Five Minutes with Jenny Hayes, Ella Baché College

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    Five Minutes with Jenny Hayes, Ella Baché College


Fashion and beauty go hand-in-hand, from the theatrical looks that complement international catwalks to lit-from-within glowing skin that puts a pep in your step every morning. But what does it take to turn your passion for beauty into a profession? Ahead, we chat to Jenny Hayes from Ella Baché College about the changing face of the beauty industry and how you can kickstart your career no matter where you live.

Tell us about yourself and your background; how did you get started in the beauty industry?

Well, the interesting thing is that I am a professional educator so not a Beauty Therapist at all but the opportunity to join Ella Baché as Head of Education promised me the opportunity to specialise in the field of Beauty, to learn about the skincare industry and best of all to join an iconic Australian skincare brand.

What does your role entail as Head of Education at Ella Baché College?

Here at Ella Baché education underpins all that we do. We believe that knowledge is power and must be shared. From a client perspective knowledge creates results that last. We constantly create new knowledge about the skin that translates to new ingredients, new products and innovation through technology enhanced treatments. So as Head of Education I’m not just responsible for producing new therapists for our Ella Baché network and the broader beauty industry but also for the continuing professional education of therapists in our franchise salons and David Jones stores.

Australian model Tahnee Atkinson for Ella Baché. Supplied.

What can budding beauty therapists find at Ella Baché College that they won’t experience anywhere else?

We deliver our Diploma of Beauty Therapy both On Campus in Sydney and Online so have a national reach. We deliver practical training to our Online students in our training facilities in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. But our key differentiator in the Beauty sector is that we are the only college in Australia fully integrated with a leading skincare brand. This means our students have access to our network for work experience placement and graduate employment opportunities.

What do you think gives Ella Baché College graduates an edge when starting their own journey into the beauty industry?

Without doubt it comes down to the strength of the Ella Baché brand. Ella Baché has been training Beauty Therapists in Australia since 1963. We have a well-deserved reputation for both the quality of our training and our products. I like to say that our graduating students are “pre-Bachified” meaning that we do contextualise our teaching and learning content based on what our network tells us they need. An Ella Baché qualification opens doors for our graduates not only within our network but Australia wide and internationally.

What tips would you give to someone thinking about studying at Ella Baché College?

I advise anyone thinking of studying Beauty to do their research. In Australia all colleges teach to the same national framework but that doesn’t mean all colleges deliver the same quality, opportunities and student outcomes. If you are serious about a career in Beauty look for the specialists in their field – that can only lead to Ella Baché College. We have been producing highly qualified Beauty Therapists since 1963. Contact us to find out what makes us so special. Come to an Open Day and see what we have to offer.

We hear your online learning program, the Stellar Distance Learning Program, is currently taking a record number of enrolments for 2017 - congratulations! How do you think the growing prevalence of online learning is changing the beauty industry?

Online education has been the big growth area for us recently giving access and opportunity to people not only in the metropolitan areas but also regional and remote Australia who would otherwise be unable to gain a qualification or employment. Many of our Online students are employed full time while others are career changes or stay at home mums preparing to return to work.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

I’d have to quote a phenomenal woman Maya Angelou, civil rights activist and teacher who said:

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Do the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”

What’s a failsafe beauty or skincare tip you swear by?

Always remove your eye make-up and mascara completely with cult favourite Ella Baché eye and lip cleanser which conditions and nourishes the lashes with hydrogenated coconut oil

Exfoliate once or twice a week with a mild exfoliant such as Ella Baché refining exfoliating gel, rich in sunflower seed oil and the gentle exfoliating action of cranberry seed powder.

And most importantly apply an SPF sunscreen daily to prevent premature ageing, pigmentation and dryness and overall protection of the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

For more information on Ella Baché College, including their Diploma of Beauty Therapy, visit


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