The year 2020 is bringing many anticipated changes to government-regulated industry standards.
While some occupations in the beauty industry are heavily regulated, others remain relatively unsupervised. This has led to numerous consumer complaints varying from spa and worker hygiene to severe injury resulting from negligence to Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.
Through discussions with industry representatives, business
owners, and provincial, territorial and federal health partners and
stakeholders, the government of Alberta (Alberta Health) has updated previous Health Standards and Guidelines. For
clarification purposes, the new updates apply to all types of personal
services businesses including commercial, home-based, mobile, special-event,
and vehicle-based businesses.
This article breaks down
and interprets the updates into 5 sections of the Personal
Services Standards guidelines.
If you are new to the beauty industry and are operating a home business, we recommend our Canadian Spa Industry Standards course to ensure that your business meets regulatory requirements and obligations for the protection of public health and your growing business.
Do you shake your client’s hand the first time you meet them or do you believe it is an antiquated practice?
The estheticians of yesteryear were trained to shake the hand of the client as they introduced themselves for the first time. In fact, many estheticians trained abroad still practice the handshake.
Call us old fashioned, but we still believe in the handshake. It’s a show of respect and professionalism. Shaking your client’s hand when you first meet them adds a touch of class to your salon or spa.
WHAT DOES YOUR HANDSHAKE SAY ABOUT YOU?
People use different handshakes. It is important to know what message your handshake is sending to the receiver.
Types of Handshakes
• Jell-O hand: this handshake is often interpreted as a sign of passiveness, weakness, lack of energy, or drive. This handshake tells your customer that you are lacking confidence in your position. For the receiver of this handshake they can be left feeling awkward after this limp shake.
• Death grip: this handshake is aggressive and firm, but often too firm for the receiver leaving their hand feeling numb or pained. Although the giver of this handshake is attempting to portray dominance and assertiveness, it can be seen as overly aggressive or offensive in some situations. This handshake is not appropriate for the nature of the beauty industry and should be avoided in customer service.
• Hand Cradle: this handshake is used as a display of affection. The giver of the handshake can use this as an opportunity to show the receiver that they are protective, caring, and trustworthy. It is most commonly used and most appropriately used between individuals who share a bond or emotional connection. Similar to a hug, it can be considered inappropriate in a customer service setting, or first interaction.
• Missionary: this handshake is a display of dominance. It involves the giver turning their palm down leaving the other individuals palm turned up. The giver in this situation is showing that they feel superior or dominant over the other individual. This handshake should be reserved for situations in which a powerful statement is to be made. Refrain from using this handshake in customer service situations, or with your authority.
• Lady fingers: this courteous handshake is used by women when greeting a man. It is used to keep distance between the lady and her greeter by extending her arm towards him and allowing only her fingers to be grasped. This handshake is not inappropriate in a customer service interaction, even with male customers.
• The go-to shake: this handshake is appropriate for most situations as it is neither overpowering nor lacking in confidence. This handshake involves a comfortable grasp and a quick 3 second shake. Both parties’ hands are vertical and exert an equal amount of pressure. This handshake tells your customer that you are a professional and consider them equals in your interaction. Always ensure you are making eye contact with your greeter when shaking their hand. TIP: If the person is holding your hand for too long gently place your other hand over theirs and pull away.
Are you interested in joining the beauty industry? ESG is a Beauty Industry Resource Centre. Our Career and Employment Consultant is ready to help you design a career path that is right for you!
We recommend starting off with esthetics basics like Waxing.
Looking for jobs in beauty? Try our job bank.
Visit our job bank for Beauty jobs in Edmonton and area. It is Alberta Beauty Industry- focused and contains up-to-date job listings in Alberta. ESG offers short training courses to help you reach your goals one step at a time.
PLUS! Be on the look-out. We’re bringing back our resume bank 🤗
You’ll be able to post your resume to help employers find you!
Are you interested in this job but lack the requirements? ESG
training courses to help you reach your goals one step at a
With ESG, you can custom-design your beauty career by taking
the courses you are interested in. If you are joining the beauty industry, we
recommend starting off with esthetics basics like Manicures
and Pedicures or Waxing
Why are manicures and pedicures a good skill to learn?
…because there is more to Manis and Pedis than painting nails! Nail Technicians require knowledge in the muscular and skeletal system, knowledge in nail anatomy and diseases, as well as fine motor control skills.
Offering Manicures and Pedicures as a service requires your awareness and responsibility in keeping up with facility requirements and infection control.
It’s not all science though, you also get to paint nails!
Let your imagination run wild! Your Nail Art is your signature.
TIPS ON MARKETING YOUR SERVICE…FOR FREE
We wish you much success as you embark on offering this new service. Remember, word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising.
After careful psychological analysis, we concluded that a relaxing massage is amongst the top steps in your procedure to be remembered and bragged about by your clients.
Developing your massage routine will come with time as your confidence grows. We like to prepare you with a repertoire of moves to get you started on a budding beauty career!
Effleurage: Light – medium pressure is applied. Flowing pressure directed towards the core. Used to warm the muscles and connective movement between steps.
Petrissage: Medium – heavy pressure. Kneads muscle over the underlying bone. It aids in relieving pressure, tension, and heat the muscles.
Vibration: Quick shaking motion with med-heavy pressure. Loosens the muscles and relieves tension.
Percussion: Fast hacking or pounding motion using with firm pressure. Muscles are “shocked” into releasing tension. Incorporated into end of the massage.
Friction: Medium – heavy pressure. Rolls muscle against muscle itself. Aids in relieving pressure, tension, and heats muscles.