Happy 2018! What do you have planned for the New Year?

 

Hey there! Hope you all had a lovely holiday season and Happy New Year!

There's nothing I love more than a fresh new year, how about you? One of my favorite things to do this first week of January is plot and plan out the year ahead. Just like you I'm on the search for training and opportunities to grow my knowledge and skill base and spending time dreaming up some big new goals!

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Today I am excited to announce 3 brand new Sugaring Certification Course dates for this Spring 2018.

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If you've been thinking about expanding your business or skill set, making the transition to Organic and Natural skincare treatments or perhaps even opening your own business, then I'd love to speak with you. Sugaring is an art and technical skill that your clients and your bank account will appreciate so why not give it a try?

I'd love to tell you more about these upcoming classes in London and Glasgow so please do get in touch!

April Sugaring Class London

Our Body Sugaring Certification classes are fully Accredited through The Beauty Guild and will qualify you for Professional Insurance upon completion. 

We also proudly carry Tamara's Sugar Certified Fair Trade + Organic Range made in the USA. 

Cheers to a prosperous 2018! 

x Stephanie 

 

WOW, it's hot. When you're having a meltdown, do this.......

Summer has arrived in full force! Temps are UP and the sun is blaring. Now this is typically cause for some serious celebration, but if you are booked back to back with Sugaring clients you might find yourself longing for cooler temps and an icepack strapped to your forehead. I won't Sugar coat it for you (pun intended). Hair removal of any type in hot temps can be tricky and with Sugar paste you might find yourself stressing about melt down if your room is too hot. So, here are a few things you can do to combat the heat.

1. Stock Firm/Strong Sugar Paste ASAP! If you've been working with Sugar for any amount of time you know that room temps and body temps can dictate how your Sugar performs in terms of consistency. We are using a natural product after all. If you do not already have a Firm paste option at your fingertips PLEASE get some asap. When you get stuck or have a very high temp room or a new client wanting a first time full Hollywood you may need this stronger paste for terminal hair extraction.

2. FANS!! Get em, get a few. Air circulation is super important. If you don't have air conditioning (or even if you do) then you really need a few fans. Buy them on amazon to arrive tomorrow. Do not wait until you have a meltdown to start looking.

3. Portable air conditioner units: if you have a window to vent to then I would highly suggest investing in a portable unit. I did my first summer in Portland and I think it saved my life. Also available on Amazon. Be sure you are not buying a unit that is intended to humidify the air as well as cool it.  

4. Keep yourself cool - dress light, avoid hardcore workouts before heading to work (they raise the body temp), keep ice packs in the freezer for your back/forehead/underarms between clients and have cold drinks on hand. The cooler you are the less you transfer your heat into the paste.

5. Give your clients a cold wet towel to compress or clean up sweaty areas with. Tell them NO workouts before they arrive. 

6.  Early mornings and late nights - book clients on non-peak hours when the sun is not as hot. Try an early bird session from 7-11 AM and then re-open from 5-9. It's not ideal but it might just do the trick for the time being.

7. Used cold Sugar when necessary. Feel free to discard and grab new paste when you start to worry about meltdown for the time being. A bit of over use beats out a sticky mess any day.

8. BREATHE. Try to relax, give yourself longer appointment slots, take breaks, drink cold water, stand in front of a fan. Try not to stress.

9. Be honest. Tell your clients that the temperature can soften the Sugar paste so you might need a tiny bit of extra time for todays appointment.

10. I repeat - stock a Strong/Firm paste! It might be exactly what you need and no matter what it will get used this summer with the warmer temps, I promise. Whoever you are purchasing your paste from, contact them today and get at least 1 tub shipped out for midweek arrival. If you are using Tamara's Organic line I can get you Paste ASAP, just message me :)

Hope this is helpful! Stay cool Sugaristas!

- Stephanie

We're Officially Accredited!

 

We're very excited to announce that our Two Day Body Sugaring Certification class is now accredited through The Guild of Beauty Therapists! This means that all students who successfully complete the certification course will be eligible for Membership and Professional Insurance through the Guild. Woohoo!

Next up we will be submitting our Intimate Sugaring course for approval. This one day course will teach all the fundamentals of Brazilian and Hollywood Sugaring, getting you ready to start taking clients as soon as possible. 

Join us for an upcoming class! Check out our Training Page. See you in class!

 

 

Going Green : Organic + Natural, what does it all mean anyway?

 
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The Soil Association just released their Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Market Report and much to our delight, Organic Beauty is on the rise! Last year the UK alone saw sales of £61.2M in Certified Organic and Natural Beauty products. That was up 13% from the year before! Organic and Natural Beauty is here to stay.  We are incredibly proud to introduce the first Certified Organic Sugar Paste to the UK over here at London Sugaring Company. Our partnership with Sugar Paste formulator extraordinaire Tamara Anderson of Tamara's Sugar has allowed us the exciting opportunity to lead the way in Organic Hair Removal. Yeah baby! So what does it mean to be "certified" Organic anyway? Well, in the US where our line originates from the NOP, or National Organic Program that is housed within the USDA oversees the process a brand/product/manufacturer must go through in order to obtain the seal of certification. This means formulation, ingredient sources, good manufacturing processes and facility inspections are reviewed  in order to ensure that any product with the USDA Certified Organic seal has met or exceeds these stringent standards.

So what's up with brands calling their products Organic even when they do not carry a seal or logo indicating they are? There are definitely beauty brands out there that formulate using high quality organic ingredients but have not yet invested in or chose not to go through a formal certification process. Getting Certified is not always a quick or easy process and it carries a bit of a price tag. It's not always an option for a small brand when they are starting out or even a priority for a bigger brands. But there are also brands out there that use 1-2% Organic ingredients and then slap Organic in their product name. Incredibly enough there is no regulation against the use of the word organic on beauty products here in the UK. It's a buyer beware situation when it comes to products labeled natural or organic that do not carry a certifying seal.  So, step one should always be: Turn that bottle, tub, tube around and read the ingredient list.

