Welcome to our rebrand issue. You’ll have noticed a new logo on the cover, and if you’re picking this up at the show, you’ll see new branding across our entire portfolio. These changes are intended to reflect our expanding remit in this growing industry. Find out how on page 17. The changing role of the therapist in our diverse industry is also in the spotlight again this month, with the news that one salon professional has helped saved the lives of four clients so far, following her training to spot signs of skin cancer. Meanwhile, the debate about how far therapists should venture into the world of aesthetics has reached Parliament, indicating that we could be one step closer to regulation in that sector of the market. Find out more about both stories on page 15.
While the industry continues to develop at quite a pace, some trends are of course cyclical, a prime example being the renaissance of spiritual therapies in mainstream salons and spas. Where a few years ago, clients were turning their backs on relaxing rituals in favour of express, results-driven treatments, the continuing wellness trend is driving new consumers to seek out holistic therapies such as crystal healing or reiki. Check out our feature on page 116 to find out why.
This month, we’re also welcoming newcomers to this growing market. Our feature on page 72 explores what it takes to make it as a salon owner entering the industry from a non-beauty background, and indeed what outsiders can bring to the role, with a fresh outlook and skills. Whatever your specialism, there’s plenty of content to keep you engaged in this, our biggest issue of the year.