cleansers. Take full cream milk in a small bowl. Dab a cotton pad in it and spread it all over the face. Using clean fingers, massage the milk into the skin in upward and circular motion. Take another cotton pad, dip very cold water and remove the milk from the face and neck.

Buttermilk and Fennel Cleanser: In the top part of a double boiler, heat ½ cup buttermilk and two tablespoons of crushed fennel seeds, for half an hour. Remove from heat and let it sit for a while. Strain and pour into bottle and refrigerate. Cleanse the face with this concoction using a cotton pad.

Toner

Cucumber Honey Toner: Puree one medium-sized cucumber in a blender and sieve it to get the juice. Add one teaspoon honey in it and blend well. Store covered, in the refrigerator. Smooth over face and neck twice in a day.

Apple Toner: The juice of a well-cleaned apple works as an excellent astringent. Smooth over the face and let it dry.

Moisturizer

Cream Moisturizer: Blend two tablespoons of sour cream and one tablespoon of honey with a half mashed banana. Apply to face and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water.

Tomato Yogurt Moisturizer: Blend two tablespoons of tomato juice with four teaspoons of full cream fresh yogurt. Smooth over face and neck for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Night Lotion: Mix two parts pure rose water with one part good quality glycerin. Massage into the facial skin in circular motion every night.

Exfoliator

Oatmeal: Take one tablespoon of oatmeal and two almonds and powder it. Add some full cream milk in it. Smooth over the face and neck. In a circular motion, gently exfoliate the skin with it. Rinse it off with cold water.

Honey Scrub: Powder four almonds, add to it two teaspoon of milk, half teaspoon honey and flour to make a thick paste. Rub gently into skin and rinse with warm water.

Face Masks

Honey Mask: Soak a clean hand towel in warm water, squeeze out all the water, and place it on your face for a minute. This will open up the pores. Now, apply honey on the face and neck and rinse it off, first with warm water, then with cold after half an hour. Use it once a week after cleaning the face well.

Egg White Mask: Separate the egg yolk from the white and add a little milk to it. Blend it well, and using a thick clean paint brush, apply it all over the face and neck in upward direction. Let it dry, let it really stretch the face. Rinse with cold water. This is an old beauty treatment used by Japanese women.

Avocado Carrot Cream Mask: Combine one ripe avocado (mashed), one steamed and mashed carrot, half cup fresh full cream, one well beaten egg, and three tablespoons of honey in a bowl. Blend it well until smooth. Spread it all over your cleansed face and neck and leave it for half an hour before washing it off with cold water. It is best to lie down when you have the mask on, else it could drip down.

Well, I hope these homemade beauty tips, will get you the desired results. Many of the things that can enhance our skin are easily found in our kitchens. An important thing to bear in mind is, most of these homemade beauty recipes will work extremely well if you combine them with good eating habits and exercise.

Natural Beauty Remedies

With the availability of various types of commercial beauty products, the natural remedies for skin and hair care obtained from nature have been ignored and sidelined. Sadly, most of the time it is too late to repair the damage by the time we realize the amount of damage that has been done by these products. So, it will be a wise move to get back to good old natural home remedies to preserve our beauty, instead expensive commercial chemical-based products. Try these remedies for healthy, glowing, and blemish-free skin, beautiful hair, and gorgeous, healthy fingernails and toenails.

Natural Remedies
Natural remedies require the use of easily available ingredients, either by themselves or as a combination of a few ingredients. Some of these ingredients might already be available in your kitchen, otherwise they are quite inexpensive and can be purchased from general stores.

Skin Care

Dry Skin
Use a mixture of avocado oil and primrose oil for dry skin. Pour this mixture into a container and shake well. Apply it generously to your skin before a bath, and leave it on for around 15 minutes before washing it off.

Oily Skin
For blemished oily skin, warm 1 tablespoon of honey and massage in circular motions on damp skin for around 10 minutes. Allow it to air dry, wash off with warm water, and pat dry.

Exfoliation
Exfoliation is very necessary for skin care. Mix ½ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of shelled walnuts, ½ cup of oatmeal, and 1 tablespoon of honey in a food processor, and store in a container. Use a generous amount of this mixture to exfoliate the skin before a bath and massage well. Leave it on for around 10 minutes, and then wash off with cool water.

