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 »

April 8th, 2014

Innovation; the Payoff of Accountability

EinsteinInnovation is a hot buzzword.   Most companies  are still  trying to find ways to be innovative in their approach to business as a way to garner more clients/ publicity/household name recognition.

I am constantly surprised at how the hotel/ spa industry continues to miss the mark on what seems to be an obvious opportunity for innovation; skilled therapists who are able to provide knowledgeable skin care and customer service for the multi-ethnic spa market. Read the rest of this entry »

March 29th, 2014

The Strongest Link

There is an expression that says “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link”.

When was the last time that you as a spa owner, director or manager had a service by your weakest performer? I would guess  probably never; your time is too valuable, you’ve heard less than stellar things, you’d be opening a can of worms that you don’t really want to address. Anyway it’s not that big of a deal-you have other great therapists at your spa, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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