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Career in Beautician or Cosmetology: Courses, Scope, Jobs, Salary

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Every woman aspires to be beautiful. Now even men share the same desire. The job of a beautician is to take the beauty which, is skin deep out to the surface to show off. As people are more and more aware of the products and treatments, they consult more and more beauticians and hair stylists, so the scope in this career is excellent. The only requirement is that you have to give yourself entirely into the hands of the beautician.

Looking beautiful is the innermost urge of a human heart. A desire to look beautiful in whichever way possible is making this business flourish a lot. Men have also become conscious of there appearances these days. Beauty is not just superficial, but it is skin deep. And this is what people have realised lately. Cosmetologist, skin and hair care specialists specialising in various treatments are growing because beauty is to be rejuvenated from the depths of the skin. This is why the beauty industry has grown significantly in India in the recent past.
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”
Looking good should be a pre-requisite for many. Moreover, who doesn’t like to be pampered? It’s all about feeling good from inside. Your heart is saying that you are looking great today and you are beautiful; this is what you love. So the bottom line is – love and pamper yourself so that others can feel the difference.Career in Beautician or Cosmetology- Courses, Scope, Jobs, Salary

What is Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is defined as the study and application of beauty treatment. It is part of medical science in which mainly focus on the physical appearance of a person & makes people look good. It has different branches i.e. face treatments, beauty therapy and body, hair and overall health care.

Courses:

More than courses there are specialised training in whichever field you feel like being an expert. A list of few specialisations is mentioned below:

Diploma Courses (6 months to 1 year):

  • Diploma in Fashion Media Make up
  • Diploma in Cosmetology
  • Diploma in Hair Dressing
  • Diploma in Makeup
  • Standard Diploma Beautician
  • Advanced Diploma in Hair Dressing

Certificate Courses (3 to 6 Month):

  • Certificate Course in Herbal Beauty and Therapy
  • Certificate Course in Massage Therapy
  • Certificate course in Beauty Culture
  • Certificate course in Personal and Professional Make-up

Master Courses (1 year):

  • PG Diploma in Cosmetology (PGDC)

Skills required:

  • Good communication and consultation skills.
  • Understanding the effects of various beauty products.
  • Knowledge of Physiology of the skin, hair and nails.
  • Knowledge of Chemistry of colour and colour theory.
  • Certificate course in Beauty and hairdressing
  • Nail Care
  • Mehndi (Henna)
  • Cosmetology
  • Advanced Perming
  • Advanced Colouring
  • Advanced Aromatherapy Body

Career Scope:

The vast industry of beauty includes manufacturing and promotion of beauty products including their marketing. After completion of the course, one can become a manicurist, pedicurist, and aromatherapist, a masseur or even a beauty consultant. A budding beautician can emerge as completely evolved and expert beautician after training.
One can open her/his own beauty parlour and salon. These days unisex salons are also a hit. But if one’s entrepreneur skills fail to satisfy the creative zeal, then you can even come up with your own range of beauty products. This will fetch you name and fame as well. Never compromise on quality and the range will get you economy.
The scope of this course is immense in the United States of America and many European countries. Indians have an edge over others in foreign countries, and that is because we heal skin and hair problems through natural products and therapeutic treatments. This works as our unique selling point in Western countries.

Personality Attributes:

A beautician needs to be interactive and should have excellent communication skills. Politeness is a significant requirement as a beautician has to make the customer feel as if s/he is sitting in paradise and getting treated. Friendly nature is essential with manners and confidence. One must have a pleasing personality and should possess a sense of hygiene and a creative mind.

Challenges:

Every profession comes with its package of challenges and here are few for this course:
  • Earning a good reputation from satisfied clients is very important in this profession.
  • Maintaining stamina for hours together without letting the smile fade away is very important for a beautician. This becomes a challenge also because after all s/he is a human being.
  • Listening to the complaints from clients after doing a good job can be disheartening at times.

Job Opportunities:

  • Beauty Care Distributor
  • Beauty Magazine Writer
  • Cosmetologist
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Fashion Show Stylist
  • Hairstylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Manufacturer Sales Representative
  • Nail Care Artists
  • Salon Sales Consultant

How to Pursue:

To get yourself enrolled in the world of beauty the minimum qualification required is 10+2 or equivalent.
  • Candidates wish to make the career Cosmetology. Candidates who seek admission in any of the institutions of beautician courses, they have to appear for the entrance exam that is conducted by those institutions.
  • If you want to pursue PGDC, then you have to qualify MBBS/BDS/BAMS/BHMS degree.

