Do you Know Your Nail Treatments?

Our nail courses are some of our most popular courses, and for good reason. One, gorgeous nails make clients look and feel great, and two, nail treatments bring repeat business for you as a therapist.

In this blog, I’m going to look at the different nail treatments you might want to offer, and the benefits of training in them for you and your clients.


Manicure training is a great investment, mainly because you’ll learn everything you need to know before you can go onto do other courses. For example, before you can do treatments like Gellux, you need to know about the structure of the nail and different polishing techniques. It’s no surprise, then, that our manicure course is one of our most popular nail courses.

Clients love being pampered and having their hands and nails cared for, and you’ll benefit from regular repeat custom.

Benefits of having manicures on your treatment menu

  • You can help clients improve the health of their natural nails;
  • The outlay for equipment is low, and there’s the option to upsell nail polishes that clients can use at home;
  • Manicures are always popular and you can enhance treatments with little luxuries at extra cost, like heated mitts.


Pedicures are a great addition to any treatment menu. A pedicure can feel like a soothing treat for busy, stressed out clients, and it’s a good treatment to offer as part of a holiday/pamper package alongside other treatments. Many students do their pedicure and manicure courses at the same time.

Benefits of having pedicures on your treatment menu

  • It’s a great treatment to add into a package;
  • If you want to go down the holistic route, it’s a lovely treatment to combine with other relaxing treatments;
  • It’s an opportunity to upsell products like foot scrubs and lotions;
  • Just like manicure, a pedicure can be enhanced with extra little touches like heated booties for an extra cost.

Acrylic extensions

Our acrylic nail course is still popular, despite a general shift towards clients preferring gel nails as they tend to be gentler on the natural nail. They take longer to apply than gel nails, but clients get instant additional nail length which they’ll love if they just can’t get their natural nails to grow. Acrylics need regular maintenance, so they’re guaranteed repeat business for you.

Benefits of having acrylic nail extensions on your treatment menu

  • Acrylics are generally durable and hard-wearing;
  • There are a lot of options available to clients in terms of nail shape, colour, and nail art;
  • For you as a therapist, acrylics don’t require a lot of outlay, and if you’re mobile, there’s no UV lamp required to set the nails/polish, so you can travel light!

Gel extensions

Our gel nail extension course is becoming ever more popular. It gives clients a bit of a more natural look and you also won’t have any whiffy acrylic vapours to deal with either.

Gel nails can be applied over the nail tip to extend natural nails, or if the client wants stronger natural nails, the gel can be applied over the entire nail. Like acrylics, these need maintenance every 2-3 weeks.

Benefits of having gel extensions on your treatment menu

  • If you’re a mobile therapist or your treatment room isn’t well ventilated, you won’t have to deal with strong odours like with acrylics;
  • Gel extensions give clients a natural look; perfect for pretty, understated wedding nails;
  • If you make a mistake or want to tweak something you can-the nail only sets once it’s been under the UV lamp;
  • In terms of transporting and storing your products, there’s less risk of spillages than with acrylic nails because the product comes ready mixed.

Gel polish

Gel polish training is popular because application is quick and easy to learn and it gives clients fast and long-lasting results. Gel polish only takes around 30-45 minutes to do and it will last for up to 3 weeks. For therapists, gel polish treatments can mean a lot of repeat custom. When clients see how much healthier and stronger their natural nails become after having gel polish, it can become addictive!

Benefits of having gel polish treatments on your menu

  • It’s a quick and easy treatment to do;
  • It’s perfect for clients who want strong healthy nails without nail extensions;
  • You can let your creativity shine if you add some nail art to treatments;

If you want to build your business and keep a loyal client base, nail treatments are a great way to go. Our nail technician courses are affordable and are a great investment. It won’t take you long at all to make your money back and you can start earning from day one.

Fancy turning your hand to giving clients the gift of beautiful nails?

Train with us!

If you’re looking to kickstart your beauty career, you’ve come to the right place.

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.

Level 2 Beauty Therapy Training is Here!

You might have heard that the academy is now a VTCT accredited training centre and we’re all ready to start teaching Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy courses in the new year!

Why is this such good news?

Accredited courses are more recognised in the industry. Employers look for these qualifications, and they can open up a lot of doors for you, nationally and internationally. They’re also a brilliant foundation if you want to eventually move into other areas of the industry like aesthetics and teaching.

VTCT qualifications

Think of these qualifications as the gold standard in the industry. They’re recognised everywhere, and if you hold one, employers will know that you are trained to the required standard to help them comply with local authority regulations and insurance requirements. Not all qualifications are accredited by VTCT, some are insurance-based. These are usually further training qualifications that are taken by people who are already qualified therapists working in the industry, or those who are self-employed.

Where can you work with an accredited qualification?

