Behind The Scenes: London Spray Day With Sienna X

Be Beautiful Hair & Beauty - London Spray Day

A few weeks ago, on a wet and windy September day I headed into London to assist Sienna X’s Brand Ambassador, Carly Hobbs at a press event which was being held at Sienna X’s PR Agency, which is just off Oxford Street.

For me, there is just something about London that I love, the hustle and bustle, the sights and the fact that you are never far away from a coffee shop! Anyway I digress, as I got off the tube at Tottenham Court Road, the offices were just a short walk away (luckily the rain had stopped, so at least I wouldn’t arrive, looking like a drowned rat)

After arriving at the offices, I was greeted by Lily, who works for the PR agency. Soon after, Carly arrived and we went went downstairs to the tanning suite. It was beautifully set up full of products and Carly began to run through the schedule for the day.

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Appointments started at 2pm and would run through until 7pm. We would be tanning members of the press, magazine editors, beauty bloggers and more.

The day absolutely flew by and before I knew it, it was 7.00pm! I’d had the best day talking all things tanning and helping the press to glow, the Sienna X way! It was time to get packed up and head back to Waterloo for the journey home.

As I walked back to the tube station, I couldn’t help but have a huge smile on my face! This day had been something I’d been wanting to do for so long in more ways than one…

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that one of my fears is the underground (sorry I’m going to rephrase that, WAS one of my fears!) It had always freaked me out, for one thing, the escalators are almost vertical and secondly, I’ve always had a fear of being lost by myself, having no clue how to get back.

When I say it out loud, it sounds so ridiculous. I know hundreds of people do it every day, you may even be one of them, who literally jump on and off the tube and don’t even think about it. But for me, the story was different, However, I faced my fear and did it anyway! Sometimes you’ve just got to pull up your sparkly big girl pants, believe in yourself and do these things, right? Right!

So, in more ways than one, this will be a day that I’ll never forget! A huge thank you to Sienna X, Carly and B The Agency for having me!

Until next time, be brave and embrace every opportunity (even if it makes you want to pee your pants)!

Love,

Nina x

Tanning Hell vs Tanning Heaven

Recently I was chatting to one of my lovely nail clients who asked about the other treatments I provide. We got on to the subject of spray tanning and began talking about the experience I offer. She went on to share with me a previous experience of spray tanning she’d had and by the end, I have to admit I was totally shocked!

She had come across a salon, not far from where she lived at the time who was offering cheaper spray tans so thought she would book an appointment. After arriving, a lady came through and directed her straight to the tanning tent which was covered in old tanning solution.

My client was telling me that at no point did she have a consultation to discuss the desired shade she was looking for or any questions asked about her medical history etc…No sticky feet (self adhesive pads that are worn during tanning to stop the transfer of tan to the bottom of the feet) were issued to her. The barrier cream was “slapped” on and the tanning began.

Not knowing what to expect, she thought this was the norm. She was in and out of the salon in under 10 minutes. Having paid her money, she left with no aftercare or advice on how to look after her tan. I asked her what the results of the tan were, and to be honest, the look on her face said it all. She replied saying “It was patchy, uneven and put me off ever getting another spray tan”.

I couldn’t help but feel saddened by what I was hearing and I asked her if she would like to try another tan with me? At first, she was a little hesitant (which to be honest, if I’d had the experience she’d had, I think I would be to) After talking her through everything including the preparation information, I’m delighted to say, she agreed.

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She is now one of my regular tanning clients and I’m so pleased that I could turn her tanning hell into tanning heaven. Nothing makes my day more than to see my clients wearing their tan with confidence, being the most beautiful versions of themselves.

So what did this story teach me? Well, it’s like my client said after her tan, “It just goes to show, if it’s cheap, it’s not good and if it’s good, it’s not cheap.” 

If I charge more than some spray tanning therapists, perhaps that’s because I invest a lot of time and money in my education, to perfect my skill each year. I strive to offer my clients the very best products within the industry.

This is not just my job, it’s my passion and I believe that each and everyone of my clients deserves the highest level of service as well as…

  • They deserve to know how to prepare for their tan, they deserve to know how to look after it and get the very best from it. 
  • They deserve an in depth consultation and to know that one shade doesn’t fit all. 
  • They deserve to step inside a tanning tent that isn’t caked with solution from the tan before. 
  • They deserve not to feel awkward about being semi naked. 
  • They deserve not to feel rushed but most of all, they deserve to feel beautiful and confident!

Until next time…

Love,

Nina x

 

A Day In The Life Of A Business Owner…

Back in 2013 I started my own Hair & Beauty business. It’s been a crazy journey with so much to learn, but four years on and I’m still absolutely loving it! Therefore I wanted to take you behind the scenes and share why running a business is a world far away from lazy days, long lunches and why I wouldn’t swap it for anything…

Morning…

My day often begins around 6.00am when the alarm goes off and after the initial feeling of being way to cosy under the duvet to move, I get up and head straight to the pool for 6.30am and start my morning swim. (I’ll be completely honest, there are days that this is harder than others, like when you have to scrape the ice off the car first or it’s raining) However, this is my chance to switch off from everything for a while and really set myself up for the day.

I get home around 7.45am and depending on what my day has in store, I’ll either be getting ready to head back out the door to work with clients or I will be sitting at my desk planning what I need to get done by the end of the day. One of the many things I enjoy about running my own business is that no day is ever the same.

My first job this morning is catch up on some emails followed by writing a feature for Sienna X to use in their latest newsletter. I absolutely love doing things like this and feel really lucky to have the opportunity. (You can catch up on my latest press features here.)

I’ll then try and break for lunch (this doesn’t always happen) there are many occasions when I get so engrossed in what I’m doing, I’ll look up from my work to find it’s gone 2.00pm!

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Afternoon…

This afternoon I need to do some work on my website, create some social media posts for Facebook and Instagram, place some orders with Wella and Sienna X, create my newsletter and then get my tanning kit ready for tonight… Days like this really light me up and make my heart sing… I love being busy!

Evening…

Tonight I have a tanning party and there is just enough time for me to grab a bite to eat before I need to leave. Tanning parties are always so much fun! What could be better than a night in with your girls, a bottle of Prosecco, a few nibbles and a spray tan? Ooo that reminds me, I need to create the goody bags too! 

It’s now just coming up to 6.45pm and with my tanning kit all packed in the car, I’m all ready to go…

It’s 9.00pm and I’ve just got home. I had a great evening at the party, they were such a lovely group. Time for a glass of wine I think and half an hours relaxation before heading to bed.

Someone asked me recently, “If you were to win the lottery, would you still do what you do?” Without a shadow of a doubt I would! I cannot tell you how much I love what I do. Making busy women like you reading this right now, feel beautiful and giving them back some well deserved “me-time” is one of the best feelings in the world. I may have long days but they are all so worth it and I wouldn’t go back to the 9-5 for anything!

Until next time, go and chase your dreams and love what you do!

Love,

Nina x