Beauty therapists carry out face and body treatments to help clients look and feel better.
- To become a fully qualified beauty therapist, you’ll usually need to complete a level 2 or level 3 qualification in beauty therapy.
- You could start as an assistant in a salon or spa and study for qualifications on the job, or do a full-time or part-time college course while looking for work.
- You could also train with a private beauty school.
- You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
- You may find it useful to get professional recognition by joining a register like the Register of Beuaty Professionals.
You’ll need the following skills:
- a friendly and welcoming manner;
- the ability to make clients feel relaxed;
- the ability to explain procedures clearly to clients;
- tact and diplomacy;
- the ability to sell products and earn commission;
- business awareness if you’re self-employed.
You’ll provide a range of face and body treatments. Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- giving a facial by cleansing, massaging and toning a client’s skin;
- giving a makeover by applying and advising on make-up;
- shaping eyebrows and colouring eyelashes;
- giving a manicure, pedicure or other nail treatment like extensions and nail art;
- removing unwanted facial and body hair;
- giving electro-therapy treatments to improve body tone and shape;
- giving non-surgical skin improvement treatments;
- offering UV (ultraviolet) and spray tanning;
- you may offer other treatments like massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and reflexology.
As well as carrying out treatments, you may also:
- answer the telephone and greet clients;
- book appointments;
- check and order supplies;
- keep notes of clients’ medical histories and treatment programmes;
- refer clients to a doctor if needed.
The following is a guide only:
|Highly Experienced||£20,000 (Salon Managers)||
You’ll usually work from 9am to 5pm, including Saturdays. Some salons offer evening appointments.
You could work in a high street salon or beauty clinic, health spa, hotel, or on a cruise ship. You could also be self-employed, working from home or visiting clients in their own homes.
You may spend a lot of your time standing. You may need to have normal colour vision.