Face Pack
Make a facial mask by mashing ½ a ripe banana, mix it with a little milk, and apply it to your face. Let it stay for around 15 to 20 minutes, wash off with warm water, and pat dry with a towel. Follow it up with a moisturizer, and use this facial mask at least once a week for soft, supple skin.

Anti-acne Face Mask
Separate the egg whites from two eggs. Whip the egg whites in a blender until fluffy. Apply this to the problem area, leave it on for 20 minutes, and then wash off with warm water and pat dry. This is a good natural acne cure.

Anti-wrinkle Face Mask
Mash 2 unripe papayas, mix this with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and some milk. Apply this to your face, and let it air dry for around 30 minutes. Wash the mask off with warm water, and pat dry.

Cleanser
Mix 1 cup of yogurt, some tomato juice, and aloe vera juice. Apply it on your face and neck, and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash off with warm water, and pat dry.

Astringent
Mix 6 parts lemon balm, 4 parts rose balm, 1 part lemon peel, 1 part rosemary balm, 1 part lavender essential oil, and 1 part vinegar, and store it in a bottled container. Use this mixture over the face as an astringent whenever required. Make sure you shake the bottle well before use.

Toner
Mix ¼ cup of tomato juice, ¼ cup of cucumber juice, ¼ cup of carrot juice, ½ cup of chamomile tea, ½ cup of spearmint tea, and ½ cup of lemon juice in a glass jar, and blend well. Refrigerate this mixture and use when required. Using a toner is essential for facial skin care.

Blemish Corrector
Mash 5 to 6 ripe strawberries, and mix with a little yogurt and a few drops of lemon. Apply this mixture to damp skin, and massage gently. Leave it on for a while, rinse off with warm water, and pat dry.

Dry Chapped Lips
Apply a paste made by mixing equal amounts of milk cream and glycerin to the lips, leave it overnight, and rinse off the next morning. This is one of the most effective home remedies.

Eye Care

Anti-puffiness
To eliminate the puffiness from the eyes, peel a potato, and wash and dry it well. Then, grate the potato, fill this in a clean cloth, and make a poultice out of it. Place this on your eyelids as an eye pack for around 15 minutes.

Under Eye Dark Circles
Make a paste by mixing 1 teaspoon of tomato juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, a pinch of gram flour, and a few drops of lemon. Apply this on the dark circles daily. Allow it to dry, and wash off carefully with cool water.

Hair Care

Oil for Hair Loss
Make a mixture by boiling 1 cup mustard oil with 4 tablespoons of henna leaves. Filter this mixture and store in a container. Use this prior to washing your hair by applying a generous amount to the hair and scalp, and let it stay for an hour or so. Rinse off with shampoo. This is a very effective hair loss remedy.

Shampoo for Hair Loss
Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of gram raw powder, and 5 tablespoons of yogurt. Apply it to your hair, and rinse off after letting it stay for a few minutes.

Dandruff
Mix beetroot juice with an equal amount of vinegar. Apply it to the scalp, and leave on for half an hour. Rinse with cool water using a good shampoo.

Anti-dandruff Shampoo
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with warm water, apply it to the scalp, massage well, and rinse off.

Dry Hair
Apply a generous amount of mayonnaise from the root to the ends of the hair, and let it stay for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. You can also whisk an egg and add it to 2 tablespoons each of coconut oil and sesame oil. Apply this to your hair, and let it stay for a few minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Thin Dull Hair
To add volume to thin dull hair, use beer as a conditioner after shampooing. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse.

Frizzy Hair
Make a hair mask by mixing 1 part olive oil, 1 part egg, and 1 part mayonnaise. Apply this to the hair, and let it stay for half an hour by wrapping the hair in a towel. Rinse with cool water, and shampoo and condition as usual.

Oily Hair and Scalp
Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, and massage it well into the scalp and hair. Let it stay for 20 minutes, and then rinse off with a gentle shampoo.

Split Ends
Mix 1 teaspoon each of olive oil, mustard oil, and castor oil. Apply it from the roots to the tips and massage well. Leave it on for half an hour, and rinse off with lukewarm water.

Hand and Leg Care

Dry and Dark Elbows and Knees
Make a scrub by mixing the juice of ½ an orange, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, and ¼ cup of olive oil. Exfoliate and massage damp elbows and knees with this scrub before bathing, and rinse off with warm water.

