What is Hopi Ear Candling?


Ear candling is a holistic therapy that helps to improve symptoms of problems associated with the ear, nose, and throat. The treatment involves placing a hollow cone-shaped candle made of cotton that has been soaked in beeswax, honey, and herbs into the ear canal to remove excess wax and treat other problems. Ear candling can bring about a sense of deep relaxation and it can leave your clients feeling de-stressed and energised.

The history of ear candling

It is believed that the Ancient Greeks were the first to perform ear candling as part of cleansing and healing rituals. Then the Egyptians, Mayan, and Inca people adopted the practice. The ear candling technique we know today was first used by a Native American tribe called the Hopis, and this is where the name comes from.

The Hopis used ear candling in healing rituals, and the ingredients they used in their candles, cotton, beeswax, honey, sage, and chamomile, are still used today.

What happens during a treatment?

Before you carry out a treatment, you should discuss your client’s medical history and ask about any symptoms they are currently experiencing to determine whether ear candling is appropriate for them.

You should then place your client in a comfortable position on their side with their head supported by a pillow. Their hair should usually be covered with a small towel. The candle is then gently inserted into the ear and it’s allowed to burn for around 10 minutes.

When the candle is lit, the warm air rises and creates a vacuum, which stimulates the ear to get rid of wax and other blockages gently. Removing the wax and blockages clears the inner ear and the sinuses which should relieve any feelings of pressure.

Explain to your client that they may hear a crackling sound and feel a warm sensation as the candle burns.

The candle should then be removed gently from the ear and extinguished in water. The treatment is then repeated on the other ear, and the session finishes with a massage around the ears, face, and neck to promote lymphatic drainage and to boost the effects of the candling.

Allow your client to lie still for around 15 minutes after the treatment and give them a drink of water.

What are the benefits?

Hopi ear candling does not claim to be able to treat any ailments, though it can be used to relieve the symptoms of:

  • excessive ear wax, blocked sinuses
  • ear irritation
  • colds
  • flu
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • hay fever
  • anxiety and stress
  • asthma
  • vertigo

When should the candles not be used?

Hopi ear candling is a natural holistic treatment, though there are some risks. Care should always be taken when handling the lit candle and inserting it into a client’s ear.

Ear candling is not appropriate if:

  • The ear drum is perforated
  • Your client has an ear or sinus infection
  • Your client is allergic to any of the candle ingredients
  • Your client has high blood pressure

Train with us!

If you would love to be able to offer this relaxing and soothing treatment to your clients, why not train with us?

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.



How to Choose a Beauty Therapy Training Provider

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How to Choose a Beauty Therapy Training Provider

So you want to do some beauty therapy training. You know what type of course you want to do, and depending on the course, you might have saved up for it for a long time. But how do you know which training provider you can trust to give you high quality training, value for money, and a great experience?

All beauty courses are not equal. Standards and prices can vary, and some courses won’t prepare you very well for working in the industry at all.

We want to take the headache out of deciding where to do your training, by giving you some tips on how to choose a beauty therapy training provider.

Choosing a training provider; what you need to know

What experience does the training provider have?

How long have they been providing training and what relevant industry experience do they have?

How much is the training going to cost?

Training is a big financial investment usually, and while more expensive training is not necessarily better quality, neither is going cheap. It’s difficult, but before you part with any cash, try thinking about the benefits that the course is going to give you in the medium to long term.

Ask if the course cost involves materials and equipment or not, and factor in how much travelling to and from the course is going to cost too.

What facilities does the training provider give you access to?

Is there adequate space for delivery of the training, and is there ample car parking? Is all equipment you’ll be using safe and in good working order?

How is the training delivered?

Are training dates flexible and do you know exactly what will be required of you? For some courses, you might need to do written coursework for example.

Is the course accredited?

Check that your chosen course is accredited. This means that by passing it, you have been assessed to be of a certain standard. Employers will always ask for industry standard courses.

Do you get support after your course?

Will your tutor be accessible after the course so you can ask questions and get some guidance?

Do they have good feedback from learners?

This is a really good test of how good a training provider is. Have people left good reviews about the training they received or are the reviews not so good?

Why choose Essential Beauty Academy for your training?

Our director, Steph, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, and she’s worked everywhere from salons, to cruise ships, in schools, and now she’s the lead tutor in her own business.

Steph moved into teaching because she wanted to share her knowledge, skills, and experience with others, and to teach them how to do the job she loves.

