Today I have an Interview with a Beauty Therapist – Tracey Broom is the owner of Stillwater Health & Skincare Salon in Meadowridge, Cape Town.
This post forms part of my “Women at Work” series. The aim of this series is to introduce women of all ages to a variety of interesting careers. In order to inspire women to aspire to a career (both full or part-time) which they LOVE, especially teens, university leavers and moms who have been raising kids and have been out of the job world for a while!!
Here Tracey shares some insights into her work life…
What is your current job?
I run a home-based Beauty Salon called Stillwater Health And Skincare – I am a beauty therapist.
How did you end up in your current position?
After studying I interned at a home-based salon in Constantia while studying, and then did a year of work for them after I’d finished studying – as my first “real” job! It was a really small environment and there wasn’t a huge amount of room for growth for me as a new therapist, so after a year I got a job heading up the opening of a new salon in a mall in Constantia, which was challenging and exciting at the same time. That opportunity led me to another home-based salon, this time in Upper Claremont, where I worked for 2 years. I learnt so much from my various bosses that I now utilise in running my own business. From there I wanted to try a different side of the industry, so I got a job as a Sales Rep for a French product house. The hard selling proved not to be a strong point for me so I resigned after 6 months and decided that i had sufficient experience, knowledge and contacts to start up my own salon. Stillwater was started in 2003!! I started it from our first home in Harfield Village, then moved it on to Fish Hoek for a few years and now it’s home is Meadowridge, where we have recently bought our first home.
When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
When I left school I didnt know what I wanted to, rather what I didn’t want to do! I took a gap year and travelled overseas and when I came back I had had some time to think. I considered Dietetics but there wasn’t a huge demand for that back then.. My mom had always said she could see me doing beauty therapy so I decided to check it out. I became very interested in the skincare industry after visiting the Technikon and finding out what it was all about and everything the Somatology diploma entailed. As they say – the rest is history!
What did you study – was it in this field or something different?
I studied Somatology (the study of the body) at the Cape Technikon, which is a 3 year course, and have worked in this line since qualifying 13 years ago.
What’s the best part of your job? And the worst/ most challenging part?
The best part of my job is that I love what I do! I love that I get to chat to people all day and get to know them, and to make them feel better about themselves at the same time, they always leave happier than when they arrived 🙂 with increased confidence and love for themselves.
The worst part is probably that it’s not really a money-making industry, there are only so many hours in a day and so much you can charge per treatment, so you’ve got to get clever with link selling and product selling and getting clients to rebook. The most challenging part is juggling running my own business and a family. Luckily I LOVE my work as that helps in the tough times!
Who would be your “dream” job, or are you doing it?
I can’t really say what my dream job would be, I really do love what I do,and am very happy working for myself. I hope to increase my clientele this year and get a booming business going 🙂
What is your typical day?
A typical day in the life of a Beauty Therapist involves interacting with clients, assessing and treating their skins in a very hands on manner, you establish a realationship with your clients and have to remember what a priviledge it is to be in someone’s personal space. It is physical work as you are on your feet all day and are giving of yourself to perform treatments – anything from facials to massage to pedicures to waxing. It’s really nice to have a variety of treatments in a day so it doesn’t get monotonous. I can work my job around my little kids, so its very convenient and flexible and the perfect career to be able to start a business from home one day 🙂
How do you relax?
Spend time with my family & friends, read magazines, go to the hairdresser, watch movies, walk the dogs 🙂
Tracey has also very kindly offered all Becoming you readers a special offer to claim at Stillwater Health and Skincare in Meadowridge, Cape Town.
Buy 3 bikini IPL (Laser Hair Removal) sessions and get 3 FREE underarm IPL sessions PLUS a 10% discount on all Gelish Nail treatements. Valid March and April 2013 only. Call 021 712 1967 to book.
Thanks so much Tracey for taking part in “Women at Work“. It really is so interesting to me to find out what work women do and how they came to doing it, I am especially fascinated how moms manage to juggle their careers with kids! Not easy but you do it well! May Stillwater become a waterfall of success this year! You can contact Tracey via the Stillwater Facebook Page.
If you, or a woman you know, has an interesting job and would be happy to be an interviewee please do contact me.