The Sector's Recovery from Covid

The covid challenges of the last two years have altered the landscape of the sector, more people than ever turned to home treatments and services. This trend boosted sales in candles, fragrances, wellness and hygiene products when there was a sudden rush towards antibacterial products. Social influencers cashed in on the pandemic as more people turned to social media channels to see what was available to buy for their skin, hair, bath, body and wellbeing as well as looking for hints, tips and step by steps for doing ‘at home treatments’.


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Top 10 Industry Influencers

Exciting news – The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has launched the Hair & Beauty Industry – Top 100 Influencers Index for a second year, offering an opportunity to recognise those in the industry that use social media to influence, educate and innovate our sector.

They are inviting nominations for the individuals who you think are the most influential in the industry on social media including hairdressers, barbers, beauty therapists, nail technicians, make-up artists and aestheticians. You can nominate as many people as you wish, including yourself and we encourage you to post it on social media using #NHBFTop100influencers.

For more information visit their website and get nominating!

Cosmetic Surgery Regulation

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Institute for Licensing are calling for a mandatory England-wide licensing scheme for cosmetic treatments. Currently regulation is loose if not non-existent and risks to consumers from non-licensed practitioners is huge. Read the two reports below for more detail.

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The approved standards for the hair professional and beauty professional outlines the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of the apprentice and the job they will need to be able to do by the time they have completed their apprenticeship. 

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Covid-19 Impact on the Industry

The impact on the industry is vast - the social, mental, physical, financial and reputational damage to clients and staff will be difficult to recover from in the short and medium term and it doesn't help that we seem to have been viewed as the non-urgent, non-important sector of industry which is so far from the truth. Never could we have foreseen the damage that would do to beauty salons, spas, nail bars and hairdressing salons. Professional Beauty Magazine have a wealth of information which follows the path and challenges that we have had to deal with. Really interesting reading.

Government advice on close contact services

Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.

T Levels - Final Outcome Content

T Level panels who are industry experts work to define the key skills and knowledge a learner needs to cover during their two years of study. 

When route panels finalise and approve the outline content, it is then ready to be bid on by awarding organisations (AOs). If successful, they will then develop the technical qualifications. Below is the final outcome content for the hair, beauty and aesthetics.

Downloadable document below or link to the Institute for Apprenticeships url.

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Latest Covid-19 news from the NHBF

NHBF say - Unlock unpaid Covid-grant money to save cash-strapped hair and beauty salons on the brink of closure, government told British hair & beauty sector is urging the government to step in to speed up the grant distribution process with many salons on the brink of closure, despite the scheduled reopening on 12 April in England. To date, only 13 per cent of the £1.6bn Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) monies available to local authorities has been allocated to businesses desperately in need.


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