What I should choose? Fast-Track or Part-Time Beauty Therapy Courses

Fast track beauty therapy courses

When it comes to searching for the right career path and deciding on the study options that suit best, things can get a little confusing. Words like ‘Fast-Track’, ‘Part-Time’, ‘On-line’, ‘Evening Course’ can crop up and in most cases, you are not clear on their meaning.

Evening Course would be the most obvious but what about the others?

Fast Track in its true meaning is a course of study that is combining an intensive program of practical learning in class but all theory is for home study outside of class hours. It is important to note that if you sign up for a fast track course, you should be prepared to work additional hours during the week and avoid missing classes otherwise you will fall behind.

There are several fast track beauty courses options;

  • Fast Track (5 day course)

This option allows you to study at home in your own time. You revise and learn the material that is sent to you in advance and then you will be sent a test that you complete. Once you pass the test, you come into a class environment and complete an intensive course of practical learning for 1 week for example. You then go home and practice and complete your assignments. When you are ready, you return to the school for your final assessments. As you can see, this is not all achieved in 5 days.

  • Fast Track 1-day attendance over a number of weeks.

Again, you receive your theory in advance and it is best to study in advance of the course start date. Week by week you learn practical skills and are given homework of assignments and practise tests to ensure you are studying for the next lesson. Assessments are usually towards the final weeks of this course. Better option for someone who finds it hard to be motivated at home on his or her own. This is also good if you want a quicker option that is guided learning.

  • 1-day beauty courses

It is impossible to learn all aspects of Beauty and be skilled and ready for the industry in just one day. Beauty is a ‘hands-on’ industry and it is only with practise, study and thorough theoretical knowledge and guidance from your teacher that you can hope to be ready to work, to have an understanding of what you are doing and to be safe so that you are not harming your clients.

Ask yourself, “Would you visit a doctor for advice/treatment if they did a one day medical course?” “Would you allow a surgeon to open you up if they had only practiced on dummies and not really people?” “Would you go to a salon and allow a therapist who has poor knowledge, is not cleaning the tools used on clients, is unsafe with facial machines and is taking double the time to complete treatments to do your manicure?” Now imagine the same therapist with a Laser Machine. What do you think now?

Usually after fast track courses, therapists can be left feeling like they are not confident in their practical skills so this is when you need to be sure you pick the right option. Class numbers can also have an impact. Small groups will allow for greater attention to each student whereas large groups will mean that not all students are getting the attention they need.

The only time one-day courses are worthwhile choosing is if you are already in the beauty industry for a few years and have completed all the basic techniques and knowledge previously. With this strong foundation, picking up new techniques is a simple matter and not difficult to do. Even with this foundation, all techniques should be practiced thoroughly before applying to paying customers.

Part- Time Beauty Therapy Courses

Part time courses are usually 1-2 days per week over 5-7 months approx.

This is better for someone who doesn’t have as much free time at home to study and is also working. Part time courses are a combination of theory and practical taught together with the guidance of an experienced teacher. You have more time to ask questions, gain practical experience and to improve your skills. After a part time course, you can be ready to enter the industry as a Junior Therapist. You should be confident in your skills and knowledge and feel ready to work in the industry.

Online Beauty Courses

This type of beauty therapy course really angers me. As I have said before, Beauty is a ‘hands-on’ industry and it is only with practise, study and thorough theoretical knowledge and guidance from your teacher that you can hope to be ready to work, to have an understanding of what you are doing and to be safe so that you are not harming your clients.

Online courses in Beauty Therapy Level 2 and 3 cannot possibly produce good therapists.

You need to be guided; it needs to be hands-on. It is impossible for someone to watch or read and hope to put that together and be good at treatments. Small techniques like hand placement, pressure, presentation, client care etc. cannot be successfully achieved online. You need a classroom, real life- not virtual.

I find when I’m teaching certain aspects of beauty, students can be holding a spatula incorrectly, which may seem futile, but in the real world, that little mistake could lead to poor waxing techniques, unhappy clients, reduced profit and injury. Teachers pick up on these details and guide you through correcting it. Online courses do have teachers that sit and watch you complete treatments day after day.

They have videos that you watch but even watching a video is not enough to give you the correct skills. Some students interpret them differently and end up completing a movement that is completely incorrect and in more serious cases, dangerous.

Online courses can be used for theoretical knowledge, but practical is an entirely different skill and guidance from a teacher who is present in the room is essential.

I fear for the direction that the beauty industry is going all because students are not being given the proper guidance on courses. Poor practices are creeping into the industry due to the increased number of fast track and online courses and students are not being properly taught and assessed according to their individual needs. Some schools just want quick turnaround for fast profits but not meeting the needs of students and safety in the industry.

