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Introducing the UK Skin Care Academy: Transforming Professional Skin Care & Education in Nigeria

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The UK Skin Care Academy (UKSA) opened its doors in Lekki, Lagos earlier this year and promises a fresh approach to skin care services and education in Nigeria. But what about the fresh faces behind it?

Meet the” K” in the UK Skin Care Academy: The Koloko Sisters!

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UKSA’s Managing Director, Ufuoma Koloko (left) with sister, Ediri Koloko, Director of Education

You may have heard of UIC (London) run by Ediri Koloko and its spin-off, Beauty By Appointment Only (Lagos) run by her older sister, Ufuoma Koloko . (You can read the previous article here)

Now, they bring you the next chapter in their story, the coming together of two well established businesses and their evolution into one amazing new power house: The UK Skin Care Academy.

These enterprising young women started with a passion and translated it into a vision. Add a good dose of hard work and an equal measure of good fortune (they were awarded the YouWin grant from the Nigerian Government) and you have a recipe for success right there!

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Winning the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s YouWin Award

Some people are unaware of the YouWin award and others think it is just a gimmick and will ask “Is that thing real? or “Who did you know there?!” The answer is always the same. They had a vision that came out in the business plan that they wrote and submitted and God did the rest!.

YouWin is an initiative launched by the Nigerian government to help build and grow SMEs to enable them to employ more people and increase job creation opportunities. It’s the major reason UK Skin care is finally able to realize their vision here in Nigeria.

A Three Part Vision: Treatment Training and Transformation
It’s not hard to imagine the sisters’ business plan demonstrated a certain depth of knowledge and understanding about the skin care business because they have been in it for over 8 years now and have a proven track record in both the UK and Nigeria.

They are two very different markets but they have been able to import their UK approach and way of doing things very successfully to Nigeria. That approach is simple. Professional skin care treatments, world class professional products and dealing with customers in a professional manner.

They might not be everyone’s cup of tea and don’t deal in dangerous creams in unmarked bottles promising instant results. It pains them to turn away customers looking for that type of thing but they would rather do that than be responsible for destroying people’s skin to make a quick buck. They stand by rather forming long lasting relationships with their clients because achieving good, great and gorgeous skin is a lifelong project. People in their teens and 20s should be warned. It’s not about one time lightening creams, pills and procedures that promise you instant results. Nine times out of ten you may get quick results on the surface but they are unlikely to be good results in the long term.

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UKSA Dermatherapist Vera Francis performing a treatment on a client in a treatment room

Treatment
They have a range of treatments to address the following concerns:

• Adult acne
• Male skin challenges
• Teenage acne
• Sun burned or sun damaged skin
• Pigmentation
• Acne scars and dark spots
• Dull, uneven skin tone
• Anti-ageing
• Sensitised skin

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UKSA Dermatherapist, Grace Bassey , takes a client through her consultation and prescription sheet

UKSA’s typical customers are women between the age of 25 and 45 who know the importance of investing in a good skin care regimen. But they also have a healthy number of male clients that want to keep their shaving bumps under control or just look better than their mates! Some of their clients have also brought their teenagers in as they have a great range of products for teenage skin.

Training
Apart from providing treatments the second and perhaps more important element to their winning business plan is their desire to train other young people to be able to become skin care specialists. To achieve that there will also be a training academy offering courses from a leading UK awarding organisation called the Vocational Training and Charitable Trust (VTCT). All VTCT qualifications are mapped to UK regulatory frameworks and are recognised by international employers, governments and professional associations. That means people graduating from the UK Skin Care Academy will be qualified to go and work internationally as skin care specialists in any of the many countries that recognise VTCT qualifications.

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Ediri will head the Training Academy

Ediri tells us she has a Masters in Education and Social Justice from the University of London plus seven years teaching experience. Coupled with that she has achieved a “Specialist” status at the International Dermal Institute where her and her sister have both been attending courses since they started the business in 2006.

Since Ufuoma is more focused on building their brand and the business development side of things it leaves Ediri to lead in the education space. She selects the right courses for their students and the overall running of the Academy. Enrolment has already commenced and they already have a waiting list for the first course that will begin in November 2014. They plan to run four cycles per year so those that don’t make November can start in March 2015.

