Welcome to Beauty Training Harrow’s Winter newsletter 2013!
We hope your year has been both successful and rewarding, and can I just take this opportunity to thank you all so much for supporting the work we do here at Beauty Training Harrow.
Well 2013 has been a very busy year for us – we’ve seen many students through our doors this year, learning a range of new skills in waxing, manicures, facials, threading and, for the first time, Thai massage.
Our newest beauty therapy students managed to complete their NVQs in manicure-pedicure over four Saturdays and I’m so proud of Maria, Namita, Shila and Rebecca! Don’t forget we also have our Student Salon where you can practise on real clients in our beauty salon!
We’ve introduced new gift vouchers to use at any time of the year and which can be redeemed against any of our courses.
And we’ve also welcomed our first male therapists who have been here to learn everything from facials to threading to massage. Great to have you!
Beauty Training Harrow TV!
We have recently launched Beauty Training Harrow TV. Our ‘how to’ videos give you an introduction to some of the skills you’ll learn on our courses, which run all year. Here are some of the dates and how to book.
One of our videos – How to give a professional chair massage – has taken us by surprise by getting over 77,000 hits on YouTube already! Click here to watch it now!
Well we hope you’ve enjoyed your time learning or taking treatments with us in 2013 and l sincerely look forward to helping you all continue building on your beauty training skills in 2014!
In the meantime have an amazing Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year.
Buy beauty gift vouchers for Xmas!
Buy a new career for a friend or loved one with Beauty Training Harrow’s new gift vouchers!
We’ve introduced gift vouchers worth £25, £50 or £100, which can be put towards the cost of an NVQ in any of our great beauty courses. We offer flexible hours to train in all popular beauty salon treatments.
Beauty Training Harrow in the press!
We’ve also been in the press this year and some of the magazines and publications include the Harrow Times, Vitality Magazine and VTCT’s magazine. Look out for a new article coming out in January in Achieve Magazine where I’ve been asked to be a regular columnist!
And last but certainly not least! You can book any course at Beauty Training Harrow before December 31st 2013 and save 10% on the fee! Courses can be taken any time in 2014. We’ve just put up new dates on our website for courses in January and February 2014, so don’t delay, book today!
Call Yvonne Sullivan on +44 (0)206 2930 for details.
FREEZING temperatures and strong winds don’t mean you have to put up with dry, winter skin. So here are my top 5 winter tips to stay glowing and fresh-faced – even when the sun’s gone into hiding!
1. Get your H2O!
Winter makes us less thirsty but it’s important to keep you and your skin hydrated. Drinking plenty of water, delicious herbal teas and clear soups are not only good for nutrition but you’ll get daily H2O to flush out any toxins. Try a humidifier in the bedroom – these Zen Soto aroma diffusers from Neals Yard Remedies are also mini dehumidifiers and are perfect for winter and can help keep your skin from drying up in the cold weather.
2. Watch your alcohol intake!
Champagne and other wines are great to get you in the festive spirit, especially when everyone else is drinking at your works party – and who can’t resist a Christmas-themed cocktail or two? But if your number one priority is your skin then it won’t be very happy if you overdo it! Add a few shots of caffeine in your latte the next morning and it will dehydrate skin even more. So if you’re determined to stay healthy, limit alcohol, coffee and fizzy drinks in winter. And if you can avoid alcohol altogether at the office party, just think how great you’ll feel waking up without a hangover!
3. Food for your skin!
A TV series used to tell us, ‘You Are What You Eat’, and it is so true because the right foods can help your skin glow from the inside out. Oily fish like salmon and tuna, which are rich in omega-3, come top of the list because they help plump up skin’s collagen production. Next comes spinach and avocadoes because they are high in vitamin E and can protect you from UV rays and cell damage. Six to eight Brazil nuts contains the daily recommended amount of selenium, which has powerful antioxidant properties.
Nuts are also a great source of vitamin E, calcium and magnesium. Vitamin C-rich foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can help stave off wrinkles! Sugar is no good so if you want to avoid sullen winter skin so avoid it all costs. Instead, snack on seeds and other nuts for an extra zinc boost, great for preventing rashes and unwanted skin irritations.
4. Winter supplements
I have always been a fan of almond oil for my skin but nutritionists also talk about the benefits of Omega-3 supplements to boost lacklustre skin. Krill oil has recently been highlighted as the top omega-3 supplement because its EPA and DHA comes in the form of phospholipids, which absorb more efficiently. Celebrities such as Miranda Kerr also claim that green algae such as Chlorella can boost the quality of your skin in winter because it contains folic acid, iron vitamins A, B12, B6 and D, as well as all the essential amino acids.
5. Moisturise your way to glowing skin and hair
We often forget that our hair can get dry, tangled and damaged in winter and the biggest culprits for this are strong winds, indoor heat and the moisture-sapping winter weather.
