The saying, “All good things come to those who wait”, is true and has been one of the biggest trials of my life. As someone who constantly expects things to happen and to happen quickly, I definitely don’t like to wait or be kept waiting.
Marisa unknowingly began her career when she was 19 years old, much like most of our country’s students she studied yet still required some extra money to pay for her car, entertainment, and other 19-year-old-enmities. Marisa started a student job as a receptionist for a cosmetic company and within 6 months, had quit her studies, decided the Beauty and Wellness industry was her future- made the choice to pursue a career, never had she felt so persuaded, she saw a career that fit seamlessly into her life and played to her strengths. “Motivated and inspired by what she saw as the perfect career path, within 3 years Marisa grew from product trainer to sales rep to marketing manager and due to her abilities, attitude and fortitude was very fortunate to have learnt and excelled in all aspects of importing and distribution of cosmetic brands.
Marisa’s journey then took her to the ‘then’ biggest professional haircare distribution company where she headed up their skincare division. Within the short span of 2 years the division more than tripled its turnover with two new brands added to the portfolio, furthermore, within another 2 years the division doubled its turnover with yet another two brands “Déjà vu” was heard around the office. The company subsequently became the largest professional cosmetic distribution company in the country, all before Marisa was 25!
She started The Spa Consultants business 15 years ago after seeing and filling the gap in the marketplace for creative consultants with a sound knowledge of how a spa and salon business should operate. “Today we have over 40 completed spa and salon projects and more than 20 operations contracts under our portfolio.”
Marisa’s continuous innovation in developing new systems and evolving existing ones in the beauty business ensures a thoroughly sustainable and profitable operation all-round.
“Since I am a cosmetic junkie and cannot get enough of products, I always wanted to own my own brand!” Marisa was focusing only on spa and salon development and operations for the first 5 years; however, she was always on the lookout for opportunities to fill the obvious gaps discovered in the cosmetic arena of the spa and salon industry.
There was a challenge though as Marisa could not find the perfect balance in a brand, the balance of:
She decided to get her own brand formulated using the best-of-the-best ingredients, recyclable packaging, a value for money and very importantly the education of the product to ensure to the consumer and the skin therapist prescribing it that it is used correctly.
spalicious, catering for hands, feet and body was officially launched in 2009 with the goal of delivering a delicious, decadent, and memorable experience every time you use the products.
The range consists of body butters, scrubs, body masks, cuticle oils, anti-ageing hand and body products as well as an innovative three step cellulite management system. Everything you need to look after your skin and body from the neck to toes.
Today 10 years later Spalicious is in the process of repackaging – for the third time – ensuring a continuous evolution and growth within new market trends. Watch this space for our new Spalicious LOOK.
Always wanting to create and push the envelope Marisa launched SIX Sensational Skincare at the end of 2010.
The goal of the skincare brand was simple:
- Deliver International high-performance formulas
- Instantly transform the skin
- Affordable pricing
This was no easy task, since all ingredients are imported, yet 8 years later and no less than 3 formula upgrades later, SIX has positioned itself as the fastest growing professional cosmetic brand in SA and preparing for export in the coming year! A testament to Marisa’s endeavouring spirit and motivation!
The brand continued to grow and has added to a very strong aesthetic composition with SIX Aesthetix. SIX Aesthetix is primarily focused on medical type of treatments such as skin peels, Collagen Induction Therapy, Plasma Wave technology and a recent HydraFacial using whirlpool technology, a first globally.
Marisa’s latest project which she believes is going to change the way Spa and Salon Businesses run their operations is an online platform for ongoing Business Coaching for Spa Professionals. A platform for networking, live monthly solutions meetings, downloading spreadsheets and step-by-step of all systems required to run a spa business effectively. This platform goes live from June 2019. Named Spa Professionals Guild, it is set to change the industry!
Marisa has been nominated for, and won, numerous industry awards such as:
- Spa Ambassador
- Entrepreneur Awards
- Woman in Business and many, many more.
On top of being a business owner, entrepreneur, product creator and manager, mother, wife and friend, Marisa still manages to find time to contribute as writer for various magazines- both print and online and to be a sought-after public speaker and travels the globe giving presentations and coaching business owners and managers.
Whether it’s facing an industry problem heads-on and creating a solution, holding seminars and educational workshops globally, or discovering innovative ways of getting existing products or treatments into the hands of her suppliers and salon’s clientele, Marisa and her team are the full-one-stop-shop to create sustainable best in practise spa/salon businesses.
Marisa’s expertise, passion and experience is unmatched in the Beauty and Wellness industry. She states confidently. “Once you pursue your passion, you never work another day, what I do is not work, it’s love.”
As a qualified Aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience within the industry, I bring a wealth of local and international experience to my role at The Spa Consultants.
My career started at Camelot International Health & Skincare whilst assisting with the managing of the modular and part-time training division including the delivery of training modules to student Aestheticians.
I then headed off to the United Kingdom and spent time working at the largest day spa in London, The Sanctuary at Covent Garden, initially as a therapist and then onto becoming a team leader. I later took a position with Ultratone and traveled the United Kingdom training clients in the use of their health-care apparatus’.
Upon returning to South Africa I joined the management team at the prestigious Life Day Spa in Johannesburg.
The last 14+ years have seen me working closely with Marisa Dimitriadis, founder of The Spa Consultants and Spa Professionals Guild. From setting up new businesses, spas, and beauty salons to carrying out operational contracts for some of South Africa’s leading spa groups, we operate within every area of our and related industries. In addition to this consulting department, we constantly improve and further develop our results-driven SIX Skincare and Spalicious ranges of transformative skin and body care products.
I absolutely LOVE what I do, no two days are ever the same and it is so rewarding being able to see a project developed, from planning to breaking ground up until a running, successful operation whilst at the same time developing life-changing skincare products.
In addition to loving my work, I am very passionate about ensuring that all clients, colleagues, and other industry professionals have a great experience when working with me and can tangibly measure the value I add to their projects.