Hair and beauty workers most likely to holiday with colleagues

New research by an online travel agency in the UK has revealed which industries house the employees most likely to holiday with colleagues. Over the last three years, there has been a 22% rise in the number of employees going away on holiday with a colleague and those who work in hair and beauty are the most likely.

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Holidaying with colleagues may not be to everyone’s taste, but new research has revealed a rise in the number of people choosing to do so. However, 13% of Britons have been put in an awkward situation by being asked to go away on holiday by a colleague they didn’t want to go away with.

The team behind the online travel agency carried out the research as part of an ongoing study into holiday trends. 2,187 people aged 21 and over from around the UK, all of whom were in full time employment, took part in the study and answered questions about holidays they had been on over the last three years.

When asked, ‘In the last three years, have you been away on holiday with a colleague (i.e. someone that you work with)?’ 29% of the respondents said ‘yes’. These people were asked what industry they worked in at the time of the holiday they went on with a colleague, which revealed that the industries in which employed Britons are most likely to go away with work mates are as follows:

  1. Hair & Beauty – 20%
  2. Teaching – 17%
  3. Office workers – 15%
  4. Construction – 10%
  5. Travel/Tourism – 8%
  6. Journalism – 5%
  7. Automotive – 5%
  8. Manufacturing – 3%
  9. Food/Hospitality – 2%
  10. HR – 2%

When asked where they went on the holiday with their colleague(s), the top answers were Spain (14%), the Netherlands (11%) and France (10%). Respondents were asked if they knew their colleague before they started working at the place where they were employed together, to which 79% of those who had been on holiday with a work mate said ‘no’, and that they had met them through their job..

Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of, said the following:

“People in full time employment tend to spend more time with their colleagues than even their closest friends and family members; so, it’s no wonder that lasting friendships are formed and co-workers feel comfortable enough in each other’s company to go away together. It was really interesting for us to take a look at within which industries employees are most likely to holiday together; clearly the social environment of the hair and beauty sector is a winning recipe for close work friendships!”

FHT Member & Accredited Training Provider Ziggie Bergman hits front page news!

FHT Accredited Training Provider Ziggie Bergman, and her holistic therapy practice, has recently been featured in popular publications such as Tatler, The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times.

ziggy-bZiggie has been showcasing her talents in facial reflexology and spreading the word about her FHT accredited Zone Face Lift course. Focusing on her “Botox Detox” she talks about how her clients have come to her to receive “natural methods” that will go on to “soften and sculpt their features.”

Maya Rasamny, 48, who has received Ziggie’s therapy first-hand, has said, ‘The contours of my face have changed for the better. Some people think I’m crazy, others tell me I look amazing. This is the way forward, the future, it’s more holistic.’

Ziggie has previously worked with celebrity clients such as Kate Moss, Keira Knightly and Elle Macpherson, who have all benefited from her unique therapy.

To find out more information, please go to Ziggie’s website

FHT 2017 Training Congress launched!

2017 FHT Training Congress

We’re thrilled to reveal that this year’s 2017 FHT Training Congress will be held at the Holistic Health show, 21 – 22 May, at the NEC Birmingham.

Featuring 32 educational sessions of CPD training over the two day event, the Training Congress is a fantastic opportunity to network, learn the latest therapy trends, grow your business with informative business talks and contribute towards your annual CPD quota.

We’ve organised a variety of different speakers to attend, giving sessions on a range of therapy subjects, with both hands on and theory sessions available, this year’s Training Congress is not to be missed!

Make sure you follow the latest updates here.

Quit smoking for good this New Year

Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist speaks on behalf of UK charity, the British Skin Foundation, to tell us how smoking affects the skin, giving you an extra incentive to ditch the habit for good.


She explains ‘Unlike damage to the heart or lungs, the effects on skin are often outwardly visible. Not only is smoking related to the development of certain skin disorders, it is a major culprit in premature ageing of the skin.’

Here are the key ways smoking can affect your skin:

Premature skin ageing
Women seem to be more susceptible to this than men. It commonly manifests as fine lines around the eyes and mouth at an earlier age than non-smokers.

Poor wound healing
There are a large number of studies that demonstrate that smoking will delay wound healing – including wounds created by surgery. There are higher rates of wound infection, decreased wound strength, skin graft failure, necrosis (death of tissue), and blood clot formation.

Smoking and skin cancer
Smokers are at higher risk of developing a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Even individuals that only smoke a few cigarettes a day remain at risk. It’s thought that tobacco found in cigarettes acts to suppress the immune system, allowing cancer cells to evade recognition. Whilst SCC is easily treated if found early, it does have the potential to metastasise (spread) to other parts of the body and can potentially be life-threatening.


Inflammatory skin disorders
Smokers have a higher risk of developing psoriasis, which results in dry, scaly patches on the body. Nicotine is thought to directly affect the immune system, potentially triggering psoriasis in those who have an underlying tendency to develop the condition.
Both hidradentis suppurativa and lupus are found more frequently in smokers, with lupus sufferers responding less well to treatment than non-smokers.

Smoking and viral infections of the skin
Smoking enhances the risk of developing genital warts, possibly due to the immunosuppressive effects of nicotine. Smokers also have a higher risk of developing wart virus-related cancers including cancer of the vulva, anus and penis.

So remember, quit this New Year and feel the benefit to all the organs of your body – skin included.

Soil Association to certify to COSMOS standards from January 2017

From January 2017, the Soil Association will certify all new cosmetic products to COSMOS organic and COSMOS natural standards, representing an important step towards harmonising international cosmetic standards with a recognisable symbol shoppers can trust. The changes mean all new cosmetic products will be branded with either a COSMOS Organic or COSMOS Natural logo.

