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Emerging careers in beauty and make up

Last updated on: April 29, 2011 15:21 IST

In an online chat with Get Ahead readers on April 27, Vaishali K of LTA Beauty School (http://www.ltaindia.org/) discussed various career options in the fileds of beauty, make up and cosmetology.

Here is the unedited excerpt:


rishabh asked, Hi Vaishali, how is the starting package like after comepleting a course in beauty and cosmetology? what kind of job is it. i heard one has to start at the bottom and the only way to progress is to branch out
VAISHALI K answers,  at 2011-04-27 14:03:24Hi Rishabh, if you are well qualified like CIDESCO and CIBTAC you can expect 10-12K and subsequent growth is exponential year on year. you can get employed as aesthetician or cosmetologist in high end salons, clinics and spas


chetan asked, hi vaishali kahase he ap
VAISHALI K answers, Hi Chetan our school is located in Andheri (mumbai). our website address is www.ltaindia.org


khushi asked, and what qualification is needed? could you pls tell more about the course fee, duration etc
VAISHALI K answers, Hi Khushi,if you are taking cosmetology you require to be 12th standard. however if you wish to take hairdressing or make up even 10th is fine. the duration will be from 3 months-12 months.


Kunal asked, Hello Vaishali Ma'm, what skills does it require to be a Cosmetologist?
VAISHALI K answers, Hello Kunal, you need to have customer services orientation, have an understanding of anatomy and physiology,knowledge of eletrical currents and their effects on face and body, need to methodical.


diva asked, how to choose the right school?
VAISHALI K answers, A) First and foremost is the curriculum : Prospective students must ensure that the institute they are going to choose should have industry relevant curriculum . Better way of verifying that is to see whether the curriculum is aligned to international standard. Some of the best beauty therapist in the world are found in Europe. That's because of very high safety ,hygiene and treatment procedures followed in these countries. It makes sense for Indian students to look for any beauty schools in India which follows the curriculum which is accepted in European and other developed nations . As students would stand to gain by learning best programs at a far lesser rate and that without having to leave their country. Generally schools having their own curriculum are skewed as per their available resources which might be in the best interest of students. B) Accreditation: It is important to know whether the beauty school which you intend to join has been accredited by any product neutral and reputed academic body. This would ensure that the school is adhering to those standard and is expected to maintain certain quality standard to retain their accreditation. One important thing to find out is whether their accreditation is currently valid or not. The best way to do that to find out through the website of accrediting body. C) Infrastructure : A good school should not give a feeling of being in a garage. The school should have enough space for students to have their theory and practical sessions without feeling claustrophobic. Having access to library books is of added advantage. Goes without saying that world class beauty training school would have very high emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene and state of art equipments for beauty treatments. D) Trainer quality: Quality of training depends a lot on quality of trainers. A good training school should have array of full time trainers in their system who are not only knowledgeable and have relevant qualification (preferably international qualification) but also should know the nuances of training . E) Placement facility : The real objective of undergoing beauty training is to make a career and a good training school should always have student placement at the top of their agenda. Important to check the track record of past students placed by the school and does the school have dedicated placement division to ensure every students trained by them are placed. F) Hands on practise : Beauty training in more than one way is very different from other training . It requires plenty of hands on training for students to gain confidence. Does the training school have mechanism or system in place to provide for students to gain enough practical knowledge . This a question one should ask G) Emphasis on all round growth: For succeeding in beauty career It is not enough that the school trains you on technical skills alone. Today industry is very demanding and expects beauty professionals to follow corporate norms of grooming and have sound customer service skills which reflects its professional image. Beauty schools should have training sessions dedicated to grooming, customer service and communication skills module . This is very essential for student success. H) Certification: It is always good to research on what qualification/certification is the most widely accepted globally. To mention a few in the field of beauty therapy CIDESCO(Switzerland) or a CIBTAC (UK) qualification is considered to be the best in the world while for qualification in hair the one from CITY and GUILD(UK) is widely accepted in over 100 countries. These qualification also helps students who are planning to migrate to other countries for better opportunities obtain VISA and also overseas employment . I) Bank loan facility : If a school claims to provide bank loan facility ,one could be assured of the reputation of the institution . As banks would never provide loans to students of those institute whose credibility is questionable. While such facility is a boon to those seeking financial assistance from bank for their education , It also assurance students of institute's reputation .


