I used to love doing my Barbie’s hair when I was younger and thought I could totally be a beautician. I’ve got friends who did go into the field and love it. Does this sound like you? You were always that kid who could do amazing hair and experimented with beauty therapies on your best friend, your cousins and your sisters. And now, whether you are just leaving school with the world ahead or you’ve been unhappily hitched to a career in retail, ask yourself, “Do I have what it takes to become a beautician?”
Do you have what it takes?
Beauticians need to have a love and concern for people and genuine desire to help them feel and look amazing. They also need an incredible amount of stamina and endurance to stand for hours working right through the client’s treatment. Ask any beautician. It’s not an easy job. You’ll also need excellent grooming. The most important thing a millennial beauty therapist requires is a formal qualification. That will prove they can professionally and safely perform the treatments and services being offered.
Beauticians work daily with a range of substances and chemicals, so it is absolutely essential that they have extensive knowledge about the the beauty products they use and the possible risks to clients and themselves. Working with delicate and sensitive areas of the body while administering hot wax or steam requires a great deal of precision and skill. Every therapist should have a good foundation of knowledge to work from.
Obtaining qualifications like a nationally recognised Diploma of Beauty Therapy is a great way of ensuring you have the skills to perform a range of procedures. These include massage and reflexology, skin and facial treatments, aromatherapy, waxing and hair removal. You’ve got to be able to do this while working within current workplace health and safety standards and legislation. In 2017 being able to apply cosmetic chemistry knowledge to the design and performance of beauty therapy treatments is just as important as being able to apply a set of acrylic nails.
One of the best things about a career in beauty is the relationships you form with your customers when they return to you for repeat treatments. I remember going with my grandma to her beautician, Cindy. She always went to the same girl and loved her very much! Customers return to salons where they feel loved, looked after, and safe. They’ll return to salons where they feel certain the owners and the staff are completely aware of the essential safety considerations.
Do you have what it takes to become a millennial beautician? Are you able to commit to the safety and academic expectations as well as the fun and friendship of being a modern beautician? If you do then welcome to a dynamic, exciting and beautiful career.