An esthetician is a beauty professional whose main area of specialization is in skin care. You will usually encounter them when you go for salon and spa services such as exfoliation treatment, hair removal, body wraps, facials and even application of make up to the skin. Normally, these professionals need to undergo training and get state licensing for them to work.*
Here are some steps you should take before pursuing your Esthetician dream
Find out as much as possible about the work of an esthetician. You should be someone who relates well with others since you may get different clients with different temperaments and you have to be able to help them feel relaxed. At the same time, you should be good at working with your hands due to the nature of the kind of work you will be doing. To gain even further knowledge of what to expect as an esthetician, it is helpful to spend some time with a practising professional. This will inform you of the challenges they meet every day in their work. Even better, you will get to know whether or not you have what it takes to be a professional esthetician.
Earning a GED is also helpful if you wish to move on and get the training necessary for you to become an esthetician. A high school diploma is another option. Once you earn this, you may be able to apply for training at the right school. Community colleges, technical schools and cosmetology training colleges will all offer you the training to be an esthetician. However, you may want to seek a college that is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. Most esthetician certificate programs take 6 to 12 months to complete and are designed to meet state licensing certification requirements.* Some of the areas you could learn more about include nutrition, anatomy, facial treatments, skin analysis and physiology. You might want to get ready for lab sessions and experiments in order to get a hands-on experience. These are important because your clients will have varying skin types and you should be able to service all of them effectively without causing them any damage.
Earn your esthetician license to be allowed to practice in your state. State licensing requirements vary, but you may need to sit for a state licensing exam. Some states even require you to undergo some supervised experience before you can be licensed. Thus, you need to research what your state’s exact licensing requirements are that you may have to meet.
Sometimes, cosmetology schools and esthetician training programs offer job placement assistance. Job resources are also available through the National Cosmetology Association's website**. When you are finally capable of working on your own, remember to cultivate a good rapport with your clients. This will help give you the good name in your career as a professional esthetician.
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