larissa asked, Which jobs in the field of beauty and cosmetology are in most demand?
VAISHALI K answers, jobs in the field if spa, spa therapist, slimming treatments, facial asthetics.


priya asked, hi vaishali, i am a working mother but extremely keen on pursuing a career in hair and beauty, please tell me how do i take this ahead?
VAISHALI K answers, Hi priya, you could look at part time options which is available with most of the schools.


shridhar asked, hello mam, i am currently in class 12, and would like to become a hair stylist. could you pls advice me on how i should take it forward? do i need to complete my graduation?
VAISHALI K answers, Hi Shridhar, you should start your hair styling program imm after 12th also can do your graduation parallely.


manoj asked, Considering that students need to have knowledge of anatomy, physiology etc. , is it necessary for students to have a science background? How will non-science students cope with the requirements?
VAISHALI K answers, Hi manoj, the course is designed in such a manner that students from any stream can persue these studies.


tuhina asked, How much do cosmetology programs cost?
VAISHALI K answers, Generally between 1-2lakhs for an international qualification in india.


Destiny asked, Which are the best beauty school in Maharashtra, Mumbai, India and how long is the shortest course available?
VAISHALI K answers, the shortest course would be of 3 months. and the longest professional prgm will be 1 year. for knowing about schools you could visit cidecso.com and cibtac.com


firoza asked, can i get a loan to study a course in cosmetology abroud? which is the best school?
VAISHALI K answers, for the best schools in cosmetology visit cidesco.com and cibtac.com


suhana asked, which is better, to join a beauty school or learn directly at slon as a trainer, i want to become a hair stylist
VAISHALI K answers, hi Suhana, always better to learn from a professional trainig school and you could judge from the following parameters. A) First and foremost is the curriculum : Prospective students must ensure that the institute they are going to choose should have industry relevant curriculum . Better way of verifying that is to see whether the curriculum is aligned to international standard. Some of the best beauty therapist in the world are found in Europe. That's because of very high safety ,hygiene and treatment procedures followed in these countries. It makes sense for Indian students to look for any beauty schools in India which follows the curriculum which is accepted in European and other developed nations . As students would stand to gain by learning best programs at a far lesser rate and that without having to leave their country. Generally schools having their own curriculum are skewed as per their available resources which might be in the best interest of students. B) Accreditation: It is important to know whether the beauty school which you intend to join has been accredited by any product neutral and reputed academic body. This would ensure that the school is adhering to those standard and is expected to maintain certain quality standard to retain their accreditation. One important thing to find out is whether their accreditation is currently valid or not. The best way to do that to find out through the website of accrediting body. C) Infrastructure : A good school should not give a feeling of being in a garage. The school should have enough space for students to have their theory and practical sessions without feeling claustrophobic. Having access to library books is of added advantage. Goes without saying that world class beauty training school would have very high emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene and state of art equipments for beauty treatments. D) Trainer quality: Quality of training depends a lot on quality of trainers. A good training school should have array of full time trainers in their system who are not only knowledgeable and have relevant qualification (preferably international qualification) but also should know the nuances of training . E) Placement facility : The real objective of undergoing beauty training is to make a career and a good training school should always have student placement at the top of their agenda. Important to check the track record of past students placed by the school and does the school have dedicated placement division to ensure every students trained by them are placed. F) Hands on practise : Beauty training in more than one way is very different from other training . It requires plenty of hands on training for students to gain confidence. Does the training school have mechanism or system in place to provide for students to gain enough practical knowledge . This a question one should ask G) Emphasis on all round growth: For succeeding in beauty career It is not enough that the school trains you on technical skills alone. Today industry is very demanding and expects beauty professionals to follow corporate norms of grooming and have sound customer service skills which reflects its professional image. Beauty schools should have training sessions dedicated to grooming, customer service and communication skills module . This is very essential for student success. H) Certification: It is always good to research on what qualification/certification is the most widely accepted globally. To mention a few in the field of beauty therapy CIDESCO(Switzerland) or a CIBTAC (UK) qualification is considered to be the best in the world while for qualification in hair the one from CITY and GUILD(UK) is widely accepted in over 100 countries. These qualification also helps students who are planning to migrate to other countries for better opportunities obtain VISA and also overseas employment . I) Bank loan facility : If a school claims to provide bank loan facility ,one could be assured of the reputation of the institution . As banks would never provide loans to students of those institute whose credibility is questionable. While such facility is a boon to those seeking financial assistance from bank for their education , It also assurance students of institute's reputation .


