August 2022 Magazine

August Issue Covers

Hello there! Welcome to the very first issue of theHUB magazine. We wanted to create a digital format that will inform and inspire busy, creative professionals (that’s you!). Scroll through and click to read features from our Salon Gold Superstar mentors such as ‘Is it really worth entering awards?’. Check in with our exclusive interview with This Morning beauty presenter Keeks Reid and catch up on tips dealing with client complaints. Don’t forget to enter this month’s competition to win a premium professional shampoo and conditioner from EquiBotanics – make sure you follow @salongoldinsurance, like and comment to win.

So, we’ve made it to the midpoint of the year already. How’s it going so far? Are you are struggling with a problem in your business? Need advice but don’t know where to turn? Tell us at  and we’ll ask our Salon Gold Superstar mentors to help. Got a success to share? Then drop us an email or reach out on our FB and IG pages. theHUB is here to share your stories and celebrate your news with the rest of the Salon Gold community because together, we’re stronger!

See you in August.
The Salon Gold Members Team

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Millie Kendall OBE CEO of the British Beauty Council

How one nail artist made it in the world of fashion and editorial

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We asked you…

“Are Saturdays still your busiest day of the week?”

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    Yes 🤑
  • 80%
    No 😲

Watch out for future polls on our Instagram stories and have your say!

Enter our competition

Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. Denman are giving one of our stylish followers the chance to win a Denman Signature Styling Set. Tap the button and let us know what your go to style is when you’re feeling lazy!

Tap to enter!

Psst..! Come and meet our superstars…

It’s official. We’ve got your back! Running your own business is exciting but challenging. Do you have a problem you’re wrestling with? Would you love some expert guidance on how to take your business to the next level? As a Salon Gold policyholder, you now have access to a crack team of mentors with a wealth of experience in your sector. Our Salon Gold Superstars are here to share the secrets of their success with you and pass on their knowledge to help you to maximise your potential.

So how does it work? Send your questions in to:

and your most frequently asked questions will be answered in theHUB every month.

How to keep consistency high and service times low

Lois Williamson

Want to see more from our Superstars?
Come and meet the rest of the panel!

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FIVE Top Tips on How to Choose the Right Makeup Course

International MUA, model and educator Jennifer Jane shares her top tips on how to choose the right makeup course for you.

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1. Plan your career and choose your makeup course accordingly

If it’s bridal you want to specialise in, there’s no need to spend thousands of pounds on a full-blown makeup course that includes everything from SFX to body painting. If you have a clear idea of where you want to get to from the beginning, focusing in on that will make finding a course a lot easier.

2. Research the expertise of the trainers

The experience of the tutors should play a huge part in your decision-making. Check how many years they have been in the industry, the quality of their work and see what previous students have to say about them. At the Bridal Makeup Academy we specialise in teaching the art of beautiful bridal makeup, having had over 12 years of experience doing exactly that. Make sure that you are in the hands of experienced professionals.

3. Support beyond the course

Learning makeup can be a fun but daunting experience, but what happens once it’s all over? A good makeup school should offer ongoing support to students and happily give advice on how to gain work, portfolio development and marketing etc. Most schools will have a Facebook community where you can share thoughts and ideas and chat to like-minded individuals.

4. Accredited certifications

While it’s not compulsory to attend an accredited course it will give you more credibility in the marketplace. It will also help when you want to gain insurance and get makeup artist discounts on products and equipment. An accredited course has also gone through rigorous checks as part of the certification process, so you can be assured you are buying a quality course.

5. Flexibility of learning

It can sometimes be a challenge to dedicate time to a new career path, especially if you are currently in work or tending to a young family. Finding a course that will fit in with you and your busy lifestyle should be a top priority. Is the course offered in other areas across the country or just from one city? Can any of the course be accessed online or does it all need to be in person learning? At the Bridal Makeup Academy we offer a fully accredited 3 day face to face course so you can really get to grips with the art of makeup application, then an online element that can be consumed at your own pace from wherever you choose, making it a truly flexible experience.

