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Career in Cosmetology

Cosmetology, derived from Greek word beautifying – is the study and application of beauty treatments specialising in cosmetic care of skin, body, hair and nail. Students need to obtain certain qualification to be registered and practice. Random alterations in environment and weather, greenhouse gasses, tension, dietary inconsistencies, lifestyle, reckless usage of gadgets and drugs have now started showing their effects on human life. Issues like eye bags, reduced muscle tone, smile lines, untimely wrinkles and weakening circulation are now ubiquitous not only among the aged but also among the youth. Cosmetology efficiently addresses these issues and facilitates a healthy and spirited life.
An exciting option for today’s youth interested to explore career in the beauty industry, Cosmetology includes deep research to realize consumer needs. Cosmetology is an industry that offers opportunity for both men and women.

Skills Required
Cosmetologists must have a basic level of education, preferably graduation, be smart and elegant and possess leadership qualities to acquire and retain customers. A Diploma or a Certificate is an absolute must for cosmetologists, while the right merits and self-reliance act as deal breakers. Creativity is at the core of Cosmetology, as cosmetologists must see in customer-mind’s eye and come-up with something in-line with the client’s desire.

Cosmetologists should keep up excellent relationships with their clientele as a major part of their business depends on the word of mouth and retention of customers. They need engage deeply with the clients to understand the precise requirements and desires. Good communication skills play an important role for these professionals.

Education and Training

Formal educational qualification is not mandatory for a career in cosmetology, but the basic requirement includes basic school education and a certificate or diploma from an institute of Cosmetology. The individual must also be over 16 years of age. There are a range of diplomas and other certificate programs with specialisations that honours students with an Associate degree. Polytechnics and vocational institutes also offer courses in Beauty Care or Cosmetology. However, a continuous learning is necessary for professionals in this field to stay updated on the latest developments in the sector.
Diploma in Cosmetology from a reputable vocational training institution is highly recommended. Specialising in Beauty, Hair or Nail Therapy-Level 2,3,4 and 5 will give extra edge to the profile of the professional. Management in Business Studies or a degree in Chemistry is also very useful in this industry.

Institutes in India
National and Reginal Vocational Training Institute for Women (Noida, Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Vadodra, Hissar, Indore, Trivendum and Tura
YWCA centers in Major cities
VLCC Institue of Beauty, Health & Management ( major cities)
Shahnaz Hussain’s Women’s World International
Habib’s Hair Academy

Career Prospect
The career potentials in the beauty industry are never-ending. With experience and reputation, one can create a niche in the sector. Trained cosmetologists can bag jobs with reputed parlours, high-end salons, and deluxe hotels and resorts. The glam industry including television and film is always on the lookout for good make-up artists. The world of fashion has also opened new vistas for professionals in Cosmetology. Other opportunities include working as an image consultant, writing books/articles and teaching.

Here are some more profiles for professionals in Cosmetology-
1. Theatre/Performance makeup artist
2. Professional makeup
3. Photographic and Fashion makeup
4. Fashion Stylist
5. Esthetician
6. Skincare specialist
7. Celebrity & Personality Stylist
8. Salon Creative Director
9. Hairstylist
10. Nail Technician
11. Salon or Spa Manager/ Therapist
12. Beautician
13. Wedding and Event Stylist
14. Makeup Artist
15. Editorial and Advertising Stylist
16. Platform Artist

Tips for getting hired
A deep comprehension of the industry and its rules is imperative for freshers before they get into the sphere as professionals. Complete knowledge of beauty products, new trend and systems is an added advantage for job seekers.
Some important guidelines for getting hired in this industry-
1. Get a Certificate or Diploma from an authorized institute. Aspirants must verify the worth and amenities provided for hands-on training, certification offered, skill-development modules, faculty and placement opportunities, before enrolling for a course.
2. Prior work experience is useful, but not obligatory. Applicants must be passionate towards the profession.
3. Self confident helps in a great way in bagging a job in any branch of the beauty industry.

Remuneration
The pay packages depend primarily on the definite branch of the profession selected by the aspirant. In India, young professionals generally get Rs. 1.5 to 2 lakhs per annum in the beginning of their career. However, with a professional degree, they can look ahead to a remuneration of Rs. 50,000 per month.

Author: Baishali Mukherjee

Profile- An independent writer and journalist for last nine years; presently working with Education World, Entrepreneur India, Scrabbl.com and Stoodnt.com. Worked as the content head for four books and have articles and features published in leading print and digital media spaces.

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