In the past, and back before governments grew wise to the illicit practices of certain beauty salons in and around the UK, Australia and the United States – illegal salons were a dime a dozen. Although plenty used to offer services that could be deemed above-board, the reality is that there were some that preferred to take part in unsavoury practices.

On the outside, these salons would provide seemingly credible cosmetic and aesthetic treatments to their clientele – but behind the scenes there was often tax dodging and even sexual activities going on. In 1992 a new legislation was released in the United Kingdom and by 1993, it had spread across the world; being adopted by Australia, 90% of States within America and dozens of European Union member countries.

What did the legislation dictate?

In short, the new legislation dictated that any beauty salon found to be in breach of a particular list of guidelines would be met with the fullest extent of the law. Although the motion took a few years to come to fruition; its initial introduction led to thousands of unqualified beauty therapists being expelled from their positions, as well as a host of salon owners brought to justice via court.

How do things stand these days?

As of 2017, the legislation has been improved upon several times to ensure that any loopholes are fixed. These days in order to operate a legal salon, the owner/s must possess relevant licensing (which needs to be applied for through the local authority) and must keep a record of any and all therapists that are hired.

This data is reviewed frequently by a governing body and if any discrepancies are discovered, the salons in question will typically be investigated. This can further help to ensure that any illegal practices are gradually brought to an end – paving the way for honest and reliable salons to operate within their industry.

As you might imagine, this has been a very reassuring event for clients that want to enjoy a range of massage, manicure, facial and cosmetic treatments in general. These days it’s very uncommon to find an illegal salon – and any that do pop up are often forced to shut down in a matter of weeks and months.

What does this mean for clients?

As long as the salon can demonstrate its licensing upon request and employs trained, experienced and most importantly – qualified therapists, it’s safe to say that they will be able to offer a great variety of beauty therapies and treatments to their clientele. In Australia, the UK, the US and Europe, where the legislation is strictest, the concerns over booking an illegal salon are now all but non-existent, with many people not even realising that these events even took place just a few decades ago.