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So You want to be a Beauty Therapist

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So You want to be a Beauty Therapist

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Written by: Kathryn Danzey

So, you have decided Beauty Therapy is your chosen career, that’s fantastic but please understand it may seem glamorous and in many ways it is, but be aware you must be prepared to study and work hard, you should have a good level of education and be motivated, attend all your classes and practice your skills at home, and when you attend your interview and fill in your application at the college of your chose ask detailed questions about your course.

What will you cover and any extras you will need to purchase such as Beauty kits, uniform, shoes and text books all of these extras should cost you approx £400 and can be purchased at local Beauty wholesalers.

About your course

The subjects you will cover include anatomy and physiology, an in-depth study of the human body. You will find this subject fascinating, you will also cover salon administration, this will enable you to gain knowledge of legislation and core skills.
Level 2 covers Facials and skin care, lash and brow treatments, tinting, shaping, waxing, manicure, and pedicure, basic make up. Level 3 covers electrical such as galvanic, micro-current, vacuum suction ,faradic and electrology hair removal by means of short wave diathermy, blend and galvanic.

Also included is massage, this was my personal favourite. During the course you will learn to conduct yourself professionally and be business aware. You will need to submit compulsory case studies for each unit, these will require research and home study. Practical commercial classes will be held in college where clients will get top to toe treatments and you will carry out your case studies, this will help you to handle clients in a professional manner , you will be taught ethics, first aid, and hygiene and you will acquire expertise in practical and theoretical beauty skills.

Throughout the course there will be assessments and feedback, and you may be given homework, you will also be given information in the form of printed manuals and handouts. You will need to set out an action plan for your research and study to complete your course and pass all your exams. Please have a look at the case studies on this site, they are from one of my brilliant students and they will help you understand what you need to include.

If you decide that beauty is for you, you can enrol on a college course which will be full time over 2 yrs and is usually 3 days a week, the qualification will be NVQ, ITEC, CIDESCO or equivalent. You could also take a quicker route at a private college and fast track. Some do the above qualifications or a Guild of Beauty Therapist certificate, this will allow you to get insurance and work in a salon, go mobile or open your own salon. Once you have completed your course and gained experience you can add courses such as Indian Head or Complete nail technician, they all count towards your CPDs (continual professional development) and look good on your CV. Whichever path you choose to take, I wish you lots of luck, study hard but enjoy every minute of it.

About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without My Collagen Shots and H3O Night Repair. Love a great serum and UV protection

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