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How to work in Beauty Therapy


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Interested in a job dedicated to making people look good and feel great? Looking for an opportunity to turn your interests into a rewarding career? If so, you could find yourself right at home in the beauty therapy industry!

What Do Beauty Therapists Do?

Beauty therapists – often referred to as beauticians – specialise in the provision of a wide variety of treatments and services, performed to enhance and improve both physical appearance and confidence. As it is fundamentally impossible to live a happy and content life without pride in personal appearance, beauty therapists have the potential to make a real difference in the lives of their customers.

Daily duties vary in accordance with the specific area of beauty therapy, though typical responsibilities may include:

  • Discussing available treatment options with new clients
  • Performing treatments including manicures, pedicures and hair removal
  • Applying makeup and other topical treatments
  • Providing spray tanning and UV tanning services
  • Offering advice on skincare, haircare and use of cosmetics
  • Identification and treatment of common minor skin problems
  • Performing massage and other therapeutic services
  • General customer service and sales

Beauty therapy and Salon Management

Am I Right For the Job?

It is impossible to succeed in the beauty therapy industry without genuine passion and commitment. Beauticians are required to have a vested interest in cosmetics and the use thereof, along with the vision required to deliver results that exceed clients’ expectations. As an industry of pure positivity, it is also important to be extremely outgoing, friendly and approachable at all times.

The character traits and key skills required for success in the beauty therapy industry include:

  • An in-depth knowledge of cosmetics and cosmetic procedures
  • Advanced practical skills for the provision of treatments
  • Patience and the ability to work in a challenging environment
  • A helpful and positive attitude
  • Outstanding listening and communication skills
  • A genuine passion for people and the desire to deliver results
  • Advanced business acumen if setting up a new business

Ongoing Progression

Those who enter the beauty therapy industry at a lower-level position one can expect an introductory salary in the region of £15,000. With sufficient experience and expertise, qualified beauty therapists can earn more than £25,000, while salon/brand managers and business owners routinely take home £50,000+ per year.

Professional Lifestyle

The professional lifestyle to expect as a beauty therapist will be determined by your chosen setting. For example, most beauty therapists working with established businesses tend to work extended office hours, which may include evenings and weekends. Those who set up their own businesses are able to choose their own working hours, while beauty therapists who set up freelance may be required to travel long distances on a daily basis. It is an extremely dynamic and flexible industry with an abundance of opportunities to explore.

“I’d always dreamed of going into business for myself, but quite honestly never had the guts to go ahead with it. After studying with Brentwood Open Learning College, I set up online and began performing mobile beauty therapy services on a part-time basis. I’ve now gone full-time and can honestly say there isn’t a single part of my job that I don’t absolutely love!” – Claire Thorpe, Mobile Beauty Therapist

Taking the Next Step

To work in the beauty therapy industry, you will first need to develop a range of essential theoretical and practical skills. You will pick up and refine your skills and talents as you progress, but breaking into the industry means first studying beauty therapy at a relatively high level.

Here at Brentwood Open Learning College, we are proud to offer a range of fully-accredited beauty therapy courses – ideally suited to those looking to make their mark in this attractive industry.

Diploma in Beauty Therapy & Salon Management (Level 4)

Our most advanced Beauty Therapy Diploma has been designed for anyone interested in going into salon management, or setting up their own business from scratch.

Certificate in Beauty Therapy and Salon Management (Level 3)

We also offer an intermediate Beauty Therapy Certificate, ideally-suited to industry newcomers and existing members of the workforce seeking promotion.