Raj asked, Beyond the Diploma-level programs that you have mentioned, are there higher level qualifications that we can obtain? Will these diplomas help in any way to secure those kind of qualifications?
VAISHALI K answers, Hi Raj, at the moment CIDESCO and CIBTAC diplomas are considered the benchmark qualifications


yuvika asked, i am working in a bpo and an 28 yrs old. is it too late for me to join a course as a cosmetologist?
VAISHALI K answers, its never too late if you have the passion for the beauty industry


Dinu asked, Can I get a bank loan to do a Beauty course?
VAISHALI K answers, yes bank loans are possible


shraddha asked, ma'm these you say are in demand, spa, spa therapist, slimming treatments, what qualification is required to pursue a career in one of these?
VAISHALI K answers, to work in good international chain of spas, beauty clinics you will require an internationally recognised diplomas


ROSY asked, HAI WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SCOPE OF COSMETIC BUSINESS IN FUTURE
VAISHALI K answers, the industry is growing at over 25% and is likely to remain so


vidhu asked, Is there a difference between cosmetology and beauty schools?
VAISHALI K answers, whatever may be the terminology adopted by school importnat is to understand the content of the programs offered.


sex asked, if we don't have the money then how we can get international diploma...
VAISHALI K answers, bank loan is one option


krutika asked, How long does cosmetology training take?
VAISHALI K answers, Hi krutika, Usually a year.


John asked, Does cosmetology includes hair styling too ?
VAISHALI K answers, Beauty cosmetology does not include


res asked, Even if one does international course in hair etc, they r still called nai or make up man . how to over come this mentality???
VAISHALI K answers, its a matter of time that people start accepting a professionaly qualified hair dresser as they have accepted qualified Chef or a designer


up1 asked, Is correspondence course is available for short term? where can I register for the same. Thank you
VAISHALI K answers, since cosmetology is skill driven its difficult to aquire it thru correspondance


vinoth asked, my age is 25 still am getting some pimples in my face i think its because of heat .what are the ways to stop and make my face brighter?
VAISHALI K answers, you should visit a qualified aesthetician to identify and treat your condition.


Parekh asked, Hi Vaishali, I am a dietician. Can't be a value added service if I learn Cosmetology too?
VAISHALI K answers, definetly - i know of many dieticians adding cosmetology to their service offering


Geet asked, which facial is more effective gold or diamond plz replay
VAISHALI K answers, it will depend on you skin type and condition.


rashmi asked, i want carreer in beautician
VAISHALI K answers, hi Rashmi, its a very rewarding career- focus on 3 things knowledge, skill and certification to do well in your career


Nutan asked, How much money does it take to complete the beauty course & have an independent setup?
VAISHALI K answers, a professional beauty course ranges from 50k-2 lakh. an independant set up would depend on location, size of the parlour and service offerings.


raju asked, So many centres r opened giving that they r beauty parlours but actually inside its all wrong things happening. wt do u thk of dat vaishali?
VAISHALI K answers, you will always find black sheeps in every industry


Sakshi asked, Is accommodation provided by Beauty schools to their students?
VAISHALI K answers, most of the schools in india provide assistance to outstation students


Rakhee asked, How much time will it take to establish career in Beauty Industry? Considering the competition outside?
VAISHALI K answers, with the right knowledge,skill and certification and good customer orientation - it will not take too long.


Kiran asked, Hi Vaishali, I am house wife, I would like to do part time course for beautician
VAISHALI K answers, it is possible to take a part time course


Ketan asked, Which beauty course do you think will help in making career in Beauty?
VAISHALI K answers, To start with , any program which include skin hair and make up would be ideal


lokita asked, is make up more rewarding or hair/ beauty
VAISHALI K answers, Make up is more seasonal business while other are more regular.


vinoth1 asked, If we use fairness handsome cream for men . Whether any skin problem will come?Will it solve pimple or black spot under the eyes?
VAISHALI K answers, It is safe to use product from reputed brand. However it is better to consult dermatologist/cosmetologist before any product application.


VAISHALI K says, Thank you for your queries .It was good conversation session. Hope to be back soon.Have a Good Day !!!