She strives to provide learners with a friendly and supportive learning environment, because she understands that students can lose their confidence if they feel like they can’t quite get the hang of something. Doing your training with someone who really cares makes all the difference.

Steph teaches almost every course and classes are kept small, which makes for a relaxed learning environment.

When you leave the academy, you’ll not only leave with the skills to do treatments, you’ll leave with the confidence to be a very successful therapist.

Choose Essential Beauty Academy for a great learning experience.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342



How to Start a Mobile Beauty Therapy Business


Making someone look and feel their best is so rewarding, and this is one of the main reasons why people choose a career in beauty therapy.

After you have completed your qualifications, you might want your own salon, but what if this is not a practical option straight away? Well, one option is that you can set up your own mobile beauty therapy business. It gives you the chance to do your dream job, and fit it around your other commitments.

Many clients use a mobile therapist to do their treatments when it’s convenient for them. Clients can have the same choice of treatments in the privacy of their own home as they can have in a salon. Here’s how to start a mobile beauty therapy business.

Gain beauty therapy qualifications from a reputable training provider

Here at the academy, we offer a mobile beauty therapist qualification, which is a comprehensive 8-day course, focusing on the most popular and most often requested treatments, to get you on the path to running your own successful mobile beauty therapy business. Once you have completed your training, you can add on further courses if you wish. The more you can offer clients, the more they will book with you, time and time again.

What are the benefits of being a mobile beauty therapist?

  • You can choose your working hours
  • You can determine which clients you work with
  • You can increase your skills whenever and however you want

These are just some of the benefits of working for yourself.

Starting up as a mobile beauty therapist

What will you need?

You might need some kind of trolley to transport any kit like a mobile couch, and a reliable car is essential. You will need to make sure you update your car insurance to include business usage. Any other equipment you need will depend on the services you offer.

Some equipment you will probably need to consider includes:

  • Makeup and associated products: If you’re going to be doing makeup, you’ll need a full makeup kit, and a chair for your client.
  • Waxing kit: You’ll need things like paper towels, wax products, a heater to melt the wax, wax strips, and any aftercare products.
  • Manicure and pedicure equipment: You’ll need a variety of different nail colours, possibly a gel or nail extension kit if you’re going to be offering them, nail files, buffers, cuticle remover tools, and other hand and nail treatment products like cuticle oils.
  • Massage kit: You will probably need to invest in a folding treatment table, towels, massage oils, and maybe some scented candles or similar.


Insurance is a must when you are starting up, because you need to protect yourself and your clients. Look around for the most comprehensive insurance you can afford, even of it costs you a bit more, but make sure you’re getting a good deal. Not being fully insured could cost you more in the long run if you end up exposing yourself or your client to unnecessary risk. Remember too, that if you qualify in any new treatments, they will need to be covered by insurance too.

You’ll need

  • Public liability insurance: Which insures you against claims made against your business by a member of the public. This can include injury and loss or damage to property.
  • Product liability insurance: This applies to you if you sell products to customers. It insures you against any injury the product might cause to a client.
  • Professional indemnity insurance: This insurance will cover the cost of compensation for customers who suffer loss or damage in the event of being provided with negligent advice or services by you.

How to promote your mobile beauty business

Choosing a business name

Your business name is a part of your brand, and it will give your potential customers an idea of what you’re all about. It’s fine to be creative, but remember that your business name and any logos will be associated with the business for a long time. Check that the name is not too similar to other businesses, especially those operating in the same area you’re going to be working in.

Getting your business out there

You’ve set up your business, but now people need to know about it! Here’s the different ways you can promote your business:

Word of mouth

This is one of the most effective ways of advertising. Tell your friends and family that you have set up a business, what you are offering, and ask them to hand out some business cards or flyers for you. Think about offering some discounts to entice people to use your services. Ask your clients to leave reviews, make sure they get an excellent service, and they’ll be sure to tell people all about you.

Social media

A social media presence is a must for any business. Facebook is a great place to advertise your business as you can reach a lot of potential customers for quite a small amount of money. You can run competitions to win free treatments, or discounted treatments, you can post photos of your work, reviews from happy customers, and anything else you feel might be relevant to your current and potential customers. And as most of your services will be aimed at ladies, think about this; 76% of women have a Facebook account.

Set up a website

Most people will look on the internet for recommendations when they are looking for beauticians. You can either create your own site for free, or you can invest in a professional web designer that will put a little professional polish on a site for you.


Leaflets are an effective way of letting people in your local area know about your services, especially your prices and how they can contact you.

