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5 easy steps to having hygienic make-up!

April 3, 2014

WE’RE ALL guilty of it and now Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Aniston has admitted it – she keeps make-up for 10 years! The star of Friends and Horrible Bosses admitted she even has clothes that are 20 years’ old that she just can’t part with.

Keep your products cleaner for longer with our 5 easy steps

Keep your products cleaner for longer with our 5 easy steps

In her interview with, the down-to-earth actress said: “I’ve had make-up in my drawer for ten years that I should probably get rid of. I just cleaned out my make-up drawer. I mean, I do get new mascaras and things like that. But I also have this weird thing (about saving).”

She added: “Like even my jeans from my 20s that I can’t get rid of. They’re high-waisted and short. I thought it was awesome. I still have red loafers from ‘Friends’! I can’t get rid of them. I have a nostalgia about them.”

I love that Jennifer is so refreshingly honest about her make-up and if you, too, keep make-up for a long time then here are 5 tips to keep some of your make-up collection in tip-top condition!

Beauty Training Harrow runs professional make-up NVQ courses at times to suit you!

Beauty Training Harrow runs professional make-up NVQ courses at times to suit you!

  1. Don’t share your lipstick but if you do find yourself letting a friend use it, make sure you sanitise it.
  2. To sanitise your lipstick, put the cap on and put it in the freezer overnight. The cold temperature kills the bacteria on it. You can also swipe the top of the lipstick across a tissue several times so that you end up with a fresh head to the lipstick.
  3. Wash your brushes once a week in a bowl of soapy, warm water or a special brush cleaner (Mac have a very good one). Washing removes traces of make-up and cares for the brush so that the bristles don’t start falling out.
  4. Rinse off any excess water from the brushes and leave them to dry flat, not upright. Also, don’t leave them near a radiator as it may cause the glue to come off.
  5. Keep your brushes separate from where you store your make-up to keep them clean and hygienic.

Join our Make-up NVQ course and learn the art of applying make-up!

Professional qualifications approved by the VTCT are also insurable so you can get to work in salons and spas straight away!

Professional qualifications approved by the VTCT are also insurable so you can get to work in salons and spas straight away!

Beauty Training Harrow runs an intensive, fast-track Level 2 NVQ Make-up course for beauty therapy students looking for an industry-recognised qualification.

This course takes place at flexible times to suit you and provides first class, VTCT-approved training in professional make-up skills, as well as bridal and special occasions.

There are so many careers you can have with a make-up NVQ, including freelance make-up artist, retail and a job advising on skincare and make-up. Level 2 is a great foundation for those wishing to progress on to advanced levels of fashion and beauty careers.


5 easy steps to becoming qualified and having the career you've dreamed of!

5 easy steps to becoming qualified and having the career you’ve dreamed of!

What you’ll learn:

  • Skin analysis, preparation and client consultations
  • Cleansing, toning, moisturizing, exfoliating
  • Working with different face shapes, skin colours and product awareness
  • Good hygiene techniques, colour correcting and the colour wheel
  • Concealing, foundation colours, blending, applying eye make-up

Receive your NVQ in 5 easy steps!

  • Once you sign up you’ll receive a learning pack and certificate of attendance
  • You’ll need 5-10 friends and family to practise on in your own time after attending the course at Beauty Training Harrow
  • Complete your training portfolio of evidence
  • Attend a written and practical assessment
  • Send in your completed portfolio and receive your VTCT certificate

Course fee: £219 + VTCT fees

For more information contact Yvonne Sullivan at Beauty Training Harrow on +44 (0)206 2930 or email

For more information about our courses and course dates, please click here

Top 11 tips to market your beauty salon

March 18, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 14.16.14With new beauty salons opening every month in London and the rest of the UK, marketing your own beauty salon is becoming ever more crucial to stay ahead of the competition.

Whether you’re just starting out or have only relied only on word of mouth up till now, you may need to think again about getting your business on the internet so that new clients can find you.

Here is my top 10 list of things you can do to promote your salon and make sure you stay fresh in the mind of your clients.

1. Create an eye-catching website

Make sure your contact details are clearly seen on the home page. Include a location map as well as Twitter, Facebook and other social media logos you use.

It’s also really important to keep refreshing your website with new content so that search engines see you’re active on the internet and put you higher up search rankings.

2. Get yourself on Twitter and Facebook

Spa Bar, Northwood

Spa Bar, Northwood

Once you’re on social media, engage with people and start conversations about beauty.

3. Start a blog

Blogs are a useful way to direct people to specific pages on your website so they can book particular salon treatments you may have mentioned. Remember to embed links back to your website so people can book!

