Commissions Motivator or Divider?
by Emma Ryall
Jul/Aug issue of Irish Beauty Magazine

When that walk in client appears at the door, you may hear your staff say I’ll take it’ or ‘I’m going on my break now shortly’. What exactly causes this divide? COMMISSION!

A commission structure, while more common pre-recession is also set in place among many Irish Hair and Beauty Salons and clinics today. From a business point of view, commission structures aim to boost revenue, increase sales, maximise staff utility and ultimately get more bums on seats. Before considering a commission structure for your business, you should first establish if it is profitable for your business. For example, a staff member should bring in three times their wage to cover business overheads.

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Temptations to Treat
by Emma Ryall
March/April Salon Magazine

Business is tough and a young business even tougher. While we are all aware of the do’s and don’ts, can and cants in the industry, too often we have witnessed both therapists and clients alike failing to follow procedures. In a bid to boost weekly figures health and safety standards lapse resulting in negligence.

Toying with the idea of a client willing to sign a waiver to proceed with treatment without a patch test or the therapist or proprietor who proceeds I am perplexed as to who is more foolish. I have carried out countless consultations where my client pleads with me to proceed on the same day with treatment. They ask to sign any waiver required. I always follow my code of ethics as well as health and safety standards by politely declining and explain exactly why.

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The Changing Face of Beauty
by Emma Ryall
May/June issue of Irish Beauty Magazine

There are many good beauty colleges in Ireland and attaining your CIDESCO and CIBTAC/ITEC beauty specialist diplomas represents a foundation education that will serve you well. However, beauty industry today is at a curvature, with a defined split between traditional beauty salon treatments and medical device-led aesthetic therapies becoming more pronounced.

In Australia, there is a new four-year degree programme, and graduates are called Dermal Clinicians with their own regulatory body. In the UK, the JCCP (Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners), in partnership with the CSPA (Cosmetic Standards Practice Authority), has just launched.

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Let's take back our industry

Let’s take back our industry
by Emma Ryall
March/April Irish Beauty Magazine

As we all can attest, becoming a beauty therapist is no walk in the park. Courses are in-depth and intensive, requiring detailed knowledge of the body’s systems, while an abundance of postgraduate courses encourage continual education and advancement. From all this education and training, we have gained significant knowledge, vast amounts of relevant skills, formed our ideas and opinions, even perhaps carried out our own clinical trials – yet so often all of this is thrown out the window in favour of the opinion of a beauty blogger or vlogger.

Aesthetically Pleasing
by Emma Ryall
Salon Magazine

With the facial aesthetics industry growing, it’s a case of being ahead of the curve, writes Emma Ryall.

Aesthetics, it has quickly become the buzzword in the beauty sector. While surgical procedures are in decline, non-surgical procedures are growing year on year-on-year. It is estimated by 2020 that the facial aesthetics industry will be worth some €4.4bn worldwide. Markets and Markets is a leading provider of industry analysis; it forecast facial aesthetics is set to grow at 9.2 percent each year all the way through to 2020.

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Skincare 101: The commandments for combination skin
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“No two skins are alike,”  says Emma Ryall, the proprietor and skin specialist at Zest Skin Clinic. “With combination skin, there’s many types of concerns so you really have to zone off the area.”

It is often difficult to know what skin type you are, and Emma believes that every woman should make it a priority to visit a specialist to have their skin analysed. The specialist will then advise you about products and/or recommend a treatment programme.
“Most concerns can be managed and treated – if there’s a concern, don’t live with it. See someone about it and find out what your options are.

“A lot of people go straight for the facial, but seeing a skin therapist is where you can get the real knowledge from.