Business cards

They contain all the vital contact details clients need, plus they can double up as appointment cards, if you leave some space on the back.

Top tip!

Don’t expect your business to take off straight away. Building a client base takes time. Focus on promoting your business through social media and word of mouth, and ask clients to leave reviews. Your reputation will soon grow.

You can do a job you love and build a business to be proud of. The key is to offer a wide range of services at reasonable prices. One way to continually offer clients more, is to advance your skills by gaining more qualifications.

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be. For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342

The Benefits of Massage


Massage is a technique that involves pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There are many different types of massage, and it is often considered as a type of complementary or alternative medicine. It is commonly being used alongside other treatments for different health conditions as its benefits become more well-known.

The benefits of massage

Several studies of the benefits of massage have found that it can be effective for reducing stress, pain, and tension in the muscles. More research is needed into what the wider benefits are, but there is evidence to suggest that it might also be helpful for:


Digestive problems


Headaches and migraine

Stress-related sleeping problems

Are there any risks involved with massage?

Most people will benefit from a massage, however, getting a massage might not be appropriate for you if:

  • You have a bleeding disorder or you take blood-thinning medication
  • You have burns or other skin wounds
  • You have a fracture or severe osteoporosis

People who have cancer, or pregnant women, should discuss massage therapy with their doctor.

What to expect during a massage

Before your massage, your therapist will ask about any health conditions you may have. They will then leave the room so you can get undressed. You will only need to undress to the point where you feel comfortable, and you will be asked to lie on the massage table and cover yourself with a towel or sheet that is provided.

A massage session can last up to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage you have. Don’t be afraid to tell your therapist if you prefer less or more pressure. Sometimes, if you have a knot that needs working out, it can feel uncomfortable, but if anything feels too uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to say so.

The different types of massage

There are many different types of massage you can get but let’s look at a few of the most common types that clients love;

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is one of the most well-known types of massage and it forms the basis of other types of massage that you’re probably familiar with, including deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage.

If you are new to massage, or you don’t get one that often, a Swedish massage is a good place to start.

What to expect 

When you have a Swedish massage, the therapist will use oil and perform different types of massage strokes to warm up the muscle tissues, release any tension and work out any knots. The therapist will usually start working on your arms, move to the front of your legs, then the back of your legs, and finish with your back.

Swedish massage should generally be very relaxing, but remember to tell your therapist if you would prefer lighter or stronger pressure.

Hot stone massage


Hot stone massage is a special massage, where the therapist places smooth, heated stones on the body. The heat is very relaxing and it also helps to warm up the tissues so the therapist can give you a deeper massage.

What to expect

The stones will have been heated before you arrive. You will usually lie on the massage table face down, then the therapist will start working on your back. The therapist will warm up the tissues with a Swedish massage, then they will massage you while holding a heated stone. As the original stone cools down, it is replaced with another. Larger stones are used on bigger muscle groups, while smaller stones are used on smaller muscle groups.

The therapist might also place some heated stones on certain points along your spine, in the palms of your hand, on your stomach, or even between your toes, which is believed to improve the flow of energy in your body.

Always tell the therapist if the stones feel too warm or the pressure is too much.

When to avoid a hot stone massage

A hot stone massage is not appropriate for you if you are pregnant, you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or if you are on blood thinning medication.

Indian head massage


An Indian head massage is a relaxing treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck, and shoulders. This type of massage has been practised in India since ancient times, and it’s geared towards encouraging balance and healing throughout your entire body.

As well as this, the massage can relieve aches, pains, and tension in your neck, back and shoulders, relieve stress and help you sleep better.

What to expect

The massage can be quite firm but you’ll feel so relaxed afterwards.

The day you get an Indian head massage is not the day to have your best hair do. You will most likely have oils massaged into your scalp so your hair might look like an oil slick! Just plan to do nothing but relax afterwards.

Tell your therapist if:

You are, or you think you might be, pregnant

You have any medical conditions, or you are on medication

You have any skin allergies

Why not train with us?

Who doesn’t love a massage? Why not join one of our massage courses and make your clients feel like they’re walking on air? A relaxed client is a happy client!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342



What is Reflexology?


Here at the academy, we teach students how to do treatments that will help a client to look and feel amazing. But feeling amazing comes from not just looking good on the outside, but feeling good from the inside out.

That is one of the reasons why we teach holistic therapies, such as reflexology, which is not only relaxing, it’s great for your general wellbeing.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of complementary therapy which involves using massage and applying pressure to reflex areas in either the hands or feet.

