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Anna cleans up at beauty awards

§ December 14th, 2012 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Anna cleans up at beauty awards

Anna Robinson knows a thing or two about beauty. The New Plymouth beauty therapist took out the top prize at the New Zealand Beauty Therapy Industry Awards at a gala dinner in Auckland at the weekend.

Ms Robinson, who runs a beauty therapy clinic, Annasplanet, from her Smart Rd home, and teaches beauty therapy at Witt, said the award was a huge honour.

“Of all the entrants around the country, I was one of five finalists,” she said. “The event director said it was the most competitive year ever.”

As well as a trophy and the title of best therapist, which she will hold for two years, Ms Robinson has a trip to Fiji to look forward to.

Her only problem will be finding the time to take a break.

“Between Witt and my clinic, I work up to 60 hours a week,” she said. “I think I might be able to squeeze a trip in at the start of December.”

Ms Robinson, a body therapy and facial specialist, trained as a beauty therapist after plans for a physiotherapy career fell through.

“I had a friend who was a beauty therapist and it really drew me in,” she said. “It let me get into massage and it’s a real people profession. Plus my qualification is an international diploma I really liked the idea of being able to travel and do my job.”

During her 16 years in the beauty business, the international qualification has come in handy.
Ms Robinson secured a visa to work in Canada where she put her skills to the test in a five-star resort.
“They were doing really advanced beauty therapy,” she said. “They had hydrotherapy tubs and specialised body wraps.”
When her visa ran out, Ms Robinson headed to the United Kingdom and Europe where the therapies got even more extravagant.

“There were clinics where sea water was piped in to use in treatments. You can imagine the costs involved in setting something like that up.”

Sea water treatments might not be on the agenda, but Ms Robinson said she hoped to expand her business in the future.

“I’m at full capacity now so I’d have to knock out a wall or move somewhere else,” she said. “But my future is here at the moment.”