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Vocal Point Survey

The results are in! Here's what you had to say about our question from July 2012.

The Vocal Point responses have not been edited, and are posted as they were originally submitted. The opinions expressed in these responses are not necessarily those of www.SkinInc.com or Skin Inc. magazine.

What scalp and hair offerings are available at your spa or skin care facility? How do you tie these in with your overall skin care goals?

This month's Vocal Point Survey winner!I include neck, shoulder and scalp massage in my facial treatments and find that this thorough and comprehensive approach results in a more relaxed client, and produces a dramatically visible difference in softening stress lines, especially the forehead and glabella (between the brows) region. Many of my clients have experienced a notable decrease in their headaches as well, including migraines! Precious and essential oils, such as lavender, rosemary and neem, are often used in combination with seed or nut oils. At the least, a scalp massage is included without the use of oils. I also incorporate accupressure focusing on the meridians to further enhace both relaxation and energy flow. I will soon be adding retail items specifically for the hair and scalp to support this service. Although I include this service in my treatments (and my prices reflect this), it can certainly be offered as an add-on.
- Krista McKowen, Owner, Clinical & Holistic Skin Care, West Linn, Oregon
I use Dermaquest's skin care line. The Glyco Gel Cleanser is great for oily skin and can be used as a shampoo (great for scalp) and body wash to assist in exfoliation and skin toning.
- Myrna Taiariol, Esthetician/Owner, Skin Enhancements, Lafayette, CA
I use organic oil.
- Sheila Bradaranhagh, Esthetican/Owner, Heavenly Recreation, Fairlawn, OH
I always include a scalp massage with every facial I perform. Depending on the treatment I am performing, the scalp massage is generally toward the middle to the end of their treatment ... generally around the time I have applied the mask. I always apply a leave-in hair treatment that leaves their hair moisturized, soft and tangle free after I apply their moisturizer and specialized treatments such as eye cream. Then apply the leave-in hair treatment and work that into their hair while I wait for their skin to absorb the product so that I can apply sunscreen. It's an inexpensive way to make their treatment last just a few minutes long, and they always find it very relaxing.
- Jessica Brody, Owner/Esthetician, SkinCare OKC, Oklahoma City, OK
The Revitalizer! It's a full massage from head to toe, and your hair is washed and conditioned during the treatment.
- Janice Thompson-Restaino, Esthetician, Red Mountain Resort & Spa, Dammeron Valley, UT
What we use is tea tree oil. When we do our facial massage (shiatsu), we then use the tea tree oil on the scalp and do a scalp massage.
- Dionne Young, Owner/Esthetician, Forever Young Day Spas, Sunrise, FL
We offer an indigenous cleansing and moisture treatment using blueberry, cloudberry, Labrador tea and lingonberry extracts for an antioxidant rich boost to hair and scalp. The scalp and hair need help fighting free radicals just like skin. This service is done prior to and during facial and or body treatment using similar ingredients.
- Lisa Walsh, Owner, Spa Mare Training Facility, Conception Bay South, NL
Ummelina has a wonderful Hair & Scalp Treatment, in which we use warm oils during the massage. It is often what we use for marketing because everyone loves their head, neck, shoulders, and face massaged. We also use a local natural shampoo, Loma. It is important for us to support our local vendors and Loma is amazing and easy to sell. We look at the body as a whole stimulating the scalp while giving a relaxing massage can do wonders. Just add a foot treatment at the same time and you will have it all!
- Meghann Lawrence, Chief of Operations, Ummelina, Seattle, WA
We offer a private consultation with our organic cosmetologist, who develops a personal care and scalp and hair color/program with specific natural products.
- Heidi Lenz, Owner, Sacred Journey Therapies, Haleiwa, HI
I always do a scalp treatment whenever I do a facial, as well as offer deep conditioning treatments for the hair while doing the facial service. Who couldn't use a little more moisture in their hair, but who has time for it. Adding it on the the facial takes me an extra seven minutes and is much appreciated by my clients. I was originally trained as a cosmo at Aveda, and we always started every treatment with a scalp massage and I loved how it centered both the client as well as the stylist. After taking a Boldijarre Koronczay from Eminence class, he talked about the importance of massaging the scalp to keep the muscles tight to keep the forehead from dropping. I have already started using his techniques and my clients are loving it.
- Stevie Abrusci, Owner/Esthetician, Secret Garden Skin Care, LLC, Litchfield Park, AZ
I include neck, shoulder and scalp massage in my facial treatments and find that this thorough and comprehensive approach results in a more relaxed client, and produces a dramatically visible difference in softening stress lines, especially the forehead and glabella (between the brows) region. Many of my clients have experienced a notable decrease in their headaches as well, including migraines! Precious and essential oils, such as lavender, rosemary and neem, are often used in combination with seed or nut oils. At the least, a scalp massage is included without the use of oils. I also incorporate accupressure focusing on the meridians to further enhace both relaxation and energy flow. I will soon be adding retail items specifically for the hair and scalp to support this service. Although I include this service in my treatments (and my prices reflect this), it can certainly be offered as an add-on.
- Krista McKowen, Owner, Clinical & Holistic Skin Care, West Linn, Oregon
