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A stylish new Beauty Studio has opened as a commercial venture staffed by two exceptionally talented former students at Pembrokeshire College.
The studio – offering a range of contemporary beauty products for sale as well as a professional nail, make-up and beauty therapy service, seeks to meet the demand for trendy nail art, pedicure, massage and make-up advice that is increasing, particularly amongst the young. Nail art is a massive growth industry requiring artistic as well as technical skills. This new studio aims to bring the best and most up-to-date techniques in nail art whilst also protecting the health of the clients’ nails that can be damaged by such processes if not undertaken with care and skill.
The Beauty Studio is being run by award-winning Oksana Cooper and Celeste Calacaine, who both trained at the College; the idea came about when a retail unit became available at the College. Paul Hudson, Director of Healthcare and Business, said: ‘When a space became available I was delighted to offer it to these two talented individuals and I feel that this facility complements the training facilities we already have on offer to the public, such as the restaurant, coffee shop, hair and beauty salon. ‘We have employed these beauty therapists because they have proved that they have the combination of the skill – and the energy – to make it a success: both successfully combined studying and working in domestic roles within the college prior to setting up this enterprise. Specialising in nail-art, Oksana, aged 36, recently won the Association of Hairdressing and Therapies British Nail Art competition and won a silver medal in the Worldskills UK heats, held in Cambridge recently.
Following a community ‘Steps into College’ course, Oksana trained to became nail technician at the College; showing the progress that is possible from attending a locally-based part-time course, to learning and becoming expert in a skill and then becoming employed doing a job that she loves. Her colleague, Celeste aged 36, is originally from Portugal. Both studied Beauty Therapy at level 2 and became friends. Celeste went on to the level 3 course and took the nail services course, completing her studies in June 2011. Celeste has also represented the College at Worldskills – a UK and international movement that brings the best-skilled technicians together to compete in timed tasks that are judged by top experts in the field.
New client Hayley Llewhellin, aged 27, popped in to try the new facilities after she heard about it through friends. ‘I’m a full-time mum to four children, so this is a special treat for me to come and have my nails done,’ Hayley explained, ‘I am really enjoying a bit of ‘me time’ and really happy with the quality of the gel nails and expertise of Oksana’. While primarily being available for the college community to make use of, the studio is open to the public. A range of make-up from the British-manufactured ‘Barry M’ and ‘Millennium’ collection is affordable, colourful and very popular with teenagers.
Six-formers from local schools are welcome to pop in or make an appointment. The College’s beauty salon is also available for personal grooming and therapy carried out by supervised students studying at the College. The Beauty Studio is, however, not being used for training purposes but providing appointments with fully-qualified staff.
The Beauty Studio is no longer open.