NVQ L2 Hairdressing

This Saturday I will be starting my NVQ L2 Hairdressing course and I couldn’t be more excited. Back in 2013/14 I completed my NVQ L2 Beauty Therapy on a part-time basis alongside my current full time job, and I will be doing the same again this year. When I graduated from University back in 2012 with a Business Studies degree, I knew I wanted to use it towards a career in the Health and Beauty Industry, an area I am extremely passionate about and enjoy. My long term goal is to eventually own my own business, but I want to ensure I have the adequate qualifications and experience to offer a top class service to my future clients.
The NVQ L2 Hairdressing course covers the following topics;
  • Follow Health & Safety Practice in the Salon
  • Develop and Maintain Effectiveness at Work
  • Promote Additional Services or Products to Customers
  • Colouring
  • Blow Dry
  • Styling
  • Finishing
  • Reception Duties
Many of these modules overlap with Beauty Therapy, so I am hoping to use them as recap sessions. The maximum number of students in each class is 4, therefore the sessions will be intimate and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and get immediate help if needed. You are required to buy a basic kit (£130) and black tunic uniform with name badge (£35) prior to the course taking place. This differs from my Beauty Therapy Course, as full kit was included in the price, but was shared with fellow students. Priced at £820 for the 25 week course, it isn’t exactly cheap, but having a full time job means I am able to afford the payments comfortably.
From the beginning, my plan was to always study Level 2 in each unit (Beauty Therapy and Hairdressing) whilst working full time, and then attend any specific follow-up courses once qualified depending on Business demand – I will be sure to keep you all updated on how I am getting on throughout the Academic year!

The Importance of Body Brushing


During the summer months, body care is a top priority in most beauty routines, however as we head into the cooler seasons, certain areas tend to become neglected. The thought of standing nuddy in your bathroom freezing your butt off whilst you apply various lotions and potions is our worst nightmare and that’s why most tend to skip out important steps.
To put it simply, detoxification is performed by many of our major organs, glands and transportation systems (gut, kidneys, liver, lympthatic system etc.) and body brushing helps detoxify and stimulate this method. 
Body brushing is easy to do at home and simply involves using a soft natural brush to exfoliate the skin, starting with your feet and working your way up yours legs, always brushing towards the heart. Use long sweeping strokes and apply a pressure that is most comfortable, but avoid sensitive areas such as the face and/or broken skin. It is usually performed on dry skin, but many people prefer to do it in the bath/ shower (to keep warm!). Body brushing is a way to stimulate organs to detoxify, which helps with the skins natural healing process as well as many other benefits;
  • Can help eliminate cellulite
  • Exfoliates dead skin
  • Help the skin to look young and supple
  • Eases muscle soreness
  • Stimulates circulation 
Being an avid fake tanner, exfoliation and body brushing is essential part of my beauty routine in order to ensure even application, coverage and fade. Whilst running a hot bubble bath, I use a long handled body brush and use a comfortable amount of pressure, in circular motions, all over my body, focusing on my problematic areas (tops of my legs and bum). Once I have shampooed, conditioned and conducted all other routine essentials, I then finish with a creamy shower gel and my trusty pair of exfoliation gloves to leave my skin super soft and prepped for a fresh layer of fake tan.
Image Source: http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/06/beauty-rituals-benefits-dry-body-brushing/
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