How does it work?

There are points on the hands and feet which are connected to certain organs and parts of the body, through energy channels.

By applying pressure to these areas, any energy blockages can be removed which can then bring about health benefits. The right foot is related to the right side of the body and the left foot corresponds to the left side. The whole body can be treated through the feet.

Here are some examples of reflex areas and their corresponding body parts:

  • The tips of the toes are related to the head
  • The ball of the foot is related to the heart and chest
  • The arch of the foot is related to the liver, pancreas, and kidneys
  • The area towards the heel is related to the lower back and the intestines

Why might someone get reflexology?

People might get reflexology for a range of conditions including:


Tension headaches and migraines

Digestive problems like constipation



Hormone imbalances

Sports injuries


Back pain

The research behind reflexology

Surveys carried out by The British Reflexology Association found that people who had conditions like stress, insomnia and IBS benefitted from having treatment.

A review published in 2015 in the Integrative Cancer Therapies journal found that reflexology was effective for relieving cancer pain, especially post-operative pain.

What is a reflexology session like?

A typical treatment is 30 to 60 minutes long. The therapist will ask you to fill in a form about your health and lifestyle, and this information is used to personalise your treatment.

You will then be asked to remove your shoes and socks and get yourself comfortable on the massage table.

The therapist will assess your feet and apply pressure to certain points to find any areas which might be tender. Massage might be used to warm the feet, then finger and thumb pressure is then used to carry out the reflexology techniques. The sensitivity of people’s feet varies from person to person and the therapist will understand how to apply the correct pressure. The massage should not feel uncomfortable even if you have sensitive feet, and don’t worry about being ticklish; the therapist uses firm pressure.

How will I feel afterwards?

Most people will feel calm and relaxed after a reflexology session. You might notice that you feel sleepier than usual.

How safe is reflexology?

Reflexology is generally safe but as with any treatment, it’s not suitable for everyone. Make sure you give the therapist an accurate picture of your health, and if you aren’t sure about whether the treatment is suitable for you, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor before trying it.

If you have foot ulcers, a recent injury, any foot or ankle wounds, gout, diabetes, osteoarthritis in your foot or ankle, or a heart problem, reflexology might not be appropriate for you.

Reflexology is usually safe in pregnancy, after the first trimester. If in doubt, see your GP for advice.

Fancy giving it a go and really making a difference to the wellbeing of your clients? Do your reflexology training with us! Check out our full range of holistic courses here.


Top to Toe Holiday Beauty


If you’re heading off somewhere sunny this autumn to escape the approach of the colder temperatures, you don’t want to be hitting the beach with pasty skin or a stubbly bikini line. Everyone wants to look and feel their best on holiday, and why shouldn’t you?

Here’s our guide to top to toe holiday beauty to get you beach ready.


Get your hair cut and coloured

Have your colour done and your hair cut around a week before you go away to give it time to settle. It takes around 48 hours for the hair cuticle to close and lie smooth again, so if you immediately go out in the sun, there’s a chance your colour will fade.

To protect your colour when you’re sunbathing or in the pool, use a hair conditioner, and wear a hat if you can so the sun doesn’t leave your hair feeling parched.


Lash & eyebrow tint or lash extensions

Get this done at least a few days before you go away, as this gives the dye a chance to fade slightly so it looks more natural. Tinted lashes will make you look made up without the need for mascara and panda eyes that happen in the heat and the pool.

Lash extensions are waterproof and they will look the part all day, whether you’re swimming or partying. Always use an oil-free make up remover on your eyes though as products containing oils will weaken the lash bonds and the last thing you want is a lash line full of gaps!

Learn how to tint lashes and brows, and how to do lash extensions to make your clients feel super glam on holiday on our lash and brow tinting and lash extension courses.



Get into a routine of buffing your body before you go away and it will help your tan last for longer and you’ll hit the beach with beautiful smooth skin.


For smooth legs, armpits and bikini lines, waxing is the way to go. You don’t want to waste valuable tanning or sangria drinking time shaving! Exfoliate before you get waxed to avoid ingrown hairs, and if you are having a spray tan, wax a few days beforehand, then have the tan the day before you go away. Waxing after a tan can remove the tan and make it look patchy.

Why not sign up for our waxing courses so you can send your clients away on holiday all happy with baby smooth skin? Our courses cover all aspects of waxing, including intimate waxing, preparing your client, and aftercare.


Getting into the habit of moisturising your skin if you don’t already is a great way to make sure your skin is baby soft and glowing when you hit the beach. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too, to hydrate your skin from within.

