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Spa News: Dermalogica Founder Jane Wurwand Honored with CEW's Achiever Award

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​Jane Wurwand, Founder, Co-Owner and Chief Visionary of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute (IDI), and founder of the brand’s social impact initiative, FITE, has been awarded top honors by Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW), one of the cosmetic industry’s leading executive associations, as one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious CEW Achiever Award. The Awards ceremony took place on October 17 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The Achiever Awards recognize the accomplishments of women leaders in the cosmetic industry. The Awards serve as an inspiration to future leaders and for companies to support executive women’s advancement. In years past, CEW recognized top level executives of major cosmetic corporations. In the spirit of CEW’s 60th Anniversary, with an eye towards the future, the organization recognized women within a new awards category: trailblazing entrepreneurs who have changed an industry.

“We are excited to have Dermalogica recognized by CEW in this first-time ever entrepreneurial category,” says Wurwand. “The cosmetic industry has given birth to incredible entrepreneurial brands, many founded by women with a singular passion and vision. The professional salon skin care industry puts more women into their own businesses than any other, and I am very proud to represent the hundreds of thousands of professional skin care therapists who make up our Tribe worldwide.”

For thirty years, since the inception of The International Dermal Institute (IDI) and the Dermalogica professional skin care brand, Wurwand has focused her business on creating professional opportunities and economic empowerment for women. In 2011, Jane launched FITE, Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship, to help women entrepreneurs around the world invest in their own potential. Working in more than 70 countries, FITE creates pathways to entrepreneurship by providing access to funding and business resources, supporting education and leadership training for women, and helping to amplify women’s voices. To date, FITE has helped to fund more than 50,000 women entrepreneurs worldwide, providing them with the opportunities and resources needed to achieve financial independence, and most recently announced the launch of their groundbreaking new program to support vocational training to careers in the salon industry for young women and girls.

Also recognized at the CEW Achiever Award ceremony include the following Honorees: Laura Geller, Founder, Laura Geller Beauty; Alli Webb, Founder, Drybar; and Wende Zomnir, Chief Creative Officer/Founding Partner, Urban Decay Cosmetics. Additionally, Leonard Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information on Dermalogica, visit To learn more about FITE, visit

Spafinder Wellness 365-Wellness for Cancer Partnership Announced

Spafinder Wellness 365-Wellness for Cancer Partnership Announced

Spafinder Wellness 365™, the world’s largest network of spas and wellness locations, and Wellness for Cancer, the first organization to establish standardized, objective, cancer-focused training and business criteria for the wellness industry, have announced a partnership that will serve as a bridge for the millions who have experienced or are living with cancer, and the wellness providers who seek to serve them, but may have lacked the training to do so properly.

According to the partnership, which was announced at the International Spa Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, members of Spafinder Wellness 365’s global partner network who would like to provide services to those affected by this illness can apply for “Cancer Aware” Basic or Comprehensive Certification through Wellness for Cancer at Once a business or practitioner is verified, it will be identified as a “Cancer Aware” provider on, allowing people to easily find qualified wellness providers who can offer safe, effective services, such as therapeutic massage and manicures.

“The ultimate objective of this new relationship is to help those living with cancer—including friends, family and co-workers—to easily find ‘Cancer Aware’ wellness locations with confidence,” said Mia Kyricos, chief brand officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®. “We hope the industry will join us in recognizing the vital importance in bringing wellness to those who need it most.”

In addition, special training programs will be offered at or below cost by Wellness for Cancer instructors to Spafinder Wellness 365 partners who would like to increase their level of comfort and confidence in delivering safe and nurturing services for this clientele. The non-profit organization offers a flexible, cancer-focused educational platform, including solutions to train multiple staff and departments.

Spafinder Wellness 365 is also launching a new line of “I Care” eGift Cards at, which can be used to give the gift of nurturing to friends, family and co-workers who are in need of relaxation and comfort. “Cancer Aware” partners and Spafinder Wellness 365 Network locations will be eligible to accept the gift cards, and a percentage of proceeds for the sale of each “I Care” eGift Card will be donated to the Wellness for Cancer educational fund.

The new network combines the expansive reach of Spafinder Wellness 365 in the wellness space with the depth of training and certification provided by Wellness for Cancer, which was founded to help those who seek crucial expertise and informed options. The partnership gives the wellness community an opportunity to reach members of this vast group, who are looking to lead healthier lifestyles and decrease the stress and anxiety associated with cancer. Those with cancer (present, or in remission) make up a broad segment of the population: 15 million people in the U.S. alone.

Accompanying the network will be an outreach campaign that extends to the ribbon rainbow of cancer organizations, including educational programs and events.

“For anyone touched by it, cancer is not a one-month issue; it’s all year round,” said Julie Bach, executive director of Wellness for Cancer. “We are excited to partner with Spafinder Wellness 365 and help educate and qualify an army of wellness providers, making it easy to find them on”


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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa Welcomes Grant Bruce as Director of Spa

Grant Bruce

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa announced the appointment of Grant Bruce as director of the Life in Balance Spa. With over 12-years of industry experience, Grant will oversee all spa operations and lead initiatives to continue Miraval’s established reputation as the premiere destination resort and spa in the world. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is owned and managed by KSL Resorts, a full-service hotel management company that oversees a collection of resort destinations coast to coast.

