If you like the idea of making people look and feel great a career as a Beauty Therapist may right for you. As a therapist you could find yourself using face and body treatments in salons, spas, cruise ships, hotels, from your own home or as a mobile therapist visiting client in their homes.
You can either be employed or run your own home or mobile business, working hours which suit you. It is the type of career where you will need to start at the bottom but you can rise very quickly.
To work in a salon, spa or any other employed environment you will in most cases need to be fully qualified. Recognised qualifications include:
- NVQ levels 2 & 3 in Beauty Therapy.
- BTEC in Beauty Therapy Sciences.
- ITEC diploma.
- CIDESCO diploma.
These courses involve mostly practical training but there is some theory involved as well. It is important for a therapist to understand things like anatomy and physiology before applying treatments to a client.
We asked a Beauty Therapist a few questions:
How did you become a one?
I have been working in a salon as a therapist for 2 and a half years. I did 2 years at collage so have been doing beauty for over 4 years now.
Previous to starting a career in this industry I worked in an office doing the same things day in, day out. Working in the salon I see different clients, different personalities and I get great satisfaction with helping them look and feel good and relaxed.
After my two years completing my NVQ Level 2 at collage I started working in the salon. Alternatively you can get a BTEC National Diploma. You can do one or two years at collage to achieve Level 2, then you can complete your Level 3 while working in a salon. Many salons allow you to do your Level 3 while working with them. I went to a few interviews, was put on a three month trial and now I am a fully qualified therapist.
You need to study anatomy and physiology at collage or you can do it through an apprenticeship. Once you are Level 3 qualified you can do body and facial treatments. There is also a lot of different equipment that you need training for.
What jobs do you do on a typical day.
There is no typical day, they are always different. I do all sorts: waxing, eyelash tinting, permanent hair reduction, facial treatments, body toning and slimming, manicures, pedicures. I never have the same day and I am always meeting new people as well.
You can become a Therapist, Senior Therapist which do massage and more advance treatments; a manager of a salon or even own your own salon.
Which treatments do you like to do most?
I like the facials because there are always noticeable results, clients are always very happy that you have made their face nice and soft and clearer. Also pedicures as well, there is often lots of can been achieved with them as people don’t generally look after their feet too well.