Why You Should Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Have you ever got to a point in your life where you feel stuck, like something needs to change? Where you’ve been stumbling down the same path for a long time, pushing and working hard, yet nothing seems to be getting better?

Before you know it, what you thought you wanted leaves your life. This can often happen with your work or career. It can seem scary, especially if it’s something you’ve set your heart on, or something you’ve worked hard for. But believe me when I say, when things leave your life, it’s because something better is waiting in the wings to replace them.

What’s often needed when it comes to living the life you want is taking a step out of your comfort zone. This can often look like:

  • Leaving a stable job and income to go it alone;
  • Daring to break from the crowd and doing something you believe in;
  • Letting go of things that just aren’t working, even if it’s painful or scary to do so.

This involves making some brave and tough decisions, and plenty of people will have something to say about it. But at the end of the day, if you know you’re being true to yourself, that’s all you need to know.

You’ve probably heard it said that the magic happens outside of your comfort zone, and it really does. It’s not easy leaving what you’re comfortable with, but the thing is, you won’t grow if you don’t.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone can mean the difference between living your dream life and a life where you’re left wondering ‘what if?’ But how do you leave the fear behind?

Why you should step out of your comfort zone

You’ll find it easier to adapt to challenges and changes

If the past year and a bit has taught us anything it’s that life can often throw us a complete curveball when we are happily bobbing along. If you step out of your comfort zone regularly, you’ll find that you won’t be so thrown when challenges and changes do happen.

You’ll have more confidence in yourself

Have you ever done something that’s scared you to death but made you feel so good afterwards? You feel good because doing something you thought you couldn’t makes you feel more confident in yourself.

Your life will feel so much richer

Trying new things and breaking out of your comfort zone helps you experience new things and learn a lot about yourself. We all impose boundaries and restrictions on ourselves which keep us small. Pushing beyond them helps us feel free and makes our lives so much richer.

How to step out of your comfort zone

Write down a list of things you want to do

Whether it’s starting your own beauty business or training in a new treatment, write a list of things you want to do. Then break each thing down into small steps-how can you make them happen?

Do the thing you’ve been putting off

This is the scary bit; it might be handing in your notice and actually telling people you’re going to be starting your own business. It could be that you want to take your beauty business down a completely different path, but you aren’t sure how clients are going to react. Do that thing that’s been buzzing around in your head for a while now. I guarantee you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted once you’ve actually made a decision.

Get some inspiration

When you feel scared or stuck, a great way to feel less fearful is to read some inspirational books or blogs, or listen to some podcasts by people who have stepped out of their comfort zone. If you want to start your own business, read something by an amazing female entrepreneur. If you want to feel inspired, read or listen to something by someone who has succeeded against the odds.

It all starts with one tiny step outside your comfort zone. I promise you won’t regret it.

Train with us…

If you’re looking to rebuild your business in 2021, 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.

How to Diversify and Protect Your Beauty Business

The pandemic and lockdowns have been so hard on the beauty industry, and most of us have been unable to operate our businesses as usual for best part of a year.

But if I know anything about us therapists, it’s that we’re resourceful, and many beauty business owners actually found or thought about new opportunities during the pandemic.

Did you manage to diversify your business in the past year, or has the turbulence caused by the pandemic made you realise that you need to so you can protect your business in the future?

Here’s how to diversify and protect your beauty business.

Upskill

There’s no better time to add new services to your treatment menu. One, if you add great new treatments to what you already offer, you’ll stand out from your competitors, and two, some treatments are probably going to become extra popular when this is all over.

People have been stressed, anxious, and fearful for a long time and many people’s mental health will have suffered, so I think that treatments that focus on wellness will become more popular than ever. Think treatments like Reflexology and Indian Head Massage.

Check out our course page for inspiration.

Sell products

You might do this already, but it makes sense if you’ve found some products you really believe in and you want to help clients look after themselves in between appointments. At home beauty has become big business over the past year and this is probably going to continue for the foreseeable future.

Partner with other businesses

In times like these, small businesses should support each other, and as a beauty business owner it makes sense for you to find ways to pair up with another business that complements yours. So for beauty businesses, think health clubs and gyms, wedding businesses etc

If you sell products, ask if you can stock them in their premises in return for a fee or commission. Keep their flyers on the reception desk in your salon. Ask them to promote your business- advertising a bridal beauty wellness package in a bridal shop is a no-brainer!

Make the partnership a win-win for both of your businesses and you won’t regret it.

Train with us…

If you’re looking to rebuild your business in 2021, 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.

Why You Should Never Skip Patch Testing

patch test allergic reaction

I’ve had a lot of questions about patch testing in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d cover it in this month’s blog. I know that your clients will be desperate to get in and get their treatments done, but with treatments like lash lift or perm and lash/brow tinting, patch tests are crucial.

There is never any excuse for cutting corners when it comes to safety, especially now, when keeping ourselves and our clients safe is more important than ever. Here’s why you should never skip patch testing.

The potential risks are too big

Clients have waited months for their treatments so they might try to convince you that they don’t need a patch test especially if it means they have to wait at least another 48 hours, but skipping patch testing is really not worth it.

It can put the client’s health at risk if they have a serious allergic reaction to a product, and it opens you up to potentially being sued, fined, or losing your business. Also, how many people do you think a client will tell if they have a really bad allergic reaction and what effect will this have on your reputation?

