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Being a Beauty Therapist: Mobile vs Salon

One of the biggest decisions a beauty therapist can make is whether to go mobile or work in a salon. But what are the pros and cons of each type, and how do you get started once you decide? 


Read on for a rundown of the ins and outs of mobile versus salon work so you can make an informed decision about which route to go down.


Mobile vs Salon: What’s the Difference?

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Variety vs Stability


The most significant difference between mobile and salon is the nature of the working environment. As a mobile beauty therapist, you’re always on the move and setting up in many different workspaces. While this makes each working day varied and exciting, you must also be prepared to work in challenging settings, such as cramped houses. 


Working in a salon poses a much more stable environment, as your workspace will be the same on a daily basis and clients will come to you. So if you’re someone who prefers to be out and about, then working in a salon may not suit your lifestyle. 


Freedom vs Management


Another big difference is the nature of employment. If you choose to go down the mobile route, you’re choosing to become your own boss and be in full control of your clients and working hours. This gives you a considerable amount of freedom as you can work your services around your schedule. However you may have to work unsociable hours, like late evenings or early mornings, as those times are most popular.


A salon employee is given freedom but not to the same extent. Instead, you’ll be restricted to the opening hours of the salon, and you’ll have to report to the salon owner and may be responsible for selling their products too. 


Independence vs Team


Mobile beauty therapy may be a more viable option for an experienced beauty therapist as you’re going it alone and have no one to turn to for advice and support. Whereas in a salon you’re part of a team who you can learn new tips from and maybe even receive further training.

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Mobile vs Salon: Pros and Cons


Now that we’ve discussed the differences between mobile and salon work, it’s time to delve deeper into the pros and cons of each type.



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If you’re longing to set up your own business, then starting a professional mobile service is the quickest and most budget-friendly way to do it.


With little to no startup costs, the main benefit of starting a mobile business is the lack of financial burden. You’re free from the added pressure of renting or running a salon, so you don’t need a lot of startup capital. 


The only thing you’ll need to get started is your kit, a car and insurance. Many of those things, a qualified beauty therapist will already have. 


Low Risk 


Financial security is a big plus when starting a mobile beauty business as you don’t need to invest lots of money into buying/renting premises. 


You can even start your mobile business alongside your day-to-day job, then go full time when you have enough clients and income. 


It’s also basically impossible to have a ‘no show’ as you turn up at your client’s door for the appointment. 




Mobile beauty therapists earn more money in one hour than traditional 9-5 work and certainly much more than the minimum wage. Even after deducting product costs, beauty therapists can make a decent profit in a short time frame and all of the money is yours. Unlike in a salon where you have to give a percentage to the owner or put some money towards rent and bills.


As a mobile beauty therapist, you’re also in control of your prices. You have more options to offer competitive rates than you would if working in a salon, so you can price your services in a way that’ll tempt clients. 




If you have a busy lifestyle, then mobile beauty therapy is the perfect career for you. You have the freedom to choose hours, say no to work and only work on specific days (if you don’t need the money). 


This flexibility gives you the ability to holiday when you like (which can save you lots of money during peak seasons) and prioritise your social life. 




Becoming a freelance beauty therapist gives you variety in every aspect of your role. First off, you’re not stuck in one place all the time as you have to travel to clients. 


Not only is this a convenient selling point for them, but it makes each day varied and allows you to meet lots of new people.





The responsibilities of a mobile beauty therapist are far greater than just performing the treatments. There are many aspects of the business side to think about.


Managing the books, scheduling clients, building your brand and keeping an inventory of your equipment are all part of the job. If your organisational skills are lacking, then you’re going to struggle to make a profitable success of your mobile beauty business. 


The multiple responsibilities also add more working hours onto your day, as you’ll need to set time aside each week for admin duties. 


Build Up A Name 


Establishing yourself in the beauty industry is essential for building up a strong client base. 


It can be difficult and time consuming to start from scratch. You may choose a mixture of traditional marketing methods, e.g. flyering and digital marketing methods like social media, to increase brand awareness. 


These methods can also cost money depending on how much you want to invest in promoting your brand, and you’ll need to create a consistent and robust marketing schedule. 


Unstable Income 


The main downside of being your own boss is the possibility of irregular pay. It requires a lot of self-motivation to organise appointments and make sure you have enough work for a reliable income. 


On top of this, you don’t receive the usual workplace benefits, such as bonuses and sick/holiday pay, which can make it tricky to give yourself time off if you don’t plan. 


To ensure that you’re making the right amount of profit for your time, you’ll also have to factor in activities that contribute towards your business but don’t generate a direct income, e.g. marketing.  




You’ll have to carefully factor the costs of travel into your outgoings, such as petrol and car maintenance.


Transporting hefty equipment for jobs such as spray tanning can also be tricky and time-consuming. You’ll need to work out a radius of travel, so you don’t find yourself driving  many miles for one client.


Your time management skills must also be on point, as lateness shows unprofessionalism and you may lose jobs. 

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Working in a salon is the more conventional route for a beauty therapist to go down. You can find opportunities in hotels, cruises, spas, fitness and health clubs – the possibilities are endless!



Part of a Team 


When you work for a salon, you join a team of industry professionals who have the same passion for beauty as you do! 


You can form close friendships with your colleagues and promote each other’s work and share tips. 


Guaranteed Income 


A lot of salons will offer you a regular salary in exchange for fixed hours. For example, a massage therapist in a spa will have a set amount of hours a week and won’t need to look for clients. This increases your job security and removes extra stresses, such as finding clients and working out profits. 


Other salons will expect you to be in control of your clients, meaning you can come in on an appointment basis. This is usually the case if you’re renting a chair in a salon. 


Already an Established Name 


Working for an established salon means you can spend less time on marketing and more time enjoying your social life! You’ll also be able to generate clients more quickly as people will trust the reputation of your salon. 


Stable workplace


A salon environment is much more stable than being a mobile beauty therapist as you don’t need to set up your equipment every time you have a client. This makes your job far less time consuming and stressful, as you have everything you need in one place.





You may be restricted to working with the salon brand’s products, in which case you’ll also be expected to sell them. So, if you have dreams of one day owning a beauty empire, then this isn’t the wisest way to spend your time. 


There isn’t much scope for career progression, in terms of ownership, as you’ll always be working for another person. You’re also restricted in terms of pricing, as the salon will probably have a set price list to adhere to, making it harder to beat the competition. 


Less variety


Your working environment will be the same day-in-day-out, so if you love switching up your day, then you may get bored of salon life. 


Little Flexibility


Working in a salon gives you a much more structured work schedule. Some people may see this as a plus, but if you want a job that you can juggle around your busy personal life, then this may not be a good route for you.


More Outgoings 


Working in a salon comes at a price. Whether that’s the cost of renting a room/table or the owner takes a share of your profits. Either way, you make less overall profit from each treatment you offer.

So, now that you know the ins and outs of salon versus mobile life, it’s time to make your decision! Either way, you’re going to need a professional kit and beauty qualification to get started, so make sure you check out our training page and online shop for more info.


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Everything you need to know to start your career in the beauty industry.

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How to Become a Beauty Therapist

The world of beauty therapy is full of variety! One minute you could be shaping brows and the next you could be giving a relaxing massage.

But how do you build a career as a beauty therapist? There are many things you need to consider, such as qualifications and the kind of work you want to do. So, read our complete guide if you want to find out how to get started in the world of beauty therapy.

The Average Day of a Beauty Therapist

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As a beauty therapist, your typical day will depend on the roles you specialise in and the qualifications you have. Most beauty therapists are qualified in a few different treatments so you have more to offer and can make extra income. 


No matter what, your day will be full of variety with different clients coming in for all kinds of treatments. As your career progresses, you can build up your qualifications and specialisms until you have a long list of beauty treatments to offer. 


Roles of a Beauty Therapist

Eyebrow/Eyelash Technician

If you love all things lashes and brows, then this is the perfect role for you. An eyebrow specialist knows how to shape and tint brows and may even be able to provide advanced services such as HD brows and microblading. 


