Week 1 - About me!
I’m Beth and I’m Assistant Manager/ Beauty Therapist at The Beauty Loft and The Beauty Loft Retreat. I have decided to start my ‘Beauty Blog by Beth’ which I will be bringing to you each week, (but more about that later!) First I just want to share my hair and beauty story and tell you a little bit about myself.
I first got into the hair and beauty industry when I was only 14 years old, it was actually my first ever Saturday job. At the time it felt like the most grown up thing ever but loo
king back, sweeping up old hair, cleaning toilets and making coffee over and over again wasn’t the most glamorous thing, but everyone’s got to start somewhere, and that’s where my journey began.
After I left school at 16, I decided to start an apprenticeship in hairdressing. I went to college one day a week and worked in the salon for the remaining 4 days. I absolutely loved working alongside college, and I found that I learned a lot more by doing so. Being hands on in the salon at such a young age is so beneficial to anyone looking to get into the industry, especially me. I used have a very shy personality and struggled to hold a conversation with people I didn’t know, but working in an environment where you have no choice but to interact with the general public, and people you don’t know, made me a much more confident and outgoing person. Now, over 5 years later, you can’t shut me up!! You never know what conversation you’re going to get into with someone you meet in the cleaning isle at Tesco! ( I now also have a new hobby and a very unhealthy obsession with Zoflora and Mrs Hinch, but we won’t go down that road today)
So I spent 2 years as a hairdressing apprentice, this is where I learned all the basic but key things about the industry. I found that working alongside the other hairdressers and beauty therapists, I picked up a lot of their mannerisms and behaviour in the salon environment. I find that observing and copying what others do is the best form of learning for me! So I was very lucky to have such experienced people to learn from. I also learnt the more essential things, such as how to master the perfect telephone voice, make the perfect cuppa and of course how to bleach tint stained floors to an inch of their life. Like I said, we all have to start somewhere!
I then spent around 6 months, after I qualified, working as a fully qualified hairdresser and building myself a client base. It was in these six months that I learnt all the skills in how to build a loyal clientele. It takes more than just asking if they’re going on holiday or complaining about the weather, (much to my surprise!) I learnt how to create the perfect rapport between myself and the client, so they actually wanted to come back to me, and so they would recommend me to their friends. After all this is what helps you to build and grow. I absolutely loved it, and met some wonderful people.
As time went on I decided that I wanted a change, so this is when I made the decision to take a break from the hairdressing and get into beauty therapy. I had always wanted to do both, and the opportunity popped up unexpectedly, so I took the chance and went for it. In a way it was scary starting from scratch all over again, but looking back and looking at where I am today, it was the best decision I made.
I started at The Beauty Loft in January 2017 as a receptionist/trainee. I settled in straight away, bringing with me all the knowledge I gained from my previous job, which made the process a whole lot easier. After a few weeks I went on various courses to qualify in the basics, so I could start offering treatments in the salon and build up my experience in beauty. In the September I then started a year at college 2 days a week to get my qualification in Level 2 Beauty Therapy. Again my advise would be to always try and get an apprenticeship, but because I had already got salon experience, it didn’t matter too much for me. I then worked my way up and completed advanced courses such as Lash Extensions and Acrylic Nails. These are my two
treatments to do and what I now specialise in, I absolutely love it!!
The most exciting part of my journey, however, happened in summer last year when I was promoted to Assistant Manager across both salons. I was absolutely over the moon. I now work closely alongside Grace (Salon Manager), and Kim (Salon Owner) helping with the day to day running of the salons, promotions and contributing my ideas towards monthly offers and new treatments. I still can’t believe all that I have achieved in only 2 years, and it has proved to me that success comes from hard work and a happy work environment.
So this is why I want to start a weekly blog, where I can share all my thoughts, helpful tips and fun facts with you. I want to bring something new to the salon and give myself a challenge! I also think it is important to interact with your clients, value their opinions and take on board suggestions. This is why I want you guys to get involved! I would love for you all to send in requests of what you want me to talk about, any questions you may have about treatments/ products, or even if you’re searching for some advice. This is what I want my blog to be about, somewhere we can all share our opinions and have some fun!
I can’t wait to get started and I hope you will all love it and get involved.
See you next week!