Ufuoma is passionate about sharing her business development and branding skills

Ufuoma is passionate about sharing her business development and branding skills

Transformation

One of the courses is specifically focused on preparing to run a beauty business. This is where the transformation bit of their vision comes in. They aim to help transform people’s careers, livelihoods and ultimately impact on society by giving as many people as they can the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them set up and run a successful beauty business. This will in turn enable them to employ more people just like UK Skin care Academy.

The business courses will run one weekend a month so that even people that are working Monday-Friday but are thinking of changing career or opening up a side beauty business can attend. As well as the official course content the sisters feel their wealth of personal experiences in setting up and running a skin care business whilst they were both in full time employment will be valuable to those who attend the course. They also plan to invite some of the big names in the Nigerian beauty industry to come and share their knowledge and experiences during the courses too. All this will take place in what is believed to be Nigeria’s and maybe the world’s first ever Beauty Business Incubator (BBI). The sisters plan for the BBI to be an open house for budding beauty entrepreneurs to meet, share ideas, be inspired and become empowered with some of the fundamentals of building a brand and running a successful beauty business.

Talking of job creation and transforming lives, take a look at what Grace Bassey and Vera Francis, both Dermatherapists working and training at the UK Skin Care Academy have to say…

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UKSA Dermatherapists, Grace Bassey and Vera Francis perform treatments and prescribe products

Vera says…

I started my training immediately which is ongoing. Our MD made us watch her perform treatments on clients, she made us perform them on her and she also gave us treatments so we knew exactly how everything should feel. After that I started working on clients myself. I am currently doing work based training in which I combine study towards a VTCT Skin Care qualification alongside workbased practical training My experiences so far include using foreign equipment like the microdermabrasion machine and ultrasonic equipment. I never realized that working with time was so essential but UKSA has taught me that. I was also introduced to a new product called Dermalogica, how to apply it, what type of skin condition each product is good for and when certain products were to be used. I was taught how to talk and relate to people. UKSA has a special way of welcoming clients and they always tell us how comfortable they are when they visit the clinic. We offer them water, tea and apples and try to make each client feel important. We only offer clients what they need for their skin and nothing extra until they see results. We recommend products for both male and female skin. I love our uniforms because they look very professional. I never thought or dreamt of becoming a dermatherapist, but Ufuoma believed in me, is taking the time to train me formally and look at me now! I will never forget the opportunity I have been given and I am so grateful to my boss.”

In Grace’s words…

My husband told me of the MD needing someone to help her with some work at home but when she met me, she told him she liked my spirit and loved my skin and felt I could join them at the skin clinic as a dermatherapist. Honestly, I had no idea what that meant but it sounded important so I was happy for the opportunity! I started work on the same day as Vera. We are following a workbased trianing programme at the clinic which includes formal study towards a VTCT Skin Care qualification and hands on practical work with clients. It is going well and I have learnt a lot of new things… like the importance of thorough consultation and how to do a special skin analysis, interacting with people, welcoming them with a smile and asking about how they were. It is important we make our clients feel as welcome and comfortable as possible because some of them come from far distances on the mainland and even from outside Lagos (PH and Abuja) all the way to Lekki! I also received training on the product Dermalogica and how to use the various types of cleansers, exfoliators, moisturisers and, masks. There is a range called Chromawhite which helps to fade dark marks caused by sun and is recommended for both fair and darker people. I have learnt about, Microdermabrasion and how it is used to remove dead skin to reveal newer and fresher looking skin, and fade dark spots. I want to thank the MD for giving me this opportunity.

If you want to come and see the UK Skin Care Academy for yourself, to have a treatment or enquire about their courses please see contact details below:
For all your skin enquiries please email: [email protected] | For enquiries about our courses please email: [email protected]

To book your free consultation call: 09093915506 or 09038678764

Address
The UK Skin Care Academy is located at 14B Charles Ifeanyi Street, Off Adebayo Doherty Road (Road 14), Off Admiralty Way
Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

Opening hours
Monday: Friday 8AM – 8PM
Saturday: 10AM – 6PM
Sunday: 1PM – 5PM

For more information please visit www.ukskincareacademy.com

Photo Credit: Frank Ugah Photography

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24 Comments

  1. kb

    September 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Theese babes must rich to ve establish such a bussiness.ve many biz idea but no capital.all this banks are not helpin issue yet no job.it is well

    • TI

      September 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Kb, do what they did; apply for YouWin.

    • Teme

      September 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      @KB,

      You”ll be surprised to know that they don’t have money. I know Ufuoma and if there’s one thing she has its guts and you need that to run a business successfully in Nigeria.