Eyelash technicians tint lashes, apply extensions and perform lash lifts, which are all very popular treatments. These services require technique and practice, but they can be very lucrative and attract lots of clients!


Massage Therapy

Massage therapists offer a wide range of treatments from facials to hot stones to full-body massages! If you have a calming presence and want to give your clients a peaceful escape from reality, then you should definitely consider this role.


Skin Treatments

Skin treatments are the perfect way to give your clients a natural glow. There are various skin treatments you can offer, including dermaplaning, chemical peeling and needling. You must be clued up on dermatology and perform thorough consultations before any skin treatment, so it’s definitely for the more experienced! 



Waxing is a popular service used frequently by both men and women. It’s a useful treatment to have in your skillset as people will come back for it, again and again, making it a recurring source of income. It’s also not too tricky to master once you have the correct techniques and products nailed down. 



Give your clients a beautiful, bronzed glow all year round with a spray tanning service. Deep tans are very fashionable, so lots of people will turn to you for a safe solution to pale skin. It’s an easy service to offer whether you’re mobile or work in a salon, so get spraying!



You may think that manicures and pedicures are just for nail technicians, but a beauty therapist can offer them alongside their main work too. You could even choose to provide beauty packages for clients who want a full makeover during peak seasons, like summer and Christmas.

Typical Salary

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Your salary depends on your experience and how much work you choose to take on. The more hours you work and treatments you offer, the more you’ll be able to earn. 


Profit margins are high for most beauty treatments. For example, a beauty therapist can charge upwards of £50 for eyelash extensions, with product cost being as little as £4. 


The highest-earning beauty therapists average at around 20k, after factors such as rent, holidays and extra costs are deducted. There is plenty of scope for career progression in the beauty industry which can make a big impact on your salary. For example, you could decide to open a beauty salon or you may even consider being a beauty educator.

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Working in beauty therapy has a range of benefits that’ll make you fall in love with the job:


Job Security – The beauty industry is bigger than ever, thanks to the rise of social media which has created a bustling beauty community. In a world where beauty and image are of utmost importance, a beauty therapist will never be out of a job!


TOP TIP: You can use social media business pages to attract clients, show off your work and reach your target audience.


Flexibility – Have you got a busy schedule? Beauty therapy is the perfect job for creating flexibility. You could work full or part time and choose only specific days, making it much easier to work around your schedule than a 9-5 job. 


Variety – A beauty therapist never stops learning as there are new treatments and trends constantly cropping up! For example, brow lamination is the latest trend that many beauty therapists are adding to their arsenal. You can choose which areas to specialise in and continue to gain new qualifications as your career progresses.


Progress – It’s a common misconception that beauty therapists have little opportunity to progress. In fact, there are many routes a beauty therapist can go down once they’re qualified. You can choose to work freelance, for a salon or you could even start your own business. You may also go down the educator route and learn how to teach beauty therapy!


Social – Beauty therapy is a client-facing role, so you’re always engaging and building relationships with lots of people. Many of your clients will become loyal customers, making it a fulfilling and fun job!

Personal Traits of a Beauty Therapist

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KnowledgeA beauty therapist must know the ins and outs of treatments and provide a professional service. Some treatments have higher risk factors, so you must be reassuring and offer advice throughout and after the treatment. Clients will respect a knowledgeable beauty therapist and return for more treatments if they regard you as an expert. 


FriendlyA beauty therapist must make every client feel welcome. You can ensure this by being friendly and approachable, especially if the treatment is something they could be nervous for, like an intimate wax or spray tan. No one wants to strip off in front of a judgy stranger!


Business SkillsWhether you choose to go it alone as a freelancer or open a salon, you’ll need to have excellent business skills. A beauty therapist must keep track of their hours, outgoings, prices and time management, so there’s lots to think about besides the actual treatments!

How to Get Started as a Beauty Therapist 

To get started as a beauty therapist, you’ll first of all need to get some qualifications under your belt! 


Posh Look offer lots of different courses to help you get started and become a qualified beauty therapist. You can choose from our government-funded or private courses.

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Level 3 Beauty Therapy


Posh Look’s government-funded Level 3 Beauty Therapy course is perfect for those who have no experience in the beauty industry. It’s a comprehensive course that covers massage, semi-permanent lashes and spray tanning, as well as client care and health and safety. 


The Level 3 course is an excellent all-in-one starter to help you boost your career. 


Private Courses


Posh Look’s private courses allow you to become a specialist in a much shorter time frame. A lot of the courses can be completed in just one morning or day! Some of the private classes require previous experience and qualifications, so they’re better for beauty therapists who want to build on existing knowledge. 


We offer private courses in a range of treatments, such as six-step brow, intimate waxing, Russian lashes, hot stone massage, chemical peel and much more! Take a look at our training page for a full list of courses or read our blog that outlines each private course in detail. 


All of our courses include a free kit to help you get started straight away. The kit contains all the products you need to practice and complete your training. 


Building experience is an essential aspect of becoming a beauty therapist. Posh Look courses allow you to do this as you’re given time to practice on models, build a portfolio and complete assessments. Once you’ve completed a qualification, you can build your experience by working as a salon assistant or offering beauty treatments for free. 


Learn to Teach


As your career progresses, you may want to add some variety to your job role. Learning to teach is the perfect way to do just that! 


With Posh Look’s online ‘Learn to Teach’ Academy you can become a qualified Posh Look educator from the comfort of your own home. It’s easier than ever to add variety to your job role while also earning extra income alongside your usual work. If you have a prior teaching qualification, you can register your interest by heading to our information page now! 


If beauty therapy sounds like the perfect career for you, then a Posh Look course is the perfect way to get started. For more information, head to our training page or contact with any enquiries. 

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Our Beginner Waxing Course: What’s Involved?

Lots of people brave the wax in hopes of achieving silky smooth skin. Why not take advantage of this popular service and become a professional waxer with a Posh Look beginner waxing course? 


If you want to be able to tell your bikini from your Brazilian, read on to find out all about our private waxing courses…


Beginner Waxing Course

£235 – one day – 8.5 hours – 9 am – 5:30 pm

Our beginner waxing course is a great way to learn the basics of waxing, such as the different types, applications, client handling and health and safety.


The course is open to all abilities and students are taught on a one to one basis, ensuring the best quality of education. 


The beginner waxing course is 8.5 hours long and is carried out over a full working day. The course cost is £235, after which you can promote yourself as a professional waxer making it an affordable investment. 


Learners are required to competently carry out and submit three assessments within four weeks of completion to gain their certification.


As with all of our courses, students receive a full kit of Posh Look products to help them get started.

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Posh Look products are of industry-level quality, so our students can provide their clients with the best service. 


The kit includes:


-Wax heater

-200ml pre/post-wax oil 

-200ml soothing wax cleanse 

-1 x 425g of posh warm wax 

-50 paper wax strips 

-50 spatulas 

-5 record cards

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Why Choose Posh Look?

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Posh Look trainers are fully qualified teachers and professional waxers. Therefore with a Posh Look course, you receive the highest quality education to make your services professional and safe. 


All Posh Look training courses are ABT Accredited, which is a nationally recognised training body used by thousands of industry experts. When you complete an ABT Accredited course, you not only get the best standard of education, but you are also viable for insurance so you can start your own business.


The beginner waxing course teaches you how to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your client by using the correct waxing techniques with hot and hard wax. You’ll leave with the ability to remove large and small areas of hair quickly and efficiently, so you have happy clients.


Every student also receives a Posh Look training manual that advises on how to market your business and build client relationships. On our beginner waxing course, you won’t just learn the practical aspects, but you’ll leave with a rounded education on how to be successful in the beauty industry.

Why a Waxing Course?

Popular – The beauty industry is expanding every day, so you can be sure that investing in this business is worth it, and you’ll never be out of a job. Soft, smooth skin is heavily sought after by all genders, so your target market is vast, making it easier to gain custom.  