Brittle Nails
Apply vegetable oil and massage it well on the nails for a few minutes. Do not rinse off.

Stained Nails
Rub lemon juice on stained nails, and massage well. Do not rinse off, and repeat this on a daily basis to get rid of the stains.

Dry Hands and Legs
Apply a generous amount of olive oil to your hands and legs before bathing, and massage well. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and rinse off with a mild soap or body wash.

Stinky Feet
Prepare a foot soak by mixing equal amounts of lemon oil, lavender essential oil, and rosemary oil in a tub of warm water. Soak your feet in this for around 30 minutes, rinse off with clean water, and pat dry.

Cracked Heels
Soak your feet in lemon juice and warm water, scrub with a generous amount of granulated salt, and then apply a mixture of mashed ripe bananas and vegetable oil to the cracked heels. Leave it on for a few minutes, and rinse off with warm water.

Try these remedies and achieve fresh and younger looking skin.

Ideas for Beauty Salon Grand Openings

The opening of any kind of business must take off with a bang so that people are made aware of the existence of such an entity. A beauty salon is an endeavor that survives mainly on word of mouth publicity. Because as much as you would like to believe that glossy ads will get you clients, the work and the service you provide is the only thing that will speak for itself. So, to give the people a glimpse of how well you know your job and how well you’re prepared to serve them, you need to make sure that you use some really good ideas for beauty salon grand openings, which will compel people to return and try you out. This Buzzle article has some inputs for the same. See if you like them.

Free Services
Many might consider this a very cliche method of getting attention, but they simply cannot argue with the success rate that it has. Everyone loves to get something free, whether it’s a CD player with a TV or a box of pencils with a sketching book! So, use this appeal and target the people in your locality and city or town. Entice them by offering free services on the day of the grand opening. Give away free haircuts (you can ask them to pay for the styling), manicures, pedicures and other small services that you can afford on the first day. Advertise these well using attractive flyers and maybe an ad in the local newspaper.

Goodie Bags
Giving away goodie bags is something that you need to think of with a very practical mindset. You want people to know that you use superior quality products for them, but at the same time, you need to have a decent budget for the grand opening. So, pick the goodie bag items carefully. Pick items that are universally accepted as inexpensive and people won’t judge you. You can choose a nail clipper, hair clips, headbands, lip balms, nail color, etc. Such small, inexpensive but useful things can make for some really nice goodie bags. If you want, you can organize a small contest, and the winner gets a deluxe goodie bag, which has an assortment of some of your products.

Broadcast the Opening
A great way to get people to know about your beauty salon’s grand opening is to air ads about freebies and special early bird offers on the local radio station. An even better way to have the actual grand opening is to have the radio station visit the event and air some comments and voice clips from people present at the grand opening. Pick a time when you know a lot of listeners will be tuned in. It is a steep step to take on the first day, but it will give your salon the exposure it needs and people will be knocking on your door very soon.

Local Celebrity
If you thought the radio airing thing was way over your budget, then you’ll probably be apprehensive about this one too. Have a read nonetheless. If you can manage it, rope in a local celebrity to ‘cut the ribbon’ at your beauty salon’s grand opening. It does not have to be a rock star or a Hollywood star or the political hotshot of the area (though they would be perfect, wouldn’t they?). It could be someone with some kind of local record or someone from an influential family who has lived in the vicinity for a long time. Or, you can advertise that you have a mystery celebrity and when people gather, you can ask them to put their names on chits and place them in a bowl. Have a lucky draw and the person whose name you pick out, gets to open the salon, and also gets a makeover, on the house! Have photographs clicked and give the person total superstar treatment! It will be a great gimmick for everyone to watch and enjoy!

There are tons of other ideas that you can come up with to get people curious and make them visit your salon. Just make sure that whatever tactic you use is well within your budget and also entertaining to the people who attend it.

Beauty Salon Design Ideas

The moment you step inside, a strange calmness soothes your senses and you are transported to a state where you experience divine relaxation! So enchanting can be the effect of a beautifully designed interior of a beauty salon. The ambiance of a salon or a spa plays a significant role in attracting people. The layout of a salon is designed considering all the factors that would possibly bring comfort to customers. Beauty salon design ideas are further dependent upon the nature of services they offer. The layout is supported by a theme that is complemented with the overall interior décor.