Colleges:

There are few very good and renowned training institutes in India offers study in Cosmetology which are listed below:
  • VLCC Academy of Beauty Health & Management, New Delhi
  • International Polytechnic for Women, 1860, Sector 34-D, Chandigarh
  • Shahnaz Husain International Beauty Academy, Mumbai
  • RVTI for Women, Jaipur, Vadodara, Allahabad, Noida
  • National and Regional Vocational Training Institutes for Women
  • Habib’s Hair Academy
  • Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF), Jaipur
  • International Women Polytechnic, Delhi
  • Women’s Technical Training Institute, YWCA, Asoka Road, New Delhi
  • Government Polytechnic for Women, Adyar, Chennai
  • Women’s Polytechnic, Kashmiri Gate, Delhi
  • Shahnaz Herbal Women’s International, Mumbai
  • Akbar Peerbhoy Girl’s Polytechnic, Mumbai
  • VLCC Institute of Health and Management, New Delhi
  • ITI for Women, Curzon Road, New Delhi

Placements:

There are many beauty parlours and salons who hire only trained professionals. The list goes this way:
  • Lakme
  • L’Oreal
  • Habibs
  • Shahnaz Beauty Parlour
Apart from these few, there are many other localised but prominent beauty parlours which give a good start to the beginners in this field.
Every passing day will be a new lesson. Once you get a job with some good beauty house, then the salary bar increases and you can get up to `25,000 a month.
As an entrepreneur, you can earn very well, but the investment will be more. Same is if you wish to open your own range of products. The risk is involved with new things, so it is better if you earn experience and expertise first.

Salary

The pay scale of a beautician ranges vastly. Your experience and expertise will fetch you more money in this profession. The salary of cosmetologist also depends on city and company level. In India, a cosmetologist can earn Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2 Lakh per annum as a starting salary. Candidate with a professional degree with good skills can expect a Rs. 50,000 per month as a starting salary.

In overseas, the mean annual wage for cosmetologists is $27,940 per year before tips.

Books & Study Material

Here are some good books for preparation for Beautician/Cosmetologist:

  • Colour Stories by Mary Lisa Gavenas
  • Cosmetology Certification Exam by LearningExpress Editors
  • Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation by Nigel Barker
  • Passionate Salon Professionals by Dr Lewis Losoncy, Joe Santy
  • Skin Care: Beyond the Basics by Lees, Mark
  • Spa & Salon Alchemy by Sandra Alexcae Moren

Success Story:

Life of Shahnaz Husain

Her constant effort of beautifying the skin of people with her beauty products is not unknown to the world. She is the most prominent personality in the corporate world. Shahnaz Hussain can be called the ruler of the world of beauty. She is a person who is striving really hard to nourish the skin of the people in her natural way. She is a woman who is trying hard to make the women look younger than their age.

Shahnaz Husain
Photo: Wikipedia
This royal lady came from a Muslim family, and her father was a mighty man. She did her schooling from the Irish convent. She was married at a very tender age of 15. After just a year of her marriage, she was blessed with a baby girl. Despite of being born in a traditional family she was privileged enough to get modern education.
Her interest developed in beauty treatments when she went to Tehran with her husband. Later, she decided to do a course in cosmetology. Her desire to be an independent woman made her start writing for the Iran Tribune. While further pursuing her studies she learnt about how harmful chemicals can be on human skin. Therefore, she studied Ayurveda and staunchly believed it to be the best alternative to chemical cosmetics.  She took extensive training in cosmetic therapy once she left Tehran. For ten long years, she took training from the leading institutions of London, Paris, Copenhagen and New York. Once she returned, she established her own beauty salon in 1977 at her own place.  She made use of Ayurvedic products in her salon rather than using chemical products. The products that she manufactured headed there the way to leading global stores as they were safe for the human body. Her products went to places like Blooming Dales (New York), Harrods and Selfridges (London), Seibu (Japan), Galleries Lafayette (Paris), and La Rinaeccente (Milan).
Shahnaz Hussain is such a visionary that she is now concentrating on those products which will help astronauts to protect their skin. Astronauts suffer from skin problems so now she is trying to create products which will be beneficial to them. Her company Shahnaz Husain Herbals has achieved tremendous growth these years. She has launched more than 400 different kinds of beauty products in these many years.
She has dominated the market from the USA to Asia. During the 1990s, the average growth rate of her company which, is based in New Delhi, was nearly 19.4%. In the year 2002, her Company touched $100 million. Her works are really praiseworthy and have been appreciated all over the world.
Awards and Recognition:
  • Padma Shree Award
  • Lloyds TSB Jewel Award, UK
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Diamond Award, the US for outstanding achievements in the field of Ayurveda
  • International Star Award for Quality, Geneva for the Diamond product category
  • The Arch of Europe Gold Star for Quality
  • The 2000 Millennium Medal of Honor
  • Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award

FAQs:

Q) What is a beautician all about?

As for a pay rate, it will vary depending on the area you will work. In small towns, it could be lower than in bigger cities. How much time you are willing to spend in the salon will determine how much money you make. In smaller, more rural townspeople are not willing to pay as much for your services. When starting out, the more people you know on a personal level will help. Word of mouth is always your best advertisement. Be prepared to work long hard hours when starting out. After you have a good client base, it will be easier to change your hours of work, just always remember the more you are there for your clients, the more money you will make.

Q) What is Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the only medically approved form of permanent hair removal. People who execute electrolysis should have NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Epilation, BTEC National Diploma with Epilation.
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