All Year Round – As a result of your new skills and high-quality service, clients will return for their treatment every 4-6 weeks, making it a recurring source of income. Your clientele will be strong all year round. It will soar during Summer and remain popular during the Winter months as people want smooth legs for the party season. 


Social – Being a beauty therapist is a rewarding job as you get to transform your client’s confidence and build lasting relationships. You’ll slowly build up a loyal client base over time, which will give you a real sense of achievement and community. 


Flexible – You can work from home, mobile or in a salon, making it a flexible and versatile job where you get to meet lots of people.

Additional Courses 

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In addition to the beginner waxing course, we offer two further courses: Intimate and Facial Waxing.


Intimate Waxing Course

£140 – morning – 3 hours – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 


As a student, you must already have completed the initial beginner waxing course and be competent in regular waxing before moving onto this one. 


At the cost of £140, you can become an intimate waxing expert in a one to one session that lasts just 3 hours. 


The intimate waxing course is quick and easy to complete as there are no case studies required, and you gain your certification on completion of the training. As a result, you can start intimate, professional waxing after just one morning of learning! 


The course will cover everything you need to know about waxing in the pubic region. Including the bikini, Brazilian and other styles that your clients could request. The intimate area is susceptible to irritation and sensitivity. Therefore, we teach you how to create a less painful experience and make the client comfortable. 


The intimate waxing course includes a full kit to help you get started: 


-200ml pre/post-wax oil 

-200ml soothing wax cleanse 

-500g bag of hot wax 

-20x spatulas 

-1 pair of tweezers 

-Small scissors 

-Cotton pads 

-5x record cards

Facial Waxing Course

£160 – morning – 3 hours – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

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There are no prerequisites to start this course, and you can enrol regardless of your experience level. 


The course costs £160 and lasts 3 hours, so it’s super quick and easy to start adding this skill to your waxing services.


Facial waxing of the brows and the upper lip has become very popular as people want perfected eyebrows and a smooth face. Qualifying will give your clients more confidence to put their face in your hands and help you improve your technique and safety.


On completion of the course, 2 case studies must be competently carried out and submitted for certification. 


The full kit for this course includes: 


-Wax heater

-200ml pre/post-wax oil 

-200ml soothing wax cleanse 

-1x 425g of posh warm wax 

-50 paper wax strips

-50 spatulas 


-Cotton pads

-Eyebrow spatulas 

-5 record cards

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How to Book 

Head to the course page you’d like to enrol onto and email the relevant tutor to enquire.


You can also ring us on 01706 551 810 or email with your enquiry or further questions. 


Should you need further information, we also have a FAQs page which covers everything you need to know about our courses. 


Waxing is a popular area of beauty to get involved in and with a Posh Look private course, you can get qualified and offer a professional service easily. Head to our Private Training page now for a list of other classes and more info.

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Our Spray Tanning Course: A Guide

Spray tanning is the new sunbed as people want to achieve a golden glow without the risk of UV damage. So hop on the fake bake train with a professional spray tanning course by Posh Look!

Course Overview

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Posh Look’s private tanning course combines theory and practical, so you get a well-rounded education. By the end of the course, you’ll know all the ins and outs of spray tanning.  


We have two types of spray tanning course: Introduction to Tanning and Complete Tanning. If you haven’t performed a spray tan before, then the introductory course is an excellent way to get to grips with the basics and costs £125. On the other hand, the complete tanning course builds on the basics and allows you to get more hands-on, costing £300. 


We start with the basics such as skincare and preparation, so you can advise your future clients about how to prepare for the tan and get the best results. Practicals will include learning how to operate, apply and control the tanning solution. We take a hands-on approach so you can get to grips with the machine and application techniques.


Our spray tanning course is suitable for all levels of ability with no previous experience required, so nothing is holding you back! 


On completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate that you can hang with pride in your workplace and use to reassure customers that you’re fully qualified. 


Each tanning course is 3 hours long, making it quick and easy to become qualified and start attracting the clients. If you’ve always wanted to become qualified but haven’t been able to find the time, with our private course you can become an expert in a single morning. 


All of our courses are ABT accredited, meaning a community of expert beauty therapists nationally recognises them. That’ll give you a professional edge against other tanners who may not be qualified so that you can gain more custom. 

What’s Included In The Spray Tanning Course?

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All students who sign up to a course receive a free Posh Look kit that includes everything to help you get started. 


Industry professionals use Posh Look products, so you can be sure that you’re learning with the best quality materials and equipment. 


The Introduction to Tanning Kit includes:

500ml Posh tan

-5x record cards

5x aftercare leaflets 


The Complete Tanning Course Kit includes:


-HV gun 

1x litre of Posh tan

Paper knickers 

Sticky feet 

Mop caps 


-Record cards

10x aftercare leaflets


If you want any additional products, these will have to be purchased at your expense.

Why Should You Do a Spray Tanning Course?

There are many benefits of completing a one-day spray tanning course, from enhanced awareness of legalities to better knowledge of the industry.

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Not only is a tanning course useful for learning how to deliver a high-quality service, but it also helps with legalities that come with starting your own business. 


Once certified, you can get insurance that’ll cover you and your equipment at work. So without a qualification, you’re at risk of having to pay out to replace broken or faulty equipment.


The course content also covers the health and safety procedures that are involved with a spray tan. For example, the importance of performing a client consultation before the process to outweigh any risks that could be involved. Risks can range from the client not being happy with the result, to more serious outcomes like an allergic reaction, so it’s important that you learn what to do in these situations.


As a result, gaining a private qualification increases your chances of being covered in different situations and gives you the knowledge to perform a safe spray tan. 



An industry accredited qualification can be the difference between winning and losing a client. It justifies why people should use your services over someone else’s. 


Tanning is a skill that requires practice and precision, so our private course will provide you with all the techniques you need to know. You’ll learn how to handle the equipment and tanning solution while knowing how to tailor the experience to different clients. For example, you must know what level of darkness to use on each skin tone and type. 


You’ll also learn how to appropriately engage with clients. Having excellent social skills and the ability to make people feel comfortable is at the heart of every good spray tanner. It’s an intimate process, and your client may dread getting undressed in front of a stranger. Therefore, you must be able to build a friendly rapport with them.


Completing a course will increase your confidence so you can deliver a professional spray tan without worrying about gaps in your knowledge. 



All students on the spray tanning course receive a training manual. It outlines how you can market your services and attract a wide range of clients. From tanning parties to flyering, we have lots of tips that’ll help you kickstart your business.

What Are The Benefits of a Spray Tan?

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There’s no doubt that spray tanning is popular, but how can you sell that to clients? Here are a few pointers you can use to encourage potential clients to get a spray tan. 


A spray tan will give the client an instant glow in a matter of minutes, making it perfect for special occasions. It also saves time in comparison to spending endless amounts of hours in the sun to try and achieve the same colour. 


The client doesn’t have to mess around with home tanning mousses which can be messy and difficult to apply evenly in hard to reach areas. 


If cared for properly, a spray tan can last up to a week. Some people like to get them for holidays so they look bronzed as soon as they step off the plane. 


One of the big positives about spray tanning is that it prevents UV damage which can cause skin cancer and premature ageing. Sunbeds have been directly linked to skin cancer. This can cause significant health problems for frequent users, so spray tanning is the perfect solution.  


For those who are pale and burn in the sun instead of being blessed with a gorgeous bronzed glow, spray tanning is a godsend and can be a real confidence booster. 


By offering a spray tan, you’re giving your clients more confidence while also protecting their health. Many beauty therapists find it to be a very fulfiling job. 


If you’re still considering a spray tanning course or want to top up the knowledge you already have, then Posh Look’s private courses are the ideal and simple way to become qualified! 

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Our Dermaplaning Course: A Guide

Dermaplaning is one of the hottest beauty treatments on the market, as it leaves people with smooth skin and a glowing complexion. So, why not take advantage of its popularity and learn how to perform the procedure yourself with a Posh Look private training course?