Most recently, Grant spent three and a half years in director roles at Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois where he consistently achieved Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond status for spa and fitness operations. Grant also served as the Executive Director for WTS International, one of the world’s largest and most diversified spa consulting and spa management firms, where he oversaw four additional sites in the Chicagoland area. Previously, Grant served in management roles at W Chicago Lakeshore, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers and started his career at Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian. Grant is an alumnus of The University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration.

“Grant lives by the Miraval philosophy and will play a key role in delivering memorable moments with a real human touch, extending his role past that of a traditional spa director,” said Scott Delacio, chief executive officer at KSL Resorts, “Our commitment is to help guests achieve balance with the most innovative spa services in the world. Grant’s formidable background furthers that commitment.”

Since 1995, the spa at Miraval has been a vital component in upholding the resorts powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and intellectual components are in harmony. After a redesign in May 2012, the 16,000-square-foot spa facility is home to 23-treatment rooms and reflects the resort’s core philosophy of living life in the moment through innovative, life-enhancing treatments unique to Miraval. Creating a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces, the spa is home to new treatments designed to create balance and promote a sense of well-being.

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In Memoriam: Dermanew Co-Founder Dean Rhoades

In Memoriam: Dermanew Co-Founder Dean Rhoades

Dean Rhoades, 64, founder of the Dean Rhoades Salon in Beverly Hills and co-founder of DermaNew Skincare, passed away on September 6th in his sleep at his Beverly Hills home. Dean was born on July 17, 1950, in Indianapolis, IN, to Terry and Wynona Rhoades, of blessed memory.

Dean was an inventor and innovator from his earliest days as a teen. He followed his dream to London at age 20, where he studied at Vidal Sassoon and was quickly on his way to becoming a world-class hair stylist. The Dean Rhoades Salon he founded became known for excellence in hair and skincare, providing award-winning beauty solutions to a celebrity clientele that relied upon Dean not only to style their hair, but to create their image.

Dean was one of the first to recognize the emerging role of salons as day spas. He was also one of the first who embraced natural-based products by joining forces with Aveda. He felt that he wasn’t just cutting hair, but instead changing the quality of his client’s lives.

It was at a Beauty Industry Show when Dean met Amby Longhofer, his life and business partner. It was love at first sight, and they married and had their wonderful son, Wyatt. Dean and Amby created the first privately owned Aveda Lifestyle Store and Salon in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Dean continued his passion for invention, innovation, and design at DermaNew, inventing a hand-held skin resurfacing device that became a new beauty category, and the standard for at-home skin resurfacing.

As an accomplished entrepreneur, Dean went to school and graduated after three years with an Executive MBA from the Harvard Executive Education Business School OPM 34. He liked to joke that he was “The Hairdresser who went to Harvard”.

Dean loved the ocean. And besides hair, beauty, and his family, of course, deep-sea fishing was Dean’s other love. Good sushi, global travel, world history, and a political debate were things Dean couldn’t pass up.

Dean called himself a “serial inventor” and if you stepped into his garage and workshop, you’d know why. Until September 6th, Dean had been working on a couple more “dreams” that he will be testing up there. And of course, we will soon see and enjoy them here, as he will be waving down to us.

Amby as well as Dean’s sons, Dustin and Wyatt, will honor his work and continue his legacy by bringing Dean’s latest inventions to life. Dean’s sisters, Terri, Diana, Victoria, Dawn and brother Kent, will be cheering on. And Dean’s two grandkids, Trey and Avery, will be following in the footsteps of their amazing Granddad.

Dean’s family, many friends, and acquaintances mourn the loss of a man who gave his soul to creating a more beautiful world for all. He left us with infinite knowledge, an enduring passion for invention, and the realization that any dream really can come true.

A celebration of a life well-lived will take place at 4:00 p.m. on October 17th at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church located at 505 N. Rodeo Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210. All are invited to attend the celebration and the reception that will immediately follow.

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Dr. Jart+ Partners with Opening Ceremony at New York Fashion Week

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This year at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Dr. Jart+ joined up with Opening Ceremony to help combat dry dehydrated skin and prep models for the runway by restoring their natural, beautiful glow. Dr. Jart+ applied their new Water Replenishment Mask to soothe and moisturize the skin, and the Ceramidin Liquid or Ceramidin Cream to reduce redness and irritation.

Constantly having makeup applied to and removed from the face can cause serious irritation. The light and refreshing Water Replenishment Mask - an environmentally friendly, concentrated, hydrating serum containing chamomile flower water, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel extract - was the perfect way for models to achieve a soft, dewy, look. To add moisture and create the perfect blank canvas for makeup, Dr. Jart+ applied the Ceramidin Liquid or Ceramidin Cream to models' faces.

