Monthly Archives: September 2016

Finding Spa Resort in Egypt

download-2A holiday along the Red Sea Coast that stretches from the Suez to the border of Sudan is one of the most idyllic ones you can ever imagine. Tourism thrives in the region, and several resorts have come up in the settlements in and around Hurghada, Port Safaga, El-Quseir and Marsa Alam. Sahl Hasheesh is a town that is 20 km south of Hurghada and offers everything a tourist looks for along the Red Sea. Sahl Hasheesh is actually a fully integrated resort community.

In the arms of luxury

So, when a couple of friends and I checked in to The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh, one of the best luxury resorts in Egypt, we knew what to expect. We were in the arms of luxury, as we entered the resort which has a private beach. We were shown our suite, which was synonymous with luxury, and had a sunken bath, walk-in shower and even a private courtyard. We stayed in a deluxe suit, of which there are 63. Then, there are 21 superior deluxe suits, six royal suites and 12 grand suites, with private swimming pools in the latter.

One of the finest 5 star hotels in Egypt, this hotel has won several travellers’ choice awards over the years and has even been rated the best resort on the Red Sea by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism at least thrice. The restaurants here serve international cuisine, but if you are into Indian food, you will love Zaafran which dishes out Indian fare of the very best quality.

Exploring the region

While in Sahl Hasheesh, there are many wonders to experience and lots of fun to be had. And so, we set out on a day trip to Luxor, enjoying the sights along the way. The ancient monuments and temples of Egyptian civilization makes you feel as if you are time travelling, going several centuries back in history. Also, during your stay at Sahl Hasheesh, you could go scuba diving and snorkelling or take camel rides along the Hurghada desert and make that unforgettable dive into Sunken City and explore underwater life.

Refreshing spa treatment

After all the adventure and travelling along the region, we got back to our hotel and guess where we headed to, for relaxation. No prizes for guessing, yes, the luxury spa, one of the very best in the country. I booked my time for the ‘Spirit of the Pharaoh’ ritual, which lasts for over four hours. It was a royal pampering, I must say, as I was treated to an Arabian coffee scrub that left me refreshed for days after the massage. There was a massage, a facial and a citrus body envelopment and massage. My friends opted for the ‘Red Sea Discovery’ package that lasted two-and-a-half hours that had a citrus exfoliation with orange peel and honey. We were three happy people as we emerged from the spa experience. A truly unforgettable one!

Ways to Advertise Your Beauty Salon

images-4Opening a new hair salon can be quite a challenging task. Assuming that you have overcome the obstacle of setting up a new salon, the next consideration for you is how to go about doing the advertising and promotion. There are many advertising ideas that you can try out, and be assured that they will fetch you some degree of return on investments.

Advertising, as is generally assumed, requires a huge investment of time and money, and the return on this investment is usually just a small proportion of the original amount. But if you apply the right ideas, you can reap many benefits that other beauty salons may not have. The most important thing to remember during any form of advertising is to know what kind of customers you are targeting, and be clear about the kind of services you are offering. If there is any ambiguity about this certain matter, then even the best ideas are bound to fail.

Catchy Name / Tag Line

Making the World a better place, one snip at a time! – Alex Mathew
If you are open to the idea of having a fun name for your salon, you could always experiment with a name that rhymes with a salon jargon or maybe a hairstyle that you are particularly good at. If you aren’t feeling too adventurous, you can opt for a tag line which could be witty and humorous. Also try to say as much about your salon or your style in as little words as possible.

Adverts in the Newspaper

You might just have found your savior in the neighborhood paperboy! You could always have newspapers carry your adverts and even have flyers sent around town. You need to be patient with this though, as the newspapers these days are flooded with all kinds of adverts. You definitely want to make an impression with your advert, so try to focus on your strengths. The customer would always want to know how you are different from the competition. Remember wit and humor always work, but it is a thin line to tread up on, ‘cos you don’t want to poke fun at your potential customers in any way.

Social Media
One of the best platforms to advertise any product these days is social networking sites. You could opt to pay some money and have your product promoted. You could also start your own group about hairstyles and other grooming tips. It is all about brand building, and always remember, happy customers will in turn get you more customers.

Word of Mouth

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well, that the product or service fits him and sells itself. – Peter Drucker
You can spend money and then spend some more, but there’s little that would match up to advertising by word of mouth. That is why we cannot emphasize enough on the importance of good customer service. If you have a happy customer, he/she will definitely spread the news about your good work to people within his/her own circle. This in turn would result in you building a larger customer base.

Complimentary Haircuts

When you start off with your salon, for the first week or so, you could offer free haircuts to your customers. This could also be done for the first few customers who come your way. Always remember, in time, your good services would be rewarded. As you start off it might seem like all the profits have been snipped away, but with time, you could find yourself grooming a perfect career for you.

Stylish Names for Hairstyles

You could have some interesting names for the hairstyles you offer, rather than going in for the boring old traditional names. Again remember, it is all about getting the balance between being witty and humorous just right.

