CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAY. 07, 2014
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How to Become a Beautician

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”. — Confucius

If beauty is your passion and you take an ardent interest in enhancing others beauty, why not choose a career which is highly satisfying and flexible? We are here talking about a career that helps you make others feel good about themselves. It is about becoming a beautician and entering into one of the most exciting and vibrant fields in the market today.

A beautician is a trained individual who provides treatments for a range of Beauty needs.

Pre-requisites

You can easily become a successful beautician if you have following traits in you:

  • Sound understanding of fashion and trends
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Marketing skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Neat and tidy appearance
  • High standards of personal hygiene
  • Good co-ordination skills
  • Physical strength
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Able to inspire confidence in clients
  • Patience and understanding

Education and Training

To become a beautician in the UK you don’t need a specific qualification though a formal training is recommended. You may get a diploma in beauty and hair care in the secondary school or you may go to a college specialising in beauty courses. There are multiple options to specialise in different levels of beauty therapy. It generally takes up to three years to reach to level three and become a beautician.

It is not mandatory by law to register with any trade or professional bodies to practice in this profession. However it is vital for aspirants to qualify to at least NVQ/SVQ Level 2 or 3.

Formal training in this profession helps you to gain skills and competence required to practice your craft. Your training may involve periods of work experience at a beauty salon.

You may also take additional courses and participate in seminars so as to further enrich your knowledge and sharpen your skills.

Tasks

As a beautician, you are entrusted with following responsibilities:

  • Discussing clients’ skin and body care needs
  • Making skin analysis and diagnosis, performing salon treatments, or recommending products for home use
  • Doing hair treatments and desired hairdos.
  • Taking care of the skin, hair and nails by massages, and facials
  • Providing scalp treatments
  • Doing manicures and pedicures
  • Demonstrating and advising clients about the makeup that suits them the best
  • Keeping the work area and equipment clean
  • Carrying out other duties, such as answering the telephone or making appointments
  • Recommending and selling an assortment of styling merchandise, such as cosmetics or hairbrushes
  • Record management and restocking of the supplies

Salary

The earnings you make as a beautician may vary depending on your experience, location or economic and local circumstances. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary of a beautician is $10.82, while the highest paying beautician jobs pay around $19.95 an hour. Besides salary, depending upon your work you can easily fetch heavy tips from your clients.

Career Tips

  • Stay abreast of innovations in the art of beautification
  • Join professional organisations such as The Professional Beauty Association and the Association of Cosmetology Salon Professionals for networking opportunities and continued education opportunities.

Employment Opportunities

Most beauticians run their own businesses and others find easy employment in:

  • Beauty shops
  • High-street salons
  • Hairdressing establishments
  • Makeup aisles in departmental stores
  • Unisex superstores
  • Holiday resorts
  • Hotels and spas
  • Cruise liners

There are numerous opportunities offered in this profession for further advancement in your career. You may work out of your home or own a salon after you obtain a proper licensure.

Finally, becoming a beautician is one of the most satisfactory career choices you make when you see others feel awesome about themselves and they owe it to you!

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