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The Beauty of Penny-pinching

By: Crickett Enos
Posted: January 22, 2010
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Most product manufacturers offer professional-sized products for backbar use, and they are a necessary part of performing services in the treatment room, but do you need the largest sizes available? Consider swapping your larger professional backbar sizes for the more economical retail sizes to save a little money while still providing the product that you and your clients have come to love. As business owners, you need to be able to assess your own individual needs and spend your money accordingly.

Blankets and linens

A huge part of the relaxation experience for clients revolves around the comfort of the treatment tables. One great item that all estheticians should have on their table is a heated blanket or heated pad of some sort that will keep clients warm and toasty from neck to toes. These blankets are available through professional vendors, and other versions can be purchased in mass market venues, as well.

Whether you use specialty sheets, a laundry service or something in between, there are ways of maximizing your linen usage to minimize cost while maintaining sanitation guidelines. When setting a bed for a facial service, it’s common to use two sheets, allowing clients to slip in between them for comfort and warmth. The same end result can be accomplished by using just one sheet and enlisting the mummy or cocoon technique.

  1. With the client lying on top of the sheet, pull one side of the sheet up and around the client’s torso and legs.
  2. Repeat on the other side to gently cocoon the client in comfort.
  3. At this point, you may add a bolster under the client’s knees to lessen the pressure on the lower back, further lulling her into relaxation.
  4. To top it off, add a nice fleece throw. They are snuggly and soft and are available in a variety of colors to go with each season.

A little more effort

Although these changes may seem small and loaded with common sense, they can be easily included without adversely affecting the end result for clients. It may take a little more effort on your part, but the money that is saved can be used toward those necessities that are truly important to keeping your business alive. Although penny-pinching may be seen as a negative quality, she who pinches pennies always has a penny to pinch.