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The role of a beautician is to provide expert personal care services to clients with regard to skin, hair and nails. He or she helps not only with the application of treatments but also with advising and recommending appropriate services via client consultations. Many in this position will specialise in a specific area, such as makeup or nails, whilst those focusing on hair often go by the title of hairdresser
This position requires robust communication skills, creative flair, excellent eye-hand coordination and the ability to work efficiently and calmly under pressure. Proper training is essential; many individuals begin via apprenticeship positions and certification is available through numerous beauty colleges
The average salary for a UK-based beautician is about £16,000 per annum, though in Inner London the figure is slightly higher. Nationwide, figures can begin at as low as £10,000 for apprenticeship posts, whilst experienced and successful individuals may see salaries in the range of £25,000 per annum.

Description

Removing unwanted body hair, carrying out beauty and facial treatments is the job of a Beauty Therapist. These professionals are entrusted with the care of people’s skin, face and body and they help to make them relax by employing different treatment options. Many work in hotels, ships, beauty clinics, beauty salons, and health spas and incorporate different treatments such as reflexology, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy.
There is a significant difference in remuneration if beauticians aspire to become Managers. They will have more responsibilities and longer hours, but they will earn a much better income.
A Beautician usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Giving clients manicure and pedicures
• Conducting facials and massages
• Doing electro therapy treatments
• Making and cancelling appointments
• Working in the reception area
•   Listening to and advising clients

Skills

• Being able to communicate and listen well
• Being able to stand for long periods of time
• Being commercially aware and detail oriented
• Being diplomatic and convincing
• Being discreet and honest
• Being respectful and friendly
• Creativity and inventiveness
• Hygiene and grooming
• Making clients feel comfortable
• Manicures, pedicures, massages and facials
• Understanding of human anatomy
• Understanding product information

Education

Having at least a Level 3 qualification in your area of expertise, is a must in pursuing a career as a Beautician. Available qualifications include:
•    NVQ/SVQ
•    CIBTAC
•    ITEC
•    City & Guilds
•    CIDESCO
•    VTCT
There are various Beauty institutions that offer certification in Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Cosmetics, Therapy Management, Salon and Spa Management and Spa and Therapy Management. Beauticians can also start by initially working with Senior Therapists or Beauticians.

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