Design Ideas for a Beauty Salon

While speaking of the interior design of a beauty salon, we usually consider the floor plans, the wall art, fixtures and different types of decorative pieces. When all these elements are synchronized perfectly, then the ambiance is bound to rejuvenate you both physically and mentally. Moreover, you need to come up ideas that will be within your budget. So how you implement those plans? The ideas are explained below.

Floor Plan
The room should be spacious enough and so the floor. The fact that people come there for relaxing themselves should be kept in mind before devising any kind of plan. A salon containing clumsy floors is definitely not something feasible. Flooring options for a beauty salon include hardwood, tiles and marbles. Parlors that are designed with a ransom budget have luxurious floors that are equipped with superior quality of floors. A uniform flooring for all the zones, viz, reception, spa room, hair dressing room, etc., look marvelous. Traditional salons are still seen with bamboo flooring, which is simple yet elegant. Conventional parlors mostly have tiled or marbled floors. No matter what flooring you opt for, make sure that it could be cleaned easily with a vacuum cleaner or by mopping. In brief, the floor can be crafted with:

– Vinyl
– Tiles
– Marble
– Bamboo
– Hardwood

Wall Art
The most important part of the interior decoration is the wall color. The basic color of the wall should complement the floor design and the theme of the salon. Walls designed artistically with murals of famous historical beauties (worth to mention, Cleopatra and Princess Diana!) add elegance. Beauty salons that provide exclusive herbal treatment equip walls with hanging planters and different types of skippers that grow naturally. The colors that you can choose for a modern parlor are pink, olive, turquoise, purple and light yellow. Pastel shades of brown, clay, auburn, chestnut have a traditional appeal. Take a quick look at the options for beautifying the walls of a salon.

– Vintage paintings
– Hanging candles
– Wall murals
– Soothing color tones

Lights & Fixtures
The floor and wall design is complete. Now you need to equip the parlor with different lights and fixtures. Pendant lights well suit interiors of salons where spa treatment and massage is done. Sections where manicure, pedicure and haircuts are carried out should be equipped with bright overhead lights. Chandeliers, strobes and other types of accent lighting create a dreamy ambiance that is intensely solacing for everyone. Such kinds of fixtures are usually installed for decorative purposes and for uplifting the beauty of the interiors. However, you should always have an additional source of bright light where you have installed accent lights or recessed lights. Here are the lighting options of a beauty parlor.

– Organic Lighting
– Overhead Lighting
– Cove Lighting
– Accent Lighting

Furniture & Decoration
We are all well aware of the furniture that a beauty parlor consists of. Chair, sofas, spa beds, recliners, racks, etc should be arranged neatly and you should check that they do not eat up much of the floor space. The wooden racks could be inbuilt with the walls and you can get them crafted with exquisite designs. Place the essentials (beauty care tools and toiletries) separate on each rack so that you can access them with ease. Aromatherapy salons are excellently decorated with plants, flowers, therapeutic stones and candles. Even if your salon provides cosmetic therapies, you can still enamor its interior with natural plants and flowers. This creates freshness all around and the ambiance also looks natural.

– Organic elements
– Religious artifacts
– Books and Magazines
– Ornamental plants
– Luxurious resting arrangement

You can consider these ideas if you are planning to set up your own parlor and consult a professional, having considerable experience in beauty industry before investing. All the best!

Beauty Salon Decorations

The place where you can escape from all your tensions and have people pampering you is the beauty salon! It is paradise for many people who love to get beauty treatments done. One reason why the environment in a salon is so relaxing is because of the soothing interiors, the calming color schemes and the fresh green indoor plants placed evenly around the room. Beauty salons are very popular for their interiors as well as the lovely decorations which make the surrounding look attractive. You must have noticed, there are so many things in a salon which you can look at when you are getting a haircut or when you have to sit still as your nails are being done. These objects are placed to draw the attention of customers and relax them while they are stationary.

Ideas for Decorating the Interior of a Beauty Salon

Beauty salons have a number of interior incorporations such as furniture (chairs, sofas, side tables, cabinets, etc.), mirrors, vanities, cupboards and open shelves for cosmetics and beauty products. Apart from the basic interiors such as furniture and wall colors, you can have additions in the salon that can create a unique and attractive effect in the salons. In the paragraphs below, you will find more about how to decorate a beauty salon with simple yet effective decorations. Take a look!

