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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Fresh and simple

When it comes to the nail trends of 2018, it was more a case of, what didn’t we do. We had beads, we had glitter, we had stripes, we had animal print. The trend for 2019 is kind of an either/or situation – clients will be loving neutrals and fleshy nudes, but they’ll also be tempted by nail art.

neutral nailsTexture
Although we’ll be moving away from all-over embellishment, we’ll be playing with textured products and colours. Just as with the makeup market, you can expect touchable trends such as suede and velvet effects, as well as other textured surfaces. Think about the play between matte and gloss but on a whole other level!

Animal prints have always been a mainstay when it comes to fashion – and nails – but this time around we’re saluting the humble tortoise. It’s such a pretty, soft look and will take your clients from Spring to Summer effortlessly.

Sheer & Coral
We were playing with jelly nails (washes of colour that leave nails see-through and super pretty) throughout last year, but this year the colour scheme is changing. You can expect to see Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Living Coral, influencing fashion and beauty alike, and this will no doubt filter down to gorgeous washes of warm orange and peach on the nails. For clients who don’t love this tone, try beautiful pale greys, lavenders and fleshy neutrals.

coral jelly nails

Of course, there’s no point in going to town on these new trends if your clients’ nails, cuticles and hands aren’t looking their best! Be sure to check out our extensive range of Manicure products, and make sure your clients never leave home without our best-selling Cuticle Oil.

Image credit (nude nails): Instagram/@itsmsmonica

Model image credit: Butter London

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Mixing and masking!

Winter can prove to be the most confusing season for your clients’ skin – what they once thought was combination skin is now severely dry, and clients with already-dry skin are experiencing rosacea for the first time. Now is the perfect time to really cater to their needs, with a bespoke facial that has a mix and match approach. Check out some of our favourite ingredients for a more prescriptive facial.

Fine Oatmeal

What it does: It’s healing, it’s moisturising, it’s soothing – there aren’t many things that this powder isn’t good for! What it’s perfect for though, is adding an exfoliating boost to your existing facial services. Oats help reduce irritation and can even be used to calm Eczema and heal Psoriasis. They also soak up excess oil and remove dead skin cells.

Perfect for: Adding to just about any mask – it adds just the right amount of gentle exfoliation for any detoxing, hydrating or soothing facial treatments.

Mix it with: Almond Oil – together they will give a soothing, gently exfoliating treatment that provides the perfect start to a detoxing facial.

What it does: Packed with Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant – Almond Oil makes a great addition to any kind of detox mask, as it offers nourishment to sensitive or dry areas of the skin. If your client has acne, Almond Oil is ideal as it won’t block pores and will gently cleanse them of debris.

Almond Oil

Perfect for: Clients suffering with Eczema, sun exposure and rashes, thanks to it being packed with fatty acids, which are healing and help the skin to retain moisture.

Mix it with: Calamine Powder for a gentle, healing treatment.

What it does: Add this to a facial when the client’s skin is looking red, blotchy and oily/blemish-prone. Kaolin powder assists in improving vascular and lymphatic flow and is amazing at removing impurities and excess oil. Adding this as a pre-treatment mask is a great idea as it gently cleanses the skin, preparing it for the next phase of the facial.

Kaolin Powder

Perfect for: Congested skin. Even those with dry skin can suffer with congestion as, during these winter months, dead skin cells need extra help with sloughing off. This can result in very dull skin and blocked pores so Kaolin is a great way to get things moving again!

Mix it with: Fine Oatmeal – together they will give congested skin a more radiant outlook.

What it does: Known for its mild antiseptic qualities, Calamine Powder actually contains Kaolin – the two ingredients together help skin look more radiant and less red! Calamine also contains zinc oxide, an ingredient that can be used to dry out skin that has become affected by acne.

Calamine Powder

Perfect for: Chapped, irritated and infected skin. Calamine Powder is featured in most nappy rash cream formulas, because of its efficacy in reducing redness and soreness, which means it’s perfect for taking care of skin issues in a gentle but effective way.

Mix it with: Almond Oil for a super gentle treat.

Image Credit: Charissekenion.com

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

New Year, new skincare?

The start of a New Year can be a great time to start afresh – whether that’s with your own individual skincare game, or as the owner of a spa or salon that’s in need of a new skincare line. Keep reading to find out more about Strictly Professional Skincare, and why it’s a no-brainer.



Everyone’s talking about it
The SP skincare line consists of four ranges – Normal/Dry, Combination, Dry/Plus+ and Sensitive – all of which are often spotted backstage at international fashion weeks, as well as on the shelves of beauty therapists around the world. So, what makes SP so great? Well, aside from it being vegan (see more below), it’s a line that uses the finest natural products, yet doesn’t bombard the skin with every ‘miracle’ ingredient going. Each and every product is designed with a specific result in mind, meaning you’re free to mix and match as many combinations as you like when you’re creating a bespoke facial for your client. What’s more, it’s super affordable, so you can invest in all of the products from each of the four groups, making it even easier to create exactly the right prescriptive facial for your clientele.