I hope this guide has helped you to make a decision on the right choice of study for your needs.

5 Of The Best Celebrity Beauty Tips

SMILE OFTEN

 “A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. Other than that, the most valuable tip I’ve learned is always use a skin moisturizer!”

-Beyoncé 

INVEST IN EYE CREAM

“A good eye cream is really important when you are traveling, busy and stressed-that’s when the dark puffy circles can get you.”

-Kate Winslet

WASH YOUR FACE EVEN IF YOU’RE TIRED!

“Don’t go a full day or night without washing your face. You have to get all the dirt and makeup out of your pores.”

-Mary J. Blige 

RECONSIDER OIL

“I use omega-3 oil. I love light oil on my skin. It’s one of my favorite feelings in the world.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow

STICK TO STAPLES

“When I was shooting a movie in Montreal, it was freezing. If you take a little bit of Aquaphor and dab it on your face, it keeps your skin looking fresh. I dubbed it Aqua For Everything.”

-Lucy Liu

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3 Effective Home Remedies For Glowing Skin That Really Work

Your skin is fragile, and exposing it to harmful chemicals is always a huge risk to take. Stressful lifestyles, hectic work schedules, inadequate sleep, lack of nutritional diet, pollution, harmful sun rays (UVA/UVB), excessive smoking, and drinking alcohol are the major factors which make your skin dull and dry.

All of these are part and parcel of your life and you cannot run away from them. However, you can surely prevent them. Of course, you cannot hold on to your age, but you can surely slow down the loss of glow and radiance from your skin.

1) Turmeric Remedy For Glowing Skin

You Will Need

1/2-1 teaspoon turmeric powder

4 tablespoons gram flour (also called chickpea flour)

Milk or water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the turmeric powder with the gram flour. To this, add enough milk or water to form a paste.
  2. Apply this on your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with plain water.

Why This Works 

Turmeric contains cucurmin, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It will eliminate the harmful free radicals that are damaging the skin. It also enhances collagen production, and this keeps your skin supple and glowing. Gram flour gently cleanses the skin to make it clean and bright.

2) Coconut Oil Remedy For Glowing Skin

You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Lightly warm up the oil and apply on the face and neck.
  2. Massage for a few minutes in gentle circular motions.
  3. Leave the oil on overnight.

You can add some sugar to the oil and use it as a scrub to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.

How Often You Should Do This

Use coconut oil every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

This remedy works best for dry and dull skin. Coconut oil locks the moisture in the skin and also nourishes it with essential fatty acids. Its phenolic compounds contribute to its antioxidant activity and give you glowing skin.

3) Aloe Vera For Glowing Skin

You Will Need 

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

A pinch of turmeric

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients. Apply this mixture on the face and neck evenly.
  2. Leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack up to twice a week.

Why This Works

Aloe vera gel is the ultimate solution for skin problems. Its nourishing and healing properties rejuvenate the skin to give it a natural glow.

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5 Interesting & Fun Hair Facts

You cut it, you fuss over it, you despair about it and then you drench it with water, blast it with hot air and cover it in hair care products. But have you ever really thought about it? Did you know, for example, that when you switch hair product, your hair needs time to adjust?

Here are a few interesting and fun hair facts that you may not have known about your locks:

1. It’s strong

A full head of hair is strong enough to support up to 10-12 tones. That’s the equivalent of two elephants!

2. There’s a lot of it

The head of hair of average person contains around 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair, so stop worrying if you see one or two on your hairbrush.

3. It’s everywhere (nearly)

Hair grows not just on your head, but nearly everywhere over your body. The only place that it doesn’t – is on the soles of your feet, your lips, your eyelids and the palms of your hands. Average human being has about 5 million hair follicles all over the body.

4. All hair is curly

If you think you have straight hair, then think again. All hair is actually curly, to a lesser or greater degree, because all hair twists, as it grows.

5. It’s growing

No surprise to find out that hair grows, but did you know that it grows at the rate of 0,04 mm per day on average, that makes about 1.2 cm (or 0.5 inches) every month. In warm climate hair grows faster that in cold one.

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5 Easy Ways to Get Silky, Smooth Hair

There are plenty of easy tricks you can use at home, no salon trip necessary! If you want to get silky, glistening strands, try some (or all) of these smooth hair solutions.

They’ll work whether you want beautifully defined curls or a shimmering mane of straight hair.

1. Rinse with cold water /react-text

Yes, it can be painful in winter, but this is a tried-and-true way to get smooth hair. The cold doesn’t just make you want to shrink up — it does the same thing to your hair. Warmth makes the hair cuticle (the outer layer of each individual hair) open, while cold makes it close up. Rinsing with cold water encourages your individual strands to stay flat.