So hair experts say it’s important to nourish your hair and smooth out cuticles. Treating yourself to a strengthening treatment the next time you go to the hairdresser will help get back the hair you had in summer and if you apply serum to the hair ends before going outside will combat dehydration and give your hair a soft, sleek feeling. It will also help prevent split ends!
And finally, hot showers, dry indoor heat and soap-based products will dry out our skin even more in winter so opt for a great skin product to give some moisture back! I use Dermalogica, which provides a great layer of extra hydration during cold spells – its three-step ‘skin hydrating’ system of toner, booster and mask will restore lost moisture and relieve dry, thirsty skin! You can read more about it on this link.
For more information about beauty therapy NVQs and other courses at Beauty Training Harrow, please see our course page or visit our website for general information. And our Christmas gift vouchers are a perfect present for your mum, sister or friend who are thinking of a complete change of career or thinking of going back to work in an industry that is flexible, friendly and fun!
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YouTube hits show staggering number of people hunting for DIY chair massages
EMPLOYEES may be putting more hours in at their place of work but could the humble chair massage be helping them get through their long days in front of the computer?
“How to give a chair massage” has become one of the most popular video searches on YouTube with the number of hits soaring to over 1million.
Yvonne Sullivan, a London-based beauty educator who uploaded her chair massage video onto YouTube, had no idea that over 75,000 people would want to view and learn how to give a chair massage. Several comments show how well it has been received and helped.
A quick count of just five other chair massage videos bring the total hits to over 1million, begging the question: “is Britain becoming a nation of secret masseurs and masseuses?”
With 80% of British adults experiencing some form of back pain in their life, according to the charity Back Care, chair massage videos could well be helping them to relieve the pain.
Yvonne, who opened Beauty Training Harrow three years ago, said massage ranks as one of the most popular training courses demanded by prospective students.
“To meet this demand, Beauty Training Harrow has had to introduce several new massage courses to my school, traditional Thai & classic Swedish massage being the most popular.”
Following the phenomenal success of the chair massage video, Beauty Training Harrow has now launched over 10 ‘how to’ beauty videos – aimed at anyone thinking of learning beauty treatments professionally.
This link shows a range of one-day and longer vocational massage courses now available at Beauty Training Harrow, which was recently complimented on its “excellent qualifications” by beauty awarding body VTCT.
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BEAUTY Training Harrow has launched a range of gift vouchers for Christmas, which can be used against any course we offer.
Gift vouchers are the perfect present for anyone who’s been talking of changing their career to beauty therapy and want to train at a professional training centre that specialises in small classes.
Courses at Beauty Training Harrow range from manicure-pedicure and massage NVQs to threading, make-up and waxing.
And if you know a qualified beauty therapist who is looking for Level 3 and 4 qualifications to improve their knowledge and skills within the industry, we have also just launched courses in blemish removal, electrolysis as well as microdermabrasion.
You can also put a gift voucher towards one of our popular one-day courses, which include professional chair massage, hot stone massage, Thai foot massage and Thai poultice massage.
You can also book a one-day intimate waxing course, an introduction to waxing, microdermabrasion and facial skincare at Beauty Training Harrow.
Courses start from £50 and you can see a range of videos on our YouTube channel to get a glimpse of our style of teaching and the skills we offer here at Beauty Training Harrow.
Buying a gift voucher for a friend or loved one means you can leave the choice of course entirely up to them. The gift vouchers are beautifully presented, professionally designed and printed on good quality paper so you can be sure they’ll love it.
So cheer someone you love up for Christmas with a gift voucher for a fast-track course at Beauty Training Harrow, helping them start their new year with a great new career!
You can buy gift vouchers from our online shop or alternatively order by phone on 020 8206 2930.
Gift vouchers are dispatched FREE by first class mail (or guaranteed next day delivery if requested when ordering by phone).
Merry Christmas from Beauty Training Harrow!
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THE opening of a new “salt cave” salon in Australia has sparked interest in a new beauty treatment called salt therapy.
It is believed that exposure to salt air could carry healing benefits to those with asthma, ear infections, bronchitis, hayfever, sinus infections and even cystic fibrosis. Miners in Rome and in medieval times who worked in salt caves are thought to have had improved breathing as a result.
The Skin Deep Salt Cave in Rockhampton, Queensland, simulates a traditional salt mine, which has a special microclimate that includes a stable air temperature, humidity and the lack of airborne pollutants such as pollens.
The salt air is replicated using a patented, state-of-the-art medical device called a Halogenerator. Skin Deep says breathing in dry salt aerosol has therapeutic benefits and is a common, natural treatment in eastern and central Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and now Australia.
“It was discovered that exposure to the microclimate inside a natural salt mine or cave can have an amazing role in the relief of many health problems, especially for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma and other respiratory and skin conditions,” says the salon.
