The beauty therapy industry is growing fast in the UK. No longer the sole preserve of women – male grooming is also becoming big business. If you have thought about becoming a beauty therapist, there has never been a better time to take the plunge.
Considering how closely you will be working with people, their skin and well-being, it is important that you have a clear idea of what is involved. You will need to ensure you have the right qualifications so that people trust you and are confident in your abilities.
With the rise of online beauty courses it is important to understand that not all courses are created equal and that spending your hard-earned cash on a course could leave you with very little at the end of it.
Step 1 – Understanding the beauty industry sector
The UK beauty industry is worth around £17 billion and employs around 1 million people. There are various ways and means that a beauty therapist can operate:
- Part of a high street, independent clinic
- Be part of spas and clinics offered in hotels, leisure venues and so on around the UK
- Offer a range of treatments as an independent beauty therapist either in a clinic setting, their own home or mobile
Although this won’t affect how you start to train to be a beauty therapist, understanding the industry and how you want to be part of it can be informative in the type of course you start with, and the courses you go on to complete.
Some high street clinics and spas will also take on staff in apprenticeship type roles or offer employment to students studying various beauty therapy courses. This allows you to gain valuable insight on treatments, how they are applied in practice as well as a greater understanding on what the beauty industry is all about.
It is possible to study for beauty therapy courses from home whilst you work somewhere else, using friends and family to practice new skills and treatments. There is no doubt you will have a range of volunteers to try out new things on!
Step 2 – Accredited qualifications and skills
Clients will come to you for a range of services, some of which will be deeply personal to them such as waxing and so on. They want to feel comfortable when they ask for treatments, including feeling they can trust you and that you are qualified to offer the treatments.
You will use a variety of chemical treatments, such as bleaching products, hot wax and other products. Some people may have an adverse skin reaction to some products and as the beauty therapist you will be expected to be able to deal with such incidences.
When looking for online beauty courses, always ensure that they offer a broad range of some of the more common treatments that people ask for such as waxes, pedicures, manicures and facials.
These initial courses, usually Level 2 or level 3 courses, offer the basics of becoming a beauty therapist meaning you can safely offer a small range of services that many people want.
Step 3 – Insurance
If you are planning on offering beauty treatments after completing accredited online beauty courses, you will need to acquire public liability insurance.
What this means is, is that in the unlikely event of something going wrong and a client deciding to sue you etc., you have the insurance cover to pay the legal bills and so on.
You will find that you will need to present an insurer with evidence of your qualification and that they may stipulate you can only offer treatments and services that you are trained to offer.
Step 4 – Specialist or additional courses
Once you have the basic qualification that is overarching across a range of treatments, you may decide after practicing these new skills that you want to increase your repertoire of treatments you can safely offer customers.
Nail art, acrylic nails and so on have increased in popularity in recent years, offering a solution to people who feel that their nails are not as impressive as they should be. There are numerous courses that can provide you with the basis for offering a specialist nail art service to clients.
There are other specialist courses too, all of which can help to make your business popular with a wider base of clientele. There are also examples of some brands and manufacturers also offering training courses specific to their products; again, these can be excellent courses to invest is as it means you can rely on a brand or product to help sell the services you have on offer.
Beauty therapists are always in demand; why not take a closer look at how to become one?
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