Aesthecitician & Beautician
An aesthetician, or beautician, is a worker who specializes in giving beauty treatments. They specialize in the study of skin care, including facial treatments, waxing as a form of hair removal, and cosmetic make-up services and is proficient in all forms of beauty care and can give facials, skin, and nail treatments.
Salon / Spa Manager
A salon or spa manager leads a team to manage the day-today operational matters of the centre and is responsible for sales & profitability of the business. They may also develop, implement & conduct training programs to ensure all the staff are well equipped with the skills to meet sales & marketing objectives & upgrade productivity standards. Analyzing, existing business opportunities, identify new business opportunities & developing project & strategic plans consistent with the business objectives is part of the skills required. The manager also ensures good customer service management thus knowledge of spa treatments such as body wraps, hydrotherapy, sauna, Turkish Bath, body & facial massages are vital for this position.
Beauty Sales Consultant / Advisor
One of the main role is to recommend products that suit the customer. Demonstrating the use of products, for example by giving facials or applying make-up is important especially when promoting a particular product. Keeping records of regular customers in order to provide a personalized service is essential as having an organized customer database is will ensure the growth of the business. The added skill of displaying and restocking products plus carrying out routine sales tasks such as wrapping purchases and handling payments is vital in this job role.
Make up Artist
A make-up artist is an artist who creates makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, film and other similar productions including the modeling world. In many cases they can also include the responsibilities of hair and wig design as well. This is due to the ability to display a face to its full potential as well as establish a working relationship with the actor or person being worked on. Make-up artists can expand their career in several different ways; they can intern at a theater, they can assist a working make-up artist, or they can attend a school dedicated to make-up artistry. Many Make-up artists are primarily self-employed (freelancers), but they may also be represented by an agency, or employed by a company.
An electrologist offers removal of unwanted hair via an electrolysis machine. As opposed to the hair removal via waxing offered by an esthetician, hair removal via electrolysis is permanent. The knowledge of equipment operation and contra-indications are vital for those who are interested in this job.
Beauty Trainer / Tutor
The beauty trainer or tutor is responsible for all theoretical and practical training for all staff or student. The post requires them to plan, monitor and evaluate training programs. They must be highly knowledgeable with beauty therapy to be able maintain and update training manuals.
Aromatherapists are trained use essential aromatic oils to help improve their clients’ sense of well-being and treat specific medical conditions. They learn in theory and practical how to use the natural oils extracted or distilled from herbs, flowers, trees, spices or fruit, have unique healing properties and can be used to improve physical and mental health.
A nail technician specializes in the art form of nails. This includes manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, gel nails, nail wraps etc. They are also knowledgeable in nail irregularities.
Responsible in ensuring brand awareness and integrity is executed. This will involve thedevelopment of promotional plans, product launches and the production of marketing collateral in order to strengthen the brands name and Company’s position within the industry.
Career paths in beauty therapy are varied and diverse, open to all ages and both sexes. It is a rewarding, motivating and inspiring industry.
The majority of qualified beauty therapists work either in salons or health spas such . There are also opportunities for working in sports clubs, therapy clinics, department stores, clubs, airline companies and hotels as well as ocean liners and on film and television. There is a fairly rapid turnover in jobs and it is possible to reach supervisory or management level within two or three years of qualifying.
With experience comes the opportunity to pass on your skills to other therapists as a tutor.
Opportunities to be self-employed include freelance, mobile (home visits) or working from home and of course becoming a salon owner.
Below are just some of the different roles/careers attainable within the beauty industry:
JOB PROFILE SUMMARYS
Qualified beauticians and body therapists (with optional electrolysis) are able to carry out a range of beauty treatments to the face and body.
An Aesthetician is qualified to perform the following treatments:
- Facials to improve skin care and condition
- Manicure and pedicure
- Electrolysis (the permanent removal of unwanted hair)
- Body massage
- Basic dietary and exercise advice
- Electrotherapy for the face and body
- Treatments to promote a feeling of well being
- Optional postgraduate therapies e.g. Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage
A Beautician specialises in:
- Facial treatments
- Manicure and pedicure
A Beauty Consultant works for a cosmetics manufacturer selling a particular brand, usually in large departmental stores.
An Electrolysist specialises in the permanent removal of unwanted hair, generally on the face. Other parts of the body can also be treated. Electrolysis is often known as electrical epilation. Postgraduate electrolysis courses include laser and intense pulsed-laser hair removal and removal of skin tags, moles etc.
A Body Therapist is able to provide a full range of body treatments
- Manual treatments e.g. massage
- Electrotherapy which aids figure control
- Figure diagnosis and corrective techniques to improve condition and shape
- Body wraps etc
A Masseuse/Masseur carries out body massage only, usually Swedish massage but can develop through postgraduate courses to include:
- Tension massage
- Hydrotherapy massage
- Orthopaedic massage
- Sports massage
DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS
Therapists can add post graduate training which enables them to widen their treatment range or specialise in a particular area:
Aromatherapy – a specialised type of massage using a blend of essential oils.
Reflexology – the ancient art of foot massage to restore and maintain the body’s own natural balance using reflexology massage techniques and sequences.
Indian Head Massage – an ancient Indian massage technique, which relieves stress and tension found in the scalp, shoulders, neck and face.
Reiki – the simplest and most natural method of healing.
Hot Stone Treatment – using massage in conjunction with hot and/or cold stones.
Hopi ear candles – a soothing and relaxing treatment for ears, face and scalp, used in ancient therapy.
Sports Massage and Sports Injury Massage – a massage specifically developed for working on sports injuries.
SREE PASHMI INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE ARTS offers a range of Professional Development (CPD) coursesspecifically designed for qualified professionals with some experience who are looking to move to the next level in their career through salon management, industry research or moving into teaching.