'I completed a beauty course so that I could learn how to look after my skin better. I've always been a people person and I was interested in doing something where I could help others. I've always wanted to teach, so I turned what I learned for myself into a teaching opportunity,' says a beauty therapist. This is an excellent career choice for those interested in working closely with people. Beauty therapists share close contact with their clients and may be required to treat what a client perceives as an embarrassing condition, so, good interpersonal and communication skills are highly desired.
Men are increasingly enlisting the services provided by beauty therapists, which largely attributes to a therapist's communication skills. 'More and more men are coming in for treatments such as facials and massages on a regular basis. After all, they have skincare needs too. But it comes down to the way in which beauty therapists communicate with them.' With so many products available to consumers, offering sound product advice is integral to beauty therapists establishing a good relationship with their clients. 'If a client is using the wrong product I recommend alternative products which would better suit them, and I also educate them to use them correctly. Clients should be able to trust that their beauty therapist is giving them good advice and not just selling them something to make more money,' says a local beauty therapist.
For further information, contact:
Advanced Association of Beauty Therapists
Phone: 1300 309 022
Service Skills Australia
Phone: (02) 8243 1200