Follow @thebridalmakeupacademy or visit Bridal Makeup Academy, Jennifer Jane. Jenn welcomes any questions you might have so drop her a line or call +44 7490 162 455.

Stephanie Roberts

We love our Salon Gold community! This month we’re dropping in on Stephanie and sharing her story…

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Hi, I’m Stephanie, my friends call me Steph, and this is my personal journey that led me into the beauty industry and where I am today. It all started when I was only 15 years old and it wasn’t because I was seriously into makeup or skincare regimes etc. – that actually came later. In fact, my future career was all down to my Dad! I was on a family holiday at Center Parks and my Dad decided to book us into a twilight evening package at the Aqua Sana. I was blown away by the experience and the rest is history! My senses were overwhelmed by the wonderful smells, the chic cleanliness of the environment and the tranquil atmosphere. A ‘Heavenly Chocolate Massage’ on a flotation bed convinced me that I needed to do this… I needed to make others look and feel better about themselves. I needed to spread the word!

So I researched what I needed to do. I knuckled down with schoolwork, got the GCSEs & A Levels I needed to get into university and graduated with a Bachelor of Science 3rd Class honours degree in International Spa Management from the University of Derby in Buxton in 2010.

The course was new when I started it. It was a huge learning curve but it opened a world of possibilities within the industry and I loved it! It spanned all things holistic within a spa environment; I learnt how to use different massage & facial techniques, a wide range of treatments including the use of hot stones, herb compresses, a variety of different products and generally how to work within a fully operational day spa at the university. It was in my idea of heaven.

When I graduated, I knew I wasn’t going to jump straight in as a manager anywhere, so I started out as a full-time, self-employed beauty therapist within a small family-run salon in Cambridge. At the time I was only 21 and had to learn quickly on the job. I learnt a lot from other therapists and 3 years of hard work paid off.

I left the salon to become a manager of a nail and brow bar at Beauty by Regis Ltd in Cambridge. I was working on a self-employed basis and wanted to keep my clients but also wanted to be able to progress within a salon environment.

I enjoyed my job enormously and the girls who worked alongside me also became good friends. We had so much fun with charity events for good causes and staff nights out. I was there for 4 years before leaving to becoming a mum.

I continued in beauty, doing mobile work and then the Covid-19 pandemic hit. I was lucky enough to get a job in a village corner shop, so at least I was still able to earn money. Although my clients were not able to get their treatments from me, I stayed in touch with them and gave them advice.

It was hard at times but it wasn’t all work and no play as I loved what I did and I still keep up with news and developments in the beauty and wellness sectors, which continue to grow. I’ve recently had a baby boy so I am on maternity leave now but I look forward to getting back to work in another salon or spa.


Three Personal Development Books to Give You a Boost

Pop them in your Audible library or read IRL. These three books will give you a boost and help keep you motivated.

  • Choose Yourself by James Altucher Choose Yourself by James Altucher. James highlights the fact that change is constant and the very best opportunity we have to respond to and take advantage of change is to invest in our primary and most valuable asset — ourselves. This book seeks to inspire and motivate the reader into developing innate skills and entrepreneurial spirit.
  • The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing “how” to push yourself? Using the science of habits, riveting stories and surprising facts from some of the most famous moments in history, art and business, Mel Robbins explains the power of a push moment. Then, she gives you one simple tool you can use to become your greatest self.
  • You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. This book takes an honest and refreshing (sometimes funny) approach to helping you create the best version of you. It’s packed with exercises that help you identify self-limiting beliefs, attitudes, and habits. By the end you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass!

How do I know what treatments my freelance policy includes?

You can find a list of the treatments we cover as standard on our website. We cover hair, beauty, counselling and holistic professionals, so make sure you’re looking at the right page. They are also shown on your Salon Gold policy schedule.

* Images of Phillip Schofield, Alison Hammond, Holly Willoughby and Akeisha Reid courtesy of This Morning

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