2. Blot, don’t rub /react-text

When you step out of the shower, it’s tempting to wrap your hair in a towel and give your head a good rub to remove excess water. Don’t do it! Rubbing roughs up your hair and can cause breakage, and it also encourages frizz. Instead, use your towel to blot away on top of your head. Give the longer sections of your hair a gentle squeeze with the towel to get rid of extra H2O.

3. Use a protective serum /react-text

If you want shiny locks, chances are you blow dry your hair — and if it’s a straight style you’re after, a flat iron’s likely involved as well. Though these do create a shiny appearance right away, over time damage from regular heat styling will actually reduce the luster and degrade the smooth texture of your hair. When you can, step away from the heat stylers and give your hair a day off.

4. Get regular trims /react-text

Even if you’re growing out your hair, keeping up with regular trims is key for smooth strands. Even if your roots look amazing and polished, damaged and split ends will ruin that illusion.

5. Do an aloe mask /react-text

Aloe vera doesn’t just help with burns — it also contains enzymes that encourage healthy hair growth. It also has a similar composition to keratin (the protein that’s the main building block of your hair), allowing it to easily penetrate hair. To do, dilute a small amount of aloe (the gel from a couple of pieces of the plant is key — if you’re using a prepared aloe vera gel, make sure it doesn’t contain alcohol) in a cup of warm water. Comb through hair, let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.

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5 Easy Tips For Glowing Skin

1) Slather On The Sunscreen

We know, we know—you’ve heard it a million times, but wearing sunscreen is the single easiest way to look younger for life. “Ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure,” says Day. “It’s so much easier to prevent the damage than it is to fix it afterwards.

” That mens no slacking during winter months either, when rays are just as strong and can reflect off of buildings and sidewalks. Look for a formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UVA rays (the ones that cause premature aging) and UVB rays (one of the main causes of skin cancer).

2) Clean Your Makeup Brushes 

A British study found that 72% of women never wash their brushes or sponges, even though they collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts. “You should wash loose powder brushes every two to three weeks, and those used to apply foundation once a week,” says Jessica Wu, an LA-based dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face

Mix a couple of drops of gentle facial cleanser or shampoo and lukewarm water in a cup, swish your brushes around, rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry, and lay flat to air dry.

3) Munch On Mixed Nuts

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, which increases skin elasticity and may decrease skin cancer, according to recent studies. Throw in walnuts—which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids—to lower inflammation and put the brakes on breakouts, says Molly Morgan, Board Certified Sports Specialist Dietitian and author of The Skinny Rules.

Finally, add some macadamias. “They’re full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation” says integrative practitioner Isaac Eliaz. Aim for a handful of each daily to reap their pore-perfecting benefits.

4) Start Using Serum

“It’s much more concentrated than cream or lotion, so you tend to only need a small amount daily to see results,” says Fran Cook-Bolden, Director of New York’s Skin Specialty Dermatology. Look for one with antioxidants, the skin’s major defense against free radicals and stress, and pentapeptides, which are a must-have when it comes to boosting collagen, the support structure that gives skin a firm, youthful appearance.

5) Sanitise Your Smartphone

According to a Stanford University study, that iPhone you can’t keep your hands off of can get more germ-infested than a toilet in a public toilet. In fact, the glass touchscreens on mobile devices are so good at spreading viruses that sharing them may be almost as bad as sneezing in someone’s face.

Here’s a scary thought: All those germs land right on your cheek and jawline every time you chat away, causing spots and irritation. To keep your phone (and face) bacteria-free, wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes a few times a day.

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10 Little-Known Facts About Makeup

1.The patent for nail polish dates back to 1919. It was light pink.

2. Roman women used belladonna drops to make their pupils look larger and sexier. Of course, belladonna is a poison so this practice didn’t last too long.

3. The Aztecs used beetles to make red lipstick.

4. Elizabeth Taylor allegedly banned other women on-set from wearing red lipstick.

5. Depending on when and where you were at the time, use of makeup either designated your wealth or your poor morals – it’s changed many, many times over the course of history.

6. Cleopatra was said to have soaked her ship sails in perfume so everyone could smell her arrival. Talk about having a signature scent

7. MAC was founded by two men named Frank in 1985.

8. Feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton wore lipstick as a symbol of freedom from oppression when they marched for the right to vote.