We offer an in-treatment scalp massage to help reduce tension and promote overall wellness. Scalp massage is a favorite for many of my lovely clients.
- Heather Sunshine Robinson , Esthetician, Burke Williams, Orange CA, Long Beach, CA
I offer Moraccan oil at my skin care clinique; it is a great product, I recommend it to everyone. As a result, clients are happy with it and, to top it off, their skin feels great, too. They are happy, I am happy!
- Sunny Alayo, Esthetic specialist, SKIN face + body studio, Bloomfield, NJ
We include the scalp treatment to all skin care treatment as either an enhancement or as an added treatment for longer facial treatments. It is beneficial as an overall treatment from head to toe, as it promotes better blood flow and total relaxation. The infusion of coconut oil into the scalp works wonderfully and, not to mention, the luxurious scents from it. We have a full hair salon with proper hair care treatment, so after the scalp treatment most clients would rather have their hair washed and styles professionally and maybe even do a manicure and pedicure. This has increased the revenue for the spa; the little additions to esthetics makes a lot of difference. Thus, my goal to have clients leave being pampered from head to toe with proper education of the skin and hair in mind.
- Yolande Moreno, Medical Esthetician, Relache, Goodlettsville, TN
I always recommend that my clients to do a good body treatment, which includes a body scrub, detoxification body bath and a lymphatic body massage. After the body treatment, I offer clients a complimentary oxytool machine to do a ten minute face and hair scalp treatment. My customers always appreciate the relaxation of the whole body and they really enjoy it. At this time, I only recommend the products they need. I am confident that my clients will purchase what I recommend, because of our good service and knowledge.
- Jenny Tan, Senior Esthetician, PierreJCadiva Beauty Concept, Singapore, Singapore
Offered in the Deluxe Facial, my clients are pampered with a complete neck, shoulder, and scalp massage. The scalp massage releases all their tension, encourages deep breathing and leaves the client feeling totally relaxed, as I lower their head down on a cervical pillow.
- Beverly Young, Esthetician, b' Young Skincare, San Leandro, CA
Organic scalp treatment and hair color are available.
- Nuzhat Ali, , Zen Organic Salon, El Cerrito, CA
Aveda Invati ... we also use a eyelash conditioning serum that has turmeric and ginseng in it, which are the ingredients that are in Invati, as well.
- Courtney Stovall, Esthetician, Aveda Institute, Dallas, TX
Scalp massages will put anyone at ease in a New York minute. I offer scalp massages to encourage healthy growth of hair and keep the head stimulated. They are included in our facials. By keeping all of the tissue stimulated, the face and neck remain healthier, tighter and more toned--a very important part of the beauty and health of the face.
- Denise Yopp, President, South Florida Skin Care System, Davie, FL
We look at hair and skin as the most important accessory because you wear that accessory everyday. We recommend making the most of what you’ve been given and using the most effective brands you can to ensure your most valuable “accessories” last a long time. At Simonson’s Salon & Spas, we use two brands that are good for the scalp skin, as well as the hair: Nioxin for optimum scalp wellness that stimulates healthy, strong hair as well as promotes hair growth, and Kevin Murphy. Kevin Murphy uses many of the same ingredients as skin care brands and essential oils for promoting healthy hair and skin using eco-friendly ingredients. Our skin care goals are to create ageless beauty using different brands and services to enhance the natural beauty a person is bestowed. This requires a daily use of quality products to maximize the potential of the hair and skin. Additional facial treatments such as regular facials, peels, light therapy treatments and microdermabrasion promote rejuvenation but are definitely more effective when partnered with proper home care. This rule applies to hair care, as well. Every service will be enhanced: color wears longer, texture services maintain textural change whether to de-frizz or create waves and always, the hair will have more vitality and shine when styled if the hair is in optimum condition. Healthy skin, healthy hair, the best accessories no matter what age.
- Marilyn Aase, Education & Sales Director, Simonson's Salon & Spas, Maple Grove , MN
It is a joint effort. We call it a combination service. One of the hairdressers takes the client first, and cuts and washes their hair and puts a conditioner on them with a cap and they come to me for a facial. After the facial, they return to the hairdresser and she rinses their hair and styles it. A very pampering service.
- Holly Massoni, Esthetician/Massage Therapist, Beauti Central, Mountain Home, AR
We are now specializing in hair regrowth rejuvenation by stimulating the scalp with therapeutic cold laser treatments. The combination red/infra-red diodes are targeted to the scalp for a one-hour treatment while the client sits upright. They can read, listen to music or, some clients will take the time to catch up on work with their laptops. This is followed by a scalp massage using hair growth-stimulating serums that also contain peptides that are beneficial to the skin of the scalp. We tie it in to the theme of skin care for the entire body with attention to the often-overlooked area of the scalp to enhance and rejuvenate the health and condition of both the hair and scalp. A home regimen is recommended with sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo/conditioner, supplements, scalp nutrition serum and a nightly serum to stimulate hair growth.The clients are surprised and happy with the results this therapy is providing.
- Lily Miller, Owner, California Hair & Skin Vitality Center, Walnut Creek, CA