In a new BBC Three series starting tonight, Jessica-Jane Clement, star of The Real Hustle and now one of the celebrities in the jungle for I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, meets some of the many Brits who’ve fallen foul of high-street salons and ill-advised home beauty treatments.
Shockingly, the beauty industry is unregulated in most of the UK. It's up to beauticians and hairdressers to get qualifications, if they want to, which means that anyone could open up a salon with zero training. When you book in for a treatment make sure that you're putting your looks in the hands of a trained professional, or as Jessica-Jane Clement finds out in this brand new consumer series, it could turn ugly.
As well as meeting the victims of bad beauty treatments, Jessica will confront some of the salons responsible, challenging them to improve their training and raise their standards in a bid to save other unwitting members of the public from the same fate.
There’ll be tears and tantrums as Jessica uncovers the horrific haircuts, wobbly waxes and terrible permanent make-up tattoos happening on a high street near you, and discovers the incredible lengths young girls are going to in the pursuit of beauty.
Jessica will endeavour to ensure that these beauty addicts look top-notch again with the help of a unique ‘make-back’ to beauty makeover – aimed at showing viewers the right way to get the look and how to avoid the cowboys.
And as we tell these extraordinary stories, Jessica and experts will provide take-out tips and advice on how to ensure you leave a salon with exactly what you asked for – and looking better than when you went in.
Skin Deep: The Business Of Beauty is an Optomen Television production which begins on BBC Three at 8:30pm tonight - Monday 14 November and is on weekly for five weeks.