Two Major But Unexpected Things You'll Need To Learn To Become An Accredited Beauty Therapist

Posted on: 13 January 2017

If you're considering going to beauty school, you're probably familiar with the basics already: simple makeup application, a few straightforward skincare techniques, how to keep a steady hand while applying nail polish. If you've spent time practicing on your friends as well as yourself, you might be hoping to be ahead of the crowd when you start your course!

Beauty school is actually pretty technical, however, and there are a few things that you'll need to learn about that you might not have been expecting. Every beauty course is different, but the Australian Government has laid out a specific set of modules you'll need to complete in order to become an accredited beauty therapist. Read on to learn a little more about some of the things in those courses that you might not have been expecting.

How to organise finances, motivate employees and generally run a small business of your own.

All accredited beauty therapists in Australia have been taught the basics of running a business: how to lead a team, how to manage a business's finances and how to deal with clients in a helpful and professional manner.

Obviously, you'll need these skills if you want to branch out and open a salon of your own--but if you're not planning on that, they're still incredibly useful things to learn about!

  • It's quite common for a salon to search for a beauty therapist to work out of their premises on a freelance basis. This means that you will technically be self-employed while appearing to work out of a salon, and your existing business acumen will be invaluable.

  • Team leading skills are obviously most important to anyone who is hoping to have employees of their own, but they're still useful for helping you to communicate with and motivate your colleagues. An employee who appears to be a natural leader is, after all, far more likely to be asked to lead!

  • There's a lot to be said for the ability to understand the finances of a small business. Learning about this will help you manage your personal finances, prepare you for potentially branching out on your own in the future and give you another area in which you can work to impress your employers by offering to take on an additional duty.

Plenty of biology, an amount of chemistry, and even a tiny dash of physics!

You might not think of a beauty therapist as a scientist--but you couldn't be more wrong! There's actually quite a lot of science included in successful beauty therapy, and the courses can be more technical than some people expect them to be.

  • Biology is necessary to understand how the human body works, and why successful treatments are successful. On an accredited beauty therapy course you'll learn about skin biology and how it impacts the efficacy of different beauty treatments, what you'll need to do to maintain good health and hygiene from a biological perspective and how to recognise a variety of medical problems and skin complaints that you might see in clients. You'll also need to be able to recognise and understand the basic systems and structures of the human body in order to use them in a beauty therapy context.

  • Chemistry will allow you to understand the chemical composition of the skin of the clients you're working with, the chemical composition of the products you're using and how those two things interact with each other. This in turn will help you to tailor specific beauty treatments to specific people, depending on what they need.

  • Physics is necessary to understand how lasers work, and lasers are now so widely used in beauty therapy that comprehending and operating them has become a required element of a beauty therapy course.

Working as a beauty therapist can be immensely rewarding for the right person--and if the right person is you, finding a good course at a good school can make all the difference. By the end of the course you'll have grown and learned a huge amount, not just about the basics of beauty but also about maths and science and self-sufficiency--all of which are great life skills in addition to being necessary to become accredited!

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