Beauty Therapy

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What is Beauty Therapy?

Beauty Therapy is the provision and application of a wide range of treatments and cosmetic techniques by trained Beauty Therapists or Beauticians. The concept of Beauty Therapy has been around forever, with humans grooming themselves in one form or another as far back as the history books go.

Some common Beauty Therapy treatments include facial treatments, exfoliation, masks, wraps, manicures, pedicures, and waxing – all to enhance a person’s physical appearance to ideally improve their self-image.

What courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • Beauty and Body Therapy – the study of beauty and body therapies as well as business-related topics such as new practices, procedures, and equipment.
  • Spa and Salon Management – this course focuses on management skills and business administration for running and managing a spa or salon.
  • Beauty Technician – an advanced diploma for beauty therapists who want to qualify academically and enhance their career.
  • Combo Massage Course – the study of combo massage that covers various techniques across acupressure, reflexology, and massage.
  • Crystal Healing – the study of the alternative medicine technique of using stones and crystals to heal the body and certain ailments.
  • Crystal Reflexology – the study of the technique of gently kneading the reflexes parts of the feet with a crystal wand.
  • Full Body Massage – the study of the techniques and practices of full body massage.
  • Hot Stone Massage – the study of the technique of using hot stones to massage and relax muscles and damaged soft tissues.
  • Eyelash Extensions – the study of the technique of applying eyelash extensions.

Studying Beauty Therapy in college

Beauty Therapy courses are intensive practical and theoretical training in a wide variety of beauty therapies. Examinations are governed by professional bodies who expect high standards after the completion of a course. There are also very strict attendance requirements so keep that in mind when deciding to take a Beauty Therapy course, it is not for anyone looking to have an easy ride and is for serious students.

Assessments will take place continuously and will be both practical, in the form of projects or practical assessments, and theoretical in the form of written assignments or examinations.

Courses can take place over a few weeks or over a number of years depending on your choice of course and the career path you would like to take. Some courses will require a minimum of a leaving certificate with at least one science subject.

Career options

The demand for beauty treatments continues to grow each year and even more so with the boom of social media apps and influencers taking over the beauty industry. This is great news for anyone interested in starting a career in the Beauty Industry. There is always a need for trained beauty therapists and technicians.

From beauty salons, health facilities, leisure centers, shopping centers, pharmacies, hotels, cruise ships, in-flight therapists, there is no shortage of places to work as a trained beauty therapist and you always have the option to open your salon or work as a mobile therapist.

Related jobs include:

  • Make-Up Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Salon Manager
  • Salon Owner
  • Massage Therapist
  • Lash technician
  • Spa assistant
  • Dermatologist
  • Facial therapist
  • Manicurist
  • Aromatherapy and holistic therapy specialist
  • Laser/IPL Therapy Clinics Manager
  • Health Manager
  • Spa Technician
  • Hotel Spa Technician
  • Cruise Liners Spa Technician
  • Mobile Therapist
  • Beauty Therapy Trainer

Further study

Following the completion of your Beauty Therapy course, you may wish to consider taking additional courses to broaden your skill set and knowledge base for future career opportunities. Holistic Therapies, Sports Injuries & Soft Tissue Massage Therapy, Theatre, Media & Fashion Make-Up Artistry, or Nail Technology courses would all be beneficial in addition to a Beauty Therapy course and will open up more opportunities for you in the future.


Are there any particular qualities you need to study Beauty Therapy?

Beauty therapy, in all of its forms, is a people-oriented profession. You must be a people person who enjoys working with a diverse range of people every day.

A desire to help people look and feel their best is a good place to start. Beauty therapy would suit someone who is upbeat and outgoing, as well as attentive and caring. You will also be working closely with people and their sensitive areas or parts of their body in which they may be insecure. A high level of professionalism and kindness is required.

You should also be prepared to spend long periods of time on your feet. Depending on your career and job opportunities, you may also be expected to travel extensively.

Where can I study Beauty Therapy?

Explore your options here

Did You Know?

  • Wearing expensive makeup used to be against the law. By law in Roman times women were not allowed to display their wealth.
  • The Skin is the largest organ of the human body. On average if stretched out the skin on the human body would be 2 square meters.
  • You lose around 20-100 hairs a day. Every hair on your body has a tiny muscle attached to it which is what creates goosebumps when you’re cold.
  • The glands that produce wax in your ear are specialized sweat glands.
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are all needed for healthy skin.

Mariza Halliday

Airline Studies
Hairdressing & Hairstyling


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