Before I reveal my top 5 things about beauty therapy that you need to know here is a little insight to me first or if you just want to skip ahead scroll down the page to find out what they are.
My Journey in Beauty Therapy so Far.
Make Up has been a passion of mine since I was a child. I would take my Mums make up and put it on. At the age of 14 I received and old eye shadow tester tray (this was before eye shadow palettes were a big thing) It had so many colours I was delighted with myself. Back then having bright colours on your eyelids wasn’t a trend and using just one colour was totally normal! I had a natural flayer to blend colours and use a few together. Compared to the level eye shadow colours are now I was a head my of time! When I was 18 and started to go on a nights out, my friends would ask me to do their make up, which I did and I loved doing it. It was after that I deiced I want to become a beauty therapist.
I went Cork College of Commerce in 2005 study to become a beauty therapist, there I was thought all the skills I needed to become a Beauty Therapist.
I received :
CIBTAC Diploma in Aesthetic Treatments Include
- Manual Skin Treatments
- Electrical Skin Treatments
- Eyelash and Eyebrow Tinting
- Eyebrow Shaping
- Make Up
- Manicure and Pedicure
- Waxing Treatments
CIBTAC Diploma in Body Treatments Include
- Full Body Massage
- Electrical Body Treatments
CIBTAC Diploma in Electrical Epilaton Include
- Electrical Hair Removal
I have attended several courses over the years including:
INGLOT trend make up course
MAC Techniques class
Declèor – I am a Skin Care Consultant in Declèor Facials and products.
While I was in college I worked in a ‘walk in beauty’ salon. It was just weekend work but the hands on experience is what really gave me the confidence and knowledge to know what it is really like to work in a salon.
After College I went to London to train at the Steiner Training Academy. This was to work on a cruise ship, Royal Caribbean, Radiance of the Seas for one contract, which is 7 months. I was doing an anti cellulite treatment called Ionathermie.
When I finished the cruise ship I worked in a very small salon. Treatments included Light Rejuvenation, Anti Cellulite treatment, Acne Light Therapy and Laser Hair Removal. I was employed to work as a beautician doing all waxing treatments and Make Up and reception too. Honestly I did not like the place I knew it was not where I wanted to be. It was a quite place and I felt that I was more of a receptionist that a therapist.
I left there and moved to a busier salon who I am still currently working for Paris Hair and Beauty, I have been here since 2008. I love working here it is great salon and very busy. I do all beauty treatments like waxing, tinting, nails, facials, spray tans and make up.
5 Things You need about a Beauty Therapy.
NO.1 : There is more to Beauty Therapy than waxing and make up.
I will admit that I didn’t think becoming a beauty therapist was going to be hard. I thought it was more practical work than theory. I was very wrong. Yes in the working world you will use more of your practical skills. In college it is mainly about the theory. You need to have done biology in school to attend the college I went to, because you need to know the full anatomy of the face and body like the Cardiac muscles, Visceral muscles and Skeletal muscles as well as,
All the different systems in the body for example :
- Respiratory System
- Digestive System/Excretory
- Cardiovascular/Circulatory System
- Renal System/Urinary System
- Endocrine System
- Nervous System
- Musculoskeletal system
- Lymphatic System/Immune System
- Reproductive System
Also you will learn about different treatments you will use from waxing, full body massage, facials, eye treatments and make up application and much more. I could be here all day telling you about what you will learn.
In short there is a lot more to the course than you might think.
No 2: Different areas of Work.
This industry is so vast. There are opportunities for Beauty Specialists to find employment in a variety of areas: Beauty salons, Hotels, Health clubs, Spas, Own business and Cruise liners. It is just about finding the one that’s right for you.
I am currently working in the same place, Paris Hair and Beauty , for nearly 10 years. It is a very busy salon, especially in the high seasons you will be back to back with appointments but is worth it. The girls I work with are like my second family. Our clients are very loyal to us as we are to them. I really enjoy working here.I have also worked in a spa and on a cruise liner.
I found the spa work consist of mainly body massages and facials. Doing a full body massage is like a workout in its self!! It can be draining on the body at times. It was just not for me.
The cruise liner was long hours for very little pay! It was all based on commission and if you didn’t have any clients booked in then you weren’t getting paid but you still had to stay at the spa. Its not like you could go off for the the day touring. I used to work between 50 to 75 hours a week! You also have a target to make in each Cruise which last either one or two weeks. To give you an idea how hard, I worked my target a cruise was $13,000. I only made it twice! I am glad I did it but I would never do it ever again!! (If you are thinking of working on a cruise liner please email me for a honest review)
No 3: Becoming a freelance Beautician or Make Up artist is hard work.
This all depends on your situation and how long you have been working as a beauty therapist and how well known you are. With social media these days its easier to get more exposure but it is all down to how much do you want it and how hard are you willing to work for it! If your answer is YES I want it and will work hard then it can happen for you!
My advise would be make a plan, write down what treatments you want to do and how much you will charge. Where will you do the treatments? From your house or will you call to their house.
Make business cards and posters and advertise yourself. Go through all your friends and family bounce ideas off them and see can they help you in any way?
If you are currently working in a salon then you have to be very carefully that you are not poaching clients because you WILL get into big trouble!! Have a chat with your boss and maybe ye could work out an agreement.
No 4: Job Satisfaction
I really do love my job! I know some people say that and they might not mean it but there is great satisfaction in doing great work! Ok so if I am waxing a client and I can tell they are nervous about getting their Hollywood done (bikini wax with all hair removed) thinking it is going to be the most painfully experience ever and at the end of it they turn around and say “Oh my God that was painless!” I know I have done a great job.
People opening up to you in a way that is, just something else. I once had a lady tell me she is pregnant and ask for advice on how to tell her boyfriend! I was the first person she told! People will always ask you your advice and its so rewarding that they care about your opinion that what you have to say is important!
My favorite thing is when I suggest to a client to tint their eyebrows, these are people who are afraid of the tint, and they come back the next time saying ” Everyone loved my brows, can we go a bit darker?”
When doing make up showing my client the work I have done, their face says it all!! You know they feel like a movie star!
It is a great job to be in because you can make a real difference in someones day. Not only are you doing a treatment that makes them feel better about themselves. Sometimes you are a therapist in more ways than one. People open up to us and talk about their issuse or whats going on in their life. You might give advice or you might just listen to what they are saying. This is a huge part of my job and can make an impact on their day!
NO 5: Is this the job for you?
Sometimes you don’t know if it is right for you unless you have tired it.t The beauty world that keeps growing and you can go so far in this industry if you want to. All you have to do is work hard and never give up. You are never to old to start something new!
I found this link on Cosmopolitan which I thinks sums up being a beauty therapist here
Well that is my story from wanting to become a beauty therapist to being in the business for nearly over 12 years. I am always updating my skills. Staying on trend with different treatments and Make Up looks.
Till next Time