Beautician loves living back in Bilo

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

WHEN Jack­leen Mayes fin­ished year 12 she was un­sure what ca­reer path to take.

“When I was grow­ing up I did char­ity mod­el­ling with the fash­ion houses in town with a group of girls. We did the lo­cal show and some Satur­day morn­ings at the lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre for busi­nesses and other events,” Jack­leen re­calls.

“When I was still at school I worked part-time at a lo­cal jew­ellery and fash­ion store owned by Esta Dun­net called At Your Finger Tips. Her daugh­ters also did beauty treat­ments and I be­came very in­ter­ested in the beauty in­dus­try.’

Jack­leen’s mum came across an ad in the yel­low pages of­fer­ing a course in beauty ther­apy at Air­lie Beach.

“It was a one-year course of­fered by a lady who owned a salon where you had to do 600 hours of prac­ti­cal,” Jack­leen said.

She fin­ished the course and was awarded best prac­ti­cal stu­dent in her class. Af­ter re­turn­ing to Biloela and work­ing for eight years in the field Jack­leen needed a change of scenery. She moved to the Bris­bane sub­urb of As­cot and ran her beauty busi­ness in con­junc­tion with an Ital­ian family hair salon. It was here that she met Richard Bran­son’s head sec­re­tary, Amanda. Amanda be­came a reg­u­lar client, which led to Jack­leen re­ceiv­ing a reg­u­lar flow of air hostesses work­ing for Vir­gin Air­lines.

“Richard Bran­son booked in for a hair­cut and a mas­sage,” Jack­leen said. “He was so easy to talk to. He asked about my life living in Biloela and told me about his life grow­ing up with dys­lexia and his busi­ness suc­cess. He even came out into the kitchen and helped wash up.”

To cel­e­brate Vir­gin Air­lines’ two-year birth­day Jack­leen was in­vited to a party at the air­line hangar.

“My­self and the salon staff got a limo to the party com­plete with Crys­tal cham­pagne. Each of us girls did the whole Pretty Wo­man thing stand­ing up through the sun­roof of the limo with our glass of cham­pagne wav­ing at ev­ery­one as we were chauf­feured along. We def­i­nitely en­joyed our once in a life­time mo­ment.”

Af­ter al­most two years Jack­leen re­turned to Biloela in 2005 and con­tin­ues to pro­vide high qual­ity beautician work.

With 23 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the beauty in­dus­try Jack­leen ap­pre­ci­ates her loyal client base in Biloela.

“My favourite treat­ments are aro­mather­apy, re­lax­ation and Swedish mas­sage. I also love the Thalgo fa­cial and skin­care range as it is based on plant ex­tracts and aro­mather­apy oils,” Jack­leen said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Jack­leen Mayes.

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