NETT News
Oct. 2, 2012

Register for the NCEA Business Meeting and NETT Conference
NCEA
NCEA Business Meeting Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Convention Center — Friday, Oct. 26

Followed by the

NETT Conference – Saturday, Oct. 27
International Congress of Esthetics & Spa — Sunday & Monday
Philadelphia Convention Center — Room 116

Registration for NCEA Business Meeting* must be done through NCEA
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Registration for NETT Conference* must be done through ICES
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Registration for Philadelphia Hotels (Hampton, Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott or Hilton Garden Inn)
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*Complimentary records verification of your NCEA Certified Candidate Application will be done on both Friday & Saturday when you are registered for either of these events.
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8 bizarre Hollywood beauty secrets
The Huffington Post
A-list celebs have unprecedented access to cutting-edge beauty treatments the rest of the world could only dream of. Remember when Demi Moore revealed she was using blood-sucking leeches to "detoxify?" Or how about when Madonna was reportedly using a face cream made out of human placenta? Think it can't get any stranger than that? Think again! Here's our roundup of the eight latest and strangest Hollywood beauty secrets.More

Great 'cultural' spa experiences from around the world
AOL Travel
Even if you're not a spa junkie, it's hard to deny the appeal of a great massage or other self-indulgent treatment. Laurel Miller is actually a massage school graduate, and although she ultimately decided not to pursue that career path, she's parlayed her experience into doing the odd spa writing assignment. Not surprisingly, she's a tough judge when it comes to practitioners, facilities and treatments. She also doesn't have any interest in generic treatments. What she loves is a spa and menu that captures the essence of a place, through both ingredients and technique.More

Woman's face swells after spa treatment
WPLG-TV
The owner of a spa in Doral, Fla., has been arrested and faces multiple charges after a customer's face swelled following a facial rejuvenation treatment at the spa, police said. The incident happened at Viviana's Body Secrets Spa in June. Following the treatment, Isabel Gonzalez developed swelling and infections on her face. She has been hospitalized since Aug. 17.More

How to correctly organize a treatment room
Skin Inc.
Your reception area may have beautiful flower arrangements, retail displays and delicate finger foods, but if your treatment rooms are a mess, your clients will not be impressed. The correct set up of a treatment room is an indication of your professionalism and dedication to your client's comfort. Every service that is offered in your skin care facility should be performed in an absolutely clean and neat surrounding.More

Staying profitable as your spa evolves
Skin Inc.
Owning or managing a skin care business during any growth phase is very challenging and can be very stressful — especially a low-margin business. This article outlines three steps to help you understand the characteristics, problem areas and crisis points associated with each growth phase of a business cycle, and the key areas that must be addressed to strengthen a business and move forward.More

Credit card blunders that could hurt any small business
Entrepreneur
There are many ways to increase your company's survival odds, but one of the easiest is to control your use of credit-card debt. Too often, entrepreneurs don't make the best use of their accounts and end up hurting their businesses. Here are seven of the most common credit-card slipups to avoid.More

10 ways to rejuvenate your brain while you work
Inc.
We take a break from our usual ways of thinking and open our minds to new ideas and experiences. But you don't have to travel thousands of miles from home to recharge your brain. Here are some more brain-based tips that can work wonders and could be what helps propel entrepreneurs forward.More

Infographic: The astounding power of Pinterest
Fast Company
In this profusion of figures, you find out a few, key things about the image-sharing service. For one, it's dominated by women. Second, something about its layout and culture stokes an enormous buying impulse. And third, major brands are getting in on the act. It's not a stretch to say that soon, at least on retail sites, a Pinterest button might become as ubiquitous as a Facebook Like.More

Oops, my bad! 5 ways your business can improve by admitting to mistakes
Entrepreneur
Everyone makes mistakes. No one likes admitting to them. As businesspeople we worry that customers will be intolerant of our missteps and foul-ups. The truth is, though, denying them only magnifies an already awkward situation and ends up hurting your reputation. Handling them right, on the other hand, can actually shore up relationship, spark improvements and benefit your brand.More

Active listening: 7 ways to help students listen, not just hear
Faculty Focus
The title of Nadine Dolby's recent piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education makes a great point about teaching that often goes unspoken: "There's no learning when nobody’s listening." It seems to me that most of us take this for granted. How many of us take steps to ensure our students are not only hearing the words uttered during our classes, but actually listening to them. Should we? And what might this entail?More

BYOD: Bring your own devices to campus
Community College Times
With the rising popularity of personal mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets, an increasing number of colleges are asking students and teachers to bring their own technology to class. The so-called bring your own device, or BYOD, movement promises easier access to resources such as textbooks and educational services for students, and increased productivity and enhanced collaboration among faculty and staff.More

Relaxation therapy for preventing and treating preterm labor
Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews via PubMed
Background: Preterm birth is a leading cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity. Although the pathogenesis of preterm labor is not well understood, there is evidence about the relationship between maternal psychological stress and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Relaxation or mind-body therapies cover a broad range of techniques, e.g. meditation, massage, etc. There is no systematic review investigating the effect of relaxation techniques on preventing PTL and PTB. This review does not cover hypnosis as this is the subject of a separate Cochrane review.

Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of relaxation therapies for preventing or treating PTL and preventing PTB.

Selection Criteria: Randomized controlled trials, cluster- and quasi-randomized trials comparing relaxation techniques with usual care, no treatment or sham interventions to prevent or treat PTL.

Results: Eleven randomized controlled trials with a total of 833 women were included in this review. However, the results of this review are based on single studies with small numbers of participants.The majority of included studies reported insufficient information on sequence generation, allocation concealment as well as blinding. There were no included studies that assessed PTL or PTB as the primary outcome. The included studies were different in terms of intervention, practice, and time, and there were no clear coherent hypotheses.For women not in PTL, the benefits of relaxation was found in one study for maternal stress (Anxiety Stress Scale) at 26 to 29 weeks gestational age (mean difference (MD) -7.04; 95 percent confidence interval (CI) -13.91 to -0.17).

Conclusions: According to the results of this review, there is some evidence that relaxation during pregnancy reduces stress and anxiety. However, there was no effect on PTL/PTB. These results should be interpreted with caution as they were drawn from included studies with limited quality.More

Evaluation: The key to a better school
Presented by Anastasia Usova
School administrators and managers know that running a successful school is about leveraging the expectations of everyone involved; students, teachers, management, potential employers, regulatory agencies and performance of each of those parties. The presentation will discuss how evaluation — a systematic determination of value against a determined set of standards — will improve the school's operations and satisfaction of students and teaching staff.

At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:

  • Discuss the theories behind evaluation practices
  • Analyze selecting the right evaluation methods and tailor it to the cosmetology/esthetic school's needs
  • Determine how evaluation methods help with student/ teacher performance
  • Highlight the benefits of implementing and following through with the evaluation

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

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    Chemical exfoliation procedures
    NCEA
    It is the position of the NCEA that:

  • Chemical exfoliation procedures should be performed by estheticians
  • In addition to manufacturer supplied , product specific education, estheticians shall complete a course of study equivalent to that recommended by the NCEA
  • If estheticians wish to perform chemical exfoliation procedures, they should take the necessary education to include theoretical and practical application as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules

    Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that estheticians abide by federal, state, and local regulations.

    Download complimentary powerpoint entitled, "Advocating for your Profession." More