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Work and Pay of Beauty Careers

Work Schedules and Pay Structures of Beauty Careers

Beauty Careers have evolved and expanded to new heights in the last decade. Say good-bye to the days of Beauty Providers being limited in terms of scope of practice and services offered and say hello to staff with an army of various skills!

Trending now is continuing education and specialized training. Service providers are building their repertoires as fast as the ever growing industry is expanding. With that being said let’s take a closer look into what a career in Beauty Looks like and what can be expected:

Hours

First and foremost– Beauty Professionals almost always work weekends! That is one thing in this industry that stays the same. Employees should expect to put in some evening shifts as these are usually the most popular appointment times.

Evening and weekend appointments are usually the first to book up so the more availability you have during these times the busier and more successful you will be. Most employers in the Beauty Industry require staff to work a minimum of 2 evenings a week and at least one of the weekend days providing they are open both. Many establishments are closed Sunday and Monday with the exception of those located in a mall which are usually always open 7 days a week.

In the Beauty Industry, it is important to be available as much as possible for those in demand time-slots. For every 5+ hours worked an employee is entitled to a 30 minute break, this can be paid or un-paid at the discretion of the employer. This can also be split into 2, 15 minute breaks if agreed upon between the employer and employee.

Wages

With service providers becoming more educated and versatile, wages have become more competitive. The more skills an employee brings to the table as a service provider the more of an asset they are to a company. This growing trend of having a plethora of skills is wonderful but has made it hard to have an a definitive answer of what to expect financially.

Here is a general outline of what some Beauty Industry professionals are being paid but keep in mind these rates vary depending on the employee’s training and experience and will continue to do so as well as increase as their skill-set and experience grows:

Hairstylist- $15-$25 per hour
Esthetician- $14-$18 per hour
Medical Esthetician- $$16-$22 per hour
Make-up Artist-$15-22
Lash Technician/ Nail Technician-$15-$17
RMT-$30-$34 per hour

Keep in mind these are guidelines only. Most Employers offer a commission either instead of or in addition to hourly pay. A lot of Beauty employers offer 50% commission but are required to pay employees at least minimum wage if the commission is lower and they are expected to be available throughout the spa or salon’s hours of operation. A detailed commission agreement will clarify some questions regarding hours of work you are expected to be available.
Some places offer a 10-20% commission on services in addition to hourly pay. Almost all places offer 10-15% commission on retail sales, this encourages you to sell, sell, sell!

Additional Training

It is so important to stay fresh and up-to-date in this industry in order to thrive. This is where additional training comes in. Keeping yourself educated and trained in new technology and products/ services will boost your confidence and help you be successful which is a win-win situation for yourself and your employer as your clientele builds and products fly off the shelves.

Sunday and Monday are popular training days in the Beauty Industry, whether it is on location or elsewhere. Employees must be paid if these training sessions are deemed mandatory and the employee is entitled to overtime if applicable. If the training is less than 3 hours the 3 hour rule still applies.

Important things to Remember to Thrive

  • Stay Current
  • Be on Trend
  • Invest in additional Training
  • Ensure your company is Fresh and Exciting!

Executive Spa Group (ESG)
201, 10518 82 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB.
(780) 604 2772
info@executivespagroup.com

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The Most Innovative Services of 2018

Employers: If You’re Not Offering These Services Yet…You Need To Be!!

Welcome to the new and exciting era of the Beauty Industry, where Medical and Esthetics treatments have collided into what promises to be the beginning of some of the most amazing advancements this industry has ever seen. Services formerly considered surgical and invasive have been adapted and are being delivered with little to no down-time. Treatments like Botox® and Fillers were often kept on the hush-hush years ago. Now, not only have they become mainstream, but are amongst the most celebrated and effective warriors fighting the battle on aging!

The Most Innovative Services of 2018

PRP aka Vampire Facials

This treatment has become wildly popular but we believe the name “Vampire Facial” has roots that stem back to 1590. Countess Elizabeth Bathory is one of the most prolific female serial killers of all time. She is also referred to as ‘The Blood Countess’ and legend has it that she bathed in the blood of young female victims to retain her youth.

In love with a younger man and obsessed with maintaining her youth (and maybe some mental health issues), Lady Bathory came to believe that blood had rejuvenating effects after one of her maids cut herself while brushing her hair. A small amount of blood landed on Bathory’s face which threw her into a rage. To start the day off right and avoid unpleasantness from the previous day, the other maids complimented Bathory on how youthful she looked that morning. Somehow, Bathory connected these compliments to the events of the prior day, and 500 years later we have Vampire Facials…ok ok, maybe our imagination is running a little bit wild!

