This week, I caught up with the manager of our Tonbridge Clinic, Emelia.
Whilst sheltering from the rain with some hot chocolates I asked her a few questions about her impressive journey into the beauty industry.
When did you first become interested in a career in beauty and why?
From a very young age I was always fascinated by the beauty industry.
From the age of about 12, I would sit for hours on YouTube watching brows and nail tutorials and putting my skills into practice on my friends and family! From a very young age I was always fascinated by the beauty industry, I was obsessed with brows.
I was amazed at the way brow shapes could transform and define your face. I used to stay up all hours watching brow tutorials on YouTube. After watching the tutorials, I realised the true artistry that went into brow treatments. There were so many to choose from, definition brows, henna tinted, ombre brows, microblading and more.
I thought it was crazy how brow technicians could create such fine hair strokes, transforming barely there brows into beautifully bold arches.
I was desperate to know how!
When and where did you first start working in beauty?
I started my journey into beauty in 2017, I signed up for a 2-year training course which I completed whilst working at a beauty salon in Kings Hill. In 2019, I joined Tipz N Toez (now Hampson Beauty Clinic) in Tonbridge as a junior beauty therapist.
How did you progress to your current position?
Since working at Hampson Beauty Clinic, I completed further training with their sister company, Hampson Training Academy expanding my treatment and product knowledge. This allowed me to reach my promotion to advanced beauty therapist.
At the start of 2020, I began working part-time at Hampson Training Academy tutoring others in various beauty treatments. I love being able to pass on my skills to others eager to get into the industry as I remember being in their position.
Most recently, through hard work and determination, I have taken on the role of Salon Manager at our Tonbridge clinic.
What is the most challenging part of your job role?
I would say the most challenging part of my job role would be trying to fit everything in. Working a tutor at the academy, juggling a fully booked column and having the responsibility of running the salon can sometimes get quite hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
What do you love the most about your job?
The best part about my job is being able to make people feel better about themselves and the confidence boost you can give people. I love being able to see the difference in my clients’ mood when they leave the salon. Having regular, happy clients is the most rewarding thing.
What would your top tip be for budding beauticians?
My top tip for any budding beauticians would be to forget about what anyone else has to say and focus on what makes you happy. I spent years worrying about the stigma around the beauty industry and what others would think about me going into the trade, but listening to myself was the best thing I have done.