One hot topic in the industry at the moment is the increasing prevalence of a trend called "greenwashing".  Greenwashing can come in many forms. We could talk about corporate practices or environmental implications but for sake of staying focused on beauty let's talk about what greenwashing looks like when it comes to personal care products. Ever been browsing the aisles of your favorite store and found a nicely package body lotion with a green leaf in the logo or tree on packaging? Let's say for examples sake the brand and product is called Nature's Naturals, Botanical Moisture (made this one up, but you get the point). You get all excited because finally you've found an £3 body lotion that uses natural ingredients. What a bargain! You turn the label over and there it is......a list of 45 ingredient you can't imagine came from planet earth. Oh wait, there's some coconut oil in there (phew!) but the rest is looking pretty suspect. There you have it, you've been conned by that eco green leaf logo, the recycled looking craft paper label or the earthy brand name. Happens all the time.

Let me get a touch off track from a quick sec. I'm not here to tell you that Organic and Natural is the only way to go. I'm not even going to suggest you avoid synthetics in your skincare because truthfully I believe in the power of non-natural preservatives when they are necessary. Safety is a huge concern when it comes to what you're putting on your skin, so it's good to know that your product isn't going to grow something funky in it or go rancid in two weeks. There are effective, highly tested non-natural preservatives out there I personally see a place for when it comes to skincare care formulation. As someone who makes much of their own skincare I can tell you that it's no laughing matter when a product that goes funky on you. Ok, I digress - that's an entire blog post in and of itself. 

Ok, back to my point because by now you're probably wondering what my point actually is. Essentially this is what I want to put out there - Not all brands are interested in being fully transparent.  Just as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Natural and Organic Beauty is booming. Companies are looking to get a piece of the action and because no one can tell them otherwise, they will resort to telling you what you want to hear to make that next sale. Be diligent in checking labels, ask the companies you're working with or buying from to talk to you at more length about their ingredient list. If they are calling their product organic but don't have a seal from one of the major Organic Certifying bodies then ask them the percentage of Organic ingredients and/or which ingredients are organic. Totally fair question. When it comes to professional beauty we as practitioners have to step up and ensure that what we tell our clients, or better yet, what we sell our clients is up to the standards we believe it to be. This means asking questions and not taking everything that is marketed to us at face value.

Let's put our best foot forward when it comes to transparency and by all means let's not sell our clients anything we haven't truly taken the time to research. We can elevate the natural and organic beauty scene by becoming experts in our craft as well as our product. 

Cheers to label reading and asking more questions! Have a question for me? Let me know!

* Want to learn more about The Soil Association + COSMOS Certification criteria. Read more HERE. USA Standards that our product meets requirements for - Check out this fact sheet

 

10 Reasons You Should Learn to Sugar

There are way more than 10 reasons why you should invest in learning the Art of Sugaring.....

But I know you're busy so I'll stay focused on 10.

1. Sugaring is a highly profitable skill. Yup, I am going to come right out the gate and talk about money. Maybe you're in business for yourself or you've been dreaming of starting your own business? Well profitability is a huge deal! I once surveyed 20 successful Sugaristas in the US to find out how many Hollywoods they could do with one tub of Sugar Paste. The range? 12-15! That means you can make your investment back around 23-29x the value of one tub of Sugar. BOOM.

2. Clients love Sugaring. I know this with certainty as I've Sugared a few thousand clients in my time. In fact, to my knowledge I've never lost a client to an alternative method of hair removal. The only clients I lost in my years in the treatment room left because I was often waitlisted for appointments and unable to see all my clients in a two week timeframe. How ya like that?

3. Sugaring is a fun, challenging and creative skill to learn. You will not be a genius Sugarista overnight but that's ok! Part of what makes Sugarists and Sugaristas so special is that they've fully committed to their craft. If you are longing for something creative, Sugaring will suit you really well.

4. Tamara's Sugar Paste is Organic. Yay for you, your clients, the environment and your bottom line. Catch that quote on the home page about the £61.2M Natural and Organic business booming here in the UK?

5. Sugaring offers your clients amazing results! Hair is extracted in the direction of growth so ingrowns are greatly reduced. Clients will hug you and rebook in heartbeat.

6. Continuing on that topic - Sugar Paste is not hot. Happy dance to that! No burning, no nervous applications wondering if the paste has been overheated.

7. Sugaring is growing rapidly in the US. Why does this matter? Well, hip west coast cities like Portland, Seattle and LA are seeing huge increases in interest in Sugaring and more and more studios are popping up. West coast beauty bloggers, the Huff Post, Insta influencers are all picking up Sugaring so soon it'll be everywhere. 

8. Now let's talk about you. You like to be different. This is one totally legitimate reason to learn to Sugar. You don't care to do what everyone else is doing. You are an innovator. Go you!

9. You care about ingredients A LOT. You can't handle nasties in your skincare so why should you have to have them in your hair removal product? You don't have to!

10. You like spending a weekend in London with fellow motivated beauty pros. You're looking for a community of cool and interesting people in this industry to support and be supported by. Well, consider it done!

11. Whoops - I know I said 10.......but lastly, maybe you're ready to take the leap and start a business? You can! I did and I'd love to help you do the same.

Cheers future Sugarists + Sugaristas! 

p.s. I am only an email away if you'd like to chat more. hello@londonsugaringcompany.com

Ummm, I have to point out that the two women you see observing in this photo not only own their own successful Sugaring Studios but they also both became Sugaring Educators. There is so much opportunity in Sugaring - love it!