PRP @ External Affairs Medical Spa


The name ‘Vampire Facial’ refers to the ties with Transylvania as well as the comparison of Bathory to Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula). Fast forward to present time and we have PRP (platelet rich plasma)/ PRF (platelet rich fibrin), a more modern approach and name.

This treatment was originally pioneered by orthopedic and sports doctors to promote faster healing and better results.

Courtesy of External Affairs Medical Spa

The process includes extracting a sample of blood from the patient then spinning it in a centrifuge which separates the platelet rich plasma/fibron from the platelet poor plasma in the blood. The PRP is then injected via needles or massaged onto the skin to promote rejuvenation and regeneration. This treatment can be used alone to provide amazing results OR in conjunction with dermal fillers, radio frequency, laser treatments and micro-needling. PRP can successfully treat the following:
  • Fine lines/ wrinkles- Skin renewal and healing is activated through the production of new collagen. Wrinkles are not individually erased but the overall quality of the are is improved.
  • Loss of firmness and tone- Tissue regeneration is achieved by pumping skin cells full of fresh Human Growth Factors. Tissue Regeneration+ HGF= Younger, Firmer and Plumper Skin.
  • Baldness/ Thinning Hair- When paired with micro-needling an improvement in the density of hair as well as the stimulation of dormant follicles can be achieved.
This treatment has little to no downtime, some redness/sunburn like effect is to be expected as well as possible bruising. The treatment uses the patients own blood so there are no contraindications other than those with anemia, blood/bone cancer or clotting related conditions. Best results are seen up to 3 months post treatment and can last up to 2 years.

Botox and Fillers

Courtesy of Face FX MedSpa

I know what you’re thinking, these are not new treatments…let me explain.

Botox and fillers have been around for a long time and initially weren’t even used for cosmetic purposes.

Botox has ophthalmologic roots and was originally used to treat spastic conditions of the eye.

Fillers have always served to fill in areas with loss of volume, but let’s just say some of the first-used filling agents have not only long been abandoned but banned! (Think paraffin injected into your face and hardening, then migrating and causing facial distortion just to name one of the reasons for the ban).

Botox® has evolved in the way of different benefits of new techniques. Dentists have been using Botox® for years as a treatment for TMJ and grinding of the jaw which after time causes a very masculine and defined jaw line. Presently, this treatment has crossed over to medi spas for anyone looking for a softer jawline.

Fillers have come A LONG way as new generation hyaluronic acids are formulated to last longer and are injected in new ways including the use of a canula to ensure precise and even distribution.
A new filler called Kybella has the ability to permanently destroy fat cells and is erasing double chins. It’s the first and only injectable agent able to successfully and permanently create a new face shape and recontour the jawline.

Botox® and Fillers have definitely become mainstream, gone are the days of living with small lips, unwanted creases or the yearn for that youthful plumpness your skin once possessed. The fix for these and many more concerns is readily available just a syringe away.

Plasma Pen

This Fibroblast Treatment is ELECTRIC (literally), not just because of how amazing it is, but the technology uses electricity to smooth lines, remove pigment, even out skin tone and texture, tighten loose skin and helps with the appearance of stretch marks.

Plasma is considered the fourth state of matter.
This pen works by creating a positive charge to particles and transferring this energy to matter. A luminous electrical discharge is created, “Arc”, which stimulates immediate healing and stimulation from the dermal layer of skin where your collagen and elastin are produced.

The Plasma Pen has been popular in Europe for over 20 years but has only recently made its way out West. This treatment has gained popularity successfully treating the following:
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles including: Forehead lines, lip lines, smile lines, crow’s feet and neck bands. This is a great alternative to Botox…no needles!
  • Eyelid Lifting: This skin lifting treatment is a great alternative to Blepharoplasty (a surgical eyelid lift) no cuts, anesthesia or surgery!
  • Collagen and Elastin stimulation: the dermal layer of our skin is often referred to as the “mattress” it gives our skin shape and plumpness but over time the mattress can become worn out and not have the same full and bouncy effect it once had. When we stimulate this layer of skin we are causing the body to stimulate more collagen and elastin production which in return plumps up the skin.
There is minimal downtime with this treatment, expect some redness and swelling (especially around the eyes) and some brown pigmentation may be visible for up to 2 weeks post treatment. Any pigmentation must not be picked at and will naturally exfoliate off when it is healed. Numbing is done prior to treatment to ensure maximum patient comfort.

Executive Spa Group
(780) 604 2772
info@executivespagroup.com

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Beautiful Futures Youth Employment Program

What is Beautiful Futures?

Beautiful Futures is a 20 week beauty industry youth employment program funded by the Government of Canada. The program trains participants in technical and employment skills, and provides work experience opportunities to youth aged 15-30 years old that are keen on joining Alberta’s beauty industry.

