The field of Beauty and Personal Care is composed of all those professionals whose mission is to provide services and treatments aimed towards the well-being and aesthetic appearance of their customers. The types of treatments and styling services they offer may vary in the specialization of each professional. They might range from full-body treatments to more specific ones such as hair or skin.
Professionals in this field may choose to specialize in different aspects of body aesthetics, such as hair and nail styling or makeup. The most common workplace for these professionals are spas and hair and nail salons.
Beauty and Personal Care professionals are usually responsible for the following:
- Analyzing the customer’s skin type to determine the treatments and products that may be necessary to improve their skin conditions.
- Demonstrating the use of different skin care products while explaining their properties and composition.
- Demonstrating and explaining the use of makeup, skin care, and other beauty products.
- Cutting, trimming, and styling hair according to customers’ requests.
- Advising customers on hairstyles according to physical features, current hairstyle, type of hair, and fashion trends.
- Applying hair styling products and treatments.
- Maintaining their work station and tools clean and stocked.
- Styling eyebrows and removing facial hair.
All professionals working in the Beauty & Personal Care field usually share the same characteristics, which include, but are not limited to:
- Possessing high levels of hand dexterity and knowledge about the use of skin and hair care tools and products.
- Creativity and a strong artistic sense, always willing to try out new ideas.
- Being resourceful, energetic, driven, structured, and displaying a strong desire to take initiative.
- Having excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Being self-motivated and willing to work independently, as well as part of a team.
Beauty and Personal Care is a field that demands a lot of practice in order to refine and hone the necessary skills. As for education, most employers require candidates to have completed secondary school education, as well as to possess some form of certification to validate their skills as professionals. There are plenty of certified institutions and vocational schools where aspirants may obtain the necessary certifications.