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Electrical facials: the buzzword in beauty

May 7, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 15.25.53BRITAIN’S GOT Talent judge Amanda Holden is one of a number of celebrities shying away from Botox injections in favour of ‘non-surgical facelifts’.

Better known among beauty therapists as ‘electrical facials’ these treatments offer a safe way to achieve youthful looking skin without invasive procedures.

Your clients may ask for either microdermabrasion or micro-current therapy. Microdermabrasion is essentially a deep exfoliation treatment to reduce the appearance of dull and rough skin, sun damage, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and acne scars.

There are many machines on the market, although Carlton Diamond is considered to be among the most reputable.

It has diamond-encrusted tips which rotate at rapid speed, removing the upper layers of the skin leaving it fresh and glowing. Microdermabrasion is a relatively pain-free process with remarkable results.

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 15.25.41Micro-current therapy is also known as ‘facial toning’ and is a painless treatment. During each session, all 32 facial muscles are gently manipulated and re-educated using a series of precise movements. Soft cotton-tipped wands are used to transmit the micro-current energy to the facial muscles to restore tone and elasticity.

Both treatments are in high demand because clients are increasingly on the search for a safe yet effective way to achieve perfect skin. If you are looking to offer these specialist techniques you or your therapists will need Level 3 NVQ in Facial Electrics and a good knowledge and understanding of facial products.

At Beauty Training Harrow we offer Level 3 NVQ as 5 x half-days, plus home study and some practical practice. Please call 020 8206 2930 for further information or checkout our courses on our course calendar.

Yvonne Sullivan

Beauty Educator at Beauty Training Harrow



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Men find their inner beauty in BB creams

March 27, 2015

BB creams, the new “must-have” in the male grooming market, have shot to record success with £9million of sales in UK department stores. But what are they?

BB creams have multi-functional benefits

BB creams have multi-functional benefits

BB creams are multi-functional products, otherwise known as beauty balms or blemish balms.

BB creams correct uneven skin tones, minimise oiliness, reduce wrinkles and inflammation. The creams also have whitening properties, cover up blemishes and offer an extra UV protection. Once upon a time men used sunscreen and an oil-control gel, and maybe a wrinkle cream to smooth over their face and make them look healthy. However the BB cream promises to do it all in one tube. BB creams act like a thicker version of a tinted moisturiser that enhances the skin and make it look healthy. It’s a very effective product and very easy to apply.

BB creams are multi-functional

Three BB creams to look out for

  1. Lab Series BB tinted moisturiser – This aims to brighten and hydrate, cover up redness and blemishes, as well as control shine, prevent wrinkles and protect with SPF 35. (Around £36)
  1. NEW Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 – This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps conceal imperfections and enhances skin’s complexion. The formula calms skin, helps protect against UV and provides oil and shine control to make the foundation last all day. (Around £27)
  1. Dr Brandt BB cream with signature flexitone – This BB cream claims to be the first to incorporate tone-blending technology to provide flawless, skin perfecting coverage with just one shade. This multi-functional anti-aging cream instantly brightens, and hydrates with SPF 30 protection. (Around £23)

This blog comes to you from Beauty Training Harrow, which runs London NVQ courses in all aspects of beauty including facials, manicure-pedicure, massage and eye treatments. To find out more visit, email or call 020 8206 2930.

Step aside mani-pedi, now it’s the mani-mani!

March 13, 2015

The mani-mani. It’s the New York beauty therapist term for the male manicure-pedicure and it seems it is here to stay in the UK. Male grooming is on the rise and thousands of men now pay a weekly visit to their local salons for their regular beauty rituals.

Picture: Instagram

Picture: Instagram

A recent survey shows the average man now spends six minutes longer than a woman to get ready and claims that a man will spend £75,030 on his appearance over the course of his lifetime.

Debenhams has seen a 24% increase in sales of male grooming products while male skincare is now worth an estimated £600million in the UK alone.

But far from being a recent trend, archaeologists recently discovered that one of two male bodies dating back 2,000 years ago in Ireland coiffed up his hair with an ancient from of hair-gel in a bid to look taller. So nothing new there then!

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So what are the most popular treatments that our male clients are asking for today?

And what do you want more practice in for when your first male client comes through the doors of your salon?

Male waxing – men are looking for treatments that are discreet, meticulous and fast

The mani-mani – while he might be embarrassed on his first visit to the salon, you can guarantee a man will be back for a regular manicure-pedicure after the first time he sees those shabby, bitten nails are clean and buff again!

