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A beauty therapist enhances a client’s appearance and improves their wellbeing through the application of treatments to the body and face.
Treatments can range from facials and massage to manicures, waxing, make-up artistry and aromatherapy.
Many beauty therapists work in salons or spas, with treatments taking place in private rooms. Some may be self-employed, travelling to client’s homes to carry treatments out.
A minority of beauty therapists make a name for themselves as top fashion and film make-up artists, travelling the world to do make-up for fashion shows, photo shoots, or even film productions.
There is plenty of opportunity to continually increase the skills and knowledge that a beauty therapist has through training on new treatments and products that come out.
Therapists can also have further training to specialise in certain areas that they would like to progress in.
Beauty therapists should be personable, good listeners, sensitive to people’s wants and needs, and also have creative vision if they go into a field such as make-up artistry.
This is a fulfilling career when seeing the positive reaction of customers and the effects of your treatment on them, however it can be physically demanding – many treatments are carried out standing up, and you may be bent over while doing so.
How to get into beauty therapy
To become a beauty therapist, you are usually expected to have NVQ Level 3 in the subject. These NVQ can be taken whilst a candidate is working and gaining experience in a beauty salon, or with an NVQ training provider. Students will gain practical experience in a salon, and assessments are carried out as the courses progress.
For those who would like to gain further qualifications, candidates can also move onto taking a foundation degree, degree, or Higher National Diploma in a subject such as beauty therapy and spa management.
Qualifications and experience
To study the NVQ Level 3, it’s usually required that candidates have 3 GCSEs grade A* - C.
Beauty therapist salaries usually range from £10,000 to £20,000.