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Developed in partnership between the Soil Association and four European partners, COSMOS is a framework of standards developed to address the lack of legislation and formal controls in the growing international organic and natural cosmetics market.

In the absence of legislation for organic and natural cosmetics, COSMOS standards offer three levels of certification designed to guarantee that claims made on pack about natural and organic ingredients are genuine. This will also provide more flexibility for manufacturers. These are:

  • COSMOS Organic: Products based on oils and extracts must contain at least 95% organic ingredients. For a product to be able to use the COSMOS organic symbol, at least 20% of the ingredients must be organic (including water).
  • COSMOS Natural: For products that contain natural ingredients and which might contain a small percentage of organic ingredients. The natural percentage is displayed on the front of the pack and the organic percentage, if applicable, can be displayed but in small print. Used in particular where organic ingredients are not available, such as clay face masks and Epsom salt-based products.
  • COSMOS Made with Organic: products which clearly show the percentage of organic ingredients included.

With both organic and natural certification all ingredients must meet strict criteria and respect the principles of green chemistry. Product packaging and cleaning materials used in production facilities must also meet the standards. The entire supply chain is verified providing a guarantee of the quality and integrity of products.

FHT sponsors Olympia Beauty!

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We are proud to announce FHT will be a sponsor of the Nutrition & Wellbeing LIVE stage at Olympia Beauty on 2-3 October – new for 2016 – in association with Massage World and Holistic Therapist Magazine.

We look forward to seeing you at the biggest and best ever Olympia Beauty, now celebrating 12 years. The show is the ultimate destination for beauty, with a line-up of over 500 exciting brands, exhibiting at this two-day holistic and beauty experience.

The Nutrition & Wellbeing LIVE stage has been launched to support the huge trend for beauty from within – set up for complementary health care practitioners and beauty therapists who have an interest in nutrition, health and well-being. Topics include: ‘Food trends vs food fads’, ‘Chair massage made easy’, ‘ Does a cancer diagnosis change your client physically and psychologically and how can you help?’, and more.

Also NEW for 2016, Olympia Beauty will be launching The Experience Zone, which will include six different ‘experience areas’ for you to try out, or simply go for a bit of relaxation during the show.

Come and try: body massage, cranial sacral therapy, reflexology, Thai foot massage, reiki, and Tibetan hand massage.

An invaluable experience not to be missed. Don’t forget to register in advance at for your FREE entry ticket.

Date: Sunday 2 October 10-6pm & Monday 3 October 10-5pm
Venue: Grand Hall, Olympia, London, W14


Images: how the same make up look differs when applied in natural and artificial light

An online beauty retailer has revealed how the appearance of the same make-up routine differs when applied in natural light, such as near a window, and artificial light. After photographing three women for the research project, the resulting images show a noticeable difference between makeup applications done in natural and artificial light.

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The team behind released a selection of images taken after the women taking part had done their makeup indoors in artificial light and outdoors in natural light, with the aim of highlighting just how different makeup can look depending on where the application takes place.

When the women applied their makeup in artificial/unnatural light, they were all happy with the appearance of their makeup indoors, but when they stepped outside, all three women felt that the makeup they had put on looked too heavy and a shade or two darker than their natural tone.

The makeup application that took place outdoors in natural light gave results that all three women were happier overall with.

The images showing the results of the makeup applications in different lighting can be found here via DropBox:

The collection of photos was taken following a short survey of 2,417 British women, all of whom stated they were aged 18 and over and regularly wore makeup. Initially all respondents were asked ‘Where do you typically apply your makeup?’ to which the most common responses were ‘in front of a mirror, not next to a window’ (52 per cent) and ‘in front of a mirror, next to a window’ (30 per cent). All respondents were then asked ‘What sort of lighting do you have when doing your makeup’ to which the most common responses were ‘I tend to turn the light on in the room’ (49 per cent) and ‘there’s usually enough natural light coming into the room’ (41 per cent).

All respondents were then asked ‘Have you ever found that your makeup looks different when you leave the room in which you applied it (e.g. go outdoors)?’ Almost three quarters of respondents, 74 per cent, said ‘yes’. When asked to state what looked different, provided with a list of possible responses and told to select all that applied, the top five answers were as follows:

  1. My bronzer/blusher/highlighter is usually on too thick – 21 per cent
  2. My foundation is too thick and ‘cakey’ – 17 per cent
  3. I have foundation lines around my jawline – 14 per cent
  4. My chosen eyeshadow is a different shade than I had hoped for – 13 per cent
  5. I haven’t blended my makeup as well as I thought I had – 9 per cent

When asked where they felt their makeup looked the most different, or even the worst, after the products had been applied indoors, the top responses were ‘in bathrooms with bright lighting’ (63 per cent) and ‘outdoors in natural light’ (31 per cent). When asked where they felt their makeup looked best after noticing it wasn’t quite how they’d intended it to look (i.e. too heavy/thick/not blended), the top answer was ‘in a club, bar or restaurant’ (42 per cent).

Stacey Fletcher, Make Up Artist for, commented:
‘For really early risers or most women in the winter months, applying makeup in artificial light is pretty unavoidable. If it’s a bright spring morning outside though and you’re indoors with the curtains drawn and the bedroom light on when applying your makeup, you may not end up looking quite how you intended.

‘If natural light is an option, use it to its full advantage. Always apply makeup in the brightest room in your home and if you are always up before the sun then there are plenty of makeup mirrors available with special lighting built in to mimic daylight. Otherwise, it’s best to just use common sense; don’t apply foundation in thick layers, avoid heavy blusher and use the right brushes to blend your look to create a flawless appearance.’