Hands and feet


Manicure & Pedicure

Make a manicure and pedicure your last port of call before your holiday, then it’s less likely that it will chip before you jet off.

Either visit the salon or treat your feet at home. Use a foot scrub, file, or pumice stone to slough off dead skin, then trim your toenails with nail scissors, or use nail clippers. Trim or clip nails as straight as you can and don’t cut them too short as this can lead to ingrown toenails.

The skin on the feet is around 10 times thicker than it is on the rest of the body, so use a rich foot lotion, then pop on a pair of cotton socks to help it absorb. Sandal pretty feet, here we come!

As for your hands, try to get a manicure as late as possible so there’s less risk of chipping your polish, or why not try gel polish? It’ll last 2-3 weeks and it protects your natural nails and promotes healthy growth.

Why not become a manicure and pedicure pro on one of our courses and give your clients pretty hands and feet for their holidays?





Top Tips for Beautiful Bridal Makeup

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It’s that time of year again, wedding season!

Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day. After all, you’re the centre of attention and you want amazing photographs, because you’ll have them for a lifetime. You should aim to look like a more radiant and polished version of yourself, but at the same time, wedding makeup needs to last for hours and it needs to stand out on photos.

Whether you are having your makeup professionally done or you are doing it yourself, follow these tips for perfect bridal makeup on your big day.

Back to basics: Perfect your skincare routine

Don’t start using new products or having facials the week before your wedding in case any breakouts or sensitivities occur. Start a skincare routine a few months before your big day.

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise

Cleansing removes dirt, excess oil and bacteria from your skin which will help to keep your pores nice and clear. Use a toner to remove any residue from the cleanser, but avoid using anything too harsh which can strip your skin of its natural oils.

Exfoliation gets rid of any dead skin cells which can clog the pores and cause breakouts. Use a facial scrub either once per week if you have dry skin, or twice per week if your skin is prone to oiliness or breakouts.

Whatever your skin type, use a moisturiser to hydrate your skin. If you have oilier skin, try a light, water-based moisturiser. Remember to hydrate from the inside too by drinking plenty of water. This is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin.

Before we get on to the makeup…

Be true to yourself

If a more natural look is your thing, don’t ask for bold makeup, because the chances are you won’t like it. Plus, the bolder the makeup, the more retouching it will need. Go with what makes you look and feel amazing, because you still want your groom to recognise you at the altar!

The problem of flash photography

Flash photography is an issue most brides have to deal with. But while it’s true that make up generally needs to be stronger for the camera, it doesn’t need to be caked on. Instead, focus on adding definition around the eyes, lips, and the brow bone. Make sure you have some colour on your cheeks too so you don’t look washed out on photos.

Start with good foundations

Your wedding day is a long day, and so your makeup will have to work extra hard, and last through nervous sweats, tears, and outbreaks of shine. So you need a good quality foundation. Apply a primer underneath to make your foundation last and to create a smooth base for your makeup. For a flawless finish, use a foundation brush and blend it with a sponge.

When choosing a foundation, be sure to test it in natural lighting. Apply some to your jawline and blend it in. The right shade will disappear into the skin. Don’t check the shade on the skin of your hand as it is almost always a different colour from your face.

There are many different types of foundation, so choose one which best provides the coverage you need. Liquid foundation generally gives a light coverage. If you are opting for liquid foundation, look for one with a slightly matte finish so you don’t look shiny in your photos.

If you want more coverage, cream to powder foundations are a good choice.

Apply concealer

Apply a concealer over your eye lids and under your eyes to keep your eyes looking fresh. Apply concealer after your foundation so you won’t wipe it off when you put your foundation on. Set your foundation and concealer with a loose powder, which will banish shine and make your base last. Keep a compact powder handy to touch up any areas that get shiny through the day.

To tan or not to tan?

If you are thinking about getting a spray tan done for your wedding day, make sure that your foundation and powder match your tanned skin, or your face will look too pale on your photos.

Add A flush of blush

Add shape and colour to your face with blusher. A cream blusher is good for a dewy look, but a powder blusher is longer lasting in general. Concentrate the colour on the apple of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

The eyes have it

Shaping and defining your eyebrows can have a dramatic lifting effect on your face, and good eye makeup adds definition to the eyes and enhances your eye colour. A smoky eye can look glamorous, and it doesn’t have to be in a dark colour to look effective either. And the most important point about your eye makeup; wear waterproof mascara!

