December 7th, 2014

Moving To Bangkok cont…

prawnsWhen I arrived in Bangkok it was very late at night but the Six Senses organization had sent a driver to pick me up from the airport and I was made to feel very comfortable immediately upon arrival. I was starving and decided to order something light from room service. I figured that I couldn’t go wrong ordering shrimp which in Bangkok are called prawns. A silver tray arrived and when I removed the cover 4 tiny eyes were staring at me. Alrighty then! Read the rest of this entry »

November 29th, 2014

Moving to Bangkok-The Truth and Nothing But

My last entry for Ethnic Skin Aficionado was in July. I have literally been unable to write because I have simply not had the time to do so. I cannot even begin to describe the exhaustion of learning a new job in a new place where a different language is spoken. Almost everything is a challenge. So now on November 30, 2014 the rose colored glasses have come off and I sit at my desk in my apartment on Soi (street) 8 Sukhumvet in Bangkok and I begin to write again.

Bangkok_980x571For me, if I am going to put pen to paper I will always tell you the truth. Some of my experiences are being documented in book form as everything may not be “bloggable” (is that a word?).

But no matter what the medium is, the truth must be told. As Jay-Z says “I do this for my culture”. I don’t know a lot of Americans, African or otherwise or beauty professionals  who have taken this particular road so it is important to let you know the real deal.

Moving to far flung places is glamorous for sure. But don’t get it twisted-leaving my family and husband was more than a notion. I will tell you that in the last weeks of preparation my mind was excited to make the move from Philly; but my body was telling me a different story. I began itching and breaking out with what I thought were mosquito bites. Honestly I was checking our sheets and furniture to see if a family of tiny bugs had infested out home but that was not the case. My husband was not itching. It was purely nerves. The body doesn’t lie and mine was telling me that part of me was very upset.  It became so bad that my friend Nikki (fabulous nail technician at Rescue Spa) sent me to Chinatown for acupuncture and herbs. Nikki is Asian and a huge advocate of Eastern healing as am I. The doctor refused to perform acupuncture, he told me that it was not a quick fix but he did prescribe herbs and a cream to help purify my blood and calm my skin.  They worked, long enough to get me on the plane without my people seeing me scratching like a junkie who needs a fix. But when I arrived in Bangkok, well, as they say here- “same same”. The itching began again. To be cont…..

Linda Harding Bond is a licensed esthetician and Manager of Spa Training for Six Senses Resorts. She may be contacted at Linda@lindatheskindiva.com

 

July 1st, 2014

First Impressions

2014-06-28 14.27.48Wow, talk about a dream come true. Bangkok is everything I thought it would be and more. It’s so different from Philadelphia I don’t even know where to begin. Read the rest of this entry »

June 3rd, 2014

Skin Diva Goes Global

six_senses_laamu_panorama_5692-a4-1In two weeks I will be moving to Thailand.

It still sounds strange to say out loud. Despite the massive preparation of sending and receiving a variety of paperwork, going through my closet deciding what goes and what stays, discussions with my family and husband, it’s still surreal to say the least.

I have been offered the position of Corporate Trainer by Six Senses. (Shout out to Christine Hays)They are an award winning luxury spa Management Company with sumptuous resorts in exotic locales around the world. Scheduled to open by 2016 are the places my dreams are made of; China, Seychelles, St Lucia, Tunisia, Indonesia. My first opening will be Qing Cheng Mountain, China in the Fall of this year. quing cheng 2

The wonder of it all is that the culture of Six Senses is exactly what I have been writing about for so long on my blog Ethnic Skin Aficionado.

I have always believed that to stay current you must embrace a culture of inclusion, respect for employees and guests, no matter what their race, religion or sexual orientation might be. You have to approach spa treatments from a highly personalized perspective and the key is proper training which includes ethnic skin. After all how can you recommend products if you don’t understand your client’s skin? And that does not even begin to address the cultural differences or the best way to engage with them.  

Isn’t it funny how so many five-star spa groups overseas get it; and so many properties here in the U.S. do not?

They’ll catch up sooner or later.

In the meantime, I’ll be teaching and learning and writing and sharing. I hope that you’ll keep reading. It’s beginning to get very exciting.

Linda Harding-Bond is a Corporate Trainer for Six Senses, author, and licensed esthetician.

May 27th, 2014

It Works!™

crazywrapAs a rule, I try to avoid reviewing  products on this site.  But when one of my favorite clients insisted that he loved a product from a company called It Works! . I had to try it because health & beauty are not topics which most guys are prone to discuss in detail.

My client,  an international  businessman shared that he was on a serious fitness program. He said that he had been using the body wrap from It Works! around his midsection and was beginning to see some serious definition. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13th, 2014

How Diddy, Zuri, Spas & Howard U connect

zuri & janThis past week I attended the commencement of my niece Zuri from Howard University. My family was there and as if that was not exciting enough, Sean Combs aka P Diddy was presented with his doctorate and delivered the graduation speech on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

April 30th, 2014

The Perennial Quest for Beauty

NadinolaExcerpt from Huffington Post, author Amanda Scherker.

7 Ways The Beauty Industry

Convinced Women That They

Weren’t Good Enough

In America, the perennial quest for beauty is an expensive one.

Every year, women spend billions of dollars in exchange for beautiful hair, luxurious eyelashes, and smooth, silky skin. Still, many of our culture’s most common beauty procedures were virtually nonexistent a century ago. The truth is, many of our expectations of feminine beauty were shaped in large part by modern advertisers. We’ve tracked the history behind some of the most common “flaws” that besiege the modern woman and the surprising stories behind their “cures.” Read the rest of this entry »

April 23rd, 2014

Connecting with Allan Share; President of Day Spa Assn.

allan shareEthnic Skin Aficionado (ESA) had the pleasure of speaking with the vibrant, personable Allan Share, President of the Day Spa Association (DSA) and the International Medical Spa Association (IMSA) about his thoughts on the changing landscape of the spa industry. As a 23 year veteran in the health and wellness industry he had many interesting insights; Read the rest of this entry »

April 21st, 2014

A Kodak Moment

Shirley CardMy sister Janice is one of the smartest people I know.

So when she mentioned that she had heard a fascinating interview last week on NPR about Kodak film not being calibrated for people of color which reminded her of my dialogue with the spa industry, she had my attention, big time. Read the rest of this entry »

April 16th, 2014

Ten Springtime Switch Ups on Beauty

Black_Woman_Drinking_Water_12038417-450x300Spring has sprung. Here’s a brief reminder of what you need to change up on to stay gorgeous;

It’s no longer cold outside (water cools the body down) so drink sufficient water and hydrate to the max. Warmer weather calls for fresh dewy looking skin. Read the rest of this entry »

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