The process to get us there is often a second thought. Perhaps it isn’t even a consideration at all or maybe the pain and awkwardness is something we just don’t want to think about, so we don’t.
But for beauty therapists, the process is the most important part and often for them, it is far from glamorous, in fact, it is often dirty, bloody, smelly and raw (literally).
From learning the tricks of the trade where practice makes perfect (and creates pain along the way) to dealing with clients who perhaps should have visited a shower before their appointment, beauty therapy is often quite the opposite of what first springs to mind when we think of beauty.
Hairdressers translated: this is what they’re really thinking when they’re doing your hair:
“To learn how to wax or to do any of our treatments we need to practice; in beauty school it is on each other,” *Taylor told Mamamia. “To say there are a lot of mishaps would be an understatement. I remember one of my worst experiences was when I waxed the actual skin off someone as well as their eyebrows. It left red, sore, swollen skin and hurt the other trainee A LOT. She wouldn’t let me come near her again.”
For *Lisa her blunder came when learning to do a Brazilian wax. “I literally waxed her shut from top to bottom. I think it was a combination of too much wax, the wrong technique and the wrong place but her parts were very much sealed tightly shut, the wax was like superglue in the last places you’d ever want it. I had to get the instructor to assist and it took about an hour to fix the problem,” she said.
Lisa also recalls the time she was learning how to apply fake eyelashes and she accidentally got the adhesive in the other student’s eye. “It really irritated her eye and it was left red and very sore for about a week.”
The beauty horror stories don’t stop after beauty school though, and some of the most shocking and repulsive accounts come from appointments with paying clients.