5 key skills you’ll need to demonstrate for a job in the beauty industry

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A beauty college course is the solid foundation that helps most trainee therapists secure their first beauty industry job.

Whether you choose to go down the BTec, HND, apprenticeship, or NVQ route, as a trainee you’ll learn the basic technical skills and techniques that you can build your career on.

However, the best beauty therapists will have skills that just can’t be taught in a classroom, but are just as vital to a successful career in the beauty industry as being able to give an amazing massage, a perfect pedicure or a fabulous facial.

Read on to find out what we here at Total Spa Solutions believe to be 5 of the key skills you need for beauty industry jobs.

1. Have a friendly and approachable manner

A personable nature is important in any public-facing role, but when you’re working as closely with clients as beauty therapists do, being friendly and approachable is an absolute essential.

Some clients may like to chat away, some like to sit quietly and relax while enjoying their treatment, but all of them will want to feel at ease in your company, so being friendly has to be the Number 1 skill for any beauty industry job.

2. Be an excellent communicator

Whether they’re having a full body massage or an eyelash tint, clients generally like to know exactly what it is you’ll be doing to them.

Being able to clearly explain procedures, their benefits for the client and any lasting effects, will let your clients know what to expect, will put them at ease and will make you come across as a more professional therapist.

3. Be tactful and sensitive

Most of us at some point in our lives have had little insecurities about our bodies, and of course the nature of beauty industry jobs can mean we as therapists can come into very close proximity to what our clients may think are their ‘problem’ areas.

As a therapist you will be treating clients of all shapes, sizes, ages and skin types on a daily basis. Being tactful, discrete and sensitive to your clients’ concerns, however minor they may seem to you, is key to putting your client at ease and is an essential part of a beauty therapists’ job.

4. Be flexible

Salon and spa staff can be required to work changeable hours and days, depending on when the business’s peak times are, so flexibility can be key to making a success of a beauty industry job.

You may also be expected to be flexible in your skillset – through the course of a week in a spa you could be carrying out massages, manicures, facials, hair removal, tanning treatments and more, so having confidence in a wide range of procedures is a must. Of course, many therapists enjoy being able to put so many aspects of their training into practice – variety is the spice of life after all!

5. Know your products inside-out

Whenever you begin a new job in the beauty industry, it is vital that you learn as much as possible about the products you’ll be expected to use on your clients.

There are three aspects to this: firstly, and most importantly, if a client tells you they have a sensitivity to a particular ingredient, you need to know whether that ingredient is present in the products you use.

Secondly, it’s important to be able to explain to a client what you are using and why you are doing so.

Thirdly, many salon or spa staff can earn commission on take-home products their clients buy. Knowing your stuff can mean a nice boost to your earning potential!

If you’re a trainee therapist interested in beauty industry jobs, Total Spa Solutions may be able to help. Our team of professional therapists benefit from ongoing spa training and development and get the chance to work in some of the best spas in the North of England and Scotland. Get in touch to find out more.

Deborah Carr