Something else to think about is if you don’t patch test a client and they have a reaction, it can invalidate your insurance. You know you should have done a patch test and they can decide that you have been negligent and refuse to pay out any money. In this case, it will probably be more difficult and expensive to get the insurance cover you need.

Allergies can develop over time

You’ve probably had clients telling you that they don’t need a patch test as they had one elsewhere not so long ago. It doesn’t matter, they still have to get one done, because:

  • You could be using different products to the place where they got their last treatment.
  • Allergies can develop over time with repeated exposure to a product.
  • Allergic reactions can happen out of the blue, even when a client has never had a reaction to a product before.

Good practice for patch testing

For all treatments that require a patch test (check the manufacturer’s instructions on products if you’re not sure), make sure it’s clearly stated on any price lists and your website.

Make sure new clients are aware that they’ll need a patch test before any applicable treatment. If they try to convince you that they don’t need one, just explain to them that it’s for their safety and that it’s an important part of how you operate your business safely and maintain standards.

If you are afraid that clients will go elsewhere rather than get a patch test, let them. Clients should be running a mile from therapists who don’t patch test and it’s really not worth skipping them and risking your reputation and business.

Train with us…

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 Feel Less Anxious About Coming Out of Lockdown

open sign on shop, easing of lockdown

After being in lockdown for what seems like forever, we’ve all dreamed of having some normality back, but now that the restrictions are easing and things are opening back up, you might be feeling a bit nervous as well. We all had to adjust to being in lockdown, and you might have even enjoyed having the chance to slow down a bit. Now we have to adjust to coming out of it, and it will take some doing.

Here’s how to feel less anxious about coming out of lockdown.

Know that you’re not alone in feeling anxious

If you’re nervous about what it’s going to be like getting back into normal life, you’re not alone. Even if you’ve been desperate to get back to work, see your friends, and go to the pub, part of you might still be cautious about what the weeks and months ahead might bring.

When things feel uncertain, think about what you can control

While there have been a lot of things that have been out of control during this pandemic, focusing on the things you can control can help reduce your anxiety.

You can wear gloves and a mask when you go out and about if you want. You can make sure you social distance from others. You can wash your hands often.

When you open your business again, you can put measures in place to protect yourself, your staff (if you have them), and your customers. All of these things are within your control. If you’re anxious about opening the doors to your business again, read our last blog for some helpful guidance.

Remember, you don’t have to rush back in

Even if your hair is desperate and you long for a few glasses of wine with the girls at the pub, you don’t have to rush into doing everything all at once if you’re feeling nervous. Start small. Invite a friend round for a drink in the garden if the weather’s being kind, then build up gradually from there.

Don’t let anyone pressure you to do things you’re not ready to do. Get back to the swing of things in your own time.

Take some time to think about your life

Maybe you’ve enjoyed the chance to slow down during lockdown and you’ve had more time to do things just for you. For a lot of people, myself included, lockdown has shown me how out of balance my life had been getting, and it allowed me to focus on things I really wanted to do with my life. Do you want to change careers or learn something new? It’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Talk to people

I mentioned earlier in the blog that you won’t be the only one who’s feeling anxious about post-lockdown life, so rather than getting all chewed up about things, why not talk to a good friend, workmate or family member about how you’re feeling? The chances are they’ll feel exactly the same and you’ll be able to share tips on how to cope and support each other.

Getting back to some sort of normal won’t be easy, but we’ll all adapt, because we always do. You’re always tougher than you think.

Train with us…

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.

 

 

5 Top Skincare Tips for Autumn

autumn skincare tips

After what feels like months of sweating and sitting in the sun, it’s time to think about how you’re going to look after your skin as the colder weather approaches. The skin needs to recover from sun exposure and prepare for the colder months ahead, when biting winds and central heating can really dry it out.

It’s a good idea to make a few tweaks to your skincare routine to keep your skin happy and healthy through the autumn and beyond. Here are our 5 top skincare tips for autumn.

Exfoliate

This helps remove the build-up of dead skin cells that come from the after affects of the summer and the cooler temperatures. Exfoliating at least twice per week will make your skin look radiant and glowing instead of dull and dehydrated. You’ll find that it will help prepare your skin for your other products too. Consider microdermabrasion for a deep exfoliation.

Consider changing your cleanser

In summer, a foaming or gel cleanser might feel better on the skin for washing away sweat, oil, and grime, but in the colder months, if your skin tends to get dry, you should switch to a cream or lotion-based cleanser. These are gentler on the skin and also help lock in moisture.

Think about using a serum

Serums are made up of smaller molecules than moisturisers so they can get deeper into the skin than moisturisers. Add a serum into your autumn skincare routine to nourish and hydrate the skin. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and Retinol.

Use a richer moisturiser

In the summer, a lighter moisturiser will do, but to combat dryness caused by harsh weather and central heating, you’ll need a richer moisturiser.

Don’t forget the hand cream

Wear gloves whenever you’re outside in the cold, and always use a rich hand cream to avoid your hands getting sore and chapped.

Remember you still need to wear sunscreen

Yes, even when it’s colder, the sun’s rays can be quite strong and they can still cause skin damage, so make sure you wear sunscreen all year round.

Train with us

As a therapist, your clients will always be asking for your advice, whether it’s about skincare, nails, or waxing, so why not train with us so you’re equipped to tell them everything they need to know?

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.