How to become a Beauty Therapist


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What do they do?

Want to help people look and feel better? You beauty…  

Beauty Therapists (also known as Beauticians) perform a range of different treatments to help improve their client’s appearance and general wellbeing.

The services they provide are absolutely vital in helping people live happier, healthier lives. So whether it’s applying cosmetics, giving facials or administering massages, no job is too small for when it comes to the world of beauty.

Typical duties for a Beauty Therapist could include:

  • Greeting clients
  • Administering treatments, such as facials, eyebrow shaping, tanning, manicures and pedicures
  • Performing hair removal, via electrolysis or waxing
  • Providing spa treatments, such as massages and body wraps
  • Advising on makeup and cosmetics
  • Booking appointments, and performing general admin duties
Is it right for me?

To become a Beauty Therapist, a natural flair for cosmetics and a passion for pampering people are absolutely vital.

You’ll be working with people from a variety of different backgrounds, who’ll often respond differently when it comes to the services you provide. A bubbly and outgoing personality, not to mention a helpful attitude when it comes to advice, will definitely be helpful in this industry.

But remember, as valid as your opinion is, the customer is always right. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or, in this case, the person putting up the cash…

Other key skills for a Beauty Therapist include:

  • Discretion
  • Patience
  • Objectivity
  • Good listening skills
  • The ability to explain procedures clearly and concisely
  • Excellent customer service skills
Career Progression

Apprentice Beauty Therapist

Up to £14,000

Beauty Therapist

Up to £22,000

Salon Manager

Up to £30,000

What's it really like?

As cliché as it sounds, the best part of my job is the variety. I love being able to meet new people, and see how I can help them be more confident about their appearance. A typical day for me could include anything from a full-blown makeover, through to a pre-holiday tan or bikini wax. You definitely can’t be easily embarrassed if you want to be a Beauty Therapist. But aside from the initial awkwardness of seeing complete strangers most intimate areas, I get to help people walk out of my salon feeling better than when they came in. And that’s a great feeling.

Get qualified

To become a Beauty Therapist, you will generally need at least a level 2 or 3 Diploma in beauty therapy or accredited certification. However, many apprenticeships are offered which offer vocational training to help you earn while you learn, and there are many other certifications out there if you just wish to specialise in one area of the industry.

Beauty Therapy - Course

Beauty Therapy - Course Diploma in Beauty Therapy QLS Level 5. Additional CPD Accredited Beauty Therapy Certificate with 110 CPD points available with no extra study. The course comes with easy to understand e-learning study materials. Beauty Therapy Level 5 ... Read more

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Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy Certificate in Beauty Therapy QLS Level 3. Additional CPD Accredited Beauty Therapy Certificate with 50 CPD points available with no extra study. This Beauty Therapy course comes with easy to understand e-learning study materials ... Read more

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