Beauticians are usually the general-task hair stylist at the salon, although the beautician may also be required to perform specialty services such as coloring and weaving at smaller salons that do not employ specialized personnel to perform those duties. Hair salons are the typical businesses hire beauticians, and salons of all types employ beauticians as the primary member of their workforce. Beauticians must be able to execute a variety of cuts and styles as required by patrons. The beautician must also be aware of trends and new styles and work to continually update his or her skills and abilities. Beauticians also must be able to execute difficult tasks such as razor cuts, permanents, and administering coloring and highlights.
Because of the personal and one-on-one nature of the business, successful beauticians must be people-oriented workers. A beautician must be an excellent communicator and be willing to carefully listen to customers and execute the style for the patron in a satisfactory manner. Businesses in this sector thrive off repeat business and “regulars,” and the interpersonal skills of a beautician are frequently as important as the individuals styling skills.
To work as a beautician, an individual must typically receive some sort of vocational school or beauty college training and certifications. Many salons hire interns or entry-level stylists by recruiting from these institutions. Beauticians typically work regular business hours during the week, although some salons do offer evening hours and require employees for these shifts as well.
May provide skin care, nail care, waxing and massage treatments.
Consult with clients, perform makeup demonstrations, and provide skin care consultations.
Shampoo, rinse, cut, bleach, dye, dry, and/or style hair according to client requests and aesthetic concerns.
Provide general beauty consultation to clients.