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Registry planned for spas, beauty salons

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Published on Jan 27, 2014 8:05 AM
 
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Worried that your beautician might not be qualified or think you have been cheated into buying a dud spa package?

These are among the problems that a nationwide database will aim to tackle when it is launched early next year.

As well as listing spas, beauty salons and their employees, the public registry will let customers know who is serving them and their experience in the beauty sector.

Currently, beauticians and spa therapists can volunteer to register themselves. However, the Spa and Wellness Association of Singapore hopes to make it compulsory in the future.

 
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"By regulating the education of the therapists, it is not just to get a licence but also ensuring that they move up in their career, as well as making sure the entire industry becomes more professional."

- Spa grouping president Susan Teng