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Our industries do have a tendency to all get lumped together.
The one i most disagree with is probably beauty therapy and hairdressing being taught as a combined course still at colleges when i believe they have little in common.
Can you really be good at everything or is it time there should be more specialism so there are those that just do waxing etc and are trained as such.
I guess im a bit jack of all trades although i do acknowledge what im good at and have given up what im not and am quite happy to recommend people to other therapists... i dont just have a go.
 

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i first trained in hair , but then yrs after i trained in beauty , so i suppose am a jack of all trades (master of none :lol:)
although i stopped doing hair a fair few years ago and only did beauty , but an now trying to get my head round doing hair aswell again but only in preperation for when i have to do the exams in canada :green:
 

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well I mostly do massage, so have learnt many types of massage techniques, but also do energy treatments like crystals, reiki and hopi.

I do a lot of many treatments but I used to be a chef and I used to cook a lot of different meals.
 

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well I started off doing beauty, fresh out of school, went on to do a degree in complementary therapies, and have not long qualified as a hairdresser, I loved each course I did and they were big stages in my life, however now I'm really into hair, hate massage (although I feel terrible saying it) and don't really get much of a chance to practice many of my complementary therapies... I'm so so glad that I did all of it though, i love being able to alternate, and also knowing a bit about everything, being able to join in most conversations! babble babble babble....:rolleyes:
 
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The trades are allied but it takes a lot of work to be proficient at each one of them.

In Australia though, hairdressers are trained separately and under an apprenticeship system (currently 3 years) or a one year intensive in college system followed by a traineeship (1 year).

Hairdressers are subject to licensing conditions here. Beauty Therapists and Nail Technicans aren't. I attended a training day offered by an academy here some time ago and the course work as well as the practical work required in huge and I find it difficult to comprehend just how someone can do both in two years and be proficient in same.

The same applies with massage therapy. It's often incorporated in beauty therapy courses here and yet some people call themselves beauty therapists/massage therapists. This is simply not accurate.

Massage Therapists undertake a diploma in a course not related at all to beauty and are part of the health system as practitioners once they register as patients (as they are called, not clients) can claim insurance benefits from them.

So yeah, I agree with you there.
 

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I'm the same.
Been hairdressing for far far too long, but its my main bread and butter.
Prefer holistics, and specialise in advanced reflexology.

I am trained in complementary therapies, beauty therapy and hairdressing.

I pickand choose what I like doing best to be honest, and what I dont like doing , I dont offer.

I hate waxing, so dont do it. Its more of a fear of it to be truthful. I havent done much in the way of waxing and have put up a barrier.

I love reflexology, so its my fave treatment.

Hairdressing - well Iv been trying to come out of it for years , but its my main earner cos iv done it for so long, I just end up doing everyones hair.

I would love just to do complementarytherapies in an ideal world, but I dont think it will ever happen! lol.
 

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I am a California Cosmetologist.
This license covers the whole spectrum.
I did some hair in my beginning.
I now do mostly nails and waxing.
I still take advanced education in hair,skin,and nails.
I in no way consider myself up to snuff when it comes to doing hair.
I understand the basics, but I shy away and leave it to the girls in the salon that kick butt.
I believe that they make more money per hour, but I have a full book so I stay in my safety zone.
 

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I do nails, Spray Tan & Waxing

But in 2008 i want to do Lash extension, Permanent Make-up, Hair, Gents hair, Hair extensions and loaaaaaaaaaaaads more

Oh and tattoo's (follow in my dads foot steps)
 

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I dont do hair but pretty much done everything in beauty...problem is - when you do so much - you start to dilute the time on some of the other stuff.

I do make-up - nails gels l&P and fibregalss - manis & pedis - spraytanning - all beauty - massage (not so much these days) electrolysis - have done IPL - face painting. Did 3 month of hairdressing.

I sometimes wonder how its possible to do all stuff well.


Trouble is - I have a thirst for learning new things - I get bored of being complacent in my treatments and need a challenge every now and then to keep me going.
 

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Trouble is - I have a thirst for learning new things - I get bored of being complacent in my treatments and need a challenge every now and then to keep me going.
Same same. I always want to learn new things. Strange really because I don't like the stress of exams etc but I always want to do new things. Makes life exciting.
 

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Great thread,I say that because I was just thinking the same thing myself.

I have been wanting to get in to something a little different myself lately but kept thinking that in order to do this I would need to give up beauty therapy altogether so that I could truely master what I had chosen. Thus leaving me somewhat disappointed, thinking that I would have to stick with beauty therapy for ever or lose it completely. As one of you have already said, the idea that you can pick and chose apects of your chosen industry and then offer those are very appealing to me... I get bored easily I have come to realise that.

I am a nail tech, beauty therapist, spray tanning tech. I would absolutely love to do hairdressing and also tech in the Life Long Learning Secter.

Just a question. How do you guys that offer so much actually fit it all in? Are you self employed or do you work part time here and there?
 

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I did an 8 hour training learning the fine art of Threading.
(I still prefer waxing for hair removal, but thought it was a good idea to learn.)
Eyelash extension class.
(Being a bum, I don't/haven't been serious about following through, I spent over $1000.)
Ear piercing class/twice.
(I only do it when Im reminded/have all past records, and they total only 100+)
Facial classes/peels.
(Extremely rare that I prepare myself to relax and book an appointment, my nail clientele is over booked, lame excuse!!!)
Hair color classes.
(I desperately try/want to stay in the know, I just do way more nails and waxing.)
Spray tanning.
(purchased supplies after a class, I need a refresher course)
Body wraps/ear candeling
(Did them when I could)
I need to stop chasing the next big thing and revisit the treatments that I enjoy.
 

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Unfortunately nails takes over everything - because of the time spent on travelling (Im mobile) set up time and treatment time. I keep my Saturdays for weddings in the summer and tell clients I cant do them saturday mornings.
 

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Trouble is - I have a thirst for learning new things - I get bored of being complacent in my treatments and need a challenge every now and then to keep me going.[/quote]

i agree with this :)

i do facials, waxing, makeup, nails, eye treatments and massage and i still want to learn lots more

i like having a varied treatment menu, could not stand to do the same thing all the time
 

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Where are you based? I have a beauty salon in Skipton, looking to rent a room out for holistics, would you be interested if in your reach, please email sante@fsmail.net

Look forward to hearing from you
Alison
 

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