Male eyebrow threading and waxing are two more treatments is a hugely popular service. Recent ‘fashion rules’ in The Telegraph advise men that full brows are the trend so keep your brows ‘trim not thin’. They add: “Stay away from creating arches, which are way too feminine. Instead stick to something more natural and book in with a professional brow shaper to give you a good shape.”

This blog comes to you from Beauty Training Harrow, which runs London NVQ courses in all aspects of beauty including facials, manicure-pedicure, massage and eye treatments. To find out more visit, email or call 020 8206 2930.

Pamper Mum this Mothers’ Day!

March 3, 2015
Spoil Mum rotten this Mothers' Day!

Spoil Mum rotten this Mothers’ Day!

It’s Mothering Sunday on March 15th so what better way to make your wonderful mum feel special than to totally pamper her! At Yvonne Sullivan Beauty we’re offering a fantastic Mothers’ Day Special with a very special price to match!

For just £50 we’ll treat your mum to Yvonne’s 60-minute Deep Cleansing Revitalising Facial and her totally gorgeous Luxury Manicure. This fantastic offer is available till March 31st.

Deep Cleansing Revitalising Facial 

  • Cleanse and tone
  • Exfoliate with luxury scrub
  • Intensive steam
  • Extraction of blackheads
  • Mask
  • Neck and face massage
Luxury manicure including paraffin wax to soften dry, chapped skin

Luxury manicure including paraffin wax to soften dry, chapped skin

Luxury Manicure

This is an amazing treatment for dry, chapped nails and dry skin. Hands and feet are soaked in paraffin wax. Don’t take our word for it – clients say this produces excellent results and they highly recommend it.

Gift Vouchers

You can pay for Mum’s luxury treatment on the day or in advance by purchasing a £50 gift voucher from us. Or, use your gift voucher to pay for any other treatment that she would prefer. (Click here to see all our beauty salon treatments)

Whatever you choose to do for Mothers’ Day on March 15th I hope you have fun with Mum!

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5 reasons to be excited about the Professional Beauty London 2015 show

February 22, 2015

IT’S THE UK’s biggest beauty industry show with over 800 leading brands exhibiting over a two-day period in London (Feb 22-23). Professional Beauty London is when the whole industry comes together, providing plenty of opportunities for networking and catching up on the latest trends. So here’s 5 reasons not to miss it!

Leading brands in action on the live demo stage

Leading brands in action on the live demo stage

1. Seminars and advice

Don’t miss out on the amazing seminars that offer great business advice, topical discussions, product news and cutting edge trends.

2. Talk direct to brand owners

Talking to an array of exhibitors will give you up-to-the-minute news on what’s current. They can offer you new inspirations as well as different trainings for you to update your skills and increase your salon offering.

From airbrush make-up and gel polish to high definition brows and staff management, leading industry brands will be presenting their latest courses. Those offering training (special prices if booked at the show) include: Airbase, Finishing Touches, HD Brows, Lash Perfect, Nail Harmony, Nouveau Beauty Group and Guinot

3. Skincare

Network, get advice and speaking direct to the brands you love at #PBLondon

Network, get advice and speaking direct to the brands you love at #PBLondon

Professional Beauty London brings all the latest innovations under one roof.
So whether you’re looking to expand, improve your client offering or just want excellent savings, there are 12 separate areas to the show: skincare, make-up, advanced treatments, nails, organic & natural, equipment, hair, training, retail, spa/wellness, holistic treatments and tanning.

For me the skincare section is a must because it has the most comprehensive range of professional skincare brands under the same roof.

Dermalogica is my personal favourite because of its innovative products that get skind results fast. Other big names to talk to about their products are: Aromatherapy Associates, Clarins, Decléor, Elemis, Guinot, Environ, Heaven, Phyotmer, Sothys and Thalgo. All these products will be in action on the Advanced Treatments live stage.

4. Nails

You can benefit from exclusive show offers available at the show only, or simply stock up on your favourite products, especially nails! Brands include: CND, OPI, essie, Jessica, ORLY, Cuccio, Gelish, Mavala, Morgan Taylor, NSI, Nubar, and IBD. One springs to mind for me.

OPI's new stand at Professional Beauty London

OPI’s new stand at Professional Beauty London

OPI has launched a new stand at Professional Beauty London (look for stand I12). This will showcase OPI professional systems and treatment, allowing visitors the chance to experience the full OPI range. The new stand will also hold exclusive previews of new collections and product innovations.

