If the idea of making people look their best and feel good excites you, beauty therapy is the field you should choose as your career path. Beauty therapists are the people who carry out various treatments for the body and face of their clients to make them look neat, and better.
Working as a fully qualified beauty therapist requires one to complete proper certification or get trained through an apprenticeship under a certified therapist. While there are no special scholarly requirements for getting into this field or pursuing a beauty therapist course, people who wish to enter this field should be friendly and open so as to make their clients feel relaxed.
Courses on beauty therapy are aimed at imparting the knowledge and teaching the techniques for performing a broad range of applications, including the evaluation and analysis of current practices and developing new procedures and criteria for improving current practices. While working towards their qualification, the learner is also given opportunities for developing wider skills in client communication, consultation and client care.
Many certificates in beauty therapy are awarded by a number of government and private bodies. Courses are available in full-time or part-time format. Suppliers of some beauty products may also offer training for using some of their products properly.
Higher educational qualifications and foundation degrees are also imparted, which may prove beneficiary if the learner wishes to move on to fields like salon management.
After the successful completion of a beauty therapy course, the learners are expected to possess competency in a prescribed range of beauty therapies and treatments such as body massage, waxing, facials, manicure and pedicure, spa treatments, electrolysis hair removal treatments, make-up, eyelash and eyebrow treatments, as well as providing their clients with proper advice about various skin products and their possible benefits or side-effects on their client’s skin.
In most parts of the world there is no specific eligibility criterion for taking a certification course in beauty therapy. In some parts, however, some experience of assisting a therapist on the job may be required.
However qualities such as a friendly and welcoming demeanor, diplomacy, the act of listening and communicating well, the ability to explain the detailed outlook of any procedure to the client, ability to sell beauty products, business awareness and some knowledge about subjects such as anatomy, chemistry and biology are needed.
Qualified beauty therapists always have the opportunity to become self-employed by opening their own salons. Self employed individuals have the opportunity to work in their own salons, travel to clients’ houses or work at their own homes.
Job opportunities for qualified individuals are also plenty in spas, leisure groups, fitness and health groups and specialist magazines.