A life looking for true beauty
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.