      You don’t need capital to build a business in Nigeria. if your business idea is that good and bankable, you can creatively get it rolling without money or simply look for other means of raising money to do what you need to do like get a JOB or get involved in any legal activity that will readily give you money.

  2. Halia

    September 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Wow we need more of such not just in naija but other parts of Africa. The shift to healthy skin care knowledge and implementation, than the quick fix and bleach/tone practices that are so rampant would make a big difference on our self image!

  3. jamila yunusa

    September 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    GUD JOB

  4. baboushka

    September 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I would patronize them based on the decor alone. The place looks so clean and sanitized makes you know already that they work under very hygienic conditions. Well done ladies!

  5. Kenny

    September 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Awwwwwww, truly inspiring! God bless the Koloko sisters(Amen). Can’t wait to visit UKSA…..

  6. NaijaPikin

    September 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Love the look. The simple, clean look is always best for spas….quite a number of these med spas popping up. There was solachi (but i think she closed down), there’s also caliamedspa.
    I sha hope their service is quality. Actually customizing solutions for individuals.

    What i love most about these folks tho is the teaching aspect. Empowering other people to learn and become experts. As in someone came in to be a help, but was upgraded to this. I wish them all the best

  7. marculey

    September 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Our weather is too hot, with all the care nd treatment someone can still encounter a sun burn. Let’s try nd see. Well done girls

    • NaijaPikin

      September 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      It’s hot in Miami and Houston and Arizona and people still have lovely skin. All you need is to take time to understand your skin and make the effort to take care of it.

  8. Http://xplorenollywood.blogspot.com

    September 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Urhobo ladies repping!!! Nice one ladies

  9. mercI

    September 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Really nice work sisters, its a place to visit.

  10. Ugo

    September 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    This is obviously going to be an iconic brand out of Africa. I love the clinical while ambience. Very proud of you. Thumbs up!

  11. charles

    September 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    A candle that lights other candle only makes the room brighter. I am very pleased about the Academy in a country where there is a dearth of manpower. In entrepreneurship lies our future. Ufuoma one of the Koloko sisters is a proud member of the Top 50 class in the BET3 Program. I’m was not surprised to see her also at the YouWin platform. Success begats Success. Keep it up.

  12. Ilobaa

    September 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    For many reasons,Am confident this will thrive. Just remain consistent. Nice to know @male skincare. Welldone!

  13. Victor Job

    September 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Remarkable! I commend the Koloko sisters for their effort and excellence I believe this will be great success. Thumbs up.

  14. Terese

    September 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Good to see that you are doing great. I will surely visit someday. Bravo!

  15. Nathan

    September 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Great Job. These are GIGANTIC Strides Ufuoma. Keep the flag flying for BET 3!

  16. Obasanjo Onireti

    September 5, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    We certainly can do with more of this team… the daring spirit, the world-class care, the style and class. All truly inspiring.

  17. SA

    September 6, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Lucky Nigeria to have this in their midst ! From experience in the UK of the Kolokos they will provide fabulous service and advise on how to transform your skin. Don’t underestimate a natural glow that doesn’t require make up !
    Lets face it there is only so much make up can do and at some point it has to come off.
    Great also to see women will to put in the hard work required to run a business. Congrats ladies I wish you every success with this fabulous venture.
    I for one will be planning some visits.

  18. Kelechi

    September 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Quite inspiring story. I’m impressed with what these ladies have put together. Great one!

  19. Pezo Benjamin

    September 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Having experienced the professionalism of both these ladies, I’m so happy that they are able to do this in Nigeria. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact that this has in other parts of Africa. Very inspiring! Well done K sisters!

  20. Sonia Mercillina Nwora

    September 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I am proud to say Ufuoma and Ediri are testimony to what the desire to achieve, unique creativity, hard work ethics and undying faith can achieve. Ufuoma has always been business savvy and successfully ran 2 beauty salons in London before coming to London. Her warm personality, humility and grace have attributed to all her successes. This recent initiative is a fantastic opportunity to instil professionalism and customer service in a key sector that ties into tourism and the skills gap in Nigeria. God bless your new endeavour my leading ladies……. ☺

  21. Tosin Olukuade

    October 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Great stuff! Thumbs up Koloko sisters! Trust you to deliver on your promise. Lovely ambience.

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