Spa News: Salon and Spa Professionals Unite Against Domestic Abuse with the CUT IT OUT Program

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October marks Domestic Violence Awareness month and highlights an issue that continues to affect countless women, men and children on a daily basis. The Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) CUT IT OUT: Salons Against Domestic Abuse program is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States by building awareness and training salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients, colleagues, friends and family to local resources.

PBA is calling on beauty professionals and salons to support the CUT IT OUT program by participating in the Give the Power Back Drive. Aimed at raising awareness and funding to stop domestic violence, salon professionals in particular have an extraordinary opportunity to help.

CUT IT OUT is a year-round effort that builds awareness by offering complimentary training and display materials to salon professionals, which enables them to recognize warning signs of abuse. The goal is to safely and confidently help clients, colleagues, friends and family find local resources for help. The Give the Power Back Drive is an opportunity for salon owners and beauty professionals to host a fundraiser of their choice during October to bring awareness to this growing epidemic. Fundraising suggestions include donating tips, donating a percentage of sales, donating a percentage of each service, and/or soliciting donations from clients. PBA recommends participants donate 50 percent of the money raised to a local domestic violence resource/shelter and 50 percent to CUT IT OUT. Those who cannot participate can still donate directly to CUT IT OUT throughout the year by visiting

To help beauty professionals and salons in their fundraising efforts, CUT IT OUT will provide a complimentary “marketing toolkit” upon registration with a customizable press release, flyer and donation cards to help market efforts to their clientele and the community. Complimentary CUT IT OUT posters and safety cards are also included, which can be displayed in the salon and include the national domestic violence hotline number for those affected by domestic violence to call for help. As this is an ongoing effort, CUT IT OUT posters and safety cards can also be ordered for free at any time during the year from the CUT IT OUT website.

Participation is simple and can help save a life. To learn more and register, visit or email

Dermalogica Speaks on Entrepreneurship at 2014 Global Accelerator Conference Hosted at the UN

Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary at Dermalogica and its philanthropic women’s initiative, FITE, participated on a panel that spoke upon women’s financial independence. The panel, which was moderated by Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor, TIME Magazine, was joined by other notable speakers including Kristin Hetle, Director, Strategic Partnerships, UN Women and Ashish Thakkar Founder and Managing Director, Mara Group.

“We have an obligation to embed our business consciousness with a sense of social responsibility which provides women with economic opportunities,” said Wurwand. “In order for world economies and countries GDP to thrive, women must thrive. Providing economic opportunities to women isn’t just a woman’s issue—it is a human rights issue.”

The mission of the 2014 Global Accelerator Conference was to bring together a select group of entrepreneurs and high-level UN officials to find scalable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and drive progress on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to alleviate poverty and save lives.
The 2014 Global Accelerator Conference brought together luminaries in media, technology and public policy, including Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, United Nations Foundation and Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation.

For more information on Dermalogica and its philanthropic initiative, FITE, please visit For more information on the 2014 Global Accelerator Conference, please visit

Spa News: Backstage at Charlotte Ronson with OPI at New York Fashion Week

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On Friday, September 5, OPI joined Charlotte Ronson at Lincoln Center for the designer's Spring/Summer 2015 presentation. Lead nail artist Miss Pop created a nail look showcasing negative space, with alternating cutout half moon shapes. To complement the collection's feminine color palette, which included blues ranging from pastel to navy, soft mint and cream, Miss Pop used That's Hula-rious! to create the look. This never-before-seen pastel mint OPI hue is slated to launch in February 2015 as part of OPI's Spring/Summer 2015 seasonal collection.

For the nail look, each model sported one hand with the pinky, middle and pointer fingers featuring a painted nail with a natural half moon, and the ring and thumb fingers featuring a natural nail with a painted half moon. On the other hand, the look was reversed, with the pinky, middle and pointer fingers featuring the natural nail with a painted half moon, while the ring and thumb fingers had the painted nail with a natural half moon.

Toes were lacquered in one coat of Bubble Bath; each model's big toe was painted with a daisy falling toward the nail's free edge. To create the daisy, the following shades were used: Put a Coat On It! (petals), Jade is the New Black (stem), and Barefoot in Barcelona layered with Need Sunglasses? (flower center).

Both manicure and pedicure looks were prepped with OPI Base Coat and finished with OPI Top Coat.

Spa News: Backstage at New York Fashion Week with Cuccio Colour

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Cuccio Colour partnered with South African designer David Tlale on Sunday for the designer's Spring Summer 2015 show at The Pavilion at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.

Celebrity manicurist Gina Eppolito and her team created chic and sophisticated nails using four eye popping colors: A Kiss in Paris, Red Eye to Shanghai, Red Lights in Amsterdam and Electric Orange.

Each model's hands were buffed before Cuccio Nail Solutions Base Coat was applied. Eppolito used two coats for true coverage and then finished off each nail with the Cuccio Nail Solutions High Gloss Top Coat. Quick Dry Drops were also applied to help speed the process.

The nail looks were the perfect complement to the new collection, which was all about giving women back their power and equipping them with a strong and confident sense of allure, without losing their essence and femininity.