Course Overview and Benefits

On our dermaplaning course, we take you through every step of the procedure, from preparation to finish. The thought of running a blade across a client’s face may ring alarm bells at first, but rest assured we’ll discuss and practice each step in detail so you can leave with the ability to provide a professional and safe service.


Our private dermaplaning course is perfect for people with busy schedules as you can become qualified in as little as 3 hours! You’ll come in at 9:30 am and leave at 12:30 pm a fully qualified dermaplaning expert. 


Anyone can enrol onto a private dermaplaning course, regardless of your experience level, so there’s no need to worry if you’ve never tried dermaplaning before! Posh Look training centres are fun and friendly learning environments and with a one-to-one course, you can really get the most out of your lesson.  


Our dermaplaning course is ABT Accredited (Associated Beauty Therapists) which is a training body that’s nationally recognised by a community of industry professionals, so your clients can be confident that you’re approved and qualified. To stay accredited, we must provide the highest quality training and learning environment, so when you choose Posh Look, you can be assured that you’re getting the best education. 


All students who sign up to the dermaplaning course receive a starter kit which contains equipment and information to help you complete your assessment. 


Course funding is also available through Advanced Learner Loans, should you require financial assistance to get started. 


Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate that you can display with pride to show clients that you’re qualified. 


What is Dermaplaning?


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So you want to add another service to your beauty therapist arsenal, but what exactly is dermaplaning? 


Dermaplaning is a form of physical exfoliation that uses a sharp surgical scalpel to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz). 


Your client should wait at least 3-4 weeks between each dermaplaning treatment. This will give time for the skin cells to regrow, so you can avoid damaging the client’s skin. 


The cost of a dermaplaning treatment is usually £50 plus, making it a profitable procedure as it requires little time and equipment.


Here’s a run-through of what the treatment entails, from start to finish:


-Begin with a client consultation to assess the skin

-Use a cleanser to strip the skin of oils and dirt

-Pat the skin dry with a clean towel

-Apply an oil so the blade can glide smoothly 

-Hold the skin taut and run the blade across the skin at a 45-degree angle 

-Work on one half of the face, then start on the other

-Brush the excess hairs from the face as they build-up 

-Apply a serum or moisturiser with SPF to promote hydration and protect the skin 

What Equipment Do I Need?


-A sharp and sterile surgical scalpel; the scalpel must be disposed of after each client to avoid transferring germs from face to face and spreading infection. 

-Cleanser; a high-quality cleanser will lift dirt, impurities and pollution from the skin to create the perfect base for dermaplaning. Some professionals use a skin peel to remove dirt from deep down. 

-Moisturising agents; it’s essential to use a moisturiser that contains SPF as the skin will be more exposed than usual and susceptible to sun damage. 


What are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?


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-Painless; despite the use of a sharp blade, dermaplaning is a painless treatment and should never be uncomfortable for your client. 


-Quick treatment; dermaplaning takes around 30-45 minutes and requires no downtime meaning it’s perfect for clients who have busy schedules. Some people even get it done on their lunch break! 


-Effective results; the use of a surgical scalpel enhances precision and is far more effective than shaving the face at home with a razor that has 2-3 blunt blades.


-Anti-ageing; this form of physical exfoliation promotes cell regeneration which makes the skin appear fresher and reduces the appearance of fine lines.


-Smooth skin; the removal of vellus hair makes the skin feel and look softer, which improves the look of makeup. 


-Skincare; cleansing and moisturising products can penetrate deeper into the pores after a dermaplaning treatment as the skin is more exposed.


-Suitable for everyone; dermaplaning can be carried out on all skin types, making it the perfect procedure for anyone looking for smoother skin.


-Minimizes the appearance of acne scarring and discolouration


Myth Debunking – Many people think that shaving facial hair will cause it to grow back thicker and darker, but it grows back at the same rate. You can promise your client they won’t be growing a beard after their dermaplaning treatment!

Are There Any Risks Involved?

If your client has any worries or if the thought of carrying it out on someone else still scares you, then you can be assured that dermaplaning is a low-risk procedure when carried out by a qualified professional.


In the first few hours and days, there may be some minor side effects: 

-Slight redness is common in the first few hours following a dermaplaning treatment

-Some people may develop whiteheads in the following days, but these should settle down 

-Scarring and infection are very rare and will only occur if the treatment isn’t carried out by a professional


While dermaplaning is suitable for all skin types, it shouldn’t be carried out on people with active acne as it’ll irritate the blemishes and make it worse. Likewise, the treatment shouldn’t be performed on people with thick facial hair as it can grow back sharp and sore. 


During the consultation, ask your client if they’ve recently had botox as they would need to wait at least 14 days before dermaplaning.

How Can The Client Protect Their Skin After Dermaplaning?

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So your client can make the most of their treatment, there are suggestions you can give them to follow in the days after their dermaplaning. 


-If possible, avoid makeup for 24 hours because the skin is more exposed and makeup would soak deeper into the pores, which may cause blemishes.


-Apply SPF daily to protect the sensitive skin from enhanced sun exposure. This is something you can advise your client to do daily regardless of the dermaplaning treatment, as it is useful for anti-ageing. 


-Avoid further exfoliation as there’ll be no more dead skin to remove on the face, and this can instead cause hyperpigmentation.


If you’re considering becoming a qualified dermaplaner, Posh Look private courses are a great way to get started! We cover everything in-depth, so you have the confidence to carry out the treatment safely and to a high standard. Head to the training page for more info. 

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A Beautician’s Guide to Semi Permanent Lashes: How Long Do They Last?

Mascara? Never heard of it – semi-permanent lashes are the boss now. If you want mesmerising Bambi eyes, then look no further than lash extensions. 


But how do you apply these fiddly little lashes you ask? We have all the info you need when it comes to lash extensions – from different styles you can offer as a beautician, to the application techniques.



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The main benefit of semi-permanent lashes is that they create a naturally beautified look (depending on the style you opt for). So they’re perfect for clients with busy schedules who want to look made up without spending hours in the morning. 


Lash extensions are also popular with fans of the falsies. With eyelash extensions you can ditch the strip lashes, relieving you of the stress of sticking your eyelashes on for a night out after your third G&T. Simply pop on your eyeshadow and hey presto, you’re ready for the night!


Semi-permanent lashes also last a lot longer than you might think. Their lifecycle is very similar to your clients’ natural lashes, so we’re talking about six to eight weeks, after which the lashes will have mostly fallen out. 


Myth debunking: contrary to popular belief, semi-permanent lashes don’t shorten and destroy the natural lashes. BUT experts do recommend taking breaks from extensions to relieve your natural lashes of the weight.


Lash extensions don’t come cheap! Costs start at £40 and can reach anywhere up to and over £100, making them a lucrative treatment. However, they take time, skill and patience to master so don’t jump into it purely for the £££.


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You don’t want your client showing up to their lash appointment with a full MUA glam, so tell all customers to arrive completely makeup-free. You need a blank canvas to give the lashes and glue the best possible base to stick to. 


Likewise, you should inspect the eyes for any visible infections such as styes or conjunctivitis, as you don’t want to inflame these or contaminate your equipment. The client will have to wait until the infection clears before having their treatment. 


It’s also advisable to shower before the appointment, as water and moisture will weaken the bonds and cause the lashes to fall out prematurely.


Ideally, contact lenses should be removed as the eyes will be closed for at least 60 minutes.


48 hours before the appointment, bring your client in for a patch test to uncover any glue allergies as they would be far more harmful to discover around the eyes!

Lash Styles

While there are different styles, you must tailor each one to the client’s eye shape. For hooded eyes, the focus should be on lifting the lid. Apply the bulk of the lashes in the centre of the eye, using natural extensions, so the eyes don’t look overcrowded. 


For wide-set eyes, apply plenty of lashes towards the inner corner to bring the eyes closer together, and vice versa for close-set eyes. 


