Setting the Standards for the Beauty & Aesthetics Industry


When you’re undertaking a client’s treatment, you want them to feel relaxed. You want them to feel comfortable, and confident in their choice of beauty practitioner, right? After all, they’ve come to your salon trusting that you can provide their treatment of choice to a high standard. We’d be surprised if these qualities weren’t important to you, this is precisely why Jacalyn James exists; setting the standards, offering comprehensive, immersive, and advanced beauty and aesthetics courses to students looking to learn new skills. Meaning you can offer your clients the very best.

For us, beaming clients and top-notch beauticians are what it’s all about. We believe this can only be achieved when you’ve had the best foundation training possible. However, when you’re staring at tonnes of training courses, how do you know you’re making the right choice?

what can I expect from Jacalyn James?

We wanted to use this post to explore and explain precisely why high-quality training for beauticians is so important. Not just for your customer’s satisfaction and safety, but also for your own protection. As it currently stands, the beauty industry as a whole isn’t regulated, this is a problem. It’s something that the industry needs and wants. With over 85% of salon clients crying out for therapists to require licenses to perform their treatments if things change. (which it looks like they’re set to). Customers will want their favorite salons and therapists to have the appropriate qualifications proving their experience and expertise.

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Our educators at Jacalyn James are all for mandatory regulations being introduced. As it will help to protect clients and increase standards across the industry:

“If I could change one thing about our industry, it would be to increase the regulation. Whether it’s training, within our salons and making sure we are all following recognised protocols. This would create less segregation and increase standards”

Alison Guildford – Jacalyn James Educator.

This means that no matter what salon you visited as a client, you’d know they’re trained to the correct standards.

Why you should care about industry standards

In 2021, just about everyone cares how they look. The evolution of social media does play a large part. But when the technology is available to help you look you’re best at all times, why wouldn’t you want to? Lots of people, men, and women alike are looking to feel their very best through skincare treatments and varying aesthetics. Which means there’s a huge market for individuals to learn. To undertake treatments like facial filler, micro-needling, dermaplaning, chemical peels, etc. As we’re sure you’re already aware, you can hop on a quick, easy course and off you go. But is this really the right way to go about it? A day or two’s course, then you’re let loose on clients without any real experience? We certainly don’t think so.

When you consider what can go wrong, it’s clear why these standards are needed. Infections, scars, and blocked blood vessels are some of the problems clients can face when visiting subpar beauty practitioners. We want to stop these kinds of things from happening. And, if you’re reading this, we’re hoping you do too.

The beauty and aesthetics industry is in the spotlight

The BBC recently aired a program around the truth behind the lack of regulations within the beauty and aesthetics industry. It talks about what the current reality looks like in terms of training for aesthetic procedures. And the crazy part is that the quality of many of the courses is not monitored. You can do as little as an hour’s training (some of which is online!). This is before starting your career injecting people’s faces with filler. Sounds scary huh?

As one of the only countries now without regulations, we’re predicting that it won’t be long before changes are afoot. This is precisely why we’ve built Jacalyn James’ training courses to be incredibly comprehensive, leaving no stone unturned.

Jacalyn James is aiming to reset the standards in the Beauty industry

So, without any current regulations in place, how can you be assured you’re receiving the best training? Especially in your chosen treatment? We’ve put together some points around how we do things at Jacalyn James. This is so you can easily compare the standard of training you’d receive with us.

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You may be considering things like:

  1. We have preliminary requirements for each of our courses. Beauty students need to provide certain evidence before being allowed to book on.
  2. Our trainers are all incredibly experienced in their areas. They are aligned to our standards of care – you’re being taught by the very best.
  3. We’ll test you at every step to make sure you’re competent and confident. This includes pre-study work, a pre-study exam, working on case studies and also sitting a final exam. It’s thorough, but trust us when we say it’s worth it.
  4. There’s much more to it than an online webinar course. We include in-depth course material and kits which are combined with face-to-face training sessions.
  5. Students who undertake our courses are challenged at every step.You don’t need to finish the course to get the certificate. You need to prove that you understand the health and safety, the theory and the practical applications of your course. You won’t pass until you’re competent.
  6. We include A&P Level 3 with all our courses. Even if the student is already experienced and qualified.
  7. Our pricing reflects the quality of our offering – we know our worth. We make sure you have everything you need to get started. As part of the cost you receive a kit which will see you through all your learning.
  8. We’re not here to just run through some course content with you and send you off into the wild. Part of our course includes teaching you how to deliver treatments in a salon environment. This is so you’re not left feeling overwhelmed when it comes to starting your career.

We’re Getting ready for new legislation to come into play

We’ve designed our courses in a way in which if legislation is introduced to the industry…we’re ready for it. So we hope our certified beauticians and practitioners are ready too. Our practices are clear and defined, we have set objectives that are taught by leading industry professionals, we’re not shy about ensuring that every student we educate passes when our experts are sure they’re ready, not simply when they’ve finished the course.

Course studies and case studies are a big part of how our students learn too – you can’t underestimate the importance of physical experience in providing treatments. All of this goes towards you leaving our training courses feeling confident and salon-ready, so you can provide your clients with the top-class treatments they deserve.

What does good practice vs bad practice look like in the beauty and aesthetics industry?

Maintaining best practices when undertaking aesthetic treatments is super important, and when you consider that it’s a career path some medics choose to pursue, we feel that clearly demonstrates the level of training required. Your clients are in some cases trusting you to put needles in their face after all. Aside from the obvious points around incorrect or poor application causing things like infection, we’ve looked at some of the other points on what good practice vs bad practice can look like.

Training with Jacalyn James

What does good vs bad practice look like?

  • Knowing when to say no to clients. Some clients may come to you with unreasonable or obscure requests which could potentially be linked to emotional or mental health issues, it’s important you’re aware of this. There’s also something called ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’ which you’ll want to bear in mind, whereby young adults seek treatments off the back of how they may look in certain filters on their smartphones.
  • Don’t let the client guide you as to what you’re doing – they may have a little knowledge on the subject but you’re the trained professional (or will be).
  • Work amongst others who have also received top-quality training. If you decide to work in a salon with a bad ethical attitude, the last thing you want is to be associated with that salon when you’re working to high standards.
  • Dealing with the client and treatment effectively when things go wrong. It’s only natural that human error can sometimes come into play, and not every treatment is going to be perfect from start to finish. To help you overcome this if it should happen, we teach you how to deal with any problems, so you can stay in control, reassure your client and most importantly, fix any issues.

If you have any specific questions about our courses or want to have a chat with us, you can call us on 01752 418171 or fill in a contact form and we’ll get back to you.

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