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Beauty Therapist Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Beauty Therapist. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Beauty Therapist
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Beauty Therapist Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Beauty therapists treat clients' bodies and faces to improve their appearance and increase their well-being. They could work as a beautician, or become a fully-trained beauty therapist. A beautician provides treatments such as:

• depilation: temporary hair removal by waxing or sugaring
• cosmetic make-up
• eyelash and eyebrow colouring, shaping and eyelash perming
• manicure and pedicure.

A beauty therapist can offer the same treatments as a beautician, plus more advanced techniques such as:

• body treatments: such as massage, which may include aromatherapy
• nail treatments: nail extensions and nail art
• heat treatments: sauna, steam and UV tanning.

Beauty consultants work between 37 and 40 hours a week, and do some weekend and evening work. They may work in a hair and beauty salon, beauty clinic, health farm, spa, or even a cruise ship or airline. A beauty therapist should:

• have excellent interpersonal skills
• have a friendly and welcoming manner
• have enough stamina to be on their feet for most of the day.

Over 30,000 people work full time or part time in beauty therapy, throughout the UK. Beauty therapists can find work in high street salons and beauty clinics, hospitals, leisure clubs, spas, hotels and health farms. They usually do a one or two-year full-time course at a college or a private beauty school before getting a job. There is no upper age limit for entry to beauty therapy, and salons often welcome mature applicants.

New products and techniques are being introduced all the time, so beauty therapists need to keep their skills up to date.

There are good prospects for beauty therapists, and numerous career paths to take. They may choose to move into management, or become a trainer or lecturer, make-up artist, promotional therapist, or field sales representative working for an associated beauty or health company.

What does the role encounter?

Beauty therapists treat clients' bodies and faces to improve their appearance and increase their well-being. Before they start on any treatments, they get to know and understand their client and complete a health questionnaire with them. It is important that they are aware of the client's overall state of health in order to choose the right products and make sure that the treatment will be effective. They could work as a beautician, or become a fully-trained beauty therapist.

A beautician provides:

• depilation: temporary hair removal by waxing or sugaring the face, legs, 'bikini line', underarms etc
• cosmetic make-up: applying cosmetics to the face, tanning treatments, face and body painting, henna skin decoration
• facials: cleansing, massaging and toning the skin
• eyelash and eyebrow colouring, shaping and eyelash perming
• manicure and pedicure.

A beauty therapist can offer the same treatments as a beautician, plus more advanced techniques such as:

• body treatments: such as massage, which may include aromatherapy
• electrical epilation: the permanent removal of unwanted hair
• electrical treatments: to improve muscle tone and skin condition of the face and other parts of the body
• nail treatments: nail extensions and nail art
• heat treatments: sauna, steam and UV tanning.

What type of hours will I have to work?

Beauty consultants work between 37 and 40 hours a week, and do some weekend and evening work. They can work part time work and flexible hours.

They may work in a hair and beauty salon, beauty clinic, health farm, spa, or even a cruise ship or airline. These are clean and sterile surroundings, designed to make their clients feel relaxed and welcome. There is strong lighting and the area is warm and pleasant.

They usually work in a private room or cubicle, with one client at a time. Manicurists may work in an open area, possibly alongside a hairdresser.

For many treatments they have to stand and bend over the client. If they have an allergy or a sensitive skin condition, some of the beauty products may irritate their hands.

They usually wear a uniform to protect their own clothes and to look clean, smart and well groomed.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• As a newly qualified beauty therapist, they could start on around £9,000 a year.
• Consultants with a few years experience can earn £13,000.
• If they move into management or set up their own salon, they could earn over £20,000.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

• have excellent interpersonal skills
• have a friendly and welcoming manner
• be persuasive, to get clients to follow their advice
• be commercially aware, to sell products and earn commission
• have enough stamina to be on their feet for most of the day
• have some knowledge of human biology and chemistry
• have artistic flair if specialising in make-up, nail art or skin decoration
• have good standards of literacy and numeracy
• have some familiarity with computers.

What type of training will I receive?

New products and techniques are being introduced all the time, so beauty therapists need to keep their skills up to date. They could follow the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) or Federation of Holistic Therapists continuing professional development programmes. Suppliers of beauty therapy preparations and equipment may also offer short courses on the use of their products.

Awarding bodies like City & Guilds, the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), and the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC), offer qualifications in areas such as hair removal, nail techniques, red vein treatment, ear piercing, clinical camouflage, mendhi/henna skin decoration, anatomy and physiology, and first aid.

Career Progression:

There are good prospects for beauty therapists, and numerous career paths to take.

They may choose to move into management, either in a larger salon, health farm, spa or leisure club. They could also become a trainer or lecturer, make-up artist, promotional therapist, or field sales representative working for an associated beauty or health company.

Beauty therapists can train as a complementary therapist and offer treatments such as aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage, Reiki, and stress management.

Ultimately they may decide to open their own salon.

Are there similar types of job or related industries?

Yes, this list is not exhaustive but see the following categories:

Aromatherapist
Beauty Consultant
Dietitian
Hairdresser
Health and Fitness Instructor
Lecturer: Further Education
Lecturer: Higher Education
Make-Up Artist
Medical Technical Officer
Physiotherapist
Reflexologist.

Where can I find further information?

British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology Ltd (BABTAC), Meteor Court, Barnett Way, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3GG. 08450 659000. Website: www.babtac.com or www.cibtac.com

City & Guilds, 1 Giltspur Street, London EC1A 9DD. 020 7294 2800. Website: www.city-and-guilds.co.uk

Federation of Holistic Therapists, 3rd Floor, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9FD. 0870 420 2022. Website: www.fht.org.uk

Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists Ltd (GPBT), Guild House, Freepost DY517, PO Box 310, Derby DE23 9BR. 08700 004242. Website: www.beautyguild.com

Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA), Fraser House, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster DN1 2PH. 01302 380000. Website: www.habia.org.uk

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

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), Customer Service and Dispatch Unit, Unit 11, Brickfield Trading Estate, Brickfield Lane, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 4DR. 02380 271733. Website: www.vtct.org.uk

What trade magazines are available for this industry?

All of the following magazines and journals can be purchased from any good bookstore:

Guild News
Health and Beauty magazine
Health & Beauty Salon
International Therapist
Professional Beauty
Vitality - BABTAC.


Other Useful Beauty Therapist Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Beauty Therapist job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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