A lot of people out there always assume that being a beauty therapist is a really glamorous job. I do love the industry I chose for a lot of different reasons but it does come with it’s ups and downs. I’ve always hated the misconception that some people have, they think we do nails all day, get free treatments all the time and then get payed to do it. That’s not really how it works, it’s a hugely competitive industry and it takes a ton of hard work to really make it, sometimes an industry so close to my heart doesn’t always give me back what I put in but I carry on pushing because it’s the industry I chose. Please don’t get me wrong, I love being a beauty therapist, but the main purpose of this post is to clear up any misconceptions people may have and also highlight the best bits.
It’s an extremely competitive industry
This is probably one of the main things that takes its toll on you if you work in beauty. The industry is just naturally so competitive and that can sometimes really get on top of you. I speak from experience when I say this, it can be exhausting having to constantly think of ways to stand out, constantly compete against people you work closely with, sometimes even competing with people you’ve built friendships with. That’s the nature of the job though, as a beauty professional, you have to build up your clientele and you have to make sure that people want to come back to you, that they would choose you over someone else to do that set of nails for that wedding or that monthly routine facial treatment they’re booked in for. You always find yourself constantly thinking of ways to be more creative, how you can be the best you can possibly be, how you can be better than you thought you could ever possibly be. The truth is, there are so many talented people out there working in this industry so it takes a huge amount of hard graft to stand out and find success, nothing gets given to you on a plate. Most of the time I love a bit of healthy competition to motivate us, there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever, but at the end of the day I am human like everyone else so sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming.
It will push you to your limits and it will push you to work harder than you ever thought you could to achieve your goals
I can’t possibly express to people enough how much work goes in to just one day. Literally from the very first moment you open up, there’s client bookings to be taken, there’s treatment rooms that need setting up, there’s all kinds of things that just naturally need doing by everyone in the team so that the salon can run smoothly. Then there’s the treatments, working your socks off so that you can make sure your clients leave the salon feeling happy, relaxed, rejuvenated, and beautiful. There’s extremely busy periods where you’ll go hours without a break because you want to keep pushing, you want to keep working hard because your so close to hitting that target or your team might really need you so you can all pull together, so you can support eachother.
Behind the scenes
I don’t think that everything that goes on behind the scenes in terms of the successful running of a salon really gets noticed a lot of the time. There’s a hell of a lot of cleaning for starters, everything has to be washed, sanitised, sterilised, you name it, it’s all got to be done. When we aren’t doing treatments, we aren’t just sitting around having a nice chat about the weekend, we are washing towels (which actually feels like a never ending process on those busy periods), we are scrubbing away, we are sterilising and Santitising our equipment, we are working on displays, planning promotions as a team, we are always doing something that needs doing. This is definitely something I don’t think people quite realise about us beauty professionals, we don’t just sit around all day when we aren’t doing treatments, we are literally working hard to create the best possible environment for our clients.
The constant pressure to look good
This one really gets me, because on top of all the million other things we have to do in day, we have to make sure we look smart, well groomed with a constant smile on our faces no matter how hectic things may get. I do obviously like to take pride in my appearance and I understand that people aren’t going to want to come to somebody for a nail treatment or an eyebrow wax if that person doesn’t even look after themselves. That’s the reality of this industry and I truley respect that. I do however think that sometimes there’s a pressure there, we are at the end of the day the face of the services that we are advertising and that can sometimes lead us to compare ourselves to others, it can even sometimes lead us to feel self conscious about our imperfections. If there’s any advice I could give to someone either already in the industry like myself or thinking about starting, be confident in who you are, be your own kind of beautiful. As important as it is to look presentable, it’s also extremely important that you stay true to who you are, you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else – just be yourself.
The amount of amazing people you get to have the pleasure of working with
Throughout my ever-growing journey, I’ve met some absolutely amazing people that I have learned so much from. I’ve built friendships and I’ve made acquaintances, but either way I am so thankful I have had the pleasure of working with people from all walks of life, all with their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. This is one of the most amazing things about my job, because people can always learn from each other and at the end of the day, we all need to learn so that we are able to grow. Working with others has really helped me to develop as a person and I appreciate all the help and support I’ve been given, because with all the pressures that come with this job, without that support, I sometimes wonder how I’d of managed.
The fabulous training opportunities
I’m so lucky because throughout my career so far I’ve been given a range of wonderful training opportunities. I’ve been lucky enough to train with brands such as OPI, CND, Lash Perfect, Calgel, Dermalogica, Environ and more. I’m always looking to better myself and it makes me feel so lucky that I not only get to work with some amazing products that I truly believe in, I also get to train in them so I can provide the best possible service to my clients. I’m also due to go to London for 4 days in the summer for some more Environ training at their training providers head office (super excited). Learning new treatments or being introduced to new products, for me is like being a kid getting a new toy, it just really excites me because this industry is just growing at such a rapid rate, I just can’t wait to see what’s coming out next.
It can be so, unbelievably rewarding
Working in the beauty industry can be so rewarding in so many different ways. It really makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside when I contribute to making a person feel good about themselves. That’s what we essentially do, we are there for people to talk to if they need a listening ear, we are also there to provide beauty and skincare services to people. I always find the two always mix well together, I get clients that have skin concerns, we talk about it and work together to make the best possible treatment plan to target their needs. I have also met people who’ve just had a bad day, and they are treating themselves to a luxury manicure or a relaxing back massage. Whatever the treatment, I like to essentially be a ‘friend’ to my clients, someone they can talk to in confidence. If I can make someone feel better just by listening to them, I’m more than happy to listen away. If I can make a person’s day by doing something as simple as a gel pedicure, I’m more than happy to sit down and have a girly chat whilst they get to relax and charge their battery’s. When someone leaves the salon happy, that then makes me super happy and to me, that’s certainly a rewarding feeling. This is one of the main reasons I do what I do, I like to make people feel beautiful and I love to make people feel good about themselves in any way I can, that’s just who I am.
The perks of the job
Yes, I would be lying of I said I didn’t love the perks of being a beauty therapist, I really do love this part. I love trying out new colours or products so I can show my clients, or sometimes even to give them a bit of inspiration if they aren’t quite sure what sort of look they want to go for. When you have a job that requires so much hard work, it is nice to be able to sit down once in a while and have that much needed manicure or eyebrow shape.
So that’s it, that’s the truth
That’s what it’s like to be part of such a fast paced, growing industry. It takes a lot of hard work, sometimes it can exhausting but I would never do anything else. I love the beauty industry, it has become a part of who I am and I wouldn’t change that for the world.