The rise in demand for beauty treatments generates more jobs within the beauty industry. If you are looking to become a beauty technician, your school or college will train you to perform treatments on clients’ faces and bodies. Beauty technician training does not cover medical treatments like fillers and injectables, but the treatments you can provide after completing training include:
- Make-up advice and application
- Manicures, pedicures, and other nail treatments
- Non-surgical skin treatments, from laser hair removal to microneedling
- Treatments for body sculpting
- UV and spray tanning
Alongside the responsibilities of becoming a beauty technician, you will be required to follow health and safety protocols, maintain hygiene requirements, and undergo consultations to advise clients on beneficial treatments.
While there is a range of academic qualifications to meet UK standards for the beauty industry, many courses and routes can lead to gaining the required qualifications. The most popular entry requirements to become a beauty technician in the UK involve completing an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Beauty Therapy. To become fully qualified, you would complete Level 3 and undergo work experience at a salon to gain practical skills and knowledge for when you qualify. During your training, you will learn the body, physiology, and dermatology basics before performing any treatments on clients.
An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) combines theory and practical assignments to equip students for working in a beauty environment. After gaining an NVQ Level 3 qualification, you can develop your skills and knowledge in epilation, laser and light treatments, face and body art, and many more fields. As there are always advancements in treatments and technology, you will be undergoing training to ensure you are fully equipped. If you prefer to learn directly from the experts, there may be some apprenticeship options available to kick start your career within the industry.
You can decide from multiple pathways and opportunities after completing a qualification and throughout your career:
Various beauty salons throughout the UK provide an extensive range of treatments, making them attractive and versatile for learning and development while having flexibility for when you want to work.
Travel and leisure
Holiday destinations and cruise ships demand beauty treatments which means you can work seasonally or long-term while traveling the world too!
Mobile beauty therapist
Mobile treatments and working from home are becoming increasingly popular for many people. Time constraints can limit the amount of time left to book a visit to a salon or even with child commitments. Building trust and loyalty with a group of clients mean you will be able to secure a steady income while working from home.
Opening a salon may sound like a challenge, but if you’re looking to start your own business as a self-employed beauty technician, then this could be for you. Before considering opening a salon, there are many things to factor in location, services, design, staffing, and prices, so it is vital to create a business plan before committing to any purchases. Alternatively, you can purchase an existing salon.