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    Introduction

    'Beauty care' that helps people look their best, is a field for those who have an eye for beauty and enjoy interaction with others. With the work environment getting increasingly competitive and professional, and the growing awareness of health and beauty among men and women, the need to appear well-groomed and attractive has assumed greater importance in today's world. This has resulted in the growth of beauty products and beauty treatments, turning beauty care into a fast growing and lucrative career. 

    Technically known as cosmetology, beauty care covers the overall conditions for looking good and therefore includes everything from beauty therapy to health care. Work in this field involves the knowledge and use of a range of treatments, and equipments to enhance the appearance of the face, body and hair. The main task of a beautician is to give an attractive appearance to their clients. In this field, success has no relationship to the age of the practitioner. Although tastes and trends in beauty keeps on changing, the basic job of a beautician/ beauty care professionals remains the same. 

     

    This is one field, one can easily get into and be successful. Since the working medium of this field is a live person, it is one of the most rewarding of all the art works. 

    Eligibility

    A career in beauty care doesn't require any specific educational qualification. Those who have a keen interest and inclination in beauty care can enter the field. But it is an advantage for a beautician or a cosmetologist to have a diploma in beauty or hair care.

    There are several training schools for beauty and hair care courses and most of them requires no particular academic qualification. The duration of the courses depends upon the specialisation and varies according to the institution.

     

    Rather than high academic inputs, a beautician requires practical skills which can be gained not only by professional training but with a great deal of hands-on practice. This can be acquired either by working at a good saloon or by enrolling for a course at a reputed beauty school.

    Personal Skills - The main attribute needed for a beauty professional is a good sense of aesthetics, creative bent of mind and a liking for people of all ages. They must be friendly, polite, attractive, confident and must be in good health. They should possess good business sense and the ability to express oneself easily. Knowledge of different languages is an asset in this field. Another important factor needed for a beautician is the attitude to keep abreast of all the latest trends introduced into the beauty circuit and the willingness to learn everything.

    Job Prospects & Career Options

    One can specialize in any of the fields like beauty therapy, hair styling, make-up, massage, facials, manicure, pedicure, electrolysis, herbal beauty care, mehndiwalli etc. This is a profession, possible to practice in more than one specialisation concurrently. 

    Beauty therapy covers care and treatment of face, skin, nails and body. This include make-up, facials, waxing, threading, pedicure, manicure, massaging etc. Hair dressing involves hair styling, colouring, cutting and treatment of the hair and scalp. Hair specialists uses a wide range of techniques to make hair look healthy and attractive. They are required to know about the care and application of hairpieces, wigs and other accessories. 

     

    Fashion and advertising offer scope to beauticians and hair stylists. To achieve professionalism and a good reputation in this field, the beauty specialist must blend their technical skills with a dash of creativity and imagination.

    Beauty care specialists can work with beauty parlours ranges from luxurious salons at five star hotels to commercial establishments and small, intimate owner-run parlours. A beginner in this field can work under an experienced beautician which helps to gain a tremendous amount of experience and keeping in touch with new developments. After gaining the requisite experience, one may set up their own beauty saloons or clinics. To open their own parlour, one need thorough professional knowledge of beauty culture, sufficient funds, an accessible location, quality equipment and materials and dollops of business sense. 

    Makeup artistes are in great demand in the fashion, advertising, film, television and theatre industry. They requires specialized knowledge of make-up applications that will hold out under powerful studio lighting. Another opportunity is in cosmetic firms as beauty consultant and salesperson and for this in addition to detailed knowledge of the products they promotes, they must possess excellent knowledge of grooming, skin, hair and nail care. They can also be appointed as instructors in health clubs and allied field.

    Remuneration

    Depending on the size and reputation of the business, one starting out with beauty parlours can get anything from Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000 a month.

    But you can demand your price, as far as you practice all the aspects of the job and become successful and popular. A make-up artiste charges anywhere from Rs.500 to Rs.4,000 to do a bridal or photographic make-up. During season the pay scale may increase twofold. For make up and hair dressing in advertising campaigns one can earn around Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500 for a day's work. In the modelling assignment, the pay scale is much higher and it would be around Rs 3,500 or more per day depending on the top-line-professionals.

     


      
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