A life look­ing for true beauty

Rutherglen Reformer - - Scot Careers - Lorraine Howard

In our latest ca­reer spotlight, we take a look at the life of a beauty ther­a­pist.

As the need to look and feel good has in­creas­ingly be­come more im­por­tant for both men and women in 21st cen­tury Bri­tain, the de­mand for the ser­vices of beauty ther­a­pists has steadily in­creased. New tech­niques and in­no­va­tions in beauty treat­ments and prod­ucts, as well as ad­vances in med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies, are also driv­ing the growth of the in­dus­try. There is no stan­dard qual­i­fi­ca­tion that all ther­a­pists must have, but highly recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions that are ac­cepted by most em­ploy­ers in­clude: NVQ diploma, lev­els 1,2 and 3 in Beauty Ther­apy. BTEC in Beauty Ther­apy Sciences. Comite In­ter­na­tional d’Es­the­tique et de Cos­me­tolo­gie (CIDESCO) diploma in Beauty Ther­apy. Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­ter­na­tional Beauty Ther­apy and Cos­me­tol­ogy ( CIBTAC) diploma in Beauty Ther­apy. The In­ter­na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Board ( ITEC) diploma in Beauty Ther­apy. Most beauty ther­a­pists work in beauty sa­lons or spas. There are also op­por­tu­ni­ties to work in ho­tels, med­i­cal clin­ics, sports in­juries clin­ics, fit­ness and health clubs. Make-up spe­cial­ists may also find work in the ar­eas of fash­ion, media and the per­form­ing arts. There are even op­por­tu­ni­ties to work over­seas, in hol­i­day re­sorts or on cruise ships. Some beauty ther­a­pists are self-em­ployed, run­ning their own sa­lon. Most ther­a­pists pro­vide fa­cials, make-up, man­i­cures, pedi­cures and wax­ing treat­ments as stan­dard. Many ther­a­pists will have other strings to their bows, pro­vid­ing any­thing from thread­ing, nail art, per­ma­nent hair re­moval through elec­trol­y­sis or laser treat­ment, mas­sage, spa treat­ments (such as body wraps), aro­mather­apy to hair­dress­ing, Asian henna art ( also known as mehndi), elec­trother­apy fa­cials and even tan­ning treat­ments. Some of­fer full ‘ make- over’ pack­ages and spe­cialised bridal hair and beauty ser­vices. Salary varies ac­cord­ing to lo­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and the type and range of treat­ments you of­fer. Typ­i­cally, newly-qual­i­fied beauty ther­a­pists earn around £10,000 per an­num. A se­nior ther­a­pist with more than two years ex­pe­ri­ence can earn in the range of £13-£17,000. Sa­lon man­agers and se­nior ther­a­pists of­fer­ing spe­cial­ist treat­ments such as elec­trol­y­sis can earn over £20,000.


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