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Online beauty courses VS Classroom based learning

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 7:05 AM



There is more than one way to gain a qualification in the beauty industry. But which method of learning is the best and why?


Classroom based learning


Classroom based courses are still very popular as they are the 'traditional' way to learn, and many students like to have a tutor with them in the flesh during their course. This is great for those who want the advantage of being able to ask questions and recieve an immediate answer. A classroom based tutor will also watch the way you work and help you to correct your technique as you go along. 

Students who have gained their qualifications in a classroom environment usually have a lot more choice when it comes to who they want to insure with and their qualifications are also more likely to be accepted by an employer. 

The cons of this method of learning is that some courses have a high number of other students attending, meaning that the short time that you have with your tutor is split between however many other students are on the course with you. This means less attention on you and your technique. If you want to avoid this from happening either book a one to one course, or enquire with the academy to see what their maximum number of students is. 

The other downside to classroom based learning is having to take time off work, and if you have children then finding childcare may be difficult. You also have to be willing to travel to the course location which takes time and money. If you cannot attend for any reason (such as sickness) then you may lose your course place, and most academies do not offer refunds. 


Online based learning


Online courses are quickly becoming a very popular way to learn. This is because of their abiity to fit in around people's busy work scedules, kids, and lives in general. They mean no time taken off work to fit in a course, and quite often there is full online support from real tutors.

For years the beauty industry has frowned upon home learning, with many therapists believing that you cannot gain proper training from an online course. For them, everything must be classroom based. However, with the materials available on online courses such as full HD training videos, in depth theory and online theory questions, and online assessments as well as online support from real beauty tutors it is most definitely possible to gain the theory and practical knowledge that is needed. 

One downside to online learning is not having a tutor there in person to guide you, and you must be self motivated to complete this type of training. The other downside to online learning is that in the UK there is only a limited number of insurers who will cover you for treatments learned online. Radius Beauty Therapy Insurance is a popuar one as they are reasonable priced and allow you to pay your premiums on a monthly basis (where as many insurers expect an annual payment in full). Another is BGi.uk Insurance. 

I contacted Chris at Radius Beauty Therapy Insurance for further information regarding the insuring of online beauty courses and this is what he said:


"Our insurance is backed by TMHCC, one of the largest and most respected insurance companies in the world.

The underwriters there (the people who assess the risk and develop the insurance products) took the decision that rather than needing a qualification endorsed by a particular organisation or trade body as most other providers do, they just needed to ensure that someone was ‘suitably qualified’ to carry out their treatment in question.

The relevant piece in the policy wording is this…

Suitably Qualified means the Insured should be qualified to perform the Professional business and shall provide a formal qualification in the event of a claim, if not previously supplied. For new and or innovative Professional business , and or where a formal qualification does not exist, the Insured must provide evidence of competency and or experience.

We hope that this will enable people to find the insurance they need without being forced to sign up to, or use a particular course or members organisation."


So the verdict is that classroom based learning is great for those who feel that they need that face time with a tutor, as opposed to online support. Online learning is better in terms of flexibility and time. But both are great ways to learn and to gain your qualifications. 






Do semi permanent lash extensions damage the natural lashes?

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 11:15 AM



This is a question I get asked on a regular basis by clients and students alike. The correct answer is both yes and no! This is because there are many things that can go wrong with a semi permanent lash treatment if it is not carried out in the correct way. And let's be clear, we are talking about the kind of lash extensions that are applied 1:1, not clusters or party lashes. Proper semi permanent lashes are applied with one individual lash extension to one natural lash. So what is it about this treatment that can cause damage?


1. Using too much adhesive.


This is a really common mistake among new lash artists, as they tend to think that more adhesive equals longer lasting lash extensions. Yes, the extensions will last longer but only because they are stuck to 2 or 3 natural lashes (or more) per lash extension. When a tech uses too much adhesive it takes longer to dry, meaning that the lash technician has to hold the isolation for much, much longer. Most techs won't take the time to hold the isolated lash for the full time it needs to dry so instead let go and move onto the next lash. This means that the natural lashes around the extension stick to the still-wet adhesive and end up clumped together.

When lashes are stuck together it causes discomfort and damage for the client. They may not notice it at first but once the lashes start to grow they may get a bruised, uncomfortable feeling on the lash line. This is caused by the lashes that are growing dragging out the lashes that are stuck to them, resulting in premature loss of lashes and bald patches.


2. Not isolating the natural lashes correctly.


When the natural lashes are not isolated correctly during the application of the extensions, the same thing happens as when you use too much adhesive. If there is more than one lash stuck to an extension, this can cause pain and discomfort, and eventually premature loss of lashes and bald patches.

Correct isolation means applying one extension to only one natural lash.


3. Applying lash extensions that are too heavy.


This is something I see a lot. I regularly have clients coming to me with damaged lashes after going to someone who has applied thick, long lashes on top of their fine, short natural ones. For a semi-permanent lash treatment a tech should never use heavier than a 0.15 thickness, or go more than 1/3 of the natural lash length. Clients with very fine lashes would be better suited to no more than a 0.12 thickness, or 0.15 thickness in flat or cashmere lashes (as these weigh less than a traditional lash extension).

Applying anything heavier will result in premature loss of the lashes, so go easy on them! 

If a client wants something fuller, they would be better suited to having Russian Volume Lashes. This way they get the fullness without the damage as RV lashes are much, much finer.


So the verdict is, if lashes are performed using the mistakes above then yes, they are damaging


However, if the lash tech was to use minimal adhesive, isolate the natural lashes correctly, and apply extensions that will not add excess weight to the natural lashes, then the answer is NO, semi permanent lash extensions are NOT damaging to the natural lashes. 

If you have any questions about this subject, feel free to get in touch! 

Sabrina Brown

Head Trainer


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