What does a beauty therapist do?
A beauty therapist is a professionally trained face and body care expert. They can be certified to deliver a wide range of treatments or they can choose to specialise in certain areas like massage, facials or waxing. Whatever treatments they deliver, a beauty therapist must have a complete understanding of each treatment’s effect on the skin and body, including a thorough understanding of the lotions, waxes etc. they’re using.
The bond between a beauty therapist and their client is special: there’s a lot of trust involved, so it’s important that the beauty therapist has the social skills to put their client at ease from the moment the session begins to the moment it ends. Beauty therapy isn’t just about making the client look fabulous on the outside, it’s about making them feel good on the inside too.
One thing it’s important to remember, though – a beauty therapist is not a GP. If a client ever asks for medical advice, a beauty therapist should always tell them to contact a medical professional and not attempt to make a diagnosis.
Beauty therapy can take many different forms, including (but not restricted to):
- Nail technology (manicures, pedicures, and nail art)
- Facial skincare (exfoliation, electrotherapy, microdermabrasion, peels)
- Hair removal (Waxing and threading depilation)
- Eyelash and eyebrow treatments (tinting, eyelash extension)
- Massage (including stone therapy massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology)
- Hair & Make-Up (including bridal, fashion, hair and body art)
How do I become a beauty therapist?
To become a fully qualified beauty therapist, you’ll usually need to complete a level 2 or level 3 qualification in beauty therapy, like the courses we have here at the LBTA. You could start as an assistant in a salon or spa and study for qualifications on the job, or do a full-time or part-time college course while looking for work.
Our Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy courses are part-time, so you’ll study one or two days a week at one of our academies. Here you’ll learn a variety of different skills, including beauty treatments as well as client care, communication and health and safety. Once on the course, you’ll be eligible to get the insurance needed to perform the treatments as a beauty therapist. If you would like to learn more about our beauty therapy course, click here.
One of the many benefits of being a beauty therapist is that there are always new treatments, tools, products and techniques to learn so you’ll never get bored expanding your knowledge and broadening your talents to make extra income!
Why should I become a beauty therapist?
If you’re looking for a career that offers great rates of pay, a terrific work/life balance and excellent opportunities for growth, becoming a beauty therapist is something you should consider.
The UK’s beauty and personal care industry is massive. In fact, the value of the beauty therapy sector (spas, salons, and in-store treatments) is expected to grow to £8.19 billion by 20221. The reason for this is simple: whatever doom-and-gloom might be happening to the rest of the UK economy, people will always be willing to spend money on looking and feeling good. That’s excellent news if you’re a qualified beauty therapist because it means you’ll never have to worry about what the future holds – when most other businesses are experiencing hard times, you’ll be in a good position to find clients and generate a healthy income.
Where could a beauty therapy qualification lead to?
Wherever you want to go! You could work in-house in a spa or salon or you could work for yourself, either from your own home or going mobile and traveling to your clients. Working freelance is especially rewarding if you’ve got a family to look after and only want to work on certain days or times of the week. That’s why it’s become an increasingly popular back-to-work choice for busy mums and people who want to use beauty therapy as a second lucrative career. Of course, if you choose to freelance, the initial spend on equipment, products and advertising might be costly but you should quickly earn that investment back after your first few clients.
Alternatively you could take your beauty therapy skills to a health/fitness club or you could even travel the world, working on cruise ships or in exotic resorts. It all depends on the type of person you are and what you’re looking for.
At the LBTA, we will help you take the first step in whatever direction you want to go. Why not come along to one of our open days where we’ll give you a tour of our excellent facilities and tell you more about the options available? Who knows, you could be making money doing the beauty therapy treatments this time next year. Click here to get in touch with us to learn more.