9. More women began to shave their underarm hair after seeing a model with shaved armpits in a fashion ad in 1915.

10. Women have often made their own beauty marks with patches of black velvet.

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How To Get Clear Skin At Home

1. Lemon

Lemon is one of the best ingredients that you can use to promote clear skin. The citric acid present in lemon helps keep the skin clear by removing dead cells, and its vitamin C content helps reduce dark spots by increasing the cell renewal process. Lemon also has bleaching properties that will help improve your overall skin complexion.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is an excellent antiseptic and skin-lightening agent that helps minimize scars and other marks. Plus, turmeric can alleviate allergic, inflammatory and infectious skin disorders that make your skin look dull and lifeless.

3. Honey

To enjoy clear skin, your need to keep your skin well moisturized. Honey is a great moisturizer and also has antibacterial properties that help ward off infection.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has many benefits for the skin. It has antibacterial properties that help kill bacteria that cause acne, anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe irritated skin, and astringent properties that help heal scars. Plus, aloe vera moisturizes the skin and stimulates new skin cell growth.

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda balances pH levels of the skin, which is very important to maintain clear skin. Plus, its mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties help deal with problems like acne, pimples and spots. It also works as an excellent exfoliating agent to keep the skin free from dirt, impurities and dead skin cells.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Nails Healthy

Regular nail care results in healthy nails that you can be proud to take to work or out on the town. Your nail care plan can be simple and inexpensive.

You won’t need frequent manicures to maintain good-looking nails if you follow these eight simple tips.

1) Try Biotin

As long as you eat a healthy, varied diet, you don’t need any dietary supplements to guarantee strong nails. But, says Dr. Kleinsmith, people with weak nails may benefit from supplemental biotin, a B vitamin.

“Biotin has been shown to be helpful for strengthening and growing our nails,” she says. Kleinsmith admits she didn’t luck into strong nails by birth, and she has had success strengthening them by taking biotin every day.

2) Enjoy Polish

Wearing nail polish isn’t going to harm your healthy nails, although you probably should give your nails a break on the polish periodically. As part of your home manicures, make sure you choose acetone-free nail polish remover when you decide to begin that break.

Wear gloves for better nail care when working with your hands, such as when you’re gardening or housecleaning, to protect the polish and keep dirt out of your nails.

3) Moisturize Cuticles

Think of your cuticles like the protective caulking around a bathtub. If you cut them back too far or push them around too aggressively, you damage them. That, in turn, leaves your nail bed open to infection.

As part of regular nail care to maintain healthy nails, Kleinsmith advises moisturizing cuticles and not even pushing them back or trimming them at all, even during a professional manicure. Be aware of the signs of infection, including redness, pain, swelling, and even pus in your cuticles and the nearby skin. See a doctor for help treating any infection.

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10 Pro Tips For Keeping Skin Clear & Getting Rid Of Acne

Kick your skincare routine into high gear with these blemish-busting and pimple-preventing tips to get flawless skin by the time you head back to school.

1) Always wash your face before bed. Not washing away the day’s grime? You’re asking for a breakout. Stash cleansing wipes on your nightstand for nights when you’re too tired to move.

2) Don’t skimp on sudsing. Wash your face for 30 to 45 seconds with a dime-size amount of cleanser. That’s how long it takes to clear dirt and oil off your face.

3) Use lukewarm water when washing your face. Hot water dries out your skin, and cold water won’t open up your pores.

4) Be gentle. Scrubbing too hard leaves skin rough and red. Don’t fight with your face. Skip harsh scrubs and even washclothes, which can be too rough on your face and can cause irritation. Use your hands instead. Be sure they’re clean, or you’ll transfer acne-causing dirt and oil right back!

5) Suds up your cleanser in your hands first. It helps activate the ingredients, so they are more effective when applied to your face!

6) Don’t skip your morning wash! Hairstyling products get absorbed by your pillowcase then transfer to your skin—if it’s not cleared away in the A.M., it’ll clog your pores!

7) Try a cleansing brush. Sometimes even after you wash, there’s makeup left on your skin, and that buildup leads to breakouts! Using an exfoliating brush with your basic cleanser loosens and removes the leftover makeup that has seeped inside your pores! The brush can get deeper into your skin than just your soaped-up fingers.

 8) Don’t overwash. If your skin still feels oily, instead of washing again (which can make your skin produce even more oil!), try an astringent after cleansing.

9) Exfoliate. The trick is to remove the layers of dead skin cells and dirt that are blocking your pores—and your skin’s natural glow. Products with alpha hydroxy and lactic acids exfoliate gently to make you look radiant.

10) Wash, then exfoliate. When washing, first use a mild face wash to cleanse your skin. Then, lightly massage exfoliator onto your face. This may seem redundant, but before you exfoliate, you want a clean canvas, so that the exfoliant can focus on digging out the stubborn dirt and oil that are stuck deeper inside your pores.

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