If you're considering pursuing a career as a beautician, you'll need to know if you have the right skills for success before you sign up for a beauty therapy course. Read on to find out if you've got what it takes!
Training and qualifications
Before you can begin working in the beauty industry, you'll need to acquire recognised qualifications to demonstrate to your clients that you have been trained appropriately. There are many different areas of beauty therapy to learn including:
- skin care
- cosmetic skin procedures, for example administering Botox injections
- hair care
Although a good beauty therapy course will provide you with an overall taste of these areas, you may choose to specialise in one particular skill, and this will mean that you'll need to undertake more training in order to qualify. If you are planning on running your own salon or working as a freelancer, you'll also need to take a basic business studies course so that you have an understanding of accounting, data management and record-keeping.
You'll need to be prepared to attend regular refresher training courses throughout your career to keep you up to speed with industry developments.
In addition to the technical skills that you will need to master, there are a number of personal qualities that are very important if you are to succeed as a beautician.
It's important that you have an outgoing personality and that you enjoy chatting with people from many different walks of life. Discretion and the ability to keep secrets are very important attributes, as you could find that some of your clients may divulge highly personal information to you. Conversely, some people prefer to just enjoy their treatment in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere without the distraction of chatter so you must also be able to work unobtrusively and quietly when required.
Some of the procedures you will be asked to carry out require that you are in close contact with more intimate areas of a stranger's body--for example bikini line waxing, so you mustn't be squeamish! Many of the procedures you'll carry out entail delicate work and fine detail, so you'll need a steady hand and a creative flair, especially if you choose to specialise in make-up.
You'll need to be observant and have a basic understanding of dermatology, as well as knowing how different chemicals that you may be using react with certain skin conditions.
Working as a beautician can be a very rewarding career, but it requires a certain set of personal qualities, as well as the skills that you will learn on your beauty therapy course. If you think you have what it takes, contact your local course provider and take the first step to success!