There are many companies that can provide you with insurance - it is important that you do not work without it. You must also ensure that you have received certificates for your qualification(s). You can join professional bodies such as BABTAC or The Guild. These companies can offer insurance and help you with any professional questions you may have. If you need to practice before working on clients, you must ensure your model signs a model form – this can be obtained from our head office in PDF format.
Along with a steady hand, carrying out our eyelash and eyebrow treatments requires good eyesight; we recommend you have your eyesight checked regularly. Focussing on eyelashes or brows for more than an hour at a time can be very tiring. As your eyes get tired your vision may become blurred and you may have difficulty with focussing. If this occurs, take a break and relax your eyes. A magnification lamp or reading glasses may be of use to you. For eyes that become dry, use an appropriate eye drop to freshen and soothe them. Do not proceed with the treatment if you remain unable to focus clearly for any reason.
Effective and thorough hygiene practice is essential when providing any type of beauty treatment in the salon as well as when providing treatments at home. Poor practice can lead to cross-infection and secondary infection for yourself and for your client. Infection can be recognised by redness of the skin, itching, inflammation or the visible presence of pus-filled blister like lesions. Cross-infection occurs because some micro-organisms are contagious – they may be transferred through personal contact or by contact with an instrument that has not been sterilised or disinfected correctly. Secondary infection can be caused by working on or around an area that has already been affected by an infection. Sterilisation and sanitisation procedures are used to minimise or destroy the harmful micro-organisms which could cause infection. It is key to ensure hands are thoroughly cleaned. The best way to clean your hands is to wash them in hot soapy water and then dry them with a clean paper towel.
Impeccable personal hygiene is essential in a profession where you will be working closely with other people.
Every client should be confident that their treatment is performed using the correct products in a clean and comfortable environment. The list below lays out the areas which must always be considered when working in the beauty industry, be it within a salon or working from your own or your customers’ home.
Sterilisation is the process of making something free from bacteria or other living microorganisms. Instruments should be sterilised between clients, however, some products used in treatments cannot be sterilised – in this case, you should sanitise where possible and use the most hygienic practice to ensure your clients’ safety as well as your own. An example of a product that you cannot sterilise is the Cleansing Cloth – the best practice for this product is to wash thoroughly and store in a sealed container, keeping it fresh for each client. Used disposable items must be thrown away immediately after use.
Sterilisation is a term that refers to any process that kills all forms of microbial life. This includes all fungi, bacteria, viruses and spore forms that could be present on any surface or contained in a liquid. For items to be effectively sterilised, they must be washed clean and be free from grease prior to the sterilisation process.