If you have an eye for detail, and easily spot ways in which people can improve their appearances, you may enjoy the field of beauty therapy. Beauty therapists earn their salaries by providing a range of treatments aimed at improving appearances. Their daily tasks vary according to where they work, what type of clients they work with, and which aspects of beauty therapy they choose to specialise in.
Daily tasks of a beauty therapist
If you work in a salon, you will most probably specialise in doing one or more of the following types of treatments:
- Lash and brow treatments
- Make-up application
Depending on whether or not you work at a salon where there is a receptionist or admin assistant, you may also be required to do some or all of the following:
- Greet clients when they arrive at the salon, and answer any questions that they might have.
- Advise clients on the most suitable treatments in accordance with their personal needs.
- Explain the treatment procedures to clients.
- Sell beauty products to clients.
- Answer phones and schedule appointments with clients.
What skills/characteristics do I need to become a beauty therapist?
- Thorough knowledge of the techniques needed for the particular treatments you specialise in. You have to be able to perform treatments properly in order to keep your clients happy.
- Good communications skills. The way you speak to your clients will affect their willingness to come back for future treatments.
- Personal hygiene. You need to look and smell good, because you will be coming into very close physical contact with your clients when you work on them.
- Attention to detail. If you do not pay close attention to what your clients are saying, and if you don’t select products with care, you could end up causing serious harm to your clients.
If you are interested in studying towards a career as a beauty therapist, you can contact Skills Academy to find out more about the various course options that are available.