Lights
One of the most effective decorations to change the look of any room are lights, which are not only decorative but also useful. There are many ways with which you can include lights as your salon decorations, such as LED ceiling lights, table lamps, mirror lights, etc. The ceiling lights can illuminate the entire room in any desired manner, to make the salon look stylish and classy. If you wish to give your salon a cozy and traditional look, table and wall lamps around the room could add a lovely touch. You can color coordinate these lights so that the salon has a theme lighting which complements the wall paint colors and brightens it up. Chandeliers are also a great option for ceiling lights. Adding colorful tube-lights or bulbs around the mirrors could add a glamorous feel to your beauty salon designs.

Indoor Plants
Having plants in the interiors has always been an excellent touch of style in interior designing. Ornamental plants, flowering plants, or simply indoor potted plants can change the look of any room or space around it. Depending on the interior colors and designs of the beauty salon, you could pick the relevant plants such as palms, money plants, rubber plants, Peace lilies, etc., which are extremely effective in changing the aesthetic value of any indoor, drastically. Instead of having flowers placed in vases, choosing table plants such as bamboo could be a better option. The greenery is soothing to the eyes, creating a calm and fresh interior. Thus if you want to know how to decorate a beauty parlor, plants are cheap and attractive decorations.

Additional Furniture
Other than using basic beauty salon furniture such as reception desks, salon chairs, styling chairs, barber chairs and styling stations which have to be included when you start a beauty salon, a few decorations could be used too. These are couches, sofas, decorative chairs, recliners, poufs, etc., which can add not only bright colors to the salon but also an extra seating option in the reception or waiting area. It is a great idea to match the colors of walls and the upholstery or cushions of the furniture. Recliners and poufs make very attractive furniture additions that are available in any colors and patterns. Matching cabinets for the salon are great ideas for beauty salon decorations.

Well, you can make many other incorporations such as wall decorations, drapes and pillows which could also help in adding some color and style to the salon. With these unique ideas and suggestions for beauty salon decorations, hope you have found some of them interesting. Make sure you use them to make your salon paradise for your customers!

Beauty Salon Business Plan

It’s pretty amazing to know that almost all the beauty salons have a very good business these days. The only reason is that people have become extra conscious about their appearance, and are willing to go that extra mile to make themselves more presentable. Hence, if you have a relevant expertise in this particular field, then you can surely think about getting into it professionally. Though it promises good returns, the competition is pretty tough. Hence, you must be prepared with a foolproof beauty salon business plan before you venture into this field. Some of the aspects that should be covered are given below.

Executive Summary

Executive summary is an abstract of the entire information in your plan. It includes the market analysis, strategies, competition, ideas, etc. Usually, it is short, of about 2 pages. It gives an idea about the entire plan at a single glance. It helps you to understand what the business is all about.

Company Description

Company description describes the entire functioning of the company. It includes everything about the company, the mission, goals, assets, etc. It also has an information about the start-up ideas and the objectives of the company. It may give a brief introduction of the founder members and the top management personnel.

Market Analysis

Market analysis is very important for any venture. It helps you to understand the scope of your work and its position in the market. It deals with the needs of the customers and what they expect from you. It also includes market research about the competitors. Hence, the market analysis should be properly done and expressed in accurate figures.

Marketing Strategies

Marketing strategies include the description of all the activities you are likely to adopt for marketing. It could be mouth publicity, advertisements in print or electronic media, hoardings, and billboards.

Workforce

Workforce defines the roles and responsibilities of each employee. It also states the qualifications required for each position. Workforce planning is an important aspect, as the employees are directly going to be responsible for customer satisfaction.

Financial Analysis

Financial analysis is another important aspect. It covers the cost of every unit in the business. It also mentions the prospects of returns. Financial analysis gives an overview of the total expenditure and the provisions to cover them.

A good business plan forms the back bone of any business. Even in this case, a sound idea is necessary for the smooth working. You may consult professional services for drafting one, or you may also refer to templates available on the Internet. It’s always a good idea to have a good idea ready before you start any new business, rather than starting it in a hurry and then later have to run around to get it going and profitable.