Sport a nice Hairstyle

If you are in fact the owner of a salon, you can never afford to have a bad hair day. You are the best advertising board for your salon, and you would want to pay extra attention to your hair every morning. You could try experimenting with different colors to highlight your hair, although people might have a few reservations getting a haircut from a guy sporting a fluorescent green Mohawk!

Customers = Best Billboards!

You could snap a few pictures of your best work. You could also have a ‘Style of the Day/Week’ image put up, and offer the same at a lower rate to draw the customers in. To make things fun, you could have a few willing customers pose for mug shots, holding up a placard with the name of your salon and the hairstyle they are flaunting. With the consent of the customer, you could have these images put up to decorate your salon and maybe even use them outside for advertising. That would definitely catch people’s eyes. You might want to be careful though, you don’t want to make it seem like you run a salon just for ex-cons!

Hair Care Tips

Advertising isn’t just about flashy adverts or sending flyers, it is about making your potential customers aware of your presence, and also keeping the customers who come your way happy. This in turn will bring in more business for you. You need to keep their needs in mind, and even small gestures like a warm welcome can go a long way in keeping them happy. You could consider giving them tips and even giving them handouts to help them take better care of their hair. Remember what they say, Courteous treatment will make your customer a walking advertisement.
Your own Signature Style
People cut hair with fire. Cut hair under water. There are even people who cut hair blindfolded. While it is strongly recommended that you don’t get too adventurous and play with fire or water or risk getting a ‘earful’ (quite literally so) from your customer while snipping away in the dark, you could always try coming up with your own unique and fun way of grooming their hair.
Offer discounts
Bargain… anything a customer thinks a store is losing money on. – Kin Hubbard

You could offer discounts to students, the elderly, and the disabled. You could even offer house visits for people who can’t travel due to their health. It might not earn you a lot of money, but your good deeds will never go unnoticed and it is bound to pay dividends in the long run. People always like to hear of good deeds, and are appreciative of it too. Having combo deals, selling two services packaged together at a lower price could also help rope in the customers.
Once you have built a fair reputation and a steady source of revenue, you can start pursuing advertising on a larger scale. Remember that advertising is an art, and if utilized properly, it can help you reap a lot of benefits. But if it is mismanaged, it can also work against you.

Interior Designing Ideas for Salon

People spend a lot of time in beauty salons. And for that, it is important that you provide a chic and comfortable space for them to relax. Basically, any salon’s design should make people want to come back to it again and again. If you are planning to start your own beauty salon, designing the interior is an essential part of the planning process. Your salon should be stylish and chic no doubt, but it should also make optimum use of the available space, regardless of whether this space is small or large.

Given below are some innovative and practical interior designing ideas for your beauty salon. Though these designs may seem like they are meant for large spaces, each design can be modified to fit within a limited space as well. What you should extract from these ideas is methods of furniture placement, use of color, and lighting techniques (which will depend on the mood and requirement of a given space within the salon). Combined together, these techniques will help you create a gorgeous, comfortable, and functional space.

Go for a sleek look with interesting lighting fixtures to add a spark to your reception. You may also use this area for retail and to showcase products that your salon sells. Adding a shock of color while retaining the neutrality of the zone will give the reception a vibrant touch without overpowering it.

Here, the waiting area is just a few feet away from the hair washing station, which has been suitably covered simply by the layout of the space. This shows that you don’t really need physical barriers to demarcate zones in your salon. You can do so by simply using color or equipment. Also note how the partition has been wisely used to store products.

An uncluttered hairdressing area is every client as well as salon owner’s dream, and this can be achieved by using portable trays to keep your supplies while keeping this zone clear. Doing so allows you to provide more space for more clients. The lighting that has been used in this space is also something worth noticing. Multiple sleek light fixtures not only brighten up the space, they also impart that contemporary feel to your salon that most clients can relate to.

A relaxing mani-pedi station is exactly what any salon needs. With lighting enough just for the technician to do her/his job properly, you can create a calm zone that your clients will look forward to retreating to.

Use your limited space to provide multiple services in a single area. A good massage table can be used for facials, massages, and hair removal too. Provide a mix of lighting in this space so that you may use it accordingly for the services. For instance, for facials and body hair removal you will require adequate lighting, whereas for a massage you may create a relaxing ambiance by using dim lights.

Designing Tips for a Beauty Salon
The design of your salon will depend on several factors including:

  • The type of salon and the services it offers
  • The clientele – male/female/unisex
  • The available space
  • Your personal taste

Based on these factors, you may design the salon while keeping the following tips in mind.

Plan out the Space
You can either have separate sections with physical barriers in your beauty salon or plan it like an efficiency apartment, wherein there is no physical separation of the various areas. You may do this particularly if the space in the salon is limited. In any case, chalk out different areas on the blueprint. For example, there should be a separate space for hair care, a separate one for hair removal, and a separate one for spas, massages and facials. Barrier or not, there should be designated areas for separate services to avoid chaos.