So how does Salt Therapy work?
The air coming from the Halogenerator is sterile, negatively ionised and saturated with a low concentration of highly dispersed, curative dry salt aerosol.
The salon adds: “Patients can relax in a pleasant artificial salt cave with salt on the floor and walls and breathe in the regulated salt. This is immediately transported to every part of the respiratory tract – even the smallest bronchioles and alveoli. Once in place, it dissolves and attracts the small positively charged impurities. These impurities are subsequently either coughed up by the patient or leave the body through metabolic processes via the bloodstream.”
Skin Deep says its treatment eliminates the root of the inflammatory respiratory illness (such as lower or upper tract, asthma, bronchitis as well as allergies and catarrh) by destroying bacteria and restoring health.
Other illnesses it says salt therapy could help with are whooping cough, tonsillitis/adenoiditis, post-surgery scarring, breathlessness, tight chest, smoker’s cough
Background to salt mines
Salt therapy, halotherapy or speleotherapy is the use of salt mines, caves or other forms of exposure to salt air in the belief that this confers a health benefit.
Although a 2009 study concluded that there is insufficient evidence to determine whether salt therapy in treating asthma is effective and that more research is needed, it thought that unrefined rock salt does include other therapeutic properties.
Natural deposits of mineral halite are derived from evaporated ancient lakes and seas. The unrefined rock salt, primarily sodium chloride, also includes varying concentrations of other mineral salts such as calcium and magnesium, manganese and sulfates, which have additional therapeutic properties, depending on the source.
The special characteristics of the microclimate of a salt mine include stable air temperature, humidity and lack of airborne pollutants such as pollens. They are unique to each mine.
At depth the air pressure is also significantly higher than above ground which has reportedly benefited sufferers of respiratory diseases in studies conducted at the Dead Sea which is below sea level.
According to reports, there are also records of improvements in the breathing of miners in Roman and medieval times. Dr Feliks Boczkowski — a physician at the Polish salt mine at Wieliczka — wrote in 1843 that the miners there did not suffer from lung diseases and his successor set up a spa based upon these observations.
Salt therapy is now practised in places such as Bystrianska in Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine and now Australia. Will it be Britain next? Would love to know your thoughts about salt therapy!
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BEAUTY THERAPISTS are the latest target of nuisance callers, according to the Federation of Holistic Therapists, who say the increase in both calls and texts has resulted in police investigations across the UK. According to the FHT the calls and messages start off with someone asking for treatments and as the line of communication develops, they become “weird, creepy, lewd and time-wasting”. It is believed that therapist details are taken from various beauty industry directories.
A spokesman from the FHT said: “The FHT is concerned about the proliferation of this type of nuisance call, not just to our members, but to any therapist. This seemingly irritating event may just be the start of more bizarre behaviour by the caller.
“The police have advised us to recommend that you contact your local police service if you receive such texts or calls. There are a number of offences that may have been committed, such as harassment or malicious communications and the police will be able to liaise with you, with a view to investigating the source of the message and hopefully pressing charges.”
If you have experienced calls of this nature, there is a website called www.whophonedme.co.uk where traders and therapists have been sharing similar information on nuisance callers.
The FHT added: “If you do have problems with a caller, after alerting the police, please let us know as we keep all information on file to support any action taken.
WE NOW offer a London course in microdermabrasion – one of the most recent skin-care techniques to come from the US. Microdermabrasion has been dubbed the ‘lunchtime facelift’ because it causes minimal redness to the skin and it does not involve invasive plastic surgery, laser peeling or Botox injections.
The treatment, using the diamond method, leaves the skin glowing and youthful and is especially beneficial for those with acne scars, sun-damaged skin, black/whiteheads, enlarged open pores, skin pigmentation, fine lines, stretch marks and excess oil production.
At Beauty Training Harrow our one-day course will be customised to your needs, using a microdermabrasion system called Carlton Diamond. It can be applied to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands.
If you’ve already got an NVQ Level 2 Facial you’re qualified to take this course and classes will include three to four real clients to practice on. This is an intense course in microdermabrasion facials that enables you to offer your customers a deeper, longer lasting effect than the standard facial.
This comprehensive one-day course covers:
- Client consultations
- Use of professional microdermabrasion products.
- Microdermabrasion treatments from basic, regeneration, acne, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and scar tissue.
- Full salon Health & Safety procedures.
Microdermabrasion will allow you to get into the technologically advanced cosmetic procedure industry and is a perfect addition to your skill set.
Fee for one-day course: £150
If you would like to convert this knowledge to a VTCT [VRQ] L3 qualification, this can be discussed with your tutor and achieved with additional home study.
Contact Beauty Training Harrow for available dates to suit you.
t: +44 (0)20 8206 2930
If you wish to take your Level 2 in Facial in order to learn microdermabrasion please visit our website for next available dates!