Beauty Salon Equipment and Furniture Buying Tips

To go solo in the beauty business needs a lot of commitment and planning. To embark upon a new venture and start a beauty salon can be very rewarding and can provide you with a platform to discover new heights in terms of your creativity.

When you start your own salon, there are factors you need to consider. You have to maintain the quality, provide all the luxuries, and find new ways to pamper your clients. The beauty treatment you offer should enhance the look of the clients and also give them personal satisfaction. This would help you maintain clients, and, by word of mouth, even expect new people to turn up.

The salon needs to sport all the latest facilities that support expensive treatments. When planning a beauty salon, you must use the latest products belonging to different brands. Most customers would prefer a wide range that suits not only their skin, but their budgets as well. Keeping this in mind, your salon will have to use popular brands for the beauty treatments. Apart from this, you must also plan the furniture and the equipment. Your clients would totally benefit from this and would appreciate the amount of time you have invested in the interiors and equipment.

Buying Tips

– If you see, in general, most salons offer basic hair styling services and skin care treatments. You must decide the facilities your salon would offer. This would help you decide the kind of equipment and accessories you would need to stock and use.
– Any salon would need to use basic equipment for hair and skin treatment. Once you know the kind of services your salon would be catering to, you can think of wash basins, the latest hair styling equipment for perming and hair straightening, hair dryers, supply trolleys, etc. If you need to enhance the convenience factor, you can check with dealers or an online store than can give you buying tips. If the equipment you require is basic, then stick to a modest place in your street.
– Salon equipment is generally expensive, and hence, it is best to purchase directly from distributors, since they have the latest in this business. They will also offer a warranty and guarantee. This would ensure the equipment is of the required standard and will meet the intended use very effectively.
– There are certain salons that go beyond the ordinary and offer a day spa treatment that helps the clients rediscover themselves. This treatment is very popular as it helps one lose stress, and walk out of the salon with a beautiful glow for the whole body. Therefore, if this is what you plan, then apart from the basic equipment, you may need to explore various manufacturers and read the catalogs extensively to choose the best ones that can prove to be easy to use, combined with the latest snazzy features. Explore the options here, as you need to invest in quality that would last you for a long time. Know the models available and compare the rates before making that important purchase.
– When it comes to buying tips, one can also try to explore companies that are selling innovative beauty equipment. You can safely go in for such options, as these will enhance the quality of the service that is being offered.

Choosing the Furniture

The design is one of the important points when it comes to starting a beauty salon. The design should be such that it provides a good ambiance while the clients are getting pampered, and it should be visually pleasing to tempt people to come back. Well, no salon would be complete without the appropriate furniture. This plays a major role in the whole process.

– The first tip when choosing furniture would be to ensure it blends with the color scheme and the décor that is being planned. The furniture needs to be sleek and stylish, and the colors should be soothing and pleasant.
– The furniture should also provide the right comfort when it comes to the various beauty regimes. If it is a head massage or a matter of a facial, the bed rests and the chairs should be comfortable and the client has to feel at ease whilst the whole process is underway.
– While choosing the furniture, you also need to think of the space factor. The designs, apart from looking good and being really high on the comfort factor, should also utilize the space of your salon in the best way possible.
– Also, finalize on the budget for the furniture. This would help you to stick to particular models of the furniture.

Your supply could never be complete without all these elements. The equipment along with the products go hand in hand to provide the best service to your customers.

Choosing Your Beauty Salon

A regular visit to the beauty salon is not a luxury anymore. For most women on the go, they are more than just a place to get their beauty and skin care treatment done. This is where you can unwind yourself, throw your cares to the winds, and relax. Whether it is a super hot haircut or some sexy make up for a night out, salons offer you an excellent lifestyle you need to incorporate in your daily life, to balance your hectic schedule. This is the place where you can discover a new you.

So, how does one go about when it comes to choosing a beauty salon? You may have just shifted in a new neighborhood, or you may not be entirely satisfied with the beauty and skin care treatments being offered by your regular salon. Grooming ourselves is now not a lavish behavior anymore, for most people it is a way of life and when one needs something done, most people want it done in style. Therefore, when it comes to choosing your beauty, you must exercise great caution and care.

