“Walking among the throngs of people on a crowded street, I suddenly come upon a shop window filled with beautiful things but in its reflection I see myself. I see my skin withered, dull lifeless. My mind tells me it is an omen of the life I am living, withered, dull and lifeless. I walk away but something catches my attention. A small clinic, I go in and get handed a brochure.
The brochure states: ‘Why Beauty Therapy is essential for men and women today!’”

The Basic Question! What Is A Beauty Therapist?

Therapy is a profession that has quickly become prevalent today. Therapy’s popularity is in part due to its ability to apply to almost every aspect of our lives, including outer beauty. Many people in this world would say that caring about outer beauty is superficial. Don’t listen to those people, they’re wrong. It’s important for us as individuals to understand that whatever nuance matters to us is important, even if it is something as fleeting as beauty. The  fact of the matter is that if we don’t feel good about how we look, it is usually a  reflection of how we feel about ourselves and the lives we are living. That moment when we realize that we need help in figuring out how we feel about our outer beauty and want to improve the way we think is the moment the need for a beauty therapist comes into play.

A Beauty Therapist is someone who is professionally trained to care for the beauty and health of the face and body while also focusing on how to make their clients feel good about themselves. Beauty therapy is a way for individuals to connect with another human being that is there for the sole reason of making them feel that they are worth something to the world.

What Is It Exactly That A Beauty Therapist Does?

Beauty therapists are well-versed in the art of therapeutical body and facial care. They use their knowledge to help and provide their customers with specialized non-medical treatment for their face and body as well their mental and physical relaxation. It is also the job of a beauty therapist to give their customers appropriate after-care treatments and products to help maintain the results of the session. Beauty therapists can specialize in any field they would like. This could include the art of caring for the body including how to deal with acne, eczema and the like. However, beauty therapists are not qualified to give a medicinal diagnosis.

What Services Does A Beauty Therapist Provide?

Beauty therapists offer the following services to their clients:

  • Giving advice to clients on skin and body care after doing a thorough examination and analysis
  • Waxing and hair removal treatments
  • Electrolysis
  • Lash and Brow treatments
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Advocating skincare products to the clients so that the client can maintain a healthy body even after skincare treatments.
  • Spa therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Advising clients on makeup application techniques
  • Body and Facial massages

How Do You Become A Beauty Therapist?

To become a Beauty Therapist all you need to do is follow the steps and take it one day at a time.

  • State-Approved Training Program: The first step in becoming a beauty therapist is completing an aesthetics or cosmetology training program. This course should cover basic sanitary regimens, facial and body massages, as well as hair removal techniques. These skills are all the basic requirements needed to become a beauty therapist.
  • Get Some Qualifications: There are certain diplomas and certifications needed to become a beauty therapist. These qualifications are generally accepted globally. The NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) 1, 2, 3 and 4 are work-based. This qualification requires a minimum of 2 years of job training and can lead up to training for a managerial position in a clinic, spa or salon.
  • ITEC & BTEC: The ITEC diploma is accepted in around 33 countries and is the most popular diploma in the studies of a beauty therapist. The BTEC diploma is a UK level equivalent for the ITEC. While ITEC is a more advanced diploma, BTEC is also quite necessary for a beginner trying to break into the profession.
  • Licensing: In the US you are required to obtain state-licensing to become a beauty therapist. This license remains active for up to 10 years after which you must give a renewal test. Most other countries also require some form of licensing. In the UK it is imperative to get a diploma in your desired field as well as specialties which would make you eligible to be a beauty therapist.
  • Get Your First Job: First you must get all the necessary qualifications needed to become a beauty therapist. Once you do, you have to hurry up and send out your resume to all the spas and salons that you know of. With a little luck, you’ll be able to land a job that is worthy of you and that you are worthy of it.

What Kind Of Job Can A Beauty Therapist Have?

There are several job opportunities for a beauty therapist which include:

  • Self-Employment: Self-employment is usually every beauty therapists’ first thought. For this route of employment, you need to be insured and fully certified in every treatment that you will be providing your clients with. An advantage of self-employment is that you can keep as many hours of work as you want and are not bound to a 9 to 5 job. But a disadvantage is that there is no guarantee of profit every day. You also have the added responsibility of finding customers.
  • Salon: Working in a salon is considered to be the most natural and easiest job to get after completing your studies. A salon job provides you with a regular wage as well as other benefits. It also gives you the opportunity for observational learning as well as the time to do more certifications on company premises.
  • Cosmetics Company: It is not always necessary for a beauty therapist to do treatments and the like. They can also go work for a cosmetics company where they could achieve a managerial or consulting position. Beauty therapists working at a cosmetics company largely work to advocate various skincare products in their possession. They also teach their customers on how to most effectively use these products.

Specialized Work Areas Of A Beauty Therapist

After earning the proper qualifications needed to become a beauty therapist, it would do no harm to become specialized in a specific area of the field. This would give beauty therapists an edge over others in the same field. A specialization would also invite confidence within a customer about the competence of the beauty therapist.

There is a wide range of things that a beauty therapist can become specialized in which includes the following:

  • Clinic Coordinator
  • Cosmetic Nurse Injector
  • Brow Artist
  • Eyelash Artist
  • Hair removal specialist
  • Nail technician
  • Skin therapist
  • Spray tan therapist
  • Reflexologist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Laser technician
  • Derma technician
  • Sales advocate

What Are The Working Hours Of A Beauty Therapist?

The working hours of a beauty therapist depend upon where you are working as stated before. If you are a contracted beauty therapist then you have relatively flexible hours because you can pick and choose when to work. If you are self-employed your work hours also depend on you but in this case, you are trying to start a business and it is important to give as much time to it as possible.

Lastly, the working hours of a beauty therapist in a salon, spa or cosmetics company depend on whether you are full-time, part-time or freelance. If you are full-time then you have a 9 to 5 job. If you are part-time then you either have the morning shift or the evening shift. Freelance workers are usually called in when the employees who are working full or part-time can’t make it or if there is a problem of being under-staffed.

A freelancer could also be called in if there is a need for special treatment and no one in the salon is qualified. In this scenario, a freelancer or a specially contracted beauty therapist is brought in so that the needs of the customers are adequately met. If any problems occur by an amateur who is not properly trained, the salon or the company could end up being sued and that is not something any good respectable salon or cosmetics company would want on their name. This is why it is imperative for every beauty therapist to be properly qualified.

What Kind Of Salary Can A Beauty Therapist Expect?

In the US a beauty therapist earns up to 700$ an hour. This wage rate can increase or decrease according to the number of hours put in daily. The wage rate also increases with the amount of experience garnered over the years as well as the amount of certification the therapist has. On average per year, a beauty therapist pay is 35,000 $ but this average varies according to the place, area, and country you are situated in.