Beauty therapists, also known as beauticians, are
trained to carry out a range of beauty treatments.
Beauty therapy treatments are available for the face and
body including facials, beauty makeovers, manicures,
pedicures and hair removal. Many beauty therapists take
extra beauty courses in aromatherapy or other related
such as reflexology and massage. Some beauty
therapists are also trained hairdressers.
As well as carrying out treatments, beauty therapists may undertake some reception work, answer the telephone, check and order supplies, deal with money, and make sure the beauty salon is clean and tidy. They also make notes of their clients' medical histories. In some cases beauty therapists refer clients to their doctor if, for example, they have a severe skin problem.
Working hours are usually between 9am and 5pm,
including Saturdays. Some beauty salons offer evening
Beauty therapists usually work in salons, some of which may be located within department stores. Others will work in clinics, health farms, hotels, fitness clubs, or on cruise ships. Some beauty therapists are self-employed, choosing to work from home or visiting clients in their own homes. Generally, they work on a one-to-one basis with their clients. Treatments are usually carried out in cubicles. They spend much of their time standing.
To be a beauty therapist you should:
Opportunities exist in high street salons and beauty
clinics, hospitals, health spas, hotels and health farms.
Some therapists go on to work overseas or on cruise
Beauty therapists can also become self- employed, either working from home or travelling to clients' homes, or by owning their own salon.
Earnings may be increased by offering a wider variety of treatment and/or by moving to a larger employer. Opportunities exist to become a manager in a large salon.
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