I am a YOUTH

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I am an EMPLOYER

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Executive Spa Group (ESG) 201, 10518 82 Ave. NW Edmonton, AB. (780) 604 2772 info@executivespagroup.com

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Tips on Reducing Staff Turnover

Tips on Reducing Staff Turnover

There’s 2 words to best describe the world we live in today, “more” and “better”. People are moving at such a fast pace these days, balancing their work life as well as trying to maintain a personal one! There’s always a new iphone launching, a newer version promising a “better” version of the last, with “more” features, apps and ways to stay connected. Personal connections and interactions have now been overtaken by online networking and communicating. People search for that better car, better house, better clothes…BETTER JOB. People strive for more money to obtain these better things and so it begins a constant cycle of striving for more to get better.

How does this translate into careers today? Staff turnover.
Staff turnover is inevitable but the ones who are affected the most by this are employers. This affects not only their business and pocket books, but most importantly the success of their establishment. There are ways for employers to decrease the turnover of their staff and lessen the chances of their employees looking for the next best job with the promises of more. Training, Appreciation and Recognition are going to attract staff and keep them as loyal and productive employees.

Provide Training


First of all it is important for employers to be the “more” that employees are seeking.
Offer more services, beef up your service menu and offer the most cutting-edge on trend services. Provide training for all the services you are offering and advanced training as well to take your employees to the next level and make them the best educated staff around.

Training can come in may different forms including product knowledge on retail lines, hands-on training for the services you offer or things like first aid and personal development workshops. When employees are educated they feel confident and appreciated. They feel they are worth their boss investing in them and believing in them and this in return helps to put that looking for better attitude at bay.

Ask Executive Spa Group how you can access grants for staff training

Appreciate Your Staff

Appreciation comes in many forms and is unique to every employer/ employee relationship. There is no right or wrong way for an employer to show their staff how appreciated they are. Staff discounts for themselves and close family members, commission on product sales, bonuses when personal and professional goals are met and a positive, well stocked, beautifully maintained working environment and a simple “Thank You” are all some great examples of employee appreciation.

This is by no means a one-sided relationship, when the employee feels appreciated they will in return work harder, more efficiently and most importantly happily! It is vital for employers to schedule some time to get to know their staff outside of work, this helps to maintain healthy workplace relationships and strengthens bonds between the employees as well. One of the biggest causes of staff turnover is conflict in the workplace. It is important to resolve conflicts before they spread and involve multiple team members. Communication is key!

Recognize Your Staff

Staff recognition is an integral key to minimizing staff turnover. There are very few people who don’t like a shout-out for a job well done or a compliment. It is important for employers to celebrate the wins and strengths of their employees.

Some ways for employers to do this is verbal recognition to the employee themselves, or to any and all employees who have met their goals in staff email blasts, staff meetings or some type of recognition board. Employee spotlights or features in client email blasts as well as on the company website are an amazing way to make employees feel special and introduce them as well as their strengths to existing and potential clients.

There is a saying that greatly refers to the topic of staff turnover; “The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It.” If an employer invests in their staff, helps nurture their skill, builds on their knowledge and makes them feel appreciated and empowered then that helps to quell the searching cycle.

If an employer is giving the “more” experience and being the “better” option then there is no reason for staff to be looking elsewhere. The best thing for employers to remember is happy staff is staff that is not online looking for the next best employment opportunity. Training, Appreciation and Recognition are the gold standard for reducing staff turnover and keeping loyal, hardworking employees.

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Makeup Course

Makeup training ESG

MAKEUP COURSE

Course Details

START DATE: APRIL 26, 2018
COURSE DURATION: 27 hrs
COURSE DELIVERY: Week 1: Thursday 5pm – 8pm / Saturday 10am – 4pm
Weeks 2 – 4: Saturday 10am – 4pm
COURSE PREREQUISITE: No experience is necessary.
MODELS REQUIRED: TBA
COURSE INVESTMENT: $1499 + tax; KIT (optional): $549 + tax

This course includes:
  • Product Knowledge
  • Skin Basics
  • Skin Prep
  • Contouring
  • Basic Makeup application
  • Glamour Makeup application
  • Trend Eye techniques
  • Trend Lip techniques

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

BROW SHAPING

TUITION: $250
Kit (optional): $80
COURSE DURATION: 3 hrs
COURSE DELIVERY: Week 2: Thursday 5pm – 8pm

LASH & BROW TINTING

TUITION: $250
Kit (optional): $50
COURSE DURATION: 3 hrs
COURSE DELIVERY: Week 3: Thursday 5pm – 8pm

HOW DO I REGISTER?

To register, call (780) 604 2772 # 102. Please have your credit card ready as we will be taking a $500 deposit to enroll you in the course. Once you are enrolled you will receive email confirmation, receipt of you deposit, and your class schedule. You can also register online by clicking HERE.

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