The field of beauty therapy is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the UK. Beauty therapy includes a range of areas such as:
- Facials - these include cleansing, massaging and toning the skin
- Applying and advising people on cosmetic make-up
- Shaping eyebrows and colouring eyelashes
- Manicures, pedicures and other nail treatments (extensions, nail art etc.)
- Hair removal - including waxing, sugaring or electrolysis
- Electro-therapy treatments to improve body tone and shape
- Non-surgical skin rejuvenation
- UV and spray tanning.
Working in beauty therapy requires a recognised qualification. You can train either at a local college or at private schools - training privately is often shorter and more intensive, but also more expensive.
You need to check that any provider offers recognised qualifications - look for certifications such as:
- City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy
- City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Beauty Therapy
- Edexcel National Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy Sciences
- VTCT Advanced Diploma in Beauty Therapy
- NVQ Level 3 in Beauty Therapy
Once you are qualified you will find job opportunities in a variety of locations including a salon, department store, spa, health farm, hotel, fitness club, or even on board a cruise ship.