What does a beauty therapist do?

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What does a beauty therapist do exactly? Our team at  Urban Beauty Academy is often asked this question and it is surprising to many aspiring beauticians what the answer entails. A beauty therapist is not merely a person that does manicures and pedicures, or a little waxing and eyebrow shaping. Let us explain why:

Beauty therapists apply face and body treatment as well as advice on skin care. This may include the following:

  • Analyse body type and advice on exercise programmes and nutrition: This does not make you a nutritionist, but experience with different body types and involvement in the health industry means you may have some insights. With a little further studying you can even use this as a value added service at your salon.
  • Provide advice and support to clients following cosmetic surgery: Clients may have had cosmetic surgery and want to hide temporary scars or accelerate the healing of the skin. Here a beauty therapist uses skills learned in beauty academy to provide the right advice and aid.
  • Apply make-up: This in a very creative outlet and possibly a career in its own right. Urban Beauty Academy teaches our students how to assess the client and apply make-up in such a way as to bring out the best features of the face and hide the little imperfections.
  • Maintain client records: Beauty therapy is not all hands-on creativity and caring. Admin duties are required as well. By maintaining comprehensive client records you will start building intimate relationships with your clients and know what they need without them even having to think about it.
  • Carry out skin analysis and give advice about skin and body care: The skin is the biggest organ in the body, so it almost goes without saying that taking care of it is of utmost importance.
  • Use a variety of treatments and electrical equipment to treat individual skin and body conditions: You will learn how to treat skin and body conditions tailored to the specific needs of each client.
  • Recognise problems and refer clients to medical practitioners such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, endocrinologists, podiatrists, chiropractors and physiotherapists: As a beauty therapist you’ll spend a lot of time having your client in your hands and also verbally communicating with them. This will lead to you being in a position to identify any health care issues very early and be in a position to make suggestions and referrals.
  • Perform manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and eyelash and brow tinting: Here we are. The mainstay of many beauty salons around the world. Not to be scoffed at, these are the services that are most often requested. Good therapists most often have a client coming in for a basic manicure and build a relationship from there.
  • Provide advice on and sell cosmetic products and related beauty equipment: A beauty salon is still a business that requires money to be made. A nice benefit is that through the relationship you build with clients, they trust you to know what they need.
  • Perform facial or body massage and aromatherapy treatment: In the modern age our clients are susceptible to enormous stress in their daily lives. We as beauty therapists can offer relieve and relaxation in the form of massages and aromatherapy.
  • Remove facial and body hair by electrolysis or waxing: Another mainstay of beautician services. You will be required to remove unwanted and unsightly hair in order to give your client the confidence required to wear any outfit anywhere.
  • Perform reception duties (such as receiving bookings and arranging appointments): Another admin task which is essential to remain organised and focused on the core activities of a beauty therapist.

These are some of the aspects we at Urban Beauty Academy will cover at our state-of-the-art beauty academy. Contact us for any further information and we’ll be happy to assist.

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