Beauty Therapist Kaihaumanu Kanohi

Beauty therapists provide treatments for the face and body, such as facials, massage, laser hair removal, waxing and pedicures.

Beauty therapists can apply for membership of the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals.

Beauty therapists may do some or all of the following:

  • analyse and treat clients' skin, hair and nails
  • advise on face and body care
  • apply and sell makeup and skincare products.

Beauty therapists may specialise in:

  • face and body treatments such as facials, scrubs, peels and massages
  • removing unwanted hair by waxing, electrolysis, and laser treatment
  • applying artificial tan
  • shaping, tinting and applying eyebrows and eyelashes
  • manicures and pedicures (treating and decorating fingernails or toenails)
  • massage and reflexology.

Clinical aesthetician or aesthetician

To be a clinical aesthetician who administers injections, such as botox, you need to be a registered nurse.

To be an aesthetician, who supports those nurses, you need to:

  • hold qualifications in beauty therapy, laser treatments, acid treatments and electrolysis
  • have at least two years' industry experience and knowledge of cosmetic injections.

Physical Requirements

Beauty therapists need to be:

  • neat and tidy, with a high standard of cleanliness
  • well co-ordinated with good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) for detailed work
  • reasonably strong, to carry out massages and body wraps, and carry massage tables.

Beauty therapists should not be allergic to makeup or beauty products.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for beauty therapists includes:

  • modelling
  • customer service or retail work
  • volunteer or paid work in a beauty or hair salon, fashion or cosmetics store.

Personal Qualities

Beauty therapists need to be:

  • friendly, tactful and patient
  • creative and artistic
  • organised, and able to work well under pressure
  • good at managing their time
  • confident about recommending and selling products
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for beauty therapists includes:

  • modelling
  • customer service or retail work
  • volunteer or paid work in a beauty or hair salon, fashion or cosmetics store.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 2 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include health education, biology and maths.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Beauty Therapists can earn around $39K-$60K per year per year.

Beauty therapists may progress to set up their own beauty salons, or move into management roles.

Beauty therapists may become sales representatives or permanent make-up artists (who tattoo hair and facial features).

Beauty therapists can specialise in the following roles:

Clinical Aesthetician
Clinical aestheticians administer cosmetic injections and peels.
Nail Technician
Nail technicians treat and decorate clients' nails.
Tanning Technician
Tanning technicians offer spray tan services.
Beauty Therapist

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