Julia O'Gorman has three decades of
beauty therapy experience and is a highly respected champion of the
Slow Beauty movement. Trials with her own
skin attracted Julia to a career in beauty therapy. She
practiced beauty therapy all over the world and has treated some
impressive clientele including a US president and a Bahrain
King.Twenty years into her
career, Julia was back living in New Zealand and feeling
frustrated with the machine-driven direction the beauty industry
Just as she was ready to throw in
the towel, Julia met Janine Tait at a beauty expo. Julia was heartened to
see that a holistic, gentle, slow approach to beauty was
re-emerging despite a pervasive culture of harsh technology and
quick fixes. Julia
lives and breathes wellness and she encourages holistic skincare at
her clinic, Julia O'Gorman: Natural Beauty Therapy
Can you tell us about some of the celebrities you have
At the age of 21, I got a sought-after job in Bermuda working in
one of the world's top ten spas. I treated many VIP
customers and even massaged one of the presidents of the United
States! I don't
like to 'treat and tell', but I can share a couple stories.
When treating one of the Kings of Bahrain, I mixed up a lovely
blend of essential oils. I was later told that
the King really enjoyed his massage but would prefer baby oil next
Another time, there was a lot of secrecy around a facial
client. I didn't
recognise the woman but was clearly expected to know who she
was. I took a
quick peek at a welcome card on the dresser and discovered it was
One year later, when I returned from Dubai, I attended the beauty
expo in Auckland.
I didn't like the direction I saw the beauty industry going
microdermabrasion, cosmeceutical skincare, chemical peels and
needling. I was
believe in treating the skin gently and nurturing the spirit as
well as the skin.
I was ready to leave the beauty industry but luckily I found the
Janesce stand at the expo and met Janine Tait.
What happened when you met Janine?
I was re-energised by Janine and the Janesce philosophies. Janine invited me to
visit her in Tauranga and I spent a lovely weekend there trying
Janesce products and experiencing a treatment at Janine's spa,
Lox. As soon as I
started using Janesce, my skin improved.
Janine explained the 'wellness from within' philosophy. I changed my eating
habits and included vital vitamins and minerals into my routine and
my skin went from strength to strength. I discovered that my
own sensitive skin became stronger and more resilient the more
gently I treated it.
was on a three-year restraint of trade from having sold my clinic,
so I worked as the trainer and sales rep for Janesce for a
enabled me to really understand the Janesce products and
philosophies and to pick Janine's brains.
What impact did this have on your approach to working with
Janesce completely changed how I worked. When I was able to open
a clinic of my own again, I could confidently recommend Janesce
products to my clients. The information and
knowledge Janine shared with me made me so confident working with
What skincare product ranges do you use at your clinic?
When it comes to skincare, I only use Janesce. I still investigate
other brands but Janesce is truly the most amazing product I have
found and the support and education I continue to receive is the
I use Bestow Beauty products for internal
support to supplement the skincare products. They are fantastic and
have made a huge difference to my skin and my clients'.
Have there been any 'aha' moments in your journey?
point, I broke out in a rash all over my body. Janine and Jan, the
founder of Janesce, helped me through that.Jan said "you are too
busy looking after everybody else you need some time for you. I wish I could climb
down the phone and give you a big hug." I will never forget that
comment and how much she really cares. I took some time out
for myself and slowly but surely my skin healed.
experience, I started to focus more on how much time my clients are
taking for themselves. I started to gently
suggest lifestyle changes when I could see a client heading towards
adrenal fatigue or a breakdown.
Are we in the middle of a return to slower, deeper, more
natural ideals in the industry?
hope so and it does look that way. Therapists are starting
to realise we need to look after the whole person, even if it is a
I hope more
therapists join the Slow Beauty Movement and gain satisfaction from
helping their clients with the tools and training that Janesce and
Bestow have to offer.
What does 'Slow Beauty' mean to
It means not making
a quick buck on the latest fad but rather forming long-term,
trusting relationships with my clients so that I can really
understand their needs and help them to have the best skin they
can. It means
working with diet, exercise, lifestyle and general wellness and
genuinely caring for my clients and their outcomes.
How are you different as a therapist today than you were as a
I am much more
confident. I look
at the whole person not just their skin. I look after myself by
taking breaks and not overbooking. I make sure that I come
first so that I am more able to give my clients my all.
What advice would you give to new beauty therapist
Go work in
clinics. The first
five years out of college is your training ground; you learn what
you like and don't like and get to form your own ideas about the
industry. Too many
graduates set up their own business straight out of college and it
can be a very lonely and difficult road.
What tips could you give therapists about how to support,
inspire and encourage clients to make changes in their lives?
You have all the
tools you need with Janesce: be confident and know
that it may take time but you will get results.Find a mentor to
help you along the way until you are confident enough in yourself
and your abilities to do it on your own.