Every qualified beautician has a different experience once they've stepped out into the beauty industry. Once you have finally achieved a qualification you need to push yourself to make the most of it. Whether you go on to become a salon owner, mobile therapist or work for someone else there are a number of traits that you will need to build on.
Here’s some advice of what you really have to do to make it in the beauty world:
Your business will expand, the clients demand will change and you have to keep on training yourself to keep up with the growing market. Beauty is changing rapidly and constantly. New products are launched, new brands take over the scene and new techniques are applied to old treatments.
Therefore a therapist must always make sure she is ready to train and learn new skills. It is an exciting experience and you don’t always have to dish out thousands of pounds to gain your certificate.
You may argue that there is no necessity for change. But even a simple trade such as eyebrow threading has more things to offer today. HD brows are being talked about by everyone, if you still want to be the number one choice of eyebrow parlour you have to make sure you are offering this too.
Regular manicures and pedicures have been overtaken by the application of false nails. Acrylic and gel nails have become increasingly popular. There are now a variety of nail polishes that someone can apply, bio-sculpture, shellac, Jessica nails. No matter which beauty services you choose to specialise in or offer you need to be able to meet the demands of your consumer audience.
The demand for waxing services has been overhauled by laser hair removal as it can promise a long term permanent reduction, making the treatment more worthwhile. Many laser machines are entering the market meaning that technology such as IPL is outdated and cannot offer the same results as an actual laser machine such as Alexandrite or ND YAG.
This now requires you to gain an NVQ Level 4 in Laser and IPL. Once you are qualified you can see which machine is the most affordable and appropriate for your company.
For those of you who have newly achieved your beauty qualification, you want to make sure that you are more employable than your competition. You want to be able to offer something unique that other therapists can’t.
A real life example of this would be with an ex Colaz employee; Noemi. While working for Colaz she became qualified to do permanent make-up. Telling her employer benefited them both. She was able to get free marketing via her company, her salary increased and the salon started to bring in fresh new clients.
Once you take a step out of college you won't just fall into that dream job. You need to keep on trying. Many salons want to employ therapists who have a few years' experience. You will find that even your clients want to be aware of how long you have been working as a beauty therapist.
Don't panic too much, not every salon has the same requirements. Some employers are happy to let you train on the job and build experience with them. Show them all your skills you have learnt from college and build your confidence.