There are different types of semi-permanent lashes, including synthetic, silk and mink. Synthetic is the cheapest type you can offer while mink and silk are more lightweight with a fluffier texture, setting clients back at least £60. 


TOP TIP: If your client is vegan but likes the look of mink lashes, you can offer faux mink lashes which achieve the same effect. 

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Individual eyelashes come in different lengths, from 6mm to 17mm. Use varying lengths across the eyes to create different styles and make the set look more natural. As well as length, eyelash extensions also come in varying thicknesses from 0.03mm all the way up to 3mm. The thicker the lash, the more dramatic the look will be. 


The type of curl you use is also an essential factor in determining how dramatic or natural the lashes will look. Lash extension curls are graded by letter. For example, J and B curls create a more natural effect while C and D curls lift and open the eye dramatically.  


There are many different styles a beautician can offer, including classic, doll, hybrid and Russian. Russian is the most dramatic and uses plenty of cluster lashes to create a thick, dark set. On the other hand, classic lashes work with the natural lash shape, enhancing the eye for a natural look. 


Doll lashes focus on opening and lifting the eye for a glamourous effect and are a popular choice with many celebrities. Hybrid extensions are a happy medium between classic and Russian lashes, creating a perfect glam look that isn’t too striking.


You could also offer coloured extensions, however black is the most popular option.


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So, you’ve had a client consultation and patch test, and now you’re ready to begin applying! Settle down for a 1-2 hour session and turn up the concentration levels.


First off, start by sticking gel eye pads under the client’s eyes. These will protect the skin from any fallout and glue while giving you an area to tap off any excess. 


Gel pads can also be used for lash mapping, a method beautician’s use to plan out where each lash length should be placed. Mapping is achieved by drawing out sections on the gel pads with diagonal lines and numbering each one with the length you want to place in that area. 


Lash mapping is a handy trick because you don’t have to think about the lash design once it’s drawn and can get to work sticking them on instead!  


Using curved tweezers, lift a lash extension from the tapered end and dip the root into the strong adhesive.


Separate the natural lashes with wide pointed tweezers to create a gap in which the individual lash can sit.


Place the extension onto the base of a single natural lash and make sure it’s placed at the right angle, moving it around if necessary. 


You can expect to repeat this application process over 100 times on each eye, which is what makes semi-permanent lashes a lengthy procedure!


No two natural or synthetic lashes should be stuck together as this will cause clumping and be uncomfortable for the client.  


There are different lash extensions for different styles, ranging from classic to 4D. Russian lashes use 2D+ extensions, which is when multiple extensions are attached to one bond and natural lash. On the other hand, classic lashes comprise of one individual extension per natural lash. 


Once you’ve applied all of the lashes, brush through the fresh set with a disposable mascara wand to remove any knots or tangles.

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Aftercare: How Long Do Semi Permanent Lashes Last?

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Semi-permanent lashes should last between six to eight weeks. However, you can offer infills from as little as two weeks, charging more for them as the weeks go on. 


The most important thing to do is avoid water for 12-24 hours, as this will break down the glue and cause the lashes to fall out quickly. 


Avoid waterproof mascara and eyeliner as they will be hard to remove and may result in ripping out your lashes. Similarly, avoid using oil-based products on the eyes as they will break down the adhesive. 


When applying makeup take extra care to avoid pressing on the lashes or getting fallout on them. It’s a good idea to brush the lashes through once the makeup’s been applied to remove any excess product. 


Sleep on your back, rather than your stomach or sides, to prevent crushing and misshaping the extensions. 

Lash Removal

Now your client’s had their lashes on for a month they can either opt for infills or a removal. This is where you can step in and offer your services again. 


Semi-permanent lash removal is pretty simple and only requires a gel remover. Apply the remover from root to tip and wait 10 minutes, then wipe away the lashes with a cotton pad. If any lashes remain, repeat the process and wait 5 minutes for the lashes to fall away. 


Remove any residue with a cleanser/makeup remover to make sure the eyes are completely clean. 


Infills follow the same process as starting from scratch. Simply fill in the gaps to make the lashes look full and fresh again. Infills are a quicker and cheaper process as they’re simply a touch up of the original set.

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Now that you know all of the tricks to give your clients lashes for days, it’s time to get started. Always remember, the eyes are a sensitive area to work on, and you should take the correct and thorough precautions with every client! Happy lashing!

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Tanning Tips for Beginner Beauticians

The fake bake is a trend that people opt for all year round, and it’s the perfect way to achieve a healthy summer glow, no matter the skin type. The convenience, safety and instant results of spray tanning make it a go-to service for many women and men. 


It’s a popular industry with plenty of potential customers, so what are you waiting for? Get stuck into our ultimate tanning tips guide!


Personal Traits

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While spray tanning is popular, most people are still pretty uncomfortable with the idea of stripping off in front of a total stranger. Therefore, you need to have amazing social skills that’ll put your client at ease and build a respectful relationship. 


In reviews of other tanning technicians, people tend to highlight how comfortable they were made to feel during the process, so it’s clearly one of the main things people think about before choosing where to get a tan.


Make sure that as soon as you welcome your client, you keep things chatty and friendly, and if they seem nervous, be reassuring throughout the whole process.


Benefits of Spray Tanning

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Spray tans have had a bad rep with the ”tango” and TOWIE association, so remind potential clients of the many benefits of spray tanning.


Spray tans gained popularity when people began to realise the damaging effects of sunbeds and sunbathing in general. The health benefits of spray tanning, in comparison to sunbeds, are something you can mention when promoting your services. 


Sunbeds cause premature wrinkles due to the intense UV rays that penetrate the skin. The ageing effects are something your clients will likely be conscious of as people use tanning to achieve a youthful glow.


UV rays from sunbeds have also been proven to cause skin cancer (melanoma) which can lead to permanent skin damage. Protect your customer’s health and gain clients by raising awareness of the serious effects of sunbeds.  


Practically, spray tans are a dream for anyone wanting to achieve an instant bronzed look, making them perfect for events or holidays. So you can expect to be in demand all year round. Spray tans are also ideal for people with very pale or sensitive skin, who struggle to achieve a natural tan.


The slimming benefits of tan are enjoyed by many – think bodybuilders, who use a deep dark tan to sculpt their muscles. If you can’t tone it, tan it!


Tanning Prep


Both you and your client should take steps to prepare for the spray tan to get the best possible results.

The Tanning Technician

First and foremost, you need to make sure that the tanning booth and gun are clean and sanitised from the last session. 


Before spraying, wear a dust mask to protect your airways from the fumes and wear a washable uniform, so you don’t ruin your clothes. 


Spray tanning fumes can be strong, so it’s essential to have some ventilation that will extract them. You can purchase a machine, or make sure that you have plenty of windows open and fresh air flowing.


You need a spray gun and compressor for the actual tanning. A compressor controls the pressure of the spray tan, which will affect the quality, smoothness and colour of the overall look.  


Make sure you purchase a tanning booth, gun and compressor from a reputable seller so you can give the best quality tans.

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The Client

Advise your client on the steps they should take before coming in for their spray tan so they can create a perfect base on which to work. 


1-2 days before the spray tan, your client should shave, exfoliate and moisturise. Exfoliation will remove any dead skin cells so the tan won’t peel or wash away as quickly. Hairs prevent the spray tan from reaching and soaking into the skin, so shaving will remove this barrier. Moisturising the skin will prevent dryness, so the tan doesn’t peel off as quickly. 


The client should wear dark, loose-fitting clothing, so they don’t smudge the tan or stain their clothes. 


On the day, apply barrier cream on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, as these are dry areas that shouldn’t be tanned. You should also provide disposable footpads, caps and underwear to protect the client’s hair and private parts.

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The Spray Tan

Perform a consultation with the client before tanning, as you will need to take extra precautions for pregnant women or people with breathing difficulties.

Mix the tanning liquid and solution, dependent on the instructions and the darkness of the tan you want to achieve. 

