A facial is performed by a skincare professional to address many different skin concerns. It usually involves a cleanse, exfoliation, and/or mask applied to the face and neck. The mask is most often used to give moisture, hydration, or to brighten and even skin tone.
The term ‘facial’ can also be used to describe laser therapy, microneedling, electro-current therapy, or many other treatments.
Beauty therapists are employed for their skills, but also their knowledge. Many people seek out a beauty expert’s advice, be it a dermatologist or beauty therapist, in order to treat their skin concerns. Those working in the beauty industry need to have a thorough understanding of the latest skincare technology used to perfect every different type of skin issue.
Waxing body hair is an evolution of the ancient ‘sugaring’ tradition. It involves applying hot wax to the hair follicles. Once hardened, the wax is pulled back, taking the whole follicle with it.
While this can be a painful experience, waxing technicians have learned the best ways to mitigate the pain as much as possible. There are treatments to wax almost every part of the body: full-leg, half-leg, bikini, brazillian, stomach, back, full-arm, half-arm, upper lip, eyebrows, and more!
It is also important to note that there are different types of wax to treat separate areas. This way, the sensitive areas of the body are not over stripped and irritated.
Make-up is the use of liquid, gel, powder, and cream pigmented materials to enhance, change, and shape the face. It takes form in every day make-up, bridal, glam, film & tv, special effects, and costume.
Nail technology is the decoration and maintenance of finger & toe nails using traditional, gel, shellac, or SNS polish. Services can range from a full manicure to the application of false nails.
Manicures & Pedicures
A manicure is a comprehensive nail treatment that trims cuticles, files and buffs the nail and prepares for polish and shaping. It often also involves a hand massage during the preparation.
A pedicure is a full foot treatment to exfoliate the dead skin, soften heels, shape nails, and apply polish.
Massage therapy is an ancient technique of muscular manipulation to ease tension and relax the body. This treatment is purported to reduce stress, anxiety, and emotional tension, and ongoing treatment can assist the body in healing and better mobility.
Lash Lifts & Extensions
Lash lifts and extensions are fairly new treatments that are used to make the lashes appear fuller, longer, and healthier.
Extensions use an adhesive to glue synthetic or natural hair close to the lash line. This is a semi-permanent version of a set of false lashes. Lash extensions usually last between 2-3 weeks.
Lash lifts boost the curl of your lashes from root to tip. This way the full length and thickness of your lashes are visible.
The brow treatments on the market differ from temporary, semi-permanent to permanent solutions for shaping, colouring, and defining brows.
Waxing and threading are treatments to remove hair outside of the desired brow shape. Hot wax is applied to the skin and used to take out the hair follicle; or, for threading, two strands are worked over the hair and the tension tweezes it from the skin.
Brow tinting is a dying process where special pigment is applied in the desired brow shape. This tones the skin and hair, so the brows appear naturally thicker and defined. This tends to last around six weeks from treatment.
Microblading is the process of tattooing brows using microneedles to imitate the look of hair. It will last up to three years, and mimic a natural brow.
Cosmetic tanning has moved to replace sunbed and solar tanning by using a UV safe method to mimic melanin. The tanning technician uses a spray gun to apply a pigment to the skin. This can last up to 14 days, but it is subject to different skin tones and regimens.
Spa treatments include a wide range of services aimed at the beautification and maintenance of client goals. This includes facial treatments, bath and sauna services, cryotherapy, massage therapy, nail treatments & decoration, body wraps & scrubs, laser treatments, and alternative medicine.
Eyelash Extensions (basic)
Eyelash extensions are the application of synthetic or natural hair fibres close to the lash line, using specialised adhesive. This creates the appearance of longer & thicker lashes.
Body scrubs are usually offered in a spa or salon and are promoted to help skin tone and appearance, increase blood flow, and the look of cellulite through exfoliation. Scrubs can be formulated using sugar granules, salt granules, coffee, and many other ingredients. Each scrub is created for different purposes.
Dry brushing exfoliates by using a stiff bristled brush in circular motions over dry skin. This is applied to all areas of the body, but particularly areas that struggle with cellulite or skin texture. Dry brushing is not used on the face, as the skin is too delicate.
Body wraps cover the client in a detox, slimming, moisturising or mud treatment and then use a blanket or weighted material to steam the body. This helps the ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin and also allows the body to sweat out toxins and impurities.
Ear candling uses a hollow, cone shaped candle to remove wax build up, ease headaches and cold & flu symptoms. The candle is placed over the ear canal and draws out toxins. This technique comes from ancient medicinal practices from many different cultures.
Hot stone massage
A hot stone massage uses water-heated stones placed in key areas on the spine to soften and relax the muscles on the back and adjoining limbs. This allows the massage therapist to penetrate deeper and ease tension or injury.