Cosmetology is the study and application of Beauty Treatment. Cosmetology includes everything Beautifying everything from Head to Toe which includes Nails, Legs, Arms, Face, Hair etc. This Field is also known as Beauty Care. Cosmetologists are Beauty Specialist who utilise the knowledge and the use of a range of treatments and equipments to enhance the appearance of the Face, Body and Hair. A typical Cosmetologist will perform various functions like Cutting Hair, Trimming Hair, Give Massage, Cleaning, Shaping and Polishing Fingernails, Toenails etc. depending upon his/her Specialisation. Cosmetologists can be Medical Professionals and Non-Medical Professionals as well. Though mostly a Field of Beauty Care, Cosmetology also includes certain elements of Naturopathy for maintaining a healthy body and a stress free mind.
Some of its specialized fields are -
Manicures / Pedicures.
The study of this field includes all or few of these –
Classification of Skin Types.
Basic Skin Care.
Theory of Massage.
Basic Make Up Applications.
Salon Management & Hygiene.
To utilise the latest technologies to their maximum potential in the Aesthetic Field.
To provide world-class services that address problems related to Skin Care.
To provide Holistic Solutions for Mind and Body Relaxation beyond the expectations of Clients.
Non-Medical Cosmetologist don't require any Professional Qualifications as such. But to be Cosmetologist one shouldn't be less than 16 years of age, according to the Law. One can enter this Field after completing schooling by enrolling for a Short-Term Diploma and Certificate Courses in Beauty and Hair Care. Some of these Courses are available after 10th and some are offered for 10+2 pass students in any stream. To become a good Beautician one requires Practical Skills which can be gained not only by Professional Training but also with a great deal of Hands-On Practice. To be a Medical Cosmetologist or Cosmetic Dermatologist one needs to have a Post graduate Degree in Dermatology (MD or diploma/DNB) after MBBS.
Some of Institutes providing Cosmetology Courses
Institute of Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, S.V. Patel Road, Borivli, Mumbai.
Radio Bhuvan Career Supermarket, Colaba, Mumbai.
VLCC Academy of Beauty Health and Management has Institutes in all major Indian Cities.
Eves Beauty Parlour and Academy, NCR Delhi.
Anoo's International Beauty School, Somajiguda, Hyderabad.
This Field is especially, meant for those who have an eye for Beauty, a Good Sense of Aesthetics and Creative Mind. Another important attribute, a Cosmetologist needs to have is regarding all the Latest Trends introduced into the Beauty Circuit and the Willingness to learn everything. They should also possess good business sense.
In Today's world there are very few men or women who aren't Beauty Conscious and who do not care about there Looks. Everybody want to look perfect these days and the need to appear Well Groomed and Attractive has assumed greater importance in today's world as compared to earlier times. This Beauty Consciousness is the driving force behind the flourishing Field of Cosmetology. To add to it, is the fact that Polluted Environment and Urbanization has increased the need for Healthy Skin and Beauty Treatment even for those who aren't so Beauty Conscious. This trend has resulted in the growth of Beauty Products and Beauty Treatments, turning Beauty Care into a fast growing and Lucrative Career. One can become a Cosmetic Distributor, providing Beauty Products to various Salons, Clients etc. Cosmetic companies like Revlon, Lakme offer a number of opportunities as Beauty Executives, Cosmetologists, Beauty Advisor's or Consultants. Those who have retired can use their Expertise by writing for various Beauty and Fashion Magazines, Newspapers, Weeklies or can host a Skin and Beauty Show on Television or Radio.
The Pay Scale varies, largely due the size and reputation of the business one works for. One starting out with Beauty Parlours can take home any thing from Rs. 3,000 to 10,000 per month. But as one become more experienced and starts getting recognition one can become Successful and Popular too. A Make-Up Artist may charge anywhere from Rs. 500 to Rs. 4,000 to do a Bridal or Photographic Make-Up. During Season the Pay Scale may increases two fold. In Modelling Assignments, the Pay Scale is around Rs 3,500 or more per day depending on the top-line-professionals.
Some Job Types
Sales Representatives Or Image Consultants.
Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Demonstrators and Promoters.
Film and Theatre Hair Specialist.
Some Employment Areas
Beauty Therapy Clinics.
Beauty Research Institutes.