They are inviting visitors to the “OPI Experience”. Their treatment zones will focus on each OPI System by offering demonstrations from highly knowledgeable OPI educators and sales staff.

5. Make-up

We all know that in beauty it is vital to stay on top of the latest looks, techniques and product innovations so look out for Airbase, Artdeco, Clarins, jane iredale, HD Brows, Mii Cosmetics and Nouveau Contour at the show.

But you can also learn as well so look out for the Warpaint seminar programme, which will give you an insight into the world of make-up ‘artistry’. There are free live demonstrations held on the PB Live Stage.

Professional Beauty London will host the Warpaint Make-Up Competition catering for both students and professionals. Entering competitions is a great way to help raise your profile and gain industry recognition.

Enjoy the show!

Yvonne Sullivan is a beauty educator and founder of Beauty Training Harrow, which specialises in fast-track training in NVQs and VRQs in a wide range of beauty courses from Level 2-4.

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Introducing the latest trend in beauty treatments: Thai Table Massage

February 4, 2015

If you’re looking to offer something ‘current’ to your salon clients, then you should seriously think about ensuring therapists are trained and knowledgeable in Thai Table Massage techniques.

The new trend in Thai Table Massage techniques are a must

Thai Table Massage techniques are a must

This is a ‘must’ on your treatment menu! It is hugely popular with both male and female clients and it’s currently trending in spas and salons.

Thai Table Massage is a new combination of traditional Thai massage coupled with traditional Swedish massage.

Due to the high demand for this treatment, there has been a rapid soar in the number of therapists now training to be able to offer this service. Hot stone massage can also be incorporated into massage treatments to achieve the ultimate experience in massage techniques.

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Hot stone massage can be incorporated into any massage technique for the ultimate experience

Beauty Training Harrow is one of the few centres in the UK being able to offer this unique new UK Thai massage VTCT Level 3 qualification.

Starting dates are flexible and available on request. Please check our website for details or contact Yvonne Sullivan who will be delighted to give you more information and rates.

About Yvonne Sullivan

Yvonne Sullivan has been a beauty salon owner for over 25 years. She teaches Level 2-4 NVQs at her training centre, Beauty Training Harrow. It has achieved ‘excellent’ status from professional industry regulators. Yvonne has also amassed over 250,000 hits on YouTube with her professional tips on how to give beauty treatments.

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Beauty Educator Yvonne Sullivan

Beauty Educator Yvonne Sullivan

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6 beauty tips for the New Year!

January 6, 2015

Christmas is the perfect time to let your hair down and indulge yourself, especially if you’ve been good all year.

Water of life - and great skin!

Water of life – and great skin!

But before you know it New Year has arrived and some of us (me included) regret being that little bit too over-indulgent! So I’ve found 6 great foods to get 2015 off to a healthy start by looking after your skin, eyes, hair – and your breath

1. Water

Keeping hydrated will improve circulation and give you a healthy glow. Leading nutritionists have found that fluid losses occur continuously – due to skin evaporation, breathing and going to the loo, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health.

Who would have thought Greek yoghurt could be great for your eyes!

Who would have thought Greek yoghurt could be great for your eyes!

Eight glasses or 2litres a day are the recommended guidelines. A practical and cheap way to drink your way to great skin health.

2. Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt contains amino acids which are good for preventing dark circles under your eyes.

3. Kidney beans

Cholesterol fighting kidney beans!

Cholesterol fighting kidney beans!

It seems cooking with kidney beans could benefit you well! A chilli or a three bean salad will give you a great source of protein, iron, zinc and biotin, which all stop brittle hair. Kidney beans are also a great source of fibre to reduce cholesterol and they are packed with potassium and magnesium – all essential nutrients to stay healthy.

4. Red pepper

Packed with antioxidants, which are great for keeping your skin clear.

5. Celery

The more you chew the more bacteria-battling saliva you produce, which gives you fresher breath.

Chew as much celery as you like

Celery is a saliva buster!

6. Peppermint tea

Already well known for its benefits to help digestion, peppermint tea is also good for relaxation. Drinking a cup of peppermint before bed is a great way to prepare yourself for a restful, sound sleep. It has been shown to help battle sleep deprivation and to battle stress, which can create tension in your muscles and make it harder to fall asleep.

This blog comes to you from Beauty Training Harrow, which runs London NVQ courses in all aspects of beauty including facials, manicure-pedicure, massage and eye treatments. To find out more visit, email or call 020 8206 2930.



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