Find Your Career in Beauty Therapy
with Caddie Robinson
A career in beauty therapy can take you places you may not have considered before. From a career in the traditional spa to a career educating future beauty therapists, there are incredible opportunities available in the beauty industry.
This week on the “A Career in Beauty Therapy” series, we catch up with Caddie Robinson – business owner, skin therapist and all-round amazing woman!
Tell us about you!
I was 17 when I moved from a small country town to Canberra to complete my Beauty Therapy diploma. I was awarded student of the year and landed an amazing job at a beautiful 5-star Day Spa in town.
After many years of working in some beautiful Spas, I longed to work with more advanced products and treatments. I loved working in beautiful places and offering luxurious treatments but I couldn’t deliver the results using cosmetic spa brands.
I grew up in my family-run businesses and always thought one day I’d have my own. At 24 years old, I came across a little commercial property while I was out walking one day. It was perfect! After 8 months planning and building, a lot of stress and sleepless nights, Le Beaute Lounge was open.
My goal for my salon was very clear;
I offered high-performance treatments and products but delivered them with a spa touch to them
To create an environment my staff would enjoy coming to as much as my clients would
Do what I love for as long as I love to do it for.
The salon grew and evolved over the years, I jumped on the opportunity to expand and literally doubled our salon size almost 4 years ago. I definitely don’t ever aim to be the biggest salon or have numerous locations, we maintain a small team of highly trained therapists who all share the same passion for skin revision. Don’t get me wrong, we do still love our beauty treatments, waxing, tanning, manicures, pedicures etc we and we offer beautiful personalized experiences for our clients while making everyone feel very welcomed and relaxed.
My most recent business venture is the development of The Beauty & Wellness Hub. But I can tell you more about that another day!
Tell us about your career in beauty therapy.
I began as a spa therapist, mainly because I loved working in beautiful places. I had a passion for health and wellness and loved the link between the industries. Health and wellness work hand in hand with maintaining healthy, glowing skin. My parents owned their own business and were my greatest support when taking the leap to open Le Beaute Lounge. Owning a business is hard work, long hours, usually pretty stressful but it is very rewarding seeing my team grow and evolve as therapists and seeing what positive impact we have on many of our clients.
Le Beaute Lounge opened in 2009 and has had an impressive 10 years providing advanced beauty treatments to Canberrans. Your clinic focuses more so on the skin and corrective treatments. Tell us more about this.
We love skin. And we love seeing how we can improve someone day by not only making them look good and revise their skin concerns we love that they feel relaxed and refreshed after their treatments. Everyone is time-poor these days, if our clients have chosen to give up their time to see us for a skin correction treatment, that typically is more of a clinical style treatment, we go above a beyond to create an experience for them. Offering a mix of results and relaxation is our way of giving just that little bit extra.
I definitely love to learn anything skin, whether it be a new advanced treatment or product on the market or a wellness style course about gut health, hormones or nutrition, it all helps when we are working out the ‘why’ when addressing skin concerns.
What is the best piece of advice that you could pass on to someone considering a career in beauty therapy?
Find a mentor and learn as much as you can from them.
Be a reliable and respectful employee and team member.
Working well in a team, regardless of the size of it is very important in the beauty industry. Everyone should be leaning and supporting each other other than trying to compete against one another. Salon culture is very important in creating an environment where everyone is happy.
Why do you love your career in beauty therapy?
I love that it continually changes and evolves. There is always something new to learn and it can take you down so many different avenues. As a therapist, you can really find your niche and focus on what you love to do.
You can find out more info about Le Beaute Lounge on our website www.lebeautelounge.com.au
You can also reach out to Le Beaute Lounge at firstname.lastname@example.org
While we’ve got you, Le Beaute Lounge is currently interviewing for a new team member. They are looking for someone who is reliable, motivated and passionate about all things skin, beauty and wellness. If this sounds like you, they would love you to join their team! You can apply via email – email@example.com.
We are so incredibly grateful to Caddie for sharing her experience in the beauty industry.
For more guidance about your future career in beauty therapy, chat to the expert team at ACTI at 02 6176 3411.