Position the gun 8-12 inches away from the skin and keep an even speed, so each area is covered equally. Work in overlapping lines, so you don’t leave the client with any white patches.

You don’t have to follow a strict tanning routine, so keep practising until you find what works best for you. The following order is a general guideline: 

  1. Back of body – Spray from the top of the neck and work your way down the legs. Ask the client to raise their arms so you can get into any deeper areas. 
  2. Sides – Keeping the arms raised, spray the sides of the torso and legs.
  3. Front of the body – Starting from the neck, spray the chest, torso and front of the legs. 
  4. Outer arms – Ask the client to raise their arms up and outwards, then spray down the arms.  
  5. Inner arms – Flip the arms so that you can tan the insides, blending the two sides. 
  6. Hands and Feet – Ask the client to make a claw shape with their hand and spray lightly in a crossover motion. Spray the feet lightly so they don’t go darker than the rest of the body. 
  7. Face – Spray the centre of the face in horizontal motions, then spray each side in a vertical line. Make sure the mouth and eyes are shut but not too tightly as this will wrinkle the face and cause tan lines. 

Wipe down the nails immediately after tanning to prevent staining. Advise your client to apply a clear nail varnish before their spray tan, which can be removed along with any excess tan after the procedure. 


Clean out the gun/airbrush thoroughly to avoid a build-up of tan which would block the nozzle and possibly break the gun. 


TOP TIP: Whether you work from home or rent a space in a salon, it’s a nice touch to have umbrellas ready, so your client can protect their tan if it rains. 


A good spray tan should last anywhere between 4-10 days if taken care of properly. 


Advise your client with aftercare tips so they can enjoy their tan for as long as possible! Boost your professionalism by providing an aftercare leaflet that they can refer to for instruction. 


Here are some general aftercare guidelines to share with your client:


For best results, wait 12-24 hours until your first rinse and don’t use soap in the initial wash as the chemicals will strip the tan off more rapidly. 


Moisturise daily to prevent the tan from peeling and going patchy. Use a moisturiser that contains gradual tan to boost your glow while protecting it.


Use baby powder instead of deodorants to avoid streaking the tan in areas that are prone to sweat. 


You can also top up your tan with a high quality home-use mousse or spray to make that golden glow last a little longer.

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The tanning tips mentioned should be pretty easy to get the hang of once you’ve had a few practises. You don’t want to end up with a Ross from Friends situation, so take it slow and steady until you get the hang of it!

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What Does a Beautician Do?

If you always find yourself looking at Russians on social media (we mean the eyelash kind) and a perfect brow makes your eyes light up, being a beautician could be the ideal job for you. 


But, what does a beautician do? 


We’re here to give you the lowdown on what it takes to become a beautician, the skills you’ll need and the services you’ll provide. 


What Training Does a Beautician Need?

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The average salary of a beautician is around £17k, with an experienced beauty therapist earning up to £20k. 


Before you start administering treatments, you need to complete an NVQ Level 3 qualification to call yourself a fully qualified beautician. You can go about this in a number of ways:


College course

If you’re just starting out your career as a beautician, you can begin with an NVQ Level 2 qualification and build up to a Level 3. Check your local college websites to see what kind of courses they offer and the treatments they teach.



This kind of training allows you to learn while getting experience on the job and a wage! Be aware that apprentice wages can be as little as £3 per hour, so they’re more suitable for young people who are still living at home. If you take a practical approach to learning and want to get stuck into the real world of a beautician, then search the National Careers Service for available apprenticeships. 


Private course

Private beauty schools offer specialised, industry level training in all areas of beauty therapy. You can fund these yourself, or some schools offer learner loans financed by the government, so you can check if you qualify. 


Online courses 

You can also gain an NVQ qualification by completing an online course which covers different areas of beauty therapy using videos and tests. These are helpful if you’re working around time constraints. However, they don’t give you much real-life experience. 


Once you have a level two qualification, you can start as a beauty therapist assistant and work your way up while you complete the level three.

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What Skills Does a Beautician Require?

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Beauticians need a wide range of skills outside of beauty, to keep the clients coming back. Some treatments are in intimate places, so a beautician must be able to make their clients feel comfortable.


Communication and interpersonal skills are key. No one wants to sit in silence for over an hour while someone sticks false eyelashes on them. But, you also need to know when to stop talking – for example, if a client has paid for a relaxing massage, you shouldn’t talk about your boyfriend problems through the treatment. 


Calling all perfectionists! The treatments that a beauty therapist carries out require patience and accuracy, so if you’re someone who likes to get the job done quickly, this may not be the route for you. 


Being a beautician isn’t all about lashes and brows; you also need to be clued up on your organisational skills. Managing admin, responding to emails and keeping track of your client base will be part of your daily routine. 


Finally, the most important skill you need is a passion for beauty. Without it, you’re going to get pretty bored with applying lashes, nails and tan every day! 

What Does a Beautician Do?

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Beauticians provide a wide range of services that require lots of technical skills and products. You can learn how to master all of these techniques or specialise in a few areas to manage your workload and outgoings. 


As a beautician, you have the option of working for a salon or spa, which is useful for getting into the industry because they’ll have an existing client base. However, if you prefer to work freelance and be in control of your hours, you can offer a mobile service or work from home. 


Facials and Massages 


Facials are a natural treatment that improve the appearance of the skin and relax the client, by massaging products into their face. They require various skin products such as cleansers, face masks and moisturisers. 


You should take precautions when offering facials, such as checking if the client has sensitive skin or allergies, so always start with a consultation. 


Massages are a holistic treatment, which help to relieve the body of aches and pains naturally. 


Popular massages include back, shoulders, full-body and foot, which each require different techniques. 


Clients will have preferences as to whether they prefer soft or hard pressure during their massage, so begin with a consultation to avoid injury or pain. 


To carry out an effective massage, you’ll need a relaxing environment and bed, as well as some essential oils to work into the skin. The oil is worked into the skin using different hand techniques, depending on the part of the body you’re working on. 




There are lots of eyebrow treatments a beauty therapist can offer, from threading to tinting.


Shaping the brows can be done through waxing, threading or plucking. Waxing and threading create a sharp finish and are a popular treatment for creating the ‘Instagram brows’. The wax is heated up then applied onto the overgrown hairs with a wooden spatula. Once dry, the wax is ripped off to remove unwanted hairs. 


Threading removes hair from the follicle with a thin piece of string and requires practice and skill. This is a popular request because it creates precise brows and lasts longer. It’s also cost-effective because you don’t need many products. 


Once shaped, the eyebrows can be semi or permanently dyed. Dying the brows can be done with a tint. Tinting kits can be purchased online which contain all of the necessary equipment to carry out the treatment. A patch test must be carried out 24 hours before a client’s appointment to see if they have an allergic reaction to the dye, away from the vulnerable eye area.     

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There are several eyelash enhancing treatments, including tinting, eyelash extensions, and eyelash lifts. Eyelash tinting is similar to the eyebrows, as the tint is applied directly onto the lashes then wiped away once set. 


Eyelash lifts work with the natural lashes to make them appear longer and are usually carried out along with a tint.


Eyelash extensions enhance the length and thickness of the lashes. This involves sticking individual false eyelashes on with glue and tweezers, as close to the lash line as possible. They can be natural or long and thick, depending on the client’s preference. Eyelash extensions are a time-consuming procedure, requiring patience and accuracy.

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Waxing and Permanent Hair Removal


Waxing is popular with women and men all year round, and can be carried out on the legs, bikini line, armpits, ears and nose. It’s also easy to learn, making it a useful area of beauty to get into. 


Before performing a wax treatment, oil should be applied to prep the skin. Heat the wax and apply it onto the skin in the direction of hair growth.


Beauty therapists can also offer permanent hair removal, such as laser hair treatment. This requires expensive equipment and extra training, but it can be lucrative as the client has to have many sessions for the procedure to work. 

