On Saturday I went along to London College of Beauty Therapy's Salon. The treatment of choice this week; gel nail tip enhancements.
Given this is the first time I have had false nails, it was a surprisingly relaxing experience. Although the treatment took 2 hours, this went by swiftly, and before I knew it, my nails were long (and glamourous)!
Being a college salon, the prices are extremely reasonable, and the quality of treatment is that of a normal salon. I highly recommend it and am very impressed with the service I received.
The below are the nail treatments on offer at LCBT Salon (excluding pedicure):
Mini Manicure 30 minutes £5.00 - This includes a file and paint, file and buff or a file and hand massage
Basic Manicure 45 minutes £10.00 - Including a file, paint, cuticle work, exfoliation and hand and arm massage
Deluxe Manicure 45 - 60 minutes £12 - As the basic manicure plus thermal gloves, paraffin wax or foot mask treatment
Natural Overlay 75 minutes £10
Natural Overlay Maintenance 90 minutes £7.50
Nail Enhancements 120 minutes £14 - Including Silk or Fibreglass
It has been a year since Bradley Smith won the London College of Beauty Therapy (LCBT) 2010 Student of the Year Award, and left college as a qualified Level 3 Therapist. LCBT caught up with him to see what life is like post LCBT and how he has found being a male in such a female dominated industry.
LCBT: So Brad what have you been up to in the past 12 months since you left LCBT?
Brad: I started my Foundation Degree in Salon Business Management in Birmingham last September and I’m really enjoying it! I came back to LCBT for a few weeks to do some work experience, but now I am employed as a Temp over the summer holiday which is great; although it is a bit strange being the other side of the fence!
LCBT: What has been your favourite part of your new course?
Brad: I’ve really enjoyed learning more about the business side of running a salon. LCBT gave me all the practical skills I need as a therapist, and the Level 4 Foundation Degree adds a new dimension looking more in depth at management, marketing and business development.
I also have a job working at a hair and beauty salon in Birmingham along side my studies.
LCBT: You have obviously come a long way since you started studying at LCBT when you were 15! But how have you found it being a male entering such a female dominated industry?
Brad: It can be really challenging at times, but it does feel like each year it gets a little bit easier as the industry becomes more accepting and open. I have found it difficult at times as some female clients feel uncomfortable with a male therapist. It is also difficult sometimes working in an all female environment as there often aren’t facilities (like changing rooms) set up for male employees or students.
I would definitely say that finding a job in Birmingham was a real challenge as many salons hadn’t ever heard of a male beauty therapist and couldn’t believe that I was already a qualified therapist looking for a job! There is definitely a long way to go before the industry is totally accepting of male therapists.
LCBT: What advice would you give to other men thinking about entering the beauty industry?
Brad: The best advice I could give would be to make yourself the best therapist you can be. You have to stand out as a male therapist so make sure you have as many skills as possible by completing lots of short courses outside of your formal qualification. If you are a good therapist it wont matter if you are male or female…. And don’t give up!
LCBT: You work in a hair and beauty salon at the moment. Do you think there are differences in the two industries?
Brad: Definitely, the majority of my colleagues are men as they are hairdressers, but there are no male beauty therapists where I work. The beauty industry has a totally different feel to it; it’s much calmer and therapeutic too!
LCBT: As there are fewer men in the beauty industry do you have any role models that have inspired you?
Brad: Andy Rouillard is definitely an inspiration to me. He is a world renowned male waxing trainer, and I was really lucky to meet him when he came to do a training session at my salon. He is definitely my idol within the industry!
LCBT: So what do you love most about the beauty industry?
Brad: I love that there is so much more to the beauty industry than meets the eye! It really is like a hobby and way of life to me. There is a real community with amazing beauty trade shows and magazines which I love!
Bradley pictured above at LCBT, performing a manicure
For more information on studying at London College of Beauty Therapy visit www.lcbt.co.uk
Big Brother Star visits LCBT Salon before Prizefighter Boxing Match
Big Brother 2010 finalist, JJ Bird visited London College of Beauty Therapy’s (LCBT) Salon for a relaxing full body massage in preparation for his Prizefighter boxing match on September 15th.
JJ has been training hard for the upcoming fight so felt it was time for a bit of pampering at LCBT Salon. “I do so much training and get really tired and stressed. A full body massage is great to get rid of all the tension; I think it helps to focus you too” said JJ about his treatment at LCBT Salon.
LCBT’s training Salon based in the heart of the West End offers top quality beauty treatments at budget prices. All therapists are completing their training to become qualified beauty therapists before entering the industry. JJ said, “I know how hard it is to get to where you want to be by following your dream, so I think it’s great to be able to help students gain new skills and qualifications. I’ll definitely be back!”
JJ Bird with his LCBT Level 3 Therapist Kayleigh Jennings, 19 from Dagenham
JJ’s Prizefighter fight takes place next month at York Hall, Bethnall Green, London. Tickets are available via his website: www.jjbird.co.uk or from Matchroom Sport for £35 unreserved, £60 ringside and £100 VIP by calling 01277 359900.
This year London College of Beauty Therapy (LCBT) launched its first ever make-up competition to find its Make-Up Student of the Year 2011. The lucky winner was awarded the title at the annual LCBT Student Awards, which took place on 10th June. Not only that, but the winner also received a MAC Cosmetics Goodie Bag and the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience.
This year’s theme for the competition was make-up through the ages. Entrants had to complete two make-up looks.The categories were:
1. The students favourite make-up style
2. Historical make-up from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, the 18th Century or one of the decades from the 1920’s – 1990’s
All of the entrants were invited to a MAC make-up master class in order to prepare for the second round of the competition, where 6 candidates were short listed.
The lucky 6 finalists then battled it out by completing one of their chosen make-up looks and using hair styling techniques, wigs, accessories and costumes to finish the look.Students also had to complete a 250 word essay about the make-up from their chosen era, with images to show the inspiration for their creations.
3 of the entries are shown below:
Chalene Scott, Events and Enrichment Coordinator (and former industry Make-up Artist) said, “We were really impressed by all 6 students work. They each submitted photos of their chosen make-up looks and thoroughly deserve to go through to the next round of the competition at the MAC Master Class”.
Representatives from MAC Cosmetics chose the overall Make-up Student of the Year and presented the award.Congratulations to Ethine McCory who was chosen as the winner!
Ethine is pictured below with Journalist Eve Oxberry (Editor of Professional Beauty Magazine)
For more information about London College of Beauty Therapy, and the courses on offer, visit http://www.lcbt.co.uk/
Great quality beauty treatments on a shoe string are hard to find in Central London, but London College of Beauty Therapy (LCBT) has the answer. Their Student Salon offers ridiculously low cost treatments to suit every budget ideally located near Oxford Circus.
This August LCBT Salon are offering all pedicures half price when you book a manicure to ensure your nails look tip top for Summer. As if this wasn’t enough throughout August clients will be able to receive a free 30 minute electrolysis hair removal treatment when they buy a full price electrical facial or body treatment! Now is the time to sample LCBT Salon as part of your beauty regime.
Students at LCBT are assessed in the salon as part of their Beauty Therapy Qualification and are monitored by experienced lecturers so you can be assured you will receive a top quality beauty treatment at a below average price.
You can find the salon at the below address:
47 Great Marlborough Street
Call to book a treatment on 020 7208 1302 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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