Well, the world is your oyster once you’re qualified. You can work in health spas, salons and on cruise ships, you can start working for yourself, or you can go down the teaching and assessing route.

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What’s involved?

  • On our level 2 course, you’ll cover a lot of comprehensive units including:
  • Facial Skin Care
  • Hair Waxing Techniques
  • Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Make-up
  • Tanning Techniques
  • Health and Safety
  • Client Care and Communication

The important details

The course is starting on 15th January and it will run every Tuesday from 10am-4pm for 18 weeks*

(*As long as all of your coursework and assessments are done. )

Speaking of coursework, you’ll do most of your theory and portfolio work at home, while your time at the academy will be spent doing practical work and assessments.

Course costs

The total cost is £1,850. Think of this as an investment in yourself and your future. If you’re just starting off in the industry, or you want to get into the industry, you’ll be opening up so many more opportunities and you’ll get your career off on the right foot. And what’s more, you’ll have the in-depth knowledge about treatments you’ll need to be a confident and competent therapist.

What do the course costs include?

The VTCT course prices include training, coursework, standard assessment and registration fees. Kits are required towards coursework and assessments. These will cost around £200 and they’re not included in the price.

Why should you do your training with us?

VTCT learners

You’ll have a highly experienced tutor with 20 years’ experience in the industry and 10 years’ teaching experience (that’s me!). I believe in helping everyone get the best from their training, so class numbers are kept to a maximum of 3. That way, it’s a nice informal, relaxed atmosphere and I can give you all of the help and attention you need.

Our level 2 is the course for you!

If you want to get into the beauty industry and have an accredited qualification to kick start your career, our level 2 course is the course for you!

If you want great training in a relaxed, friendly, and informal environment at an academy with onsite parking and excellent transport links, get in touch.

To find out more, to book, or to discuss payment options, contact me at or on 07825 337342



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.



Say Goodbye to Mascara with a Lash Lift

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A lash lift is a treatment that defines your lashes and lifts them from the root, making them point towards your eyebrows. This makes your lashes look fuller and longer, and it doesn’t damage your natural lashes.

What does the treatment involve?

Silicon moulds are adhered carefully and gently to your eyelid, and then a gel is applied to the eyelash roots that lifts them upwards towards the eyebrows.

How long does the treatment take?

It usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour to do a lash lift, and longer if you decide to add any treatment like a lash tint to further enhances the look of your lashes.

How long does a lash lift last?

The treatment lasts for 6-8 weeks, and this can vary. Some things can cause the lashes to drop more quickly, such as swimming, or using harsh products or heat on your lashes.

What about wearing makeup?

You can wear makeup, but leave your lashes bare for at least 24 hours after the treatment. You will probably find that you won’t need mascara anyway. If you do want to wear mascara, wear a non-waterproof one, as waterproof formulas are harder to remove and can weaken the lash lift.

Why your clients will love a lash lift

  • It makes the eyes look brighter and more awake instantly
  • The lashes look lusciously fuller and longer
  • A lash lift is a great alternative to eyelash extensions; you get fuller, longer lashes without the maintenance
  • The treatment doesn’t damage the natural eyelashes

Why should you sign up for our lash lift training?

The treatment gives clients such fab results, they will become addicted to having it done, and because it lasts for 6-8 weeks, that means repeat bookings; great news for you and your business!

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

The Secret to Beautiful Eyelashes


They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and who doesn’t yearn for beautiful, long eyelashes? The secret to beautiful eyelashes is to care for the lashes you’ve got, and if you want more of a flutter, you can always fake it!

Caring for your lashes

The first step to getting beautiful lashes is to look after what God gave you.

Moisturise your lashes

This can prevent them from breaking and help them become stronger and healthier. Apply a tiny bit of natural oil like sweet almond oil to your lashes every evening before bed. Take care not to get any in your eye! This will condition them nicely.

Choose a good mascara

There are some mascaras that contain vitamins and other ingredients that claim to condition your lashes and help them grow. Why not give them a go? high street mascaras are getting better all the time.

Treat your lashes gently

Don’t rub your eyelashes too much or pull on them as they can break. Eyelash curlers can cause them to break if you use them too often, especially the heated ones.

What if you want to fake it?

Eyelash extensions

If you aren’t blessed with naturally long fluttery eyelashes, there are a few options for you. You can fake it with falsies, which to be honest, have come a long way. The downsides though, are that sometimes applying them can be fiddly, and some eyelash glues on the market can cause irritation of the eyelids. Or you can try eyelash extensions.

How are eyelash extensions applied?

Lashes are applied on at a time, using a semi-permanent glue. There are 3 types of lashes; synthetic, silk, and mink.

How long does it take to apply them?

Applying a full set of lash extensions usually takes around 2 hours. You can also get a half set of lashes, which can be used to make your natural lashes look fuller.

