Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Esthetician?

542112Estheticians, also known as skin care specialists, are in more demand than ever. There are typically two broad fields of estheticians, medical esthetics and spa esthetics. These broad categories are broken down into specialities, depending on where your desired career path leads. Finding an esthetics school is the first step in becoming an esthetician.

Every state in the U.S. requires certification to practice esthetics. Often the esthetician courses are included in a cosmetology program. All cosmetology programs cover the required number of hours to obtain esthetics certifications. There are a few esthetics schools specializing solely in esthetics in the United States. A comprehensive cosmetology program is easier to find and often more cost effective.

What does an esthetician do?

Estheticians do many different services. They types of services will range depending on any specialties they may have. The following is a short list of some of the services that are often required of an esthetician.

  • Evaluation of client’s skin
  • Facial massages
  • Education on proper skin care and methods used
  • Body and facial hair removal
  • Collaborate with other professionals to aid clients with skin conditions or problem areas.
  • Performing chemical peels
  • Performing extractions
  • Educating clients on the best products for their specific type of skin
  • Educating clients on the best makeup products to meet their skin’s needs

What are the skills needed to be a successful esthetician?

Successful estheticians are comfortable around people. They are comfortable talking about personal matters with clients. Compassion, sympathy, and understanding are essential in the client relationship. Clients are coming to you about their appearance and that often puts them in a vulnerable position. Gaining the trust of each client by respectfully and honestly answering their questions and only promoting products and services that will truly benefit them will make them repeat customers.
It is also important to continue educating yourself on new techniques and products that are introduced into the market. Clients will come to you to ask what you think of each new thing on the market once they know they can trust your advice. Be prepared by attending conferences, shows, and workshops throughout the year.

Esthetics can be a highly rewarding career choice. There are many avenues that can be explored. The market is open for fresh, new ideas in specialty services. It is a growing field and as the growing number of skin care products are placed on the market, men and women alike, will need advice on which products and services are the best to use.

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