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How To Become A Beautician

If you take pleasure in beauty, art and cosmetics, becoming a beautician might be the ideal preference that combines all three of these components into a career.

Beauty and make-up training has become one of the most exciting and vibrant fields in the market today.

A 2008 article in the Toronto Star reported that the beauty industry was virtually untouched by the recent financial recession, with Canadians spending an average of $178 a year on beauty. The article also reported that Canada spends as much on beauty products as we spend on appliances, slightly less than we spend on soft drinks, and slightly more than we spend on footwear.

Day To Day Tasks Of A Beautician:
    * Cutting, shampooing, conditioning, styling, coloring, permanently weaving or straightening hair.
   * Employing various chemical procedures such as bleaching and dyeing and using gadgets such as scissors, clippers,    straightening irons, hair curlers and dryers to provide the clients with the desired hairdos.
   * Taking care of the skin, hair and nails by massages, and facials using particular creams and lotions, providing scalp    treatments; softening and trimming the cuticles, shaping the nails with files or emery boards and applying nail polish.
    * Shaping eyebrows and removing unwanted hair from the body.
    * Demonstrating and advising clients about the makeup that suits them the best.
    * Keeping the work area and equipment clean.
    * Carrying out other duties, such as answering the telephone or making appointments.
    * Recommending and selling an assortment of styling merchandise, such as cosmetics or hairbrushes.
   * Sometimes taking care of the day-to-day concerns involved in running a small beauty salon business; like, they may    manage other workers, order supplies, and keep records.

Education And Training Requirements:
Prospective beauticians can attain training in a public or private occupational school. A full-time course generally runs anywhere from six to twelve months, which covers aspects such as hygiene, bacteriology, cosmetic chemistry, interpersonal skills and marketing techniques. Evening courses, though available, take longer time to complete.

Many colleges in Canada offer beauty and make-up artists’ training programs, courses and degrees. They conduct training through a combination of class room lectures, seminars and hands-on practical and experiential learning experiences.

Some of the well-known institutes are:
    * Delmar College
    * Albert Academy of Aesthetics
    * Bellus Academy
    * Canadian Beauty College
    * School of Make up Art
    * Marvel Beauty Schools
    * Career School of Hair and Nails

What Else Is Required?
All the provinces of Canada require beauticians to be licensed. Although the requirements vary, generally the applicant must be a healthy individual of at least sixteen years with a graduation degree from a certified cosmetology college and a working license. They should have a sound understanding of fashion and trends, along with excellent interpersonal skills.
Employment Opportunities

Since the beauty field has developed into such a challenging and diverse industry, the demands that a make-up artist has to face have also expanded.

Most beauticians work as an employee in beauty shops, while others run their own businesses. They also work in barbershops, makeup aisles in departmental stores, unisex superstores, holiday resorts, hotels and spas. Beauticians subscribe to many types of vanity products and often promote and sell them in their own beauty salons too.

Click on a school name to learn more:
Aveda Institute, DelMar College of Hair Design, PCU College of Holistic Medicine