Can the glue get into your eyes?

This is unlikely as your eyes will be shut during the application. However, some glues can cause irritation in some people. If you experience a burning sensation, or any discomfort during the application, this is a definite sign that you might be allergic to the glue.

How often should you get lash extensions done?

Your natural lash growth cycle is around 6-8 weeks, and this is roughly how long a set of lash extensions will last. You might need a bit of maintenance every 4 weeks to maintain the fullness of your lashes.

Do lash extensions fall out?

Each extension is fixed to one of your own eyelashes, so they will naturally fall out as your natural lashes grow. Avoid picking at them or pulling them if you want to keep your extensions looking good for longer.

Is there anything I should avoid after having eyelash extensions?

Keep water away from your extensions for up to 24 hours after you have had them done, as water can weaken the glue. It is recommended that you avoid using any oil-based products on your lashes for the same reason, and don’t use waterproof mascara as it increases the likelihood that you’ll pull your extensions out when you try to remove it.

If you want to wear mascara, apply it to the tips of the extensions only, as applying it at the base of the lashes can look clumpy.

Will lash extensions damage my natural lashes?

As long as your lash extensions are applied properly by a trained therapist, they shouldn’t cause damage to your lashes. But you have to make sure that you avoid rubbing your eyes or pulling on the lashes, as this is what can cause damage.

If you would like to learn how to give your clients eyelashes that flutter and make them look extra glamorous, sign up for our eyelash extension training course, which covers everything from the initial client consultation, to lash application, aftercare, and removal.

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

How to Prepare Your Skin for Waxing


If you just can’t do without your regular wax but you dread the pain, here are some tips and tricks to show you how to prepare your skin for waxing so that it’s as easy and (relatively) painless as possible.

Top tips to prepare for waxing

Before your wax:

Let the hair grow

You need at least ¼ inch of hair growth for an effective wax, if you have any less, you won’t get a good result and it will be more painful generally.


Before you go for your wax, exfoliate to scrub away any dead skin and free any hairs that might be trapped under the skin. The less dead skin there is, the less pull there’ll be when the wax strips are removed and it will feel less painful.

Prevent ingrown hairs

The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate regularly and keep your skin as hydrated as you can by moisturising when you get out of the shower.

Think about pain relief

30 minutes to an hour before your appointment time, try an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to slightly take the edge off the discomfort. Generally, avoid getting a wax just before your period, as you tend to be more sensitive to pain.

Inform your therapist about any medication you’re on

Some medications can cause skin sensitivity, and some can even make it dangerous to get a wax! These include:

Oral and topical antibiotics

These cause skin sensitivity. Wait until you’re off the medication to get a wax.

Over the counter topical products containing Retinol

Stop using them a week before your wax

Accutane (for acne)

Don’t get a wax for a year after you have used the treatment

Any medications for acne or topical steroid creams are likely to make your skin thinner and drier than usual. This can cause skin lift which can leave a mark or burn on the skin and leave it vulnerable to infection.

After your wax:

Soothe the skin

Applying aloe vera gel or something similar to the skin after the wax to calm any redness or irritation.

Give the sunbathing and sunbeds a miss

Your skin will be sensitive and it needs time to calm down. It will also be a lot more prone to burning and the heat will cause irritation. Getting a spray tan is also a no no, getting a spray tan on waxed skin will result in stinging and a patchy tan!

Skip the workout

After a wax, your hair follicles are open, so your skin is more vulnerable to irritation from sweat and even infection. Wait 24 hours, then you’re good to go.

Get a regular wax

Your hair grows in cycles, so having a wax roughly every 4 weeks is ideal.

Wear loose clothing


Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes after your wax, especially if you have had a bikini wax, as it can cause friction and discomfort.

Waxing is a very popular treatment to offer clients, and waxing products are getting better all the time. Why not do one of our waxing courses and help your clients feel ultra groomed all year round?


How to Get the Perfect Eyebrows


Nothing makes a difference to your face like well-shaped eyebrows. They frame your face and can give it an instant lift. Brow fashion does change, and we’ve gone from the thin pencilled look of the 1990’s to today’s fuller brow with a prominent arch.

But whatever is in fashion, you should think about which brow shape is best for your face and go from there.

Here’s how to get the perfect eyebrows:

Leave them be!

Step away from the tweezers! If you over pluck your eyebrows it can look unflattering and it will be all the more difficult to get them into a lovely natural shape. Leave them alone for a few weeks at least, no matter how tempted you may be to pluck them, and go and see a beauty therapist for a professional shaping. You can then just remove the stray hairs in between salon visits.

Don’t fight what nature gave you

Don’t stray too far from your original eyebrow shape, so no shaving bits off or making them look too different with makeup, because your natural brow shape is the one that will complement your face shape the most.

