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How to become a Beauty Therapist

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What does a Beauty Therapist do?

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 areas 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.

What's the working environment like working as a Beauty Therapist?

Working hours are usually between 9am and 5pm, including Saturdays. Some beauty salons offer evening appointments.

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.

What does it take to become a Beauty Therapist?

To be a beauty therapist you should:

  • have a friendly and welcoming manner
  • be able to put clients at ease
  • be tactful and a good listener
  • be good at explaining procedures to clients
  • be commercially aware, able to sell products and earn commission
  • be well groomed and have a high standard of personal hygiene
  • have enough stamina to be on your feet for most of the day
  • have some knowledge of human biology, anatomy, and chemistry
  • have an artistic flair, able to apply nail art and make-up.

Beauty Therapist Career Opportunities

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 ships.

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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Beauty Therapist that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology Ltd (BABTAC)
Meteor Court
Barnett Way
Barnwood
Gloucester
GL4 3GG
Tel: 0845 065 9000
www.babtac.com

Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA)
Oxford House
Sixth Avenue
Sky Business Park
Robin Hood Airport
Doncaster
DN9 3GG
Tel: 0845 2306 080
www.habia.org

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)
4 Heathfield Terrace
Chiswick
London
W4 4JE
Tel: 020 8994 4141
www.itecworld.co.uk

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
3rd Floor
Eastleigh House
Upper Market Street
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 9FD
Tel: 023 8068 4500
www.vtct.org.uk