Sift Your Beauty Salon

– An easy way out to know which beauty salon is the best would be to ask your friends or people in the neighborhood. Referrals are also the best way. Tap the women in your area, as they will generally be willing to discuss the salon charges, the quality of the services offered, and the basic drawbacks of the salon.
– They not only offer you beauty and skin care treatments, but also additional services, such as advanced manicures and pedicures, cosmetic application, makeovers, massages, and varied facials. There are some parlors that offer personalized beauty tips and intensive spa treatments, which include reflexology and massage sessions. Therefore, it also depends on your existing needs. You can go to a reasonable parlor if they are basic; but if you require more than the regular beauty and skin care treatments, you need to find out about the authenticity of the place and its reputation in the market.
– When choosing your beauty salon, you also need to think of the location of the place. Most may prove to be more convenient for you if they are located near your home or office. The location also determines the cost of the beauty treatments, whereas a salon in a prime area would charge more than one that is probably in an isolated area. For such a situation, you need to decide what your priorities are, as in most cases people are known to travel that extra mile for a good service.
– The salon’s characteristics and features also play an important part. It is basically about the feel good factor. Therefore, check out if the interiors are as per your taste. After all, if you do not enjoy the beauty treatments, then you would probably not enjoy the benefits either.
– Some beauty parlors even sell specific kind of beauty products, and you may need to think if you really need the service. This may prove to be useful for working women who can pick up the beauty products as and when required from the beauty salon. This also gives you an opportunity to try the products when they are doing any beauty and skin care routine. It would help you to know which brands and products suit you the best.
– Before starting any treatment, you must take a glance at the equipment that are being used. These equipment are a must for the parlors to function successfully. They would include the chairs and stools, shampoo bowls, styling chairs, stations, hair steamers, facial and massage beds, reception furniture, and other things that add to the ambiance of the place.
– The price factor is also important. Most salons have a rate card that will give you a basic idea before you take the plunge into a very inviting beauty treatment.
– Try to know the degree of cleanliness that is being maintained. Hygiene habits of the employees will help you feel good when you want to try that expensive manicure.
– Apart from the personalized beauty tips that are being offered, also ensure the quality and the branding of the products used by the parlor, as they form the base of any treatment and using unknown brands may prove to be very harmful for your body.
– Most beauty salons display their credentials. Ensure that you select one with qualified beauticians and experts from the field.

Natural Beauty Pageant Rules

Beauty pageants are usually associated with glitz, glamor, and everything out of this world. However, natural beauty pageants are those that focus on natural beauty and a well-rounded personality. Usually held for younger girls and teens, these beauty pageants make an attempt to bring out girls’ communication skills, their passion for a cause, and their natural selves. Some argue that such pageants are better for younger girls as it teaches them to be comfortable with their ‘real’ selves rather than putting up a show of someone they may not truly be. Moreover, their level of confidence increases, and they focus on developing their personality more than their beauty. In keeping with these thoughts, certain basic rules have been set for them. These have been discussed here.

Basic Rules of Natural Beauty Pageants

The reason the stress is on the word ‘basic’ is because some of the rules may change based on the pageant organizers. However, there are certain ground rules that are followed during most such beauty pageants. Let’s take a look at these rules.

➝ Photographs that are sent to the pageant for shortlisting should not be clicked with make up on. Moreover, touching up these photographs is not allowed. However, some pageants may specify the kind of photographs they are looking for, i.e. black and white or color photographs.

➝ As the name of the pageant suggests, the focus here is on natural beauty. As such, girls below a certain age (8-12 yrs) are not allowed to apply any make up. Older girls may use very little (say lip gloss and mascara) for the pageant. No fake teeth, spray tans, or fake hair may be used.

➝ In fact, even the dresses girls wear have to be simple and not glitzy or very fashionable. However, children are encouraged to pick clothing that speaks of their personal style. They are also encouraged to mix and match simple clothing to bring out their true personality.

➝ Most natural beauty pageants allow for the use of accessories such as sunglasses, hats, and scarves. Again, these may have been used by the child to represent her unique dressing style.

➝ The judgment is carried out in terms of the natural beauty of the contestant. As such, features such as the smile that reaches the eyes are focused upon. Forced smiles are a big no-no. Also, the poise and personality of the child are parameters for judgment.