How to work out your ideal brow shape

Where should your eyebrows start?

Draw an imaginary straight line from the outside of your nose to your brows. This is where the eyebrows should start on most people. If you have a large forehead, avoid removing too much hair from in between the brows as this can make the forehead look bigger.

How to shape an arch

Place a ruler, or anything straight on the tip of your nose, and place it on a diagonal so it crosses the pupil of the eye. The point where it lies on your brow should be where the arch of your brow is.

Trim the brows if necessary

Once you have determined your ideal shape, use an eyebrow brush or comb and brush the hairs upwards. Carefully trim any excessively long hairs.

Tweeze any strays

It’s a good idea to use a white eyeliner or concealer to highlight any stray hairs that fall outside of your ideal shape so that you don’t over pluck.

Use makeup to enhance your natural brows

Use an eyebrow gel to tame unruly hairs, and use a pencil or powder to fill in any gaps. Always use a light touch. If you have very light eyebrows, choose a colour just slightly darker than your natural shade, or try eyebrow tinting.

And nobody should be using a black pencil to fill in their eyebrows, even ladies with very dark hair. Use a dark brown pencil or powder, as black eyebrows are likely to look too harsh.

Enlist the help of a professional


Find a beauty therapist to help you determine the shape of your eyebrows. They will use techniques like waxing and threading to help you achieve your best brows ever. They will be able to help get your brows fairly symmetrical too, which is quite difficult to do on your own.

Having nicely shaped eyebrows can make such a difference to someone’s face, why not learn how to be a brow expert by doing our brow shaping and tinting course?

How To Prepare for a Spray Tan


We all love the sun, but we also know that there is no safe way to tan in the sun. In the long-term, too much exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, wrinkles, and it can increase your risk of skin cancer.

But if you love a tan, why not try a spray tan? They are great for a special occasion or a night out, and you can achieve the ‘just been on holiday’ look, minus the skin damage.

The key to a beautiful spray tan is preparing your skin, and following a few easy tips to maintain your tan for as long as possible.

Here’s how to prepare for a spray tan:

Before your spray tan…

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Buff away any rough, dry skin the day before your spray tan, as this will help to create a nice smooth surface for your tan. If you don’t exfoliate, your tan might look patchy once it starts to fade, and the tan will appear darker on the rougher areas. Concentrate on the areas where the skin is usually roughest, like elbows, knees, and ankles. Exfoliating will also make your tan last longer.

Wax or shave the day before, or sooner

If you are getting a wax, try and get it at least 24 hours before your spray tan, ideally 48 hours, to allow your pores to close properly. If you don’t leave enough time after hair removal, the tan can sit in your pores and leave you looking blotchy, and it can also cause irritation.

Moisturise the day before

This will treat any dryness and will provide a nice smooth base for your tan.

Leave the skin product free on the day

Shower before your spray tan, but don’t apply any moisturisers, perfume, deodorant, or makeup. These can form a barrier and prevent the skin from absorbing the tan, and you can end up with light patches.

If you really need to, use a baby wipe to wipe your underarms or to wipe off make up when you reach the salon.

Wear dark, loose clothing

Some of the guide colour of the tan can rub off on tight fitting clothes, so avoid tight waistbands and straps. Any stains won’t show up on dark clothing. And go bra-less if you can, for the same reason!

Plan ahead

Try to have your spray tan done 1 or 2 days before your special event or night out. This gives the tan time to settle, and it generally looks best a day or so after it has been done.

At the salon…

Don’t wear your best lingerie! You’ll usually be provided with a lovely paper thong for your treatment.

Ask any questions you need to, though the therapist will be able to advise you on what depth of tan will suit you most and give you tips on aftercare.

After your spray tan…

To maintain your tan, follow these tips:

  • Follow the instructions your therapist gives you about when you can have a shower. The tan needs time to absorb into the skin. When you do have a shower, it’s normal to see some colour washing off. This is usually just the colour or cosmetic bronzer, it’s not your tan washing off.
  • Don’t moisturise your skin until you have had your first shower, as this can cause streaking. But moisturising daily after this can help to maintain your tan.
  • Don’t exercise until after your first shower. Sweating will make your tan fade quicker, especially in the body fold areas.
  • Don’t exfoliate for at least 48 hours after your treatment. After this, you can exfoliate, but do so gently. Don’t rub skin dry when you get out of the shower, pat it dry gently.
  • If you are sun-bathing, remember to wear a sunscreen. A spray tan does not offer any protection from the sun.

Now you know the secrets to getting the perfect spray tan, why not enrol on our spray tanning course so you can help others to achieve their dream golden glow? Many people start their own business offering spray tanning, because it’s a perfect feel-good treatment to offer clients, and it’s very cost effective.