A perfect pout

If you have thin lips, use a lighter shade of lipstick. Don’t underestimate how strategic application of lip liner and gloss can give the illusion of a fuller pout.

Stay picture perfect all day

Ask your bridesmaids to keep some key makeup items for you, like a compact powder and lip gloss, so you can touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Our 1-day cosmetic makeup course is the perfect way to learn professional makeup application techniques, skin care tips, and how to create different looks for your clients to make them look and feel amazing. It covers day to evening makeup, corrective makeup, and bridal makeup, so you will be well equipped to make any bride look beautiful on her wedding day.








Following My Dream: My Beauty Therapy Career

Following My Dream: My Beauty Therapy Career

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So many people come to do their beauty therapy training with me, and they lack confidence. They really want to be a skilled beauty therapist, but for whatever reason, they don’t believe that they can do it. Well I’m here to tell you that you can!

I wanted to write this blog to share the story of how I put aside all the knock-backs and started following my dream, to have a career in beauty therapy.

Humble beginnings

I remember knowing that I wanted to be a beauty therapist way back when I was just 12 years old. A teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and without hesitation, I replied ‘a beautician’ (even though it turns out that I now hate this name!) I also added that I wanted to work on cruise liners.

This was ambitious to say the least, for the little girl who grew up in Ashington. I don’t even recall my parents having a car, so how I was going to work my way up to a cruise liner, I have no idea!

Computer says no

When I started high school, I still knew I wanted to do beauty therapy. Back in 1995, I was 15 years old, and I remember visiting the school careers advisor, who asked me questions like ‘are you confident with people?’ I replied no; I mean, how many people are at that age?

As he fed my responses into the computer and handed me a printout stating I wasn’t cut out for that career, based on my answers, I was crushed.

But I decided that I wouldn’t let what the computer said put me off. I enrolled at college, and I couldn’t wait to start my beauty therapy career. The tutor who conducted my enrolment interview warned me that it could involve long hours and very little pay, but it didn’t put me off. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I just couldn’t wait to start doing beauty treatments on clients!

From zero confidence to student of the year!

Before I knew it, my school days were gone, I was at college, and living the beauty therapy dream…or not. I hated it! I hated it because I had zero confidence in what I was doing and I felt like I lacked the skills to do manicures, pedicures, waxing, and makeup. I was struggling.

Looking back, I realised that it was the tutors that make the difference to how you learn and how you feel about what you’re learning. They either instil you with confidence or they don’t. I wanted to be the best that I could be, but my inner critic was telling me that I just wasn’t good enough.

I struggled my way through my first year of training, but I felt more confident and at ease in my second year. I trained in Electrolysis, and I took extra time to complete this as I lacked confidence that I was doing it right. It took me 3 years to finish my beauty training.

But you know what? I stuck at it, and my grit and determination led to me being named as Student of the Year! I was delighted and so proud.

Work experience

Steiner came to my college to interview beauty therapists who would potentially be working on their cruise liners. This was my big chance of getting my dream job, and I passed the interview with flying colours. But I didn’t accept the job. Why, you might ask? Well, I was in a relationship at the time, and didn’t want to leave. Young love never did make any sense!

In 1999, I went on to work at Linden Hall Hotel and Spa and I absolutely loved it. I remember thinking that there’s nothing better than getting paid for what you love doing. I spent my days using my skills, pampering clients with massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures, and my confidence grew. Training can only teach you so much, everyone develops their own ways of working when they start working with clients.

I left my job at Linden Hall as I couldn’t drive, and relying on lifts wasn’t the ideal way to get to work. So, I went on to work in a salon. I worked there for 3 years, and I gained so much experience during that time. I had a really inspirational boss; little did I know that this would set me up for self-employment in the future!

Following my dream

After a long-term relationship ended, I felt like it was the time to think about working on cruise ships like I had always wanted. A good friend I had worked with at Linden Hall gave me the details of a contact at Judith Jackson Sea Spas. This was my chance! I got the job and travelled all over the world to some dream locations; the Caribbean, America, Canada, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, and Jamaica to name but a few! The dream I had from when I was 12 years old had come true!


steph cruise photo career

Anything is possible!

I will continue my career saga soon, but the reason I wrote this blog is that I want to get the message across that if you have dreams, and you’re willing to show commitment, and persevere, even when the going gets tough, you will find that anything is possible!

Choose the right place to do your training, the right tutor, and believe in yourself, and the world is your oyster! Watch this space for the next instalment…


Steph xx