➝ These pageants do not encourage parents to coach their children (above 4-6 years of age) beforehand because their aim is to allow children to be their natural, real selves. They do not expect coached or pre-decided responses to their questions. In short, parents’ involvement in the pageant should be limited to the basic procedures that are need to be completed to register for the pageant.

➝ If anything, children should be taught how to develop their communication skills, and should be aware of their wants and desires before going for a natural beauty pageant. Every child need not want to save the environment or the like. Let children develop their own vision; just ensure that as a parent, you have made them aware of this vision.

In these pageants, it is children who are confident, who have a good personality, and who have the ability to showcase their personality, who make it through. As mentioned earlier, these pageants are real confidence boosters, in that they allow children to work on being true to themselves, on embracing their natural beauty, and accepting it with grace. It also makes them less competitive for the wrong reasons. Most parents are known to pressurize their children into performing well enough to be the best. However, this pressure is lesser in a natural beauty pageant. As such, it is definitely a better choice, even if your child dreams of being Miss America some day. At the end of the day, it all boils down to a wonderful combination of beauty and brains, not just beauty!

Beauty Pageants Pros and Cons

Remember the film Miss Congeniality? Sandra Bullock, (detective Gracie Hart), the prototypical tomboyish woman (because she is an FBI agent), with abundant small, gray cells, goes totally bonkers when she has to participate in a beauty pageant for an FBI operation. She is absolutely mad about it, because according to her, these contests are a sham. Moreover, only beauties without brains participate in such contests was her mindset. Nevertheless, reel life apart, in real life, these pageants are perhaps not so bad as they are sometimes thought to be. Just like everything else, however, there might be some negativity attached to it.

Pros and Cons of Beauty Pageants

The Process

Good

First things first, the process through which you become fit and worthy enough to enter a pageant is an absolutely rigorous one and teaches you a lot. As the contestants progress towards the pageant and the crown, the whole experience is mesmerizing and can be life changing.

Bad

The process demands very hard work; leave alone the physical demands, such a contest takes a toil on your mental state as well. That can be worse than the physical stress.

Self-Confidence

Good

Presenting yourself flawlessly and gracefully in front of the others, is a fantastic booster for your self-confidence. Furthermore, looking good is another asset and habit you get into through such a contest.

Bad

It is possible that such contests may contribute to you becoming too superficial. You may give importance only to outer appearance rather than sensing the deeper meaning of a personality.

Lucrative

Good

A beauty pageant is not just about being rewarding for you as a person, but it is rewarding in the materialistic sense as well (who wouldn’t mind earning a few good bucks, eh!). Most of the time, pageant winners get cash prizes, a chance to travel, explore places, and earn scholarships too. This is in addition to the trophy or crown and ribbon.

Bad

Too much of traveling for the pageant results in financial and emotional stress on all family members. Earning a lot may contribute to increasing your ego as well, which is detrimental to your personality.

Achievements

Good

A pageant can help individuals become go-getters and achieve what they want. Consequently, those who win are brimming with confidence.

Bad

Those who are mentally not strong enough might not be able to bear the pain of losing and not achieving what they want. This can lead them to go in depression. Those who win might become snobbish and over-confident, paying no heed to others.

Intelligence

They say that your, but you never know what the judges have on their mind. But there are some who vehemently claim that the judges do test the intelligence of the contestants and there are activities where they can display their intelligence.

Good

Your intelligence and congeniality is tested in these contests; there are various activities where contestants can display their intelligence.

Bad

Many claim that not all pageants have judges who test the intelligence quotient of the candidates; consequently, this makes them feel like decked-up dolls rather than smart human beings.

Fame

Good

The winner or the top 5 or 10 contestants have a great chance to be role models for the ‘mere mortals’. Be it social service or excelling in their careers and academics, this is what they put across for others to follow.

Bad

There are many who might misuse this platform for all the wrong reasons and for their vested interest, rather than doing something for others.

If you intend to participate in such a contest, that’s great; avoid going overboard about it. There are some who can go to any extent to be the Miss. or Mr. Perfect and still lose everything. Moreover, the race to have that perfect body and face can result in eating disorders detrimental for an individual’s health.

These points should be seriously considered by those wanting to enter a beauty pageant. An individual should have a very strong reason and self determination to sail through. Only then it is worth a shot. This is totally relevant to what Oscar Wilde had said about beauty – “No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.”