Uniform and HygieneDURING THE COURSE
Uniform and Hygiene
Your appearance and health and safety while studying at the MPS AcademyUniform, appearance and hygiene are very important in our industry, and we try to instil the industry's values in our students to prepare them for the industry.
In this section, we discuss:
- Personal Hygiene
- Spa top with dress slacksDress slacks should be professional in appearance.
- Black, plain, flat-soled, closed-toe, closed-heel slip-on shoes
- These should be made of a sturdy material like leather.
- Pantyhose or socks under the trousers
- Breath mints or breath freshener
- Student ID badge
Something to hold your hair back
Appearance is a very important part of our industry. Some issues you may need to be aware of include:
MakeupYou must wear makeup every day to course. Students wear makeup to maintain a professional appearance and, for certain classes, to learn how to remove and reapply make-up. Natural and light make-up style will be sufficient.
HairYour hairstyle needs to look professional and to maintain hygiene in the easiest way possible.
Your hair should be off your collar and out of your eyes, so your hairstyle should be one that can be pulled back out of the eyes and kept off the collar.
NailsAs many of the students we have are performing treatments, nails need to be kept short and hygienic. Our tutors will tell you more on the first day. Personal hygiene is important to ensure the health and safety of your clients, your classmates, your tutors, others and yourself.
Some issues you may need to be aware of include:
1. Fresh BreathYou should have fresh breath as you are working closely with a client or therapist, one-on-one. Breath that is not fresh is not nice for the person you are working with. You will be expected to have fresh breath when working with clients in the industry, so we require it at the school as well. We ask all students to carry breath fresheners or tabs at all times.
To make sure your breath is fresh, you should:
- Brush your teeth after every meal
- Floss your teeth at least once a day
- Use mouthwash after brushing your teeth
- Use breath fresheners to "top-up" your fresh breath
- See your dentist and dental hygienist at least once a year
2. Perfume and Body OdourYou should have a pleasant body odour at all times. You work closely one-on-one with other students and clients, so body odour needs to remain pleasant. In many cases, you are trying to relax the client, and pleasant body odour help add to the experience.
To make sure your body odour is pleasant, you should:
- Take a shower or bath at least once a day
- Clean yourself properly, using soap, warm to hot water and shampoo for your hair
- Dry yourself off properly once out of the shower or bath
- If you use a body moisturiser or other body product, ensure you wait for it to dry before putting clothes on
- Exfoliate your body once a week to remove dead skin cells
- Ensure your uniform is cleaned according to manufacturer's instructions
- Use a hygienic booster to wipe out germs and bacteria on your uniform
- Use deodorant with antiperspirant and light body spray or perfume
- Use deodorants and body sprays or perfumes lightly (do not overuse)
- If you smoke, use a body spray to mask the smoking odour
- If you smoke, wash your hands and arms after smoking
3. Sneezing and CoughingSneezing and coughing are the body's way of spreading viruses and other infectious things.
If you sneeze or cough, you should:
- Wash your hands
- Keep your hands and other areas clean
- Protect others by sneezing or coughing into your hands, if you aren't wearing a mask, and then wash your hands without touching anything else
- Avoid contaminating items by not touching them after you have sneezed or coughed on your hands
- Wear a mask to stop the spread of illness
- Take medicine to alleviate or reduce the symptoms (with medical advice)
- If required, take time off and gain a medical certificate from your doctor
4. Washing Your HandsYou should wash your hands to protect your clients, classmates, tutors, others and yourself. Hygiene is very important in these industries.
You should wash your hands whenever they become (or you suspect they become) contaminated. Examples of this include:
- After sneezing or coughing into your hands
- After touching rubbish, the rubbish bin or other contaminated area or material
- After touching your hair or own skin
- After touching anything that a lot of people may have touched (door knobs, handles, et cetera)
- After going to the toilet
5. For Students Who SmokeIf you are a smoker, you need to ensure:
- Your breath remains fresh
- Your hands are washed and do not smell like smoke
- Your uniform smells fresh and not like smoke