Courses and Careers: The Smartest Moves in the Beauty Industry


The beauty industry is going through a very positive spell globally. Given the fact that it’s also largely unregulated, it’s becoming increasingly easy for unqualified practitioners to start their own beauty businesses without much of a qualification.

Deregulation stems from the fact that most non-surgical cosmetic treatments are unlikely to have a permanent impact on the patient’s health, yet it still pays to obtain a qualification. Without one you will struggle to obtain an insurance when opening up your own salon and you won’t be able to join a professional trade association. And the more qualifications you own, the more clients you’ll get and the higher they’ll pay.

Laser technique is where the big bucks are in this industry, so starting a course in this area could be a very wise way to kick off your career.  More specifically, here three areas you might consider specialising in.

Hair removal

Laser hair removal targets the base of the follicle and it can take 4 to 6 sessions for it to work satisfactorily, with costs varying between £100 and £300 per session.

It is one of the most popular and advanced techniques and it can be a little tricky to master, especially since bad handling can have disastrous consequences on the skin.

It’s therefore strongly recommended to think about learning the tricks of the trade before setting up a business or adding the service onto your price list. Enquire about your chosen course and make sure they are up to date with the latest techniques. Your certificate will take pride of place on your salon’s wall and act in your favour in case you ever need to call the insurance company following a painful or unsightly skin reaction that was caused by bad practice.

Tattoo removal

Tattoos have been enjoying their time in the spotlight for a few years now, and as a direct consequence the number of poorly made and embarrassing tattoos also keep rising.

The tattoo removal business owes much to such situation, with laser being the only technique that doesn’t damage the skin in the process. This rather clever treatment works by warming up the tattoo’s pigments until they disintegrate. The body then gets rid of the microparticles by itself.

Since colours such as green, turquoise blue and yellow are notoriously very hard to erase, it can take between 6 and 40 sessions to do the job, which means this is also a very profitable sector.

In both the UK and the US you’re not required to be a dermatologist to start a business in this sector, so look out for a number of in-depth courses that give you all the practical knowledge needed to kick off a successful career in tattoo removal.

Skin resurfacing

For this very popular cosmetic procedure, a laser is used to combat wrinkles, acne and age spots. It has been getting a bit of a bad name  in recent years, with cases of really strong customer complaints. The best way to avoid such issues and protect both your business and your patients would be to attend a recognised course. Current UK regulation requires you to become a cosmetic professional or doctor before specialising in skin resurfacing. If you would like to follow a quicker path instead, you will find it easier to attend courses and train to use lower powered laser machines.


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