12/12/2014 Career

Beauty Therapy

Beauty is one of the most precious gifts bestowed by the Almighty upon human
beings. It is said that Cleopatra used to handle in rose petals steeped in
milk to make her skin softer. However, like an imposing but desolate place
with cracks and cobwebs all over it, beauty may also lose its quintessential
appeal unless it�s looked after the maintained with utmost care. Beauty
Therapists with their great aesthetic sense and sleight of hands perform
that job with near perfection and finesse. Today, beauty care is a global
multi � billion dollar industry that employs millions of people � pedicurist
and mehndiwalla. If you have an eye for beauty, enjoy interacting with
people and delight in transforming a plain Jane into a stunning
sophisticate, beautycare is a fields you could excel in. although testes and
trends keep changing, the basic job of beautycare professional remains the
same: to help people look their best.

It�s always pleasing to eyes to get a glimpse of a beautiful face. But a
career that helps people to enhance their appearance, thereby, giving them
confidence to lead their lives with more vigour and vitality, is of
Beautician/ Cosmetologist. If at the end of the day you feel gratified at
the sight of a face you have brightened, or a look you have accentuated,
then this is the profession for you. Beauty Therapy or Cosmetology has
emerged as a major occupational avenue with tremendous commercial potential
as today, people are becoming more and more fitness freak health and beauty
conscious. This is all due to the fashion industry, which has been facing
limelight in a much progressive way Spurred by new scientific developments,
techniques, products and media hype, the Indian beauty Industry has truly
come of age, generating mega revenues.


As a beautician, one has a whole range of specializations to choose from:
beauty therapy, hair styling, make-up, massage, facials, manicure, '
pedicure, electrolysis, herbal beauty care, etc. There are other closely
related jobs like those of a beauty lab assistant, health club instructor,
cosmetic sales person, consultant, yoga and naturecure practitioner, etc.

Apart from being trained to provide manicures, pedicures (care of feet, toes
and mills) and scalp and facial treatments, cosmetologists even draw make-up
and diet charts to suit individual requirements. Hairstylists, besides
trimming, colouring, setting and straightening hair, also educate their
clients about the latest hair styles and hair treatment techniques. Further,
one might also study reflexology (the art of foot massage by providing
impact on pressure points), or work as aesthetician whose work consists
primarily of body-treatments, extensive massages, facials, etc., to cleanse
and beautify skin. Another favourite option is to excel as a manicurist who
treats and accentuates the health of nails, offer nail extensions and
pedicures. Hairdressing includes hair cutting and styling as well as
treatment for the hair and scalp Hairdressers use various techniques to make
hair look healthy and attractive and are required to know about the care and
application of various hair styling gels, hair-colours, hair-pieces, wigs
and other hair-accessories. They advise clients on suitable hair styles
based on one's personality and need, as well as care and maintenance of

The area that has gained importance with the growth of television industry
is the expertise of make-up and hair-styling artistes for the film and
television industry and in modelling and advertising.

To succeed in this field, a prospective student must have a keen
consciousness and thorough understanding of current trends in fashion, art
and technical design. One must also show ability to easily relate to clients
and exhibit ready comprehension of their interests and demands. In fact,
many beauty schools have incorporated communication, sales and work
practices in their syllabi.

The job requires you to be on your feet all the day. The beauty parlours
operate most extensively during the weekends. Besides, festivals and
marriage seasons invite long hours of concentrated effort, The job also
entails prolonged exposure to particularly strong chemicals in a beauty
clinic which may prove hazardous to health. People with sensitive skin or
breathing complications would do well to keep away from the toxic chemicals.

Recent trends in the beauty business show increased numbers of
specializations in bridal make-up and the art of mehndi (picked up really
fast abroad, specially the US).

Various cosmetic companies like Amway, Aviance, Avon, Oriflame, etc, conduct
short orientation courses to familiarize women their product line and sales
techniques. Attractive commission on sales can fetch you a healthy extra
income - without being tied down to a nine-to-five office routine.


Most cosmetologists seek employment in beauty salons, beauty- parlours in
hotels or resorts, entertainment industry (television and films) and
expanding network of studios and modelling agencies Many start their own
beauty clinics after gathering a few years of experience, One may opt for
skin care consultancy or work as a sales consultant in a cosmetic firm.
While, other work options include the job of a fashion consultant or
columnist in various newspapers and magazines. Fitness and exercise is an
upcoming area of work, that covers everything from health clubs, gyms, yoga
and aerobics. Those with expertise and prerequisite qualifications can start
their own entrepreneurial ventures. They can open their own beauty parlours
or salons or even fitness centres. To be in beauty business one should have
a good sense of aesthetics and creativity, and a liking for people of all
ages. Simply speaking, you must have a friendly manner, an attractive
well-groomed appearance, cool dry hands, good health, the ability to stay on
your feet for long periods and a sense of hygiene and cleanliness.

The growing interest in feeling fit and looking good has created a growth in
opportunities for aestheticians. Since the vast proportions of qualified
therapists are women, there is a rapid increase in job opportunities, and it
is possible to reach supervisory or management level within two or three
years of qualifying Mobility is an important factor in obtaining employment,
largely because the geographical location of salons or health resorts is
often crucial to their success.

In these constantly changing times of style and fashion, more and more
people are resorting to discover the style most suited to their personality
and physical characteristics. With work environment getting increasingly
competitive and professional, the need to appear well groomed and attractive
has assumed greater importance, not just for women but for men as well
Moreover, the complexities of modern living leaves little time for personal
grooming causing more people to turn to professionals for treatments that
enhance and maintain their looks. This has resulted in a burgeoning market
for beauty products and beauty treatments turning beauty care or cosmetology
into a hundred crore industry.


To get a Bachelor Degree in Cosmetic Technology, one needs to be 10+2,
Courses undertaken to pursue careers as manicurist (care of hands and
fingernails), electrologist and aesthetician are usually of much shorter
duration. However, one is required to undertake apprenticeship, which might
last for about two to three years. Formal training in beauty therapy,
hair-dressing, make-up and salon management makes one eligible for seniority
m the industry. Classroom study, practical demonstrations and experiments
are considered vital in any cosmetology programme.

Personal qualities include a pleasing and well-groomed personality,
gentleness, dexterity, an eye for fashion, readiness to work with your
hands, loads of stamina and a strong back (you may have to stand for long
hours at a stretch), conversational ease and the knack of making your
clients feel special and comfortable. You must create a soothing and
relaxing atmosphere while maintaining high standards of efficiency,
cleanliness and hygiene� nothing can be more off-putting to a client than a
hurried, slap-dash .or sloppy job. You should also make it a point that you
don't suffer from an allergic or asthmatic condition (the fumes, dyes and
chemicals you'll inhale and handle could trigger off an attack)


A beautician's earnings are determined by a number of factors, the most
important being the quality of services rendered and the location of the

A beginner can hope to get a minimum salary of Rs.5, 000 to Rs.7, 000 a
month, while, for the people with sound experience, sky is only the limit A
make-up professional in an advertising campaign may easily demand and get
something between Rs.2,000-3,000 for a day's work while earnings skyrocket
if the work is undertaken "as a part of modelling assignment. Basically,
work experience and reputation go a long way in determining the level of

On the whole, one needs to understand that the beauty business is very
lucrative industry today, Targeting to make a career in this industry can
keep one up-dated with the go of the day. However, the most important point
is to realize that there is dignity in every career you choose in which you
can excel.

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