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Cosmetology / Beautician

Career in Cosmetology? What’s that

It is a part of medical science (medical courses) that focuses on the physical appearance of a person & makes people look good. 

It consists of various branches that include beauty therapy and treatments for face, body, hair and overall health care. 

A cosmetologist is an expert in makeup, skin care and beauty products. 

What is this course all about? 

There is a wide scope in the profession of cosmetology in India or in other countries. Cosmetology is the promising career for youth because of advancement in the lifestyle. If you wish to practice in medical cosmetology the basic requirement is a medical degree from any reputed medical college. Those who have a diploma or master’s degree in dermatology may also practice in medical cosmetology. After completing an MBBS degree, the aspirants may avail a training/ certification programme in order to become a specialist or a trainer. 

With a degree in General Cosmetology, you can work in a salon or spa. Aspirants can also work in different specialized areas of cosmetology such as a nail technician (manicures/ pedicures/ nail art etc). Those who already have a license/ certificate in skin treatment can work as assistants in a skin clinic.

Beauty salons offer

  • manicures,

  • pedicures,

  • facials,

  • hair removal,

  • skin care, and

  • eyebrow shaping.

Other tasks include

  • the use of scheduling software,

  • the operation of a cash register and

  • the recommendation of styling products.

You should also know that beauticians need physical endurance to stand for hours.

The things you learn at cosmetology school can be different depending on where you live. In some states, you may or need to learn certain things that may not be taught in another state. Cosmetology students learn a variety of subjects in many branches of the industry.

Most business schools provide the knowledge students need to pass their license exams. They teach how to care for hair, skin, and nails. When the students complete their education, they are ready for a career in cosmetics.

Cosmetics manufacturers are legally responsible for ensuring that the products are correctly labeled. The products are manufactured with safe ingredients.

How do I become a Cosmetology expert?

A related diploma, a cosmetology training certificate or associate degree in cosmetology and supervised hands-on experience is a good start.

Top colleges offering this course- 

  • VLCC Academy of Beauty Health & Management 
  • Shahnaz Husain International Beauty Academy 
  • National and Regional Vocational Training Institutes for Women 
  • Habib’s Hair Academy 
  • Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF), Jaipur

You may specialise in 6 months to 1-year courses for 

  • Diploma in Fashion Media Make up 
  • Diploma in Cosmetology 
  • Diploma in Hairdressing 
  • Diploma in Makeup 

Or you may take up Certificate Courses (3 to 6 Month) for

  • Herbal Beauty and Therapy 
  • Massage Therapy 
  • Beauty Culture 

Or you may take a comprehensive Diploma (1 year) in Cosmetology (PGDC)

What are the skills required to become a Cosmetologist?

  • Good communication and consultation skills. 
  • Understanding the effects of various beauty products. 
  • Knowledge of Physiology of the skin, hair and nails. 
  • Knowledge of Chemistry of color and color theory. 

What are the jobs available in the field?

  • Cosmetologist 
  • Hair Stylist 
  • Nail Care Artists 
  • Salon Sales Consultant 
  • Manufacturer Sales Representative 
  • Makeup Artist 

How much can you make? 

  • Avg. Salary in India - Rs 208,353

  • Avg. Early Career Salary (1-4 years) - Rs 200,000

  • Mid Career Salary (5-9 years) - Rs 229,565 

  • Experienced Salary (10-19 years) - Rs 684,000 

The salary of cosmetologists will depend on their earning potential, city, level of experience, etc. In India, a cosmetologist can earn Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2 Lakh per annum as a starting salary. Candidate has a professional degree, they can expect a starting salary of Rs. 50,000 per month.