Students of Gwendoline Kuhatheva (inset) Gwendoline
By Ranee Mohamed
believe in miracles, but certainly not when it comes to
treatments and beauty. Beauty treatment is a systematic
process and one has to take the correct course of action
for the desired results” said Gwendoline Kuhatheva,
beautician, hairdresser, director and teacher.
Juggling a full time beauty and hairdressing therapy
salon and school for over a decade and putting forth
trained and skilled beauticians and hairdressers towards
our society and that of other lands, Kuhatheva stands
out for her skill, dedication and result-oriented
over 15 years Gwendoline Kuhatheva was in the staff of
Ladies College, imparting a sound education. Thereafter,
armed with British based qualifications, Gwendoline
Kuhatheva began her own beauty salon cum school of
beauty therapy where she successfully blends education
important that students are exposed to maximum practical
experience and I make sure, with my ongoing beauty salon
that students who come to me for a professional
qualification do not just limit their learning to
paper,’ she said.
Ms. Lanka beauty queen
breathing life to this thought, Kuhatheva is the
initiator of Ms. Lanka, a ‘Beauty for a Cause’ beauty
queen contest at which her students have to show the
public what they have learnt by preparing the beauty
queens for a stage to be judged ‘beauty queen,’ by an
independent panel of judges.
‘Beauty for a Cause’ is one of her outreach programmes
for the betterment of the community. All proceeds from
Ms. Lanka have been channeled towards community welfare
Stressing on the importance of this field of study,
Gwendoline Kuhatheva went on to say that beauty therapy
is as important as any field of study – law, medicine,
engineering. “Today we offer advanced courses and they
are not child’s play,” said Kuhatheva who believes that
beauty and hair dressing are not child’s play.
field of study instills in students a greater confidence
and it is important that they look good to actually
dwell on the subject,” she said. “This is self
employment and gives a man or largely a woman the
confidence that beats the confidence of them all. It is
a profession that can be practised at home,” said
Kuhatheva. “It is important that you look good because
how can you inspire others if you don’t have it
yourself?” she queries.
Students have work
students are never without work and I am happy that many
of them are working in salons overseas. These courses
are for both boys and girls and we run the education of
these subjects as a school, training both boys and
girls. I instill in them a positive mind and the idea
that they just can’t fail because there is no room for
negativity in this type of work. No matter what your
problems are at home, you have to leave them behind
because your clients come to you to relax, to have a
treatment that will both make them look good and feel
good. They come to you to get away from the day to day
stress,” observed Kuhatheva.
Conducting NVQ Level 3,4, beautician and hairstylist
courses, Gwendoline Kuhatheva’s Technique International
is accredited to the Confederation of International
Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology UK.
an assortment of courses as spa therapy, reflexology,
anatomy and physiology, diet and nutrition,
aromatherapy, fashion and photographic make up being
conducted at Technique International, two new courses
have now been set in place — nurse assistance and carers,
and food and beverage service.
courses conducted here are accredited to TVEC and are in
collaboration with NAITA, and the qualifications are
recognised by the hair dressing council for state
registration with the World Federation of Hair Dressing
and Beauty School of UK and City & Guilds (UK) have
given the nod of approval to both the teaching and
qualification given by Kuhatheva.
Contrary to common belief that spas are a new way of
life, Kuhatheva said that spas have a history dating
back from 5,000 B.C.
“Acupressure systems were done in China and the Chinese
had their own forms of treatment. Indian ayurvedic
treatment is a forerunner of many of the treatments.
Water therapy was started by the Egyptians,” pointed out
is thought to be derived from the Latin phrase ‘Solus
per aqua.’ “In 5000 B.C. the Chinese developed their own
system and it was at this time ayurveda medicine was
practiced in India and water therapy and herbal
treatments were developed by Egyptians. In 300 B.C.
water treatments were done by ancient Greeks.
Thalassotherapy was defined and developed using sea
water, algae, mud and sand in 1867 AD,” explained
was in 1991 that the International Spa Association was
established in the USA and the European Spa Association
established in 1995. Spa therapy qualifications were
developed in 2000,” pointed out Kuhatheva.
Speaking of spa therapy, Kuhatheva said that there is a
spa revolution today. “This expansion has resulted in
the development of standards and qualification in spa
therapy as a more relevant, specialised qualification
for individuals wanting to work in the spa industry,”
said Kuhatheva. She has been conducting spa therapy
certificate courses for the past 10 years and has begun
a diploma course in spa therapy.
Gwendoline Kuhatheva with her British and French
products has created a different treatment system in
experiences as a teacher — with a countless students
having looked up to her down the years and her
experience as a good friend to those she has gathered
through her different avenues in life make her tolerant,
humane and understanding.
respects others in the industry, but being a wizard with
treatments like non surgical face-lifts, derma-abrasion,
oxyget, clyolift (to freeze wrinkles), colour therapy,
thallasotherapy, stone therapy and other holistic
therapies, Kuhatheva certainly believes that she can
make her own miracles.