It’s vegan
Just as you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy yummy vegan food, you don’t need to be vegan to harness the benefits of a skincare line that’s been designed with vegans in mind. The SP skincare line comprises of four ranges – each created to suit a vegan, natural lifestyle. Just as ‘Meatless Mondays’ are a great way for non-vegans to try reducing their carbon footprint while also enjoying food that’s likely to include less saturated fat and other ‘baddies’, switching your salon skincare to a vegan range means you’ll not only be nourishing your facial clients with natural, vegan-friendly ingredients – you’ll also be making your vegan clients feel more comfortable in the knowledge that no animal has been harmed in the making of the products that you’re applying to their skin.



Want to know more? Visit strictlyprofessional.co.uk today!

Imagery credit: Charissekenion.com

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

One of our 5 a day!

So the New Year has officially arrived and it’s now dawning on us all that we need to start a little detox to treat our wined and turkey-dined bodies to a little TLC. We all want to be looking fabulous for whatever the New Year brings! What if I said this could be possible to achieve with one simple treatment using one of our beneficial Body Contour kits? Our popular Contour Gel contains many oils with outstanding and result driven properties to get you feeling healthier, slimmer and most importantly happier come January time!



1. T. tree oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil as many of you know can be mixed with carrier oils for a range of aromatherapy treatments worldwide. What many of you might not know, is this oil has many functional properties. Not only does this oil contain great anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory extracts to help smooth skin but also has anti-fungal and anti-viral agents which aid in protecting your skin from infections.


2. Turmeric Oil

This wonderful little oil is used worldwide in skin care and medications. Similarly to the Tea Tree, it also has anti-inflammatory properties, however it is also a well-known stimulant for the metabolism which in turn helps us lose weight and improves blood circulation.


We want to know how it help our skin though, right? Well, research has shown that this oil aids in improving skin elasticity, helps protect skin from irritation and helps to naturally lighten uneven and ever stressful hyperpigmentation of the skin. Amazing!


3. Ginger oil

Fun fact- Ginger oil actually originates from the same plant family as the Turmeric oil and is known as the ‘oil of empowerment’. From extensive research, this oil is known for giving clients feelings such as courageousness and self-assurance. Again, this oil extract contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties with the added capability to maintain a healthier heart and help improve your respiratory system.


4. Cinnamon oil

So this oil is very result-driven and contains valuable properties which assist in weight loss! This is always great news when we’ve all scoffed one too many pigs in blankets! This beautifully scented oil can be used as part of an effective and useful remedy for inflammatory skin issues such as rashes and acne!


5. Aloe Vera gel

Nowadays, we’re all pretty clued up on Aloe Vera and its magical affect it has on our skin, but we still can’t stop screaming it from the roof tops! This soothing, luxurious gel accelerates the healing process of scars and burns; it also contains extracts that aid in anti-aging and helps reduce redness of the skin.


All of these oils are contained in our Contour Gel, or you could try out our whole Body Contour Kit for maximum effects!




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Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

What’s on your Christmas menu?

Start with the feet…

While online shopping is definitely affecting our habits, many of us still opt to traipse up and down the high street in the effort to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. Why not offer your customers a 30-minute feet treat this Christmas? Think five minutes clean/prep, 15 minutes massage and 10 minutes of nourishing luxury.

We suggest: Our Refreshing Pedicure Bath with Lavender, Tea Tree and Peppermint is the perfect pre-cursor to a good old foot rub. Then slap on our divine Skin Softening Pedicure Mask for a soothing yet invigorating massage that will have your client ready to hit the pavement again. Although to reap the full benefits, we suggest you send them straight home!

About that neck…
Thanks to walking down the street looking up the addresses of various stores to pop into, many of us fall victim to the dreaded ‘tech neck’. Why not offer a 15 to 30-minute neck and shoulders massage to de-stress tired minds?

We suggest: Our sister brand Nature’s Way Massage Candle in Relaxation & Stress. Grapefruit will uplift your client’s mood while ylang ylang gets to work tension in the neck and shoulders.




Hold their hand…

Human touch is the one thing that can make us smile and relax, especially after a long day. A 45-minute pampering manicure is a great way to make someone feel human again, plus they get to try a new colour.
We suggest: Our Citrus Paraffin Wax. Ahead of applying colour, treat your clients’ hands to a little care and attention. Pour the required amount of wax into a paraffin wax heater and melt to the required temperature. Gradually build up the layers by applying the wax to the clients’ hands with a brush, then wrap the hands up with a mitt or towel for 15 minutes, while the gorgeous lemon and grapefruit fragrance wakes up their shopped-out brain!





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