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Skin Enhancements/Dermaplaning


Dermaplaning removes dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the face with a surgical scalpel. It’s a painless procedure, but it has to be carried out with care to avoid cutting the face. This is becoming more popular as people seek out natural enhancements, that make the skin glow. 


Micro-rolling is a similar procedure and uses a roller with micro-needles to exfoliate the face and encourage blood flow. Smooth rollers are then used over the top to soothe the skin. 




Spray tanning is popular as people prefer a fake bake to protect the skin from the sun and UV damage. 


To offer spray tans, you will need a booth, tanning gun, tanning solution and disposable underwear for your clients. Tanning is something that takes practice to get the perfect, even application. 


Some beauty therapists offer makeup and nail enhancements, but there are separate Makeup Artistry and Nail Technology courses that provide a specialised insight into these areas.  

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What are the Benefits of being a Beautician?

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Beauty therapy is a rewarding job because your treatments help to boost the confidence and self-esteem of your clients.  



Working with clients means your constantly meeting new people and building relationships. The nature of beauty therapy allows you to create friendly relationships with loyal clients, making it a pleasant and social job.   


Flexible Hours

Whether you work freelance or rent a space in a salon, you’re pretty much in control of your own hours, allowing you to make time for other commitments, such as family.


Job Security

As a beautician, your skills are always going to be in demand as the beauty industry is bigger than ever and is set to keep growing in the future. 


Career Prospects

Once you become a qualified beautician with a few years of experience under your belt, the future can hold many possibilities. You may choose to become a beauty therapist trainer, expand your skills into other areas of beauty or even open your own salon. Whatever you choose, there will always be an opportunity to switch up your career. 


Beauty therapists benefit from having a varied job with exciting career prospects. Try out all of the skills and techniques we’ve discussed and decide which ones are your favourite. Once you’ve figured out your skills set, you’ll be one step closer to starting your career as a beautician. 

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How to Start A Beauty Salon: Posh Nailz 10-Step Guide

If you don’t want to spend all your time administering treatments to clients and want to run a salon, start your journey here.


Salon ownership is a huge commitment, and you have to have a keen business brain, as well as a passion for the industry.


Ask Yourself: Is This My Passion?

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If you’re trying to open a salon as a passive income, should you do it in the first place? You’ll either be investing a lot of your own money into the project or taking out a hefty loan, so if you lose interest, there’s a big price to pay.

If you’re already in the industry as a salon manager, therapist or stylist (and you love it!) you’ve already got a hint that you’ll love running a salon.

If you’re moving from a different industry or career, how do you know if you’ll like it? Getting your nails done every week doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy running a salon.

We aren’t trying to put you off here; we’re asking you to consider whether you want to do it.

Here’s what you’ll have to take into consideration, which we’ll go into more as the article progresses:


  1. Qualifications
  2. Business plans
  3. Funding
  4. Mentorship
  5. Accounting and inventory plans
  6. Salon location
  7. Equipment and furniture
  8. Marketing budgets
  9. Product lines
  10. Staff


If you have a passion for the industry, you’re already halfway there — develop your business brain along the way. But first, read this 10-step guide and start your journey to becoming a salon owner.


1. Get Qualified

We aren’t saying you can’t run a salon without any qualifications, but it helps. You can explore the beauty-driven route, like NVQs in beauty therapy, or business-driven routes like business admin courses or degrees.


Advantages & Disadvantages of Beauty Courses

The main advantage of taking a beauty course is that it gives you the option to learn the trade you’re going into.

If you’ve got the relevant qualification, you can test the water and determine whether you like salon life. Keep this one as general as possible if you want to experience all areas of beauty.

However, if you’re going to open a specialist salon like a nail bar, take the nail technician course.

The downside of a beauty course is that it may be quite light on the business side of things. There will be business focused modules, but you won’t learn as much about business as you need to.

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Business Qualifications

The advantage of completing a business course is that you’ll be learning a lot about business! And you need to know a lot about business to become a business owner.

You’ll learn about different theoretical and practical elements of business that’ll help you prepare for the world of salon ownership.

The downside of business qualifications are that they don’t provide you with any expertise in the beauty industry, so you’d have to keep up with current trends.


2. Develop a Business Plan

When you’ve got the necessary qualifications (or not if you fancy taking your chances), you need to develop a robust business plan that will be taken seriously by investors. If your business plan looks like a 5-year-old assembled it, you’ll be shown the door.

Here’s a 6-step guide:

  1. Research — analyse your service, your market and your objectives
  2. Determine purpose — nature of the business, sales and marketing strategy, financial background
  3. Company profile — how you’re going to solve a problem, what makes your business unique
  4. Document all aspects of the business — cash flow, industry projections and expenses
  5. Marketing plan — setting goals and objectives, developing tactics to achieve them
  6. Explain why you’re passionate — why should an investor give you their money?


You should support your business plan with relevant visuals like graphics, statistics, pie charts and graphs.


3. Get Funding

The next step is to secure funding. There are various ways you can do this. If you’ve got savings, you can use them, but be wary it costs between 3-35k to start a salon, depending on whether you take over an existing shop or start from scratch.

You could get a traditional loan from a bank or a startup loan specialist, which will come with interest but you’ll have several years to pay them off.

The other option is to secure funding from investors, who will ask for a share of the business in return for their money. For example, if they invest £1,000 of £10,000, they may expect a 10% share of profits and losses.


4. Find a Mentor

Finding a mentor to guide you through your journey is beneficial, especially if they have experience in salon ownership. If they don’t, it doesn’t matter. Don’t ask anyone in your area to mentor you; they won’t want to give the competition any of their profits.


5. Create Accounting & Inventory Plans

You need to keep track of how much money you’re spending, as well as the progress of your project.

On the accounting side, you need to measure revenue and expenses, on the project progress side, you’ll have to manage your inventory.

You can hire an accountant to help you with the former and a business advisor to help you with the latter.

Read this blog from Salon Today to help you manage your product inventory.


6. Hunt for the Right Location

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Location can often determine success and failure. Pick a poor location and you’ll struggle to generate business, pick a great location and you’ll thrive.

Don’t be put off by vacant properties that aren’t available to rent either, people keep properties for sentimental reasons and are often open to suggestions of renting.

Here are five things you should consider when looking for a business location:


  1. Accessibility — can people access your salon with ease? Do they have to drive? Is there parking? Disabled access?
  2. Competition — starting a business in an area where there are ten salons probably isn’t a good idea. Pick an area with fewer competitors if you want to generate more interest. However, salons are common in all areas, so don’t be put off.
  3. Operating expenses — renting space in Manchester city centre is going to be more expensive than renting space in the middle of Rochdale, sometimes it’s more profitable to pick a cheaper location, even if you don’t see as many clients.
  4. Demographics & target audience — do your target audience live or work where you’re setting up your salon? For example, would you set up a cheap and cheerful nail bar in the middle of the most affluent area in Cheshire?
  5. Tax and regulations — some areas may have higher tax bands, and limits on the number of signs you can display in the area.


7. Buy Equipment & Furniture

You can’t run a salon without any equipment or furniture. You’ll need all the classic furniture staples, chairs, coffee tables, cushions, whatever you need to make your guests and staff feel comfortable.

Your equipment needs will depend on the type of salon you want to open. If you want to open a massage parlour, you’ll need massage benches. If you want to open a hairdressing salon, you’ll need mirrors and dressing stools.

If you want to cover all bases, you’ll need a lot of equipment!

You’ll also need to consider business equipment like card machines, a till, plus a computer and filing system.


8. Consider Your Website & Marketing Strategies

These two go hand-in-hand, and you shouldn’t have one without the other. A website is crucial because you need to appeal to an audience that isn’t walking by your shop.

A website gives you a digital footprint and allows you to communicate with customers online. You could set up a booking system, list your treatments and show examples of your work. It’s your portfolio.

Your website formulates part of your marketing strategy as it’s a tool used to attract people to your salon.

