Rebecca, owner of Bathurst Laser Skin Care & Electrolysis Centre, talks to dermaviduals about her journey in the beauty industry.
How long have you been in business and what drew you to the beauty industry in the first place?
I have been in business for 36 years. My first taste for the beauty industry was back in 1977 when I attended Madame Korner Beauty College, at that stage my main interest was in makeup artistry. During the course of study I became aware of the beauty industry and what it could offer because at that time very little was known about beauty treatments in country areas.
What do you value the most in your business?
What I value most is the appreciation you get from your clients and having the know-how to treat your clients to the best of your ability. Our caring and knowledgeable staff are supportive of new ideas and treat their clients with kindness and respect they deserve. I also value the friends and colleagues of have met throughout my years in the beauty industry.
How do you find the right balance between your personal and professional life?
Good question! Sometimes it is very hard to get that balance right. Delegating responsibility within your team helps to achieve balance between your personal and professional life. Time management and forward planning, systems in place and support from family and staff members
How has dermaviduals assisted your business?
dermaviduals has allowed me to become enthusiastic about the beauty industry again. I have always believed that to treat a skin correctly you must preserve and protect the skin’s barrier. The knowledge that both myself and staff received whilst training with dermaviduals is invaluable. All our staff are excited and keen to offer home care and clinic treatments that deliver real results to their clients.
What attracts you to the Bathurst area?
The Bathurst area has always been home for me. We have raised our family here and have no desire to live anywhere else. Bathurst has a great community spirit, beautiful parks and education facilities that are second to none. I opened Bathurst’s first beauty salon in 1978 and I am truly thankful for the support I have been given over the years from our clients, which many of them have become very dear friends.
What keeps you inspired professionally?
Education would be top of my list for keeping me inspired. Having seen so many changes in the industry over the years makes it all the more interesting. Keeping in touch with what is new and having the know-how to deliver great treatments.
If you had one piece of advice for people considering a career in the beauty industry, what would it be?
Speak to as many people as you can who work in the industry. Look at what interests you the most and focus on continual learning. Once you have your degree, don’t think you know it all. Keep up with your studies and learn from the experts.
New products and equipment enter the beauty industry almost daily. How do you keep up with this and how do you determine what is hype and what is genuine?
Research and ask loads of questions. Contact beauty professional organisations who may also help with extra information. Be guided by your own product and cosmetic chemistry knowledge and look at what is happening in other areas of beauty services.