Utilize the Space Wisely
A beauty salon must have the right blend of style and usability. You should utilize the entire space to its fullest; at the same time, make sure you don’t make your salon look cluttered! There should be enough ventilation and adequate lighting so that the entire salon appears fresh at all times. The space between seats in the hair cutting zone should be enough to have two people stand in it. Aisles should be kept clear at all times to let staff and customers walk freely. If the available space is small, use mirrors spanning long walls so that the space looks larger.

Place Fixtures and Sockets Appropriately
You’re bound to use a lot of electrical appliances in your salon. Ensure that you have sockets fixed at the appropriate spots, so that you can use your appliances efficiently.

Pick Out the Right Colors
The type of clientele you have will play an important role while choosing the color scheme. Choose neutral or bright colors if it is for both men and women, and try to keep the design contemporary so that it appeals to a larger whole. As shown in the images above, purple is a great color that caters to both genders. Pick a pattern such as stripes to complement the color and keep the remaining color scheme monochromatic so that the color in question (here, purple) bursts through and catches the eye without overpowering the ambiance. Also, remember that as someone who will be spending a lot of time in there, you should be comfortable with how your salon looks and the colors used in it. If the space is limited, go for lighter colors so that it looks larger.

Maintain Adequate Storage Space
Make sure your salon has adequate storage space in order to accommodate all your products, supplies, and equipment. You can have shelves and cabinets built into walls to maximize the utility of space and keep the floor free of them. Sectioning these areas out using sheer curtains is a great idea. If you are using physical barriers to demarcate spaces in the salon, try to use them for storage, which may be open or concealed. Neatly display all the products that you have, and ensure that the shelves are dusted daily to avoid accumulation of dust and dirt.

Use Lighting to Create an Ambience
In any given interior space, lighting plays an important role in making or breaking the ambiance. Moreover, in a commercial space such as a salon, the right amount of lighting is imperative for its function. Use a combination of lighting types so that you can create an ambiance without hampering your work and function. You may use dimmer lighting in the reception and brighter lighting in the work area. Using bright white light enhances the look of a beauty salon. The kind of lighting you choose again depends on the look you’re trying to create for your clientele.

Add the Finishing Touches
When people walk into a beauty salon, they should be convinced that they will leave the place looking stunning! It is the ambiance of a salon that has to convince a customer that the place oozes style and beauty. Keep coffee table books and magazines around for people to read while they wait for their appointment. Display pictures of the most fashionable and popular clients that visit you. Make sure that there is continuous air conditioning and the place is always sparkling clean. Keep fresh flowers or indoor potted plants to give it a fresh look. Use items like mildly scented potpourri, scented candles, and other aromatherapy products that will leave a lilting (but not nauseating) fragrance in your salon. You can also include a small water body like a fountain or an artificial waterfall in the reception area for a peaceful environment.
All the ideas and tips given here are small but important things to be kept in mind, and will greatly influence and improve how comfortable and efficient your salon looks.

How to Choose A Best Hair Treatment

Presently, there are several ways through which you can prevent your hair or hair can rebirth! Modern technology and advance procedures make different kinds of hair treatment through which you can make your hair beautiful. Like hair spa is a way through which your hair may rebirth. It is a therapy that is necessary for maintaining a strong growth. It is mainly a process that assists to create your hair bouncy, strong, and shiny, while concurrently dealing with damaged hair, dandruff, and hair fall control. Presently, it is one of the most admired and best trends for taming your hair to keep it healthy.

There are several kinds of treatment for hair loss available in the market. You have to choose a proper treatment after profound research through the net. There are several home remedies also available in the net to stop hair fall. But it’s always better to consult with a doctor or beauty advisor regarding this problem.  If you will do hair spa frequently, it will definitely reduce the hair fall. Deep conditioning hair spa treatment is planned to nourish the root & revitalize the scalp, strengthen the hair growth that leads to natural hair rebirth.

Importance of treatment for hair loss:

Proper hair treatment increases the hair cell metabolism and it also stimulates blood circulation. It also removes impurities inside the pores and repairs the damaged hair fully. Proper hair spa make your hair smooth and silky. And there is no age limit for hair spa. If you are suffering hair problem, you can look for the internet now. There are several beauty clinics online that provide affordable treatment for hair loss. These problems can be condensed if spa treatment is taken. It circulates blood, conditions the scalp, and gives relaxation.

Choose a beauty clinic very carefully. Search the internet and choose a best and reputed branded clinic for your hair. A reputed clinic always has proper treatment, advanced tools and machines to check and treatment properly.  There are number of testing procedures available through which doctors can identify your problem and solve your problem.  You need a proper treatment for your hair style from the roots to the end.  And this method takes a long time and more effort but it also provide guarantee that your hair treatment completely covers individual hair. And this makes the hair treatment even more effective.

So, search the internet and choose a best hair treatment solution for you. There are several reputed clinic who offer different kinds of hair fall treatment package for their customers.  Choose a best hair treatment package for you as per your budget. Before selecting any clinic, check their website and their reputation in the market. You can also call their clinic to know more about their function. A reputed clinic always includes experienced beautician and doctors and nurses. So, they will sometime analyze your problem properly and provide solution as per that. They will suggest you the ways through which you can stop the hair fall and they guide you how to prevent it commonly.