You need to consider other marketing methods such as leaflets, loyalty schemes, social media updates, content writing and pay-per-click advertising.

You’ll find some methods work for you and others don’t, but if you aren’t shouting about your salon, how do you know people will come?


9. Determine Product Lines

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If retailers or distributors discover you’re opening a salon, be prepared for the onslaught. They want to get their products in your salon, so don’t go with the first offer that drops on your door.

Think about your clientele. If you’re setting up a cheap nail bar, there won’t be as much scrutiny with product quality (this doesn’t mean buy cheap goods).

If you’re an upmarket hairdresser, your clients will want to know they’re getting the best products available for the price they’re paying.

Psst! Don’t forget to ask for plenty of samples.


10. Hire Some Staff

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You can’t run a salon without any staff, so you need to get the right people through the door if you want your salon to become a success.

Firstly, you’ll need a salon manager — who’ll ensure the smooth running of daily operations, create a positive team environment, and exceed customer expectations.

You’ll also need a receptionist who’ll be the face of the salon, take appointments and answer phones.

After you’ve covered the operational positions, you’ll need someone to administer whatever treatments you’re going to provide.

This should be self-explanatory based on whatever field you go into.


Are You Ready to Start Your Salon?

Now you’ve read this guide, the next thing to do is get out and do it. Bookmark this blog, and you can use it as a reference point whenever you need some direction. Here’s a recap:

  1. Get Qualified
  2. Develop a Business Plan
  3. Get Funding
  4. Find a Mentor
  5. Create Accounting & Inventory Plans
  6. Hunt for the Right Location
  7. Buy Equipment & Furniture
  8. Consider Your Website & Marketing Strategies
  9. Determine Product Lines
  10. Hire Some Staff

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alternative beauty careers

Alternative Careers in Beauty: What Are My Options?

Do you love making people feel beautiful? If you’re passionate about making others feel amazing, beauty is the career for you.


Does that mean you have to become a beauty therapist? Of course not! Tattoo artists, dermatologists and barbers — they all exist to make people feel better about their appearance.


Who Run the World?

Traditionally, the beauty industry was run by women, which isn’t the case anymore. Men love pampering themselves and taking care of their appearance, with hair removal products up 25% in 2018 to £6 million. Is this the knock-on effect of waxed chests on Love Island?

The point is, who runs the beauty industry? Anyone!

If you have an interest in beauty and you think you could be the next best model, soap maker or tattoo remover, read this article.


1. Model

There’s an open debate on this one, do models make us feel better or worse about ourselves? As we gaze at a Kendall Jenner endorsed product, wishing we were more like her. When we have it, we feel it.

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There’s a lot of talk about unrealistic beauty standards, but Asos employ plus-sized models to style their clothing, and there are plenty of plus-sized models like Iskra Lawrence speaking about issues like self-acceptance and body confidence.

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Nevertheless, modelling is a beauty career. It all depends on what type of model you want to be: fitness, mature, parts, glamour, catwalk etc.

If you think you’ve got the self-confidence and talent to do it, go for it!


2. Salon Owner

Who says you have to administer treatments to have a beauty career? Running a salon means you can oversee the process. If you enjoy your job as a beauty specialist and don’t want to give it up, this isn’t the route for you.

If you’re interested in learning how to run a profitable business, manage employees, and providing a relaxing retreat, running a salon is a great career choice.

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Who knows this blonde bombshell? If you haven’t owned a Nicky Clarke hairdryer or pair of straighteners, you are irrelevant.

His electronics empire started with some old-fashioned hard work. He worked for John Frieda, before running hair salons in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

While you may never reach the heights of an OBE, being a salon owner is challenging and reaps many lucrative rewards.

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3. Beauty Supply Salesperson

It doesn’t matter what area of beauty you work in, you’ll be expected to have extensive knowledge of the products you’re using if you’re using them on people’s skin.

While building this knowledge, some people take a keen interest in learning more about products and selling them to make money.

You can do this a couple of ways, there are retail outlets that only sell beauty products like Sally and online distributors like Salons Direct, where you can work as a sales assistant.

If you want something more lucrative, you can use your sales skills to sell beauty products online or in your area.

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You’ll be given brochures and order strips to distribute to potential customers. You then return and collect their orders, Avon ships the products and you deliver them. You make a commission based on how much money you make.

This method works for people who want to make a little extra cash, but some people have turned it into a career, like a woman in Sunderland who made a million.

As an alternative, you can also take your business online by setting up an eCommerce store and shipping your products to customers.


4. Beauty Influencer

If you’re good at building a natural following because people are interested in what you have to say, beauty influencing is the route for you.

Usually, beauty influencers either get free products and test them in front of their loyal audience, or if they’re in demand (think Jefree Starr or Pixiwoo), businesses will pay them to review their products or create sponsored social media posts.

Once you’re in demand, you can promote all sorts of lifestyle and beauty products… Here’s a video of Jefree Starr clearing out over 1,000,000 dollars worth of makeup.



Not everyone reaches these heights though, although you can make money or get free makeup if you’ve got a modest following.

Most people who have a large fanbase are passionate about the products which shows in the content they create.

If you want to get into this field to make money, pick something you want to promote and don’t make people feel like you’re asking for free stuff.


5. Photographer

Eat too much cake to be a fitness model? Think you’ll fall flat on your face on the catwalk?

You could always consider working behind the camera, taking photographs of those who have the necessary willpower and metabolic rate to become a model.

Photographers create the lens to the world, without them, much of it would be inaccessible.

From the striking images of 50s models Suzy Parker and Mary Jane Russell in British Vogue to the filtered Instagram photos of your best mate in Ibiza, they all required a cameraperson.

The good thing is most people have some experience using a camera, and there are phone apps that allow you to edit them to a good standard.

However, if you want to become a professional, you’ll need a decent camera, and you’ll have to learn how to edit photos.

If you’re creative, can operate a camera and know how to edit photographs, photography could be the career for you.


6. Barber

It seems like barber shops are popping up all over the place at the minute. Are men not going bald anymore?

While male hair implants may have a little to do with it, the fact that men are encouraged to take care of their hair, be it on their head or other places (don’t worry, different job) is a factor.

In the 00s it became cool for men to grow beards and care for them with expensive grooming kits, so that has played a part as well.

Reports suggest that the barbering industry will continue to grow, but the demand for top-quality barbers is short.

Is this where you come in?

The good thing about barbering is that the better you are, the more work you acquire. The proof is quite obvious, leave your clients with a Shia LeBeouf plaited ponytail, and you may have the angry mob chasing after you.

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If you’ve worked in a salon, it could be an opportunity to switch jobs while using your skills. Or if you’re thinking of starting a career in barbering or hairdressing, it’s the best time to get into the industry.


7. Tattoo Remover

You were drunk. You were on holiday. That’s the classic excuse for the matching hearts you and your friend got etched onto your bum cheeks.

Now you’re older, the novelty has worn off, and the story isn’t as funny as you once thought.

The good news is, you can get them removed. And the tattoo removal market is set to grow by 15.9% in the next four years.

Also, if you like inflicting pain on people without getting a jail sentence, this could be the career for you.

Jokes aside, remember to treat people sensitively, many people are embarrassed about their tattoos. You’re helping them feel better about themselves.

In the meantime, here’s an example of a dreadful tattoo…

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8. Beauty Product Inventor

If you’ve got a creative spark and an interest in beauty products, you could start making your own.

There’s been an increase in demand for natural beauty products in the last few years as reports suggest there are many cancer-causing chemicals in the products we’re using.

There are loads of beauty products you can make at home:

  • Soap
  • Nail polish
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Shaving oil
  • Lip scrub
  • Dry shampoo

Plus many more. If you learn how to make products, you could set up an Instagram, Facebook or Etsy shop and start making money from them.


Are You Ready to Begin Your Career in Beauty?

If you want to try something a little different, explore the options above. However, there’s nothing wrong with being traditional and working in a salon, so bare these careers in mind as well.

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