4. Get your salon listed on directories

Look out for the many beauty directories as well as local newspaper directories where you can get listed on.

5. Advertise in local press to kickstart awareness and interest in your salon

Local press can help boost awareness

Local press can help boost awareness

6. Send out press releases to local press and beauty magazines

Have you got a great story about how you started your salon? Tell it to the media and send a few great pictures to bring it to life – this is a great way to earn free press coverage!

7. Word of mouth

This is a core part of any business and word-of-mouth is one of your best marketing tools you can have. Although you can’t rely on it completely you could bolster word-of-mouth recommendations by offering discounts to regular clients if they introduce a new client to your salon.

8. Put your logo and contact details on the side of your car

People won’t fail to spot you!

9. Hold beauty events at your salon

Perhaps your introducing a new brand or wish to demonstrate some new facial equipment you’ve just invested in. Keep clients coming back with new products and innovation at your salon.

10. Network at local events

The more locals you get to know the more they’ll know about you. You could take a stand at local community events where you could also offer on-the-spot beauty treatments. Remember to bring your business cards or flyers to show people where you are!

Videos give you a chance to show the great facilities at your salon

Videos give you a chance to show the great facilities at your salon

11. Create an eye-catching video!

Video is a great way to bring customers ‘virtually’ into your salon and show them around before they decide to book. They’ll see how professional you are and see your sparkling new salon tempting them to book a treatment!

Good luck promoting your salons!

Yvonne x

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Beauty Training Harrow’s Winter Newsletter!

December 19, 2013

Welcome to Beauty Training Harrow’s Winter newsletter 2013

Maria, Namita, Shila & Rebecca are the latest therapists to complete their salon training techniques at Beauty Training Harrow

Maria, Namita, Shila & Rebecca are the latest therapists to complete their salon training techniques at Beauty Training Harrow

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!

New courses!

Other new courses include Level 4 qualifications in Electrical Facials and Electrolysis to keep up with the demand for more advanced beauty treatments in high street salons and spas.

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!
Yvonne's professional chair massage has now received nearly 76,000 hits on YouTube!
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.

Yvonne x

Buy beauty gift vouchers for Xmas!
Buy a new career for a friend or loved one with Beauty Training Harrow’s new gift vouchers!

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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.
Buy here!

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!

Book before 31st December 2013 and save yourself 10% on course fees!

Book before 31st December 2013 and save yourself 10% on course fees!

Save 10%
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.

5 Top Beauty Tips for Winter

December 13, 2013

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!
Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.43.31Winter 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!
Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.34.47Champagne 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. Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.35.16Six 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. Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.35.59Celebrities 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!

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 12.36.18And 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.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 09.01.24For 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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Is Britain turning into a nation of secret masseurs?

December 3, 2013

YouTube hits show staggering number of people hunting for DIY chair massages

Yvonne's professional chair massage has now received nearly 76,000 hits on YouTube!

Yvonne’s professional chair massage has now received nearly 76,000 hits on YouTube!

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?”

Yvonne takes viewers through a step-by-step process of the classic 15-minute chair massage

Yvonne takes viewers through a step-by-step process of the classic 15-minute chair massage

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.

Maria, Namita, Shila & Rebecca are the latest therapists to complete their salon training techniques at Beauty Training Harrow

Maria, Namita, Shila & Rebecca are the latest therapists to complete their salon training techniques at Beauty Training Harrow


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Beauty Training Harrow launches gift vouchers for Christmas to redeem against any beauty course!

November 18, 2013
Gift vouchers come in values of £25, £50 and £100 and can be redeemed against any course at Beauty Training Harrow

Gift vouchers come in values of £25, £50 and £100 and can be redeemed against any course at Beauty Training Harrow

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.

Our popular one-day courses include how to give a professional chair massagYou 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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Is ‘salt cave therapy’, which once benefited Roman miners, the next big thing in beauty treatments?

November 13, 2013

THE opening of a new “salt cave” salon in Australia has sparked interest in a new beauty treatment called salt therapy.

Above: An example a salt therapy room at Bad Soden-Salmünster (Germany)

Above: An example a salt therapy room at Bad Soden-Salmünster (Germany)

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?

Skin Deep in Queensland, Australia, believes salt is a therapy for many symptoms such as sinus, whooping cough and asthma

Skin Deep in Queensland, Australia, believes salt is a therapy for many symptoms such as sinus, whooping cough and asthma

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 air is simulated with the help of a halogenerator

Salt air is simulated with the help of a Halogenerator

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.

Modern use of this therapy started in Germany when Dr. Karl Hermann Spannagel noticed improvement in the health of his patients after they hid in the Kluterhole karst cave to escape heavy bombing. 

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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