I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to England when I was 19 years old.
I never knew what I wanted to do when I was growing up, who does? There was too much noise about what people thought I should be doing. There was Hotel Management, opening a Restaurant, Public Relations and Marketing! I even started a degree in Marketing but the degree that I chose included Accountancy and Economic, what on earth was I thinking? I hated anything numerical and generally didn’t succeed in it, so why I thought I had developed a numerical brain post school is beyond me - I do needless to say, employ an accountant for my business.
I remember my English teacher once telling my mother that she thought I should be a Beauty Therapist; I actually had no idea what a Beauty Therapist did but I do remember my mother’s reaction! Her words were ‘who the hell does she think she is’, that’s not happening! In those days, I think the film 'Grease' had a lot to answer for with their ‘Beauty School Dropout’ song.
I was that girl everyone asked to do their brows at break time in school or make up for weddings, even hair before prize giving assemblies, so Beauty Therapy was a natural choice for me!
I studied Beauty at 22, my first Beauty Job was at a Health Spa doing massage and reflexology for 8 hours a day, which I loved but I wanted to build connections and relationships with clients which isn’t generally what spa work is about.
Fast forward to 2012, after working in a few salons and going back into corporate, I decided to start a beauty business from home. I slowly built up my clientele in the evening alongside my day job until I was ready to give my full-time job up. I remember telling my oldest client, I resigned from my office job today, and she responded quite surprised, ‘You work in an office?’. I always felt like a square peg in a round hole working in an office.
I started my business in a spare room, followed by a converted garage, now I am at 5A Wood Street in Calne. It’s been the most amazing journey, my only regret is that I didn’t start my business sooner.
I have so many plans for this business, lets see where this journey is going to next!
I was born in Dorset and I have moved around my whole life. I lived in Dorset for 6 years, Germany for 4 years, Canada for 2 years and Wiltshire for 9.
In school I was unsure about what career path I wanted to pursue, I was indecisive as most of us are and frequently changed my mind. I couldn’t decide between Librarian, Author, Dancer, Submariner to Business Woman.
I started my studies at Swindon New College doing Business and Economics, during this time I started to discover the world of Beauty. As I read through magazines/blogs on how to shape your brows and watching makeup tutorials, I started buying different products to perfect my skin care routine and try out all these new make-up techniques. By the time my first year came to an end, it had become clear which career path suited me best.
I started my Beauty Level 2 course, alongside my second year of business level 3. I obtained my Level 3 in business but sadly, the Beauty Level 3 course was not continuing at Swindon New college, so this gave me the opportunity to move to Wiltshire college in Chippenham for my third year where I obtained my Level 3.
After qualifying, I couldn’t decide on the path to take in the beauty world, so I started in the Spa Industry working at the Bowood Spa, and loved it but I did miss salon treatments and sociable environment that a spa does not offer. I decided to find a job where I was able to carry out all the treatments I love to do. I also wanted to expand my knowledge and qualifications and to remain current within the beauty industry.
I met Kerry late 2019 and started working at Juniper berry in February 2020. I have already learnt so much and I am truly grateful for all the opportunities I have been given so far! I am now further qualified in HD Brow sculpt (Brow Lamination), HD Brows, Gel Polish and of course Eyelash Extensions which I was so desperate to learn. I was also very lucky to receive tips and tricks from the lash extension queen herself! I am excited to continue learning and adding to my qualifications as the beauty industry changes and grows in the future!