All you need to know about becoming a successful beauty therapist

Becoming a beauty therapist

To become a fully qualified beauty therapist, you need to complete a level 2 or level 3 qualification in beauty therapy.  Often new therapists start as an assistant in a salon or spa and study for qualifications on the job, or do a full-time or part-time college course while looking for work.

Beauty Therapy Courses

Beauty Therapy Courses provided online are perfect for those who wish to learn new skills in the beauty industry and gain recognised beauty industry qualifications. Online beauty courses have been designed to meet the requirements of those who wish to undertake beauty training but are unable to attend full or part-time further education or fit into a rigid pre-set timetable.

Alternatives are:

The Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) has more information about careers in beauty therapy and are very helpful in pointing applicants in the right direction. Alternatively you could become an apprenticeship and gain qualifications as you work. You may find it useful to get professional recognition by joining a register like the Register of Beauty Professionals.

When you qualify you then have two options open to you

  • Work for a salon or spa as an employee
    • Salary Starter: £15,000, Experienced: £17,000, Highly Experienced: £20,000 or more (Salon managers). You may also get tips, and be paid extra for products you sell in the salon. You’ll usually work from 9am to 5pm, including Saturdays. Some salons offer evening appointments.
  • Work as a freelancer or set up on your own
    • Salary: (the sky is the limit), hours: long (very long)

Salon Gold Beauty therapist insuranceDepending on your career choice if you choice to go down the self employed route you will have to arrange your own tax affairs and insurance. Insurance premiums vary, it is best to try and find an insurance broker that insures beauty therapists as they will offer the best cover. If you work for a salon then your employer will deal with all of your tax and insurance themselves so there would be no need to worry.

Whatever you decide being a beauty therapist can be very rewarding and enjoyable. You will always be working with people in a bust environment so the career suits the more outgoing of us who like meeting new people.

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