How to Become a Beauty Therapist

Become a Beauty Therapist

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a beauty therapist. The role of a beauty therapist is a varied one, with many fasiates to the job. Also, a qualified beauty therapists can work in health spas, day spas, health clubs or freelance.

What Does a Beauty Therapist Do?

A beauty therapist performs a wide range of tasks relating to health, wellness and appearance.  They might be performing hair removal treatments, applying cosmestics, giving manicures and other nail treatments, spray tanning, massage, eyebrow tinting.

As a beauty therapist, you are likely to be working in a salon.  This environment involves a lot of contact with customers, greeting customers, answering the phone, booking appointments and taking payment.  You will also be responsible for taking an active role selling many of the beauty products that are for sale in the salon.

Being a beauty therapist you are also in an ideal position to be able to work for yourself, set up your own salon or simply make yourself extra money in your spare time.  You will find that you are often in demand from friends who wish for relaxing beauty treatments without having to pay salon prices.

Is Becoming a Beauty Therapist Right For Me?

The following skills are essential for a beauty therapist:

  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to make clients feel relaxed.
  • Discretion 
  • Good conversational skills, you will spend a fair amount of time having to engage in conversation with each client.
  • A talent for applying nail polish and makeup.

How Much Can a Beauty Therapist Earn?

A beauty therapist is typically paid between £14,000 and £18,000 a year.  You are also likely to make additional annual income from tips.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Beauty Therapist?

There are no standard qualifications that a beauty therapist must have, but commonly an employer will expect you to have a level 2 and 3 NVQ or a BTEC diploma in beauty therapy.