Below she has shared how she manages to juggle her family business, Nouveau Lashes trainer work, international jet-setting for CIDESCO, and still have the drive and enthusiasm to learn new tricks and techniques to broaden her experience and knowledge of all aspects of the beauty industry.
No, I didn’t train to be a therapist until I was 30. Prior to training I worked for a family business. It was mainly sales orientated but I did anything that needed doing!
When I graduated from The Yorkshire College of Beauty, I was taken on as a tutor covering someone’s maternity leave. One thing led to another and I ended up staying on for another 21 years(!) with the last 10 years in the role of Assistant Principal. I knew of Karen Betts from my time at the college, and decided to look into lash training with Nouveau Lashes. I was used to working with the best at YCOB, so I knew this was going to be the right company to train with.
I trained in LVL first in June 2013, and went on to complete Extend and Express. As soon as I started my training I realised I missed teaching, having left the College 6 months earlier – so I applied for a Nouveau Lashes Trainer vacancy!
I opened The Beauty Works in July 1998.
My daughter has worked with me since opening the salon, making it easier for me to balance both running the salon and teaching. I am also an International Examiner for CIDESCO having travelled worldwide in this role, so I manage to fit this in as well!
I’m an all-round therapist so I perform most treatments, specialising in advanced treatments such as red vein removal and 3D Lipo. I’m also currently undergoing training for Microblading…. proving you are never too old to learn!
Lashes can make such a difference to someone’s appearance, I get a kick out of seeing the reaction of my clients when they see the results. I enjoy the fast-moving pace of technology in the beauty industry, and lashes are no exception to this when it comes to advances in treatments and techniques.
I have always enjoyed passing on my skills and knowledge to students during their training. In the salon, I get the opportunity to help clients with whatever their needs are which is also very satisfying.
Lashes are a huge part of the beauty industry, and can prove very profitable. However, to reach your maximum potential you need to train with the best, be the best, use the best and give the best possible treatment and service to your clients. Don’t cut corners as clients deserve better. They know the difference between good treatments and bad treatments and are willing to pay for quality, so give them it!
I would certainly say go for it! Do your research, choose your location carefully, look at the market and find out who your competitors are. I firmly believe that if you give your clients the best possible treatment, use premium products and deliver the best customer service, you will be rewarded with success and have a great career ahead.
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