How to become a beauty therapist

What is a beauty therapist?

The role of a beauty therapist is, essentially, to make their clients feel their best. They carry out a range of different treatments that are essential to the well-being of their clients, helping them to live happier lives. You can really see the difference when your client walks away from your treatment with their head held high, and they feel incredible. The beauty of this career is that no two days are ever the same!

Beauty Therapists need to be qualified to perform a variety of treatments.

What are the responsibilities of a beauty therapist?

Typically a beauty therapists responsibilities include:

  • Performing treatments such as facials, tanning, hair removal, manicures and pedicures
  • Booking appointments and greeting clients
  • Advising clients on the best make-up and cosmetics for them
  • Administrative tasks such as paperwork, checking and ordering supplies, and keeping records of client’s treatment programmes and medical histories

How to become a beauty therapist

Unless you decide to enter the industry via the apprenticeship route, there are a few key qualifications you could gain to give yourself an advantage.

Check out beauty therapy courses either online or at a local college and enrol at your earliest opportunity. If you’re currently working in another industry, distance learning is perfect to learn alongside your job.

If you don’t fancy doing the qualification, or you simply haven’t got the free time, think about building up some relevant experience. Can you start as an assistant, perhaps? You could work in a salon or spa and shadow somebody higher up the ladder to learn more about the role and its responsibilities.

Consider putting yourself forward for a work placement; it could be exactly what you need to do to get your foot in the door in what is quite a competitive industry.

Once you’re in the door, you may decide to take a qualification after all. Doing so will obviously help you improve your skills and expand your knowledge.

What qualifications do you need to become a beauty therapist?

Did you know, you don’t have to attend a college in order to achieve a beauty therapy qualification? You can in fact study through distance learning and become fully qualified!

To become a qualified beauty therapist you will need to complete a level 2 or 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy. Open Study College offer a range of level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy courses, some of which include practical training. Our practical training courses are perfect for gaining that all important experience in Beauty Therapy treatments. Once you have completed your course and practical day you will be able to purchase insurance that covers you when you begin to practice as a beauty therapist. Another way to build up your experience whilst studying your course is to start working in a salon or spa as an assistant. This will help you to put your knowledge gained from your course into practice.

Beauty therapist salary

Depending on where you work in the UK, the average salary for a qualified beauty therapist is around £17,000 pa.

As you build up a client base and more experience, you can progress your career and become higher up such as a beauty manager with an earning potential of up to £25,000.


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