Has the pandemic made you rethink your career choices? Are you ready to take the plunge and train to be a beauty therapist? If you’re thinking of starting a beauty career, it pays to know exactly what the job involves and what kind of person you need to be to succeed. So what makes a good beauty therapist?
You’re willing to work long hours
This is a given in the beauty industry. You’ll work late nights and weekends, and you’ll hardly ever finish work on time. You have to tidy up and clean after each client and at the end of the day. Appointments can run over time. The reality is that you’ll probably finish at least 20 minutes later than you expect.
A good beauty therapist is always on top form
To be able to provide your clients with an exceptional service, you need to look after yourself and be well rested. You won’t be able to give from a place of being sleep-deprived or rundown, so make self-care a priority.
It’s important to make clients feel welcome and comfortable with you. You’ll find out that some of them will open up to you about all kinds of things.
A good beauty therapist maintains professional boundaries
You might find that you end up becoming friends with some of your clients, which can be nice, but don’t forget to maintain your professional boundaries. For example, you don’t want your next client to be waiting forever for their treatment because you’re too busy chatting with a client you’re friendly with. Another thing about boundaries-they can benefit you. You will get existing and potential clients contacting you at all times of the day or night about appointments. Make sure you set boundaries around this. Set up an auto-reply on your social media page which states when they can expect a response. If clients really want to book in with you, they’ll be patient enough to reply. If they decide to go elsewhere, that’s fine too. You might have dodged the bullet of having an extremely demanding and draining client.
You keep your training and skills up to date
Trends and treatments are constantly changing in the beauty industry so you need to keep your skills up to date and think regularly about new treatments you can bring in for clients.
A good beauty therapist presents a professional image
No matter how long you’ve been in the industry, don’t let your professional standards slip. Always have your hair tied back, wear a professional uniform, and be well-groomed.
You’ll focus on what’s best for your clients
Yes, you want to make money, but don’t try to upsell products or services to clients that aren’t in their best interest. The best way to attract clients and keep them is to be open and honest with them, and focus on their needs.
You won’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth
One of the most common mistakes made by beauty therapists who are just starting off is underselling themselves. Don’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth. You work hard and you invest a lot of time and money into training in treatments.
Did you read through this and think ‘Id make a good beauty therapist?’. Make no mistake, beauty therapy can be a demanding career but it’s also a really rewarding one. Are you ready to start your beauty therapy journey?
Train with us…
If you’re looking to kickstart your beauty career, you’ve come to the right place.
All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.
For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.